Wednesday, September 30, 2009

MVCTC Adult Education Open House Scheduled

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Attention Job Seekers, are you considering a career change? If so, learn more about the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) training available to fill current job openings, by attending the Adult Education Open House on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. in the new Adult Education Building located at 6801 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio 45373.

The Open House will be a chance to tour the new Adult Education Building at MVCTC and to learn more about programs offered in Health Occupations, Public Safety, Industrial Trades, and Construction Trades. In order to meet the demands of the workforce MVCTC has added new programs for the coming year including:

  • Dental Assisting, a 45-week full-time program starting new classes in March of 2010. Successful students are eligible to take the Ohio Certification Exam for Dental Assisting (CODA).
  • Optometric Technician, a 48-Week full-time program teaching the skills necessary to assist an optometrist. A person in this position would assist in testing patients’ vision, providing frame styling services, and instructing patients in contact lens handling.
  • Central Services Technician, an 11-week, short-term program. This class provides the student with the knowledge and skills to function as an effective Central Service Processing Technician. Job duties could include cleaning/decontaminating supplies & equipment, cleaning/caring for equipment, and packaging/sterilization of instruments. Students successfully completing this course may sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam.

MVCTC also offers financial aid opportunities for those who qualify, and if you are one of those affected by the closings of GM, Delphi or DHL then you are likely to be eligible for dislocated worker funds. Plan to visit MVCTC programs, meet instructors, and learn about acquiring skills to help make you employable in this new economy. For more information about the MVCTC Adult Education programs, visit or call 800-716-7161.

MVCTC Adult Education Winter Quarter classes start in January 2010. Do not miss this opportunity to receive the training you need for the job you want. MVCTC, your future starts here!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Greenville authorities are seeking witnesses of fatal accident

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If you have any information, please call 548-1103. For more information, check out Steve Baker's excellent video report here.

On a personal note, I got to know Jimmy Hendrix (aka James Hendrix) when I worked at Derby Manufacturing all the way back in the summer of 1990. Jimmy was a jokester, who victimized me on several occasions. The first time was my first day on the job when he introduced himself as "Jimmy Hendrix," laughing as if he was making it up. The co-workers went along with the joke, and it wasn't until days later that I realized that his name actually was "Jimmy Hendrix" and the joke was on me. It was much more fun being in on the joke - which happened several times during the summer I worked at Derby.

Jimmy's other scam was that he would occasionally lie about the time (he was the only one who wore a watch in our area). He would claim it was much earlier in the day than it actually was, and then quitting time would come sooner than expected. It was a little thing, but very funny at the time, and something I remember 19 years later.

I never saw Jimmy again after my summer at Derby. But Jimmy Hendrix was decent to me - and a friend, even if for only a short time. God bless JH.

Studebaker to speak at Brethren Retirement Community

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Please join us on Monday, October 5th at 7pm at the Brethren Retirement Community as we welcome guest speaker, Dr. John P. Studebaker. The educational seminar, titled “Vitamin D-Dramatic New Discoveries and Applications” will be held in the Brick Room.

Dr. John P. Studebaker, M.S, M.D. has been an active Family Medicine Physician in Darke County, Ohio for 31 years. He has a Masters degree in Marine Science (Biology) in addition to his Doctor of Medicine degree. He had a 3-year Family Medicine residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In 2005 he became Board Certified by examination by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). He practices and does consultations in Integrative Holistic Medicine at his office located at 832 Central Ave., Greenville, Ohio. The years of 2007, 2008, and 2009 were devoted partially to Vitamin D research both in office and academically. You will find Dr. Studebaker’s discussion of Vitamin D immediately valuable for your own health and longevity as well as that of your family and acquaintances.

If you are interested in attending this informative seminar, please call Holly Hill at 547-7655 for reservations. This seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Pike to speak to youth group

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Cindy Pike, Darke County Clerk of Courts, will be the featured guest at Monday’s Youth in Politics meeting at Brethren Retirement Community.

The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. and meets in the small meeting room directly across from the main dining room at BRC. The public is invited; especially all youth interested in politics.

The Youth in Politics group is a non-partisan group formed to educate young people about the political process, the role of public service in our society, ideologies and politics in general. Youth of all political leanings are encouraged to participate.

Pike will talk about her elected position with the Darke County Courts, as well as her role as Chairperson of the Darke County Republican Party. Featured guests to date include Democrat Councilperson Kathleen Floyd and Republican Mayor Mike Bowers. Future guests will include public servants from both parties at local and state levels.

There will also be discussion – pro and con – on the upcoming Ballot Issue 2 regarding livestock care standards.

For more information, feel free to contact Bob Robinson at

Harvest of Quilts - October 10th & 11th

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Bear's Mill Open House - October 3rd & 4th

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Historic Bear's Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, Greenville, OH 45331,, 937.548.5112

Volunteers Needed for Make a Difference Day

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Roll up your sleeves and join hundreds of local residents in our community by volunteering for Make a Difference Day!

Two hundred-fifty volunteers are needed to make a difference in our communities throughout Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties on October 23 and 24 in celebration of Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering.

Volunteers are needed to complete nearly 20 community service projects, ranging from hosting Nintendo Wii parties for older adults to literally putting a roof over the head of a local kidney transplant recipient. Project volunteer opportunities are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both October 23 and 24. Volunteers, we need you to sign up.

Volunteers can be individuals or groups; anyone that can carry out a volunteer project that helps others with specific projects available throughout Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties. Just visit or call HandsOn West Central Ohio in Greenville at (937) 548-8002. All ages are welcome!

Volunteering is not only an opportunity to help others through actions, but to learn more about each other, ourselves, and how we can work together as a strong team. Participating in a Make a Difference Day provides a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about an agency and to see firsthand how your donations can make a difference in someone’s life.

Make a Difference Day activities are coordinated regionally through a partnership between five local nonprofit organizations, including Darke County United Way, HandsOn West Central Ohio, Piqua Area United Way, Tipp City Area United Way, and Shelby County United Way. The group hopes to engage hundreds of volunteers from local churches, businesses, schools, and more in service projects that help nonprofit organizations better serve area residents in need.

Make a Difference Day is a national day of volunteering sponsored by USA Weekend. More than 3,000,000 volunteers nationwide participated in Make a Difference Day 2008, held annually on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992. Ohio has led the nation in the number of service projects sponsored in conjunction with Make a Difference Day since 2000. Last year, more than 40,000 volunteers completed over 1,000 community service projects in Ohio for this national day of helping others.

To learn more about this event, visit

Unconfirmed Confirmed: fatal accident on Martin Street in Greenville

Confirmed fatal accident late Saturday evening on Martin Street in Greenville involving a scooter and small pick-up truck. More details as they develop.

Update: We have information on the name of the deceased but will wait for official verification. WHIO has a few more details here.

Update 2: The deceased is James Hendrix, 47, of Greenville.

Arcanum Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day - October 3rd

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The Arcanum Fire Department will be hosting its first annual Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day. The activities will take place at the Arcanum Fire Department which is located at 206 S Main Street Arcanum, Ohio.

Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day will feature dozens of activities. The day will begin with a parade at 11:30 AM which will begin on North Main Street and will end in front of the Arcanum Fire Department.

