Tuesday, February 28, 2017


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GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Vocal Music Winter Concert will be held on Monday, March 6, at St. Clair Memorial Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm; concert begins at 7:00 pm.

The 2017 Vocal Music Fall Concert will begin with Girls Glee singing “Amazing Grace (Pachelbel’s Canon)”, “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and “How Can I Keep From Singing.”

Collage will follow with “Cantate Hodie!” “Boats Sail On the Rivers” and “Joyful, Joyful.” The Men's Quartet will perform "Behold That Star."

Concert Choir will sing “Cantar!” “Sing We and Chant It” and “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel.”

Wavaires will conclude the evening by performing “Lion and the lamb”, “Alive in You” and “Hosanna.”

The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.

For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, please like and follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GHSVocalMusicBoosters.

Arcanum Trojan Homecoming Event 2017

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The Arcanum Alumni Association cordially invites all alumni to the Trojan Alumni Homecoming (formerly called Arcanum-Butler Alumni Banquet) to come enjoy a good meal and the fellowship of classmates and friends in a relaxed, casual atmosphere on April 22, 2017, no suits, ties or high heels necessary. Under the new name and format, hosted by the Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee and the AHS Class of 92, classmates are invited to come early and take a tour of the new school. Additionally, the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum will also be open on this day from 1 to 4 p.m. for those who may wish to view Arcanum memorabilia, displays, and view the lovely restoration of the house.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with light appetizers and registration; tours will be available to anyone wishing to see the new school. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. served by Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering. The menu will consist of tossed salad with French or Ranch dressing, boneless pork loin, Italian marinated chicken, green beans with almonds, red skin potatoes, and dinner roll, followed by chocolate or white cake for dessert. Drinks will include coffee (regular and decaf), sweet iced tea, lemonade, and ice water. Entertainment will be provided by the High School Jazz Band. Registration forms are available on the school website at http://www.arcanum-butler.k12.oh.us/alumni.aspx. Tickets are $20 per person; reservations are due by April 1st. Chairpersons for this event are Katrina Smith (Class of 92), Linda (Yount) Newbauer (Class of 65) and Tom Fourman (Class of 63).

To date, the Arcanum, Alumni Scholarship fund has provided scholarships and student support worth over $97,900 to 143 promising AHS graduates who demonstrated financial need, academic promise, and community involvement since 1966. The first scholarship recipient, Gary Foureman (Class of ’66) shared the following with the committee: “It’s been 50 years and I would like to tell you how that scholarship affected me both then and subsequently throughout my life. As seniors, we have many things pulling at us, each with its unknowns and uncertainties. Back then all these things were coupled with our own insecurities and doubts and fears. A signal was desperately needed to make things clearer and impart confidence. The AAS was that signal for me. I thought ‘A lot of fine people think that I can do this and are even pledging resources for me to do it.’ And I did. The AAS was a definite stepping stone that gave me a solid footing of confidence and resources to go up and forward. Even as I achieved my higher goals, which includes a Ph.D graduate degree, I continued to sincerely acknowledge the AAS as being an invaluable personal endorsement in beginning a fulfilling life journey.”

Last year’s scholarship recipients, Morgan McKinney, Emily Miller, Maggie Heiser and Austin Baker all wanted to express their sincere appreciation as well for the support shown to them through the AAS. The Arcanum Alumni asks that you consider sending a donation to the Scholarship Fund to further the education of our current senior class. The scholarships are funded by local businesses and the alumni base. Donations are encouraged and accepted by Nancy (Perrin) Ady, 108 Sierra Lane, Arcanum, Ohio 45304. If you have any questions, please contact Terri at 937/269-6318 or via email at neady@woh.rr.com.


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Dr. Chad Weber
Versailles Health Care Center would like to invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class.

The class will take place on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6 pm in The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon and Rehab Medical Director, along with Versailles Health Care Center Therapists, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed. This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled. The class will include handouts and a question/answer session. Light refreshments will be provided.

Call Shannon Condon at 937.526.0130 for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event.

American Red Cross names Betty Hunt “March Volunteer of the Month”

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Honor by the Central Ohio Blood Services Region recognizes her longtime service

(February 22, 2017) — The Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross named Betty Hunt “March 2017 Volunteer of the Month.” Hunt, a resident of Bellefontaine, received the distinguished departmental award for her outstanding and longtime service as a biomedical volunteer with the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Hunt serves as the blood drive coordinator for the Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church, and works as a Donor Ambassadors for several blood drives throughout Logan County. She has become the county’s “go to” person, says account manager Peter Checkie, and has even expanded the county’s blood collection totals by identifying leads for new blood drives in the territory. It’s impossible to calculate the number of lives she has impacted through her volunteer work, says Checkie.

If you would like to join the Red Cross in honoring Betty and her continued dedication to the community, consider hosting a “Sleeves Up” event. No blood mobile or space is needed. Simply create your campaign online, and send an invitation to your friends and family members from around the country to join you in donating blood and saving lives. ”It’s an incredible way to save lives”, says Executive Director Lynne Gump, “even if you can’t give blood yourself, you can encourage your friends and family!”. In three easy steps you can customize your online campaign and you can share it with everyone. Send an email to your contacts that includes your dedicated campaign URL, or share it on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. You’ll be notified as people pledge to give on your behalf, so you can also come back and update your page at any time to say thanks.

AED Donated to Darke County Parks Log Cabin

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Wayne HealthCare Foundation in partnership with Midmark Corporation and Spirit Medical Transport is honored to partner with the Friends of the Darke County Parks to provide an Automated External Defibrillator for use at the Log Cabin and Shawnee Prairie Preserve’s facility. An AED is a vital machine in helping save lives in a cardiac emergency. With this donation, this program has now provided 44 AEDS located throughout the community.

Non-profit organizations in the community that are interested in having an AED at their facility promoting safety and heart health can inquire with the Wayne HealthCare Foundation at 937-547-7408. Midmark Corporation is the main corporate donor for this program, and Spirit provides the proper First Aid and AED/CPR training for these organizations. This program is able to flourish and save lives thanks to their wonderful partnership and support. We also thank the Greenville Rotary for their donation to this program and other Foundation community health programs.

Wayne HealthCare Foundation's mission is collaborating through philanthropy with Wayne HealthCare in order to enhance education and wellness close to home. Through individual, corporate and community donations, the Foundation focuses on youth health & wellness, diabetes, nutrition and obesity awareness, scholarships for those entering the health care field, seniors, and heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in our community, and the Foundation is honored to Go Red in support for heart healthy lifestyles. For more about the Foundation visit www.waynehealthcare.org/foundation.

The Friends of the Darke County Parks is a 501 C3 non-profit organization that supports the education and preservation of the cultural and natural programming offered at the Darke County Park District. Darke County Park District maintains over 1000 acres in 13 park areas and a cross county trail that is in development. Its offices are headquartered in the Shawnee Prairie Nature Education Center outside of Greenville, OH. Parks Director, Roger M. Van Franks stated,”Without the help and collaborative effort of all of these organizations, we would not be able to keep these life saving devices in strategic locations. This is the second AED device for the district. The new AED is located in the log house historical education area which serves over 10,000 visits per year. As a CPR, AED, and First Aid Instructor, I am pleased that we have this type of equipment available to staff and volunteers alike. Time is a critical factor when dealing with cardiac emergencies.”

