Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Greenville Woman Strikes Utility Poles in Single Car Crash

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On March 31, 2015 at approximately 10:50 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue and Gettysburg Fire were dispatched to the 6400 block of Horatio - Harris Creek Road in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2005 Silver Jeep driven by Bonnie Whitted, 78, Greenville, Ohio was traveling west on Horatio Harris Creek Road. Mrs. Whitted lost control of the vehicle striking two utility poles. Mrs. Whitted was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Gettysburg Rescue.

Condition unknown.

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

Tractor Trailor Fails to Yield, Collides with Car at 503 & 127

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On March 30, 2015 at approximately 8:31 pm, Darke County Deputies, along with Tri Village Rescue and New Madison Fire Department responded to the intersection of US Route 127 & SR 503 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a tractor trailer, driven by Lorenzo Rodriguez-Ortiz (48) of Rigby, Idaho, was traveling west on SR 503. The tractor trailer stopped at the intersection of US Route 127 and SR 503. The tractor trailer entered the intersection into the path of a northbound 2006 Toyota Corolla, driven by Dawn Loper (40) of West Manchester, Ohio. Loper's vehicle struck the tractor trailer and both vehicles came to rest in the intersection.

Mrs. Loper was transport to Wayne Healthcare by Tri Village Rescue with non-life threatening injuries. Mr. Rodriguez-Ortiz was not injured in the accident. Mr. Rodriguez-Ortiz was issued a citation for Failure to Yield Right of way.

The intersection was closed in all directions during the investigation. This accident remains under investigation by The Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Ever Wish You Could Play PacMan on a Map of Darke County?

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Google slid a fun feature into Google maps this morning (a full day ahead of April Fools, no less). If you look up a map, there's now an icon in the bottom left corner that will turn the map you're looking at into a PacMan level.

Good luck navigating him around the circle though...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Two Airlifted Following Crash at 127 and Childrens Home - Bradford Road

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On March 30, 2015 at approximately 6:17 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Greenville City Fire, Ansonia Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of Childrens Home Bradford Road and US Rt. 127 in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Debra Humbert, 55, St. Marys, Ohio was stopped at the intersection of Childrens Home Bradford Road and US Rt. 127. Humbert entered the intersection eastbound pulling into the path of a south bound 1992 Toyota Camry driven by Allyson Haines, 18, Versailles, Ohio.

Haines and passenger Zach Reagean were air lifted to Miami Valley Hospital
by Careflight. Humbert was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Ansonia Rescue.

Condition is unknown at this time.

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

State Route 49 to Close during Sewer Construction

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Dayton, Ohio (March 23, 2015) – Starting on Monday, March 30, State Street (SR 49) in the Village of Phillipsburg will be closed due to sanitary sewer installation and construction. Traffic will be detoured in the area. The road closure is scheduled to be in place for approximately 90 days.

“Roadways must be closed to provide a safer work environment and allow for faster construction progress,” said Patrick Turnbull, director of Montgomery County Environmental Services. “We will work with the contractor to get the work done as quickly as possible to minimize the impact on businesses and residents.”

Residents are asked to be alert and drive carefully in work zones to protect their safety and the safety of construction workers. Truckers and transportation professionals should exercise extra caution and stay on appropriate state routes – residential roads cannot accommodate large trucks.

Coming from the south, trucks will still be able to access Martin Marietta. Coming from the north, A. Brown & Sons Nursery will still be open and accessible.

Construction of the $4.7 million public sanitary sewer system installation began in May 2014, and is scheduled to be completed in November 2015. The project will impact 255 properties in Phillipsburg and 10 in Clay Township.

Residents or businesses with any questions or concerns about the project are encouraged to call (937) 825-6722 for assistance.

Background on Phillipsburg Sewer Installation Project

In 2009, the OEPA discovered that sewage was contaminating storm drains and ditches throughout Phillipsburg. The OEPA then issued orders for Phillipsburg to correct the problem.

In 2012, Montgomery County Environmental Services signed an agreement with Phillipsburg to address the problem by installing, owning and operating a new sanitary sewer system.

"On a Mission For Mitch" Gets Spotlighted on Fox 45

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This piece ran last week ahead of Tri-Village's big wins at state, but Fox 45 caught up with the McCabe family to profile the commmunity's huge outpouring of support for Mitch McCabe, a 2008 graduate of Tri-Village battling cancer. The team has been the focal point of several fundraising efforts that have been tremendous. Check out the piece below, and learn more about Mitch's battle on his site by clicking here.

WOHSBC Girls Bowling All Conference Awards

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On March 29th the girls bowling team had their year-end awards banquet held at Romer’s Catering in St Henry. Receiving awards for the Lady Tigers were.

1st Team- Senior Megan Ward
1st Team- Junior Hannah Niekamp
Honorable Mention- Junior Oliva Bruening
Honorable Mention- Freshman Makenzie Berning

1ST Team All Conference
Paige Harting-Coldwater (Bowler of Year)
Amanda Stachler- Parkway
Britni Hosterman- Wapk
Quincy Warren- Mississinawa Valley
Megan Ward- Versailles
Hannah Niekamp- Versailles
Shannon Osterfeld- Coldwater
Kira Irick- New Breman

2nd Team All Confernce
Emily Fortener- Coldwater
Shelby Timmerman- Wapk
Carlee Hosterman- Wapk
Spencer Warren- Mississinawa Valley
Cecilia Riepenhoff- LCC
Katie Manger- Wapk
Jackie Bruns- Parkway
Meagan O’Cooner- Mississinawa Valley

Honorable All Conference
Makenize Regedanz- Celina
Jessica Butler- Coldwater
Kylie Timmerman- Wapk
Kelsey Pothast- Wapk
Karlee Huber- Celina
Josee Kaeck- Wapk
Oliva Bruening- Versailles
Makenzie Berning- Versailles

Support your local cancer patients and plant flowers this spring!

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Cancer Association of Darke County is selling plant gift certificates for $25.00.

The certificates can be redeemed at Hannah’s Garden Center located at 5411 US St. Rt. 36 E, Greenville, Ohio.

Here is how it works:

  1. 1. You purchase a gift certificate for $25 at the Cancer Association of Darke County at 1111 Sweitzer St. Greenville, OH.Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-4:30. You can call the office at 548-9960 with any questions. You can either use the certificate for yourself or give it as a gift to someone else.
  2. Then, the certificate is taken to Hannah’s and is used to purchase whatever you like with the $25.00. Hannah’s will then donate $5.00 of the purchase to Cancer Association of Darke County.
This is an easy and fun way to start the spring season by treating yourself and also helping Darke County cancer patients in their difficult battle.

Thank you for your support and thank you to Hannah’s for partnering with us!

Also, thank you to the Corporate Sponsors (so far) in 2015 for Cancer Association: Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, North Star Hardware and Implement, Farmers State Bank ~ New Madison, Williamson Insurance, Brothers Publishing (Early Bird), Family Health, Ansonia Lumber Company, Brethren Retirement Community, William Hole, Jr., Judge Julie Monnin ~ Darke County Municipal Court, American Legion Post 140.

The 7th Annual 5K Bunny Run/Walk Will Be Held Saturday, April 4, 2015

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The St. Henry Emergency Squad is sponsoring our 7th Annual 5K Bunny Run/Walk on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The 5K run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. starting and finishing by the shelter house at the St. Henry Park on Geier Ave. The race will be routed through the streets of St. Henry. Awards will go to the top 3 overall men and women and also to the top 3 men and women runners in each age division. The proceeds from this race will benefit the squad’s equipment fund. Same day registration will begin at 7:30 am the day of the race. Come join the fun!!

