Friday, March 31, 2017

Main Street Greenville is Looking for a New Executive Director

No comments:
Photo from Main Street Greenville
I was stunned and saddened by the announcement this week that Amber Garrett is leaving Main Street Greenville after serving 4 years as their executive director. In my opinion, Amber has elevated the already fantastic program with her creative vision and drive for success, and whoever her successor is has quite the shoes to fill.

Today, Main Street Greenville posted the listing for the soon-to-be vacant job, so the hunt for the next Executive Director has officially begun.

Visit the link above, review the job description, and share this post with anyone you think may be a good fit to lead Main Street Greenville's mission.

The Whistle Stop is the New Home for Chicken Kitchen Chicken

No comments:
Fried Chicken Geniuses Tiffany Kester and Angela and Kevin Beumer
with Whistle Stop owner Andrew Riffle (in orange)
Like most of you, I was pretty bummed when the good folks at the Chicken Kitchen II announced last year that they were closing for good just before the 2016 Great Darke County Fair. At the time, I thought to myself, man, if only they'd sell it to someone to take it over so that I could continue to enjoy that wonderful fried chicken.

Now, many months later, they have.

The Whistle Stop in Ansonia posted on their site yesterday that The Whistle is the new home for Chicken Kitchen Chicken.

The announcement comes after a lengthy process of acquiring the business, the needed equipment, and as much knowledge as possible from previous owners Kevin and Angela Beumer and their daughter Tiffany Kester. In their release, Kevin said he is "committed to making sure the recipe tastes the same," and that the transition is successful.

Also in the release, the Whistle clarified that they "currently... will be offering chicken after 3pm Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday until the dust settles.  Bulk orders can be requested to be ready at any time."

All of this is to say, this is the greatest food related news, and I can't wait to taste Chicken Kitchen Chicken again.

Click here to read the full release at The Whistle Stop's website.

Rain Barrel Workshop at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles on April 12th

No comments:
The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 pm at the Worch Memorial Public Library (790 South Center St, Versailles, Ohio). A rain barrel is a rain water collection system that stores rooftop runoff to be used later for activities such as lawn and garden watering, car washing or even window cleaning. Rain barrels are connected to your downspout and are a great way to positively impact the environment.

“Darke SWCD is excited to partner with the Worch Memorial Public Library to host this workshop. Promoting the use of rain barrels allows you to put some of that water running down your driveway to beneficial use in your flower bed or garden.” Said Jared Coppess, District Administrator for Darke SWCD. “If you’ve ever been curious about rain barrels, either what they do or why to use one, come join us at this workshop. We will answer your questions and make sure you walk out with a fully assembled rain barrel ready to use at your home.”

Please bring a cordless drill, if you can. If you don’t have one, we will try and arrange one for you to borrow. The fee for this program is $40, which covers the cost of the rain barrel and connecting kit. Pre-registration is required and you can pre-register by calling the Darke SWCD office at 937-548-1752 or visiting our website, Space is limited, so register today!

Wellness “Lunch & Learn” at Library

No comments:

The Greenville Public Library’s Wellness Program will host its monthly “Lunch & Learn” on Wednesday April 12th at noon! The cost is $5 which covers a delicious, healthful meal provided by Brenda’s Beanery. The public is invited - just phone 548-3915 to make a reservation.

Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare describes his program. "The title will be Aerobic Exercise: Get Pumping! This presentation will describe what aerobic exercise is, the benefits of aerobic exercise, how to begin an aerobic exercise program, and programming options for those who are already engaged in aerobic activity and want to expand or improve their aerobic activity endeavors.

“A portion of the presentation will be aimed at those who are already engaged in aerobic exercise will focus on the performance side of exercise, such as improving 5k times or getting better performance/aesthetic results from aerobic conditioning efforts. Weight management will also be touched on, including a “best-practices approach” to weight management regarding exercise selection and programming."

The “wellness think-tank” is pictured in a planning session with Warren Richards, Librarian

Arcanum Community Good Friday Service

No comments:
Arcanum will be having a Community Good Friday Service hosted by Faith UMC Arcanum at NOON on April 14th, 2017. Pastors conducting the Service will be David Brisker of Fort Jefferson UMC, David Florkey of FHC Fellowship and Tim Pieper of Faith UMC.

Refreshments will be served after the Service.


Adult Painting Class to be Offered by the Greenville Art Guild

No comments:






No comments:
Ohio has no reported cases of avian influenza

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (March 29, 2017) – The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is working aggressively with Ohio’s poultry industry and federal partners to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Ohio has no reported cases of avian influenza, and together regulators, farmers and veterinarians are working to protect the health of the state’s bird population.

ODA asked the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) to grant relief which now allows organic poultry producers to temporarily confine their flocks and maintain organic certification. This is a critical biosecurity measure requested by Ohio producers, and one ODA encourages all poultry producers, including small-scale backyard farmers, to implement.

“Preventing contact between flocks and wild birds is one of the most important steps any farmer can take to keep animals healthy and prevent the spread of avian influenza,” said Dr. Tony Forshey, state veterinarian. “I thank USDA-AMS for their work and recognition of the critical importance of this request and urge all Ohio poultry producers, large and small, to take aggressive biosecurity measures to protect the health of all of our state’s birds.”

Many Ohio farms have already taken aggressive actions to implement heightened biosecurity measures that protect poultry. USDA’s memo reinforces the importance for all producers to do so. USDA recommends that Ohio producers work with their organic certifying agents to determine the proper method of temporary confinement.

Multiple cases of low pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama, Wisconsin and Tennessee. Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been diagnosed in Tennessee. Authorities in those states have taken steps to contain the virus. ODA works with Ohio’s poultry farmers, state and federal partners to monitor for avian influenza. All producers are urged to monitor their flocks for signs of illness and implement strict biosecurity measures. The safety of poultry and eggs for food consumption is not affected.

If you see clinical signs of illness in your flocks, please contact your veterinarian or the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health at (614) 728-6220.

Egg Dyeing; Naturally at Darke County Parks

No comments:
Darke County Park District invites everyone to join them on April 8th at 2pm to discover natural Easter egg dyeing! White, brown, blue, and orange are a few of the colors participants could achieve while dyeing eggs. Mara Cox will share her Latvian heritage of dyeing eggs naturally. All the registered participants will get the chance to combine onion skins, flowers, leaves, and water to create a one-of-a-kind Easter egg. Register today for this free annual favorite program and to reserve your egg! For any questions about this or any other park district programs or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Easter eggs can also be wrapped with small leaves prior to dyeing to create patterns in the colors. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017


No comments:

Online registration is available.

Indianapolis, Ind. – This summer Midwest Youth Team Tennis returns to Greenville for the 8th year. Kids will again have a blast playing 10 and Under Tennis, using the QuickStart Tennis play format, which features kid-sized equipment, court dimensions, and scoring. Kids develop tennis skills right away, and have a ball playing and competing in a fun, team environment.

