Wednesday, November 30, 2011

(Updated) Burglary/Double Homicide Near Fort Recovery

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Update (12/1): has updated their site with more details (found by clicking here). It appears as though the two victims were bound with duct tape while the perpetrator(s) ransacked the house and ultimately killing the father and daughter.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Mercer County Sheriff's Department at 567-890-TIPS

Original Post: has the sad story of an apparent burglary/double homicide that occurred near Fort Recovery sometime last evening/this morning.

The victims have been identified as Robert Grube and his daughter Colleen Grube. Click on the image below for more details from

"Pepper Jax"
 By Abraham Lincoln

Pepper Jax

By Abraham Lincoln

Pepper Jax loves to run. I am not talking about a trot or a jog but running like the wind. He seems to get some special delight in running and stopping instantly and looking to see if anything is moving.

He likes to chase the squirrels out of the yard or up the white oak tree. The squirrels go as high up in the tree as they can and as far away from the barking dog as they can get. But his barking is too much for them and they seem to want to come down and go back to their home, wherever that was.

The squirrels run across the top of the fence, which is a hazardous, and Pepper Jax runs below them as fast as he can go. After several months of that, the squirrels have learned to start the run and the dog runs and he keeps on running until he gets to the end of the fence. The squirrels have learned to jump down on the neighbor’s side of the fence and go wherever they were going.

Maybe Pepper Jax is just happy to have a family again and a backyard that is host to birds and squirrels that he can bark at and chase. He was picked up in northern Darke County, running with his ‘buddy.’ Both were at the animal shelter but his buddy, the shelter had named, “Buddy,” was adopted first and little, “Jax,” as they called him, was alone until we stopped to see their dogs.


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Another FISH Mitten Tree has been erected to receive donated gloves and mittens to benefit children involved in Darke County Head Start programs. This addition to the community of trees can be found at the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street in Greenville. Local citizens are invited to hang their donated mittens and gloves on the tree, which stands at the main entrance to the BRC next to the Brick Room and in front of the facility’s Reception Desk.

A Mitten Tree is also located at Montage, 525 South Broadway, Greenville, and a third Mitten Tree stands in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George Street in Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees to collect donations from their members, which are then passed on to FISH to be given to the little Head Start participants.

The Brethren’s Retirement Community is annually decorated with many beautiful trees; however, according to Marilyn Delk, FISH volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree, this tree is different from the others. “It’s not only festive, but it shares the true spirit of Christmas with little boys and girls who may not receive many other gifts,” Mrs. Delk said. To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 18.

FISH is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs with a Choice Food Pantry currently open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every 28 days. The Fish phone number is 548-2000. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Marilyn Delk at 937-548-2482.

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland!

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Look no further than right here in Darke County for the perfect event to kick off the holiday season. Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is a fun, FREE event for the whole family! Enjoy a peaceful evening stroll through our Winter Wonderland. There will be over 300 beautiful luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trail, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. Let the trail lead you to our Log House where the pioneer hosts will serve you some hot treats. The Nature Center will have cookies to decorate and crafts. Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland will be held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-9pm.

The Nature Center Gift Shop will be open during the event, offering a chance to view the displays and discover plenty of gifts and stocking stuffers. This event is FREE for the whole family, come out and enjoy!

Jim and Enid Goubeaux Sponsor DCCA Programming

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Jim and Enid Goubeaux with DCCA Chairman Gary Brown
Jim and Enid Goubeaux have once again given a generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA). Impressario Sponsors and Angel Members, the Goubeaux’s are DCCA’s only donor to sponsor two Artists Series programs as well as hold a top-level membership with DCCA. Gary Brown stated, “On behalf of Darke County Center for the Arts, I want to express our appreciation of Jim and Enid Goubeaux’s sponsorship of the upcoming performances by Robin Spielberg and Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “The Goubeaux’s have been long time supporters of the arts, and it is with this kind of support that DCCA can continue to provide quality musical entertainment for all to enjoy,” Brown, Chairman of DCCA’s Board of Directors, concluded.

Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry will take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall Saturday, December 10, 8:00 pm. Robin Spielberg captures the essence of the holidays with her unique combination of spellbinding music and nostalgic stories. Spielberg will be joined on stage by cellist Catherine Bent and Kate McLeod on violin and guitar, and will perform a selection of her own compositions as well as traditional holiday favorites. Tickets are $20; seats may be reserved in advance or purchased at the door.

Toledo Symphony Orchestra will present Stars and Stripes Forever on Saturday, May 5, 2012, also at 8:00 pm, and also sponsored by Jim and Enid. Part of the Henry St. Clair Centennial Celebration, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra evokes the spirit of John Phillip Sousa, inspiring a new generation with a memorable musical legacy. $30 tickets are available now; advance reservations are recommended.

Reservations are available for both programs by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or . Half-price student tickets are available for both performances.

Santa & Rage are Coming to A & B Coffee & Cake Co.

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Readmore's First Friday Holiday Celebration

No comments: Snowfall and Icing Effects Felt This Morning

1 comment: has the following video that covers the after effects of last evening's snowfall, including a few spin outs due to black ice, as well as thoughts from a certain handsome fellow regarding the conditions of back roads versus highways.

Click on the image below to view the video.

Wayne HealthCare Employee Needs Help Raising "Bail"

You read that right, Tammy Tollefson is representing Wayne HealthCare in the Muscular Dystrophy Association's "Lock-Up 2011." This is a fundraiser setup to allow individuals to sponsor particular "inmates" by donating to contribute to their "bail." Donations go to MDA, which is "the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education."

Read more about MDA at

Tammy has a donation page setup that you can access by clicking here. Make sure you stop by and help her reach her goal as the fundraiser ends on December 14th!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips from Wayne HealthCare

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Face it; no matter what holiday it is, food is everywhere. We tend to overeat; some of us need to unbutton the top portion of our pants, and others feel guilty and depressed. If we do not watch our calorie intake we can add a lot of unwanted calories between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

A study in 2000 of 195 adults showed an average holiday weight gain of between .75 pounds (lb) and 1 lb. However, 14% of those studied gained 5 lb or more. By eating healthy during the holidays we can help to maintain our weight and blood glucose.

There are no food items that are completely banded during the holidays. You can enjoy your favorites in small amounts. Try to cut back in other ways, and keep your exercise schedule on track.

To stay on track and not overeat during the holidays, try some of these tips.

  • Survey the entire table before you take any food. Decide what foods are worth eating and which you can ignore, and then stick to that decision.
  • Have a small snack before leaving home. This will prevent you from going directly to the buffet table and staying there.
  • Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Stick to lower calorie or calorie-free drinks (diet pop, water, lite beer, or a wine spritzer), instead of punches, eggnog, and mixed drinks that can have up to 500 calories/cup.
  • Offer to bring lower calorie food items to the party.
  • Watch your portion sizes. Do not cover your plate completely with food.
  • Enjoy your favorite holiday treats, but take a small portion, eat slowly, and savor the taste and texture of the wonderful foods of the season.

To learn more about holiday eating consider joining the Free Monthly Diabetes Program at Wayne HealthCare. On December 1, 2011 Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE will be presenting the program “Holiday Eating”. To learn more about diabetes consider attending Diabetic Group Classes at Wayne HealthCare. The December group classes will be held on December 5, 7, 12, and 14, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. To learn more about the diabetes educational programs at Wayne HealthCare call 937-547-5750.

