Tuesday, September 30, 2014

GSF's Corvette Raffle Gets a Video Preview...

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You've read our past posts about the Corvette that the Greenville Schools Foundation is raffling off, but now it has it's own trailer! (You know, like a video preview... it doesn't include a hitch...)

Check out the video below put together by Greenville's Alex Stewart and be sure to buy your tickets!

The Village Singers choir to hold first meeting TONIGHT

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The Village Singers choir will hold their first meeting on Tuesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m., at Trinity Methodist Church in Arcanum. The Village Singers choir has been performing for almost 20 years and would like to extend an invitation to all who enjoy singing in a group setting.

You don't need any formal music training, just a desire to sing!

Chi Gung at the Library

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Jesse Berry from Young Forest Martial Arts Academy will demonstrate and discuss the Chinese art of Chi Gung (Qi Gong) on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. Chi Gung is a practice for aligning body, breath, and mind for health, meditation, and martial arts training. It’s traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance chi (qi) or what has been translated as "life energy".

The program, which is taught by Jesse at Young Forest, will consists of still and moving Tai Chi and Chi Gung meditations that promote optimal health and vitality. Jesse has over ten years experience teaching and training in all areas of martial arts. He also gives lectures and seminars on the history and philosophy of the traditional and the modern.

About 15 years ago Jesse was looking for a martial art for his daughter and found a kwoon (school or dojo) in Eaton Ohio. He began studying Kung Fu himself and in ten years became a master or Sifu. His academy teaches both Kung Fu and Tai Chi/Chi Gung for people of all ages. He is currently chief editor of an online martial arts publication, Tea Warrior, www.teawarrior.com, and is in the process of publishing a novel on martial arts and tea culture.

Young Forest Martial Arts is located at 120 West Third Street, Greenville, behind the Blue Lantern Tea Shop. The tea shop is also owned and operated by Jesse & wife Kim and carries a wide variety of artisan quality teas from around the world as well as tea ware, jewelry, soaps, and more. See www.bluelantern.com.

Jesse explains “Our objective at Young Forest is to teach children and adults character development and life skills through martial arts - as a way to help build strong families and strong communities. It all starts with the individual.”

Many patrons enjoyed Jesse’s traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony last winter - which the Library will host again this coming January. Come and enjoy another enlightening program and learn about the possibilities offered from Chi Gong! See www.youngforestmartialarts.com.

Tri-Village School Fair Baking Contest

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The Tri-Village School Fair committee is again sponsoring a baking contest on Saturday, October 4nd, 2014. The categories are: PK through 6th grade and 7th grade through 12th-Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes and Candy.

The adult divisions will include-Pies, Cookies, Decorated Cookies, Cupcakes, Decorated Cupcakes, Decorated Cakes and Candy.

Family Project includes unique items such as edible play dough, “something” in a jar, crafty foods, etc.

Decorated cakes and cupcakes for Professionals should be decorated and/or presented with our theme in mind; “Tri-Village School Fair~The Tradition Continues”.

All items will be sold at the auction so entries should be presented on plates, plans, etc. and can be sold.

Due to Department of Agriculture and Darke County Health Department regulations all entries are required to be accompanied by the following: Please list on a recipe or 3 x 5 card the Name of the Product, the ingredients to include the amount of each, your name and address, state “This product was made in my home”. Also include the weight of the product. We will have cards available at registration and will be willing to help you in the completion of the information.

Baked goods will be accepted in the high school gym from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Saturday. If you have any questions please contact Monyca Schlechty at 548-0725.

Help Wanted at Kids Learning Place

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Council on Rural Services has the following job openings at their Kids Learning Place centers in Darke County. For more information about job specifics or to apply, please go to our web site www.councilonruralservices.org and click on the “Careers” tab within one week of the initial posting date. We are an equal opportunity employer.

DATE:                September 19, 2014
Kids Learning Place -Bradford
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Kids Learning Place -Greenville
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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Darke County Blood Drive Sponsors are teaming up with Community Blood Center (CBC) to help fight the disease with a community & company blood drives. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the special-edition “Unite to Fight Cancer” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com. Locally donors can contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or dputerbaugh@givingblood.org.

The “Unite to Fight Cancer” t-shirt symbolizes the unique relationship between blood donors and cancer patients. Chemotherapy and other cancer treatments have a harsh impact on blood cells. Transfusions of donated blood and blood products are vital to reducing complications and saving lives. The cancer awareness t-shirt is free when you register to donate Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 1 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The “Unite to Fight Cancer” t-shirt is pink, the international color of breast cancer awareness, and features the slogan “Together We Unite To Fight: It’s In Your Blood.” The design includes six ribbons, each representing a form of cancer.  Breast cancer awareness is the central pink ribbon, flanked by the orange and lavender ribbons representing blood cancers.  Leukemia and lymphoma patients commonly require blood transfusions during treatment.

CBC/CTS is supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by serving as the presenting sponsor of the Oct. 2, 2014 Dayton Light The Night fundraising walk at Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion. CBC/CTS CEO Dr. David Smith is the 2014 chairman of the Dayton Light The Night executive leadership committee.

CBC is proud to support the fight against breast cancer. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness about the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Friday, October 3, 2014
Mississinawa Valley High School
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Sponsored by: MV HS National Honor Society
Students & Faculty Only
This drive will receive special High School T-Shirt

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Greenville Technology, Inc.
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Employees Only

State of the Heart Hospice And Animal Clinic Cooperate on Grief Support Project

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Pictured at the Animal Clinic is Dr. Ronald Anders and Debbie Bryson
State of the Heart Hospice and the County Animal Clinic in Coldwater are working together to develop a “pilot” project, which is a first for the area: A pet loss support group for those who have lost an animal they loved and who need help dealing with their loss.

“They reached out to us to help them develop a pet loss support group,” explained Ashlee Carder, a music therapist and grief support specialist for State of the Heart. The nonprofit agency provides care to patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. An important part of the services provided is grief support.

“We are so thankful for the support from State of the Heart on this,” stated Debbie Bryson, social media coordinator for the animal clinic and the person who will facilitate the grief support groups. She was familiar with services provided in hospice care, particularly the grief support. “We are looking for the hospice staff to guide us in this venture,” she added.

