Friday, June 30, 2017

The Greenville Municipal Concert Band to Present “A Celebration of Independence.”

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Mr. John Whirledge
Summer music in the park begins this Sunday, July 2nd at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell area of the Greenville City Park. The band begins the concert season with A Celebration of Independence.

Our featured performer for the evening will be Mr. John Whirledge. He is a 2005 graduate of Fairfield High School in Goshen, Indiana, and a 2009 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University. While at IWU, John received his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Worship and was a member of the Indiana Wesleyan Chorale for four years. Since graduating, John has served as a worship and youth director at EUM Church in Greenville, a Worship Pastor at Dayton United Methodist Church, outside of Lafayette, Indiana, and he is currently the full-time Worship Arts Director at Fountain City Wesleyan Church in Richmond, Indiana. In his spare time, John enjoys playing golf, watching and attending sporting events and performing with his wife of five years, Chelsea. John and Chelsea reside outside of Greenville, and John is very excited to be performing with the Municipal Band for the 2017 season. John will be singing God Bless the USA, America the Beautiful and God Bless America with the band. We are very pleased to have John make his debut with the band.

Another feature of the evening will be the musical talents of Mr. Ken McCoy. A local native, Ken has arranged for the many outstanding organizations including the United States Army Field Band and The Ohio State University Marching Band. We are fortunate that Mr. McCoy will be sharing his arrangement of God Bless the USA for us and he has arranged this year’s chorale warm up Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.

Please plan to join the Greenville Municipal Concert Band and their Celebration of Independence concert Sunday, July 2nd at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell area in the Greenville City Park. Plenty of bench seating is available or you are always welcome to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the show. Please note if the weather for this concert is rainy, we regret that we will have to cancel the show. This will be the only concert until Labor Day that the shelter house will not be available to us to perform in case of rainy weather.

Greenville Farm Power of the Past

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It is almost time for the 18th Annual Greenville Farm Power of the Past Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This year’s show dates are Thursday, July 6th through Sunday, July 9th.

The Schedule of Events include:

Horse & Mule Fun Days in the Horse Arena (new this year)

THURSDAY All Activities

FRIDAY All Activities

1:00 – 3:00 Quilting in the Fine Arts Building
7:00 DCTPA Truck & Tractor Pull (Grandstand admission charge)
7:00 Bluegrass Music by Berachah Valley

SATURDAY All Activities

10:00 Antique Tractor Pull (free Grandstand)
10:30 Tractor Cruise Sponsored by Darke County Farm Bureau
1:00 – 3:00 Quilting in the Fine Arts Building
2:00 Kiddie Tractor Pull (top of Coliseum)
3:00 Tractor Parade in front of the Grandstand
4:00 Pony Pull in the Horse Show Arena
4:00 Kiddie Coin Scramble in the Straw following the threshing demonstration
6:00 Draft Horse Pull in the Horse Show Arena
6:00 WOGTPA Garden Tractor Pull in front of the Grandstand

SUNDAY Some Activities

9:00 – 1:00 Car Show & Cruise In
9:15 Church Service in the Fine Arts Building with music by The Faithful Sons

Every year a different tractor manufacturer is featured, but this year the overall feature is Lesser Known Classic Tractors. Generally, these are tractors that were manufactured by a company that went out of business or the company was purchased by another company. Sometimes these tractors are also referred to as “oddballs and orphans.”

This year’s feature gas engine is Ohio Built Gas Engines. This does not refer to a company by that name, but to the over 200 different companies who manufactured stationary gas engines between 1890 and as late as 1940. Of local interest is the Wogaman Brothers Company of Greenville, Ohio.

Greenville Farm Power of the Past is pleased to host the national summer shows of three different groups: The Custom Tractor Collectors 25th Anniversary Show, The Empire Tractor Club National EXPO, and the B.F. Avery Collectors National Summer Show. Each of these tractors have unique characteristics and contributed to the mechanization of agriculture.

