Monday, May 31, 2010

Lady Wave softball rally set for Tuesday evening

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Update: you can see video of the parade here.

Come support the Lady Wave Softball team as they leave for their second State Tournament in the past four years. Tomorrow (Tuesday) they will meet at Greenville High School at 6:00 PM, leave on the Wave Wagon at 6:15 for a small parade / convoy through town to Jim’s Drive-In. The route will be along Harmon Drive, west to Broadway at the light, then south along Broadway to the circle, continuing along Broadway in the downtown district, down Washington Avenue to Pine Street, west along Pine to Teaford’s, and out Fort Jefferson Road (route 121) to Jim’s Drive-in at the corner of the Fair Grounds. There will be a new State Final 4 T-shirts available for sale for $10.00 at the School at 6:00 PM, and again at Jim’s Drive-In at 7:00 PM.

They will be driving to Akron tomorrow night in preparation for their Thursday morning game against Hebron Lakewood at 10:00 AM. The team will be staying at the Comfort Inn on Arlington Road in Akron, for those who might consider making the trip. Come and support the Lady Wave for their parade through town at 6:15 PM Tuesday evening, and better yet, come to Akron for the first Big Game Thursday morning.

Good Luck Lady Wave!

Versailles: Special Honors for The WWII Vets

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Great report from Steve Baker [click image for video].

Photo by annie81 at iWitness7

In Honor of PFC Douglas E. Dickey of Rossburg

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Link from Guest #1

Palestine Memorial Day Services

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Palestine Memorial Day parade stepped off at 10:00 am with the Hollansburg and New Madison American Legion and Auxiliary leading the way. The Tri-Village Junior High Band marched followed by the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts; and then members of the community carrying flowers to decorate the graves. There were little ones in strollers and wagons and children with bikes decorated. In all 75-90 participants marched down Main Street pass on-lookers to the cemetery. The American Legion honor guard commemorated the fallen soldiers. The band played a patriotic medley and the Star Spangled Banner. Pastor Tracy Brown gave the commemorative speech to the estimated 150-175 in attendance. Preparations were made by the Liberty Township Trustees and sound provided by Brewer Sound. This Memorial Day tradition was another opportunity to remember our fallen soldiers and an opportunity for the next generation to learn about respecting those who have served our county and to show respect for Old Glory and reverence for our Creator.

Flower Show at Garst Museum - June 26 & 27

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Irma Heiser, Ladybug; Lila Pinney, Sun and Fun;
Barbara Rhoades, Wildflower, and Pam Clark, Garden Girls.
The Darke County Association of Garden Clubs will hold a flower show at Garst Museum on June 26 and 27 in celebration of Annie Oakley’s 150th birthday and the ”Year of Annie Oakley”. The theme of the show is “Annie, the Pride of Darke County”.

The Darke County Association of Garden Clubs is comprised of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club, Garden Girls, Ladybug, Sun and Fun, and Wildflower Garden Clubs. Ladies from the Arcanum Garden Club will be staging the Annie Oakley invitational to welcome guests when they enter the museum. Hours will be Saturday, June 26, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 27, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Charlene Thornhill, President of the Darke County Association of Garden Clubs, said, “The Darke County Association of Garden Clubs is looking forward to the "Annie, the Pride of Darke County" flower show as it has been sometime since we have staged a show at the museum . (we have had Christmas shows in the past). With the 150th Celebration of Annie Oakley's birthday, it is exciting for our organization to be able to create designs that depicted a part of Annie's life. Besides the creativity of the designs, the clubs will share their horticulture abilities in classes such as Roses, Hosta, Lilies, Hemerocalis and other named plant varieties”.

For further information, please call the museum at 548-5250.


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Mike Pressnall of Wayne HealthCare and his grandson
plant a pot during Downtown Greenville Planting Day.
Photo courtesy of Roger Brooks, Darke County Photo Club
On May 22, over 60 people from businesses, organizations and families came to beautify downtown. With the early morning start, volunteers from BASF assisted in the unloading and spreading of mulch on the downtown tree boxes. From 8:00am until 11:00am on a Saturday morning people inundated the downtown to plant their adopted box organized by the Main Street Greenville’s Design Committee.

