Friday, October 31, 2014

SR 121 to be Temporarily Closed Part of Next Week for Utility Work

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State Route 121 (North Ohio Street) will be closed between Main Street and Greenmoor Court from 7:30am Monday Nov. 3rd thru 3:00pm Wednesday Nov. 5th for underground utility work as part of the new school construction project. ODOT detour description is 127 south to 571 west back to 121.

Election Day Dinner, Tuesday, November 4

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Ansonia United Methodist Church will be having their annual Election Day Dinner on Tuesday, November 4 from 4:30 - 7:00 pm. The menu will be chicken and noodles (homemade noodles), mashed potatoes, green beans, variety of salads and a variety of desserts. Price is $7.00 for adults, $3.50 for ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free. Please come and join us for a delicious meal and fellowship.

Chinese Tea Ceremony at Library

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Jesse Berry from Blue Lantern Tea will demonstrate a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at the Library on Thursday November 6th at 6:30 p.m. Many patrons enjoyed this program last winter and will want to savor another cup - and those who have never attended are in for a treat of tea and its interesting background.

Jesse will talk about the history and culture of tea as well as the many health benefits. The ceremony consists of the preparation and serving of tea - everyone will taste a sample! Jesse first discovered artisan quality tea through his Kung Fu practice. Gung Fu Tea is part of the Kung Fu culture and he was attracted to its benefits and philosophy.

Blue Lantern is located at 120 West Third Street and is owned and operated by Jesse & wife Kim, along with the Young Forest Martial Arts Academy which is behind the tea shop. Jesse is a master or Sifu and teaches Kung Fu and Tai Chi/Chi Gung. He also edits an online publication Tea Warrior. Info at,, and

Blue Lantern carries a wide variety of teas from around the world such as Chinese and Taiwanese Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Black Tea, White Tea, Puer Tea, Japanese Green Tea and English Classics from India. Teas of this quality are hard to find. It also sells tea ware, jewelry, soaps, and more. Come and get a “taste” of what this beautiful shop has to offer at our second tea ceremony!

Youth Pheasant Hunting Opportunity

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Mulberry Pheasantry to hold hunt for youth 10 to 17 years of age

CAMDEN, OH – Mulberry Pheasantry of Camden, Ohio in conjunction with the Butler County Chapter of Pheasants Forever is once again holding a youth pheasant hunt complete with guides and hunting dogs on Saturday and Sunday November 15 & 16, 2014. The hunt will take place at Mulberry Pheasantry Hunting Preserve, 6099 S.R. 725, Camden, Ohio 45311.

There is a fee of $20.00 and includes 2 roosters, 1 lunch, a blaze orange hunting vest, blaze orange ball cap or box of shogun shells, gun safety discussion and bird cleaning demonstration. A limit of 75 youth per day has been set for this event. Registration deadline is November 10, 2014.

Youth hunters must pre-register by calling Tony or Wilma Petry. Registration information can be found at . Youth that pre-register by mail
will be contacted prior to the hunt. Tony and Wilma Petry (937)787-3912 or (937)533-0081.

Youth hunters must have successfully completed the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Hunter Safety course prior to the hunt and have a valid hunting license. All youth must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. Participants are required to wear hunter orange.

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Edison Brings Peace Week Events to Campus

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Keynote speaker and 2014 Dayton Literary
Peace Prize recipient, Karima Bennoune.
Held in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize (DLPP), Edison Community College’s English and Communications faculty will be hosting a week of peace-focused events beginning November 3. All Peace Week events will be held at Edison’s Piqua Campus and are free and open to the community. The week’s events include:

  • A special screening of the 2013 Blockbuster, Lone Survivor. The free screening will be followed by a discussion led by Edison professor, Steve Marlowe and feature a panel of recent war veterans–Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Robinson Theater.
  • Readings of student peace poems and an announcement of Edison peace writing contest winners–Monday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hub.
  • The Diversity Book Club will hold a brown–bag lunch discussion of select writing from this year’s DLPP Lifetime Achievement Winner, Louise Erdrich–Wednesday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m. in the library.
  • Dramatic readings of recent winning and nominated DLPP literature–Thursday, November 6 at 12:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
  • The 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Awards Ceremony–Sunday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. at the Benjamin J. Shuster Center in Dayton. This is an invitation only event.
  • Keynote guest speaker and recipient of the 2014 DLPP, Karima Bennoune will speak about her winning book and research, which tells the mostly untold story of Muslims who are peaceful and as a result are persecuted by radical fundamentalists. In her book titled, “Your Fawta Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism” she chronicles inspiring stories of a global community of Muslim writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators. Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California—Davis School of Law. In addition to her award-winning book, she has published widely in many leading academic journals, as well as in The Guardian, The New York Times, Comment is Free, the website of Al Jazeera English, and The Nation. She will be on campus Monday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m. in the Robinson Theater.
  • During the week, peace-focused stations can be found throughout campus with a special selfie station located in the Hub.

Inspired by the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia, the DLPP is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. The Prize celebrates the power of literature to promote peace, social justice, and global understanding.

For further information regarding Peace Week, contact William Loudermilk at

Two Passengers Airlifted After Car Hits Utility Pole

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On October 30,2014 at approximately 7:03 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, and Ansonia Fire Department responded to the 6600 block of State Route 242 in reference to a one vehicle, injury crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed that Anthony Price, 20, of Ansonia was driving a red 2004 Chevy Aveo westbound on State Route 242, when he drove off the left side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and a utility pole and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Price was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital by Versailles Rescue.  Careflight was dispatched to the Darke County Sheriff's Office landing zone.  The front seat passenger, Tyler Kress, 19, of Ansonia was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.  The rear seat passenger, Daniel Brumbaugh, 17, of Ansonia was ejected from the vehicle and was also transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.

Price, Kress, and Brumbaugh were all treated and released.  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall - By Anne Mangen

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Please join Commissioner Mike Stegall this Saturday, Nov. 1st at the A&B Coffee and Cake Company for the last “Coffee with the Commissioner” for 2014. Since the holidays are approaching, the last 2 years Commissioner Stegall has not held his meetings in late November or December because of Thanksgiving and Christmas. This meeting will be a good time to chat with the Commissioner about problems or concerns, or just to chat, about the direction of your County.

The meeting is from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at A&B located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville. This is one of the Commissioners favorite places because there is usually a good crowd that shows up. Please join in on Sat. Nov. 1st at 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. and enjoy good coffee and find out what is going on in your County. The meetings will resume again in January after the holidays. Until this Saturday, and again until January, Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry and blessed Christmas!!

Cancer Association of Darke County to hold yearly Gospel Sing

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Coming to St Clair Memorial Hall on November 9 at 4 pm.

You won't want to miss this great talent!

Multi Dove A ward winning and Grammy nominated Christian Davis is not only a multi-talented man of God, but the hand of God is evidently working in his life.

It is a rarity in any genre of musical entertainment when someone comes along with an individual talent that can captivate an audience for an entire performance.

Even more of a rarity is when someone comes along with not only the God given talent, but the heart and compassion to make a difference.

During his musical career, Christian began singing professionally in 1998 as a bass vocalist with the Sounds of Liberty, while attending Liberty University. Later that year, Dr. Jerry Falwell, with Christian's persuasion, formed The Old Friends Gospel Hour Quartet (while George Younce was ill.) Christian has also sung with Mercy's Mark and Greater Vision. In addition to his musical career, Christian has served in recruiting for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas in 2006.

Christian has witnessed countless souls coming to know Jesus as their Savior and has seen them changed by the power of God. He believes the most important thing he can do is to reach the hearts and lives of people through the instrument God blessed him with, his voice.

