Friday, February 27, 2015

White and Gold, or Blue and Black?

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In the last 12-18 hours, any form of social media I'm even glanced at has contained nearly nothing but references to this image, with people arguing over and debating the color of this dress...

Our home is a household divided. Last evening my wife was adamant that the image showed a blue and black dress, while common sense would tell anyone it's clearly white and gold, as my 4 year old daughter (and I) can attest. The funny thing is, at some point this morning, my wife's perception of it shifted. She told me her 'mind melted' when suddenly she saw the image again, but this time it was clearly white and gold to her. Now, throughout the day, the image appears different colors to her at different times.

Since it first appeared, it's been confirmed that in reality, the dress is blue and black (and available for purchase at Amazon UK, where the reviews have already begun reflecting the internet meyham), but something about the way the white balance is set in the image above makes some people's brains interpret the colors as blue and black while others interpret them as white and gold. 

So what do you see? Blue and black, or white and gold?

My Committee Work During the 131st General Assembly

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Guest Column from State Representative Jim Buchy

At the beginning of every General Assembly, the Speaker of the House appoints all members of the caucus to different committees. There are nineteen committees in all, and each member is appointed to different committees based upon their individual strengths and expertise. Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has appointed me to three House committees for this General Assembly. In addition, I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues to serve as Assistant Majority Leader for our caucus.

Coming from a heavily agricultural district, I was appointed to the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. During the past two years, this committee was known as the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, but was split into two committees so that we can closer examine the important issues at hand. The first issue we will be taking a look at is improving the water quality of our lakes and streams here in Ohio.

Lake Erie and inland lakes like our Grand Lake St. Mary’s have suffered from increased algal blooms in recent years. Our committee is holding field hearings across the state to research and gather information on these issues. By traveling to the field to learn about these issues, we can hear from experts on the ground and citizens living near these bodies of water. We hope to address these issues and better serve our constituents by making this a priority. Representative Dave Hall and I have introduced a bill, House Bill 61, that will work to combat this issue with improved nutrient management practices, establishing a phosphorus monitoring process and banning the depositing of dredged material into Lake Erie

I was also appointed to the House Public Utilities Committee, where we will examine issues dealing with services provided to the public, such as electricity, natural gas, water, and sewage. I look forward to serving on this committee where the issues at hand affect all Ohioans. Assuring that our citizens have reliable, safe utility services at an honest price is extremely important to me, and I will look in the best interest of my constituents when dealing with these issues.

My final committee appointment is to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. This committee is close to my heart, because it is our responsibility in the legislature to hold government accountable to taxpayers of this state. Ohioans deserve an effective government that works for them. By keeping a watchful eye to the bills we evaluate, we can ensure that the people of Ohio have a state government that is held accountable.

Please take a moment to give me your opinion on this issue and others in the news this month by completing a survey at

ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake Breakfast Hosted by the Greenville Lions Club

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The Greenville Lions Club is holding an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, the 28th, from 8:00am to 11:00am at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church at 306 Devor St in Greenville. The C & M Alliance Church is located behind the Annie Oakley statue at the end of Broadway. For $7.00 you can have all the pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk or orange drink you want. For children 4-10, it is only $5.00 and under 4 is free. Our pancakes are being provided by Chris Cakes. He will entertain you with his unique style of flipping the pancakes onto your plate. All proceeds from this Lions Club fundraiser will go back into the community by helping individuals with their eye related needs.

Please come and support our fundraiser and get a good breakfast. Also this will be a good time to get rid of your old used eye glasses. By donating them to the Lions Club, they will be put to good use. The eye glasses will be cleaned and repaired if necessary and recycled for use by under privileged individuals in the US and all over the world.

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
8:00 am to 11:00 am

Serving breakfast at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church
306 Devor Street, Greenville OH

All you can eat; pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk or orange drink

Adults - $7.00 Children 4-10 - $5.00 under 4 - eat free

Pancakes provided by: Chris Cakes

Winners in New Madison Public Library Winter Reading Club Announced

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The top two winners were announced for New Madison Public Library’s Winter Reading Club for Adults. First place winner Tim Moss & second place winner Teri Hampton both won $25 dollar gift cards. If you entered for reading during the Winter Club be sure to check the library’s Facebook page for 15 additional winners of books, book lights, mugs of goodies, and more. Thanks to all who participated this year. Be sure to sign up for our Summer Reading Program 2015 in June designed for ages 1-101.

Edward Jones Investment Sponsors Irish Wave fundraiser for DCCA

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DCCA recognizes Edward Jones Investment Representatives left to right: Dave Connelly, Todd Subler, Andria Haworth, Bill Wolke and Ryan Carpe for their contribution to DCCA and the arts in Darke County.

Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Edward Jones Investment Representatives Dave Connelly, Todd Subler, Andria Haworth, Bill Wolke and Ryan Carpe for their sponsorship of the Irish Wave fundraiser, set for Friday, March 13, 6:30 P.M. at Montage Cafe. As well as, the recent sold out A Taste of Wine & Jazz held in January. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, DCCA thanks Edward Jones Investment Representatives for their continued support of the arts in Darke County, we are looking forward to the 3rd annual Irish Wave to be an opportunity to celebrate all things Irish.” “The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They'll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more,” Rawlins said.

Attendees can count on a diverse choice of beers; six tastes and a commemorative beer glass are included in the price of admission. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available; Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided.

Sponsors for Irish Wave who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, The Andersons Marathon LLC, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for Irish Wave are $35, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.


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GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Department presents Winter Concert 2015, Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall. This concert is free to the public with doors opening at 6:30 PM. The evening will consist of sacred, classical and worship song selections.

The concert will begin with Girls Glee and Choraliers singing “Amazing Grace / Pachelbel’s Canon” and “Agnus Dei.” Senior Michaela Colby will perform “The Lass from the Low Countree,” and Freshmen, Sierra Cress, Hailey Hunt, Taira Ruble and Larissa Schmitmeyer will perform “Wayfairin’ Stranger.”

Collage will perform “At The River” and “Cantate Hodie.”

Senior Alex Davis will perform “The Roadside Fire,” and Senior Sarah Green will perform “Zueignung" & "Voi che Sapete.” These selection by Davis and Green received a highest rating of a "1/ Superior" at District Competition.

The Concert Choir will be performing “Hush Somebody’s Callin’ My Name” and “II Est Bel Et Bon.”

Seniors Ashley Grote and Sarah Green will sing “This is Amazing Grace,” and Junior Kayli Duncan will sing “On My Knees.”

The Wavaires will conclude the concert by giving a sneak peek of their upcoming cantata performances with “Your Grace is Enough,” “The Motions” and “Rise Up.” The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.


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The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:15 pm. The meeting will take place in the Board Room on the first floor at Wayne Health Care. This is located down the hall way past the women’s center and the lab. Turn left at the end of the hall way. The Board Room is on the left.

March is Colon Cancer month as well as Kidney Cancer and Multiple Myeloma awareness.

The group will discuss these cancers as well as any other questions, comments, etc. from the group.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is open to the public at no charge. Refreshments will be served. Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Lynn from Cancer Association of Darke County and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County (partnering with United Way) office at 548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

The Cancer Association is not affiliated with American Cancer Society.