For more information about the AED located in the log house at Shawnee Prairie Preserve or about park district programs, contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Greenville BPW Club to Choose Scholarship Finalists at March Meeting

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Scholarship Committee will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, March 9th at the Private Dining Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community.

Committee Chair Dorothy Poeppelman will introduce Darke County high school students vying for the scholarships that are available from the local BPW Club this year. The students have met certain criteria to qualify for the scholarships and will give a short presentation on their accomplishments and goals.

Club members are contributing with a “Have a Heart” donation for the Darke County Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter. Director Annie Sonner provided a list of items needed by the shelter including: paper products (toilet paper, Kleenex, and paper towels), twin bed plastic mattress covers and cash donations which are always appreciated.

The club will also be collecting plastic caps and lids for the Darke DD/Greenville Kiwanis AKtion Club. These are being used for a recycled bench to be placed on the bike path that goes behind the Darke DD Administrative offices on Jaysville-St.Johns Road.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The cost of the meal is $12.00 with dinner to start at 6:30PM. For reservations please contact Marilyn Emmons by noon on Monday, March 6th at 937/548-5824 or demmons@embarqmail.com.

Local Maple Syrup at the Prairie

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Raw sap is 98% water and only 2% sugar. 
After countless hours of collecting sap and boiling it down in the Sugar Shack, the Friends of Darke County Parks’ gift shop will have a limited supply of pure maple syrup ready for you to take home by the March 4th festival. Believe it or not, maple syrup is a very healthy food. Maple sugar is 3 times as sweet as cane sugar, and it has fewer calories and a lower glycemic index. A tablespoon of maple syrup has around 40 calories where a tablespoon of cane sugar has around 55. As an added benefit, pure maple syrup is also an excellent source of the minerals manganese and zinc which are important immune system allies. Many of the commercial syrups available in the grocery store do not contain ANY maple syrup; their main ingredient is corn syrup with added maple flavoring.

All maple syrup available in the Nature Center’s Gift Shop was made from sap collected from trees here in Darke County and cooked by the staff and many volunteers of the park district in the Sugar Shack. Prices range from $8 to $10, so come out to the Nature Center gift shop on March 4th to purchase your pure maple syrup. Support the Darke County Park District and its mission of education, conservation, and preservation.

At the Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival on March 4th, The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Breakfast will be Saturday, March 4th, from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets are available at the door on the day of the breakfast for only $6 for adults and $3 for kids ages 3-12, or presale is available at the Nature Center from 9am-5pm Monday through Saturday. Educational tours will also be held throughout the day.

If you have any questions about this or any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at www.darkecountyparks.org.

Monday, February 27, 2017


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February has passed by very quickly, and with weather comparative to what we have in March; some nice days, some rain, some snow. Well, after all, this is the Great Miami Valley, and if you don’t like the weather now, just wait 5 minutes and it will change!

The year has started out pretty well for the county. We continue to move forward on some projects, and hopefully we can tell you what is coming in the future as far as new endeavors. Right now, we can say that the move of the four County offices, the Auditor, Treasurer, Recorder, and Engineer is moving forward. Final plans are being completed and the move will hopefully be completed sometime this summer.

This will be much more efficient for the people that they serve. This will put all of the offices on one floor, it will be handicapped accessible, and will have adequate parking. This was the intended use of the Wagner Avenue Government Center (WAGC) when it was purchased. Very soon we will have some news about use for the Aarons side of the plaza. Negotiations are ongoing on that. In other county news, the new Sheriff’s cars should be arriving soon. This has been a planned purchase for the last several years, and we hope to continue this yearly purchase. We have been buying three new cars a year at State pricing, and we now have 15 relatively new vehicles. This rotating purchase has saved us quite a bit of money on vehicle maintenance and the newer vehicles are more fuel efficient. Once we get our old fleet replaced fully, we can then start rotating the older cars out with newer ones, thus saving money on vehicle maintenance and fuel. It has been working very well, and should continue in the future.

Matt Aultman, Darke County’s newest Commissioner, has settled in very nicely in his new position. Matt learns quickly, and he has adapted very quickly to his new environment. Matt has a good knowledge of the job, makes well thought out decisions, and has a good sense of humor! We have named ourselves the 3M Company for Big Mike, Little Mike, and Not Mike! If you see Matt on the street, please welcome him into his new position, he is very easy to talk to!

The Darke County Airport got a small facelift with the removal of some dead and dying trees around the terminal. Thanks to the Ditch Maintenance Dept. for a job well done. It looks much cleaner around the terminal now. The Airport also has several events planned for this year, and as soon as the dates are set, we will let you know. The County Engineer has started his work on the widening of Chase Rd., a project that has been on the Commissioner’s plate since the late 1990’s. This much needed improvement will certainly make the road safer for all traffic on the road. The project completion date is sometime this summer. As for the Airport, David Spillers, the longtime Manager of the Airport has decided to retire. Dave has worked there even before he became a county employee, he will be missed by everyone who has used the airport over the years. He, and his family have been fixtures at the Airport for over 50 years, and that kind of experience is hard to replace, so we are starting the search for a new Manager or Fixed Base Operator (FBO) as soon as possible.

Dave’s last day will be March 31st of this year. If you see Dave, be sure to thank him for his dedicated service to the people of Darke County! He will be missed.

Things are running fairly smooth in the County, and if you would like to know what is going on you can catch our website, mydarkecounty.com, or our Facebook page Darke County Ohio.

You are always welcome to attend one of our public meetings held every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 in the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville, just South of the Courthouse. Our goal is to keep the public informed of what is happening in the County, so stop in sometime and check out a meeting. Hope to see you there!!

The Darke County Commissioners


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Organizations, governmental units, and/or individuals that further presentation of or education in the arts in Darke County are invited to apply for funds available from Darke County Endowment for the Arts (DCEA) for financial assistance to achieve their goals. Projects available for consideration may include innovative plans and programs that increase the quality and stature of the arts, improve accessibility to the arts, enable collaboration between arts groups, give recognition to exceptional artistic achievements, or provide for the maintenance and development of arts facilities. To be eligible for funding, applicants must be located in or provide services to Darke County.

DCEA is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts which are invested to produce income benefitting the arts in Darke County. Grants are offered annually to those seeking funds to fulfill worthy artistic goals within the community. Current DCEA trustees are Gary Brown, Suzi Brown, Marilyn Delk, Roberta Feltman, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan; Julie Straits serves as the organization's treasurer.

Grant applications may be obtained by writing to DCEA at P.O. Box 155, Greenville, OH, or at the law office of Gary Brown, 414 Walnut Street, Greenville. To be eligible for consideration, completed forms should be received at either of those addresses on or before May 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

MVCTC Diesel and Power Technology Students Compete in District FFA Contest

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MVCTC Diesel and Power Tech Team of (left to right) Zane Brehm (Arcanum) and Trey Rush (Miami East) placed third in the district Ag Power Diagnostics Career Development Event out of 19 teams.
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel and Power Technology students competed in the FFA District Ag Power Diagnostics Career Development Event (CDE) at the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, Ohio, on February 18, 2017. The team of Trey Rush (Miami East) and Zane Brehm (Arcanum) placed third in the district out of 19 participating teams.

