Thursday, August 27, 2015

Wayne HealthCare Sponsors SUNshine 5K

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Wayne HealthCare will serve as a major sponsor of the SUNshine 5K on Sept. 19 in Greenville City Park. The event is hosted by the Darke County Foundation and will raise money for 6 Darke County non-profit organizations. Pictured from left: Jonathan Hein, DCF trustee and SUNshine 5K race director; Terri Flood, marketing director at Wayne HealthCare; Christy Prakel, DCF director; and Jordan Francis, wellness coordinator at Wayne HealthCare.

Wayne HealthCare is proud to serve as a major sponsor of the SUNshine 5K Run/Walk on September 19 in Greenville City Park. Hosted by the Darke County Foundation, the event will feature hundreds of participants and raise funds for 6 non-profit organizations in Darke County: Bunco 4 Breast Cancer, Darke County Special Olympics, DeColores Montessori, Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters, Next Step Ministries and St. Mary’s School (Greenville). These organizations will receive $15 for each person registered under their group’s name.

“Wayne HealthCare’s mission to provide quality care and promote wellness close to home speaks for itself. As a key community partner, we are pleased to support health and wellness initiatives to make our community healthier,” said Terri Flood, marketing director at Wayne HealthCare.

Runners and walkers at the SUNshine 5K will enjoy a scenic 5K route with age-group awards, great door prizes, and a variety of post-race drinks, snacks and homemade cookies. Free childcare is available. To register, visit Entry fee is $15 if registered by Sept. 9 (includes long-sleeve shirt); $20 after Sept. 9 (limited shirts available); and $5 for kids age 14 and under (no shirt). The race begins at 8:30, with a free kids 800-meter fun run at 8:20. The SUNshine 5K is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge.

The Darke County Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For more information, call 548-4673 or visit

Second National Bank introduces new features to mobile app

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Instant balance, in-app alerts and more conveniences included in upgrade

Greenville, Ohio — Second National Bank (SNB) announced new features for its personal banking mobile app today. The upgrade introduces instant balance, new alerts and notifications, and other time-saving conveniences.

Approximately 45% of app activity is customers checking their account balance. With the new instant balance feature, those customers can quickly and securely retrieve a balance with two touches – without logging into the app.

The bank already offers account alerts and notifications via text message and email. With the new version of the app, customers can use the app to set up customized alerts, such as low balance, and receive them directly as a pop-up notification on their mobile device.

The latest version of Second National’s banking app also includes:

  • An extended photo-deposit cut-off time of 7 pm.
  • Prompts, within the low-balance alerts, to immediately log into the app and transfer money into the account with fewer touches and less time.
  • The app is now available for Android tablets, making the app compatible with Apple and Android phones and tablets.
  • Updated design elements.

Second National Bank launched its personal banking mobile app in summer 2013, and, now, nearly 3,000 people use the app to help manage their money anytime, anywhere. Bank customers can use the app to transfer money, make payments, photo-deposit checks, find an office or ATM, and much more.

To learn more about the mobile banking app, visit


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What would you do you if someone you loved with every ounce of your heart and soul was waiting on an organ to save their life?

Well, that's what my 6 month old nephew has been doing since he was 2 months old! Jack is the son of Jeremy and Amy Monnin and the baby brother of Alex, Levi, and Reece of Arcanum, OH.

At the age of 2 months old he was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia (a very rare Liver Disease) 2 weeks later he had a surgery known as a Kasia procedure done. When successful this provides children multiple years of growing and somewhat normal lifestyle. For Jack, this procedure was unsuccessful. He has developed many of the complications with liver failure shortening the amount of time to find a compatible liver for Jack. Family members are currently being tested as we are seeking to find a live donor match, however if a deceased donor match becomes available first we will graciously accept the precious life-saving gift that someone very special so graciously chose to give during their difficult time.

My heart goes out to every organ donor out there! You never truly understand until something directly hits home. That's when you eye's are really opened up! I thank each and everyone who has prayed, donated, and shared our story! You all have been a blessing to our family! God Bless you All!



We will have T-shirts available for order and JACKSTRONG bracelets available for purchase!!



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Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently held a 2015 Great Darke County Fair tour event and invited the public to come in, take a tour, and enter to win a Great Darke County Fair Family Fun Pack. The pack was valued at over $200 and included items for a fun day at the fair! Over 50 people toured Versailles Health Care Center, received a free 2015 Great Darke County Fair t-shirt, and were entered into the raffle. Congratulations to winner, Bonnie Subler, of Yorkshire.

Versailles Health Care Center sent home 185 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2014 and 129 patients so far in 2015! Fore more information about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at . Call today and schedule a tour.

State of the Heart Hospice To Offer Adult Grief Group Support in Portland

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Those who have lost a loved one often find it difficult to continue the day to day routine that they used to enjoy. Often, those who are grieving feel alone and isolated in their grief. To help those who are grieving, State of the Heart Hospice will offer an Adult Grief Support Group beginning Wednesday, September 16th and continuing each Wednesday through October 21st at the agency’s Portland office, 1237 W. State Road 67. The sessions are free and open to anyone, regardless of association with hospice care.

“The Grief Support Groups are helpful to those who have lost a loved one and are experiencing grief that goes with that loss,” explained Meredith Carpe, a Licensed Social Worker who has conducted previous grief support groups. She and Hospice volunteer Carol Gebert with the Portland office will guide the group sessions. State of the Heart has offices in Portland, Greenville and Coldwater. The Adult Grief Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The one comment that we hear consistently from those attending the sessions is that they find comfort learning that they are not the only ones experiencing grief and feelings of loss,” Carpe said. “Once they find out that others feel as they do, they begin to open up about their feelings. It is healthy to acknowledge grief and realize it is a natural part of life when you lose someone you love.”

Bereavement support for adults and children is an important part of the services provided by State of the Heart. All bereavement support is free, including the Grief Support Groups. State of the Heart provides bereavement support to anyone in the communities the agency serves, regardless of association with hospice care. The agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

To find out more about the Grief Support Group in Portland, to register to attend, or learn about any of the bereavement services offered by State of the Heart, call 1-800-417-7535 and ask to speak with a member of the bereavement staff. Visit the agency web site at

State of the Heart Hospice holds 15th Annual Camp Bearable

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A total of 43 youth attended State of the Heart Hospice’s fifteenth annual Camp Bearable for grieving children held July 17-19 at the Spiritual Center in Maria Stein. Camp Bearable is an annual weekend camp that serves children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Children grieve differently than adults and have special needs to work through their grief and loss. Of the total attending, only one had any prior association with hospice care. Campers are welcome to come back for a second year after their loss and because of the positive experience, many choose to attend again. Children enjoy traditional camping activities as well as therapeutic opportunities to share and heal their grief.

Hospices nationwide conduct similar grief camps. State of the Heart Hospice’s Camp Bearable is the only one of its kind in this area and this year served children from 3 different Ohio counties and one child from Virginia. Hospice bereavement specialists believe that early intervention with grieving children can prevent problems such as drug and alcohol addiction and suicide, later in life. Camp provides a “safe” environment for kids where they are surrounded by their peers and with adults they trust. Camp is a mixture of fun and games mixed with serious dialogue. Each child is paired with a specially trained buddy who is with them for the weekend.

Ashlee Carder, Bereavement Specialist and Music Therapist for State of the Heart Hospice, also serves as the Camp Director. “Watching the children come to camp at first timid and afraid, and leaving with a sense of empowerment and friendship through this difficult time is one of the most rewarding experiences. We give the children the opportunity to express themselves in a safe environment with positive coping skills.” Carder added that, “without the support of our volunteers, camp would not have been as successful. I am very grateful to everyone involved in camp that made it so successful this year. Seeing the group leaders and buddies create a sense of support and community for these kids makes Camp Bearable so wonderful.”

