Wednesday, November 30, 2016


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November is now over and hopefully, all of the leftover turkey is gone too. Thanksgiving is always a special time for families and friends to get together and give thanks for all the blessings we have received. This year, Darke County has a lot to be thankful for, and we hope all of you do too!

The year 2016 has turned out to be very good to Darke County, as we continue to grow and prosper, and we continually receive State and National recognition. The Darke County Visitor’s Bureau learned this month that we are the recipients of 10 awards from Ohio Magazine. The awards are: Best Main Street/Downtown(Greenville), Best County Fair (this doesn’t surprise us, does it!?) Best Historical Museum(Garst), Best Summer Festival (Gathering at Garst), Best Winery (Versailles), Fine Dining (Michael Anthony’s at the Inn), Casual dining (The Merchant House), Best Breakfast Spot (The Old Arcana), Best Coffee Shop/Roaster (The Coffee Pot) and Best Historical Site (Bear’s Mill). The first five in the list above are multiple year winners! These awards validate what a great place we have here in Darke County, and what we have to offer.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau has also won the prestigious Ruby Award, an award of Excellence from the Ohio Travel Association. Thanks to Matt Staugler of the Visitors Bureau, Amber Garrett of Main Street Greenville and all involved for doing Darke County Proud!!

On November 19th, several thousands of people were in Greenville for the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. The weather cooperated, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all of the participants and organizers for a really great evening. The 26th of November saw the Small Business Saturday in the County. It too seemed to be very successful. As the Christmas season approaches, please be sure to shop at and support our local businesses and continue to make all of our town’s merchants successful.

This month the Commissioners and our Elected Officials are working on appropriations for next year. Once again, the elected officials have done an outstanding job of holding costs in line, and continue to operate at peak efficiency. This has been a very good year, and with our Health and Wellness group our costs of insurance have seen very slight increases the last few years. Thanks to the entire Health and Wellness Team, and Denise Dillman and John Cook, for keeping us healthy and keeping costs low.

Thanksgiving gave us a lot to be thankful for. The Commissioners hope that as the year ends, you and your families will continue to prosper. The Commissioners would love to see you at one of our scheduled weekly sessions, so you can be in the know. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you there and have a great Holiday season.

The Darke County Commissioners

TASKS, Inc. Partners with VHS

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Effective with the graduating class of 2018, all graduating seniors in the state of Ohio must be trained in CPR and AED use. Although Versailles High School has taught CPR and AED use in sophomore health classes for several years, the majority of the training equipment being used was worn out and beyond its useful life. With the help of TASKS, Inc., VHS was able to purchase new training aids to be used with all sophomore health classes to meet the graduation requirement, as well as all 8th grade health classes as an orientation to CPR and AED use. Included in the recent purchase was 6 adult mannequins, 1 child mannequin, 6 infant mannequins, and 5 AED trainers. The mannequins purchased provide immediate digital feedback regarding rate and depth of compressions being performed by the students. The AEDs are fully automated with voice prompts and a metronome to assist students with maintaining the proper rate of compressions. With each class containing 20-24 students, these advanced training aids will greatly assist VHS with teaching students this important life-saving skill.

The picture above shows Scott Garrison of TASKS, Inc. presenting a check to Versailles school nurse Tracy Cordonnier. Also pictured are TASKS board members Brian Griesdorn and Dan Watren, as well as Superintendent Aaron Moran.

Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Takes Darke County Parliamentary Procedure Contest

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Article by Secretary Kara Hollinger and Reporter Brittany Brewer

On Monday, November 21, the Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter Advanced Parliamentary Procedure Team won the Darke County Contest. Parliamentary Procedure is the body of rules, ethics, and customs governing meetings and other operations of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies, and other deliberative assemblies. The team consisted of Chairmen-Maddie Downing(Freshman), Kara Hollinger, Brittany Brewer, Joshua Hollinger, Tyler Martin, Justin DePoy (Freshman), and Joshua Wiford. The team will continue on to the District 5 contest on Wednesday, November 30th.

Also on Monday, November 21, members from the Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the Darke County Soil and Water Banquet. These members represented those who won the Darke County Land Evaluation Contest on September 20. The Darke County Soil and Water awarded the top team and top individual at the Darke County Land Evaluation Contest. The top team was Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Chapter’s Maddie Downing, Brittany Brewer, Kara Hollinger, and Bailey Towery. The top individual was Joshua Hollinger.

(left to right, front row): Joshua Hollinger, Brittany Brewer, Kara Hollinger, Justin Depoy. Back row: Joshua Wiford, Maddie Downing, Tyler Martin.

Faith Church Hosts Girl Scout Troop 32131 and Accepts Donations

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Members of the Arcanum Girl Scout Troop 32131 presenting items to Faith UMC Food Pantry
Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church hosted Girl Scout Troop #32131 for their November Meeting. The Scouts, who usually meet at Trinity United Methodist Church, came to learn all about Faith’s Food Pantry that serves those in the Arcanum and the surrounding area. Faith Church gratefully accepted cash and 141 food items donated by Trinity and the Girl Scout Troop. To learn more about Faith’s Food Pantry, please call the church office Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 12:00 at 692-8934.

A Special Night at the Museum

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With tidings of comfort and joy, your Versailles Area Museum invites you to celebrate the joy of the season with a special evening by Christmas lights to enjoy our special displays. On Friday evening December 9th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. the lights will twinkle, and candles flicker and the scent of the season will fill our displays.

Guest presenters will be in the various rooms to share the stories of the season. Janet & Leo Rinderle will be hosting the “Sweet Treats” display and share the thrill of collecting M&M collectables and traveling to their unique conventions. Tom Mendenhall, one of our valued volunteers will host our Military Room sharing some of the history of those remembered in our exhibit. Another of our faithful volunteers, Cynthia Vogel will answer questions about northeastern Darke County’s own Annie Oakley and how she might have kept Christmas. Art Gaier will tell you all about the earliest bicycles that might have appeared under a real Christmas tree.

Sweet treats like Grandma made for the holidays will be offered and fantastic books are being offered for sale in our Gift Shop. You also may become a member or give a gift membership for the holidays. We also will have our 2017 Historic Dinner tickets available for you to reserve seats for yourself or to give as a gift to a special History lover on your list.

Please plan to spend a little time with us as we welcome the season at the Museum!

Remember we close for the season December 18th. We reopen in February for our 2017 season!