Christian has suffered personal hardships and as a result, God has given him a special heart for those who are hurting and trying to fill the emptiness in their own lives.

The Cancer Association of Darke County is grateful to Christian for lending his talent for this event and feels that everyone that attends will be blessed by his ministry.

Also performing will be New Dawn.  This group was formed in 2009 when three gospel singers were united by a series of non-related events. Bruce Shank had been singing gospel music since 1997 with various groups. In 2004 he went solo. His sister, Dixie Magee, joined him in 2006 and they performed for several months as a duet. In late 2008, they met Larry Hart, and discovered his vocal talents. Larry was asked to join Bruce and Dixie, and the trio, New Dawn, was formed. The songs they sing speak to the heart – each with its own meaning. They have performed in the tri-state area at churches, fairs, festivals and benefits. They currently have two CD projects produced. (For information about their projects, contact: Bruce Shank @ 937-692-5789)

Admission is free to this concert and there will be a freewill offering taken with all proceeds to go to your local cancer organization that serves Darke County only.  Cancer Association of Darke County is not affiliated with American Cancer Society nor Relay for Life.  The organization is supported by United Way and others who donate generously to help our local cancer patients.  Please call Christine at 548-9960 if you have questions about this event or the organization.

Thank you for your continued support!

New Madison Public Library Receives Memorial Bench

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The Friends of the New Madison Public Library were proud to present the library with a new outdoor bench in memory of Mary and Wells Behee. Mary was an active member of the Friends group, and she and Wells were avid, vocal supporters of the library. Shortly after their untimely death, the Friends received several generous donations in their memory. The group decided to purchase a bench from the Darke County Solid Waste District. The bench, which is made from recycled milk jugs, is located in front of the library near the flowers that the Behees loved. As an added benefit, the Darke County Solid Waste District donated an additional bench to the library for use by its patrons. Both gifts were welcomed and have already become a popular spot for New Madison residents and Tri-Village students.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

16 Year Old Driver Airlifted Following Accident

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On October 28, 2014 at 5:55pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue, Greenville Township Fire Department and Care flight were dispatched to State Route 571 and Wagner Rd. on a single vehicle accident.

The accident investigation showed a 16 year old, (name not released) female was driving a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck in the 2800 block of State Route 571. The driver failed to negotiate the curve at State Route 571 and Wagner Rd. The pickup went off the West side of the roadway and down a steep embankment. The driver of the vehicle was transported by Care flight to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition.

This accident remains under investigation.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society presents "A Tribute To Our Military"

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November 1st at 11:00 a.m. all are welcome when the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society presents "A Tribute To Our Military" honoring veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces.

The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park next to the Historical Society, 123 W. George St., Arcanum.

We invite veterans, those currently serving, their family and friends to attend.

Over 180 flags will fly in honor of those whose names have been submitted for this event. Following the ceremony, including the laying of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial, you are encouraged to view the flags of all those being honored, to reflect on their valor.

Please join us for a reception in the Historical Society. View the "Missing Man Table" and other military memorabilia displays. Many photos of our service men and women will be displayed as well. If you have a photo you would like to share please bring it with you.

The "Missing Man Table" has symbolic items placed to remind us of their duty to our country and the love of family and friends awaiting their return. It is a somber reminder of all those who left but did not return.

Flags will be displayed until after Veterans Day Nov. 11th. On Nov. 12th & 13th those who submitted names may take the flags with their honoree's name attached.

They hope you take this time to honor our military men and women. Everyone is welcome to the ceremony and the reception which follows.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is dedicated to collecting artifacts and memorabilia of Southern Darke County, recording the history of its people and events.

Museum Looking for Items for Christmas

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Your hometown museum is looking for Victorian era decorations for our tree and display as well as any items that show home life before 1910. Also fresh pine, holly and other fresh seasonal greenery are needed on or before November 10th to help prepare for the holidays. We also are looking for toys from the 40’s & 50’s to put in our mercantile story. If you remember Toy Land at Martin’s, you have an idea of what we are looking for. We are also looking for Post Office history, artifacts, and pictures to tell the special story of the Post Office in our communities. Hope you can help. You may contact us and leave a message at the museum at 526-4222 or Facebook us!

We will be closed November 9th for decorating but will have special hours on Nov. 14, 15, and 16th.

If you loaned us art we will be happy to have those picked up on Monday Nov. 3rd from 10 till 2 or by calling the museum to arrangr another time.


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BRADFORD, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) has recognized Bradford High School for blood drive excellence with a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant. Bradford was honored for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” of eligible students participating in school blood drives during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Railroaders hosted four blood drives with participation by 144% of eligible enrollment. Bradford also hosted two community blood drives for a total of six on campus. The Railroaders were back on track Thursday, Oct. 16 hosting another blood drive and building up a head of steam to carry through the new school year.

“We’re very excited,” said Bradford faculty member and cross-country team coach Bob Daugherty, who serves as co-coordinator of the blood drives with National Honor Society adviser Amber Brubaker and Student Council adviser Angie Szary. NHS, Student Council and the cross country team are all co-sponsors of the blood drives with many of the member serving as volunteers.

“I was shocked,” said Bob. “With our size, I didn't realize we’d be able to receive an award. “It’s an honor. We feel very privileged. We have kids that show up after school – even when they’re not scheduled to be working the blood drive – and help out. They feel it’s very important to donate and they’ll come running into my home room all excited saying, ‘I got my phone call! They called last night and said they used my blood!’”

Teen Read Week, 2014, a Huge Success @ New Madison Public Library

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Tri-Village students enjoyed several activities at New Madison Public Library during Teen Read Week, 2014.

Fifteen young ladies learned about basic nail care, got creative with "Nail Art!" and enjoyed cupcakes while their nails dried. Later in the week, representatives from Ivy Tech and Purdue visited with 35 of our tweens and teens while they munched pizza provided by Firpos, Schlechty's, Snack Shop, and the Friends of the Library. To finish the week, 35 young patrons participated in "Let It Fly," creating and flying several styles of paper airplanes throughout the library while eating homemade cookies.

“Because the activities were chosen by the kids themselves, we had great participation, and we plan to offer more of their choices later in the year,” Brenda Miller the Library Director explained.

Miller also encouraged the teens to follow NMPL on Facebook and Pinterest.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Driver Fails to Yield, Passenger Ejected in Two Vehicle Crash on US 127

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On October 28, 2014 at approximately 1127 a.m. Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to US Rt. 127 at Childrens -Home Bradford Rd. in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 red Dodge Neon driven by Amy Henning, 24, of Gettysburg, Ohio was stopped eastbound on Childrens-Home Bradford Road at the posted stop sign at US RT 127. Henning failed to yield after a stop sign traveling into the path of a northbound maroon 2002 Ford Explorer driven by Catalina R. Sargenti, 28, of Greenville, Ohio. Upon impact Henning’s front seat passenger, Michael Whittaker, 33, Gettysburg, Ohio was ejected from the vehicle, Whittaker was not restrained. Henning’s four year old rear seat passenger was restrained with a child safety seat.

Michael Whittaker was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in serious condition. Amy Henning, her 4 year old daughter and Catalina Sargenti were all transported to Wayne Healthcare where they were treated and released.

Investigation revealed Amy Henning failed to yield after a clearly marked stop sign, Henning was issued a citation.