The 6 week Greenville program for children ages 5-10 will be held on Sunday evenings starting June 11 through July 23 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. For students 11-15 years old, the 6 week “Futures” program will be held on Tuesday nights, June 13 - July 25 from 6:30 -8:00 pm, and run by GHS Boys’ Varsity Tennis Coach Dennis Kiser. If registration is completed by May 14, the cost is $65. Late registrants will be taken through May 28 at a cost of $85.

Registration is done online at Parents can also visit this site to learn more about the philosophy of Quickstart Tennis. Volunteers and coaches are always welcome.

For more information about signing up to play, volunteer, or coach, please contact Suzie Brown at any of the following: / 937-459-9219 (text) / 937-547-9904.

While the program is geared to beginners, all are welcome to participate. For students who did not participate in the past, the participant package includes the following: new tennis racquet and ball, team t-shirt, and other fun items. Returning players who have not outgrown last year’s racquet have the option of receiving other items.

Author’s Night in April

No comments:

Join us for the Friends of the Greenville Public Library's Author’s Night on Friday April 14th at Montage in downtown Greenville. As always you can enjoy a delicious meal or drinks and a special musical treat. A string quartet of students of Cathy Dowds will play before and after the program. Doors open at 6:00 and the program starts at 7:00.

Our guest author is Dr. Vivian Blevins who has a heart-warming and unusual story to share. Vivian is a facilitator for Area Veterans Oral Histories that are recorded for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. This project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Please see

Vivian also produced a 12-Part Series entitled “Veterans Voices” that aired daily throughout 2014 on Western Ohio Television Consortium/Channel 5. How she gathered the touching and sometimes painful memories of the many men she interviewed is a very interesting and meaningful story in itself. Not that American History is unfamiliar to Vivian who currently teaches Communication, American Literature, & Humanities at Edison.

Dr. Blevins is one of those women who has been involved in so many projects, has won so many awards, and has accomplished so much that it’s a privilege to meet her. Please read just a sampling of her life at Don’t miss this enjoyable evening!

Rain Barrel Workshop at Arcanum Public Library on April 11th

No comments:
The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30pm at the Arcanum Public Library (101 W. North St, Arcanum, Ohio). A rain barrel is a rain water collection system that stores rooftop runoff to be used later for activities such as lawn and garden watering, car washing or even window cleaning. Rain barrels are connected to your downspout and are a great way to positively impact the environment.

“Darke SWCD is excited to partner with the Arcanum Library to host this workshop. Promoting the use of rain barrels can help Darke County residents lower their water bill while positively impacting the environment,” stated Jared Coppess, District Administrator for Darke SWCD. “If you’ve ever been curious about rain barrels, either what they do or why to use one, come join us at this workshop. We will answer your questions and make sure you walk out with a fully assembled rain barrel ready to use at your home.”

Please bring a cordless drill. If you don’t have one, let us know and we may have one for you to borrow. The fee for this program is $40, which covers the cost of the rain barrel and connecting kit. Pre-registration is required and you can pre-register by calling the Darke SWCD office at 937-548-1752 or visiting our website, Space is limited, so register today!

Spring Soil Sampling

No comments:
GREENVILLE – Do you feel like your lawn or garden is lacking in some areas? Are you uncertain what fertilizers to use or amounts to apply in order to increase productivity? If so, you should consider soil sampling. Soil sampling is a tool farmers use to assess their nutrient needs for crop production. Why not apply this method to your garden, it’s essentially the same thing on a smaller scale.

A soil sample analysis will tell you what fertilizers or treatments are needed to adjust your current garden levels for the coming year. A soil sample indicates whether you need to add lime or sulfur to achieve a desired pH level. It can also show a surplus or deficiency in organic matter, potassium, phosphorus, and other nutrients. With this information, you are no longer blindly applying unneeded fertilizers which could save you money.

Darke SWCD will again be a collection point for homeowners to bring in their soil samples. If you are interested in having a soil analysis for your garden, lawn or flower bed, bring your samples to our office by April 19, 2017. The cost for each soil sample is $15, and there’s no limit on how many samples you can submit.

Here are some tips for pulling a representative soil sample:

  • Use a soil probe to pull your cores. (Available to borrow from Darke SWCD at no cost!)
  • Remove any top debris, residue or turf thatch from the area.
  • Pull your cores 6-8” deep. If you are sampling a lawn, lift the sod and sample 3” deep.
  • Pull cores from as many places as possible (a single soil sample consists of 18-20 cores) to cover the entire sampling area in a zigzag pattern.
  • Take a separate soil sample for different areas (lawn, garden, flower bed, etc.)

After you collect your soil sample, allow the cores to dry. Once they have dried, place your soil sample in a paper bag and bring it to the Darke SWCD office located at 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. If you have any questions or would like to borrow a soil probe, please don’t hesitate to stop by, call us at 937-548-1752 or email

Soil sampling is a great way to save money, be environmentally friendly and increase your gardens productivity. It is an effective way to understand the current nutrient levels in your garden, gives you an idea of what you can do in preparation for this growing season and provides you a baseline to compare with future samples. Darke SWCD will be accepting soil samples until April 19, 2017.

Poultry Days Theme

No comments:
The Versailles Poultry Days’ Board of Directors and the Village of Versailles welcome you to the 66th annual Poultry Days festival June 9th, 10th and 11th 2017. In advance of the upcoming festival, and to allow parade and festival goers to prepare, the Poultry Days Board is proud to announce the 2017 theme, which recognizes the celebration and enjoyment everyone has visiting the festival. The 2017 theme is “Poultry Days Eggstravaganza".

Poultry Days, which began in 1952 to celebrate the area’s history as a leading poultry producer, is held the second full weekend in June. Arrive early to enjoy one of our World Famous chicken dinners. We expect to serve over 25,000 of these delicious chicken dinners.

The festival is always packed with many activities for people of all ages to enjoy. There are two parades, the 36th annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days pageants, FREE Kiddie Tractor Pull, rides and games for all ages, Photography Show, 5K, Vendor Area, Cake and Egg Contests, Flower Show, and Art Show along with many other family friendly events. Bands have been booked and will be announced with several new bands added to the lineup.

Mark your calendar, schedule your vacation and check out for more information. We look forward to seeing everyone in June!

Draw a Bird at April Jr. Naturalists

No comments:
Check the “Draw a Bird Day” Facebook page for even more bird drawings.
Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, April 8th from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. This month the students will participate in “Draw a Bird Day” and creating their own nature journals.

Draw a Bird Day began in England in 1943 when seven year old Dorie Cooper visited her uncle who was wounded in the war. In an attempt to cheer him up, she asked him to draw a bird for her. After seeing her uncle's bird picture, Dorie laughed out loud and proclaimed that he was not a very good artist, but that she would hang the picture in her room nonetheless. Her laughter brightened several other wounded soldiers’ day, and every time Dorie came to visit thereafter, they held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward's walls were decorated by bird drawings. Dorie passed away from an accident a few years later, and ever since then, those from the hospital remember the little girl who brought hope by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th.

