Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bike to Health!

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Join a Darke County Park’s Naturalist for our brand new series, Bike to Health! The Tecumseh Trail is open and ready for YOU to ride. The benefits of cycling are endless! Cycling is not only good for your heart, it helps strengthen muscles, control weight and increase your energy. We all want to lead healthier lives, but sometimes life just gets in the way! Bike to Health programs will occur on Monday, June 4th, July 2nd, August 6th, all at 6:30pm and Saturday, August 18th at 9:30am. Use these programs as an “excuse” to schedule outdoor exercise time. Riding on the trail allows everyone to move at their own pace. Dust off that old bike and meet at the Gettysburg Access Point (Bridge Street) and ride a portion of the trail. Families are welcome. Don’t forget your helmet and water bottle!

 For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, visit our website at or call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. We hope to see you on the trails!

Hummingbird Stops for a Snack

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Photo by Anne Mangen

Woman Injured in Motorcycle Accident has Died

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According to, Carra Tucker, 29, of Richmond, has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Monday, May 28th. You can read the original account of the accident by clicking here. reports that the couple on the motorcycle were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

Click here for the report from

31st Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tourney set for July 23, 2012

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Pictured below L to R – 2011 Annie Oakley Golf Committee members Matt and Angie Arnold, Kent and Lynn James, Ray and Jo Lear, John and Diane Swallow, Ray and Bettye Laughlin, Ed and Kay Curry and Larry Ullery and Christine Yount ~not pictured.
It’s official! Preparations for the 31st Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway! Last year 84 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County. Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Ed & Kay Curry, Kent & Lynn James, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ray & Jo Lear, John & Diane Swallow, Larry Ullery and Christine Yount.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 23 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes, and dinner for the golfer and their spouse. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with tee off time scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one in the eighth hole will win their choice of premium golf equipment. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eleventh hole will win a Yamaha Golf Cart.

Additional information and entry forms for the 31st annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County or from any tournament committee member.

Mother Daughter Duo impacts the life of Little Sister.

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Big Sister, Terri Hughes, and her daughter Kennedy, share smiles with Little Sister Kenya Herron, all of Sidney. Herron is the daughter of Melissa Henry.
When 7 year old Kenya Herron joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County program she was looking to be matched with a Big Sister. What she received instead were two Big Sisters. Kenya was matched with Terri Hughes, of Sidney, in January of 2010. However, when she decided to become a Big Sister her daughter 9 year old Kennedy was ecstatic to be part of the match.

Kenya is the daughter of Melissa Henry of Sidney.

The three have formed a lasting relationship, one that everyone is enjoying. Kennedy is not only learning to share her mothers time with another child, she is learning about giving back to the community and making an impact on the life of another.

During their two years, their most popular activities have included Dayton Dragon games, movies, fishing, swimming, and going to the park. According to Hughes, “It makes me feel good to know I am making a positive impact on Kenya. I’d like to think I am making a difference in Kenya’s life by helping her gain some self-confidence.” Hughes reports Herron has a wonderful smile and a giggle that is contagious.

Herron’s mother is Melissa Henry, appreciates that Hughes is dependable and provides a variety of activities. Henry says, “I couldn’t ask for a better Big Sister.” Herron likes going to Hughes’ home to play games, and likes that Hughes’ daughter is a friend she can play with there.

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 from at-risk families 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.

To help build more strong matches such as this, please consider taking part in our upcoming 5k Duck N’ Run/Walk which is being held in conjunction with our Rubber Duck Race. Both of these events will be held in Tawawa Park in Sidney at the Geib Pavilion on Thursday, June 21! You can log on to the website and download a flyer to the 5k or log on to To purchase your duck ticket you can stop in at the BBBS Sidney office or Meyer’s Garage and Drive Thru in Newport, or you can purchase them with credit card by calling in payment to the office. To aid us in reaching out to children facing adversity, please come out to support the children in this community!

Friends of the Darke County Parks Old Fashioned Barn Dance

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Swing your partner round and round at the Friends of the Darke County Parks Old Fashioned Barn Dance. On June 22nd the Friends will be holding a Barn Dance at Shawnee Prairie Preserve from 7pm-11pm with caller Mark Libert.

Presale tickets can be purchased at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for $7.00 per person or you ccan purchase tickets at the door for $10.00 per person. The dance is limited to the first 100 tickets sold. For more information call 937-548-0165. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Darke County Parks.

19th Matt Light Football Camp Registration Deadline June 4, 2012

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Brochures for the 19th Matt Light Football All Conference Football Camp have been distributed in schools throughout Darke County.

The camp is scheduled for June 11th & 12 at Greenville North Park located behind Kroger Supermarket, for kids ages 8-14. The registration deadline is 9p.m. June 4th. No Registrations Day of Camp.

The total cost of the two-day camp has been paid for by the Light Foundation.

Participants can sign up for an offensive and defensive position, including lineman, receiver, quarterback and running back on offense and lineman, linebacker and defensive back on defense. Players will learn the same techniques and fundamentals taught by the coaches to their teams.

Picture Packages including participant photos with Matt Light will be available for purchase.

Brochures/Registrations may be picked up and dropped off at Buckeye Beverage, 647 Wagner Avenue, Greenville or you can download the Registration Form and Picture Order Forms at


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DAYTON, Ohio – For many blood donors, a brightly colored arm bandage comes with a sense of accomplishment and a well-worn Community Blood Center (CBC) Donor ID card is an even greater source of pride. But those familiar ID cards are being replaced as CBC undergoes a major software conversion and donors will need their new donor ID number to schedule an appointment.

On Monday, June 4 CBC will launch a new software system that will automatically assign each donor a new, eight-digit donor identification number. For most donors, the replacement process begins when they arrive at a CBC branch or mobile blood drive to donate. When CBC registration staff members scan the old card they will indicate that the card must be replaced. A firm contracted by CBC will create the new card and send it to the donor by mail.

Donors will receive a sturdy, plastic ID card with their name, blood type, ID number and bar code as a replacement for the paper ID card. Donors will also receive a plastic key fob card with the same information.
Another very important outcome of the software upgrade and the donor ID conversion is that donors must use their new ID number to log onto to schedule an appointment. They will not be able to access their account with their old ID number.

CBC has emailed new donor ID number notifications to thousands of CBC donors, but many will remain unaware that, as of June 4, their donor ID number has changed. Anyone who has trouble logging on and scheduling an appointment on should call CBC at 1-800-388-GIVE for assistance.

Tour de Donut Registration is Now Open

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Registration is open for the 2012 Tour de Donut taking place in Arcanum September 8.

A new start and finish location in Downtown Arcanum, post event party with live music and The Grand Arivee finish line celebration are just a few of the additions for the 2012 Tour de Donut that are sure to please participants and spectators.

The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. The event is a mass start timed bicycle "race" where riders visit "donut stops" during the course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time.

There are prizes in several classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belt for the best adjusted "donut time". We also award the most donuts eaten in several classes, and for the speed freaks we also award the fastest bike only time. Both the full donut (30 miles) and the mini donut (15 miles) have full awards and podium awards ceremony.

While the event is technically a "race" very few consider it a serious competition, remember this is all in fun! We doubt the next Tour de France champion will have Tour de Donut Champion listed on his palmares, so eat some donuts and ride as fast or slow as you wish.

