Thursday, February 27, 2014

Trash Bash 2014 T-Shirt Contest Winners Announced

Commissioner Michael Stegall presented Rachael Schmitmeyer
of Greenville with a letter from Congressman John Boehner
recognizing her accomplishment and volunteering efforts in Trash Bash.
The Darke County Solid Waste District and 1 Shot Services recently sponsored a t-shirt design contest for Trash Bash 2014. Students in grades K-12 were eligible to enter the contest. With over fifty (50) designs received, the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee selected Rachael Schmitmeyer’s entry as the winner. Rachael’s design will be put onto t-shirts that will be distributed to all participants of Trash Bash 2014. Rachael, of Greenville, also received a $75 Chamber Gift Certificate donated by 1 Shot Services, Bradford, Ohio. Rachael also received a letter from Congressman John Boehner recognizing her accomplishment and for volunteering in Trash Bash. Rachael is the daughter of Todd and Susan Schmitmeyer.

“We commend every student who took the time to submit a design into our third annual t-shirt design contest for Trash Bash,” said Krista Fourman, Director of the Darke County Solid Waste Distirct. “Everyone who entered had such talent and great ideas. It was hard for the Policy Committee to pick the top three winners.”

The Winning Design
Also receiving prizes for their artwork for the Trash Bash 2014 t-shirt contest were Jordan Ernst and Chad Harter, both of Greenville. Jordan received a $50 Darke County Chamber Gift Certificate and Chad received a $25 Darke County Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by 1 Shot Services. Jordan is the son of Dave and Stacy Ernst. Chad is the son of Jerry Byerly.

“Trash Bash is becoming a huge volunteer event in Darke County. Hundreds of miles of roadway is being cleaned-up in two days.” stated Jim Schaar member of the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee.

How can you participate? The Darke County Trash Bash is scheduled for April 12 & 13, 2014, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to find out how to register your clean-up group or to offer in-kind support. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: . Forms must be turned in by March 7, 2014.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 14, 2014.

Winners of the Trash Bash 2014T-Shirt contest recently met for a small awards ceremony at 1 Shot Services. Pictured Front Row (l to r) are: Chad Harter, 3rd place Design Winner, Jordan Ernst, 2nd place Design Winner, Mike Stump, Darke County Policy Committee. Back Row (l to r) Tom Hans, Darke County Policy Committee, Wayne Chinn, 1 Shot Services, Commissioner Michael Stegall, James Schaar, Darke County Policy Committee, and Roberta Mangen, Darke County Health Department.

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