Heartland Hospice Seeking Volunteers

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Being seriously ill can be a frightening experience, but you have the opportunity to provide the simple gift of comfort to an individual facing the most life-threatening of illnesses.

Heartland Hospice invites you to share the end-of-life journey with a patient who has no friends or family members to support them. Volunteers hold vigil by visiting with patients as they near the end of their lives, ensuring that “no one dies alone”. This truly generous volunteer position is available to individuals who are at least 18 years old, and a very flexible schedule is available for volunteers who wish to serve on an on-call basis. A background check, TB test, training, and on-going support from the organization are provided.

“Heartland Hospice’s goal is the no one dies alone, vigil volunteers help the team by sitting with the patient until the nurse, Chaplain or family can get there or to be there because family can Not be there,” says Sandy Naas, 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.

"Over the Wall," With scenes from Eldora, to be Released in 2013

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Remember back in May when we told you about the film "Over the Wall" that would be filming in Darke County? More details about the film are now being released (thanks to the Darke County Visitors Bureau for pointing this out via their facebook page).

The film's cast and crew used this year's World 100 at Eldora to provide the backdrop for the film that is to be released in 2013. The film is now listed as starring Freddy Rodriguez, Nick Stahl, Hayden Panettiere, and Melissa Leo. The film's facebook page describes the film as:
...a performance driven drama/thriller with crossover commercial appeal. A love story set in the world of stock car racing, it’s the tale of how one tragic event rips apart the lives and relationships of four closely intertwined people (husband, wife, surrogate mother and best friend) causing each of them to go to places and do things unimaginable to find redemption and to preserve the most sacred thing of all, true love.
Make sure to check out their facebook page for photos from the shoot, as well as details of how they scouted several local locations for filming (including the infamous Stardust Motel, although it's unknown if anything was actually filmed there).

National Influenza Vaccination Week

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December 4-10, 2011, is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Protect yourself, family, and your community by getting your annual Influenza Vaccination! We will be celebrating this event at the Darke County Health Department Tuesday December 6. Clinic Hours are 8-10:30, and 2-5pm. Anyone that receives an Influenza Vaccination on this day will be eligible to enter our door prize drawing. Light refreshments will be served.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons ages 6 months and older. Flu-Mist is available for children ages 2-18, some restrictions apply. Cost of vaccination is $20, while supplies last. Traditional Medicare, Medicaid, and cash or check will be accepted. Sorry, no HMO’s.

The Darke County Health Department is located at 300 Garst Ave. in Greenville, beside the park. Please call (937)548-4196 with any questions.

Ansonia Bowlers Defeat Marion Local

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Ansonia Schools varsity bowling teams traveled to Minster’s Community lanes on Saturday. Both the AHS boys and girls teams were able to come away with wins, beating Marion Local's boys and girls teams at Marion Local's home alley.

The teams travel to Coldwater this Saturday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Versailles Bowling Teams Roll Over Competition

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Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers topple New Bremen

The Boys Varsity Bowling team traveled to Community Lanes in Minster Saturday, November 26th to take on the New Bremen Cardinals. The boys match immediately followed the girls match and they were bowling on 11 and 12. Last week in Celina, the lanes were synthetic, which helps the oil on the lanes from breaking down and the lanes drying out. "This week will be different. The lanes should be pretty good to start out, but as the match progresses, the lanes are really going to start hooking a lot. So, be ready to have to make some big adjustments."

Versailles won the first game 935 pins to 770 pins. The Tigers beat the Cardinlas in game two 944 to 805, giving Versailles a 304 pin lead heading into the baker games. Versailles won the first baker game 182 to 122. The Tigers won the second baker game 178 to 156. Versailles won the 3rd baker game 169 to 140. Versailles won the 4th baker game 188 to 126 and lost the 5th and final baker game 158 to 136. The Tigers won the match with 2732 total pins to 2237 total pins for New Bremen.

Versailles was led by Kyle Bohman with 234 and Michael Davidson with a 205. The victory over the Cardinals brings the Tigers record to 2-0 on the season. The Tigers will travel to Columbus on Saturday, December 3rd to compete the Ohio High School Invitational Kick-Off Tournament. The qualified for this years invitational since they won the WOHSBC last season. "This is the first time we have qualified for this tournament are we are looking forward to going up against some of the best teams in the state." They will compete against 32 of the top teams in the state. All teams will bowl 3 regular games. The field will then be cut to the top 16 teams based on total pinfall. The next round will be single elimination match play best out of 5 Baker Games. #1 vs. #16, #2 vs. #15, etc. Please visit for in depth stats and conference standings.

Lady Tiger Bowlers Beat Minster

The Versailles Girls Varsity Bowling Team traveled to Community Lanes in Minster for their second week of WOHSBC Conference action on Saturday, November 26. The Lady Tigers won their first game against the Lady Wildcats of Minster by rolling a 911 to 784. Sophomore Brooke Wehrkamp, whose first game included 6 strikes in a row, lead the Tigers with an impressive 230.The second game also belonged to the Lady Tigers as they rolled an 860 to 669. Megan Monnin bowled 5 strikes in a row in her second game and led the Lady Tigers with her impressive 225.

Stegall to Continue "Coffee with the Commissioner"

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the “Coffee with the Commissioner” gatherings I have had this past year. The success is due to you, the people of Darke County. When I was elected, one of my goals was to bring government back to the people.

Over the years, people have become disconnected with their chosen representatives, and I believe this is why we are in the shape we are in now. As President Lincoln said in the last line of the Gettysburg address: “… and the Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” I believe that. This government is the people. What elected officials forget is that we work for you, and in order to know what you expect of us, we need to be accessible and communicate with each other. I will continue to make myself, and any elected official who wishes to join me, accessible. This is not about me or anybody else, it is about letting people have access to their government, period. The old saying “I can’t fix it if I don’t know it’s broke” applies here. This is your chance to let us know what we need to fix. I think it has been a real success.

 I plan on continuing with these gatherings, because I need to know what you think, and I really enjoy talking to people. I have learned that people do appreciate the fact that they can contact us anytime with concerns, and correct us when necessary without recrimination, or on that rare occasion tell us what we are doing right!

I will resume the “Coffee with the Commissioners” in January after the Christmas Holiday. I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and may we continue in the New Year to work together to remedy Darke County’s problems. May God Bless each and every one of you!! Merry Christmas!!

- Mike Stegall, Darke County Commissioner

Joy FM Basketball Broadcast Schedule

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WJYW-JOY FM (88.9 FM and online at is once again airing 10 Cross County Conference Basketball Games. Ryan Gathard and Nikki Wheeler will bring you the Pre Game show beginning at 7:45 PM . Here is a list of the games scheduled for airing on Joy-FM.

12/02/11-Bradford @ Ansonia

12/09/11-Arcanum @ Ansonia

12/16/11-Mississinawa Valley @ Franklin-Monroe

01/06/12- Miami East @ Ansonia

01/13/12-Franklin-Monroe @ Twin Valley South

01/20/12-Ansonia @ Bethel

01/27/12-Arcanum @ Twin Valley South

02/03/12-Bethel @ Mississinawa Valley

02/10/12-Covington @ Bradford

02/17/12-Ansonia @ Franklin-Monroe


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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their Annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held December 10, 2011 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage.

