Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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Joiner’s Fee waived with canned food donation during Canned Food Month!

GREENVILLE, OH (January 31, 2012) – The Y is one of the leading nonprofits for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. A membership at the Y provides individuals and families many opportunities to grow, learn and thrive in a safe, positive environment. When you join the Y, you don’t just join a “gym”. You belong to something special.

The month of February is often associated with Valentine’s Day but it is also Canned Food Month. February is also the month when many “fall off the wagon” with their healthy New Year’s Resolutions. Let us help you stay on track and show some love to yourself and your community with a Y membership! During the entire month of February, we will waive the Joiner’s Fee with the donation of canned food items. Each canned food item will take $5 off the Joiner’s Fee. For example, with a donation of 20 canned food items the Y would completely waive the Joiner’s Fee on a Family Membership. All donations will go to a local food pantry.

Also during the month of February, the Y will accept canned food items on Sundays in lieu of payment for Day Pass Fees. Each canned food item will take $1 off the Day Pass Fee. For example, a youth would need to donate 5 canned food items for free entry on Sundays.

Ohio ranks 6th highest in the nation for households without adequate food supplies. By joining the Y in February, you have the opportunity to better yourself through a new healthy lifestyle, and those in our community through your donation of canned food items.

For more information about membership or to schedule a tour, contact Maria Weaver, Membership Director, at 548-3777 or mweaver@ymcadarkecounty.org.

The YMCA of Darke County is a non-profit membership association of over 4,800 members with facilities in Greenville and Versailles. The mission of the YMCA of Darke County is to develop the whole person – spirit, mind and body – through character development programs that reinforce Christian principles and that build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.

Sink Speaks to Rotary Club

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Joel Sink and Phillip Pierri, president of Greenville Rotary.
Joel Sink of The Darke Economic Foundation recently spoke to the local Rotary Club. Mr. Sink explained the foundation teaches teachers and school administration people basic economics so that they can, in turn, go into the class rooms and teach students. The basic program was originally started by The Greenville Rotary Club members in 1977 and is now being copied by many other states around the country.


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‘First Fridays’ are back for 2012 in downtown Greenville!

Join friends, family or co-workers to experience the wonderfully festive atmosphere of ‘First Fridays’ in downtown Greenville. On the first Friday of each month from February through December, downtown Greenville comes alive from 6-9 pm with businesses staying open while promoting a different theme each month– showcasing downtown as the place to be!

‘First Fridays’ begin on February 3 with a Wedding Walk theme. Sponsored by Romer’s Catering, St. Clair Manor and Daily Advocate, this event highlights over 20 downtown businesses that serve the wedding industry. The free event allows brides, grooms, attendants, parents or anyone wanting to explore downtown in the evening to do so at a relaxed pace and setting. The Wedding Walk begins at Romer’s Catering where a map and passport will be provided. The map will highlight businesses on the walk and the category they serve for weddings and newly weds. While on the walk enjoy venue tours of Romer’s Catering & St. Clair Manor, how to get that wedding day glow, wedding wear fashion show, honeymoon destinations & the matching apparel, blissful bouquet workshop, and a chance to win a downtown gift basket valued over $500.00 by filling up the passport and dropping it off at St. Clair Manor.

Businesses participating in this ‘First Fridays‘ include AAA, The A&B Coffee & Cake Co., AMS Uniforms, The Bootery, Bread of Life, Brenda’s Beanery, Candy Bouquet, Cavalier Clothing, Commercial Printing, Country Primitives, Daily Advocate, ElementsLife, Granny’s Corner, KitchenAid Experience, The Ivy League, Janet’s Bakery, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Montage Café, Pamela’s Intimate Apparel, Readmore’s Hallmark, Romer’s Catering, St. Clair Manor, and Youniques Boutique.

‘First Fridays’ is presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998.

Greenville High School Key Club… Spaghetti fundraiser a success for student service group

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Greenville High School Key Club members serve Mike Snyder
during their Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Saturday evening. Snyder,
president of Greenville Kiwanis, was the first to sample the offerings at the successful KC event.

GHS Key Club held its first fundraising event of the year, and one of its most successful ever, courtesy of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. It was a student-organized and prepared spaghetti dinner.

“The food was great,” said Kiwanis President Mike Snyder. “They really did a good job this evening.”

He was first in line, then supported by other Kiwanians throughout the evening. Greenville Kiwanis is the sponsoring organization for the Key Club. Also enjoying the student-prepared dinner were family, friends, community members and Darke County Commissioner Diane Delaplane and her family.

GHS Key Club is a student-run community service organization. While its purpose is to serve the community in a variety of ways, the club also raises funds to help support charities and local members attending District events. This year’s Key Club officers are: Claire Sherman, president, Scott Wirrig, vice president, Dan Cox, treasurer, Pankti Bhavsar and Cierra Whitesell, co-secretaries, and Jenilee Braun, newsletter editor.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Key Club International… GHS Junior Darpan Kaur elected new Div. 3 Lt. Gov.

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Left to right: 2011-12 Div. 3 Lt. Gov. Natasha Swank, Ohio District Secretary
Mariah Reitz, 2012-13 Div. 3 Lt. Gov. Darpan Kaur.

Greenville High School junior Darpan Kaur will take over the reins of Ohio District, Division 3 Lt. Gov. in April, the beginning of the new Key Club International year. She will be replacing retiring Lt. Gov. Natasha Swank.

Ohio District Secretary Mariah Reitz was elected Div. 3 Lt. Gov. for the 2010-11 school year, the first Greenville High School student to serve in a Key Club International office in several decades. Swank was elected to succeed her in 2011, while Reitz was elected to the District Secretary office.

Kaur will be the third GHS student to serve as District 3 Lt. Gov. in as many years. District 3 Key Clubs include Greenville, Troy, Piqua, Miami East, Covington and Tri-Village.

Key Club International, which includes 5,000 clubs in 30 countries, boasts a membership of about 250,000 high school students. It is larger than its sponsoring organization, Kiwanis International, and is the largest student-led community service organization in the world.

Key Club objectives include developing initiative and leadership, providing experience in living and working together, serving school and community and preparing for useful citizenship.

Volunteers Sought to Help Preserve Bear's Mill

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One of the few remaining water-powered mills in operation in Ohio, Bear’s Mill has a history dated from 1849, when it was built by Gabriel Baer. Many volunteers are needed to help the Mill preserve its 162-year-old history and stay open to the public for touring and educational purposes.

The Friends of Bear’s Mill nonprofit organization runs the operations of the Mill, which hosts about 30,000 visitors every year, and is looking for two or three additional tour guides. While major tours take place during their spring and fall open houses, the Mill also needs people sporadically throughout the year for other guided tours. Tours usually take approximately one hour, and there is no minimum number of tours required of volunteers. Potential volunteers should be good at public speaking, be willing to learn the history of Bear’s Mill, have a friendly personality, be physically able to walk stairs and have a loud, clear speaking voice. In addition to meeting new people and developing a thorough knowledge of Bear’s Mill, tour guides will also receive a 10% discount in the Mill Store.

Merri Niekamp, Outreach Manager, says that volunteers are important because they help keep the Mill open for tours. “Sometimes it is just not enough to learn about the Mill through a self-guided tour and signage. Tour guides allow people to experience what the Mill was once like and can then answer any questions. Without our tour guides, the Mill experience wouldn’t make as much sense,” she comments.

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 www.handsonwestcentralohio.org. 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.

