Wednesday, April 27, 2016

BPW Club Learns How to be Balanced…In the Workplace & in Life

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Pictured from left to right are: BPW President Deb Smith and new members Vicki Cost, Peggy Foutz, Erica Wentworth and Karen Sink.
Greenville, OH April 20, 2016 The Membership Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the April 14th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community. The committee consisted of Brenda Miller and Diana Frazier.

2015-2016 BPW Scholarship winners
Jessica Ahrens and Kayli Duncan.
The program for the evening focused on how to “be balanced…in the workplace and in life” with an emphasis on being healthy, being savvy, being mindful and being flexible. Speakers were BPW members Deb Smith, Susan Fowble, Jane Carroll and Brenda Miller. Deb spoke on being ‘healthy’ both physically and mentally and how important it is to find a balance between work and fun. Susan talked about being BPW savvy by having a good practical understanding of BPW’s goals and mission. To be a ‘savvy’ woman in any field, you need to be professional in your talk, your appearance and your attitude. She feels by setting priorities and making commitments and making time for ‘you’ will put balance in a busy woman’s life. Being ‘mindful’ was the topic discussed by Jane Carroll. Always an interesting speaker, she encouraged everyone to learn to be present or open up to the present to deal with the ‘hundreds’ of thoughts going on in your head. She encouraged guided journaling as a way to deal with getting your extra mind matter in writing and out of your head. Brenda Miller concluded the presentation urging everyone to have flexibility in their life. She talked about a fine line between being a doormat and being flexible. If you are flexible you can be open to being mindful, savvy and healthy. She feels BPW gives you the opportunity to’ be flexible’, ‘be healthy’,’ be mindful’ and ‘be savvy’.

Four new members were inducted into the Club by President Deb Smith. The Club welcomed new members Peggy Foutz, Erica Wentworth, Karen Sink and Vicki Cost.

Also present were the BPW Scholarship winners Jessica Ahrens and Kayli Duncan. They were invited to the meeting with their parents to be recognized as the 2015-2016 scholarship winners.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Brenda Miller at 937-996-1741 or through

REFIT® for a Reason for LWM Church

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Instructors from all over the Miami Valley are coming together to participate in Darke County's first big REFIT® fundraiser! REFIT® is music and movement fitness class that is perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike. The uplifting music and moves will engage your heart as a muscle and a soul! Join us as we raise money for a good cause and have a great time in the process! See the flyer for more details!

Poultry Days Announces Donations

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Versailles Council of Churches: Mitch Eiting, Boy Scouts: Eric Schultz, Levi Schultz and Travis Brown, Versailles Acme Baseball: Jason Hemmelgarn, Youth Wrestling: Brian Wagner, Versailles Historical Society: Ron Kramer and A. J. Magoto, Diamond Club: Matt Watren, Versailles Bike Rodeo: Crystal Buteau, Kinder Korner: Tiffany Bergman, Children’s Shrine Hospital: Dale Dickmann, Community Scholarship Fund: Tom Donnelly, Versailles VFW and American Legion: Dave Miller, Jerome F. Bey Jr., Roger Henry, Tim Wagner, Mike Barga, Dewey Ward, Denny Copeland, Bill Marshal and Mark L. Kunk, Versailles Musical: Robin Brown and Ken DeMange, TASKS Inc.: Bob Frey and Scott Garrison , Rage & Rocco: Anthony Fletcher and Michael Werts, VHS After Prom: Jeff Subler, Heritage Park: H.B. Hole, Brian Pearson and Chris Gigandet, 2016 Festival Chairman: Brian Henry, 1st Vice Chairman: Kevin Kissinger, 2nd Vice Chairman: Jeff Lyme, 3rd Vice Chairman: Alex Luthman and 4th Vice Chairman: Lucas Subler.
Versailles Poultry Days is a volunteer based organization dedicated to serving the Versailles community by supporting community projects and activities that improve quality of life and create an inviting environment for people of all ages. Since 1952 Poultry Days has donated festival proceeds back into the community. Over the last ten years Poultry Days has donated more than $700,000 to the community and took time recently to recognize 2015-2016 donation recipients. Efforts to benefit the community are not limited to direct donations. Poultry Days owns and, in partnership with the Heritage Park Board, operates a 40 acre public park including shelters, a pond, a walking track and both soccer and baseball fields which is available for community use and athletics. This investment keeps the cost for sports such as baseball and soccer low.

Poultry Days also provides an opportunity for local non-profits to conduct fundraising including Versailles Band Boosters, Rotary, Serendipity Mothers, YOLO and St, Denis Knights of Columbus. As an example, YOLO (You Only Live Once) has recently announced plans to take this to another level. After taking over running the Poultry Days 5K in 2015 YOLO is investing proceeds from the 5K (and fundraising) into a plan to build an amphitheater at Heritage Park. Heritage Park owned by Poultry Days originally had an amphitheater built into its plans but that project was never completed.

The Poultry Days Board has also conducted a blood drive for over 20 years and supports other activities through volunteering or providing support. For the last several years the board has volunteered at the Bike Rodeo and in 2016 supported a new event called Confident Chicks for girls in grades 5-8.

Poultry Days also benefits the community by drawing in visitors who support local businesses. The Ultimate Frisbee Tournament alone nearly doubles the Versailles population bringing in over 2,000 competitors from throughout the United States. Estimates are that festival draws a total 40,000 visitors over the weekend.

Poultry Days thanks the volunteers and businesses that contribute their time and resources as well as festival goers which allow us to support community projects. The 2016 Versailles Poultry Days Festival will be held June 10, 11 and 12th. For more information go to

Frog Bog Jog with DCP

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The spring peepers’ call marks the beginning of spring
throughout Ohio and eastern United States.
Bring those boots! On May 5th at 6:30pm meet a naturalist at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, just west of Greenville on State Route 502, to venture out in the park’s van to local frog hotspots. The chorus of spring peepers, western chorus frogs, and American toads can be deafening. As the group meanders the countryside, they’ll stop and identify what they hear. Several opportunities to get wet feet in vernal pools and wetlands will also be likely during this free program.

For any questions about this or any other Park District programs or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.


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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor a “FREE” Electronics Recycling Day on May 26, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the swine barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Vehicles will enter the Gate 2(near Wayne Healthcare), will go through the swine barn to be unloaded and will go out the back gate of the fairgrounds to prevent congestion. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to Grace Resurrection food pantry.

Anyone interested in participating in this program must be preregistered by May 13, 2016. In addition to the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Office at 684 Wagner Ave; Suite C in Greenville, telephone 937-547-0827, preregistration forms can also be completed electronically or printed from the district’s website at . Preregistration prevents long lines and longer waits because each person participating is assigned a specific time to bring in electronics. In other counties where preregistration did not occur, participants waited as long as two hours to recycle their electronics.