Butterflies Junior Garden Club Decorates Christmas Tree at the Garst Museum

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club decorated their Christmas tree in the Pioneer Room of the Garst Museum in preparation for the Open House, December 4 from 1-4 p.m.

The club was asked to celebrate the groups artistic talents in decorating the tree and they chose the pebble art pictures they made earlier this year. The tree topper was of cotton balls stems and birch branches. The burlap garland ribbon coordinated with the pebbles in the designs with frosted ornaments and snow flakes added. The skirt of the tree held excess pebbles matching those on the frames. Butterflies members decorating (l-r) Kate Rehmert, Saige Fellers, Mariana Ramos, Meg Rehmert, Audrey Allread and Brianna Fellers.

The club wishes everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

New Madison Public Library Christmas Open House

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Friends of the New Madison Public Library invite you to join them for their Annual Christmas Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Yummy refreshments will be provided beginning at 11AM. From 3-6:00 library patrons will be entertained by Tri-Village graduate, Eric Smith, who will share sounds of the season. At 6:00 the Board of Trustees will be honoring our Phyllis Cole Dubbs Library Service Award Recipient for 2016, Marilyn J. Fritz. Bring the family in to celebrate and stock up on books, magazines, movies, and music for the holiday season. Check out our website & LIKE us on Facebook for more information on programming throughout the year.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens'
A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on
Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, December 17 at 8 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the beloved tale of redemption and joy will be performed by the National Touring Company of the North County Center for the Arts, which has been providing award-winning theater for nearly 30 years. “This production features first class professional actors, lush costumes, and stunning sets, as well as traditional carols and a timeless message,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “DCCA is thrilled to be able to bring this delightful and entertaining show to our community; A Christmas Carol provides the perfect vehicle to fill audiences of all ages with the true spirit of the season,” he concluded.

The second production of DCCA's 2016-2017 Artists Series season, A Christmas Carol stars Scott H. Severance as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge; Mr. Severance, who also directs the show, says that Dickens' classic tale, first published in 1843, presents unforgettable contrasting images of darkness and despair, light and joy, and was one of the greatest influences rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England. DCCA officials stated that this presentation brings musical theatre to their performing arts schedule, something often requested by patrons but difficult to present in the space offered at St. Clair Memorial Hall, while at the same time appropriately celebrating the holiday season through the arts.

A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Greenville National Bank and Rodney Oda. 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 Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation, and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, as well as DCCA memberships.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol are $25 for adults and half-price for students, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, and at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Beautiful Aquarium Gifted to Darke County Parks

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Twelve fish call this new tank their home and are ready
to take kids on underwater adventures.
Darke County Parks has a long standing legacy of educating young and old alike about nature with live animals. The renovation of the Nature Center classroom into the “Live Classroom”, which included built in terrariums, enclosures, and aquariums as well as wildlife murals painted on the walls, even earned them an award from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association in 2012.

Recently two park supporters, Ed Koenig and Drema Wetzel, wished to continue the tradition of quality displays and donated a beautiful 170 gallon aquarium to the park district. The new display features an enclosed wooden cabinet stand and a wood top with crown molding. The tank is now home to the “pond life” creatures such as bluegill, redear sunfish, and a small catfish. Visitors can get an up close look at their native fish and explore underwater life. The park would like to extend a huge thank you to Ed and Drema for their gift and to the park volunteers who help move and transport the tank to the Nature Center. Naturalist Kathi McQueen said she’s so pleased that the “community is helping to keep our displays fresh and updated so the park district can continue to grow and prosper, teaching future generations about the importance of nature and conservation.”

In the near future, the display will feature informational signage about fish species and pond life, but for now Darke County Parks invites everyone to check out their gorgeous donation and all the other live animal displays. For more information about the Darke County Parks visit their website at

Fort GreeneVille DAR Holds Dedication at Old Castine Cemetery

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Despite the blusterous weather on November 19th, the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR held a graveside dedication for American Revolutionary War Soldiers Samuel Satterley and David Harriman. Both soldiers are buried at the Old Castine Cemetery on St Rt 127. The stones for each soldier were in disrepair due to the years of weather. The new stones dedicated were provided by the US government. The DAR was able to prove both soldiers were federalized and received pensions. Regent Debbie Nisonger gave the invocation and Greenville VFW Post 7262 Mike Maloney spoke of their contribution to our Nation. Following the dedication, DAR members thanked the Butler Township Trustees for their assistance in making this dedication happen.

Pictured: DAR members Caroline Petitjean and Helen Wright, VFW Post member Mike Maloney, Butler Township Trustees Curtis Yount, Tom Hans and Ryan Crawford

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Garst Museum Holiday Open House

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Christmas tree decorated by The Wildflower Garden Club
located in the Garst Museum’s parlor.
Garst Museum’s annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on this one afternoon.

Highlights of the afternoon include live seasonal music, light refreshments and beautiful decorations. The museum’s Christmas collection will be used for decorating throughout the museum. Plan to do a little Christmas shopping in the Museum Store, as there will be a 20% discount on all items.

The museum features a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees illustrating the talents of the following groups: The Wildflower Garden Club, Junior Butterflies Garden Club, Sun and Fun Garden Club, Ladybug Garden Club, Garden Ladies Garden Club, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Fort Greene Ville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Plan to stop by and enjoy the fun, shop, and also take advantage of the free admission to tour the museum.

The Darke County Historical Society and the Garst Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio as part of the development of the crossroads of the American experience. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, and Ohio Native Americans.

The Garst Museum is located at:
205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through the winter wonderland on Saturday, December 3rd from 6 to 9pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! There will be over 350 luminaries lighting the way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As families hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, they can enjoy crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening.

In the log house, the fire will be warm with holiday snacks and drinks to sample. Enjoy pioneer music of Christmas past while relaxing in the comforts of the 18th century. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available upstairs in the log house and in the nature center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The nature center and gift shop will be open throughout the event offering a chance to discover a selection of unique gifts or that perfect holiday stocking stuffer! Don’t forget to bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path! Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Start a family tradition this year.

Arcanum Lion's Club Inducts New Members

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November 17th Arcanum Lion’s Club inducted 6 new members into the club. Arcanum Lion's Club has a total of 54 members and has been active in the Arcanum Community since it's founding in 1929.

Pictured left to right: Sponsor Lion Terry Mills, new member Micha Brown, new member Andy Heindle, Sponsor Lion Winston Brumbaugh, new member, Casey Heindle, Sponsor Lion Lexie Hackworth, new member Trent Tomlin, Sponsor Lion Wendell Miller, Sponsor Bob Kimmel, new member John Junkins, and new member Jaden Horner.

