Thursday, September 30, 2010

Paving done in Arcanum (??)

The question marks are included in the headline as we're relying on third party information. On the facebook page, C.B. declares "paving done in Arcanum." OS sent in the photo below and said Main Street was as smooth as a baby's backside [paraphrasing] all the way to Greenville National Bank. C.B. is very reliable, but taking a cautious approach with OS :)

A few photos on the new Franklin-Monroe K-12 school

These photos don't do justice to the massive scale of the construction. The first photo is the best wide-angle street view. In the bottom photo, you can see the current high school in the background. The new school is being built within a few feet of the current school, in part to preserve the existing gym which is at the west end of the high school.

AFD 2nd annual Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day - 10/2 (update: dance canceled)

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The Arcanum Fire Department will be hosting its second annual Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010. The activities will take place at the Arcanum Fire Department which is located at 206 S Main Street Arcanum , Ohio .

The Arcanum Fire Prevention and 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.

Opening Ceremonies for Fire Prevention Day will immediately follow the parade in front of the Arcanum Fire Department at 12:00 PM.

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!

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 of their helicopter!

Prizes will be given out all day to those children and kids in attendance. Prize registration will begin at 12:30 PM.

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 7:30 PM until 11:00 PM.

A schedule of the days' events is included below the jump ...

Hayrides on the Prairie

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If you are looking for a new way to enjoy fall in Darke County, the Friends of the Park and the Darke County Red Cross cordially invite you to “Hayrides on the Prairie.’ Take pleasure in a wonderful “old-fashioned” journey on the back of a tractor-drawn wagon, surrounded by the beautiful fall colors of Shawnee Prairie. After your ride enjoy the bonfire, listen and share stories or tour the Park’s authentic log cabin. Treat your family to an adventure back to a simpler, more relaxed time, reconnect and enjoy nature’s ever changing show!

“Hayrides on the Prairie” is open the last four Saturday, weather permitting. Rides begin at 400 p.m. and last wagon goes out at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate: $4.00 adults or 12 and under $2.00. Tickets are available at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center and the Darke County Red Cross Chapter. General admission wagons fill as people arrive. Pre-scheduled group reservations are also available; each wagon costs $75.00 with a maximum of twenty-five per wagon. Shelter reservations are also available for a fee of $50.00, picnic tables and fire ring provided in shelter house.

For one night only, on October 23rd, from 4:00 to 7:00 a special bean supper with beverage and dessert will be served from the Log Cabin for an additional donation, reservations are requested, but not required. And on October 30th, children under 12 who arrive in costume will be admitted for only $1.00. There will special activities that evening for children and a costume contest!

For those into social media tune in to “Hayrides on the Prairie” by following at, account DarkeCyRedCross for ticket give-aways, coupons and other announcements or you can also follow at the Chapter’s Facebook account. This special fundraiser is a joint venture benefiting both your local Red Cross and the Friends of the Darke County Parks. For more information or to schedule group reservations, call the Red Cross at 937.548.1002.

Cancer Association’s Support Group to Meet Thursday; October 7th, 2010

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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, October 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room at Wayne HealthCare. The evening will be an open forum night for both the patients and the family of a cancer patient to openly discuss their experience with cancer.

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the “Living with Cancer” group in cooperation with Wayne HealthCare. The Support Group is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer; the family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend the group as well. Facilitating the support group meetings will be Warren Richards from the Cancer Association, Kay Kirby, Jill Brown, and Vicky Henderson from Wayne Hospital, and Pam Spitler from Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office at 937-548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.


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816 Spring St. in Greenville. I'm moving and everything must go. You won't want to miss this one! Over 1,000 items! Front-loading washer/dryer; kitchen appliances; televisions; sleeper sofa; chairs; tables; queen pillow top mattress; beautiful wood bed frame; bookshelves; desk; large filing cabinet; barstools; Weber grill; weed whacker; home gym equipment; bicycle; home stereo speakers; computer speakers; XBOX 360 gear and games; Playstation 2 and games; loads of men's clothes, CDs, DVDs, baseball cards and memorabilia, comic books; plus tons more! Thursday and Friday 9-5 (possibly Sat. 9-5 depending on what's left).


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This autumn, join the Darke County Parks' Olde Thyme Gardeners for an afternoon seminar!

The Pioneer Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve will provide an inspirational setting for our afternoon event.

This year’s annual workshop will include hands-on herb presentations. The focus will be on gift giving from your garden and adding herbs to your Holiday cooking.

Topics will include: Using fresh herbs for herb vinegar gift giving, herb and butter treats, cooking with herbs and lots of great take home material! Our featured speaker is a certified Organic Master Gardener and will be sharing expertise on how to grow herbs in our climate.

The fall workshop is Saturday, October 9th, 1-4pm.

Pre-registration Required. Fee: $3 / $5 at Door. Please register today by calling the Nature Center @ 548-0165

There will be a "Pink Out" at the Mississinawa-Ansonia game Friday

The Ansonia-Mississinawa Valley football game is always a big one. But this year it’s big for more reasons than just football. The rivals – separated by seven miles – will tangle Friday night in Ansonia in a contest that’s being deemed a “Pink Out.”

At the game, money will be collected and raised for two foundations that honor two former students at Ansonia who lost battles with cancer. One foundation is in honor of Dylan Everman. Dylan was a 13-year old seventh-grader at Ansonia when he lost his battle with Lukemia on February 4, 2007. The other foundation is in honor of Kirsten Schlarman. Kirsten was a 14-year old eighth-grader at Ansonia when she lost her battle to Osteosarcoma on February 18, 2010. There was nearly 500 Pink shirts sold for the game. [submitted by SB]

Marco's Week 6 Pick'em challenge

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Since there are two intra-county games this week, we're going to throw Marion Local into the mix ....

1. Greenville vs. Bishop Watterson, 2. Versailles at Delphos St. John
3. Mississinawa at Ansonia, 4. Bradford at Arcanum
5. Marion Local vs. St. Henry

Tiebreaker #1 - total points for Bradford/Arcanum; Tie breaker #2 - total points for MV/Ansonia. As always, email your picks and tiebreakers to:

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A recap of the 2010 Ohio Gourd Show

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Photos and story by JulenaJo.

Enjoy a DCCAdent Evening with Auction for two OSU - MICHIGAN Game Tickets!

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Winners of the OSU/ Michigan Game Football Tickets at the
Live Auction at the DCCAdent Evening will get to watch Script Ohio.
A DCCAdent Evening, a multi-course dinner paired with wines followed by music from the band “Exploit” from Celina will be topped off with a live auction of two tickets to The OSU/Michigan game. This Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser is being planned for October 8 at the Greenville Golf Course.  Game tickets are courtesy of State Representative Jim Zehringer.

The meal, typical of Spain, will have each course matched with Veleta wines from a Spanish winery, Dominio Buenavista. Dr. Juan Palomar, of Dayton and also of Ugijar, Spain is the owner of Veleta Wines. He will be presenting his award winning wines at the event.