Casino Night to benefit The Children's Medical Center of Dayton

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Third Party Fundraiser to be held at Romer's Catering in St. Henry

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On Saturday, February 18,2012, there will be a Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. Doors will open at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:30pm followed by Casino Games and prizes. There will be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar and will culminate with a live auction featuring a diamond necklace, Kitchen Aid stand mixer and more. Tickets are $25 each.

After experiencing the services provided by The Children's Medical Center of Dayton, Eileen Tobe decided it was her obligation to give back. When her youngest son was born 25 years ago with underdeveloped ears and no ear canals, she became very familiar with the hospital and staff through the duration of the surgeries and treatments. Today her son wears hearing aids and functions just like any other person and has overcome this "disability."

There are many families in the Mercer County area that have been affiliated with The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. One of these individuals is Mitchell Franzer, a 14 year old at St. Henry Middle School. Mitchell was a Youth Ambassador for The Children's Medical Center of Dayton for 2009-2010. Mitchell was born with spina bifida and has endured numerous surgeries, but maintains a positive outlook on life. He now does many things for Children's as he sees how important this hospital is for many people.

Tickets for the Casino Night Fundraiser are on sale now and can be purchased by calling Eileen Tobe at 419-375-4534 or Sandy Franzer at 419-925-4312. Donations for the casino game prizes or monetary contributions are also being accepted. You can also support the fundraiser by eating at Bob Evans in Greenville, February 3-5, when they will donate 15% of sales when you present the fundraiser flyer.

Darke County Fish & Game Holding Raffle

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The Darke County Fish & Game Club now has raffle tickets on sale. Prized for the raffle include a new Horton Vision Crossbow (1st place) and a $100 gift card from Gander Mountain (2nd place).

For more information, please call 937.279.8662

Versailles Varsity Bowlers 13-0

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The Versailles Boys Varsity Bowling team moved on to Week 13 action against the Minster Wildcats at McBo’s Lanes on Saturday, January 28. Versailles won the match by 590 pins with 2899 total pins to Minster’s 2309.

"The last 2 weeks of the season against St. Marys and Wapak are going to be tough matches, but we cannot overlook Minster today. Let's bring it today on our home lanes." Although Minster's team average for the season is 706, they came out on fire rolling a fine 849. Versailles was a little down, but managed to grind out a 914 the first came to start with the lead. The correct adjustments were made by the Tigers as they came back strong with a 994 to Minster's 732. The Tigers headed into the baker games with a 327-pin lead over the Wildcats and won all five baker games with scores of 194 to 169, 188 to 147, 184 to 143, 213 to 160, and 212 to 109. Versailles was led by Kyle Bohman and Michael Davidson, both rolling a 236, Jordan Groff with a 214, and Brandon Groff with a 209. With two matches remaining in the season, this victory over the Wildcats brings the Tigers’ record to 13-0.

The Tigers will travel to Olympic Lanes in Van Wert to battle the St. Marys Roughriders at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Please visit www.wohsbc.com for in depth stats and conference standings.

Thank you to all who organized, supported, and contributed in any way to the very successful Eagles Ladies Auxilliary breakfast to benefit the high school bowling program. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to all who took part in the 42” LG LED flat screen TV raffle. Rose Lucas was the winner of the TV and Kevin Grilliot was the winner of the 50/50 raffle.

Lady Tiger Bowlers Set School Record

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The Versailles Girls Varsity Bowling Team was scheduled to travel to Varsity Lanes in St. Marys on Saturday, January 21 to bowl against the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks and the Ansonia Tigers, but due to weather conditions the matches were postponed. The match between the Lady Tigers of Versailles and the Lady Tigers of Ansonia took place on Monday, January 23 at McBo’s Lanes in Versailles. The first game ended with Versailles bowling a 943 to Ansonia’s 777. Sophomore Paige Holsapple was the lead bowler with a 207 followed by Kelsey Berning with a 205 and Megan Monnin with a 203. With their second game score of 847 to Ansonia’s 728 Versailles was ahead by 285 pins. The high score for the second game was Megan Monnin’s 195.

Ansonia came back in the first baker game and bowled a 150 to Versailles’ 135, but Versailles stepped up in the second baker to win with a 170 to 99. The final pin count was Versailles 2095, Ansonia 1754. This put the Versailles Lady Tiger Bowlers record at 6-3.

The match against Mississinawa Valley took place on Thursday, January 26 at McBo’s Lanes. Things were looking good for the Tigers as they ended their first game with 906 pins to the Blackhawks’ 674. Kelsey Berning led the Tigers with a 201 followed by Megan Monnin with a 199. The 232 pin lead soon became a 433 pin lead as the Tigers bowled an 860 to the Blackhawks’ 659. Megan Monnin led with a 186 followed by Kelsey Berning with a 181.

The two baker games also belonged to the Lady Tigers. They rolled a 179 and a 174 to the Lady Blackhawks’ 119 and 132. The final pin count was Versailles 2,119, Mississinawa 1,584. The Lady Tigers improved to 7-3 on the season.

On Saturday, January 28 the Versailles Tigers hosted the W.O.H.S.B.C. teams at McBo’s Lanes in Versailles. The Lady Tigers went up against the Parkway Panthers, and the first game brought the Lady Tigers a new school record for High Team Game! The 2009-2010 High Team Game of 966 was broken when the girls rolled a 996. Tori Minnich led the girls with a 214 followed by Brooke Wehrkamp 213, Megan Monnin 193, Paige Holsapple 189 and Kelsey Berning 187. The Lady Panthers rolled a 702. The second game brought the Tigers to a 276 pin lead as they bowled an 827 to Parkway’s 845.

The Lady Panthers did take two of the baker games, but the Lady Tigers took the win with a final pin count of 2,658 to Parkway’s 2,293. The Lady Tigers are now 8-3 on the season. "These girls had a few tough weeks about mid-season. I am extremely proud of them for not giving up and having some really good matches over the last 4 weeks. They are really starting to put some nice scores together."

The girls travel to Olympic Lanes in Van Wert on Saturday, February 4 at 10:00 am to take on the Lady Flyers of Marion Local. Please visit www.wohsbc.com for in depth stats and conference standings. For video highlights, please visit http://wosn.mediacore.tv/media/highlight-wohsbc-matches-at-versailles.

Benefit to Be Held for Shawn Ditmer

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On Saturday Feb. 4th there will be a Benefit Dinner & Monte Carlo Night at Romer's Catering in support of Shawn Ditmer from Greenville. His wife Nancy had a liver transplant in 2011. She is improving and doing well from the care and support that Shawn gave to her.

Shawn has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophagus Cancer and is receiving treatment. Tickets are $25 per person (includes dinner) and must be purchased in advance (no later then Wednesday). Please help support Shawn and his family in this difficult time.

Contact Jeremy Mote 937-621-0884, Shannon Grant 937-564-8448, Brian Marcum 937-621-5802, or Linda Smith 937-459-9115 to purchase tickets or donate items for the auction. Thank you and God Bless!


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DARKE COUNTY, OH – February is St. Valentine’s Day month and Community Blood Center (CBC) is thanking donors for the gift they give that comes from the heart and goes far beyond chocolates and roses. The “Heart of a Hero” campaign celebrates donors for giving the gift of life.

Beginning Monday, January 30 through Saturday, February 25 everyone who registers to donate blood at all CBC branches and most CBC blood drives will receive the “Blood Donor – Heart of a Hero” t-shirt.
It features a red heart with golden wings ringed by the “Heart of a Hero” slogan and set against a red background.