A memorial will be unveiled at 12:00 PM and the Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day activities will begin immediately following the ceremony.

The first activities to take place include fire truck rides for those kids who are interested in seeing what it is like to ride in a fire truck. A smoke trailer will also be on site to simulate what occurs during house fires. The Arcanum Rescue Squad and Arcanum Police Department will also be involved with demonstrations! The Arcanum Rescue Squad will also be taking free blood pressures during the early afternoon hours.

Later in the day games, including fire gear races, tug of war and bucket races, will take place. Careflight will also be landing and will give a demonstration showing off their helicopter!

Prizes will be given out all day to those children and kids in attendance. Prize registration will begin at 12:00 PM. Over $500.00 of merchandise and gift certificates have been donated by local and area businesses!

Late in the afternoon, cake walks will take place in the Arcanum Fire Department. The day will conclude with a teen dance at the Arcanum Fire Department from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Schedule of the days events (all October 3rd):

10:30 AM: Parade Line-Up (Greenmoor Dr )
11:30 AM: Fire Prevention Parade (Parade route down Main St )
12:00 PM: Memorial Dedication/Flag Raising @ Arcanum Fire Dept
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Registration for Kids Prizes
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lady Auxiliary Lunch
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Library Book Drive
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Arcanum Rescue Free Blood Pressure Screenings
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Fire Truck/Squad/Police Demonstrations/Tours
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Fire Truck Rides
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Smoke Trailer Demonstrations
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Games & Activities
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Prize Drawings
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Careflight Demonstration
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Cake Walks, 50/50 Drawing
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Dance


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ARCANUM- As the economy is struggling for a recovery, local food banks are feeling the financial pinch and becoming more needed. One group of professionals in Darke County however has found a way to help support local charities while getting some exposure for their businesses.

The Arcanum Direct Sales Network (ADSN), a newly established business networking group based in Darke County, and the Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Quarter Craze to benefit the local Food pantries. ADSN is made up of independent consultants from such companies, as Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Gold Canyon Candles and many more who have donated over 50 auction items ranging in value from $10 to more than $100.

ADSN’s second auction will be held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Arcanum Fire Department, 208 West Main Street in Arcanum. The doors will open early at 2:00 for a preview of the items being auctioned off and seating. Admissions are $1 per person or two non-perishable food items, and open to the public. The ADSN has a goal of reaching 200 items to be donated to area food banks.

The Quarter Craze is a fast paced event where participants use quarters to bid on each item based on the value of the product. For example, if the retail price of an item is between $10-$25, the required bid is 1 quarter (25¢). If the item is between $26-$50, the bid would be 2 quarters (50¢), and so on. Attendees are encouraged to bring one or two rolls of quarters to participate in the auction.

The ADSN and Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary wanted to try to find a way to help out local food banks. “We are raising money and accepting cash and food donations to help our local food banks and the auction gives us an opportunity to create a fun environment where we are raising money for a great cause while getting our names out for our businesses.” The Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary members will also be present at the auction to help with donations and answer any questions.

All Proceeds from the November 7th auction will be donated to local food pantries. 99% of food banks reported a significant surge for emergency food assistance over the past year; but more than half (55%) of food banks have reported they have had to turn people away. 98% of people are first time users and 92% are people who have just lost their job.

Please no non-bidding children. Refreshments and light snacks will be available for purchase provided by the Arcanum Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Seating is limited. For more information about the Arcanum Direct Sales Network or to RSVP for the event, please contact, Kayleigh Parks by calling (937) 336-1348 or email

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Annual Greenville Alumni Reception

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The Annual Greenville Alumni Reception will be held October 3 at the V.F.W. Post on North Ohio Street from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. $5.00 per person. The event will be catered by Montage (refreshments and cash bar). The classes of the 1960's will be honored.

Hope springs eternal for Bengals fans

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The Bengals overcame a 13-0 deficit (not to mention Marvin Lewis' insistence on always spiking the ball late in the game) to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati today. The Bengals record improves to 2-1. The shoe was on the other foot as it was the Bengals who whittled away the play clock for a game-winning drive. The photo below is from the last Bengals victory over the Steelers. [p.s., If not for the fluke deflection in Week 1, the Bengals would be 3-0]

Midmark announces retirement of James A. Eiting

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Midmark Corporation announces the retirement of James "Jim" A. Eiting, chair of Midmark's Board of Directors and former chief executive officer. In addition, Midmark announced the appointment of board member David "Dave" C. Phillips as the new chair of Midmark's Board of Directors effective Sept. 16, 2009.

Eiting, who will remain on the board as chair emeritus, was the third generation of his family to hold a leadership position since the company was founded in 1915 as The Cummings Machine Company. He joined Midmark in 1956 and served as secretary to the board in 1960. He was promoted to general manager of Midmark in 1967 and president in 1969 when his father, Carl Eiting, retired after 43 years. During Jim Eiting's tenure as president, Midmark (then IE Industries) reached a crucial turning' point when he took the reins and led the team into the medical equipment market, producing power exam tables and selling them one at a time. Midmark now holds the leading market share position in medical exam and procedures tables as well as other key market share positions in the dental and veterinary industries.

On his retirement, Eiting said, "I am honored to have been given the privilege to lead Midmark for over 50 years. We have been fortunate and the credit goes to our teammates, our board, Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar and our loyal customers." Eiting continued, "As I leave Midmark as chair, I am proud to have been part of the Midmark team and will take with me many fond memories of the company and its people. And, as I hand over the reins to Dave Phillips, I am confident that Midmark will continue its success and growth under his guidance."

Read the rest of the story in this week's edition of The Early Bird.

Free online classifieds

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A handful of readers expressed interest in the idea of adding a classified page to this website. So we did it. The link is in the upper-right-hand corner ... and ads can be submitted at Hurry and you can be the first to have a classified ad. As with the site itself, this will probably take awhile to get off the ground. So help get it going - and submit something.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Game of the week: Thurgood Marshall at Greenville

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Marshall took control of this game early with three quick rushing touchdowns. The Wave answered with a touchdown late in the first half. And then back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter (made possible by an onside kick) brought Greenville within two scores. But Marshall's quick and powerful runners were too much for Greenville in the end. Marshall takes this one in a shootout 52-27.

[sorry for the delay with the video]

Bonfiglio Pharmacy is now closed

Greenville Bonfiglio Pharmacy is now closed. The Pharmacy closed on September 26. According to Ron Bonfiglio, the store will remain closed for two weeks for remodeling. When reopened, the store will be known as the Bonfiglio Wellness Center. The pharmacy part of the business will not reopen. All of the pharmacy files have been sold to Medicine and More.

More information on plans for the new store will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Early Bird.

[reprinted from the September 27 edition of The Early Bird]

The fans of Thurgood Marshall High School

Thurgood Marshall traveled to Greenville tonight to take on the Green Wave. Marshall is a small school to begin with, and being from metro Dayton, a relatively small crowd made the trip for the game. By contrast, the Greenville homecoming crowd was too much for the home stands - and many Greenville fans (and the game-of-the-week cameraman) spilled into the visitors' bleachers. Let me say that the Thurgood Marshall fans are a class act, not caring at all that Greenville people were in their bleachers. Several of the fans helped with names and info for the game video (coming soon). If Greenville does finally find a conference, it should keep Thurgood Marshall as an annual non-conference game ... just a suggestion.