Santa will be there, along with Mrs. Claus, the elves and entertainment. Pictures with Santa will be available and Santa will be joining us for breakfast.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations have been extended until Saturday, December 3. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending.

Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 5965 Willis Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending.

If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents and lots of fun.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BPW Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the young women of Darke County each year.

Demon Barber Visits Greenville, Ohio

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By Naiesha Thobe
Greenville High School

Have you come for a shave or a deadly good tale? It’s up for you to decide.

Keep in mind that not every tale of something innocent is quite that. There is a backstory to every story, and sometimes the backstory isn’t what it seems.

Sweeney Todd invites you personally to Memorial Hall December 2nd and 3rd for a tragic tale of romance, betrayal, and murder most foul. Take heed, you must be in your seat at 7:00 p.m.; Mr. Todd will tolerate no stragglers. To hear the story that has been passed down through generations, you will be asked to pay a fee of only $5.00 for a ticket into Mr. Todd’s barber shop. As you take your seat, Mr. Todd will prepare his razors and what a time you will be in for, then! Mind your manners and watch your head, it’s a delightfully dreadful good time!

Greenville High School’s Theatre Troupe 4114 will be presenting the tale of Sweeney Todd on December 2nd and 3rd at Memorial Hall. The play begins at 7:00 p.m., while tickets go on sale at the door at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a wonderful rendition of an old classic, and we promise, there will be no death... in the audience, that is.

Due to mildly thematic elements of the play, parents are cautioned to supervise children ten and younger.

The A&B Coffee & Cake Co. Grand Opening is Tomorrow!

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ESPN: Urban Meyer Accepts OSU Coaching Gig

No comments: is reporting that Urban Meyer has accepted the Ohio State University head coaching job. Early reports say that the former University of Florida coach will earn $40 million over seven years.

Meyer led the Florida Gators to two national championships before stepping down to spend time with family and address medical concerns.

Fort GreeneVille DAR Christmas Luncheon to be Held

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Noon for the annual Christmas Luncheon. The location is the Darke County Park District on St. Rt. 503W, Greenville.

This is a luncheon and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting 548-1040 by December 3.
The Christmas holiday entertainment will be provided by the Village Singers.

Anyone interested in joining DAR is welcome to attend the meeting for more information but will need to make reservations for this luncheon.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Guest Post: Reflections on The Hamilton Legacy by Scott Davis

“How would you fellas like to sell Buicks?”, Lowell Hamilton once told me were the words that he’d never forget. It was six years ago that Lowell recounted a story to me from 65 years ago, but, with a hint of laugh in his voice, you could tell that it still excited him like it happened the day before. At that point, the Hamilton’s already had a solid twenty-year history in the car business. It was on a day in 1946 that Lowell and his father Ira were out working on a walkway in front of the small car lot located on North Broadway that a man pulled up in front of them driving a shiny new Buick. He asked Lowell if he knew where to find Ira Hamilton. Lowell pointed to his father who was working along side him, and then the man’s next words were those that ultimately would change the makeup of the Hamilton dealership and the Darke County vehicle market for the next fifty-six years.

Lowell’s father Ira had founded the business originally as a filling station in 1926. Located at the setting of a former blacksmith shop on North Broadway where the Maid Rite parking lot currently sits, Ira soon began to buy old Model T Ford’s. These vehicles were in need of repair and Ira would fix them up for resale. Being that, at the most, the Hamilton’s would have two or three old Model T’s available, the vehicles would sit in the alley behind the filling station known as Whallon Street.

The car business did not come at the steep entry price as it does now; Lowell recounted that usually $200-300 could buy your way into the automobile business in the 1940s. Because of this, there were nearly eleven new car dealers in Greenville in the decade, and dealers were present in Bradford, Union City, Versailles, and a Ford dealership was even present in Arcanum. He stated the major difference between the dealers then and the dealers of today was that “Now there are four larger dealers, selling more cars”. Many of the car lots faded away with time, but it didn’t happen during the Depression like one may erroneously assume. Lowell was only twelve when the stock market crashed, and although he recalled the madness on Wall Street that ensued, he says that dealers locally just rode out the tough times and casually dissipated.

Condolences to the Hamiltons, from Elizabeth Horner

I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Phyllis Hamilton and her family on the death of her husband, Lowell Hamilton of Greenville, OH. While my mom met Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton long before I knew them, my first recollection was at CJ Highmarks when I was about ten years old I was new to contributing articles to the Daily Advocate Newspaper which they read and they took the time to talk to me about it. I remember them conversing with me like a mature young person and it felt good and validating. As a kid trying to find her place in this world, indeed, those words of support and encouragement to continue to write meant so much to me. For that, I will always be thankful as I continue my journey in using the “power of the pen”.
Though he will be missed dearly
It is his turn to enjoy eternal peace
He is being welcomed into a new world
As his toils on Earth cease
- Elizabeth Horner
The obituary released by Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home stated that he owned and operated Hamilton Motors for 62 years. He was a veteran of the US Army and member of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #143, the VFW Post 7262, and the American Legion Post 140. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, November 28 from 5-7 p.m.


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Beginning October 9, 2011 thru April 30, 2012
8:00 am – Noon
$6.00 per person
Buffet Style Includes:
Bacon & Sausage
Western & Original Scrambled Eggs
Fried Potatoes
Biscuit & Gravy
Pancakes & French Toast

325 Ohio St., Greenville, Oh 45331

Local Senior Community Celebrates Festival of Trees for Holiday Season

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From Thursday, Dec. 8 until Sunday, Dec. 11, Sterling House Greenville, a Brookdale Senior Living assisted living community, and Clare Bridge Greenville, a Brookdale Senior Living Alzheimer’s and dementia care community, will be celebrating the Festival of Trees.

The public is welcome to experience the twinkling lights and beautiful decorations of the holiday season at Sterling House Greenville. The festival will include custom decorated trees, wreaths & centerpieces by local businesses and organizations. All of these items will be on silent auction and the proceeds will benefit the Neurological Center in Burkettsville, OH.

The Festival of Trees will be held on:

  • Thursday, Dec. 8: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 9: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11: Noon to 2 p.m.

Along with the Festival of Trees, Sterling House Greenville will be hosting a holiday party on Friday, Dec. 9th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The community invites guests to enjoy festive appetizers, entertainment and tours of the community.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the conference room on the third floor at Wayne Healthcare. This month the group will have a carry-in Christmas meal with Christmas music, games and door prizes. Judy Eikenberry, board member of Darke County Cancer Association, will provide chicken. Also table service and beverages will be provided. We encourage those attending to bring a covered dish, but if you aren’t able to, please join us anyway, for a time of sharing, fun and relaxation.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend. Facilitating the support group meetings are Christine Yount from the Cancer Association, and Jill Brown from Wayne Hospital.

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


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The Feast of St. Nicholas is the 6th of December, but St. Paul's, Greenville will be celebrating it on Sunday, December 4th! He was the Bishop of Myra, and was imprisoned during the Diocletian persecution. After he was released, he attended the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. It was this ecumenical Council that produced the Nicene Creed by which we profess our faith each Sunday. He is the patron Saint of sailors, of Churches; over 400 Churches in England are dedicated to him alone! But most of all he is the patron Saint of children, bringing them gifts. His symbol is three bags of gold, the dowry he supposed to have given to three girls to save them from slavery. On Sunday, December 4th, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 201 N. Broadway, Greenville, the church will hold a special celebration of St. Nicholas with Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, himself, being with us. All are invited to attend this celebration. Nicholas will, in his usual tradition, have gifts for each of the children, so plan to come everyone!

