Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Fort GreeneVille DAR Hold Flag Raising for Memorial Day

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In honor of Memorial Day, Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution held a flag raising ceremony at the historical Studebaker Schoolhouse. The chapter members along with Greenville City Council President John Burkett, Veteran Don Dietrich of VFW Post 7262 and Jerry Wright raised the United States, POW/MIA and Ohio flags. As Chapter Regent Debbie Nisonger stated, "Your presence here today and that of the many people gathering all across America is a tribute to those lost troops and to their families along with our many Veterans. Our ceremony is just one small spark in the flame of pride and freedom that burns across the nation today and every day."

Also with the raising of the POW/MIA flag, a local Vietnam MIA, Major Douglas LeFever, was honored. LeFever served in the US Air Force as a pilot in the 497th tactical Fighter Squadron. He went MIA in Laos during a mission on Nov 5, 1969.

Following the raising of the flags, the Pledge of Allegiance was said. The ceremony ended with a prayer from Fort GreeneVille Chaplain Karen Burkett.


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Main Street Greenville’s June First Friday event will be sponsored through the generosity of the Jordan Agency and will have a dozen musicians performing at different locations throughout the downtown district! The event is scheduled for Friday, June 2nd from 6-9 pm.

“The performances will be taking place both indoors and outdoors. This will allow folks to enjoy music as they stroll, shop, and dine downtown during the evening. You will be able to hear great local musicians no matter how you choose to spend your time,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

Various businesses will be hosting the artists including: Readmore Hallmark, The Merchant House, Merle Norman, The Bistro Off Broadway, Brenda's Beanery, The Coffee Pot, Montage Cafe, The Cozy Nest, Chillz Frozen Yogurt, Bread of Life Bookstore, F45 Training, and First Congregational Christian Church.

Main Street Greenville invites everyone to grab a bite to eat downtown from 6-7 pm, then enjoy the music performances from 7-9 pm.

The event will also include a Volunteer Fair. The fair will feature 20 non-profit organizations offering a family friendly activity, while sharing information about the work they do to make Darke County even better through the help of volunteers. After learning about their missions, you are encouraged to get involved and become a volunteer! It is a great way to connect to your community and help make a difference!

The following non-profit organizations will be at the volunteer fair:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County
  • Brookdale Greenville
  • Darke County Board of Developmental Disability 
  • Darke County Chapter American Red Cross
  • Darke County Park District
  • Darke County Pregnancy Help Center
  • Final Bow: Center for Children's Performing Arts
  • Fish Choice Pantry
  • Friends of the Greenville City Parks
  • Fort Greenville Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Gateway Youth Programs
  • Greenville Business & Professional Women's Club
  • La Leche League of Greenville/Darke County
  • Miami Valley Adaptive Sports
  • Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio
  • Safehaven, Inc.
  • SAFY Sidney
  • State of the Heart Hospice
  • Youth for Christ of the Miami Valley
In addition, many businesses will stay open late! Just a few of the fun activities planned during the event; Greenville National Bank will be grilling free hot dogs and bratwurst while supplies last. F45 training will offer a free workout session and a dance performance will be presented by Final Bow: Center for Children’s Performing Arts and the Darke County Board of Developmental Disability. First Heavy Metal Church of Christ and First Congregational Christian Church will be presenting a family friendly movie at dusk at 115 W 5th St. To find a list of all the activities taking place during the event, visit Main Street Greenville’s website or their active Facebook page.

This event is kindly sponsored by the Jordan Agency. Their team of insurance professionals has years of collective industry experience writing both personal and commercial insurance policies designed to fit your needs. Jordan Agency’s friendly staff will work with you on a one-on-one basis to develop not only the perfect policy, but a lasting relationship. You can reach them at www.jordanagencygreenville.com or 937-548-1606.

First Friday events aim to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. The monthly event is presented by Main Street Greenville – a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or their facebook page. You can contact them at 937-548-4998 or info@mainstreetgreenville.org.

Arcanum Faith UMC Says Thanks to Postal Workers

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Left to Right: John Winger,  Margaret Craig,
Susie Weisenbarger
The Faith United Methodist Church of Arcanum would like to thank the Postal Service Mail Carriers of the Arcanum area for collecting flood for the Faith UMC Food Pantry. Seven Hundred and fifty-five items were collected and will be distributed to those in need in the area by servant workers like those pictured above.

Friends of New Madison Public Library to Hold FLASH Book Sale

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The Friends of New Madison Public Library will hold an unscheduled Book Sale beginning Wed. May 31 and ending Mon. June 5. We are overstocked with Mysteries, Christian romances, Children’s Picture Books, and MUCH more! Stop by to browse. As always all donations will be used by the Friends of the Library to enhance the Library’s programming and facility. You can become a Friend of NMPL for ONLY $2 a year. Interested? Call Brenda @ 937-996-1741.

Registration is open now for the YMCA of Darke County’s indoor volleyball league for 5th and 6th graders

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GREENVILLE, OH (May 22, 2017) Registration is open now for the YMCA of Darke County’s indoor volleyball league for 5th and 6th graders. This will be an 8 week, Thursday night league and practice starts on June 8. New this year, leagues are included at no cost for those youth included on a family membership! The only cost is a $6 shirt fee.

Our volleyball league has no tryouts and everyone is welcome! The philosophy of YMCA youth sports programs is to use sports as a tool to develop each participant physically, mentally and spiritually. Emphasis is on teaching the values of good sportsmanship, teamwork, goal setting and skill development in a fun, esteem-promoting atmosphere. Kids will have the opportunity to learn the basic volleyball fundamentals such as underhand serving, setting, hitting, and digging in a non-competitive environment.

Cost for members not included on a family membership is $30 and cost for potential members is $55. Registration is open now!

Questions can be directed to Tyler Roberts at troberts@ymcadarkecounty.org or 548-3777.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library's monthly Lunch & Learn is Wednesday June 7 at 12:30 p.m. 
The topic is “ReFresh Sessions” presented by Jordan Francis, Wellness Director at Wayne Healthcare. Lunch and Learn is coordinated by Warren Richards as part of the Library's Wellness Program.

Jordan explains "Rejuvenate your mind and body with a short physical activity break! ReFresh sessions utilize resistance bands and bodyweight movements to increase blood flow, strengthen muscles, and energize your mind and body, all in about 10 minutes.

“ReFresh sessions will focus on light, high repetition exercises and light stretching to help you loosen up and work out the “kinks” that develop from repetitive work tasks, all while burning calories, building strength, and facilitating good movement. By attending this presentation, you’ll learn how you can incorporate short physical activity breaks, such as ReFresh, into your day to improve physical and mental wellbeing!"

There will be a healthful lunch provided by Brenda's Beanery prior to Jordan's talk with a cost of $5. The public is invited! Please call 548-3915 to make a reservation. 