If you are in downtown this summer, check out the colorful additions to the downtown along with the rows of street poles recognizing the Adopt-A-Box participants. Children, parents, grandparents, co-workers, and friends all took part in the planting of the vibrant colors along South Broadway. “This program was designed to reach out and involve the community and to have an appreciation for downtown Greenville,” stated Mike Henderson, Main Street Greenville Design Chair. Throughout the summer the participants will be maintaining their box while helpful hands of more community volunteers water the boxes and pots.

This year’s program recognizes Miller Flowers, Greenville Rotary Club, BASF, Spencer’s Landscaping, Fresh Air Farms, City of Greenville Street Department and the Greenville FFA for contributing time, materials and or monetary donation towards this community project.

A great big thanks to the 2010 Adopt A Box participants: AAA Miami Valley, Advanced Eye Care, American Title Resources, Inc, Ann's Gifts, Beltone Hearing & Audiology Service, Brethren Retirement Community, Century Link, Chad, Lauren & Carson Henry, Christie Randall, Commercial Printing, Commissioners Haworth, Delaplane & Rhoades, Comprehensive Health Network, Daily Advocate, Danny's Place, Darke County Democratic Women, Darke County Farmers Union, Darke County Visitors Bureau. Dick and Debby Sodders, Don and Janet Weills, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Girl Scout Troup 31293, Granny's Corner, Greenville National Bank, In Memory of Howard and Dolly Marshall, KitchenAid Experience, La Maisonette House of Coffee, Law Offices of Jason Aslinger, Linda Stachler Recorder, Mark, Merri & Payton Niekamp, Mercer Savings Bank, Michael's Clocks, Mike and Debbie Henderson, Mike and Kim Bowers, Mote & Associates, Ryan and Becky Dynes, Second National Bank, Staff of Wayne Cinema, Sweet One O One The Haworth Family, Ted Finnarn Law Office, The Schmerge Family, The Wilson Family, Warner Chiropractic, Wayne HealthCare, Winterrowd Services, and Youniques

With people working together and having fun, great things can be accomplished-planting community pride one box at a time.

Happy Memorial Day from the Darke County Red Cross

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Happy Memorial Day!

As we’re grilling out, enjoy outings, celebrating graduates,
let’s take a moment to remember the brave men and women of
the United States Armed Forces
and the men and women who have already served
and their families who so quietly serve our nation as well.

Hope your enjoying the long weekend---
please remember to stay summer safe, for some great tips,
go to!  

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A Series Of Propane Explosions Shakes New Weston

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Greenville High School Award Winners

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Bill Beagle to speak at Neave Twp. Memorial Day Ceremony

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State Sentate candidate Bill Beagle will speak at the annual Neave Township Memorial Day Ceremony on Sunday, May 30th at noon. The ceremony will take place at the Neave Township cemetery on State Route 121 just south of Ft. Jefferson. If raining, the ceremony will be moved to the church in Ft. Jefferson.

Beagle graduated from Miami University with a degree in Finance, and earned an M.B.A from Cleveland State University. As a financial analyst, Bill has extensive budgeting and operating experience in the public sector, the private sector, as well as with non-profit organizations. Beagle previously served as president of the Tipp City Council.

Beagle currently resides in Tipp City, Ohio with his wife, Karen and three children, Morgan, Ryan and Lauren.

UPDATE: A great crowd of 110 attended the Memorial Day ceremony. Bill Beagle gave an excellent speech.

Lady Wave softball advances to state

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Lady Wave beats Urbana 2-1! Jordyn Fisherback strikes out 10 and drives in the winning run. Wave wins the region, improves to 30-3, and advances to the final four. Next game will be Thursday at Akron.

More courtesy of DB: Greenville (#2 in State, 30-3 record) plays Hebron Lakewood (#4 in State, 27-5 record) Thursday morning at 10 AM at Firestone Stadium in Akron . The other semifinal game in the Div. 2 State tournament is between Poland Seminary (#1 in State, 30-1 record) and New Concord John Glenn (#5 in State), game at 12:30, same stadium. The final game is next Saturday, June 5 at 10 AM, same stadium.