HOPE Foundation Honors Founder with Endowment Fund

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The first community grant from the Dr. Marlin D. Thompson Founder’s Fund was awarded to Darke County Schools for an adaptive tricycle for special needs students. These students in a Bradford classroom demonstrate the tricycle for Jean Young, chairman of the HOPE Foundation board of trustees.
When Dr. Marlin D. Thompson started the HOPE Foundation of Darke County in 1986, he scraped together $200 to offer HOPE’s first college scholarship. He organized a board of 20 trustees from across Darke County and set out on his mission: to improve the quality of life for Darke County residents through scholarships and grants to local non-profit organizations. So far this year, the HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) Foundation has awarded $77,000 in college scholarships and $52,000 in grants to non-profit organizations that provide valuable services to Darke County. The numbers continue to grow each year.

Dr. Marlin D. Thompson, who founded the HOPE Foundation of Darke County in 1986, died in April 2010. The foundation has established an endowment fund in Thompson’s honor that will be used for scholarships and community grants.
When Dr. Thompson died in April 2010, the HOPE board decided to honor its founder by establishing a fund in Dr. Thompson’s name. Any income was to be used for causes that were important to this extraordinary leader. After 15 months, the fund has raised over $35,000 from 280 contributions – a testament to the widespread influence Dr. Thompson had on those around him.

Thompson’s career as a teacher, superintendent of Ansonia Schools (1964-1977), superintendent of Darke County Schools (1980-1993), and community motivator has inspired many lives. Scores of friends and former colleagues donated to the fund out of respect for a champion of education who taught them the meaning of service.


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Thirty-six Greenville High School seniors recently visited Sinclair Community College in Dayton and the college’s branch campus in Englewood.
Greenville) Thirty-six Greenville High School seniors recently visited Sinclair Community College in Dayton and the college’s branch campus in Englewood. The trip was sponsored by Sinclair Community College.

“This was the first time on a college campus for several of the high school seniors,” said Becky Curtis, GHS guidance counselor. She, along with GHS guidance counselors Krista Subler and Matt Sutter, and Bridges to College director Beth Sears, accompanied the students on the trip.

“Many times, community colleges offer the most affordable post-secondary option for students,” Sears said.

The students learned about many options, including certificate programs, two-year degrees, and transferring credits to a four-year university. Throughout the trip, the counselors talked with the students about different college options.

“College visits like these are an important part of the college selection process,” Sears said. “A college that feels right for one student may not feel right for another.”

After visiting the Dayton campus, the students boarded the bus and visited the Sinclair branch campus in Englewood. There, students learned that they can go through the college admissions process there as well as take many of Sinclair’s general education classes.

This is the second college visit that the GHS counselors have taken students on this fall. Both the GHS counselors and Bridges to College are trying to make students more aware of their college options, the college admissions process, and the financial aid process.

Medicare Check-Up Day

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Mark Your Calendars for an informational seminar scheduled this week. On Monday, November 28th at 10am, Brethren Retirement Community will host a Medicare Check Up Day in the Brick Room, 750 Chestnut St. This program is a FREE service brought to you by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) at the Ohio Department of Insurance. They will discuss the recent changes to Medicare and give you tips on how to enroll for 2012 coverage in a Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and/or Medicare health plan. They ask that you bring your Medicare card and a list of your prescription drugs to the seminar. This will allow them to compare your plan with plans for 2012 and see if there are any cost savings available for you.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-686-1578.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Greenville National Bank sponsors DCCA’S HOLIDAY PROGRAM

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Gloria Harpest of Greenville National Bank presents check to Keith Rawlins of Darke County Center For the Arts
Greenville National Bank has recently made a donation to Darke County Center for the Arts. The donated funds will sponsor the third performance in DCCA’s Artists Series 2011-2012 season, Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry, a Holiday program. “Greenville National Bank has been a generous supporter of the Arts in Darke County for many years; DCCA is grateful for their sponsorship which enables us to present exceptional talent like Robin Spielberg in our local community” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.

Contemporary pianist/composer Robin Spielberg will be joined on stage by cellist Catherine Bent and Kate McLeod on violin and guitar to create “Robin Spielberg's American Tapestry” when the popular artist returns to Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 10. Song selections will include Robin’s own compositions as well as traditional Christmas music including “I Saw Three Ships,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” and “Carol Of The Bells.”

The holiday concert begins at 8 p.m. at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Good seats are still available by calling (937) 547-0908, tickets are $20.

Commissioners Corner

As this is being written, the sun is shining, it is a bit breezy, and the temperature is in the comfortable mid forty’s. This is the way November’s should be! Unfortunately, we here in the office do not think it will last like this till spring time next March. We can all only hope that this coming winter will be a mild one, as we here believe that we are due for one.

The Commissioners know that the end of October and into November means it is appropriation time for all of the county offices. We have been talking to all department heads on their budgets, and have told all of them that the budget they submitted in July is going to be good for the year. We are fortunate that the people of the county have been buying locally as this has helped us to balance our budget because of the slight increase in the sales tax. Thanks to everyone who has realized that Darke County does have a lot to offer, and often times at a less expensive price, plus the time savings of driving somewhere else to shop. Along with that small increase, our departments have done an outstanding job of holding the line on expenses. We have stated throughout the year that the people of Darke County do not know how lucky they are to have such dedicated employees who work tirelessly to make our county better. Once again, if you see a department head or an employee, thank them for their efforts.

Economically, Darke County continues to be a bright spot in the State of Ohio. With the continued support of the people and businesses involved in the Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative, and the Community Improvement Corporation (C. I. C.), Darke County continues to move forward in job creation and retention. At the last P4P meeting, Marc Saluk, the Darke County Economic Development Director, gave out the following information on the success we have had so far: New capital investment-$23,950,000, a return of $37.50 for every dollar invested. Annual Payroll (retained/created)-$19,178,000, a return of $30.00 for every dollar invested. State/Federal funds Secured- $18,725,000, a return of $29.40 for every dollar invested. Those are fantastic numbers, but the best one of all is Jobs Retained/Created- 525. While this is all very good news, we are still moving forward with some programs that will help find solutions to the skills gap we now are seeing. This will help us as we move forward to better serve our employers, and provide more opportunity for the workforce here, and serve as an important tool to attract new business. Since we are an agricultural county, we are focusing on the Agri-Business side of things and we have much support in Columbus for our efforts. If you would like to be more informed, you may “like” us on our Facebook page, (Darke County Ohio Economic Development.) We would be remiss if we did not take this time to thank Marc for all of his hard work, as he often has gone above and beyond his duty as Director. Thank you Marc, and also to his Assistant, Melanie Nealeigh, as the office could not run without her countless hours of service and dedication.

We here in the Commissioners Office want to wish everyone a “Happy and Joyous Thanksgiving and Holiday Season”. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and on Friday the 25th to allow our employees some time with their families. We will reopen on Monday, November 28th with public sessions as always at 1:30 p.m., Monday and Wednesdays here in the Commissioners Office. We are located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. Hope to see you at the meetings!

- The Darke County Commissioners


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Oakley House in conjunction with American Nursing Care will host a continuing education lunch and learn “Impact of Chronic Illness on Seniors.” The event will take place on November 29th at Noon.