Ohio Legislature Backs Innovative Program to Help Local Governments

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

A few years ago Ohio’s economy was on a downward spiral, our credit rating was downgraded and our state was in a fiscal mess. When Governor Kasich took office we balanced the budget which required making up for an $8 billion dollar budget hole; and we did it without raising taxes. Making difficult decisions was necessary at this time. As the economy went down so did local government funds. Providing unique ways to help the budgets of local governments has been a priority of all members of state government.

To relieve some of the financial burden on our local communities, Attorney General Mike DeWine has enabled local municipalities to use the state’s debt collection service to bring in funding that is justly owed to local governments but not being paid for any number of reasons. The leadership of the attorney general resulted in the legislature joining this commitment.

To carryout this program, state government officials had to focus on increasing efficiency and only hiring a minimal amount of new employees. The program is operated at no costs to the local governments; however, fees generated in the collections process are circulated into the collections division to fund the program. In the most recent state budget the legislature ensured the continuation of the program by enabling the Attorney General’s office to have the funds necessary for the program and technological advancements.

Since the start of this innovative program, 54 political subdivisions have enrolled and the state of Ohio has collected more than $3.2 million for local governments and closed over 820,000 accounts of debt owed to local governments.

It is common for municipalities to have outstanding debt because for various reasons some residents cannot pay the bills owed to the community. In some cases the municipality has a debt collection program managed in the municipal government or they may contract with an out of town debt collection service. No matter how our communities have decided to handle debt collection, this service could have an impact on communities struggling with budget issues.

Because of this program we have been able to recover debt owed to local governments, which allows them to put that money back into our communities. In state government we understand the vital role played by local governments. Continuing to work for ways to reduce their costs and strengthen their financial position is a benefit to all Ohioans.

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"Tee Up Fore Todd" Fundraiser Thanks Donors

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Friends and Family of Todd and Shannon Vanatta recently held a golf outing at Turtle Creek Golf Course. 35 Golf teams participated and we want to thank the many sponsors that helped this event raise much needed funds to assist in Todd’s recovery. The committee was shared by many to make this event a success. Kathy and Rick Beam, Sandy Baker, Jason and Beth Marker, Jason and Monica Marker, Kim Robinson, Matt and Katie Netzley, Ryan and Becky Browske, Sue Schlechty, Mardie and Tina Hilderbrand, Gregg and Miranda Gilbert, Jason and Monica Hupman, Pat Miller and host of many volunteers.


Below are the business, individuals, clubs and organizations that so graciously gave to this outing.

Dave Knapp Ford, Cross Goldsmith Memorial, David Vanatta, Derek Saylor/Mardi Hilderbrand John &Trudy Tutwiler, Marty & Tina Hilderbrand, Mike & Kim Bowers, Tami & Richard Huff, Eikenberrys Grocery STORE, VFW POST 7262, Kroger’s Greenville, Morning Fresh, Rapid Printing, Rick & Kathy Beam, Winners Meats, Abels Barber Shop. Adorable You, Bill Hawkey & Associates, Consolidated Hunter, Custom Creations, Detling Law Office, First choice Realty, Fitzwater Tree and Lawn Care, G&G Carpet, Gilbert Pest Control, Greenville Federal, Greenville Moose 329, Greenville National Bank, Hittles, Hupmans Lawn Care, KKB Thoroughbreds, Leis Realty, Little Debbie’s. Loudy Office Supply, MJS Plastics, Oakley Place, Oliver Floyd, Precision Plumbing, Linda Sink, Judy Hawkey, Lonnie Beam, Sylvia Dorton.

Randall Insurance, Red and Ruth’s, Sanco, Scoreboards, Shockers Bar and Grill, Slick & Sue Schlechty, Star Packaging & Distribution, Studio 1 Hair Design. Teaford Pizza, UPS-CAK ENTERPRISES, VFW Aux.

Westfall Plumbing, Williamson Insurance, A & B Coffee, Absolute Hair, Aramark St Henry,Attitudes on Fourth, Bread of Life, Brian Beam, Carefree Connection Bus Tours, Darke County Cellular Phones, Duck Foot, Fairlawn Steakhouse, Firestone, Hansbargers, Hibbets Sports, Hospice, Ignaffo Roofing, JM Tire, JT's Restaurant, Julie Bingham, Kate Custer, Kettering Home Health, Kitchen aid/Whirlpool, KT Photography, Marco Pizza, Matt Light Foundation, Merle Norman, Montage, Safeway, Sandy Baker, Snap Fitness, SPORTZERS, the Bistro, the Flower Patch. Treaty Supply & Tully’s Restaurant.

Todd and Shannon want to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and prayers. “We are overwhelmed by our friends, family and community…there are no words to express our gratitude. Todd is recovering at home now. His recovery will be a long road, but Todd is tough and getting better everyday.”


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Ansonia High School Leadership Grant presentation (L-R) FFA Vice President Megan Bergman, FFA Advisor Brad Lentz, FFA Secretary John Fisher, CBC Donor Relations Manager Tracy Morgan, FFA President Andrea Barga, Ansonia Principal Stephen Garman, CBC Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh, FFA Chaplain Robert Christman.
ANSONIA, OHIO - Money doesn’t grow on trees, but Future Farmers of America (FFA) students at Ansonia High School know how to turn it into “seed” for a blossoming business project. Community Blood Center (CBC) awarded Ansonia a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant for its FFA-sponsored blood drives and that money is already at work “growing” the Ansonia FFA Greenhouse.

CBC awards grants to the top two high schools in its 15-county service area with the highest percentage of students eligible to donate who support campus blood drives. During the 2013-14 academic year AHS had 139 percent of enrollment participating in campus blood drives, second only to Bradford High School with 144 percent.

A high school must host at least two CBC blood drives to be considered for a Leadership Grant. Ansonia hosted five with all the blood drives sponsored by the FFA and coordinated by FFA advisors Brad Lentz and Jennifer Knick.

“You are excellent in blood drive participation,” CBC Donor Relations Manager Tracy Morgan said as she presented the grant award at Ansonia’s Thursday, Oct. 23 blood drive. “Last year you had 196 donors present to give blood and your 175 donations helped save up to 525 lives. Plus, donors and helpers contributed almost 200 hours of community service. We’re proud of you and we hope you’re proud of yourselves.”

“I think that has a lot to do with Mr. Lentz and Ms. Knick, and it’s a super effort by the (FFA) chapter,” said Principal Stephen Garman. “They have a way of putting students in charge and it’s up to them to put things in place with just a little leadership from up top.”

“The community service hours are an incentive, and the kids always like to do it,” said FFA advisor Brad Lents. “We don’t usually have a hard time getting slots filled up.” That was true again Thursday, as Ansonia hosted its second blood drive of the new school year. The result was 42 registrations and 30 donations for 113 percent of the collection goal.

FAA student leadership has been an important part of blood drive success, and the Ansonia FFA Greenhouse. “The FFA runs it,” said Brad. “It’s a fall and spring retail garden center with about eight to 10 students selling 400 different kinds of plants. It does $50 to 60,000 worth of business a year.”
The grant money is already at work, helping fund expansion of the retail and storage space. Brad says the renovation will make the greenhouse more inviting to its already loyal customers from Ansonia and neighboring communities.

“This made my day,” Brad said about the new source of funding for the FFA project. “We didn’t know it was coming. That’s a good day!”

Ansonia High School, Bradford High School, and Horizon Science Academy in Dayton were all grant winners despite being among the smallest schools in CBC’s 15-county service area. Horizon, with just 60 eligible donors won the grant for most improved.

Butler Tech was again the most productive blood drive sponsor overall, winning the $1,000 grant for Most Donors in the Academic Year. It won a second grant for Red Cord Excellence with the highest number of student donors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program.