Tickets for $70.00 per person include dinner, wines, musical entertainment, tax, gratuity, and a donation to DCCA. They are available from DCCA, 547-0908 or from the Greenville Golf Course, 548-2700.  Ticket purchase deadline is October 1.

Citizens threaten recall at Union City town meeting

Story at the Winchester News-Gazette.

"A walk off home run by Bruce, champagne shower, and we are heading to the Playoffs!"

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ABM catches the assignment of a lifetime, gets to watch the Reds clinch the division AND is part of the post-game celebration. He has a lengthy post and photos at Buck's Blog (click the badge).

HOPE Foundation Awards McClurkin Community Grants

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Front: Ami McClurkin and her mother, Gini Stuckey.
Back: Christy Prakel of the HOPE Foundation, Barbara Martin and
Kathy Kilgallon of Garst Museum, Verd Stuckey,
 HOPE board members Bill Baumann and Julie Boring.
Friends and family of Ami McClurkin gathered at the Brethren’s Retirement Community on Sept. 14 to honor her birthday and celebrate a legacy of community giving.

For the second year, McClurkin Community Grants were awarded to four organizations that are dedicated to enriching the lives of Darke County residents. Established in 2008 through the HOPE Foundation of Darke County, the Ami McClurkin Community Fund awards $5,000 in grants each year at the time of Ami’s birthday.

The 2010 recipients include Garst Museum, which will use its grant to sponsor lectures and special programs at the museum. The grant to Strides ‘n Stirrups Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center will help provide equipment for disabled riders. Council on Rural Services will use its money to foster volunteer opportunities for Darke County residents. The grant to Goodwill/Easter Seals will help the organization assess more children for special services that Easter Seals provides for developmental delays.

Ami’s parents, Verd and Gini Stuckey, and her sister and brother-in-law, Torri and Mike Brown, all of Greenville, felt that the grants are the perfect way to create a tribute to Ami and the community she loves. The family set up the fund in honor of Ami, who was severely injured in an automobile accident in 1985 and remains a quadriplegic.

“We are so grateful to these groups that do such wonderful work in our community,” said Gini. “We’re proud we can help in a little way,” she added.

This is the second HOPE fund established by Ami’s family. The first fund, set up in 2006, provides scholarships to Greenville H.S. graduates who have been involved in the GHS music program. Ami was an accomplished musician in high school and at Ohio Northern University. She still enjoys attending concerts and supporting Darke County productions.

Through the generosity of Ami and her family, non-profit organizations can continue to enrich the lives of Darke County residents for years to come. Any non-profit group serving Darke County is eligible for these grants. The applications are available in April each year by calling the HOPE Foundation at 548-4673.

The HOPE Foundation (Helping Other People Excel) is the Darke County Community Foundation. The Foundation assists donors in meeting their charitable objectives and helps non-profit organizations provide the services and programs so essential to our community.

BIO-TILLAGE, WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT? (Extension News Release)

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Everyone is familiar with that lovely piece of field equipment being pulled behind the tractor, inverting the soil as it goes. Tillage is used for many reasons in agriculture. Inverting the soil kills weeds, buries crop residues to hasten their breakdown to stop disease cycles, and tillage can leave a clean flat surface that is easy to plant into. I’ve done my fair share of tillage, and, boy, was it fun. There is nothing more productive feeling on the farm than spending an afternoon flipping the soil and looking at a clean field when you are done.

There is a negative side associated with tillage. It is an expensive undertaking. Combine large equipment with high diesel prices and tillage can sure make an impact on your wallet. It also takes time. Tillage is usually accomplished at 4 mph. Compare that to a sprayer traveling in the range of 7 to 15 mph that covers a wider swath width. With advancements in no-till planting equipment, crop rotations, and a realization of how much soil is lost as a result of tillage, that practice seems to be on its way out. So what’s this bio-tillage that seems to be the newest rage?

Chili and College Football At the Arcanum VFW - October 16th

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Chili and College Football At the Arcanum VFW
311 S. Albright Street , Saturday October 16th @ 1:00 p.m.
(Rain Date Saturday, Oct. 23rd @ 1:00 p.m.)

Proceeds benefit Arcanum Jr. Baseball (AJB): 1st Place Team Wins $300, 2nd Place Team Wins $150, 3rd Place Team Wins $50 (these winnings are based on a 30 team turnout – if there are less than 30 teams, the winnings will be based on percentage of participation) *Registration - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (if not pre-registered) *Practice tosses - 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. *College Football televised on BIG SCREEN *Music DJ’ed by TJ Westfall *$50 per Team Entry Fee – 2 Man Team *All Team Members must be 18 years old *Double Elimination Tournament – 2 Game Guarantee *$10 meal band – ALL YOU CAN EAT
Chili, hot dogs, chips, pretzels, popcorn and desserts *$2.00 canned beer *$1.00 soft drinks & bottled water *Spectators Welcome!! You don’t have to play in the tournament to be a part of the fun!! *Lawn chairs and Popup Canopies welcomed and Recommended! *Send Pre-Registration forms to Karin Baker @ *Questions – Call Randy or Karin Baker @ 937-692-5029

Second National Bank sponsors A DCCA-dent Evening

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SNB Executive Vice President Steve Badgett presents
check to Julie Strait, DCCA Executive Director
Greenville Golf Course is hosting its 3rd annual DCCAdent Evening, a wine tasting dinner/fundraiser for Darke County Center for the Arts on Friday, October 8, 6:30 pm. Second National Bank is the Spotlight Sponsor of the event. According to DCCA’s Julie Strait, “Second National Bank generously supports DCCA’s mission of encouraging cultural enrichment in our community; we are grateful for their sponsorship of programs and fundraisers, helping to ensure a future for the Arts in our community.”

Second National Bank’s donation will help offset the costs of the band that is playing at A DCCAdent Evening. EXPLOIT is a 4-man crowd-pleasing dance band from Celina that plays everything from Jimmy Buffet to Van Halen as well as popular country rock songs; the kind of music for which you just can’t sit still. Claiming that if you can name the song they can play it, each band member plays two or more instruments covering bass, vocals, drums, saxophone, keyboard and even the banjo. An extremely talented and experienced group, EXPLOIT keeps the dance floor full.

Chef Ewe Knebelsberger, Greenville Golf Course chef, has planned an exquisite multi-course dinner featuring Tapas; a sophisticated menu of delectable Spanish cuisine. Veleta wines from the Dominio Buenavista Winery in Spain will be paired with each of 5 courses for a truly decadent dining experience.

Tickets are $70 and are available at the DCCA office located on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library or by phone 547-0908. Tickets may also be purchased at the Greenville Golf Course or by calling 548-2700. Ticket purchase deadline is October 1st.

Health Dept. will have flu clinic September 30th and October 7th

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Darke County Health Department Flu Clinic: Thursday September 30, VFW on Ohio St, 8am-12 noon and 2-5pm.

Darke County Health Department Evening Clinic: Thursday October 7, 4-7 pm, Darke County Health Department.