Dr. Paul Jones to speak at Living with Cancer Support Group

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Public is invited. Free admission.

Thursday, June 1 at 7 pm at Wayne HealthCare

(Located in the Board Room down past the lab to the left.)

Paul Jones is a native of Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for 3 years prior to acceptance into the Veterinary School at The Ohio State University. He attends accredited continuing education courses for several days each year to learn about advances in veterinary medicine. This combined with extensive reading helps keep him aware of the studies being done to help improve the treatment your pet needs to stay healthy.

Dr. Jones worked part time in a pet shop while attending high school in Willoughby, Ohio. There he had a chance to work with many different animals and strengthen and increase his interest in the health and wellbeing of pets of different kinds. While attending Miami University he took a part time job with a local veterinarian. He learned how veterinarians handle and diagnosis pets, and experienced firsthand the dedication and man hours involved in running your own veterinary practice.

He purchased the Greenville Veterinary Clinic in 1989 where he continues to work caring for dogs and cats. He also conducts first aid seminars every quarter for police canine officers to teach them how to provide emergency care for their police dogs.

Dr. Jones currently resides in Darke County with his wife, Kathy. They live with a Welsh pony, 3 Brittanys, 1 Shih Tzu, 1 Doberman, 4 cats, 2 Pygmy goats, and a flock of homing pigeons. He has 3 children, 2 stepchildren, and 4 grandchildren. His oldest granddaughter is 8 years old and loves to come help Grampa at work on Saturday morning.

Cancer Association of Darke County is glad to have Paul speak again to the group. The public is invited and light refreshments will be available.

Thanks to this year’s Corporate Sponsors (so far): American Legion Post 140, Ansonia Lumber, Bible Fellowship Church , Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln, Diane Evans Insurance, Farmers State Bank - New Madison, First Assembly of God, Greenville Chapter No. 102, Women of the Moose, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Technology, Inc., Hittle Buick, GMC, Kiwanis Club of New Madison, Ray and Bettye Laughlin, Lowdy Office Machines, Mercer Savings Bank , Ramco Electric Motors, Second National Bank, Sisco, VFW Post 7262, Wayne Health Care, Williamson Insurance, LLC United Way Partner

Thursday, May 25, 2017

FM wins tourney game ... almost

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Left: Emilee Morris. Right: Kinsey Goins
Franklin-Monroe took on Riverside at Greenville's Stebbins Field in regional softball tournament action Wednesday evening.

Riverside struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Franklin-Monroe tied it up in the top of the second. The score remained ties until the top of the fourth inning when Senior Emilee Morris scored two runs with a clutch two-out hit. Junior Kinsey Goins followed Morris with a deep 2-run homer to left field. Franklin-Monroe added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

Riverside was down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh inning when a lightning strike, and then heavy rain caused a delay.

The game will resume tomorrow, and barring a miraculous Riverside comeback, Franklin-Monroe will proceed to the regional finals, again in Greenville, currently scheduled for Saturday at noon.

Friends of DCP Receive American Red Cross Certifications

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The Darke County Park District is an authorized Red Cross training provider for the county, and on the evenings of April 18th and 20th the Friends of Darke County Parks received their American Red Cross certifications in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and using an automated external defibrillator.

After the park staff received their recertification, the Friends of the Park approached them about doing another class for the volunteers. They believe that having the American Red Cross training is very important because they come into contact with thousands of park visitors annually. Park district director and certified instructor, Roger Van Frank led the class for six park volunteers who are always a very active presence at park functions. He was pleased with the interest from the volunteers and said he will continue to offer the class annually for those who missed it and to maintain the current certifications.

The Darke County Park District will also be offering an American Red Cross class to the general public this summer. On August 11th through the 13th, they will host the American Red Cross: Wilderness First Aid class. Registration is required, and there is a $159 class fee. Current American Red Cross CPR certification is required prior to attending the course.

First Aid and CPR training are crucial for all to know and understand, but what happens when you’re out of range of a cellular tower and no one can be called to help? During this workshop, participants will dive deep into the first aid care required in a backcountry situation. The class will begin with a classroom session Friday evening and will meet again on Saturday morning to continue the training. The workshop will conclude on Sunday at 1pm after an overnight camping experience in the park. Spending the days outdoors, students will work through real-world scenarios as they walk the trails encountering workstations along the way.

For more information about the class or to register, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.

Craft Beer Class at Library

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As temperatures soar in the summer, even die-hard craft beer drinkers start rethinking their heavy imperial stouts and other high alcohol brews and reaching for lighter beers. Beers that are low in alcohol and more suited to sweltering summer days don't have to be low in flavor though. You can drink light, refreshing beer without sacrificing quality and complexity.

On Thursday, June 8 and Thursday, July 6, at 6:30 p.m. each night, Greenville Public Library's Craft Beer Education Series will take a look at a variety of summer seasonal beer styles that are unique and interesting while still being easy to drink in hot weather. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by Certified Cicerone David Nilsen. David will guide attendees through a tasting of five beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing process of each.

Craft Beer Education Series classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call Greenville Public Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!


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Camp Encourage, State of the Heart Care’s grief camp for children, will be held Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017. The camp, held at The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein in Maria Stein, Ohio, is run entirely by volunteers. “Because Camp Encourage is funded through donations, we like to maintain all of our help at a volunteer status to keep costs low,” camp coordinator Ashlee Slavin says.

Using volunteers to run the camp also maintains State of the Heart Care’s goal of keeping the camp a community-based event. “We rely on members of our own community, those who feel compelled to help children who have had to go through the experience of losing someone close to them,” explains Slavin. “A lot of our volunteers have also lost someone at an early age and can relate to campers, which helps the kids understand the feelings they are experiencing.”

Hillary Carder, who has volunteered in the past for Camp Encourage, explains what sets the camp apart from others like it. “Camp Encourage is so special because it brings together kids of all different backgrounds who all share a similar experience; they have all lost someone special to them. Regardless if they’ve lost a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or even a pet, Camp Encourage recognizes that every loss is significant and should be addressed so that the child can grieve and cope properly.”

“The perfect candidate for a volunteer position would be someone with a really big heart,” says Carder. Some of the kids who come to camp have experienced an unfathomable loss and we volunteers play a huge role in their coping, so it is very important to be caring and empathetic.”

Applications for a volunteer position with Camp Encourage are due June 23 and can be found on State of the Heart Care’s website (www.stateoftheheartcare.org). For more information, including registration for potential campers, please call Ashlee Slavin at 1-800-417-7535.

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a local gospel singing group, On a Wing and A Prayer

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Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a local gospel singing group, On a Wing and A Prayer, at 6 PM on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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

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


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GREENVILLE, OH – Darke County has been selected to host the 2017 Annual Educational Conference for the Ohio Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus, to take place September 20th and 21st. Roughly fifty travel and tourism professionals will make the trip to Darke County for the conference.