Draw a Bird Day was never declared an official holiday, but today it is celebrated world wide as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers everywhere forget war and suffering even if only for a short time. The Jr. Naturalists will explore nature and enjoy the sunshine while looking for subjects to fill their sketchbooks with.

The Jr. Naturalists is a series of monthly programs designed to give 3rd-6th grade students hands-on interaction with the natural world and a look at our current and historical place within it. Hikes, games, crafts, and service projects are all a part of this exciting integrated study group. A $3 fee is charged for the program, and registration is required. Remember to dress for the weather.
For questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other park district programs or to register for the April class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165 or email

Friends of New Madison Public Library Collect Memories for 2017 Publication

No comments:
The Friends of New Madison Public Library are compiling entries for Tapestries of New Madison Public Library, a publication planned for Autumn, 2017. Tapestries will include a history of the library, photos of each of the locations, snapshots of past library events, memories of the library, and favorite recipes from the current staff, Friends members, and trustees.

The Friends encourage others to submit memories and photos of the library as well as a favorite recipe. The group plans to sell Tapestries for the 2017 holiday season. Submissions for Tapestries can be dropped off at NMPL or emailed to

The Friends of NMPL raise money throughout the year to support & enhance the mission of the library by funding programming and special projects. Join for only $2 a year and help to support NMPL. Call 996-1741 for more info.

Upcoming Events at the Greenville VFW

No comments:

  • BINGO-SUNDAY APRIL 2,9,23 AND 30TH 1:00 PM
  • TURKEY DINNER-SATURDAY, APRIL 22TH 5:00 TO 7:00 PM $9.00 PRESALE 548-4004

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Arcanum FFA Holds First Annual Banquet

No comments:
The 2017 Arcanum MVCTC FFA Stars and Outstanding Members: (Front L to R) Alexandria Less – Star Greenhand, Cameron Warner – Outstanding Freshman, Sidney McAllister – Star Greenhand, Brenna Loxley – Outstanding Senior, Cole Spitler – Star Farmer, (Back L to R) Jacob Osswald – Star Ag Business, Carver Gostomsky – Outstanding Sophomore, Zach Smith – Star Ag Placement, Alexander Weiss – Star Greenhand, and Samantha McAllister – Outstanding Junior.
The 2017 Arcanum MVCTC Honorary Chapter Degree
Recipient Mr. John Stephens with Chapter President Brenna Loxley.
The Arcanum MVCTC FFA held its first annual banquet on Sunday March 26th 2017. The banquet celebrated the accomplishments that the FFA members accumulated over the past year as well as a celebration of the return of the FFA to Arcanum.

To begin the ceremony Alexandria Less, Sentinel, introduced and thanked all of the guest of the Arcanum MVCTC FFA. Included in the list of guest were teachers, staff members, board members, and administration from Arcanum and MVCTC. Members were recognized for their participation in various chapter activities and new levels of degree membership attained.

The first sets of awards were given to members who participated in Career Development Events (CDE) this past year. The first CDE was Soil Judging with the team consisting of Jack Walters, Bailey Favorite, Trevor Osswald, Zach Smith, Cole Spitler, Austin Fourman and Carver Gostomsky. Zach was 6th and Cole was 16th at the District Contest. The Job Interview Contestants were Sidney McAllister, Brenna Loxley, Tabitha Watern, Alexandria Less, Jacob Osswald, and Kaitlyn Zell. Sidney, Brenna and Alexandria moved on to compete at the District Contest. Both the Advanced and Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure Teams received gold ratings at the county contest. The advanced team consisted of Cole Spitler, Brenna Loxley, Tabitha Watern, Carver Gostomsky, Samantha McAllsiter, and Alex Weiss. Greenhand Team consisted of Paul Barga, Dylan Burns, Sidney McAllister, Michael Quiroz, Bailey Favorite, Matthew Morgan, Cameron Warner and Luke Wilson. The public speaker for Arcanum were Alex Weiss in Extemporaneous, Cameron Warner in Creed and Brenna Loxley in Advanced Prepared. Brenna speech on the importance of AgriScience Education earned her a trip to the district contest. The Farm Business Management Team Members were Jacob Osswald, Braden Garbig, Zachary Smith, Alex Weiss, Cole Spitler and Samantha McAllister. The Farm Business Management Team placed 20th in the state and Alex was 10th overall as an individual. The final CDE’s recognized were the Spring Judging Teams: General Livestock Judging – Austin Fourman, Carver Gostomsky, Jacob Osswald, Dylan Burns and Sidney McAllister. The General Livestock team placed 14th in the state and Sidney placed 11th overall as an individual. Equine Management Team – Reese Whittaker, Jack Walters, Taryn Dohme, and Luke Wilson. Diary Judging Team – Samantha McAllister, Alex Weiss, Sidney McAllister and Taryn Dohme.

With this school year being the first year back at Arcanum, the FFA wanted to recognize the area businesses and individuals that donated to the chapter. The following people or businesses made donations to help get the chapter rolling: Winston and Gloria Brumbaugh, Garbig & Schmidt LLC, Graves – Fearon Agency, Harvest Land CO-OP, JAFE Decorating Inc, Prairie View Farms Inc, Second National Bank, Cy Schwieterman Inc, Jed and Penny Smith, Fred and Teal Smith, Superior Implement and Supply Company, Keith Troutwine Agency, and RJ Warner Insurance Agency. Thank-you again to those individuals and business for their generous donations.

Special Awards were also given to members that excelled throughout the past year. Top fruit sales persons award were presented to Brenna Loxley – 3rd, Kaylee Wilcox - 2nd, Taryn Dohme - 1st.