For both: Cost: $10 For Children 6 months through 18 years, $20 For Adults. Medicare and Medicaid accepted. MUST HAVE CARD! We cannot accept medicare HMO's. Call 548-4196 with questions.

OSU Extension, Darke County, Calendar

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OCTOBER, 2010: 7 Ag Breakfast, 7:30am, Brethrens Retirement Center Cafeteria; 9 CARTEENS, 9:00-11:00am, OSU Extension Learning Center; 14 Helping Children Succeed after Divorce, 3:00-5:00pm, OSU Extension Learning Center. For more information, please call 937.548.5215 or email

Reminder: Greenville Farmers Market is open today

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's been a long time ... Reds wins NL Central on Jay Bruce's walkoff homerun

UPDATE: You can see Bruce's homerun and the call by clicking on Mr. Red. Watch it quick before it goes.

UPDATE: Well - look who sneaked into the Reds' locker room as an alleged member of the press.

I guess there are some benefits to being weatherman/photographer.

Hey Andrew, I hear Bob Castellini wants his empty champagne bottle back.

ABM will have an update on his blog later today, and we'll have the link here.

Thank you from Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund

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To the Editor and the Darke County Community:

About three and one half years ago, the Senior Advocates were formed. Shortly thereafter, that group formed a 501(c)3 Scholarship Fund. About a year ago, the Senior Advocates changed their name to the Senior Scribes and became associated with the Early Bird Newspaper.

Flu shots available at Comprehensive Health Network

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Flu shots are now available at Comprehensive Health Network located at 5420 St. Rt. 571 in Greenville. Shots will be given Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost of the shots is $25.00 for those individuals paying privately, and is covered by Medicare for those with Traditional Medicare (please bring card with you). If you have any questions, please call 937-548-0506.

Greenville Arts & Crafts Autumnfest - Booths still available

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Brethren Retirement Community is still accepting applications for the 17th Annual Greenville Arts and Crafts Autumnfest. Autumnfest 2010 is scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, Ohio. As in the past years, booths are set up in the Coliseum and Youth Building. Items we accept: handmade items, antiques, garden booths, home party companies, farmer’s market items (with the exception of produce) specialty retail etc. Lunch concession by Mike James.

This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Brethren Retirement Community’s Resident Aid Fund. The Resident Aid Fund provides financial assistance for residents who have exhausted their financial ability to cover the cost of their care.

For more information, or to obtain an application for booth space, please contact Jan Teaford, Development Director, 937-547-7628 or

Diabetic Group Classes

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Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self-Management Education Program is looking for individuals who are interesting in learning ways to help manage their diabetes. A four week interactive class will be starting in October, which will discuss many aspects of diabetes management.

The classes will discuss facts associated with diabetes and strategies to control blood sugar. We will talk about the progression of diabetes over time. We will talk about healthy eating to control blood sugar and overall health. We will review the importance of monitoring our blood sugar and how to use the results that you obtain to help improve blood sugar. We will focus on causes of low and high blood sugar. We will learn how to properly treat low blood sugar and ways to lower blood sugar when it is elevated.

The classes will also focus on the importance of exercise in blood sugar management. We will discuss how to incorporate physical activity into our daily lives and strategies to help you stay active. The different diabetic medications can be very confusing, so we will talk about how different medications work on the body to help manage your blood sugar. We will also talk about ways to reduce the risk of complications.

The series of diabetes classes will be offered on Wednesday October 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Wayne HealthCare. If you are unable to attend these classes, the November classes will be held on Monday afternoons.

The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required so please contact the Certified Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education Program would like to be part of your support system. We are an accredited program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Miami County Sex Offender sentenced to 61 years in prison

Judge Lindeman tells the criminal his actions were "beyond illegal ... beyond immoral" and imposes an effective life sentence. Story and video by Steve Baker (click on the badge).

DJ, Wave Wash Outs leading in DarkeJournal Fantasy football

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If you're interested (many will not be!), click on the standings below and you can check out the league and stats.

Become a Garst member today

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Wow, there’s our Annie Oakley AGAIN ! This time she’s waving goodbye to the staff at the Garst House as she goes off to hunt for new members for the museum.

Annie will be telling Darke County folks that the museum really needs their help ! Memberships keep the doors open and this museum is a very bright star for the whole reputation of Greenville and all of Darke County.

Annie will also be telling folks about the benefits of membership, which are: a quarterly newsletter---with bits of history and coming events; a discount at the museum gift shop; free admission to the museum; and a discount to special events (hint: an antique appraisal event is in the planning stage).

Then she will tell them the costs. Individual: $25.00; Family: $50.00; as well as gift memberships, and others. Donations are tax deductible. For information call 937-548-5250 or stop at the museum: 205 N. Broadway, Greenville. Another source of information is  

Garst Museum is a jewel in Darke County’s crown. Please join the fun and become a member today !

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thinking about my Sportster 883 - by Jeffrey Ross

My decision to buy a new Harley-Davidson Sportster, back in the fall of 2004, was made with great emotional trepidation. I have been riding bikes since 1969, mostly on the street and entirely Japanese (except for one old NSU Fox we recovered from a barn in Nebraska!). I must tell you, I miss two strokes so much—and I had some great ones, including  Yamaha R-3’s, R-5’s RD’s, Kawasaki H-1’s, Avengers, Water Buffalos-- far too many for a sensible (and honest man) to recount.  I should have kept them all. 

I watched that whole Harley phenomena develop in the late 90’s and 00’s. You know, the Dyna Glide as “social furniture” metaphor.  Of course, we still see thousands of sharp looking Harleys every day, rumbling down the road, parked at chic watering holes, herded together at bike nights, blue engine night lights flashing, and gregariously befitted with more Screamin’ Eagle accessories than rapper Santa Claus could provide in a millennium.

Moving sale

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Moving Sale, 731 Gardenwood Dr., Sept. 30, 9:00 to 5:00, Oct. 1, 9:00 to 1:00. Furniture, bedding, 18 cu.ft. freezer, 2.7 cu.ft. refrigerator, golf club/carts, toy tractors etc, games, fold-up treadmill, grill and much more.

"Antique Appraisal" afternoon at Garst - October 21st

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WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2010
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 3:30 p.m.)

Garst Museum presents an “antique appraisal” afternoon. The appraiser is Steve Bemiller, Executive Vice President of Garth’s Auction House in Delaware, Ohio. Mr. Bemiller, who has 38 years experience in the antique auction field, will tell visitors about the approximate value of their treasures and answer questions about items presented. Mr. Bemiller is donating his time to benefit Garst Museum.

Admission price is $15.00, which includes appraisal of two items. Admission for Garst Museum members is $10.00 which includes appraisal of two items. Another good reason to become a member! Admission price includes appraisals of the allowed maximum of two items. Items too big to carry are not permitted. General admission without appraisal is $5.00. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, please call the museum: 937-548-5250 or online

MVCTC Schedules Early College Connection Night

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The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has scheduled an Early College Connection Night for the parents of current high school sophomores. The college night will take place on Thursday, October 21, from 6:30-7:30p.m. in the Student Activity Center. The MVCTC campus is located at 6800 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio.