OACVB is a statewide organization serving CVBs throughout Ohio, helping them to maximize the economic impact of tourism via effective communication, cooperative marketing, industry education, legislative awareness, issue management, trend identification, and professional development.

“The OACVB Annual Educational Conference is one of the largest gatherings of tourism professionals in our state, and we’re thrilled to host them here in Darke County,” said Matthew Staugler, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. “Tourism is a major boost to Darke County’s economy, and we’re excited to show others around the state what makes Darke County so special.”

The two-day conference will feature an entertainment portion the night of the 20th, followed by the educational conference and strategic planning session the next day. Attendees will work to craft strategies to continue to build a prosperous Ohio tourism industry.

For more information on the Darke County Visitors Bureau or the OACVB Annual Educational Conference, please contact the Visitors Bureau at 937-548-5158.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Community Impact Fund of The Community Foundation of Shelby County Awards Funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

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The Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in “at risk” children. The funding will be used for continuation of the X-Force Think BIG Middle School Workforce mentoring program and for a new program that will be launched in the fall called Sister Power for Big Sisters and Little Sisters enrolled in the program.

Locally, the two county agency served over 495 children in Shelby and Darke County through its community-based and High School mentoring programs in 2015. At this time the agency has 24 children on a waiting list in need of a volunteer mentor.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, a United Way supported agency, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children reach their full potential, which we do matching children with volunteers to develop and nurture quality relationships. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer may call the office at 937 -492-7611, 937-547-9622 or log on to the agency website at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.

Photo: X-Force Mentor: Gordon Buchler from OVI Services Inc. along with X-Force Mentor, Chad Arkenberg from City of Sidney help their Little’s Greg Beard from Sidney son of Tiffany Knasel and Steven McClellan son of Josian Hampton and Kim Hampton from Sidney build a tower out of marshmellows and spaghetti while using team work skills.   

Tri-Village MVCTC FFA Competes in State Finals

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Submitted By Reporter Jonathon Crawford

On April 28, students from the Tri-Village FFA participated in the Ohio FFA General Livestock Judging contest. The team members are Brenden Durst, Jared Godown, Brittany Brewer, and Jonathon Crawford. For this career development event, team members were tasked with evaluating a class of pigs, a class of sheep, and a class of beef cattle and then give oral reasons to judges to defend their placing of the livestock. The team qualified for the finals contest by placing 8th in Ohio after the preliminary round in May. After the final round, Tri-Village moved up two spots into 6th, qualifying them to compete on the national level! These four individuals will travel to North Carolina State Universities Beef Research Unit in Raleigh, North Carolina in October to compete in the Southeast Regional Livestock Contest.

Tri-Village FFA is a satellite program of Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

MJS Plastics supports community with Empowering donation

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A group of After School Program students take time out from
studies to thank MJS Plastics for its contribution.
GREENVILLE - MJS Plastics supports the environment through its plastics recycling business, and its community with a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth.

MJS Plastics, Inc. is a full service post-industrial plastic recycling company. It serves a wide range of industries throughout the Midwest and Southeast. MJS helps to manage plastic waste, reduce environmental impact and simplify the recycling process.

Empowering Darke County Youth, a 501c3 community service organization, is wrapping up its inaugural After School Program, having served more than 70 students from Greenville and the county. With only a short time left in the school year, the program averages 12-16 students a day.

Empowering is currently enrolling students for its Summer Tutoring at the Greenville Public Library. The focus is on working with the child in areas in which help is needed. There will also be a Summer Reading Program at Edison State Darke County Campus for the student who wants to fine-tune reading skills, or simply have regularly scheduled reading times over the summer.

Volunteers are needed for both programs. If you would like to help, or make a donation, please email empoweringdarkecountyyouth@gmail.com.

Our mission: “Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.”

Concert on Library Lawn

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This summer the Greenville Public Library will be offering free concerts on the front lawn featuring some of the best talent in the area. Each concert will coincide with Mainstreet’s “First Friday” starting with June 2nd from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by and enjoy the music! Bring a blanket, lawnchair, and your lunch - or just take a moment’s break.

Our first guest artist is Taycie Powell who is from the Arcanum area. Taycie sings and plays a wide range of genres and can be sampled on youtube. Her instruments include piano, guitar, ukulele, and violin - all played by ear! She started piano at age eight because older siblings played and she looked up to them. Her greatest desire was to play in the church band. She got her wish when she was asked to join at age twelve, the youngest person to do so.

Taycie shares she loves to write songs and combines her music with politics. “Music changes people in ways words don’t. It moves people and brings something to their awareness. It’s more than entertainment. It tells a story.“

It was a big decision to go professional and requires a lot of discipline. She admits that in writing the tunes come easier than the words. She looks forward to becoming known for her original style and for her own songs. She likes Indy pop, soul, and “heart music.” For now she enjoys performing and growing a fan base.

Rain location is First United Methodist Church on Fourth.


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New DCVB summer intern Ashley Dentinger
GREENVILLE, OH – The Darke County Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome Ashley Dentinger as their intern for the summer of 2017. She will be welcoming guests that come to the Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, engaging others on social media and promoting the Visitors Bureau’s new branding and marketing campaign, “Taste the Flavor.”

Ashley is from Anna, Ohio and just finished her freshman year at Ohio Northern University. She is majoring in marketing and public relations with a focus on social media. Ashley loves to help others and travel as well. When asked why she was excited to be a part of the Darke County Visitors Bureau for the summer Ashley said, “I’m most excited to learn more about the amazing history and people of Darke County and encourage others to experience rural Ohio and all that it has to offer.” You can be sure to find Ashley with a smiling face and excitement at the Darke County Welcome Center, ready to make your visit one to remember.

For more information on the Darke County Visitors Bureau, please contact the Bureau at 937-548-5158, or visit them online at www.visitdarkecounty.org.

Paula Varvel Named VHCC May Employee of the Month

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Paula Varvel
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Paula Varvel as the May 2017 Employee of the Month. Her peers say that she is an awesome team player and always does her best. Her steady presence and quiet leadership in the kitchen is an example to all employees. Paula has been an employee in our Dietary Department since October of 2008.

Cindy Simpson, Dietary Manager, added “ Paula is a valued employee who continues to provide guidance to both myself and others. She is dependable and has the resident’s best interest at heart. Paula loves to sing and has learned to love my iced mocha coffee !” Paula received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Paula Varvel!

New Madison 4th of July Benefit Golf Outing

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The annual New Madison 4th of July Golf Outing will be held Sat. May 27, 2017 at Beechwood Golf Course. Registration begins at 9:00 with a 10:00 shotgun start.

Details: Four person scramble, $220 per team, food provided. Proceeds benefit the New Madison 4th of July fireworks.