Mr. Brian Pohlman then addressed the crowd and gave an appreciation to the Arcanum – Butler Local School and Miami Valley CTC Administration and Boards of Education that made the return of the program possible. Mr. Pohlman then recognized the members of Ag Program’s advisory committee including: Janelle Brinksneader, Keir Smith, Brenna Loxley, Doug McAllister, Ryan Denniston and Brad Lentz. The Chapter Advisor then presented the top awards for the evening. First 6 members were recognized with the Leadership Award – Taryn Dohme, Hannah Rammel, Makennah Hutcheson, Marcy Bradshaw, Austin Fourman and Jack Walters. The top members in each grade were presented with the Outstanding Member Awards. Chapter Advisor Mr. Brian Pohlman talked about each member’s involvement and then presented him or her with a plaque commemorating his or her hard work. They were: Freshman-Cameron Warner – Sponsored by Jason and Janelle Brinksneader Family, Sophomore-Carver Gostomsky – sponsored by Keir and Shawn Smith – Smith Farms, Junior-Samantha McAllister – sponsored by Steve Marker, and Senior-Brenna Loxley – sponsored by Jason and Janelle Brinksneader Fmaily. The highest award for a first year members is the Star Greenhand, the awards were sponsored by Darke County 4-H Shooting Sports, Craig and Katrina Unger and Jed and Penny Smith, and this year’s winners were Sidney McAllister, Alexandria Less, and Alexander Weiss. The Star Chapter Farmer award, sponsored by Alpha Omega Genetics and the McAllister Family, is given to the member that has excelled in a SAE that is related directly to the Farm, this year’s recipient was Cole Spitler. The Star Chapter Ag Placement award, sponsored by Jed and Penny Smith, is given to the member that works in a placement ag area, this year’s recipient was Zach Smith. The Star Chapter Ag Business Award, sponsored by Craig ad Katrina Smith, is given to the member that works in an ag related business, this year’s winner was Jacob Osswald. Chapter President Brenna Loxley was recognized and presented with a gravel to commemorate her year of service. The final award of the night was the Honorary Chapter Degree. This honor is bestowed on members of the school or community for their contributions to the success of the chapter. This year’s Honorary Chapter Degree was presented to Mr. John Stephens, Superintendent of Arcanum-Butler Schools.

The ceremony was concluded with the Inductions of the 2017-2018 Arcanum MVCTC Officer Team. President Alex Weiss, Vice-President Samantha McAllister, Secretary Alexandria Less, Treasurer Jacob Osswald, Reporter Austin Fourman, Sentinel Cole Spitler, Student Advisor – Sidney McAllister and Chaplain – Hannah Rammel. The Arcanum MVCTC FFA would like to thank everyone for their support of the chapter especially our award sponsors and donors.


No comments:
DARKE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S CLUB's regular Monthly Dinner Meeting will be 6:30 p.m. on Monday – April 10th at Chestnut Village Center/Brethren Retirement Community

Program: To continue our “Women in Business” project, our guest will be: Kim Bohler, Consultant for Perfectly Posh (Naturally Based Skin Care & Pampering Products), A local business with a product made in the U.S.A.

If coming for dinner make reservations before noon on Thursday the 6th by calling Wavelene at 547-6477 or e-mail

TASKS, Inc. Enters the War on Drugs

No comments:
On March 21st, TASKS, Inc. (Teaching About Safety Kids Style) entered the war on drugs by donating to the Darke County Coroner’s office. Coroner’s Chief Investigator Joe Van Vickle presents to Darke County youth and parents about the dangers of drugs, warning signs to look for in your loved ones, and other criminal activity that follows once you embark on such a lifestyle. During his presentation, he opens eyes to the effects of the cases he has investigated, the effects it had on families and the community, and provides guides to attendees that identify the substances seen and abused the most in Darke County. Funding provided by TASKS will be used to purchase the “Drug Guide for Parents” and “The 5 Most Addictive Substances on the Planet” brochures. Mr. Van Vickle presents to a wide range of students and parents, including but not limited to 4H groups, high school classes, SADD groups, PTOs, Kiwanis, Lions Club, and school staffs during development days. The presentation is eye-opening to all attendees and addresses an issue that has hit our community hard in the past couple of years. Per Van Vickle, “The purpose of this program is to stop individuals from entering into this lifestyle. We must educate starting at a young age. If we can keep just one child from starting, then it’s worth trying. Until we stop the demand for them, drugs entering our communities and the substance abuses will continue to increase.”

As a 501(c)3, any donations made to TASKS, Inc. are fully tax deductible and supported with a receipt and thank you letter from the organization. If you would be interested in donating to TASKS, donations may be sent to TASKS, Inc., 28 E. Ward St., Versailles, OH 45380. If you have any questions about our organization or the programs we would support, you may contact Scott Garrison at 937-371-1249.

Confident Chicks Night

No comments:
Come Join us for the annual Confident Chicks Night sponsored by Poultry Days! This fun event is all about you and the beauty you bring to this world.

Join us for speakers, crafts, snacks, and a chance to ask the Miss Chick court questions. We will end the night with a dance party to your favorite songs so be ready to show-off your best dance moves. Every confident chick needs a group of chicks to support and love her. Come learn what makes a great friend and how to be one! This event will take place on Saturday April 15 from 1-4 at the Versailles School Cafetorium!

Confident Chicks Night is for any girl in Versailles and surrounding areas in grades 5-8! Please RSVP by April 8th at Contact Elizabeth White at 937-467-0114 with any questions!

Neurologist Aristide Merola, MD, PhD to Speak at VHCC Power Over Parkinson’s Group, Wednesday, April 12

No comments:
Aristide Merola, MD, PhD
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite the community to its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to empower, socialize, and learn. The guest speaker for April will be Aristide Merola, MD, PhD. Dr. Merola is a fellowship-trained neurologist with the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. As an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Dr. Merola is committed to teaching and research. He is well-published in movement disorders and has collaborated with clinicians around the globe in his efforts.

The Power Over Parkinson’s session will be led by Shannon Condon, Facility Rehab Director and Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. Versailles Health Care Center hopes to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, April 12 at 4 pm. It will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please call Shannon at 937.526.0130.


No comments:

March 27, 2017 (Tipp City, OH) — A free health fair for all members of the family is being offered by the GIVE Medical Ministry from 9am-12pm on Saturday, April 22 at the Covington Eagles Hall, 715 Broadway St. (US Rt. 36), Covington.

Along with valuable health screenings and information, a free healthy breakfast and door prizes will be offered to those attending. The annual health fair is an outstanding opportunity for local residents to improve their health and to learn about services provided by local health organizations.

More than 25 healthcare organizations are participating in the fourth annual GIVE Health Fair. All members of the family can participate in free health screenings for hearing, vision, cholesterol and blood glucose levels, skin cancer, blood pressure, lung capacity, physical strength, posture and more.

Literature and consultations will be available on topics such as cancer, sleep disorders, nutrition, nursing home care, ear-nose-throat issues, access to free clinics, medication review by pharmacists and free medical supply delivery.

If you or a loved one is taking multiple medications, pharmacy professors and students from Cedarville University - School of Pharmacy will be available to review your medications and discuss proper administration, potential drug interactions and proper disposal of old medications. To take advantage of this review, bring your medications with you to the GIVE Health Fair.

New to this year’s health fair is a “Drug Drop Program.” Bring your unwanted or outdated medications (pills only) to the health fair for proper disposal by officers from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department who will be at this event.

Contact Tom Downs, GIVE Medical Ministry, at, 937.473.5195 or 1000 Mote Drive, Covington with any questions concerning the health fair.

GIVE serves as the compassion medical ministry of The New Path, Inc., the non-profit 501(c)3 outreach of Ginghamsburg Church. The purpose of GIVE is to improve at no charge the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of people with medical needs, particularly those with limited financial resources.