If you would like to volunteer your services in driving patients to appointments or assisting with fundraisers, please call the office and speak with Christine.

We are asking for Corporate Sponsorship from businesses for 2015. If your company would like to be a sponsor this year, please notify the office. Our first corporate sponsor this year is Johnston Chiropractic Clinic.

Thank you for all your support and remember “Where there is help, there is hope.”


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July 24 – July 26, 2015

The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is a group of volunteer citizens and business owners who strive and dedicate themselves and their time to ensure that the memory of “Annie Oakley – Little Miss Sure Shot” lives on. The core mission is honoring Darke County’s most famous daughter.

The committee looks forward to providing an engaging, family and community oriented event for the entire Darke County area. They want the festival to continue and grow and are seeking individuals, businesses, and groups, to join the committee to help make this happen in 2015 and for many years to come. There is need for both general volunteers and those willing to take on responsibilities and leadership positions. If you would be interested in joining this wonderful organization, please attend the next meeting on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 PM, at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Preserve. If you can’t make it, feel free to contact April Osborne or Darlene Meyers at (937) 459-5017 or or attend the next meeting. The Annie Oakley Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Nature Preserve. Information regarding our festival and what we do is available on our website

Timberdoodles Above

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“Peent... Peent!” The American Woodcock is so expertly camouflaged that it quite nearly vanishes when it rests on the woodland floor. Not so during the breeding season. In the early spring, the males put on elaborate flights, dances and unique calls. We’ll scour the “dancing grounds” near Shawnee Prairie on Thursday, March 12th at 7:30pm to attempt to catch a glimpse at this annual spring ritual. This hike is free, but pre-registration is requested. Please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 to register. For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Parks, visit our website at


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DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Darke County area businesses, organizations, and schools, will host several blood drives in March. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the St. Patrick’s Day “With a Little Love and a Bit of Luck We Can Save a Life – Donate Blood” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

Who doesn’t love St. Patrick’s Day and the annual opportunity to be just a wee bit Irish? The St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt is free when you register to donate Monday, March 2 through Saturday, March 28 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt is grey with the message “With a Little Love and a Bit of Luck We Can Save a Live – Donate Blood” in green lettering. The design features a four-leaf clover with three heart-shaped leaves in green and one in white with the CBC blood drop logo.

The rare quad-clover is considered the luckiest of lucky charms. According to Irish tradition, the three-leaves symbolize the Holy Trinity. When a Shamrock is found with a fourth leaf, it represents God’s grace. The shirt will be charming to wear as we welcome spring, and especially on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17.

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during late winter and early spring due to inclement weather and illness. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Same Great Sponsor, Just a New Location!
Greenville Church of the Brethren
421 Central Avenue
12:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Greenville Moose Lodge & Women of the Moose
Donors will be served homemade soup, sandwiches, and cookies made by the Women of the Moose
Appointments Encouraged!
Open to the Community

Monday, March 16, 2015
Gordon United Methodist Church
311 East Street, Gordon
2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Social Hall
Sponsored by: Gordon United Methodist Church
Appointments Encouraged!
Open to the Community

Monday, March 16, 2015
Versailles K of C Hall
12:30 p.m. – 7:00 pm
8440 St. Rt. 47, Versailles, Ohio
Sponsored by: Versailles Rotary Club
Donors will enjoy homemade soup, and other great treats served by the Versailles Rotary Club
Appointments Encouraged!
Open to the Community

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Whirlpool Corporation
6:00 am – 1:30 pm
Employees Only

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Midmark Corporation
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Employees Only

Thursday, March 25, 2015
Midmark Corporation
7:00 am – 11:00 am
Employees Only

Friday, March 27, 2015
Franklin Monroe High School
8691 Oakes Road, Pitsburg
Sponsored by: Franklin Monroe High School National Honor Society
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Open to the Students, Faculty, and Community
Appointments Encouraged!

Learn more at


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The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 27. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist. Our seedlings are packaged in groups of five. An assortment of tree packets are offered for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. This is an economical way to work toward establishing or adding to a wildlife area, to create a windbreak, or landscaping. Payment must be received when placing order. Prices range from $5-$10 in packets of 5 seedlings. We are also offering larger varieties on some evergreens. See us on our Web site: or call the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District @937-548-1752 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Ct., Greenville with any questions.

Tenant Based Rental Subsidy

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Community Action Partnership has received funding from the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) in partnership with Darke County Commissioners for tenant based rental subsidy (TBRA) throughout Darke County.

Preference will be given to those who are homeless, veterans, and whose income is at or below 30% area median income. Proof of Homelessness and Veterans DD-214 must be submitted with application. Applications will be screened for preference and the rest date and time stamped for placement on the waiting list. Units must pass Housing Quality Standards inspection and rent reasonableness. Leases are required. Applications are available at Community Action Partnership, 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH 45331.

Agriculture Fertilizer Applicator Certification

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Agricultural fertilizer applicator certification is now required for farmers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale. This requirement was signed into law in June, 2014, and also requires certification for commercial agricultural applicators. Farmers who have their fertilizer applied by co-ops or custom applicators are not required to be certified.

Farmers and applicators need to attend a training course offered by Ohio State University Extension to become certified. Those who have a pesticide applicator license need to attend a two-hour fertilizer certification. If an applicator does not have a pesticide license, they will be required to attend a three-hour fertilizer certification.

A three-hour certification program for any applicator who does not have a pesticide license will be offered on March 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Romers, Greenville, Ohio. This free meeting which will also include a sponsored lunch and a keynote address by Dr. John Fulton on Big Data and Precision Agriculture will meet the certification requirements for those with and without a pesticide license. Pre-registration is required and online registration is available at or you can register by calling the extension office at 937.548.5215.

Fertilizer is defined for the regulation as any substance containing nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, or other plant nutrient in a dry or liquid formulation. All application types such as broadcast, side dress, sub-surface, knifing and other are included in the certification requirement. Lime and limestone are not included as fertilizer for the certification and farmers who only use starter fertilizer in their planter boxes are exempted. Applicators who are a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) or Ohio Certified Livestock Manager are not required to attend the training. The agriculture fertilizer certification is not required for manure applications as these are currently regulated.

Applicators who meet the criteria for the certification must attend training by September 30, 2017. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is the agency issuing the certification for agriculture fertilizer applications. Their website has information regarding the regulation at For more information about other training session or general materials for the agriculture fertilizer certification, visit or contact Sam Custer at OSU Extension, Darke County at 937.548.5215 or

Searching for Spring Hike

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Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist on Saturday, February 28th at 2:00pm for a breaking cabin fever hike. We will meet at Worth Family Nature Preserve (Springhill Road off of 502-West) and enjoy the last scenes of winter all while searching for signs of spring! Dress for the weather; camera and binoculars are highly recommended. Dogs on a leash are welcome to join the hike. For more information or directions to the park, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165. A full list of upcoming programs can be found on our website at

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Jim Phelan, Owner of Phelan Insurance Agency, Has Passed Away

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Phelan Insurance Agency posted on their website today that their long time owner, Jim Phelan, has passed away. 

Mr. Phelan was a fixture in the community of Versailles and our thoughts are with his family and many friends.

