Monday, July 25, 2016

Darke County Civic Theater to present full length comedy

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The Darke County Civic Theater is a non-profit community theater that is known in the area for producing melodramas and murder mysteries. The organization has been producing these types of shows for many years and just recently started to branch out and attempt other types of productions.

The recent success of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” which was performed in March of this year sparked interest in the organization to continue to challenge themselves and branch out with their productions. This led them to the laugh out loud hilarious three act comedy “Love, Sex and the I.R.S.”

Jon Trachtman (Chris Chapa) and Leslie Arthur (Trevor DeSchepper) are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be investigated by a Mr. Spinner (Tim Hodges). Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancé, Kate (Maria Jones). Complicating matters even further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon's back, Jon's mother (Connie DeSchepper) drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's fiancé, the nosey landlord (Sandy Hartley) keeps checking in on them, Jon's mother hires a preacher (Kelly Snyder) to perform a wedding ceremony, and Leslie ex girlfriend (Nicole Scott) shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won't see her anymore.

This laugh out loud farce comedy is sure to leave audiences laughing until there are tears in their eyes! This production will be directed by Amy Gessler with assistant director, Kelly Snyder. Abby Kindley and Bethany Foster will be the stage managers. The show will be produced by Nicole Scott. Costumes will be designed by Sandy Hartley, props will be ran by Laura Francis and Matt Cline will be the Lights and Sound technician.

This production is set to be performed on August 13th and August 14th, 2016. The August 13th performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will provide a cash bar that will include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase. The August 14th matinee will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be performance only. The cost for tickets is $8.00 and can be purchased pre-sale online at – Ticket sales will continue at the door for anyone that hasn’t purchased a pre-sale ticket, but online sales are encouraged to guarantee a seat in the audience. The production will take place at the Greenville Elks Lodge.

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Wavaire Camp Show 2016 Press Release

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Greenville – The Greenville High School Vocal Music Department will present their 2016 Wavaire Camp Concert on Friday, July 29 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

General admission tickets will be available at the door for $5.00 and doors will open at 6:30.

The 2016-2017 Wavaires are under the direction of Chelsea Whirledge and are Samantha Buchy, Hayley Burns, Lauren Burns, Nicholas Colby, Seth Conway, Chloe Cox, Sierra Cress, McKenna Crews, Zac Davis, Taylor Denniston, Brianna Hartle, Andy Hayes, Zach Henninger, Alivia Lindamood, Justin McMiller, Jenna Netzley, Gracie Pell, and Kassidy York.

The concert will include classic selections such as “Dancing in the Street,” “Celebration,” “Mountain Music,” “We Will Rock You,” “Nine To Five,” “Higher and Higher” and a Beach Boys Medley.

The Wavaires will also perform songs from Broadway musicals such as “The Nicest Kids in Town” from the musical “Hairspray,” “Over the Rainbow” from the musical “Wizard of Oz,” and the Finale from the musical “Movin’ Out”.

More current selections will include “Stuck Like Glue,” “Photograph,” “Geronimo,” and “Rockstar”.

The Wavaires will also be performing a Disney Medley with guests from the Special Olympics.

Please join the Greenville High School Wavaires for their first performance of the 2016-2017 season!

Gymnasts Represent YMCA of Darke County at National Tournament

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The YMCA of Darke County is excited to announce the results of the National Gymnastics Tournament held in Long Beach, California.

The YMCA of Darke County’s long tradition of sending student athletes to the National Gymnastics Championship was continued in the 2015-2016 season. 10 Gymnasts qualified for the tournament and two of our very own competed. Kristen Short, level 8, and Sammie Short, level 6, were the athletes that represented the YMCA of Darke County. Kristen Short brought home a medal for coming in 10th out of 86th with her floor routine.

Since its premiere in 1938 the National Gymnastics Championships has set the stage for gymnasts to showcase their skills and hard work in one of the most prestigious ways possible. 1,500 of the top gymnasts from 90 teams around the country traveled to Long Beach, California to compete. “’For Youth Development’ is an area of focus that the Y takes very seriously because the youth are the future leaders and problem solvers of our community,” said Tyler Roberts, Program Director at the YMCA of Darke County.

Hummingbirds in a Hurry for August Park P.A.L.S.

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The average ruby-throated hummingbird weighs less than a nickel.
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on Aug. 6th from 10am to noon to explore hummingbirds during Park P.A.L.S! Please note the new 10:00 start time. Hummingbirds are the smallest warm blooded creatures on the planet. Learn which species of hummingbird summers in Ohio and about its long journey south during the winter. Students may even catch a glimpse of one at the feeders.

Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other Park District programs or to register for the August class, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties awarded funding from Greenville Rotary Club

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The Big Buddy on the left is Shelly Brumbaugh with her Little Aaliyah Hicks (mother is Amy Hicks). The Big Buddy on the right is Geanette Henning Little's name is Abigail Barton (mother is Maria Barton) all are from Greenville and a part of the Woodland Heights Big Buddy mentoring program. 
The Greenville Rotary Club recently made a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This donation that was given by the Greenville Rotary was given as part of their annual Rotary Gives Back Luncheon held on June 28th at the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Community. “The continued support we receive from the Greenville Rotary club is appreciated beyond words. With this donation we will be able to continue to serve the children in need of a mentor in the Darke County Community.” reports Jennifer Bruns Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director

Mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may not otherwise have one in their lives. The children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social and academic enrichment activities with the interaction of their mentor. It is our goal to teach these children, through their relationship with their mentor, skills in managing life in a high-risk environment. In 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters served over 500 children through their mentoring programs and this is all because of wonderful supporters such as Greenville Rotary Club.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. If anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, you may call the office at 547-9622 or 492-7611.

If you are interested in more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program or would like to volunteer; you can call our office at 937-492-7611 or 547-9622, or access more information at


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Kim Fair, ADC
Kristy Earick, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is excited to announce Kim Fair as the new Activity Director at Versailles Health Care Center. Fair has worked in long-term care for over 16 years. She is nationally certified and will be receiving her Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Psychology at the end of August of this year. “We are thrilled to have Kim join our team at VHCC!  She comes to us with experience and energy!  The residents and patients are excited for new adventures in our activities department,” said Earick.