The group sessions will begin Monday, October 20, then held again on Monday, October 27 at the clinic office, 800 N. Seventh St. in Coldwater. Following those two initial sessions there will be a weekly session on the first Monday of each month for five weeks, beginning on November 3. The sessions are free and open to anyone who has lost a pet, regardless of association with hospice or the County Animal Clinic. It is necessary to register for the support groups with the clinic at 419-678-3610. Refreshments will be served at the sessions.

Earlier this summer, Bryson said the staff noted a large number of pets had either died of natural causes or had been euthanized, which happens periodically. “We realize how people are affected by the loss of a pet,” she added, “and we wanted to do more to help our customers who were grieving the loss of their pet.” She said the pet can be a dog, cat, horse, cow, or other animal that the person cared for. The clinic provides services to both large and small animals.

Ladybug Butterflies Live Wreath Sale

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The Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club have kicked off their annual live wreath sale of fresh mixed wreaths, traditional door swags, roping and mixed bunches to decorate for the holidays.

Each wreath is constructed of fresh Noble Fir, accented with Incense Cedar, Blue Berried Juniper and Ponderosa Pine Cones.

The wreaths are available in 20”, 24”, 28”, 32”, and 40” diameters. The roping is of white pine. The mixed bunches have Noble Fir, Princess Pine, Blue Berried Juniper and Incense Cedar. The traditional door swags are attractive with a combination of Western Red Cedar, Princess Pine, and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The 24 inch wreath is ideal for a front door or fireplace and sells for $25.00. A red velvet or red-plaid wired bow can be added for an additional $5.00.

Orders can be placed with members of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club and the Ladybug Garden Club.

Have Fun to Lower Blood Sugar

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Have you ever been told to exercise to help control your blood sugar if you have diabetes? Did you know that for every minute you exercise, you will lower your blood sugar about 1 point.

Unfortunately, exercise is seen as the bad “E” word. For a lot of individuals exercise is seen as work or something that you have to do.

Studies have shown that some individuals reward themselves with unhealthy foods after they exercise compared to individuals who increased their activity while having fun. It is more pleasurable to take a walk to view the scenery, then to feel like we are punishing ourselves with a 30 minute walk. If we view the scenery while walking we have already rewarded ourselves. Individuals, who fell that their walk is a punishment, may use food as a reward.

So how can you move your body in a fun way?

  • Distract yourself by listening to music or book on tape while walking, jogging or riding bike.
  • Join a club for walking, hiking, or biking
  • Walk a new route, walk with a friend, enjoy the scenery (colors of trees or window shop)
  • Technical fun. Try dancing or fitness games on PlayStation2, Wii or Wii Fit.
  • Turn up the music and dance in your house
  • Ride stationary bike while watching TV or reading a book
  • Listen to music during your workout. Each song is 3-4 minutes. So after you listen to 6-7 songs you have exercised for 30 minutes.
  • Do a sport/activity exercise like tennis, golf, swimming, bike riding or bowling

If you think of physical activity as a chore, it will be difficult to set aside time to be active. Instead, think of it as a break from your daily schedule.

Having fun is also a great stress reducer. Remember that stress can also raise your blood sugar level.

To learn more about managing diabetes, consider attending one of the many educational opportunities available at Wayne HealthCare. Education is provided individually and in group classes.

Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. The cost is $40 for the series of four classes. The next group classes will be held October 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014 from 9am to 11am. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

A Free Diabetes Education Program “Understanding Your Numbers: Logs and Labs” will be held on October 14, 2014 from 2pm to 3pm.

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program please call 937-547-5750.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pets of the week

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We have Dexter at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 1 year old Fox Terrier. He is white and black with short hair. He is a nice little guy and very playful. He will make a great family dog for someone with lots of kids. He is ready to be adopted.

We have Bella at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 6 month old Lab/Collie mix. She is black and brown with medium length hair. She is a little sweetheart who loves to play. She will grow to around 50 pounds. She will make a great companion for someone. She is waiting to be adopted.

We have Queeny at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 3 year old Shepherd/Husky mix. She ismostly brown with white on her chest and a black muzzle. She has short hair. She is a little timid when you first meet her, but when she learns who you are she becomes friendly. She weighs around 50 pounds. She is looking for a good home and is waiting to be adopted.

We also have a couple of hound mixes, a lab mix, a husky mix, a Bearded Collie mix, a Dalmatian mix, an Australian Shepherd 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.

Our 2015 “Pets Calendars” are ready for pickup and are the best so far. This is a fund raiser for the Darke County Friends of the Shelter. The pets pictures were submitted in July and the winners have been notified. Help support the Friends and receive a wonderful calendar.

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. Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter: www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com

Mrs. Mike DeWine to visit Darke County Tuesday

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Feed the hungry! Feed Darke County!

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Members of the Fish Advisory Board accepting a check from the Darke County Grant (previously the Hope Grant).  L-R:  Ken & Velma Stull, Christy Prakel (grant), Kristy Cutarelli, Victor French & Doug Bickley.
Our annual Feed Darke County Food Drive is underway, and we need your help! The Fish Choice Pantry is an ecumenical organization that has served our community for 50 years. We are looking for partners to help us achieve our goal of restocking the Fish Choice Pantry. The drive began at the Illumination Festival located at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Donations are accepted anytime at the Fish Choice Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Ave, in Greenville. A container is provided at the back (west end, entry on Thirteenth St) of the building to receive donations.

If you have a large donation or perishable items, please call 548-2000 to schedule a time to meet with a Fish Representative – a gift of any size is always appreciated! For further information about how you can participate in the food drive, please contact Kristy at 316-8420, or email her at kacuter@gmail.com.

Sue Homan, Registered Pharmacist to speak to Cancer Support on October 2 at Wayne Health Care 7 p.m. in the Board Room

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Transitions in life can be difficult, and they might have you feeling out of balance. At Kaup Pharmacy, we understand that each woman is unique. That's why we believe in a customized approach to helping you get back to balance. Sue Homan, Registered Pharmacist and Hormone Consultant will be providing solutions through lifestyle changes and discussing the basics of
Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy that can change how you feel.


