Thursday, March 31, 2011

How Healthy is Darke County?

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Check out the site and feel free to comment below. Do the statistics match your perceptions of Darke countians' general health?

New Mercer Savings Bank Beginning to Look Like a Bank

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A very camera savvy reader submitted this photo of the (nearly completed looking) Mercer Savings Bank on Main Street. Exciting times we live in!

Annie’s back!

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Annie Oakley has a new straw summer hat and is surveying Broadway of yester year in Garst Museum’s Greenville Room. Watch for her adventures leading up to this year’s Gala.

Garst Museum will host their annual fund-raiser, “Annie’s Wild West Gala” on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the museum. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be food, a silent auction, a live auction, raffles , door prizes, and lots of fun !

Featured this year will be “Annie’s Wild Raffle”. Museum board members will have $5.00 raffle tickets available, as will staff at the museum. Prizes for this raffle will be: a fantastic handmade contemporary quilt, an Apple iPad2; and a 32” flat screen TV. Winning tickets will be drawn at the event for this raffle; however winners need not be present to win.

Tickets for the special raffle and tickets for the event ($10.00) are available at the museum. Information : or call 937-548-5250.

NASCAR Night Raises $4,081 For State of the Heart Hospice

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A fundraiser that benefited State of the Heart Hospice is one of the most generous on going fundraisers for the local hospice program. At the Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce annual NASCAR night that was held this winter, a check for $4,081 was given to the non-profit agency which cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. Over the years, the Chamber’s NASCAR night has resulted in nearly $60,000 in support for State of the Heart Hospice. State of the Heart has offices in Coldwater, Greenville and Portland.

Pictured at the event are left to right, Pam Buschur, Director of Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, Ken Kurz, Director of Development and Public Relations for State of the Heart, Steve Schmidt of Peoples Bank Co. and Chamber Trustee and Chairman of the Race Committee, and Jared Ebbing, Mercer County Community Development Director and Race Committee member.


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Darke County Center for the Arts thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for donating funds to sponsor Riders In The Sky, performing in Greenville on Saturday, April 9. DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait stated, “The Coppock-Hole family foundation has been one of DCCA’s most generous and long-standing supporters of the Arts in Darke County; we are grateful for their continued commitment to helping provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in our community.”

For over thirty years, Riders In The Sky has been the keeper of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Exceptional showmen Ranger Doug, Joey the Cow-Polka King, Woody Paul, and Too Slim are known for their legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, delighting cowboys and cowgirls of all ages.

The 8:00 pm show will take place in the beautiful and acoustically excellent St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth Street, Greenville. Tickets are $20; a few seats are still available. Contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or email

Happy Opening Day!

Today is a day that may as well be a regional holiday! Even though it feels like January, the calendar says Spring, and that, Darke Journalians, means baseball!

Anyone want to be brave enough to leave any bold predictions in the comments below?

How many will the Reds win?
How many saves will Cordero compile before he blows one and fandom demands he be replaced?
Can Jay Bruce have a full season like he ended in 2010?
Can Jonny Gomes have a full season like the way he started 2010?
Will I run out of questions to ask?

No April Fool’s Joke; Local Golfers have the Opportunity to Play NCR South Course

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American Red Cross presents, “A Round for Relief”

The American Red Cross is offering six lucky foursomes the chance to play the world-renowned South Course of the NCR Country Club. This new regional fundraiser, “A Round for Relief”, offers golfers the opportunity to experience the beautiful greens, tread the same course and putt the same holes where the 51st PGA Championship was hosted. The event will benefit local American Red Cross chapters including Clark, Darke, Dayton, Mad River, Northern Miami Valley and Wayne/Union. Each $20 ticket enters you in a drawing to play where the professionals have made their careers while supporting disaster relief and preparedness in your own community.

Just as good golfers practice and prepare for their next shot off the tee, the American Red Cross is constantly working to prepare families and businesses for their next local disaster. Whether it is a flood, tornado or ice storm, preparedness and immediate response saves lives. “A Round for Relief” is a unique opportunity to support area Red Cross Chapters as they continue this life-saving work.

One winning foursome will be chosen from each Chapter location, six foursomes in all, to play in “A Round for Relief” on May 25th. The winning foursomes will enjoy a catered lunch, an incredible golfing experience, a delicious dinner, catered by NCR’s culinary expert Chef Mary King and opportunities to win skill prizes.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or by calling 937.548.1002. The drawing for the winning foursome will be held on May 12th and winners will be notified by phone on May 15th.

Senate Bill 5 Heads to Gov Kasich

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The Senate and House both passed Senate Bill 5, sending it to Governor Kasich to sign into law. More on the happenings at the Dayton Daily News.

Consider this a gentle reminder to keep the discussion civil, or your comments will not get posted, however, genuine, thoughtful discussion is highly encouraged.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Young Girl Donates to Animal Shelter

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The Members of "The Darke County Friends of the Shelter" accepted a donation from 10 year old Grace Carmen and her brother Jake. Because of her love for animals, Grace took it upon herself to raise money for the animals at the Darke County Animal Shelter. To raise money, Grace set up a lemonade stand this summer. She also contacted family, friends and neighbors and they made donations for her cause.

Grace was excited to visit the Animal Shelter and said it was "The Best Day of Her Life!". She was excited that her donation would help the animals. She hopes to visit the shelter again soon. "The Darke County Friends of the Shelter" would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to Carmen Grace and her family!! Carmen is a very special 10 Year old with a Big heart! Thank You!!

Greenville Varsity Baseball Falls to Wapakoneta 2-0

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After an offensive explosion in the season opener, Greenville only managed a 3rd inning hit by Junior OF Ryan Augsberger in route to a 2-0 loss to Wapakoneta. Senior pitcher Matt Orth ran into trouble in the first inning, allowing two early singles before the opposing pitcher doubled with 2 outs to plate both runs for the Redskins. Following the double, the remaining 16 Redskins were retired with 9 of them being sent down on strikes.

Greenville's only baserunners came on Augsberger's single in the 3rd and a walk by Senior OF Jason Howard in the 4th, however both attempts at a rally were erased quickly with a strikeout on the first and a double play on the second.

Greenville (1-1) will host Springfield Thursday afternoon at GTI Field at 4:00.

Box Score
GHS: 0 - 1 - 0; By Inn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WHS: 2 - 3 - 0; By Inn 2 0 0 0 0 0 x

Ryan Augsberger: 1-2
Jason Howard: BB

Matt Orth: 6 IP (L, 0-1), CG, 3 H, 2 R, 10 K

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Annual Equine Shot Clinic

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Annual Equine Shot Clinic
Sponsored by the Miami Valley Mounted Search and Rescue
An all volunteer non-profit organization serving the community

Hartzell Veterinary Service
5646 Horatio Harris Creek Road
Greenville, OHIO

Saturday April 16th 10:00AM to 12:00 noon
Discount on shots
Donations to the Miami Valley Mounted Search and Rescue are WELCOME

Garst Museum 2011 Exhibit

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Garst Museum is pleased to announce that the 2011 exhibit of their Currier & Ives Collection is in place. This part of the collection features larger artwork pieces, including some rarely seen camping and hunting scenes.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10AM-4PM, Sunday 1- 4PM, Closed Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

Contact the museum 205 North Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331, Phone: 937.548.5250

Thank you

I have enjoyed running this website for a little over two years. And now it is time for me to move on. DarkeJournal has been turned over to a new team of website operators who will make the website better than ever. I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the website by submitting content, advertising on the site, or just visiting. -DJ

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Hike to Health

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Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for the NEW Hike to Health Series. This series is designed to get you outdoors and get your blood pumping. After being cooped up all winter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and become more active. April offers two different hikes. The first hike will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 2pm at Turkeyfoot Preserve. The second hike will be Thursday, April 7th at 6pm at Worth Family Preserve. So wear comfortable shoes and bring some water along. We hope to see you on the trails. Can’t make April’s Hikes? There are 2 more hikes in May, Thursday May 5th, 6pm at Eidson Woods and Saturday, May 7th, 10am at Routzong Preserve. Call the Nature Center for directions or more information at 937-548-0165.