Recently featured in Midwest Living, Cooking Light and Bicycling Magazine the event continues to draw a National audience. In 2011 nearly 1000 riders from 16 states and Canada participated.

Registration price increases July 1 and closes when the 1500 rider limit is reached.

Online and print registration forms are available at


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Free lunch available on Tuesdays & Thursdays to all kids ages 1-14 this summer!

Beginning June 5 through August 9, First Presbyterian Church is offering a Free Summer Lunch Program on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Meals are kid-friendly and are served at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be followed with games, movies and/or other activities until 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Angie at First Presbyterian Church at 937-548-3188.

First Presbyterian Church
114 East Fourth Street
Greenville, OH 45331
*Use parking lot entrance

This Week at elementsLife

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Chance to Win a New Car from Ron Garrett Chevrolet at OSU Scholarship Golf Outing

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Left: Ron Garret, Right: James Conway
(Greenville)- Ron Garrett Chevrolet will once again provide a new car for a hole-in-one contest at the 16th annual OSU Alumni Club of Darke County scholarship golf outing. The outing will take place on Monday, June 11th at the Turtle Creek Golf Course. Participants will have a chance to win the car if they can make a hole-in-one on the 17th hole.

This event raises money for scholarships for Darke County high school students who will be attending the Ohio State University in the fall. This past year the alumni club presented scholarships in the amount of $1,338 to four very deserving high school seniors.

Registration will begin at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. The entry fee is $75 per person which includes green fees, cart, team picture, two beverage tickets and a buffet picnic following the event. A cash lunch will also be available.

If you would like more information, an entry form, or to help out with this event through sponsorship, donating a door prize or volunteering you can contact Golf Committee Chair, James Conway at or visit our blog at GO BUCKS!

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Participates in Greenville's Memorial Day Parade

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR participated in the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Greenville.
Pictured are members Helen Wright, Regent Chris Nehring, Karen Burkett, Shirley Hughes, and Debbie Nisonger.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fair Board Looking for Organization to Run Gate 6 at the Fair

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The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society are looking for an Organization to take care of the Gate # 6 (Eidson Road) parking during the 156th Great Darke County Fair that runs August 17-25, 2012. Visit or call the Fair Office at 937-548-5044 for more information.

Woodpecker Searching for Sustenance

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Jennifer Burket caught this woodpecker hard at work.

Greenville High School Wavaires to perform in NYC

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The Greenville High School Wavaires, from Greenville, Ohio under the direction of Michele Smith, pride themselves with a diversity of musical repertoire.

The Greenville High School Music Department was awarded the 2001 Grammy Signature School and selected as one of the top 100 schools in the nation for music by the Grammy Foundation. They have performed in such noted venues as, Carnegie Hall, the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, St. Paul’s Chapel, The Riverside Church, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, South Street Seaport, and the Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the CBS Early Show.

A full rendition of this performance will be held at Memorial Hall on Monday June 4th at 6:30 PM.

Admission is free as a thank you to the public for their contributions to the NYC trip.

South Students Perform Shakespeare

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On Friday, May 18th students from the "Shakespeare Can Be Fun" after-school group performed Twelfth Night for the entire 5th grade at South Middle School. They were well prepared and did a wonderful job. In the afternoon they traveled to East Intermediate for their second show. Since Shakespeare can be somewhat confusing to young audiences, the students who attended the performance at East had been prepared by their teachers so that they could enjoy the play. The directors, Jenni Davis and Zella Cook had been awarded a MAC Grant from the local Greenville McDonald's to help cover the cost of the scenery and costumes. These items will remain at South School for students in upcoming years to re-use and enjoy.

Dave and Annie Thank the Wildflower Garden Club

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Annie’s and her best friend, Dave, are thanking The Wildflower Garden Club for being a Star sponsor at Annie’s Wild West Gala.

Annie’s Wild West Gala will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00. There will be improved check out procedures. Auctioneer will be Mike Baker and light appetizers will be catered by Montage. For a donation, drinks will feature commemorative glasses donated by Verd and Gini Stuckey and JAFE Decorating. Improved checkout procedure.

This is a fundraiser for the Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center. Call the Garst Museum for tickets at 548-5250.

Nearly 100 items in the live and silent auction and target raffles are viewable at

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

Arlington National Cemetery Photos from Memorial Day

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Angel Casto sent us these photos from Memorial Day with the below to say:
I just took these pics at Arlington National Cemetery and thought that I would share them! Hope everyone had a happy & safe Memorial Day and a huge Thanks to all the Military men & women out there!

The Farmers Market Has Returned to Arcanum

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The Wayne Trail Historical Society invites the public to the annual Farmers Market now in operation every Saturday morning from 9:00 A.M. until noon. The Farmers Market is located in the Veterans’ Park adjacent to the Historical Building on West George Street in Arcanum. Featured will be fresh home grown produce that is now in season, frozen soup, nuts, homemade noodles, cakes and pies, plants and herbs for the yard and garden and much more. Every Saturday brings a variety of items and vendors. The Farmers Market will be continuing until late August.

Wanted and a welcome is extended to vendors to participate in the Farmers’ Market. There is ample room for many vendors to set up in Veterans’ Park at no charge for a space. Any variety of wares from produce to crafts and other merchandise may be displayed and sold.

The Historical Society will be holding their annual Garage Sale in the historical building and yard the end of July. The society is noted for their low and affordable prices. Also, the society will accept any donations for the garage sale from now until the end of the July. Simply leave them on either the front or back porch of the building at any time. A member of the Historical Society will be checking the building for items and properly storing them.

While visiting the Farmers Market each week, the Historical Society will be hosting an Open House from 9:00 to 12:00 of the historical building located at 123 W. George St. for touring and enjoying the historical collections on display. Be sure to visit the building to view the items that will be changed each week for new interesting items along with a weekly visit to the Farmers’ Market.

Darke County Animal Shelter Celebrates Adopt-A-Pet Month

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June is Adopt-A-Pet Month in Darke County. The Darke County Animal Shelter would like to make the community aware of the many homeless pets in our area. With the slogan "Adopt, Don’t Shop," we are inviting anyone looking for a family pet to visit our shelter. There are many adoptable cats and dogs awaiting a new home.

The Darke County Animal Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Rd.,just south of the Sheriff’s office. For more information call the shelter at 937-547-1645.

GHS Key Club… Second Annual Box City raises awareness for Homeless

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Rain was threatening… but undeterred, Key Club “hobos” built their box homes recently in the inner courtyard of Greenville High School for their Second Annual Box City to Raise Awareness for the Homeless.

They avoided the rain, but it made little difference as none of them slept that night. There was too much to do. Once they built their homes it was time for games, pizza, contests, a movie or two and several lessons on the plight of Americans without a home.

For instance, there are 3.5 million homeless every year in the U.S. In Darke County, 46 people – including mothers and children – have no home. Three different “discussion” sessions addressed Overall Homelessness in the U.S. and Ohio; Mothers and Families; and Teen Homelessness.

While the goal of Box City was to raise awareness, participants also had to bring food and clothing in order to “purchase” building supplies such as boxes and duct tape. Those items were then donated to local food and homeless shelters.