Sue has been employed by Kaup Pharmacy since graduating as a Registered Pharmacist from Ohio Northern University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Science Degree. She began specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy compounding in 1995. Sue has given many BHRT presentations in different locations in West Central Ohio including a one-day BHRT Conference held at Ohio Northern University in 2003. She attends PCCA conferences, yearly, and she is a member of the Ohio Pharmacy Association.

Sue and her husband, Larry, are proud parents of six children. She also enjoys being a Religion instructor for Mary Help of Christians Church for the past eight years. Their leisure activities center around family oriented events, such as volleyball, basketball, baseball, and soccer games. When she finds time, Sue enjoys reading, traveling, and horseback riding. Sue can be located at:

PHONE 419-375-2323/1-800-686-2314
FAX 419-375-4488/419-375-2486

The Cancer Association of Darke County is located in the new Wayne Cancer Center at 1111 Sweitzer St. Cancer patients living in Darke County are eligible to receive benefits from the association that is local and independent. For questions, call Christine Lynn, Executive Director at 937-548-9960.


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A Meet the Candidates Night will be held on Saturday evening, October 25th, at 7:00 PM, at the Darke County Extension Office, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville. The Darke County Farmers Union will sponsor the event and will recognize and honor the 4H kids they supported at the recent County Fair. Speakers will be Dave Shindollar from the Ohio Farmers Union Office and a representative from Hastings Insurance. Information will be available on the Affordable Healthcare Act. A free Thanksgiving turkey/door prize will be given away.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

State of the Heart Hospice Patient Gets Final Wish Fulfilled

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A sunrise and a sunset on the ocean with his fiancĂ©: That is all that State of the Heart Hospice patient Larry Kelly wants in the time he has remaining. The 49-year-old Indiana resident has ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and realizes his life remaining is limited. His dream has been to take his fiancĂ©, Linda Allen, to a beach where they can enjoy the sun setting on the ocean and rising in the morning.

“If I can be with her to see the sun setting and coming up on the water, that is all I want,” Kelly said recently from his home in Portland. Allen has never been to the ocean. Kelly was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. Life expectancy with the fatal disease is three to five years; his condition has worsened in recent months.

Thanks to the combined efforts of State of the Heart and the agency’s wish granting program called Corynna’s Wish, and the Dream Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, Larry and Linda will be going to Clearwater, Florida the first weekend in October where they will stay at the Hilton hotel.
“It will be great to put my feet in the sand and realized that this dream has come true,” Kelly said. “That is all I want. I have been around the water a lot, but I want Linda to experience it with me.” The two have been together for the past 13 years.

The quest to fulfill the dream began with State of the Heart Hospice Social Worker Jennifer
VanSkyock. “Typically in our role as a social worker, we ask a patient if they have anything they want to see or do in life in the time they have remaining,” she explained. “Larry expressed a wish to go back to the ocean and take Linda with him to see the beauty of the sunset and sunrise on the water.” The hotel is on the water and features a large expanse of a white sandy beach. “It is great for this to happen,” Van Skyock said. “It will be wonderful for them to enjoy being together on the beach.”

GOP Women to Hold Meet the Candidates Night

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The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on October 13. This will be a “Meet Your Republican Candidates Night.”

Republican candidates who will appear on the November ballot and have been invited include: Governor John Kasich, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Auditor of State Dave Yost, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer of State Josh Mandel, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio Judi French, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio Sharon Kennedy, Representative to Congress (8th District) John Boehner, Judge of the Court of Appeals (2nd District) Robert Vaughn, Ohio State Senator Bill Beagle (5th District), Ohio State Representative Stephan A. Huffman (80th District), Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy (84th District), Judge of the Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile and Probate Division Jason Aslinger, Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall, Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn.

The program is being sponsored by the Darke County Republican Women’s Club. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community. Speakers who are present, will address the audience with a question/answer period following. Statements sent by those candidates unable to attend will be read by a representative.

The club will be having a meal prior to the program. Anyone wishing to enjoy their evening meal with the group may do so by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or by sending an email to DCRWReservations@darkegop.org to place a reservation. Cost of the meal is $7.50. Any reservation made is expected to be paid. Reservations must be made before noon on October 9. The meal will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., please plan your arrival to allow time to check in, etc.

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club meets on the second Monday of every month, except January and August. For more information, please contact President Sally Zeiter at DCRWPresident@darkegop.org. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.


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Chalk art created by local artist, Stephanie Schieltz.
If you love arts and crafts, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event for October, the Artisan Stroll! The event features over 40 different vendors, each offering art, artisan crafts, or handmade items! The event will be held from 6-9 pm downtown Greenville on Friday, October 3rd.

“It will be a jam packed night with so much to see and do!”, said Susan Fowble, Event Chair Volunteer. “We are excited to see everyone downtown!”

Vendors will be set-up on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items. The list of items offered include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, photography, crocheted items, and more.

In addition to the art on display, many demonstrations will take place throughout the evening. The list includes glass blowing, rock balancing, chainsaw sculpting, wooden spoon carving, chair caning, glass bead making, fiber art creation, and artistic gourd making. The event will also feature live music located at multiple locations.

There will also be many things offered for children to enjoy. The list includes face-painting, Chalk-the-Block (a sidewalk chalk contest), a Renaissance & Medieval re-creation pavilion, a Kid’s Clinic provided by Lowes Home Improvement, and an art class provided by Paper Bird Studio at The A & B Coffee & Cake Co.

Since June, the committee (consisting of Susan Fowble, Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Fran Brubaker, Debbie Niekamp, and Nancy Person) has volunteered to work with Amber Garrett, the Executive Director for Main Street Greenville to create the event.

“The Artisan Stroll would not be possible without the hard work of the committee. They are a wonderful group of volunteers and they are dedicated to creating a quality event for all to enjoy.”, said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

Signs and flyers will be posted the night of the event with the schedule and the locations of each vendor. Main Street Greenville will also post the information on their website and Facebook page for you to download or view before the event.

Main Street Greenville thanks Jafe Decorating, Inc., a local company since 1978 and a leading producer of specialty colored glass and our local AAA, a leisure travel organization – both who sponsored the First Friday Artisan Stroll.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville).

Bridges to College to Host College Night

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Have questions about college?