Photo from Matt Arnold


Some Memorial Day Photos from Jeannie Grosch

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Congratulations Class of 2010

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Best wishes to all the graduates of all the Darke County schools! If anyone has graduation photos, send them in. Below are a few from the GHS Class of 2010.

Photos courtesy of David Dill

GHS '10 grad Jon Payne and family. Congratulations Jon!

CareFlight responds to Crash near Kroger's

At about 1315 on Saturday afternoon, a car motorcycle accident occurred on Lease Ave. at the entrance to Kroger's. Greenville Fire, Police and Twp. medics responded to the scene. The cycle can be seen with it's tail light still shining (photo one below). The CareFlight crew and assist in packaging the cycle rider for transport to Miami Valley (center). He had lost consciousness a couple times. Firefighters and medics move the victim to the waiting chopper (right). ETA to Miami Valley 10-12 mins. Chopper landed just behind Arby's. GFD provided GPS coordinates making site ID easy for CareFlight. [thanks to RR]

Memorial Day Tribute (by RPR)

This video tribute is an account of the men and women who serve our country on the front line, those who put their lives on the line every single day - told by Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North in 2009. 

This Memorial Day, take time to remember those in the armed forces on active duty, the reservists, or service members who have fallen in the line of duty. Consider law enforcement officers, fire and rescue personnel, individual involved in national defense.

"Think of the fearless men and women who put on a uniform every day to make freedom possible-because there are no freedoms without those willing to fight for them." ~From The Ring of Freedom

Remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to "Taps."

Friday, May 28, 2010

Busting out in Ansonia?

I am a resident of Darke County and send my children to Ansonia Local Schools.

This morning (May 28) as I was about to drop my children off I saw that the senior girls had pulled a prank. There were bras hanging from every tree, sign, and bush with a huge sign hung on the building which read" Ansonia seniors are "busting out." The girls drove through the parking lot hanging out the car windows waving bras in the air, wearing bras on the outside of their shirts.

I felt this was VERY inappropriate, however what I found unbelievable was the fact that the teachers, yes teachers, were out there cheering, whistling and hollering like they were at a strip club. This is a high school - not Hooters. My six year old had to watch as male teachers cheered on girls waving their bras out the car windows. This is on school grounds yet it felt like a frat party. I was shocked and horrified by this behavior.

Mary Riffell

The Nifty Thrifty To Close

Thank you Darke county for a great year at my shop.I've had the good fortune of meeting some of Darke counties nicest people.Sadly I have to close my doors on June 26.These are hard times and I just can't seem to get ahead.So I'm going to close and possibly reopen at my house next spring. I say if first you don't succeed try and try again. Stop out and check out my great deals.Entire store is 10% off. Kids clothes and shoes 25% off.I have also opened up my Holiday section.

1555 Wagner Ave, Across from Lowe's, Thurs/Friday 11-5, Sat 11-4

Again Thanks to all who have supported me in this adventure. Carmen Lundvall, The Nifty Thrifty

The informed Electorate (by Mike Stegall)

This past Tuesday morning (May 25th), I had the pleasure of meeting some people at the Blue and White in North Star for coffee. The meeting was arranged by Andrew Dirksen, a fine young man who is helping me to meet more people in the northern part of the county. There were about 15 people present, most of them farmers, who have coffee in there in the mornings. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is always fun to hear what the people of Darke County have to say, and this morning I got an earful!

It is funny how most people in the county all have the same concerns: debt, jobs, new business, keeping the old businesses in the county, etc. What is interesting is how everyone has a different idea about how to go about these problems. The one factor they all have in common is what can elected officials do about these problems, and what is their plan. It was fun trying to explain what I foresaw for the county, and what my ideas were. Most were well received, and the ones that weren’t, well lets just say we had a “spirited debate.”

Clerical volunteer needed

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Interested in building your resume to include receptionist experience? Council on Rural Services is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of clerical and receptionist duties at the organization’s office on Third Street in Greenville.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

High stakes political battle brewing in Hillgrove

Pump-gate. ....... UPDATE: Steve Baker adds this video report [click the image] ...