The cheerleaders also seemed to hit it off ...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday night open thread: Week 5

Here's 7 year old Grace Washington showing her school spirit and rooting for her brother, Layne @ Thursday night's Homecoming parade. Go Wave! [received via text message]

And here are the Friday night final scores: Thurgood Marshall 52, Greenville 27; Arcanum 7, Ansonia 42; Mississinawa 22, National Trail 21; Versailles 14, Delphos-St. John's 28; Bradford 14, Tri-County North 21

Jordan Monnin makes a move for Versailles - getting a block from Damian Winner. Photo courtesy of

"He'll never disrespect the flag again"

Don't mess with the Valley Falls V.F.W.

Garst Museum has special display for Days of Harvest

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In connection with Days of Harvest , Garst Museum is displaying a beautiful collection of handmade quilts and coverlets. One quilt has local names from days gone past, embroidered in the shape of fans. Some names: Katzenbarger, Suter, etc. The display will continue until October 21st.

Garst Museum hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Garst Museum welcomes new members . Our area history is a valuable asset to preserve for our community and for our children. Please call 548-5250 or go to for information on becoming a member or visiting the museum. Another resource for information is


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On September 25th, 2009 at 1:54 AM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office, along with the Rossburg Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the 13200-Block of Cochran Road in reference to a one vehicle accident with entrapment.

Preliminary investigation showed that a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, driven by Dawn Lavy (39) of New Weston, was northbound on Cochran Rd. Lavy's vehicle swerved off the left side of the road and slid into the ditch, striking a Darke Rural Electric Utility Pole. Lavy was trapped in her vehicle while Rossburg Fire and Ansonia Rescue worked to free her. Lavy was treated by Ansonia Rescue at the scene and was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.

At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. ~ DCSO press release.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Game of the week: Thurgood Marshall at Greenville

It's homecoming for Greenville - and it's our game of the week as Thurgood Marshall comes to town. Greenville is riding high after its first win last week ... but what's going on with the sign? High school trash talk has apparently changed a lot since the 80's.

MVCTC Offering New Adult Education Program for Optometric Technician

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Adult Education is offering a new program for adult learners, Optometric Technician. This new class provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist the optometrist. Students with the skills learned in this program would assist in testing patients’ vision, providing frame styling services, and instructing patients in contact lens handling. They would also administer vision therapy programs prescribed by the optometrist.

Optometric Technicians inform patients of what is involved in examination and treatment procedures, eliminate unnecessary fears, and build the patient’s confidence in the treatment program. Some technicians do laboratory work, modify conventional contact lenses, keep inventories of clinical materials, and maintain instruments. Some have office management responsibilities. In all cases, these duties are under the supervision and guidance of the employing optometrist.

The Optometric Technician program is a 48-week program that will be in the new MVCTC Adult Education building on the Hoke Road campus in Clayton. The class requires students to first complete the MVCTC Adult Education enrollment process, Work Keys Assessment, and have required Immunizations. MVCTC Adult Education does have financial aid opportunities available for those that qualify.

For more information, please visit or call 800-716-7161. As the needs of the Miami Valley’s workforce are redefined, you can count on the Miami Valley Career Technology Center to provide students, employers, and communities with the skills needed on-the-job success.

Applications being accepted for county EMA director

The Darke County Commisioners will be accepting applications through Monday, October 5th for the open position of Homeland Security/Emergency Management director.

The job is full-time and the director is:

Responsible for carrying out options and planning of the Darke County Homeland Security/Emergency Management Agency and Local Emergency Planning Committee based on an all-hazard disaster approach, natural or man-made. Develop and implement emergency preparedness programs and activities, maintain Darke County Emergency Operations Plan and County Mitigation Plan, maintain inventory of resources to be utilized during emergencies, advises Commissioners on issues concerning emergency preparedness. The overall goal of this position is to save lives and protect property by developing programs and emergency operational capabilities that mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from any emergency or disaster.

Compensation comes from the county and grants. An aggregate salary was not readily available. Qualifications include: a bachelor degree, or equivalent experience; good oral and written communication skills; knowledge of MS Word and general accounting practices; and a valid Ohio drivers license.

Bear's Mill artist series: Tom Hawley

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Bear's Mill continues its artist series with a reception featuring the art of Tom Hawley ... "clock structures that are more metaphor than timepiece." The reception will take place at Bear's Mill, Friday September 25, from 6pm to 9pm.

The paintings of Rosie Huart will also be featured, and both artists' work will remain on display at Bear's Mill through October 25.

For more information, check out the Bear's Mill website.

Currently: No confirmed cases of H1N1 in Darke County

According to the Darke County Health Department, there currently are no confirmed cases of H1N1 in Darke County. There have been a few suspected cases in the last month, but those were determined not to be H1N1 upon testing. A representative of the health department further said there are no suspected cases currently being tested, and their office has heard nothing from the state health department regarding H1N1 in Darke County. A request for information has also been forwarded to the Ohio Department of Health.

[The inquiry was made due to multiple commenters writing about rumors of an H1N1 case in Darke County.]

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A great pictorial history of the schools (past and present) of Darke County.

Days of Harvest - downtown Greenville ... Friday & Saturday

Friday: 9am to 6pm - Homemade Applesauce Sampling, KitchenAid Experience; 10am - Canvas and Pillow Painting by Isabelle Culbertson, Youniques; 2:30 pm - Celebrate 90 years of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Cake art demonstration by Betsy Ward of icing; 3 to 4 pm - Harvest Inspired Painting Demonstration, using authentic vintage colors @ Ann's Gifts; 4:30 to 5:30 pm - Live Music on 300 Block by KIDS (KISS Tribute Band) and Diamond Sky (Beatles Tribute Band); 4:30 to 5:30pm - Harvest Spice Cookie and Cider Sampling, Janet's Broadway Bakery; 8 to 11 pm - Live Music by Sweet Surrender, The Bistro Off Broadway

Saturday: 8am to 1pm - Farmers' Market @ 4th and Broadway; 9am to 6pm - Homemade Applesauce Sampling, KitchenAid Experience; 10am - Downtown Chili Cook-off, served to the public @ 10:30 am on Courthouse Lawn; 10am - Canvas and Pillow Painting by Isabelle Culbertson, Youniques League; 10am - Pottery Demonstrations, at The Ivy League; 10am - Caricatures by Paul Ackley, on Courthouse Lawn; 11am - Days of Harvest of 'Lil Mr. and Miss Contest, Bread of Life Bookstore; 2 to 4pm - Clock Assembly Demonstration and Unicycle, Michael's Fine Clocks and Jewelry; 2:30pm - KitchenAid Experience Cooking Class, Guest Ghyslain Chocolatier; 3 to 4pm - Scrapbooking Class at Artifacts

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2009 New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair

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The 76th Annual New Madison Community and Tri-Village School Fair is set for Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd. Grand Marshals in honor of their mother Ruth are Kris and Kirk Falknor and Jim Falknor in honor of his wife Ruth. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Families”. Our newly designed website, linked from the school’s site, has a complete schedule, menu, contest rules and other information about our fair.