You are invited to:

College Night

An informational evening for high school juniors and seniors as well as their parents

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St., Greenville

Topics addressed include:
  • The college selection process
  • The college search timeline
  • Placement/assessment testing
  • Admissions and financial Aid
  • Affordability
  • Tips for student success

For more information, call Anne McKinney, Bridges to College at 423-2442,

Volunteers Help Homeless

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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is working to bring volunteers into a collaborative project with Trinity Lutheran Church in Versailles, where they work to make crocheted mats for homeless people. A small group of the church ladies began making mats for the homeless in July of 2011. Karen Schultz, coordinator for this project, got the idea from her mother who was also working at her church with the same project. “We had a couple ladies try to make a mat and it worked, so away we went on this journey!” said Karen. RSVP got involved this year recruiting additional volunteers to work on the mats.

When the group has a supply of them completed, Pastor Bob Akins takes the mats to homeless shelters in Cincinnati, in Dayton to First Lutheran Church and St. Vincent’s, to a soup kitchen in Troy, Agape in Sidney and Safe Haven in Greenville. Karen said, “One mat even traveled to India with a missionary from the Sidney area.”

The volunteers first cut plastic grocery bags into strips and roll them into balls of “plarn” plastic yarn for this project before beginning the crochet process. A group of RSVP volunteers in Shelby County is also working on creating the plarn balls and donating to the church for the mats project. The group meets to make the mats the 1st Saturday of every month.

Donations of plastic bags are always welcome and will help with all of the programs. Bag donations can be dropped off at the Trinity Lutheran Church basement every weekday morning from 9-12 am and all day on Wednesday.

The ladies working on the mat project are: Diane Schrader, Karen Lawrence, Evelyn Frantz, Ginny Moorman, Mary Seman, Mary Buxton, Karen Schultz, Shila Magoto, Cynthia Vogel, Cindy Lewis, and Evelyn Gaier.

If you have any questions about volunteering for the project, just give Ahby Mangen, the RSVP recruiter, a call at 937-548-8002 or email her at rsvpdk@councilonruralservices.org. If you would like to volunteer in a more active position, Ahby can match you up with many of our other non-profits that need assistance also.

For more information about the programs of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning, check the Web site at www.councilonruralservices.org.

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR darke county welcome center

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GREENVILLE, OH – With the creation of the new Welcome Center in the heart of the county, downtown Greenville, the Darke County Visitors Bureau is seeking friendly folks with smiling faces to reminisce about our beautiful community, all while welcoming and providing valuable information to visitors to Darke County.

Share your knowledge about the area's sites, history and culture with visitors for a few hours per week at the new Welcome Center. Training will be provided, along with many perks to the job. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please contact Deanna York at the Darke County Visitors Bureau by phone (937) 548-5158 or email dyork@VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Potential volunteers are welcome to attend the welcome center grand opening on Friday, October 3 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and meet Executive Director, Deanna York and board members of the DCVB.

For information about volunteer opportunities, the new welcome center, as well as upcoming events and general community information, please go to www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Rider Dies After Motorcycle and Van Collide in Hillgrove

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On September 27, 2014 at approximately 7:32pm, Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Ohio Fire & Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 571 and Liberty Street in the village of Hillgrove on a report of a serious injury crash involving a motorcycle and van. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a Blue 1999 Chevy Astro van driven by Joseph Anthony Castiglione Jr (19) Greenville, was traveling Southeast on State Route 571 and had slowed down for the front passenger to toss a newspaper in a yard and then attempted to make a left turn onto Liberty Street and was struck by a Red 2000 Suzuki Intruder motorcycle operated by Jay A. Long (54) Greenville, traveling Southeast on State Route 571 while attempting to pass the van on the left.  Both vehicles then collided into a guard rail and the water pump that sits at this intersection of Liberty Street.  Mr. Long was ejected from the motorcycle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  Careflights response to the scene was cancelled, and the driver and two juvenile passengers in the van were not injured in the crash and refused treatment.  Mr. Long was not wearing a helmet.  State Route 571 was closed for approximately 4 hours.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team, and the Darke County Coroner's Office.  This is Darke County's 6th fatal crash for the year. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

School Bus (With No Kids on Board) Strikes Propane Truck

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Arcanum -  On September 26, 2014 at 7:45 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue were dispatched to Grubbs Rex Rd and Littles Rd. reference to a two vehicle injury accident involving a school bus and a propane truck. Mutual aid was requested from Tri Village Rescue and New Madison Fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed that an Arcanum Butler Local school bus, driven by Larry A. Bourne (66) of Arcanum, was southbound on Littles Rd.and stopped at the stop sign at Grubbs Rex Rd.  Bourne pulled out in to the intersection and struck a 2006 Sterling propane truck, driven by Kent E. Sharp (66) of Greenville, which was westbound on Grubbs Rex Rd.  Bourne’s vehicle was pushed off the north side of Grubbs Rex Rd. from the impact of the collision. When Sharp’s vehicle was struck it caused his vehicle to overturn and slide approximately 100/150 feet before coming to final rest.  Sharp was ejected from his vehicle.  Sharp was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital. Bourne was treated and transported to Wayne Hospital by Tri-Village Rescue.

Sharp’s vehicle was carrying a full load of propane at the time of the accident.  A cleanup crew from RW Earhart Co. responded to the scene to off load the propane so the truck could be removed from the scene.  Grubbs Rex Rd.between Littles Rd. and SR 503 was shut down for approximately 7 hours while the cleanup took place.  No propane was leaked from the overturned truck.

At this time the condition of both driver’s is unknown. The sunrise may have been a factor in Bourne’s failure to yield at the intersection.  At the time of the accident there were no students on the school bus.  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.  Charges are pending resulting from the investigation.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AARP Offering Smart Driver Course

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Do you need a refresher course to keep up on the all the new “rules of the road” and driver’s safety techniques? Here is your change to spend a few hours learning from what you need to know – bring all your friends and make it a group learning day.

AARP is offering their “Smart Driver Course” for people age 50+ on Thursday, October 2 from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. It will be in the Council on Rural Services building at 116 E. Third Street in Greenville.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non AARP members, with registration open now through September 30th. Remember cold and winter weather is coming and now is the time to get this updated information.