2014 Guide on Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Available for Growers

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With wet weather continuing to create harvest and planting delays, a new guide developed by agronomists from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is available to help growers check their crops’ development.

The 2014 Corn, Soybean, Wheat and Alfalfa Field Guide is now available for $12.50 and can be purchased through the Ohio State University Extension, Darke County.

The guide is an excellent tool in a new, larger, easier-to-read format that can be used by scouts, crop advisors and farmers when they’re scouting their fields, said Harold Watters, an OSU Extension agronomy field specialist and coordinator of the university’s Agronomic Crops Team.

The publication offers farmers key production tips from agronomy experts from OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension and OARDC are the outreach and research arms, respectively, of the college.

“The guide reflects current recommendations applicable to Ohio farming operations, including information on insect, disease and weed identification as well as agronomic information that should be valuable when checking fields,” Watters said. “The guide can help growers evaluate their harvest, estimate yield and determine diseases on corn, including helping them to evaluate stalk rot or ear rot.

“The guide is a valuable tool for growers because the field season is not over. Because of delays, we still have a lot of crop to harvest. We have a long way to go.”

Statewide, for the week that ended Oct. 19, soybeans are 36 percent harvested with 97 percent of soybeans dropping leaves, according to the Oct. 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop progress report. That compares to soybeans at 68 percent harvested this time last year, with 96 percent of soybeans dropping leaves during that time, the USDA said.

Corn is at 23 percent harvested for grain, with 89 percent mature, according to the crop report. That compares to 30 percent harvested for grain with 89 percent mature this time last year. Winter wheat is 55 percent planted, compared to 77 planted as the same time last year.

“Wet conditions throughout the state have farmers waiting for soils to dry before harvesting or planting can continue,” the report said. “Farmers spent the majority of last week waiting for field conditions to improve so they could continue with harvest and get winter wheat planted.

“There were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending Oct. 19.”

The 2014 field guide is a spiral-bound book that includes color photographs and an index of agronomic topics, Watters said.

“The guide can also help growers with weed and insect identification and also has updated fertility recommendations,” he said.

The guide is divided into seven sections:

  • Corn Management.
  • Soybean Management.
  • Wheat Management.
  • Alfalfa Management.
  • Weed Identification.
  • Sampling.
  • Pesticide Application Technology.
  • General Crop Management.

A digital version is also available as a PDF file for purchase at

For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

National Federation of Republican Women Kicks Off Fall Election Season in Dallas

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Perry, Cruz Encourage Local Leader to Work for Senate Victories

OFRW board members visited the George W. Bush Presidential
Library and Museum. L to R with the statue of the two
Bush presidents are: OFRW Central District VP Jeanne Bolton,
OFRW Women’s Health Issues Chair April Cohagen-Gibson,
OFRW President Lyn Bliss, and OFRW Program Chair Eva Wray.
DALLAS – More than 225 Republican women leaders from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) annual board meeting held recently in Dallas to emphasize the fall election season.

Ohio Federation of Republican Women President Lyn Bliss of Greenville attended the event, where she heard from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state land commissioner candidate George P. Bush, and Republican National Committee Co-Chair Sharon Day.

“We are so pleased that Governor Perry, Senator Cruz and our other special guests took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us,” NFRW President Kathy Brugger said. “They each delivered an inspirational, enthusiastic message about the grassroots work that will lead to Republican victories – particularly in the U.S. Senate. Republican women are energized and ready to return home and get to work.”

“Reconnecting with other state presidents and networking about what is going on in their states is always a great benefit of NFRW Board Meetings. The speakers scheduled for this event were outstanding.” Bliss stated. “A true highlight of the meeting was the trip to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.”

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

For more information about the NFRW, visit

New Madison Public Library Set to Launch Palestine Satellite Program

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On November 5, the New Madison Public Library will begin a satellite program at the Palestine Church of Christ, located at 209 Lynn St. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, residents of Palestine and the surrounding areas can visit the church from 6:15-6:45 to check out books and magazines, return items, request items from over 90 Ohio libraries, pick up requested materials, pay fines and fees, or sign up for a library card. For more information, call the NMPL at 937-996-1741 and ask for the Director, Brenda Miller.

Rest Haven Bazaar

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Get a head start on Christmas shopping at Rest Haven’s Annual Bazaar on Saturday, November 8th in the main lobby and activity room beginning at 9 AM and ending at 2PM. Holiday shoppers can enjoy a variety of vendors such as: Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Miche Bags, Origami Owl, Heritage Markers scrap booking, painted rocks, homemade soaps, essential oils, crotchet scarves, jewelry, and other homemade crafts to name a few. Hourly door prizes will be drawn and a lunch stand with apple cider and coffee will be available.

For details stop by 1096 North Ohio Street in Greenville or call Rest Haven at 548-1138. We hope to see you then!

42nd Annual Rosary Altar Bazaar

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The Rosary Altar Society of St. Mary’s Catholic Church is hosting the 42nd Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 15, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday, Nov. 16, 9:00 AM to noon, in the basement of St. Mary’s School, 238 W. Third Street, Greenville.

The delicious smell of fresh yeast cinnamon rolls greets you along with lots of baked goods, handmade crafts, and religious items. We offer lunch on Saturday.

Raffle items include a Matt Light autographed framed photo, Kindle paper white, handcrafted oak doll cradle with handmade quilt, Goebel German “Flight into Egypt” ceramic, quilted lap robe, and a metal fabricated welcome sign. These raffle items can be seen at the Minuteman Press display window, 413 S. Broadway, Greenville. Admission is free. Call the parish Rectory, 548-1616 for further information.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Halloween, Friday, October 31. This fund-raising party will feature the music of zydeco legend Terrance Simien and his band “The Zydeco Experience.” Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox have planned a “spooky” menu of hors d'oeuvres to accompany the two wines and two beers that will be featured during the event. “It's always a party when Terrance Simien performs, and Montage is known for it's delicious food, friendly atmosphere, and exciting vibe, so 'A Taste of Wine and Zydeco' will be an incredibly special, memorable event,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

The indigenous music of Southern Louisiana Creoles, zydeco music fuses elements from many cultures to create a New Orleans-based roots genre that is currently enjoying an exciting period of growth and popularity. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Terrance Simien is at the forefront of the movement, as indicated by his presence at the prestigious New Orleans Jazz Festival for 28 consecutive years. Cox Insurance and James and Julia Poeppleman are sponsoring this performance by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience.

Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco” are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at DCCA's office inside Greenville Public Library as well as on-line at The party starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

Monday, October 27, 2014

Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie

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The table is set, demonstrators are in their places and the Darke County Parks is ready to provide you a remarkable 18th century historical experience in our Log House. The Darke County Parks has a few openings available for the November 8th Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie, beginning at 5:00pm. Join us at our table for a meal and experience you won’t soon forget. Our pioneers will open their home to you as they prepare a feast in the 18th century style and tradition. This fund-raising evening will offer educational glimpses of pioneer skills and traditions, a meal prepared over the fire, seating in the Log House loft and after-dinner entertainment. All proceeds will be used for the Log House and cultural programming funds. Ages 18 and up please. This is a perfect opportunity for a local company to reward employees with outstanding service for the year. If you would like to purchase dinners, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 and reserve your spots at the table TODAY! Space is extremely limited. Cost for the dinner is $50 per person or $90 per couple.