Fair is originally from Greenville but now resides in the Bradford with her husband, Greg. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, craft painting, shopping, and spending time with her family. “I am excited to be a part of the Versailles Health Care Center family and plan on bringing many new and exciting activities for the residents and patients to participate in over the upcoming months. We want to make sure that all of our loved ones receive the best quality of life and positively enriching experiences they can while residing at Versailles Health Care Center.”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. Versailles Health Care Center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurance. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call at 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at Fair may also be reached by email at

Friday, July 22, 2016

Last “Family Fun Day” at Library

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The last “Family Fun Day” of the summer is Wednesday July 27 at 11:00 a.m. on the lawn at the Greenville Public Library. Join us as we welcome Elephant and Piggy! These charming life-size characters from Mo Willems’ best-sellers are sure to entertain as they act out some of their favorite books in the series and then give away great prizes! This is the season finale for our Summer Reading 2016 so winners of our grand prize drawing will be announced at the end of the program.

In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Steyer Family Trust for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

ROBBERY at Walgreen's: Photo of Suspect

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On July 21, 2016 at approximately 7:11 p.m. Greenville Police Department units were dispatched to the Walgreen's at 1000 E. Main St. in reference to an armed robbery in progress. It was reported the suspect produced a handgun and demanded drugs.

The description of the suspect is a white male, approximately 50's to 60's in age, wearing a straw hat with a band with the number "14" on front. He also wore a dark colored, button down shirt and dark pants with dark sunglasses. Suspect was also described as having possibly grayish, shorter hair.

The crime scene was processed and evidence collected. A photograph of the suspect is attached.

This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this, or any crime is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

ROBBERY at Martin Street Subway

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On July 21,2016 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Greenville Police Department units were dispatched to the Subway Restaurant at 325 Martin St. in reference to a robbery which had just occurred.

A description of the suspect is a male, approximately 5'8" - 6' tall with thin build. This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this, or any crime is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Greenville Mayor Stepping Down to Become New County Economic Development Director

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The Community Improvement Corporation of Darke County has named Mike Bowers, acting mayor of Greenville, as the new Economic Development Director.

Mike will be replacing Marc Saluk who left the position in February to take a similar job in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

Mike comes to the position with experience in economic development as mayor of Greenville for the past 8+ years. Prior to that time he was a closing agent for a local title company and senior buyer for the municipal materials division of the Treaty Company. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in business. He is a lifelong resident of Greenville where he resides with his wife, Kim. He has two children who both graduated from Greenville HS.

Mike will be resigning from his position as mayor to take on this new role. The Darke County Republican Central Committee will appoint a new mayor to finish out the term.

Chelsea Whirledge to be Featured with the Greenville Municipal Jazz Band

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The Greenville Municipal Jazz Band will continue the Summer Concerts in the Park this Sunday, July 24th at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. This week the jazz band will feature and nice variety of jazz and pop music featuring the beautiful vocals of Chelsea Whirledge.

Chelsea Whirledge is a 2007 graduate of Greenville Senior High School and a graduate of Ball State University in vocal music education. Chelsea is currently in her 4th year as the director of the Greenville High School Choral department. This is also her 4th year as a vocalist with our Summer Concert Series. Aside from teaching, Chelsea enjoys playing acoustic sets with her husband John at local venues and events. Chelsea also serves on a worship team as a vocalist and keyboard player at Fountain City Wesleyan Church in Richmond, Indiana. Chelsea will be singing great standards popularized by Michael Buble.

Please plan to join us this Sunday, July 24th at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park and invite some friends. We have had tremendous attendance this summer and we thank you. Please note our new start time of 7pm. Seating is available or you may bring your own lawn chair or blanket. As always, our concerts are free and open to the public.

A scheduling note: There will be no concert next week, July 31st. The next concert in the Summer Series will be August 7th.

Butterflies at Stebbins Field

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club planted and maintained large containers of annuals for the Greenville Girls Softball Association at Stebbins Field located on State Route 49 North. The containers had Dracena, Red petunias, calibrachoa, and Blackie sweet potato vine. Butterflies members shown are l-r Brianna Fellers, Audrey Allread and Saige Fellers. Brianna and Saige play on the Fellers Classic Auto Restoration team, Greenville All Stars 12U and the Ohio Wave Team. Audrey plays for Drew Ag Transport and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc.

United Way Planning 27th Annual Golf Outing at Stillwater Valley Golf Club

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Picture (L to R) - Matt Jordan, Zach Newbauer, Kristina Knapp, Dave Knapp, Christy Baker,
Andy Brown, and Mitch Eiting. Not pictured are Brian Griesdorn and Steve Willman.
Mark your calendars for Monday, September 12, 2016 to play in the 27th Annual Golf Outing for the Darke County United Way with the help of our event sponsor of the day: Whirlpool Corporation & The KitchenAid® Experience. The golf committee at the Darke County United Way is excited to be holding the 27th annual golf outing that day with all proceeds going to the 24 non-profit programs of the United Way for the 2017 campaign. The campaign goal this year is $425,000. The committee of Andy Brown, Zach Newbauer, Steve Willman, Brian Griesdorn, Dave Connelly, Matt Jordan, Mitch Eiting, and Christy Baker are finalizing plans for the event and are very anxious to fill the tournament. If you are interested in playing please contact the United Way at 937-547-1272 or email Participation is limited and teams are filling quickly. The tournament tees off at 12:30 pm at Stillwater Valley Golf Club in Versailles, Ohio.

United Way is honored to have Whirlpool and The KitchenAid® Experience as the event sponsor for this outing. United Way is also very excited to have the following co-sponsors helping make this event a success from the start including Brethren Retirement Community, Bruns Realty, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, The Early Bird-Bluebag Media, Edison Community College, Edward Jones, Family Health, Fry & Company, CPA’s, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hittle Buick GMC, Hot Rods & Harleys, Jafe Decorating, Jordan Insurance Agency, Mercer Savings Bank, Midmark Corporation, MJS Plastics, Inc., Second National Bank, The Farmers State Bank, Village Green Health Campus, and Wayne HealthCare. Tee sponsorships are also available for $100. Call the United Way for more information on sponsorships or donating prizes for raffles.

The golf outing is played as a handicap scramble. The outing includes a golfer gift, deli lunch, buffet style dinner, cart, and greens fees. This is a great event with fun competitions such as longest putt, longest drive, hole-in-one, and two holes with prizes to win, including a car from Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln and a hole with $10,000 from Farmers State Bank. This is definitely a worthwhile event as you can enjoy a day of golf and your proceeds can give hope to 40% of Darke County residents including youth, seniors, those in crisis, and those seeking self-sufficiency.