February is also the heart of winter, so seasonal challenges to blood collection continue. Winter weather can disrupt blood drive schedules and discourage travel, plus cold and flu symptoms prevent many from donating. CBC, like many vital services, rarely closes. Donors can support CBC no matter what Old Man Winter brings by calling a CBC branch or visiting www.givingblood.com with questions about health, schedules and operating hours.

Technology is making it faster and more convenient than ever to schedule your next blood donation. Just use your computer or smart phone to make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com.

You can also contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County - Account Representative @ 937-997-2199 / dputerbaugh@cbccts.org to schedule your appointment.

Please remember that appointments have priority and Walk –Ins are always welcome as the schedule permits. This just means that if you walk in and all appointments are filled at the time you come to the blood drive we will let you know when the next available appointment is and you have the choice to either wait or come back at the time that is available.

Please always allow 45 minutes to 1 hour to get through the entire process, even if you have an appointment.

Bob Evans to Hold Fundraiser for Children's Medical Center

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Greenville's Bob Evans will be holding another fundraiser this weekend, February 3-5. This one will benefit The Children's Medical Center.

Bob Evans will donate 15% of sales when you present this flyer (click here and then print it off to take with you), anytime between 6:00am and 10:00pm on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Make sure you pass the flyer around as well, making sure folks who would be eating there anyway are able to participate in helping fund something as great as The Children's Medical Center

Friday, January 27, 2012


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The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the Family Theater Series and Arts in Education programs. According to a DCCA representative, DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

DCCA presents three shows annually in the Family Theatre Series; these programs are generally based on children’s literature. The next performance in this series, HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, will be presented by Theatre IV on Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:00 P.M. at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.

The Arts in Education program takes professional performing artists to every grade level in all Darke County and Greenville City schools. Artists are escorted to schools by volunteers during a week long residency, generally performing twice a day, with the exception of the Jr. High school artists who usually present at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being transported from the schools. DCCA works in close cooperation with the Darke County Office of Education to choose presentations appropriate for grade levels and coordinate performance schedules with schools.

According to Executive Director Julie Strait, Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generous and loyal support received from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, enabling DCCA to provide programs that inspire creativity, educate, and entertain the children and youth of our community. For more information regarding these programs, contact Julie Strait at DCCA by telephone at 937-547-0908 or e-mail at DCCA@CenterForArts.net .


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On the afternoon of January 23, 2012 Detectives from Darke County traveled to Mercer County to interview Douglas N. Fonner, 27, Mendon, Ohio. Fonner was previously arrested by Mercer County Deputies in Mercer County in connection with a number of recent break-ins at grain elevators and other local businesses.

Darke and Mercer County Detectives together conducted an interview with Fonner. Fonner confessed that in the early morning hours of January 5, 2012 he broke into Birt’s Store and Mercer Landmark in New Weston, and Moody’s Auto Service in Ansonia. Fonner also confessed that on December 21, 2011 he broke into True Point Elevator in Osgood. All four businesses are located in northern Darke County, Ohio.

During the course of the interview, Fonner confessed to committing numerous break-ins to businesses throughout Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Shelby and Van Wert counties beginning in November 2011.

Based on the information obtained during the investigations, multiple breaking and entering and theft charges will be filed through the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigation continues with these cases.

For more information, please visit the Darke County Sheriff’s Office online at www.DarkeCountySheriff.org or www.Facebook.com/DarkeCountySheriff

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Offering Renewal of Vows

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Garden Workshop

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Are you tired of the dreary weather? Why not think ahead to spring? Shake those winter blues by joining the Olde Thyme Gardeners and the Darke County Parks for their annual Spring Gardening Workshop held on Saturday, February 18 from 9:00 until 4:00 at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The theme of this year's event is "Back to Nature". We have our very popular speakers returning this year as well as some newcomers. Donna Kronenberger and Charlie Cressel were so well received at our fall herb workshop that we invited them to come back. Donna will be speaking on "Sprouting for Better Health" and Charlie will talk about natural weed control and soil amendments. Also returning by popular demand is Mandy Martin speaking on hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Well known speakerg Wes Duren of Marvin's Organic Gardens in Lebanon, Ohio will discuss "Organic Container Gardening" and noted author Robert L. Henn will speak about Ohio's Wildflowers. His book will be available for sale and signing.

Pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to the first 50 participants so be sure to sign up early! The fee is $30 which covers the cost of speakers, materials and a catered lunch. If you would like a lunch, registration is required by Friday, February 10. The cost is $25 if you register after February 10 and you will be on your own for lunch. Of course, you may register for $25 at any time for the workshop only and no lunch. Please call Olde Thyme Gardener President Bethany DuPuy at 937-547-0877 or 937-417-8917 if you have any questions. You may register in person at the nature center office or mail your check made out to The Olde Thyme Gardeners, c/o Darke County Parks, PO Box 801, 4267 St Rt 502, Greenville, Oh 45331. Come and join the gardening fun and you may even walk away with a door prize!


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Ketrow Foundation has awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) to support the Family Theatre Series and Arts in Education programs. DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

DCCA presents three shows annually in the Family Theatre Series; these programs are generally based on children’s literature. The Arts in Education program presents performances to every grade level in all Darke County and Greenville City schools.

According to Executive Director Julie Strait, Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for Ketrow Foundation’s generous and loyal support, enabling DCCA to provide programs that inspire creativity, educate, and entertain the children and youth of our community. For more information regarding these programs, contact Julie Strait at DCCA (937) 547-0908.

WHIOtv.com: 2 Accused of Stealing Scrap Metal

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Jones, Elliott

WHIOtv.com has reported that two Darke County men have been arrested for allegedly stealing scrap metal from a residence in southern Darke County.

David Elliott, 44, and Michael Jones, 34, were arrested after being confronted by Sheriff Deputies after someone called, reporting that they believed the pair were stealing scrap metal. When confronted, the men had scrap metal from the property with them.

Elliott is being held while charges are filed for breaking and entering and a parole vioaltion, while Jones is held pending the B&E, but also on an outstanding warrant issued by Darke County Adult Probation. WHIO also notes that he is currently awaiting sentencing on another unrelated charge.

Click here for the full story from WHIOtv.com

Flower Patch Celebrates 5 Years

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Pictured: L-R Kathy & Rick Beam, Owners, Jennifer Lightner, Designer, Katie Netzley Designer & Manager
Not Pictured: Tami Huff Marketing Coordinator
The Flower Patch is located at 104 Rhoades Avenue just west of Wagner Avenue in Greenville. We are a full service floral and gift shop that provides a unique window into the cycles of people’s lives. The Flower Patch is celebrating five fantastic years serving customers in Darke County and the surrounding areas!

The Flower Patch provides stability with a wide range of possibilities that go from fast cash and carry to extensive customer service as we work with clients to ensure them with the endless supply of the beauty of flowers and gifts no matter the occasion.

We prepare elegant boxes of long stemmed roses for Valentine’s Day and help customers honor their mothers with flowers and plants at Mother’s Day. We reflect a bride’s personality and taste with custom designed wedding bouquets and help people honor their loved ones by creating beautiful floral funeral tributes. In addition, we make people smile with our wide-variety of flowers for birthdays, anniversaries and just every day floral arrangements.

Throughout our five years in business, The Flower Patch has been known for our Traveling Kindness Bouquet. The whole concept of our traveling kindness bouquet is KINDNESS – Pass It On. These flowers are delivered and enjoyed for a short time; recipients sign the card and pass it on so someone else can enjoy them. This chain continues until the flowers are starting to fade, then the bouquet and the card can be brought to The Flower Patch where we will provide you with a new arrangement and card and the chain of kindness will continue. We have received awesome response from the community with this concept.

