Sunday, July 31, 2011

Doings at the Gathering

The Gathering at Garst is underway this weekend with outstanding exhibitors. Wonderful skilled historical craftspeople are demonstrating and selling their products for the unique enjoyment of visitors to the Gathering.

Hank Steinmetz is a blacksmith who forms iron into beautiful objects using a mobile forge. Visitors can see how a traveling craftsman would live as he and his family moved about the frontier selling their wares.

Daniel Hrinko, box maker, came to the Gathering from Springfield, Ohio. Daniel crafts perfect wooden boxes that visitors will marvel at.

While you enjoy the exhibits at the Gathering, linger a bit longer and enjoy a summer time meal. There are several barbecue vendors offering full meals to just sandwiches.

The Gathering at Garst hours are Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public admission to the Gathering is free. Regular admission prices apply to tour the Garst Museum. The Gathering is supported by a grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau at and the following sponsors. Spencer Landscaping, Inc., Advanced Eyecare, Wayne HealthCare, The Andersons, Inc., Second National Bank, Whirlpool Corporation – KitchenAid Division, Greenville Stor-N-Lock, Greenville National Bank, Wayne & Sharon Deschambeau, Dick & Debby Sodders, elementsLife, Eatery Food, Ivy League Florist, and the Knights of Columbus.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Photos from the 2011 Annie Oakley Parade


Photos from The Gathering at the Garst


Zehringer attends Ohio State Fair with Governor Kasich

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Governor John Kasich and Agriculture Director (former Darke Co. state rep)
Jim Zehringer attended the opening of the Ohio State Fair on July 27.
Kasich and Zehringer presented awards for "Ag is Cool," a visual arts
contest for Ohio school children. Zehringer said, "This was the first year the
Department of Agriculture hosted this contest, and we were so impressed
by the quality of entries we received that we hope to make this a new tradition."

Dining with Diabetes

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This is a program designed for people with diabetes and their family members. The program is provided on and provides information which includes learning, demonstrations and tasting of healthy foods, plus exercise instructions.

Who Can Participate?
People with diabetes and their family members, caregivers and support persons can enroll in Dining with Diabetes. Attendance is limited to 30 people.

Who are the instructors?
Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator, Wayne HealthCare
Diane Barga, Program Assistant, Ohio State University Extension

Where are the classes held?
At the Ohio State University Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio

When are the Classes?
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

How can I enroll?
There is a $15 fee per person to attend the class when you enroll.
Call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 for more information.
Registration deadline: August 25, 2011.

Chicken Barbecue slated for August 6

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New Madison - The second of the two annual chicken barbecues that are sponsored for the benefit of the New Madison Volunteer Fire Department by the New Madison Fire Belles will be held at the firehouse on Saturday, August 6 starting at 11 A.M. and lasting until sold out.

The adult meal consists of a half of chicken, choice of two sides: baked beans, coleslaw, or applesauce, roll and butter, pie, and orange drink or coffee. The child's meal consists of one- fourth of chicken, choice of two sides, roll and butter, pie, and orange drink. Hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches can be purchased also. Soft drinks will be also be available to purchase.

Cost for an adult meal is $7.00 and the cost for a child's meal is $5.00. A half of chicken can also be purchased for $4.00.

Eat in or carry out is available. There will be no phone-in orders taken or deliveries available.

All proceeds go to help defray the cost of equipment and items for the New Madison Volunteer Fire Department.

Good Morning Darke County! Photo Submitted by Anne

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Friday, July 29, 2011


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DARKE CO. – Make Community Blood Center your fashion choice for the Darke County Fair, and it could turn out to be your lucky day.

Wear any CBC t-shirt to the fair on Wednesday, August 24 from 1 pm to 7 pm and you will be eligible to win some fantastic door prizes, including a Family 4-Pack of Kings Island Tickets.

Anyone wearing a CBC t-shirt should stop by the CBC tent by Gate 2 to register for the drawings. The August 24 CBC T-shirt event is one day only.

CBC Darke County representative Dana Puterbaugh is calling on CBC supporters to “help us reach our goal of more than 250 donors wearing CBC t-shirts on Wednesday!”

For more information contact Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199, .

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit

Local Festivals Highlight Upcoming Weekend

The upcoming weekend will surely not leaving you wanting of things to do in Darke County.

Beginning on Friday, the annual Annie Oakley Days Festival will be taking place again at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds. You can visit their official website here, and find a full schedule of events here. In addition to visitng and checking out the many sights, you can also participate in the "Photo Shoot Out" that we told you about here. Registration for the photo competition is on Wednesday and Thursday, and more details can be found in the original article linked above.

As if that were not enough to keep you busy this weekend...

Saturday and Sunday will see the premiere of the new festival "The Gathering at Garst: A Garden of Antiques and Art." This event will take place at the Garst Museum grounds. You can visit their site here to learn more details including a schedule and listing of vendors and entertainment. We've already shared with you the great food, artists, musicians, and gardeners that will be on hand, in addition to many other attractions worth checking out. Note: Saturday's Farmer's Market will be at the Gathering, rather than its usual spot on Broadway by the courthouse.

Stop by these festivals and lend them your support. Encourage friends and family from out of town to stop by, take in the festival, visit some of Greenville's great local businesses and see the side of Greenville we're all proud of.

Civic Theater Celebrates 10 years of Melodrama Hilarity (Shows Begin Tonight!)

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Dane Leeper, President of Darke County Civic Theater is happy to announce that Civic Theater and the Annie Oakley Committee are celebrating 10 years of partnering to bring old fashioned melodrama fun to the community. Dane can't believe how quickly 10 years have flown by and he encourages everyone in the community to come out to Annie Oakley Days to catch Civic Theater's latest fun filled show.

This years show is titled Dirty Work Afoot or How to Dig Your Fortune In Ten Easy Lessons by Sherry Roseberry and presented with special permission from Eldridge Publishing Company. The story begins with villainous Bernard Blackburn, in debt up to his mustache, plotting with crooked insurance agent, Godfrey Patterson, to marry innocent and beautiful Polly Goodson. After the death of her father, Polly believes she is penniless, but Patterson knows that her father's insurance policy is worth thousands...thousands that Blackburn wants to steal from poor innocent Polly! Blackburn thinks his plan to marry Polly is flawless, that is until he meets her family.

Crazy Grandpa Goodson, a sister obsessed with Amazons, a sling shot toting little brother, and a disapproving maid keep Blackburn on his toes. On top of it all, there's Polly's fine upstanding neighbor, John Trueheart, for whom Polly has a great deal of affection. Blackburn convinces Trueheart to go off in search of his fortune before asking for Polly's hand in marriage. This allows Blackburn to bring in his accomplice, Freeda Pane, who pleads Blackburn's case to Polly.