Stagelight Players Present Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

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The Stagelight Players rehearse William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Left to right: Clarissa Kiehl, Jennifer Shearer, Josh Deane, Rebecca Ritz, Julia Bogart, and Kevin Grogean.
The Edison Stagelight Players will perform William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, from April 10–19. All performances will be held in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

Categorized as one of William Shakespeare’s late romances, The Winter’s Tale chronicles a story of loss and redemption. Leontes, the King of Sicilia, is struck with jealously as he believes his wife is pregnant with another man’s child. As jealousy turns to tyranny, Leontes destroys his family and lifelong friendship. Sixteen years later, the story ends with a miraculous turn of events.

Director Matt Beisner is enthused about producing this unique Shakespeare romance. “When people think of Shakespeare they think of Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet, but we are bringing them something they’ve never seen, and most likely never heard of. The Winter’s Tale is one of the most unique of all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is not a straight comedy, nor is it considered a tragedy. There is a mixture of both elements throughout. There are issues Shakespeare touches on that are very real, very human, and very relatable that bring this work to a different level.”

“One of my goals as Director is to make the work of Shakespeare more accessible to a modern audience,” added Beisner. “I like to adapt my own abridged script and let the audience experience the magic behind the words, instead of getting confused or lost in them. You shouldn’t have to work hard to watch Shakespeare. That’s why we will do all the work for you!”

“The cast of nearly 20 actors consists of new and old faces alike. There are at least 5 students who are gracing the Edison stage for the very first time! The rest of the cast consists of actors who have been on the Edison stage at least once before. The cast is a nice combination of both veterans and beginners, both who bring a ton of great talent to the performance.”

Performances are scheduled for Friday, April 10; Saturday, April 11; Friday, April 17; Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will be held on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m.

“The cast is perfect. The play is amazing. The crew is superb. This show is something special and it’s not to be missed.”

Tickets for the show are seven dollars for adults, five dollars for students and three dollars for seniors and can be purchased with cash at the door. Children under 5 will not be permitted into the theater during the performance. For more information contact Karen Baker at 937-381-1502 or kbaker@edisonohio.edu.

Versailles Museum announces new Speaker Series for 2015

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Museum Speaker Series 2015 begins at 2:00 p.m. for each speaker in our series. Limited seating is available and light refreshments will be served after each event.

April 12, 2015
“The Long Ride Home”
Scott Trostel will be our guest and share the fascinating story of President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train on the 150th anniversary of one of America’s greatest tragedies. Did you know the train stopped in Darke County?

April 26, 2015
“Rediscovering Fort Recovery”
Native son and Ohio Historical Society historian, David Simmons and his friend, Dave Heckman will recount the hero’s of this great American Fort and the little known and recently re-discovered story that make this tale epic and new 200 years after the fact!

May 3, 2015
“The Building of an Empire; the Midmark Story”
Jim Eiting, former President and CEO will share the story of Midmark in this its 100th anniversary year. Telling how a small family business continued to reinvent it’s self into the global company it is today.

Plan to mark your calendars to join us for these special educational opportunities free to the community through your museum.

Rest Haven now has a certified Aroma Therapist

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Rest Haven now has a certified Aroma Therapist on staff, offering non-medication relief for many needs at no cost to our residents! At RH, we look for ways to improve quality of life and Aromatherapy is an effective tool in Rest Haven’s “tool box”. Many conditions can benefit from aromatherapy including headaches, enhancing memory, boosting energy, respiratory illnesses, nausea, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, aching joints, muscle aches, calming, insomnia, and more.

Gina Trobridge has worked at RH for many years and is greatly respected for her natural ability to understand and relate to our residents. Specifically, she is wonderful with residents that have dementia and communication deficits, and helps with special need situations. Gina was asked if she would become a certified aroma therapist for RH, and she excitedly agreed! With her new found knowledge and natural ability, she is exceptionally able to add a new dimension to the care of our residents. During her extensive training to become a certified aroma therapist Gina was educated in the proper choice of oil(s). This is based on the condition being treated, the specific medical conditions of individual being treated, and desired outcomes. Students practice and are tested before receiving certification.

The resident, family, or staff member expresses a suggestion for aroma therapy use, Gina then offers it to the resident. If he or she is willing to participate Gina carefully gathers important information, such as reviewing the residents chart for medical conditions that could conflict with the use of oils. She, then creates a “recipe” for treating a specific problem for an individual with an appropriate oil blend and application method. She tries the “recipe” and observes or asks the resident about effectiveness. If needed the oil recipe can be modified for more effectiveness. Aroma therapy is also used during Rest Haven’s spa day in conjunction with massages and foot soaks to promote additional relaxation; while providing an alternation approach to well-being.


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Rev. Miller and GTS Driver, Larry Wade
Our featured rider for this quarter is the Reverend Lowell Miller. Rev. Miller has been riding the transit since he moved here to Greenville with his wife in 1999. Rev. Miller rides the transit primarily for work which consists of being the chaplain for Village Green Health Care and Resthaven Nursing Home. He is also the Chaplain at Ansonia Christian Church.

Rev. Miller is an amateur radio operator and has been for more than 61 years! You might have seen him on television on channel 2 as the Weather Checker. Rev. Miller is president of the Lions Club and has been a member of the Greenville Transit Advisory Committee since 2004.
Rev. Miller has been married to his wife, Joyce for 56 years. (He says “Joyce is my choice!”).

Rev. Miller appreciates GTS and the service it provides. Without that service, he’d be unable to hold the positions he does in the community. Greenville Transit System appreciates Rev. Miller and all their riders.

GTS is funded by ODOT, FTA, the City of Greenville and client fees. To book a ride with GTS call (937)547-1811.

Greenville Couple Have Room With Special View at Oakley House

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Ruby and George Edger hold a photo of the plaque which is at the base of the tree dedicated in memory of their son.
George and Ruby Edger have a special view from their assisted living home at the Oakley House on Northview Drive in Greenville. The assisted living facility is just behind the Greenville office of State of the Heart Hospice which is on North Broadway. From their room, they can see a tree at the hospice office that was dedicated in memory of their son, David Edger who died while under State of the Heart care in 2009.

“It means a lot to both of us,” stated Ruby who is a State of the Heart Hospice patient. She is 86 and her husband of 67 years is 88 years old. The two who lived just outside Greenville, moved into the Oakley House a year ago and were originally in another room.

“I was walking down the hallway one day and noticed that I could see traffic out the window of this room,” explained George. “When it became available I asked if we could have it as I knew we could see the tree that was dedicated in memory of our son.” The couple has three surviving sons.

In 2010, David’s significant other, Anita Best, a hospice aide who works from the Coldwater office, arranged a tree dedication at the State of the Heart office. Photos were taken of her along with David’s parents at the ceremony which was attended by family members. When warmer weather comes along, the couple hopes to be able to make a visit to the tree.

Of her hospice care, Ruby stated, “I really enjoy the visits from all of the folks who are helping me. They are so nice and helpful to me.” She particularly enjoys a visit from State of the Heart Hospice Music Therapist Amy Pearson.

“She sings the old hymn “Life is like a Mountain Railroad” which I really like,” Ruby said. “My grandfather always sang that song when he was driving us someplace. It takes me back to those days.”

George farmed much of his life and worked some years in factories while Ruby concentrated on raising their four sons, serving for 25 years as a 4-H advisor and teaching Sunday school. George, a World War II veteran, proudly displays his Army discharge and times of service on the wall of their room.

While State of the Heart concentrates on caring for patients in their homes, the agency cares for many patients in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the agency’s service area. The nonprofit agency has offices in Greenville, Portland and Coldwater.