About 30 Key Club members from different Divisions in the KCI Ohio District broke into several tribes, including: Slytherin (The Slithering Dungeon); Hobo Sapiens; Happy Hobos; Camp KC (Camp Kitty Cat); The Gryffindor Tower; Erryday In Dumblin and Dumblederry Army.

Top prize winners of the night were the Hobo Sapiens… “It all started in Hobo Nam and Hobo Jima. Then we came back and took over the GHS Courtyard… because Hobos are people, too.”

One highlight of the evening was Erika Waller’s Hobo Home. It was built by three engineers… “Just because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you can’t have style.”

Erika’s Dad, Kent Waller, said he’d asked a contractor for boxes for the project. The next thing he knew, they were building the house.

“I wish I could have bottled that look,” he said about his daughter when she first saw her Hobo Home. “Her giggle was priceless.”

Despite no sleep for most participants, the cleanup took place rapidly between 7 and 9 a.m. The Courtyard and GHS hallways were left exactly as they were found.

Ohio District Secretary Mariah Reitz, coordinator of the annual event, wanted to thank all of those who participated plus the following sponsors: Walgreens, Marco’s Pizza, Kitchen Aide, The Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Shoebilee, Lowes, Tractor Supply, Francis Furniture, Eikenberry’s, Sears, Bri Makombe, Reitz Family, Kaur Family and Herzog Family.

BWC Reform Efforts: Why Getting Ohioans Back to Work Boosts Our Economy?

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Guest Post from State Rep Jim Buchy

In the past two years, we have been working in Ohio to lower the costs of doing business and promote job growth. Thus far, we have successfully reduced taxes on family business owners, and turned the job of attracting new businesses over to the private sector, where less red tape and bureaucracy will allow Ohio to compete against other states for companies to expand in Ohio.

A key part of lowering the costs of doing business is reforms at the Bureau of Workers Compensation. Internally, the BWC has made a number of reforms in the past two years. Its efforts have directly led to Ohio’s private employers saving $65 million in premiums by reducing average base rates by 4 percent and reducing public employer rates by 5 percent. This alone will save local governments $22 million a year, providing an additional benefit for local tax rates. Each of these reforms is part of a broader effort to make sure that old and new businesses in the state of Ohio succeed economically and are able to hire more employees.

It is important for the BWC to continue its vital reform efforts, which is why I have co-sponsored three bills in the Ohio House of Representatives to help them do just that. These bills will help injured employees return to work sooner by improving the quality of care they receive. Medical professionals who do not meet certain standards of care can be more easily de-certified. These bills will also reduce burdensome bureaucracy, making it easier for workers to seek out treatment and receive benefits. This legislation is good for employees because they can recover faster and get back to work, and it’s good for the employers because it sends skilled and experienced workers back to their jobs faster.

Employers will also be able to improve their bottom line and maintain a healthy workforce under a new program. The four-year program awards companies up to $15,000 to create employee wellness programs. This will help employers meet the challenges related to rising cases of obesity and chronic disease, as well as an aging workforce. All of these factors contribute to workplace injuries and slow the recovery of injured workers.

The Bureau of Workers Compensation has also helped employers by creating Destination: Excellence, a new rating plan that aims to improve “return-to-work” rates by rewarding employers for building a risk management plan that focuses on safety, prevention, and returning those who are injured to their jobs more quickly. This is an efficient “cafeteria-style” plan that offers seven program options, which allows ease of access for the diversified market.

Like anything with age, the Bureau of Workers Compensation needs some grease and paint. Internally, the organization is dedicated to making the needed changes to cut costs to the State Government and lower the costs for businesses in Ohio. As the new legislation moves through the Ohio House Legislature I plan to be a proponent and will impact that legislation with any additional pro-business reforms that may be needed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was represented at the General Henry Knox Museum, Saturday May 26, 2012, in Thomaston, Maine, by Mary Kay Felton, who gave the Gettysburg Address during the Museum’s opening ceremonies for “Boots on the Ground.” Maine State Senator, Chris Rector, gave the keynote address, “Community Matters.” The Museum organized the “Boots on the Ground” event to honor veterans, military personnel, and their families. Five Hundred local veterans were invited to the museum for free tours of Montpelier, home of Revolutionary War General and first U.S. Secretary of War, Henry Knox. The event was also open to the general public. Fish chowder, hot dogs, hamburgers, strawberry shortcake, and lemonade were provided free to all in attendance. Music, family activities and face painting rounded out the day before closing ceremonies with a wreath laying. The DAR is proud to have had the opportunity to participate in this community event and appreciates the General Henry Knox Museum’s contribution to patriotism and historic preservation, two of the primary goals of today’s DAR.

Ms. Felton is a Member of Ohio’s Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR, an Associate Member of Maine’s Lady Knox Chapter DAR, a Correspondent Docent for National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and a Docent for Montpelier at the General Henry Knox Museum.

GSF Harley on Display at the Fairlawn

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The Greenville Schools Foundation bike will be on display at the Fairlawn Steakhouse this coming Saturday evening, June 2nd, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Come see this beautiful Harley and buy a chance to make it your own!

Tickets are $5.00 each, 5/$20.00 and 30/$100.00. Your donations help our children and our schools. The Greenville School Foundation helps with everything from classroom needs for teachers to College grants for motivated young adults. We appreciate your support!

College Bound 2012: GHS Salutatorian, Elizabeth Horner

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I was 9 years old when my first submitted article got published. I wrote an essay about my “Last Day of School” that appeared in the Daily Advocate Newspaper, in June 2003. Soon after, I received an invitation from the editor of that newspaper to write for their Special Independence Day edition. I remember having strong feelings of sadness and happiness the day when I wrote that first piece. Sadness because I would miss recess and playing with my friends at school and reading with my buddy, Rachel. I would also miss my teacher Mrs. Burchett and the class games that made learning so fun and easy and her little notes on my writing papers full of encouragement. I also loved my music class under Mrs. Brewer because she had a way of making it more exciting. Then there was Mrs. Burns who challenged me doing analogies and “perplexors” and Mrs. Hawk that made my art work look a lot more interesting like magic by teaching me the value of light and dark.

Happiness because I looked forward to water gun and balloon fights with my Dad, and I loved planting seeds with my Mom and watching those little pieces of life grow. I looked forward to the backyard camp-outs pretending we were far, far, away but my favorite was eating s’mores. I could also play more board games and go to sleep after 9:30 p.m. I remember those late night discussions about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and other book or television characters until my eyes would not stay open anymore.

I guess the time is here for another article as I say my goodbye to Greenville City Schools --- as a student. I told my Mom this weekend to please, please not wake me up unless the “tornado is at the gate” because I needed sleep so badly. I want to continuously challenge the common definition of “high school senioritis” of slacking off in comparison to a previous level. I encourage the readers to check my article Senioritis – College Bound 2012 for the sake of your high school kids.

As I started to dream about my college life in fifth grade I have been thinking of a university that will embrace my passion and provide me with the opportunities to grow in my chosen field … creative writing. I had visions of meeting, talking and learning from educators that would introduce me to very challenging but personally rewarding projects. When the time came to get started in August 2011, I did not waste any time. I cannot tell you how many admission essays I’ve written --- for the supplemental forms required by each university plus additional essays to be considered for scholarships. It tested my endurance in non-stop writing.