Heartland of Greenville invites volunteers to serve as personal shopping assistants

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Do you live to shop? Do you love helping others find a great bargain?

Heartland of Greenville invites volunteers to serve as personal shopping assistants for older adults. Volunteers will join residents on outings and push wheelchairs for clients as they shop, assist with grocery carts, reach items from shelves and more. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and enjoy helping others. Shopping trips are scheduled monthly, and a flexible schedule is available.

The help provided by volunteers will help Heartland residents gain greater self-esteem and greater independence. “Volunteering at Heartland lifts the spirit by showing our residents love and respect,” says Rosemary Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, and the Darke County HOPE Foundation.

Diabetes Day set for April 9th

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Type 2 Diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not make any or enough insulin, or your body prevents the insulin you produce from working correctly. Insulin is necessary for your body to use glucose, from the food we eat, for energy. High levels of glucose caused by uncontrolled blood sugar can damage eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, legs, and feet.
As a diabetic, you need to take a positive approach by making changes to help manage your blood glucose. One way to learn about changes you can make to maintain or improve your blood glucose is by attending Diabetic Day.
Diabetes Day will be offered at Wayne HealthCare on Saturday, April 9, 2011. The program will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Speakers will discuss topics of interest to individuals with diabetes. Along with speakers, there will be numerous displays by companies serving the diabetes community.

Second Teen Sentenced in Arson Case

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Greenville Varsity and JV Baseball Teams Begin Season With Wins Over Marion Local

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The Green Wave varsity baseball team played truer to midseason form than for a season opener; receiving a strong pitching performance from Junior Tyler Zimmerman, strong days at the plate by Juniors Zach Weaver and Ryan Miller and a defense that only committed an error on the last play of the game that led to the final out.

The offensive highlights occurred early and often for the Wave, beginning with a sacrifice fly from Weaver to plate the inaugural run in the bottom of the first. In the 2nd, Miller led off the inning with a walk and managed to score from second base on a 2-out single by Junior SS Jon Edwards. The Wave the made the score 4-0 on Miller's first single of the game in the 3rd before the Flyers started to make things interesting.

In the top of the 4th Zimmerman experienced his first rough patch of the day that began with a leadoff double by the Marion Local third baseman. After a strikeout and a walk, the next two batters singled to cut the scoring deficit in half. In the 5th, Zimmerman was struck in the throwing elbow by a line drive that ended his day and would lead to Marion Local's 3rd run, but it was as close as they would get.

Answering the Flyer's rally Greenville scored 7 times over the final 2 innings, receiving big hits from Senior's Robbie Detling, Jason Howard and Matt Orth as well as Miller and Weaver. Marion Local managed to put together 3 runs in the top of the 7th before the final out occurred at the plate on a great defensive play by Miller.

Greenville will head to Wapakoneta on Tuesday night to play the Redskins at 5:00.


The Greenville JV baseball team showed up ready to hit monday afternoon in their season opener, run ruling the Marion Local Flyers 15-3 in five innings.  Karlin Ross picked up the win for the Wave pitching 5 and a third before giving way to freshman Ian Cook who recorded the final two outs.  The Wave JV play at home today against Wapak, first pitch @ 5PM

Box score and stats for the Varsity game are available after the break.

Christal Smith wins Regional Writing Competition

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Minster, Ohio Greenville Junior High School 8th grader Christal Smith took home the First Place Trophy Saturday, March 26, after competing at the Power of the Pen regional contest held in Minster, Ohio. Twenty-eight (28) schools from nine counties and seventy eight (78) 8th grade students vied for the title. Smith qualified for the regional tournament after placing third in the District Tournament held in Greenville, Ohio on January 8, where she competed against 82 students from 15 schools. Smith advances to the State Finals to be held on May 26-27 at the College of Wooster.

Power of the Pen is an interscholastic program in written expression designed for young writers in the 7th and 8th grade levels. The competition promotes a holistic evaluation of the written work using the following categories: creativity, voice or unity, structure of ideas, figurative or descriptive language, sentence structure, mechanics and spelling.

L- Coaching Smith is an older peer, Elizabeth Horner, an 11th grade student of Greenville Senior High. Mid - Kelly Snyder, placed 6th and R-Hannah Cloyd placed 13th. Both students are from De Colores Montessori School of Greenville. Not pictured are other Darke County students who placed: Morgan Tupen, 17th placed and Caroline Praker, 18th placed, from Versailles Middle School. All of these eight graders will advance to the State Finals

Health Maintenance with Diabetes

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As a diabetic there are several tests that you should have done each year to monitor and reduce your risk for complications. Are your “A, B, C’s” of diabetes within normal range?

A= A1C level which shows your average blood sugar for the last two to three months. B= Blood pressure. C= Cholesterol. If you’re A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol are within range you reduce your risk for complications such as heart, eye, and kidney problems. As a diabetic, you are at greater risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

You also want to have a comprehensive foot exam each year to monitor for any foot problems. Blood work will help to monitor your lipid levels and also how your kidneys are functioning.
A dilated eye exam will help determine if you are having any problems with your eyes. Dilating the eyes allows your doctor to look into the back of the eye to view any problems that may be occurring.
You do not want to forget about having a dental exam. As a diabetic, you are at greater risk for cavities and gum disease.

To learn more about ways to live a healthy life with diabetes, attend group classes at Wayne HealthCare. The classes are provided as a series of four classes that will meet on April 4, 11, 18, and 26, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Call 937-547-5750 to register for class.

Cincinnati Bengals vs Darke County All-Stars Exhibiton Basketball Game

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We still have tickets available for an exhibition Basketball Game featuring members of the 2011 Cincinnati Bengals and Greenville Area All-Stars!

Saturday April 2, 2011, 7:00 P.M. (Doors will open at 6:00) 
Greenville High School Gymnasium
FREE Autograph Session at half time
Cost: $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door
Tickets available at the The Darke County YMCA or Any GTI Player
Proceeds Benefit Greenville Citizens Baseball League
& GTI Baseball Programs

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Lenten Soup Supper

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St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 6825 St. Rt. 722, Ithaca, Ohio will hold midweek Lenten Soup Supper at 6:30pm/Services at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 30, Week of Lent 3: The Faith of Moses

By faith, Moses chose the hard path to follow God's call.
How does our faith affect the choices we must make?