The program, which is “free” to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents, will involve the participation and support of nine Darke County agencies to make it work. These Darke County agencies are the adult probation office’s community service and litter collection department, the board of county commissioners, buildings and grounds department, common pleas court, municipal court, general health district’s environmental division, and the agricultural society. Best of all, neither your tax dollars nor the county’s general fund are being used to fund this program!! The Solid Waste District uses fees collected from area disposal companies to fund this program.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. Darke County residents can pay as much as $30 per monitor to have their computer or television monitors recycled. Because of the expense, many organizations have large storage areas full of equipment that they will never use again. Due to the expense of recycling CRT monitors and televisions, there is a limit of 5 per person and/or address. Many homeowners also have used electronics building up in their attics, basements, and garages.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be picked up and taken to Indianapolis, IN. The electronics will be disassembled for recycling. The company will not accept large and heavy items such as washers, dryers, stoves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators and air conditioners, which contain freon. Other than these items, 1 Shot will accept any electronics, computer equipment, and peripheral. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, CRTs, PCs), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, table-top copiers, portable televisions (no consoles), small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

Darke County Friends of the Shelter GARAGE SALE

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The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a Garage Sale on Thursday, May 5th (9:00am – 5:00pm), Friday, May 6th (9:00am – 5:00pm), and Saturday, May 7th (9:00am to noon) at 6026 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road Greenville (1 mile South of the Mill, look for Freddie and the Animal Shelter banner). Some of the items are a 42”LG flat screen TV, Boyd's Santa bear w/sled,small dog bed, toys, office chair, 2 entertainment units, tennis racket, macrame hammock, lamps, books, cordless screwdriver and other small power equipment, Black & Decker Edge Hog,new stuffed animals, picture frames and much more. All proceeds will be used to maintain the Dog Park “Scentral Park”, South of the Animal Shelter on County Home Road, Greenville.

Edison State Community College Unveils New Look

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Edison State Community College has unveiled a bold new look that depicts growth as an emerging brand, which resonates its high–quality education, a distinction built upon its strong legacy.

Edison State’s rebranding represents its successful and ongoing transition to a college well beyond its heritage. Today the college provides higher education and workforce training opportunities in key industry growth areas that include business, computer information technology, engineering technology, health science, industrial management and technology, and social and legal services.

“With strong competition for higher education throughout our region, we need to differentiate ourselves within the market,” said Bruce McKenzie, Director of Marketing & Communications at Edison State.

With a stylized “e” as the centerpiece of the Edison State mark, this free-flowing idea highlights the college’s strong commitment to the growing communities within Darke, Miami, and Shelby counties.

The new look reflects the evolution of the college as well as its vision for the future. “Our biggest challenge will be to develop a meaningful brand with the goal of becoming a desirable addition to the personal brand of every student,” added McKenzie.

“With this in mind, building on our rich heritage, strong academic curriculum and great campus amenities, our objective is to become the conduit for those in southwestern Ohio and eastern Indiana to attain the level which not only broadens the individual, but realizes the best that lies within and grows the communities at large.”

Still evoking the clarity and value of the traditional Edison State logo, the new look represents the broader offering and a means of focus. The blue, gold, and teal color palette is fresh, vibrant, and approachable; representing Edison State’s strength, focus on sustainability and growth as well as its commitment to “educating the future.” The new typeface lends a modern, clean look that accentuates the free-flowing “e”.

While the brand and logo have changed to better represent what the college is today, Edison State’s mission remains the same – to provide the learning opportunities, support services, and commitment that enable students to complete their educational goals and realize their dreams.

May to be Busy Month at the Versailles Area Museum

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The Versailles Area Museum is looking forward to May and all of the exciting events it brings to our museum. May is National Preservation Month and we will celebrate by inducting three special ladies into our group recognized for their efforts in preserving history locally and beyond. On May 15th the museum will honor Mary Ann Olding, Cynthia Loxley Vogel, and the late Alice Kueterman Huffman. These three remarkable women have enhanced the preservation of history through individual family history preservation, site preservation and through authoring books to expand our knowledge of history.

At 1:00 p.m. on May 15th a short program of recognition will happen in the Military room at the museum with a reception to follow. Last year’s inductees are also invited to come and share the afternoon filled with reminiscing, fellowship and of course history talk from the experts! Come and enjoy the afternoon and share some of your stories too.

Also in May local bird expert, Bob Luttmer will share his fascinating facts about birds leaving our area based on habitat changes and why Grandma’s favorite birds may be gone and what we all can do to bring them home to roost. This “Last Monday” program comes early because of Memorial Day on May 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

On Monday May 30th we all pause to remember those who served our country and especially those who paid the ultimate price. We invite the community to join us and others at Versailles’ Memorial Day Program at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenlawn Cemetery for the annual community remembrance. From noon till four that day the museum will be open for special hours, tours or quite reflection in our Military Room will be available. On display, thanks to the generous arrangement by Garst Museum, Homer Prakel, one of several Versailles Area War heroes is remembered through his special WWI uniform tailored in Paris for his special service in Russia during the post Bolshevik Revolution. This wonderfully preserved uniform is just one of many treasurers in our care in our Military displays.

Also as we change over to late spring and summer we will need to say good bye to our wonderful “Grandma’s Feather Bed” display (thanks to our friends at the Darke County Parks, Shawnee Prairie for loaning us their beautiful, antique rope bed for this display), to make way for “Historic Wedding Clothes Over the past 100 Years”. So hurry in and see our current displays also including “Our Native Sons & Daughters Display”. Soon 65 years of Poultry Days and the 35th Anniversary of the Jeff Warrick Ultimate Frisbee Classic will be newly featured displays.

If you have a Poultry Days costume/dress especially from the early years or of Little Miss Chick outfits that you are willing to loan for our display or other historic items from one of Ohio’s longest running and oldest events, please call the museum at 937-526-4222 and leave us a message. Also if you loaned items for our Feather Bed display, items may be picked up after May 15th. We thank-you for your generosity!

We look forward to welcoming you each Sunday from 1-4 and by appointment to enjoy the Versailles Area Museum where we strive to preserve our past for today and tomorrow!

Greenville High School Alumni Association Open House

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All Greenville High School Alumni!
You and your guests are invited to drop in
at the eighth annual G.H.S. Alumni Association


6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

MONDAY, MAY 2nd, 2016 in the G.H.S. CAFETERIA

FREE admission and FREE refreshments!
NO program NO agenda

Come and reminisce with friends and check out the photos
on more than 100 foldout boards about GHS classes, teams, clubs & faculty over the years.
Open to all G.H.S. graduates, faculty, or friends of G.H.S.
or anyone who attended G.H.S. or is interested in G.H.S.

COME and get reacquainted with friends & classmates!
newsletter subscription forms & handout documents available

Darke County YMCA to Host Diabetes Education Classes

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(Greenville, OH) April 17, 2016 – The Darke County YMCA, in conjunction with the Wayne Healthcare Foundation, the Greenville Rotary Club, and local health professionals, is pleased to offer free diabetes education classes beginning April 28.

The YMCA encourages residents of Darke County to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps they can take to manage the disease once diagnosed. Currently, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and one in three (79 million) individuals have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.

The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise, but the amount of people with prediabetes is a growing issue that can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other conditions.

“The YMCA of Darke County recognizes that changing one’s lifestyle can be daunting, therefore, our free, eight-week course will give you the support and education to help you achieve success in preventing diabetes or to successfully manage the disease,” noted Sam Casalano, CEO.

The eight-week course will provide participants with weekly education, free materials and support on a wide range of diabetes related topics including monitoring and testing, diet and nutrition, exercise, foot and eye care, medication maintenance, and making healthy choices.