At the same time, I could not renege on my extra-curricular activities as those were important too, not just for my personal development but for each scholarship application that asked not just for my involvement but length and depth of my participation, leadership roles, and recognitions/awards as part of those activities. I had to continue to challenge myself academically to qualify for those scholarships, so I took 5 weighted classes this year that included Calculus, Chemistry, Human Anatomy, English and Spanish. The problem though was that there were not enough hours in a day to get everything done so things did not look up-to-par at times.

I wish that there’s something that can be done to make the process less taxing when you are applying to competitive universities. Hence some frustration sat-in, but I did learn to deal with the situation as they occurred. Now that the dust has settled, I could not think when I’ve smiled in recent times until I was completing my subject choices as a freshman college student two nights ago. I know that it is NOT about meeting certain educational criteria anymore but pursuing the true academic love of my life. All the fears, all the worries and frustrations that I had to deal with --- I realized that my parents and this community helped me be the strong and resilient person that I am --- and I have many people to thank for that. I will be sad to be away from my Darke County home for awhile, but this is always going to be, as the saying goes, home sweet home.

I have decided to go to New York University because of the University’s academic leadership and outstanding internship program in the areas that further my passion. I will join their Core Program in Liberal Studies and spend time at the Global Academic Center at NYU London as well as New York Washington Square . I can’t believe, it’s finally here and I am college bound August 29, 2012!!!

Chickasaw Volunteer Firemen Holding First Annual 5k

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The Chickasaw Volunteer Firemen will be sponsoring the 1st Annual Siren Sounder 5k on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The 5k run/walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. by the VFW park on Maple St in Chickasaw. The race will be routed through the streets of Chickasaw. Awards will go to the top 3 overall men and womenand also to the top 3 men and women runners in each age division.

The proceeds of this race will benefit the Volunteer Firemen’s equipment fund.

You may pick up a registration form from area businesses, Mercer Health’s 5k challenge website ( under entry forms), or any Chickasaw fireman. Same day registration will also be available. Come join the fun!!

Another Thank You to Our Veterans

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Photo by Anne Mangen

Monday, May 28, 2012

Motorcyclist and Passenger Injured in Darke County Accident

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On May 28, 2012 at approximately 4:40 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Tri Village Rescue, Hollansburg Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2300 Block of Hollansburg-Richmond Road in reference to a serious injury accident involving a motorcycle.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1983 Honda motorcycle driven by Charles C. Tucker III, 27, Richmond Indiana was north bound on Hollansburg-Richmond Road approaching Tilson Road. Tucker attempted to pass a north bound vehicle and lost control of the motorcycle in a curve. Both Tucker and his passenger, wife Carra L. Tucker, 29, Richmond Indiana were ejected from the motorcycle.

Charles Tucker III was transported to Reed Hospital by Tri Village Rescue. Carra Tucker was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Mr. and Mrs. Tucker’s condition is unknown at this time.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation.

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

Sunday, May 27, 2012

“Living with Cancer” Support Group - Thursday, June 7th

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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, June 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place at Wayne HealthCare in the 3rd Floor Conference room. This month’s support group features Dr. Paul D. Jones.

Dr. Jones will be speaking about the importance of having and maintaining a companion animal for cancer patients. Dr. Jones is a 1987 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has owned his own small animal practice in Greenville since 1989. He is a member of the American Veterinary Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine in Greenville Dr. Jones has, for the past 10 years, taught police officers first aid for their police dogs at a Canine Unit Training Center in Wapaketa, Ohio. He consulted on the set up of companion animals at the Bretherns Home and continues to care for the pets there. Dr. Jones has 3 children, 2 stepchildren, and 1 granddaughter who loves to visit "Grampa" at work. He resides in Darke County with his wife, Kathy, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 1 horse, and a flock of homing pigeons.

The Cancer Association is excited to have a veterinarian speak to the support group and invites all cancer patients and families of cancer patients to attend this session.

The support group meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

The association partners with United Way and is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Decoration Day By Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln lived in Gordon, Ohio during World War II and remembers what Memorial Days were like during those days.

This day, Memorial Day, used to be called, "Decoration Day," because it was a national holiday created for the express purpose of honoring our dead by visiting the cemeteries and placing flowers or other "decorations" on the gravesites.

When I was young, people cut off flowers (mostly peonies because they were blooming) and put them in glass jars and took them to the cemetery. People got out of their car or horse and buggy and walked to the grave of a relative or friend and cleaned off the tombstone; pulled weeds and left the flowers on the grave site.

Cemeteries used to have local veterans show up on Decoration Day, with flags, and drums and horns to sound the wail called, "Taps," that sent shivers up and down the spines of strong farmers and made mothers wipe their eyes and young ladies bawl like newborns.

The people in charge of the proceedings in nearby Ithaca, some three miles away, shot their large canon off, “Ka-Boom, “and the sound could be heard in Gordon where we were standing around waiting for the soldiers at the cemetery in Ithaca to come to Gordon, to our cemetery and shoot their rifles to honor our dead. We even had a Revolutionary War hero buried in our cemetery but nobody remembers that family name.

Two of old cars, with gasoline ration stickers on the windshields, screeched to a halt at the cemetery where we waited. The men grabbed their rifles and got out. They seemed to fumble with buttons on uniforms that no longer fit. Their Army hats were askew one-way or another. It seemed like we had waited forever for them to get here from Ithaca and there they stood at rigid attention and then marched towards us.

They were a squad of old veterans, marching in tight-fitting uniforms towards us. They stopped and formed a straight line. Their chests were covered in rows of multi-colored ribbons and medals.

At a signal; people got quit and listened to the preacher bless the dead. Somehow he knew the soldiers were already in Heaven and he said their graves were empty. Others spoke about war and veterans while ladies under dainty umbrellas fanned themselves with Stutz and Sando funeral home fans.

And people put hands over their ears when they raised their rifles at the sky. It seemed like these old men fumbled through loading their rifles with blanks, and with fingers stiffened by arthritis and old war wounds, they pointed and at the sky.

We all waited on the word: "Fire!" Nine triggers were squeezed and a volley of sound echoed off the tombstones making those who actually fought in war duck for cover. Babies screamed. Youngsters, like me, dashed around legs and snatched-up, still warm, empty brass shells.

But politicians took Decoration Day away and replaced it with, “Memorial Day," and nothing is like it used to be when I was a boy in Gordon, Ohio.


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Greenville National Bank is continuing its support of the Bridges to College Program. In the photo, Steve Burns, president and CEO of Greenville National Bank, is shown presenting the check to Marlise McCallister, Bridges to College trustee, and Beth Sears, Bridges to College executive director. The Bridges to College program helps students attend college through educational programming, mentoring and scholarships. This year it is working with students at Greenville High School and Ansonia High School. “We’re very appreciative for Greenville National Bank’s continued support of Bridges to College,” Sears said. “Greenville National is helping us help students.” To learn more about the Bridges to College program, visit its website at or call Beth Sears at 423-2442.