We hope to see you there! All are welcome!

Monday, March 28, 2011

This week at ElementsLife

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“Living with Cancer” Support Group will be on Thursday, April 7, 2011

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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, April 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place at Wayne HealthCare in the 3rd Floor Conference room. This month’s support group features Heather Kaiser, M.D. speaking on radiation therapy and the different technologies available for patients. Dr. Kaiser is board certified in Radiation Oncology and worked in private practice in Ohio for 5 years before joining Toledo Radiation Oncology 2 years ago. She is primarily based at the Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center in Celina and also works at the Allison Radiation Oncology Center in Lima. Dr. Kaiser’s husband, Tony, is from Coldwater and they reside in Coldwater with their 3 children.

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

Getting Your Garden in Shape for the Season

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It’s sure been a wet spring this year. Our state climatologist, Jim Noel, told us on a conference call last week that April this year will have about normal precipitation followed by a dry May. With those conditions we will hopefully get away from some of the diseases that have been plaguing our gardens the past few years. This past weekend I was back home in Milan at a friend’s house and his mother wondered how to get their garden ready for the season. I figured I’d share some of the tips I passed along.

Greenville VFW Honors Master Sergeant Gerald E. Jamieson

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Greenville VFW Post 7262 recently presented a bible to Jamie Jamieson of Greenville in remembrance of his father Master Sergeant Gerald E. Jamieson who recently passed away in Sarasota, FL.

Master Sergeant Jamieson served his country through three wars. Enlisting on October 4, 1943 Master Sergeant Jamieson took his basic training in Biloxi, MS and completed his gunnery school in Las Vegas, NV. Master Sergeant Jamieson was assigned to the Eighth Air Force in England where he flew 33 missions during WWII. He then flew during the Korean War based in Yokana, Japan flying 33 missions. Master Sergeant Jamieson continued his military career as a B-52 instructor based at Castle A.F.B., CA and served during the Viet Nam War where he flew an additional 210 mission. Master Sergeant Jamieson received 21 ribbons for his fruit salad and 15 medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 17 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Force Commendation.

Jamie followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Army after graduating from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 1977. Jamie served on active duty from 1977 through 1988 and as active reserve from 1988-1998, when he retired with the rank of Major.

Members from the VFW present were Jack Harless representing WWII veterans, Les Thwaits representing the Korean War veterans, Tom Mowery representing Viet Nam veterans and Scott A. Reed on behalf of the Desert Storm veterans. Co-workers also presented a flag to Jamie in his father’s memory. Representing the Newcan Company were Dave Miller Air Force veteran and Craig Jenkinson Army veteran both having served during the Viet Nam War.

SPIRITUALITY AND END-OF-LIFE CARE, Contact hours offered at local nonprofit’s presentation

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Have you ever wondered how to better help someone cope with their spiritual concerns at the end of life? Then attend the Spirituality and End-of-Life Care program presented by State of the Heart Hospice on April 25 or 26.

This free program will discuss differences between spirituality and religion, while also addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief; spiritual assessment and empowerment; and life review. The program will feature a video presentation and live local speakers.

Continuing education contact hours will be available for a fee through the Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists, physicians, EAPs, nursing home administrators, and more.
State of the Heart Hospice has served patients and families facing a life-limiting illness since 1981 and serves 12 counties in western Ohio and eastern Indiana. The following State of the Heart staff will be attending the event: Marlene Black, Bereavement Specialist; Rev. John Nunnally, Chaplain; Rev. Rogers Durham, Chaplain; Rev. Joe Soley, Chaplain; and Kelley Hall, RN, CHPN. In addition to the nonprofit’s staff, the following community professionals will be panelists: Rev. Tony Price, Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren; Fr. Paul Wohlwend, St. Charles; Brian Hogenkamp, Hogenkamp Funeral Home; Rev. Hugh Kelly, Fellowship Bible Church; Rev. Darrell Borders, Westchester United Methodist Church; and Rev. John McRoberts, Edison State Community College.

You can attend at any one of the agency’s three offices. The program will be offered Monday, April 25, from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1237 W. State Road 67, Portland, IN. It will also be offered Tuesday, April 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 230 W. Main Street, Coldwater, OH; or from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH.
To reserve your place or for more information, please contact Bev Hughes or Kelley Hall at 800.417.7535.

MARCH OF DIMES KICK-OFF AT OAKLEY HOUSE Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

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Greenville, OH – On April 30th, team members at Oakley House will join over 7 million people nationwide to help raise money for the non-profit foundation, March of Dimes, by walking at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Oakley House, a senior living community by Assisted Living Concepts, Inc., will host a March of Dimes Kick-off and Ambassador Reunion on Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00 p.m.

Oakley House is kicking off with a fundraiser featuring former March of Dimes ambassadors, including Oakley House’s very own Meaningful Pursuits Coordinator, Jason Fiely. The goal is to collect enough dimes to fill a baby crib. Donations given to the March of Dimes goes towards research and programs regarding Parkinson Disease, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Hearing loss, Pulmonary Hypertension, Alzheimer’s Disease, Learning disabilities, and more.

Oakley House, located near the intersection of Russ Road and Northview Drive, promotes independence and individuality, while providing seniors with extra assistance in their daily routine. Residents enjoy the freedom and advantages of living independently in an environment surrounded by friends and a caring staff. Oakley House is located at 1275 Northview Drive in Greenville.

For more information about Oakley House or to schedule a tour, contact the Residence Director at 937-548-9521 or visit


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GREENVILLE – Enjoy a delicious Barbeque Chicken Dinner from Romer’s Catering on Sunday, May 1 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, and send a child to church camp this summer.

The dinner includes barbeque chicken, roll & butter, applesauce, bag of potato chips and drink for $7. Diners are welcome to enjoy their chicken dinner in the Fellowship Hall of EUM Church, 111 Devor Street. Meals can also be picked up via the drive-thru in the alley next to the church.

Please contact EUM Church at (937) 548-3211 or (937) 467-1480 to order tickets. Orders will be taken until Sunday, April 17.

OPEN HOUSE AND HEALTH PRESENTATIONS AT OAKLEY HOUSE Wednesday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 20th

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Greenville, OH –In honor of this year’s participation in the March of Dimes Walk on April 30th, Oakley House, a senior living community by Assisted Living Concepts, Inc., will host an Open House on Wednesday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 20th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Both Open House dates are free and area seniors along with their family members and caregivers are invited to join. Along with tours of Oakley House, Amedisys Home Healthcare will be presenting information on the following topics.

April 13th: Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease
April 20th: Diabetes; Blood Pressure; and Pulmonary Hypertension

During the events, Oak House will be raising money for March of Dimes. The goal is to collect enough dimes to fill a baby crib. Donations given to the March of Dimes goes towards research and programs regarding Parkinson Disease, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Hearing loss, Pulmonary Hypertension, Alzheimer’s Disease, Learning disabilities, and more.

Oakley House, located near the intersection of Russ Road and Northview Drive, promotes independence and individuality, while providing seniors with extra assistance in their daily routine. Residents enjoy the freedom and advantages of living independently in an environment surrounded by friends and a caring staff. Oakley House is located at 1275 Northview Drive in Greenville.