Greenville Graduate Owns Radio Station

2010 Greenville Senior High School graduate Terence Keaser owns and operates Wave 96, Home of the Green Wave. Wave 96 is an Internet streaming radio station and its mission is to restore pride and spirit back into the city of Greenville. Terence has lived here all is life and has dreams to stay here after his college career. Wave 96 was created for the Greenville community looking to get motivated again, and with the access from the World Wide Web leaves the potential to put Greenville back on the map. Terence said “We must all work together and support the things we have or we lose them, but we also must be willing to create new ones in order to better prepare for a more advanced world we are entering.” He also said “Wave 96 is a community radio station wanting to help small business afford advertising and expand their customer base.” Terence is open to a conversation and is willing to listen to what people have to say. The station phone number is 937-417-4844 or you can E-mail the station directly,

Greenville Farmers' Market Opening Day

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Keith Rhoades of Rhoadesides Noodles & More
talks to a customer about his product.
Photo courtesy of Roger Brooks,
Darke County Photo Club
The Farmers’ Market season is kicking off Saturday, June 5 at the Courthouse in downtown Greenville from 9:00am – 1:00pm. To welcome the fresh and local market season many activities are scheduled during opening day as well as throughout the market season.

Besides the awesome fresh produce, handmade products and homemade goodies, the market will be the stage for Sweet Surrender, a wholesome, family oriented music performer. Sweet Surrender’s founder, Gill Miller, will be performing at the Courthouse gazebo from 10:30 am-12:30 pm opening day and every first Saturday of the market season.

Another great addition to the market is Artists on the Lawn. Members of the Greenville Art Guild will be painting and displaying their talents for market goers. “We enjoy creating our art in the shadow of our historic Courthouse. The Farmers' Market scene with its patrons make great subjects for paintings,” commented Jan Boyer, President of the Greenville Art Guild. The Artists on the Lawn is a series at the market every Saturday until the end of July.

Vendors to expect at opening day include: EAT Food for Life, organic products; Woodview Alpaca Farm, alpaca yarn and products; Janet’s Broadway Bakery, baked goods; Yappy Treats, dog treats; Frank Dawson, organic produce, fruit and vegetables; Rhoadeside Noodles and More, angel food cakes and noodles; Baby Bling, handmade baby accessories; Josephine Candle Co., soy candles and handmade rugs.

The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from June until the end of October as well as every Wednesday starting June 9 until the end of September from 2:00 – 6:00pm. Wednesday, June 9 market will offer a demonstration by Diane Johnson from 3:00 – 5:00pm called “Put A Lid On It,” how to preserve your vegetables and fruits. The market as well as the demonstration takes place at the Courthouse at the intersection of 4th and Broadway in downtown Greenville. The Farmers’ Market is a free event for the entire Darke County community.

Main Street Greenville and Darke County Farm Bureau sponsor the downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market. All products are produced in Ohio or neighboring Indiana counties. Applications for vendors are available throughout the season. Interested vendors should contact Main Street Greenville at 548-4998 or visit for an application.

Special guest to appear at Women's Club picnic

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Jane Portman
The Darke County Republican Women will be celebrating Monday, June 14, “Flag Day” with a special picnic and a very special guest speaker, Mrs. Rob Portman! The picnic will be held in the dining room in the Brethren Home at noon. Jane Portman’s husband, Rob, is a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Jane Portman and her husband Rob live in Terrace Park, OH with their three teenage children, Jed, Will and Sally, and their two dogs, Duke and Chuck.

Jane grew up in North Carolina and has called Ohio "home" since 1986, when she and Rob were married. Her professional background is in marketing and communications, and she has devoted much of her time and energy toward raising her family.

Jane is an active community volunteer who serves on the board of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is a longtime driver of a regular Meals on Wheels route, and tutors students in Cincinnati Public Schools, among other activities.

President Margaret Muhlenkamp does promise “ants”, after all, it is a picnic. This is a luncheon so reservations are required by June 9. Please call Wavelene Denniston at 937-547-6477 or e-mail For further information call Margaret Muhlenkamp at 937-548-7172.