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The children at Kids Learning Place in Greenville’s Busy Bees classroom were studying about the Post Office, when along came Presidents Day. They decided to write and mail a letter to the President on their field trip to the Ansonia Post Office.

In writing the letter the children talked about how words are written down and communicated to others. Their motto for the week was: “If we think it, we can say it; if we say it, we can write it. And if we write it, we can read it; if we wrote it, we can mail it!”

Weeks later in the mail, they received a large envelope from the White House. The children were very excited that it included a letter and photo from President Obama, information about the White House and a story of “A day in the life of Bo, the President’s dog”.

The Kids Learning Place in Greenville is located at 1170 Sweitzer Street and is open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. The center provides positive education experiences, teachers with degrees, and individualized education and child care services for children from birth through 5 years old. For more information call 1-866-627-4557 or check the web site at


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On Earth Day, about 15 students from the Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) volunteered their time in the Greenville area to CLEAN UP. The group cleaned out flower beds in downtown Greenville in order to have them ready of the community planting day, and then cleaned around the United Way and Council on Rural Services buildings. Thanks for helping to make our town beautiful!

For more information about the ACES alternative school services for youth, call Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator at 937-548-8002 at the local Council on Rural Services office.

Council on Rural Services… programs for innovative learning is a non-profit human service agency that provides education, support, and volunteer services in their nine county service area.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Survivor's Day 5k - Cancer Association of Darke County

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WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! We need more people to register!!! National Cancer Survivors Day is fast approaching. On Saturday, June 2nd at 8:30am, Darke County will be joining communities around the world in a celebration of life. The Cancer Association of Darke County is sponsoring its 7th annual Survivor’s Day 5K. This event will take place in the Greenville City Park, at Shelter #3.

You can register by calling the Cancer Association at 937-548-9960, or stop by the Cancer Association office at 209 East 4th Street in Greenville. Lunch is provided to all survivors. You may also register at the event itself on June 2nd. Registration begins at 8:30 AM with the walk beginning at 9:00 AM. Everyone is encouraged to register and bring pledges; all necessary forms may be picked up at the CADC office. All money raised is used to help Darke County cancer patients.

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 and does not receive donations or financial assistance from their organization. For more information about the Cancer Association of Darke County, please call the office at 937-548-9960.

National Historic Preservation Month 2012 - Discover Our Hidden Gems – A Month in Review

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Historic Bear’s Mill, St. Clair 100th Anniversary Tea at Manor

May is National Preservation Month and this year’s theme on a national level is “Discover America’s Hidden Gems.” Since the National Trust for Historic Preservation created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts in America, it has grown into an annual celebration by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours, to educational programs and heritage opportunities. Due to its overwhelming popularity, in 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it Preservation Month to provide an even longer opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our communities.

Locally, Friends of Bear’s Mill, Darke County Historical Society and Main Street Greenville are collaborating to bring historic awareness to the Greenville and Darke County community. Together with sponsor Mote and Associates, Inc. they have presented a full month of events to promote history and preservation in the community that dwells on hidden gems.

The first weekend of May was a busy one in Greenville as locals enjoyed the First Friday’s Upper Floor Building Tours in downtown Greenville. Over 250 members of the community had the rare opportunity to tour the upper floors of four downtown businesses. Participants had the chance to meet with the building owners and hear them share their vision for the space, as well as the history and what ‘used to be.’ Along with the First Friday’s Tour, the Greenville Public Library and the St. Clair Memorial Hall were available for touring, with over 100 people learning about the building design, décor and ornate details of these two historic gems. In addition to the tours, The Memorial Hall celebrated their centennial with an Evening of Legacy hosted by local musical artists performing selections from the Memorial Hall’s original dedication in 1912. Also, in honor of the Memorial Hall Centennial Celebration, the Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution hosted a light afternoon tea at St. Clair Manor with Henry and Ella St. Clair (portrayed by John and Karen Burkett). All funds raised were contributed to the restoration of the Memorial Hall.

Dave Sells Tickets

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Annie’s best friend, Dave, is using the beautiful fountainette that the Ladybug Garden Club and Spencer’s Landscaping donated to Annie’s Wild West Gala to sell tickets.

Annie’s Wild West Gala will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00. Auctioneer will be Mike Baker and light appetizers will be catered by Montage. For a donation, drinks will feature commemorative glasses donated by Verd and Gini Stuckey and JAFE Decorating. This is a fundraiser for the Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center. Call the Garst Museum for tickets at 548-5250.

Nearly 100 items in the live and silent auction and target raffles are viewable at

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

Pets of the Week

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We have Cleo at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3-year-old terrier mix. She is black, white and brown with short hair. She is a nice girl and loves people. She will make a super walking buddy and great housedog. She is looking for a good home and is ready to be adopted.

We have Mo at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 12-month-old Coon dog. She is black, white and brown with short hair. She is a friendly girl and loves to play. She will grow to around 50 pounds. She will make a great friend and companion. She is looking for a good home and is ready to be adopted.

We also have some corgi mix puppies, a terrier, a beagle a Walker coondog, and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption.

The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

The Darke County Animal Shelter will be having an open house on Saturday June 16th from noon to 3pm. There will be free food and drinks. There will also be contest going on and prizes given away. You can also come out to adopt your favorite friend. The Friends of the Shelter will be on hand to give tours. Be sure to check out the progress of the new Dog Park.

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


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EUM Church is hosting a FREE Family Movie Night, complete with popcorn and drinks, Saturday, June 2 immediately after the 6:30 p.m. worship service. Come on out to the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street on the corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road and enjoy a great family night out!

Come for worship… Stay for the movie!

Children’s programs are provided during worship.

Movie Night is a ministry of EUM Church. We would love to have you come and see what we are all about. 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). The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses our offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211. Power Knocked Out to 2,550 Customers After Single Car Crash

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Update: WHIO now has video from the scene and interviews with neighbors. Click on the image to watch the video. has more on the story of last night's crash that saw a woman overrun the intersection of Sebring Warner and Katzenberger Roads Thursday night. Neighbors reported that after the crash a series of loud explosions occurred (which we could hear from the middle of town, but at the time wasn't sure what it was).

Linda Davis of Greenville was taken to Miami Valley via Care Flight and is listed in good condition.

Click here for the full story from


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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) will officially kick-off the “The iFocus on Saving Lives” summer blood drive campaign Wednesday, May 30 by unveiling the “race red” 2012 Ford Focus that one lucky donor will be driving this fall. Campaign sponsor Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln will get the race for the “race red” Focus started with a mobile blood drive and kick-off celebration at its Greenville dealership.

Everyone age 18 or older who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive from Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, Sept. 2 is automatically registered into the drawing to win the 2012 Ford Focus.
CBC is launching the summer campaign with the “iFocus, iChange Local Lives, the Power is in Your Hands” t-shirt. The red, white and blue flag design t-shirt is free to anyone who registers to donate Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 23 at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive.

The Ford Focus giveaway follows in the tire tracks of last summer’s wildly popular drawing for a new Jeep Patriot. “Our donors keep telling us they love our summer car giveaway campaign,” said CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor. “We value the commitment they make to donating during the busy summer months, and the Focus is a great way to say thank you. This car is a great combination of style and value, plus it’s the perfect color – race red!”