The Ag Power Diagnostic CDE requires team members take an on-line exam and troubleshoot five stations with ag and industrial equipment over 30 horsepower. Each unit has two malfunctions to diagnose and repair. Procedure and safety are also scored.

According to the Ohio FFA website, “Agricultural Education CDE’s are educational activities that are organized and conducted by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education, Agricultural Education. They are designed to assess student competence in business and industry verified occupational skills, as detailed in the Agricultural and Environmental Content Standards. CDEs are a motivating force that stimulates occupational interests in and personal development of high school students enrolled in school-based agricultural education programs.”

For more information about MVCTC, please visit www.mvctc.com.

For over 45-years, MVCTC has been providing career technical education for 27 partner school districts encompassing five counties, including Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties. MVCTC is dedicated to providing in-demand workforce training for youth, adults, and organizations in the Miami Valley.

Winter Hiking Series: Here Comes Spring Hike!

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Winter’s brisk weather is almost behind us, and spring is on the horizon. Join Darke County Parks to seek out these seasonal sights and hiking opportunities. On February 27th at 9am join a naturalist at Eidson Woods Preserve on the corner of St. Rt. 502 West and Union City-Palestine Rd. to see what sights and sounds the season change has to offer. Remember to dress for the weather. In the event of severe weather, call the Nature Center to find out about possible cancellation. For more information about this or any other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or check out their Facebook page.

The Harbinger of Spring is one of the first wildflowers to bloom in this part of Ohio. 

Darke County Birders Donate Second Breeding Bird Atlas

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Members of the Darke County Birders Club Front Row L to R: Cindy Ploch, Sandy Hoying, and President Regina Schieltz. Back Row L to R: Steve Miller, Helen Barnett, Ann Glidewell, Tina White, Chad Arment, and Bill Wantz
The Darke County Birders Club recently donated a copy of the newly published book The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio to the Darke County Park District. The book documents the distribution and changes in status for over two hundred bird species in Ohio. It is based upon surveys from across the state from 2006 through 2011 with many members of the Birders Club participating.

This second atlas follows the first one published twenty five years ago, and together they paint a picture of the rise and decline of bird species here in Ohio since 1982. The Bald Eagle notably increased in priority blocks, having only five reported during the first count and 120 during the second which makes for a 2300% increase! Sadly the second atlas also reported many notable declines, including the Northern Bobwhite which had 402 reported in priority blocks during the first atlas and only 142 during the second, a 65% decrease.

This second breeding bird atlas will help the Darke County Parks naturalists better understand trends here in Darke County and tailor educational efforts toward conservation of bird species. For more information about Darke County Parks or the Darke County Birders Club, contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or www.darkecountyparks.org.


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Barb Rhoades and her dog Chevy have taken the World Cynosport Rally classes and are currently showing and earning titles. They also are showing in UKC Rally and earning titles and have earned the highest title in AKC Rally offered called Rally Advanced Excellent. Barb is Director of training of GADC and is teaching the AKC rally novice and advanced classes and will be teaching the new World Cynosport Rally class.  She also teaches the obedience advanced and novice class, and helps with the beginner classes.

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club spring obedience and conformation classes begins March 7, 2017. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training and many people like the variety of classes available.

The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located at 5464 State Route 49.

Conformation Class will be offered by request. This class is for the pure breed owner who wishes to begin training their dog to perform in the breed show ring. If you feel that you have a dog that you want to breed and receive a championship on that dog, then you will find that our two conformation instructors can really make that journey possible. Conformation is the showing of breed dogs (males) and bitches (females) against other specimens in their breed. There is a certain way of running your dog to show off his or her best body qualities required in the standard for that breed. There are many things to learn to best present your animal in the show ring to be able to get points towards a championship. This you will learn in this class. Preregistration is required for this class. Please contact 548-0338 for more information.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday, March 7th. they will include, Puppy (12 weeks to five months),and Beginner Obedience. For those who have completed the beginner class and wish to continue on with their training, advanced obedience will be offered. Advanced Rally Obedience class will be offered this 8 weeks for those who have completed the novice rally class last session.

A new type of rally obedience will be offered on Thursday nights however it is not AKC rally, but World Cynosport Rally. It is lots of fun and the rules are somewhat different from AKC.
Bating is allowed at certain times when showing and also lots of talking to your dog. It is the latest dog sport out there. Dog must be able to do all the basic commands learned in beginner without much difficulty. Knowledge of AKC Rally is a plus, but not a requirement.

Hank Deneski will speak to the Living with Cancer group

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Hank Deneski will speak to the Living with Cancer group on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7 pm at Wayne Health Care in the Board Room located down past the lab to the left at the end of the hall. Hank is currently featured in the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance first quarter 2017 newsletter and also selected as one of 28 cancer survivors included the first edition of “Heroes of Hope” book compiled and published by the Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators. They publish “CONQUER,” the patient voice magazine (www.conquer-magazine.com) which is free.
Hank is an 11-year survivor of stage IV inoperable squamous cell carcinoma on the base of his tongue, and has an urgent message for others diagnosed with an oral, head and/or neck cancer, “Take control or be controlled.”

Hank, now a motivational speaker and trainer, is Founder of Western Ohio Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support, and dedicates his time to coordinating five annual FREE HNCA Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness® screenings for uninsured/disadvantaged in Western Ohio. He also directs an extensive awareness and educational program and tirelessly focuses his energies on not only raising needed funds, but works to save lives through promoting early detection and treatment.

Don't miss this time of information and inspiration from someone who has experienced the difficulties of battling a serious cancer diagnosis.

There is no charge for this event and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be furnished.

Cancer Association of Darke County exists through donations, memorials, fundraisers, grants and United Way. Corporate Sponsors for 2017 so far are Second National Bank, Greenville National Bank, Ansonia Lumber, Hittle Buick-GMC, Sisco, Mercer Savings Bank, Williamson Insurance, Loudy Office Machines, Ramco Electric Motors and GTI.

Call the office at 548-9960 and speak with Christine with any questions, etc.

Greenville Schools Foundation Announces 500 Club Drawing Winners

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

  • First place for $50.00 - Caren Long
  • Second place for $20.00 - Madison Schlamb
  • Third place for $10.00 - Alice Brown

Tickets continue to be 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 students of Greenvile City Schools.

Darke County Civic Theater to Hold Auditions

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their Spring Murder Mystery "Melody Music Channel Video Murder Awards" on Sunday, March 5th at 6 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center.

This is a 1990's themed murder mystery that will be held at Montage Café on April 21, 22, 28, 29 and May 6. The doors will open at 6 p.m. for the performances each night and the cast is typically finished by 10 p.m. Rehearsals will take place in the months of March and April on Sunday afternoons. There may also be occasional Friday rehearsals that will be required as well, this is subject to change at the directors discretion. This is an improv comedy show, so no prior preparation is needed for auditions, however, it is suggested that those auditioning have previous experience in improv comedy. We are always accepting new members and are very willing to work with those without experience as well. There are opportunities for anyone who is interested in getting involved with this organization.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in the month of March and will be $20.