Classes will begin Thursday, April 28 and run each Thursday through June 16 from 6:15-7:30pm. There is no cost to participate; please call the Y at 548-3777 to register. Classes will be held at the YMCA at 301 Wagner Ave., Greenville. For those who attend seven of the eight weeks, a free one-month YMCA membership will be awarded.

“We are grateful to the Greenville Rotary Club and the Wayne Healthcare Foundation, as well as many other community individuals, for helping us provide the classes at no cost to participants,” said Casalano. “As a leading non-profit committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Darke County YMCA is a community of diverse individuals from all walks of life supporting one another in meeting wellness goals.”

For more information about the YMCA or to register for the course, please contact the YMCA at 937.548.3777 or visit

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Explore Historic Upper Floors During First Friday in May

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Discover hidden treasures located in the upper floor locations of historic
downtown buildings in downtown Greenville during May’s First Friday event!
Have you ever wondered what is on the upper floors of our historic downtown buildings? If so, you will want to be part of Main Street Greenville’s First Friday Upper Floor Tour on Friday, May 6th to see and discover these hidden locations!

This amazing tour will take place from 6-9 pm and will include 4 upper floor locations and 1 bonus location in downtown. Also, since it is "First Friday", downtown businesses will be open late for you to shop, dine, and enjoy!

The Upper Floor Tours were created to highlight the historic buildings located in our downtown district and remind residents of the true magnitude of the buildings. “The City of Greenville is incredibly fortunate to have 83 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places located in the downtown district,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 406 S. Broadway (2nd & 3rd floor above The Merchant House), 334 S. Broadway (space above Bach to Rock), 524 ½ S. Broadway (space above Readmore’s Hallmark), and The Palace Building (3rd floor above The Coffee Pot, D’Alessios, The Double M Diner). The bonus location (no ticket necessary to view this location) will be the Darke County Model Railroad Club, located at 405 ½ S. Broadway.

A video-tour featuring the locations on the tour will be offered the same evening (during the same time) for those with limited mobility.

Tickets are $5 each and will not be limited. Purchase your tickets in advance at The Darke County Welcome Center (421 S. Broadway). Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event.

“Our hope is that the Upper Floor Tours will encourage and inspire others to consider living options in the downtown area and continue to increase the demand for upper floor apartment living,” said Garrett.

Additional downtown residents can make a sizable contribution to the health and the stability of the overall downtown economy. “People who choose to live downtown often embrace the lifestyle, supporting the businesses on an almost daily basis,” said Garrett. “I have always dreamed of having an apartment downtown and I hear many other people say the same thing. Our goal is to have these upper floors utilized. We truly hope this event will encourage people to look at our historic buildings a little differently when traveling down Broadway.”

Mote and Associates, Inc. sponsors the annual Upper Floor Tour, a professional design firm specializing in civil engineering and land surveying. The tour is presented by Main Street Greenville in collaboration with Historic Preservation Month to bring awareness and respect to our built environment.

First Fridays are a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and grown in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will close their current Artists Series season on Saturday, May 14, with a performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Guest vocalists will also appear, singing music from the golden age of classic Broadway musicals by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. “From Oklahoma through The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein captured the hearts of generations of Americans,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “The artistry of the musicians who make up the Toledo Symphony Orchestra will delight and thrill our audience with lush arrangements of their favorite songs,” Rawlins concluded. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Formed in 1943, Toledo Symphony Orchestra has grown from a core croup of twenty-two part-time musicians to a regional orchestra that employs nearly eighty professional musicians. TSO will be conducted by Sara Jobin; Bridgette Gan, soprano, and Joshua Jeremiah, baritone, are the vocalists who will interpret Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites from Oklahoma, The King & I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, and more.

Jim and Enid Goubeaux, Greenville Federal, and Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial are Spotlight Sponsors of the Toledo Symphony concert Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for the performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra cost $30 and student tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased online at and through the DCCA office located on the 3rd floor of the Greenville Public Library. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, contact the DCCA Box Office at 937-547-0908. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.


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Works of art by Dayton native John Landsiedel will be “On and Off the Wall” at historic Bear's Mill's Clark Gallery from May 13 through June 26. Landsiedel calls himself a “chameleon artist” whose work changes to fit his mood as well as his exhibit site; this show featuring both two- and three-dimensional pieces featuring a local Darke County emphasis will open with an informal reception on Friday, May 13. Sweet and savory finger food provided by The Merchant House plus drinks will be offered from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.; the artist will speak about his diverse work, methods, and inspirations at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

“John's unbounded creativity is exciting and inspirational; he creates diverse relatable work that just begs to go home with you,” said Marti Goetz, Executive Director of Friends of Bear's Mill. “He uses anything and everything in his creations, including many objects that have been discarded by others; we are eagerly anticipating seeing these lively, thoughtful pieces enhancing our rustic setting,” Ms. Goetz concluded.

John Landsiedel says that his work is motivated and inspired by people, and that he hopes his art takes the viewer to new and far places. In this show, the world traveler remembers and commemorates two Darke Countians who he believes changed his life. One is Dr. H.C. Van Kirk, born in Greenville in 1908, who delivered the artist into this world and remained his close friend until the doctor's death in 1997. According to Mr. Landsiedel, Dr. Van Kirk isolated folic acid and originated the work used by Jonas Salk to develop the polio vaccine.

The second Darke Countian Landsiedel honors with this exhibit is his fourth grade teacher, Mrs. King, who the former student says “showed us how to dream.” Mrs. King also introduced him to Darke County native Annie Oakley, who the artist will put at center stage for this exhibit so that Annie's incredible and well-lived life can be recalled and serve as a model yet today. “We cannot go forward without remembering our past, and Darke County has a very rich past,” said the thoughtful artist who used repurposed materials found in Darke County while creating many of the works to be displayed.

The show will also include photo collages of current Darke Countians; he calls this effort “Series of Movers Shakers and Doers,” and hopes that the friends, neighbors, and acquaintances of those depicted will enjoy viewing these pieces. “I want people to take home art; they will be taking home history,” Mr. Landsiedel stated. To further this cause as well as to encourage people to come out to meet him, John will offer all the work on display at half price during the opening night reception only.

The gloriously colorful work of painter Donna Pierce Clark and glass blower Jack Pine will remain on display at the Mill through Sunday May 8. “Art At the Mill” is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. Tuesdays 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

Help Wanted at PolyOne Corporation

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PolyOne Corporation in Greenville, OH has immediate full-time opportunities available for various
Production positions!

PolyOne offers a highly competitive wage, benefits package, and an employee development / training program with opportunity for advancement.

PolyOne is looking to hire Experienced Sheet Extruder Operators, Material Handlers, and entry level Production Machine Operators.

Must be 18 years or older; possess average math and reading skills; have the abilities to operate a calculator and scale, read a tape measure in 1/16” increments and micrometer in 1/1000 increments, obtain and possess forklift certification. Must have valid/current State issued motor vehicle license and be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen.

Managers will be conducting interviews during these hours!