Versailles Area Museum Looking for Items

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It will soon be time for your Versailles Area Museum to begin its display changes for the autumn season and not far behind will be Christmas. We always appreciate your help when creating displays. We are currently looking for an apple cider press, vintage Halloween pictures, from parties, to school events, to trick-or-treat, and the old Halloween parades. If we can copy your pictures for our “On the Street Where You Live” display we’d be thrilled. We are also looking for a few vintage Halloween decorations and costumes. For autumn we are looking for gourds, pumpkins, corn & shocks. We need all of these by the end of August or early September.

For our Christmas displays we are looking for textiles, winter items from years ago. Hats, fur muffs, scarves, mittens, blankets from the sleigh, bells, horse decorations and blankets, outdoor winter toys and games, and items from the winter barn. We also are looking for a collection of Santa Clauses through the years to add to a already booked display.

We are also looking for branches of pine, cedar and berries, and pine cones. Most of these items will be needed twice. The first group is needed for the second week in November and then again on the second week in December, as greens tends to dry out.

For February we are looking for a rope bed, a antique 1800’s bed, feather or tick mattresses, old quilts and other bed & bath accessories (commodes, pitcher & basins, lye soap, antique sheets & bed linens) Also needing a cradle or two.

Planning ahead to next May we are looking for Civic organizations items to pay tribute to their contribution along with antique Wedding items to be on display through the summer of 2016, so now you can start your search!

We are also looking for 1902 (post fire) or later, pictures of old businesses as to do a then & now display. These photos can come any time soon to the museum.

If you are able to help out with one or more of our items, please contact the museum at 937-526-4222 and leave a message. We will gladly get back to you. Our thanks for your continuing support!

Last Mondays at Versailles Museum

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Our August, “Last Monday” will be a trip back to school. We invite all our area retired teachers to come and share memories from their days in the classroom on either side of the desk!

Please feel free to bring stories and pictures. If you are not a retired teacher, you surely were a student and have a tale or two to share.

After the program there will be time to enjoy the Versailles All Class Reunion displays around the Museum and of course reminisce in the old schoolroom display. This event will replace the Teacher’s Tea at the All Class Reunion. So call your friends and invite them to this special afternoon.

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

So mark your calendars for August 25th at 1:00 p.m. and join us at the Museum for a “School Day”.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Reid Orthopedic Center gets Ohio farmer back on his feet after grain bin accident

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Charles Prashun is greatly recovered from aserious knee injury.
Charles Prashun was admiring his grandson’s sheep at the Darke County Fair last summer, when to his surprise Dr. Chad Reed stopped by to say hello. Only weeks earlier, Dr. Reed, an orthopedic surgeon at Reid Orthopedic Center, had operated on Charles’ knee. “Dr. Reed knew I’d be visiting the sheep, and came over on his lunch hour,” said Charles, a fourth generation farmer from Ansonia. “The man is professional and personable. I was really impressed.”

The two men might never have met if Charles hadn’t injured his knee a few weeks earlier. Charles had been working in one of his grain bins on July 3, 2014, when he accidentally stepped on a moving sweep auger. His left leg twisted awkwardly, tearing his quadricep tendon from the kneecap. Although unable to put any weight on the leg, Charles was able to use his cell phone to call for help. A week later, he was being prepped for surgery so that Dr. Reed could repair the ligament.

Dr. Reed told Charles afterward that rehabilitation would be tough—even more difficult than rehabbing after a knee replacement. Accustomed to hard work, Charles pushed himself to do everything Dr. Reed and his therapist asked.

Nonetheless, progress was slow. The Darke County Fair came and went, then harvest. By late November, Charles—and Dr. Reed—weren’t satisfied with his progress. “We wanted my knee to bend to at least 110 degrees—135 degrees is normal,” Charles said. “But at that point I was only getting to about 80 degrees. Dr. Reed talked to my rehab specialist, and then he recommended putting me under anesthesia in the operating room and moving my leg around to release the joint.”

The procedure did loosen things up, and soon Charles was making good progress with the help of physical therapy and at-home exercises. Today, he can bend the knee to 105-110 degrees, enough to farm his land, drive a car and get around with assistance. “I’m extremely pleased with the care I received from Dr. Reed, as well as from other Reid physicians I have seen over the years,” Charles said. “Now, they all have clinics at Reid’s new Greenville facility, which is right by my primary care doctor’s office. It’s all very convenient.”

Reid’s Medical Office Building in Greenville is located at 1101 Jackson St., and provides a combined location for health care specialties including cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology and more. For more information or to make an appointment, call (937) 316-1300.

Ramco Electronics Donates to New MVCTC Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Program

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MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy, accepting a $10,000 donation from Dave Dunaway, President of Ramco Electric Motors. The donation goes towards the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) to support the school’s efforts to provide a viable and highly trained workforce.
Englewood, Ohio – Ramco Electric Motors of Greenville, recently donated $10,000 to the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) to support the school’s efforts to provide a viable and highly trained workforce.

Ramco is located in Greenville on Jaysville-St.John’s Road. With over 100 employees, they are a sub-contract manufacturer for AC Induction Stators, Rotors, & Rotor Shaft Assemblies for use in Industrial, Commercial, Military, and Aerospace Applications. Ramco is AS9100:2009 Rev C / ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certified and has $14 million in annual sales.

At the end of last school year, Ramco hired two MVCTC Precision Machining students from Darke County, Christopher Grillot (Versailles) and Evan Weaver (Franklin-Monroe). Both students worked full-time over the summer as machinists and now are working during the school year as part of the MVCTC Apprenticeship Program. Bethany Menke, Human Resources Manager for Ramco Electric Motors, shared, “They are great kids and great employees. We value the relationship we have started with MVCTC and plan to continue it in the future.”

In August of 2014, an Ohio Straight A Fund Grant was awarded to career center partners to create nine Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) facilities in Ohio. MVCTC is the Miami Valley’s regional RAMTEC facility providing training opportunities to a 12 county area (Darke, Preble, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, Clark, Mercer, Auglaize, Champaign, Greene, Clinton, and Shelby Counties). The goal is to strengthen the collaboration between industry, education and government to offer industry certifications for robotics, CNC machining, mechatronics, industrial maintenance, and robotic welding, all at a regional career center. As part of the collaborative, the MVCTC received $1.47 million of the grant to provide state-of-the-art equipment and to renovate space at their Hoke Road campus into a RAMTEC center.

Jace Mote, 7 year old from Arcanum, donates garage sale money for cancer patients.

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More and more young people in Darke County are becoming involved with helping those around who are going through difficult times.

Jace Mote is a perfect example of this. Recently his grandmother had a garage sale and Jace decided to do something that his sister had done before. He wanted to make some money and donate it to the Cancer Association of Darke County. His mom helped him to do this by purchasing some snack items: chips, cookies and goldfish crackers. His part was to sell the snacks and collect the money. When asked why he decided to donate the money to the cancer association, his simple answer was “There’s a bunch of people with cancer.” Jace said that his aunt also donated what money she received as well.

Christine, the director, spent some time with Jace to let him know how much this was appreciated and how important it is to realize there are many around us that could use some help and also that it is very rewarding to do nice things for others.

The Cancer Association of Darke County appreciates all donations and is encouraged by the compassion that is so evident in Darke County.

The organization is celebrating its 20th year and has provided over a million dollars in benefits to local cancer patients during that time.

Volunteer drivers are always needed and if anyone would like to help in that area, please call the office at 548-9960.

To receive benefits from the Cancer Association, a patient must live in Darke County and have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer. The association is not affiliated with American Cancer Society or other cancer groups. United Way helps to fund the organization.

Edison Recognizes Employee Excellence at Convocation

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Terry Calvert
Edison Community College recognized two outstanding employees at its annual convocation ceremony on August 17 in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus. The awards speak to College’s commitment to quality and sustaining positive employee engagement.

“The employee of the semester award is meant to create a culture that recognizes employees and celebrates accomplishments based upon Key Result one of Edison’s 5-year strategic master plan which focuses on sustaining positive employee engagement,” said Kara Myers, Coordinator of Employee Engagement and Talent Acquisition.