For more information contact Tom Farmer 937-996-0092 or newmadison4thofjuly@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hamilton Man Charged with Child Endangering After Placing 10 Year Old in a Trunk as a Disciplinary Measure

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On May 22, 2017 at 8:32 p.m. the Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call from a citizen reporting a child being placed into the trunk of a motor vehicle.  

The vehicle was located on US 127 near State Route 49 by deputies and a traffic stop was made.  The driver, John Anderson (36), of Hamilton, Ohio, told deputies that there was a child in the trunk of the vehicle.  The trunk was opened and an 10 year old child was removed.  The child did not appear to be physically harmed.  

According to statements from the mother, Kristine Grimbleby (30), also of Hamilton, Ohio, and Anderson, the juvenile was placed into the trunk as a disciplinary measure.  

Anderson was charged with child endangering and Grimbleby was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  

The case will be submitted to the prosecutors office for further review. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Two Year Old Suffers Burns in Bon Fire Accident

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On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10:48 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Union City Fire, Union City Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to 8278 Kniseley Road in reference to a child that had burn injuries.

Investigation revealed, Noah Elleman (20) of Greenville was having a bonfire at his residence. While in the process of starting the fire, Joseph Martino (20) of Greenville began pouring gasoline on the fire. The fire quickly spread to the container that Mr. Martino was holding which caused Mr. Martino to turn and attempt to throw the container away. As Mr. Martino turned around, he tripped over a two year old male child causing him to spill the gasoline onto the child. The gasoline quickly ignited on the child causing burns to the face and hands. Mr. Elleman was able to put the fire out before fire and medic crews arrived.

The child was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Office by Union City Rescue where they met Careflight. Careflight then transported the child to Dayton Children's Hospital where he is listed in good condition.

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

Friday, May 19, 2017


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Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having another “Coffee with the Commissioner on Saturday, May 20th at the Double M Diner, 537 South Broadway in Greenville. 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. Come on out and have a cup of coffee and breakfast before you go to Arcanum’s Old Fashioned Days Parade and Festival! The date is Saturday, May 20th from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Double M Diner located at 5378 South Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

Tigers vs. Tigers FFA Softball

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The Ansonia FFA chapter suffered a tough loss on Monday, May 15th, when they played the Versailles FFA chapter in a competitive game of softball at the K of C hall in Versailles. This is a great opportunity for the FFA chapter members to get active, spend some quality time together, and meet new friends. Versailles came back this year with a much more competitive attitude that shot them into the lead throughout the entire softball game. Lacking that positive and determined mindset, Ansonia FFA struggled to keep up and didn’t continue on their winning streak from the year before. Although they didn’t come out on top, they tried their best in every inning and were treated to some great cook-out food provided by the Versailles FFA chapter after their game. Thanks Versailles FFA for a great evening of fun and food! We are looking forward to next year’s rematch.

(Back row from left to right) Matthew Shook, Madison Pace, Trenton Prasuhn, Allen Christman, Max Wardrip, Devyn Sink, Andrew Rowland, Kholton Zumbrun, Ross Shook, Ethan Fischer, Robert Christman, and Austin Helmke. (From row from left to right) Bailey Stammen, Aliyah Barga, Amber Bergman, Aleesha Gates, Katie Werts, and Olivia Wright. Everyone smiled for a quick picture after the game.


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The nurses at Versailles Health Care Center were honored during National Nurses Week with a beautiful hanging flower basket. Annually, National Nurses Week begins on May 6, marked as RN Recognition Day, and ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, founder of nursing as a modern profession.

Pictured L to R: Jerry Camacho, LPN, and Kate Landenburg, LPN

Fry & Co. Silver Sponsors at Garst Gala

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Fry & Co. CPA firm staff, shown in the photo along with Annie Oakley, have donated to the upcoming June 10 Annie’s Star Spangled Gala at Garst Museum as Silver Sponsors. The Gala, a casual evening of Live, Silent and “Target” Raffles is a FUNdraiser for Garst. There is a huge variety of items and prize ranges to please anyone– sporting tickets, antiques, things for children, handcrafted items, travel opportunities –please see photos of all Gala Prizes at the www.garstmuseum.org webpage link under the Home page for events. Doors open at 6:30 with light appetizers from Montage. Wine and beer are available for donation. Reservations in advance by June 7 are $20 or $15 for Garst members. It is $25 at the door. Call Garst at 937-548-5250.

MVCTC Hospitality Services Students Win Awards

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Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Hospitality Services students recently participated in several FCCLA events. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is an organization whose student members are eligible for participation in state and national programs, chapter activities and competitive events. These experiences provide students with an opportunity to become strong leaders in family, career and community life.

The junior class completed a “Power of One” project in which they set a goal in each of five areas: A Better You, Family Ties, Working on Working, Take the Lead and Speak Out for FCCLA. Each student assembled a binder showcasing their goals and accomplishments and presented their binder during an interview with a judge. Each student who completed the binder successfully met all the requirements and was invited to the FCCLA State Convention in Columbus to receive a plaque. The juniors who successfully completed the Power of One Project are: Alexis Conley (Vandalia), Keara Corder (Tri County North), Francesca Shellabarger (Franklin Monroe), Shainna League (Tri County North), Johlin Garrison (Northridge), Nathaniel McKenzie (Northmont) and Destiny Lowery (Northmont).

MVCTC Hospitality Services teacher, Tammi Newbourn, said of the events, “Power of One helps students find and use their personal power. Members set their own goals, work to achieve them, and enjoy the results. Each project focuses on the following areas: A Better You, Family Ties, Working on working, Take the Lead and Speak Out for FCCLA.”

MVCTC Hospitality Services students recently won awards during FCCLA competitions.  Pictured left to right: Alexis Conley (Vandalia), Keara Corder (Tri County North), Francesca Shellabarger (Franklin Monroe), Shainna League (Tri County North), Johlin Garrison (Northridge), Nathaniel McKenzie (Northmont) and Destiny Lowery (Northmont)

Northern Miami Valley Ohio Red Cross to Honor Volunteers and Celebrate Centennial at Annual Meeting

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GREENVILLE (May 15, 2017) — This year’s American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter annual meeting has a twist – it’s outside. That’s correct, an annual meeting complete with hotdogs, pulled pork and fierce corn hole completion.

On May 20, the chapter is blending its annual meeting with a volunteer recognition celebration. The meeting, which is being held at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, allows both indoor and outdoor resources, so regardless of the weather, the American Red Cross will recognize the contributions of over 200 volunteers and donors as well as continuing the celebration of the Chapter’s centennial year.

Drinks, food and table service are being provided. However, the Red Cross asks that those who are attending bring a dish to share.

Prior to the meal, the Red Cross is handing out several community, partner and volunteer awards, with the award winners being revealed at the meeting.