Pete the Cat at the Library

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Every kid's favorite groovy blue cat will make a rockin’ appearance at the Greenville Public Library on Saturday December 3rd from 2:00-4:00. There will be Pete the Cat themed games, snacks, and crafts set up. Pete will hang out, mingle, and pose for pictures!

The popular Pete the Cat book series is written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean and follows the antics of the skate-boarding, guitar-playing, cool-as-a-cucumber Pete. Be there or be square says Pete!

Katie Gabbard at Library

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Katie Gabbard from The Ivy League will present “Home for the Holidays” at the Greenville Public Library on Thursday December 8 at 6:30 p.m. Join us as Katie shares her techniques to help you discover the joys of decking the halls. She says “Use the heart of your home to decorate for the holiday season.” For more information on Katie and The Ivy League see This is a free program open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


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Representatives of the Darke County Commissioners continue the tradition of those county executives being the first to donate mittens and gloves to the Fish Mitten Tree.  Also pictured are Marilyn Delk, Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project, Fish Director Kristy Cutarelli, and Head Start students who will be among the children benefitting from the project.
The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its empty branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also will stand inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for almost fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by December 19. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. For more information, call the Fish phone number, 548-2000; a volunteer will return your call.

Annual Induction of Lineage Society Members

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Pictured (l to r) are lineage committee members and inductees, Brenda Arnett, Diane Brittenham, Mary, John & David Neff, Nita Allread, Nancy Stump, and Shirley Hughes
During the November, 2016 meeting of the Darke County Genealogical Society the annual induction of the descendants into the Lineage Families of Darke County, Ohio was held.

Inducted this year were Nita Allread, John Neff, Mary Louise Neff, and David Neff. Note: the year in parentheses is the year residence has been proven for Darke County.

The ancestors inducted into the Lineage Society are representative of those who settled our county in the 1800s. They include farmers and craftsmen who came in search of a better life with new opportunities. Birthdates cover over a century from 1794 to 1903. As always most proof is from birth, marriage, and death records but census records and wills were also used to prove residency in Darke County.

Nita Allread chose to honor three branches of her family. The Wandle family’s matriarch was German born Christina Barbara Kaut Wandle (1890) whose husband died in the Battle of Nashville, December, 1864. The other members of the family group are her son, Emanuel G. Wandle (1876), his spouse, Elizabeth Sease Wandle (1860) and their daughter and son-in-law, Esther D. Wandle (1896) and Alpha C. (1897) Lutz. The Lutz family lived in Monroe Twp. and included Jacob Lutz (1870) and his wife, Rebecca Ditmer Lutz (1870) and their son and his spouse, Franklin B.(1870) and Lillie B. Williamson (1900) Lutz. The third family branch is Abraham Sease (1850) and his wife, Margaret Baker Sease (1850).
The Neff family chose to honor several branches on both sides of the family. From John Neff’s side are John W. Neff (1870) and wife, Elizabeth Bowser Neff (1870), and their son’s family, George W. Neff (1880), Mary C. Crowell Neff (1880) and Joseph P. Neff (1903). Mary’s family traces back to John Orris (1877), an émigré from Russia, through his daughter, Catharine Orris Risser (1852), her husband, Joseph Risser(1852), and their daughter and her husband, Anna Risser (1860) and William (1877) Crowell.

From Mary Neff’s side are the Fryman family, Jacob Fryman (1850) and Catharine Ditmer Fryman (1850), George Fryman (1851) and spouse, Lydia Flory Fryman (1860), and their child, Calvin O. Fryman (1889) and his wife, Sylvia E. Heller Fryman (1891). The Flory line is represented by Emanuel Flory (1830) who came to Darke County as a minister to the Palestine area and his son and spouse, Benjamin (1860) and Mary Ann Spitler (1860) Flory. The Heller family is found in Franklin Twp. with patriarch, Henry D. Heller (1850) and his wife, Martha M. Earhart Heller (1850) and their son and his spouse, Henry E. (1862) and Martha S. Rife (1862) Heller. Martha’s parents were shoemaker, John J. (1900) and Anna Paul (1900) Rife.

The Lineage Families of Darke County, Ohio is open to persons who are members of the DCGS and who can successfully prove in the application process ancestors who were residents of Darke County. The specific categories are Pioneer Families (resident by 31 December 1830), First Families (resident of Darke County by 31 December 1850), Civil War Ancestors (Darke County resident who served in the Civil War, 1861-1865) and Century Ancestors (resident of Darke County from 01 January 1851 to present date minus 100 years).

Applications and a list of fees may be obtained at the Darke County Research Center located in Garst Museum in Greenville. The research center’s staff may be contacted at 937-548-5250.

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Christmas Vacation”

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Christmas Vacation”, on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 6 PM. The play was written by Pastor Ken Oren and directed by Pastor Ken and Youth Director Andrea Strawser. The play reminds us of the Spiritual side of Christmas amongst a secular society, and how two families with differing outlooks come to see the true meaning of Christmas. New Dawn Trio will be performing and congregational singing will be included. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas celebration. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304. For more info, call Bruce at 937-564-2891.


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John Beard of the Greenville Masons is shown presenting a ribbon to Evan Beckley, Greenville East/Intermediate student after an event at the Darke County Special Olympics Track and Field Day last spring. Greenville Masonic Lodge #143’s donation to Darke County Special Olympics helps operate the many volunteer led and organized athletic programs for students and adults with disabilities throughout the year.

DCCA Recognizes Greenville Technology Inc. for their Sponsorship of recent Riders In The Sky Special Event

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Riders In The Sky recently performing for a full house at St. Clair Memorial Hall thanks to Spotlight Sponsor Greenville Technology Inc.  Photo by Gaylen Blosser of The Early Bird.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville Technology Inc. for their Superstar Sponsorship contribution to the DCCA 2016-2017 CONNECTIONS season and spotlight sponsorship of the recent Special Event Riders In The Sky Salute Roy Rogers at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for Greenville Technology Inc's sponsorship, which helps enable our efforts to provide culturally enriching experiences for the citizens of our community.”