The prize Ford Focus will be on display as the Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln dealership during the mobile blood drive and kick-off party. The celebration will include free hot dogs, baked beans, chips, popcorn and cake, special gift bags for donors (including the iFocus t-shirt) and door prizes. The mobile blood drive is Wednesday, May 30 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln is located at 500 Wagner Ave. in Greenville, OH.

The “iFocus on Saving Lives” Ford Focus summer giveaway campaign is sponsored by REACH Magazine and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln of Greenville. Official rules are available at

Details on Accident that Led to Power Outage

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On May 24, 2012 at approximately 10:44pm. Darke County 911 received a call in reference to a one vehicle injury accident at the intersection of Katezenberger Road and Sebring-Warner Road. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the scene along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight.

Initial investigation revealed that a blue Monte Carlo, driven by Linda Davis of Greenville, was eastbound on Katezenberger Road. As Davis’ vehicle approached Sebring-Warner Road, the vehicle continued eastbound striking a guide wire and a utility pole. Davis’ vehicle overturned and came to final rest approximately 75 feet into a wooded field.

Davis was treated by Greenville Township Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. At this time Davis’ condition is unknown.

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

National Preservation Month – Discover Our Hidden Gems – The Garst Museum

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In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, the Lowell Thomas House, which has been preserved at the Garst Museum, will be open for tours from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 26. Enter the museum through the glass doors next to the parking lot. Admission to the house is free, but regular admission to tour the museum will apply.

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

Wavaires to present their NYC Concert to the community

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On Monday, June 4, the Greenville High School Wavaires will give a free appreciation concert to the community for their support of the upcoming New York City trip. The presentation will be their Jazz at Lincoln Center – Allen Room performance. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall and there are no reserved seats.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Buy a Ticket to Win a Harley at First Fridays

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Come and see the Greenville School Foundation Harley-Davidson raffle bike at First Fridays with Live Music in Greenville Friday evening, June 1st. The Harley will be located outside Montage Cafe on broadway. Buy a ticket and you may be the proud new owner of this sweet ride!

Tickets are $5.00 each and are available anytime at Advance Auto, Eikenberry's IGA, and the downtown Greenville National Bank.


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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors of Greenville, is announcing their 2011-2012 scholarship award winners. They established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. Commendable students seeking a post high school education in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study are eligible to apply for the scholarship. College students currently pursuing a degree in the aforementioned fields are eligible to apply along with high school seniors.

Two scholarships were awarded this year. Receiving the Mote & Associates’ Scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year at the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio were Taylor Allen, a 2012 graduate of Arcanum High School, and Jaden Horner, a 2012 graduate of Franklin Monroe High School.

L to R (front): Jerry McClannan, owner; Taylor Allen, scholarship recipient; Paula & Jeff Allen, Taylor’s parents
L to R (back): Mike Bruns, owner; Mike Henderson, owner; Louis Bergman, owner
Taylor is the daughter of Jeff and Paula Allen of Arcanum. Taylor will soon be heading to the Ohio State University to begin pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.

L to R (front): Louis Bergman, owner; Jaden Horner (scholarship recipient); Mike Henderson, owner;
L to R (back): Mike Bruns, owner; Dave & Kami Horner, Jaden’s parents, Jerry McClannan, owner
Jaden is the son of Dave and Kami Horner of Bradford. He will also be attending Ohio State University this fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

For more information regarding the Mote & Associates Scholarship, please contact the firm at 937-548-7511 or by e-mail at

The Apache Troop Gauntlet - Early Bird Registration Deadline - May 27, 2012

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The Apache Troop Gauntlet - Early Bird Registration Deadline - May 27, 2012

The Light Foundation and the Apache Warrior Support Team are working together to develop an exciting race experience unlike anything ever seen before in Darke County. The Apache Troop Gauntlet - 5k Adventure Race will be held on August 11, 2012 at Chenoweth Trails (440 Greenville Nashville Rd., Greenville OH 45331). Participants will have the opportunity to conquer natural and man-made, military-inspired obstacles in what promises to be a fun, muddy race. For more information about the day's events, sponsorship opportunities and on-line registration go to Prices go up after May 27th.

Renowned Lincoln Authority Scott Trostel to be Featured

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Members of the committee discuss details for the upcoming event featuring nationally renowned Lincoln historian and author Scott Trostel. Trostel will be giving a June 9 public presentation regarding the 1861 passage through southwest Ohio of the Lincoln Inaugural Train. Left to right, Sally Zeiter, Becki Wagner, Wavelene Denniston, Kay Seiler, JoEllen Melling, Vivian Foreman, and Dori Howdieshell.
Scott Trostel, nationally renowned Lincoln historian and author, does it again with the most comprehensive book detailing President-elect Abraham Lincoln's inaugural journey, “The Lincoln Inaugural Train.” Trostel's previous book about the Lincoln Funeral Train has become an acclaimed and sought-after book detailing the first national funeral for an assassinated president. Now he covers the epic inaugural journey to Washington with many new details.

Trostel will be in Greenville at 7 pm, June 9 to talk about Lincoln and his trip through southwestern Ohio -- from Illinois to Washington, DC. The public event is to celebrate the train’s 1861 passage through southwest Ohio and will be held at the Activities Center of the First Congregational Church, located at the corner of the intersection of Devor, Sycamore and Wayne Streets. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be included.

Trostel’s book is the story of President-elect Abraham Lincoln's 13 day journey to Washington, D. C., departing from Springfield, Illinois. Millions of supporters of the Union gathered along the margins of the railroad tracks and packed parade routes at cities in route. They braved the raw, cold, chilly winds and rain to cheer Lincoln as he passed by, traveling to his inauguration.

Laced with photos, maps and illustrations this book is a revealing story of the inaugural train’s passage through endless miles of well-wishers and the curious. Numerous stops were made, and brief speeches offered. Citizens demonstrated an overwhelming manifestation of support as succession started in the southern states and a confederacy was formed.

Trostel’s book will be for sale and he will also personally autograph all books that are purchased. Tickets cost $3 per person or two people for $5, and will be available at the door. For further information, please call (937) 423-2391, (937) 548-1731 or (937) 423-2299.

Trinity Lutheran Church to Host Community Blood Drive Thursday Evening

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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, OHIO – On Thursday evening, May 24 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church opens their doors for a community blood drive. The church is located at 8520 Oakes Road in Pitsburg. Appointments are encouraged.

Now through Saturday, May 26 everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive a free t-shirt.

The shirt features a green parrot flying through a tropical jungle wearing a black witch’s hat and carrying a broom stick. It recalls the “Wicked Cool to Donate Blood” CBC t-shirt theme from Halloween 2010 and the always popular “Parrot Head” celebrations at CBC.

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 or contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199/ . You can also schedule your next appointment using your mobile device to scan the DonorTime QR code.

Please remember that appointments have priority and walk in donors are always welcome as the schedule permits. This just means that if a donor walks in and all appointments are filled at the time, blood center staff will let the donor know when the next available appointment is and offer the choice to wait or come back at a time that is available.