For more information about Oakley House or to schedule a tour, contact the Residence Director at 937-548-9521 or visit

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Larry Ullery wins the bracket challenge

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There are still three games left in the NCAA tournament, but the DJ Brackets contest is over. Larry Ullery beat the field of 26 players by picking 38 correct games out of 60, and scoring 65 overall points. Larry was one of only four players to pick any of the final four teams (all four picked Connecticut to get to the Final Four but then lose in the semi-final). Some guy who called himself "Jalapeno-on-a-Steck" finished dead last and should be humiliated.

Mystery Solved!

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Darke County Civic Theatre presented yet another successful murder mystery dinner theatre at Montage Cafe earlier this month. Both performances were once again sold out and there were not only familiar faces in both the cast and the audience, but many newcomers as well. The detective work of the audience proved once again that .... no one gets away with murder! Of course, Civic Theatre must thank Aaron and Michele Cox and the Montage staff for their support of the arts and the audience for their participation. The dinner was delicious, the talent was amazing, and the merriment was off the charts.

Civic Theatre is now working on their next production, which will of course be the melodrama at Annie Oakley Days and audition dates and times will soon be announced. Another production that is in the early stages of production is a children's show, which will also be performed at Montage Cafe. Keep an eye on the site for audition dates, because this could be your chance to shine! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dane Leeper, Civic Theatre President, at 937-337-2265 or e-mail at The Darke County Civic Theatre is a non-profit organization.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

2011 BASF Science Scholarship

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The scholarship is a non-renewable award presented to a Darke County, Ohio High School graduating senior. The award will be in the amount of $1,000.00. More information is available here.

Darke County Man Looks to Start Anti Bullying Hotline / Holds Rally

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The Dayton Silverbacks support Anti Bullying Rally

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The Dayton Silverbacks fully back and support the efforts done by David Reed and Wolf Country 101 and everyone else involved with the Anti Bullying Rally that took place at the Darke County Court House. Due to some distance and directions confusion some players were not able to make it out to the event on time. The Dayton Silverbacks organization apologizes for this but would like everyone to know that they are in full support of the Anti Bullying Movement.

Part of the Silverbacks' Mission Statement is to 'build relationships with fans and in the community' and our vision is to 'serve as an asset to the community.' We believe that positive events such as this are exactly what a community needs and that we are instrumental in making them a success. We are disappointed that we could not help out as much as we would have liked to but hope that we can be a positive reinforcement in the future.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bracket update: Nomad retakes the lead

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And a reminder ... Ohio State plays Kentucky Friday night at 9:30 pm on CBS.

Pets of the week

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The Darke County Animal Shelter presents his pets of the week:
King is a 4-month-old Shepherd mix. He is black and brown with short hair. He is a nice little guy but will grow to around 80 pounds. He is a very friendly puppy and is ready for adoption.

Sweetheart is a 2-month-old black Lab puppy. She is black with short hair. She is a wonderful puppy, loves people and loves to play. She is current on her shots and is ready for adoption.

Bailie is a 9-month-old Red Heeler (Australian Cattle dog). She is white and red with short hair. She is house broken and good with kids. She is a friendly girl and loves to play. She is ready for adoption.

We also have a little Chihuahua mix, a black lab, 2 shepherd mixes, a Pointer mix, a Yorkie mix and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547- 1645.
The "Darke County Friends of the Shelter" in conjunction with Wal-Mart will be taking pictures of your pet with Easter Bunny.

On Saturday April 2nd 2011 from 10am till 2pm you are invited to bring your companion animals and kids to the Wal-Mart Store in Greenville to get their picture taken with Easter Bunny. All proceeds will go to the "Darke County Friends of the Shelter" a 501c3 organization. The cost of the photo is only $3.00 and all monies go towards helping the dogs and cats at the Darke County Animal Shelter. All companion animals must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937- 547-1645. For more information and to see the dogs we have go to our web site at

Chiropractor attains Fellowship status

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St. Henry – Scott McClure, DC of St. Henry Chiropractic has attained Fellowship status with the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. (IAMA) is an institute of higher learning dedicated to teaching physicians of all disciplines both the ancient as well as contemporary principles of acupuncture.

Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. The science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the US until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and the US were relaxed.

The human body’s energy flow courses over twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body. Acupuncture’s goal is to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by using a combination of acupoints located on the twelve meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of means, the needle being just one.

Dr. McClure has been practicing chiropractic in St. Henry for 17 years. He offers gentle full spine adjusting and physiotherapy, with emphasis on whole body health and wellness. He treats newborns to seniors, and offers a student discount. You can schedule an appointment by calling 419-678-4873.

Commissioners Corner

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 The month of March is finally here, and with that comes the hope of spring. It seems to all of us in the Commissioners office that this has been an “old fashioned winter”. Hopefully by now, things are warming up for all of us. This has been a very busy month in the Commissioners office. The month started with Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall attending the annual County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) meeting. This meeting was very informative and we are proud to report that all recommendations the speakers made to improve government, we are already doing, and have been doing for some time! One other area that all Darke Countians should be proud of is how lucky we are to have such good people working for the County. We heard some real horror stories out there from other Counties, and it made us feel very fortunate to have the quality of character we have here. Tell your elected officials how much you appreciate their efforts, everybody needs to hear that once in a while, and believe us, it is warranted because of the quality of our people.

We are busy with numerous issues of concern for the County, among them, the airport, new businesses, the budget, and wind energy. The County Commissioners are on the Dayton Development Coalitions (DDC) U.A.V.(unmanned aerial vehicle) Board. This Board is studying the use of UAV’S for commercial as well as military use. We recently met with Mr. Bert Cream who is involved with Wright State and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. This could be a potential boon for Darke County, and we are staying on top of the situation. One of our more enjoyable meetings was with Mr. Dave Butts of Continental Carbonics Corporation. Mr. Butts is the Vice President of Business Development, and he informed us of the products and progress of the new dry ice plant located in the Greenville Industrial Park. Mr. Butts informed us they hope to be up and running by June 1st with as many as 75 jobs for the County. He also stated that he was very happy with the help and cooperation they have received here. We will continue to improve our process to make businesses more willing to stay, and to re-locate here. Thanks to Mike Bowers and Marc Saluk for their work on this major project for all of us. We are still working on wind energy in the northern part of the county. Invenergy, the company that approached us with the idea of a wind farm in the County, is keeping us apprised of their progress. As of now they seem to be on schedule for the project. We will keep you informed as we get more information that we can share. By now, the State budget has been released and it is fairly close to what we were expecting. The Commissioners had made plans for deep cuts in our states revenue, and have already adjusted accordingly. We had budgeted for less money from the state so what little monies we will get will be considered a bonus. With the continued help of our Elected Officials and our efforts to live within our means in this economic climate, Darke County will weather the economic storm, and become stronger in the future.

We certainly enjoy hearing from people in the county, and will try to answer all questions accordingly in a timely manner. Our meetings are open to the public, and everyone is invited. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 P.M. in the Commissioners office located at 520 South Broadway, south of the courthouse, in Greenville. Hope to see you there!!