Join the Civic Theater cast, Sandy Hartley, Alex Stigler, Mark Howell, Megan Neff, Quinton Gray, Larry Holmes, Bill Murphy, Taylor Dorn, Lyn Foureman, Didi Lachat, Elizabeth Penrod, James Maloney, Simon Hoying and Olivia Leeper, as they work their magic on the melodrama stage.

Performances are Friday, July 29th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, July 30th at 3:00 pm and at 7:00 pm; and Sunday, July 31st at 1:00 pm. All performances are at the Youth Building at the Darke County Fairgrounds and are free with your paid ticket into the festival. Come early to check out the vendors, enjoy a delicious snack, and then come boo the villain and cheer the hero! We will be showcasing some of Darke County's finest talent, twenty minutes prior to all performances. Visit our website for more info: . If you have any questions, please call Dane Leeper at 937-337-2265.

Garage Sale To Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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Fundraisers make mentoring matches possible,
such as Paul Workman, of Anna, and Wasfie Alshara,
of Sidney, who enjoy playing a game at the YMCA.
 Wasfie is the son of Jamie Daniel.
In conjunction with the Versailles Community Garage Sales, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County will be hosting a Garage Sale at the Versailles Vets Club. This event will be held Wednesday, August 3 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Thursday, August 4 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Community members are welcome to donate gently used items to our fundraiser. Donations will be accepted at the Vets Hall Tuesday, August 2 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Wednesday, August 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Additional drop offs can be arranged in Versailles, Greenville, or Sidney, by calling the office at 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611.

For more information, call the BBBS office at 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611 or e-mail us at

Locally, the two-county agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters now serves over 300 children in Shelby and Darke County through its community-based and High School Big Buddies mentoring programs. At this time the agency has 45 children on a waiting list in need of a volunteer mentor. It is hoped that this fundraising event will not only bring dollars to the local agency, but awareness of the need for volunteers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, a United Way member social service agency, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children reach their full potential, by matching children with volunteers to develop and nurture quality relationships. The relationship is meant to guide each child toward becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may call the office at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or log on to the agency website at

The Darke County Animal Shelter presents Its pets of the week:

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Jazzy is a 3-year-old terrier mix. She is black with long hair. She is a sweet little girl and loves to play. She is full of energy and will make a great walking companion. She is housebroken and is good with kids. She gets along well with other dogs and cats. She will make super companion and is ready for adoption.

Josie is an 8-year-old Weimaraner. She is gray with short hair and a short tail. She is a friendly girl and weighs around 70 pounds. She is a healthy looking girl and was found in the Wayne Lakes area. She will make a great friend and is ready for adoption.

Benny is a 5-year-old Shih-Tzu. He is white and gray with long hair. He is a nice little guy but takes a little bit to warm up to. He loves to be carried but doesn’t care much for a leash. He will make a great housedog and is waiting to be adopted.

We also have a Sheltie, a Border Collie, and a couple of labs, a little boxer mix puppy 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.

Remember the heat when taking your dog outside. Be sure to treat them as you would any other family member. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs we have, go to our web site at

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 August is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and will be shown on Saturday, August 6. 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

TCARA 100th Anniversary Open House - Saturday July 30th

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The Treaty City Amateur Radio Association will hold an open house this Saturday, July 30 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. The event will be held at the club station, Studebaker School, on Heritage Road in Greenville.

Those with an interest in communications, technology, or local history are invited to help us celebrate one of the oldest ham radio clubs in the nation. Demonstrations, information, and fellowship will be shared.

For more information on the TCARA and our 100th anniversary, please see or contact

Commissioners Corner - July 2011

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The rain has shut off, the temperature is in the nineties, and humidity is there as well, so it must be summer here in Darke County. Although it has been hot, this seems to be a typical summer for our area. The crops are looking better after a slow start to planting season, and the sporadic rain showers are helping everything to grow a little bit in this weather. This may be a typical summer for the County, but this has been an untypical year here in the Commissioner’s office. As of this writing, we are still waiting to hear the final numbers from the state on our budget. Hopefully by August we will have a clear indication of what we have to work with. We do know that there is going to be less to work with, so we are making plans to deal with the loss of revenue. The Commissioners have several options, but we cannot implement anything until we know for sure what we are dealing with. We will keep you informed as soon as we know something.

On the economic development front, Darke County continues to move forward. Marc Saluk and Melanie Nealeigh have been very busy with new contacts and with established businesses for the past several months. Because of the change at the state level making a Jobs Ohio Board, things are a little confused right now, but Marc is on top of things. We continue to be a hot spot right now, so the C. I. C. Board, the Economic Development Dept. and the rest of the county are working together to continue our success. In talking to all the members of the C. I. C., all of us agree that the communication and cooperation between the villages, city, and county has never been this good. We all are on the same page, and see this as a win-win situation for the county. We are happy to see that in the last month Continental Carbonic and Integrity Ambulance have made huge commitments to have their businesses in Darke County. We welcome them as part of the Darke County community. We still have other businesses looking to either expand or locate in the county, but as of now, we cannot elaborate on these potential business developments. Hopefully, very soon we will have some news to report. The courthouse parking lot project is moving along nicely, and the public should be able to use the lot sometime in August. It should be noted here that this is a public parking lot, and not for exclusive use of the patrons of the courthouse as has been rumored. Arcon Construction is doing the work and if the weather co-operates they should be able to maintain their time schedule. The work done so far looks very good and we are pleased with the way they are completing the job.

The Commissioners are very pleased with the response we are getting on the radio program, and with the columns in all the media. We have made a commitment to keep the citizens informed as we feel that government works best when the people are involved. It is also nice to see people come to our meetings and watch and ask questions. We meet publicly every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Everyone is always welcome and we hope to see you here soon.

The Darke County Commissioners

Celebrate National Bowling Week with Free Bowling at TNT

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Saturday, July 30, kick off National Bowling Week with The New Treaty Lanes in Greenville, OH

11AM-10PM Bowl Free only pay $1.50 for shoes.

10PM-2AM Free All Request Rock N' Bowl w/ DJ Keaz

Kamco, LLC is donating four Cincinnati Reds tickets to be won.

Must make reservations with at least 6 people.

Call 937.548-2117 to reserve!

Weave Rag Rugs!

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Woof, Beater, Warp, Shuttle… Join Darke County Parks’ Volunteers, Edward and Joan Leighner, as they host an educational lesson on weaving rag rugs. The program will be held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, on Saturday, August 13th at 10am. During this program you will learn the basics on how to operate a loom, what to use and what not to use when making a rug. Each participant will get a chance to try their “crafty” hand at running the shuttle of woof through the warped loom, before you know it you will be prepared and ready to get your loom up and running. The cost of this program is $5 and pre-registration is required. Space for this program is EXTREMELY limited, so please call early. To register, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. For more information on other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please visit our website at

A Reminder from the Annie Oakley Festival Committee

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Yes, we are at the fairgrounds. Yes, we have some flea market vendors. But did you really look at our entertainment schedule? over 28 hours plus the Melodrama, and a weekend pass is only $3. Then add in watching the Annie Oakley Western Arts show, the Indian Creek Regulators, and the Shawnee Bandits Fast Draw. A fantastic bargain being offered right here at the fairgrounds.