Lunch will be an hour long, so you can either bring your lunch or there are a few restaurants within walking distance.

If you have any questions just give Abhy Mangen, the RSVP recruiter at the CORS Building, a call at 937-548-8002 or email her at rsvpdk@councilonruralservices.org. She will get your all signed up and ready to attend.

Kasich’s “Labor” leads to Ohio Jobs - A Guest Post from Allen Peele

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This past weekend was a long one thanks to the recognition of Labor Day being September 1st. As Ohioans celebrated with a day off from work or school, Governor John Kasich remained busy focusing on Ohio’s job market and working on bringing more jobs back to Ohio. Governor Kasich spent last week in Euclid while Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was in Youngstown, and both of them focused on meeting with local businesses. It was also announced that John Kasich and Mary Taylor were endorsed by the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association because their leadership has brought manufacturing jobs, as well as jobs in many other fields, back to Ohio. It has been noted that “Manufacturing jobs in Ohio have increased by more than 2 percent annually since 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics.” This announcement reinforces the idea that Kasich and his goal is to bring jobs back to Ohio while also expanding businesses both big and small here in the Buckeye State.

On Facebook, Governor Kasich posted a picture of his Labor Day Resolution with the caption “Since January 2011, Ohioans have created nearly a quarter million new private sector jobs.” Kasich has also reformed government programs that were actually creating barriers for Ohioans to find a job. One of these reforms was the creation of JobsOhio which replaced the inefficient Department of Development. JobsOhio has been a big help in the success of Ohio’s job growth and reduction of Ohio’s unemployment rate, as Ohioans have access to more resources they may use to find employment. Governor Kasich emphasizes not only on expanding the businesses that are already here in Ohio, but he also cares about bringing new businesses to Ohio and creating a low-tax atmosphere, yielding new businesses to start-up in Ohio. Governor Kasich noted that, “In 2013, 89,735 businesses were created in Ohio – the most in state history – surpassing the old record set in 2012.” Kasich’s attitude towards making Ohio a better place for everyone, along with the statistics, prove that Kasich’s stances on low business and personal taxes are helping Ohio become economically rejuvenated. Kasich further credited Ohioans, having stated that “[Ohio’s] comeback wouldn't be possible without the spirit, ingenuity and skill of the Ohio worker.” Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor are hardworking individuals who strive to bring jobs to Ohio, and truly recognize it wouldn’t have been possible without you and your hardworking neighbors.

County FFA Land Judging Contest Held in Monroe Township

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Left: George Skidmore (Left) and Tim Rank (Right) evaluate the soil pits for the 2014 Darke County Land Judging Contest at Kenton Arnett’s farm near Pitsburg. Right: FFA students analyze a soil pit during the 2014 land judging contest held in Monroe Township at Kenton Arnett’s farm.
On September 16, 2014 the Darke SWCD held their annual land judging contest for Darke County FFA Chapters as they prepare for the District Contest. This year’s contest was held at Kenton Arnett’s Farm off Red River West Grove Road near Pitsburg. This year 14 teams from six schools – Ansonia, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles – participated in the event.

The land judging contest consists of a rural and an urban test. Each test challenges the students to not only identify soil types, but also consider other soil characteristics when making recommendations for use of that area. The contest consisted of four stations, three soil pits and a written test. The students had 15 minutes to finish the test at each station. Upon completion of the contest, students were asked to hand in their answer keys before Darke SWCD staff would go over the answers and reasoning for each station.

This year Versailles Team #1 finished with the highest team score on the rural test, followed by Tri-Village Team #1 and Versailles Team #2. The highest individual score was Dean Heitkamp from Versailles FFA. Tri-Village brought the only team to compete in the urban test this year, the team score was 1,073 out of a possible 1,398 points. The highest individual score was Ethan Deneski.

“Darke SWCD would like to thank the Kenton for graciously hosting this year’s competition, George Skidmore for helping Tim Rank evaluate the soil pits, Jeff McMiller and Darke County Ditch Maintenance for digging the pits and all the schools for participating in the event. The participation and enthusiasm from the students and teachers is what makes this competition great,” said Jared Coppess, District Administrator for Darke SWCD.

Edison holds security training, access to Piqua Campus limited

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In continuing efforts to keep its campuses safe, Edison Community College will hold a safety and security exercise for faculty and staff on Friday, September 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Piqua Campus.

During this time, access to the campus will be limited to one entrance in the West Hall and one entrance in the North Hall. Those who need access to the Piqua Campus during these hours are encouraged to plan accordingly.

Campus safety and security remain at the top of the College’s priorities. To view Edison’s complete crime statistics report visit www.edisonohio.edu. For further information, contact John Shishoff at 937-778-7878 or jshishoff@edisonohio.edu.

“Last Mondays” at Versailles Museum September 29th

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Last month we enjoyed hearing all those teacher tales from our retired teachers. What a wonderful afternoon of renewed friendships and memories.

Our September, “Last Monday” on September 29th we will gather for round two of our Veteran’s Round Table Chat.

When something is so well received we promised to do it again and so here we go.

Thanks to our Veteran and museum friend, Tom Mendenhall who will lead the discussion, as we gather Veterans from W.W.II to the current military to share their experiences. From the battlefield to the friendships, we want to hear all your stories. We also want to hear about life at home while you were serving.

We have partnered with our friends at Versailles High School Media Class who will join us to preserve this piece of history for our museum files.

Please feel free to bring stories and pictures. If you are not a Veteran, you are still most welcome and encouraged to attend.

After the program there will be time to enjoy the displays around the Museum. So call your friends and invite them to this special afternoon.

Each afternoon ends with a delicious homemade dessert and coffee (and of course we appreciate your generous donations to keep these programs coming).

So mark your calendars for September 29th at 1:00 p.m. and join us at the Museum for a day of remembrance.

Greenville BPW Kicks off 2014-2015 Business Year

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The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club kicked off the new 2014- 2015 business year by holding their first meeting on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Brethren Retirement Center.