The Darke County Commissioners

Reflecting on Public Forums, by Jim Buchy

Recently, I held three public forums, one in each county of the district. I was pleased by the willingness of nearly 450 constituents to discuss the issue of Senate Bill 5 and other bills, both for and against. Throughout this process I have been open with my support for this measure and will continue to explain what has led me to this position. The bill is currently in the amendment phase in the House and the ideas of constituents in this district have been relayed to my colleagues working on the bill.

The first event was at the St. Clair Memorial Hall where I was joined by Senator Faber, the local Greenville Education Association and other kind volunteers that allowed the event to take place without problems. At that event constituents were most concerned about dispute resolution provisions and administrator accountability. At that event we heard from many good people and it set the stage for success at the two latter events. The Coldwater event was met with an increased amount of displeasure most of which was fueled by residents of neighboring districts. The Coldwater event was hosted at the Coldwater American Legion by the Mercer County Liberty Group. The audience was comprised of interested constituents in favor and opposition to SB 5. In Coldwater it was evident that the existing provisions of step schedules and collective bargaining are not working for schools in my district. The constant pressure of national and state labor unions to ask for more from our tax payers is not popular amongst local public employees. The public employees of my district just want to be treated fairly and I am carrying that message to Columbus. The right of employees to organize is important and they should bargain for wages, hours, terms and conditions. However, we need increased accountability for administrators. At the final event in Eaton I was met by protestors in the rain. I invited them inside for the event and many came in. This event was held in the Eaton High School gymnasium. The discussion was lively and many people in the crowd reiterated they were interested in hearing what was happening in Columbus. I am dedicated to communicating with constituents by face to face meetings, phone calls, letters, emails and through columns such as this. I will continue to make every effort to hear the concerns of those who came to the forums or could not make it. If you are concerned about the reasons SB 5 is needed in Ohio or you have suggestions to improve the bill I want to hear them.

Soon, there will be changes offered-up to SB 5 in the House and I look forward to examining those changes. Currently, SB 5 will allow for public employees to collectively bargain for wages, hours, terms and conditions. It will remove step pay increases for all public employees and replace those pay increases by a locally determined merit system, except for teachers who will be paid based on a locally determined performance system. Public employees will continue to have leave time and will be asked to pay a percentage of their healthcare costs. We have viewed the Governor’s budget proposal and it is evident the local entities and state government need tools to manage labor costs. We cannot and will not balance this budget on the backs of the middle class. This bill and others will ask administrators to make wise decisions and cut costs universally. I consider these changes an important part of putting Ohio back on her feet and I hope you will too.


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Fun, Exciting and Affordable NEW TRIPS with the Flory Sisters!

April 5th - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Voted one of the largest tulip displays in the Midwest! 93,000 colorful tulips at the Zoo for one month only so bring your camera folks and enjoy an early taste of Spring! We'll see the Zoo's wild and exotic animals plus one million daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and more. Graeters Ice Cream stop! Bus pick up at Greenville Kmart 9:00am, home 6:00pm. *Additional bus pick up in Troy.

May 6th and 7th - Holmes County "Amish Country"
We're taking a two day adventure folks! Day 1 - (Just added - Smuckers Store and Cafe), Keim Lumber, Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Coblentz Chocolates and more... Home cooked Amish meals & overnight stay at the newly renovated Comfort Inn (heated indoor pool). Day 2 - Shopping at Berlin's Amish Farm and Village for crafts, antiques, quilts, candles, enjoy horse and buggy rides and more! Bus pick up at Greenville Kmart 7:00am on Friday, home Sat. evening. *Additional bus pick up in Troy.

Call Angela @ 800-530-6019 for trip details or to reserve your seat. | we're located in Greenville!

Donate ‘Gently Used’ Books

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“What do you do when your child ‘out reads’ his or her books? Don’t let them gather dust somewhere… please donate them so they may be used by other children!”

Greenville Kiwanis, as its “Kiwanis One Day” project this year, is asking all parents to donate their child’s ‘gently used’ books – books that the child has outgrown – to the children coming behind them. Feel free to donate new books also.

Students at Woodland Heights, East and South Schools are working to collect books; drop off locations are the Darke County Red Cross, 130 Martz Street, Suite 6, and Brethren Retirement Community. Deadline is Friday, April 1.

All books will be checked for reading levels. Any books not for elementary school use will be donated to the Greenville Friends of the Library book sale.

Greenville Kiwanis is a community service organization dedicated to service to the community and its children. For more information about Kiwanis One go to For more information about your local Kiwanis, come to a weekly meeting… every Wednesday at 12 Noon at the Chestnut Village Center in Brethren Retirement Community.

The Light Foundation’s Third Annual Youth Turkey Hunt

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Applications are now available for The Light Foundation’s Third Annual Youth Turkey Hunt. The hunt will be held April 16th and 17th in Darke County. Applications are available at all of the Darke County Schools, ACE Hardware, The Daily Advocate, WGTR and at the Wayne Lakes Gatehouse. Applicants have to be 12 to17 years of age, must be a Darke County resident, have a 2011 Ohio hunting license, have an adult willing to accompany them on the hunt, and submit an essay explaining What Non-Profit Organization in Darke County in your opinion makes the biggest impact on our community. Application deadline is April 1st and top winning essay applicants will be notified by April 6th.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dining in the Darke - April 2nd

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Currants, by Abraham Lincoln

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When I was a little boy, still in bib overalls, I used to wander over to see Esta Flory, then an old woman whose old man never made his own smokes—Esta rolled them every morning—about breakfast time. I went to the side kitchen door past the row of currant bushes and when they were ripe there were dozens on bushes riper than this that I snatched off, crammed in my mouth, and peeked in through the screen door like an orphan to see if I was invited for breakfast. Sometimes I got to eat twice—first at home—second at Esta's house; plus the currants.

Life was simple in those days. A kid could dip both hands in the wash basin to get cleaned up. Rubbing wet fingers over both eyes and across front teeth was good to do. No soap was required and there wasn’t anything to dry. My hair flopped like it fell last week when mother washed it with the bar of Ivory soap and poured bath water out of the galvanized tub to rinse it. It was there until she washed it next week.

Canner Gauge Testing Time (Extension News Release)

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Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 9, 2011.

There is a $5.00 charge for each gauge tested. You will need to bring in your dial gauge to our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. We will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State Community College. If you have any questions, please call 937-548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

Property Owners Beware - program to be held March 28th

Julie Monnin, Darke County Municipal Judge, will be the featured speaker at a public-education program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Darke County, announced Karen Brooks, League co-President. The program, Property Owners Beware, will be held on Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Science Lab at Edison Community College in Greenville. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to attend, Brooks said.

“Judge Monnin is known for her willingness to stand up and speak out for the rights of others as was evidenced when she joined the Citizens against CO2 Sequestration to help stop the experimental project,” Brooks said, adding, “She now has other concerns, which the League has asked her to share with the public.”

Ohio Senate Adds School Calamity Days - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The Fort GreeneVille DAR March Meeting

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 1:00pm. The location is at The Garst Museum, Greenville. Tim Nealeigh will present the program on Ireland and the Irish.

Anyone interested in joining DAR is welcome to attend the meeting for more information.