Featuring film clips of Roy's greatest moments on screen as well as the songs that the western icon made famous; Riders in the Sky's “Salute to Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys” was enjoyed by the audience triggering memories for those who grew up idolizing the Ohio native, while introducing new generations to a wonderful man and artist. In addition to providing fun facts about the life of the Hollywood star, the performance highlighted Roy Rogers' influence on a generation of musicians and entertainers. “DCCA has brought Riders In the Sky to St. Clair Memorial Hall multiple times for many good reasons; these guys are extremely talented, present a delightful, fun-filled show representing the best of American values, and usually sell out the house,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.

“We thank Greenville Technology, Incorporated for their continued sponsorship,” stated Jordan. “We rely on the support of community minded local companies to continue bringing high quality entertainment to Darke County; their commitment to enhancing our community is much appreciated,” concluded Jordan.

Thanks to community support Darke County Center for the Arts has presented an Artists Series at St. Clair Memorial Hall, for over 35 years, featuring outstanding professional performing artists, right here in our own backyard. Remaining 2016-2017 Artists Series performances include A Christmas Carol on December 17; We Banjo 3 on February 4; and Toledo Symphony Orchestra's presentation of I've Got Rhythm on April 29th. Tickets are currently available for all upcoming DCCA events.

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2016-2017 “CONNECTIONS” season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at

A Local Idea for "Giving Tuesday..."

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A great reaction to the "Black Fridays" and "Cyber Mondays" of our culture is the organization of "Giving Tuesday," a day to pause from the normal gift buying rush to donate to non profits who strengthen and enhance our communities all year long. Here's an idea for a local non profit you could give to on this "Giving Tuesday:"
Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation to help with the restoration of the Treasured Island in the city park, can do so by using the PayPal link on the website of the Friends of the Greenville City Parks ( or by sending a check made out to Friends of the Greenville City Parks mail to: P.O. Box 11, Greenville, Ohio 45331.
Are you giving to any local non profits today?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Greenville Schools Foundation Announces 500 Club Drawing Winners

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The Greenville Schools Foundation held its second of nine drawings for the 500 Club raffle with the following results:

  • 1st $50.00 Mark Taylor
  • 2nd $20.00 Stan Hughes
  • 3rd $10.00 Dustin Smith

Tickets are still available and are good for the duration of the nine month raffle. The cost is $10.00. You can buy your 500 Club tickets from any board member or by calling 548-9895 or 548-1530.

Proceeds from the sale of 500 Club tickets benefit a large variety of activities for Greenvile students.

Vivian and Walter Nieport to Entertain at PERI Luncheon Meeting [Reservation Deadline is November 30]

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The VFW on Ohio Street in Greenville holds special memories for Vivian and Walter Nieport of Greenville. It was the place where they chose to hold their wedding reception. It was the place where they entertained and enchanted their guests with a waltz they had learned while taking ballroom dance classes together. Reminiscing about how they had easily glided across the floor while performing graceful lifts and turns, they say they will never forget the place or the waltz, which will always be their favorite dance.

Now, twenty-five years later, Vivian and Walter are still dancing and will again waltz at the VFW as they perform for the Darke County Chapter of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) during its bimonthly luncheon meeting on Monday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. Even though they no longer do lifts and each admits to having a few aches and pains, folks who know them say they still love to see them dance. As for Vivian and Walter, they say that the dance that brought them together has helped keep them together while paving the way to a healthier and happier life style - - a life style that exemplifies that even retirees can remain fit while participating in an enjoyable and energetic activity.

Vivian, who is also the Attendance and Contact Chairman of PERI, will be taking reservations for the December 5 meeting, which must be in no later than Wednesday, November 30. PERI members will be contacted by the calling committee which she oversees. Other public employees, who are retired or are planning to retire and who are not members of PERI, are also welcome to attend by calling her at (937) 548-3961. Cost for the luncheon is $9.00 per person.

Highlighting the meeting will be a special performance by Alex Vehre, son of Beth and John Vehre, who will be playing a medley of Christmas music. Alex, who is a junior in high school, has studied violin, viola and piano under the direction of Michelle Dree. In addition, he is the principal violinist with the Greenville High School Strings Orchestra which is directed and conducted by J.R. Price.

Frequently invited to perform at churches, weddings and other events, he also has the distinction of being selected four years in a row to perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Strings Orchestra, which is sponsored by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with the Dayton Art Institute. According to participation regulations, every student selected for this Orchestra must pass an annual audition in order to be eligible to perform.

Although the meeting will begin by addressing hopefully resolved insurance issues and other concerns, as well as the need to elect a new secretary, it will end with games and prizes - - a positive ending to a year that has been full of challenges and changes for PERI members.

New Family Health Facility in New Madison to Host Open House

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Darke County Civic Theater To Hold Auditions

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their Spring Production of "Almost, Maine" on Sunday, December 4th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream. The production is seeking actors and actresses ages 18 and older. Rehearsals will take place on Sunday afternoon's and occasional Friday evenings. The show is set to be performed at the Elks Lodge in Greenville, OH on March 18th & 19th, 2017. Please plan on staying for the entire audition period.

Visit our website, or email for more information.

Greenville High School Parent Teacher Student Association to Host Breakfast with Santa

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The Greenville High School Parent Teacher Student Association will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Greenville High School cafeteria. Breakfast will consist of breakfast casserole, pancakes, donut holes, sausage, milk and juice. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children or at the door for $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children. There will also be a cookie walk and sing along during the breakfast. Please contact Tammy Abell at 548-4660 (e-mail: or Kristen Onkst at 547-3955 (e-mail: for tickets and more information.

The Fort GreeneVille Chapter nominates retired Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class (CW2) Pamela Carpenter Summers for the 2016 Outstanding Woman Award - Women in American History

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The Fort GreeneVille Chapter nominates retired Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Class (CW2) Pamela Carpenter Summers for the 2016 Outstanding Woman Award - Women in American History.

Summers, a 1973 Greenville High School graduate, distinguished herself by serving in the United States Army for eight years (1973to 1981). During her time of service in the Army she was awarded the National Defense Ribbon, the Good Conduct, Army Commendation and Korean Defense Service medals. Furthermore, she was one of thirteen women who were hand selected to attend the United States Army's Flight School where she was trained to fly Huey helicopters.

After Summers separated from the Army in 1981, she obtained her civilian helicopter's license and ultimately became the first female to fly the Boeing’s AH-64 Apache Attack helicopter.

Wayne HealthCare Purchases Innovative Beds and Mattress System to Improve the Patient Experience

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Wayne HealthCare is committed to improving the healthcare experience for patients, employees and their families. The hospital received a generous gift from the estate of Ms. Venice Ricker with restrictions on how the gift must be used. As a recipient of this generous gift, the hospital has earmarked funds to purchase 24 new Hill-Rom Advanta 2 beds and Morel Hercules mattresses.