For more information on auditions and upcoming events with Darke County Civic Theater, please visit our website at www.darkecountycivictheater.org or email us at darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com.

Another Successful DCCA A Taste of Wine & Jazz

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Wine & Jazz sponsors Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber with Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director and The Kim Kelly Band at the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz, held January 20, at Montage Cafe. 
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their sponsorship of the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz, held January 20, at Montage Cafe. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA thanks Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their support of the arts in Darke County, their commitment ensures continuing the party that has become DCCA’s most anticipated fundraising event.” “The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

A Taste of Wine and Jazz included four wines for tasting, complemented by exceptional hors d’oeuvres created by Aaron and Michelle Cox of Montage. Music will be provided by the Kim Kelly combo, a Dayton-based ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire. “This outstanding group of musicians includes many of the best players in the Miami Valley area,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. The band's performance is made possible by the following sponsors: Merry Lee Cross and Shaun Hayes of BHHS Pro Realty; Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, & Todd Subler; Fry and Company; Kent and Melinda Myers, and Geoff & Jessie Surber.

A Taste of Wine & Jazz is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality performing artists in Darke County, as well as preserving Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. For upcoming events or further information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office (937) 547-0908 or visit their website at www.centerforarts.net.

Friday, February 24, 2017


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Kristina Knapp Bradley donating at the May 30, 2012 Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln blood drive.
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center has lost a member of the blood donor family with the passing of Englewood’s Kristina Knapp Bradley. She was a young mother dedicated to helping others as a community volunteer, a faithful blood donor, and as the blood drive coordinator for the family Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc. dealership in Greenville.

Kristina died Feb. 18 at the age of 32. It’s a tragic loss for her husband Vinny, daughter Makayla, parents Dave and Karen Knapp, and all their family, friends and community.

Kristina made her first blood donation in 2002 as a senior at Northmont High School. She became the marketing director at Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc. and was soon coordinating Saturday morning community blood drives in the dealership showroom.

The Knapp family dealership has been hosting community blood drives since 2007, averaging at least two blood drives per year. In 2012 Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln partnered with CBC to serve as sponsor for the 2012 “iFocus on Saving Lives” summer blood drive campaign with the grand prize of a new Ford Focus.

Dave and Kirsten decided to launch the campaign with a blood drive at the dealership on May 30, 2012, and Dave made his first lifetime donation. “I’ve got to lead by example,” he said. “I’ve helped in many other ways, but this is the first time with the God-given resource that is so needed.”

Kristina was his inspiration. Many learned about the blood drive that day because of a special call for type O donors. Kristina was among those who answered the call.

“I’ve always tried to talk him into it,” she said as she made her 15th lifetime donation. “He didn’t argue, not this time!”

She continued to donate regularly at the dealership blood drives. Her final blood donation came Nov. 11, 2016 at the Northmont Community blood drive. Her donations were truly life-saving gifts because Kristina was both a “Universal Donor” and a “Baby Donor.”

Her blood type was O negative, which any patient in need can receive. She was also a CMV-negative donor, meaning she had never been exposed to the common cytomegalovirus. Hospitals prefer to use CMV-negative blood for units designated for children and to ensure the safety of blood transfusions to newborns.

She was dedicated to giving back to the community, with a special focus on helping children. She served as the 2016 chairperson for the Darke County March of Dimes, taught dance at All About Dance and was a former cheerleading coach for Northmont Pee Wee football.

CBC remembers Kristina Knapp Bradley as an honored “Donor for Life.”

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

Author’s Night at Montage

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Author’s Night is a free event opened to the public, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Greenville Public Library. Held at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville where delicious food & drink can be purchased, the evening is always extra-festive with live music by the cool J.R. Price and Bill Westfall. Doors open at 6:00 and the program starts at 7:00.

The dates for March and April have been changed so as not to conflict with Mainstreet’s “First Fridays.“ March 10th features Lee Martin and April 14th Vivian Blevins. We can’t wait to meet these interesting, accomplished, award-winning writers and hear their stories.

Lee Martin has a fabulous bio on his website leemartinauthor.com along with info on his books, a delightful blog, and links to interesting interviews. It’s impossible to do justice in a short article to this Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of five novels, two memoirs, and a short story collection. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in all the quality publications and he’s received many major awards and fellowships. Lee teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University where he was the winner of the 2006 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Lee is originally from southeastern Illinois but lived as a “nomad in academia for a good while, living and teaching (and always writing!)” in various states. He now lives in Columbus, Ohio. His favorite quote about writing, which he passes on in each class he teaches, comes from Isak Dinesen who said, “Write a little every day, without hope, without despair.” Don’t miss the chance to meet and chat with this distinguished and humorous author!

Behavioral Health and Wellness Center-Clinical Social Worker or Psychologist

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Family Health’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, a highly integrated and innovative behavioral health center in west central Ohio, seeks an experienced and motivated individual to join their therapy team. This position requires a generalist approach to counseling with experience in individual, child, senior and family therapy.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in either clinical psychology, or clinical social work. Independent licensure status and a minimum of two years clinical experience is essential. This position is offered on a fee-for-service, contractual basis.


Please send resume to HR@familyhealthservices.org

Charger 300 Event to Support Student-Athletes

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The Edison State Community College Athletics Department and the Edison Foundation are partnering to host the eighth annual Charger 300 event on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus.

Just as academic programs at Edison State are enhanced by internship and co-op experiences, intercollegiate athletics allow students to test and form life-long values and habits that build character and shape identity.

Edison State’s student-athletes are well prepared for both the academic and competitive challenge. As athletic success grows, so do opportunities to compete at elite conference, regional, state and national levels.

“The Charger 300 event helps to support our student-athletes in more ways than one,” said Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life at Edison State. “With financial support from this event, our student-athletes have the opportunity to grow as individuals through academic and athletic rigor without having to worry about the financial burdens often associated with college.”

Intercollegiate athletics have become a valuable part of the Edison State community. Each year, over 100 student-athletes participate baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. The Edison State Athletic Department also recently announced the addition of women’s softball to its list of intercollegiate athletic programs beginning in the spring of 2018.

Investment in Edison State’s student-athletes through the Charger 300 allows them to compete at the highest level in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) while supporting every player, every coach, and every sport.

A reverse raffle will highlight the evening’s events, with one lucky winner walking away with a $10,000 prize. Other cash drawings will occur throughout the night, and ticket holders are not required to be present to win.

Tickets are $100 per couple and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, beverages, entertainment, and a chance to win the grand prize. A silent auction will also feature such items as NFL and Dayton Dragon tickets, as well as gift baskets from local businesses and organizations.

“We had a lot of supporters show up last year and hope to have even more this year,” added Cole. “It’s a fun night that’s held for a great cause.”

Edison State’s intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and are Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Charger 300 Club event, visit www.edisonohio.edu/charger300 or call Nate Cole at 937.381.1555.


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Betty Hill – JoEllen Melling – Dorothy Oda Recognized Members
with February Birthdays As well as Associate Member Lyn Bliss not in attendance.
DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’s CLUB first meeting for 2017 was February 13th at Chestnut Village Center.

There were seventeen Members present plus DCRW Associate Member and State Central Committee Member Stephanie Garrett Guest: Danielle Martin and Kristina Heath Ben Thaeler from the office of Representative Warren Davidson and Keith Threewits, President of the DCRM’s Club.