State of the Heart is observing 34 years of service to patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. For more information about any of the services provided by the agency, visit the web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

Walking for Warblers

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Spring bird migration is upon us and your Darke County Parks make perfect rest stops for neo-tropical songbirds. Witness the magic of migration during guided Warbler Walks beginning Saturday April 4 at 9am. The habitats of Shawnee Prairie Preserve are crucial stop-over points for wood warblers, flycatchers, grosbeaks and more. Join a park naturalist for this leisurely stroll in search of these winged jewels feasting on insects. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us and hit the trail for songbirds. For more information on this or other Darke County Parks programming, please contact the Nature Center at 548-0165.

Museum Presents “The Lincoln Funeral Train”

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Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington on April 21, 1865. It would essentially retrace the 1,654 mile route Mr. Lincoln had traveled as president-elect in 1861(with the deletion of Pittsburg and Cincinnati and the addition of Chicago). The Lincoln Special, whose engine had Mr. Lincoln's photograph over the cowcatcher, carried approximately 300 mourners. Willie Lincoln's coffin was also on board. Willie, who had died in the White House in 1862 at age 11, had been disinterred and was to be buried with his father in Springfield. A Guard of Honor accompanied Mr. Lincoln's remains on the Lincoln Special.

The Versailles Area Historical Society invites you to our opening Speaker Series Program of 2015 to be held at the Museum. Author and lecturer, Scott Trostel, of Fletcher, Ohio, will be speaking. He will be giving a presentation based on one of his books, "The Lincoln Funeral Train". Scott is the author of more than 46 books, and has appeared on the History Channel, worked behind the scenes with Hallmark Productions and provides historical consulting to several film and media networks as well as the Library of Congress.

The program is free, open to the public and will be, Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 2 p.m. Mark your calendar and don't miss this presentation. For more information call the museum at 937-526-4222 or check us on facebook.

Saturday, March 28, 2015


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Children of all ages will enjoy visiting with the animals at the petting zoo during First Friday!

GREENVILLE, Ohio- Is your family suffering from cabin fever? If so, get out of the house and spend some quality family time together during Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event on Friday, April 3rd from 6-9 pm!

Mindy Steyer and Tamera Mcnulty volunteered to help create and plan the event for all to enjoy.“Our volunteers have created an event that will encourage families to learn more about our downtown in a fun way,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

First, the event will host a petting zoo of friendly and furry farm animals on the courthouse lawn. Sponsored by Keller Grain & Feed, the event will feature ducks, chicks and other spring baby farm animals!

In addition, Main Street Greenville has prepared a scavenger hunt for kids of all ages to explore the downtown district! The hunt will include searching for fun inflatable farm animals and answering riddles about each participating business. Sponsored by MJS Plastics Inc., the scavenger hunt will feature prizes for those who complete the challenge and also present the chance to win a $100 gift card to a downtown business of your choice! The hunt is not a race and those who wish to participate can pick-up a form at the courthouse lawn the evening of the event.

The following businesses will be featured on the downtown scavenger hunt: Youniques, Merle Norman, Pamela's Intimate Apparel, KitchenAid Experience, The Ivy League, Country Primitives, Readmore's Hallmark, The Bootery, Sweet Annie's Cabin, The Coffee Pot, Brenda's Beanery, Montage Cafe, Sadie Grace, The Bistro Off Broadway, Boutique on Broadway, First United Methodist Church (First UMC), Second National Bank, Janet's Broadway Bakery, and The Don's Pizza.

As with any First Friday, many downtown businesses will be staying open late for you to dine, shop, and enjoy! Be sure to check out these activities or specials offered during the event:

First UMC (First United Methodist Church) - 202 W. 4th St. (corner of Sycamore & 4th)
Live Music by the 4th & Sycamore Band, Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt, Family Fun Door Prize, Games (for Kids & Kids-at-Heart), Popcorn & Soda, Church Building & History Tours, Clean Public Restrooms & Diaper-Changing Station
Montage Cafe - 527 S. Broadway
Live Music by the Green de Villes from 6:30 - 9:30 pm
The Coffee Pot - 537 S. Broadway, Suite 101
Live Music by Noah Back from 7-9 pm
Readmore's Hallmark - 524 S. Broadway
Vera Bradley for Easter: 20% off all Vera Bradley Throw Blankets and 20% off Vera Bradley Large Duffel Bags
Sadie Grace - 530 S. Broadway
Receive a FREE Natural Life Crazy Good tote with a $50 purchase
The Candy Bouquet - 523 S. Broadway
Free popcorn and a treat for the kids!
Be sure to check out our homemade candies for Easter baskets!
The Blue Bow Boutique - 401 S. Broadway
Open until 9 pm!

First Friday events are presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at agarrett@mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

Friday, March 27, 2015


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DCCAs' final 2014-2015 Coffeehouse Series presentation on
Thursday, April 16 will feature acoustic Americana duo
Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin playing their original mix of folk,
roots, and bluegrass music at
Wayne Trail Historical Society House in downtown Arcanum.
Darke County Center for the Arts' final 2014-2015 Coffeehouse Series presentation on Thursday, April 16 will feature acoustic Americana duo Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin playing their original mix of folk, roots, and bluegrass music at Wayne Trail Historical Society House in downtown Arcanum. “Their joyful music features soaring harmonies, foot-tapping fiddles, and the stirring sounds of the mandolin,” explained Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “Bettman and Halpin's music, from sorrowful ballads to folk/pop to down home fiddlin', provides a dynamic performance with a warm and wonderful sound,” Rawlins stated.

According to Rawlins, Stephanie Bettman is an accomplished songwriter, singer, and fiddler, her lyrics infused with wit, wisdom, and poetry. Her voice has been compared to that of iconic singers Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris. Multi-instrumentalist Luke Halpin is known as a master of the guitar and mandolin, and is adept at fiddle, banjo as well as almost anything else he picks up, and is also a dynamic and sensitive vocalist. “His quirky sense of humor provides a perfect foil to Stephanie's dry wit, and their ease with each other and the audience makes for a truly enjoyable and memorable show,” Rawlins said.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series featuring musical performances in a casual relaxed atmosphere where food and drink are available is sponsored by The Andersons Marathon LLC, 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 the Bettman and Halpin show cost $10, and are available for purchase at the Ben Franklin store in Arcanum. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Pets of the week

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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter choose pets to feature each week,
this week they've selected:

Tucker is a 10 month old Beagle/Terrier mix. He is tan and white with short hair. He is current on his shots and very playful. He is a happy little guy who loves to play. He is ready to be adopted.

King is a 4 month old Boxer mix. He is brown with a white chest and legs. He has short hair. He is current on his shots and will be a nice companion. He will grow to around 60 pounds. He will make a great walking buddy and companion. He is looking for a good family to join.

Charlie is a 4 month old Jack Russell terrier mix. He is sweet little guy and is white and brown. He has short hair. He is current on his shots and is very playful. He will make a wonderful addition to your family. He is full of energy and loves people. He will make a great inside dog and friend. He is waiting for the right family to join.

They also have Australian Shepherd, a red tick coon dog, a couple of Husky mixes, a Shepherd mix, a collie mix, a white lab and numerous other dogs as well as cats and kittens for adoption.
The Shelter hours are 8am till 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00 till noon on Saturday. The Shelter is located at 5066 County Home Road in Greenville, and the phone number is 547-1645.

The Friends of the Shelter will be having their 2nd annual “5k Run/Walk For The Dog Park” on Saturday April 11th at the fairgrounds. The race will start at 9am and you can bring your dogs. Runners will be awarded prizes and awards. If you don’t have a dog you are also more than welcome to run for fun. Proceeds will help support “Scentral Park”. Register online at gtraces.com.

You can get your license online at www.doglicense.us/oh/darke. ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at www.darkecountyanimalshelter.com.