“These employees make a difference to Edison and member of the campus community, go above and beyond expectations, excel as team players, and strive to demonstrate the College’s core values.”

Terry Calvert, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Rhonda Rich, Coordinator of the Darke County Campus were named employee of the semester at the annual ceremony. Awards were Kara Myers and President Doreen Larson. Both recipients received a personal plaque and will have their names engraved on a permanent plaque displayed on campus.

Rhonda Rich
All Edison employees who demonstrate a commitment to the performance excellence goals, core values, and continued growth were eligible to be nominated for the award. Those eligible for the award are nominated by their peers and then selected by the AQIP 4 Valuing People committee.

Calvert, a former Naval Aviator and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who holds a Master of Education degree in Mathematics, goes above and beyond to ensure students are receiving the best education possible. Her willingness to help students has led her to develop curriculum for college algebra and statistics. Additionally, she has developed her own online statistics course that allows for more flexibility in student course offerings. Always presenting her best with a smile on her face, Calvert’s commitment to student success is a true testament to the quality of education found at Edison.

Rich, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, was nominated based upon her demonstrated ability to ensure office procedures are as effective and efficient as possible while maintaining a positive demeanor. Rich places emphasis on forming lasting relationships with those around her including co-workers, students, and high school administrators. During transitional periods, she has proven to be invaluable by taking on leadership roles. Rich exemplifies a steadfast commitment to Edison and its constituents.

Monday, August 24, 2015

State of the Heart Hospice to Hold Fourth Annual Indiana Golf Outing

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State of the Heart Hospice will hold the nonprofit agency’s Fourth Annual Indiana Memorial Golf Outing, Friday, September 25th at the Winchester Golf Club in Winchester, IN. This year, proceeds will help provide Hospice patient care services to Indiana families in need. Integrity Ambulance Service, headquartered in Greenville, is the presenting sponsor.

Tee time for the outing is 12:00 noon. You will enjoy 18 holes of golf (including cart) at the Winchester Golf Club, lunch and 2 drink tickets. Winchester Golf Club is a new location for our Indiana Golf Outing and we are very excited about this new partnership. Registration forms can be found on our website or picked up in any of our three offices located in Portland, Greenville and Coldwater. There are a variety of other sponsorship levels available as well. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Erica Wentworth at 937.548.2999 or

For 35 years, State of the Heart has cared for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. For more information about the services visit the web site at

Attentive staff, great care help Ohio man recover from heart attack

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George O’Dell of Greenville, Ohio, was working at his computer one day in April 2015 when he began to experience mild heaviness in his chest.

Hoping that a little activity might help, he walked into his kitchen to make dinner. But as he pulled out some salmon from the fridge, the feeling worsened, and his arms started to feel heavy, too. George — who has a family history of heart problems—became worried. A few minutes later, he and his wife, Kathleen, were on their way to the nearest emergency department to seek help.

Preliminary tests showed that George had experienced a heart attack. The emergency department staff provided initial treatment, and later that that night George was transferred to Reid Health for further care. “What really impressed me at Reid is how attentive the staff was,” said George, who is 68. “Whenever anybody—a doctor or nurse or a housekeeper—came into my room, they would ask ‘is there anything else I can do for you before I leave?’ They were so friendly and willing to help me in any way they could. I felt great about that.”

George underwent a cardiac catheterization at Reid Health, which showed that one of his arteries was almost completely blocked. Zulfiqar Mirza, M.D., a Reid Heart & Vascular Center interventional cardiologist, placed a stent to open up the artery, and George was discharged from the hospital the next day.

About 10 days later, he went to see Reid Health cardiologist Henry Chong, M.D., at Bethel Cardiology in Greenville. “I really like Dr. Chong—he’s very patient oriented,” George said. “He told me what had happened to my heart, what to expect from treatment, and what to watch for. I feel like he is a partner with me in my recovery.”

George completed cardiac rehabilitation therapy and is taking medications to prevent future heart problems. With hobbies that include fishing and cooking nutritious meals, he has a good chance of staying healthy for a long time to come!

Greenville National Bank Supports Tecumseh Trail

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Roger Van Frank, Director of the Darke County Park District, along with Wayne Fisher, President of the Friends of the Darke County Parks Phoenix Committee, accept the check from Kent A. James, CPA President and C.E.O. of Greenville National Bank.
Greenville National Bank recently made another substantial contribution to further the construction of the Tecumseh Trail which is currently in phase 5. They also confirmed an additional commitment for three years, totaling four years of partnership benefiting Darke County residents. Kent A. James, CPA, President and C.E.O. of Greenville National Bank said, “We believe that this multi-use trail benefits all Darke County residents and visitors as well. We are proud to partner with [the Darke County Park District] in this endeavor.” The funds will allow the Park District to apply for additional grant funding to complete the trail from Bradford to Greenville. It will connect the Greenville Creek Trail to Alice Bish Preserve located on Ohio St. in Greenville. The trail stretches about 10 miles to date.

Art Show Winners at the Preble County Fair

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Chelsea Allen winner of Junior People's Choice​
Preble County residents showed off their creative side in a big way at the fair this year. The Visual Arts exhibit at the Preble County Fair had over 250 entries, including photographs, paintings, drawings and pottery. As in previous years, visitors to the exhibit could have their faces painted or draw and color on paper. New this year, fairgoers could paint their own tiles or create their own clay sculptures with materials provided by the Visual Arts Center of Preble County. Visitors were also treated to demonstrations of pottery throwing by artists Gail Springer and Patty Emerson.

The Best of Show winner in the Professional artist category this year was R.L. Lathrop with his oil abstract painting. Andrea Furby's pastel landscape took Best of Show in the Amateur artist category and Wyatt Voge's mixed media piece won Best of Show in the Junior artist category. Mariah Squire's black and white farm scene took Best of Show Amateur photography and Katelyn Niehaus took Best of Show in the Junior photography category with her shot of her pig drinking splashing water. Special thanks to Sherriff Goslin Roofing for generously donating the Best of Show premiums.

The Adult winner of the People's Choice Award went to Aryn Landis with her charcoal and ink drawing of an Indian and horse. Aryn won the People's Choice award as a Junior several years ago, and is currently a student at the School for Advertising Art in Kettering. The Junior People's Choice Award went to Chelsea Allen for her painting of two goats. Chelsea graduated from National Trail this spring. The People's Choice Awards are generously sponsored by Simon Insurance, Skyline Chili of Eaton and new this year, FCL Precision Welding of West Alexandria.

Greenville Grace Church will be hosting "Transformed 2015"

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On Saturday, September 19th, Greenville Grace Church will be hosting "Transformed 2015", a ladies' event featuring speaker Kimberly Wagner of Revive Our Hearts. Kimberly is the author of "Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior".

Join the ladies from Greenville Grace, and many other local churches, for singing led by Jason and Jodi Bradshaw; testimonies of God's grace at work in the lives of various individuals and couples; and powerful teaching from God's Word. Kim will speak on the theme of her book during the morning session, and on how to effectively study God's Word during her afternoon session.

Cost is $45 and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration begins at 9am and the conference will run until 4pm.

To register, go to

For biographical info on Kimberly Wagner, go to

For more information, contact Charity Wright at 937.423.4771

Edison’s Enrollment Continues to Rise

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Edison Community College will be welcoming more students back to fall classes than it has in a number of years. Fall enrollment is up in both credit hours and headcount compared to the same time last year, with the first set of fall classes beginning on August 24.

“The closer we get to the start of the semester, the more confidence we can have in the numbers,” said Scott Burnam, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Right now, we are up almost six percent in credit hours, which drives our funding, over same day last year, driven by an overall increase in headcount of eleven percent.”

Compared to the same day last year, new student enrollment at Edison, the most imminent indicator of longer-term enrollment growth, is up more than fifty percent. It stems from new student enrollment increases of eight percent in undergraduate students and a staggering fifty-two percent in College Credit Plus (CC+), Ohio’s dual enrollment program for students in grades seven through twelve.