The Flower Patch has also supported and sponsored many organizations. During our five years of business, we have been proud supporters of the following groups: Alterra Sterling House Alzheimer’s Unit, American Red Cross, Darke County Little Miss & Mister Fair Pageant, Darke County Fair Harness Racing Association, Darke County Center for the Arts, Darke County Cancer Society, Darke County Blood Bank, Greenville Schools Foundation, Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters, Greenville High School Athletic Boosters, Greenville Citizen’s Baseball League, GTI Acme Baseball, and Ovations.

The Flower Patch Manager and Designer, Katie Netzley has just recently completed the Floral Design Program at Ashworth College. Our team includes Jennifer Lightner, Designer and Tami Huff Marketing Consultant. The Flower Patch is proud to have 18 years of combined design experience. The owners are Rick and Kathy Beam and we are family owned and operated.

Our hours are Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and appointments are also available for after hours. We offer free wedding consultations on an appointment basis.

We carry the following items:
  • Floral Arrangements in Fresh Flowers and Silk Flowers for any occasion.
  • Specialty Gift Items including Wind chimes and Music Boxes
  • Balloon Bouquets
  • Blanket Throws
  • Potted Plants
  • Fruit & Gourmet Baskets
  • Funeral Arrangements
  • Wedding Arrangements
  • Cash & Carry Flower Arrangements
  • Custom Design Arrangements
  • Delivery is available in the local and surrounding areas for same day delivery in most cases. We offer free delivery to Oliver Floyd Funeral Home, Wayne Healthcare and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.
Along with the items listed above, we do carry seasonal items. Those items range from Easter Lilies and bulb plants, to hanging baskets and potted plants for Mother’s Day, to fresh Christmas greens, including wreaths and grave blankets, and poinsettias.

In celebration of our Five years in business, now through Friday, February 10, 2012 place your order for delivery on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 and receive FREE delivery countywide. In addition, we will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9am – 2pm. You will receive $5 off any order of $15 or more if you come into the shop that day to place an order for delivery on Tuesday, the 14th. The Flower Patch is also working closely with A&B Coffee & Cake Co. To offer you a “Treat for your Sweet.” A&B cookies will be available at The Flower Patch to add to your order of flowers or gifts on Valentine’s Day. A&B Coffee & Cake Co. is located at 501 S Broadway here in Greenville. Their phone # is 937-459-5720. You can visit them on the web at www.abcoffeecake.com.

At The Flower Patch we strive for perfection, high quality and 100% customer satisfaction. Stop in at the shop and let us take care of all your floral needs. We look forward to serving you.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Full Moon Hike

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Winter Full Moons provide fantastic hiking; and what better way to spend a Full Moon Hike than with your hike-loving Pooch! Participants are encouraged (not required) to bring their leashed dog along. The February Full Moon hike will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:30pm. This hike will be held at Routzong Preserve (located on Routzong Rd, just off of 571-East). The light from the moon will guide you along the trails of this Beech-Maple forest. In the event of cloudy skies, the hike will be cancelled.

 For more information on this and other hikes lead by the Darke County Parks, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Daily Standard: Man Arrested in Mercer County Could be Responsible for Darke County (and other) Crimes

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The Daily Standard is reporting today that Douglas N Fonner was arrested late last week, and now even more charges could be coming resulting from investigations into several robberies.

The story details several break ins in the Celina/Mercer County area, but it also mentions he is a suspect in several burglaries that have occurred in Darke, Van Wert, Auglaize and Shelby Counties.

Click here to read the full story and with more details at DailyStandard.com

Also, could this suspect be involved in the Birt's Store robbery that is currently featured as an unsolved crime at Darke County Crime Stopper's page? We will post more information as it becomes available...

Photo from DarkeCountyCrimeStoppers.com

WHIOtv.com: Fatal Crash Near Mercer County - Darke County Line

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WHIOtv.com has a sad report this morning of another local fatality resulting from an auto accident. This one happening early this morning on Mercer-Darke County Line Road. After Darke County Sheriff Deputies arrived at the scene, it was determined that the accident occurred in Mercer County.

Lucas Staugler, 22, from Fort Recovery was killed in the accident.

More information can be found by clicking here to read WHIOtv.com's full story.

Friday Night Movie "Courageous"

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Please click on the following link to see the previews of this great movie we will be showing on Friday night, Jan. 27th at 6 p.m @ Triumphant Christian Center. We will all have a great time watching the movie and enjoying pop corn & drinks. Hope to see you there. We are located at 1129 Southtowne Ct., Greenville, Oh. (Directly behind Hansbargers on Rte. 49 S.) Come on out for a movie and fellowship. THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL!! Everything is free but we will take donations.

Check us out at: www.tccgreenville.com

Hearth Cooking

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cook without a microwave or oven? Many pioneer meals were prepared at the hearth of an open fireplace. Head on out to the Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) to learn about hearth cooking on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00pm. Warm yourself by the fire as you will be taught how the pioneers prepared their foods. At the hearthside cooking, you will not only taste some sweet and delicious dishes but you will also be put to work for some hands-on learning on exactly how pioneer women prepared their food. Pre-Registration is required for this event, so call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. The fee for this program is $5 per person. For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, February 2 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care. Rena Slater, licensed massage therapist will meet and share information regarding massage and other approaches to help the cancer patient.

Rena has a bachelor’s degree from Wright State in Rehabilitation. She is licensed by the State of Ohio Medical Board in Massage Therapy and is nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She is also a Certified Manual Medicine Technician and is certified in Reiki as a Master/Teacher. She continued study with Dr. Connolly, Naturopathic Practitioner, David Kent, Full Body Dissection and Dr. Keith Barbour, D.O. She also continues to take various courses related to specific conditions and techniques.
“We Knead U” has been in business over 10 years and they offer massage designed to meet specific needs. They offer also offer Reflexology, Aqua Detox and Aqua Massage Bed.

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 meeting this week will be Christine Yount and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care from Wayne Hospital. The group is not affiliated with American Cancer Society nor other organizations.

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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Greenville, OH. January 25, 2012 - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is making preparations for their February meeting. The meeting is being hosted by the Public Relations Committee consisting of Susan Fowble, Bev Delk, and Mary Catherine Wilson.

The program scheduled for the evening is entitled ‘A Museum in a Suitcase’. Marilyn Robbins, Pat Lemmer and Norma Schilling are volunteers with Garst Museum and will be presenting the program. The ladies are bringing a ‘suitcase’ filled with interesting and unusual items and artifacts from the Garst Museum. Come and find out a little history about Darke County!

The Club will be meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in the Brick Room at the Brethren Retirement Community located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville, OH. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Susan Fowble at 937/548-1414 by noon on Monday, February 6, 2012 to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $10.00 per person.

Art Classes to be Offered at Third Street Market

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The Third Street Market, located at 120 West Third Street, Greenville, OH, will be offering art classes during the month of February. The group classes will cover drawing fundamentals, media exploration and the development of a personal style. Private art lessons are also available.

The classes are led by professionally trained artist/illustrator, Michael Glass. He graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in 1997, and has taught on the college level. Michael works as a professional fine artist and commercial illustrator. His talents have been demonstrated in the graphic design field for print and web. He is very happy to have this opportunity.

Drawing Fundamentals. February 2, 9, 16, 23. 6-7pm. $48
Drawing from Life. February 3, 10, 17, 24. 6-7:30 pm. $55
Personal Art Training. Contact to schedule an appointment. A.M. and P.M. available
All classes will need to be preregistered. Please contact Michael Glass: mglassstudio@gmail.com or 937-621-5776

Anti-Bullying Defense at Wittler’s Black Belt Academy

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Wittler’s Black Belt Academy Has a Passion for Kids.