There will be a vast assortment of vendors, artists and local groups providing booths at the fair. On Friday, the Cutest Patriot Contest will be held along with the Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Booths will open and the food will be served by Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren. They will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Friday evening program will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the Little Miss and Mr. Contest. Then following at 7:00 p.m., a program that consists of music provided by the Tri-Village High School band and chorus. The crowning of the King and Queen sponsored by the New Madison Community and Tri-Village School Fair Committee will take place for the 51st year and a dance will be held after the program from 8:00 to 11:00. The dance for students K-6 will be held at the New Madison Civic Center and 7-12th grades will dance in the high school auditorium with music provided by Aaron Sebring of “Pardon the Noise”.

Saturday activities include: The final entries for the Crop and Produce Contest can be turned in at 8:00 a.m. The cafeteria will be open to offer breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Booths open at 9:00 a.m., judging for the Crop and Produce Contest begins, entries for the Baking Contest are to be turned in, and the Petting Zoo will be taking place. The Baking Contest will be judged at 9:45 a.m. Parade line-up begins at 10:30 on Anderson St. with the parade beginning at 11:00. This year the Tri-Village High School Band along with the Starletes Drill Team will perform a selection from the Darke County Fair Program after the parade at 1:00 p.m. in the high school gym. The Kid Games will be held on the front lawn at 1:30 p.m. The mini tractor pull will be held at 2:00 in the student parking lot and the conclusion to the Class Competition will be in the high school gym. The Civic Organization will hold a Corn Hole Tourney on the front lawn of the school. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. with the tourney beginning at 2:00. The Pinewood Derby will be held 3:00 p.m. in the high school gym and the viewing of the auction items will be in the auditorium. The 1st Annual Auction will be at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium with Brian Rismiller as the auctioneer. Cedar Grove Church will be serving lunch and supper in the cafeteria until 5:30 p.m. The special Saturday evening program will begin at 5:30 sharp! The “Patriot Feud” will be held in the auditorium. This is a twist of the popular game show with contestants from the school sports teams.

Darke County Farmer Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Crop Insurance Claim

Douglas J. Zimmerman, 44, of Englewood, pleaded guilty last Thursday in United States District Court in Cincinnati to one count of conversion of property pledged to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and one count of submitting a false crop insurance claim against the United States on farming operations in Randolph County, Indiana.

William E. Hunt, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Derrick Hurst, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Inspector General, Columbus Field Office, announced the plea entered Thursday before U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.

According to the statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Zimmerman secured a USDA $49,735 loan from the Farm Service Agency, using his soybean crop as collateral for the loan. Between December 2003 and March, 2004, Zimmerman fraudulently sold over 16,000 bushels of soybeans that were previously pledged to the CCC as security for the loan but converted over $80,000 in proceeds for his own use. Zimmerman then made a fraudulent crop insurance claim in January, 2005 against the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, a program administered by the Risk Management Agency of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Zimmerman owned, leased and operated a number of farming operations in Darke County, Ohio, and Randolph and Jay Counties, Indiana for investment purposes.

Zimmerman faces up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, and three years of supervised release, on the conversion charge and up to five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release on the false claim charge. Zimmerman agreed to pay restitution up to an amount not to exceed $44,810. His sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

Hunt commended the efforts of U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General agents, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Keller, who is prosecuting the case.

[Information from the DOJ Website]

Another photo update of the Wayne Hospital expansion

Comments on the project?

Discussion: has your homeowners insurance gone up in Greenville Township?

At the time Greenville Township started its own fire service, critics claimed that homeowners' insurance rates would go up (since the residents would be covered merely by a volunteer force).

Since then, people affiliated with the township have claimed that nobody's rates went up. Others (like an anonymous chatter on this site) say the rates have gone up.

So here's the question posed to Greenville Township residents? Has your homeowners insurance gone up? And if so, name your insurance company and agent for verification. We'll check it out.

UPDATE: Information received from a township resident is that her insurance with State Farm has not gone up due to the change in fire service (and would not go up in the future on the issue of fire service, according to State Farm). Another commenter on the chat also said his rates with State Farm had not risen.

UPDATE #2: A Westfield customer also reports no increase in premiums due to the change in fire service.

UPDATE #3: Another Westfield customer with four properties also reports no increase (from the comments).

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

God bless Denny Martin

Dennis E. “Denny” Martin age 62 of Greenville, passed away at 12:22 A.M. on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at his residence. Denny was born October 4, 1946 to Glenna (Miller) Martin of Greenville and the late Lowell Everett Martin.

Denny was a longtime barber in Versailles and Greenville for 44 years. He was currently a barber at the Hair Shack in Greenville. Denny was a member of the Greenville Elks; Greenville Moose; and White Springs Golf Course in Greenville. Denny was formerly very active in the Greenville Athletic Boosters and a former baseball coach for the Greenville Little League.

In addition to his father, Denny is also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Treva Arnold.

In addition to his mother, Denny is survived by his wife, Gloria (Arnold) Martin, whom he married December 19, 1970. He is also survived by his son, Scott Martin of Greenville; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Mark Eldridge of Greenville; grandchildren, Jarod Sharp, Ryan, Lucas, Logan, and Landon Eldridge, and Taylor Martin; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Mary Martin of Greenville; sister, Marilyn Warrick of Greenville; father-in-law, Lowell Arnold of Greenville; aunt, Marjorie Caron of Indianapolis, Indiana; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Randy Smith of Columbia, South Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery (New Section). The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenville Athletic Boosters or Greenville Citizens Baseball League.

Any new ideas for the website?

What do you want to see here? Any ideas for improvement?

One idea under consideration is an internet version of "Market Time." List your items for sale, wanted to buy, garage sales, trade offers, lost and found, whatever. All on a separate page linked from the main page (like the obituaries. And all free. Does that idea interest anyone?

And just a reminder - you're all free to submit press releases, op-eds, funny stories, photos, etc.

Back by popular demand: BRC's lunch to go - September 25 (last day to order 9/23)

The Brethren Retirement Community is again offering lunch delivered to your office - on September 25th, from 11am to 1pm. These lunches are great, and only cost $5. Call Holly Hill at 547-7655 with your orders - or email her at:

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Darke County Parks - Prairie Days 2009

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Apple Butter cooking over the fire; Pioneers in and around the Log House; vendors displaying their wares; tall-tales being told; crafts to make; and the wonderful smell of Farmer Browns' and Downing Fruit Farm wafting through the air... must be time for Prairie Days 2009! Join us Saturday, September 26th from 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 27th from 12pm-4pm for the festivities!

Attracting over 3,000 people to Shawnee Prairie Preserve, this is Darke County Parks’ biggest event of the year! Not only will there be something for everyone to enjoy, but admission and parking are FREE! Held the last weekend in September, this event focuses on the prairie way of life in the 1790's and will feature many crafts, games, vendors and trades of the time period. Try your hand at candle-making, tin-smithing, sewing, and corn-husk doll making. Craft yourself a ‘Tussie Mussie’ to ward off ill-smells in-between baths. There will be a book signing by children’s author, Pat McCarthy. Enjoy a production by the Civic Theatre, meet Simon Kenton or enjoy some of the “Truest Lies Ever Told” during a visit with a 1790’s Long Hunter, Chris Supinger. With so much to do, why not visit both days? Did we mention there was FREE parking and admission?!