“Edison has enjoyed success in dual enrollment for years, typically placing in the top three community colleges in the state for percentage of enrollment attributed to the program,” added Burnam. “Because of that, we were ready to respond to the increased demand that CC+ generated in ways that other colleges were not prepared to do.”

“We are excited to work so closely with more than thirty high school partners to ensure the accessibility of the program to students and families. The number of high school students who are demonstrating college readiness is a real testament to the quality of the high schools we have in our service area.”

“As of today, we have more than a thousand students participating in CC+ with Edison. Last year at this time, we had five-hundred and seventy four students participating.”

Friday, August 21, 2015

Be Alert for Unauthorized Solicitation for Fire Department Calendars

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It has come to my attention that an organization located in Illinois has been calling businesses in the City of Greenville soliciting money for the purpose of producing an ad calendar or memo board for distribution by the Greenville Fire Department. This solicitation has not been authorized by me or the Administration of the City of Greenville. Please do not respond to the solicitation.

Help Wanted at Rebsco, Inc.

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Rebsco, Inc., located just south of Greenville, Ohio, is looking for motivated individuals to work in the capacity of millwright. Welding capabilities a plus, but not a requirement. The successful candidate must be able to work both locally and on the road. Must be available for weekend work, as needed. Rebsco, Inc. offers access to health insurance, paid holiday and vacation, as well as other employee benefit programs. We pay by experience and skill level. Must be able to pass an alcohol and drug screen. If you are interested in being part of a fast-paced, growing company, send your resume to: Rebsco, Inc. PO Box 423 Greenville, OH 45331


Rebsco, Inc., located just south of Greenville, Ohio, is looking for motivated individuals to work in the capacity of millwright/foreman. The successful candidate must be able to work on the road. Must be available for weekend and shift work. Must be available to spend nights out of town. Rebsco, Inc. offers health insurance, paid holiday and vacation, as well as other employee benefit programs. We pay by experience and skill level. Must be able to pass an alcohol and drug screen. Must have a valid driver’s license. If you are interested in being part of a fast-paced, growing company, send your resume to: Rebsco, Inc. PO Box 423 Greenville, OH 45331

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 chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected:

Koda is a 6 month old Australian Cattle dog (blue Heeler). She is mostly black and white with a little tan. She has short hair. She is a little girl and will grow to around 30 pounds. She is a little shy when you first meet her and then becomes your good friend. She will make a nice friend and companion. She is looking for a good home.

Keera is a 6 month old Lab/Border Collie mix. She is mostly black with a little white and has long hair. She is a little sweetheart and loves to play ball. She is current on her shots and is house broken. She will grow to around 30 pounds. She will make a wonderful friend and lifelong companion. She is looking for a good home and a place to play.

Skipper is a 3 month old Lab/Golden retriever mix. He is golden with medium length hair. He is a playful little guy who won’t grow very big. He is current on his shots and very friendly. He loves to play and have fun. He will make a wonderful companion and loyal friend. He is ready for adoption and looking for a good home.

They also have a Lab mix, Grey Hound mix, a boxer mix, walker, a terrier, a Chihuahua 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.

You can get your license online at . ALL DOGS OVER 3 MONTHS OF AGE MUST HAVE A LICENSE. For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at

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


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Heading to The Great Darke County Fair? Make plans now to attend the Friday Sampler on Friday, August 28, in the Youth Building on the fairgrounds. This year’s program includes a variety of speakers, with something for everyone.

The day begins at 9:00am with Quilter Pepper Cory. Pepper is from North Carolina and will share her lecture “How to be a more Creative Quilter”, a humorous look at the myths surrounding artistic creativity. Participants can expect to take away useful tips on organizing time, resources, and energy in the quilt making process.

At 11:00am, representatives from KitchenAid Experience will demonstrate new recipe ideas during their presentation titled “Creativity in Your Kitchen.” Audience members will learn how fun and easy it is to use KitchenAid countertop products.

Steve Stone from Nature’s Green takes the stage at 1:00pm. Steve is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Landscape Horticulture and a minor in Turf Grass Management. Come and be inspired by Steve as he shares ideas for home horticulture and landscaping in “Creative Curb Appeal – Landscape Tips for Success.”

Ending the program at 2:00pm is WHIO-TV reporter, Gabrielle Enright. Gabrielle will entertain the audience with stories from her experiences as a news reporter, as well as her life on the farm. Come and be entertained as Gabrielle presents “Yes, that really happened!”.

Admission to the Friday Sampler is free with your paid admission to the Darke County Fair. Door prizes provided by local businesses will be given throughout the day. You must be present to win.

The Friday Sampler is made possible by the Darke County Agricultural Society and OSU Extension, Darke County.

Help Wanted at State of the Heart Hospice

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HEARTLAND OF GREENVILLE – Career Opportunities

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Through our doors you will find the new career opportunity that you have been looking for!

At Heartland of Greenville, we make a difference in the lives of our patients every day. Here, you will find a rewarding and stable career that allows you to take part in the patients’ journey back home. Our goal is to get patients back to their lives and you can help us make that happen!

Dietary Aide:
We are looking for candidates who are self-motivated and customer service oriented to join our
Dining Services team. Current positions include every other weekend and every other holiday and are part-time which is between 14 - 59 hours per two week pay period. Must be available during the hours of kitchen operation, typically 5am – 8pm. Dietary Aides perform a variety of tasks usually not requiring cooking skills in the preparation, service, and clean-up for meals served to residents and staff in the nursing center and other special events. Must be able to read, understand and follow through with written and verbal directions. Experience in food service preferred but not required.
In return for your expertise, you’ll enjoy excellent training, industry-leading benefits and unlimited opportunities to learn and grow. Be a part of the team leading the nation in healthcare.

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August is Fair month! Since we have the Greatest County Fair in the State, and because of that, everybody is at the fair, this month’s “Coffee with the Commissioner” will be at the Great Darke County Fair. I will be spending a lot of time at the fair, mostly at the Republican Tent, so stop on by, say hello, and ask any question you wish. I am scheduled to be there 3 times, Friday August 21st from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday August 24th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday August 28th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., but I will be in and out most of the week.

This is the best opportunity to meet your elected officials, talk to them, and find out what is planned for Darke County, and what is happening. Please stop by and meet your county officials and enjoy the Great Darke County Fair!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015


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Some of you may not know this, but I once was a High School football player (Greenville), then College (Central Michigan University), then a High school football official for 27 years. As an official, I worked basically 3 leagues, The Midwest Athletic, the Greater Western Ohio, and The Western Buckeye. In all of these years, I have seen a lot of things good and a lot of things bad. Sports are one of the best teachers about life that young people can be exposed too. To this day, I urge all parents to allow their children to be involved in some after school activity, no matter what it is. Band, cheerleading, FFA, and other activities only add to a child’s life. They are all great teachers on how to work with others, how to sacrifice for a cause, and of course, what it takes to be successful. Success does not necessarily mean only winning. Success comes from getting better each time, turning out good people, and eventually ending up with a successful, winning program.

We have a new program starting up in football at Tri-Village. I am glad to see this. I think football is the best sport ever! (of course I could be prejudiced! ) Tri-Village will suffer ups and downs along the way, but if handled correctly, they will ultimately be successful. Since it is football season, and since our high Schools are all starting up soon and some programs are new and some just re-starting, I began thinking about what I have learned from sports, mostly from an official’s point of view . I hope not to offend anyone, but I think sometimes people need to be reminded of what they see, and hear, and react to with young athletes.