Parents will learn about programs at MVCTC that will help students get a head start on their college education. This includes Tech Prep, Dual Enrollment, Apprenticeship, and other avenues to post secondary education. Representatives from MVCTC college partners will be present to speak with students, parents and answer questions. Early College Connection partners include Sinclair Community College, Miami University Middletown, Wright State University, Indiana University East, University of Dayton, Edison Community College, Hocking Tech, and The Ohio State University/ATI. The opportunities available at MVCTC allow students to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education. Parents if you have a child who is currently a sophomore do not miss this opportunity!

MVCTC serves 27 school districts in the Miami Valley and is dedicated to providing premier educational choices and advanced employment preparation for youth, adults, and organizations of the Miami Valley. To RSVP for this event, please call 937-854-8056. For more information about MVCTC, please visit

"A Moment Of Time" Photo Show Results

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On September 11, 2010, the Darke County Photography Club hosted its 3rd annual "A Moment Of Time" open photo show competition. A total of 50 photographers from a wide geographical area entered 216 photos, making for a beautiful presentation of talent for the public to view. The show was judged by Mr. Troy Baker. The DCPC would also like to thank ElementsLife Yoga studio for the use of their facility for our show.


People: 1st Joanne Stuck; 2nd Lisa Williams; 3rd A. McEldowney; HM Margaret Hayes; HM Shelley Miller
Architecture: 1st Cheryl Duncan; 2nd Ellen Spinks; 3rd Regina Schieltz; HM Eric Geiger
Sea/Landscapes: 1st Jeannie Grosch; 2nd Shelley Miller; 3rd Carolyn Klepinger; HM John Snell; HM Regina Schieltz
Nature: 1stRegina Schieltz; 2nd Lori Schmackers; 3rd Carolyn Klepinger; HM Kim Guttadore; HM Dick Garrison
Domestic Animals: 1st Cheryl Duncan; 2nd Mel Cabeen; 3rd Pat Mccarthy; HM Lisa Williams; HM Jeannie Grosch
Wildlife: 1st Ruth McDaniel; 2nd Bert Hensel; 3rd Eric Geiger; HM Kathy Quinn; HM Kathy Quinn
Unclassified: 1st Cheryl Duncan; 2nd Kim Guttadore; 3rd Lisa Williams; HM Jeannie Grosch; HM Carol Huffman
Digital Enhanced: 1st Jeff Zumbrum; 2nd Mel Cabeen; 3rd Mel Cabeen; HM Shelley Miller
Photojournalism: 1st Pat McCarthy; 2nd Joanne Stuck; 3rd Robert Studzinski; HM Jeff Zumbrun; HM Brain Main
Student: 1st Emma Baker; 2nd Jesse Symons; 3rd Aubree Myers; HM Landon Peters; HM Erika Jeffers

2010 Sponsor’s Choice Winners

Artistic Stitchery: Regina Schieltz; Bonfiglios: Lori Schmakers; Bur Oak Family Dentistry: Mel Cabeen; Cratiques Antiques and Collectables: Kathy Quinn; Creations A Hair Studio: Brian Main; Double M Diner: Lois Bunger; Edgetown Veterinary: Scott Miller; Granny’s Corner: Jeannie Grosch; Hartzell Veterinarian Service: Mel Cabeen; Helen’s/Schaefer’s Flowers: John Klepinger; Hittle Pontiac: Erika Jeffers; Making Waves: Lisa Williams; Matt and Angie Arnold: Roger Brooks; McCabe Painting: Regina Schieltz; Winery At Versailles: Cheryl Duncan

Left to right: Best of Show Maureen Miller; Student Best of Show Erika Jeffers; Ron Swank People's Choice Jesse Symons 

Ohio thief's getaway doesn't work out as expected

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"He was in pretty bad shape when we got him out." ~ link here

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Steve Baker eats world's largest pumpkin pie!

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Not really - just kidding Steve! The people of New Bremen are trying to set a new world record for the largest pumpkin pie (3,699 lbs actually). Click on Baker's badge for the details.

Autumnal Equinox by DB

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Sunset Picture taken at 7:26 PM. Sunset was 7:27 PM. Sunrise was 7:28 AM. This was the closest to the Autumnal Equinox there is, for Greenville, this year.

Versailles Girls, St. Henry Boys win 9th Annual Tour de Sewer Cross Country Meet

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The Versailles girls won the Tour de Sewer cross country meet for the ninth straight time and Tammy Berger and Samuel Prakel from Versailles defended their individual titles in the high school races yesterday at the invitational held at the Versailles water treatment plant on the west side of town.

The Versailles girls beat second place Fort Recovery. The St. Henry boys won the boys team title while the Versailles boys team finished second.

Berger, the defending Div. III state title holder, won convincingly in 19:04.6 over the challenging 3.1 mile course. Bethany Norman from Xenia Christian finished in 19:36.5, and Allison Roeth finished third in 19:56.3.

The boys race was tight for a mile and then Prakel broke away to win in 16:29.2. Tri-Village’s Clayton Murphy finished second in 17:00.3, and Mitchell Schulze from St. Henry was third in 17:24.9.

The Russia girls won the Junior High title with Lauren Heaton winning the 2-mile race in 12:57.1.

Russia also won the Junior High boys team title, however, Spencer Schulze from St. Henry won the individual title (11:51.6).

Full results of the high school and junior high races can be found here.

ABM calls for relief from the heat

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Andrew is predicting cooler temperatures and a little bit of rain for the upcoming week.

Click the badge for more details.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Citizens 4 Change Meeting Summary - September 25, 2010

Citizens4Change met today at the Greenville City Park for their monthly meeting. Kathy Beam called the meeting to order and introduced the Board for C4C. To honor our country, the Pledge of Alliance was said by all in attendance. The board thanked everyone for coming out on a “chilly” fall morning.

Darke County Unemployment falls below 10%

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The chart below is from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. For the first time in many months, Darke County unemployment has fallen below 10% to 9.5% for August 2010. A month ago, Darke County was at 10.2%, and a year ago the figure was 10.7%. Another interesting observation is that Mercer County has the third lowest unemployment for August 2010. [thanks to DarkeJournal stat-guru MB for the tip on this story]
Click on the map for county-by-county stats.

JB wants you to read this story about the now-bankrupt Brown Publishing Co.

Link at Dayton Daily News.

Shane Buckingham is this week's Marco's pick'em winner

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Nobody picked all the games correctly, with less than 10% correctly calling the Greenville win over Paulding. A lot of loyal Darke County fans also incorrectly predicted a Versailles win over Coldwater.

This week's winner is Shane Buckingham, who picked 4 games correctly and predicted 49 total points in the Ansonia game (Ansonia beat Arcanum 47-7). Three others also picked 4 games correctly: Kami Horner, Jeff Stump, and Tami Liette. Norman Christian and both had their perfect streaks ended in Week 5 - with tigerball picking only 1 of the 5 games correctly this week. Ouch :)

Birthday wishes


Happy 70th Jim Buchy!