Mr. Wittler at Wittler’s Black Belt Academy has a soft heart when it comes to our youth. He knows firsthand what it was like to go through schools being teased as well as bullied. He is aiming to help and has put together a nine week session for grades kindergarten through twelve. It is Anti-Bullying Defense through forming a S.T.O.R.M. team. He has decided to keep classes at twenty-five students so they all can receive adequate instruction. They will view videos and have discussions. Each Child gets hands on role playing as well as learning self defense techniques.

What is Anti-Bullying Defense?

This is a defense strictly used against anti-bullying. Your children will learn to recognize bulling, how to report bullying, where to go when nothing works, how to help a friend who is being bullied. They meet two days a week. BA Star is incorporated within our classes. Stop Bullying now are within the younger children’s classes. Everyone will receive a T-Shirt and certificate.


What does it stand for? Special Team Of Role Models. Children learn if they work as a team and look out for each other, they can be successful. They will learn when to use their skills and how to productively use them. Teams will be taught the importance of communication. You will all gain a source of adults to guide you through every step.

Classes start around the third week of February. Classes are limited to 25 students per class. Non-refundable deposit needed for reservation. Stop in (325 Martin St. Old Marsh Plaza) or call (459-5091) for more

$40 off at Country Bridal and Tux / Help Wanted!

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$40.00 off* ea. Rental Darke County’s Largest Selection


*off suggested retail/not valid w/other offers -www.countrybridalandtux.com

Seamstress Needed! Part-time or full-time.

Prom season is almost here! Professional alterations for all types sewing since 1982

POTUS State of the Union, What Did You Think?

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What did you think of President Obama's speech and the Republican response?

DarkeJournal.com Republican Candidate Poll Results

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After 400+ votes, the readers of DarkeJournal.com have made it clear who they support in the GOP presidential race. Newt Gingrich came out with more than twice the number of votes if the closest candidate, Mitt Romney.

The two continue to battle it out on a national level, and it will be interesting to see how the race plays out in the near future.

GTI Acme Baseball Signups Now Available

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Applications are now available for Greenville Junior High Baseball Program. GTI Acme Baseball is once again sponsoring both 7th and 8th grade baseball teams. Both teams will play in the GWOC league this year. There will be an information meeting on Sunday, January 29th at 1:45pm located at The Yard. Directly following the meeting, open cages will begin and run from 2-4 on the following Sundays: 01/29, 02/05, 02/12, and 02/19. Open cages are not mandatory, but encouraged. Tryouts will be held on Sat, Feb 25th and Sun Feb, 26th and are mandatory. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here, or picked up in the Greenville Junior High school office and need to be turned in by Feb 3rd.

For more information or any questions, please contact Matt or Katie Netzley at 547-9659.

Local Woman Launches Business to Help Seniors

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Donna Kemp recently announced the opening of Premier Senior Insurance in Greenville, a company dedicated to helping seniors.

“Seniors represent the fastest growing segment of our population and they are finding it difficult to locate someone who is willing to take the time to help them,” Kemp says. Kemp wants to be a resource for seniors. “My goal is to provide seniors with the information they need to make an informed decision,” she added.

Kemp has managed several medical offices over the past 24 years and has a compassionate heart for what seniors go through when they turn 65. “People turning age 65 are entering a whole new stage in life,” Kemp commented. “They are bombarded with marketing pieces in the mail which, many times, only serve to complicate things even more.”

To familiarize local residents with her new business, she is planning the first in a series of public Coffee Break informational sessions on February 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. to be held at Brenda’s Beanery located at 410 S. Broadway in Greenville, OH. The topic will be Medicare Alphabet Soup – Understanding Your Options. Interested seniors are asked to reply with intent to attend by calling 800-691-5128.

Kemp is licensed in Ohio & Indiana and resides in Greenville with her two children.

4th Annual GCBL/GGSA Cornhole Tournament

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CORRECTED: Double Tournament has a guaranteed payout of $1,000!

4th Annual GCBL/GGSA Cornhole Tournament February 25, 2012 @ Paws Bingo

848 Martin Street Greenville, Ohio
Located Across from Greenville Inn

Single tournament starts at Noon. Double elimination.
(Check in begins @11:00a.m.)
$20 per person with a 75% payout

Double tournament starts @3:00p.m. Double elimination.
(Check in begins @2:00p.m.)
$1000 GUARNTEED PAYOUT ( for Doubles Tourney)
$40 per team to enter

Concession Stand **** Cold Beverages Sold

Call for more information or to register a team.

Shawn Shaffer 937-459-9187(GGSA)
Keith Heidrich 937-760-2008(GCBL)

All proceeds to benefit Greenville Citizens Baseball & Greenville Girls Softball Association, Inc.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

KidBucks Game Show to Bring Free Entertainment to The Great Darke County Fair

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The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society are pleased to announce that the free grounds entertainment for the 2012 Fair will be the KidBucks Game Show. This show will take place 3 times daily (3pm, 5pm, 7pm) beginning Monday, August 20th and running though Saturday, August 27th. These shows will take place at the same location as the Tiger, Elephant and Alligator Shows in past years. For more information on KidBucks, view http://www.kidbucksgameshow.com/

 2012 AUGUST 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 AUGUST 2012
 1853 – 2012
 156th Fair

Commissioners Corner - January 2012

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The New Year has arrived, and so far it has come in rather meekly. The weather hasn’t been too bad, there seems to be a lull in activity in Columbus, and here in the Commissioner’s Office things are getting back to normal after our appropriations have been completed. Now, we can all look forward to the tax season can’t we? (NO!)

Darke County came through a very tough year in 2011 in pretty decent shape. We balanced our budget, everybody kept their bottom lines steady, and we had a slight increase in sales tax revenue. This year’s General Fund Appropriations will be $15,283,197.93. This reflects an increase of $554,803.79. Including all outside funds the total appropriated amount for Darke County in 2012 is $55,968,852.95. Darke County had an unencumbered balance in 2012 of $2,596,465.34. This was achieved due to the conservative efforts of the Darke County Elected Officials and Department Heads working together to use the money that we receive wisely and efficiently. Thanks to all of our Elected Officials, Department Heads, and the people of the County for spending their money in Darke County.

We are continuing to work hard to save as much money as possible, but with cuts at the Federal and State levels still to come, it will get much tougher. Our estimated revenue does show a slight increase of $123,434.00, but there are various reasons for this amount. Highlighting just a few, Sales tax revenue increased by $500,000, but State cuts to the Local Government Fund (LGF) was $256,049.00, the Public utility reimbursement loss was $26,000.00, and the Personal Property reimbursement loss was $203,000.00 for a total State cut of $485,049.00. The increase in Sales tax only offset the State loss of funds by $14,951.00. The other $108,483.00 was from revenue that was advanced to Federal Grants in 2011 and will be advanced back this year. The increase in the unencumbered balance increase of $404,369.00 over 2011 is due to the tremendous work of the various departments working together and as efficiently as possible to make ends meet.

On the economic front, the E.D. Office continues to advance the merits of Darke County. Projects are in the pipeline for expansion or retention of businesses, and hopefully we can elaborate more by March or April. A main area of focus this year will be in Job Skills training. Governor Kasich has made this a priority this year, and Darke County has been working on this for several months. Once again, we are ahead of the State. Thanks to Marc Saluk for pushing this agenda, so we will have a steady supply of workers for the many available jobs here in Darke County. It should be mentioned here that Gracie Ratliff, the more than capable Director of Jobs and Family Services, is helping with this project and is working to get people placed in the work force as quickly as possible. Thanks to Gracie and her staff for all their hard work.