Serving and Learning In Darke County

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"The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." ~ Andy Rooney

Students participating in the Opportunity 13 program are at it again. Meeting the needs of businesses and organizations in the county has become a priority for Opportunity 13 this year. Through the Ohio Learn and Serve project, students are not only providing a service, but are focused on creating partnerships with community organizations. In addition to this, students develop skills and understanding of specific content standards for each activity.

One of the several Service Learning partnerships established this year is with Resthaven Retirement Community. Students organize and implement recreational activities with the residents. Some of the activities include bowling, cornhole and Wii fitness games. An added bonus to the project is the positive social interactions between the students and the residents. The students share this experience as being fun, inspiring and motivational. They enjoy encouraging the residents’ participation and motivating them to keep trying.

If you are interested in learning more about Opportunity 13, please contact Karyn at 937/564-5943. If you are interested in learning more about Ohio Learn and Serve, please contact Lisa at 937/548-4915.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

West Manchester Cruise-in and Chicken BBQ - June 19th

Sponsors: Sons of American Legion/American Legion Post 665

Dash Plaques to the first 50 registered * Registration 3 - 5 P.M. Fee $5.00 * Trophies awarded by Sponsor’s Choice * Cornhole Tournament / Double Elimination / Registration 10 - 11:30 A.M / Starts at 12:00 P.M. * Chicken served at 3pm * Portion of Proceeds to go to Preble County Honor Guard * Info: 937-548-0814 / Day of Event 937-533-1843

Darke T.E.A. Patriots - Meeting Report May 25, 2010

The meeting started with a prayer by Paster Joe LeMaster and the Pledge of Alligiance to our Flag by Red Skelton on a film clip from the 1950s. The meaning of the Pledge was deeply enhanced by the sincerety and honesty of the Skelton presentation.

A discussion, centered on organization finances, touched on a variety of possabilities from a monthly membership fee to donations for a specific activity/event and was tabled with an action item for the Executive Committee to review past expenses, determine an initial forcaste of expenses and to present a recommendation at the next regularly scheduled meeting on June 8, 2010.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lady Wave softball advances

Wednesday afternoon at Northmont High School , the Lady Wave won their first regional game since 2007, with an exciting come-from-behind 5-3 win over Kings High School (at Kings Mill near Kings Island ). Kings had a 26-6 record and came into the game with three straight shutouts (10-0, 10-0, and 5-0 over tough Hamilton Ross). The Wave broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning when Ashley Hanes’ base hit over the first base bag down the right field line, scored designated runner Kami Berner. The 1-0 lead was short-lived when Kings scored three times in the fifth, when the ball took some bounces away from the Wave infielders. With the Wave trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth with two outs and none on, six consecutive Wave batters reached base with a combination of hits and walks. The Wave scored 4 times, to lead 5-3. Jordyn Fisherback pitched another excellent game, retiring the Kings Knights in the seventh with one base runner. Coach Newland’s team was down, but never gave up, scoring in unexpected ways in that sixth inning. The Lady Wave is 29-3, and will play in the Regional Finals at Noon, Saturday, at Northmont High School against a yet unnamed opponent. A game Thursday night will decide if Urbana , Wapakoneta, Lima Shawnee or Napoleon will play the Wave next.

Key Club service continues to grow

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Greenville High School Key Club has grown in community service for the past three years and plans on setting new milestones for 2010-11.

In 2007-08, senior Chas Corbett took the reins of a struggling student group and changed its direction. By the end of the year, 27 students racked up 570 hours of club and community service, with 17 of them working 25 hours or more. The following year, under the leadership of Kirstin Keller, 2009, 27 students performed 660 hours of club and community service, with 12 of them working 25 hours or more.

Danielle Bankson provided the leadership this past year, with 26 students performing in excess of 800 hours of club and community service. Eight students worked 25 hours or more, and another seven worked 50 hours or more.

Some of the service projects the Key Club traditionally handles is helping Greenville Kiwanis with its Pancake Breakfast every March, Fair Gate 5 in August and Bell Ringing during the holidays. Projects of its own typically include Trick or Treat for FISH and Rake & Run.

Two years ago, the Club added Cemetery Cleanups for Greenville Township. This year the students added Darke County Parks Waffle and Sausage Breakfast to its service agenda, and donated food for underprivileged children at a local school.