Let us know what you think !

Check out the schedule:

Like the Annie Oakley Days Festival on facebook. The link is on our home page, in the left hand column.

Thank you for helping make the festival one of Darke Counties best !

-Annie Oakley Festival Committee

“All-Star Blood Drives”

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DARKE COUNTY, OH — (July 28, 2011) Get your chance to be an “All-Star Donor”. Starting July 11 through August 6 anyone that registers to donate blood will receive a FREE “All-Star Donor” t-shirt featuring the Dayton Dragon’s logo.

Are you looking for a new ride? Here’s your chance to win a 2011 Red Jeep Patriot! Everyone 18 and older who registers to donate a pint of blood will automatically be entered in the Jeep raffle. This great summer promotion runs until Labor Day weekend, giving you a chance to win when you register to donate blood at any CBC blood drive or branch location. See a list of dates after the break:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Cancer Association Announces its Seventh Annual Gospel Sing Concert on September 11, 2011

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Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County is putting on their seventh annual Gospel Sing concert. The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert on September 11th, at Saint Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville opening at 6:00 PM and concluding at 8:00 PM.

Some of this year’s performers include: Gene Sherfy, Debbie Lynn Bryson, Cor-22, the Faithful Sons, the Lemon Family and returning again this year, New Dawn, Donovan Brown, and Kimi Holsapple.

The Cancer Association is excited for this event and hopes that you and your family will keep the evening of September 11th clear to attend this FREE, nondenominational concert. A love offering will be taken during the performance to benefit the Cancer Association of Darke County. There will also be a bake sale to benefit the Cancer Association with local and homemade baked goods.

Saint Clair Memorial Hall is located on 215 West Fourth Street in Greenville, Ohio; please join us for an evening of entertainment and great music!


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Parking at the Gathering at Garst will be available in the Hamilton Motors car lot on Broadway and the Hamilton lot next to Sherwin Williams building. There is a $2.00 fee to park in these locations. Proceeds go to the Arcanum Lions Club and the Garst Museum. Very limited handicapped parking will be available on Wilson Drive next to the museum. Handicapped access to the Gathering at Garst is through the Greenville City Park entrance at East Main St. Visit the for a detailed map.

The Gathering at Garst to be held this coming weekend, Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public admission to the Gathering is free. Regular admission prices apply to tour the Garst Museum. The Gathering is supported by a grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau at and the following sponsors. Spencer Landscaping, Inc., Advanced EyeCare, Wayne HealthCare, The Andersons, Inc., Second National Bank, Whirlpool Corporation – KitchenAid Division, Greenville Stor-N-Lock, Greenville National Bank, Wayne & Sharon Deschambeau, Dick & Debby Sodders, elementsLife, Eatery Food, Ivy League Florist, and the Knights of Columbus.

Hike to Health Continues this Summer

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The dog days of summer are definitely here. So where is the best place to walk in this heat? How about the shaded trails of Worth Family Nature Preserve and Routzong Preserve? The Darke County Park District is offering the final 2 hikes of the Hike to Health series for the summer. The first hike in August will be held Thursday, August 4th at 7pm at Worth Family Nature Preserve. The second hike will be held Saturday, August 13th at 10am at Routzong Preserve. Each hike will be at your own brisk pace. Since the weather is heating up, don’t forget to wear light weight clothing and bring plenty of water. For directions, call the Nature Center 937.548.0165. Check out the Nature Notes for more hikes and programs or visit our website at

Guest Opinion from Greenville Resident Bob Rhoades

Last week I attended the Greenville City School board meeting with an idea on how a committee could present the idea of a new school to the general public and how to fund it. It was received very well and I was later advised that we would probably move in that direction.

I didn’t realize that later on the fiasco over the non-renewal of the contracts of two coaches was going to put the community in an upheaval larger than anything I’ve ever seen. Letters to the editors, chat boxes, shout boxes and just people talking on the street has continued now for over a week. Did someone hit a nerve? It would seem so.

The one thing that has really gotten to me is people saying things like, “after that, I’m never voting for anything again for the Greenville City Schools”. Indeed! The wise or unwise decision of the board of education has very little to do with the real problem. WE NEED A NEW SCHOOL BUILDING! It is untimely, at the very least, that this all happened when it did. I felt very good about the chances of getting a funding mechanism in place and construction finally starting on the project. The work load of the facilities committee just doubled. Not only now do we have to explain why we need a new school, we also have to explain why people should vote for it in spite of the board of education we have, not because of the great job they are doing.

If people in high places use their office as a bully pulpit, then shame on them. If they voted with out all of the information, that’s too bad, did you learn a lesson? If the personnel weren’t rehired because of misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance, so be it. If for any of the five, it was a personal vendetta, then man up, say it was and let’s move on. As in any case with a public officer, elected by the people there are a number of recourses that can be taken. First, make sure at the polls that they never get elected to any office again. You have to wait a while, but it’s the cheapest for the general public. Second, go to the board of elections, get a recall petition, get the number of signatures you need to get it certified and on the ballot, and yank them right out of their chair on that board, the day after election.

The largest thing that anyone can do is become informed on the issues. Don’t say that we aren’t going to vote for school issues because of an ill-advised decision someone made, that won’t fix a thing. Had they done that in 1911, there would be no South School.

The uninformed statements, (I wanted to say stupid statements but it’s not politically correct), that people have made are incredible. “Greenville is just jealous because everyone else got a new school and they didn’t” was the one that got me. Have you been in the buildings that you send your kids to every day? If not voting for something is how you feel, please get all the facts first. Take a piece of paper and put two columns on it and head one with “for a new school reasons” and the other “against a new school reasons”. Fill both columns as best you can and see what you come up with. If there are questions you can’t answer, go find out before you make the decision.

It was said that the coaches in question can re-apply for their jobs... and they would want to for what reason?

We’ll start over and hope nothing else happens. We have an overabundance of lemons at this point, let’s hope we can make some incredible lemonade!

Bob Rhoades
Greenville School Facilities Committee.