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

Gala to Support BackPack Program

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:35

For the fourth year, the Red &Yellow, Black & White Gala will be held to raise funds for the backpack ministry that is helping 420 students this year, in Kindergarten through fourth grade, in Greenville, Versailles, Ansonia, Tri-Village, Mississinawa, Union City Head Start, and Bradford schools, in Darke County.

The mission of the BackPack Program, whose hub for distribution in Darke County is the Grace Resurrection Community Center (GRCC,) is to meet the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on the weekends and school vacations when other resources aren’t available.

For $3 per student, per week, ($99 per school year,) BackPack Program volunteers assemble sacks of food that are distributed to schools on Fridays throughout the school year. Designated school volunteers then deliver the sacks of food to classrooms where confidentially, the teacher slips the sacks into their students’ backpacks.

More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, which provides children with the fuel they need to get through the week. What happens to these children when they go home on the weekend?

For this reason, we ask for your help, and your presence at the ministry’s largest countywide fundraiser, the Red &Yellow Black & White Gala, which will be held Friday May 8, 2015 at Romer’s Catering in Greenville. Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by both a live and silent auction and dancing until midnight. Please consider joining us, in helping fill a backpack of funds to help the children in our community.

Tickets for the event may be purchased at Bread of Life Bookstore, Moody Auto Sales, Paula’s Diner, Readmore's Hallmark, or by contacting Kelly Fliehman at 316-4878 or Peggy Follrod at 417-4634, with any questions, donations, auction items, and or corporate table purchases.

And because without the following sponsors, the BackPack Program could not fulfil its mission, we would like to thank:


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Spring is officially here and it brings with it a flurry of activities. Come to the Arcanum Public Library to check out a book to help you with your spring projects. Find a book on gardening, lawn care, house fix-ups, backyard cooking, and more.

Join us in one or more of the activities we have planned here at the library for April. The very popular storytime sessions are held on Wednesdays for children of preschool age. On April 1, there will be a combined session at 10:30am, and will be packed with stories, songs, crafts, snacks, and an Easter Egg Hunt! On April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th the regular sessions will be held at 10:00am and at 11:00am. Come join the fun! Also on Wednesdays is the afterschool club, AfterWords, which meets after school until 4:45pm. Because of an early dismissal at Arcanum schools on April 29th, there will be no AfterWords.

On Thursday, April 16th at 6:30pm, the American Automobile Association is presenting their “Dare to Prepare” program. Come learn how to make sure new drivers, experienced drivers, and even cars are ready for the road!

On Saturday, April 18th the library will be presenting their monthly movie. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” will be shown at 10:00am. Popcorn will be served!

One of our most popular yearly events will be held Thursday, April 23rd. Miller Flowers will be on hand at 6:30 to give a presentation and have a question and answer session. Plants will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is needed, and space is limited, so call or come into the library soon!

On Friday, April 24th, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services will be here at 10:00am to present a “digital upload” class. They will cover how to save, send, and retrieve digital files and will answer questions you may have. This class is free of charge.

On Thursday, April 29 the library will be hosting a Trivia Fun Day for kids after school. School lets out early that day, and the trivia fun will begin at 12:30 and at 1:30. Come test your knowledge, and stay for one or both sessions. Snacks will be provided.

Feel free to come into the library for more information, give us a call at 937-8484, or visit our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org.


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Walk, or ride into history with President Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train passing through Gettysburg, Ohio. Saturday, April 18, 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, April 19, 9 AM – 3 PM, the Darke County Park District is hosting the Lincoln Funeral Train Tribute. The very railroad corridor where Lincoln’s Funeral Train passed in 1865 is now the head of the Tecumseh Trail, the Darke County Park’s paved, multi-use trail. Come and ride your bikes, walk or horseback ride (on the grassy sides of the trail) and enjoy other free educational opportunities, rain or shine.

The 35th Light Infantry, a Civil War re-enactment educational group will be there both Saturday and Sunday with a bang, as they are bringing their cannon. They’ll also be bringing the cavalry (horses), the signal corp (how they transmitted messages on the battlefield) and first aid wagons. This educational group will be there to share history and information and do special programs at 11 AM and 1 PM both days. Additionally, they will do a special program on Saturday at 3 PM.

On Sunday only, we are welcoming a Lincoln impersonator from the Dayton Lincoln Society. You and your children will enjoy exploring Lincoln’s childhood at noon, and at 2 PM, he will share an overview of the Civil War and Gettsyburg PA.

Other activities include a chaplain with a non-denominational service on Sunday 9 AM. A Lincoln look-alike contest will be held for both children and adults at 11:45 AM on Sunday. A child’s craft activity of making Lincoln top hats will be provided. Maps with distances will be available for riders or walkers on the trail, as well as outlying areas of interest. All educational programs will be in the tent at the trail head on Bridge Street in Gettysburg

Hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of John’s IGA Versailles, water will be available thanks to the Friends of Darke Co. Parks and Bears Mill will be providing the coffee. There is no charge for this great family event. The Cardinal Center group in Gettysburg will have food available for a fee.

The Lincoln Funeral Train stopped in Bradford to resupply with fuel and water on April 30, 1865. A number of citizens were allowed on the funeral car to pay their respects. The train then entered Gettysburg at 1:10 AM and then went on to Greenville at 1:36 AM. Greenville held a memorial where 500 people gathered at the station.

The Tecumseh trail has been provided primarily with Clean Ohio grant funds, beginning in 2009 with a 1 mile stretch. It now extends 9 ½ miles with more trail length planned. Other sponsors of the trail include Greenville Federal, Greenville National, Second National and Whirlpool Corporation. Special thanks to Jim Surber, County Engineer for his work on the trails.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


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Ohio’s 4.8 Million Women are Served by Only 1,158 Ob-Gyn Physicians; Brown Releases Maps from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Estimating Provider Access and Drive Time to Maternity Centers

Brown’s Legislation Would Reduce Provider Shortages in Rural and Underserved Communities to Ensure Women Have Access to Timely, High-Quality Maternity Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With one-quarter of Ohio counties without any practicing obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn) physicians, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) outlined a plan to improve access to maternity care in rural and underserved areas. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nearly five million women living in Ohio are served by only 1,158 ob-gyns – forcing many women to drive an hour or more for prenatal and maternity care. Brown released maps from ACOG estimating the shortage of ob-gyns and average drive times to maternity centers.

“Healthy pregnancies lead to healthy babies, and no mother-to-be should go without the care she needs,” Brown said. “That’s why it’s so alarming that more than one million babies are born to mothers who did not receive adequate prenatal care each year. One way we can and must combat this problem is to ensure mothers and mothers-to-be get the care that they need. And that’s what this bill does – it would allow us to target maternity care resources where they’re most needed, and help ensure healthier pregnancies, healthier mothers, and healthier babies.”

Brown discussed how the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, legislation he is cosponsoring, would reduce provider shortages in rural and underserved communities and ensure women have access to timely, high-quality maternity care. Brown was joined by Susan Greene, a certified nurse midwife from northeast Ohio to discuss his plan to help reduce maternity care shortages.

“The most vulnerable childbearing women in this state are those who struggle to access health care services,” Greene said. “As an Ohio Nurse Midwife with 30 years’ experience working with underserved populations in the Cleveland area, I know firsthand that early prenatal care can impact the incidence of low-birth weight and premature births. This bill to improve access to maternity care would begin to lay the ground work to significantly increase care for all women.”

Holy Week Services at Greenville Church of the Brethren

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The community is cordially invited to Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, OH, to experience these special Holy Week services:

Love Feast Celebration - Thursday, April 2nd @ 6:30 pm
The highlight of the church year comes when Christians join together to experience and celebrate an intimate moment with Jesus through the Love Feast. A special service, “Two Towels And Two Basins”, has been prepared to guide us into communion with Christ and one another with music, act of feet/hand washing service, celebrating the Lord’s Supper together, taking of the bread & cup. Note: If for any reason feetwashing is keeping you from joining us, we will have tables set up for washing hands or you may simply choose not to participate in that part of the service. This can be done in a very discreet fashion without drawing undue attention to anyone.