Admission is $5.00 per day per person or a membership/show pass is $10.00 per person. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Check out our website at or on Facebook for more information.

Come on out to the Darke County Fairgrounds to see a large display of tractors, gas engines, farm tools of the past, Chainsaw Carving, some equipment in operation, the large flea market, and enjoy some delicious food. We hope to see you there!

Time to “Stuff the Bus” with United Way

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Goal is to collect 12,000 school supplies for area children

Greenville, OH (June 26, 2017): The Darke County United Way is once again having its annual Stuff A Bus school supply drive to collect school supplies and distribute them to all Darke County school districts for students in need. Items needed include: paper (wide and college-ruled), composition books, #2 pencils, blue and black pens, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, safety scissors, markers, washable markers, highlighters, post it notes, crayons in 16 or 24 packs, single subject notebooks, colored pencils, pocket folders, calculators, pencil sharpeners, pencil pouches/boxes, dry erase markers, backpacks, lunch boxes, ziplock bags, tissues, and/or antibacterial wipes.

Collection day is Friday, July 28th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot in Greenville and from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at Midmark in Versailles. If you would like to drop off school supplies before July 28th please drop items off at the following locations: Farmers State Bank – Greenville and New Madison Branches, Greenville Federal - main office, Greenville National Bank – Broadway branch in Greenville and branches in Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, and Gettysburg, Greenville Public Library, McDonald’s North and South, Second National Bank – Broadway branch in Greenville and Arcanum & Versailles branches, Versailles Savings & Loan office in Versailles, and the Darke County United Way Office.

“In 2016, we collected a little over $6,000 worth of school supplies. Our goal for 2017 is to collect 12,000 supplies, which will be nearly $10,000 worth, to give our community’s children the tools to succeed and learn,” stated Darke County United Way Executive Director, Christy Baker. Superintendent of Greenville City Schools, Doug Fries, appreciates the impact of this initiative. Superintendent Fries stated, “The United Way Stuff the Bus Program is greatly appreciated by the entire Greenville City Schools District. These supplies donated by the community go a long way to benefit students and families who struggle to be able to supply these items. Thank you to both the United Way and the community for your support of Stuff the Bus Program.”

Stuff the Bus benefits children in the following school districts: Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri Village, Versailles, and Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The Darke County United Way fights for the health, education, and stability of every person in our community. For more information, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272 or


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L to R:  Dr. Robert Malarkey with Adella Hoke
Dr. Robert Malarkey, Orthopedic Surgeon with Premier Orthopedics in Troy, Ohio, recently spoke at Versailles Health Care Center on “How to Get the Most Mileage Out of Your Joints”. Dr. Malarkey talked about the importance of balance, range of motion, and muscle strength and demonstrated home exercises for people of all ages to better their flexibility and endurance. He also answered questions from those in the audience.

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing facility and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. For more information about Versailles Health Care Center, please call 937.526.5570 or visit on the web at

Art on the Lawn

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Sunday, July 9th will bring something new to the Versailles Area Museum in something we are calling a “Celebration of the Arts”. This special day will feature the talents of the Darke County Art Guild. This group of some 60 plus members dedicate themselves to improving their artistic talents through classes, presentations and continuing work at their craft. From 1:00 to 4:00 members will be painting or sketching at the museum, inside and out of doors as weather permitts. What a wonderful opportunity to watch these talented folks create museum artifacts worthy of the next generation!

To enhance your afternoon, why not bring your lawn chairs and sit a spell in our shady lawn? We will also be featuring our Ice-cream Social with delicious sweet treats to enjoy. This fundraiser enables the museum to continue its many new displays and events and we value your support.