The company post reads:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Phelan, Phelan Insurance Agency’s long-time owner. He passed away on Tuesday morning, February 24th. Jim’s lifetime commitment to our agency and the insurance industry will be dearly missed.
Jim’s viewing will be held on Sunday, March 1st at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home (Versailles) from 1:00-5:00 PM. A Celebration of Life will follow at The Inn at Versailles from 6:00-9:00 PM. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Denis Church (Versailles) on Monday, March 2nd at 10:30 AM.
Your thoughts and prayers for the family are very much appreciated during this difficult time.
 Click here to view the post at Phelan Insurance Agency's web site.


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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee proudly announces the return of the Annie Oakley Parade.

We are looking forward to providing an exciting, family and community oriented parade, for the entire Darke County area. We are grateful for the overwhelming support and words of encouragement for the return of this wonderful parade. To make this parade an enormous success, we need your help.
We are looking for organizations and groups from schools, churches, businesses, 4-H clubs, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, family floats, and any other Darke County Community groups, to be involved and be in the parade. We want to see people from all areas of Darke County represented.

Information regarding parade application and rules will be available on our website

We are excited that we can bring this parade to Darke County once again, and we look forward to seeing everyone downtown Greenville to enjoy this event. Please be sure to check out the information regarding the parade route on our website. We will be starting and finishing at the Darke County Fairgrounds, and details will be updated with any changes that need to be made.

Wayne HealthCare Welcomes New Hospital Foundation Director

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(Greenville, OH) February 25, 2015 - Wayne HealthCare is pleased to announce that Lauren Henry, MBA, PHR has been appointed as the Wayne Hospital Foundation Director.

Ms. Henry comes to Wayne with great relationship-building experience having led the Darke County United Way for 8 years. Prior to serving as director, Lauren served on the United Way board of directors and as a campaign volunteer for 4 years.

Ms. Henry earned a bachelor’s degree in business at Miami University and a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in organizational leadership at the University of Findlay. She received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and worked in human resources at Brethren Retirement Community and Greenville Technology, Incorporated following graduation from Miami University.

Lauren and her husband Chad have three boys, Carson, Ethan and Garrison. Chad is the Planning and Zoning Director at the City of Greenville.

“Lauren will be a great asset to Wayne HealthCare and our hospital foundation,” said Lynne Hawley, MD at Family Health and immediate past chair of the Wayne Hospital Foundation Board. “Lauren has a strong background in both relationship-building and fundraising. I am confident that she will revive and build on the legacy of the Wayne Hospital Foundation and its support of quality healthcare for our community.”

“It is my passion to give back to the residents of Darke County, providing hope for the future and strengthening our community. I am honored to be able to continue serving the community in the capacity of Foundation Director for Wayne HealthCare,” said Ms. Henry.

Lauren has served the community through leadership, volunteer and professional organizations, all of which include: Edison Community College's Academy of Community Leadership, Chair for the Darke County Tri Council serving seniors and their health needs, as well as a member of the Senior Outreach Committee and Darke County Volunteer Network. Lauren is also a member of the Greenville Rotary Club, Family and Children First Council for Darke County and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville.

The Wayne Hospital Foundation was established to acquire and accept charitable gifts for Wayne HealthCare, in order to perpetuate and provide high quality healthcare at the hospital and in the community.

The Wayne Hospital Foundation, established in 2007 has raised more than $500,000 since its inception to support improvements at Wayne HealthCare.

2015 Spring DCSA Youth Soccer Sign Ups

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In-Person Registration Feb. 28th @ North park from 10AM – 1PM.

2015 Spring DCSA Youth Soccer
BOYS AND GIRLS 3-12 Years Old
Spring Season: March 17th thru May 10th
Registration is from Feb 13th thru March 7th

Cost: $20.00 per child by March 7th Late Registration: $30.00 if after March 7th
Location: North Park Soccer Fields – Behind Kroger
Age Groups:

  • 3, 4 and 5 year olds will play on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • 6, 7 and 8 year olds will play on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • 9, 10, 11 and 12 year olds will play on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Game Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays will be 6:00 and 7:00 PM
Saturdays will be 10AM, 11AM and 12 PM

In-Person Registration: Feb 28th 10 AM-1 PM @ North Park
Mail-in Registration to: Darke County Soccer Association, PO Box 1144, Greenville, OH 45331
Drop-off Registration at: Greenville National Bank/ Consumer Loan Dept. 114 W. Fourth Street, Greenville, OH 45331



Registration forms can be found on

Keep Calm Your are Only 40!

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Happy 40th, Rebecca Drew!

- Your loving friends!!

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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Each year, during March – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities focuses on peoples’ abilities and similarities rather than differences, and encourages everyone to welcome people with developmental disabilities into their communities. Many new opportunities are emerging in this spirit throughout the state, including community-based employment options and residential opportunities that more fully integrate people with disabilities. The 2015 theme for DD Awareness Month reflects this spirit — “Can Do, Like You!”

The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Darke County Special Olympics are again partnering in celebration and recognition of the many individuals throughout the community who receive services that help them make the most of their abilities, as well as to raise public awareness about their challenges and barriers to success. These may include physical or regulatory challenges and barriers, as well as peoples’ attitudinal issues or uninformed perceptions.

On Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45 p.m., the Versailles School District will host an exhibition of skills with local citizens, educators and business people partnering with each of the three Special Olympics basketball teams – the Warriors, Slammers and Dawgs, for a friendly game of basketball. Please come out and join us for the 2nd annual Community All-Star Game! The game will be held at the Versailles Middle School gym, and promises to be a night of fun and connection between the citizens of Darke County. We encourage learning more about the people in this county who have developmental disabilities, and to recognize that all of us have talents that we can offer to make our community a better place to live, work and play.

“The mission of our agency is to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. An event such as this is a great opportunity for the community to witness and embrace the talents and abilities of everyone involved,” said Mike Beasecker, Superintendent of the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The event is free for everyone! However, donations of any amount are welcome and all proceeds will benefit Darke County Special Olympics. Please contact the Darke County Board of DD at (937) 548-9057 or email for more information.

Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee to Host "Arcanum Trojan Homecoming"

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The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee cordially invites all graduates from Arcanum High School to their Arcanum Trojan Homecoming (formerly called Arcanum Alumni Banquet) on April 18, 2015.

The Arcanum Alumni Association Advisory Committee has been busy over the last several months to breathe new life into the Alumni Organization; they adopted the following Mission Statement “to increase the interest in and attendance to the annual social gathering. To achieve this, the sub-committees (Hospitality, Scholarship-Finance, Data-Entry, and Publicity) will provide assistance and guidance to the 25 year Class Program sub-committee for this event. The emphasis will be to increase scholarship giving and improved communication.” Thank you to the following individuals within our community who have volunteered: Tanya Baker (Class of 1990-25 year class), Amy Warner, Teri Bailey, Linda Newbauer (Class of 1965-50 year class), Laura VanHoose, Paul Myers, Terry Mills, Tom Fourman, Carrie Schmidt, Ted Scheiding, Cheryl Gray, Vickie Rhodehamel, Barb Garrison, Helena Schlafman, Marilyn Robinson, Nancy Ady, Barb Troutwine, Carolyn Hollinger, Sally Sharritts, Joyce Colville, Sharon Karns and John Stephens.