Golfers, please help us make this our biggest outing yet and celebrate 27 years with us. Thank you all for your support. We encourage both teams and individuals to sign-up. Now more than ever the United Way needs your partnership. Let’s LIVE UNITED Darke County as we try to reach our goal of $425,000 this fall.

NeuroConnect – Connecting survivors of stroke and brain injury with support and resources, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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Dr. Stephen Winner, and COTA Tammy Moyar
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to our quarterly event for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. NeuroConnect meets to connect survivors and their families with positive support and beneficial resources.

The next NeuroConnect will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Versailles Health Care Center. The guest speaker will be Karyl Woolery of YMCA of Darke County. She will be sharing her presentation entitled “Silver Sneakers and It’s Benefits for Survivors of Stroke and Brain Injury”.

As usual, the event will be led by Dr. Stephen Winner, Facility Rehab Director and Physical Therapist, and Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. This is a FREE meeting for survivors of stroke and brain injury and their families. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more information, please call Stephen at 937.526.0130.

August's Lunch on the Lawn

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What better way to wind up the Greenville Public Library’s Summer Season than to chill out at our last “Lunch on the Lawn” Friday August 5th, 11:30 to 1:00. Bring a chair or blanket if you’d like and join the crowd under the shade trees for music and a meal - bring your own or purchase one at the white tent for $7.

Romer’s Catering is providing the menu: 1/4 BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Fresh Fruit Cup, and Bottled Water. As always, $1 of every lunch sold is donated to Main Street Greenville with whom the Library partners for these events.

We welcome back Higgins-Madewell for another awesome program of gorgeous music-making! Erin Higgins Cress and Jeff Madewell have been playing and singing together since late 2006 when they first met and merged their fan bases. They were each looking for something new and found huge success starting with their first show!

Today they play mostly within a 50 mile radius from their homes in West Milton and have two CDs so far - Spiderbite and Sweet Medicine. Some of their songs are getting air time on WNKU, Northern Kentucky University’s radio station. For a taste of their sound go to

There’s still time to get in on Summer Reading and a chance to win one of our great grand prizes! For kids two bikes or four tickets to Kings Island, for teens notebooks or tablets, and for adults one of three Fitness Packages from either the YMCA, Snap, or the new yoga studio. Just check out an item and fill out the form at the Circ Desk for the drawings.

And there is one more Family Fun Day to enjoy! See “Elephant & Piggy” on Wednesday July 27th at 11:00. After the show the drawings will take place and all prizes given out. Or just stop in the Library to relax and beat the heat!

Darke County United Way Receives Grants for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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United Way Executive Director, Christy Baker, receives a grant check from Greenville Rotary Club President, Kyle Lehman

United Way Executive Director, Christy Baker, receives a grant
check from Community Foundation of
Randolph County Executive Director, Lisa Jennings
The Darke County United Way recently received two grant awards for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program provides a free book every month to children ages 5 years old or younger. There are only two criteria to be enrolled in the program. The first is the child must live in Darke County and the second is he/she must be 5 years old or younger. No other criteria are required for this program.

According to a study conducted in April 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. That's 14% of the population. 21% of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19% of high school graduates cannot read. Dolly Parton created the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with the intent to combat illiteracy in the United States. The purpose of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, children will be excited about books and feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, the program ensures that every child will have books, regardless of their family’s income.

The Darke County United Way received grant awards from the Community Foundation of Randolph County through the Union City Fund ($1,000) for Union City, Ohio children and the Greenville Rotary Club ($1,500) for Darke County children. These awards will allow the Darke County United Way to serve approximately 100 children this year. Currently, 697 children in Darke County receive a book each month.

“There are over 3,000 children currently living in Darke County who are 5 years old or younger. We are only serving 23% of the eligible children in our community. We’ve only scratched the surface with what this program can do. We are extremely grateful for the grant awards we have received but we are aware we still have work to do,” said Christy Baker, Executive Director for the Darke County United Way. Baker added that in order for all 3,000+ children to receive a book every month, the Darke County United Way would need to raise nearly $80,000.

To enroll your children or for information in how you can get involved through a financial gift towards the program, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pre-Fair Chair Signage in Place for Safety & Final Fair Preparations

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Greenville OH – A reminder that per the April 6, 2016 Board Meeting Minutes, the Fairboard approved implementing, that for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation, effective with the 2016 Fair, no chairs will be permitted to be placed on the Fairgrounds until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The Pre-Fair chair signage is now in place for safety & final Fair preparations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe is part of Greenville history. It has been a neighbor to the Garst Museum since 1934. It’s famous for its delicious loose meat sandwich that brings locals and visitors from everywhere to enjoy. The Maid-Rite was the first sponsor that the Gathering at Garst received six years ago. The booming cannons in the living history encampment return each summer thanks to the Maid-Rite’s continued support.

The Gathering at Garst takes place on the lawn behind the Garst Museum on July 30th and 31st. More information can be found at

Mercer County Deputy Administers Narcan

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The Miami County Sheriff’s Office responded on a possible opiate overdose at an address on N. Rangeline Road in Newberry Township on July 17, 2016 at 10:54 P.M. Deputies had previously been trained for the usage and administration of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can help reverse overdoses of opioid drugs. Naloxone is currently carried by deputies in an effort to save lives as they’re often first on the scene of overdose calls.

The responding deputy, Deputy J. Adams, found an unresponsive thirty year old male possibly suffering from a drug overdose. The man was unconscious and had no detectable pulse. Narcan was administered and the male did begin breathing and regained consciousness. The Covington Life Squad arrived on scene and took over treatment of the man.

This is the first deployment of Narcan by a Miami County Deputy Sheriff since the drug was put into use by this agency in mid-May of this year.

Fresh Spirit

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a concert by, “Fresh Spirit”, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, at 6 PM. "Fresh Spirit” was originally a group of three sisters – Linda, Marilyn, and Pattie – who grew up traveling and singing as part of the Brewer Family. When Marilyn decided to return to her home in Tennessee, Linda and Pattie felt strongly that their ministry should continue. During this time, God was working on another of His children who had a similar background as the Brewer's -- born and raised to travel and sing. Having sung with her family for nearly 35 years until her father's home-going, Tish Newland was searching for the job God would provide for the next "chapter" of her life.