The Legislation Committee consisting of Chair Gail Snyder and members Jenny Bruns and Marion Knick hosted the meeting. Jenny introduced the featured speaker Lauren Henry who is the Executive Director for the Darke County United Way. Henry has worked for the Darke County United Way for 7 years and is conducting her 8th campaign. She graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a HR major and received her MBA from the University of Findlay. Lauren is married to Chad Henry and they have 3 boys. Lauren stated the mission of the Darke County United Way is to increase the capacity to care for one another. 27 non-profit agencies receive support from the community’s campaign. In 2014 over 20,000 residents in Darke County were touched by the donations made to the United Way. Since the inception of the CORS- Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) program they have had over 400 kids graduate. These are children from throughout the whole county. The United Way campaign is built around 3 initiatives including education, stability, and health.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to Darke County senior high school girls and young women furthering their career. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Tasha Anderson at tasha.anderson05@gmail.com or 937/621-4569.

Rest Haven Celebrates National Rehab Month with a Reunion

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Rest Haven therapist and previous rehab patients
Rest Haven therapist: Annette Brunswick(PTA), Tammy Tollefson(COTA),
Angie Pollic(SLP), Megan Junod(OT,Rehab Diretor),
Holly Hartke (COTA), Sheila Wyan (Rehab Aide), Julie Grisez (PTA),
Tyler Luthman (PT)
Former rehab residents and their guests came back to Rest Haven’s rehab gym to celebrate National Rehabilitation month with our annual Rehab Reunion Luncheon on Wednesday, September 17th. Our Rehab Reunion is just one great way for the therapist, staff, and prior rehab patients to reconnect and commemorate his or her successful rehabilitation and recovery. A delicious lunch was served to our guests. Door prizes were awarded to lucky winners, and everyone left with a good bag. It was evident with the laughter and smiles Rest Haven staff and therapist, along with previous rehab patients enjoyed catching up and seeing each other again.

Rest Haven always welcomes guests and families to stop by anytime. We are proud to offer exceptional service with updated equipment, private rooms, lounge area, dining room, and entrance into our rehab to home wing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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Since 2007, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter have assembled a 12 month calendar as a fundraiser for their several projects. The monthly pictures are made up of local pets. The 2015 calendar is now availabe and has photos of any kind of pets.

The calendars make great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. and are sold at the Shelter (5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, just beyond the Sheriff’s Office). You also can purchase them from one of the shelter members. The price per calendar is just $8.

Please visit also the new website of the Friends of the Shelter to learn more about the organization: http://www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com/

City of Greenville's Last Day for Limb/Brush Pick Up is Friday

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(937) 548-2215

Man Arrested After Administering Heroin To His 18 Year Old Son

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On September 22,2014 at approximately 2:32 p.m., the Greenville Police Department was called to Wayne Healthcare on a drug investigation.

During this investigation, it was discovered that 42 year old Aaron York brought heroin into the hospital and was administering it to his 18 year old son, Jesse York, who was a patient there.

While injecting his son with the heroin, a staff member witnessed them and alerted staff and police. Aaron York was later located at his residence and arrested for Corrupting Another with Drugs, a 2nd degree felony, and Drug Trafficking, a 5th degree felony. He was taken to the Darke County Jail.

On September 23,2014, charges were filed in the Darke County Prosecutor's Office and this case will be heard by the Darke County Grand Jury on September 25,2014.


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Greenville BPW Annual Guest Night Speaker: Kirsten Berghoff with husband Dennis.
This year the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club has a special event planned for their Annual Guest Night on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:30PM. Kirsten Berghoff, owner of Sadie Grace and manager of Readmore’s Hallmark in downtown Greenville is the guest speaker. Kirsten grew up in New Madison, graduated from Tri-Village and from the Creative Images School of Cosmetology Nail Tech Program. She worked at Neff and Kitchenaid Experience before becoming store manager of Readmore’s Hallmark in 2005. Berghoff opened Sadie Grace with her husband and business partner, Dennis, in 2012. They are parents to Gage and Kamron who attend Tri-Village. The Berghoff’s make living and working in Downtown Greenville a family affair. Both Dennis and Kirsten work at Sadie Grace and the boys work at Readmore’s Hallmark. Kirsten and her family are very vested in Downtown Greenville. She was a part of the original committee for the First Friday chocolate walk event.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Club wants to bring awareness to breast cancer and has adopted the theme ‘Bring on the Pink’ for the meeting. All ladies attending are encouraged to wear pink. A silent auction and caricature artist are planned for the meeting. The organization is actively promoting membership into the Club. Come and join us for the evening and find out more about our Club!

The dinner meeting on Thursday, October 9, 2014 starts at 6:30 PM at a cost of $12.00. The location is the Thirsty Turtle Lounge at 6545 US 36, Greenville, OH. Reservations need to be made by noon on Monday, October 6, 2014 by contacting Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the Darke will meet Wednesday, Sept. 24

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ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the Darke will meet Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. The meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month in the third floor community room at GPL.

This month the group will be learning about how to use essential oils to help calm and soothe children on the spectrum, as well as children with other medical and behavioral issues. Even if parents don't have children on the spectrum, they can come and learn more from Jenni Smith, occupational therapist, and Jan Teaford, who makes all natural soaps and cleaners using essential oils for health benefits.

This group was created by local mothers in response to the lack of a support system for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Darke County. The hope is that the group can be a resource and support group for other parents, caregivers and loved ones of those who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Parents/caregivers who suspect ASD, but who have not gotten a diagnosis yet, are welcome to attend as well. The group is not limited to parents/loved ones of ASD children, parents of any special needs children are welcome to attend if they think the topic will be relevant.

ASD in the Darke wants to know what parents want to learn more about; what topics will be helpful, and what activities parents/caregivers might want to see brought to the area for ASD children and young adults.

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/asdindarke, email asdinthedarke@gmail.com or call Heather at 937-417-9274 for more information.

Rest Haven Annual Family Picnic

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The big tent filled Rest Haven’s parking lot again Sunday, September 7th for the annual Family Picnic and end of summer celebration. Rest Haven reserves the Sunday after Labor Day as a time for our residents along with all of their family and friends, and staff to gather under the big top for a delicious meal and fun time together. This year Rest Haven’s department heads served a delightful dinner to our guests, while the much-loved entertainers, Harmony Quartet, played an array of classics, oldies, and blue grass for all to enjoy throughout the day. Thank you to all who participated and made the day extra special for our residents.