When you attend a contest, please keep in mind that the players are young adults. They are not getting paid. They are playing because they like it. They are trying their best. That should be enough for everyone. As you sit in the stands as fans, and scream about how lousy that player is, remember, YOU ARE NOT OUT THERE, THEY ARE. Football is a confusing game, it is also very physical. You have heard the saying that football is a contact sport. It is not: it is a Collision sport. Some players are bigger and stronger, and smarter than others. That’s just a fact. Football plays on those mismatches. So, while you are screaming about how bad that player is, remember that other team is doing everything it can to exploit bad matchups, and that player you are screaming at is someone’s son or daughter. They could be screaming at your’s on the next play!! The next person on the scream list is the Coach. It is rare when an entire community can support a coach for a long time. Usually at some point you will start to hear that the coach is playing so and so’s kid because of his name, social standing, parents wealth, blah blah blah. Learn this now; No coach worth his salt is playing anybody because of those things! Why? Because his job depends on his performance and if you think he will play someone who has less talent, you are terribly mistaken. Parents, the reason your son or daughter is not playing is because THEY ARE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO BEAT THE OTHER PERSON OUT! That is a hard lesson to learn. I hope if your son or daughter is not a starter or does not play much, you can tell your young athlete that. There is nothing wrong with telling them they have to work harder, get stronger and faster, and make an impression. Parents can be the best thing for an athlete, or the worst. Let them learn that there are people with more talent, just like in life. One other thing, the reason that coach went from 8-2 last year to 1 and 9 this year is not because he took stupid pills over the summer. Could it be he just doesn’t have the talent he had last year. I would guess that’s it. So, please do not call him an idiot. If you have any concerns about why your child isn’t playing, or why the team is less than good, go ask him. He will tell you straight up what the deal is. Give him the respect he deserves by devoting his time to your child, trying to make them better.


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Racing returns to Greenville, Ohio on Friday night, August 21st for the Great Darke County Fair’s annual week long race meet. Racing also takes place on Saturday, August 22nd, afternoon and night, and on Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th in the afternoons and nights. Afternoon post times are 1 pm except for Friday August 22 it will be at noon. Please note that Friday August 21st post time is 5:30 with 19 races on the ticket. All other evening post times are at 7 pm.

On opening weekend, Friday and Saturday nights will feature the Ohio Colt Racing Association events. Friday night also will feature The Terry Thomas Memorial Signature Series Trot. Saturday night will feature the Rhys Bowman Memorial Signature Series Pace.

The following Thursday and Friday night sessions will feature the Dr. HM Parshall Memorial Futurity. All the sessions will host several overnight events for both trotters and pacers.

Closing night will feature the Fourth edition of the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace. The event is open to the world, with no more than 8 starters; the top eight 2015 money earners entered will have preference, no trainer’s entries. The event is carded as one dash for a purse of $32,000, with $200 to start. We also will be hosting the Three Diamonds Open Pace for Fillies & mares on closing night. This race will carry a purse of $11,000 with breeding to Woodstock donated by the Sugar Valley Farm to the winner. The Three Diamonds race has the same conditions as the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace with $100 to start.

Closing night will feature a giveaway of a collectable mug to the first 1,000 fans buying a racing program.

Nightly there will be t-shirt giveaways to the fans in the stands as well as the fans that line the track by the Darke County Harness Horsemen’s Association.

The Great Darke County Fair wishes to thank all of the sponsors and the warm outpouring of contributions to make this year’s events possible. Please check out all the sponsors, activities, & the condition sheets at along with lots of photos and information on Hall of Famer Gene Riegle.

Premier Health Sponsors SUNshine 5K

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Premier Health will serve as a major sponsor of the SUNshine 5K on Sept. 19 in Greenville City Park. The event is hosted by the Darke County Foundation and will raise money for 6 Darke County non-profit organizations. From left: Christy Prakel, Foundation director; Diane Ewing, VP of marketing and communications at Premier Health; Jonathan Hein, DCF trustee and SUNshine 5K race director.
Premier Health is proud to serve as a major sponsor of the SUNshine 5K Run/Walk on September 19 in Greenville City Park. Hosted by the Darke County Foundation, the event will feature hundreds of participants and raise funds for 6 non-profit organizations in Darke County: Bunco 4 Breast Cancer, Darke County Special Olympics, DeColores Montessori, Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters, Next Step Ministries and St. Mary’s School (Greenville). These organizations will receive $15 for each person registered under their group’s name.

Premier Health is a leading healthcare provider in southwest Ohio. It recently opened a Greenville facility, the Good Samaritan Health Center, across from Wayne Healthcare at 742 Sweitzer Street. The facility houses the cardiology practice of Dayton Heart Center Greenville plus other medical specialties.

Runners and walkers at the SUNshine 5K will enjoy a scenic 5K route with age-group awards, great door prizes, and a variety of post-race drinks, snacks and homemade cookies. Free childcare is available. To register, visit Entry fee is $15 if registered by Sept. 9 (includes long-sleeve shirt); $20 after Sept. 9 (limited shirts available); and $5 for kids age 14 and under (no shirt). The race begins at 8:30, with a free kids 800-meter fun run at 8:20. The SUNshine 5K is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge.

The Darke County Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For more information, call 548-4673 or visit

New class forming at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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Pitsburg Church of the Brethren announces the launch of a new youth class for 7th grade and higher beginning on September 6, 2015. The class will be led by Ken & Daryl Oren.

The class will be meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am in the tower. It will be a mix of Bible study, related education, and reflection on current events - centered on Jesus who lives today.

There are also classes available for younger students and adults. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg Laura Road - just on the West edge of Pitsburg. For more information you may call 937-546-6808 or see the church web page at

Group Lifestyle Balance

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Group Lifestyle Balance is a comprehensive, science based wellness program designed to provide tools, education, and support that equips individuals to take control of their health. During the program, you will track and learn about healthy eating and physical activity. You will also learn how to problem-solve and stay motivated.

Group Lifestyle Balance focuses on several areas that play a key role in your overall health and quality of life: activity and nutrition, for a stronger body; education, for a stronger mind and; emotional balance for a stronger spirit. An experienced multi-disciplinary team will provide education and support to ensure your personal success. Now is the time to take control of your health and live a healthier more fulfilling life. Group Lifestyle Balance is ready to share this journey with you!

Group Lifestyle Balance offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a result of exercise and diet changes. By balancing food intake and exercise, you can work toward achieving your ideal weight. As a participant, you will spend time figuring out how you can increase your activity level and how to eat healthy for a lifetime.

However, education alone is not enough. In order to keep off excess weight in the long term, it is important that you make manageable changes that you will be able to continue for the rest of your life. You still need behavioral support to help change your behavior. Changing behavior is notoriously difficult and stumbling blocks often include encouragement. Weekly emails from the coach help to support the participants. The program works as a team because group participants are all coming together for the same reason. You’ll come to count on your fellow group members, and they will count on you. You’ll get individual feedback from your coach because no one will be facing exactly the same challenges as you. You and every member of the group will have ups and downs we share together, but by the time it is done, you will be having many more ups and the tools to quickly recover from the downs.

The program consists of fourteen core weekly sessions that transition into eight support sessions that meet every other week, each lead by a lifestyle coach. Most people who stay in the seven month program lose weight, lower their cholesterol, lower their blood pressure and improve blood sugar. The next program will meet from September 1, 2015- March 15, 2016 at 4pm at Wayne HealthCare. Class size is limited to 25 participants. The Group Lifestyle Balance program costs $250 ($11 per session). Throughout the program, participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter book, a pedometer, and an exercise band. Contact Karen Droesch at 937-547-5750 to learn more about the program.


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Destination Known, mission ministry of EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio, is hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala to benefit families living in the garbage dump communities in Guatemala. The evening will consist of dinner, dancing and a live auction to be held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville.

Destination Known has been building homes for families over the past ten years in partnership with Potter’s House Association International. During a week-long mission trip, the team works to build a home for families that make a living in very harsh conditions around the city garbage dump. These families live in shanties made of wood and metal fastened together with anything they can find. Most of them have dirt floors that allow the garbage to wash through during the rainy season, and many have no electricity or running water. At the end of the week, it is a blessing to present them with keys to a new home made of cinder block, cement floors, a new tin roof, electricity and running water. This house may only be about 100 square feet, but it is so much more to the family that receives it! Visit to watch a video showing the house building process. Our teams have built 14 homes for families living in this area and would like to continue to build more. However, this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the increased cost of building supplies.