As only He can, God brought the three ladies together, and gave them harmony not only in voice, but in their hearts as well. Thus, “Fresh Spirit” was reborn and rededicated to the mission of lifting up the Body of Christ by sharing God’s goodness and love through song.

In early 2012, led by the Lord to come "off the road", sister Pattie announced her retirement and agreed to stay on until the Lord's choice for the group could be found. Our search led us to Sarah Hatfield, a young woman from the Dayton, Ohio, area, with a beautiful voice and the desire to use it for the Lord. Sarah's debut appointment with us was August 2012, and she's been hanging in there ever since!

These three ladies, along with our tremendous "sound man", Stan Covert (Linda's better half), are Fresh Spirit.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304. The public is always welcome to these concerts. For more info call: Bruce @ 937-564-2891.

Museum Ice Cream Stand

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The Versailles Area Museum will be hosting a special Concession Stand off Klipstine Road as the Versailles Fire Department hosts the 2016 86th Annual West Central Ohio Fireman’s Convention on July 29th and 30th at beautiful Heritage Park.

Beginning of Friday evening at 5:00 until 9:00 and noon to 5:00 on Saturday we will offer the delicious ice cream everyone has enjoyed at our Socials. We will also offer a limited number of our famous homemade apple dumplings, rich chocolate sheet cake and brownies. Your generous support continues to help support the local museum and its many educational programs.

We invite you to stop by for a delicious treat and to support a worthwhile cause. This will replace our annual Social on the Museum lawn. We also invite you to stop by the Museum any Sunday from 1-4 and learn more about your community’s history. We’ll be waiting to welcome you home!

Ladybug Garden Club Decorates for the Fair

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The Ladybug Garden Club placed the finishing touches to the fair flowerbeds in preparation for the 2016 Great Darke County fair. Shown l-r Shirley Linder and Becky Collins, flower chairpersons, along with members Cindy McCallister, Kim Cromwell, and Barb Skinner, Vice President.

Join Our Team at State of the Heart Care

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At State of the Heart Care, we pride ourselves in bringing the gift of the hospice experience to all those who seek it. With a focus on holistic care for the patient and their family, we embody an attitude of care without limits. But, we can’t do it alone. We need people like you, with a true heart for hospice, to help us succeed. So if you want a rewarding career in a field that strives to bless patients with more peace, more joy, and more comfort, we encourage you to apply online at

Current Job Openings:
Newly Designed After Hours Team Job Openings:
Admissions RN (FT)
After Hours RN 4p to Midnight (FT)
Social Worker (FT)
After Hours RN Midnight to 8a (FT)
Care Center RN 6p-6a (FT)
After Hours RN 5p-10p (PT)
Director of Business Development
Weekend Warrior 8a-8p (FT)
Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner
Weekend Warrior 8p-8a (FT)

We are always accepting applications for PRN:

RN’s, LPN’s, Hospice Aides (STNA or CNA), and Social Workers

Please send your resume to:

State of the Heart Care
Attn: Human Resources
1350 N. Broadway Street
Greenville, Ohio 45331


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DAYTON, Ohio – Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln in Greenville will host a community blood drive Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon with a chance to win the “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two” vacation. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 500 Wagner Ave. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the new “Blood Donors Don’t Moose Around” t-shirt. The shirt is green and the design features an Alaska moose under a full moon in the snow-covered wilderness. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the CBC “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win a custom-designed Alaska vacation for two.

The grand prize includes air travel to Alaska, deluxe accommodations during your week-long stay, and options for a cruise or land travel. The vacation is for the winning donor and a travel companion.

Donors can double their chances of winning entering the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the May 2 through Sept. 3 blood drive period. Official rules are available at


The summer of 2016 brings many challenges to maintaining the regional blood supply. High schools are on summer break, and nearly one fourth of all registrations to donate whole blood at CBC come from high school students. Family vacations, travel, and outdoor activities also disrupt donation schedules. In addition, new screening restrictions are impacting the number of people able to donate.

CBC and blood centers across the nation continue to take caution against the Zika virus. Potential donors who have traveled to Zika endemic areas in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central or South America are deferred from donating for 28 days. The restriction is expected to decrease the number of eligible donors by approximately 2.25 percent.

A change in FDA screening regulations went into effect May 23 to protect the health of donors. A higher hemoglobin level is now required for male donors. The 12.5 grams per deciliter (g/dl) requirement for donating has increased to 13.0 g/dl for males. (The female requirement remains at 12.5 g/dl).

CBC estimates the new hemoglobin requirement, coupled with stricter pulse screening requirements that also took effect May 23, could have an impact of up to six percent in the donor deferral rate.


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George & Becky Luce with DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes local couples for their sponsorship of the annual Barbecue and Blues fundraiser. This year’s event is sponsored by Matt & Angie Arnold, Tom & Jennifer Bish, George & Becky Luce and Dr. Robert & Jean McLear and will take place at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 St. Rt. 36 E., Greenville, Ohio, on Friday, July 15 at 6:30 PM; this outdoor event is casual with great food, drinks, and music!

Dr. Robert & Jean McLear and Tom & Jennifer Bish
“DCCA is fortunate to be part of a community where individuals help make Darke County a great place to live,” DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated. The sponsorships will cover the cost of the entertainment allowing the ticket monies generated from Barbecue and Blues to help offset the costs of presenting high quality performing artists throughout DCCA’s upcoming 2016-2017 season. “Local support of fundraising events is greatly appreciated and enables DCCA to continue encouraging cultural enrichment in Darke County and to offer opportunities for learning and growing through the arts,” concluded Jordan.

Erwin Brothers will be providing the stage for the evening and Turtle Creek will have a special selection menu of BBQ fare and drinks for purchase, as well as providing a perfect setting for an enjoyable outdoor concert. The music will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with popular local musicians Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell performing their signature blend of roots, blues, country, and classic rock. Followed by Jay Jesse Johnson, blues guitar virtuoso and singer Johnson has rightfully been dubbed “a powerhouse guitar rock force to be reckoned with.” The Indiana native tours with his band that includes vocalist Angela Combs, Reed Bogart on bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson on drums, and Lee Evans on the Hammond B3. His latest CD, Set the Blues On Fire, has won rave reviews, earning Triple J acclaim from critics and fans alike as “a modern-day blues master.”