Arcanum Community Easter Egg Hunt

No comments:





Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Greenville Limb/Brush Pickup to Begin April 7th

No comments:




Fort GreeneVille DAR, Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor Honors Vietnam Veterans Day

No comments:
Please join the Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution, Darke County Commissioners and Greenville Mayor in honoring Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29. A Proclamation was signed in honor of March 29 which marked the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict, after more than a decade of combat. More than 3 million men and women served in Vietnam and more than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation. Today we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.

Fort GreeneVille DAR, Darke County Commissioners and the City of Greenville urges everyone in our county to honor those men and women who served their country faithfully and courageously during the Vietnam conflict.

Sitting: County Commissioners Mike Rhoades and Matt Aultman, Greenville Mayor Steve Willman. Standing: Betty Brodrick, Mary Jane Dietrich, Vietnam Veteran Don Dietrich, Doris Aultman, Brenda Arnett, Shirley Hughes and Helen Wright

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR attends the 118th Ohio DAR State Conference

No comments:
Brenda Arnett, Helen Wright, Taylor Nehring, Karen Burkett,
Debbie Nisonger and Mary Jane Dietrich (not pictured Chris Nehring)
Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members recently attended the 118th Ohio Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference in Columbus, OH. The Ohio DAR members joined together to celebrate their many accomplishments over the past year.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter came home with many awards and recognition.

  • First place Outstanding Coverage of Print Articles awarded by OSDAR Public Relations and Media Committee (Committee Chair Debbie Nisonger)
  • OSDAR Honor Roll Report Cardinal Level and Outstanding Chapter Runner-up (Committee Chair Helen Wright)
  • Recognized for "Outstanding Service for Veterans from OSDAR Service for Veterans Committee
  • Recognized as a JROTC Bronze Medal Supporter
  • Recognized as a JROTC Monetary Supporter
  • Recognized for attending the 2016 Ohio Registrars' Workshop (Vice Regent Brenda Arnett)
  • Recognized for "Creative approaches to promoting and retaining membership"
  • Recognized for "Awarding a Scholarship from the Chapter"

Also several Fort GreeneVille Chapter members were recognized for the following:

  • Volunteer Genealogists GEP I Completion awarded to Brenda Arnett
  • American Heritage second place Fiber Arts Entry awarded to Shirley Hughes (Family Album Wall Hanging)
  • Outstanding Support for Veterans: Debbie Nisonger, Caroline Petitjean and Doris Aultman (Local American Revolution War gravesite restoration)
  •  Outstanding Support for Veterans: Chris Nehring (Thank A Vet 5K)

Scott Zumbrink donates to Empowering Programs

No comments:
GREENVILLE – Darke County Treasurer Scott Zumbrink shows his strong support for the community with a personal check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs.

Zumbrink, a member of Kiwanis of Greenville, has served the Darke County community as its treasurer for nearly 25 years. A farm family native, Zumbrink is also a member of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and multiple farm organizations.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization, organized a year ago March to work with children who need help in the basics: reading, grammar and math. The organization is wrapping up its first full year of service to Darke County young people. The After School Program, started in September, has helped nearly 70 students. The Summer Tutoring Program served 43 students last summer and will soon be enrolling students for Summer 2017.

Empowering’s services are free and can only exist with community support. If you would like to help with donations, snacks or volunteer service, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook page, or email:

MVCTC Diesel Power Technology Students Compete in District FFA Contest

No comments:
MVCTC Diesel Power Tech Team of (left to right) David Garber (Arcanum), Trey Rush (Miami East), and Zane Brehm (Arcanum, placed second in District Ag Mechanics Skills Career Development Event (CDE) at Franklin Monroe High School on March 16, 2017. The team qualified to compete at the state FFA Ag Mechanics Skills contest on Mach 31, at The Ohio State University Agricultural Institute in Wooster, Ohio.
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Diesel Power Technology students competed in the FFA District Ag Mechanics Skills Career Development Event (CDE) at Franklin Monroe High School on March 16, 2017. The team of Zane Brehm (Arcanum), David Garber (Arcanum), and Trey Rush (Miami East) placed second in the district. The MVCTC team qualified to compete in the state Ag Mechanics Skills Contest on March 31, at The Ohio State University Agricultural Institute in Wooster, Ohio. They will compete against the top 30 teams in the state.

The Ag Mechanics CDE requires team members to demonstrate 10-15 skills from a master list of skills, including: acetylene cutting, acetylene welding, arc/wire welding, bench grinder use, caliper measuring, computer parts search, dial indicator reading, drill use, feeler gauge measuring, flaring tool use, hand tachometer reading, hand tool identification, hydrometer reading, identify bolts and nuts, injector-tester use, micrometer reading, plasma cutting, plastic gauge use, soldering-electrical, timing light use on a small engine, valve grinding, valve seat grinding, and volt ohm amp tester use.

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

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.

Free Screening of ‘Being Mortal’ on April 18th

No comments:
Film Explores End-of-Life Care

State of the Heart Care in conjunction with Wayne HealthCare is holding a free, community screening of the documentary “Being Mortal” on Tuesday, April 18th, 6pm at Wayne HealthCare in their 3rd Floor Conference Room. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions. Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at

There will be a complimentary meal at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6pm. Space is limited! Wayne HealthCare Foundation is graciously sponsoring this event. Please RSVP to Jordan Francis by April 14th at 937.547.7409 or For more information about the free screening, contact Shanna Roberts with State of the Heart Care at 937.548.2999 or

DCP Presents “Skunks: They Make Scents”

No comments:
As if they weren’t easily identified by their distinct black and white coloration, skunks also have an unmistakable odor. On March 30th at 6:30 join a Darke County Parks naturalist to learn more about these odiferous mammals. Odor is putting it kindly; skunks really stink! Of all chemical defenses that wildlife employ, the smell of skunk is most offensive. Participants will discover why these mammals smell so bad and why they are an important part of the ecosystem.

For more information about this or any other Darke County Parks program or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail and when provoked, it can blast its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Driver Misses Stop Sign, Collides with Another Car at Delisle Fourman and Red River West Grove Roads

No comments:
On March 26, 2017 at approximately 6:23 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue and Laura Fire and CareFlight responded to the intersection of Red River West Grove Road and Delisle Fourman Road on a report of a serious injury crash.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2001 Chevy Malibu driven by 16 year old Luke Medve, of Arcanum was traveling southbound on Red River West Grove Road and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Delisle Fourman Road and was struck by a gray 2017 Honda Accord, driven by Debra Miller 54, of Troy along with her two passengers. Both vehicles traveled off the southwest corner of the intersection and the Chevy Malibu then struck the corner of a house. Miller and her front seat passenger, Madison Mankin 15, Arcanum was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue for possible injuries, and the drivers husband Michael Miller, rear passenger, was treated and released at the scene. Luke Medve was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight for his injuries. The residence appeared to have not sustained any structural damage from the crash.