Guest posts are welcome and encouraged. If you have something to say and are able to do it in a respectful, reasonable way, send your piece to

Photos from the Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest Submitted by Chris Norris


A Stroll on the Prairie

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When settlers first came to Darke County, prairie stretched southwest of Greenville for over 15 miles! Join a Naturalist at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, on Thursday, August 11th for a leisurely walk through our “back 40” prairie. The hike will begin at 7pm where we will see what flowers are in bloom, what birds are active and what butterflies are feeding. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars and/or camera. For more information on this and other programs that the Darke County Parks has to offer, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or please visit our website at

Amazing audio of 911 call on near drowning in Darke County

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OK, Darke Countians, Time to Be a Budget Hero

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We've been commenting and chatting about the budget/deficit/debt ceiling crisis for what feels like an eternity. Everyone has different views on what should done, what should be cut (or spent), what taxes should be increased (or lowered), etc.

Now, American Public Media has put together an easy to use game where you can pick different options of cuts and increases, etc and see the affect each action would have on the budget, deficit and debt, not just right now but also projected over the next 25 years or so. The numbers used (unless otherwise noted) all come from the Congressional Budget Office.

Click on the image below for much more information on how to play and let us know how you do (note, one of the first screens asks you for your name and email address, etc, but you are able to leave it all blank and continue on as if you had entered the info, it is NOT required to play).

2nd Annual Dave's Diggity Dog Festival (FREE Community Event) Saturday, October 1st from 10am-3pm Garst Museum Lawn in Greenville

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2nd Annual Dave's Diggity Dog Festival (FREE Community Event)
Saturday, October 1st from 10am-3pm
Garst Museum Lawn in Greenville

"Hey Folks, have you heard the good news? Word has it... There's a festival in town and it's for the dogs!"

Discovery's Animal Planet announced that they will be featuring our festival on their website in the upcoming weeks -

Come join in the fun & show your dogs off! We're starting the festival off with a morning dog walk through our City Park followed by dog contests (best dressed, cutest & more), K-9 unit demos, wiener dog races, doggie dash obstacle courses, disc competitions, flyball demos, adoptable pets, children's games, face painters, dog caricature artist, moon bounces and we're ending the day with big raffle drawings and a blessing of the animals. It's free to the public and a $12.00 fee to enter your dog in the walk, contests & wiener dog races. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Darke County Humane Society and Animal Shelter. Our festival will be televised on Channel 22 & Fox 45.

Please call Angela (Festival Director) @ 937-467-4547 for more information or visit our website at

Carefree Connection Bus Tours is a proud sponsor -

Second National Bank Continues Support of Local Development

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DARKE COUNTY- Second National Bank has continued their strong support of Darke County’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) campaign with a 2011 contribution of $10,000 to the county wide economic development effort. The bank’s contribution raised the year three total of the campaign to over $350,000, with more money being committed monthly. It also raised the bank’s commitment thus far to the effort to $30,000.

“We’re proud to be a part of such a valuable campaign,” stated John Swallow, President of Second National Bank. “The Partnering for Progress initiative seeks to encourage growth and revitalization. Obviously, that’s something that we want to support in any way that we can.”

The P4P initiative is a collaborative effort between the county economic development office, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the county commissioners, and dozens of public and private investors across the county. It aims to promote both the expansion of existing county industry and the attraction of new business. Because of these goals, Economic Development (ED) Director Marc Saluk said that the private investment side of the equation is vital.

“The support of Second National Bank and the other investors gives the economic development office resources that it would never have if it were solely a public program,” explained Saluk. “It provides the tools it will take to attract and retain business and jobs, and provide for a prosperous future. Basically, Second National’s involvement makes my job, and the job of anyone involved in this effort, much easier.”

According to Saluk, P4P has assisted the business community in the creation or retention of over 400 jobs to this date, most of them well paying positions in manufacturing. Additionally, the initiative has worked with Ohio to secure commitments of over $12 million in state incentives for the local business community. The total number of P4P investors now stands at over 60.

Established in 1883 in Darke County, Second National Bank is a community bank with offices in Greenville, Versailles, Arcanum and Ft. Recovery. They have been voted the Best Financial Institution in Darke County the past 6 years and Best Mortgage Company the past 3 years by the Readers Choice Awards conducted by the Advocate. In addition to their full line of deposit, loan and banking services they also offer trust and investment services.

Those interested in learning more about the county’s economic development efforts can call the ED office at 548-3250. Darke County Dispatcher Saves Life Of Victim Of Near-Drowning

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Check out's report on the near drowning that occurred near Arcanum. the Darke County dispatcher relayed CPR instructions to the family while they waited for EMS to arrive. The child is still listed in critical condition at Children's Medical Center in Dayton. Click on the image below to see the full report.

Living with Cancer Support group to be held August 4th, 2011 at the YMCA in Greenville

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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, August 4th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will be a Restorative Yoga Workshop that will take place at the Darke County YMCA of Greenville with the room to be announced. This month will feature Marianne Sigman, RYT; she will be leading the group in a session of restorative yoga for those who are currently battling cancer. You must register for this free workshop because we only have eight spots left! Call the Cancer Association at 937-548-9960 to register.

Marianne Sigman, RYT is currently teaching yoga in the Greenville area and has been a local resident for 20 years. With a great passion for knowledge and an interest in assisting people through exercise, Marianne sought to become a yoga teacher. Marianne is excited to share what she has learned with the Darke County community and she is always learning more and more about this beneficial lifestyle. She hopes to help people in their personal journey of yoga and to deepen their understanding of the mind and body connection that yoga can offer to bring calm and peace to their lives.

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the “Living with Cancer” group in cooperation with Wayne HealthCare and the YMCA of Darke County. 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. To register for the Restorative Yoga Workshop, you must be going through active cancer treatment or have just finished active treatment. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the session, you may contact the Cancer Association and place your name on the waiting list. Once registration is full, people will be able to attend the group but will not be able to participate in the workshop, please call now to register!

For further information or to register, 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.

Greenville Athletic Booster Meeting - August 8

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Greenville Athletic Booster monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Greenville Senior High Media Center. Please come out and support GHS athletes. All parents, grandparents, and community members are welcome to come show and share in the support.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Darke County Residents Turn Hobby into a Business

Steve Baker has yet another Darke County story today. This one about the Brown Bag Soap Co, located near Union City. This husband and wife team were both laid off and decided to take matters into their own hands. Click on the image below to see the full story.

New Landscaping Installed for the Gathering at Garst by Spencer's Landscaping

Workers from Spencer’s Landscaping of Greenville are shown as they install beautiful new landscaping at the front of the Lowell Thomas House at the Garst Museum. Spencer’s is the lead sponsor of the Gathering at Garst to be held this coming weekend, Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public admission to the Gathering is free. Regular admission prices apply to tour the Garst Museum. The Gathering is supported by a grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau at and the following sponsors. Spencer Landscaping, Inc., Advanced EyeCare, Wayne HealthCare, The Andersons, Inc., Second National Bank, Whirlpool Corporation – KitchenAid Division, Greenville Stor-N-Lock, Greenville National Bank, Wayne & Sharon Deschambeau, Dick & Debby Sodders, elementsLife, Eaterie Food, Ivy League Florist, and the Knights of Columbus.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
Museum web site:
Museum email: Local Reaction to Debt Debate

In the following clip from Steve Baker at, he took to the streets of Greenville and asked the question "If Speaker Boehner was here now, what would you say to him?" Click on the image below to find out what some local residents had to say.