Wright State Lake Campus Agriculture Program Growing to Meet Local Needs

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Students in the Integrated Pesticide Management course taught by Greg McGlinch tour TruPointe Cooperative learning about safety, regulations, and proper application procedures for agricultural pesticides.
The Wright State University Lake Campus Agriculture program was established in 2009 to meet the local needs in training individuals for career opportunities in the broad field of agriculture, ranging from farm production and business services to food manufacturing. The campus currently offers a Certificate in Farm Management, an Associates of Technical Study in Agriculture, and a Bachelors of Technical and Applied Studies in Agriculture. The Lake Campus is somewhat unique in that few colleges offer the opportunity for students to advance through various levels of a degree (2+2 format) all at one location. The program also benefits from the strong support of the local agricultural industry from guest speakers, adjunct professors, and tour locations. This direct application of material is useful to students that desire a hands-on relevant education. Each semester, the campus offers a variety of coursework ranging from animal science and crop production to agricultural business and food science courses.

With the support of Senator Keith Faber and Representative Jim Buchy, the Lake Campus has expanded staffing and course offerings in agriculture to better meet local needs. According to Associate Professor, Dr. Greg Homan, "A grant was awarded to better position our programs by hiring Greg McGlinch as our Agriculture Program Coordinator and the development of a variety of expanded course offerings." New courses currently being offered or under development include: Animal Health and Physiology, Engineering Applications in Agriculture, Weather, Climate and Crop Growth, Agriculture Finance, Integrated Pest Management. The campus is currently serving its largest incoming classes studying agriculture and anticipates further expansion to serve this growing local need and strong support from local employers seeking graduates.

The Lake Campus will be holding an Open House on Thursday, November, 20th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Potential students can learn about agriculture and food science degree options along with the wide array of opportunities offered at the Lake Campus. For more information on the Lake Campus Agriculture Program, contact Greg McGlinch, Program Coordinator, at 419-586-0810

Edison Professor recognized with ‘Ohio Strong’ award

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From left to right: Mandel representative, Frank Kohstall; Professor Steve Sykes; Maggie Sykes; and Shirley Moore, Dean of Business, IT and Engineering
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has launched a new effort called ‘Ohio Strong’ to help recognize men and women in manufacturing and the skilled trades, and raise public awareness to encourage more people to pursue careers in these fields.

Recently honored with the award was Edison Community College Professor of Manufacturing and Industrial Management, Steve Sykes. Nominated by Edison’s Dean of Business, Information Technology and Engineering, Shirley Moore, Sykes received the award in recognition of his dedication to educating students entering these career fields.

To honor Sykes, Frank Kohstall, a regional representative of Josh Mandel visited the Piqua Campus on Tuesday, October 21. During his presentation he explained the importance of reinforcing the need for manufacturers and skilled trade workers in Ohio.

“We’re trying to raise the awareness of this issue,” said Kohstall. “A lot of people don’t realize that many of the jobs available in Ohio today are in skilled trades and manufacturing. Every part of the State of Ohio is important in manufacturing; it’s what we do.”

According to Mandel’s website, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data that shows 48 percent of college graduates are working in jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. Also noted is that in a recent Skills Gap Survey by the Manufacturing Institute, approximately 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled nationally because employers can’t find qualified workers.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Sykes had a 33-year career in manufacturing that included such positions as machinist, foreman, plant superintendent and manager of manufacturing. He understands the world his students will enter and prepares them to perform to today’s standards.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present “The McCartney Years” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 8; the show starts at 8 p.m. Declared the best tribute band on the scene today by the promoter who originally brought The Beatles to North America, “The McCartney Years” performs three decades worth of the music made famous by the Beatles and Wings. “This is as close as you can get today to experiencing the Beatles live,” said DCCA Executive Director Keith Rawlins. “'The McCartney Years' sets the standard with a show that is technically stunning and musically explosive. If you are a Beatles or Wings fan, you do not want to miss this show,” Rawlins stated.

Led by Yuri Pool, who is committed to accurately presenting the vocal and musical stylings of Sir Paul, the group includes David Usselman, Braden DeCooman, Darryl Lahteenmaa, Aaron Gueverra, and Karen Bell as Linda McCartney. “Live and Let Die,” “Let It Be,” and “The Long and Winding Road” are just a few of the songs that will be recreated live at the concert. “This is the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles' landing in America and changing music forever; whether or not you ever saw the real Beatles or Wings or Paul himself, I can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than experiencing the spectacle of 'The McCartney Years,'” Mr. Rawlins said.

This DCCA special event is sponsored by Coppock-Hole Trust and Greenville National Bank. 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 McCartney Years cost $30, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Help Wanted at Edgetown Veterinary Clinic

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Edgetown Veterinary Clinic hiring PT for clinic housekeeping, and animal/poultry attendant. Some benefits, and above min. wage salary. Must be meticulous, and love animals. Please stop by with a resume, and fill out an application. 5398 St. Rt. 49, Greenville. 548-4049

Empowerment Through Employment

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Natalie is shown here fulfilling an order at All American Clothing Co.
Kim Burns, Warehouse Manager, Natalie, and Lawson Nickol,
co-owner of All American Clothing Co.
(Greenville, Ohio) – If you ask what she thinks of her job, Natalie Davis would say, “I really enjoy it.” Natalie was recently hired by All American Clothing Company in Arcanum where she works in the warehouse supporting order fulfillment. Natalie’s job provides a variety of tasks in a team environment.

In October 2011, Natalie began her journey with the Community First Department (CF) of the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The CF department assists individuals with learning job skills, applying for jobs, and on-the-job training. Natalie successfully learned how to write a resume, gather references, and interview. She applied and interviewed for jobs with the CF department’s assistance and now holds two part-time jobs.

When the opportunity to interview at All American Clothing Company occurred, Natalie was excited and nervous. Natalie applied what she had learned through her CF experiences and was offered the position. Lawson Nickol, co-owner of All American Clothing Company, shared, “We’re happy to have the ability to give someone an opportunity and a chance.”

Natalie expresses that she enjoys the people she works with and the tasks she performs. According to Logan Beam, Director of Marketing and Communication, from All American Clothing Company, “In an age where approximately 98 percent of all clothing worn by Americans is produced overseas… All American Clothing Co. is one of the only clothing companies in the country to manufacture all of its products within the United States, using exclusively American raw materials. The cotton in a pair of All American Jeans is grown in the United States. The denim is woven here as well. The buttons and zippers are made here, too. And despite the fact that American labor is significantly more expensive than foreign labor, All American Clothing Co. manufactures all of its apparel in the United States with a mission to support American workers.” Natalie is proudly one of the American workers sending American-made clothing to doorsteps.

When asked what Natalie brings to the work place her supervisor, Kim Burns, explained, “Natalie brings diversity to our work place. Most of us take life skills for granted, and until you are blessed with the opportunity to work with an individual who has a disability, you can’t truly understand how much they want success as much as anyone does.”

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month as a reminder that people who have disabilities have a desire to work. When Kim was asked what effect Natalie has had on her or her co-workers, she expressed, “Working with Natalie has brought awareness of the need for job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It does take additional time and patience to train, but in the end if you have helped someone gain confidence and new job skills everyone who has been involved will have a sense of accomplishment.” Businesses interested in learning more and partnering with the Darke County Board of DD can contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 937-548-9057.

If you have interest in purchasing from All American Clothing Company, you can visit their website at

OSU Tailgate Party Blood Drive

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The OSU Tailgate Party Blood Drive promises to be a fun event, complete with yummy buckeyes and lots of OSU memorabilia as door prizes.

Mark your calendars for November 11 from 12:30 to 6:30 to show your community spirit as well as OSU spirit and plan to donate blood at Greenville Church of the Brethren on Central Street in Greenville. Many Buckeye fans have contributed toward making this a great afternoon and are hoping for a record number of donors.