The Darke County Commissioners are open to the public with Sessions every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office. We are located just south of the Courthouse at 520 S. Broadway in downtown Greenville. Please join us and let us know your concerns, or questions you have about how things operate here in the County. Hope to see you there!

- The Darke County Commissioners

DDN: Versailles' Prakel is Gatorade Ohio Cross Country Runner of the Year

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Sam Prakel, Photo from DDN,
taken by Barbara J. Perenic
The Dayton Daily News has a quick story on Versailles' cross country runner Sam Prakel (that's Division II State Champion Sam Prakel) being named as Gatorade's Ohio Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

He is a junior at Versailles and has a 4.0 gpa and is currently ranked first in his class.

Congrats, Sam!

Greenville Parks Launches "Carry In, Carry Out" Program

Greenville Park Board met for their monthly meeting last week. With the recent cuts that the park budget took for 2012, the board is continuing to review ways to save money and time in the parks. One of those cost savings was to review the trash dumpsters that are located throughout the park. We removed 13 trash dumpsters around the park and want the public to know that we are counting on your help, to keep our parks clean!

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has removed 372 trash cans from state parks over the last three years. And, surprisingly, park manager’s report seeing less trash on trails, according to an article published on Monday by The Columbus Dispatch.

As part of the department’s “Carry In, Carry Out” program, park-goers are asked to manage their own waste by leaving with the trash they bring in, reports Waste & Recycling News. Parks have also begun selling reusable containers and water bottles in gift shops to reduce plastic.

Due to high success rates, the can-cutting program – which began in the southwestern part of the state – will expand to central Ohio this spring, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

Greenville Park Board has picked up the campaign of The Ohio Department of Natural Resources “Carry In, Carry Out” program. Park-goers are asked to manage their own waste by leaving with the trash they bring in.

Why Carry In Carry Out?

Trash cans are unsightly in a natural setting, and they can disrupt woodland ecosystems

  • Wildlife can become dependent on trash as a food source
  • Pests, including bees and wasps, are also attracted to trash cans and dumpsters

When park staff spends less time and resources on trash collection, they can spend more time and resources on the facilities and programs you enjoy!

How can I help?

Minimize waste

  • Pack your picnic in reusable containers
  • Choose reusable eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Avoid products with excessive packaging
  • Bring a trash bag with you for your outing

We ask the public to help us with the Carry In Carry Out in our parks!

The Park board of Commissioners also wanted to let the public know that our peacocks in the park are in great shape. We recently had a volunteer ask to take care of the peacocks, feeding, water and checking on them two to three times a day. The peacocks are in warmer months in two separate pens, however for the winter are placed in one building that has a large space for getting through the winter months. We have a heated water system that keeps water from freezing and provide peacock feed on a daily basis.

If you would like to volunteer in our parks, we would love to have you…. You can contact one of the Park boards of Directors.

Kathy Beam, Matt Kolb, Dale Musser

What’s Banding All About?

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Have you ever seen a bird with a colored “bracelet” on its leg or heard of someone “banding” a bird and wonder why someone would do that? Please join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 am, in welcoming Dr. Dave Russell of the Avian Research and Education Institute. Dr. Russell will help us discover what the use of bird banding and how scientists use this popular technique. After our informative lecture, we’ll head to the bird banding station to watch as Dr. Russell bands our local songbirds. The Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the preservation of avian populations. Their mission is to protect and conserve avian populations through research, education and advocacy. AREI is committed to establishing biological stations that will provide bird banding and environmental education to the public. Space is limited for this extremely popular program, so be sure to pre-register early.

There is a fee of $2 per person. For more information or to pre-register for this program, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of our local songbirds up close!

Monday, January 23, 2012

HOPE Scholarship Applications Available

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Seniors from the class of 2012 who attend a Darke County High School or are home-schooled are invited to apply for scholarships from the HOPE Foundation of Darke County. Application deadline is March 31, 2012. By filling out one general application, students are eligible for approximately 40 scholarships totaling over $75,000. Students may download the application from the HOPE Foundation website, www.hopedarkecounty.com, or they may obtain the application from their high school guidance counselor. Awards are based on the following criteria, not necessarily in this order: grade point average, ACT score, financial need, activities and essay. Potential recipients will be announced this spring at each high school’s graduation or awards program. Scholarship money will be disbursed following the student’s first semester in college, providing the student earns at least a 2.75 grade point average.

Since 1986, the HOPE Foundation has awarded over $950,000 to Darke County students. As the community foundation of Darke County, HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. Through donations by individuals, businesses and charitable organizations, the HOPE Foundation establishes funds that provide grants to students and non-profit organizations in Darke County. For more information, call the HOPE Foundation at (937) 548-HOPE.

Auction to Raise Funds for St. Mary's School

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St. Mary’s School is pleased to announce the Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 and will be held at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio. This is the largest single day fundraiser for the school so we are hoping for another successful year. The auction will begin at 6:00 and features a live and silent auction ran by Mike Baker of Midwest Auctioneers.

Make sure to mark your calendars and let your family and friends know the date of our auction. Also feel free to contact the school if you have any items you wish to donate at 548-2345. We are also accepting monetary donations which will be used to purchase items for the auction.

Fish Fry at the Darke County Fish & Game Club

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The fish and game club all you can eat fish fry will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 from 5:30 until ?. The meal will include fried Pollack, hush puppies, and choice of 2 sides baked beans, cole slaw or apple sauce.

The price is $7.00 per adult, kids 10 and under eat for half price.

Eat in or Carry Out

The next one is scheduled for March 29.

Rep. Richard Adams and House Republicans Outline Priorities for 2012

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Workforce development, beginning hearings on fixing school funding formula among top goals for legislative session

COLUMBUS—On the heels of a successful first half of the General Assembly that saw the passage of more than 90 bills that address issues from regulatory reform and the creation of JobsOhio to prescription drug abuse, State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) today joined Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (R-Medina) and members of the House Republican Caucus at a press conference to unveil their legislative priorities for 2012.

The priorities outlined by House Republicans include a close analysis, fact finding, and making recommendations for revising Ohio’s school funding formula, which in 1997 was deemed unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court. Despite the court ruling, Ohio’s school funding system has not undergone any transformative changes that have wholly fixed the root of the problem. To address this issue, House Republicans announced that they will initiate comprehensive, bipartisan hearings on both the funding formula and student achievement throughout the duration of 2012.

The House Republican Caucus also laid out a proposal to implement the recommendations of the JobsOhio report through the creation of the Development Services Agency. The proposal will complete the transition to a lean, streamlined public/private partnership free of the cumbersome bureaucracy that characterized Ohio’s economic efforts in the past. Additionally, the caucus discussed strategies for implementing the findings of the Ohio Workforce Development Study Committee, specifically focusing on helping career tech schools and community colleges to prepare a ready workforce, as well as training Ohioans for imminent shale and energy jobs.

“I served on the Workforce Development Study Committee,” said Rep. Adams. “My background at the Upper Valley Career Center and Edison Community College will be useful and it’s providing informed input into preparing our citizens for good jobs.”

The caucus has also revealed plans to reform the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, building upon existing reforms to go further in assisting injured workers while identifying other cost-saving possibilities.