Prairie Days!

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You are invited to Prairie Days! Don’t miss out on this awesome historical event to be held on Saturday, September 27th, from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 28th, from 12pm-5pm

Come enjoy a weekend celebrating prairies and the pioneer way of life! See apple butter being made over the fire, play children’s pioneer games, compete in foot races and seed-spitting contests, view local artists’ works, listen to and enjoy live music and entertainment. This year we will have performances by The Darke County Civic Theatre on Saturday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. The Thien Snipps will perform on Saturday at 1:00pm. Sunday enjoy back-to-back musical performances from Roger DeMange at 12:00pm and the Silver Grass Band at 1:30pm. Between performances, sit-a-spell with our 200-year-old pioneer volunteers in the Log House or try your hand at candle-making, tinsmithing and more! Take a stroll through the 18th century encampment and watch a tomahawk and knife throwing competition. And what is a festival without food?! Take a load off as you enjoy fresh produce from Downing’s Fruit Farm or visit one of the many non-profit vendors serving a wide variety of foods for lunch, snacks and more! Food options will include “prairie dogs,” french fries, walking tacos and much more! Participate in a pie-baking contest. Be sure to try your luck at the annual basket raffle before you leave!

We hope to see you next weekend at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West, where admission and parking are FREE! Transportation from the main parking areas will once again be provided by Greenville Transit System (GTS). Parking areas will be well marked with plenty of signage. This will make getting to and from the parking area to the festival grounds quick, effective and safe for all family members. Handicap parking will once again be held in the paved lot at the Nature Center (please be sure to have your Handicap Placard visible).

For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer
Joshua Carswell at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville
on Saturday, October 11.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer Joshua Carswell at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 11. The second of DCCA's Artists Series concerts, the show begins at 8 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, local audiences have already received a sneak peek at the young man. “Josh is a close friends to members of the Annie Moses Band, and performs with them when he's available; so all of those in the audience at the initial concert of our current Artists Series season featuring the Annie Moses Band were treated to a small sampling of what's in store when he's in the spotlight,” Rawlins explained. “To say that he wowed the audience with his vocal and interpretive abilities might be an understatement; I strongly doubt that anyone who was there for that enticing snippet will miss Josh's show,” Rawlins concluded.

Just 25 years old, Carswell has already performed at Carnegie Hall and released his first solo album featuring great American standards including “I Only Have Eyes for You” and Hank Williams' plaintive “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.” According to Mr. Rawlins, Joshua Carswell has been singing since he was a three-year-old performing solos at church. “Josh loves multiple musical styles and genres, and has the extraordinary skill to perform and interpret almost any song in a manner that immediately captures the audience and leaves them wanting more,” Rawlins said.

Jim and Enid Goubeaux are sponsoring the Joshua Carswell concert. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for the show by Joshua Carswell cost $20, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.


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Grace United Methodist Church
Ithaca, Ohio
Sat. September 27, 2014

POTPIE SUPPER: 4:30 P.M. -7:00 P.M.


Chicken Potpie Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans with Ham Dinner Rolls
Jello Salad Cake/Homemade Pie
Drinks (Ice Tea, Lemonade, or Coffee)

All you can eat for a donation

Carry outs available - Phone # 678-9062


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Darke County Center for the Arts' Family Theatre Series
will present TheatreworksUSA's production of Skippyjon Jones,
a musical based on the book by Judy Schachner,
at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on
Sunday, October 12. Showtime is 2 p.m.
Darke County Center for the Arts' Family Theatre Series will present TheatreworksUSA's production of Skippyjon Jones, a musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, October 12. Showtime is 2 p.m. “This delightful show unleashes kids' imaginations and empowers their dreams while offering a really good time for everyone involved,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Adults will be impressed by the witty script and charming songs, and will laugh along with the youngsters at the adventures of this little kitten with big ears who somehow becomes a swashbuckling Chihuahua,” Rawlins concluded.

This is the first of DCCA's Family Theatre Series presentations this season. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will once again bring treasured stories by Eric Carle to St. Clair Memorial Hall; The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud, and The Mixed up Chameleon will be presented on Sunday, February 15, re-telling the tales through Mermaid Theatre's patented blend of special effects, puppetry, and evocative music. Then on Sunday, March 1, Schoolhouse Rock Live! will hit the Memorial Hall stage, entertainingly teaching history, math, grammar, and science, just like the Emmy-Award-winning TV series did in the 1970's.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, DCCA's Family Theatre Series was established to provide local families the opportunity to enjoy professional theatrical productions within their home community at an economical cost. Tickets are $5; season tickets are available for the entire series at a cost of $12 for all three shows. These low ticket prices are made possible by the contributions provided by the following sponsors: DP & L Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Andersons, Inc., Edison Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, and Greenville Rotary Club.

The Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation and DCCA memberships also support Family Theatre. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Contact DCCA at dcca@centerforarts.net or 937-547-0908 to reserve tickets for Skippyjon Jones or purchase them online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, as well as Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be sold at the door prior to the performance.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wash your hands! Virus outbreak, flu season good reasons for precautions

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Wash your hands! This, along with other basic precautions, is one of the best ways to avoid getting or spreading illnesses like a severe respiratory virus that is receiving national attention – and also a good way to prevent and reduce the spreading of seasonal flu, Reid officials say.

The number of confirmed cases of the human enterovirus 68 (HEV68) continues to grow in Indiana and other areas, with the illness now being seen in 12 states. Four Lake County, Indiana, children were treated at the University of Chicago Hospital recently.

Greg Carter, Reid’s Infection Control officer, said Indiana Health Department officials believe the HEV68 is at the root of the mysterious epidemic that has struck in Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Carter said there is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus, which is related to the rhinovirus that is responsible for the common cold. It can be more dangerous for children and others with asthma or immune system compromising conditions.

Carter said this illness and the approaching seasonal flu season should motivate everyone to take steps designed to prevent these and other infections. “Wash your hands,” Carter said, “avoid close contact with those who are sick and keep objects and surfaces disinfected.”

He noted that as a way to prevent infections such as this one or the flu, Reid has long maintained hand sanitizer stations at entrances with messaging that encourages hand-washing.