The Gala will begin at 8:00 pm with hors d'oeuvres, dinner will be served at 8:30, with dancing and a live auction to follow. This is an alcohol free event with 100% of the proceeds will be used to build homes for families living in a shanty community around the Guatemala City garbage dump.

Tickets are on sale now! The cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple. Reserved seating is also available for $350 for a table of 8. Tickets may be purchased at EUM Church, A&B Coffee and Cakes, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, and Romer's Catering.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make the check payable to EUM Church and mail to: EUM Church, 111 Devor St., Greenville, OH 45331, Attn: Cliff Rapier, and put "Guatemala Missions" in the memo line.

If you would like more information about the New Year’s Eve Gala, visit or contact Cliff Rapier at 937-548-3211 ext. 212 or Also, follow EUM’s Facebook page and watch for continual updates on the auction items.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. 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 and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. 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. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Historic Homecoming at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

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As the summer begins to fade and our thoughts turn toward autumn, we also begin to look forward to the annual St. Peter’s Homecoming Celebration. This service marks a tradition which began over one hundred years ago.
When St. Peter closed its doors to weekly worship it was decided then to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year. Most of the congregation that remained, moved their membership to Friedens Lutheran at Bloomer, St. Paul’s at Willowdell, Trinity, at Versailles, or St. John, near Greenville.

Why is St. Peter Evangelical Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship, this being the 110th service!

The church, founded by immigrants from Kammerforst, Langensalza, Providence Larheim, Kingdom of Prussia, (Germany) whom settled in what was known then as “Dutch Roost” offered regular German Lutheran worship services in this log structure from 1850 till 1905. When they closed the doors in 1905, all was left in place. It looks today much as it did when they worshiped here.

On Sunday September 20th the historic church will host a pre-service concert given by the Jason Lance Family Singers in the sanctuary at 1:30 p.m. The annual worship and hymn sing will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Robert Akins, of Trinity Lutheran Church Versailles and Friedens Lutheran Church, Bloomer will lead the worship service reminiscent of the late 1800’s. Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ and many hymns of a by gone era will be song.

Prior to the service at 12:30 p.m. there will be a pulled pork dinner. Complete with a pulled pork sandwich, au gratin potatoes, baked beans, and delicious apple crisp all for a $10.00 donation. Dinners will be prepared by Trinity and must be reserved prior to September 8th. Reservations may be made to J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331. Why not make a day of it and make plans now and join us on September 20th, as we invite your Congregation join us and “come home to St Peters”.

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is located one mile south of Versailles just east off of State Route 185 south of Versailles, on the St. Peter’s Road.

Come and enjoy an autumn afternoon in the country where our ancestors walked and prayed.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Union City Police Department Investigates Methamphetamine Lab

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On August 18, 2015, Union City Ohio Police Department responded to a call at 510 E. Wall Street in reference to a methamphetamine lab. Union City Police Department located the methamphetamine lab which was still producing hydrogen chloride gases. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Lab team was called in to assist. The Darke County Health Department was notified due to hazards of the chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Union City Rescue and Union City Fire Department were called to the scene for the safety of the public.

At this time no charges have been filed but Union City Police and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office are following leads on the suspects that left the methamphetamine lab in the residence.

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year

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by Mr. Douglas Fries, Superintendent of Greenville City Schools

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district. We hope to have everyone work together to make this another successful instructional and enjoyable year for all.

I trust each of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with your family and friends. I hope your vacations, special trips, and family gatherings have been fun, safe and educational. As September is upon us, I hope all of you are looking forward to another exciting and rewarding school year. As you return to school, notice the new K-8 facility is continuing to be built with the hope of being close to closed in by winter break. The high school has also had extensive renovation work since last May. I hope you all share the same excitement and enthusiasm I have about our new and upcoming enhanced school facilities prepared for twenty first century education and learning.

As we begin the new school year at the high school, renovation work will begin to close. However, patience will still be needed to correct punchlist items, return and unpack items from renovation storage and finally to coordinate distribution of keys, fobs and lockers to all necessary stakeholders. Opening up any facility from major renovations is always a challenge. Flexibility and patience to the final move in is the key to success. Please remember the final upgraded and new environment outweighs the short move in process at the high school.

At the K-8 facility the masons are completing the center section of the facility, that being two gymnasiums and the cafeteria commons area bearing walls. They are also working on the south end two story section of the facility placing bearing walls which are the fifth grade through eighth grade side of the building. The steel erectors are finishing the span trusses and stage rigging beams in the second gymnasium and commons cafeteria area. These trusses were swung with the crane you see onsite. Soon the roofer will begin installing material which will begin on the main gymnasium. This area of the building has insulation stacked on it right now. Precision Concrete continues to prep and pour concrete slabs throughout the facility. The steel erectors, in addition to swinging high trusses, are putting detail decking on roofs. Electrical wall rough is continuing as work progresses, as well as, placement of panel tubs and above ceiling branch line conduit when and as available. Electrical site work for primary power is also nearly complete. Underground conduit for the generator is complete. Plumbing carriers and chase piping will continue as available. The HVAC and plumbing contractor are continuing with above ceiling piping and duct work in the gymnasium and locker room areas. At the south end of the property geothermal well drilling has begun. Eight wells are complete. A second drilling rig is scheduled to arrive soon. The final CMU foundations will begin soon in front of the main gymnasium which is the administration area. This area was left open for an access point to the gymnasium. The Eric Street storm work is also complete.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2015 National DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER Campaign. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists, August 19th – September 7th– both day and night.

Did you know?

  • Labor Day weekend brings an increase in highway travel and drunk driving, so State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on this deadly epidemic and save lives.
  • Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in these preventable crashes.
  • On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC); 38 percent involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC); and more than a fourth (27%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal per se limit (.15+ BAC).
  • In 2013, approximately 1 in 5 child (12 and younger) passenger deaths were in drunk-driving crashes. Seventy-one percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
  • Of those child passengers killed while riding with a drunk driver, 44 percent weren’t buckled up at the time of the crash.
  • In addition to the human toll drunk driving takes on our country, the financial impact is devastating as well: based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $49.8 billion annually.
  • In every state it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, yet one person is killed in a drunk-driving crash every 52 minutes in the United States.
  • Of the 10,076 people killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2013, 65 percent were the drunk drivers themselves.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August over the five-year period of 2009-2013, almost 1 out of 10 (8%) of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. In 2013, 23 percent of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 15 percent for females.
  • Drunk driving is more common at night, and Labor Day weekend in 2013 was no exception. Half of all the fatalities during the nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) involved drunk drivers, as compared to 14 percent during the day.
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2013, 45 percent of those fatalities involved a drunk driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Motorcycle riders have the highest overall rate of alcohol impairment in fatal crashes. In 2013, 27 percent of the motorcycle riders killed were driving impaired.
For more sobering statistics on drunk driving in the United States, visit

Law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired drivers around the clock. You can expect to get a ride to the police station at the very least. “No excuses and no exceptions,” said Chief Butts.

More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be aggressively enforcing the law with a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

The Greenville Policy Department urges everyone to DRIVE SOBER for yourself, your families, friends and strangers.

Public Announcement from the Village of Ansonia

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The Village of Ansonia intends to contract for engineering and surveying services in connection with the East Canal Street Reconstruction project from Main Street to Ansonia Local Schools. This project includes the design of various sections of new curb and gutter, sidewalk, drive approaches, street base, storm drainage, and water line improvements. Professional services will be required for design, the bidding process, grant administration, and construction engineering services. The engineering firm shall demonstrate experience with similar type projects as well as working with the Ohio Public Works Commission and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Funding sources include an OPWC grant and local Village funds. Anticipated engineering design is September 2015 through November 2015 with an anticipated construction schedule of February through December 2016.