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee is working to establish a Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojan Hall of Fame to recognize and honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievements, actions and contribution within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students. A Selection Committee is being formed consisting of graduates representing the various decades. If you are interested in serving on the Selection Committee, please contact Superintendent, John Stephens, at

Invitations have been mailed and emailed to addresses that the committee has on hand. Due to postage costs, invitations were mailed to classes ending in “0” and “5”. The committee has been working hard to prepare a complete address list and it has been quite a monumental task, there are many classmates with unknown addresses or the address listed as their parents’ home address. If you have moved, gotten married and have never received an invitation in the past, that means there is no current address on file for you. Please register on the Alumni tab on the school website: with your most recent home mailing address and your email address.

Donations are also being sought for this year’s scholarship fund. If you would like to donate, either as an individual or as a business/tax deduction; please send your donation to “Arcanum Butler School” Alumni donation, attn: Matt Huffman, Treasurer, 2011 Trojan Avenue, Arcanum, Ohio 45304.

Do you have any old Arcanum Alumni Organization materials? It was recently mentioned that years ago there were some really old historical records from when the Alumni Association was first started in the early 1900s; these were old hard-bound journals that had been handed down from chairperson to chairperson through the years – somewhere they have been misplaced or forgotten – if anyone knows where they are or perhaps forgot they had them, the AAA Committee would love to have them back. Please contact me (Vickie Rhodehamel 692-6188) and I will see that they get returned to the organization.

Westward Migration of the Lenape

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Join the Darke County Parks on Thursday, February 26th at 6:30pm as historical interpreter Tom Franklin discusses the westward migration of the Lenape. The Lenni Lenapes were original people of the mid-Atlantic area. Most Lenape Indians were driven out of their homeland by the British and relocated to Oklahoma, where the modern Delaware Indian tribes are located today. Other Lenape people joined the Nanticoke or Munsee Delawares. There are also some small Lenape communities remaining in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The total Lenape population is around 16,000. Lenni Lenape translates as Men of Men, The Grandfathers, The Ancient Ones. What was their life style? How were they forced westward? These questions and more will be answered during this fascinating historical interpretive evening program at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). Pre-registration is required. Please call the Nature Center to register at 937.548.0165. For more information on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please visit our website at

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DCSO Warns Snow Mobile Riders Against Trespassing

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Sheriff Toby Spencer would like to remind all who enjoy the winter season and snow that it is illegal to trespass on to another's property without permission.

The Sheriff's Office received several complaints during the last snowfall of snowmobiles trespassing and damaging winter wheat crops.

Sheriff Spencer wants to let everyone know that if a complaint is filed or anyone is caught riding on land without authorization, criminal and civil charges could be filed.

Sheriff Spencer encourages those who ride to "Ride Safely and Responsibly."

Youniques Boutique Adds E-Commerce Option

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Youniques Boutique is located at 529 S. Broadway, offering women’s clothing and accessories.

GREENVILLE, Ohio - Youniques Boutique, located in downtown Greenville, now has customers located across the world! The shop recently expanded its customer base by opening an online shopping website.

After 15 successful years in downtown Greenville, shop owners Lelah Shoop and Hala Knapke are excited to grow their business with this additional option. “We chose to open our online store through a company called Through their main website, shoppers are are able to visit the world’s best boutiques online, including Youniques Boutique,” said Shoop.

Shopping online has increased drastically in the past 5 years. “By expanding online, they greatly increase their number of potential customers and establish themselves on a more level playing field with larger competitors,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

“We have already received numerous orders, so we are thrilled about that!,” said Knapke.

Earlier this year, Lelah and Hala updated the interior of their shop, located at 529 S. Broadway in downtown Greenville. “We wanted to give it a fresh look, comparable to a shopping experience you would receive at a boutique in a large city,” said Shoop. The updated look features an open floor plan with modern shelving and displays. The historic building already included original hardwood floors and stamped tile ceiling, but a color palette change took place to match the new design.

Lelah and Hala are thankful for those who choose to shop local and support their small business. “We thank our loyal local customers for their support. It has given us the opportunity to do what we both love, expand and update our business, as well as make it easier for those who have moved way to continue to shop at Youniques,” said Knapke.

Click here to shop Youniques online, and visit their Facebook page at You can visit their shop at 529 S. Broadway, or contact them at 937-548-0496.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic development. Learn more about the organization on their website,, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Patient Care Coordinator Wanted at Family Health

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Family Health is committed to an integrated approach to health and wellness, and is seeking an experienced, highly motivated individual to join our Behavioral Health and Wellness Department in developing and conducting case management and coordinated care processes for high risk patients

Job Requirements:

  • Ohio licensed RN
  • Bachelors' degree (BSN)
  • Minimum of two years clinical experience providing comprehensive case management and/or tailored health plans for chronically ill/high risk patients.
  • Ability to work both independently, and as a part of a multi-disciplinary team, in conducting patient care.
  • Experience in developing and conducting individual and group educational programs relevant to chronic disease management, prevention, and general wellness.
  • Ability to collaborate with health care providers and pertinent stakeholders to promote a seamless system of referral and coordinated care processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of community resources
  • Skill in program development and coordination
  • Experience working with patient care teams
  • Patience and flexibility in working with a diverse patient population.


Qualified applicants should send resumes to

Lady Tiger Bowlers Finish 5th at Sectionals and Advance to Districts

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The Lady Tigers competed in the sectional tournament this past Friday February 20th at Poelking Marian Lanes in Huber Heights. “Only the top 11 teams advance to the district tournament so it was important that the girls entered the tournament focused,” said Coach Phlipot. In this tournament scoring was based on total pin fall for 3 regular and 6 baker games. The Tigers were paired with the defending state champions, Mechanicsburg, in game one. This was an advantage for the Tigers as it really allowed them to bowl with great competition and have a feel for their standing in the field. In Game 1 Versailles rolled 849 to Mechanicsburg 882 promoting confidence for the Tiger girls. In games 2 and 3 the Tigers rolled 753 and 880 giving them a 3 game total of 2482. This put the Lady Tigers in 5th place after regular games. “I was very happy with the way the team bowled the first three games,” said Coach Phlipot,”but we did leave a lot of easy spares and a few girls bowled under their average. If all girls would have bowled at their average we may have been in the top 3.” Leading the way for the Tigers was Megan Ward (200-174-215 for 589 series), Hannah Niekamp (163-171-158 for 492 series), Olivia Bruening (133-147-195 for 475 series), and Makenzie Berning 191.

Heading into the 6 baker games the Lady Tigers were paired with Graham. “Our goal was to try to catch the 3rd place team Urbana,” said Coach Phlipot. The Lady Tigers bowled well in their baker games with scores of (190-125-175-174-161-172). Versailles was up 48 pins on Northwestern going into the last baker game. Northwestern bowled a 238 to Versailles 172 pushing the Tiger team out of 4th place overall. The Lady Tigers finished 5th out of 25 teams and advance to the district tournament on Thursday, Feb. 26th at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek; starting time 9:00 a.m. The top 4 teams and top 4 individuals will advance to the state tournament. “I was very proud of how the girls bowled today; it was a total team effort. If we can bowl like we did today and stay positive we will achieve our team goal and have the opportunity to compete in the state tournament again,” said Coach.