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

Two Women Ejected in Early Saturday Morning Crash

No comments:
On March 25, 2017 at approximately 2:56 AM Darke County Deputies responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Mills Road for a female who was knocking on a door intoxicated stating she was dropped off and needing a ride. Once the Deputy was on scene, he realized there was an injury crash and New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue and Careflight was dispatched.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2004 Chevy Cavalier occupied by two adult females was traveling westbound in the 1600 block of Mills road and the driver failed to negotiate a curve driving off the right side of the road and colliding with a guardrail and flipping over the guardrail and coming to rest in a field, ejecting both female occupants. One occupant was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight for serious injuries, and the other occupant was transported to Reid Hospital in Richmond, IN. The driver is unknown at this time. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in this crash.

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

Final Greenville City Schools Loose Furnishings and Surplus Auction: April 1st

No comments:
The LAST and FINAL Greenville City Schools loose furnishings and surplus auction is set for Saturday April 1st at the Junior High School on Central Ave. The auction will begin at 9:00 am with open inspections beginning Thursday March 30th from 5 to 7pm and Friday March 31 from 9am to 5pm. We encourage bidders to get their numbers at this time, as we are expecting a large crowd. Internet pre-bidding is available now and live internet bidding will be available during the live auction via Midwest Auctioneers & Realty would like to thank everyone for their support and patronage. Please visit our website for more information on the Junior High auction and check out our upcoming Auction Calendar for future auctions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 937-548-2640.

Family Health Eyecare is Moving to its New Home

No comments:

GREENVILLE, April 4, 2017 – “We are so pleased to offer eye care services to our patients and expand access to affordable healthcare in the same way we do with our medical, dental, behavioral health, lab and pharmacy services,” says Jean Young, Executive Director of Family Health. “…and we feel honored to have Dr. McLear, his staff, and his patients join Family Health.”

Family Health Eyecare will be moving from its current location on North Main Street to its new home at Family Health’s main campus on Meeker Road. They will see patients in the new space starting on Tuesday, April 4. A complete renovation of the original medical office building was done over the winter and a space was specially constructed for the recently acquired practice.

The renovation added a number of exam rooms and increased the number of frames available to patients. “We will carry over 1000 frames that range from designer brands to value plans. Specialty glasses like prescription sun glasses, safety glasses, and a special section for young children and adolescents will also be available,” says Jean.

Family Health accepts Medicare, Medicaid, most commercial insurances, and has affordable private pay options. For those who qualify, a sliding fee is available. The phone number will remain the same (937) 548-6111.

Jean extends a special thank you to App Architecture, Brumbaugh Construction, Mote & Associates, and the many local sub-contractors who made this project possible.

Family Health Eyecare is moving from their current location to their newly renovated space on Meeker Rd.


No comments:
Left to right are: Samantha Buchy, Mandi Bates, Courtney Faber, Hannah Grilliot, Kalista Harleman, Brenda Miller (BPW President),  Maggie Hedrick, Kari Kueterman, Genesis Malin, Jailyn Thwaits, and Taylor Ward. 
Greenville, OH, March 14, 2017 - The Scholarship Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the March 9th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Committee member and BPW President, Brenda Miller introduced the Anna L. Britton Scholarship winner Samantha Buchy who gave a three minute presentation highlighting her accomplishments and her plans to attend Wright State University and obtain a degree in criminal justice. The Anna Britton Scholarship goes to a daughter or granddaughter of a BPW Member. Samantha is the daughter of BPW member, Dara Buchy.

Brenda then introduced the other nine scholarship finalists from six Darke County High schools. The finalists were Mandi Bates (Bradford EVSD), Courtney Faber (Franklin Monroe LSD), Hanna Grilliot (Versailles EVSD), Kalista Harleman (Arcanum Butler LSD), Maggie Hedrick (Versailles EVSD), Kari Kueterman (Versailles EVSD), Genesis Malin (Greenville CSD), Jailyn Thwaits (Ansonia LSD) and Taylor Ward (Greenville CSD). Each finalist had three minutes to tell BPW members of their accomplishments and goals after graduation. They were then asked to answer a question extemporaneously. Following the presentations, BPW members voted by ballot to select the three additional scholarship winners. The scholarship winners are Hannah Grilliot (Versailles EVSD), Genesis Malin (Greenville CSD) and Taylor Ward (Greenville CSD). Winners were notified by letter.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting, however, the next meeting has been changed to Thursday, April 6th due to the Easter holiday. This meeting will be hosted by the Membership committee. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Deb Smith at 937/417-2434 or or find them on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

Get “5K Fit” with DCP

No comments:
Have you always wanted to try a 5K but never got around to it? Are you tired of those holiday pounds sticking around? Do you just need some motivation to get healthy? Darke County Parks is hosting a fitness program called 5K Fit every Thursday @ 5:30pm from March 30th through May 8th. Join them throughout the spring to get healthy. They’ll have three different programs for you to choose from (walking, walking/jogging, and running) to suit your fitness needs and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle.

With everyone setting their own goals and moving at their own pace, feel free to join them at any point during the program. For every time you attend, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the Raptor Run/Walk” on Saturday August 5th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Please dress for the weather and bring a timing device and water bottle. For questions or weather updates, call the Nature Center at 548-0165.

Because of hills, wind, avoiding puddles, people, and obstacles,
walking outdoors burns more calories than walking on a treadmill.


No comments:
Masterful musician and storyteller Scott Ainslie will sing,
play and tell tales at Union City’s Arts Depot of Thursday,
April 20, as part of Darke County Center for the
Arts Coffeehouse Series. 
Masterful musician and storyteller Scott Ainslie will sing, play and tell tales at Union City’s Arts Depot of Thursday, April 20, as part of Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series. “Scott brings the sounds and history of America alive with his music,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “He’ll play a variety of instruments and sing traditional songs based in roots music and the blues, as well as share carefully chosen anecdotes; Syou’ll leave his show feeling better than when you arrived,” Mr. Rawlins promised. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse concerts offer high-quality artists performing in an intimate social atmosphere where food and drink are also available. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that Scott Ainslie is the sort of performer for whom the coffee house concept was intended. “Scott is an innate musician who found his calling and never looked back,” she stated. “He directs his performance to his audience, maintaining a visceral connection with each listener as he pulls material from his vast repertoire with ease to state his musical case while satisfyingly fulfilling expectations; if you enjoy meaningful music that is also highly entertaining, this is a not-too-be-missed show,” Ms. Jordan concluded.

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 the concert by Scott Ainslee cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Sponsors DCCA Irish Wave 2017

No comments:
DCCA fundraiser sponsor Phillip Pierri of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home
with DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan.
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their sponsorship of the recent St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event Irish Wave 2017. DCCA’s Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generosity of sponsors, like Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, who value and are willing to support the arts in our community.”