  • Define chronic illness and its impact on seniors.
  • List individual and societal consequences associated with chronic illness.
  • Describe strategies capable of improving clinical outcomes in the chronically ill senior.

1.0 contact hour will be provided for RN, LPN, PT/PTA, OT/COTA, and MSW. Event is open to the public. Please reserve your spot by contacting Bridget Sharp, Residence Director, at 937-572-1390 or by November 28th. Additional information and tours will be available following event. Oakley House is located at 1275 Northview Drive in Greenville.


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Award-winning physical-comedian Robert Post will perform for local junior high students at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Thursday, December 8. Earlier this year, Darke County Center for the Arts presented the actor/mime/juggler/comedian in all local high schools; his return engagement will offer seventh and eighth grade students the opportunity to experience a professional theatrical performance in a classic theatre setting. “Robert Post has performed in theaters across the globe,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “DCCA is excited about presenting this creative genius in Darke County's own little gem of a theater where his ingenious shows can educate, entertain, engage, and inspire students to explore their own potential,” Mr. Rawlins explained.

DCCA's Arts In Education series annually presents high quality performing artists to all grade levels in all local public school systems at no cost to the students; these performances are also open to the public. A.I.E. is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Bocholt Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Littman-Thomas Agency, Mercer Savings Bank, Greenville Rotary Club, and BASF. Support is also received from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Fund, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Ketrow Foundation, as well as the schools. Additionally, the Ohio Art Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

For more information regarding specific times for the performances which are planned to coordinate with schools' schedules, contact Darke County Center for the Arts at 937-547-0908 or


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This Holiday Season, join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our Winter Wonderland! On Saturday, December 3rd from 6-9pm, there will be over 375 beautiful luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails of Shawnee Prairie Preserve, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you hike along the illuminated trail towards the Log House, you can enjoy the crisp air and bright stars of an early December eve.

At the Log House, our Pioneer Hosts will have the fire roaring, holiday snacks and warm drinks to enjoy. Enjoy pioneer music of Christmas’ Past as you sit back and relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Several holiday crafts will be available for the children (or young-at-heart!) to pass the time and take home.

Be sure to visit the Nature Center and Gift Shop, get your photo with Mrs. Claus, decorate a cookie or two and check out the other crafts available!

Start a new family tradition with Darke County Parks this year. Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect event to bring the family and celebrate the season! Dress for the weather.


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The Friends of Bear’s Mill invite the community to share in an evening filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays at their much anticipated annual Candlelight Walk at historic Bear’s Mill Friday, December 2ND from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

“Kick off the holiday season by taking a stroll along the millrace that is lit up with the warm glow of luminaries,” said Merri Niekamp, Outreach Manager for the Friends of Bear’s Mill nonprofit organization. “Awaiting you is a country bonfire in the woods with straw bales for resting while you roast your hot dogs and marshmallows and sip hot cocoa. Historic Bear’s Mill and The Greenville Creek provide a spectacular backdrop for a winter bonfire and a fun, family holiday event. Inside the Mill, enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee and a cookie while you listen to holiday music, visit with friends and get a jump on your holiday shopping,” Ms. Niekamp concluded.

In addition to stoneground flours and meals, the Mill Store offers kitchen and gourmet goods as well as Boston Stoker coffees and Hammond’s holiday candies. Home décor, giftware and women’s accessories are also available for sale. “Holiday items are arriving daily and ready for your business and personal gift giving needs. A thoughtfully selected gift deserves to be presented at its very best and we offer creative gift-wrapping and shipping services too,” stated Julie Clark, Retail Manager. “Gifts from the Mill offer you the opportunity to give something special from your own hometown,” she explained.

The gallery at Bear’s Mill will feature the December artists for the Art at the Mill series. Included will be bronze sculptures from one of the Midwest’s most accomplished artist-sculptors, Kenneth Ryden, as well as paintings by New Carlisle artist Jean Koeller. Original pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters and friends will be available on display, as well as hand-blown glass ornaments by Clay Hufford.

“Tax deductible donations and profit from sales in the Mill Store & Gallery are vital to the nonprofit organization,” said Friends of Bear’s Mill Treasurer, Ray Lepore. “When a visitor gives a donation or makes a purchase at the Mill, they are helping to keep the Mill open. If a visit to the Mill is not already a part of your holiday routine, this is the year to begin a new tradition,” concluded Lepore.

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or on the web at

DCSO: Injury Accident on 49

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On November 25, 2011 at approximately 11:30 A.M. Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Twp Fire, Greenville Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the 5000 block of State Route 49 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue Dodge Dakota, driven by William Stevens, 63, of Greenville was pulling out of a private drive into the path of a motorcycle driven by Rick Honeyman, 60, of Greenville which was traveling southbound on State Route 49 just north of Folkerth.

Honeyman was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Stevens refused treatment at the scene.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks By Elizabeth Horner

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While family gathers in front of scrumptious meals, and parties begin for the holiday season, we know people around us that are encountering hardships or dark periods in their lives. The road to their future may not only be hidden, but they can scarcely tell what is up or what is down. I happen to believe things happen for a reason and we have free will to make noble choices when life throws us those curve balls. Good things do come out of our trials and tribulations if we deliberately seek to find, even a speck of light in this vast dark cosmic space. The stars will twinkle and the sun will rise again, and we will emerge a stronger person when we hang in there until then. I know that emotions can run a lot less smooth when we are going through such events. That is when I believe, you just have to keep your FAITH strong.

I have always liked to use the analogy of lighting a candle in this great darkness that surrounds us. If in the midst of all the suffering that we are going through, we seek to find one positive thing, that one little act of faith might not make everything clear to us, but it can push the shadows back a little, illuminating our next few steps forward. Sometimes, we have to keep struggling onwards, even without knowing where we’re heading. Just getting through the day will lay the groundwork for when our purpose is finally revealed to us. I see light also as a communal thing that is shared by everyone. A person’s attempt to let all of the challenges strengthen one self may also lend strength and determination to others too! Many candles might start burning, feeding off themselves.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope everyone lights a candle, not just for our family but for others too!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Upcoming Events at The Coffee Pot

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The Coffee Pot is located in the historic Palace Building in downtown Greenville (537 S. Broadway Suite #101, Greenville, OH 45331) - offering delicious espresso drinks, coffee, homemade baked goods & soups, lunch items, and much more! Stop in, get yourself a treat, sit down and enjoy the atmosphere! We would love to have you join us!

- Rob & Amber Garrett

Open 7 days a week: M-Th 6:30 am - 9 pm, Friday 6:30 am - 10 pm, Saturday 7:30 am - 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

Find us on Facebook by clicking here.

Black Friday at Bach to Rock

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Check this twist out!

Bach To Rock Music in downtown Greenville is planning to have fun by letting you get a better deal on Black Friday!

Anything you see in the store BlackFriday that is totally black in color such as cases, straps, guitars, keyboard stands, benches, tuners, etc... will get an extra 20% off the low marked price!

What is the catch?

You have to say, "I want an extra 20% off this Black Friday item!"



The County Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25, 2011.

BRC Looking for Library Volunteers

You don’t have to know the Dewey Decimal System to “play librarian” for one local retirement community!