For a speedy in and out opportunity to donate, it is best to make an appointment by calling 1.800.388.4483 or just drop in and enjoy the OSU ambiance. Make sure that, in addition to a chance to win an OSU door prize, you enjoy an OSU buckeye and other goodies.

Pets of the week

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We have Bonnie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2 year old Pyrenees/St.Bernard mix. She is tan and white with medium length hair. She is just a sweetheart. She loves to play and is a people dog. She will make a wonderful companion and best friend. She weighs around 70 pounds. She is waiting for a special family to become part of.

We have Haley at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 4 month old Shepherd/Lab mix. She is mostly black with a little white. She is a sweat little puppy and loves attention. She is very playful and loves to have fun. She will grow to around 50 pounds. She is current on her shots and is waiting for a new home.

We have Edward at the Darke County Animal Shelter. He is a 3 year old Blond Lab mix. He is blond with short hair. He is a friendly guy who loves people. He weighs around 60 pounds. He is current on his shots and very friendly. He is looking for a good home.

We also have a couple of Rottweiler mixes, some lab mixes, a Great Pyrenees, a Schnauzer, a Chihuahua mix, a beagle, couple of Shepherd mixes 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.

Pet pictures with Santa Claus will by Saturday November 22nd at Wal-Mart from 10am till 2pm in the Garden Center. This is a fund raiser for the friends of the shelter. Mark your calendar for this fun event.

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 Please visit also the website of the Friends of the Shelter:

Darke County Parks 2014 Photo Contest

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Calling all amateur photographers! This is your last chance to submit photos! Get outside and capture the beauty of YOUR Darke County Parks! Winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2015 calendar! Basic Rules include: Photo must be taken within one of the Park District’s 12 areas, Photo must be from 2010-2014, Digital Entries Only, 3 entries per month, per photographer. Photos will be accepted December 1, 2013 through November 1, 2014. Time is running out for your submission. Please be sure to include: your name and Park in which the photo was made. Photographs can be submitted by email to:

Complete set of rules and information are available on our website: Be sure to capture the beauty of each season!


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present
Terrance Simien and his band, The Zydeco Experience,
to local fourth- through sixth-grade students from October 27 through 31.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Terrance Simien and his band, The Zydeco Experience, to local fourth- through sixth-grade students from October 27 through 31. The third of DCCA's Arts In Education series that takes professional artists to every grade level in all Greenville City and Darke County public schools, “Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco” explores the indigenous music of the French-speaking Creoles of South Louisiana.

“Terrance Simien is one of the most respected and accomplished artists performing American roots music today, having won two Grammy Awards and performed over 7000 concerts during his 30-year career,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “DCCA is thrilled to present this legendary artist in our schools; students will learn about history, geography, and wide-ranging cultures while listening to great music played by musicians who are committed to sharing not only their talents but also their heritage,” Rawlins concluded.

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.

DCCA's Arts In Education programs are free and open to the public; performance times are coordinated with the schools' schedules. For more information about specific times, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or at

Terrance Simien and his Zydeco Experience band will also be the main attraction at DCCA's “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco,” a fund raising party at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Halloween, Friday, October 31; the party begins at 6:30 p.m. An exciting array of hors d'oeuvres will complement the Louisiana-flavored music as well as the evening's wine selections. Tickets to “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco” are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at DCCA's office inside Greenville Public Library as well as on-line at

Reid receives five-star ratings from Healthgrades

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Reid has received 5 stars for the quality of treatment of total knee surgery, COPD, pneumonia, repair of abdominal aorta, carotid surgery and the treatment of GI bleed -- and ranked among the top 10% in the nation for pulmonary care, vascular surgery and GI medical treatment from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care.

This achievement is part of new findings and data released recently on and in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs. For example, from 2011-2013, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 228,426 lives could potentially have been saved and 169,298 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kids Can Club Fall Fun Night

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Covington blood donor Gary Lavey with grand prize Chevy Cruze.
DAYTON, Ohio - Covington donor Gary Lavey has a drawer full of blood drive t-shirts, but when it came to picking which one to wear on the night that he might win a new Chevy Cruze he said, “It was a no brainer.” He picked the Community Blood Center (CBC) “50 Years of Saving Lives” anniversary t-shirt he received when he made the donation that entered him into the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing. It turned out to be his lucky shirt.

Gary was one of the 10 computer-selected finalists in the “Summer Cruze-In” campaign to encourage blood donations during the challenging summer months. The finalists were invited to the downtown Dayton CBC Thursday, Oct. 23 for the tense, final drawing. They each selected a sealed envelope from a table, and after a 10-second countdown, opened them simultaneously. With a shocked look on his face, Gary held up the winning “golden ticket.”

“I opened this and saw that gold at the end and I said, ‘Incredible!’” After a round of handshakes from his fellow finalists and a long hug from his wife Amy he sat in his new Chevy Cruze and talked about being a blood donor.

“I want to be able to help, where I know it’s a needed thing,” he said. “I know a lot of people don’t give and they should.” He then gave credit to his daughter Kylie. “My daughter really did get me started and she started a good thing with me and I thank her for that. Just by going, just saying ‘Hey dad, go donate with me’ and I said ‘OK.’”

Gary’s lucky “50 Years of Saving Lives” t-shirt and the champagne color of his new Chevy Cruze will remind him that CBC celebrated its golden anniversary as the region’s first central blood bank on Sept. 14. During the May 30-through-Sept. 30 Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive 30,751 people registered to donate, including 3,029 first-time donors, resulting in 24,879 units donated.

“We are a team here, we all work together, but we couldn’t have done this without all our blood donors. They make this possible,” said Dr. David Smith, CEO of Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services, during his welcome to the finalists. “I want to thank all 10 finalists. There are 10 heroes here.”


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Enjoy lunch and shopping, and even a massage, in our unique, festive environment! Specialty gift items such as jewelry, baked goods, crafts, Scentsy, Essential Oils, Pampered Chef, and much more will be available! Coffee will be provided and served by A & B Coffee and Cake Company. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Don’t miss this opportunity for a great girl’s day out!

The Holiday Boutique will be November 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

Because we want to give back to the community, we invite you to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

Call 548-3211 for more information.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street and the contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street (corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road) in Greenville, OH. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices and preschool. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Blessing of the Animals To Be Held in New Madison Tomorrow

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On Saturday, Oct. 25, there will be a community Blessing of the Animals presented by Pastor Carol Duffield of the New Madison Methodist Church. Interested owners and their pets should meet in front of the New Madison Public Library by 10:30 that morning. Certificates will be presented to each participant.

Fran DeWine Visits Darke County on "Every County in Ohio" Tour

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Among Ohio Federated Women welcoming Fran DeWine to Darke County are (L to R): OFRW President Lyn Bliss, Sharon Montgomery, Greater Dayton Republican Women’s Club President Robin Dodge, Fran DeWine, Barbara Fee, Dori Howdieshell, Darke County Republican Women’s Club President Sally Zeiter (front) Carol Ginn (back) Donna Harter and Anna May James.
“Fran DeWine is such a gracious lady, it was both an honor and a pleasure to be able to help welcome her to Darke County,” said Lyn Bliss, president of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW).

DeWine recently visited Darke County as part of her “Every County in Ohio” tour on behalf of her husband Mike DeWine’s campaign to be re-elected as Ohio’s Attorney General. She visited Pickaway County on October 21, completing her tour of all 88 counties.

Welcoming her to the Darke County Republican Headquarters were Darke County residents and also members of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. In addition to Darke County Republican Women’s Club members, there were also members present from the Richland County Women’s Republican Club and the Greater Dayton Republican Women’s Club.