Hajoca to have tent sale March 26th

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Hajoca Corp. will be having a tent sale open to the public on March 26 from 8am-11am, 950 Sater Street, Greenville. The sale will include commercial grade, discounted products from manufacturers such as: Kohler, Moen, Delta, Basco, Diamond Tub/Shower, Alsons and many others.

Darke Co. Teen Sentenced In Warehouse Arson

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Now with video (Also courtesy of WHIOtv). Click on the image below to watch.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Partial Outage in Darke County 911 System (UPDATED: Service is Restored)

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Updated (5:55pm) -

Frontier Telephone Company has reported that the 9-1-1 outage across Northern Darke County has been fixed and service has been restored. All residents in Darke County can resume dialing 9-1-1 to report emergencies.

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The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing a partial outage of its 911 system within three areas of the north eastern portion of the County due to a wire cut on the Frontier Phone System: Osgood, North Star and Yorkshire. Citizen’s in the affected areas can still contact emergency services by dialing (937) 548-2020 which is a direct line into the Darke County 911 dispatch center. Authorities are projecting that the 911 system will be repaired and back in full operation by approximately 6:00 P.M. this evening.

Greenville National Bank Sponsors RIDERS IN THE SKY

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Gloria Harpest of Greenville National Bank and
Julie Strait of Darke County Center For the Arts
Greenville National Bank has donating funds to sponsor Darke County Center for the Arts’ Special Presentation, RIDERS IN THE SKY. “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our hometown at a price that is almost always significantly less than would be paid in a larger metropolitan area,” said Julie Strait, Executive Director of DCCA. “We appreciate Greenville National Bank’s support of the Arts and their commitment to making these opportunities available and affordable to folks in our community,” she concluded.

RIDERS IN THE SKY, also known as America’s Favorite Cowboys, are returning to St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville by popular demand on Saturday, April 9th at 8:00 pm. With their legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, exceptional showmen Ranger Doug, Joey the Cow-Polka King, Woody Paul, and Too Slim put on a show that delights cowboys and cowgirls of all ages.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or All seats are reserved; there are just a few seats remaining for this show.

National Trail Soccer Clinics

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Summer long soccer clinics are starting April 25th for all boys entering grades 2-8 in the Darke, Preble, and Wayne County areas. Clinics will be held at National Trail High School and will be led by National Trail Head Coach: Trent May. Trent will run these clinics based on what he learned from Manchester United's 1st Team Coach: Rene Meulensteen. The total cost for all clinics is just $15. For more information and to download a registration form, please visit

5th Annual Bryan Cross Memorial Golf Outing

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The 5th Annual Bryan Cross Memorial Golf Outing is set for April 23rd at Stillwater Golf Course. Please join us as we come together to celebrate Bryan Cross’ life through stories and memories.

Stillwater Golf Course will host the entire event this year from the golf to the dinner after! Registration begins at 11:30, pictures at 12:30, and shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Cost is $70 per person or $280 per team. The format will be two 4-man teams paired together to play the entire 18 holes. Cost includes t-shirts, door prizes, hot dogs & hamburgers served on the course, as well as the dinner after at Stillwater Golf Course. Raffle tickets and 50/50 tickets will be sold all day.

“Last year there were 112 golfers who attended and 190 present for the dinner after – it was a tremendous success with donations made in Bryan Cross’ memory to Out of Darkness, Darke County’s chapter of the American Federation of Suicide Prevention. This year’s donation will be announced at the After Party.” Jake Cook, organizer for the event stated.

Please contact Jake Cook, or #937-316-8458 to register for the golf outing or to sponsor a hole.

MedMan Solutions LLC Offers New Service to Elderly and Caregivers

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Company Provides Assistance to Patients Confused By Medical Bills

LAURA, OH.; March 23, 2011 – MedMan Solutions L.L.C. brings a new service to residents of the northern Miami Valley by offering medical bill management to patients confused by medical bills and insurance or Medicare payments.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Lenten Service

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St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 6825 St. Rt. 722, Ithaca, Ohio will hold midweek Lenten Soup Supper/Services on Wednesday, March 23, Week of Lent 2: The Faith of Abraham

By faith, Abraham journeyed to an unknown land, trusted in God's promise of a son, and offered up that son as a sacrifice.

When faith means taking a risk, how do we respond?

We hope to see you there! All are welcome!

Cincinnati Bengals vs Darke County All-Stars Exhibiton Basketball Game

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An exhibition Basketball Game featuring members of the 2011 Cincinnati Bengals and Greenville Area All-Stars!

Saturday April 2, 2011, 7:00 P.M. (Doors will open at 6:00)Greenville High School Gymnasium
FREE Autograph Session at half time
Cost: $8.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door
Tickets available at the The Darke County YMCA or Any GTI Player
Proceeds Benefit Greenville Citizens Baseball League
& GTI Baseball Programs

Annual St. Mary's School Auction and Etta Mae Foley Dinner

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We would like to invite the public to attend our annual auction and dinner on April 2, 2011 at Paws Bingo Hall. The dinner is scheduled for 5:00-6:30 with a menu of Chicken Alfredo or Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad and breadstick. Tickets are on sale for $6.50 at the school and will be available at the door. We also are excited about the many donations we have received for our auction this year. The class baskets and many additional items are currently on display at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. Mike Baker from Midwest Auctioneers will begin the live and silent auctions at 6:00. You do not need to attend the dinner to participate in the auction and we encourage you to click on the flyer or community event calendar to view additional items available.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friends of the New Madison Library Book Sale

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The Friends of the New Madison Public Library will hold a Used Book Sale at the library from Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2. Hours for the sale are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Prices are 10 cents for magazines, 25 cents for paperbacks, 50 cents for hard cover books and $1.00 for multi-media items. Sale inventory includes a nice supply of adult fiction, romance novels, some books on CD and many chapter books for kids. Proceeds from this sale will support programming for children and other library purchases that can’t be covered by the library’s dwindling state funding. Library t-shirts will also be for sale at this event. The Library is located at 142 South Main Street in New Madison. Call 937-996-1741 with questions.

U.S. disaster loans available in Darke (and 13 other counties)

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Riders In the Sky at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. Dubbed “America’s Favorite Cowboys,” the quartet sings Western favorites and spews Western wit as they promote the virtues of “The Cowboy Way.”

DCCA officials say that past performances by Riders In the Sky have been extremely popular, stimulating a multitude of requests for this return engagement.

According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Riders in the Sky attract fans of all ages. “They are the keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers, earning generations of fans for their warm harmonies and excellent musicianship as well as their unique wacky humor,” Rawlins said. “But they gained attention from a whole new generation when they started working with Pixar. Their album of music from Toy Story won the group their first Grammy; their Monsters Inc. album earned a second Grammy,” explained Rawlins.

The Riders In the Sky concert is sponsored by Coppock-Hole Trust and Greenville National Bank. DCCA also receives funding 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.

Tickets for the Riders In the Sky performance are $20, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.