Also added was the participation of Greenville’s NJROTC in the Holiday Bell Ringing and Student Council in the Rake and Run.

A new milestone was reached when a Greenville sophomore, Mariah Reitz, was appointed Division 3 Ohio District Lt. Governor for Key Club International. The Division had been without leadership for eight years, and Mariah is reportedly only the second student from Greenville to serve in this position.

Leadership for 2011 has been placed in the hands of senior Kent Holmes. He held a kickoff meeting Wednesday, with 24 students showing up ready to work this summer and next year. They made a number of plans for the summer and have as their goal 1,000 hours of club and community service for the 2010-2011 school year. The club’s membership drive will continue through the fall, recruiting new freshmen and upper class students.

GHS Key Club is sponsored by Greenville Kiwanis; the Key Club Advisor is Bob Robinson.

Key Club members enjoy their annual end-of-year lunch with Greenville Kiwanis after receiving their certificates of service at Greenville High School’s Awards Assembly.
Key Club Leaders (l to r): Danielle Bankson, 2009-10 GHS Key Club President; Mariah Reitz, Div. 3 Ohio District Lt. Gov. Key Club International; Kent Holmes, 2010-11 GHS Key Club President.

Accused dog killer is arraigned

Video report from Steve Baker (click Baker's badge) ...

DarkeJournal reader CF wants you to visit

Coming this Friday to Wayne Theater ... Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Rossburg Fire Association Ice Cream Social - Saturday June 5th

Bar-B-Que Chicken / Serving starts at 4 pm
Homemade Ice Cream / Entertainment / Approx 5 pm

Games, Cake Wheel, 25 cents per paddle per spin *Kiddie Tractor Pull, Sign up @ 3, pull starts @ 4, No-points – fun pull only * Pie Auction Throughout * CareFlight starting @ 8 pm * Raffle Ticket drawing winners @ 9ish


A Celebration of Service: American Red Cross hosts Annual Meeting

An evening of celebrating service given was held on May 20th at the Greenville County Club, where Red Cross volunteers and partners were recognized for their lifesaving work, and the men and women of the Armed Forces, Veterans and their families were recognized for their sacrifice.

After a delicious dinner and a brief business meeting which saw Tyeis Baker-Baunamm, Rick Lee, Dan Franks and Jessica Pabst elected to join the Darke County Board of Directors. An election of officers, Chair Mary Lane, Vice Chair Roger Van Frank, Second Vice Chair Cinda Pike, Secretary Diane Delaplane and Treasurer Ted Holsapple was held to lead board members Mike Bowers, Mike Boyer, Mark Dotson, Marie Boas, Dale Musser, John Cook, Greg Zechar, Mike Gray, Michelle Mader, Dennis Lockhart, Bonnie Wagner and Kay Kirby, past Chair. Additionally, two members were inducted onto the Honorary Board, they are considered for inclusion because of their high level of exemplary service, commitment to the organization and their enthusiastic continued support to the mission of the Red Cross, the two new members, Ruth Macklin and Bernard Dent join, Jon Eric Fee, Carmon Shoemaker, Mike Snyder, Don Grooms, Mike Rhoades, Ron Bonfiglio, John Keller, Nils Eikenberry and Gene Buchy.

Guest Speaker, Lt Colonel, Jesse Green, Ohio National Guard and Darke County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney shared with the members of the audience his experiences of his recent deployment; bringing home the services the Red Cross provides the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families.

A variety of awards were given at the Annual Meeting, for volunteers, partners and businesses:

The Good Neighbor Award for is presented to an organization for having made a significant humanitarian contribution to the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross. This year’s awardees are businesses, community organizations, social identities who all contributed in their own way to the Chapter’s Year of Service, and without their tremendous community support ,the Red Cross would not be able to deliver services and programs.

  • Darke County Friends of the Parks
  • Wayne Hospital
  • Experience Works
  • Beechwood Golf Course
  • Darke Journal
  • HandsOn Network
  • Darke County Juvenile Probation Office

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime, twenty-four awards were presented in bronze and gold.