Brethren Retirement Community needs volunteers to assist residents with checking books, magazines and other materials in and out from the organization’s on-site library. Volunteers will also return items to shelves as needed. This opportunity is available to volunteers who are at least 18 years old every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday and Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“The library aide gives support to the residents by assisting with reading selection and checking books in and out. Their visual presence assures visitors to the library that help is readily available,” says Janet Ashworth, Volunteer Coordinator Brethren Retirement Community.

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.

Lewis Raises Money for Trip Abroad

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Leah Lewis, a Jr. at Greenville High School, recently held a quilt raffle in order to help raise money for a trip to Greece, Italy, and Spain that she will be going on with other Spanish class students in June 2012. Leah is excited to announce the winner of the quilt, Rose Mathews of Columbus, Ohio. Leah would like to thank her Grandma Rose Lewis of Hollansburg, Ohio for making the quilt and donating it for the raffle.

Leah, along with her family, has done other fundraising events such as a garage sale and selling homemade decorated flip flops. She has not quite made her goal and plans on doing a “swim-a-thon” this winter. It is important to her to help raise the money for the trip and not take for granted the awesome opportunity she has to go on this trip and experience different cultures.

Leah not only works at Readmore’s Hallmark, but is a scholar athlete, a member of the swim team, and recently completed the training to become a Candy Striper at Wayne Hospital. Leah would like to sincerely thank her friends, family, and community for all their support.

Fort GreeneVille DAR News

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Regent Chris Nehring, Jana Deeter, and chapter member Linda Riley.
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR thanks Greenville resident Jana Deeter for donating local DAR historic items to the chapter.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR member Mary Jane Dietrich is presented with a 40th year member certificate from Regent Chris Nehring.

Ohio Vice Regent Sandy Mitchell McCann presented a Pearl Harbor program to Fort GreeneVille Chapter members at their November meeting.

5th-6th Grade Greenville Girls Basketball

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Greenville Girls Basketball would like to invite any interested girls to come join the Greenville Girls 5th-6th Grade Basketball program. Teams will meet December 4th in the auxiliary Gym at the High School. 5th grade will meet 2-3p.m. and 6th grade 3-4p.m.

This program is designed to be an instructional league and help develop the girls' skills. All girls play. There are no tryouts. The fee to play is $40 and includes a team jersey and shorts. The teams play at the High School and travel to surrounding county schools. Games are typically played on weekends. Practices start in December and games run January and February with a season ending tournament the beginning of March.

Come be part of the future Lady Wave basketball program. For more information contact Amy 937-423-4420 or Ryan 937-417-0885

Cancer Association Thanks Cara Siefring Memorial Campout

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Left to right: Christine Yount, Executive Director of Cancer Association of Darke County and Cheryl Siefring of Cara Siefring Memorial Campout 2011

The Cara Siefring Memorial Campout recently donated generously to the Cancer Association of Darke County in memory of Paul Staugler and Cara Siefring. The Cara Siefring Memorial Campout was held on September 15-17 2011.

This event lasted 3 days and featured Cosmic Bingo, Chili Dinner, 5K fun run, Chicken Dinners, a live band and many other fun activities. This campout started in 2008 and is being held yearly. The committee would like to thank Rossburg Acres for hosting this important event.

The proceeds of this benefit went to Mercer and Darke county Cancer Associations.

The Cancer Association of Darke County exists to provide support for people in Darke County that have been diagnosed with cancer. The Cancer Association reimburses their patients for expenses including: mileage, medication, medical supplies, and nutritional supplementation. Our organization also offers a monthly support group, a volunteer driver program, free wigs and head coverings for cancer patients, educational materials for the prevention and early detection of all cancers, information booths at various Darke County events, and speakers for groups interested in learning more about our organization. The Cancer Association also makes one yearly donation to an accredited research organization that works with Darke County residents. The Cancer Association is an independent non-profit organization that exists because of donations from people just like you! The Cancer Association of Darke County is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society nor other organizations. For more information about the Cancer Association of Darke County, please call the office at 937-548-9960.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties announce the Holiday Sale extravaganza!

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Funding helps support matches such as Big Sister Kristy Warren,
of Piqua, and Little Sister Brittany Turner, of Sidney. Brittany
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County recently kicked off the holiday season with the launch of our Holiday Extravaganza. The local agency has partnered with some fun vendors to make holiday shopping a little easier for busy folks. Now through November 30, 2011, Community members can shop for items from Nelly Packs/Nelly Cuddles (microwavable body warmers), Pampered Chef, and Tastefully Simple and help support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.

Shop online at the links below or call the BBBS office (937-492-7611) or email to place your order. The local agency is asking you to share this information with family and friends! All orders will arrive in plenty of time for the gift giving season.

To shop for Tastefully Simple go to: -- at checkout, please select Big Bro Big Sis;

To shop for Pampered Chef go to:;
To shop for Nelly Packs/Nelly Cuddles please view the brochure on the agency website at

This fundraiser will not only benefit the local agency, but will allow people to find the perfect gift for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and any other special person on your list.

“Funding is used for recruiting, careful matching, background checks, screening and maintaining on-going professional support for the volunteers, youth, and their families – the key to ensuring long-term positive outcomes that change lives and communities.” The goal is that each match will develop into a quality relationship meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is invited to call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611.
“There’s a growing demand for structured successful youth mentoring, particularly in this economy when families are struggling,” Lisa Brown, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke Counties, said. “Independent research shows children matched with Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors are more confident, more likely to succeed in school, and avoid drug and alcohol abuse and other negative influences.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke Counties is a non-profit, United Way member service organization, providing positive adult role models to children facing adversity.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Events at elementsLife

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest volunteers in the core mentoring program.

Alyssa Miller, of Greenville, enjoys movies, sewing, baking, church activities, and ministry work. She has been active in the church as a babysitter, Sunday school teacher, and vacation bible school teacher. Twice she has worked two months at an orphanage in Guatemala. Alyssa loves children and wants to be a Big Sister volunteer mentor to help make a difference in the life of a child with one-on-one interaction and building a long-lasting relationship. Her goal is to share the guidance, support, and trust she values from her growing up years.

Jackie Dunson, of Sidney, is an empty-nester, and eager to become a friend who will listen to a child and share life stories. Jackie enjoys reading, walking, boating, and shopping. She likes teaching children, and has taught religious education. Playing cards is another pastime she plans to share with her assigned Little.

Krista Corbin is an elementary school guidance counselor, where she learned of the opportunity to mentor children. She feels this is a perfect fit for her, because she loves to get to know children one on one. Kendra enjoys running, playing volleyball, shopping, and scrapbooking. She also coaches girls’ track. Kendra likes that children believe anything is possible. She looks forward to creating memories with her new Little.

Hayley Raterman, of Sidney, enjoys writing poetry, biking, hiking, swimming, reading, and photography. She is a college student in the field of psychology. Hayley looks forward to being a trusted friend who will be there to listen to her new Little Sister.

Loretta Sparks lives in the country outside of Greenville. She enjoys outdoor activities. Loretta has a passion for helping people and routinely works with children through her church. She looks forward to spending time with her new Little Sister, making an impact.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way Member Agency, Lisa Brown, Executive Director. The program specializes in mentoring children who face adversity with adult volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters. These adults provide children with positive role modeling, as well as new educational and social activities. If you would like to become a volunteer and put a little magic in the life of a child please call the BBBS office at 492-7611 or 547-9622.