Remember as an added treat our Local Artist’s display featuring various art mediums will be open. Included in this new display will be the pottery of Marilyn Gerling Barge, and oils by local artist Carolyn Armstrong. We also honor local theatre icons Esther Pittsenbarger and Dale & Alnora Snedeker. Music has been apart of all our area communities through the years. Community bands and other groups have kept toes tapping and folks dancing since they came to this area. If you have memorabilia or ideas for this room, please share with us as we continue to develop this area.

We hope you’ll join us for this fun, new event with your attendance and support!

Versailles Area Museum to Open New Display

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The Versailles Area Museum will officially open a new display on Sunday July 9th reflecting on the rich history of petroleum stations in the community.

Tom Mendenhall, a active volunteer at the museum came up with this superb idea over a year ago working on the “How can we do this?” After much planning and the efforts of many the new display moved in on June 20th and is being finalized for her grand reveal on July 9th.

This display features Versailles Oil & Gas which later became known to numerous generations as Gus’s. The Station was originally located west of the Buckeye Overall Company on West Main Street and later at the corner of South Center Street and Marker Road or State Route 121.

While numerous area Stations are also featured in photos and memorabilia. Yet Gus’s is our focus. Our thanks to Gus Barga’s son Doug, and daughter and son-in-law Carman and Jon Snyder several items are featured from the long-time Versailles establishment.

What would a Station be without a car? Thanks to John McEldowney and his Dad, Phil we have a fantastic 1929 Ford Model A parked in our lobby with a lovely lady waiting to have her car serviced as she returns home from a local shopping excursion.

Other friends of the museum including Art Gaier, Sarah Magoto, Ron Kramer, and Tom Mendenhall added to the display that will be talked about by all who stop by to visit 1930’s Versailles.

We invite you to join us any Sunday from 1-4 and browse with old friends, enjoy the many new displays, and to hear our story.

Second National Bank supports Empowering youth programs

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Alexa Clark, Assistant Vice President/Loan Officer, left, donates to
Empowering programs on behalf of Second National Bank. Representing
Empowering Darke County Youth is Krista Stump, Treasurer.
GREENVILLE - Second National Bank joins community organizations, businesses and individuals in supporting Empowering Darke County Youth’s goal to provide needed educational support to the county’s young people.

SNB actively supports the community it serves through financial support for local non-profit organizations. Serving Darke County for more than a century, SNB is part of the Park National Family of Community Banks. Check it out on Facebook: Second National Bank.

Empowering Darke County Youth, a United Way Partner Agency, offers tutoring support for students, K-6, through a variety of programs, ranging from the After School Program in fall and spring to Reading and Tutoring Programs in the summer.

“We are not currently taking new tutoring applications,” said Program Coordinator Bob Robinson, “however we invite parents to bring their children to our Summer Reading Program at Edison State College, Darke County Campus.”
Empowering is still working on scheduling over 70 requests for one-on-one tutoring, but students can receive help from volunteers in the Reading Program, not only for reading but also grammar and math. The program sessions are held Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The 501c3 organization is still short of its budgeted goal for the summer. Donations would be appreciated to Empowering Darke County Youth, PO Box 1113, Greenville 45331. Volunteers to the Reading program on the Edison campus are always welcome.

The Empowering 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.

Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K Winners Announced

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Over 220 runners are ready for the Duck-N-Run 5K.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County held their 11th Annual Duck Derby and Duck-N-Run 5K at Tawawa Park in Sidney on Thursday, June 22.