The sold out 5th annual Irish Wave, hosted at the Montage Friday, March 17th celebrated all things Irish. Music was performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as one of the top bands in the Midwest. “Lone Raven performed an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. The monies generated will help enable our organization to bring high quality performing artists to our community,” concluded Jordan.

Other sponsors for Irish Wave who made possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Edward Jones Investment representatives Ryan Carpe, Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler, and Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown.

Irish Wave is a fundraising event for DCCA; proceeds are used to help underwrite the cost of presenting high quality professional 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 and their upcoming events visit, or contact the DCCA office at 937-547-0908 or


No comments:
Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having another “Coffee with the Commissioner” on Saturday, April 1st at Millers Tavern, 15 North High Street, in Arcanum. The public meeting will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. As always the public is invited to come in and ask the Commissioner questions about the county, and let him know what concerns they have, or what they would like to see. The date is Saturday, April 1st at Millers Tavern in Arcanum from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Jewish Missionary to share "Christ in the Passover" in Greenville

No comments:
Jewish missionary Douglas Carmel of the Rock of Israel Ministries will be sharing at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Avenue, on Thursday, April 13th, 6:30 pm during a special evening worship service.

This will be an interactive event where sample Passover foods will be enjoyed by attendees. The Exodus Meal and the Last Supper will be compared. Hebrew Songs will be sung and even the children will be incorporated in the service. An optional feet washing service will be offered.

Carmel was raised in a traditional Jewish home in New York and accepted Jesus as Messiah in 1986 at the age of twenty-one. With his family very upset over such a move, the family Rabbi and other Jewish men were called in attempting to persuade him to renounce his newfound faith. When all else failed, his family rejected his belief, that Jesus was the Messiah, and asked him to move out of their home.

Today, Carmel shares in evangelical congregations mostly around the mid-west. He speaks about the need for Jewish evangelism and teaches from the Old Testament showing Jesus from the Jewish Feasts and Mosaic Tabernacle perspective.

This event is free and open to the public. We do ask that you RSVP, as space is limited. The deadline is April 4. This is a free event; however, there will be an offering taken to bless Rock of Israel Ministries. Children are invited. Child care is available for children 5 and under but you must request this when making your reservation. To reserve, please call 937-548-3583.


No comments:
A FREE Easter egg hunt for children ages birth through 4th grade will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Darke County Fairgrounds at the soccer fields off Eidson Road at gate 6.

Starting time will be 11:00 am – 0-2 years old; 11:10 am – 3 & 4 years old; 11:20 am – 5 years old & Kindergarten; 11:25 am – 1st & 2nd grades; 11:30 am – 3rd & 4th grades. There will be one prize basket coupon hidden in an egg for each age group.

Free hotdogs and lemonade will be offered starting at 10:30 am until noon or until they are gone.

The egg hunt is sponsored by EUM Church where Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor. Everyone is welcome to join EUM’s Easter celebration on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 am at the Greenville High School gymnasium. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade four at the high school.

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

Fort GreeneVille DAR Hosted the 5th Annual ROTC Demonstration Open House

No comments:
(Taken by Clinton Randall, Bluebag Media and Fort GreeneVille DAR)
Daughters of American Revolution Fort Greenville Chapter in conjunction with Greenville High School NJROTC hosted a drill demonstration at Greenville High School Gymnasium. The Greenville High School NJROTC gave drill demonstrations to the DAR members, family and friends. The DAR chapter donated $50.00 to the ROTC program.

The drill units that performed were the Color Guard led by Cadet Chief Petty Officer Jacob Brodick, Unarmed Basic led by Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class Dalton Ratcliff and Armed Basic led by Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Tani Mancillas.

The Fort GreeneVille chapter also awarded Cadet Chief Petty Officer Kelly Louk with the JROTC Bronze Medal. The medal is awarded to a cadet that demonstrates loyalty and patriotism, earned a record of military and scholastic achievement, and be in the upper 25% of the ROTC class. They must show qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the ROTC training.

The GHS ROTC also promoted their officers during the demonstration. Naval Science Instructor Chief Stephen Eldred promoted Cadet Chief Petty Officer Kelly Louk (DAR 2017 JROTC Bronze Medal) to Cadet Ensign. Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Tani Mancillas was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant and appointed to be the Unit Executive Officer. Cadet Lieutenant Kelsey Gilbert (DAR 2016 JROTC Bronze Medal) was promoted to Cadet Lieutenant Commander and appointed to be the Unit Commanding Officer.

Afterwards, refreshments were provided by the DAR.

Greenville BPW Club To Hear From Olympian Track and Field Athlete

No comments:
Chantae McMillan
Greenville, OH. - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Membership committee will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, April 6th at the Brick Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community.

Committee Chair, Debbie Smith will introduce Professional track and field athlete, Chantae McMillan. Competing in the heptathlon for the past 10 years, her greatest accomplishment thus far is being part of the 2012 United States of America Olympic team. Her personal best in the heptathlon is 6326 points. Over the next 4 years she will focus solely on making the 2020 Olympic team in the javelin. As a certified personal trainer, she will also focus on becoming a certified nutritionist to help others live a better lifestyle. Chantae grew up with both parents in the Army, moving from Tennessee and Texas, to Rolla Missouri. She then received a track and field scholarship to the University of Nebraska, where she received a degree in Education, with a focus on art. Training for the Olympics brought Chantae to Dayton, where her coach is from. In her free time she enjoys being with her two dogs, a great dane named Moose and an American bulldog named Benny. She also finds creative outlets by painting and creating DIY projects.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the club. 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, April 3rd at 937/548-5824 or


No comments:
Versailles Health Care Center celebrated National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 12th through the 18th. Through this year’s theme “Inspiration for Life”, Versailles Health Care Center promoted awareness about the role of pulmonary rehabilitation in enhancing the quality of life of individuals with lung diseases. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary and comprehensive intervention for patients with pulmonary function symptoms. These patients often have decreased daily life activities. Integrating monitored exercise, lifestyle modification, diet and behavioral health services, pulmonary rehabilitation is designed to reduce symptoms, provide an enhanced quality of life for patients and reduce health care costs by stabilizing and managing the disease. Pulmonary rehabilitation professionals are the link between the physician and ongoing patient assessment and care. Pulmonary rehabilitation fills the gap between hospital discharges and physician visits. Patients who complete Pulmonary Rehabilitation typically make long-term lifestyle changes decisions in nutrition, medications and exercise.

The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center Inpatient and Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program incorporates a professional Pulmonary Strengthening Program, develops individualized therapeutic breathing exercises designed to strengthen your lungs while maximizing your oxygen intake with physical movements, and works directly with your physicians to improve your respiratory health care needs. VHCC’s Pulmonary Rehab team members are experts in providing quality care in Pulmonary Strengthening, decreasing oxygen dependence, supervising CPAP and BiPAP requirements, and providing professional Trach Care.