DCCA BBQ and Blues sponsors
Matt & Angie Arnold
“Barbecue and Blues,” supports DCCA's Arts In Education programming and helps underwrite their Family Theatre Series. AIE performances are presented annually to students in every grade of all local public schools at no charge to the students. DCCA strives to keep tickets as accessible as possible, and has maintained the incredibly low admission price of $5 for The Family Theatre Series shows.

In case of inclement weather, Barbecue and Blues will move into Turtle Creek's clubhouse. Tickets will be available at the gate. Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine art encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA’s upcoming CONNECTIONS season of events visit or contact the DCCA office at 547-0908.

Nature by the Numbers for July Jr. Naturalists

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The arrangement and number of scales on a pine cone follow
this mysterious number in a beautiful spiral.
Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the July Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, July 23rd from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. In the arrangement of pinecone scales, the number of flower petals, or even proportions within the human body, there is a mysterious number that appears in nature too many times to be explained. Students will learn a little more about this intriguing number, the man who discovered it, and take a hike to find out for themselves if this number holds true for Shawnee Prairie.

The Jr. Naturalists program is a series of monthly programs designed to give students a hands-on introduction to natural resource management. Hikes, work projects, and independent study are all part of this fun-filled nature study club. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and preregistration is required. For any questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other Park District programs or to register for the July class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165 or email


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fort Recovery Man in Serious Condition After Colliding with a Tree in Single Car Crash

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On July 19, 2016 at approximately 7:39 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 5300 block of Brown Road on single vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a brown 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Paul R. Evans, 62, Fort Recovery, Ohio was eastbound on Brown Road in the 5300 block. Evans failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway and collide head on into a tree, Evans continued through a fence before coming to rest in the side ditch.

CareFlight could not fly due to foggy weather conditions, Evans the only occupant in the vehicle was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Ansonia Rescue, where he is listed in serious condition.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation.

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

Brian S. McGee Joins St. John Lutheran Church as New Pastor

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St. John Lutheran Church, Greenville, Ohio is pleased to announce the arrival of their new pastor, Brian Stephen McGee. Brian comes to us from Lancaster, Ohio where he served the past three years as an elementary music teacher at Bloom-Carroll Local Schools. Prior to teaching in the public school system, Brian taught instrumental music as well as served as chaplain at Cypress Christian Schools in Columbus, Ohio.

In August of 2010, Brian earned a Master of Divinity degree from Regent University Theological School of Divinity in Virginia Beach. And in January of 2016, he concluded his seminary studies in preparation of receiving his call to Word and Sacrament ministry in the North American Lutheran Church at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary and the North American Lutheran Seminary.

Brian has been serving the congregation at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church for the past three years. During that time, he served on the music team by playing the drums and leading in worship. In addition, Brian has also served the congregation at St. John Lutheran Church in Grove City as an assisting minister and cantor.

Brian’s ordination and installation service will be on July 24, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. at St. John Lutheran Church. He is delighted to receive the call to Word and Sacrament ministry in the North American Lutheran Church and excited to serve the wonderful people of Greenville.

Lentz to become Agriculture Program Director at Edison State

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Brad Lentz
Edison State Community College is pleased to welcome Mr. Brad Lentz as the Agriculture Program Director.

Lentz’s prior experience in agricultural education will prove to be instrumental as he helps to build and support the college’s new agribusiness program, which is set to launch this fall at Edison State’s Darke County campus.

“We are thrilled to have Brad on board as our new Agriculture Program Director,” said Chad Beanblossom, Dean of Edison State’s Darke County Campus. “He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the agriculture industry and is known by many within the education field.”

A Greenville, Ohio, native, Lentz began his most recent role as an agriculture teacher at Ansonia Local Schools in 1996. During this time, Lentz also served as the school’s FFA advisor where he mentored an average of 125 members per year and supervised the school’s greenhouse and garden center.

In addition to his role as an educator, Lentz has also been actively involved with agricultural organizations such as the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators, National Association of Agricultural Educators, Ohio and National Education Association, Ohio Farm Bureau, and American Hort.

Lentz earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University. Mr. Lentz will assume the role of Director beginning in August of 2016.

“We had several qualified candidates apply to become program director, but Brad’s knowledge and experience make him the best fit for this particular position. Brad will be a valuable addition to the Darke County Campus staff,” added Beanblossom.

The college made the announcement earlier this year that it would offer an agribusiness program to meet the growing demand of the local agricultural industry. The program will reside at the college’s Darke County campus while also serving the residents of Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Randolph, Shelby, and surrounding counties.

For more information about the program or to enroll, speak with an advisor by calling 937-548-5546 or visiting Edison State’s Darke County Campus located at 601 Wagner Avenue in Greenville.

Family Health Expands its Behavioral Health and Wellness Department

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Family Health is temporarily re-locating its Behavioral Health and Wellness Department. Due to its remarkable growth in service expansion and staff, the department is moving its operations to the Reid Specialty building (right next door to Family Health's Greenville site) beginning July 18. According to Dr. Laurie White, program director, “the move will provide space for the addition of psychiatry staff, expanded counseling, and support services, in conjunction with the development of its Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). She noted “we are not joining the Reid Health system. We are merely leasing space from them until a new facility is constructed to house the full spectrum of our behavioral health, wellness and care management services”.

The new address at the Reid Health building is 1101 Jackson Street. The Behavioral Health and Wellness Department will be located in the second office on left (Suite C) after entering the front door. There will be signs posted on the outside and inside of the building to direct patients. The phone number will remain the same at 547-2319.

Dr. White assured, “despite our move to a new location, we will continue to offer the same quality services, and exceptional staff, in a warm and friendly environment. We are committed to going the “extra mile” in making this transition as smooth and as comfortable as possible for our patients”.

Anyone interested in Behavioral Health and Wellness services can contact the front desk staff at (937) 547-2319 for information or to schedule an appointment.

Dr. White stated “We are excited to partner with our patients and community in this new venture as we journey forward toward fulfilling our mission of... building healthy lives, together.

PERI Luncheon to Feature Dr. John P. Studebaker, M.S., M.D. and Certified Holistic Specialist

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Dr. John P. Studebaker, M.S., M.D. and Certified Holistic Specialist, will be the guest speaker at the Public Employee Retirees (PERI) luncheon meeting on Monday, August 1, 11:30 a.m., at the VFW on Ohio Street in Greenville. Cost of the luncheon is $9.00 per person.