Children’s Theatre Registering Memebers for 2012 Season

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Children’s Theatre Club is now registering members for their 2012 sessions. The club offers area youth the opportunity to participate in Music Theatre Productions and is open to anyone in the 3rd grade thru 12th grade. Our 2012 season will offers 4 sessions for members to choose from. Each session will focus on producing a Musical Theatre production. Session for the 2012 season include: session one “Children’s Letter to God”, session two “Once on this Island”, session three “High School Musical” and session four “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley”. Students may participate in all four session or choose only the sessions they wish to participate in.

To receive an information packet and application contact Michael Bitner at 937-547-3360 or

The Avalons in Concert

When: Sunday, December 4, 2011

Where: St. Clair Memorial Hall Greenville, Ohio

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Featured entertainment will be the "Avalons," a rock and roll oldies sensation. (formerly sh-boom of ohio)Through music, comedy and crazy antics, the audience will be swept away on a memorable journey throughout the 50's, 60's, and early 70’s.

It's fun entertainment that the entire family will enjoy. Opening for the avalons will be singer-guitarist Tom Triplett from Mason, Ohio (formerly of Greenville). Tom has been playing guitar since 1974 and his music is mostly based on folk with a jazz influence.

This free concert is sponsored by the Greenville Lions Club who will be at the event collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids. Also, donations will be accepted on behalf of Lions club to support their activities and sight related projects.

This is a free concert so we ask that people from any distance come early in order to assure themselves a seat. We hope for a good turnout for this event, as this is also being filmed for the Avalons new promotional DVD.

You may see yourself on this DVD. Please come and join us for this fun filled evening of music and entertainment.

Versailles Bowling Teams Open Season with Wins

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Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers Start Season with Win and Set 2 Records

The Defending WOHSBC Champion Versailles Boys Varsity Bowling team rolled into the 2011-2012 bowling season taking on the Flyers from Marion Local in conference action on Saturday, November 19th at Plaza Lanes in Celina. "I reminded the boys this week when the season started that we surprised a lot of teams last year. This year, teams will not take us lightly so we need to be prepared even more for every match."

Versailles won the first game 1080 pins to 793 pins. The Tigers beat the Flyers in game two 999 pins to 930 pins, giving Versailles a 356 pin lead heading into the baker games. Versailles won the first baker game 199 pins to 162 pins. The Tigers won the second baker game 196 pins to 171 pins. Versailles won the 3rd baker game 228 to 199. This put the Tiger lead at 447 pins heading into the 4th baker game. Marion Local won the 4th baker game 192 to 160. This left the Tiger lead at 415 pins. Versailles won the 5th and final baker game 230 pins to 158 pins for Marion Local. The Tigers won the match with 3092 total pins to 2605 total pins for Flyers.

Versailles was led by Nathan Peters with high games of 244 and 236, Michael Davidson with a 236, Ben Didier with games of 230 and 214 and Aaron Niekamp with a 202. The victory over Marion Local brings the Tigers record to 1 – 0 on the season. The team also set 2 new school records during the match. The game 1 team score of 1080 broke the old record of 1063 set during the 2008-2009 season. The Tigers also set the record team series record by rolling a series of 3092. The old record of 3074 set during the 2010-2011 season. This year’s Versailles Boys Varsity Bowlers are Kyle Bohman, Michael Davidson, Ben Didier, Brandon Groff, Jordan Groff, Aaron Niekamp, and Nathan Peters. The Tigers take on New Bremen at 1:00 pm at Community Lanes in Minster on Saturday, November 26th. Please visit for in depth stats and conference standings. Two Tiger bowlers were also featured on WOSN highlights. Go to this link to view the video clip http:/

Lady Tiger Bowlers Beat LCC

The Versailles Girls Varsity Bowling Team opened WOHSBC Conference action on Saturday, November 19 at Plaza Lanes in Celina against the Lima Central Catholic T-Birds. The Lady Tigers won their first game by rolling an 803 to 634. Leading the Tigers were sophomore Kelsey Berning with a 178, sophomore Brooke Wehrkamp with a 176, and sophomore Paige Holsapple with a 171. The second game also belonged to the Lady Tigers as they rolled a 715 to 654. Kelsey Berning led the Lady Tigers the second game with a 182.

Christmas Homecoming Concert

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Practice. Practice. Practice. The Christmas Homecoming group is practicing for the concert hosted by the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren. Their annual Christmas Concert will be presented on Sunday, December 4th at 6 PM. Several local artists will be featured including, Ryan Berry, Donovan Brown, Jerrlyn Hart, Jack Kerns, Tim Lehman, New Dawn, Ken Oren, Darwin Rhoades, Mike Royer, Dinah Weaver, and Brenda Wise. Come and hear the Christmas story told in song. The musical prelude beginning at 5:30 will be performed by Norma Baker and Lois Stickley. The church is located on the west side of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. Refreshments will be served following the concert. All are welcome. Come and enjoy this annual community event.

OSU-Michigan Game Watch to be Held


The OSU Alumni of Darke County will be holding a game watch party for the Ohio State - Michigan game at the Score Board Sports Club in Greenville. There will be food specials and discount bowling as well.

Click here to visit the OSU Alumni of Darke County's page for complete details.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

2011 Holiday Horse Parade


Saturday night people flocked to Broadway in Greenville to see this year's iteration of the holiday horse parade, put on with the help of numerous local businesses and Main Street Greenville. Many stores were open for the event which saw several entertainment options for revelers to enjoy while they waited for the parade, including the main event: the arrival of Santa Claus!

Click here to view more photos from the event on our Facebook page!

ERM Team of NextStep Ministries Donates Hygiene Packets to Darke County Red Cross

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The ERM (Emergency Response Ministry) Team of NextStep Ministries, an outreach of EUM Church of Greenville recently donated 60 personal hygiene packets to the Darke County Red Cross for distribution during emergency situations in our community. Pictured above from l-r are: Wanda Smith, Lauren Smith, Rita McManis (Darke Co. Red Cross) and Marie Walker. Donations of basic personal hygiene items are accepted at NextStep Ministries located at 501 Gray Ave, Greenville. 24 packets were donated to the Shelter from Violence in Greenville at an earlier date.

Illumination welcomes Big Daddy Weave tour

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GREENVILLE – The Illumination Committee is hosting a special concert on Dec. 11, 6 p.m., at St. Clair Memorial Hall, with Big Daddy Weave and Dara Maclean.

Big Daddy Weave continually produces hit after hit on Christian Radio and recently released its Ultimate Collection. The 15-song collection features Every Time I Breathe, What Life Would Be Like, Let it Rise, You Found Me and many more. The concert will also feature songs of the group’s Christmas CD released in 2009. The CD features several traditional Christmas songs including O Come All Ye Faithful, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard on High.

This will be Big Daddy Weave’s second appearance in Greenville. He was the featured artist in Illumination’s first concert at the Darke County Fairgrounds five years ago.
Maclean is a new artist that is quickly making a name for herself in the industry. Her debut release, You Got My Attention, has got the attention of many earning her an opportunity to tour with Newsong and Big Daddy Weave. She will also be a featured pre-jam party artist on the Winter Jam Tour this year with Newsboys, Kutless, Red, Matthew West, Fireflight, Newsong and others.

Tickets for the Big Daddy Weave and Dara Maclean are available at Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, the Darke County Fairgrounds, and McCabe Painting in Greenville, the Christian Bookstore in Union City, and Trinity Books & Gifts in Richmond. Tickets will also be available through Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. All seating is general admission.