Other legislative items that the House Republican Caucus intends to address include:

  • The Great Lakes Compact
  • Casino and gaming laws
  • Healthcare exchange
  • Laws pertaining to exotic animals

“As we look forward to the continuation of economic development and creation of good jobs, I welcome the input of my constituents,” Rep. Adams said.

Diabetic Group Classes to be Held in February

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February is American Heart Month. It is a time to help prevent heart disease by improving heart healthy habits. One way individuals with diabetes can reduce their risk of heart disease is by managing their blood glucose levels. This can be done in part by following a meal and exercise plan. Other ways to reduce heart disease is by not smoking, limiting salt and alcohol intake, and knowing your cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels and how to manage them.

Why should an individual with diabetes worry about heart disease? As a diabetic, you are at twice the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack compared to someone who does not have diabetes.

Education is a great way to help control your blood glucose and reduce your risk of complications. Diabetic Group Classes are sponsored by the Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program. The classes combine visual learning with interaction between participants, to provide you with knowledge to manage your diabetes.

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 and using the results, 4) incorporating physical activity into lifestyle, 5) how diabetic medications work, 6) ways to reduce risk of complications, 7) developing strategies for living with diabetes, and 8) developing strategies to promote health/change behavior.

Cancer Association of Darke County selling Gourmet Dinner Raffle Tickets.

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The Cancer Association of Darke County is holding their Gourmet Dinner Raffle. The winner of this annual event and seven of their friends or family will enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club, at your choice of time and place. The deadline for purchasing tickets is February 8th at noon; tickets available until the drawing. The drawing will be held Feb. 13. You do not need to be present to win. All donations are always appreciated, whether buying raffle tickets of not.

Eikenberry’s has been generous enough to donate the ingredients for the dinner and Minuteman Press has donated the printing of the tickets.

Members from the local “Gourmet Dinner Club” will be volunteering their time to prepare a multi-course meal. The chefs are Randy & Amy Breaden, Tom & Suzie Brown, Bill & Nancy Cooper, Donn & Cassie Fishbein, Tom & Julie Graber, Steve & Eileen Litchfield, and Bill & Kris Osterbur, Jeff Besecker and Leslie Handshoe.

The Cancer Association of Darke County is local and independent (not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.) All donations stay in the area to provide services to cancer patients, education and information in the prevention and early detection of cancer, and a yearly donation to research.

Tickets are available at the Cancer Association office located at 209 East Fourth Street in Greenville. Tickets are $5.00 each or 6 for $25.00. The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-12 and 1-4:30. (Closed January 2, 2012) For more information, please contact Christine Yount at the Cancer Association at 548-9960.

Class of 2011 Presents JR Price with New Podium

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On Monday, May 23, 2011, JR Price was left speechless by the Class of 2011. The graduating seniors of the GHS Orchestra and the GHS Jazz Scene had secretly contacted Ken Pence to fashion a new podium worthy of their teacher. Mr. Pence, whose wood working has won many awards locally, did not disappoint them. The new conductor’s stand was made from red oak and measures 36 inches square and 12 inches high, with a detachable step.

Unfortunately, Mr. Price had to wait until the fall semester of 2011 to actually inaugurate the podium, as there were no more scheduled concerts for the 2010-2011 school year. Finally, at the GHS Christmas Concert on December 12, Mr. Pence presented Mr. Price with a plaque commemorating the date and the gift. The podium, given to a much loved teacher, will be enjoyed at Memorial Hall for many years to come.

JR Price (left) with some of the members of the Class of 2011: (L-R) Kent Holmes,
Jonathan Jetter, Spencer Lewis, Josh Kerns, Tori Keaser, Bryce DeVoss, Ian Brown, Sam Capasso, Jene Ross

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Dayton Power & Light Donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

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Buddies work together on projects in Shelby and Darke counties.

Dayton Power & Light Foundation has recently donated $5,000.00 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. The donation was awarded as a grant to help fund the after-school Buddies program.

The funding comes at an opportune time for the agency, which now has nearly 100 matches in its High School mentoring programs, located at five elementary school sites in Shelby and Darke counties.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611.

Efforts are currently underway to recruit teams and corporate sponsors for the agency’s annual “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” event. The event is set for March 2 and 4, 2012, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Mc Bo’s Lanes in Versailles. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is open to the public and local community members can form 4 – 5 person teams. Each team member collects donations and comes out to enjoy the party. Corporate sponsorships are available for $300 where a company enters a five-person team of the company’s employees; this includes a company lane banner. A Lane Sponsorship for $125 includes the company name placed on a large banner above one of the lanes during the day-long event. Corporate sponsor names are announced throughout the day. Many other prizes are involved including Gift Certificates to local restaurants and retail gift certificates. Anyone interested should call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611 to obtain more information. Registration forms are available on the web at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.

Darke Journal Readers Astutely Pick Newt Gingrich to Win South Carolina Primary?

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With 300+ votes thus far, Newt Gingrich has a commanding lead in our reader poll to see who our readers support at this stage of the Republican nomination process.

Of course Newt shortly thereafter scored a huge win in the South Carolina primary. Coincidence?


Haven't voted in our poll yet? Do it either at the link above or in the sidebar just above the chat.

Benefit Gala to Support Adam Marchal Scholarship

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Greenville Kiwanis… Voice your Opinion on this year’s awards

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Every year Greenville Kiwanis honors two individuals for their achievements. One is the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year; the other is the Kiwanis Teacher of the Year.

This year Kiwanis would like public input on who they believe would be excellent candidates for either one of these awards.

Who, in your opinion, has done the most for the betterment of the Greenville community? Areas to consider are the individual’s involvement in community activities, charities, public service, youth mentorship and more. What has the individual done to make the community a better place in which to live?

Who, in your opinion, has done the most for the young people in the Greenville City School System? Your nomination can be a teacher at any grade level, from Kindergarten to High School.

Nominees do not have to be members of Greenville Kiwanis. Deadline for Nominations is Feb. 15.

Nominations should be sent to Kiwanis President Mike Snyder care of Mercer Savings Bank, 125 E. Main St., Greenville 45331. They can also be sent to his email (NO attachments, please) at snyder@mercersavings.com. If you need to reach him, his phone number is 937-548-9049.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Farley running for Clerk of Courts in March

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Amanda Farley of Hollansburg has announced her plans to run for Darke County Clerk of Courts. She will be challenging the current clerk on the Republican ballot on March 6th.

A graduate of Tri-Village, Farley went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University. While attending school, Farley had an opportunity to experience various parts of our court system through job shadowing at the probation department, the prosecutor’s office, and the sheriff’s office. She also interned with the Darke County Sheriff’s Office for five months last year. She believes that her experience has given her a very good understanding of how valuable each department is to the others and how important it is that they all communicate and work together.

Farley says that when she considered the possibility of running for clerk or courts, she did her homework first. “I researched the specifics of the job so that I understood exactly what would be expected of me, and I am very confident that I have what it takes to do the job and do it well,” she said. “I am a multitasker and I like to stay busy. I balanced work, school, an internship, and my family at the same time, and I am very proud of that. I believe that if you’re going to do something you should give it your all. This job would be no different.”

One concern that Farley addressed about her opponent is that she is the county chairperson for the Republican Party. “I feel that is a conflict of interest. Once elected, it is important that our officials represent the interests of everyone in the county and party issues should be kept separate from the office.”

Farley says that she loves it here in Darke County and wants to raise her family here. She believes that it is time for more people from her generation to get involved and take an active role in what is going on in our community, and working at the courthouse is a perfect fit for her. She has wanted to work at the courthouse since she was a teenager, and feels that now is the time to pursue that goal.