The new beds and mattresses will be installed in two phases. The first phase will be completed before the end of the year and the second phase will be installed in January 2017.

The Advanta 2 bed is a smart bed with reliable connectivity to most nurse call systems. Alerts are built into the bed to provide instant notification of unsafe events. The Advanta 2 bed is the latest smart bed model from Hill-Rom. “Having a bed with patient-friendly features is a great addition to helping improve the experience for patients in the 3North Telemetry Med/Surg unit,” said Kim Freeman, MS, RN, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Wayne HealthCare.

This bed is an excellent choice because it combines new smart technology; innovative design features with proven features that aid in safe care, ease of use, flexibility, and patient comfort.

To compliment The Advanta™ 2 Telemetry Med/ Surg Beds, patients in the unit will also have a new technology to help resolve a longstanding challenge in caring for patients – moving them up when they have slid down in their beds.

VHCC Thanksgiving Celebration

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Business Office Manager Therese Pohlman and long-term care
residents Mae Stoltz and Florence Schwartz.
Versailles Health Care Center hosted a Thanksgiving meal for patients, residents, staff, and guests. VHCC’s dining services provided a holiday meal of turkey, ham, dressing mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie. VHCC staff also brought in homemade dishes to share with patients and residents. Kristy Earick, CEO/Administrator, thanked all in attendance and led prayer before the meal. Earick shared “Thanksgiving is the time of year when we cherish family gatherings. We are all one big family here and look forward each year to the food and sharing of our traditional Thanksgiving meal together. A special thanks to our culinary team for a job well done!”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 197 patients who utilized its short-term rehab services in 2015 and 175 so far in 2016! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call at 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present high-tech comedy
musical act AudioBody at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in
Greenville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.
All tickets are $10 and general admission.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present high-tech comedy musical act AudioBody at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 15. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the performance is difficult to describe and the artists almost impossible to label. “This show is part of our intimate Coffeehouse Series, but could not be contained within the confines of the small venues where these performances usually occur,” Rawlins stated. “An innovative mix of comedy, circus arts, and up-beat music with cutting edge technology, AudioBody's performance will captivate and delight audiences of all ages,” he said.

According to Mr. Rawlins, AudioBody founders Matthew and Jason Tardy began their performing career as young teenagers, presenting sketch comedy in their home town, then trained with physical comedians, mime masters, gold-medal jugglers, and Cirque du Soleil performers before creating their current show that has played cruise ships, resort casinos, and the White House. Their arsenal of audio-visual inventions include wearable electronic jumpsuits that play music as they move, fluorescent light ropes that form the shapes of sound waves, an electronic drum set, and a computerized LED lighting system. “AudioBody presents a uniquely creative energetic show that provides something for everyone,” Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by EB Real Estate, Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

Tickets for the Coffeehouse Series performance by AudioBody cost $10, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library as well as online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door. AudioBody will also perform on December 14 and 15 for junior high students as part of DCCA's Arts In Education series; these performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall are free and open to the public.

Interim HealthCare Sponsored 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Shelly Fidler, Community Liaison of Interim HealthCare
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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Giving back to the local community, Interim HealthCare was proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 7 pm in downtown Greenville.

This event, hosted by Main Street Greenville, has become an annual holiday tradition for local families and visitors, with over 80 lighted horse drawn carriages, hitches and riders for all ages to enjoy. The parade also features entertainment, leading up to the parade.

“Interim HealthCare continues to support the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade to show our appreciation for the support the community provides us throughout the year,” said Shelly Fidler, Community Liaison for Interim. “We are happy to serve the entire Darke County region and thankful to Greenville for allowing us to be part of this amazing community.”

Interim HealthCare became part of the downtown Greenville family in 2015. They provide a variety of home care services, including but not limited to: therapists, nurses, and aides that come to your home to help keep the families together, safe, and well cared for. They are proud to announce they will soon add pediatric health care services and private duty nursing services, because when it matters most you can count on them.

Main Street Greenville also thanks the many other local businesses who help to sponsor this annual event, a full list of sponsors can be found on their website. This year's Platinum Parade Sponsors are Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Federal, Interim HealthCare, and Edison State Community College. “We are thankful for our sponsors’ support. Many of our sponsors are continued sponsors who help us create this event for our community each year,” said Joel Allread, Board President for Main Street Greenville.

Please visit or follow them on social media for more information. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or

YMCA Breakfast with Santa

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The Child Development Center of the YMCA of Darke County is excited to announce their second annual Breakfast With Santa event on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the Greenville branch.

Open to the Community, we invite families to join us and enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast, sing Christmas carols, make a Christmas craft, play games, and visit with Santa! We will take a photo for you or you may take your own photo with Santa!

All photos taken from this fun event can be found on our facebook page,

All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and are available in the Child Development Center Office or Welcome Center at the Y. Registration can also be found online at our website for those who have set up an online account. (Call the Y if you would like to set up an account.) Contact the Y with any questions at 937.548.3777.

GTI presents donation to Cancer Association of Darke County

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During the month of July, Greenville Technology, Inc. (GTI) held its annual Cancer Awareness Campaign. GTI’s Health and Wellness committee coordinators Kristian Garwood and Kristen Gosnell planned a month full of activities to try to meet the goal of $5000. With the help of the committee, GTI held several food events including a Loaded Nacho Day, Farmer Brown Day, Bowman’s Texas Tenderloin Day, and a Bake Sale. GTI also held several raffles including their annual “Fight for a Cure” raffle. With the help of local vendors, GTI had over 80 items donated for this years “Fight for a Cure” raffle. GTI employees also purchased badge holders, lapel pins, and t-shirts. The t- shirt sale was a big hit. On July 29, GTI held their second “Go Shirtless for Cancer” day. On this day, the associates who purchased the Cancer T-shirt, could wear the t-shirt in place of their company uniform shirt. This year’s campaign was a complete success thanks to all their employees. GTI surpassed the goal of $5000. On October 28, 2016, they were pleased to be able to give the Cancer Association of Darke County a check for $7384. 32.

The cancer association is very grateful to those businesses and individuals in the community that give so generously to help those battling a very difficult disease. They provide benefits to cancer patients living in Darke County. For further information, call 548-9960.