Easter Celebration - Sunday, April 5th

  • 8:00 am - Easter Sunrise Service - Please join in a time of special worship during the Sunrise Service in Oliver Hall. Breakfast will be served immediately following Sunrise Service in Oliver Hall.
  • 9:30 am - Sunday School
  • 10:30 am - Easter Celebration Service - Please join in a time of celebration of Christ’s victory over sin and death through His resurrection. The Celebration Service will include vibrant
  • God-honoring music and the message - “Empty Promises”.

St. John Lutheran Church Holy Week Schedule

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Edison to host summer and fall registration event

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Edison Community College will host a special registration event for new and returning students on Saturday, April 11. The event will be held between the hours of 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Piqua campus and is designed to expedite the application and enrollment processes for summer classes that begin May 18 and fall classes that begin August 24.

The portion of the registration event designated for new students will include a one-stop registration opportunity and lunch. For this special occasion, $45 will be waived for the application and payment plan fees for those registering the day of the event. Those new to Edison are asked to arrive at 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

“These events are great because they give people the opportunity to complete multiple enrollment steps in just a few hours—they apply, meet with an advisor, and get registered for classes,” said Christina Raterman, Enrollment Manager for Edison. “You start out with an application and leave as an Edison student with a picture ID and a class schedule in hand.”

Prospective students will meet with an advisor, design a personalized education plan, and register for summer and fall semester classes. In addition, they will receive information about setting career and academic goals, learn about the financial aid process, complete new student orientation, and take a tour of campus.

New students will also be able to complete the COMPASS assessment in reading, writing and math. Students who have previously completed college math and English, or who have qualifying ACT or SAT scores, may not need to take the COMPASS.

Students who started pursuing education from Edison but stopped attending before completing their degree are also invited to attend. Returning students will be able to register for upcoming summer and fall semester classes, design a personalized education plan, meet with advisors to discuss career and academic goals, and enjoy lunch on Edison. Returning students may arrive at any time during the event.

“The event is being held on a Saturday in hopes of making it easier for folks to attend,” added Raterman. “We understand people are busy and we want to help make things simple!”
For more information or to register to attend, go online to www.edisonohio.edu/admissions.

"The Way of the Cross" - Good Friday Community Services

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“The Way of the Cross”

April 3, 2015: 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM

The Greater Greenville Ministerial Association is sponsoring Good Friday services on April 3, 2015 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We will follow Christ as he made his way to the Cross down the Via Dolorosa beginning with the first station where he was condemned to die. Join us as we walk and pray the steps that Jesus took to Calvary. We begin our journey at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and will end at St. Paul Lutheran Church. You are welcome to join us at any stop along the journey. Please note the various locations and times of each station are approximate.

God has done so much for us as God poured His love and grace upon us through Jesus Christ, His Son, at the Cross. Begin your Easter holiday weekend with an experience you won’t forget.

Noon St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
233 West Third Street

12:20 p.m. St. Paul United Church of Christ
129 West Third Street

12:50 p.m. First United Methodist Church
202 West Fourth Street

1:20 p.m. First Presbyterian Church
114 East Fourth Street

1:45 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church
131 East Fourth Street


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Greenville High School Senior Taylor Bryant welcomes
visitors to the Darke County Welcome Center.
GREENVILLE, OH (March 24, 2015) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau announces partnership with the Greenville High School Career Tech Hospitality Program to offer an internship to a high school senior.

“This is the first year for the internship with the Hospitality Program,” stated Deanna York, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau. “Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed the partnership created with Mrs. Toni Shellabarger, instructor of the program. She has graciously opened her classroom of juniors and seniors to me at the Darke County Visitors Bureau to lecture on travel and tourism in Darke County. In addition, we have worked closely to plan and lead tours of the attractions, accommodations and restaurants in the county for the students.” “I am thrilled to share the hospitality industry of Darke County with these students. They are the future of our community,” said York.

Taylor Bryant, a senior in the Career Tech Program Hospitality at Greenville High School started interning at the Darke County Visitors Bureau in early March. Her responsibilities include greeting and assisting visitors to Greenville and all of Darke County at the new Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, as well as, answering the phone and sharing information with callers, maintaining the bureau’s online calendar of events database, and many other duties. Director Deanna York is working hand-in-hand with Toni Shellabarger to be sure that Taylor fulfills the requirements of the high school program, and gains knowledge of courses she may be taking in college.

“Hospitality has opened many doors for me in the two years that I have been in the program,” shared Senior Taylor Bryant. She competed in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competitions her junior and senior years at Greenville High School. During her junior year, Taylor competed in Creative Banquet Table Design, and won first place at the Regional and State levels. In addition, she won a $6,000 scholarship to Sullivan University in Kentucky. Her senior year, Taylor competed in Hotel Linen Operations, and earned a gold award at the Regional and State levels.

Taylor has experienced the hospitality industry of Darke County through several job shadowing opportunities. She has assisted with banquets and events at the St. Clair Manor, as well as banquets for Youth For Christ. She has also had opportunities at Wayne HealthCare and Brethren Retirement Community to job shadow in dining services and housekeeping.

In addition to school, the internship at the Darke County Visitors Bureau, Taylor has a part time job in dining services at Brethren Retirement Community.

“With the internship at the Darke County Visitors Bureau, I hope to learn more the travel and tourism aspects of the hospitality industry,” said Taylor. “I am excited to learn more about our county and the history it holds, as well.”

Taylor plans to study hospitality at Sinclair Community College in the fall. In completing the two year program at Greenville High School Career Tech, she will receive a $3,000 scholarship to Sinclair.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit, destination marketing organization. Its mission is to attract visitors to Darke County through promotion, education and development of Tourism.

Follow the Darke County Visitors Bureau on Facebook to sign up for monthly e-newsletters and to receive daily updates on things to do and see in Darke County.

2nd 5K Run/walk for the Dog Park

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The Darke County Friends of the Shelter is having the 2nd 5K race to benefit the dog park. Entrants may run or walk the event. As an added bonus this race will be part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, formerly known as Wayne Healthcare Challenge.

The 5K will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 11th 2015 and 100% of the money will go to the dog park. You can participate with or without your dog. If you have a dog, you're encouraged to run/walk with your dog. Special awards will be given to those with dogs. All regular age group awards will be given also.

The Friends of the Shelter's goal for their first run/walk in 2014 was to make it like no other in Darke County - and they did it. This year they want and will build up on this success.They will have Marcos Pizza and Breadsticks available to everyone at the finish line as well as free Boston Stoker Coffee and Hot Chocolate. Special treats will also be available for the dogs.

This event is sponsored by Edgetown Veterinary Clinic and Laser Center, Pooch Parlor, Zeke & Minnie Litchfield, Dr. Barry Family Dentistry, Greenville Federal, Double M Diner, Jeff Hole and Max, Second National Bank, Kline Timber, Majestic Pet Cremation Services, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Arcanum Veterinary Service, Greenville National Bank, Buddy and Turbo Dean and Dr. Tom Brown.

Donations are from Jim Gable Insurance, YMCA, WalMart, Kroger, Brenda’s Beanery, Eileen Litchfield, Taco Bell, KFC, Arcanum Veterinary Service, Boston Stoker, Marco’s Pizza, John and Heidi Aukerman.