Kellyanne Conway was the topic for the program.

President Melling named the 2017-2018 Chair and Co-Chairman for the following Committees:

  • Membership – Katie DeLand
  • Social – Carol Ginn, JoEllen Melling
  • Program – Betty Hill, JoEllen Melling
  • Publicity – Betty Hill, Wavelene Denniston
  • Legislative – Katie DeLand
  • Reservations – Wavelene Denniston
  • Greeters - Vivian Foreman, Sherry Ward
  • Chaplain – JoEllen Melling
  • OFRW/NFRW Representatives – JoEllen Melling, Katie DeLand
  • Handbook – Carol Ginn

Ways and Means and Historian are still to be filled.

Next meeting will be March 13th, 6:30 same place.

Gospel Concert

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Salem Quartet on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 6 PM. The quartet consists of:

Dave Mittlesteadt, baritone, was born and raised right here in Dayton OH and graduated from Northmont High School. Dave has always stayed active in church choirs, but this Southern Gospel music and quartet singing is a brand new experience. And he loves it!

Herb Peer, bass, was born in South Bend, Indiana. Herb graduated from Bethel College, Indiana and earned a Master’s Degree in education from Indiana University. Herb sang with the concert choir, of which he served as president, and with the Envoys quintet at Bethel College, with the One Way Singers in the mid-70’s and with the Atonement quartet for many years at his previous church. He has also sung in various choirs over the years.

Dan Garner, our lead, was born and raised in Akron, OH. After graduating from High School, he joined the US Air Force and served for 10 years. Dan went on to earn a BA from North Greenville College in Tigerville, SC. As a vocal major he had the opportunity to sing with the college's choir, barbershop quartet and many ensembles. Dan has served several churches since 1993 as a Music Minister/Worship Pastor and Youth Minister.

Dyan Garner, tenor, was born at Chanute AFB in Rantoul, IL and as a military brat had the opportunity to live in several states. Dyan has had the opportunity to serve at several churches as a Minister to Youth, Children and Families. Dyan and her husband Dan have been singing together in Southern Gospel trios and quartets since 1995.

The public is invited to come and enjoy the music of the Salem Quartet. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert.


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DCCA will present “An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham”
at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday,
March 2 as part of the DCCA Coffee House Series. This event is sold out.
Jason Farnham will also perform for kindergarten through
third grade students in all local public schools February 27
through March 3 as part of DCCA's Arts In Education program;
these performances are free and open to the public.  
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham” at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, March 2; the concert, part of DCCA's Coffeehouse Series, begins at 7 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the composer/pianist has been dubbed “Schroeder” by his fans, after the piano-playing character found in the Peanuts comic strip. “Jason Farnham delights audiences with his wide-ranging repertoire, some of which is skillfully played on a toy piano, accounting for the Schroeder comparison,” Mr. Rawlins explained. “Jason's show includes contemporary romantic songs, some blues, stride piano sounds, and classical music with a modern twist, along with witty Victor Borge-style comedy antics and clever interaction with his audience,” the DCCA official stated.

DCCA's Coffeehouse presentations offer high-quality artists performing in an intimate social atmosphere where food and drink are also available. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that this casual format will enhance audience enjoyment of Jason Farnham's performance. “Jason has been described as a combination of Jerry Lee Lewis, Victor Borge, and Beethoven on steroids who sometimes plays the piano while lying upside-down, which should provide a fascinating and exciting evening for music lovers of all ages,” she commented.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by The Andersons, Inc., 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. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for ”An Evening of Piano with Jason Farnham” are sold out. For more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or check their Website at www.CenterForArts.net. Jason Farnham will also perform for kindergarten through third grade students in all local public schools February 27 through March 3 as part of DCCA's Arts In Education program; these performances are free and open to the public.

Greenville National Bank supports Empowering programs

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GREENVILLE - Lisa Martin, Marketing & Development Officer for Greenville National Bank, recently presented a check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. She got to meet some of the kids the local bank was supporting.

“This is a good program,” she noted, “one that is definitely needed in the county.” Greenville National Bank is locally owned and operated. The bank supports a variety of community-oriented projects, including the Harmon Field Stadium Arena and more.

Empowering Darke County Youth, a 501c3 community service organization, was formed in March 2016 and currently conducts two programs to help young people meet and overcome their academic challenges. The After School Program is held on the Edison State Community College Darke County Campus. The Summer Tutoring Program is held at the Greenville Public Library.

All services are free. Empowering Darke County Youth is dependent upon community support to provide the services.

Darke County Genealogical Society to Give Presentation

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The Darke County Genealogical Society Inc. is having a historic presentation on Mar. 5, Sunday at 2:00 P.M. at Garst Museum in Greenville, OH.

Enjoy a presentation through time as you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, Dayton, OH. Woodland Cemetery is the final resting place of the King and Queen of the Gypsies “Levi and Matilda Stanley”.

Many of the nation’s most well-known inventors and innovators are buried in this well-known Dayton cemetery, such as, Orville and Wilbur Wright, poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar, writer: Erma Bombeck, and George P. Huffman (Huffy Bicycles). Others buried at this historical cemetery, George Newcom, one of Dayton’s founders and Clement Vallandigham, the man without a country.

The speaker is Angela Hoschouer. She is the Manager of Development and Marketing for Woodland. She is a founding member of the Randolph Twp. Historical Society, a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society with a status as a First Family of Ohio, First Family of Greene County, and a member of the Society of Civil War Families of Ohio. This presentation is free and open to anyone interested. It will be followed by refreshments and a regular Darke County Genealogy meeting.

For more information call 548-8295.


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DCCA will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. An annual DCCA fundraiser, “Irish Wave” features Irish music, Irish food, and an assortment of beers.  Music will be performed by, returning favorite, Lone Raven, a popular Ohio-based band known for its eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and original tunes. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17. An annual DCCA fundraiser, “Irish Wave” features Irish music, Irish food, and an assortment of beers. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, the proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. “We promise a good time for a good cause, a win-win situation for everyone,” Ms. Jordan said. The fund-raising party begins at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, the lucky winner of the “Off to the Isle” limited edition raffle will be announced at “Irish Wave.” Raffle tickets costing $100 each are now on sale for a chance to receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a popular Ohio-based band known for its eclectic blend of traditional Irish music and original tunes. A diverse choice of beers will be offered for tasting, as well as a commemorative beer glass to take home. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, and Todd Subler, Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown, and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased on-line at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coalition awards grants for youth substance abuse education, prevention

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DARKE COUNTY — The Coalition for a Healthy Darke County (Coalition) celebrated its one-year anniversary as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in January by awarding local grants for youth substance abuse education and prevention.

In 2016, the Coalition applied and received grants from the Darke County United Way and the Greenville Rotary Club. Those funds were added to Coalition dollars to offer Substance Abuse Education and Prevention grants.

“The collaboration among the Coalition, United Way and Rotary demonstrates the purpose of the Coalition, which is to understand and promote community decision making, collaboration and ownership among many different organizations to work together to resolve specific community challenges such as health and substance abuse,” said Coalition President Sharon Deschambeau.