DeWine spoke about her husband’s accomplishments while serving as Ohio’s Attorney General. In addition to helping protect Ohio’s consumers, he has decreased the turn-around time for DNA testing, brought in thousands of rape-kits that were sitting in law enforcement offices, worked aggressively on finding programs to counteract heroin/prescription drug abuse, launched an elder abuse initiative, created a crimes against children unit and worked aggressively with local law enforcement to go after human traffickers.

Mike DeWine is on the November 4 ballot to be re-elected as Republican candidate for Ohio’s Attorney General. You may find out more about DeWine at:

State of the Heart Music Therapy Intern Introduces New “Wellness” Approach

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Becky Welch is shown at left leading Hospice employees in HealthRhythms
State of the Heart Hospice Music Therapy intern, Becky Welch, introduced a wellness and empowerment program recently to her co-workers at State of the Heart’s Greenville office. Called HealthRhythms, the concept was created in 2001 and is aimed to ease stress and encourage wellness. The process uses drums and percussion instruments.

“”HealthRhythms drum circles are conducted for clinical, educational, and workplace sessions,” Welch explained, “and can be used for goals of teambuilding, stress relief and expression.” Welch said she recently used HealthRhythms in a grief support group conducted by State of the Heart.”

State of the Heart cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. The nonprofit agency provides free bereavement support and also has two board certified music therapists who provide free music therapy to patients. Music therapy is an important part of hospice care and has many benefits to both patient and family.

Eleven staff gathered with HealthRhythms leader Welch for an hour of free expression using mostly drums, and a few other musical percussion instruments.

“HealthRhythms is particularly good in hospice settings,” she told the group, adding that hospice workers can be subject to burnout and stress. Welch completed a training session last February with a leader in the field of HealthRhythms and speaks enthusiastically of the benefits. In order to become a board certified music therapist, she must go through an internship program such as the one offered by State of the Heart.

Those employees participating said afterward that they found the hour of using the drums and other instruments produced a “relaxed” feeling and one of “well being.” Welch said that these feelings are particularly good for hospice grief support sessions as they encourage freedom of expression, allowing those grieving to better and more freely express themselves.

State of the Heart, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, has cared for patients for 33 years. For more information about all of the services provided by the agency, visit the web site at


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer/songwriter/guitarist John Flynn at The Coffee Pot in Greenville on Thursday, November 6.

Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer/songwriter/guitarist John Flynn at The Coffee Pot in Greenville on Thursday, November 6. The second of DCCA's Coffeehouse Series presentations, the show begins at 7 p.m. “Known as 'a troubadour of justice, mercy and hope,' John addresses the times we live in through his songs,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Those who remember the coffeehouses of the 1960s and '70's will love this show; those who missed out on that era when meaningful and sometimes humorous songs were all the rage can get an idea of the passion and joy generated by music that speaks deeply to the heart and the spirit,” Rawlins stated.

John Flynn's significant body of work includes funny songs, story songs, love songs, and music for kids in addition to his songs of social justice and meditations on loss, tolerance, faith and hope. “Every song I write always feels like my first,” Flynn says. “I guess that's why I love it so much; each song challenges you to seek and see new possibilities. After all these years, I feel like I'm just getting warmed up,” he concluded. Legendary singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson describes his friend John Flynn as “one of a special breed of good-hearted artists whose reaction to the human condition finds kind, humorous expression” in the songs that he writes “with an eye for powerful imagery and anything funny.”

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series offers shows in casual social settings where food and drink are available for purchase, providing an opportunity to enjoy high quality professional performing artists in a relaxed atmosphere at an economical cost. The Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. 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 John Flynn's show at The Coffee Pot cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Cancer Association of Darke County plans annual Gospel Sing November 9, 2014

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The Lemon Family (Mike, Lori, Julie and Kari)
Nancy Livingston
The Gospel Sing is a free, nondenominational concert to be held at Saint Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, Ohio on November 9, 2014 starting at 4:00 PM. A freewill offering will be taken that afternoon with proceeds to go to the local cancer association.

Several groups are scheduled to sing, so please watch the newspapers and online news weekly for specific details.

Two of the groups scheduled to sing are and Nancy Livingston and The Lemon Family.

Nancy states “I can't imagine life without music. I was born into a musical family and inherited not only a love for hearing it, but a love for singing it!

I began performing music in public at the age of 21, with my husband, Dennis. We performed at various venues, singing a mix of country, big band, and pop. Our music took us on the road from 1981 to 1985, singing all over the Midwest. I had begun to write music in 1978 and was blessed to have worked with other writers in Nashville for several years. While my songs came close to being recorded by major artists, as they say...close only counts in horseshoes.

In 2000, Dennis decided to put his full time in farming and I continued to sing in local venues, which I enjoyed. However, because something happened to me earlier, in 1995, an added new and exciting direction was brought to my musical endeavors. I became a Christian!

At a point in my life where personal struggles were at an all-time high and my life seemed pretty much worthless, I called out to the God I had denied all my life. Within seconds, I experienced a mountaintop conversion from an atheist to a born again believer. Knowing the Savior is my greatest treasure. He has seen me through each and every storm, the greatest being the loss of my husband Dennis in January of this year. Dennis isn't really lost, of course. I know exactly where he is! Dennis' faith was an inspiration to me


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Mimi Klipstine
New Madison - Members of First Universalist Church of New Madison are proud to announce Darke County Humane Society has been chosen to receive all proceeds from the 14th annual Harvest Sounds benefit concert. The concert will be presented at 3pm, Sunday, November 2, at First Universalist Church of New Madison, 331 East Washington St., New Madison.

The Darke County Humane Society, whose mission it is to instill humane principles and enforce laws for the prevention of cruelty, especially to children and animals, was founded in 1953. DCHS is an all-volunteer organization which cares for injured, abused, and unwanted animals. The Humane Officer is trained and has the responsibility of prosecuting any person guilty of an act of cruelty to people or animals. Funding is received through donations, bequests, grants and fundraising. The funds received are used to pay for expenses such as veterinary services, food, shelter, medicine and a spay/neuter assistance program.

Performing at Harvest Sounds will be Salem, a quartet of singers who came together this past July as members of the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio. Salem is an eclectic group, performs a cappela, and is composed of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and professions. Featured are Dan Garner as lead; Dyan Garner, tenor; Dave Middlestaedt, baritone; and Herb Peer, bass. The growing Salem repertoire includes favorite sacred and much-loved Southern Gospel music, bringing joy to the singers and to their audiences. At performances in churches and other venues, their music is their message, and they are eager to share their talent and love of life with those attending the Harvest Sounds concert.

Closing the program will be vocalist Mimi Klipstine. Until her last year of high school, Mimi attended school in West Milton, Ohio. She is a 2011 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan, where she portrayed Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. During her senior year, she received the Stephen Schwartz Scholarship, awarded by the Human Race Theatre Co. of Dayton. Mimi is currently a senior Musical Theatre major at Wright State University where she has performed as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and as Rose in Gypsy. She was Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at the Weathervane Playhouse, Newark, Ohio, and has performed in Sunday in the Park at Short North Stage, Columbus. This past summer Mimi was an apprentice at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, appearing in The Winter’s Tale. After college, she aspires to do work on Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada, and with various national touring companies. At Harvest Sounds, she will be singing favorite show tunes accompanied by talented and well-known pianist Betty Lou Johansen of West Milton.