  • Centennial Clara Barton Award: For the volunteer who is inspirational and iconic, who volunteers with passion and clarity of mission.
  • Centennial Henry Dunant Award: For the volunteer who is willing to volunteer without being asked; is always there when needed, whatever the task.
  • Centennial Dr. Charles Drew Award: For the volunteer who is selflessly giving in our Blood Services Mission.
  • Centennial Major Charles Lynch Award: For the volunteer who exemplifies the high standards of our First Aid and CPR classes and encourages us to care for and save lives.
  • Centennial Janet Wilson Award: For the volunteer who sets an example by their work of One Red Cross.
  • Centennial Commodore Wilbert E. Longfellow Award: For the volunteer who advocates for the American Red Cross mission, who carries our story into action and who energizes others to join us.

In addition to recognizing those who help the Red Cross continue to thrive, the Annual Meeting is yet another event in the slew of occasions this year centered around the celebration of the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter centennial.

In 1917, Red Cross chapters came into existence in Darke, Miami, Shelby, Clark, Champaign and Logan counties, and for the last 100 years the Red Cross has been helping prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of disasters in the area. From health and safety classes to supporting members of the military, the Red Cross has helped to make our community safer and more prepared.

The meeting takes place on May 20, 2017, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 Ohio 502, in Greenville. It is free and open to the public. The media is welcome to attend, enjoy and even throw a bag of corn or two. In addition, to the Red Cross event, the Nature Center, as well as the log cabin, blacksmith shop and nature trails will be open.


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John Chrisman, Left, and Roy Kash of the Greenville Masonic Lodge #143, right are presenting a check to Cindy Rose, the director of Darke County Special Olympics. Both Masons served as Awards Presenters at the Annual Track and Field Event recently held at Harmon Field, where there were 390 student athletes participating in various track and field events from all Darke County schools. The Darke County Special Olympics program, providing year-round opportunities for special needs athletes, is totally funded by local contributions and operated totally with volunteers.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


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Pictured, from left, are John Swallow, 2017 YMCA Annual
Campaign Chairman, Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO and John Keller,
DARKE COUNTY, OH – The YMCA of Darke County recently kicked off its annual Community Partners fundraising campaign.

“As a longtime member of the YMCA and this year’s campaign chairman, I’m excited to be part of such a great organization. The YMCA is an integral part of our community, and is truly changing lives,” said John Swallow, 2017 Campaign Chairman.

The goal is to raise $200,000 by June 9.

The campaign enables the Y to have the resources to provide scholarships for those with financial need so they can have access to a high-quality wellness facility and benefit from the Y experience.

The YMCA impacts people’s lives every day. From health and fitness programs, to summer camp experiences, to afterschool programming, to literacy and character building programs, they touch kids, adults and families in nearly every neighborhood.

Keeping one’s health in check, providing opportunities for kids to learn and interact with others in a safe and positive environment, and helping families access a place in their neighborhood where they can have quality time together is essential.

“The Y believes that positive, lasting personal and social change can come about only when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our community.

The generosity of our neighbors is what the Y counts on to help in this life-changing work. While we are grateful to those who have supported us in the past, we know we must engage more people in the YMCA cause in order to continue our work for generations to come,” said YMCA CEO Sam Casalano.

You could be contacted by a campaigner directly, but you don’t have to wait. You can make your contribution at any time.

Contributions can be made at the YMCA of Darke County in Greenville at 301 Wagner Avenue, or in Versailles at 10242 Versailles-SE Rd.

For more information about the campaign, contact Sam Casalano at the Y at 548-3777.


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A style show by Kirsten and her Sadie Grace models was a part of the May program for the Darke County Republican Women’s Club.

There were also geraniums given to six lucky ladies.

As part of the program for the “Women in Business” project was Dr. Kylie Young, owner of Beltone.

The next Regular Business Dinner/Meeting will be June 12.

More details will follow regarding that meeting.

Darke County GOP Men's Club to Meet

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The Darke County GOP Men's Club will be meeting on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8:00am at the Brethren Retirement Center Cafeteria, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville. We are pleased to announce that Congressman Warren Davidson will be the guest speaker. Breakfast begins around 7:30am at cost of $6.00 or you may come just for the meeting and to hear our representative. Everyone is invited to attend.

May 20th is Armed Forces Day and a great way to honor our Veterans for their services.


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Dr. Stephen Winner and 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, June 13, 2017 at 6 pm in The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon and Versailles Health Care Center Rehab Medical Director, along with Dr. Stephen Winner, Versailles Health Care Center Physical Therapist, 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 Facility Rehab Director, Shannon Condon, at 937.526.0130 for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event.

VHCC to Host Bingo Night

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Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is hosting a FREE Bingo Night on Tuesday May 23, 2017 from 7-8 pm. Bingo winners will receive nonperishable food items and small household items! All in attendance will be entered to win a $100.00 Kroger gift card!

This is a free event and open to the public. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Seating is limited, so reservations are needed. Please RSVP to this event. Call Amber Bey at 937.526.5570.

Versailles Health Care Center is located at 200 Marker Road (State Route 121), Versailles, Ohio. For more information about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

Blessing of the Bikes This Sunday

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“Drive 4 UR Community” fundraiser on Tuesday, May 23

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The YMCA of Darke County is proud to partner once again with Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln in our “Drive 4 UR Community” fundraiser on Tuesday, May 23. This fundraiser is fun and easy and only takes 10 minutes of your day !

All you have to do to show your support is take a 10 minute test drive in a select Ford vehicle located at the Y. For each test drive, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln will donate $20 to the Y’s Annual Community Partners Campaign. The campaign helps to support the Y’s Financial Assistance Program, which keeps the Y accessible to kids and families in need. A donation of $20 can provide a month of swimming lessons for a child, equipping them with potentially lifesaving skills, or a month’s membership for a youth, providing access to character-building activities and a safe place to belong, or it could offer a family exposure to a variety of classes to support wellness and family togetherness.

The Drive 4 UR Community Fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, May 23, from 8 am- 7:00 pm at the Darke County YMCA – Greenville Branch (301 Wagner Ave, 937 548-3777). Our efforts will further the mission of the Y as it continues to serve our Darke County residents. A few minutes of your time will have a meaningful, enduring impact in your own community. You may call ahead to schedule your test drive, or stop in at any time that fits your day. Give us a call at 937-548-3777 to schedule your test drive today!

We thank you for your support and participation.


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The Arcanum Public Library is busy getting ready for another exciting Summer Reading Program. For eight weeks, nearly every day will have something patrons can do at the library. The theme this year is “Build a Better World”, and the staff is planning lots of activities. Preschoolers can enjoy special StoryTime sessions on Mondays; check with the library for specific times. Kids in grades 1 and up can come on Tuesdays for lots of fun and games; please check with the library for specific times. Wednesdays will be movie days, with one movie shown at 10:00 a.m. and a different one at 2:00 p.m. Thursdays are set aside for special programs. We have Paul Adams as “Tricky Max” as our opening program on Thursday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. We also have craft and building days lined up, a stream-table demo by the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District, a wildlife program with Brukner Nature Center, a show by Mike Hemmelgarn, and a day to build homes for critters. Registration begins on Tuesday, May 30th, and calendars can be picked up at that time. There is always something to do during the summer if you come to the library!