Offender is told to stay away from children

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A mother accused of teaching her two year old daughter to smoke marijuana… is being held in Hamilton County in lieu of her bond of $10,000. She has been ordered by Magistrate Michael Bachman to stay away from all children. Dayton Daily News 09 25 2010

In this case there was no mention of any other mental or physical threats to the child. Protecting children by putting distance between them and people that do bad things is not an unusual ruling, but instead one that has a long and respected tradition in American society.

Charles E. Reier MD, Rebecca A. Reier

Friday, September 24, 2010

Greenville Homecoming Photos (by Dick Brown)

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Queen with whole court: Ivy Berger, Kyle Agne, Kimberlee Galloway, Lukus Krueger, Holly Brant, Queen Megan Hilderbrand, Chief Green Wave Sam Capasso, Alyssa Fair, Matt Orth, Abbey MacKenzie, Kent Holmes, and Whitney Wirrig. (missing from picture are football players Tyler Holzapfel and Chase Albright, who had re-joined the team in this pre-game ceremony).
Moments after last year's Queen Danielle Bankson crowned the new Homecoming Queen Megan Hilderbrand; the Queen candidates on the tennis courts before the game: Ivy Berger, Holly Brant, Alyssa Fair, Kimberlee Galloway, Megan Hilderbrand, Abbey MacKenzie, and Whitney Wirrig.  

Friday night football: Week 5

You heard it here first. The Greenville homecoming queen is Megan Hilderbrand.
Ansonia 47, Arcanum 7
Greenville 10, Paulding 6
Mississinawa 36, National Trail 12
Tri-County North 37, Bradford 20
Coldwater 24, Versailles 7

Gusty Wind Spreads Multiple Field Fires

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Update: Joint Statement from: Darke County Commissioner’s, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Darke County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

As of 3:00 pm on Friday, September 24, 2010 Darke County Fire Response resources are stretched to their capacity. Several large fires, which began in area fields, are creating significant issues at this time.

With winds gusting over 40 mph, combined with the especially dry conditions the public is being advised against any open burning. Also area farmers are urged to be extremely careful with their equipment in the fields. Take time to inspect all equipment for any potential issues including dust build up and bearing over heating issues which can contribute to field fires. Lastly, do not discard cigarettes on the ground or out of car windows.

The National Weather Service advisory states that winds will diminish into the evening. However, with the dry conditions not expected to end soon, this advisory will continue until the situation has improved.

GGSA Chicken BBQ - October 3rd

The Greenville Girls Softball Association is having a BBQ Chicken Dinner Sunday, October 3rd. The dinners are $7.00 and may be picked up after 4:00 which coincides with the final day of the 10U and 12U Fall Fast Pitch Leagues. Chicken dinners may be purchased from any player and are on-sale at the concession stand from Noon-6:00 PM this Sunday. Stop out to the ballpark and check out the action on the field and then have a great chicken dinner to close out another great GGSA season!

A total of 91 girls are playing in the 3rd year of GGSA's Fall League. Girls from all around the area will suit up for action including, Greenville, Englewood, Ansonia, Union City, Versailles, Franklin Monroe, Willshire, Rockford, Celina, Van Wert, Winchester, Bradford, Arcanum, New Madison, and Troy. The league is an instructional league focused on teaching the girls the basics of fastpitch softball. The 10U division is machine pitch only while the 12U division is player pitch.

For more information about upcoming GGSA events and offseason updates go to or search Greenville Girls Softball on facebook.

What's happening in Darke County this weekend?

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Something for everyone. The Visitors Bureau has the events listed here.

20th Annual Arts, Crafts & Collectibles Show - October 9th

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Mark your calendars now for the 20th Annual Arts Crafts and Collectibles Show sponsored by Psi Iota Xi Sorority, Eta Iota Chapter of Parker City, Indiana!

The Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Show will take place on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 9 am to 3 pm inside Monroe Central High School, located on State Road 32 East in Parker City, Indiana. Admission to this outstanding event is just $1.00 per adult, 18 and under free!

Bring your holiday gift list and your best shopping buddies to shop the exciting array of high quality, hand-crafted items, unique items, collectibles and antiques offered by vendors from across Indiana. Be sure to stop by the bake sale tables and purchase delicious specialties prepared by members of the sorority for 50¢ and up. Door prizes, donated by the vendors, will be awarded throughout the day. Raffle tickets for drawings featuring Vera Bradley “Daisy Daisy” bags, $100 in cash, Roman glass jewelry from Silver Towne, Onyx and gold jewelry from Webb Jewelers, and the “Horizon of Hope” Longaberger basket are now available by contacting any Psi Iota Xi, Eta Iota member and will also be available at the event for $1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for six tickets.

The SoupFest Luncheon will be serving a delicious variety of made-from-scratch soups – including the perennially popular Cream of Broccoli -- and homemade pies, from apple to Indiana Sugar Cream. The luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the charitable projects of Psi Iota Xi, Eta Iota, including Scholarship Award opportunities for college-bound seniors, and fulfillment of funding requests from area school music, art, and speech and hearing programs. Additionally, Parker City Memorial Library, a free lending library provided and staffed by the sorority as a community service to the residents of Parker City and Monroe and Stoney Creek Townships, is supported by fundraising activities.

For more information about the 20th Annual Arts Crafts and Collectibles Show, contact Monica Roberts, 765-468-6567.

Citizens4Change Monthly Citizens Meeting - September 25th

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2010, at 10:30 AM
Greenville City Park Shelter House # 3

If you want to be added to our mailing list for updates, please email us and check out our website!

Story Hour at the Greenville Public Library - November 1st

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

You saw it here first: Sam Capasso named Chief Green Wave

Top left: Newly crowned Chief Green Wave Sam Capasso, and tomorrow evening's Queen candidates: Alyssa Fair, Holly Brant, Kimberlee Galloway, Abbey MacKenzie, Ivy Berger, Whitney Wirrig, and Megan Hilderbrand; Top right: Last year's Chief Green Wave places crown on the head of this year's Chief Sam Capasso, with last year's Homecoming Queen Danielle Bankson looking on. Bottom: Parade Grand Marshal Herbert Hip King and his wife June Cashman King, with the whole court: Lukus Krueger, Kimberlee Galloway, Tyler Holzapfel, Holly Brant, Matt Orth, Alyssa Fair, last year's Queen Danielle Bankson and last year's Chief Green Wave Damon Legrand, Hip and June King, Kyle Agne, Megan Hilderbrand, Kent Holmes, Ivy Berger, Abbey MacKenzie, Chase Albright, Chief Green Wave Sam Capasso, and Whitney Wirrig. [thanks to Dick Brown]

A few photos from the Greenville homecoming parade


Grain Elevators Burglarized In Darke, Miami Counties

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Darke County Democrats will open headquarters - September 25th

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The Darke County Democratic Party Headquarters will open on Saturday, September 25th and is located at 124 West Fourth Street, Greenville. Tentative hours are weekdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM and 10:00AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. The Grand Opening will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, October 1st. The general public is invited to the grand opening to show support for Democratic candidates and to visit the headquarters to obtain yard signs and literature for local and statewide candidates.