PERI members are encouraged to bring guests and nonmembers are encouraged to attend who have retired under the Ohio Public Employees' Pension fund (OPERS) or who are planning to retire. PERI also welcomes patients of Dr. Studebaker and others who are interested in exploring alternative methods to prevent or treat their health issues.

Reservations for nonmembers must be in by Wednesday, July 27 by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman, at (937) 548-3961. PERI members will be contacted directly by the PERI calling committee. Patients of Dr. Studebaker may call his office if they wish to attend.

As a licensed Medical Doctor and Holistic Specialist, Dr. Studebaker's illustrated program will not only include how he balances traditional medicine with alternatives that include nutrition, but he will also focus on his intensive research with vitamins, particularly vitamins D and K.

Today, many doctors are specializing in diseases that impact particular parts of the body such as heart, kidney, blood and neurological diseases to name a few. As a result, patients with multiple health issues end up with multiple specialists with each prescribing one or more prescription drugs. If these drugs are not carefully coordinated and monitored, they can become ineffective, counterproductive and even dangerous.

By comparison and as Dr. Studebaker will point out, Holistic Specialists treat each patient as a whole person by looking at the individual's overall physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well being before recommending treatment. More importantly, they attempt to prevent illness in the first place by placing a greater emphasis on proper nutrition and avoidance of substances such as chemicals and environmental contaminants that can harm the body. However, their primary goal is to strengthen the immune system which leads to improvement in a patient's overall health and well being.

Dr. Studebaker said he first became aware of Holistic Health Medicine in 2000 when his patients began googling information from the internet and asking him about alternative treatments that were not readily available or were considered questionable by the medical profession. Rather than being skeptical and ignoring their requests, he decided to remain open minded and conduct his own investigation into these treatments, he said.

After attending a seminar conducted by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) he said he was so impressed that he became Board Certified in 2005 and recertified in 2014 to practice holistic and integrative Holistic Medicine along with his traditional practice. As a result, he represents a minority of doctors who offer both Holistic and traditional treatments.

Because of his diversity of treatments, he has become a popular and much in demand speaker. According to the PERI Board of Trustees, his program on August 1, will be a wonderful opportunity for PERI members and others to obtain new ideas and valuable information for their own health and welfare as well as that of their family members and acquaintances.

Firefly Fireworks at DCP

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The light fireflies emit may appear yellow, green, or even pale red.
Did you know that fireflies or lightening bugs are actually beetles? On Thursday, July 21st at 8:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve join a naturalist to learn about the fascinating world of fireflies. These bioluminescent bugs use their glow to attract prey, for mating, and sometimes even a defense mechanism! These wonderful creatures thrive in meadows, forests, fields, and other natural habitats, but numbers are declining due to human land development. Come find out what the public can do to keep them in their backyards and what scientists are learning from their special light. The program will begin with an interactive discussion and then attendees will watch the nighttime magic as the fireflies rise from the prairie.

For questions about this free program or any other program offered by the Darke County, please stop by the nature center, email, or call (937) 548-0165.

Preparing for the worst: Free presentation July 20 to focus on safety

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The world seems like a scary place sometimes. But individuals can take steps to protect themselves, whether they are driving at night or facing a home intruder.

Community members can learn how at a free presentation at noon on Wednesday, July 20, at Reid Health. Presenter Randy Kolentus, Director of Security at Reid Health, will cover a variety topics and take questions at the end. “Personal safety is something all of us have to think about, and it starts by being aware of your surroundings and using common sense,” he said. “Sometimes we need to break bad habits like leaving the house unlocked during the day or walking alone at night. Or we need to think about how we would defend ourselves against an attacker, whether with something like pepper spray or a personal siren, which can be very effective in scaring someone off.”

All of us play an important role in keeping our communities safe, Kolentus said. “I encourage people to follow the advice of the Department of Homeland Security— ‘see something, say something,’” he explained. “If you notice someone in your neighborhood that you’ve never seen before, you need to watch as that could be a threat. Another indicator of a problem brewing is when someone starts acting strangely or their behavior changes quickly. Police officers really don’t mind getting calls from concerned citizens, regardless of the end result. Community safety has to be a team effort.”

Kolentus also will encourage participants to think about how to respond in the unlikely event they are involved in an “active shooter” event. He recommends following a security protocol called “Run, Hide and Fight.”

  • Run: If there is an active escape path, attempt to evacuate.
  • Hide: Lock and/or barricade the door or hide behind large objects.
  • Fight: As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, attempt to stop the shooter.

“Nobody likes thinking about the possibility of facing an active shooter, but the decisions we make in those situations may mean the difference between life and death,” Kolentus said.

Kolentus’ presentation will take place in Lingle Hall at Reid Health.

Kelch Family Genealogy Work Session

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The Kelch family will gather for a genealogy work session at the Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles on Thursday afternoon August 4 th at 1:00 p.m.

Anyone who might help us is invited to come, bring your pictures and history collected to share with all.

We are excited to compile our story from our 1836 settling in “Dutch Roost” till the present and even back to Prussia if possible.

Questions may be directed to the e-mail of Jim Kelch at We look forward to working together on this project!

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Family Health is seeking an RN/LPN/CMA/RT (Radiology Tech)
Full-time position Monday-Friday (40 hours + Saturday rotation)
Must be a team player and patient-oriented.
Must be licensed in the State of Ohio or a Certified Medical Assistant
Experience preferred, but not required.

Pharmacy Tech
Full-time (Monday-Friday/40 hours + Saturday morning rotation)
Must be licensed in the State of Ohio
Must be a team player and have great customer service skills.

Radiology Tech w/Medical Assistant Duties
Greenville office
Radiology duties, back office duties, as well as After Hours shift rotation.
Must be licensed in the State of Ohio.
Must be friendly, team player, and patient oriented.

Qualified applicant email resumes to:

Local Artists Wanted for First Friday Event

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Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in August. The event has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan crafts. The event will take place on Friday, August 5th from 6-9 pm in the downtown district.

The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children’s apparel, wreaths, and more during the event.

All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late and other activites that will be planned for the event.

Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is July 20th, 2016. For more information contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 or

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

“Drying Foods” at the Library

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Summer is the time of year to enjoy all the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables that ripen in the hot sun. Learn to preserve both for the months ahead through the process of drying! Diane Barga returns to the Greenville Public Library Thursday July 28th at 6:30 p.m. to demonstrate four methods: vine drying, microwave drying, oven drying, and using a dehydrator. There will be banana chips and other fruits to taste.

Diane will also show how to package and store dried foods as well as how to use them and rehydrate them. For instance dried foods can be used in an emergency or while hiking or camping. Diane is a popular teacher at the Library and has held classes on pressure canning and making jellies & jams. She is seen donating a book to Librarian Deb Cameron on Home Canning.

Diane is from the OSU Extension Office and loves teaching people new skills. She teaches Family and Consumer Sciences in schools and at the Darke County office in such subjects as parenting, money management, and food preservation. Her program and class schedule can be seen at, on her Facebook page, and in the local press.

She also has a six-week program called “Live Healthy, Live Well” that you can sign up for where you receive good advice by email. Diane has been with the Darke County Office for 13 years and is a graduate of OSU in Family Relations & Human Development.


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This preschool class was studying “Things that Fly” and decided a field trip to the National Museum of the US Air Force was just the place to go!
The Kids Learning Place is continuing enrollment for the Head Start preschool program for Fall of 2016, call before it is too late.

Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood development program that serves low-income children from ages birth to five years and their families at NO COST. It is a federally funded program operated by Council on Rural Services in Darke County. Children who attend Head Start programs are involved in school readiness that includes literacy, language, science, mathematics, and social-emotional development. They also receive medical and dental services, are served healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing safely indoors and outdoors.

How do you enroll your children for the fall?

Full day services (6 hours) will be available in Greenville, Bradford and Union City, with part day classes (3 ½ hours) also in Greenville. Another option is home based learning with staff visiting families (1 ½ hours) each week and periodic group socializations.

Call today for information about the NO COST services to children that are income eligible, in foster care or homeless. The program also allocates 10% of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs. To secure your child’s spot call our toll free local number at 1-866-627-4557 right away. Check our web site at for more location information.

Council on Rural Services provides education and support services through Kids Learning Place™, Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) and Community Connectors in their nine county service area.


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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Helps DAR Collect 100,904 Letters to Military Personnel in One Month

To celebrate the National Society’s 125th Anniversary and the culmination of the Celebrate America! volunteer service initiative, the DAR channeled its fervor for patriotism and dedicated support of our nation’s military service members toward an ambitious goal. During the week of the 125th Continental Congress, held in June at DAR’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, the organization set an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM title in patriotism for “most letters to military personnel collected in one month.”

DAR members possess an unwavering patriotic devotion that spans the organization’s 125-year history. During the past three years alone, Daughters have devoted more than 2.2 million hours of service to veterans, honored more than 288,000 Vietnam War veterans, and donated more than $250,000 in support of active duty service members and their families. The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM attempt served as a test: Could the membership exceed its already high standards of support for our military?

Achieving this ambitious goal required the National Society to collect and then mail at least 10,000 letters to active-duty service members. Daughters across the country rallied in support of the effort. Members of Fort GreeneVille in Greenville, Ohio, contributed by collecting letters to add to the total. Many DAR members wrote personal messages along with family and friends submitting letters.
As dictated by the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM guidelines, all letters had to be handwritten, addressed to an active duty service member, placed inside a stamped, unsealed envelope, and delivered in person to one of the designated stations set up at DAR Headquarters. OSDAR Regent brought the chapter’s letters to Washington, D.C., and hand-delivered them to a collection station. Letters of appreciation filled more and more boxes as the week progressed, and an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM adjudicator arrived to conduct the verification process.

The carefully tallied total was revealed at the National Defense Night ceremony on Saturday, June 18, 2016. As thousands in attendance waited to learn the outcome of the attempt, members surprised them by carrying in box after box to give a visual representation of how many letters were submitted. The adjudicator took the stage to announce the results using a number tally on the big screen. Cheers increased as soon as the number topped 10,000, but then the audience, including the night’s special guests, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and the USO President and CEO, Dr. J.D. Crouch, all went wild when the tally surpassed 100,000. The DAR had collected 100,904 letters, more than 10 times the minimum threshold needed to set the record for most letters to military personnel collected in one month!

“Congratulations—you are officially amazing!” the adjudicator proclaimed.

This record-setting achievement provides the latest measure of the collective force of the DAR’s appreciation for the United States Military, while simultaneously fostering human connection between the American people and those who defend our freedom. As devoted stewards of the legacy of the Revolutionary War generation, Daughters feel equally compelled to express appreciation for the valor, sacrifice and commitment of today’s active-duty service members. Each letter represents the support of a grateful nation, and Fort GreeneVille Chapter is humbled by the opportunity to assist in collecting these missives to the defenders of our country.

By the end of June, all 100,904 letters will be on the way to active-duty military personnel serving both at home and abroad. May their handwritten messages of gratitude and encouragement cheer the spirits of those who have raised their right hand and sworn to defend and protect the United States of America.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Library Film Series Features It Happened One Night

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The spoiled daughter of a rich man runs away when he threatens to annul her new marriage. A recently fired newspaperman recognizes her but doesn't let on, escorting her from southern Florida to New York to be with her husband. They hate each other. This being a classic Hollywood comedy, of course, they end up falling in love.

It Happened One Night stars Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable as two stubborn, clever, and mismatched individuals who can't decide whether they want to strangle or kiss each other in this 1934 pre-cursor to the screwball comedy genre of the 1940s. Containing elements of the later screwball films but deviating in significant ways, It Happened One Night is hilarious and heartwarming and features two of the biggest stars of the decade.

Join us on Thursday July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library for this wonderful film. David Nilsen will be leading a brief discussion after the movie and as always there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there!

Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk

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The Breast Cancer Awareness 5K run/walk, which is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Annie Oakley statue in downtown Greenville. The kids run will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the 5K run/walk following at 8:30 a.m.

We are excited to bring back the “Pink Mile”, a 1-mile walk led by men representing various community organizations and businesses. The walk will start at approximately 9:45am following the 5K run/walk event.

The event is a great opportunity to raise public awareness of breast cancer while offering support for men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer. The race proceeds benefit individuals in the Darke County community who need mammograms, ultrasounds, wigs, prosthesis, lymphedema services and other supplies to help aid in their treatment and care.