Wednesday, April 27th
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 30th
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring your resume and apply in person at:
1050 Landsdowne Ave
Greenville, OH

Captivating Civilian Impressions at Civil War Encampment

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OVCWA ladies demonstrate a wide variety of clothing styles common during the War Between the States. (photo by Joanell Gates Phillips)
The Ohio Valley Civil War Association not only brings top notch military presentations, but also incorporates the fascinating civilian side as well. Visit them on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on State Route 502 west of Greenville and step back in time. While many able bodied young men enlisted to fight on both sides of the War Between the States, women were left to keep life running at home, in the shops, and on the farms. Sometimes this even brought them into camp as a nurse, camp follower, or visitor bringing comforts of home. Civilian men also had roles to play in the war effort, like the displaced farmer turned cook for the army or preacher providing comfort to the anxious or grieving families.

The civilians of the OVCWA are dedicated men and women who take on first-person personas of real people during the American Civil War. They educate, entertain, and enlighten visitors on a wide variety of topics and issues our ancestors faced. The members portray a full gamut of Civil War civilians: from prostitutes to nuns, farmers to business men, laundresses to telegraphers. The Civil War Civilian are devoted to educating the public about the many roles civilians, especially women, filled during the Civil War. Come discuss the war effort, marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions, and, special for this event, Mrs. Adelicia Acklen of Nashville will be visiting. She’ll regale visitors with stories from her life on a southern plantation. This begs the question: Why is a southern woman in Ohio and with a Union camp no less? Visit Shawnee Prairie on April 30th or May 1st to find out.

Make sure to make time between talking to civilians to observe daily life for a Union soldier, hear the cannon blast, watch men drill, and smell a soldier’s supper simmering. Daily demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C. The organization also includes Co. A 1st Battalion 19th US Infantry, US Army Signal Corps, Civil War Civilians, and the 75th OVI Headquarters. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields.

In July of 2012 they taught at Shawnee Prairie and in April of 2015 at the Gettysburg hub of the Tecumseh Trail, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again. This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165, or send an email to

The Darke County Historical Society Announces Receipients of the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Award

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The Garst Museum’s Executive Director, Clay Johnson, Ph.D.
presents the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Scholarship award to Melanie Stall.
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2015-2016 academic year has been presented to John Sullenbarger, Bradley Subler, Amy Wilcox, and Melanie Stall. All receipients are graduates of Darke County high schools and are currently attending medical school.

The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.

The Garst Museum’s Executive Director, Clay Johnson, Ph.D.
presents the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Scholarship award to Bradley Subler.
Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa & Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.

Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.

Edison State Student Produces Award–Winning Film

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Kate Young’s passion for filmmaking is undeniable. “When an idea first makes its way into your head there are so many questions to be answered and logistics to figure out. The work involved in taking an idea to a substantial state is always more than you originally anticipate. But the feeling of creating something, having people take your idea and make it into reality–it’s a high like no other.”

Her most recent idea turned into a “substantial state” landed her with the prestigious Best Picture Award and a $1,000 prize at the Richmond Art Museum’s 10th annual Phantoscope Film Festival.

Phantoscope is a high school film festival, juried by film industry and creative professionals that screens finalists in front of a live audience, and awards prizes based on excellence and merit.

Young’s award-winning film, “Presque,” is about “moments in time, how a slight change can make a world of difference. It’s about how an everyday chain of events leads to two people falling in love.” The film was one of ten finalists to be shown at the film festival.

“It was especially gratifying to see the winner of the festival become, Kate Young,” said Lance Crow, Education Director at Richmond Art Museum.

“Kate has attended Phantoscope for four years, beginning as a spectator her freshman year and entering films each year after that,” added Crow. “Every year, her films have improved in terms of screenplay, cinematography, creativity, and overall vision. To have her win in her last year was a testament to the festival and what it can do to inspire, affect change, and offer perspective for young filmmakers.”

Young is grateful for the opportunity the film festival has afforded her. “It was such a special experience to win best picture my final year entering in the Phantoscope Film Festival. The motivation that Phantoscope has presented me with has been invaluable. Without the push from Phantoscope, “Presque” would never have been finished.”

“Phantoscope gives young filmmakers the chance to have their films shown in front of an audience and be recognized,” added Young. “It is an incredible feeling and I am very proud to have been part of the festival for the past four years.”

During the film festival, guest speakers provided inspirational words to the contestants. Angelo Pizzo, the writer and producer known for Hoosiers and Rudy, offered unique writer/director perspective to contestants. J. Andy Murphy, author, and mother of Ryan Murphy who produced of Glee and American Horror Story, also offered a parent’s perspective of cinematography.

Kate Young, of Union City, Ohio, is a College Credit Plus student in Bob Robinson’s Fundamentals of Communications class at Edison State Community College’s Darke County campus. “Kate is a sharp – and talented – young lady… destined for a great future,” said Robinson.

Watch "Presque" below:

The Friends of the Animal Shelter say “Thank You”

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GREENVILLE - As part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, formerly known as Wayne Healthcare Challenge, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter had their third 5K walk/run to benefit the Scentral Park dog park. It was again a HUGE success for everyone and a great event!

Despite the frigid snowy weather on the morning of April 9th 197 brave souls, many with their dogs, showed up for the walk/run.

The organization wants to thank everyone who helped to make their third 5K a big success and contributed in the form of a sponsorship or donations. All proceeds from the event go toward the maintenance and improvements to Scentral Park.

The sponsors were: Arcanum Veterinary Services, Matt and Angie Arnold and their dog Bailey, Barry Family Dentistry LLC, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic and Laser Center, Financial Achievement Services Inc., Zeke & Mini Litchfield, Majestic Pet Cremation Services (Division of Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home), Pooch Parlor, Schultz Motors, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Darke County Veterinary Services, Buddy and Turbo Dean, Greenville Federal, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Max Hole, Kline Timber, Second National Bank, Vinny & Sherman & Lucy Aukerman, Snap Fitness, Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home, Double M Diner, Dr. Thomas Brown, Greenville National Bank, Kline Timber.

Many local businesses donated food, water, coupons and more. The donors were: YMCA, WalMart, Brenda’s Beanery, Eileen Litchfield, Taco Bell, KFC, Dr. Farst (Arcanum Veterinary Service), Boston Stoker, Marco’s Pizza, Heavy Metal Church of Christ, Kellers, McDonald's, Rocketship Sports Management.

Again: a BIG Thank You to all supporters!

The next upcoming event of the organization is the annual garage sale, May 5, 6 and 7. Watch the local medias (newspaper, online).

Pet pictures are being accepted at the Animal Shelter for the 2017 calendar (Your pet can be a star) of the organization. Deadline is July 6, 2016.

The meetings of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00pm at the Animal Shelter. Anyone is welcome to attend.

MVCTC Students Qualify for HOSA National Contests

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MVCTC students completed at the Ohio HOSA State Conference and qualified for the 39th Annual International HOSA Leadership Conference to be held in June. Pictured left to right – Lanora Mitchell (Northmont), Shanaz Shareef (Trotwood), Kayla Blanton (Milton-Union), Destiny Gerlach (Wayne), Shannon Masters (Wayne), Spencer Haynes (Brookville), Kathryn Lehman (Milton-Union), Emma Grusenmeyer (Northmont), Ella Madlinger (Brookville), Anna Shockey (Brookville), and Sara Witmer (Tri-Village). Not pictured – Paige Burris, Elsa Huffman, and Lori Wolfe.
Toledo, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) students in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Chapter competed in the State HOSA Leadership Conference April 5-6, at the University of Toledo. Students performing well at the state conference qualified for the 39th Annual International HOSA Leadership Conference to be held June 22-25, in Nashville, TN.