We would like to remind patrons we have our seed library up and running! The Ivy Ester Seed Vault has seeds for vegetables, flowers, and herbs. It is planting time, so come on in to get your seeds. They are free for the taking!

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 937-692-8484. You can also check our website at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!


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A Piqua, Ohio woman has been named the 2017 Administrator of the Year by the state’s largest organization representing long-term care facilities.

Kristy Earick, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), was chosen by the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA) as the groups 2017 Administrator of the Year. The award was presented to Earick at the Association’s annual convention in Columbus earlier this month.

The Administrator of the Year Award is presented to individuals showing unsurpassed dedication to the facility and its residents as well as the long-term care profession. Candidates for the honor are nominated by the facility and its staff, and winners are chosen by a panel of long-term care experts appointed by the Association.

Kristy Earick's passion for working with seniors started early, learning from her mother who worked as a nurse in a local facility where Kristy volunteered. As a college student, she worked part time as an activity assistant, and her love for long-term care persisted.

During her 15 years at Versailles Health Care Center, Kristy has instilled a culture of family and compassion where every employee, patient and family member feels significant and appreciated. She has empowered her employees in their personal and professional growth, always finding their unique talents. Low employee turnover and high employee satisfaction are the rule. Kristy finds solutions, and challenges each department to continually evaluate and improve quality of care and quality of life.

Flea Market/Farmer's Market Craft Vendors Wanted

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CBC ‘Military Appreciation Month
Blood Donor’ t-shirt design.
DAYTON, Ohio – Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc. in Greenville is honoring May Military Appreciation Month and helping with the holiday blood supply by hosting a community blood drive Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 500 Wagner Ave.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Military Appreciation Month Blood Donor” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

An announcement on the Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Community Blood Drive Facebook page includes the message, “Tell them Kristina sent you,” in memory of Kristina Knapp Bradley who passed away in February. She served as marketing director and blood drive coordinator at Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Inc. and was a dedicated blood donor.

National Military Appreciation Month honors current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and all those who have died defending our freedom. Congress designated May as NMAM because it has the most days set aside to honor the sacrifices and successes of our service members, including Loyalty Day, VE Day, Armed Forces Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Memorial Day.
The CBC limited edition t-shirt is dark blue with “Military Appreciation Month” in a military insignia design and “Blood Donor” in stencil with the CBC blood drop logo and silhouettes of a saluting soldier and fighter jets. The t-shirt is a free gift to everyone who registers to donate May 1 through May 27 at a CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives.


The Memorial Day holiday period can be a challenging time for maintaining the blood supply. The Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer, a time when high schools are on summer break, families are taking vacations, and outdoor activities are heating up. All this can disrupt donation schedules and challenge the regional blood supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org

BBBS Announces Daffy Duck Derby & Duck N’ Run 5k!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming annual fundraising event, 2017 Rubber Duck Race. This event will be held on Thursday, June 22nd. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park.

In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the elventh annual Duck N’ Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be held on the same evening of Thursday, June 22rd with race time at 8:15 p.m. through scenic Tawawa Park in Sidney. Registration will begin at 7:00 p.m., and a shot-gun start will begin the race at 8:15 p.m. Runners (walkers also welcome) will follow the course through the scenic park, with refreshments and an awards presentation waiting at the finish line. Runners can pre-register for the event for $25.00, which includes t-Shirt and Rubber Duck Adoption. $20.00 allows a runner to participate and receive a t-shirt, or $12.00 will cover the cost of the race only. Race day registration is $15.00 and does not include a t-shirt. Duck adoptions and t-shirts will also be sold separately on race day. NEW this year: the first 200 indviduals that register before 6/9/17 will get an entered into a drawing for a $50 amazon card.

The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for some awesome prizes.

Last year nearly 3,000 rubber ducks made their way down Mosquito Creek to compete for the many fabulous prizes. This year’s grand prize will be a $1,000 Shopping Spree (some restrictions may apply!) There are also many other great prizes, including; two “3-day” passes to the great Country Concert at Hickory Hills, Dayton Dragons tickets, and Restaurant gift certificate; and much more!

The Daffy Duck Derby is a fun and exciting way to help children within the Shelby and Darke County communities. By “adopting” a rubber duck for $5 or a Daffy Dozen (6 ducks) for $25 you not only have a chance to win some fantastic prizes, but you will have made a difference by providing financial support to a Big and Little and our mentoring programs. Duck adoptions will be available at the BBBS office, Meyers Garage and Drive Thru in Newport, and on by contacting any of our board members.

If you would like to register for the 5k Race, or adopt a “duck”, please call the local office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. Interested persons also have the option of obtaining a registration and/or order form on-line. Log on to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org and download your forms today!

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer or are a single parent and would like your child in the program, please call 492-7611 or 547-9622. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Start Something…Make A Positive and Lasting Impact!

Calm Supply donates needed supplies to Empowering Program

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Mike Swiger, owner of Calm Supply, LLC, donates a 1,000 count case of 8-oz cups, plus drinks and snacks, to the Empowering After School Program.
GREENVILLE – “Do you have a place you can store a 1,000 ct case of 8-oz cups?” asked Carrie Swiger, a parent whose child attends the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program. The answer was yes, and a couple days later, her husband, Mike Swiger, delivered the cups, plus drinks and snacks.

“Our daughter really likes this program,” Swiger said. “We appreciate it and wanted to help out.” The supply of cups will take the After School Program at Edison Darke County Campus through the rest of the year and into the 2017-18 school year.

Swiger owns Calm Supply, LLC, in Greenville. Established in 2014, the business supplies “affordable products” to its customers with quality supplies, convenient and reliable delivery. It includes a range of products, such as: toiletries, cleaning chemicals, janitorial equipment, pool chemicals, and more.

“Supplies for daily snacks is an ongoing need,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering program coordinator. “Our kids arrive from school hungry! They will easily go through 5-6 gallons of juice and 15-20 packages of snacks every week. We really appreciate the support we’ve received from the community and the parents of the students we work with.”

Empowering’s After School Program, started in September, has helped over 70 students. Its Summer Tutoring Program served 43 students last summer and is currently enrolling students for Summer 2017.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 community service organization. Its Mission, as adopted by its Board of Directors: “Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.”

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

DCP Presents “Plant Name Lore”

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The trout lily gets its name from the mottled color on its
leaves which look similar to a brook trout’s skin. 
Ever wonder how a plant got its name or why historical tradition views it in a particular light? The Mayapple is pretty easy, but others aren’t so simple. On May 20th at 2pm join a Darke County Parks naturalist to learn more about these interesting aliases. During this illuminating afternoon, participants will discuss why some plants were stuck with their common names, the historical uses for them, and perhaps a few superstitions about these beautiful back country residents.