To guarantee a custom tech shirt, race registration forms must be received by July 15th. Early registration is $25 and race day registration is $30. Early registration for the kids run with tech shirt is $12 and $5 with no shirt. Awards and post race activities will take place at Dave Knapp at approximately 11:30 a.m.

All registered participants over the age of 18 will be eligible to win a free car from Dave Knapp Ford. Participants must be present to win.

Race packet pick up will be available for pre-registered participants on Friday, July 29th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Congregational Christian Church Recreational Center. Race day pick up will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the same location.

For more information or to register online, visit or contact Jill Brown at (937) 547-5079 or If you are unable to participate, but would like to make a donation, please mail it to: Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County, c/o Jill Brown, 835 Sweitzer Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331. The Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County is a 501(c) 3 organization.


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Doctors and staff at Reid Health in Greenville
Reid Health proudly sponsors 2016's Gathering at Garst! Since opening their doors for service in 2015, Reid Health has become an invaluable health service in Darke and surrounding counties. The Gathering at Garst wants to publicly thank Reid Health for their generous support of this community minded summer event. The Gathering at Garst takes place on the lawn behind the Garst Museum on July 30th and 31st. More information can be found at

Greenville BPW Holds Fundraiser

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Greenville, OH. On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) held a chicken BBQ dinner fundraiser. BPW would like to thank all those that purchased tickets for the fundraiser. Thanks also to the Greenville VFW Post 7262 for allowing the Club to use their facilities for the drive up deliveries and to Eikenberry’s IGA for providing the bags to put the dinners in.

The money raised from the chicken dinner fundraiser will be used to award scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of each month for a dinner business meeting. Contact membership chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or learn more about the Club.


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Blues guitar virtuoso and singer Jay Jesse Johnson has rightfully been dubbed “a powerhouse guitar rock force to be reckoned with.” The Indiana native tours with his band that includes vocalist Angela Combs, Reed Bogart on bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson on drums, and Lee Evans on the Hammond B3. His latest CD, Set the Blues On Fire, has won rave reviews, earning Triple J acclaim from critics and fans alike as “a modern-day blues master.”

“Barbecue and Blues” takes place Friday, July 15 on the lovely and inviting grounds of Turtle Creek Golf Course; tickets cost $10. The Thirsty Turtle will provide a menu consisting of pulled pork or pulled chicken, Ronnie's cole slaw, baked beans, and home fries for $12.50 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Cheesecake with strawberry drizzle will be offered for dessert, and full bar service will be available.

The music will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with popular local musicians Erin Higgins and Jeff Madewell performing their signature blend of roots, blues, country, and classic rock. When asked to cite their major musical influences, Erin and Jeff list Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Sheryl Crow, Pink Floyd, the Allman Brothers, and Johnny Cash, an eclectic mix that offers insight into the unique sound for which Higgins-Madewell is known. Erin's powerful yet melodic vocals and Jeff's amazing guitar skills have impressed and entertained audiences for the past ten years, deservedly drawing a strong following across the region.

Blues guitar virtuoso and singer Jay Jesse Johnson has rightfully been dubbed “a powerhouse guitar rock force to be reckoned with.” The Indiana native tours with his band that includes vocalist Angela Combs, Reed Bogart on bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson on drums, and Lee Evans on the Hammond B3. His latest CD, Set the Blues On Fire, has won rave reviews, earning Triple J acclaim from critics and fans alike as “a modern-day blues master.” Praised for his technique, tone and song-writing abilities, Jay Jesse Johnson is one of the most electrifying guitarists you will ever hear, performing smoking slow blues and fast-paced rocking boogie with masterful ease.

“Barbecue and Blues,” the annual fun-filled Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser featuring food for the body and music for the soul that supports DCCA's Arts In Education programming and helps underwrite their Family Theatre Series—providing another good reason for attending the event. AIE performances are presented annually to students in every grade of all local public schools at no charge to the students. Family Theatre programs present professional theatre companies performing at historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, charming adults and delighting children with imaginative and thoughtful plays, many based on classic children's literature. In order to maximize the ability of local families to partake of the wonder of theatre, DCCA strives to keep tickets as accessible as possible, and has maintained the incredibly low admission price of $5 for several seasons. Simply knowing that you will be supporting these and other programs provides sufficient motivation to get your tickets for DCCA's “Barbecue and Blues.”

So take your lawn chair or blanket to Turtle Creek, get comfortable, and enjoy great food and great music in the great outdoors with other great people, all for a great cause. Of course, if the weather is less than great, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside the cozy confines of The Thirsty Turtle. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or ordered online at Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

New Bicycle Display at Versailles Area Museum

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Can you feel that warm summer breeze blowing gentle on your face as you peddle the back roads of North Star or Willowdell on your shinny new bicycle? What if that bike were a Dayton or Hawthorn? You say you’ve never heard of these bicycles? Well a trip to the Versailles Museum will give you a sample of early bicycles rode on the back roads of Shelby and Darke County at the end of the 19th century.

Thanks to the generosity of Evelyn and Art Gaier, the VAM is pleased to open their newest display of bicycling in our area, “Peddling Down the Road”. The display includes a wonderful panoramic photo of early Versailles around 1908 taken for the book “Views of Versailles” probably from the top of the old Elevator located near the corner of Williams and Main streets.

Bicycles are arranged to show off their original look. Painstakingly restored and prepared for this display, Mr. Gaier has spent many hours in prepareing for this notable display.

Two unique pieces include a big wheeler complete with a replica of the riders outfit, and an Irish Mailer that any child would enjoy.

Most of these wonderful bicycles have not been seen in our museum before. An exception to that would be the very popular previously displayed “Fairy Cart” that appeared several years ago on our “Street Where You Lived” display.

To enhance this wonderful display, cabinet items include wonderful accessories for your bicycle. This includes early lighting, bells and whistles, all to make your ride the safest and best around.

We invite you to drop by and enjoy this display as well as the continuing displays of the 65th Annual Poultry Days, 35th Jeff Warick Ultimate Tournament, and of course our “Brides Through the Years”.

The museum is open each Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

This summer our famous apple dumplings, homemade desserts and ice cream will be available at the Fireman’s Convention in Heritage Park on Friday evening July 29th and Saturday afternoon July 30th. Don’t miss this once a year event of deliciousness!

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