Dr. Farst (Arcanum Veterinary Service) will be offering discounted micro chiping at the event. The park was built without tax dollars by members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter through fundraisers, grants and donations. The upkeep expenses, mowing and weeding, are ongoing. The organization also wants further to improve the park.

You may download the registration form for the 5K race/run/walk at www.kometweb.com/Shelterfriends5KRaceRegistrationForm.pdf

You may also enter online at www.gtraces.com.

Please check for updates and information for this one of a kind event in Darke County at the organization's facebook page www.facebook.com/Shelterfriends5KRace.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR News

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR hosted a pizza party for the 7th and 8th graders at St Marys Catholic School in Greenville, OH for participating in the DAR American History Essay Contest. There were thirteen students that submitted American History essays. The 7th grade winner was Tyler Beyke. The 8th grader winner was Valerie Myers. Presenting the awards were American History Chapter Chairman Susie Brewer and chapter Historian Helen Wright.

2015 Greenville Schools Foundation Grant Recipients

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The Greenville Schools Foundation is pleased once again to be able to assist our area teachers and faculty with their classroom and school related needs. The following are those that applied for and received grants from GSF for the 2014-15 school year. Thank you Greenville for supporting our events and raffles so that we may help our local students.
  1.  Dara Buchy: CT Supply Chain Management – Request for funding for State & Regional Business Professional Conference.
  2. Randy Swisher : Athletic Dept. – Request for IMPACT Concussion Management Program and Football Equipment Replacement.
  3. Toni Shellabarger: CT Hospitality Computer Access Program – Request for pc tablets.
  4. Heather Heiser: 8th Grade Math Department – Request for a laptop computer.
  5. Julia Slyder: Intervention Specialist/Jr. High – Request funding for Therapeutic Recreational Education.
  6. Jill Davis: Spanish Dept. - Request funding for bus transportation to annual field trip.
  7. Laura Bemus, Asst. Supt.; Jeff Cassell, Principal Woodland Primary; Amy Shilt,1st grade and Reading Specialist: Request I-Pads for Innovating 21st Century Learning.
  8. Danesa Borgerding: Jr. High – Request funding for Greenville Goal Getters Program, a non-fitness club to develop healthy lifestyle awareness for Grades 5-8.
  9. Lori Hoover: Interactive Media Specialist – Request for a video camera for students to use for school and community events for Wave Channel 5.

Easter Sunday Services at Gordon United Methodist Church

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Gordon United Methodist Church - 311 East St., Gordon, OH

Easter Sunday

  • 7:00 am – “Sonrise” Service
  • 8:00 am – Breakfast (by our youth)
  • 9:00 am – Worship Service

Note: There will be no Sunday School


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Over the course of 2014, Pinnacle Quality Insight, a nationally recognized customer satisfaction firm, has interviewed patients, residents and families of Versailles Health Care Center regarding their satisfaction levels. They were asked to evaluate several aspects of their received services. From the results of these interviews, Pinnacle has determined that Versailles Health Care Center has qualified for a Pinnacle Customer Experience Award in the following service areas:

  1. Cleanliness
  2. Laundry Service
  3. Professional Therapy Services
  4. Admission Process

The Customer Experience Award is awarded to care providers who have achieved best-in-class customer satisfaction standards within their peer group, which consisted of 57 Covenant Care skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in seven states, including Ohio, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada. Chris Magleby, CEO of Pinnacle Quality Insight, congratulates the staff of Versailles Health Care Center for achieving this honor.

On March 13, staff of Versailles Health Care Center was recognized for the many things they do to make the lives of VHCC patients, residents and families better. Kristy Earick, Administrator at VHCC, said, “I am so excited for our employees to receive this recognition for the great services they provide to our patients and residents. They consistently strive to exceed expectations and to take care of our patients and families. We have a great team here and I am very proud of them.”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that 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 www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Greenville Consultant Hosting avaHOUR

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You’re Invited to my avaHOUR!

Place: Kennedy Vineyard 3911 St. Rt. 722, New Madison, OH

Please come and relax with us as we learn how to keep our families safe and healthy in 2015!

We want to share…
• An important message about the health hazards in personal care
• A list of Ingredients to Avoid and other resources
• A safe solution, a simple way to shop!

Ava Anderson carries a wide variety of items for your whole family! Organic & safe ingredients!
Hand Sanitizer ~ Cleaning Products ~ Shampoo ~ Soap ~ Skincare ~ Baby Products ~ Sunscreen & MORE!
Please RSVP to Wanda @ 937- 416-6487

Can’t make it and still want to order?
Enter party # 55285 during checkout!

Your Ava consultant: Wanda Lacey

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Food Truck Rallies Scheduled in Downtown Greenville

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The dates have been set for a series of food truck rallies.
Save the dates and invite your friends!
Greenville, OH - Do you like trying unique food options? If so, mark your calendars for a series of food truck rallies coming to downtown Greenville this year!

Last year Main Street Greenville offered its first food truck rally, drawing in a crowd of over 500 people in a 3-hour time span! When the event ended, the attendees were quick to request the food trucks return as soon as possible!

“After the success of last year’s event, we knew we had to do it again,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville. “Now we’ve set the dates and are in the process of signing up even more food trucks for the events!”

This year, the event has expanded the number of trucks to five, all of which will be still be located in the 120 West Third Street parking lot. The scheduled dates are May 17th, June 14th, and July 12th from 4:30 pm - 8 pm.

Focusing on high-quality local ingredients and one-of-a-kind cuisine, these unique food trucks have created a following that’s attracted people from all over the region.

“The purpose of this event is to bring in food options that are not regularly available to the residents living in Greenville and to draw attention from those in the Dayton area about how great our downtown district is,” said Garrett.

Event chairman CJ Jasenski and the event committee work to determine which food trucks will participate, and plan to setup the event as a lively community picnic.

“This event was a lot of fun last year for families. Children enjoyed sidewalk chalk, balloons, and games while the adults enjoyed the conversations and music,” said Jasenski. “Overall it’s an awesome way to spend a Sunday evening, with no cooking and a lot of fun!”

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

“Lucy Webb Hayes” to be Presented by Betty Darst

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The Darke County Genealogical Society with the support of the Ohio Humanities Council would like to invite members and the public to a special presentation, “Lucy Webb Hayes”, by Betty Darst, on Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m., in the Lowell Thomas Conference room at Garst Museum.

Lucy Webb Hayes was the wife of our nineteenth president, Rutherford B. Hayes. There were many firsts connected with Lucy Hayes. She was the first wife of a president to have a college degree, and she described the dynamic of the Civil War on the first typewriter in the White House. Stretching her role as First Lady beyond that of hostess, she worked for completion of the Washington Monument and brought the Easter Egg Roll to the White House lawn, where it continues today. This first person portrayal lifts Lucy out of the pages of history.

Betty Darst, an Ohio Humanities Council Speaker Bureau member, is known for her living history portrayals. She shares her insights in an accurate, honorable portrayal with a fierce dedication to detail and history. Betty is a source to other writers and producers for her expertise. She spent a career in educational leadership, experienced in research and now shares her talents with the aviation community. She is Vice President of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and works with mentoring programs encouraging high school girls to reach for the sky.

Since 1972, the Ohio Humanities Council, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has provided leadership, resources, and financial support for the humanities in Ohio. Humanities programs take various forms, such as book discussions, public lectures, historical portrayals, touring exhibits, radio series, and forums. The Council produces and supports programs in every region of the state. For more information about programs sponsored or funded by the Ohio Humanities Council, please visit their website at: www.ohiohumanities.org. If you would like to receive information from the Council about upcoming programs and events, please sign up to be added to their mailing list.

This presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Edison presents Administrative Professional Day

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Administrative Professional Day keynote speaker, Elle Zimmerman.
Edison Community College will present its annual Administrative Professional Day program on April 22 to salute the many contributions of support staff throughout the area. Sponsored by Edison’s Office Systems and Administration Advisory Committee, the event will be held at the Piqua campus from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The program is open to all office support professionals, including administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers, and other employees who provide secretarial or administrative support for one or multiple supervisors. Supervisors and managers of those administrative professionals are encouraged to attend with their valued employees.

“This will be the 23rd year that we have held an event for administrative professionals at Edison,” said Shirley Moore, Dean of Business, Information Technology and Engineering at Edison. “We design this event as a celebration of the contributions and value that all administrative professionals bring to all work environments.”

Edison partners with corporate sponsors whose financial support makes this day possible. This year’s corporate sponsors include the City of Piqua; Emerson Climate Technologies; Greenville National Bank; Hobart/ITW Food Group; Upper Valley Women’s Center; Upper Valley Career Center; and Wilson Memorial Hospital.

The featured speaker at this year’s program will be Elle Zimmerman, a speaker, coach, and actor with 20 years of professional stage experience. Ms. Zimmerman is associated with the Curtis Zimmerman Group of Mason, Ohio.

Zimmerman’s presentation entitled “The Path to Leadership” will provide attendees with proven methods and acting techniques to become empowered with leadership skills, be positive change agents, handle their progression expectations, accept failure as part of the process, and be the standard of excellence in their organization.


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The first exhibit of the new “Art at the Mill” season at historic Bear's Mill will feature the translucent watercolors of Richmond, Indiana artist Barbary Easley and unique willow furniture created by Indiana craftsman Greg Adams, as well as Bundy ducks, the work of famed decoy maker, John Bundy. In a change from past years, the exhibition will remain in place for six weeks, beginning Friday, April 3 and continuing through Sunday, May 13. A reception for the artists will take place on Friday, April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m.; this reception offering appetizers and wine is free and open to the public.

Barbara Easley says that when she picks up her brushes, she enters a world of magic and a fusion of color; her vibrant work shares that magical world with the viewer. She instantly fell in love with watercolor when she first began painting in 1993, and that passion continued through her moves from Indiana to McAllen, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she earned accolades for her highly accessible paintings before returning to Indiana in 2008. “Flowers are my specialty, but I paint anything that inspires me,” the artist stated. She believes that watercolors offer inspiration in a realm of serenity, an assessment also held by the numerous worldwide purchasers of her work.

Greg Adams' hand-crafted willow furniture returns to Bear's Mill, a site where the rustic pieces look entirely at home. Working quickly while the green branches are still pliable, Adams finds the material near his shop in Lapel Indiana, and then bends the willow to form unique chairs, tables, stools and other pieces. The son of a skilled carpenter says that his goal is to “bring the outdoors inside,” and “enrich my customer's lives by the presence of natural items in their everyday lives.” The craftsman says that his designs have been refined over time, and that tested engineering renders them both sturdy and aesthetically pleasing.

According to wood carver John Bundy, duck decoys are a truly American art form, with the first decoys having been made over ten centuries ago by native Americans. Bundy, who has been making decoys since the late 1970's, uses a unique overlay process combining the natural wood grain and color with a shiny finish to create what have been called the most beautiful duck decoys in the world. The Indiana native has seen his fame grow with his work being sold in prestigious galleries throughout the country including the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, known for its daily ceremony honoring its resident ducks, and displayed in the Oval Office of the White House.

“Art at the Mill” exhibits are on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. Sundays. 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 www.bearsmill.com.

Autism support group to meet Thursday

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ASD in the Darke, an autism spectrum disorder support group, will meet at 1123 Wayne Ave., Greenville this Thursday, and again on April 16 at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome!

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

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

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

March Madness heart attack leads to bypass surgery

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Howard Winstead
March Madness can give any die-hard fan heart palpitations and high blood pressure. But when Howard Winstead was struggling to breathe during a University of Kentucky Wildcats game on TV, he knew something was seriously wrong.

Howard was no stranger to heart problems. He had been on cholesterol medication for 15 years, and saw Reid cardiologist, Jeffrey Haist, M.D., for regular checkups. In the months leading up to his heart attack, however, Howard was experiencing shortness of breath and had developed a persistent cough.

“The way Kentucky was playing that night, I probably wasn't the only fan to have a heart attack,” joked Howard, who is 68. “As my symptoms got worse, my daughter decided to take me to the hospital near my house. After about four hours, I was transferred to Reid Hospital. If I had it to do all over, I’d have gone to Reid first.”

Howard arrived at Reid at 4 a.m., and the staff very quickly identified three blocked arteries. Later that morning, he met with E. Paul Howanitz, M.D., a Reid cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. “Dr. Howanitz said I needed triple bypass surgery,” Howard said. “He answered all my questions, and then did my surgery that same day.”

After his surgery, Howard stayed at the hospital for about a week. “I couldn't have been treated any better at Reid,” Howard said. “Everybody—the doctors, nurses, housekeepers, every single person treated me great.”

Today, about a year after his surgery, Howard is back to his usual activities and feeling good. He follows up with Dr. Haist every few months, walks at least a mile a day, remodels houses for a living and, of course, cheers on the University of Kentucky basketball team every chance he gets!


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Greenville, Ohio – The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Greenville residents to attend an Open House on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 4:00-6:30 PM to learn more about volunteer opportunities for the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Open House will take place at JT's Brew & Grill at 1475 Wagner Ave. Food and drink will be provided. Stop by any time to learn more and speak with other volunteers. RSVP’s are appreciated but not required: kmauch@alz.org.

The Greenville Walk to End Alzheimer's will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015. Learn more and register for the Walk at alz.org/walk. Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic, currently affecting almost 1,000 families right here in Darke County. With your help, we can fight this devastating disease together.

Bowl for Kids Sake 2015 generates $37,000 for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

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Laci Hale daughter of Matt & Beth Hale of Greenville
getting into to St. Patrick’s Day spirit while bowling with her team
MJS Plastics.
The Bowl For Kids Sake bowling event that was held on Friday, March 6th & Saturday, March 8 at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney Treaty Lanes in Greenville with nearly 75 bowling teams consisting of 4 to 5 people in attendance.

The agency would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who supported their biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will go towards establishing one-to-one mentoring relationships between caring adults and children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to send a big shout out to the community for their awesome support of our fund raising event!! To date our preliminary figures show we raised $37,000.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a nationally recognized event, and almost 700 agencies across the county participate and hold the event. Big Brothers Big Sisters evaluates its effectiveness and impact on a national and local level. Results show that children who are mentored are more likely to improve in school and in their relationships with family and peers and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County has drawn the winners of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2015 Prizes:

Grand Prize winner was Rhonda Setser of New Weston who bowled on the Wayne Healthcare team. Rob Douglas of Sidney who was a part of the Freshway Foods team won the prize for most money raised by a bowler, and the package winners were Kyle Kelly of Sidney, Thelma Schneifer of Sidney, Lauren Gilardi of Sidney, Michael Titus of Sidney, and Zoe Zimmerman of Sidney. The prize for any bowler who participated was won by Lindsey King of Sidney.

Great BIG thanks go to all of the companies that sponsored the event and helped make it a success. It is greatly appreciated.

Volunteer mentors are always needed; call the office at 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622 for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way member agency.

Agronomic Intership Opportunity at The Ohio State University Extension Office

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The Ohio State University Agronomic Crops Team is starting a new summer program in 2015 aimed at providing a rich training experience to undergraduate students in a wide diversity of disciplines related to agronomic crop research. These Agronomic Crop Research Experience (ACRE) Interns will support on-farm research by being placed in strategic hubs throughout the state. One intern will be located here in Darke County. Students will gain real-world experience in scouting, sampling and evaluating agronomic crops in Ohio. Incoming OSU graduate students are welcome to apply. See attached flyer for more information.