Holiday Shopping at Friends of DCP Gift Shop

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Everyone needs a warm and cozy scarf to brave Ohio’s bitter winter.
The Friends of Darke County Parks invites everyone to do their holiday shopping at the gift shop located inside the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. It has everything you need for the birder, hiker, or general nature lover on your list, as well as many fun and educational items for the kids. The wide selection of books, including many nature field guides, is sure to impress, and the birdfeeders are big sellers this time of year. The rugs and coasters are woven by volunteers, and the hand forged hooks and key chains are made by volunteer blacksmiths at the park. For the history lover on your list, there are many different types of historical books and games, and the family fashionista would love a handmade scarf or pair of nature themed earrings. Younger visitors to the gift shop always marvel at the toy animals, books, and colorful stones for sale. If someone on your list is already a member of the Friends organization, you can even get them a new polo shirt to show off their support.

Item prices in the gift shop range from as little as 25 cents to $35, with most items being in the $3 to $10 range. For those just out enjoying the park and the nature center, the gift shop also has water and soft drinks, both diet and regular, available for purchase. The gift shop hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. The Friends of the Darke County Parks Gift Shop will also have special holiday hours during the Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland event on December 5th from 6pm-9pm. For any questions about the gift shop, please call (937) 548-0165 Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm.

Christmas Treasures

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Driver Airlifted After Single Car Crash on Hollansburg Tampico Road

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Hollansburg- On November 27, 2016 at approximately 5:44 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Twp Fire, Tri Village Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3300 block of Hollansburg Tampico Rd.

Preliminary investigation shows that Dorothy Blanken (62) of Glen Karn was south bound on Hollansburg Tampico Rd. The 2015 Ford Mustang she was driving went off the left side of the road coming to rest in a ditch. Blanken was initially treated by Tri Village Rescue then transported from the scene to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Blanken’s condition is currently unknown.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Arcanum Faith Church Collects Shoeboxes

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Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church collected Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, a global project, of Samaritan's Purse. These boxes were filled with special "fun" gifts - but more importantly members added lots of love and prayers. All boxes were blessed by Pastor Tim Pieper before being shipped to their destination.

Lower left: Dick Troutwine; Back row - Cheryl Gray, Debbie Metzner, Sharon Karns, Sharon Troutwine, Pastor Tim Pieper; Lower right: Tom Fourman.


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Local hometown hero Matt Light, is featured in a seasonal exhibit case at Garst Museum. See a couple of his jerseys, learn about some stats of his awards and games played. This exhibit will be available through football season. Garst Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, for complete hours see


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GREENVILLE, OH (November 16, 2016) – After being well represented in the “Best of Ohio Reader’s Choice” awards from Ohio Magazine last year, Darke County was recognized with ten in the 2017 iteration of the annual contest. The ten include:

  • Best Main Street/Downtown: Main Street Greenville (second year in a row)
  • County Fair: The GREAT! Darke County Fair (third year in a row)
  • Best Historical Museum: Garst Museum (third year in a row)
  • Best Summer Festival: Gathering at Garst (second year in a row)
  • Best Winery: The Winery at Versailles (second year in a row)
  • Fine Dining: Michael Anthony’s at the Inn
  • Casual Dining: The Merchant House
  • Breakfast Spot: The Old Arcana
  • Coffee Shop/Roaster: The Coffee Pot
  • Historical Site: Bear’s Mill

“We were pleasantly surprised with the five awards from last year, but to be recognized with ten awards this year is very special,” said Matthew Staugler, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “All of the places and attractions on this list work incredibly hard and are terrific ambassadors for our community. I’m also very excited about the accolades for our restaurants. You can truly have a culinary experience here in Darke County, and that’s a great complement to our traditional tourism entities.”

For more information on Ohio Magazine and the “Best of Ohio” awards, visit The Darke County Visitors Bureau is located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville, OH and can be reached at 937-548-5158 or


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Jane Carroll (IDP Committee chairman) and
Elizabeth Craycraft owner of The Ostrich and The Frog
Greenville, OH. – Greenville BPW Members and guests enjoyed an evening of learning how to express themselves by painting at their November 10th meeting held at the Brethren Retirement Community Private Dining Room. The program was hosted by IDP committee members Brenda Miller, Marilyn Emmons and Jane Carroll, Chair. Elizabeth Craycraft, owner and CEO of The Ostrich and Frog located in Covington, Ohio, told the story of her life’s journey and how the name of the business evolved around a poem written by a childhood friend who lost her battle to lymphoma at age 19. She also told of the accident which nearly took her life from which she recovered and how her childhood passion to paint became her calling. She provided each member a 6x6 canvas and then gave step by step instructions as they all painted a Christmas ornament. She sees beauty in each painting as each one was an expression of each individual. Many who attended had never attempted anything like this, but all turned out well.

Following the program, members made plans for the upcoming “Breakfast with Santa” which will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 3rd at the Greenville VFW. Also, the Super Raffle Drawing will be held at the December 8th BPW meeting. Tickets are still available by contacting Susan Shields at 548-2592 or email or Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or email Winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Proceeds from both events go toward scholarships for Darke County young women.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or

Donation to the Darke County Veteran Services by Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR commemorated Veterans Day by donating $350.00 worth of items to the Darke County Veteran Services for local Veterans.

Pictured: Darke County Veteran Services Officer Var Gahron and DAR members Helen Wright, Chris Nehring and Mary Jane Dietrich.

GPD Detective Marion Speaks to Darke County Republican Women

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Greenville Police Detective Jason E. Marion was guest speaker for the Darke County Republican Women's Club November dinner meeting.

Detective Marion spoke about exploitation/scams.

Winter Tree ID Workshop at DCP

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Trees are all around, yet many do not know a maple from an oak. As many trees lose their leaves in the winter months, this only adds to the difficulty. Join a naturalist on Saturday, November 26th at 10am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center for an informative program to learn how to identify a tree in the winter months through bark, twig, and growth patterns. The workshop will finish by heading outside to practice the newly learned skill. Registration is requested for this free event. For questions about this or any other park district programs or to register for the class, please call 548-0165.

The hackberry tree is easy to identify by its wart-like bark.

Candlelight Dinners on the Prairie A Success

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Guests enjoyed a sparkling cider toast to history
upon their welcome to the Wilcox/Harlett log home.
Once again, Darke County Parks hosted the Candlelit Dinners on the Prairie on Saturday, October 22nd and Saturday, November 5th. Both nights were unseasonably warm, so there was hardly a need to stick close to the fire in the log house. Visitors were welcomed and split into two groups, the Wilcox and Harlett families. The logs of these two families’ homes were used in the construction of the current log house at Shawnee Prairie.