For more information, please visit our website at or call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

Visit KitchenAid during the Days of Harvest

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KitchenAid® Experience is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Stand Mixer during downtown Greenville's Days of Harvest.

To celebrate 90 years of an all-American innovation, KitchenAid has designed this special edition of its legendary stand mixer. Finished with a candy-apple red coating inspired by vintage automobiles, it features a see-through glass work bowl that allows you to watch the company's famous planetary mixing action close-up. The glass bowl is designed with measurement markings and a handle and spout for convenient pouring. The 10-speed mixer's tilt-back head provides easy access to the work bowl. This classic appliance is hand assembled in Greenville, Ohio. A flat beater, dough hook and wire whip are included. On display and available for purchase at the KitchenAid Experience Center in downtown Greenville.

Special Offers Friday and Saturday Only:

  • Buy a KitchenAid® Gadget, Get a Select KitchenAid® Gadget for 90¢
  • Buy a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, Get a Select Refurbished Stand Mixer Attachment for 90¢
  • Buy a KitchenAid® 12 Cup Food Processor, Get a KitchenAid® Crisper/Flipper Bakeware pan for 90¢

423 S. Broadway, Store Hours 9am-6pm

Monday, September 21, 2009

Deschambeau to speak to Women's Club

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The Darke County Republican Women’s Club will hold their regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 12 at the Brethren Community Center. The speaker will be Sharon Deschambeau. Mrs. Deschambeau is President of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce. Her topic will be, “Darke County Chamber Update”. She will present information on new chamber programs and how the chamber is fostering community partnerships and building infrastructure for business.

This is a dinner meeting which starts at 6:30 p.m. Reservations for dinner are required; please call Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or by October 8. The public is welcome, for those who wish to hear the speaker without participating in the dinner could come at 7:00 p.m.

The Women’s Club has designated October as “Membership Month”. Sally Zeiter, Membership chairperson says: “Anyone interested in good fellowship with a purpose please contact me at 937-423-2391”. Or President Margaret Muhlenkamp at 937-548-7172.

Nifty Thrifty now open

“When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.” ~ Dom Helder Camara

I am one who believes that dreams do come true and have come true for me. I, Carmen Lundvall, am the proud owner of the newest thrift store in town, The Nifty Thrifty. For many years I have dreamed of owning and operating my very own thrift store and my wish has finally come true. With many thanks to my wonderful, husband, children and friends, this dream has become a reality. I would like to thank all those who have been supportive and helpful in this new experience.

The Nifty Thrifty sells a large variety of items including: household, home decor, antiques, crafts (handcrafted myself), barn stars, baby items, name-brand makeup and much more. My inventory is purchased at discounted prices therefore; I can in turn sell at discounted prices. Donations are also accepted at anytime.

The opening of the Nifty Thrifty has allowed me to dream even more. In the near future, I will be expanding my store to add a huge children's section with clothes, shoes, toys, equipment, and much more. If you have gently used children's items you would like to donate, I am currently accepting donations during business hours. With the generosity of donations, I anticipate offering low prices on all items.

Special: If you donate a bag of gently used baby/children’s clothing you will receive 10% off your purchase now-November 30th, 2009.

Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 11-5 Sat 11-4, Closed Thurs/Sun
THE NIFTY THRIFTY, 1555 Wagner Ave (across from Lowe's)
Stop in and enjoy a clean warm shopping experience

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Green and Ormsby are the likely choices for prosecutor appointment

The Darke County Republican Party will soon appoint the county's next prosecutor to replace the deceased Richard Howell. Jesse Green has been in the prosecutor's office for years, is a Darke County native, and recently served a year in Iraq. Kelly Ormsby, the acting prosecutor, previously served as Prosecuting Attorney in Paulding County, Ohio.

Poll results: deadlock on legalizing marijuana

51% say yes - 49% say no.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Weekend football thread: Washington upsets USC

Washington pulled off a big upset of USC today 16-13. Maybe the OSU loss last week was even worse than we originally thought? Speaking of the Buckeyes, they beat up on the less-talented Toledo Rockets today ... with Terrelle Pryor adding 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions to his stat line. Texas and Texas Tech are currently playing the re-match of last year's best game.

Pro update: for comic relief, Chad Ochocinco just scored a touchdown against the Packers and did the Lambeau Leap ... at Lambeau (finding the only two Bengal fans in the front row). The Bengals are up a touchdown late in the third quarter, so they almost certainly will lose.

Pro update II: Bengals win ... but they made it interesting, as usual. They dominated the game, actually, as two terrible Carson Palmer interceptions are the only thing that kept the Packers in the game.

Game of the week: St. Henry at Versailles

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This game looked like a classic through the first quarter, with Versailles scoring two touchdowns on the #2 ranked St. Henry. Versailles struck quick with a long touchdown on the second play from scrimmage. And their second drive included three fourth down conversions, with the final conversion being a halfback pass for a touchdown.

But St. Henry pulled away in the second quarter with its one-two receiver duo of the quick Neil Schweiterman - and the 6'7" Victor Fortkamp. Quarterback Brad Stahl was nearly mistake-free. St. Henry wins this one 40-19.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Football Friday: Week 4 - Open Thread

Care to make any predictions?

  • Ansonia 42, Bradford 14
  • West Carrollton 21, Greenville 28
  • National Trail 6, Arcanum 32
  • Twin Valley South 34, Mississinawa 55
  • St. Henry 40, Versailles 19 (video coming soon)

When two state-ranked teams come together, that's our game-of-the-week. Watch for scores tonight, and video of the St. Henry-Versailles game tomorrow.

Update: here are some predictions from a reader:
Ansonia will win over Bradford by 30-some points. Greenville will lose by a large margin ... again. Arcanum over National Trail by 2 TDs. Mississinawa over TVS. St. Henry will win over Versailles, but I doubt it'll be an easy win for them. I'm looking forward to seeing this game.

Arcanum High School holds cancer awareness walk.

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Video courtesy of Andrew Michael.

Illumination Festival - Saturday

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Illumination Fetival- Light In The Darke, will take place once again this year on Saturday, September 19, 2009, with events starting at Noon. The doors to the concert open at 5:00 pm with the concert starting at 6:00 pm. The festival will take place at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville, OH.

The Artists Line-up includes: Sanctus Real & Phil Wickham with special guests Jason Gray, and the local - based Adam Cappa. General Admission Tickets in advance are $15.00, General Admission day of concert $18.00, Reserve Seating in advance are $20.00, and Reserve Seating day of concert $25.00. The full schedule of events is listed here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Follow-up on the stimulus road signs


DarkeJournal had a story awhile back about the stimulus road sign posted at the project on State Route 36 and Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road (which has since been completed). At the time, there was a spirited discussion as to the value of having these signs on the project sites.

We sent an email to the Ohio Department of Transportation back then, and Communications Director Scott Varner sent back a lengthy response including the following: "The cost of each sign varies by project and by contractor, as the sign is produced at the contractor's expense. A contractor that can produce its own signs or is producing signs at more than one location would have a lower cost. It’s estimated that each sign is approximately $300 in materials."