OK, Now We're Paying Attention

As if the national and local economies' struggles weren't enough. As if the tough times being endured by everyone hadn't already taken its toll on the well being and outlook on everyone, now come news that the Dayton area distributor of Budweiser may cut off supply (per

Workers, including warehouse workers, delivery drivers and others, charge that their parent company is making harsh cuts to benefits and other aspects of their employment in an unfair manner.

Check the link above for the statement from the workers. Then hastily begin your fallback plan in the event a shortage does occur.

Tips for Eating Healthy at the Fair

Upcoming fairs and community festivals highlight heritage, food, music, and agriculture. The look and smell of food at these festivals makes it hard not to overindulge. Here are some smart choices without packing on extra calories.
Don’t go to the fair hungry. Have a healthy snack before you leave the house so you won’t feel starved and tempted by the smell of the cooking food.

  • Make a plan. Take the time to walk around to investigate the different food items available before making a selection
  • Aim for healthier choices. Avoid fried foods. Look for food items that are grilled. Remember that the food is made in front of you, so you can ask the vendor to limit the sugar, salt, or fat added during preparation.
  • Try some ethnic/vegetarian foods. Many ethic dishes are made without meat and are often grilled rather than fried. 
  • Think of the 5 food groups. Plain meats, vegetables, or fruit are usually a better choice if they are not fried or swimming in butter or sauce.
  • Watch out for the desserts/sweets. They can add a lot of calories.

There are ways to have fun and eat at the fair or festival without making a big impact on your diet:

  • Share with friends. Buy a regular sized portion of your favorite food and split it among a few people. Everyone gets a small portion without overindulging.
  • Sit down to eat. When you walk and eat, you are often distracted by conversation, other foods, or items on display. So you tend to eat more than you realize.
  • Watch your drinks. It’s important to stay hydrated when you’re outside on a hot day. Water is the best thirst quencher.
  • Take time out to look at non-food vendors, arts and crafts and other activities. Walking around the fair will burn calories and help to make up for not eating the best.
  • Remember that you do not have to give up your favorite fair foods. The key is to prevent yourself from over-indulging. Limit yourself to one or two of your favorite foods to satisfy your craving without ruining your health.

For more tips on eating healthy if you have diabetes, consider attending Diabetic Group Classes at Wayne HealthCare. The next series of four classes will be offered on August 8, 10, 15, and 17, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the conference room at Wayne HealthCare. The low price of $10.00 per class includes handouts and interactive education. Registration is required to attend the classes. Please call 937-547-5750 to register or if you have questions.

The classes help individuals understand the following: 1) diabetes disease process and treatment process, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring your blood sugar and using the results, 4) incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle, 5) how diabetic medications work, 6) ways to reduce your risk of complications, 7) developing strategies for living with diabetes, and 8) developing strategies to promote health/change behavior.

Greenville Police Department Launches “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

Intensive Crackdown on Impaired Driving - Police Vow to Arrest Everyone Found Driving Over the Limit

[Greenville, OH] – The Greenville Police Department today announced it will join nearly 10,000 other law enforcement agencies nationwide in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving August 19 – September 5, known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The problem of impaired driving is a serious one. Data from the Ohio State Highway Patrol shows that the number of OVI-related fatal traffic crashes increased by more than 7% from 2009 to 2010. In 2010 alone, there were 13,032 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Ohio that killed 436 people.

“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend, and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads,“ said Chief Dennis L. Butts.

Across the country, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the latest data, nearly a third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.

The crackdown will include law enforcement officers in every state, Washington, D.C., and many U.S. cities and towns.

The Greenville Police Department will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired – regardless of age, vehicle type or time of day.

“Our message is simple and unwavering: if we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” said Chief Butts. “Even if you beat the odds and manage to walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can still destroy your life.”

According to the Greenville Police Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver’s licenses, and vehicle forfeiture. Financial costs may include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

“Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” said Chief Butts.

For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at


On July 26th, 2011 at approximately 2:20 PM, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with the Pitsburg Fire Department, Arcanum Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to 4189 Swinger Road in reference to a possible drowning.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 22 month old child was playing near a private pond while other children were swimming. The adults discovered the child was missing and started a search. During the search, it was discovered that the child was in the pond without a life jacket. The Darke County Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call and with the aid of a Darke County 9-1-1 Dispatcher, CPR was initiated.

The child was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital and later to Children's Hospital. The child is listed in critical condition.

The incident remains under investigation.

“Back The Wave” Scheduled for August 10th

Greenville City Schools student athletes, in conjunction with the Greenville Athletic Boosters, will be holding their annual fundraising event, traditionally known as “Back the Wave”, on Wednesday evening, August 10th.

This door-to-door annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Greenville Athletic Boosters, an organization vitally interested in promoting and encouraging the activities and athletic programs of Greenville City Schools. This organization feels athletics is a worthy cause. The ideals of sportsmanship and competition instilled in these young athletes carry into their adult lives, helping them to establish and accomplish personal, college, and professional goals.

For a $3 donation, you will receive a Greenville Green wave decal and a Greenville High School and Junior High School sports schedule.

Student athletes and parent representatives will begin the event at 5:00 from Greenville High School.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


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DARKE/SHELBY CO. – The Community Blood Center will honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a rousing new awareness Poker Run called “The Hero Ride,” dedicated to “all heroes who give, serve and sacrifice for the sake of others.”

The inaugural Hero Ride will start and finish on Sunday, September 11 at the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall at 8440 State Route 47 in Versailles. Riders and passengers must be 18 or older to participate.

Registration for the event opens at 11:30 am. First bike out rolls from K of C Hall at 12:30 pm, last bike in to K of C Hall is 4 pm. The entry fee is $10 for the drivers and $10 for passengers.

The ride will feature a scenic route through Darke and Shelby Counties. Food and refreshments are included in the registration fee, and there will be a Best Hand Wins prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

For more information contact CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199, or Shelby County Account Representative Kathy Pleiman at (937) 295-3100,

Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services® is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Community Blood Center provides blood products to 24 hospitals within a 15-county service area in the Miami (Ohio) and Whitewater (Indiana) Valleys. For more information about Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services®, visit


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The second annual Karlh McCallister Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $13,000 for the Bridges to College Program.