Classified to Play at VFW

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Coming December 3rd at VFW Post 7262 hall is CLASSIFIED.

The hours are 8:00 to Midnight and a cover charge of $ 3.00 will be charged.

This band is very interesting to listen to and will make a very enjoyable evening.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Greenville Community Gardens Holds Informational Meeting

Thursday evening at Memorial Hall, Jeff Besecker of Greenville Community Gardens gave an overview of the project he and others would like to kick off as early as this Spring. Greenville Community Gardens would see the creation of one or more community gardens in the Greenville/Darke County area where local residents could grow and share crops.

According to Besecker, it could serve as an educational tool to teach novices the ins and outs of gardening, a community tool to serve as a gathering spot for fellowship, or even as a way to teach and mentor youth about the finer points of growing fresh food.

Besecker also announced that partnerships are already forming, even though the project is still in the very early phases. Darke County Parks are among several local groups offering support and have already agreed to potentially allow the garden sites to be established at DCP locations. Among the various models being researched could see a garden with plots leased to individuals or families. Besecker stressed that it is hard to say exactly what model, or mix of models the project will adopt as the formation of the group is just now taking place and many details are still being worked out. He emphasized a desire to hear feedback from community members to learn how the project can affect the community in the most positive and productive way.

The group would like to see one site opened in the Spring, with others following suit in the future. In addition to the Darke County Parks, a local citizen has also offered to allow his land to be utilized. Details on this and other budding partnerships will be shared when they are available.

For more information on the Greenville Community Gardens project, “like” them on Facebook to get the most recent updates.

Grandpa’s House - By Abraham Lincoln

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Grandpa’s House
© By Abraham Lincoln. All rights reserved.

My mother and I took a train from Dayton, Ohio to Hinton, West Virginia. We went to visit my grandpa and my two uncles and we stayed with them.

The house was back on the side of a mountain. You had to drive through fields, after opening and closing gates, and then, let the car wheels creep over the bank of a creek. Once in the middle of the creek, the driver drove downstream and then up on the other shore and up onto the road on the mountain. It was down that road a short distance where my grandfather lived.

When I walked in the front door I was astonished to see his walls papered with old newspapers and that the colored comics covered the four walls in the living room.

After a lot of talking and visiting, my mother and I went to bed and climbed in on a feather tick mattress. The next morning I woke up with a red rash — my mother said I had been bitten by bed bugs. She took the old mattress outside and used some coal oil to soak the feather tick seams and between the sun and coal oil we were not bothered again.

My uncle did most of the cooking. The day we arrived he began breaking and frying eggs. He had a huge iron skillet filled with grease that fried-out of fresh bacon or side meat (I can’t remember which) and the eggs floated around in the grease that had to be at least 1-inch deep. He filled the skillet with eggs. He said he always ate a dozen for breakfast and what was left over would be fed to the hogs.

There were two or three flat iron pans were filled with what he called, “pan bread.” He told mother that he made enough to last all day. To eat it we broke off chunks to dip in egg yolks; or dunk in the coffee — my grandpa used a chunk of it to soak up the grease on his plate. I got butter on my chunk of pan bread.

He asked us if we wanted some coffee and we all did. He poured our cream off that morning’s milk; and grandpa passed a bowl filled with sugar. My uncle poured lots of cream into his coffee and that turned the coffee-color to a creamy tan. It was good coffee.

On Sunday, grandpa listened to a preacher named, “Armstrong” and when it was over the radio was turned off. A light over the old kitchen table was turned on long enough to eat a meal and then was turned off to save electricity.

The toilet was outside and for a privy it was in good shape and didn’t smell bad. Water was at the end of a rope in a bucket down in the well.

The vegetable garden was large and filled with ready to eat vegetables. The garden was a relief from winter’s potatoes and hog jowl. Grandpa’s pigs grew fat on leftover eggs and the milk from the cow — fresh, whole, milk was dumped into the pig trough every day.


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Big Sister Lindsey Jung, of Anna, and her
Little Sister Willow Market, of Jackson Center,
race down the park slide during a summer outing.
Willow is the daughter of Randy and Charity Market.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County announce Big Sister Lindsey Jung of Anna, and Little Sister Willow Market, of Jackson Center, have been selected as October Match of the Month. Willow is the daughter of Randy and Charity Market. Lindsey and Willow have been matched since September, 2008.

Lindsey was a Big Buddy to Willow in the after-school Buddies mentoring program, and wanted to continue their relationship in the Core community program after she turned 18. Lindsey enjoys being a positive role model and teaching Willow new things.

Willow was initially enrolled in the after-school Buddies program in 2006, at age 8, when she first met Lindsey as her Big Buddy. They’ve built a caring relationship and lean on each other. Willow says, “Lindsey is the best Big Sister in the whole world!”

All parties are pleased with the match. Charity says, “Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great program. Being matched with Lindsey is the greatest thing that ever happened to Willow. She is learning responsibility, and 4H is new to her.”

Lindsey lives on a farm with horses and has introduced Willow to 4H. The first time Willow competed at the Shelby County Fair, she won two trophies and three ribbons. She also received a congratulatory letter from State Representative John Adams for her exceptional performance.

Lindsey reports, “Willow and I have a great match together. We have become not just a match but like family to each other.” She appreciates that Willow is eager to learn, and always has a willing attitude. Lindsey says it’s great to “see the happiness on your Little’s face when they get to spend time with you.”

Lindsey and Willow continue to meet regularly, at least two times per month, but more often they meet once or twice each week. They enjoy working with Lindsey’s horses, working on the stalls, practicing showmanship, putting a halter on the donkey, feeding the animals, putting them to pasture, and so much more! When they aren’t working or riding 4-wheelers on the farm, they enjoy playing Wii games, watching movies, or shopping at the mall.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member, social service agency. Lisa Brown is Executive Director of the agency. The program specializes in matching children facing adversity with adult volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters. These adults provide children with positive role modeling, as well as new educational and social activities. If you would like to make the difference in the life of a child but are unable to volunteer at this time, Big Brothers Big Sisters has many other opportunities throughout the year for others to become involved. Learn more about our agency by logging onto or calling 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 Missing Pitsburg Teen Found Dead UPDATED with DCSO Release

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UPDATE Darke County Sheriff's Department has released the following:

On October 17, 2011 at approximately 5:55 pm the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from 8732 Miller-Brumbaugh Road in southern Darke County. The caller reported that her 15 year old son had walked away from the residence after getting upset. The family reported that the teenager has a history of running away. The caller stated that they had searched the buildings on the premises and the teenager was believed to be heading toward Schnorf-Jones Road. The caller reported the family had been searching for an hour prior to calling and they were now concerned due to the cold weather.

Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and personnel from a number of fire departments in the area were dispatched to begin an organized search. A K-9 from Union City, Indiana Police Department also arrived at the scene and assisted in tracking the teenager.

During a search of the residential premises the 15 year old teenager was found deceased in one of the outbuildings. Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives and an Investigator from the Darke County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death. There is no foul play suspected in the death, but the Darke County Coroner is withholding the cause and manner until the investigation is completed. The teenager is identified as Anthony Roose-Glass of that residence.

Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and his staff are saddened by the tragic end in this search and extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of this young man. We thank the members of the public who assisted in this search.

Original Post: is reporting that missing Pitsburg 15 year old Anthony Glass has been found dead. He had been missing since approximately 5:30pm.

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