Overall Standings Southwest Sectional: 1. Mechanicsburg (3873), 2. Urbana (3665), 3. Kenton Ridge (3643), 4. Northwestern (3497), 5. Versailles (3479), 6. Graham Local (3251), 7. Bellefontaine (3177), 8. Mississinawa Valley (3142), 9. Carroll (3072), 10. Archbishop Alter (2938), 11. Benjamin Local (2850)

An Evening of Coffee and Conversation

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Join the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society for an “Evening of Coffee and Conversation” Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Marilyn Rosser Strickler. She is a descendant of the Rosser Family Lumber Company founders. The Rosser Lumber Co. was part of Arcanum Community from 1880 until 1962. The Rosser family was very appreciative of the business received from the community. They return the dividend to the people in gifts to the school, Trinity Methodist Church and civic programs for all the residents to enjoy.

Mrs. Strickler is the holder of many of the family artifacts and stories. From her rich legacy and heritage, she is very well versed in the history of Arcanum. Marilyn is an Arcanum High School graduate and after college, she made her home in Dayton, Ohio with her husband, Dr. Jack Strickland and raised two children. Never forgetting her roots and holding the Arcanum community dear to her heart, she has much to share. In return, the audience is invited to bring their history, family connections and stories, it will be a conversational evening for all to enjoy. The historical society extends a special invitation to the public and welcomes their attendance.

Looking for something extra to do, visit the Arcanum Wayne Trial Historical Society at 123 W. George St. tour the building and view the displays or visit the resource rooms. The building will be open for visitation on Saturday morning 9:00- 12:00 on March 7th. Also, watch for announcements of upcoming programs, activities and new ventures offered by the society to the community for the summer months ahead.

"Secrets Revealed" Author to Hold Book Signing at Bread of Life Bookstore

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Judi Daxon author of Secrets Revealed will be doing a book signing at Bread of Life Bookstore in Greenville on February 28 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Secrets Revealed, a sequel to her first book, Secrets, is about Pastor Zoe whose penchant for speaking truth lands her in grave danger from vindictive President Enricho. After fleeing the country to save her life, she returns a married woman with a book contract. While she was gone, she was declared deceased. Now, in order to get her autobiography published, she has to convince the world that she is indeed alive. In the meantime her husband sets out to rescue the Supreme Court Justices who are being held against their will by President Enricho.

Secrets Revealed is an entertaining fast paced read by local author and Christian counselor Judi Daxox of Trotwood, Ohio.

Grilliot Alignment Welcomes Marvin Baker

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Grilliot Alignment is pleased to welcome Marvin Baker to the team! Marvin, formerly of Marvin’s Tuck & Auto Services, brings over 30 years of mechanic experience with him and specializes in excellent customer care. Marvin would like to welcome all of his past customers to schedule an appointment with him here at Grilliot Alignment by calling 937-548-Grilliot Alignment is your one stop shop for all of your automotive needs. Located at 8008 Arcanum Bearsmill Rd we offer many products and services such as:

*Tires * Shocks * Struts*Starters*Batteries*Alternators*Tune-Ups*Suspension & Steering*Transmission* Lube, Oil & Filter

Call 937-548-7039 for your appointment today with one of our fully trained technicians.

Waffle Breakfast

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The Friends of the Darke County Parks will once again be hosting their annual Waffle Breakfast on Saturday, March 7th from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Nature Center, 4267 St. Rt. 502 West. Our volunteers will be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee and of course pure Ohio Maple Syrup! Tickets are available for a $5 donation at the door or you can stop by the Nature Center to purchase your tickets ahead of time. For just $1, additional sausage will be available. Carry-Out will also be available. After breakfast, take a maple syrup interpretive tour, visit the Log House as well. Maple Syrup tours begin at 8am and run through 4pm also on Saturday, March 7th. For more information, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

Monday, February 23, 2015


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Tickets are still available for the Wild West Family Fun Day to be held at Paws Bingo Hall on February 28. Be sure you get your tickets in advance before the event sells out. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Darke County Humane Society. Advance tickets may be purchased at Paws Bingo Hall and Roots Hair Salon on Broadway in Greenville. The fun will start at 4:00pm with games and activities for the children. Tickets for the games and activities will be available for purchase at the event for a small fee. There will also be a free western themed Photo Op Booth for pictures with your family. Be sure to come out in your best western attire as there will be western costume contest at 5:30pm. Prizes will be awarded to some of the best dressed, including best dressed family. Rounding out the event will be an old time melodrama at 6:00pm! That’s right, The Darke County Civic Theater is proud to present “Dogsbreath Devereaux: The Dastardly Doctor or…Nurses Foiled Again.It will be your job to boo the villain and cheer for the hero as DogsbreathDevereaux (Jackson Aukerman), plots to wed and do away with the wealthy widow Lotta Cash(Sandy Hartley) so he can inherit her fortune and her late husband’s medical clinic. He enlists the aid of the nasty nurse, Hilda Hatchet(Connie DeSchepper), and promises to marry her once he disposes of Lotta. Problems arise when the insanely jealous Hilda catches Dogsbreath flirting with Wendy March(Amy Gessler), the heroine of our show. It seems only our hero, Dr. Phil Good(Chris Phillips), can save Wendy and the unsuspecting Lotta Cash from certain death. Set in a clinic filled with zany patients, this melodrama is sure to leave your whole family in stitches. Tickets for this event are only $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for students K-12 and Senior Citizens 60 & over. Also available for purchase during the event will be food and beverages. Mark your calendar and enjoy a bit of Wild West fun while benefiting local organizations! You will be sure to have a “Rootin’ Tootin’ Good Time! If you have any questions, please contact Dane Leeper at (937)423-5183

Edison’s Medical Assistant Program Exceeds Standards

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Edison Community College’s Medical Assistant (MA) program recently received high commends. The program has once again exceeded the thresholds held by its accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Reviewed annually by the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Edison’s MA program is measured against such standards as retention rate, positive job placement, graduate satisfaction, employer satisfaction, and the accredited national exam pass rate. This review process also stands to ensure the program meets or exceeds the high standards established by CAAHEP.

“This is vital to the success of our graduates and to the communities they will serve throughout their careers,” said Heather Young, Director of Medical Assisting. “By completing a CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting program, our graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized CMA credentialing exam. Graduates holding CMA credentials are found to be highly desirable among employers.”

As a career field with excellent job prospects, Edison’s in-demand MA program is available to individuals wishing to make a contribution to the healthcare field by performing both clinical and administrative duties in a variety of settings. In this program, students learn the skills needed to perform clerical functions, specimen collection, diagnostic testing, and patient care procedures.

In addition to its latest praises, Edison’s MA program was the recent recipient of a $2,000 grant from the Miami County Foundation. The money received helped fund a new simulated lab area for students, including cabinetry, supplies, blood pressure cuffs and a patient exam table. In addition, Midmark Corporation graciously contributed to the lab area with the donation of a second patient exam table to match the first.

Students can complete a Medical Assistant Certificate in as little as one year, with the option to obtain an Allied Health Associate of Technical Studies degree there after. For more information about Edison’s MA program or its CAAHEP accreditation, visit

Cutline: Edison Medical Assistant students check blood pressure in their newly renovated patient simulation area. Pictured are Carla Roberts of Piqua (Left) and Amber Luthman of Yorkshire (Right).