Grants were awarded to a student group from Darke County We Are The Majority (WRTM) and Greenville Elementary School. WRTM has approximately 60 students and Kelly Harrison, Prevention Specialist, Recovery and Wellness of Midwest Ohio is the advisor.

“Recovery and Wellness sincerely appreciates the opportunity to use the allocated funds from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County and we look forward to implementing and hosting the “We are the Majority” Winter at the Y (YMCA) Night on February 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” said Harrison. The Recovery and Wellness event sponsored evening activities will include swimming, leadership skills, team building, pizza, a bounce house, giveaways and more.

Harrison added, “The focus of this event will be to gather community youth grades K- 6 with the teen drug/alcohol prevention team to inspire young students to make positive choices and stand strong against drug/alcohol use. The goal of We are the Majority is to spread the word that statistically most students do not use drugs and alcohol and are paving the way to a brighter future! The commitment community members, agencies, and youth have displayed to tackle drug concerns by working together has been amazing and much appreciated!”

Greenville Elementary School plans to use their grant dollars to hold two student assemblies for grades K-2 and 3-4 in May 2017.

“We are so thankful to the Coalition for awarding us this grant,” said Greenville School Counselor Katy Copas.

“This grant will allow us to bring in a dynamic speaker, who not only educates students about the dangers of drugs, but also gives them strategies to deal with being offered drugs or unknown substances. Presenting this material at the elementary level will help to set students on the right path in making healthy choices in their lives.

Additionally, Greenville Police Officer/School Resource Officer Ryan Borowske is a part of the program.”

Greenville Elementary Principal Jody Harter estimates that the grant dollars will impact at least 1,000 students.

Coalition President Sharon Deschambeau recently attended a statewide meeting hosted by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that was focused on fighting the drug epidemic in Ohio.

“The 1,600 attendees listened to Attorney General DeWine present the recommendations of the Ohio Joint Study Committee on Drug Use Prevention Education.

The group’s report offers a plan to incorporate drug education in all grade levels,” said Deschambeau.

“It was apparent from the findings of the study and discussion throughout the meeting that our communities must start the substance abuse education and prevention process early. Some Ohio communities are educating as early as pre-school.”

Deschambeau also serves as the president of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and indicated that investing in substance abuse education and prevention for our children at an early age may benefit our businesses and communities in the long term.

“Perhaps we will see a difference in the health of our future workforce in Darke County in the next 10-12 years by starting substance abuse education and prevention now,” she said.

Plans are in process for the Coalition to host a Community Conversation on Youth Substance Abuse Education and Prevention in May 2017.

For more information or to join the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County visit www.coalitiondarkecounty.com


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Mallory Pleiman
Mallory Pleiman, an Occupational Therapist at Versailles Health Care Center, recently was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. According to Shawnee State University, Mallory Albers (now Pleiman) had one of the most significant careers in the illustrious history of the Shawnee State women’s basketball program. A four-year player, she played in at least 30 games all four seasons of her career. Albers is seventh all-time in scoring in program history with 1,622 points, and is one of 29 players in program history to surpass the 1,000 point plateau. She is also eighth all-time in field goals made (525), fifth in three-point field goals made (214), fourth in field goal percentage (.386), second in free throw percentage (.808), fifth in steals (226), seventh in minutes played (3,390), and is in the top 25 in virtually every other category. Albers was a three-time All-American Mideast Conference selection, named to the third team in 2007-08 and to the first team in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. She was a two-time NAIA All-American, named to the third team in 2008-09 and to the first team in 2009-10. Albers was the best player on the 2009-10 Shawnee State women’s basketball team that finished the NAIA Division II National Runner-Up, averaging 17.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.

A native of Fort Loramie, she graduated from Fort Loramie High School in 2006. Following high school, she attended Shawnee State University where she earned her Bachelor of Natural Science with Biology Concentration in 2010 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2012. Pleiman has been a part of the Versailles Health Care Center Therapy Team since November 2014.

Pleiman and her husband, Jordan, live in Fort Loramie with their two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, running, and attending Fort Loramie athletic and community events.

“It is such an honor to be inducted into the Shawnee State University Hall of Fame,” shared Pleiman. “I would like to thank my various teammates over the years at SSU and Fort Loramie High School who helped me make it to the Hall of Fame. It definitely was not a sole effort but required the help of all of them. This same teamwork is what I love about working at Versailles Health Care Center. Our therapy department works together as a team for the best outcomes for our patients.”

When asked about Pleiman, Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, said “Mallory has been an excellent addition to our team. Her sense of teamwork and flexibility sets her apart as a leader among leaders. She is well respected by her peers and loved by her inpatients and outpatients. We are all very proud of her accomplishments, on and off the basketball court.”

If you are interested in learning more about the therapy programs offered at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com. The Rehab Clinic at VHCC offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to people of all ages. It employs 15 full-time local therapists and is open seven days a week. Specialty programs offered are Parkinson’s Therapy, Post Surgery Rehab, Orthopedic Rehab, Joint Replacement, Vestibular (Balance) Rehab, Cardiac Recovery, Pulmonary Rehab, Stroke Recovery, Wound Care, Manual Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, and much more.


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Saturday, February 25th, at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Commissioner Stegall will be holding a “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting for those interested at The Bob Evans Restaurant in Greenville. Bob Evans is located at 1403 Wagner Avenue at the north end of Greenville. This is an opportunity for people to discuss county matters with one of its local elected officials. Come on out, enjoy a delicious breakfast and discuss county matters. That is Saturday, February 25th, 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Bob Evans in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

Edison State Works Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

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Edison State Community College will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event on Thursday, March 9, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the West Hall of the Piqua Campus to introduce its latest resource, Edison State Works.

Edison State Works is a workforce development and education initiative intended to connect Edison State students and staff, regional employers, and communities with an opportunity for growth.

The initiative is tightly bound to Edison State's mission statement and strategic plan which states: "Edison State Community College provides the learning opportunities, support services and commitment that enables students to complete their educational goals and realize their dreams."

"It is my hope that Edison State Works will act as the catalyst for creative avenues between our talented students and high-demand, well-paid careers in our region," said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.

"Edison State Community College has the potential to act as a major factor in the health and growth of the economy in the region and Edison State Works will provide the framework from which we can begin to reach that potential."

The designated area will serve as a place for area businesses and organizations to connect with Edison State students, faculty and staff to raise awareness, build and strengthen relationships, and further develop workforce opportunities.

"While a major component of Edison State Works is the newly purposed space, the project itself aspires to engage the entire campus and communities we serve to impact each of our students in a positive way," added Dr. Larson.

"We want to take a new approach to the work-based learning experience and strengthen our overall partnerships with regional employers."

The open house event will include light refreshments. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Edison State Office of Business and Community Partnerships by calling 937-778-7805 or emailing jslattery@edisonohio.edu.

Natural Skin Care 101 at Library

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Pamela Graves returns to the Greenville Public Library with a new program on natural skin care Thursday March 2nd at 6:00 p.m. She says “Want to put your best face forward and don't know where to begin? This is the event you've been waiting for!”

Come join us for the "Natural Skin Care 101" where Pamela will discuss an easy step by step routine to help you look your best and eliminate the guesswork. Skin is your largest organ and taking care of it makes a noticeable difference. This program is ideal for all age groups and genders.