This year’s Duck Derby had 2,493 ducks “adopted” by community members and local corporate sponsors and raced in nearby Mosquito Creek. Thirteen fabulous prizes were awarded for the Duck Derby with the $1,000 Grand Prize going to Emerson Climate Technologies. Emerson Climate Technologies has generously donated their prize back to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Other prize winners included Vera Heitkamp, Birdie Gambrel, Eileen Litchfield, Keith & Peggy Foutz, Scott Swartz, Matthew Schutte, William & Darlene McClain, Beth Barker, Gregory & Delores Cook, Gloria Miller, and Jeff Schlater. This year’s prizes were donated by Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Key Hole Pizza, Kings Island, Cincinnati Reds, Wieland Jewelers, Helen’s Flowers, The Inn at Versailles, Hansbarger Home Solutions, Gordon Orthodontics, Braund Pope & Oliver-Floyd Funeral Homes, Fairlawn Steak House, The Whistle Stop, Best Bite Grill, Brenda’s Beanery, Double M Diner, Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, Greenville Ace Hardware, Rural King, Rapid Fired Pizza, Alvetro Orthodontics, Wal-Mart, Newport Aquarium, Dayton Dragons, Carty’s Bike Shop, and Cassano’s.

The Duck-N-Run 5K run/walk had 85 male and 139 female registered participants. Actual results can be found at Plaques were awarded to the top three male and three female runners overall. Plaque recipients included first place Adam Klipstine and Lindsay Headings, second place Lucas Smith and Mariana Kellner, and third place Fred Schmiedebusch and Crystal Barton. Male and female age division winners included Dalton Davis and Olivia Murphy ages 10 and under, Hayden Schmidt and Hope Bixler ages 11-14, Chance Klipstine and Maria Schmiesing ages 15-19, Luke Leffel and Bridget Hoehne ages 20-24, Cameron Eisenhardt and Molly Stockstill ages 25-29, Zak Hurley and Jill Hanke ages 30-34, Dallas Davis and Tonya Fulmer ages 35-39, Matt Ambos and Molly Bornhorst ages 40-44, Dean Wintrow and Amy Kentner ages 45-49, Robert Boller and Michele Stoltz ages 50-54, Terry Campbell and Kathy March ages 55-59, Richard Barton and Mary Siegrist ages 60-64, Randy Bashore and Barbara Herzog ages 65-69, Paul Albers ages 70-74, and Gene Black ages 75-79. Prior to the event, Brenda Barhorst of Fort Loramie, was awarded a $50 Gift Card for being one of the first 200 people to pre-register for the 5K. Congratulations to all of the winners.

This year’s major sponsors included 105.5 TAM FM, The Early Bird Newspaper Bluebag Media, Edward Jones--Andria Haworth Financial Advisor, Eikenberry Retirement Planning, Emerson Climate Technologies, Ferguson Construction, J & J Enterprises, Koenig Equipment, Shelby County FOP Lodge #138, Sidney Body Carstar, and Wayne Healthcare. For a complete listing of business sponsorships, please go to

Proceeds from the event will benefit the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer adult role models. These volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost-saving ideas for activities that our volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-492-7611 or go to for more information.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library's monthly Lunch & Learn is Wednesday July 5 at 12:30 p.m.

The topic is “The Importance of Rest and Recovery” 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 "If you exercise regularly, there are things you can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your routine. Adequate rest, preventive maintenance, and therapy may all play a role in the recovery process. Get the most out of your exercise, prevent injury, and address issues quickly with proper rest and recovery.”

Jordan will bring one of the Wayne Healthcare Physical Therapists along to help demonstrate some of the ways they help people rehab. 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.


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 2017 Grudge Match Blood Drive Champion MVHS
UNION CITY, Ohio - Mississinawa Valley High School lifted up the winners’ trophy after registering more donors than rival Ansonia High School in the 8th annual “FFA Grudge Match Blood Drive” Thursday, June 22. But everyone deserved thanks during a summer of heavy lifting to maintain the blood supply.

The “home team” usually wins the annual Grudge Match, and the MVHS FFA kept that record intact by reclaiming the trophy with a resounding 18-5 victory margin. The votes came from everyone who registered to donate in the blood drive and the overall result was 26 donors and 20 donations.

The Grudge Match is a summer tradition that brings together the rival high school communities to help boost the blood supply before the challenging July 4th holiday period. It’s never an easy task, and this year’s Grudge Match was a particular challenge because of conflicting FFA and 4-H summer camps.