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

For information about blood drives in Darke County please contact Dana Puterbaugh, Account Representative – Darke County at 937-997-2199 or

Blood donation requirements: Donors are required to provide a photo ID that includes their full name. Past CBC donors are also asked to bring their CBC donor ID card. Donors must be at least 16 years of age (16 years old with parental consent: form available at or at CBC branch & blood drive locations), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good physical health. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at

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

Two Nights of Music @ The Coffee Pot This Weekend!

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The Coffee Pot invites everyone to join them this Memorial Day Weekend for 2 nights of FREE live entertainment! Shows are from 7-9 pm and we are open until 10 pm. We will also be open on Memorial Day.

FRIDAY, MAY 25TH from 7-9 PM
Russell James - acoustic originals and covers

SATURDAY, MAY 26TH from 7-9 PM
Jacob Trego - acoustic originals and covers

We have been very busy booking lots of great artists for more nights of free music, you can see the list at our event page by clicking here.

Check out The Coffee Pot's Facebook page for updates:
537 S. Broadway Suite 101 Greenville, OH (directly across from Wayne Cinema!)

Martial Arts Demo at the Library

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Daniel Wittler explains ”I don't train to fight – I train not to have to fight.” Dan is a Martial Arts teacher who will demonstrate his skills and that of his students on June 1 from 5:00 to 6:00 at the Greenville Public Library's First Friday event. Come and enjoy watching the art and choreography of self-defense, forms & kicks, and the team dragon demo!

Daniel and his wife Jackie are the owners & operators of Wittler's Black Belt Academy which is now situated at 325 Martin Street but will soon move to 638-A Wagner Avenue where they will have two gyms. “We've outgrown our present location,“ states Daniel. “We expanded quickly because we emphasize tradition, history, and art form in a family, Christian-based environment.”

Daniel was inspired by his idol Bruce Lee to start classes in August 1995 in Georgia. He holds a “First Dan” Black Belt in Sport Taekwondo and a “Second Dan” in Traditional Taekwondo. He also teaches Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido, and Kung Fu. He strongly states he is not associated with the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) or UFC (Ultimate Fighting Champions) organizations. “They've perverted martial arts and made it into a blood sport.” True martial arts prevent violence. “I've never been in a fight in my life.”

The academy is also an official chapter of the anti-bullying alliance “Be A Star” which was co-founded by the Creative Coalition and the WWE (World Wrestling Enterprises). On July 16, Daniel will give a talk “Don't Be a Bully; Be a Friend” about bullying and self esteem. He tries to help kids to do what he did. “Martial Arts turned my life around. I've had teachers who taught me about life. One was like a father to me.”

The Academy accepts students from ages 4 and up (4 to 6 year-olds are called Little Dragons) and from any fitness level. “We do not make students conform to our style. We conform the style to them. All I insist on is good form.” One gentleman started at age 65 and became a fourth degree black belt at age 79. “I also encourage students to participate in the area tournaments. We go to 8-10 a year.”

For more information about the Academy go to and come to enjoy the demonstration at the Library!

Participate in the 1st Annual AmeriCorps 5K Fun Run/Walk

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AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success (AES), a program sponsored by Council on Rural Services, located in Piqua, Ohio, will be hosting the 1st Annual AmeriCorps 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Piqua, Ohio.

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with the actual 5K Run to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23rd. The race is a simple 3.1 mile course which will begin at The Backyard Bistro at 1876 Commerce Drive in Piqua and then head south to Piqua’s Linear Park bike path. There will be a water station at the half-way point and split timers at two points on the course, the run will end back at The Backyard Bistro. Following the event, awards will be given for the top 3 finishers overall: top 3 male and female finishers in each age group,12 & under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and 55 and over.

Registration is $20 per person with a t-shirt included, or $13 without a t-shirt. Participants registering after June 15th are not guaranteed a t-shirt, so sign up today!

The Backyard Bistro will be serving a special fundraiser breakfast from 7:00 to 10:30 with $1.00 from every breakfast going to support AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success. The special breakfast will be pancakes, choice of sausage/bacon, home fries, two eggs and either orange juice or coffee for $7.95 dine in or carry out. Come and cheer your favorite runner on and have breakfast together.

The AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success program helps vulnerable area youth learn job readiness skills, financial literacy, and the basics of entrepreneurialism. Partnering with the nationally renowned Junior Achievement curriculum and committed community volunteers, AES equips area youth with the skills they need to become successful in the workforce. A major part of the program is the coordination and development of a small, youth-run social enterprise. The AES members are hosting the event in an effort to raise funds for this project.

To register, visit and click on the AES Miami County 5K Fun Run/Walk link, or pick up a registration form at Kids Learning Place, 285 R.M. Davis Parkway in Piqua. For more information or questions, e-mail Chad Hewitt at or call 937-418-6205 or 937-773-0773 extension 231.

Greenville Community Gardens is Looking for More Land!

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The Greenville Community Gardens has broke ground on the DA Fitzgerald Memorial Community Garden and families have already began planting in this inaugural growing season. Water tanks have been installed and everything is full steam ahead for a successful 2012, except one thing...

We're running out of room!

Due to demand being greater than the area generously offered at DA Fitzgerald, GCG is looking for another location to host more plots. If you have land you would be willing to donate the use of for the Garden, or know someone who may, please contact Greenville Community Gardens by emailing at or call Executive Director Jeff Besecker at
1 (888) 548-0745 Ext. 102.

Greenville Community Gardens is extremely grateful for the community support that has been shown through the involvement and donations from both individuals and businesses that has made this project a reality.

You can learn more about Greenville Community Gardens by visiting their website at and liking them on Facebook.

YMCA Delivers Swim Safety Opportunity for all Children of Darke County

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GREENVILLE/VERSAILLES, May 23, 2012 – As swim season approaches, the YMCA of Darke County reminds kids and adults about the importance of practicing safety when in and around the water. The Y offers a variety of swim programs at our Greenville and Versailles Branches, where swimmers can have fun while developing confidence, engaging in physical activity and learning safety skills that can save lives.

“The YMCA of Darke County is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices,” said Pat Best, Aquatics Coordinator, YMCA of Darke County. “We encourage kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority.”

In honor of National Water Safety Month this May, the YMCA of Darke County recommends kids and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water:

  • Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
  • Adults should constantly and actively watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is on duty.
  • Inexperienced swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when in, on or around the water.
  • Parents or guardians of children who are non-swimmers or beginning level swimmers should be in the water and within arm’s reach of their child.
  • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities in the water.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 40 years. The YMCA of Darke County continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including open swim, swimming lessons, competitive swimming and lifeguarding. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

Summer Splash is the no-cost Water Safety Program for Darke County children ages 6 to 12. Summer Splash is a one-week, concentrated swim course that focuses on boating, rescue skills and swimming skills. Any Darke County child, regardless of YMCA membership, can attend daily at the designated time for their age group. The no-cost Summer Splash class is offered at both the Greenville and Versailles Branches. Greenville Summer Splash is the week of June 11-14. Versailles Summer Splash is the week of June 25-28, 2012. Each age group meets at a designated time; 6-8 yr olds at 10:30, 9-10 year old at 11:30, 11-12 year olds at 12:30. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens May 29 at either branch. The deadline for pre-registration is the Friday before each class begins.