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Woman Arrested For Inducing Panic After Allegedly Falsely Reporting a Shooting in Rossburg

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On March 14, 2017 at 5:07 p.m. Darke County Dispatch received a 911 call of people shot at a residence on West Main Street in the Village of Rossburg.

Darke County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the scene while Ansonia Rescue staged in the area. When Deputies arrived on scene contact was made with Faith Fellers (49), of Greenville. During the course of the investigation it was determined that no one had been shot.

Deputies arrested Ms. Fellers and transported her to the Darke County Jail where she is held on a charge of Inducing Panic.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Local Pastor celebrating 30 years serving Immanuel Baptist Church

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The Deacons and members of Immanuel Baptist Church invite the community to help them celebrate 30 years of ministry with Pastor Greg Greve! He has served faithfully and diligently throughout his tenure of ministry pouring into so many lives, near and far. Whether preaching or teaching, working with local youth or sharing his testimony under the anointed power of God, he has somehow touched many others by his ministry in Arcanum.

A significant milestone in a number of ways, Greg was just 27 years old when he assumed the pastorate on January 6, 1987, which means Greg has spent over half his life pastoring the congregation of IBC. The church was 35 years old in 1986, which means Greg has been the pastor for 45% of its existence.

The celebration will take place on Sunday, May 28th beginning with the Morning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. at 500 West South Street, Arcanum, Ohio. Organizers are pleased to announce that the guest speaker for this service will be the Rev. Dave Warren. Pastor Warren was a former Greek and New Testament professor at Cedarville University and is a retired state representative of the Ohio Regular Baptist Churches serving 20 years in that capacity. A Celebration Meal will be served to all in attendance in the social hall following the morning service. An afternoon Recognition Service will start at approximately 1:15 p.m. with lots of music and sharing of memories.

Greg and his wife, Terri first came to Arcanum in the fall of 1986 to meet the deacons and congregation of IBC. In December of 1986, the couple and their two young sons moved to Arcanum and Pastor Greg started his ministry at IBC on the first Sunday in January of 1987. A recent graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas, Greg had been serving as an Associate Pastor in West Dallas, Texas for the Southern Baptist Mission at Treat Memorial Baptist Church at the time of his call to Arcanum.

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Ramco Electric Motors donates to Empowering Programs

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GREENVILLE – Ramco Electric Motors gives back to the community with a check to Empowering Darke County Youth for its After School and Summer Tutoring programs. Dave Dunaway, owner and president of Ramco, said he was grateful to the community that has supported his company’s growth over the years.

“We want to give back,” he said. “Helping our children succeed through education is a way to do it.” Founded in 1987, Ramco manufactures Stators, Rotors, and Rotor Shaft Assemblies for use in Industrial, Commercial, Military and Aerospace Applications

Empowering Darke County Youth, a 501c3 community service organization, is wrapping up its first full year of service to Darke County young people. The After School Program, started in September, has helped over 70 students. The Summer Tutoring Program served 43 students last summer and is currently enrolling students for Summer 2017.

The Empowering Mission, as adopted by its Board of Directors: “Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.”

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

Darke County Parks Receives a “Best in Ohio—Connect to Nature Site” Award

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On Monday April 10th Darke County Parks received an award as a “Best in Ohio—Connect to Nature Site” for their Shawnee Prairie Preserve from Leave no Child Inside: Miami Valley Collaborative (MVLNCI) and Dayton Regional Green (DRG). To receive this designation, they had to meet a set of criteria from the MVLNCI and DRG which promote students being outside and physically active every day.

The Leave No Child Inside movement was inspired by the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv who is also the co-founder of the International Children and Nature Network.

Other parks awarded the designation included Miami County Park District’s Stillwater Prairie Reserve, Five Rivers Metro Park’s Englewood MetroPark, and the Little Hearts Daycare. Springcreek Elementary also received the “Connect to Nature School” designation at the early April ceremony.

The award presentation included all the above mentioned representatives from all of these organizations as well as representatives from Piqua Local Schools and Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Mandy Martin, naturalist for the Darke County Park District worked very hard to earn this designation for DCP, and she said, “It is crucial for all of us to recognize the importance of green space in our community. Both children and adults need the opportunity to experience nature as a tool for physical and emotional well-being. Receiving this designation is just one more reason to take advantage of what your Darke County Parks has to offer.” For more information about the “Leave No Child Inside” Movement and Collaborative here in Ohio, visit ohiolnci.org.


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2016/2017 Greenville High School Concert Choir

GREENVILLE, OH - Tickets for the 2017 Greenville High School Choir-O-Rama “Better When I’m Dancing!” are now on sale. This GHS Tradition will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 7pm and Sunday, May 21 at 2pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 W. Fourth St., Greenville.

Reserve and general admission seats are available again this year. Tickets may be purchased at The Flower Patch, 104 Rhoades Avenue, Greenville, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Tickets prices are: Student Tickets - $5; General Admission Tickets (lower level wings) - $5; Reserved Tickets Purchased in advance - $6 and Reserved Tickets purchased at the door - $7.

Performing in this annual event are The Wavaires, Combined Choir, Collage, Concert Choir, Girls Glee, Men’s Choir, senior ensembles and various spotlights showcasing the talent at Greenville

Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge directs the Greenville High School choirs along with all events and contests. Choreography is created by Greenville-native Miss Brooke Jendrusik and taught by seniors Mr. Andy Hayes and Miss Kassidy York. The choirs are accompanied by Mrs. Judy Mills, and feature Mr. Ron Asman on lights and Mr. Ben Hayes on sound.

Be sure to like and follow Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters on Facebook to receive the latest news about Choir-O-Rama, and ways to support the vocal music program at GHS and other events.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

FOHF/GCS Announce Groundbreaking of The Jennings Center Track and Field Complex

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The Greenville City Schools jointly with the Friends of Harmon Field cordially invite you to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the new Greenville Sr. High Track & Field Complex. We are excited to share this momentous occasion with you, as we couldn’t have accomplished it without your support.

WHEN: Sunday, May 21, 2017
WHERE: Greenville Sr. High School, 100 Green Wave Way
TIME: 1:45 P.M.

We look forward to celebrating with you and thank you for helping us make this day possible.

Darke County Parks Summer Camps

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For over a decade, Darke County Parks summer camps have been an annual tradition for families. In the parks’ continued commitment to get kids outside to learn, appreciate, and enjoy nature, they offer two styles of camps, day camps and mini camps. The classic day camps are similar to the format the parks has done for the last ten years featuring crafts, take home items, lots of nature, and fun.

The day camps include hand on activities, a t-shirt, a snack, and fun take home items. Camps for 6-7 year olds are as follows. “Things With Wings,” a flight themed camp, will run June 19th through 23rd from 10am to 12pm with a $65 fee being charged, and “Rocks,” a geology camp, will run June 26th through 30th from 10am to 12pm with a $65 fee being charged.