The MVCTC Parliamentary Procedure Team placed 1st in the HOSA State Competition and qualified for the National HOSA Contest in June 2016. The team includes Allied Health students: Kayla Blanton (Milton-Union), Destiny Gerlach (Wayne), Emma Grusenmeyer (Northmont), Spencer Haynes (Brookville), Kathryn Lehman (Milton-Union), Ella Madlinger (Brookville), Shanaz Shareef (Trotwood), and Anna Shockey (Brookville).

Lanora Mitchell, a junior in the Allied Health program from Northmont, placed 1st in the State Medical Terminology Contest.

Elsa Huffman, a junior in the Allied Health program from Dixie, placed 3rd in the State Extemporaneous Writing Contest.

Lorie Wolfe, a junior in the Health Careers Academy from Tipp City, placed 3rd in the State Life Support Skills Contest.

Sarah Witmer, a senior in the Allied Health Program from Tri-Village, placed 3rd in the State Medical Reading Contest.

Paige Burris, a senior in the Allied Health Program from Versailles, placed 4th in the State Medical Spelling Contest.

Shannon Masters, a junior in the Allied Health Program from Wayne, placed 5th in the State Medical Spelling Contest.

During the State HOSA Contest, MVCTC’s Kathryn Lehman (Milton-Union) was also elected to be the Ohio HOSA State Parliamentarian for the 2016-2017 school year.

HOSA is a national student organization designed to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students. For more information on MVCTC career technical programs in the healthcare field, please visit

YMCA of Darke County Aims to Bring Out the Wow! Factor in Local Kids During 25th Annual Healthy Kids Day®

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Event helps kids stay active and keep learning all summer long

[Darke County, April 17]—On Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, the YMCA of Darke County is holding a FREE community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The event features activities such as games, healthy snacks, demonstrations, and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,300 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids’ health. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year. As spring turns to summer, Healthy Kids Day is a powerful reminder not to let children idle away their summer days. Instead, the Y hopes to focus on wowing them with their potential and make this their best summer ever by staying active and learning.

“The Y believes in the potential of all children, and we strive to help kids find the Wow! factor inside themselves. A child’s development is never on vacation and Healthy Kids Day is a great opportunity to educate families and motivate kids to stay active in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer,” said Sam Casalano, CEO.

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits:

  • High Five the Fruits and Veggies – Make sure kids get at least five servings a day, the minimum number nutritionists recommend to maintain healthy childhood development. And to keep kids’ taste buds evolving, have everyone in the family try at least one bite of a new fruit or vegetable at least once a month.
  • Foster an Early and Ongoing Passion for Books – Read to and with your kids. Help children read at every age and every stage of their development.
  • Team Up for Athletic Events – Set a family goal of great health by teaming up for community or charity events like races, walks, fun runs, bike rides, etc.
  • Volunteer Together – Find a cause that matters to the kids. Open their eyes to a world beyond themselves and the rich rewards that come from making a difference.
  • Make sleep a priority – Doctors recommend 10-12 hours of sleep a day for children ages 5-12 and 7-8 hours per night for adults. Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining our healthy immune system, metabolism, mood, memory, learning and other vital functions.

The YMCA of Darke County’s Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Greenville branch from 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM and features FREE fun, active play and educational activities.

For more information, contact the YMCA of Darke County at 937-548-3777 or visit

Monday, April 25, 2016

What does it take to graduate from Greenville High School now and beyond?

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by Jeff Cassell, Principal at Greenville Senior High School

For many years, students have had to complete 22 credits, including specific credit requirements, plus they must pass an achievement test in order to graduate. The Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) is alive for only a few more years -the tests that Ohio freshmen have needed to take and pass to earn a high school diploma is almost gone. The freshmen and sophomores will have to accumulate points on seven end-of-course exams to graduate in 2018 and beyond. The OGT, which was a collection of five exams in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies, will continue to be offered for all current juniors and seniors; all must still pass the tests to graduate. In this article, I will concentrate on the graduation requirements for the class of 2018 and beyond.

The new end-of-course exams, America Institute for Research (AIR), will be offered in algebra, geometry, biology, American history, American Government (civics), English I, and English II this year and it was offered in physical science last year for the class of 2018. The class of 2018 can take either the biology or the physical science score. Students will need to have combined scores in all areas and certain scores in subject areas as well. The new test is given in two parts and a single score will combine the two parts. Students will earn 1 to 5 points for each of the seven tests: a score of a 5 is for advanced performance, a score of 4 is for accelerated performance, a score of 3 is for proficient, a score of a 2 for basic performance and a score of a 1 for limited performance.

Students are not required to score a minimum level on any one test. However, to ensure the student is well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies. The student must score a minimum of 18 points on all the tests to graduate. Students do have some other options to graduate.

The first option is that students studying Advanced Placement (AP) courses in biology, American history, or American government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course exams. Students may substitute grades from College Credit Plus course in science and social studies subjects for end-of-course exams.

Another option for students is the industry credential and workforce readiness assessment. In this area, the industry credential and workforce readiness option means that students must earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. WorkKeys assessments have been used for more than two decades to measure essential workplace skills and help people build career pathways. These skills help employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a quality workforce. The assessments measure foundational and soft skills with each WorkKeys assessment offering varying levels of difficulty. Presently, the State of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.

The WorkKeys assessment has three sections: reading, applied mathematics and locating information. Students in the graduating class of 2018 and 2019 must earn a total of 13 points across the three WorkKeys sections; students in the Class of 2020 and beyond must earn a total of 14 points. Students must also earn at least three points on each section of the test. The industry-recognized credentials are in the following explore career fields: agriculture, arts and communications, business and finance, construction, education and training, engineering, health, hospitality and tourism, human services, information technology, law and public safety, manufacturing, and transportation.

The last option for students is the college admission test. If students can earn “remediation-free” scores in English Language Arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam (ACT or SAT), then they can use these scores as substitutes for their English and math scores. Presently, the State of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take the exam free of charge.

As you can see, graduating from high school has changed drastically over the years.

2016 is the 53rd Anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival

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Calling all past Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest winners and all of those who have participated in the shooting competition throughout the years.

The festival committee would like to have a fantastic year and see the many of the past Miss Annie Oakleys once again. They are welcome to participate in the festival all three days, even in their costume if possible. Past winners are also invited to participate in the annual Annie Oakley Festival Parade through Greenville on July 30th.

If interested, please respond to the festival President JoEllen Melling at For more information about the Annie Oakley Festival please visit the website at or check out their Facebook page “The Annie Oakley Festival”.

Exciting 2016 Annie Oakley Festival

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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is working diligently to plan an exciting and FREE 2016 festival at York Woods. They have a full range of entertainment booked including the highly anticipated Annie Oakley Festival Western Arts Showcase full of knife throwing, whip artistry, and variety show. There will also be musical entertainment throughout the festival. The Darke County Civic Theater will once again be presenting the annual melodrama, and the annual car show will also return. On Saturday July 30th the parade through Greenville will take center stage, and Sunday July 31st will be family day full of fun, free activities of all ages. To see a full schedule, check out the Annie Oakley Festival website at

The annual Annie Oakley Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Darke County and continues to provide quality family entertainment for free because of their generous sponsors. Contributions from businesses, organization, and individuals who believe in preserving and promoting the memory of Darke County’s famous daughter, Annie Oakley make this festival possible. For more information about becoming a sponsor or to contribute please contact JoEllen Melling at or send a check to Annie Oakley Festival Committee P.O. Box 129 Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The festival committee is still looking for individuals who would like to help plan and produce this event.