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York is pictured with Rep. Dick Adams who represents 
the 79th House District, including Miami County and 
portions of Darke County.
COLUMBUS – Executive Director, Deanna York with the Darke County Visitors Bureau joined fellow members of Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (OACVB), Ohio Travel Association (OTA) and Ohio Hotel Lodging Association (OHLA) as they visited State Legislators on Wednesday, March 16 to emphasize the importance of tourism. York was one of approximately 100 tourism leaders to visit State Senators and Representatives in Columbus. She visited with Rep. Dick Adams, Rep. Jim Buchy and Joe Otte, legislative aide to Keith Faber.

“It was a privilege to meet with our state leaders and share with them what tourism means to Darke County, as well as the entire state,” shared York. “We discussed the local jobs created by tourism as well as the how the Darke County Visitors Bureau and other visitor bureaus use the lodging tax to encourage visitors to come to our community to shop, play and stay.”

According to Longwood International, for every tourism advertising dollar spent on promoting tourism in Ohio, there is a $13 return. That return on investment is what can help generate the dollars needed to feed the state budget and create more jobs. Phil Craig, executive director of the OACVB states, “Jobs are the most important issue facing Ohio today. By using the local lodging tax to market our communities we are creating and retaining jobs right here in our communities.”

Tourism accounts for 437,000 jobs in Ohio as visitors spend $36 billion in Ohio with a $2.5 billion revenue impact for state and local governments. In Darke County, the tourism industry sustained more than 1,426 local jobs, contributes more than $7.7 million in local taxes and generated $57.6 million in sales for local businesses.

Salamander and Flood Pic Submitted by Kurt

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Here is a salamander that we found on Coletown - New Madison Road after it had been flooded. I would say the flood brought them out. We saw a few of these then. -- Kurt

C & N Depot at 3rd and Chestnut Available for Lease

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The old C and N depot and train cars at 610 W Third Street which has housed Farnham Equipment Company since 1965 has been purchased by Lew Crowell.   The depot consists of around 1000 sq. ft. of office space and 1000 sq. ft. of warehouse space.   Each boxcar has approximately 400 sq. ft. of space as well.  Lew intends to lease the facility for office space and for storage.  The boxcars and two 500 sq. ft. warehouse spaces and the offices can be rented individually or all as one.  There is also a detached garage of approximately 800 sq. ft. that is for rent.  This facility is ideal for workshops or light industrial applications. Lew can be reached at 614-623-0380.

Monday, March 21, 2011

SPECIAL EVENT at St. Mary’s Church, Greenville!

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All religious and non-religious views welcome! --
Amazing presentation regarding how “Science Tests Faith.” Come and hear the stories behind a number of miracles. Speaker will be Tim Francis, formally from Shelby County, Ohio.

Where: St. Mary’s Church, 233 W. Third St., Greenville, OH 45331
When: Thursday, March 24, prayer at 6:40 pm Presentation from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

House for sale by owner - $122,000

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For Sale By Owner - $122,000. Open House Sunday, March 27th, and Sunday, April 3rd, 1:30-3:00 both days. 3 bedroom, 2 bath – Kitchen – Living Room - Family Room w/fireplace includes 42” flat screen mounted above. Large fenced backyard. All appliances included: Two Car garage with brand new door! Large front porch to enjoy this quiet neighborhood. Located just blocks from the park and city pool. 1,770 Sq. Ft. of living area! Last Semi-tax: $584. 753 Primrose Drive, Greenville 459-6915 (click on photos for larger view)

YMCA Offers Children’s Cartooning Class

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April at the YMCA introduces CrAzY CaRtOoNiNg, a class where children ages 7-12 will develop social skills, self-esteem, and mad-scientist cartooning talent every April Saturday from 1:30-2:30pm!

Class begins with facial features—eyes, ears, lips, nose—and moves on to explore facial expressions, body posture, and body actions.

Children will have time to work towards a completed cartoon or comic strip during the session. They may opt to start a bigger comic book project and complete the rest at home.

Peer input will be an important part of the discovery process as kids work in small groups towards their final goals. Children will be encouraged to practice and share drawings from home.

Registration closes March 31st, so call the Greenville YMCA at 548-3777 for more information.

This Week At ElementsLife

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Free Family Movie Nights at EUM!

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Every first Saturday of the month immediately following 6:30 p.m. worship, EUM Church hosts a FREE Family Movie Night, complete with popcorn and drinks. The movie for April is How To Train Your Dragon and will be shown on Saturday, April 2. Come on out to the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street on the corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road and enjoy a great family night out! Come for worship… Stay for the movie!

Children’s programs are provided during worship. For more information, call 548-3211 or go to

Darke County Parks Holds “Searching for Sallies” Program

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It was a very sunny afternoon when the Darke County Parks held their “Searching for Sallies” program. The van was packed full and the group headed out to Drew Woods State Nature preserve to see what they could find. Although no salamanders were found, we did find evidence of their being in the area in the form of a mass of Eastern Tiger Salamander eggs. These were found in a vernal pool within the woods. “Salamanders are shy creatures and finding them can sometimes be a chore” Naturalist Robb Clifford told the group, “but the egg masses prove they are here, we just missed them!”

In addition to signs of “Sallies”, the group witnessed other signs of spring. Upon entering the woods, an American Woodcock was spotted. Along the vernal pools, spring peepers and cricket frogs were heard calling. The group stopped to examine many types of fungi found throughout the area. Perhaps the most exciting sign of spring’s arrival were the Spring Beauties popping up through the soil, though not yet blooming. The group had a great time exploring this special old-growth forest on a beautiful spring afternoon!

Drew Woods State Nature Preserve is thought to be one of the few Old-growth forests still left in this region. Owned by the state, it is managed by Darke County Park District. Entry into this woodlot is by permit only as there are many delicate species found here.

Check out the Nature Notes or visit the website: to see what other programs are offered this spring. We hope to see you out enjoying your Darke County Parks.

Cancer Association of Darke County Seeks Volunteers

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Spring is a great time to take a drive and enjoy the scenery.  Why not take in the view while lending a hand, or a set of wheels, to local cancer patients?

Cancer Association of Darke County needs volunteers to drive clients to medical appointments in Dayton, Troy, Celina, Richmond, Columbus and Indianapolis.  Visit with patients while transporting them to doctor’s appointments, treatments and testing.  This position, available to volunteers who are at least 18 years of age, is available weekdays.  Volunteers will need to provide information for the organization’s insurance provider.  Due to the sensitive nature of some patients’ medical conditions, drivers may not smoke while transporting patients or use a vehicle that has previously been smoked in.

The volunteer driver position is extremely beneficial to both our organization and to our clients. Patients call the organization and request that a driver give them a ride to their appointment and back home. The position is extremely rewarding because without these drivers our patients would not be able to receive essential treatments, check-ups, and medicines to aid them in their fight against cancer.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity or other opportunities within our community, please contact HandsOn West Central Ohio at (937) 548-8002, ext. 211, or visit HandsOn West Central Ohio, including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a program of Council on Rural Services. This program receives funding from Darke County United Way, Corporation for National Service, Area Agency on Aging, PSA2, Harry Stephens Trust, and the Darke County HOPE Foundation. 

Wavaires Cantata to be Performed at EUM Church

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The Greenville High School Wavaires will be performing at the EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, on Sunday, April 3 at 6:00 p.m. Plan now to attend this Night of X-treme Praise!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Amazing Talent Auditioned!