“This was again a tremendous tribute to Karlh and a great benefit to Darke County students,” said Beth Sears, executive director of Bridges to College.
Bridges to College helps students go to college through one-on-one mentoring, educational programs and scholarships.

“Students are going to be able to learn more about college options, and we’ll be able to continue to provide students scholarships, thanks to the great outpouring of support from businesses, community members and area golfers,” Sears said.

Ninety-six golfers participated in the golf outing at the Greenville Golf Course on Saturday, June 25. This was an increase from 72 golfers during the inaugural event. “The golfers had a lot of fun playing the course and enjoyed the fantastic prizes that were provided by the golf course or donated by numerous vendors and friends of the McCallister family,” said Mike Barker, who organized the outing. “Again we want to thank all of the businesses, community and family members who supported this special day and event.” Proposal to Cut Driving Exams at Greenville's BMV Location Being Considered

According to an article at, a plan is being considered by the state to close many of its Driver Examination stations, including the one in Greenville. The plan is simply a proposal at this point, but it looks like it's entirely possible that in the future, the nearest BMV location to offer driver's exams to Darke County residents could be in Troy or Eaton. Note that this does not affect the other services offered at Greenville's location. It would continue offering vehicle registrations, titles and license reinstatements, etc.

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Darke County Special Olympics Softball Home Game Schedules 2011

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Looking for a fun, free, and family friendly activity? Come to a Special Olympics softball game. We have shade under the shelter or bleachers for seating. Although you might want to bring your own chair and pick just the right spot. All the players are from Darke County and work hard to compete against other county teams. Come out and enjoy the fun. If you have never been to a Special Olympics softball game, we would encourage you to give it a try, because it is probably not what you think. Games are played at The Field behind Wayne Industries at 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Rd., Greenville. Still have questions? Call the Special Olympics voicemail box at 548-4915 to leave a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Team Descriptions:

Warriors =Adult Team from Wayne Industries
Diamond Dawgs =Adult Team from the Darke County community
Sluggers=School Age Team from Darke County and Greenville City Schools

July 25th vs. Montgomery County @ 6:00pm
August 29th vs. Van Wert County @ 6:00pm
September 6th vs. Miami County @ 6:30pm

August 3rd vs. Van Wert County @ 6:00pm
August 4th vs. Miami County @ 6:00pm
August 30th vs. Preble County @ 6:30pm
August 31st vs. Montgomery County @ 6:30pm

July 26th vs. Van Wert County @ 6:00pm
August 16th vs. Preble County @ 6:30pm
September 1st vs. Miami County @ 6:00pm
September 7th vs. Montgomery County @ 6:30pm

Monday, July 25, 2011

Three Way Electric Wins Greenville Girls Summer Senior Softball League

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Three Way Electric earned 1st place in the 2011 Greenville Girls Summer Senior softball League, and 1st placed during the 2011 Summer Senior softball league tournaments.

Back row L-R: Coach Gary Cloyd, Trichia Booher, Sarah Smith, Holly Synder, Lilli Royer, Sydney Alcaraz, Hannah Cloyd, Molly Magoto, Assistant Couch Tony Royer.

Front Row L-R: Mariah Kohlhorst, Brooke Howard, Keisha Warner, Jessica Booher.

(Photo taken by Melinda Kohlhorst)

Eagles Donates to Darke County Cancer Association

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Greenville Eagles 2177 recently presented a donation check to the Darke County Cancer Association. In addition to providing the Annual Independence Day Celebration at Shade Road and numerous events for members, the Eagles donates to a variety of organizations throughout the year. Pictured are (back row left to right) Trustees Anna Humphrey, Leon Shepherd, and Melissa Neargarder; (front row) Stella Gard, Delores Beisner (for the Cancer Association), Worthy President Steffanie Baker and Lois Fowble.

Reminder: Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR to Hold Story Time at the Gathering at Garst

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring a story time at the Gathering at Garst Event on Saturday July 30, 1:30 take p.m. It will place at the Primitive Tent. The featured colonial storytellers will be DAR chapter member Lady Karen Washington Burkett and husband John. Children, ages 4 and up are invited.


COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich will convene the 2011 Board of Apportioning Persons on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room in the Ohio Statehouse.

Kasich, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Auditor of State Dave Yost and two yet-to-be-named legislative members (one Republican and one Democrat) will comprise the board. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a chairman, vice chairman and secretary of the board. They will adopt rules and procedures for the submission and comment of apportionment plans and for the notice and format of the regional hearings that will be held throughout the state. The board must complete and publish its work by October 1, 2011.

The board meets every 10 years following the results of the federal decennial census. The five-member board is responsible for redrawing boundaries for each of the 99 Ohio House and 33 Ohio Senate districts to reflect population changes.

The Apportionment Board, established by Article 11 of the Ohio Constitution, consists of the governor, secretary of state, auditor of state and two additional members, one appointed by the majority party and one appointed by the minority party of the Ohio General Assembly. Bradford: Still Remembering HS Football Player 26 Years Later

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Check out this video from A 5k was held recently in Bradford that began and ended at the football field. It was done in memorial of Chad Nolan, who died in his Freshman year at Bradford in 1985 from a football injury.

Money raised is to be used for new football equpiment and scholarships. Click on the image below to see the full video.

Post Your 'World's Longest Yard Sale' Ad with

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With next week's World's Longest Yard Sale taking place along 127 and the surrounding communities (including the City of Greenville, where garage sale permits are waived for the event), make sure you send us your listing to be included in our garage sale section. We will post a dedicated link to only the garage sales taking place that weekend on the top of the main page for easy reference for those of us who would like to shop!

Email us at with your listing, and we will post it as soon as we can. Send it as soon as possible in order for your sale to get the most exposure.

Remember, you can send listings for any garage sale to us completely free of charge.

When submitting for this event, please include in the email that you would like it to be listed with the "World's Longest Yard Sale" listings.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Anything and Everything Rummage Sale By Historical Society

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The Arcanum Historical Society is holding an “Anything and Everything” Rummage Sale on July 27 continuing through July 30th. The large rummage sale will be held at the historical building located at 127 West George Street in Arcanum both inside and outside of the building. The items are too many for a listing but all items are guaranteed to be sold at low and very affordable prices. The society is still accepting donations for the rummage sale until Tuesday, July 26th. Items may be left on the front or back porch of the historical building.

Rummage sale hours will begin on Wednesday, July 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. continuing on Thursday, July 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p. m. Friday, July 29th, the hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. , the rummage sale will conclude on Saturday, July 30th from 9:00 to 12:00.