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Pictured are left to right. Judy Burns Treasurer, Barb Rhoades Past President, and Brenda Grant Past President and plant sale chair. For more info call 547-0704.
The officers and members of Wildflower Garden Club are pleased to invite the public to their annual plant sale on May 7, 2016.

Time of the sale is 9 to 11 A.M. Location is at 5094 St. Rt. 49 South, Greenville, Ohio. Be sure to look for the sign about the sale at this location in the near future.

The club members are offering for sale the following; annuals, perennials, scented geraniums, bulbs, tomatoes, and many more garden veggies. Prices start at 50 cents and go up. They will also have available worm castings in 20 lb. bags.

The profits from this annual sale help defray the expenses of their civic projects around Greenville. They plant and maintain the gardens at the Moose, the Dog Park, the urns at Lowell Thomas House, also the Hospital urns. They will be rejuvenating the flower beds at the Juvenile Court/Health Department/Board of Elections Building as a new project this year.

VFW Donates to Darke County Special Olympics

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Mary Jane Dietrich, representing the Greenville Memorial Auxiliary VFW Post #7262 is shown here at last year’s annual Track and Field Day for Darke County Special Olympics. She served as an Awards Presenter at the event. The VFW is a yearly supporter to the Darke County Special Olympics year-round program. This year’s Track and Field Day is set for Friday, May 13 with an inclement weather date of Monday, May 16. Shown here, left to right are student athletes waiting to receive their award ribbons: Tyler Mullen, Greenville South Middle, Zach Browder, Greenville East Intermediate, Michael Bryant, Greenville Intermediate South and Jerrod Teegarden, M-V Middle, after completing the 200 meter run.

Poultry Days Parades

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Registration is open for Versailles Poultry Days’ Grand Parade and the Antique Car and Tractor Parades.  To register for two of the largest parades in the area, go to Activities at  We expect over 125 units again this year for the Grand Parade which will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 11th.  Awards are given for Junior Civic, Senior Civic, Commercial, Theme Award, Queen’s Trophy, Mayor’s Trophy and Chairman’s Choice.  The deadline for registering for the Grand Parade is May 25th. The Antique Car and Tractor Parade begins at 2:30 on Sunday, June 12th and is preceded by a cruise-in display beginning at 9:00 am.  The Antique Car and Tractor display will be held on the grounds of the Versailles High School and expects to surpass 200 vehicles with music, door prizes and a raffle. The 65th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held June 10-12th with a festival theme of “A Salute to the American Farmer”.

Please visit the website for event details and schedules.

On a Wing and A Prayer to Perform at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a local gospel group, On a Wing and A Prayer, at 6 PM on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

On a Wing and A Prayer have been playing music together now for over 10 years. They were playing worship music at Castine Church of the Brethren when they felt led to share their music with others outside of Castine. They enjoy being together and playing the Lord's music and they want to share His joy to others through this avenue. They feel that this is their ministry. The group consist of: Ted Cobb, lead vocals, guitar and mandolin: Neal Fasick, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar: Carla Wade, vocals: Rob Miller, vocals, and bass: Scott Denlinger on acoustic guitar: Corine Bevins on drums and percussion.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of good gospel music. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

Darke County Republican Women Thank You 2016

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Darke County Republican Women’s Club President JoEllen Melling, Membership Chairman Kay Seiler and her Committee would like to thank all members for renewing their membership for the 2016 year.

Also a special thanks to the Associate Members and those making donations to the club.

The objectives of the women’s club are:

  • Provide political education/legislative information.
  • Provide a wider knowledge of the principles of the Republican Party.
  • Increase the number of registered Republicans.
  • Recruit, promote, and support qualified Republican women for political office.
  • Give exposure to and work actively for all Republican candidates.
  • Lend support to the activities of other Republican organizations.

Guests are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Join CAP for “Picnic in the Park”

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National Community Action Month in May was created by the Community Action Partnership to reinforce Community Action Agencies' role helping low-income families achieve economic stability. 

During National Community Action Month, Community Action Agencies truly make the Promise of Community Action—to help people and change lives—come alive by hosting events that help put a "face" on the families living in poverty and the dedicated individuals who are helping them escape it.  Success stories are honored and personal achievements are recognized. 

Community Action Partnership – Darke County has been serving the local community for more than 40 years and would like to invite everyone to stop in for a “Picnic in the Park” to help us celebrate Community Action Month. This event is scheduled for May 13, from 11am-2pm, in the Greenville City Park, Shelter #4. We are honored to have President & CEO John T. Donnellan serve as our “Master Griller” on hand to share in grilling hot dogs for lunch. So come out to the park, visit with staff and enjoy our picnic lunch!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Franklin Monroe Prom Court Announced

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Franklin Monroe High School is pleased to announce its 2016 Prom Court. The Prince/Princess court include: Jade Besecker, Emilia Brown, Bryanna Diceanu, Danielle Nestor, Madison Schaar, Wyatt King, Derek Lusher, Cade McGlinch, Logan Ressler, and Cole Skelton. The King/Queen court include: Audrey Aslinger, Carrie Baker, Shania Baker, Morgan Bingham, Morgan Booher, Britton Bowlin, Austin Brown, Jared Bundenthal, Zachary Hyre, and Landon Peters.

Franklin Monroe’s Prom is April 30, 2016 at the Concord Room at the Crystal Room in Troy from 6-11PM. This year’s theme is Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball. The public is invited to view the Masquerade Prom Walk-in from 6-6:30PM. The crowning will take place at approximately 8:30PM. Parents of the court are invited to attend the crowning and are cordially asked to leave after the ceremony. After Prom will take place at the school from midnight-2AM.

5th Grade Band Meetings Scheduled May 12th and May 26th GHS Band Room

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Dear Future band members and families,

Hello, and welcome to Beginning Band in the Greenville City Schools! We are excited for you to join us, and want to get you off to a great start. We will be holding several events before the 2016-2017 school year to get your students playing!

We will be holding band instrument “petting zoos” for your students to come to the high school band room and try different instruments before they make their final instrument decision. We will be holding these events from 7PM-8:30PM on Thursday May 12th and Thursday May 26th. Students and parents will be expected to attend ONE of the two events and to sign in and provide accurate summer contact information. Information about instrument procurement and rentals will be forthcoming. If you have an instrument that’s been in the “family” you are also welcome to bring that instrument to either meeting to have it inspected by a staff member or instrument repair technician.

At the May 12th/26th events there will be stations set up for your students to try the instruments they can start on in the 5th grade; flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. There will be high school band members to demonstrate each of the instruments, including assembly and musical demonstrations. To ensure proper instrumentation in our band program, the number of student who want to play percussion, flute, and alto saxophone may be limited depending on interest. We will most likely not have any limits on those interested in clarinet, trumpet, or trombone.

NEW FOR THIS YEAR! We will be holding a required Beginning Band “Boot Camp” in the GHS Band Room August 16-18 from 1PM-3PM. During these sessions we will teach your student to assemble their instrument, proper playing posture, and how to produce sound on their instrument. This “Boot Camp” allows for a smooth transition into our regular school classes and allows the directors to get to know our new band members!