Rep. Huffman Applauds Ohio House Passage of Bill Regarding PARCC Testing in Schools

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COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City) has applauded the Ohio House passage of House Bill 7, legislation that provides academic protections for students taking new state assessments during the 2014-15 school year. New assessments in mathematics and English language arts are supplied by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Sponsored by Rep. Jim Buchy (R-Greenville), House Bill 7 prohibits schools from using test scores from state assessments when determining a student’s advancement to the next grade level and granting of course credit. The bill also states that schools are not permitted to share individual student test scores to outside sources without consent from either the student or his or her parents.

“House Bill 7 marks a next step in our children’s educational future,” Huffman said. “I voted ‘Yes’ on this bill because I believe that the amount of burdensome testing has come to be out-of-hand for our students. I fully support Representative Buchy’s efforts on the legislation in moving this legislative policy forward.”

The bill passed unanimously out of the House Education Committee and passed with bipartisan support on the House floor. It will now go to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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ADULTS $5.00 STUDENTS K-12 7 60+ $3.00

SPAHETTI DINNER 5:30 PM ($10.00)




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Darke County, Ohio – The St. Louis Catholic Church will join forces with Community Blood Center (CBC) to host a community blood drive Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The blood drive will be at the North Star Community Center, 124 E. Star Road. Everyone who registers to donate will receive February’s special collection donor gift, the “Warming Up To Give Blood” soup crock. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at

Beethoven struck the right note when he said, “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” CBC is hoping to warm hearts during the heart of winter with the “Warming Up to Give Blood” soup crock and spoon. It’s a free donor gift to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 28 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives.

The ceramic soup crock is mug size with two handles, red on the inside and black on the outside, with “Warming up to Give Blood” in red lettering along with the CBC blood drop logo. It comes with a red ceramic soup spoon.

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. February can be an especially difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

High heart scan score: ‘I thought it must be a typo’

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The results of Max Marty’s CT Heart Scan were so bad that even his doctor wondered how they could be correct.

Max had scheduled his heart scan after two friends experienced heart trouble. A perfect score is zero, indicating a very low risk for coronary artery disease. Max’s score? 2400. “I thought it must be a typo or maybe the machine was broken, because I was feeling really good. In fact, I’d just played 18 holes of golf that week!” said Max, a retired musician. “My internist, Dr. Paul Bergfelder, had me come in right away. He couldn't believe I didn’t have any symptoms, and said I was lucky to be alive.”

Dr. Bergfelder sent Max to Reid Heart & Vascular Center, where Feras El-Bash, MD, an interventional cardiologist, performed a cardiac catheterization that afternoon. Three of Max’s main coronary arteries were 80% blocked. E. Paul Howanitz, M.D., Reid cardiovascular/thoracic surgeon, came in and introduced himself to Max and recommended bypass surgery.

“Dr. Howanitz told me he’d done close to 4,000 bypass surgeries in his career, and that his recovery rate is 98 percent,” Max said. “Those numbers sounded good to me, so we scheduled the surgery.” Max’s surgery was a success, and he said he received excellent care while in the hospital. “I couldn't have been treated any better—it was amazing,” he explained. “Everyone at Reid was smiling and happy, and that made me feel better when I was recovering.”

Looking back, Max said he should have been more vigilant about his heart health. His grandmother died of a stroke, and his father of a heart attack. To lower his risk, Max is eating less fried food and limiting his salt intake. Now almost finished with his cardiac rehabilitation therapy, Max said he is feeling stronger and is getting back to his usual routines. “The experience at Reid couldn't have been any better for me,” he said. “Those people, everybody who cared for me all hours of the day, they were all great.”

The Reid Heart scan is available this month at a reduced price. For more information click here: Heart scans; or call (765) 983-3358 to schedule.

Sponsor A Bucket

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Looking for a way to support the Darke County Park District? You can sponsor a bucket at the Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival on Saturday, March 7th. For a $30 donation, you will have your name placed on a sap bucket along the trail during the Festival.

Sponsors will also receive two complimentary tickets to the Waffle and Sausage Breakfast on March 7th from 8AM-Noon (a $10 value), and a 250ml bottle of Darke County Parks Pure Maple Syrup in a decorative maple leaf shaped glass bottle. To “Sponsor A Bucket” stop by the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West) and fill out the sponsor form.

The form is also available on our website, Call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 for more information.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pitsburg Bins Recycling Bins Removed

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Consider this: a contractor finishes a job cleaning up a rental property for a client. It’s time to dispose of the items the previous renter left behind. He’s cleaned up items such as clothes, shoes, broken toys and electronics, and just plain dirt. He could throw it in the trash can, but he opts for the district’s free recycling bin.

He’s just contaminated the whole recycling bin, and now it’s destined for the garbage.

In Darke County, the solid waste district holds various recycling events for residents to dispose of their hard to recycle items. Even though the district recycles these items on an annual basis, Rumpke will not accept them in their recycling bins. Items such as televisions, stereos, air conditioners, household chemicals, paint, plastic home goods and toys, and tires are prohibited in the bin.

At this time, Rumpke can only recycle #1 & # 2 plastics, glass jars and bottles (no Pyrex or windows, etc), juice cartons, office paper and cardboard, and aluminum and metal cans. For a complete list of items accepted by Rumpke in the recycling bins, visit the Darke County Solid Waste District website at : or call the district office at 937-547-0827 to have a copy mailed to you.

Unfortunately, not all county residents have a grasp on the guidelines, and it only takes one non-recyclable item to spoil a whole bin of recyclables. That one non-recyclable item could force the hauler to have to treat the entire load as trash. Getting rid of contaminated recycling bags and trash costs the Darke County Solid Waste District and jeopardizes the future of recycling programs.
Due to the continuous contamination in recycling bins, the bin in Pitsburg will be removed around February 20, 2015. Recently found in the recycling bin has been construction debris, furniture, and just plain trash. If you have a question about whether or not something can be recycled, call the Darke County Solid Waste District at 937-547-0827.

If you are caught placing trash or non-recyclable materials in one of the district’s recycling bins, you are in violation of the following Ohio Revised Code Law and its penalties and could be prosecuted:

3767.32 Littering.
(A) No person, regardless of intent, shall deposit litter or cause litter to be deposited on any public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the state
3767.99 Penalty.
(C) Whoever violates section 3767.13 , 3767.19 , or 3767.32 or, being a natural person, violates section 3767.30 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. The sentencing court may, in addition to or in lieu of the penalty provided in this division, require a person who violates section 3767.32 of the Revised Code to remove litter from any public or private property, or in or on waters of the state. A third degree misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum $500 and/or 60 days.

Help Darke County Clean-Up!!

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Do you want to help Darke County look it’s best? Join the Darke County Solid Waste District in our sixth annual Darke County “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015. By participating, you help create a good impression on prospective employers, reatail businesses, professionals, and others who visit our “clean” county.

According to a 2000 Yankelovich study, almost half of all Americans (48%) admit to having littered in the past 10 years and it shows on many of our roads, parks, neighborhoods and work sites. Where there is litter, people do not feel safe. Everyone deserves to live in a community that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful, and we all have a role to play in achieving this goal. Through your volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 600 miles of Darke County’s most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer, James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent, Shane Coby.