Since then, however, the Cleveland Plain Dealer has published a story indicating that officials "estimated the cost at $2,000 to $3,000 to supply, install and remove signs for each of Ohio's 365 projects." Overall, Ohio could end up spending a cool million on just these signs.

Varner's earlier estimate was for just "materials," but still seems incredibly low given the Plain Dealer information. Also, Varner was technically correct in saying that the sign is produced at the contractor's expense, but the contractor just simply passes that cost along to ... well, us. Other states have elected to not use the stimulus signs.

Darke County will have three road improvement projects, at a cost of just over $2 milion, funded with stimulus money (see District 07).

An evening with David Beamer - September 27

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VERSAILLES - The events of Sept. 11, 2001 will forever be engraved in the history books of the United States as a day that changed the nation and altered American's personal sense of security in afearful world. One of the heroes of 9-11 was Todd Beamer, a passenger on United Flight 93. Todd and the other passengers on that flight realized the terrorists who had commandeered their plane were heading the craft toward a strategic target to do greater damage than simply to harm the passengers on board. After conferring with the other passengers, it was Todd's rallying words, "Are you ready? Let's roll!" that set in motion a counterattack from the passengers and crew. This successful counterattack ended when Flight 93 crashed in a quiet field in Pennsylvania, far short of its suspected target in Washington, DC. Many believe the terrorists had plotted to crash the plane into the White House or even into the United States Capitol Building. All of the passengers and crew died in the battle, including Todd Beamer.

Beamer was a devoted Christian. His faith in God influenced not only his value of human life, but also his hope for eternal life. Todd's father, David will be the honored gues at a special service - "Remembering 9-11: An Evening with David Beamer." He is coming to the area in cooperation with Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, TN. There is a Todd Beamer Cottage on the campus of Emmanuel School of Religion that stands as a tribute to this American hero. Outside the Beamer Cottage is a plaque that reads: "Awoke a free man - Became a soldier. Died a hero - Died a Christian."

The community is invited to be present and meet David Beamer and to hear his story of hope and peace in the midst of terror and fear. While the events of 9-11 are in the past, the world continues to struggle with wars and terrorist activity. Beamer is coming to share his real life story. "Remember 9-11: An Evening with David Beamer" will take place on Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Versailles Christian Church, 105 W. Ward St., Versailles.

For more information, contact the church at 526-4194 or visit

[re-printed from last week's edition of The Early Bird]

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New poll: should marijuana be legalized?

In response to the marijuana eradication story below, there have been a handful of comments and emails from people saying marijuana should be legalized - and taxed. The response was somewhat surprising given the generally conservative nature of Darke County.

And now we'll see how strong that sentiment is. Cast your vote.

Greenville Ponderosa to close September 24


Something you don't see every day

Did somebody leave their toy car on the 600 block of South Broadway?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mandy's Fun Run - Saturday (click on the graphic)

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Greenville City Council unanimously votes against EMS proposal

The ad hoc EMS Committee's recommendation was read before council, and after an amendment was made to the report, each Council member voted in favor of the motion to take no further action on establishing EMS in the City of Greenville at this time. Several Council members spoke generally about working with Greenville Township in the future to explore areas of cooperation, including the possibility of a future joint fire/EMS district.

The full ad hoc Committee report is immediately below.

Text of Ad Hoc Committee Recommendation on EMS Feasibility Study

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This committee was formed to review and make recommendations on the EMS Feasibility Study (or the Study) dated April 1, 2009. This Study used the State Auditor's Performance Audit of 2006 recommendation R3.2, which says "GFD should consider combining fire and EMS operations with Greenville Township" and by cross training fire fighters and EMS personnel to become more cost effective for the citizens they serve. The Study recommended its own "Alternative 3" (of a total of 4 choices) that the City combine new EMS services into GFD. This would add an additional seven (7) employees, one Assistant Chief, three (3) ambulances, various equipment purchases and additional training for current firefighters. This Ad Hoc committee met five (5) times; June 19, July 17, August 7, August 8, and August 31, 2009. Each meeting was extremely well attended by citizens and concerned or interested individuals or groups. An abundance of information, data and emotion was presented to this committee.

We find the Study's recommendation of Alternative 3 inadequate for the following reasons.

  • It creates new instead of combining existing services.
  • It adds start-up costs of well over $800,000, by very conservative numbers.
  • It adds more employees to the City, which creates more future cost and liability.
  • It adds the possibility of having more emergency vehicles interacting with traffic.
  • It assumed Township would sell its then unneeded ambulances and equipment. Township Trustees stated that no equipment would be sold off.
  • It assumed Township would eliminate the current 3 mil levy against City citizens. That would probably require costly litigation and the untold cost of undermining future interaction between the City and the Township.
  • It assumed the City could pass a new half mil levy to support operations.
  • It assumed that soft billing could always offset operational costs; who knows what insurance billing in the future will pay?
  • It has only been supported strongly by interested individuals or groups. Individual citizens have strongly opposed it. Many citizens feel that the City would do this as a "tit for tat" reaction to Township starting a fire department.
  • It did not have the information to work with that City revenue is continually declining in this current recession, forcing spending cuts and future budget cuts.

We therefore do not recommend to Council any further action based on the Study.

We do acknowledge that other opportunities have presented themselves throughout this assignment. Former City Fire Chief Steve Birt had proposed in 2001 (?) that Township EMS and City Fire Department be combined in a joint EMS/Fire District, overseen by a separate governing body. This seems much hi line with the State Auditor's recommendation made in 2006. This concept was deemed workable by some statements made by Township Trustees, as they would be willing to work with us, but not for us. We therefore recommend to Council that further efforts mbe made between the City of Greenville and Greenville Township to consolidate our resources and cooperate with each other for the continued improvement of services to the citizens we serve.

/s/ Todd Oliver, Committee Chairman; Leon Rogers, Vice Chairman; John Baumgardner, Member

[note: The Council voted to eliminate the final paragraph from the formal resolution, as it went beyond the charge of the committee. The sentiment of Council was that further cooperation with the township would still be pursued in the future, notwithstanding the deletion of the final paragraph]

3rd Tour de Donut huge sucess

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For the past 3 years, the Saturday after Labor day The Tour de Donut bicycle "race" is held at Brumbaugh fruit farm in Arcanum.

This year just shy of 500 cyclists of all shapes sizes and experience levels took to the 30 mile route. While on the course riders could stop at Bears Mill and Pitsburg park for donuts. For every donut eaten during the ride five minutes is deducted from the riders finish time. This years event attacted riders from 11 states and a huge local number of participants. The most donuts eaten this year was 21 by Brian Fialkowski of Cleveland. His total is 4 donuts shy of last years champion and all time record holder, professional competative eater Steve Meinke of Chicago, who could only eat 18 this year. In total 220 dozen donuts were eaten during the "race".

The event receives no local sponsorship, yet has doubled in size each of the last three years. All money raised at the event is used to promote cycling as a healthy lifestyle and support the Colavita Ohio cycling clubs bicycle rodeo and childrens helmet give-away.

Arcanum Fire Department Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day - October 3rd

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The Arcanum Fire Department will be hosting its first annual Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day on October 3rd, 2009. The activities will take place at the Arcanum Fire Department which is located at 206 S Main Street Arcanum, Ohio .