We look forward to getting to know your students through music.

Yours Sincerely,

Erick C. Von Sas, Director of Bands: Greenville High School
Brian McKibben, Director of Bands: Greenville 5-8 Building

Join CAP for “Picnic in the Park”

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National Community Action Month in May was created by the Community Action Partnership to reinforce Community Action Agencies' role helping low-income families achieve economic stability.

During National Community Action Month, Community Action Agencies truly make the Promise of Community Action—to help people and change lives—come alive by hosting events that help put a "face" on the families living in poverty and the dedicated individuals who are helping them escape it. Success stories are honored and personal achievements are recognized.

Community Action Partnership – Darke County has been serving the local community for more than 40 years and would like to invite everyone to stop in for a “Picnic in the Park” to help us celebrate Community Action Month. This event is scheduled for May 13, from 11am-2pm, in the Greenville City Park, Shelter #4. We are honored to have President & CEO John T. Donnellan serve as our “Master Griller” on hand to share in grilling hot dogs for lunch. So come out to the park, visit with staff and enjoy our picnic lunch!

For residents 60 and over, if you need transportation to/from the picnic, please call the Transportation Department at 937-547-9129.


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Bridges to College is offering renewable scholarships of up to $750 each to eligible Greenville and Ansonia High School graduates.

“These need-based scholarships will help make college a reality for several students,” said Anne McKinney, executive director of Bridges to College. “The scholarships are up to $750 each and renewable for up to four years.”

Students who graduated from GHS or AHS within the last five years are eligible for the scholarships. This will be the tenth year that Bridges to College has offered scholarships to area high school students.

“I encourage both incoming and existing college students to apply,” McKinney said. The deadline for the scholarships is May 15, 2016. These scholarships are unique in that they are renewable for up to four years. This means that if students do well, Bridges to College will continue to support them.

Scholarship recipients are required to complete 15 hours of community service for a nonprofit organization in Darke County.

“This is a way that scholarship recipients can give back to the community that is helping them go to college,” McKinney said. She noted the scholarships are funded through the generous contributions of individuals and businesses.

Guidelines and applications are available in the guidance offices at Greenville High School and Ansonia High School. Applications are also available online at the Bridges to College website,

People may also email Anne McKinney or call her at 423-2442 to request the guidelines and an application.

For more information about Bridges to College, or to learn how you can help, please visit the Bridges to College website at

Bridges to College is a non-profit organization that helps more students achieve higher education through mentoring, programming and scholarships.

Drug trafficking Leads to Search Warrant in Darke County

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On April 14, 2016 at approximately 6:34 am Darke County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit along with the Darke County Sheriff’s Special Response Team conducted a search warrant at 221 W Main Street in the city of Greenville, Ohio. The search warrant stems from an on going investigation for drug trafficking. Darren Woods was arrested and taken to the Darke County Jail for trafficking heroin in a school zone. This is the second time Darren Woods has been arrested within a year for drug trafficking in a school zone. Darren Woods apartment is within 200 feet of St Mary’s Catholic School.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stand against the use of illegal drugs and drug trafficking in our community. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 with information regarding any criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937) 547-1661 or Information can be left anonymously.

For more information, please visit the Darke County Sheriff’s Office online at or

State of the Heart Care To Offer Adult Grief Group Support in Rockford

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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 Care will offer an Adult Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday April 26th and continuing each Tuesday through May 31st at the Rockford Public Library. 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 conducts grief groups for the agency. State of the Heart has offices in Portland, Greenville and Coldwater. The Adult Grief Support Group will meet from 10am-12pm.

“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 all of the agency’s bereavement support services or to register, call 1-800-417-7535 and ask to speak with a member of the bereavement staff. Visit the agency web site at

Darke DD Series – What’s Your Story: Tom Borchers

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Walmart Employee Tom Borchers
(Greenville, Ohio) – The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) recognized March as Developmental Disability Awareness month and this year’s theme was “What’s your story?” However, disability awareness doesn’t end when April begins. Darke DD will continue periodically highlighting the stories of people we serve – people who are active members of their community, people who work and provide for their families, people who are just like you and I in many ways. Everyone has a story, this is Tom’s...

Tom Borchers grew up in the Versailles area and has lived there all of his life. He graduated from Piqua CTC in 2007, which helped to prepare him for employment. In 2009, while attending Wayne Industries, Tom began his journey in seeking integrated employment. In order to assist him with obtaining a job and learning the skills necessary to maintain employment Tom incorporated the help of a job developer and a job coach. Both of these services were provided by Capabilities Inc. and funded through the Opportunities for Ohioans with disabilities.

Although it took him two years of filling out applications and following up with businesses, Tom began his first job at Greenville Walmart in 2011. This job has been a fit for him as five years later he is still employed at Walmart and still enjoying his job. Some of his job duties include manning the cart mule, unloading semi- trucks, stocking shelves, and assisting customers with carrying out and loading large purchases in their vehicles. Tom averages 25 to 30 hours a week however; he is often called in when others have called off. Tom has also assisted in training new employees in learning their job duties and this is a testament to his skills and abilities. When asked what he likes most about working at Walmart Tom said “I have a great team of co-workers and supervisors that I enjoy working with.” He contributes his work ethics to his parents Steve & Lillian Borchers who always ensured that he put in his fair share of duties at home.

When Tom is not at work or with his family you may find him attending and helping at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles or volunteering with the Knights of Columbus. He has been a member of the K of C for three years and looks forward to volunteering at the annual Pancake Breakfast and other events throughout the year.

For more information on employment supports and community integration opportunities coordinated through Darke DD, please contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 459-4626 or For more information on the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities visit our website at Like us on Facebook – Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Service Dog to be Presented to Vietnam Veteran

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC - On Saturday, April 30th at 5:00 PM a ceremony will be held in the Veterans Park at the VFW Post 7262, 219 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, OH. A Vietnam Veteran, USAF Nurse Valerie Le Mieux will be receiving a service dog sponsored by Post 7262. The dog's name is Lexi and comes from Angel Paws. Sandra Bohle, founder and director of Angels for Veterans and Angel Paws will be presenting and gifting Lexi to Valerie. We would like to invite the public to join us on April 30th to honor Valerie and watch her receive her new best friend. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

Angel Paws is an organization that provides highly trained service dogs to veterans who suffer from the effects of military conflict. Their service and companion dogs make a significant difference in the lives of veterans who have given so much to us.

King’s Command Foods Recognized for Excellence in Workplace Safety

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King’s Command Foods, LLC of Versailles was recently recognized by the North American Meat Institute as one of the 138 meat and poultry plants for excellence in workplace safety.

The Worker Safety Recognition Awards were presented on April 5th during the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education’s Worker Safety, Labor and Employment Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

The primary program goals are to motivate participants to improve their worker safety performance through the establishment of sound safety and health programs at the plant level and to recognize those plants that have achieved a high level of safety performance as part of the continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness.

Thirty-six plants were presented the highest award – Award of Honor. Fifty plants received the Award of Merit, while 33 were presented with the Award of Commendation. King’s Command Foods, LLC was one of the nineteen plants to receive the Certification of Recognition Award.