Versailles Health Care Center also collaborates with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialists at Wayne HealthCare to provide pulmonary services at VHCC. The Wayne HealthCare Pulmonary Specialists and Versailles Health Care Center Team provide high level pulmonary services to the patients in the community. As part of the partnership, the Wayne HealthCare Respiratory Therapists are on-site weekly at Versailles Health Care Center, work in conjunction with Versailles Health Care Center staff to evaluate and assess VHCC patients for respiratory care, and are available to act as a resource for questions concerning respiratory care.

No matter your starting point for Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Versailles Health Care Center is prepared to guide you on your path to using your lungs more efficiently. The Rehab Department at VHCC is happy to assist you in getting your physician’s orders to receive Pulmonary Services and to verify covered benefits through your insurance provider. If you are interested in learning more about the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Versailles Heath Care Center, please contact Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, at 937-526-0130 or visit on the web at

Friday, March 24, 2017

Craft Beer Education Series at Library

No comments:
David Nilsen is back at the Greenville Public Library with a new educational series on craft beer and ale. To join the class please contact the Reference Desk at 548-3915 to register. This program is for patrons 21 years and older. An ID will be required the night of the event. His first program is German Wheat Ales which will will be presented twice, Thursdays April 6th and May 4th from 6:30 to 8:00. Space is limited so if you don't make these classes you can have your name on a list for the next ones.

David explains “While Germany is primarily known in the beer world for its clean, classic lager styles, the northern European nation also has a long history of brewing characterful wheat ales with unique and sometimes eccentric flavors. In this class we'll sample 5 traditional German wheat ale styles, discuss their unusual histories, and talk about how their ingredients create their distinctive characteristics.”

SNB Supports Darke Co. Foundation

No comments:
The Darke County Foundation would like to thank Second National Bank for its generous support of the Foundation’s initiatives. SNB’s donation will help provide scholarships to Darke County students and grants to non-profit organizations that provide programs and services to Darke County residents. Pictured is Christy Prakel, left, executive director of the Darke County Foundation, receiving a check from Joy Greer, SNB vice president and retail banking administrator. The Darke County Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Darke County residents by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts.

For more information, visit or call (937) 548-4673.

Time is Ticking!

No comments:
The 1950’s passed you by? Well now is the time to do it again! The Versailles Area Museum is offering a recreation of a spring evening in Versailles from the 1950’s. This may be your last chance to enjoy a real trip down memory lane as we recreate the drinks, the food, the desserts, the music, and the atmosphere of the 1950’s for what might be our last historic dinner on Saturday April 1st. This is a VERY important event and one of only three fund raisers for the museum annually. We encourage you to be apart of this exciting trip down memory lane.

We will reminisce about three iconic Versailles establishments, Frenchies, the C&J, and the Sweet Shop. Each of these places hold such fond memories as do all the little stops in each village. We are fortunate to have several owners and children of owners to tell in their own words about the fabulous 50’s.

We treat our guest’s right, pampered from your arrival we take care of everything! You receive delicious hor’derves, the opportunity to purchase an historic drink, or a complimentary classic soda, a tummy warming, buffet of comfort food like Mom use to make, and ice cream treats like all the soda fountains fixed for dessert.

Tickets remain on sale NOW at the Museum or by calling the Museum Office at 937- 526- 4222 and leaving your name and phone number and the amount of tickets needed and we will return your call.

All tickets remain at $50.00 each, but for you our Museum members will receive $5.00 discount on their tickets as a way for us to say “thank-you” for your support! A reminder that this event is a important fundraiser for your museum.

Full tables of eight are also available if ordered at one time. Sadly only a limited number of seats can be offered in the Father Jackle Room, located in the Versailles K of C. so order NOW so you won’t be disappointed!

From the juke box rocking the tunes, to our friends Ron & Elaine Marchall playing those love songs of the 1950’s it is sure to be an evening not to be forgotten.

So get the old gang together or bring some new friends and let’s enjoy, for one last time, being “Lost in the 50’s Again”.

Oliver Floyd, Braund Pope Funeral Homes donate to Empowering Programs

No comments:
Eric Fee, owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes, presents a check to Krista Stump, treasurer, Empowering Darke County Youth.
GREENVILLE – Eric Fee, owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes, continues his support of Empowering Darke County Youth programs, presenting his first of two checks for 2017 to Krista Stump, Empowering treasurer.

Shortly after purchasing Oliver Floyd Funeral Home in January 2016, Fee added Empowering Programs to his community support efforts. He is continuing that support in 2017. Fee, through both funeral homes, is involved in a variety of community programs. His stated goal is to support the community that supports his services.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization, organized a year ago March to work with children who need help in the basics: reading, grammar and math. The organization conducts two programs, The After School Program at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, and the Summer Tutoring Program at Greenville Public Library. To date it has helped more than 100 Darke County young people.

Empowering’s services are free and can only exist with community support. If you would like to help, including volunteering, go to the Empowering Darke County Youth Facebook page, or email:

Build a Fort for March Park P.A.L.S.

No comments:
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on March 25th from 10am to 12pm at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center to explore the Natural Play Zone during Park P.A.L.S! They encourage students to bring their sense of adventure. Working together, they will design and build a fort using natural materials. Once that is accomplished, the group can creatively use the structure for unstructured play. Please remember to dress for the weather.

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

Unstructured outdoor play promotes creativity and imagination, gets kids moving, and builds confidence in tomorrow’s leaders. 


No comments:
Come enjoy a FREE breakfast with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs at Versailles Health Care Center. The Easter Bunny will be arriving early at Versailles Health Care Center! This event will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. The community is invited to Versailles Health Care Center for donuts and drinks, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and an Easter egg hunt!

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. This event is free and open to the community. If questions about this exciting event, please contact Kim Fair at 937.526.5570 or Versailles Health Care Center is located at 200 Marker Road, Versailles, Ohio.
Samantha Bell of Russia enjoyed breakfast with Easter Bunny in 2016!

Early Morning Discovery Hikes At Darke County Parks

No comments:
Purple Cress blooms here during March and April, and its
blooms can be almost white and mildly suffused with purple.
The Darke County Park District invites the public to join them every Tuesday morning at 8am at Shawnee Prairie Preserve at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville for their Early Morning Discovery Hikes. These hikes allow adults a chance to watch the seasons change and to discover the many life forms in their own backyard. The slowly warming temperatures make this a great time to enjoy and learn about nature. These walks focus on bird watching, trees, fungi identification, and much more. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of binoculars if possible; otherwise some are available for loan. Hikes will be held rain or shine.

If you have any questions about the Early Morning Discovery Hikes or any other program offered by the park district, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or visit the website at

Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution to Host Donuts and Coffee

No comments:

Featured Posts

/* Track outbound links in Google Analytics */