Fire Prevention & Public Safety Day will feature dozens of activities. The day will begin with a parade at 11:30 AM which will begin on North Main Street and will end in front of the Arcanum Fire Department.

A memorial will be unveiled at 12:00 PM and the Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day activities will begin immediately following the ceremony.

Some of the featured activities for the day include: Smoke Trailer Demonstrations, Fire Truck Rides, Careflight Demonstration, Games, Prize Drawings, Evening Teen Dance.

Children and teenagers of all age are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Some of the prizes that will be given away include gift cards and merchandize that were donated from local businesses.

Schedule of the days events:

10:30 AM: Parade Line-Up ( Greenmoor Dr )
11:30 AM: Fire Prevention Parade (Parade route down Main St )
12:00 PM: Memorial Dedication/Flag Raising @ Arcanum Fire Dept
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Registration for Kids Prizes
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Ladies Auxiliary Lunch
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Library Book Drive
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Fire Truck/Squad/Police Demonstrations/Tours
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Fire Truck Rides
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Smoke Trailer Demonstrations
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Games & Activities
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Prize Drawings
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Careflight Demonstration
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Cake Walks, 50/50 Drawing
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Dance

Monday, September 14, 2009

State Agricultural issues discussed

A number of state legislators appeared this evening for an event outside Rossburg to discuss agricultural issues. At the top of the agenda is Issue 2, which is an initiative to pre-empt efforts by the ultra-liberal Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to impose punitive restrictions on livestock farmers. The clear message of the evening was: VOTE YES ON ISSUE 2.

The event was hosted by Jim and Gayle Rismiller.

Flags to fly at half staff on September 15

The flags at county buildings will fly at half staff on September 15 in honor of Prosecuting Attorney Richard M. Howell. The decision was made today at the regular meeting of the Darke County Commissioners.

Aerial search near Bear's Mill (marijuana found)

Update: the following press release from the Darke County Sheriff's Office was received today. The press release was accompanied by a note indicating that the discovery of marijuana was in fact related to the aerial search previously discussed on this website on September 8 (story below). Here is the press release:


On Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th, the Darke County Sheriff's Office along with the BCI Marijuana eradication team, and Greenville Police Department performed a joint marijuana eradication in Darke County . During the search several woods and fields were found to have marijuana plants growing in them. A total of approximately 316 marijuana plants, ranging in height of up to 9 feet, were located and removed from the county. The search was deemed very successful and charges will be pending for several subjects for their part in the cultivation of Marijuana. The total street value of the Marijuana removed from Darke County is estimated at over $300,000.00

For any questions concerning the case, contact Detective J. Scott Mullen at (937) 548-1193.

Here is the story from September 8:

From the chat log ... "The Sheriff's department is currently conducting a very intense aerial search of a property across from Bears Mill ... A helicopter has been flying over this area for the past 15 minutes or so, sometimes VERY low!"

This is all unconfirmed - take it for what it's worth. More details as they develop.

[photo confirms part of the story]

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Darke County Photo Club Show A Success!

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The Darke County Photo Club held its second annual “A Moment of Time” photo show this past week. A DCPC member, Mel Cabeen, from Laura, stole the show with his clown picture. Mel won a 1st place in the “People” category, along with three sponsor ribbons and the Ron Swank People’s Choice award. He also won a sponsor ribbon with his digital art entry. There were also two other triple sponsor rosette winners, Tonia Oda and Tim Harshman. Best of Show, selected by judge Greg Metzcar, was DCPC member, Jeannie Grosch’s “Poseidon’s Temple”, taken in Greece. The club had a total of 38 exhibitors and 165 photos on display.

The club would also like to express its gratitude to Mr. Ted Abney for allowing us to hold our show in his store at 503 S. Broadway. It turned out to be an excellent facility, as well as a great location for the show, especially the night of the Rollin’ 50’s Car Show.

Best in Show (Jeannie Grosch):

Here are the winners. To see the names of the winners and sponsors, either: 1) expand the slideshow below and click "show info," or 2) go here ... and click "slideshow" (the slideshow embedded below is too small to show the captions).

NFL Week 1 - open thread

Predictions: Bengals over Broncos; Colts over Jaguars; Browns lose to Vikings; and Terrell Owens will do something stupid on Monday night.

Update: It sure is painful to be a Bengal fan.

Greenville Community Festival - today

Saturday, September 12, 2009

USC vs. OSU - open thread

Editorial note: Jim Tressel is misguided in his defensive strategy. How many times do we have to lose games on the final drive by employing the "bend-but-not-break" defense? Granted ... OSU never seems to give up the big play. But here's a news flash for Jim Tressel: if the other team gets 5 yards every play, eventually they'll score a touchdown. I could forgive the guy if it was the first time, but ... Illinois a few years ago ... the bowl game against Texas last year ... and the final drive tonight engineered by a 19-year-old kid. Dude - there are defensive strategies other than a 4-man bull-rush! A blitz? A stunt? Something, please.

NTSB Report on August 24 fatal mid-air collision

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According the the National Transportation Safety Board:

On August 24, 2009, about 2045 eastern daylight time, a Destiny 2000 powered-parachute, N5604B, and an unregistered Phantom ultralight collided in-flight at a private airstrip for landing near Arcanum, Ohio. Both aircraft were substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The pilot of N5604B sustained fatal injuries. The pilot of the ultralight sustained serious injuries. Both aircraft had departed from the private airstrip earlier in the evening on separate local flights.

A witness reported that the aircraft collided over the west end of the private airstrip. The powered parachute, N5604B, appeared to be on final approach to land to the east, as the Phantom ultralight approached from the south. After the collision, N5604B descended onto the runway. The ultralight impacted the adjacent corn field. Updated on Sep 8 2009 2:51PM

You can see the full report here.

Photos from the Downtown Cruise-In

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Darke County Prosecutor Richard Howell passes away

Darke County Prosecutor Richard Howell passed away Friday morning at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. God bless Dick Howell and his family.

Mr. Richard M. Howell age 56 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Friday September 11, 2009 at 11:20 AM at his residence. He was born July 7, 1953 in St. Mary’s, Ohio. He is the son of Richard and Maxine (Cost) Howell of West Milton, Ohio. He was the Prosecuting Attorney for Darke County. He was a Member of the Elks Lodge of Greenville, Ohio, the Prosecutors Association, and the Bar Association. He Graduated from Memorial High School in St. Mary’s, Ohio, Ohio State University, and Ohio Northern Law School.

He is preceded in death by his sister: Robin Grieshop.

He is survived by his parents; Wife: Susan (Karacia) Howell of Greenville; Son: Clinton Howell of Cincinnati, Ohio; Daughter: Whitney Howell of Greenville; Brother: Randy Howell of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Sister: Wanda McCallister of Tipp City, Ohio.

Services will be held on Tuesday September 15, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday September 14, 2009 at the funeral home. An Elks Lodge of Sorrow will be held on Monday at 9:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Disciplinary leave for Darke County's EMA director ... terminated

Darke County Emergency Management Agency director June Mong has been put on a 15-day unpaid disciplinary leave for undisclosed infractions. More info as it is available.

Update: Mong has now been fired. The plot thickens ... why give a suspension - and then terminate the employee?