Marco's Week 5 Pick'em challenge

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1. Greenville vs. Paulding, 2. Arcanum vs. Ansonia, 3. Mississinawa vs. National Trail
4. Versailles vs. Coldwater , 5. Bradford vs. Tri-County North

Tie-breaker #1 - total points in Arcanum/Ansonia game
Tie-breaker #2 - total points for Paulding

Email your picks to: Don't wait for the results, order a Marco's pizza tonight 547-6300.

Littman-Thomas Agency, Inc. Funds Arts in Education

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Julie Strait of DCCA accepts check from
Dave Keiser, Littman-Thomas Agency, Inc.
Littman-Thomas Agency, Inc. is a sponsor of Darke County Center for the Arts’ 2010-2011 Arts in Education program through which performing artists are presented to students of all grade levels in all Greenville City and Darke County Public Schools. “DCCA and the schools of Darke County are strongly committed to offering the children of our community the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts,” said Julie Strait, DCCA Executive Director. “Valued supporters like Littman-Thomas Agency, Inc. enable us to offer these programs which inspire the imaginations of children and encourage the expression of creativity,” she concluded.

Arts In Education programs are chosen based on a) artistic merit, b) the ability to offer opportunity for growth, enrichment and discovery, and c) the capacity to educate and broaden appreciation for diverse cultural experiences. Artists are escorted to schools by volunteers during a week long residency, generally performing twice a day; the exception being Jr. High school artists who present at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being transported from the schools. DCCA works in close cooperation with the Darke County Office of Education to choose presentations appropriate for grade levels and to coordinate performance schedules with schools.

This year’s Arts In Education schedule begins the week of September 27 with Lyle Cogen teaching students in grades K-3 the negative effects of bullying with her creative program Sticks and Stones. Students in grades 7 and 8 will be inspired by concert pianist Alpin Hong on February 3rd and 4th of 2011, when his program Movies to Games, Classically Trained will help students connect the history of music with today’s various forms and uses. Allan Wolfe will encourage high school students to discover the transforming power of language with Got Rhyme, the week of February 15. The final Arts In Education residency will take place the week of March 7, 2011, when master shadowgraph artist Leland Faulkner will teach students in grades 4-6 the amazing lost art of hand shadows. Faulkner is an inspiring artist whose skills are highly valued, having been a consultant on the making of the popular movie “The Polar Express.”

Sponsorships for Arts In Education and other DCCA programs are still available. For more information contact Julie Strait at 937-547-0908, Keith Rawlins at 937-564-1883, or refer to DCCA’s website at

2010 New Madison Community Tri-Village School Fair

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The 77th Annual New Madison Community and Tri-Village School Fair is set for Friday and Saturday, October 1st and 2nd. Grand Marshals in honor of their many years service to our school and community are William and Jill Moore. The Theme this year is “Small Towns… Big Tradition”. Honorary Grand Marshal is Andrew Holsapple for winning the Poster Contest. Our 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. Entries for the Crop and Produce Section will be accepted Friday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Booths will open at 5:00 p.m. and the cafeteria will be manned by Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren. They will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Little Mr. and Miss Patriot Contest is being held prior the crowning at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. The Friday evening program beginning at 7:00 p.m. consists of music provided by the Tri-Village High School band and chorus. The crowning of the King and Queen sponsored by the School Fair Committee will take place 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 Booths and the Petting Zoo open at 9:00 a.m. The Baking Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. in the High School Gym. Parade line-up begins at 10:00 a.m. on Anderson St. with the parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. This year the Tri-Village High School Band along with the Starletes Drill Team will perform a selection from the Darke County Fair Program at 1:00 p.m. in the High School Gym. The outdoor games will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the front lawn. New for this year is the Tractor and Trailer Maneuver Contest behind the school at 1:30 p.m. The mini tractor pull will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the student parking lot. 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 p.m. The 2nd Annual School Fair Auction will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Commons. Cedar Grove Church will be serving lunch and supper in the cafeteria until 4:30 p.m. The special Saturday evening program will begin at 5:00 p.m. sharp! The “Family Feud” will be taking place in the High School Gym with contestants from the community competing against each other.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Local Republican Party to open headquarters

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Darke County GOP Headquarters will open Tuesday, September 28th, located at 301 South Broadway, Greenville (same location as 2008). Hours of operation will be weekly from Noon to 7:00 P.M. and 9:00 A.M. to Noon on Saturday. The Grand Opening will be held Saturday, October 2nd at 9:00 A.M. Plan to attend and show your support for all Republican candidates.

Prior to September 28th, Kasich-Taylor yard signs can be picked up at 612 South Broadway, Greenville, from 8am to 3pm. [submitted]

What is the law on political yard signs?

This conversation comes up every election season. How early can you put up political signs before an election? The old-timers will tell you with great certainty that the time limit is 30 days - but good luck getting them to cite you any law or rule on that. A lot of Ohio cities and villages have sign restrictions on the books, many which are for 30 days. Versailles has a 30-day limit, for example (go look it up on the village's website if you want).

This issue was specifically addressed in the 2000 Ohio Supreme Court case of Painesville vs. Dworken. Unfortunately, the Ohio Supreme Court did not give a specific time limit for political signs - but it cited with approval other cases which struck down 30-day and 45-day limits. The best hint from the Court comes from this passage:

Section 1135.02(d) sets durational limits which do not correspond to the traditional general election season, often deemed as starting on Labor Day and continuing to election day in early November—a period of approximately eight to nine weeks.

So without more direction, the controlling precedent in Ohio pretty clearly seems to disfavor 30-day limits ... but does favor the idea of "election season" beginning on Labor Day. My sign is up. The rest of you will have to decide for yourselves.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present actress/songstress/playwright Lyle Cogen performing her interactive show Sticks and Stones for kindergarten through third grade students in all local school districts September 27 through October 1. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the program is designed to help today’s schoolchildren learn how to deal with gossiping, teasing, and more threatening forms of bullying. “Lyle’s thoroughly entertaining show utilizes songs, poetry, and monologue to teach life skills that children can use to behave responsibly on the playground and the school bus, at lunchtime or anytime of day,” Rawlins explained.

Rawlins says that DCCA’s Arts In Education series which presents performing artists to students in each grade level in all Darke County and Greenville City public schools is a vital component of the organization’s commitment to serve the community by culturally enriching lives. “Research shows that early exposure to the arts sparks creativity, inspires imaginations, cultivates broader knowledge, and much more to enhance lives,” Rawlins stated. “Of course, all that happens while the students who are being well-entertained are probably only thinking that they are having a really good time,” he concluded.