Five emergency services volunteers received the Service to Armed Forces Caseworker pin-these are the front line volunteers who are on call twenty-four hours day and night providing casework to the military and their families: John Wright, Karon Wolfe, Victor French, Emerson Behee, Debra Winterrowd. Additionally, volunteer Lowell Williams, was awarded the Service to VA Hospital pin.

A long distinguished history of nursing volunteers whether it’s in teaching, providing nursing or in disaster services, this year Regina Cook was presented with her Nursing Pin, Regina not only teaches CPR and First Aid, but also volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corp.

The Red Cross Ready Award is presented to an organization or business that’s excelled in their commitment to their employees and their customers or clients by preparing their organization for an emergency of any kind. This year’s winners of the Red Cross Ready award trained their employees in First Aid, CPR and Disaster Preparedness, as well as went above and beyond, by sharing classes with the public and their volunteers. This year’s awardee is the Darke County Health Department.

The Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service honors a volunteer whose sustained performance over a period of several years has substantially exceeded the volunteer's original commitment to the American Red Cross. The two winners of this award exemplify this in so many ways:
The first awardee is Lowell Williams, gentlemen who actually volunteers for the Red Cross, both in Darke County and for the Muncie Chapter. In Darke County he volunteers literally in all branches of service, teaching First Aid, Wilderness, CPR and youth classes; in disaster services he is on the day DAT team as well as volunteering across the country, in Armed Forces, he volunteers at the Dayton VA, not to mention, he can always be counted on for special projects and events.

The second awardee is Larry Crumrine, a known face in the Darke County Chapter, who has been continuously volunteering for the past twelve years, giving two to three days a week in custodial, services and office volunteering. Not only does he make sure that the office maintains a high quality of cleanliness, he always has a smile for everyone he encounters.

The Certificate of Merit is signed by the President of the United States, who serves as the Honorary Chairman of the American Red Cross. The Certificate of Merit began in early 1911 when an anonymous donor contacted the American Red Cross regarding a donation they wished to make to the National American Red Cross specifically for the recognition of first aid work rendered by railway men. In 1928, as a result of executive action, the present Certificate of Merit, with it’s guidelines was established. It has borne the signatures of fourteen presidents and survived numerous revisions to the physical certificate and medal. Darke County Chapter continues this most historic and noble tradition of the American Red Cross by presenting this award to Mr David Gilpin and Ms Rhonda Minton who were honored for their heroic efforts in sustaining the life of Mr. James Rench. These two used their training honorably, doing the best within their power to keep James alive until EMS could arrive, without a doubt although eventually Mr Rench passed away, the training and skills these two used that night gave him and his family time. For this act, David is being awarded the highest award given by the American Red Cross, The Certificate of Merit and Rhonda is being presented with the Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action.

Lastly, awards were given to all military members and/or their families who were attending with over twenty-five duffle bags being distributed to families. For those wishing more information about the work the American Red Cross does in Darke County, please stop by the chapter or take a look at their website, additionally the chapter has a facebook page and a twitter account DarkeCyRedCross.

Greenville Vocal Music Awards 2010

(from left) COURTNEY DeSCHEPPER and JOEY CONRAD – co-winners of the Elizabeth Hill Award for Outstanding Service to GHS Vocal Music: JOEY CONRAD – also winner of the Arion Award for Outstanding Leadership and Musicianship to GHS Vocal Music: NIKKI SIMMONS and CHELSEA LEIS – co-winners of the National School Choral Award for Outstanding Musical Achievement to GHS Vocal Music

All 18 of the Vocal Music Seniors are pictured in front of H.S.: Front Row 1: Sereena Barga, Brittney Davidson, Amanda Trissel, Dani Bankson, Kalli Middlestetter, Courtney DeSchepper, Katelyn Wickham, Holly Bruner, Ashton Dohme, Sean Wolfe and Chelsea Leis; Back Row 2: Eric Besecker, Matt Wroda, Chelsea Simmons, Brandon Eckstein, Nikki Simmons, Joey Conrad and Jacob Donthnier

[Dick Brown is THE BOMB for providing these photos]

Monday, May 24, 2010

A few lame photos from Old-Fashioned Day

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The photographer said they were "lame-XXX" anyway!

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