“It’s been difficult,” admitted MVHS FFA co-advisor and blood drive coordinator Gwen Bergman. “Melinda (CBC’s Melinda Frech) told us the numbers were down. But we’ve been texting, the schools did a one-call, and we posted it in on Facebook. This is a good group of FFA members and officers.”

Ansonia FFA members faced the same challenges. “This is a horrible time to get a hold of people!” said AHS FFA co-advisor Zane Fessler. But FFA co-advisor Emily Williams reasoned that with both rivals facing the same summer challenges, Ansonia had hope of defending the Grudge Match title.

“It’s summer time – you never know!” Emily said.

Dave Priebe is a retired Greenville music teacher and choir director who now volunteers as an English tutor at Ansonia Elementary School. He wore his Ansonia orange t-shirt as he helped the Grudge Match cause with his 20th lifetime donation.

“I always donate when it’s at Ansonia and then come here,” he said.

But Ansonia could not overcome the historical “home gym” advantage. Rossburg’s Ariana Graf has a couple of “Future-FFA-ers” in her family and was inspired to make her first lifetime blood donation to help Mississinawa Valley.

“My kids go to school here. They’ll be in first and third grade,” she said. “I thought I should go and support the school!”

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Raptor Run To Support Our Parks

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Join Darke County Parks as we host our first ever 5K walk/run on August 5th at 8am! If you have never participated in a 5K, this event would be a great place to start. Our fun run encourages participants to dress up as owls, eagles, falcons, and hawks as they complete the course and journeys through the trails of Shawnee Prairie Preserve to take in the sights of the woodlands, prairies, and wetlands. With unique awards for the top three people in each category, you will not want to miss out on this 5K. Registration is $20 with a shirt or $12 without a shirt if registered by July 23. You may register the day of the race without the option for a shirt for $20. Held rain or shine. Register online at or pick up an entry flyer at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center.

For more information please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Nature on the Tecumseh Trail

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The Tecumseh Trail bike path, part of the Darke County Parks’ network of nature space, has plenty of unique habitats along its borders. Join a naturalist on Thursday, July 6 at 6:30pm, for a walk along the trail exploring the nature along the way. We’ll visit the newest completed section of the trail and enjoy a peaceful walk along Bridge Creek. This riparian corridor is a favorite of staff and will be a great section to discover on this early July walk. We will hope for wildflowers, birds, and maybe a frog or two! Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring binoculars if you have them, and a water bottle. Meet at the Darke Career and Life Enrichment Center ( Person Centered Services) at 5844 Jaysville-St. John Rd, Greenville, Ohio 45331 as they have graciously provided some parking for the trail.

For more information or directions, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

New Madison United Methodist Church July 4th Pancake/Sausage Breakfast

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New Madison United Methodist Church is sponsoring an all you can eat pancake/sausage breakfast on July 4 from 7:00-10:00 am. The breakfast will be held in the Social Room in the basement of the church. Admission will be charged at the door. Parking is available.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cancer Association of Darke County receives donation of $3,000 from Versailles Eagles

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Left to right   Eagles Members:  Keith Kretschmar, Dick Gigandet, Ron Vogle,  Delores Beisner, Cancer Association Board Member, Ray Berger and Bob Gerling, Eagles Secretary
Versailles Eagles recently presented $3,000 to the Cancer Association of Darke County.
The Eagles donate to many other community causes as well including Versailles Area Charity Foundation, school functions, Children's Shrine Hospital, Versailles Area Historical Society, Center for Neurology Development and Versailles Community Fund.

The Eagles routinely donate to the local cancer organization and the Cancer Association is most appreciative of the continued donations.