The Farmers’ Market will be held as usual on Saturday, July 30th during the last day of the rummage sale. A visit to the Farmers’ Market is a must to every shopper while doing their Saturday morning business in downtown Arcanum. The Farmers’ Market will continue through August 13th. Every Saturday brings new vendors and offerings at the market. Popular items have been frozen soups to dinner items, herbal plants and pies, cakes, bread and yeast rolls. New to the market has been a vegetable stand. New vendors, both Arcanum community and non-Arcanum community are welcomed at anytime. No advanced arrangements are necessary. Just come and set up your wares for sale at Veterans’ Park in Arcanum. Farmers’ Market hours are 9:00 to 12:00 every Saturday.

The Historical Society will again maintain and operate the northern admission gate at the Darke County Fair. They are seeking volunteers from their members and anyone else who would like to participate. Contact Dick or Sharon Troutwine at 692-5218 to volunteer for this project.

Guest Post from Charles and Rebecca Reier - "Boehner and Jordan: Be willing to tax the multi-billionaires, Spare the country the pain of a French Revolution"

Over the last decade most Americans have seen their personal wealth and well-being stagnate or collapse. A country that looked for ways to spend its excess wealth is now groveling to maintain solvency. During this period of historically low taxes, multi-billionaires have sprung up like crabgrass in an otherwise burnt summer lawn.

Although the Miami Herald, Arianna Huffington and others have brought attention to this phenomenon, this issue has been squelched by the Tea Party and the right-wing with slogans of “class warfare”. In reality the warfare is against the middle and lower socioeconomic groups. As Warren Buffet has said, since most of his income is from dividends, his tax rate is less than that of the people who clean his office.

We must ask multi-billionaires to pay their fair share toward solving our financial crisis.

The Tea Party that revels in colonial costumes, not unlike the French elite, sends a message to the country that is chillingly similar to Marie Antoinette’s statement “let them eat cake.”

Greenville GTI Wins FirstGame at ACME Varisty State Tournament

 Greenville GTI won a thriller in 9 innings today at Montgomery Field in Celina. Jacob Burk, and incoming senior pitched the entire game and beat Defiance 4-3. Greenville advances to play Bowling Green Sunday at 7:30 pm.

Greenville's Jacob Burk
ACME Commissioner Kathy Beam
throwing out the first pitch of the tournament

An Evening on the Lake

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Join the Darke County Park District as we head north for an evening float along the shoreline of Lake Loramie State Park on Sunday, August 7th at 5pm. There will be much to see as we make our way around the islands of this canal fed lake. Reserve a canoe for two or a solo kayak (kayakers must demonstrate proficiency). The fee for the program is $10 per paddler and pre-registration is required. Call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 to register. Meet at the Nature Center to caravan to the lake. For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, visit our website at See you on the Lake!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Children’s Program Leader Needed

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New Madison Public Library is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic children's program leader. This creative and engaging individual will help children develop a love of reading and build a foundation of literacy skills through a weekly program for children and their families.

The ideal candidate for this independent contract position will have formal education and/ or experience working with young children.

If interested in being considered, please submit a letter of interest and a resume to: NMPL, PO Box 32, New Madison, Ohio 45346 or via email to before Monday, August 8. A detailed position description can be obtained on the library's website at A criminal background check may be required.

Survivor Camp!

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Hey Kids! If you were lost in the woods, would you know how to survive? How would you find food, clean drinking water and stay warm? If you would like to learn the skills of survival, join us at the Darke County Park District for the final camp of the summer! Woodland Survival Camp will be held August 8th through August 12th for 10-12 year olds. We will start off by learning and practicing a variety of survival skills and then head out for an overnight campout to put our new skills to the test! The fee for this camp is only $75. Call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 for more information and to register.

GHS Wavaire Camp Show 2011

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GHS Wavaire Camp Show 2011
Friday July 29th 7:00 pm Memorial Hall
General admission $5.00 doors open at 6:15

Join the Wavaires before the show for
Baked Spaghetti Dinner
First Presbyterian Church 114 E Fourth St
Dine in or carry out 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Tickets are $6.00 each and available from any Wavaire or
Call Terri Curry 937-548-2824

Hummingbird Banding First Hand!

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Join Darke County Parks as we welcome Alan Chartier on Saturday, August 6th at 9am at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center located at 4267 State Route 502 West. Alan is one of our most popular speakers each year and he is returning to discuss his on-going Hummingbird research and to band our “hummers.” Each year we get anywhere from 1-5 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the traps which provides a close up look. A few lucky individuals will briefly hold these little gems. Due to the stress on the bander and the birds, ages 8 and up only please. The fee for the program is $2 and pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. Will this be the year we get a returning hummingbird with a prior banded leg? Let’s hope so!

Greenville Begins Play in ACME State Varsity Baseball Tournament Tonight

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Celina's Daily Standard has a great write up about the beginning of the ACME State Varsity Baseball tournament which kicks off today at Montgomery Field Celina Eastview Park.

Greenville's team will begin its tournament run tonight at 5:00pm against Defiance.

Greenville's Kathy Beam, Commissioner of ACME Baseball, will be throwing out the first pitch on Saturday at Montgomery Field in Celina to kick off the tournament. Kathy has been involved with ACME Baseball for over 25 years and is in her 7th year as Commissioner.

Click on the image to get a larger view of the tournament bracket.

Open Discussion: Debt Ceiling Debate, What Do You Think?

Update (7/23): Speaker of the House John Boehner has cut off talks with the President after not being able to reach an agreement, saying he will focus on working with leaders of the Senate, saying he and the President were "never really close" on a deal.

Original Post: It's all we are hearing about at the national level, the impending deadline to raise the debt ceiling, else be unable to issue new debt and run the very real risk of having the government's credit rating lowered.

So what do you, oh good readers of Darke Journal, think should happen from here?

Check Out DeColores Montesori's Summer Camp 2011!

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Post Storm Photo from Wednesday - Submitted by Tracy Roark

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Friday, July 22, 2011 New Business Park Under Construction

20 comments:'s Steve Baker covers the ground breaking of a new business park in Greenville near the 36/127 intersection. It's being called the Integrity Business Park and will contain Integrity's corporate headquarters, as well as space for future businesses. Check out the full video by clicking on the image below. Greenville's Kaleb Broomhall Takes First Place in National Speed Skating Competition

Check out this story at, Kaleb Broomhall of Greenville recently competed in USARS Speed Skating Nationals in Fort Wayne, IN. This year he finished first in his age group. Check out the story above and the video below, which includes Kaleb himself talking about his accomplishments. Congrats, Kaleb!

Editor's Note: The article from still states that Kaleb finished third, however the results linked to from the article (found here) actually say Kaleb finished first! Congrats again, Kaleb!

Arcanum Combined Class Reunion Planned

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The Arcanum High School Classes of the 1970s will hold a combined reunion on August 20, 2011 at The American Legion, 325 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight. This is the 3rd annual combined reunion that is hosted by the classes of 74 & 75, Pam (Shiverdecker) Crawford (74) and Vickie (Troutwine) Rhodehamel (75).