The dinner guests enjoyed demonstrations of the park district’s blacksmith shop by Galen Delk and the life and accoutrements of a long hunter by Andrew Kenworthy, both park volunteers. Then the guests enjoyed their meal. The October dinner featured both rabbit and venison as the main course, and the second dinner featured Schnitz un Knepp, a German style smoked ham and apple dish. This year’s full menu included vegetable soup, mashed herb potatoes, glazed carrots, roasted cabbage with bacon, and artisan bread. Bread pudding starred in the dessert course. The park district would like to extend a huge thank you to Roger Van Frank for his portrayal of Matthew Huston and Tom Franklin for his portrayal of David Conner as the evenings’ entertainment.

This was the 6th year of hosting the Candlelit Dinners at the Prairie. Hannah Wiest, the November 5 evening’s organizer, said, “I’m amazed how many people have made our dinners an annual tradition.” She expressed thanks to all who attended and especially to all the volunteers who make the evening a success by cleaning before, managing cooking fires, preparing food, serving, or cleaning up after. The Candlelit Dinners on the Prairie are an annual fundraising event for the log house historical area maintenance fund, and the food, entertainment, and labor is provided mainly by donors and volunteers. Everyone is invited out next year to help support the park district’s cultural programming and enjoy an evening lost in history.


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Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

The Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated and divorced. You’ll learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience
  • How to discover hope for your future

Join us on Friday, December 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the EUM Church Downtown Campus, located at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. The cost is $5 and includes a workbook. To register, please call the EUM Church office at 937-548-3211 or Krista Adams at 937-564-0988.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street and a traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Tour of Homes

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Gather your Girlfriends and Go to the Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village Tour of Homes in Gorgeous Tipp City Ohio on Saturday, December 3rd. It’s a Great Getaway for a Group outing. Gaze at the beautiful décor in eight homes on Second Street, presented by local interior designers, florists and Master Gardeners. Bask in the Glow of the Christmas lights by Christmas Décor and enjoy a Gander at “Tiny Teal”, a tiny house on display. Keep your Guard up because there may be a Grinch sighting, but no worries. He won’t cast Gloom on your Grand day of fun.

Greet the season and enjoy the Glitz, Glitter and Gleeful sounds of Christmas provided by numerous musicians around the venue. As an added bonus, every ticket holder is eligible to win one of seven Glorious raffle baskets. Stop by the basket raffle tent with the tear-off portion of your ticket and enter to win. Taking the tour can also make you feel Generous because all of the profits from the tour are distributed to our non-profits partners: Boy Scout Troop #395, Children’s International Summer Village (CISV), Downtown Tipp City Partnership, Master Gardeners of Miami County, Soroptimists International of Tipp City and the Upper Miami Valley, Tipp High Student Senate and Octagon Club, Tipp City Area Arts Council, Tipp City Library, Tipp Monroe Cable Access Commission-KIT TV, Tipp Monroe Community Services, and Tippecanoe Historical Society.

The tour hours are 12:00 – 5:00. You will be Grateful the for the easy and ample parking in the City Park by the pool. Shuttle buses will be running to and from the parking area and around the venue from 12:00 – 5:00.

Tickets purchased the day of the event are $20. Grab a deal and save $5 by ordering in advance online at or through Facebook at Online orders are available for pick up at the RE/MAX Victory Ticket Room & Will Call at 101 East Main Street, which is also the location for buying tickets the day of the event. Additionally, tickets are available in advance for $15 at the following locations: Bodega Wine & Specialty Foods Market, Greenfire Bistro, Harrison’s Restaurant, Hock’s Pharmacy (Tipp & Vandalia), Home Comfort Gallery (Troy), Hotel Gallery, Sugden Furniture, and Tipp Monroe Community Services.


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In honor of Veterans Day, the AMVETS Post 66 of Covington, Ohio, conducted a brief flag-raising ceremony at Versailles Health Care Center. Staff, patients, residents, family, and friends of Versailles Health Care Center attended the ceremony. “We recognize the symbolism of this gesture regarding the freedom our Veterans have bestowed upon us throughout the years,” said Kim Fair, Activity Director. Prior to the ceremony, all gathered for snacks and drinks in the Activity Room to honor VHCC veterans.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Family Health Holiday Hours

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Greenville, OH. November 15, 2016 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage. Santa will be there.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by November 26th. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending. Please include a contact phone number or e-mail address in case there are questions.

Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 5965 Willis Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending.

If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for each child and lots of fun.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BPW Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

State of the Heart Care Performs Pinning Ceremony for Veterans

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State of the Heart Care recently introduced the We Honor Veterans program to their patients in October of this year and has continued the efforts through November. This program was developed as a joint effort between the United States Department of Veteran Affairs ( and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization ( to identify, recognize and serve military veterans.

Thanking veterans for their service by providing a pinning ceremony is both an honor and a privilege to the staff and volunteers at State of the Heart Care. The pinning ceremony typically takes place shortly after admission. Each veteran is presented with a flag lapel pin and a certificate of appreciation for their service. During the ceremony veterans and families have the opportunity to share stories and memories of the veteran’s military experience.

State of the Heart Care wanted to reach out to veterans outside of those on their hospice program. The agency decided to offer the program to any individuals at nursing homes or assisted living facilities within the 15 county service area. Covington Care Center, Versailles Health Care Center, Oakley House, Rest Haven, & Union City Care Center were some of the facilities that the agency partnered with. Fifty-five Darke County veterans from different branches of the military were honored with a pinning ceremony. State of the Heart Care’s Volunteer Manager, Christena Subler initiated this project and has been working along with a volunteer, John Strawser to carry out the ceremonies. “It's all about honoring our veterans and ensuring they are recognized for their service,” Christena shared. “To see the veterans face when honoring them is priceless, there is a light that glows, even if they are unable to communicate, that cannot be forgotten.” Through the week of Veteran’s Day, the agency was able to honor 121 veterans.

State of the Heart has decided to make this a permanent offering for their patients. If you would like to make a donation to help with costs of this ongoing project, you can do so by sending a check to State of the Heart Care, C/O We Honor Veterans, 1350 N. Broadway Greenville, OH 45331. You can also make donations on our website at If you are a veteran that is interested in helping perform the pinning ceremonies, please contact Christena Subler at or 937-548-2999.

A Winter Tour at the Museum

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In celebration of the Holiday season, the Versailles Area Museum has transformed into a world of Christmas delights for our visitors to enjoy.