Arts In Education is sponsored by Bocholt Foundation, Greenville Federal, Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Littman Thomas Agency, Mercer Savings Bank, Greenville Rotary Club, Criterion Club, and Beta Sigma Xi Delta Alpha Chapter. Funding for this program was also received from Arts Midwest and local school districts.

DCCA also receives support from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and Ketrow Foundation. In addition, the Ohio Arts Council helps fund Darke County Center for the Arts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Performances of Lyle Cogen’s Sticks and Stones are free and open to the public; showtimes are coordinated with schools’ schedules. For more information concerning specific times and locations, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

Hayrides on the Prairie - Saturdays in October

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Enjoy a Hayride; Bonfire and Tour; Walk the Trails; Bean Supper October 23rd; Child Costume Contest October 30th

Partnership across Stateline is a Historical First!

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The Union City Community Economic Development Committee (UCCEDC) has helped kick-start a bit of history. Through the efforts of the UCCEDC, Randolph and Darke Counties have applied for the first-ever interstate Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfield Assessment grant. An agreement with the company performing the grant writing services (SME out of Maumee, OH) has just been signed by the four partners brought together on the project: The Darke County Commissioners, Randolph County Commissioners, and both Union City communities.

The agreement entered into with SME is believed to be the first ever that features signatures from all four of the partner’s legislative entities. According to Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk, SME is writing the grant for the coalition at no charge because they like the story of the interstate collaboration and feel that the focus on Union City, a town straddling the state line that is focusing strongly on development efforts after decades of job loss, will sell well to EPA decision makers.

“SME has felt strongly that our story needed to be told ever since we first discussed the issue at my office,” explained Saluk. “They didn’t show up pushing this innovative collaboration. But after we discussed the history of the area, the UCCEDC’s efforts towards cooperation across the stateline, and found out that our two counties were in the same Federal EPA district, they jumped at the chance to write the grant.”

SME project leaders, along with Saluk and Randolph County Economic Development Director Kevin Law, pitched the idea to leaders on both sides of the state line and received positive feedback. In recent weeks, consultants have fanned out across both counties discussing local history, development efforts, industrial sites, and more with local officials. The grant will be submitted to the EPA in October and the UCCEDC will find out if the application has been approved during spring of 2011.

If approved, the subsequent assessment period could eventually lead to a million dollar grant for the four partners to put towards clean up of industrial sites, an effort that will contribute to job creation on both sides of the state line. Union City, Indiana will be the lead entity on the project due to City Manager and UCCEDC member Monte Poling’s experience in administering grant programs.

The UCCEDC was formed in 2005 to help create positive relations between the two adjoining Union City communities. Their efforts have resulted in several successful development projects and their mission has since spread to leaders throughout Darke and Randolph Counties.

Front row: Dick Wilcox; Marc Saluk, Director, Darke County Economic Development; Union City, Ind. Mayor Bryan Conklin; Rob Lykins, president UCCEDC; Darke Co. Commissioner Diane Delaplane; Randolph Co. Commissioner Bud Carpenter (not a UCCEDC member); UCO Councilman Bill Bruggeman; Kevin Law, Randolph Co. economic development director; back row, Kristen Oswalt, Randolph Co. tourism director; Angie Martin, R.C. economic development office; Jeff Painter, Cardinal Ethanol; Gene Marsh, Pacesetter Bank; Sandy Moore-UCO Council; Curt Brooks, Old National Bank; Dan Franks, Joy FM; Scott Stahl, former UCO mayor, and Mick Whistler, EUM Church

A few employment opportunities: Help wanted

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1. The YMCA of Darke County is looking for a few good people to fill the following positions: Maintenance, Janitorial Services, Manager on Duty, Lifeguard, Water Fitness Instructor, Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor. If interested, please submit a resume to Christy Baker via email at or stop by either facility to fill out an employment application. Please indicate which position you are applying for.

2. The Flower Patch is looking for a part time person! Must have a valid driver’s license, love to work with people, have great written and verbal communication and be flexible with hours. If you are interested, please give us a call at 548-5675 or email: for more details.

2010 Downtown Buckeye Bash - schedule of events

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11:00am-Kid's Games and Beer Tent Open; Taste of Downtown (Samples are 50¢ to $1.50), featuring: Sweet One O One; Montage; Janet's Broadway Bakery; The Bistro Off Broadway; Little Italian Café; Danny's Place; Double M Diner; Downtown Chili Cook- Off; Free Sampling and Voting for you favorite (6 downtown restaurants participating) 11:30am- First 25 Tickets Drawn of the Reverse Raffle 11:30am-3:30pm OSU Marching Band Music Arranged by Darke County's Ken McCoy 12:30pm- Reverse Raffle Draw 1:30pm- Reverse Raffle Draw 2:30pm- Reverse Raffle Draw; Best Dressed Buckeye Family Contest (families sign up at the ticket table) 3:30pm- Reverse Raffle Draw; Game Time OSU vs. Eastern Michigan 4:30pm- Reverse Raffle Draw 5:00pm- Scarecrow Winner Announced; Chili Cook Off Winner Announced; 5:30pm- Reverse Raffle Draw; 6:30pm- 50/50 Draw; OSU vs Indiana Ticket Draw; Final Reverse Raffle Draw

(proceeds benefit Main Street Greenville and Darke Co. OSU Alumni)

Versailles to host 9th Annual “Tour de Sewer” Cross Country Meet This Saturday

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The 9th annual “Tour de Sewer” cross country meet will be held at the Versailles water treatment and sewage plant this Saturday, September 25th. Over 480 runners from 15 area teams (including 5 from Darke county) are registered to compete on the challenging Tour de Sewer course located on the water treatment and sewage plant grounds and the adjoining Schulte/Brandon properties on the west side of Versailles.

The schedule of races include elementary school Fun Runs for grades K-3rd (9:30am) and 4th-6th (9:40am) and junior high and high school boys and girls races following the Fun Runs.

Teams registered to compete include; Ansonia, Arcanum, Tipp City Bethel, Botkins, Bradford, Ft. Recovery, Houston, Jackson Center, Marion Local, Russia (Jr. High only), St. Henry, Tri-Village, Troy Christian, Xenia Christian and Versailles.

Plan on attending the only home meet for the state-ranked Versailles cross country team and enjoy plenty of good food, the world famous “Tour de Sewer” T-shirts and witness junior high and high school runners compete on the 2-mile and 3.1-mile courses.

Meet History: The following chart includes the individual (with times) and team (with points) winners for the Tour de Sewer since the first year in 2002:

National Adult Day Services week, September 19-25, 2010

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Pictured signing the National Adult Day Center Proclamation are
Mayor Mike Bowers,  Jane Woodie, Director of Brethren Home
Community Services, Clark Wolfe, Club Participant, and
Rexrode, Supervisor of Shuff Club.
The Shuff Adult Day Center will join in the national celebration of the National Adult Day Services week, September 19 – 25, 2010. The National Adult Day Services Association sponsors this week and this year’s theme is “Adult Day Services: A Smart Choice”.