HEV68 symptoms include a low-grade fever, cough, runny nose, sneezing and body/muscle aches.

Enteroviruses are common. There are more than 100 types which cause an estimated 10 to 15 million infections each year, especially in children.

Remember some of the best ways to reduce the risk and spread of infection:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are ill.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
  • Avoid going out and especially visiting hospital patients if you think you may be ill


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Darke County Center for the Arts will bring storyteller,
actor, mime, and mask maker extraordinaire Doug Berky
to local schools during the week of September 22 – 26
to present his program “Gems: The World's Wisdom Stories”
for kindergarten through third grade students.
Darke County Center for the Arts will bring storyteller, actor, mime, and mask maker extraordinaire Doug Berky to local schools during the week of September 22 – 26 to present his program “Gems: The World's Wisdom Stories” for kindergarten through third grade students. “We are excited to bring Doug back to our community where he has been exceedingly well-received in the past by students and educators,” said Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director for DCCA. “Doug weaves together many art forms to create the fabric of his stories, but the most memorable component of his art has to be his incomparable imaginative yet life-like masks that make his one-man performance seem populated by a whole troupe of actors,” Rawlins explained.

DCCA's Arts In Education series annually provides performances by professional artists for students in all grade levels in every public school within in Darke County. Inspired by the vision of local educator William Combs, the program has been enlightening and entertaining students since 1983. “The importance of the arts in enhancing lives is well-known; by taking the performance to the audience, DCCA's Arts In Education shows offer the benefits derived from artistic exposure to many youngsters who would not otherwise have the opportunity,” stated DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. Other A.I.E. performances this school year include Poetry Alive bringing poems to life for high school students October 13 – 16, “Zydeco For Kids” presented by famed musician Terrance Simien to fourth-through-sixth graders October 27 – 31, and the thrilling recycled percussion of Scrap Arts Music March 12 – 13 for those in junior high.

DCCA's Arts In Education presentations are sponsored by Target, DP&L Company Foundation, Vectren Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe, The Andersons, Edison Community College, Richard and Shirley Baker, The Oliver Family Fund of the Darke County Foundation, BASF, Family Health, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Mercer Savings Bank, and the Mandy Green Fund of the Darke County Foundation. Additional funding is provided from DCCA memberships and the schools. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.


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Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having his “Coffee with the Commissioner” on Saturday September 27th at the Silver Spur in Osgood. The event will be held between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

This is the second time the commissioner has held this at the Silver Spur. It has been a while, so it was time to go see the people in the northern part of the county again. Please come on out, get a cup of coffee, and have the commissioner tell you about happenings in the county, or to answer your questions or concerns about issues that affect you.

Please join the Commissioner on Saturday, September 27th at 8:00 a.m. at the Silver Spur in Osgood.

“The Walking Dead” Marathon at Library

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Librarian Kaley Breaden is unaware of who or what is in the Library!
The Greenville Public Library is hosting a free marathon of “The Walking Dead” on Saturday, September 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Walking Dead is a popular TV series whose story takes place in post-apocalyptic Atlanta where the living are trying to survive amongst zombies. Season 5 starts October 12th so here is a chance to re-cap Season 4, episodes 8-16.

Come up to the third floor meeting room to watch on the big-screen TV. Feel free to spend the whole day or stop in and out as you wish. Snacks will be provided and one lucky person will win a Season 4 DVD by random drawing. Be prepared to enjoy a fun-filled day with other fans and remember “”There is safety in numbers...”

City of Greenville Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

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The City of Greenville Fire Department will be hosting a Fire Prevention Open House with the theme “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month” on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the fire station in the City Municipal Building, 100 Public Square.

Activities on the agenda will include: guided station tours, a static display of complete set of firefighter turnout gear presented, thermal imaging camera demonstrations, a kiddie fire hose station, adult use of portable fire extinguishers, and blood pressure screenings. Various safety handouts will be available.

As a reminder, the City of Greenville Fire Department has smoke detectors available free for city residents. Refreshments and door prizes offered (donated).

Dave & Becky George Chosen Grand Marshals of 81st Tri-Village School Fair

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Dave and Becky George
In honor of their many years of service to our school and community, Dave and Becky George have been chosen to preside as Grand Marshals of the Tri-Village School Fair. The annual event is planned for Friday and Saturday, October 3rd & 4th.

There will be a vast assortment of vendors, artists and local groups setting up their booths after school on Friday. The Cutest Patriot and Pumpkin Decorating Contests are two favored events. Beginning at 5 p.m. Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren will offer complete meals as well as ala carte items. The Friday evening program begins at 6:00 with The Little Miss/Mr. Patriot contest and continues at 7:00 with a music program provided by Tri-Village High School band and chorus and the crowning of the King and Queen, sponsored by the School Fair Committee, will take place for the 81st consecutive year. The Girl Scouts will be sponsoring Bingo in the commons area after the program and dances will be held at the conclusion of the program. The dance for students K-6 will be held at the New Madison Civic Center from 8:30 - 10:30 and grades 7-12th dance will be in the school auditorium from 8:30 – 11:00 with music provided by Aaron Sebring of “Pardon the Noise”.


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During this coming year, Head Start a federal funded early childhood education program, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the program in the United States in 1965. Council on Rural Services has also been involved with the Head Start program since 1975, so we are additionally celebrating our involvement of 40 years.

As part of our celebrations we are looking for individuals or families that have been involved in the Head Start program over the years. Do you remember going to preschool in Head Start? We want to hear your stories; what do you remember about Head Start and how it helped you and your family to move forward in life.

We know that many of the Head Start alumni have gone on to be successful in life, with some becoming business owners, teachers, doctors, attorneys and wonderful parents of their own children. There are also many celebrity alumni; just look at Chris Rock, Shaquille O’Neal, and Deion Sanders all with beginnings in Head Start.

Please just email or call me at dbrayfield@councilonruralservices.org or 937-778-5220 so we can talk. We want your story to become part of our wonderful celebration of Head Start. Those who have been touched by this program know the reality of how a Head Start in life leads to success.

Council on Rural Services provides education, support, and volunteer services through Head Start, Early Head Start, Kids Learning Place™, Gateway Youth Programs, Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES), Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in their nine county service area of Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Shelby, Preble and Van Wert Counties.

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