The internships are paid positions and the program runs from late May through early August. Email Steve Culman (culman.2@osu.edu) for more information or for an application form. Applications are due April 17th, 2015. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone interested.

If you have questions regarding the placement in Darke County, please contact me at custer.2@osu.edu

Dr. Thomas & Suzanne Brown Sponsor Successful Irish Wave 2015

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Irish Wave sponsors Dr. Thomas & Suzanne Brown with Lone Raven. Lone Raven performed at the Montage Friday, March 13th for DCCA’s 3rd annual Irish Wave fundraising event.

Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Dr. Thomas & Suzanne Brown for their sponsorship of the recent St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event Irish Wave 2015. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of sponsors, like Dr. Thomas & Suzanne Brown, who value and are willing to support the arts in our community, providing unique arts experiences right here in Darke County.”

The 3rd annual Irish Wave, hosted at the Montage Friday, March 13th celebrated all things Irish. Music was performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performed an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

Other sponsors for Irish Wave who made 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, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

Irish Wave is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact Executive Director, Andrea Jordan 937-547-0908.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Earl Baltes' Obituary

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I'm posting this to the main page in addition to the obituary page due to the high level of interest.

Darke County misses you already, Mr. Baltes...

Earl Baltes, 93, of New Weston, Ohio, passed away, Monday, March 23, 2015 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

He was born April 27, 1921 in Versailles, Ohio, son of the late Leroy and Ellie (Frantz) Baltes. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Nicholas, Ralph, and James Baltes; and sisters, Zelma Ernst, Rita Condon and Bertha Siegrist; and a brother-in-law David Moeller.

Earl was a well-known race promoter for over 50 years having started Eldora Speedway in Rossburg as well as promoted, New Bremen Speedway, Limaland Speedway, Millstream at Findlay, Mansfield Speedway in Mansfield, Dayton Speedway all in Ohio, Pleasant Hill Speedway and Salem Speedway both in Indiana, . He had started some of the highest paying short track races including The World 100, The Kings Royal, The Dream and The Four Crown.

He was inducted into many Hall of Fames, including National Sprint Car, National Dirt Late Model, USAC, Dayton Auto Racing Fans, Hoosier Auto Racing Fans and was named USAC Race Organizer of the Year in 1984 and 1997. He was named Auto Racing Promoter of the Year in 1993 and fellow iconic promoter H.A. “Humpy” Wheeler recognized him with the Charlotte Motor Speedway Promoter of the Year Award in 2001. The state of Ohio named Route 118 “Earl Baltes Highway” from Ansonia to the south to St. Henry to the north.

Earl's other passion was music. He had his own orchestra, The Earl Baltes Orchestra. He had owned several nightclubs including, Crystal Ballroom (with Leroy and Ellie), Eldora Ballroom, Bar E Club, and Shady Park in Celina, and had played at Wintergarden Nightclub in Piqua, St. Henry Nightclub and St. Anthony. He also played several other weddings and events.

Earl was a veteran of US Army having served in the 21st ORD MM CO during WWII. He was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Burkettsville. He was a member of Greenville Elk's, Celina Moose, American Legion, VFW and Eagles.

Earl is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Berneice (Moeller) Baltes, whom he married April 26, 1947; his daughter, Starr (Joe) Schmitmeyer, and his son, Terry (Dee) Baltes; grandchildren, Chad, Tess, Joey, Josh, Kate, Tish; 13 great grandchildren; sister, Susie Barga; brother-in-law, Norman Moeller; sister-in-law, Jeanette Fullenkamp; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30, Saturday, March 28 at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in Burkettsville with Father Tom Hemm celebrating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the St. Bernard Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway St., Greenville, OH on Friday, March 27, from 2 PM to 8 PM. and again Saturday from 9 a.m. till 9:45 a.m.

Earl requested that memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

4 Injured in Weather Related Accident South of Greenville

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On March 23, 2015 at approximately 5:40 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Rescue, Greenville Twp. Fire Dept.,and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to State Route 49 near Heritage Road in reference to a one vehicle, injury accident. Careflight was requested to the scene but was unable to fly due to weather conditions.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Michael C. Gower, 30, of Greenville, was southbound on State Route 49, when the driver lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway, causing him to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike a guardrail.

Gower, his front seat passenger, Bruce D. Boggs, 30, of Greenville, and the 8 year old and 4 year old male, back seat passengers, were all transported to Wayne Hospital for evaluation. Boggs and the 4 year old male were treated and released from Wayne. Gower was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), where he is listed in stable condition. The 8 year old male was transported to Children's Medical Center by MICU, where his is listed in fair condition. The 4 year old and the 8 year old were in approved children's seats.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution when driving on snow and ice covered roadways, as it creates hazardous conditions.

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


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EUM Christian Preschool is hosting the 3rd annual 5K for Education on Saturday, May 2 with a new course beginning at the EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, OH. 5K for Edcuation is the fifth race in the Darke County Wellness Challenge. Registration check in is Friday, May 1 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm or 7:00 – 8:45 on race day. The opening ceremonies will begin at 8:15 AM which includes EUM Church Preschool students reciting the Pledge of Alligance and Kendra Anglero singing the National Anthem. The kids fun run will begin at 8:20 AM and the race will begin at 9:00 AM.

All proceeds from this race will go to EUM Christian Preschool. Childcare will be provided during the race for ages 9 and under. Prizes will be awared for the top three males and females in each age group plus the top three males and females overal. To register for the 5K, please go to www.preschool.eumchurch.org or www.gtraces.com. We are also looking for sponsors and volunteers. If interested, please call Elaine Snyder at 548-3211 x 210.

EUM Christian Preschool creates a partnership with families in the early stages of childhood development. The preschool strives to provide ways that students are able to create and experience a love for Jesus, a love for others, and a love for learning. Registration for the 2015-16 school year is now open.

EUM Christian Preschool is a ministry of EUM Church. 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 www.eumchurch.org or call 548-3211.

Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Sponsors DCCA Fundraising Event

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DCCA fundraiser sponsors Kent Zechar and Phillip Pierri of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home with DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.

Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their sponsorship of the recent St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event Irish Wave 2015. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of sponsors, like Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, who value and are willing to support the arts in our community.”

The 3rd annual Irish Wave, hosted at the Montage Friday, March 13th celebrated all things Irish. Music was performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performed an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

Other sponsors for Irish Wave who made 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, and Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown.

Irish Wave is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact Executive Director, Andrea Jordan 937-547-0908.

POW Captain Guy Gruters Speaks at Edison

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Guy Gruters
Ace fighter pilot Captain Guy Dennis Gruters will speak at Edison Community College on Thursday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in East Hall, room 456 of the Piqua campus.

Gruters, who was active in over 400 combat missions, maintains that, “courage is fear that has said its prayers.” First shot down over Dong Hoi, North Vietnam, and rescued by American forces, he was not as lucky on December 20, 1967. On that day he was shot down a second time and spent 1,900 days in North Vietnamese prisons, including the infamous Hanoi Hilton in which John McCain was imprisoned.

The 1,900 days translates to five years and three months, and Gruters was released with hundreds of prisoners of war (POW) in 1973 during Operation Homecoming. Gruters and the other POWs, who were initially considered by the North Vietnamese as war criminals, endured widespread and systematic abuse.

With engineering degrees from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Purdue University, Gruters has received dozens of commendations including over 30 combat awards, two Silver Stars, and two Purple Hearts.

Seating for this event is limited. It is recommended to reserve a seat by calling or emailing Dr. Vivian Blevins at 937-778-3815 or vblevins@edisonohio.edu.

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