This year the honored class is the AHS Class of 76 who will be celebrating their 35th anniversary. Reservations are not required, pay at the door $8.00 per person/$15.00 per couple. Any AHS graduate is welcome. There will be a cash bar, snacks provided, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes. For questions, please call Pam at 937/548-2247 or Vickie at 937/692-6188. Hope to see everyone!

Another Excellent Photo, Submitted by David Dill

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Purveyor of Improbable Possibilities coming to the Gathering at Garst

Lies! Lies, lies, lies! Pure unmitigated, adulterated, bald-faced LIES! And mighty proud of it too! That’s what you’ll hear from Chris Supinger at the Gathering at Garst July 30 and 31, 2011 at Garst Museum.

Describing his performance as “storytelling stretched to its limits,” and “half truths so preposterous, they just might be true,” Chris Supinger is sure to entertain as he “jes drops by” the Gathering at Garst at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 30.

Dressed as a 1770’s traveling long hunter, you can imagine him “jes droppin by” on his travels and talking about news of the area and passing on items of interest about where he’s already been. After these formalities are performed, the swapping of “big windies” will commence. Supinger’s old time tales are a delight to hear for ages two through ninety nine. Anyone other than that either has already heard them or just plain don’t care anymore!

The Gathering at Garst, a Garden of Antiques and Art, will be a quality, juried show that features vendors in the following categories; artists, antique vendors, skilled historical craftsmen, primitive folk- artists, garden exhibitors, farmers market and specialty vendors, and food vendors. Dates are July 30 and 31, 2011 at Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio. Public admission to The Gathering at Garst is free. Regular admission prices apply to tour the museum. All celebration proceeds will benefit the Garst Museum.

Event hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.

The Gathering at Garst has a website where the public can access detailed information.
Email is

Supported by a grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331
Museum web site:
Museum email:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The end of an era at Franklin-Monroe

Demolition of the old Franklin-Monroe High School. The hazard area is fenced off, but alumni were entering anyway to get bricks as mementos. One F-M alum said the Franklin Elementary School was coming down Monday. The roof of the new school can be seen in the background.

A view not seen in decades ... this sidewalk led to the main entrance of the old school.

The front of the new school. Much remains to be completed on the exterior. It may be a challenge to have everything done in time for the coming school year.

The old and the new ... the old gym (in the foreground) will be saved and is attached to the new school with a temporary breezeway. You can get a glimpse of the courtyard under the breezeway roof.

Here is a view of the massive unfinished courtyard, looking west.

State of the Heart Employee Winner in National Poetry Contest

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 New Madison resident and State of the Heart Hospice employee Laurie Brumbaugh has won an award in the sixth annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards Competition for writers. Her poem, “Jam,” has been published in the sixth annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Collection. Brumbaugh is the Marketing Manager for State of the Heart.

“It is an incredible feeling to be selected,” Brumbaugh said. “Writer’s Digest is a well-respected publication. After reading the other winning entries, I can tell you this is a high quality collection. Many of the other winners have been successful poets for years, so I feel truly honored that my work is among them.” Writer’s Digest refers to the winning poems as the “50 winning entries.” For her winning entry, she received a free copy of “Poet’s Market 2011” and $50 worth of books from Writer’s Digest. The collection of poems will be available for purchase at

Brumbaugh, who graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A. in English with a creative writing minor, said, “Since I was 12 years old I have enjoyed writing poetry. I studied poetry in college and really developed my unique voice there. One of my life’s goals is to become a successful, published author. I would like to publish at least one poetry collection as well as novels.”

Of her winning poem, she said, “The inspiration for ‘Jam’ came from a frustrating experience I had last summer trying to harvest overgrown, overripe strawberries. It made me miss my late mother-in-law a great deal. It was one of those moments that hits you out of nowhere and makes you feel the loss of that person in your life. I have always turned to writing as a way of expressing grief, though it doesn’t always turn into a polished piece like this.” She added, “Inspiration can come from anywhere. I am often inspired by nature and I write a great deal from my own experiences. I also get inspired by literature and historical events.” The entry was her first in the contest.

Brumbaugh has been an employee of State of the Heart for a year. The local non-profit agency, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. Visit the agency web site at

Editor’s Note: Brumbaugh is pictured with the Writer’s Digest Poetry Collection book.

Versailles Firefighters To Climb for 343 Brothers

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On September 11, 2001, 343 New York City firefighters were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center. In order to remember these men, numerous cities around the country will be holding memorial stair climbs in which fellow firefighters come together to climb 110 flights of stairs in honor of their fallen brothers. As an attempt to simulate the climb to the top of the World Trade Center, many of the firefighters will don full firefighting gear and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), similar to what these 343 men did the morning of 9/11/2001. Each climb is limited to 343 participants, with each participant wearing a badge and biography of one of the men killed at ground zero that they will be climbing in honor of during the climb.

On September 11, 2011, two Versailles firefighters, Brian Pearson and Scott Garrison, will be traveling to Pittsburgh, PA to participate in one of these memorial stair climbs. Although the physical requirements of the climb are demanding, the idea of raising funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is a motivator for Brian and Scott. Both men have been training daily since early June in an attempt to meet their goal of completing all 110 flights of stairs in full gear and SCBA (approximately an extra 50 lbs).

The fee to participate in the climb benefits the NFFF, which supports the families of firefighters killed in the line of duty. In the past three years, 295 firefighters have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. Services provided by NFFF include grief counseling, life counseling, scholarships, and financial assistance in rebuilding their lives after the loss of a loved one. For more details on the NFFF and the benefits provided, please visit

Brian and Scott are asking for donations from the community that they will deliver to the NFFF on the morning of the stair climb. If you would like to donate to this worthwhile cause, please make your check payable to “National Fallen Firefighters Foundation” and mail the check to 28 E. Ward St., Versailles, OH 45380, by September 7, 2011. The NFFF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and all contributions are tax deductible. If you have any questions regarding the memorial stair climb or fund-raising efforts, feel free to contact Brian at 423-4164, or Scott at 371-1249.

Tri-Village Classes of 1985 and 1986 Announce Reunion

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The Tri-Village High School Classes of 1985 and 1986 will hold a joint 25-year reunion on July 30, 2011 at the New Madison Civic Center. The pulled pork dinner with sides and iced tea/lemonade/water begins around 5:30 followed by a short business meeting. Music will be provided by Tommy Renfro to approximately 11:00. Cost of the evening is $12.50 per person or $25 a couple. Please RSVP to Lori Ditty DeRome, 260-726-5549, or you can RSVP to Stephanie Hollinger Allread, 937-447-4065, Bring your lawn chairs, other choice of drink and your memories.

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