All associates at King’s Command Foods, LLC have done their part in contributing to the achievement of this award through our plant safety observation program and safety committee.
Safety is a key aspect to our business so going forward with our plant expansion we will be looking for safety minded individuals at our upcoming job fair to be held on Friday, April 22nd from 8am-4pm and Saturday, April 23rd from 8am-noon to be held at our plant located at 770 N. Center Street in Versailles.


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Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Director Krista Fourman would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling Darke County roadways on the weekend of April 23rd and 24th.

On that weekend Darke County Solid Waste Management District will be holding its 9th Annual Trash Bash. Over 1100 volunteers and organizations will be cleaning up 635 miles of Darke County and Township roads. These volunteers will be walking along roadways and picking up trash. The volunteer’s vehicles will be parked along or near the roads where the trash pick up is occurring. Participants should be wearing bright colored shirts to increase visibility. Trash pick up is scheduled to occur from dawn to dusk on Saturday and Sunday April 23rd and 24th.

Motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention to volunteers working near the roadway. As always you should not engage in distracted driving while operating a vehicle and keep your attention focused on driving your vehicle. Practice defensive driving techniques by looking ahead and being prepared for any problems that may occur.

Darke County deputies will be patrolling Darke County roadways and enforcing traffic laws. Always wear your seat belt and take the time to look both ways at intersections. Lets all work together to make Darke County roadways safe for volunteers and other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Canner Gauge Testing Time

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Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 2, 2016, and continue through September 30, 2016.

There is a $5.00 charge for each gauge tested. You will need to bring your dial gauge into our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. We will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State College. If you have any questions, please call 937-548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

First Class Military Presentations at Civil War Encampment

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Soldiers demonstrate firing by rank as a part of the daily infantry presentations.
When the Ohio Valley Civil War Association visits Shawnee Prairie Preserve April 30th and May 1st, they will bring some of the best military living history presentations in the country. Daily demonstrations at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm will include the 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Co. G, 66th Illinois Co. G also known as Birge's Western Sharpshooters, and 1st Ohio Light Artillery Bat. C.

The infantry demonstration will feature an in depth look at many different types and styles of uniforms and shoes, a comparison between the Springfield and Enfield rifles including the mechanics of black powder firearms, and a peek into the daily life of the Union soldier. Visitors will observe soldiers perform basic drill maneuvers including a live black powder firing demonstration.

During the sharpshooter presentation, visitors will learn about target rifles and the mechanization process that made the Henry and Sharps repeating rifles possible, see various shooting positions, and understand the amazing skill it took to be a sharpshooter in the Union Army. The presentation will also include an extremely telling speed demonstration comparing a repeating rifle to a standard issue musket.

Lastly artillery men will demonstrate each man’s specific job in the cannon firing process, show the tools and implements used, and describe the different types of projectiles used during the war. The presentation will culminate by firing the smooth bore cannon.

Between demonstrations observe daily life for a Union soldier, discuss the war effort with civilians, or marvel at visiting ladies’ latest fashions. The organization also includes Co. A 1st Battalion 19th US Infantry, US Army Signal Corps, Civil War Civilians, and the 75th OVI Headquarters. The OVCWA has taught at Manassas, Kennesaw Mountain, Stones River, and Gettysburg National Battlefields. In July of 2012 they taught at Shawnee Prairie and in April of 2015 at the Gettysburg Tecumseh Trail hub, and Darke County Parks is proud to welcome them back to Shawnee Prairie again.

This free, family friendly event has something to interest everyone. From the military veteran to the seamstress, the cook to the doctor, and everything in between, come see how all these pursuits unfolded over 150 years ago. For any questions or more information about this exciting and unique event, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165, or send an email to

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Camp Gets New Name

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New in 2016, to align with State of the Heart’s re-branding and expansion, Camp BEARable is now Camp Encourage. Camp will still include all the great services and activities you have come to know and love, just with a new name! The nonprofit agency’s annual Camp Encourage will be held July 15-17 at the Spiritual Center at Maria Stein. The weekend camp is free and is open to any youth, ages six to 15, which is experiencing grief after the loss of a loved one. There need be no association with hospice care. This year marks the 16th year for the camp, and over 650 youth have attended over the years. Ashlee Carder, a Certified Music Therapist and Bereavement Specialist for State of the Heart will once again be the Camp Director.

An important part of the camp experience is the volunteers who serve as “specially trained buddies” for the campers. This year, Carder said they would like for each volunteer to have only one camper that they interact with. Those volunteering must be 18 years or older and must pass a state and federal background check. State of the Heart pays for the background check.

“The volunteer should enjoy being outside as many activities are outside; they should be a good listener and relate to children in that age bracket of six to 15,” she said. A volunteer can specify which age group they prefer to work with. “It would be good also if the volunteer has some personal experience with loss as it helps them relate to their buddy,” she added.

State of the Heart Care has offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. Children from the entire service area are welcome to attend the weekend camp. The camp provides a “safe” environment where the youth are with peers and trusted adults. For many of those attending, it is the first time they have felt comfortable talking about their feelings. Hospice officials nationwide who conduct such camps say they believe attending camp and expressing feelings about the loss of a loved one can prevent serious problems later on in life.

An orientation for the adult volunteers will be held on Friday, July 15 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Spiritual Center. “This will give the volunteers an idea what to expect at camp and give them an overview of activities,” Carder said. “There will be many fun activities, Carder added, including caricature artist drawings, face painting, music and car club rides including a ride in an old fashioned fire truck.”

The serious side of camp will include introductions to a variety of coping skills. Children will be able to express their grief and feelings through music, art, physical activities and social interactions with their peers and adult buddies.  In addition, there will be a panel discussion allowing the campers to ask any question of the three panelists:  A physician, a funeral director, and a minister.

Carder said she noted last year that one major positive aspect of camp is that it “provides the campers with tools to deal with their grief and loss when they go home. If they are having a bad day, they can recall something they learned at camp which will help them. This is a very positive outcome for the youth.”

She emphasized that those attending camp need not have any hospice experience. At previous camps, the majority of campers have no association with hospice care. Many have lost siblings or parents in accidents or to natural causes; some have lost friends or loved ones to suicide, and in some cases they have had a loss due to homicide.

Registration is required in order to attend and can be done by going to the State of the Heart web site to the Camp Encourage tab under “services.” There, you can download the application. You can email as an attachment, or print off a copy and mail it in or drop it off at one of the offices. An application for volunteers is also available and can be completed the same way. For questions about camp, please call Ashlee Carder at 1-800-417-7535 or email her at If you or your club or civic organization would like to make a contribution to help with expenses, please contact Erica Wentworth, Business Development Specialist at 937.548.2999 or at

Darke County Parks’ Native Plant Sale

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Butterfly weed is only one of the many options available this year
that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your backyard.
The Darke County Parks Native Plant sale is back! The plant sale will be Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10am-3pm during Nature Day at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Pollinator plants are the focus of the plants available this year. Offerings include milkweeds, aster, bergamot, blazing star, and much more! Please consider planting milkweed to help provide habitat for the fragile monarch population.

Plants were up for pre-sale last month, but there will still be offerings available for those who were unsure what to order or missed the deadline. Come check out all the native plants at Nature Day! For more information, call the Nature Center at (937)548-0165, or email

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