Shuff C.L.U.B. – Adult Day Center is one of more than 4,600 Adult Day Service centers operating today in the United States. Shuff C.L.U.B. is located on the campus of Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 with approximately 4,000 square feet of divided space which lends itself to various activities. These group programs provide services and friendship during the day. Adult Day Services provide families with an additional choice in community-based care for their loved ones.

The Shuff C.L.U.B, has had the opportunity to invite so many participants into our organization through the opening of the day center in March 2010. In the short time that we have offered services, we have been blessed by the generous contributions and the friendships we have built through our Club. One participant comments, “I enjoy meeting people and making new friends. I can get out of the house and be with friends.” This testimonial speaks volumes for the numerous new friendships that have been made. Another Club Member reflects, “I feel secure when I’m here. Everyone is always smiling and having fun. My family feels secure when I’m here. They know I’m enjoying the day with friends while she is busy tending to her life, when I’m here, I’m safe.”

The Shuff C.L.U.B. provides full or half day care for your loved one offering a nutritious lunch, snacks, meaningful activities, companionship, hygiene assistance and transportation. This service will allow family caregivers to continue working outside the home and receive help with the physical care of a loved one with peace of mind. Adult day center participants are able to remain at home and also have an opportunity to interact socially with peers, share in stimulating activities, and receive assistance with the activities of daily living.

The Shuff C.L.U.B. invites you to visit our facility and discover the value of this service to individuals, their families and the entire community.

The Shuff C.L.U.B. will be participating in a variety of exciting activities in celebration of our first National Adult Day Services Week. Several of the activities planned, include Hat Day (wear your favorite hat), a special luncheon with the Shuff participants and BRC employees, White Elephant Gift Exchange (which is sure to be fun), and everyone’s favorite….A Wii Bowling Tournament. These are just a few of the wonderful daily activities that are offered at the day center.

Come join in celebrating Adult Day Services Week with a complimentary TRIAL VISIT (offer expires November 1st, 2010).

To learn more about a free TRIAL VISIT call: Jody Rexrode, 937-547-7657 or Jane Woodie, 937-547-7642 or visit our website at

Applications available for open Greenville Board of Education Seat

There is a vacancy on the Greenville City Board of Education due to the resignation of Mr. Bill Funderburg. The remaining board members have the responsibility of appointing a new member.

Board President Mrs. Cindy Scott said Funderburg resigned from the school board effective September 21, 2010. The board must appoint a replacement for Mr. Funderburg in not less than 10 days, but not more than 30 days of the resignation date of September 21st. The appointment must be made at the next scheduled board meeting following the resignation which would occur no sooner than October 1, 2010. The newly appointed school board member will serve until December 31, 2011.

Citizens interested in being considered for appointment to the Greenville City Board of Education should contact Carla G. Surber, CPA, Secretary to the Board, for an application at 937 548-3185 (725) or email at Requests may also be made in writing to Greenville City Board of Education, 215 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

According to the Ohio School Boards Association, people serving on school boards in Ohio must be district residents and registered voters. If they wish to continue serving on the school board, they will stand for election in the November, 2011, general election.

Scott said the board will review all applications and decide on the replacement at a meeting which will be determined in the near future. Applications will be taken until the close of business (4:00 P.M.) on Friday, October 1, 2010, at the Board office of Greenville City Schools (Memorial Hall) which serves approximately 3000 students in 5 buildings over 127 square miles of territory.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Win some Miranda Lambert tix!

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You could win 4 tickets to Miranda Lambert for October 9th @ the Nutter Center if you answer this Trivia Question correctly and If you are the 9th caller when you here a Miranda Lambert song on September 22nd Call 937- 417- 4844 that is the station number !

Q - Miranda's music video Kerosene was nominated for CMA video of the year in what year ?

(Hint keep your streams refreshed during the day) if you are at work and can not play the stream there will be a contest this Saturday to help accommodate those who work! Also if you are at work you can try any of the listening links on they should all work! Thank you and GOOD LUCK!

DB's Tuesday Night Sunset

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Zehringer Honored As "Watchdog of the Treasury"

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Jim Zehringer and the award presenter
 State Representative Jim Zehringer was today awarded Watchdog of the Treasury Award. The award recognizes key legislators or policymakers every year who work tirelessly to restore responsible limited government, lower taxes, encourage free enterprise and regulatory relief, and promote personal freedom. 

"I am so honored to receive this award from the United Conservatives of Ohio," said Zehringer. "Ohioans want a government that will not get in the way of their financial prosperity. The sort of fiscal responsibility I advocate for in the legislature can help Ohioans to reach this goal. Currently, our state government is overtaxing and overspending. I am working to fix this situation so that Ohio can enjoy economic success."

The award was presented at a ceremony in Columbus, held by the United Conservatives of Ohio. The United Conservatives of Ohio supports the responsible spending of taxpayers' dollars, the elimination of government waste, and the free-market system of competition among private sector firms. The organization strives to promote fiscally responsible public policy through legislation and works with the legislature to make state spending more accountable. [this entire story was nabbed from]

Bill Funderburg resigns from Greenville School Board

Dear Greenville School Board members: I wish for you to accept my resignation from the Greenville School Board effective September 21, 2010, at the 6:00 p.m. board meeting. I wish the young people the best education in the future with the tax dollars that are available. I thank the many past supporters and workers, as well as past board members going back to 1977 I’ve had the privilege to work with. I’ve retired after 58 years in the pure swine business, and Carol and I plan to enjoy some of the things we have not been able to get away and do. I do not plan to be involved in any activities or business in the Greenville Schools in the future. ~ Bill Funderburg

An Open Letter to Teachers (by Elizabeth Horner)

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We are back in school and things are beginning to fall into place, as we're getting accustomed to each teacher's standards and routines. It is also the time that a great program called the "Power of the Pen" starts gearing-up in Ohio which I hope that all teachers will check out, even though their writing competitions are only open to seventh and eight grade students, at

When it comes to writing, I think that nothing has as many possibilities as a blank sheet of paper. Whenever I sit down to write, I am not so much aware of the feel of the page, the look of the ink as it streams down from my pen, as I am of the world that I am creating, of the reality that I am spinning out of thin air. For example, by describing "sunlight", I use my creative imagination and memory of daylights to turn it into something real and fascinating in my own mind. Creative writing is one of the scariest, happiest, exciting and definitely rewarding experiences I have been through.

Creative writing is about the author breathing life into written words as one expresses everything that is worthy of articulation. In creative writing, one has the power to create settings, characters, and plot lines that never existed before but that suddenly spring into being with a few chosen words.

I see creative writing as an exercise that awakens and sharpens my senses, captures my fears, allows self-reflection to persuade changes within me, encourages me to be a learner and an investigator rather than a person quick to judge, and to learn skills and acquire traits that contributes to being a better student who does very well in OGTs.

And so, I invite teachers to get their students to try their hands in creative writing and allow them to discover how to conquer a new world, through the "power of the pen". I welcome your questions if you would like to know more about one student's point of view, about creative writing. My e-mail is

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