This is a free event and space is limted so sign up today to guarantee your seat by calling 548-3915. Each guest in attendance will receive a free Unbelievable Skin Care sample.

Pamela creates products that are made from only the finest ingredients such as therapeutic grade essential oils and certified organic when possible. For info see www.UnbelievableSkinCare.com. Her products are available locally and are very affordable.

Library's “Lunch & Learn” for Wellness

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The Greenville Public Library's “Lunch & Learn” Wellness Program continues on March 1 at 12:30 in the upstairs meeting room. Guest speaker Jordan Francis, Director of Wellness Services and the Lifestyle Enhancement Center at Wayne HealthCare will present "Eat Well 101: Treat your Body Right with Every Bite." This program will cover the basics of nutrition, including what a well balanced diet looks like, understanding the role of calories and energy expenditure in weight management, macro- and micronutrients, and the role of nutrition in preventing chronic disease.

Lunch will be provided by Brenda's Beanery at a cost of $5.00. You are invited to enjoy this lunch or bring your own or just come for the free program. Please call the Library to make a reservation if you would like to buy the lunch. Everyone is welcome!

Rotary Charitable Giving

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Greenville will allocate grant funding to non-profit, charitable organizations for general operating needs or other programs related to your organization’s mission.

If you wish to apply for grant funding, please contact, Lindsey Gehret, Committee Chair, at 564.3016 or email, lgehret@vancrest.com , for an application or any other questions you may have. Please note the application deadline is April 15th, 2017. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Requests are reviewed by the club’s Charitable Committee and are then approved by the club’s Board of Directors. While we strive to provide support for all organizations who apply, please keep in mind that not all requests can be met. If your organization received funds in past years, it is not guaranteed that you will receive funds in the future, as all requests are reviewed new each year.

Funds distributed to organizations are made possible by the Greenville Rotary Lemon Shakes sold at The Great Darke County Fair, as well as our Election Machine Project.

Garst Museum Hosts Free Lecture on “The Community Within: Discovering African-American History in Rural Ohio”

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Ric S. Sheffield
Garst Museum’s 2017 Speaker Series will kick off at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 26. Ric S. Sheffield will speak on the diverse African-American history in rural Ohio. Many rural areas in Ohio have long established black communities, such as Darke County’s Longtown community, that are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. Mr. Sheffield’s program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African-Americans in Ohio and explains the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage.

Ric Sheffield is a Professor of Legal Studies and Sociology at Kenyon College. In addition to having served as Associate Provost of the College, he is the Director of Kenyon’s Law and Society Program and the John Adams Summer Scholars Program in Socio-legal Studies. His research has focused upon the relationship between law and issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. He has lectured widely on issues of race and law as well as African Americans in rural Ohio.

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, and Longtown exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Stephens Foundation.

Driver Flees Crash Near Arcanum that Knocked Out Power and Created a Natural Gas Leak

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On February 21, 2017 at approximately 11:22PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Police, Arcanum Fire & Rescue responded to the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road on a report of a one vehicle possible injury crash with a utility pole knocked down. Preliminary investigation revealed an unknown driver operating a 1989 White Buick Riviera was traveling westbound in the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway striking a Vectren gas meter and then colliding with and knocking down a utility pole causing a short power outage for nearby residents. Further investigation revealed the driver had fled on foot. Crews from Vectren and Arcanum Power responded to the scene to restore electric and to stop the natural gas leak. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UPDATE: Suspect Has Been Apprehended - GPD Issues Arrest Warrant in Speedway Robbery Case

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Update: On February 21, 2017 at approximately 2:33 p.m., the suspect, Eric D. Higgins, was apprehended in Piqua, Ohio.

Original Post: On February 19, 2017 at 4:22 am, the Greenville Police Department responded to a robbery incident at Speedway, 201 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio.

Subsequent investigation identified, Eric D. Higgins, Jr., 28, from Piqua, Ohio, as a possible suspect in the robbery. An arrest warrant for Eric D. Higgins, Jr. has been issued.


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GREENVILLE, OH (February 15, 2016) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau has released its 2016 Annual Report. The report can be accessed through the Visitors Bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org, or by picking up a printed copy at the Darke County Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville.

“2016 was a banner year for us,” said Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “Between ten ‘Best of Ohio’ awards around the county, record distribution of our visitors guide, and outstanding results through our digital platforms, the Visitors Bureau continues to grow and help our partners achieve increased visibility and success. We’re fortunate to live in a terrific county with amazing resources. We very much appreciate the support from the Darke County Commissioners, the Village of Versailles, the City of Greenville, and our private sector partners. Tourism drives over $65 million of economic activity to the county and is a very beneficial industry, supporting 1 in 18 jobs.”

Some of the highlights include a more than 100% increase in visitor guide distribution from 2014 to 2016, over 1.1 million digital impressions via the Visitors Bureau’s Facebook page, and a continued presence at tradeshows and events around the state.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization, whose mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make this county unique. For more information, visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Make a Vow to Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Sodium Intake during American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Darke County urges everyone in the community to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, responsible for 1 in 3 deaths each year in the United States. Additionally, 32.6 percent—about 80 million adults—have high blood pressure with less than half having it under control. High blood pressure is most prevalent in minority communities, and is often referred to as “The Silent Killer” because there are typically no warning signs or symptoms.

To address the prevalence of heart disease, the Y has made a national commitment to the Million Hearts campaign, an initiative spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes. As part of this commitment, the YMCA of Darke County encourages heart health through many programs.

Our Healthy Heart program was started in 1996 by local medical professionals including Dr. Henry Chong MD, cardiologist. Participants in this class are led by Silver Sneakers® certified senior specialist Karyl Woolery, who supervises them as they do a combination of cardio and strength exercises that focus on continued cardiac rehabilitation. The Healthy Heart program takes place at the Greenville branch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 AM.

The Y’s Greenville branch also offers blood pressure monitoring at no charge at their monthly Silver Sneaker members potluck lunches.

Research shows that the simple process of checking and recording your blood pressure at least twice a month over a four-month period, along with regular physical activity, proper nutrition and reducing sodium intake, may lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Besides monitoring your blood pressure, reducing sodium intake is a great way to keep your heart healthy. Per the American Heart Association (AHA), too much sodium in your system puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure.

“There are many factors in keeping your heart healthy and having a handle on your blood pressure and sodium intake are effective tools in the preventing heart disease,” said Sam

Casalano, YMCA CEO. “Whether you have high blood pressure, are at risk for heart disease or want to keep your heart healthy, the Y has resources that can help achieve better health.”

In addition to programs and services offered in Darke County, the Y offers the following tips from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help reduce sodium in your diet.

  • Think fresh: Most of the sodium Americans eat is found in processed foods. Eat highly processed foods less often and in smaller portions—especially cheesy foods, such as pizza; cured meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli/luncheon meats; and ready-to-eat foods, like canned chili, ravioli and soups. Fresh foods are generally lower in sodium.
  • Enjoy home-prepared foods: Cook more often at home—where you are in control of what’s in your food. Preparing your own foods allows you to limit the amount of salt in them.
  • Fill up on veggies and fruits—they are naturally low in sodium: Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits—fresh or frozen. Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal.
  • Adjust your taste buds: Cut back on salt little by little—and pay attention to the natural tastes of various foods. Your taste for salt will lessen over time. Additionally, keep salt off the kitchen counter and the dinner table and substitute spices, herbs, garlic, vinegar or lemon juice to season foods.
  • Boost your potassium intake: Choose foods with potassium, which may help to lower your blood pressure. Potassium is found in vegetables and fruits, such as potatoes, beet greens, tomato juice and sauce, sweet potatoes, beans (white, lima, kidney), and bananas. Other sources of potassium include yogurt, clams, halibut, orange juice and milk.