Tickets for Harvest Sounds remain at $8 and may be purchased from members of First Universalist, DCHS volunteers, and at the door the day of performance, with no charge for students through grade 12. Following the concert will be a reception and fall refreshments. For information please call 937-548-2480 or go to


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Gary Hovey creates sculptures out of stainless steel forks, knives, and spoons. His unique work will be featured at Bear's Mill's “Art At the Mill,” along with the paintings of Jackson Center resident Dan Knepper, who taught art for 26 years before becoming a full-time artist. “This exhibit will be fun for all who view it,” said Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for Bear's Mill. “Dan paints lovely, accessible pictures that transport the viewer to a warm and comfortable place, while Gary's remarkable sculptures will take your breath away with their realism and beauty,” Ms. Clark stated. The exhibit will open on Friday, October 31 with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.; the artists will speak briefly about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. This exhibit continues through Sunday, November 23.

Dan Knepper started painting because he liked the challenge of capturing faces, and finds the human face and form to be amazing. But as the the award-winning artist continued to grow and develop, he discovered that what most fascinated and inspired him was the light, a driving force for the great Impressionists as well as many other painters. “When I paint landscapes it's the illumination of leaves and grasses, the glowing shadows,. . . those amazing moments when the air itself has color that I try to capture and pass on,” Knepper explains. He hopes that viewers step into the moments in time that he captures, hearing the breezes blow, feeling the warm sunlight, and following the inviting paths contained within the worlds he creates on canvas.

Gary Hovey says that his sculptures are about things he enjoys – wildlife, welding, and humor, factors readily apparent in diverse pieces that evoke smiles of delight. Gary finds his work challenging as well as therapeutic; diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1994, the New Knoxville resident says that meeting the high physical demands of his art provides “something to look forward to, a reason to get up in the morning.” According to Ms. Clark, Hovey's work has been among the most popular ever presented at Bear's Mill. “His impressive sculptures are at first appreciated for their life-like form; you see a graceful bird on the wing, a predator ready to pounce, and then you look closer and realize that the animals are made of stainless steel flatware creatively welded together, and your enjoyment reaches a whole new level,” Ms. Clark explained.

Bronze sculptures, paintings, and drawings by renowned Urbana artist Mike Major remain on display at historic Bear's Mill through October 26. “Art At the Mill” receives financial support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Art exhibits are on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear's Mill is owned and operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

Arcanum Lion's High Bidder for $170 Pie

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Left to Right: Dick Troutwine served as the auctioneer, Winston Brumbaugh of Brumbaugh Fruit Farm and Bakery donated the pie, Alan Fourman, winning the highest bid of the evening for the black raspberry pie.

The Arcanum Lion's Club held their annual Pie Auction, a fund raiser within the their own club with the proceeds going to a yet-to-be determined need in the community. Brumbaugh Fruit Farm and Bakery donated all the baked items for the local auction, among those items were several high dollar winning bids, an apple pie for $50, cherry pie for $55.50, 2 dozen cookies for $50.00, mini apple pie for $35.00 among other tasty pastries. A total of 23 bakery items were auctioned off to Lion's members and their wives, members gave an additional 5 monetary donations and one envelope bid for $15.00.

The highest winning bid for evening was won by Lion Alan Fourman for a black raspberry pie for the grand bid of $170.00. Lion Alan set an new club record the highest bid ever sold in the history of the previous pie auctions. The auction closed with a grand total of $1,285. Once again the Lion's Club continues their motto, WE SERVE, going locally with their own club fund raiser.

MVCTC Parent Teacher Conferences Scheduled for November 5-6

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Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has scheduled the 2014-2015 Parent Teacher Conferences for Wednesday, November 5, from 3-5 p.m. and Thursday, November 6, from 3-7 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to visit MVCTC, meet the staff, and see examples of their child’s progress at MVCTC. Parents are asked to contact their child’s instructors to set-up a conference at a time that is convenient for them. A MVCTC staff directory with all phone numbers and e-mail addresses is available at Conference schedules fill up fast as appointments are made on a first-call, first-scheduled basis.

Make plans now to attend and call early to guarantee a conference time. For more information, please visit or call the main switchboard at 937-837-7781.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

County Loan Helps Spur JAFE Expansion

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Second partnership between company and Darke County fuels new construction, added jobs

GREENVILLE- For the second time since JAFE Decorating came under new ownership in 2010, the specialty glass painting and coating company will be expanding and adding jobs. With the help of a $180,000 loan from Darke County’s low-interest revolving loan fund, the company plans to create at least 20 new full-time positions and add 14,000 square feet to their Greenville production facility.

“The company has seen steady growth in the past few years so we couldn’t be more pleased to have this current expansion underway,” commented JAFE owner, Randy O’Dell. “The community support has been great but the project wouldn’t have been possible without the strong management and production team we’re fortunate to have in place at JAFE.”

This is the second time that JAFE has partnered with the county, in conjunction with the Partnering for Progress initiative, to help grow local operations. The county’s program helped JAFE acquire new machinery and equipment in 2011 in an expansion that almost doubled employment from approximately 30 employees to the 58 current positions. The current $180,000 loan has been issued by the county at 1.5% for seven years and again will be applied towards the purchase of new equipment. The resulting growth will likely push JAFE’s employment north of 80 positions, a total that should place the company among the Top-10 manufacturers in Darke County.

“It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the continued growth of locally-owned companies such as JAFE,” stated Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “Growth among our largest companies is welcome and vital, but the future of the county is also strongly tied to the sustained growth of quality mid-size operations such as JAFE. This is a very important company and a very important expansion”

According to O’Dell, the upgrade will enable JAFE to better serve existing clients as well as take on new customers. To assist with the training requirements that will accompany the $2M expansion, JobsOhio has committed $21,684 to the project in the form of a workforce grant.

For more information on the company, please visit For more information on the Partnering for Progress initiative, please call the Darke County Economic Development Office at 937-548-3250

JAFE Decorating, Inc. has been in business since 1978 providing specialty color/paint coatings for various industries including: automotive aftermarket lighting, commercial lighting, consumer lighting, restaurant table lighting, pharmaceutical, floral wholesale, ad specialty, outdoor recreation, chrome mirrors serving industrial and specialty automotive, solar filters, and personalized gifts for all occasions. We specialize in putting color and specialty coatings on and in glass. For more than 35 years JAFE Decorating has provided the highest quality, reliability and value to our customers.

Infant Mortality Awareness - A Guest Post From Jean Young, Executive Director at Family Health

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Family Health is very concerned about the crisis level that Infant mortality has reached in our state. In Ohio, more than 1,000 babies die each year before reaching their first birthday. In fact, more than three Ohio infants die each week due to improper sleeping arrangements- 66% of those are infants who share their sleep space with another person. This puts our state at a dismal 47th in the nation for infant mortality.

As a member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, that is precisely why our Board of Directors has unanimously voted to designate infant mortality our top priority and will work in a statewide effort to reduce infant mortality and help shine a light on the unfortunate reality in Ohio.
To help bring a spotlight to this issue, Senate Bill 198, sponsored by Senators Shannon Jones and Charleta Tavares, designated October as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month in Ohio. This gives us a valuable opportunity to educate our citizens about the importance of safe sleep practices, particularly during the first six months of an infant's life.

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expanded upon the original "Back to Sleep" campaign with updated safe sleep recommendations that encourage parents to not only place children on their backs while sleeping, but also stress the importance of creating a safe sleeping environment EVERY time a baby goes to sleep. The recommendations include:

  • Room sharing, NOT bed sharing;
  • Always putting the baby on his or her back to sleep; and
  • A sleep environment free from blankets, pillows, bumpers, stuffed animals and other soft objects.

Let’s work together to raise awareness about safe sleep practices so that more Ohio babies will celebrate their first birthdays!

Jean Young
Executive Director
Family Health, Inc.

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