Firms interested in being considered for a contract to provide the required services should send or deliver three (3) sets of Statements of Qualifications to Mr. Tom Welbaum, Village Administrator, Village of Ansonia, 202 North Main Street, P.O. Box 607, Ansonia, Ohio, 45303, no later than September 5, 2015. Statements received after this deadline shall not be considered.

Statements of Qualifications should include information regarding the firm’s history, education and experience of owners and key technical personnel, the technical expertise of the firm’s current staff, the firm’s experience in designing similar projects, availability of staff, the firm’s equipment and facilities, professional references, and any other work performed for the Village of Ansonia or the surrounding area.

Ladybug Beautification Awards - August

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The Ladybug Garden Club Beautification Committee selected three winners for Community Beautification in August. The Rest Haven Nursing Home was selected for the beauty of their 88 hanging baskets, outstanding court yard planting and the entrance to the facility. Various annuals highlight the front garden while petunias, germaniums, streptocarpella, and numerous other baskets are hung at the windows of the residents for them to enjoy either outside or inside. Promoting the beauty is Jessie England, Director of Nursing, John Hollinger, Maintenance and caring for the flowers and baskets; Angela Beumer and Lisa Marcum of the Ladybug Garden Club and Kim
Gump, resident.

Bill and Angie Baker's country garden on Arcanum-Bears Mill Road was selected for their 30 years of gardening. Bill loves to receive plants and memorabilia from family and friends. He admits he may not know the correct name of the plant but he can tell you the donor of each plant. The Baker's garden consists of perennials, annuals, cattails in the water garden, sedum from family members and a large pumpkin patch. Bill and his father each have a John Deere garden area with flowers of yellow and green. The highlight of their garden is an outdoor theater Bill constructed - it can be seen from their deck, bar and fire pit area as well as in the back yard. Picture: Bill and Angie Baker, in the background looking on is Angela Beumer and Lisa Marcum from The Ladybug Garden Club Beautification Committee.

Carrie Emerick's gardens on Jaysville-St. John Road is a lovely country garden with lots of blooming annuals, perennials and container gardening. She features country containers from flea markets finds, wagon wheels, and old milk cans to add interest. Carrie's had her garden for 16  years where she and her family enjoy feeding and watching the birds and their large vegetable garden. Pic: Ladybug Garden Club member Angela Beumer, Carrie Emerick and Lisa Marcum of the Beautification Committee.

Diabetes Can be Overwhelming

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When you have diabetes you often hear “do this, check that, can you have that.” There seems to be a “to do” list that just will not go away. It is easy to say there are just too many changes, and you feel like you cannot make all of the changes. This results in deciding not to make any changes in your lifestyle. Remember small changes can really add up and have a big impact on your health.

Start out slowly by setting realistic goals. I usually hear individuals announce that they want to lower their blood glucose level. Excellent, but how do you plan on reaching this goal. If you change everything tomorrow, it is like trying to climb the big blocks of a pyramid to reach the top. You will get halfway up and more than likely give up. It is much easier to take the small steps to the top of the pyramid. Goal setting is similar. It is much easier to make small goals and adjust the goals as needed to help you reach your ultimate goal.

This may mean starting to exercise at least four times a week by walking, during chair exercises, or swimming for at least 10-15 minutes. You can build your exercise by adding more intensity, exercise more often, or exercise longer.

If you dislike exercise think of it as increasing activity and not the dreaded bad “E” word “exercise”. Think of ways to incorporate activity into your daily schedule. This may include: walking the dog, walking around the store before shopping, taking one bag a groceries in the house at a time, walking around the room during commercials, or playing with kids or grandkids.

Do not take my word that exercise will help to lower your blood glucose level. Do a test to determine how exercise affects your blood glucose. Check your blood glucose before you exercise and about a half hour after you finish exercising.

Education is key to help manage your diabetes. You are the driver; however, Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education department is here to provide you with the tools you need to help manage your diabetes. Consider attending group classes or individual education to learn more about your diabetes. Even if you have had diabetes for years, education is important to help you to stay healthy.

Greenville Federal Helps Stuff the Bus for United Way

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Picture (L to R): Robyn Studabaker, Betty Hartzell, and Susan Barker from Greenville Federal present school supplies to Christy Baker, United Way Executive Director
The Board of Directors and Staff at the Darke County United Way would like to thank Greenville Federal for its ongoing support of local children through the Stuff the Bus Program. The purpose of the program is to make sure every child in Darke County has the necessary school supplies for a successful start to the school year. “Our goal is to collect 10,000 supplies in order to give our community’s children the tools to succeed and learn. We do not have a final figure as supplies are still coming in, but thanks to the support of companies like Greenville Federal we are very close to reaching our goal,” said Christy Baker, Executive Director for the Darke County United Way.

Stuff the Bus benefits children in the following school districts: Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri Village, Versailles, and Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Blue Angels 4-H club is the generous volunteer group that helped the United Way sort school supplies for the Darke County school districts.

Versailles Area Museum Looking for a few Items

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It will soon be time for your Versailles Area Museum to begin its display changes for the autumn season and not far behind will be Christmas. We always appreciate your help when creating displays. We are currently looking for an apple cider press, vintage Halloween pictures, from parties, to school events, to trick-or-treat, and the old Halloween parades. If we can copy your pictures for our “On the Street Where You Live” display we’d be thrilled. We are also looking for a few vintage Halloween decorations and costumes. We need all of these by the end of August.

For our Christmas displays we are looking for textile winter items from years ago. Hats, fur muffs, scarves, mittens, blankets from the sleigh, bells, horse decorations and blankets, outdoor winter toys and games, and items from the winter barn. We also are looking for a collection of Santa Clauses over the years.

For autumn we are looking for gourds, pumpkins, and corn & shocks. We will also be looking for branches of berries, and a variety of pines. These items will be needed twice. The first group is needed for the second week in November and then again on the first week in December.

If you are able to help out, please contact the museum at 937-526-4222 and leave a message. We will gladly get back to you.


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OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series. The classes will be held September 23 and 30, 2015, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years. This will be 2 classes focusing on parent education, and parent and child interaction.

To register or for further information, please call OSU Extension at 937-548-5215 or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by September 18, 2015.

The First Mock Rock Talent Show to Benefit Greenville Veterans’ Memorial Park

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The Past Commanders/Presidents of VFW Post 7262 proudly presents: The First Mock Rock Talent Show

6pm, October 31, 2015 at the VFW Hall, 219 North Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

We are currently accepting auditions/applications for your shows running no less than five minutes and no more than 15 minutes.

Three Grand Prizes will be awarded:

Best Overall Show, Most Original Show (chosen by our celebrity judges) and the People’s Choice Show (chosen by audience vote). Limit one prize per performance.

Entry Fee per person $35, or $150 for groups of five or more performers.
Entry Fee includes admission to the Show, a chance to win a Grand Prize and an event T-shirt with list of all performances on the back.

Admission: $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Event t-shirt $15.

Food, Drinks, Raffles, Door Prizes, Costume Judging, Shenanigans, and so much more.

All shows must be previewed, registered, paid, and approved by September 15, 2015.

The Show will be hosted by Rob Jones and streamed live on YouTube.

All proceeds will go directly for improvements and additions to the Greenville Veterans’ Memorial Park and Digital Library.

To enter or purchase tickets visit us at the Post Home, on our social media sites, email:, or call (937) 542-0966.

Sponsors and Vendors welcome.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ramco Electric Motors kicks off United Way 2016 Campaign with $10,000 gift

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Picture (L to R): On hand for the check presentation was Dave Dunaway, Ramco Electric Motors; Christy Baker, United Way Executive Director; Jerry Bey, United Way Board Member; Jean Young, United Way Board Member; Dave Keiser, United Way Board Member; and Susan Barker, United Way Board Member.
The Board of Directors and Staff of the Darke County United Way would like to thank Ramco Electric Motors for their generous contribution of $10,000 towards the United Way’s 2016 Campaign. The campaign will formally kickoff on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Romer’s Catering. The goal for the 2016 campaign is $375,000 and will provide much needed financial support to the partner agencies that serve nearly 20,000 individuals in Darke County through their programs.