For more information about Amanda Farley, please visit: www.amandafarley.wordpress.com.

Donations to Farley’s campaign can be made to: Friends of Farley, 128 South Main Street, Hollansburg, OH 45332

Pets of the week

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Rambo is a 4-year-old Red Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog). He is red and white with short hair. He is current on his shots and is good with kids. He is a nice dog and is looking for a good home.

CoCo is a 2-year-old Chocolate Lab. She is mostly brown with a little white. She has short hair. She is a friendly girl and only weighs around 50 pounds. She will make a super companion.

We also have a couple lab mixes, a Chihuahua, a Walker 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.

2012 Ohio County Dog licenses are on sale. They can be purchased at the following locations. Suttons in Arcanum, Pattys IGA in Bradford, Farmers State Bank in New Madison, Birts Store in New Weston, Osgood State Bank in Osgood, Old National Bank in Union City, Ace Hardware in Versailles, Ace Hardware in Greenville, the Auditors Office, and the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Something new for the County, You can purchase your dog license on-line at www.darkecountyrealestate.org. (Auditors web-site)

ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. 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 www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

Proclamation signing to Endorse the Point-In-Time Count

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Shown signing the proclamation for the Darke County Continuum of Care Point-In-Time Count are Commissioners Michael Rhoades, Michael Stegall and Diane Delaplane. Also attending the signing are members of the COC committee Rhianon Harris of CAP Homeless Prevention (seated); Julie Vance, Community Housing; Michelle Mason, Community Housing; Melissa Sparks, COC chairperson, Carol Littman, CAP Emergency Homeless Shelter Coordinator; and Michael Besecker, COC Co-chairperson.
On January 18, 2012, the Darke County Commissioners signed a proclamation endorsing the Point-In-Time Count for the Continuum of Care Consortium that is scheduled to be done January 25th. The purpose of the count is to tally the number of sheltered homeless and those persons who are homeless. Some people may be living in cars, at campgrounds, under bridges or other locations throughout the county. The commissioners recognize the efforts of the consortium have resulted in new partnerships of agencies and individuals who are committed to help fight the homeless plight.

Darke County Sheriff Cancels Level 1 Snow Emergency

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As of 10:30 AM, Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer has canceled the Level 1 Snow Emergency for Darke County. Road conditions continue to improve, however another round of snow and freezing rain is expected across Darke County this evening and tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Darke County from 6:00 PM this evening through 11:00 AM on Saturday. Be alert for changing and potentially hazardous road conditions later today.

You can view the latest road and weather information at our website www.DarkeCountySheriff.org and at www.Facebook.com/DarkeCountySheriff

DCSO: Greenville Couple's Truck Rolls Due to Snow Covered Road

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On January 19, 2012 at approximately 11:29 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Pitsburg Fire, Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Rescue were dispatch to the 2100 block of St. Rt. 49 south in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a tan 2002 Chevy Silverado, driven by Bruce E. Miller, 77, Greenville, Ohio was northbound on St. Rt. 49 when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway. Miller's vehicle traveled across the centerline, off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch, causing Miller's vehicle to rollover. Miller's vehicle came to rest in a field.

Miller was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Greenville Rescue where he is listed in good condition. Miller's passenger/wife, Carolyn J. Miller, 76, Greenville, Ohio was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum Rescue where she is in the intensive care unit and listed in good condition.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Counting the Homeless in Darke Co.

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Shown is a profile of a homeless young man,
going over his naval recruiting papers at the
Darke County Emergency Homeless Shelter.
January 25th is the date set for the fifth Point-In-Time study of a twenty-four hour period to tally the number of sheltered homeless and those persons who are homeless and cannot be surveyed. There are those individuals living in cars, at campgrounds, under bridges or other locations throughout the county. Homelessness is not just in Greenville. Even the smallest town in Darke County has those that are not sheltered.

The history of this study goes back to September of 2004 when the Darke County Continuum of Care was created and dedicated to ending homelessness within our communities. The intent is to raise awareness of the factors that put people at risk, working together in addressing all contributing factors and securing necessary support services to assist individuals and families in maintaining safe, affordable and decent housing.

The purpose of the local Continuum of Care is the framework for a comprehensive array of outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, and supportive services to address the varying needs of persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The local plan is also a prerequisite to applying for federal housing grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Other funding entities such as state Ohio Department of Development and local governments are also requiring the sign off from the local Continuum of Care. With the efforts of the Darke County Continuum of Care, additional funding has been made available to Darke County to prevent homelessness and to assist those who are homeless to find stable housing.

Melissa Sparks, chair of the Continuum of Care, stated, “This year, the local Point-In-Time Study is a mandatory study. Places we are contacting include veterans’ organizations, nursing homes, hotels, churches, the homeless shelters, and many social service agencies.” She explained, “The importance of the study is to try and recognize the barriers that people face and to help them before they become homeless. The Darke County Emergency Homeless assisted 78 individuals in 2011. Over half of these did report a source of income, but due to economic hardships, they had no place to live. Just this past May, we had a young man who was homeless and about to graduate from high school. He came to the shelter and finished his studies so he could receive his diploma. In addition, he had enlisted in the Navy and was to report in mid-June. He had no where to go following graduation until his time to report to the Navy. We recognized his potential to succeed and decided to extend his stay at the shelter until he could report to Basic Training.” Sparks went on to say that if anyone knows of someone who is homeless or even living in a camper in the back yard on January 25th, please help by calling the CAP office. The point of contact for the P-I-T study is Community Action Partnership (CAP), 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH 45331, phone 937-548-8143.

Free tax preparation at CAP

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Community Action Partnership, in partnership with The Ohio Benefit Bank, is pleased to announce free tax preparation service to the public. Through the program, employees at the CAP office in Darke County are now ready to assist seniors 60+ and low- and moderate-income individuals and families file for tax credits and benefits for which they are eligible at no cost. Households with Adjusted Gross incomes (AGIs) less than $60,000 may file their 2011 taxes for free with The Ohio Benefit Bank at CAP. Clients can e-File for refunds in as few as seven days or opt to have a print-out to mail on their own. Direct-deposit service to savings or checking accounts is also available. Melissa Sparks, assistant director at CAP, stated, “We are trying to help people save money this tax season and ensure they receive all eligible tax credits, and we are pleased to be able to offer this free service.” In addition, Saturday Tax Clinics will be offered on Feb. 4th and Feb. 18th from 9am to 1pm. All tax services will be served by appointment only. For more details, call the CAP office at 937-548-8143 beginning the week of Jan. 23 to schedule an appointment.

The Ohio Benefit Bank is a free service that simplifies the tax filing process and is available for use in social service agencies, faith-based institutions, community organizations and private employer sites.

Free Tax Clinic from NextStep Ministries at EUN Church

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NextStep Ministries and the Ohio Benefit Bank is offering free tax completion on February 4, February 18 and March 3. These FREE tax clinics will be held at 501 Gray Ave, Greenville, OH. If you would like one of our trained tax volunteers to help fill out your taxes this year, call 937-548-3211 ext 235 to schedule an appointment. There are also evening and weekday appointments available. The only restrictions are that your income cannot exceed $60,000 and no farm or rental income.

This ministry has provided many Darke County residents with free tax completion, as well as brought close to 2.5 million dollars in tax refunds, rebates and benefits back into our county over the past four years. Our Benefit Bank has been named the third highest in tax completions in the Southwest Region of the State of Ohio! Call today if you have any questions.

NextStep Ministries is a ministry of EUM Church. Our worship services are Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:15 a.m. at our Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

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