The camps for 8-9 year olds include “Trailblazers,” an adventure and hiking themed camp on July 10th through 14th from 10am-12pm with a $70 fee, and “Ocean Explorers,” a sea themed camp on July 24th through 29th from 10am-12pm with a $70 fee.

The 10-12 year old camps are “Let’s Paddle,” a canoe and kayak camp on June 12th through 16th from 1pm to 4pm with a $75 fee, and “Survive the Ohio Territory,” a survival camp on July 31st through August 4th from 10am-12pm with a $75 fee.

The final day camp offered is “Adventure Zone,” an action packed camp for 13-15 year olds on July 17th through 21st from 10am-4pm with a $125 fee.

The mini camp for 6-9 year olds offers a condensed program with three days of camp involving hands on activity, take home crafts, and lots of time outdoors. “Christmas in July,” is a Christmas themed camp on July 5th through 7th from 10am to 12pm with a $30 fee.

For more information about any of these camps or to sign children up, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email info@darkecountyparks.org.


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Volunteers will plant more than 70 locations throughout the
downtown district during Main Street Greenville’s Planting Day!
In 2007, Main Street Greenville created the Adopt-A-Box Flower Program in downtown Greenville. Since then, more than 70 flower boxes and pots are funded and planted each Spring by individuals and businesses located in the community.

This year’s Downtown Planting Day will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 8:00 - 11:00 am. During this time, more than 60 volunteers gather downtown to plant the flowers along South Broadway.

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program was created to increase community pride and provide an active and colorful atmosphere. “Planting fresh flowers in the boxes along Broadway brings such a sense of life and vibrancy to the downtown district,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “The volunteers who donate their time take pride in their hometown and they know that little touches can make all the difference.”

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program also receives sponsorship and assistance from BASF Corporation, Miller Flowers Greenhouse & Florist, and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Main Street Greenville for instructions, all are welcome to help with this community activity.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and grown in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Arcanum MVCTC FFA Recognized at State Convention

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Members Attending the State Convention on Friday were (Front L to R) Sidney McAllister, Samantha McAllister, Alex Weiss (Back L to R) Austin Fourman, Carver Gostomsky, Devin Burns and Dylan Burns.
Mr. Brian Pohlman and 2016-2017 FFA President
Brenna Loxley on stage receiving the Chapter Charter.
On May 4th and 5th members of the Arcanum – MVCTC FFA Chapter attended the 89th Ohio FFA State Convention held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Members were recognized for various accomplishments at their first State Convention after being reestablished as a FFA Chapter. While in Columbus members were able to attend the Ohio FFA Career Expo, tour The Ohio State University Agriculture Campus and attend Convention Sessions that included motivational speakers Amberley Snyder, Lamarr Womble and National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris.

The highlight of the trip was when Advisor Mr. Brian Pohlman and 2016-2017 Chapter President Brenna Loxley were on stage during the 1st session to officially recognize the return of FFA to Arcanum. After 20+ years without an Agricultural Education Program and FFA Chapter it was with great school pride that they had the honor to accept the Official Charter from the State FFA President Mary Buehler and State Advisor Mr. Matthew Winkle. A great deal of thanks should be given to the Administrations and Boards of Education from both Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and Miami Valley CTC for facilitating the return of the Program.

Also, during Convention’s 1st session, Samantha McAllister walked across the stage to receive recognition for the Chapter’s Donation to the Dayton Children’s Hospital with money raised during FFA Week. During the 3rd session member Alex Weiss was present on stage with his plaque honoring his accomplishments in the Dairy Judging CDE. Alex was the top scoring individual in the Ohio FFA. During the convention the Dairy Judging Team, consisting of Alex Weiss, Sidney McAllister, Samantha McAllister, and Taryn Dohme, received their banner for placing 2nd in the State in that Contest. Alex Weiss was also able to pick up his plaque recognizing him as the 10th place individual in the state in the Farm Business Management CDE.

Members attending the convention were: Jacob Osswald, Zach Smith, Austin Fourman, Samantha McAllister, Brenna Loxley, Devin Burns, Dylan Burns, Sidney McAllister, Alex Weiss, and Carver Gostomsky. A special thanks to Arcanum High School Principal Mr. Jason Stephan for joining the chapter at convention to celebrate its return.

The Arcanum Agricultural Education Department is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

Family Yoga on the Lawn

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The whole family is invited to “Yoga on the Lawn” at the Greenville Public Library! On Wednesdays May 24th, June 21st, July 12th, and August 9th yoga teacher Erica Menke will lead a free hour long class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The class will be suitable for all age groups, from beginners to more advanced. Bring your own blanket or yoga mat and enjoy the relaxing, rejuvenating effects of yoga - especially beneficial out in the fresh air of summer.

Erika is owner/instructor of Nature’s Heart Yoga Studio, 120 W. Third in Greenville. She began practicing in 2014 and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) last August. She was recently certified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga and is currently completing her 300 hour certification at Indigo Yoga Dayton to become a 500 hour RYT. She will also receive certifica-tions in Restorative Yoga, Reiki Level I, and Thai Yoga Massage by this August.

Erika is also a mother and an astute business woman with a Masters Degree in Organiza-tional Leadership from Purdue University. More info at naturesheartyoga.com. Rain location for the class will be First United Methodist Church on Fourth Street.


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Early registration for the Midwest Youth Team Tennis program ends Sunday, May 14. Sign up now and receive a $20 discount. All registration is done online at MidwestTeamTennis.com. The program is open to all youth ages 5-14 (exceptions can be made for older students who are new to the game). The cost is $65 and includes an appropriate size racquet, a t-shirt, a ball and 6 one hour sessions. 5-10 year olds will meet Sunday evenings from 6-7 pm at the GHS tennis courts beginning June 11 and ending July 23 with no session Sunday July 2. 11-14 year olds will meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm beginning June 13 and ending July 25 with no session on July 4. QUESTIONS? Email Suzanne1119@gmail.com

Rummage Sale at Faith UMC in Arcanum

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The largest yet Rummage Sale will be held at Faith United Methodist Church during Old Fashioned Days on Wednesday, May 17 (9:00 – 5:00), Thursday May 18 (9:00 – 3:00) and Friday, May 19 (9:00-3:00). Come to one-stop-shopping and lunch. Guaranteed air conditioning and pleasant in-door display of large items for the home and personal use to small items for d├ęcor, books, jewelry, dishes, pictures, holiday items and much more too numerous to mention. Have lunch while shopping indoors from Faith’s Lunch Counter featuring delicious sandwiches, drinks and more. Check out the featured Baked Sale for a take-home item. Come early to shop each day beginning on Wednesday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m. and return often until the sale ends on Friday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m.

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