In addition to company-led campaigns, there will be a variety of fundraisers that the entire community can get involved in. Those include the 26th annual Golf Outing on September 14th, the 10th annual Tractor Cruise on September 26th, a Romer’s BBQ Chicken Dinner on October 7th, a family-friendly bowling event on October 17th, and Runway & Rhythm on October 23rd. For more information about the United Way, giving to the United Way, or upcoming events, please call the Darke County United Way at 547-1272 or “Like Us” on Facebook.

Versailles FareFest – Unlimited Food, Beer and Wine Festival

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The 7th annual Versailles FareFest is Saturday, August 22, 2015, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the downtown fountain square. Receive a complimentary wine glass while enjoying three hours of unlimited food, beer and wine from restaurants and beverage distributors throughout the Miami Valley, plus live music by Ohio Brewed (formerly Almost Empty) and Higgins-Madewell!

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Inn at Versailles, 21 W. Main St., or calling (937) 526-3020; must be 21 to attend; $40 presale; $50 at door; $25 food-only. “Versailles FareFest…the best three hours of the summer!”

Greenville Art Guild will hold its 40th annual art show

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The Greenville Art Guild will hold its 40th annual art show September 26 through September 30 at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio. All area amateur, professional or student artists (age 14-22) are invited to exhibit their original artwork in the following categories: drawing media, (graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pen and ink), oil, acrylics (executed in the manner of oils), pastel, water media (transparent watercolor and aquatic medium), mixed media, photography, miniatures (4"x6" or smaller not including frame) and three dimensional (pottery, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, stained glass and art in the round or relief format). Entries must be postmarked by Friday, September 11 and each artist is limited to three entries. Art may be delivered to the nature center on September 23, 2-6 p.m.

We are excited to announce that Dan Woodson, an accomplished artist from Indiana, will be our judge this year. Dan was instrumental in starting the Indiana Plein Air Painters association in 1998. He conceived and was part of the "Painting Indiana Project" and he founded the new Richmond Art group in 2011. The awards presentation and reception will be September 25 at 7 p.m. and the show will open to the public beginning with Prairie Days on September 26 and ending on September 30. All artwork must be picked up between 5-7 p.m. on September 30.

For more information and/or an entry form, call Guild President Jan Boyer at 937-548-1916 or Show Advisor Marilyn Banks at 937-678-6870.

Motorcycles to Escort Veterans Departing to Visit DC

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All motorcyclists are encouraged to show up at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Friday morning, September 18 by 8am to escort the a group of departing Veterans on the Shelby County Veterans to Washington, DC committee’s eleventh trip to our nation’s capital. There the Veterans will see their memorials for the first time. Lined up to go on the next September 18, three day trip are two WWII, five Korean War and thirty-one Vietnam/Vietnam era Veterans. As in the previous ten trips going back to the first in May, 2009, the trip is free for the Veterans.

The trip departs the Shelby County Fairgrounds that Friday morning, September 18 at 8:00am sharp returning Sunday afternoon, September 20. As in the Committee’s previous ten trips, this year’s departing motorcade of two motor coaches and SAG vehicles traveling to Washington, DC will be escorted through Sidney and south on I-75 with motorcycles leading the charge. The sanctioned escort will pull off at Vandalia waving the Veterans on. The trip last September was escorted by over 100 motorcycles. All and as many more that can join us are welcomed to participate in this next worthwhile effort September 18!

Motorcyclists for the September 18 departure should be line-up by 7:30am next to the Shelby County Emergency Management (EMA) building/garage located at 800 Fair Road adjacent to the Shelby County fairgrounds. Volunteers there will line up the riders into two squads; one for each departing motor coach. Shortly after 7:30am, assembled Veterans, caregivers and volunteers will board the two motor coaches parked inside the EMA garage. Their departure will be at 8:00am sharp.

The departure route will pass through Sidney and southbound on I-75. The sanctioned ride is to Vandalia’s Exit 63 (Route 40) where remaining motorcyclists will take the exit and wave the veterans on to Washington. Riders can choose to peel off at any of the previous I-75 exits. Riders are dismissed once they pull off I-75.

If there are any questions, please contact me at Thank you for your consideration and support of our Veterans.

Neil Allen
Shelby County Vets to DC Committee Publicity Chairman
Sidney, OH


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This Fall, EUM Church is hosting several classes and support groups that offer enrichment for your spiritual life. Find out how God can work in your life and how He wants you to respond. The offerings include:

  • 12 Christian Beliefs that Can Drive You Crazy –Not everything believed as a biblical truth is truly biblical. The authors debunk 12 commonly accepted beliefs that cause bondage rather than liberty. They explain how nuggets of truth become cornerstones for error when wrongly understood, and they help build solid scriptural foundations that produce emotional freedom. Two of the topics are 1) It’s selfish to have my needs met, and 2) If I have God, I don’t need people.
  • The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God's Design – This a Bible study for adults that helps participants blend their personalities and their life's circumstances to create a divinely-inspired work of art--marriage. Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form--challenging to master but definitely worth the effort. Get ready to make a masterpiece of your marriage through this study.
  • Boundaries – Boundaries is a unique journey of spiritual growth, of challenge to change, of problem solving, of recovery, and of hope. Offering practical help and encouragement to all who seek a healthy, balanced life, Boundaries presents insight and wisdom for those seeking to live within that balance. This is a course for those who are already in healthy situations who would like to have a better sense of when to say “yes” to something and when to say “no”, as well as those who are in great need of setting boundaries. Step into the freedom you’ve been looking for!
  • DivorceCare – This support group is where you can find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. It is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. DivorceCare is led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable DivorceCare resources to help you deal with the pain of the past and look forward to rebuilding your life.
  • God is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg – Intimacy with God can happen right now - a closeness you can feel, a reality you can experience for yourself. Find God where you least expect Him, listen to God's voice, identify which pathway of relationship you're uniquely deigned to travel, align yourself with the flow of the Holy Spirit, draw closer to God even when he seems absent. Connecting with Him isn't the exclusive domain of monks! It's for business people, busy moms, single men & women, high school students...and most important it's for YOU.
  • GriefShare – Walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. Griefshare is a place where hurting people find healing and hope. It is a network of grief recovery support that will give you direction, purpose and healing.
  • Radical by David Platt – Take a transforming journey in authentic discipleship. As the pastor of a large and wealthy congregation, David Platt began to see a discrepancy between the reality of his Church and the way Jesus said His followers lived. In Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, Platt examines how American Christianity has manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences and challenges readers to rediscover the path. If you are looking for a “feel good” class that allows you to rest in your faith—THIS AIN’T IT! This course will make you squirm with actually living out God’s call on your life.
  • Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton – Sacred Rhythms explores the practices that spiritual seekers and growing disciples have used throughout history to grow closer to God. The disciplines of the spiritual life are the basic components of the rhythm of intimacy that feeds the soul, keeping Christians open and available to God's surprising initiative in their lives.
  • Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg – Rediscover your soul - the best connection to God there is - and find out why it's hurting and why neglecting it has set so many believers back spiritually. Your soul’s resting place is in God and God wants to take you to that home!
  • What Love Is: the Letters of 1, 2, 3 John (Women’s Bible Study) – The letters of 1, 2, & 3 John were written to encourage followers of Jesus to remain faithful to the truth. Believers are challenged to look at contrasting themes such as walking in the light instead of darkness, truth versus lies and deception, loving God more than loving the world, and the meaning of true fellowship and community rather than shallowness. This study reveals not only the heart of John but also the heart of Jesus.

Classes begin the week of September 6. Please visit our website at and check out all our opportunities in our Connection Catalog. We have something for everyone! Registrations may also be done online at our website or by calling the church office at 937-548-3211.

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. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

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