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The Directors of Versailles’ Towne & Country Player’s upcoming production of the Tony Award musical, “The Secret Garden” were thrilled by the amazing turnout of potential players for this year’s inaugural production. The wonderful classic children’s tale, which turns into an awaking with-in for all to partake, will be performed at the new Versailles Performing Arts Center.

Those auditioning came from the Versailles community, as well as nearly all of “MAC land”, including Coldwater, Ft. Recovery, St. Henry, New Bremen, and Minster were all represented as well as Greenville, Englewood, and Troy.

Towne & Country Player’s has developed a reputation as a fine community theatre organization, from representing the United States in 1991 at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival Fringe to representing the area at numerous Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) events. From providing fine comedies, dramas, and musicals to the Versailles area and west central Ohio for nearly forty years, this new chapter promises to be an exciting one.

Musical Director, David Berger, praised the high caliber of musicians who auditioned. Director, Jim Kelch stated that in his thirty five years of directing, it was the finest audition cast ever!

While those selected will not be released until later next week, it is sure to move this community theatre toward its goal, of being recognized as a regional theatre destination. This year’s production dates for “The Secret Garden” will be tentatively June 23, 24, 25, at 7:30 p.m. and June 26, at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale May 15th through Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) and at various locations. Watch local papers for further information.

Sunday Meal: $7.00 Adults, $3.50 for children (Raffle & Talent show at noon)

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Congratulations to the Franklin-Monroe boys on a great season

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The F-M boys gave it a great shot Friday night but came up short to in the regional finals to Houston. F-M finished the season in the final eight in the state, lost only two games all year, and gave the fans a lot to cheer for. Great job boys!

Nomad now leads the Bracket Challenge through the early Sunday games

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DB's Friday night sunset

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Bengals vs. Greenville All-Stars - April 2nd

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On Saturday April 2, 2011 at 7 pm, members of the Cincinnati Bengals football team will be traveling to Greenville to play the Greenville All-Stars in a charity basketball game.

The game will be held at Greenville High School Gymnasium and doors will open at 6 pm. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Greenville Citizens Baseball League and the GTI Baseball Spring Junior High and summer ACME Teams. A free autograph session will be held at halftime.

To sponsor the event, purchase tickets or to play against the Bengals, call Tyler Edwards (Event Coordinator) at (937) 548-1106 or (937) 564-2644.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Follow-up on the accidental shooting of 6-year-old Fayth Van Etten

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Darke County Center for the Arts thanks Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds to support Arts In Education, a program through which DCCA partners with all public schools in Darke County and annually takes performing artists to every grade of all eight schools.

Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder, presented to students in grades 4 through 6 the week of March 7, was the final program in the 2010/2011 season. Other programs this year included singer and actress Lyle Cogen helping children in grades K-3 meet the challenges of bullying, along with author and poet Allan Wolf taking his program Got Rhyme to our area high schools. Concert pianist Alpin Hong was to have performed for junior high school students the week of the ice storm in February, DCCA is hopeful that he will be able to return in May with Movies to Games, Classically Trained.

Most Arts In Education performers spend a week in Greenville traveling to all Greenville City and Darke County public schools, with the exception of the Jr. High program, which generally performs at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being bused in. According to Julie Strait, DCCA Executive Director, “During the Artist’s residencies we point out local landmarks to visit, with Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe being a ‘must’ to truly experience the treasures we have in Darke County. And when we announce the list of sponsors from the stage prior to each show, Maid-Rite inevitably gets the biggest reaction from students. DCCA is grateful for the powerful message that Maid-Rite sends to the students in our community, reinforcing the message that the Arts are an important part of their education,” she concluded.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts programs call DCCA at 937-547-0908, e-mail, or check out the web-site at .

Friday, March 18, 2011

Photo Club Names New Officers

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On March 15, 2011, the Darke County Photography Club held their Annual Membership Meeting at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. The new officers for the 2011 – 2012 year are as follows: President, John Snell; Vice-President, Mel Cabeen; Secretary/Treasurer, Jeannie Grosch; and Media Rep, Sue Ann Hartzell. Discussions included ways to keep the club’s website, Flickr group, and Facebook page up-to-date, potential fundraisers, and offering basket to be raffled at Prairie Days. The monthly feedback session theme was Abstract: Spots, Curves, and Circles. We had many creative interpretations of the theme from our club members with plenty of discussion of each photograph.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 7:00PM at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. We will be holding one of our quarterly competitions, with guest judge/critiquer John Beals from Ridgeville, Indiana. The theme for April is Windows/Glass. Each member can enter 2 photographs in the theme category and 1 photograph in the open class during this meeting.

The Darke County Photography club is open to anyone from students to adults interested in learning about photography in any of its forms. If you enjoy taking pictures and making new friends, give us a try. Come to a meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio, at 7:00PM. For more information, visit our website at or check out our Facebook page.

Spring flowers from Jean (click on photo for full gallery)

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6-year-old shot in stomach (Darke County, near Hollansburg)

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Don’t miss this local presentation on congestive heart failure and benefits of yoga

Don’t forget – two contact hours are available for area nurses who attend “It’s a Stretch: Congestive Heart Failure Updates and the Benefits of Yoga” on Tuesday, March 29.

The program, presented by the Darke County Nursing Education Council and State of the Heart Hospice, will be held in the third floor conference room at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. The program will run from 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. and include a light meal. Dr. Henry Chong, cardiologist, and Emily Jasenski, experienced registered yoga teacher, will be speaking.

The cost to attend is $20, which covers your meal and contact hours. Register by March 22 by sending your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the $20 fee to Diane Crawford, 608 W. George St., Arcanum, Ohio 45304. Make checks payable to DCNEC. Walk-ins are also welcome.

For more information, call Diane Crawford, 937-423-5033, Kelley Hall, 937-548-2999, or Kathy O’Dell, 937-547-0013.

New Madison Library Levy Presentations

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The trustees of New Madison Public Library recently voted to put a 1.5 mill library support levy on the May 3 ballot. The library’s state funding has decreased by 24% in the past five years and additional cuts are expected mid-year in 2011. The trustees have eliminated staff positions, cut the book budget, eliminated Wednesday service hours and postponed capital improvements. But these cost saving measures are not enough to make ends meet when the demand for library service has increased by 23% in the same time period. In trying economic times, community residents turn more and more to libraries to provide free educational and recreational resources as well as services like free high-speed internet access and assistance with applying for government benefits. The income generated by the levy will allow the library to restore service hours, programming and the book budget and to address needed capital improvements. The levy will be on the ballot for voters living in the library’s legal service district which includes the villages of Hollansburg, New Madison and Palestine and the rural areas within the boundaries of the Tri-Village School District.

Members of the library’s “levy team” will make appearances at the following public meetings. Questions and comments can be shared at any of these meetings or by contacting library director Ann Riegle-Coursey at 996-1741 or Citizens for New Madison Public Library treasurer Phil Dubbs at 996-5282.

  • Monday, March 21- Liberty Township meeting at 7 p.m.
  • Monday, March 28- Harrison Township meeting at 5:30 p.m. and Neave Township meeting at 8 p.m.
  • Monday, April 4- Palestine Village Council meeting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14- Hollansburg Village Council meeting at 7 p.m.

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