How can you participate? The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is scheduled for April 18 & 19, 2015, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4-6 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 937-547-0827 to for more information. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: Forms must be turned in by March 6, 2015.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 (per 2-mile section) for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 20, 2015.

So, Darke County, Let’s Clean-Up!!


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Greenville, Ohio - The Public Relations Committee of the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the February 12, 2015 meeting at the Brethren Retirement Community. The committee consisted of Diane Delaplane and Susan Fowble.

Committee co-chair Diane Delaplane introduced Greenville students Chelsea Stout, Addison Hart and Terin Ellis who are members of the Supply Chain Management class. The students along with Logan Emrick had previously presented at Region 3 Business Professionals of America (BPA) Skills Competition and took first place in Presentation Management with nearly perfect scores. For the evening the students gave a presentation on their idea entitled ‘A Night in Hollywood’. This is a tribute and benefit for our area Darke County Special Olympics. The benefit is scheduled for April 18th in the Greenville High School gymnasium. The student’s goal is to touch area businesses and service clubs to garner support for the cause. Any business or service club that would like to schedule this presentation or would like to sponsor the event can contact their instructor Dara Buchy through the Greenville Senior High School. Their goal is to raise $7,000.00. The group will be competing at state level in Columbus in March and hopefully move on to the national competition.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Greenville BPW Club or becoming a member can call Membership Chair Tasha Anderson at 937/621-4569 or Check us out on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

Author’s Night Features Storytellers

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The Friends of the Greenville Public Library's Author’s Night on Friday February 27th will feature the delightful Jonatha & Harold Wright, professional storytellers who specialize in Ohio, Appalachian and Japanese stories. In addition to folk tales, fairy tales, historical tales, myths and legends they have numerous personal stories.

They carry their audience through the full range of emotions with sensitivity and taste, always leaving it with warm and comfortable feelings. Sometimes poetry is added for variety or emphasis. The Wrights have taught storytelling in many area colleges. They do workshops all over the U.S. and in Kyoto Japan on storytelling techniques and skills.

Professionally they belong to the state storytelling groups of Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, the National Storytelling Network, and the Miami Valley Storytellers. Harold has been a professor of Japanese at Antioch College and Ohio State University, and is an award-winning translator of Japanese poetry.

Doors open at 6:00 and the program is at 7:00 at Montage in downtown Greenville with music by RJ Price and Bill Westfall. For more info see As Harold & Jonatha say “storytelling is sound literature!”

Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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The trees have been tapped, the temperatures are just right and the sap is flowing! Join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, March 7th from 8:00am-4:00pm for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie! This early spring day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science as we learn the process of turning sap into syrup. After our tour through the woods, we’ll visit the Sugar Shack, where you can warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the Log House and Blacksmith Shop where you can visit with our 200-year-old pioneers and discuss 18th century life. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop will be full of maple goodies for your sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee and of course pure Ohio Maple Syrup!

Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets are available for a $5 donation at the door or you can stop by the Nature Center to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Additional sausage is available for an extra $1. Carry-Out is available. For more information, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

Women of the Moose Support Darke County Special Olympics

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Cindy Rose, Director of Darke County Special Olympics, accepts a check in support of the many programs available for students with disabilities from Women of the Moose members, left to right, Vicki Yount, Tonja Shell and Beckam Poling. This past year, 325 athletes competed at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, softball, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field.

Have Your Car Serviced at Grilliot Alignment, Be Entered to Win Car Washes for a Year

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Grilliot Alignment has teamed up with Greenville Car Wash, located at 1013 Switzer Street, to give you a chance to WIN car washes for a year!!!

That’s right; one lucky winner will receive car washes for an entire year in the automatic car wash at Greenville Car Wash. Any customer with a service appointment or making a purchase with Grilliot Alignment between February 16, 2015 and March 19th will be entered to win. Winner will be announced on March 20th.

Grilliot Alignment is your one stop shop for all of your automotive needs. Located at 8008 Arcanum Bearsmill Rd we offer many products and services such as:

*Tires * Shocks * Struts*Starters*Batteries*Alternators*Tune-Ups*Suspension & Steering * Transmission* Lube, Oil & Filter

Call 937-548-7039 for your appointment today with one of our fully trained technicians.

Rotary Club of Greenville Offering Grants for to Non-Profits, Charities

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Greenville will allocate grant funding to non-profit, charitable organizations for general operating needs or other programs related to your organization’s mission.

If you wish to apply for grant funding, please contact, Lindsey Gehret, Committee Chair, at 564.3016 or email,, for an application or any other questions you may have. Please note the application deadline is April 1, 2015. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Requests are reviewed by the club’s Charitable Committee and are then approved by the club’s Board of Directors. While we strive to provide support for all organizations who apply, please keep in mind that not all requests can be met. If your organization received funds in past years, it is not guaranteed that you will receive funds in the future, as all requests are reviewed new each year.

Funds distributed to organizations are made possible by the Greenville Rotary Lemon Shakes sold at The Great Darke County Fair, as well as our Election Machine Project.


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In celebration of National Heart Health Month, patients, residents and staff of Versailles Health Care Center were encouraged to stay heart-healthy and show their support on National Wear Red Day February 7th.

Coronary heart disease is America’s #1 killer. Stroke is #3, which can also cause serious disability. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart conditions, and how to respond quickly and effectively, is important in our daily lives. Although some heart attacks occur suddenly, most begin slowly, with only mild pain and discomfort. These symptoms may be taken lightly and help may not be sought in time.
Signs of a heart attack may include the following:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that’s either constant, or comes and goes. This discomfort can be in the form of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. Chest discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom among men and women.
  • Discomfort in other areas such as the arms, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cold sweats, lightheadedness, nausea.
  • Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience the other signs of heart attack listed above.

Cardiac arrest occurs immediately. Here are some of the signs:

  • Sudden unresponsiveness.
  • Abnormal breathing – normal breath not taken when head is tilted up, and checked for at least 5 seconds.

Stroke warning signs include any of the following, sudden changes:

  • Numbness or weakness in the arm, leg, or face – especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion – trouble understanding or verbalizing thoughts.
  • Vision difficulty in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with unknown cause.

Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 911- fast action saves lives! For more information on heart conditions:

Versailles Health Care Center offers a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help patients with heart disease, including preventative, therapeutic and postsurgical care. VHCC nursing staff is certified in a Nationally Nurse Certification Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program through the Department of Human and Health Services. The CHF Program consists of the following components: Interdisciplinary Training/Education, Admission Process, Assessment and Monitoring, Patient/Caregiver Teaching, Discharge Process, and Post-Discharge. The Interdisciplinary Training and Education more specifically includes: 8-hour CHF certification LN Course-Verification of Education, 8-hour of bedside training with competency evaluation, and ten elements of competence for using teach back effectively after barriers to learning identified. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers specialized services for cardiac patients, including physical and occupational therapy as well as pulmonary rehabilitation.

Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 185 patients that utilized its short-term rehab services in 2014 and 166 in 2013! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at

Saturday, February 21, 2015

"Grand Slam" Cornhole Tournament Rescheduled Due to Weather

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Due to a winter storm affecting the area the weekend of February 21st the 7th Annual GGSA/GCBL "Grand Slam" Cornhole Tournament has been rescheduled and will now take place Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Paws Bingo Hall in Greenville, Ohio, with a guaranteed $1,000.00 purse up for grabs.  Many of the best cornhole players in the region will compete once again in what has become one of the top tournaments in the area.  Be sure to mark your calendars for this great event!  The event is in support of The Greenville Girls Softball Association and Greenville Citizens Baseball League. Tournament includes a Singles bracket, and two doubles tournaments including Competitive Doubles and Recreational Doubles brackets.  The Competitive Doubles tournament has a guaranteed purse while the Singles and Recreational Doubles tournaments will pay 75%. Please go to or for updated information.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Friends, It is Cold Outside...

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Card Request for Greenville Woman's 80th Birthday

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Pauline Horner of Greenville, OH will be celebrating her 80th birthday on March 2nd.

Pauline was born to the late Charles and Eva Koeller. Graduating from Covington High School in 1952, she married Donald Horner on October 8, 1952. They have two children, Connie (David) Kaplan and Carol (Doug) Riffle, both of Greenville. Their granddaughter, Lisa Moore, resides in Loveland, CO with her husband Denny and their three daughters, Peyton, Gracelyn, & Alyssa. A grandson, Ryan Riffle, is deceased.

Pauline was employed by Greenville City Schools for many years, and volunteered for the Low Vision Support Group in Greenville after retirement.

Please help her celebrate this milestone by sending a card or letter to 511 Chestnut St., Greenville, OH 45331.

Backyard Sugarin’

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Back by popular demand and just in time for the upcoming maple sugaring season, join the Darke County Park District on Saturday, February 28th at 2:00pm to learn a new woodland skill! At the program, you will learn how to tap your own maples, how and when to collect the sap and, finally, how to go about turning that sap into maple goodness! Demonstrations and hands-on experience will ensure that by the end of the program, you’ll have the skills needed to produce your very own maple syrup, sugar and more! Please dress for the weather as we will spend the majority of our time outdoors and in the Sugar Shack. Pre-registration is required. You can register by calling the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

For more information on this and other upcoming programs offered by the Darke County Parks, please visit our website at


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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 13. “We will bring the luck of the Irish to Friday the 13th, celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting; as with all of our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees can count on a diverse choice of beers; six tastes and a commemorative beer glass are included in the price of admission. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available; Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performs an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They'll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more,” Rawlins said.

The musicians who make up Lone Raven, Craig Markley, Kara Markley, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Neil Jacobs, and Sid Omasta, play a broad variety of instruments including keyboard, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, accordion, whistle, and percussion. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, The Andersons Marathon LLC, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler and Bill Wolke, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

Ohio Poultry Owners Advised to Increase Biosecurity as Virus Spreads in Western U.S.

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Three worrisome strains of avian flu have been detected in birds out West. These viruses can cause serious disease in birds, and their appearance has prompted poultry veterinarians at The Ohio State University to recommend that Ohio’s commercial producers and backyard chicken enthusiasts alike take precautions to protect their flocks.

The strains are related to a virus that circulated in Asia and Europe in 2014. In December 2014, they were detected in the Pacific Migratory Bird Flyway, in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho and Nevada. These viruses are classified as highly pathogenic, meaning they are extremely infectious and fatal for birds.

Migratory birds appear to be playing a role in spreading the virus, said Mohamed El-Gazzar, poultry veterinarian for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

It’s important to note that these strains are not considered a human health concern, said El-Gazzar, who is also an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This has been strictly an avian disease outbreak — human illness has never been reported in relation to this outbreak in North America, Europe or Asia, and poultry products such as chicken and turkey are safe to eat.

Still, producers and poultry owners should take all necessary measures to protect their birds, El-Gazzar said.

According to the Ohio Poultry Association, the state’s poultry industry, including egg, turkey and chicken production, is valued at $786 million. Ohio ranks second in the nation in egg production and ninth nationally in turkey production.

Earlier this month, El-Gazzar and colleague Richard Slemons, professor emeritus in the College of Veterinary Medicine, sent a notice to producers through Ohio State’s Ohio Veterinary Newsletter.

“The first thing is to try to avoid direct contact between any domestic or captive type of bird and wild migratory birds,” El-Gazzar said. “Producers are generally very good about protecting their birds, but they need to be aware that there’s an increased risk.”


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Dr. Chad Weber
Versailles Health Care Center would like to invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class. The class will take place on Monday, February, 23, 2015 at 6 pm in The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center.

Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon, along with Versailles Health Care Center Therapists, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed.

This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled. The class will include handouts and a question/answer session. Light refreshments will be provided. Call Shannon Condon 937.526.0130 for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event.


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The Village of New Madison, Darke County, Ohio will accept sealed bids until 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2015 for the rent of twenty (20) acres of certain farm ground owned by the Village located on East Wayne Street ( part of parcel # G28-0-110-13-00-00-202-03). The lease shall be restricted to farming said parcel for hay and shall be for a term of five (5) years. Each bidder is required to submit proof of insurance with his/her bid. *The use of fertilizer, chemicals, or any form of spraying will be prohibited on said premises, unless otherwise approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

All bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope and mailed to the Village of New Madison, P.O. Box 15, New Madison, Ohio 45346. Envelopes shall be marked “REAL ESTATE BID.” No bid shall be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on March 16, 2015. Bid opening will be at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015. Bidders need not be present at bid opening.

The Village of New Madison reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids.

New Madison Public Library will open at Noon Today

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Due to road conditions & dangerously low temperatures, New Madison Public Library will delay opening until noon on Thursday Feb. 19.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Madison Public Library Cancels Visit to Palestine on Wed. Feb. 18, 2015

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Due to the weather and road conditions, the New Madison Public Library is cancelling the Palestine Satellite this evening. We will be back in Palestine on Wed. March 4 @ 6:00. Sorry for the inconvenience. Remember that you can renew items online or give us call @ 996-1741.

City of Greenville to Discuss Improvements to North Broadway

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Greenville, Ohio – The City of Greenville has recently began the design phase for a series of roadway projects to occur in the public right-of-way of North Broadway from the traffic circle to Russ Road. These collective improvements will include a new surface asphalt, replacement/installation of curb & sidewalk, and the addition of storm drainage appurtenances. The construction of these projects is anticipated to occur throughout 2017-2018.

The proposed projects will not impact any cultural resources, suspect hazardous waste sites or result in substantial impacts to ecological resources. The proposed projects will not result in substantial impacts to the environment either individually or cumulatively. The projects will inevitably include the removal of select trees within the right-of-way that currently impact the infrastructure or if they will hamper the construction activities.

During construction, a detour will be maintained for commercial traffic use as well as residences and businesses will remain accessible at all times. The final project is expected to be completed no sooner than July 1, 2018. The preliminary construction costs is estimated at $2.20M. A Public Involvement Meeting will be held for any affected and interested residents at 7:00 pm, February 26, 2015 at The Greenville Missionary Church. Questions and/or comments regarding this project may also be submitted by April 1, 2015, to:

Curt Garrison
City of Greenville Safety Service Director
(937) 548-1819

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