To learn more about the YMCA of Darke County’s swim programs, please contact the front desk at (937) 548-3777 in Greenville or (937)526-4488 in Versailles.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Avoid Summer Academic Loss

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Research has shown that students who do not participate in academic studies over the summer can lose on average three months of grade-level equivalency each year. The Workshop Learning Center offers private and group academic tutoring and music lessons for all ages and abilities and is currently scheduling for the summer session. “We are honored to have helped over 40 students succeed this academic year. We look forward to helping many more reach their academic potential,” says director, Michelle Drees.

The Workshop Learning Center strives to be a complete educational service center. All programs use research based techniques that are customized to meet your student’s academic goals. Power Hour classes in math and reading, piano camp and a summer string orchestra are just a few of the classes being offered this summer. Private academic tutoring is always available and can be scheduled to fit your needs. All sessions are taught by state certified teachers. If you are interested in any of the offerings above, call The Workshop Learning Center at 459-5937, visit our website or email at


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The EUM Church of Greenville, OH is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site and time as follows:

EUM Church, 111 Devor St, Greenville, OH on M-W-F from 11:30 am- 12:30 pm, June 4 – Aug 10, 2012.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write or call immediately to:

USDA, Director, Office of Civil rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or (866) 632-9992. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339 or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Summer Food Service Program 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 or call 548-3211.

Commissioner's Corner - May 2012

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The month of May has started out very well for Darke County. The crops are planted, and now getting enough moisture will be the key. Mother’s day saw a lot of flower buying and planting in the County, and as always the sunshine makes everyone feel better about getting out and about. The Commissioner’s office is in full swing this month, as this is the start of the Parade season. On May 19th, the elected officials were at the Arcanum Old Fashioned days, a parade and event that everyone enjoys. Since this is the start of the summer season, the commissioners encourage everyone in the County to enjoy all the local festivals. It is a great chance to see your neighbors and visit all of our communities, and the food, fun, and fellowship are always good!

This month starts the budget process for 2013. From the 21st to the 25th, we will review the County budget with the elected officials. This year we are not reviewing the outside funds budgets until November. As always, our elected officials are holding the spending line in check. We feel that the elected officials we have are doing an outstanding job. They have held their spending in check for a number of years now, and their dedication to the conservative spending of the public’s money has allowed Darke County to come through this terrible economy. Thank you to all for a job well done!

There are some important new developments with several projects that the Commissioner’s have been watching. On the 911 cell phone tax, House Bill 509, the “Next Generation- Moving Ohio Forward” Bill has been introduced and is moving through the Legislature. As of now, this Bill seems to be everything that we need to continue the funding for 911. The details have not been worked out completely, but from what we have learned, there will be no need for the Commissioners to ask the citizens for a 0.25 percent sales tax hike to upgrade and maintain 911 services for the next 4 years. We are certainly relieved to know that the legislature has addressed this important issue, and we are happier still that the sales tax increase will NOT be passed onto our citizens. Thank you to our Representatives who listened to us and responded. The State Rte. 242/Airport project seems to be raising some questions for some people. To refresh everyone’s memory, last year ODOT approached the Commissioners regarding abandonment of State Rte. 242 and turning it over to the County, Richland and Wayne Townships by May of 2013. ODOT will be giving a lump sum payment of $800,000.00 to the County Engineer to bring 242 up to new standards and conditions. The county and townships in turn, after the repairs will assume the roads as determined. ODOT will purchase the needed right of ways along 242 before the project starts. By closing the north/south section of 242, we can then use 300 feet of displaced threshold that is already in place. We are working diligently to put in place funding to address Chase Road. The earliest and best case scenario would be to begin in 2014. Several funding sources are available to us (FAA, OPWC) and we are looking into those. We will continue to keep people informed on this project. If you have any questions, please call and ask us.

Economically, the State of Ohio and Darke County continue to lead in jobs and job retention. The Springfield News-Sun recently had a story that start up investment is at a 10 year high in Ohio. Venture capital is flowing into Ohio and is helping small business to grow. Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk continues to do a tremendous job in keeping us moving forward. We have at least 20 projects in the works, and Marc is making sure Darke County continues to lead the Dayton region, and be a force in the State. On May 14th, a ceremonial ground breaking was held for the Darke County Workforce Center. This facility, the Greenville Tech Center, will house the new Workforce Center.

Through the collaborative efforts of many people, this facility will now be utilized by the entire County. This giant step forward will help fill the workforce needs of manufacturing businesses in Darke County for the future and beyond. The facility will train adults and students alike. The purpose is to make sure our companies have a steady, reliable, and knowledgeable supply of workers for the future. With the schools co-operation and input from local employers, this center will be instrumental in the growth of Darke County. Congratulations to all who made this possible. Darke County was showcased in an article in the Wall Street Journal in their May 22nd edition. Whirlpool was chosen to be the lead story on jobs coming back to America from China. Several local people were shown in a video taken at the Greenville plant. This article and video gives Greenville more exposure, and shows how Darke County is leading in economic development. The Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative was instrumental in securing a substantial portion of the budget that landed Whirlpool on the cover. P4P leveraged $188,000.00 to fund an approximate $340,000.00 project. Congratulations to Bill Good and all the hard working people at Whirlpool. Darke County has also been chosen to be a pilot program for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO). The program is in conjunction with Palmer Energy. The program will monitor energy usage in our buildings more thoroughly than before, and will tell us where we can save the most dollars. This is a statewide program and we are delighted that Darke County was chosen for this project. The CCAO is funding the program, so no Darke County dollars are being spent. Thanks to John Cook for his diligence in getting us this program.

Darke County Solid Waste Director Krista Fourman announced that her office has received a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for $6,556 for recycling bins to be placed at the Fairgrounds. Krista has done an excellent job as Solid Waste Director, and has continually kept Darke County in the forefront with all of their projects. The Trash Bash program had almost 1200 participants this year and covered 604 miles of roadway. This was the largest contingent yet, and thanks go out to all who participated. Congratulations to Krista and Melissa for a great job.

On the State front, Ohio Government payroll shrank 4.6% in the last decade. The number of Government employees shrank by 36,600 employees, down from 801,500 to 764,900. Only 3 States lost a greater share of employees. Ohio was one of only 7 States that registered government payroll drops of more than 10,000 government positions. The information is from the Business Courier, May 7th, 2012. Ohio’s unemployment rate continues to decline. The unemployment rate stands at 7.4% down from 7.5% in March. In April, 7000 more workers were put back to work than in March. This is certainly good news for all of us. In other news, Governor Kasich has vowed to use any surplus in the budget for a tax cut for the people of Ohio, not for local Governments as before. There is some resistance to this from County Governments, and Townships, as they feel they have taken the brunt of the cuts. The Governor stated that “the Federal Government did away with revenue sharing in the 70’s, and this is revenue sharing.” “If you want to spend, do it locally,” he said.”Do you realize we had a near death experience?” “And when you have a near death experience you don’t go back to the old behavior.” The Governor has stated he will veto any legislation that restores local government funds, as he believes the people will use the money more wisely themselves. We will see how this plays out.

As always, we encourage everyone to come to a Commissioners meeting. All meetings are open to the public, and we have a session twice a week. Our meetings are Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. Plan to attend and learn what is happening in Darke County! See you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

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