Update II: a reader claims that Mong resigned. We see little or no distinction between a termination and a resignation under duress. But consider the comment for what it is worth ... Mong may have resigned with disciplinary action imminent.


On 09-10-09 at approximately 4:19 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office was received a call of a two vehicle rollover accident at the intersection of Arcanum Bears Mill Rd and Folkerth Rd. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, Arcanum Fire and Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Preliminary investigation shows that a 2001 Honda Civic driven by Vincent Gragorace (18) of Greenville was eastbound on Folkerth Rd. Gragorace failed to stop at the stop sign at Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. Gragorace's vehicle was struck by a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, which was southbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. and was driven by Tyler Garner (17) of Greenville. Gragorace's vehicle went off the southeast corner of the intersection and overturned. Gragorace was treated by Greenville Township Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital . Garner was checked by Arcanum Rescue, but refused treatment.

Gragorace had two passenger's in his vehicle, Jacob Rose (18) of Greenville , and Lindsey Ricker (18) of Greenville . Rose was partially ejected from the vehicle and was treated by Greenville Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital . Ricker was partially ejected from the vehicle. Ricker was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by Careflight.

Garner had one passenger in his vehicle, Dreema Garber (15) of Gettysburg . Garber was treated by Arcanum Rescue and refused treatment.

At this time Ricker is listed in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital .

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Week 3 football scores

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With a lot of somber news today, we're going to report scores only on the football games:

  • Franklin 41 Greenville 21 (F)
  • Ansonia 44, National Trail 0 (F)
  • Coldwater 25, Versailles 14 (F)
  • Covington 41, Bradford 0 (F)
  • Miami East 35, Mississinawa 13 (F)
  • Twin Valley South 32, Arcanum 19 (F)

9/11 ceremony at the Darke County Courthouse

A solemn and well-attended service was held at noon today (at the Darke County Courthouse) in remembrance of 9/11. Beverly Marker presided over the service, with State Representative Richard Adams as the featured speaker. Earlier in the day, Greenville's church bells tolled at 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Preview: Greenville City Council to address EMS issue next Tuesday

The next scheduled meeting of the Greenville City Council is Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenville City Building. At the meeting, the ad hoc committee on EMS feasibility is expected to recommend against further consideration of EMS for Greenville. Despite the recommendation, our source from the city does not believe the vote will be unanimous - and that some member, or members, of the council may vote against the committee recommendation.

Update: comments are closed. There will be a new story after the Tuesday council meeting.

How about a discussion on health care?

Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress tonight on the issue of health care. Also tuning in will be an ever-dwindling group of people willing to watch the president's speeches on television (as evidenced by Fox's decision to air "So You Think You Can Dance" instead). If the viewing audience represents the American public at-large, a majority will be hostile to the president's message.

So can the president pull a rabbit out of the hat tonight?

Update: any post-speech analysis?

Update II: Dennis Miller just made a funny point ... [paraphrasing] ... When Obama shows up 10 minutes late for his own speech, it doesn't give me a lot of confidence that the government can handle health care.

1st Annual Darke County Backyard Olympics---Saturday, September 12th

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For this exciting new event, Brethren Retirement Community is collaborating with another large non-profit organization in our community, The YMCA of Darke County.


Do you and a partner have what it takes to be crowned Darke County's 2009 Backyard Olympics Corporate Challenge Champion? Are you looking for a wonderful way to increase camaraderie at your company and have fun for a great cause? The Corporate Challenge at the 2009 Backyard Olympics is just the thing!

It requires well-honed skills, boundless stamina, and a big heart. It doesn't take a chiseled frame or extreme stamina to claim this prestigious title, just a playful spirit and a love of quirky games, odd skills and backyard savvy, all performed for a great cause. Grab a co-worker or a member of your management staff to form a team or several teams and compete for the Corporate Cup and Cash Prizes (Paid in Chamber Dollars). The energetic opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon with the friendly competition to follow. Think fun, think zany, think competition, think non-traditional "sports", and lots of laughs while raising awareness and money for two great causes and promoting your business at the same time! Once you have recruited your two person teams, you can either sign up via online registration or by printing and mailing the registration form from

Once you have registered, feel free to send me a list of those who you would like to challenge during this fun-filled afternoon of friendly competition. I would be happy to send them a challenge email!!!!!

Proceeds will benefit both Brethren Retirement Community Resident Aid Fund and The YMCA of Darke County Scholarship Fund. Entry Fee of $200 includes:

  • A team in the Corporate Challenge
  • 2 tickets to the Friday night BRC gala Charity Auction & Dinner on Sept. 11 ($80 Value)
  • Corporate name on back of event t-shirts
  • 2 event t-shirts
  • 2 K of C chicken dinners
  • A business card size “ad” in the gala program book

... All this AND a chance to win the Corporate Cup for the Best Corporate Backyard Olympic Team!


1st Place - $200 for Team; 2nd Place - $100 for Team; 3rd Place - $75 for Team

For a list of all events and registration information, including a 5K Run, Fishing Derby, Homerun Derby, Senior Olympics and a Kids Fun Zone, visit our website at

Press release - veterans scam

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Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey and the Mercer County Veteran’s Office have been notified of a recent scam effecting local Veterans. Local Veterans are being contacted by someone claiming to be from the Patient Care Group offering to assist Veterans with administering VA prescriptions, then asking for the Veterans credit card numbers. It should be noted that the Veterans Administration never asks for personal financial information over the phone.

Local Veterans are warned to not disclose any personal information or credit card information over the phone. Sheriff Grey stated “Our veterans deserve respect, not to be preyed upon with this or any other type of scam”.

Anyone who has been contacted by someone claiming to be from the Patient Care Group is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 419-586-7724 or the Mercer County Veterans Office at 419-586-3542.

[press release from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office]

Football Friday Week 3

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Every Darke County team has an away game this Friday. Here is the list:

  • Greenville at Franklin
  • Versailles at Coldwater
  • Arcanum at Twin Valley South
  • Bradford at Covington
  • Mississinawa at Miami East
  • Ansonia at National Trail

Our YouTube videos for the first two Games of the Week have now been viewed over 500 times! Unfortunately, there will be no video coverage this week. However, please still text/call scores and updates to 937-423-2744.

Fall style show at Youniques - September 10th today

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Youniques Boutique downtown Greenville is having its annual Fall Style Show - Thursday Sept. 10th @ 12:30p.m. at the Montage Cafe. No tickets are necessary. Bring some friends, have lunch, enjoy the show and see new fall colors and styles.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Aaron McLear speaks to Darke County Young Republicans

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Greenville's own Aaron McLear spoke Tuesday night to a small group to kick off the formation of the Darke County Young Republicans. McLear gave an interesting and entertaining speech about his time working as press secretary for California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger.

McLear has been Schwarzenegger's press secretary since 2007, having previously served as regional press secretary for the Republican National Comittee for Ohio, Pennsylvania, and the Northeast. McLear also served as the Ohio communications director for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign.

McLear graduated from Greenville High School and went on to earn a degree in journalism from Ohio University. Aaron McLear is the son of Bob and Jean McLear of Greenville.

If you are interested in information about the Darke County Young Republicans, or you want to join, contact David Barger at

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