Come and enjoy seeing Art Gaier’s collection of fantastic antique bicycles which has now been held over by the overwhelming interest, and now in a winter setting.

You’ll see our 1900 kitchen a busy place to be wrapping presents and to pause and read the Christmas story. See how the old mercantile store was your place to shop.

Many paintings by our local artist, Harris Begin’s winter paintings are throughout the museum for you to enjoy.

Touches of Christmas will be found throughout the museum, featuring something special in each of our twenty rooms. Thanks to Judy Shappie there will again be a unique display of Santa’s through the years.

Don’t forget to see the wonderful toys made by local carpenter, C.F. (or as we locals remember “Pittsy” ) Pittsenbarger and painted by his wife Esther, a beloved music teacher in Versailles for many years.

Of course advertising for businesses long gone are displayed along with a trip to Martin’s Department Store. The 1990’s will be remembered as we hope to offer on Sundays in December the “Sounds of Christmas” produced by Towne & Country Players on the big screen in our Military Room.

But our show stopper this Christmas season is called “A Sweet Treat” the story of M&M’s. You will be amazed at the hundreds of M&M’s collectables to see the wonderful collection of Janet & Leo Rinderle. We will be sharing more about this wonderful collection in the weeks ahead.

So get into the spirit of the season and stop by any Sunday till December 18th from 1:00 until 4:00 with special tours available from Pre-School to Senior, we have something for everyone!

Remember our gift shop for that special book for someone on your list! Many local authors are featured. “Ho, ho, ho”, Santa says “don’t miss out on all the fun”!


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The sign with new updates
Have you driven by the Annie Oakley Memorial Park recently? The space at the corner of Martin St. and Broadway in Greenville was recently improved. Originally established in 1990 by the Annie Oakley Memorial Park Committee, renovations were accomplished this past summer.

The sign prior to changes
After approval by the Greenville Park Board, the Annie Oakley Center Foundation worked in cooperation with the City of Greenville, Main Street Greenville and the Darke County Visitors Bureau on the improvements. The City waxed the statue and improved the existing lighting which surrounds the statue. Thanks to the efforts of City employees Ryan Delk with support from Chad Henry and Curt Garrison, Annie’s statue shines at night.

The main informational sign which had been located next to Martin Street was moved. It is now more visible having been placed behind the statue. The Annie Oakley Center Foundation provided the funds and created the design with Dusty Nealeigh for improving the main information sign. Portions of the original sign were maintained for a new location within the park. The Darke County Visitors Bureau funded the changes on the reverse side of the main sign.

The Annie Oakley Center Foundation’s mission is to work for the accurate memory of Annie Oakley and support The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. For more information, see the Center’s website,


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After over 20 years of service to the Darke County Historical Society Board and Garst Museum, John Marchal is retiring as President of the Board. Please join us in roasting John on Thursday, December 1. Our featured roasters for the event are Jim Buchy, Judge Jon Hein and Peter Menke. However, you can roast or honor him as well!

This fundraiser for Garst Museum will be held at Montage and will include dinner. Reservations of $35 per person are needed by November 23. If you would like to roast or honor John, it will be an additional $10 for each 5 minutes of speaking time. Please call Garst at 937.548-5250 or stop by Garst Museum to make your reservation.


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Victoria Jones and Dozer
Versailles Health Care Center is proud to welcome Victoria Jones to the Activity Department. She specializes in pet therapy. “What I tell everybody is that we are Dogtors. AAT stands for animal assisted therapy and can be used with any person, patient, resident, staff, or family members alike. That is because dogs heal, that’s why we do what we do,” Jones states.

Pet therapy is defined as the guided interactions between a person and a trained animal. In this case, the animal is a canine named Dozer. Dozer has had many years of experience as a therapy dog. He is also certified as a service dog and an emotional support dog for families at funerals.

The purpose of providing pet therapy at VHCC is to help patients recover quicker from the illness’ they are suffering from. Spending time with the pet therapist and their animals can help facilitate a person’s recovery. Petting and talking to the pet and their trainer can increase self-worth and happiness in a person. This can help lead to decreased time in a hospitalized setting.

Pet therapy can also help a person meet their therapy needs. Some animals can help reinforce rehabilitation in patients who need practice throwing a ball or walking, because the pet can retrieve the ball and/or walk with them while they are exercising. Of course, there are many other ways that a therapy animal can help a person. These are just a couple of ways that a therapy animal can help assist a person on their way to recovery.

But, you don’t have to be ill to benefit or receive a visit from one of these sought after pets. The benefits of a weekly visit can be used simply to brighten up someone’s day. There are many residents and/or patients that reside in senior settings that don’t like to join or mix with other people. For their own personal reasons, they have chosen to seclude themselves. A visit from a therapy animal can really brighten their outlook. By providing comfort and joy to someone, the therapy animal has done their job.

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

YMCA Winter Preview Event

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The YMCA of Darke County is hosting a Winter Fitness Preview event at the Greenville branch on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 PM. Get ready to put your New Year’s Resolutions to the test by committing to a group exercise class in 2017 that will help you accomplish your health and wellness goals!

The Winter Fitness Preview is open to the community, and will feature 10 minute snippets of the Y’s Group Exercise classes that will be offered January through May, 2017. For only $7, members and potential members alike can try out any or all samples during the 90 minute event, including the NEW VeraFlow® class, Boot Camp Express, Kinetic Strength, Y Medley PUMP, WOW (Women on Weights), Indoor Cycling, Zumba® Gold, and more!

"We are excited to offer this Winter Preview for the first time so that we can help jumpstart those New Year's resolutions," said Lynn Blakeley, YMCA Fitness Coordinator. “This event is a great way to try out new classes, meet our instructors, and get a fun workout in at the same time!”

If you have questions or would like to register in advance, contact the Y at 548-3777.

The Ohio State University Scholarship Opportunity

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The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Darke County announces the availability of four scholarships.

Graduating seniors of the class of 2017 who have been admitted to The Ohio State University for fall entrance are eligible. To be considered for this scholarship, seniors must be a resident of or attending high school in Darke County. Those applying are preferably ranked in the top 10% of their high school class and must be recommended by a school principal, counselor, or teacher based on scholarship ability and character.

A record of performance in school and community activities will be reviewed as part of the interview process. This will be used to select students with a sound interest and positive attitude toward college work.

Seniors are to see their High School guidance counselor for an application. Applications are due no later than January 6, 2017.

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