The YMCA of Darke County offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting www.ymcadarkecounty.org or stopping into one of your local Y branches.

Heartland of Greenville 2016 Employees of the Month!

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At Heartland of Greenville we have an entire team of outstanding caregivers, but each month we recognize one nominated individual who is selected by their peers to be our Champion of Caring. Congratulations once again for going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of your patients and teammates!

This person is presented with a gold name tag, a Champion of Caring pin, a gift of choice as well as having their name added to the plaque in our entryway. Our top notch survey and customer feedback results are a direct reflection of the hard work by this amazing group and all of our team members.

Our 2016 winners are pictured: Front (L-R) Kim Shuttleworth, Sandy Hutchinson, Joni Thomas, Betsy New, Bruce Strunks and Krista Beam. Not Pictured: Amy Tedder, Cheryl Rader, Tayler Hall, Cindy Bowman, Kiersten Smith, and Shannon Haar.

The Great Darke County Fair is looking for a new manager

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The Great Darke County Fair is looking for a new manager. Our new manager will be a person that best matches the following description. If you are interested in applying for the position, please pickup application and job description at office or online. Return with resume and cover letter to office. We will begin reviewing resumes during the week of February 20, 2017.

Click below for the 3 page job description.



Child Fitness Week

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The week of February 20- 24 the YMCA Child Development Center in Versailles will be holding our first Child Fitness Week for our Preschool and Pre-K classrooms. The YMCA of Darke County is dedicated to the HEPA Initiative (Healthy Eating and Physical Activity) where we want to promote health and wellness throughout all YMCA programs. The children in Versailles will be actively participating in the following activities: American Martial Arts on Monday; swimming on Tuesday; gymnastics on Wednesday; Zumba on Thursday and yoga on Friday.

AUCTION: Greenville City Schools – South Middle School

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Greenville City Schools – South Middle School
701 Wayne Ave. – Greenville, OH 45331
February 25, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Live onsite auction and live internet bidding available NOW via www.Proxibid.com

Onsite INSPECTION: Thurs., Feb. 23rd from 5pm – 7pm & Fri., Feb. 24th from 9am - 5pm

This is the second auction being offered to liquidate the furnishing and assets of the k-8 buildings of Greenville City Schools. Items will include: Approx. 1,000 lots – School Surplus & Loose Furnishings – Commercial Kitchen & Restaurant Equipment – Electronics - Wood & Metal Cabinetry Electronics: Smart boards & projectors; NEC Projectors; Elmo document readers; Computer monitors & towers; Notebook laptops; DVD/VCR players; Routers; Media carts; Lg. sel. of wood and metal storage & file cabinets and shelving; Gym Equip.; 100’s of Student desks & chairs; Lockers; (2) Outdoor utility sheds. More information will become available including pictures and order of sale. Please check our website at www.midwest-auctioneers.com daily for updates on this auction, as well as future scheduled dates for the remaining 3 auctions. Terms: This auction is being conducted with no buyer’s premium to onsite bidders and no state sales tax is required to be collected. All items are required to be paid for day of auction with the following payment options: Cash, personal or business check w/ID, or Master Card and Visa. There will be an additional 3% clerking fee added for credit cards. Additional terms and conditions apply to internet bidders.

Homeschool Students Invited to College Credit Plus Information Session

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Edison State Community College invites homeschooled students and their parents to attend a presentation about the statewide College Credit Plus (CCP) program on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in room 504/505 on the Piqua Campus.

Students enrolled in the CCP program can earn college and high school credit concurrently, accelerating their college careers at little to no cost to them. Credits earned in the program are easily transferable to public and private universities nationwide under robust articulation agreements.

While on campus, attendees can learn about:

  • What CCP is;
  • How credit is earned;
  • How to apply and qualify for acceptance into the program
  • How to apply for state funding;
  • Learn about class options and scheduling;
  • Learn about assessment options such as ACT and ACCUPLACER;
  • Learn about additional policies, procedure, and funding deadlines.

For more information, contact Velina Bogart, Coordinator of College Credit Plus for Edison State by calling 937.778.7854 or emailing ccp@edisonohio.edu.

Bill Hole Has Passed Away

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William Edward Hole Jr., age 89 of Greenville, Ohio and son of William Edward and Dorothy (Coppock) Hole passed away at 10:35 AM Saturday February 18, 2017 at the Village Green. He was born July 2, 1927 in Greenville, Ohio.

Bill was a graduate of Greenville High School, Culver Military Academy, and the University of Michigan. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during W.W. II he taught sailing at Culver before entering the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society. Bill was an integral part of American Aggregates from 1951, becoming a Director in 1956, Vice President in 1964 and President of the Corporation in 1969. He also served as President of Ohio Aggregates and as National President of National Sand Stone and Gravel where he was also a Lifetime member of the Board. He also served on the Board of Consolidated Gold Fields in England. He served on the Board of Greenville National Bank for 35 years with 21 years as Chairman of the Board.

Bill was Chairman of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 1983 and a lifetime member of that Board. He had previously served as President of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

He was Chairman of the Building Committee of the Darke County Y.M.C.A. and was the first President of that Board. He had served a number of terms on the Y. board.

He served two terms as President of the Greenville Country Club and on that Board several different times.

He was a past member and on the board of Edison College, Hope Foundation, Garst Museum, Citizens Education Committee and was Vice-President of the Ohio Manufacturer’s Association.
He was a lifetime member of the Greenville Elks Lodge. He managed the Coppock-Hole Trust for many years.

Bill was a faithful member of the First Congregational Church of Greenville, where he taught Sunday school for 23 years sang in the Senior Choir and served on numerous committees including two Pastoral Search Committees.

He was honored to deliver the commencement address to a graduating class of Greenville High School.

After retirement Bill and Gloria enjoyed world travel, Bridge, golf, friends, family and most of all their summer place in Canada.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Gloria (Shiverdecker) Hole, son William Jeffrey, daughter Julie Ann Kirk and husband Wilson, and grandsons Griffin and McGregor, of whom he was very proud. He also leaves two sisters, Susan Brewer and Barbara Brewer and in-laws Walter I. Thieme and Marcia Glenn. Also many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Jean Louise Thieme and in-laws Phyllis and Jim Blocher, Pauline Shiverdecker DeWitte and husband John, Dale Shiverdecker, Leon and Helen Shiverdecker, Lt. Commander Kent Shiverdecker, William D. Brewer and Richard Brewer.

Bill’s nature was that he saw something good in every person he knew.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday February 25, 2017 in the First Congregational Christian Church 115 West Fifth Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastors Don Myers, Peter Menke and Japheth Bear officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday February 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of the services in the church.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Donor’s Choice.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com.

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