The association provides benefits to cancer patients living in Darke County. Corporate Sponsors for 2017 (so far this year) are:

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 National Bank, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, 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, Women of the Moose, Williamson Insurance, LLC

AWTHS Coffee and Conversation with the Cheerleaders

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Wanted Cheerleaders! The cheerleaders lead the spark of the fans in a chorus to cheer the team to victory. Behind them all the way, and with many cheers and undying confidence, the cheerleaders are an important part of the game.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is asking cheerleaders from squads of different years and different schools to lead sports fans down memory lane just as they lead the team onto basketball courts and football fields on July 8 at 10:00 a.m. when AWTHS continues the 2017 Coffee and Conversation Series
Show your school spirit, wear your school colors, and join in to share stories, laughter and memories of your experience of being a cheerleader or an advisor. If you have pictures, uniforms or other artifacts please bring them with you to share. We would like to scan your photos for our files on that day.

If you have memories you would like to share but will not be able to attend you may email them to or mail to AWTHS, P.O. Box 4, Arcanum, OH 45304. Contact Barb Deis, 662-0119, for more information.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.

Located at 123 W. George St. the historical society is open the first Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon. On the second Saturday you can view the displays and visit the reference library prior to the Coffee and Conversation event which begins at 10:00. To learn the contents of the reference library visit our website:

Monday, June 26, 2017


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l to r  Anna Lee Dickerson, Judy Pence, Patty Foreman
The Darke County Fair Board and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are placing another order for Memorial benches. These six foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs as a lasting tribute to family and friends and will be placed around the Gazebo and other areas of the Fairgrounds for Fairgoers to enjoy the festivities of the Fair.

These benches may be purchased and lettered as a lasting memorial to a loved one, as an advertisement and donation from your business, or just a donation from your family to the Fair. These benches will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be enjoyed by Fairgoers for generations to come.

The cost per bench, which includes lettering, is $550.00 and the order deadline to ensure delivery prior to the 2017 Fair is July 7. For more information or to order call Krista Fourman @ 937-547-0827, or the Fair Office @ 937-548-5044. Order forms can be found on the district website,

Sauerkraut German Band @ Staycation

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Towne & Country Players is proud to present the continuing act for the summer series, "Staycation" this Friday, Jun 30th starting at 7pm. The Sauerkraut German Band was organized in September, 1973 by seven civilian and military members of the U.S. Air Force Foreign Technology Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The band has since expanded to 16 musicians, including retired or active duty military and civilian personnel from Wright-Patterson and other professions. Most of the musicians are members of many Dayton area musical organizations.

Although there is no requirement to be of German descent in order to join the band, their authentic Lederhosen and Tyrolean hats, suspenders, knee socks, and bright ties make them appear as if they just arrived from the heart of Bavaria. They play polkas, waltzes, schottisches, marches, and specialty number in traditional "oompah" style along with many of the big band sounds of the '40s and '50s for listening and dancing. They are a very versatile band, which also features many vocal and instrumental solos.

The band was originally named the "Sourkrauts" - a play on words, which emphasized the sour sounds of "oompah" music but after 20 years of explaining why they misspelled the name, they gave in and converted to the conventional spelling of Sauerkraut. Unlike many organization, which are intentionally non-profit, the Sauerkraut Band is a non-profit group on purpose! After paying for music, uniforms, travel and equipment, all the bands remaining funds are annually donated to charities. Since its inception, the band has donated over $96,000 to various Miami Valley and national charities.

We encourage you to stop downtown for some free entertainment, food and adult beverages on Friday night June 30th 7-10pm at your favorite vacation spot, right here at the fountain square in Versailles. (In case of rain, this event will be held at St Denis church basement.)

Paddle by the light of the Full Moon

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The Full Strawberry Moon takes place on July 8th and Darke County Parks hopes to float the creek by its light! We’ll meet at the starting location (to be determined) at 8pm to get started on the water before dark, and then continue our float as darkness falls. We’ll complete our float under the light of the full moon, enjoying a unique paddling experience. This float is for those with prior experience as it will be a bit more challenging of a paddle. Be sure to bring your water bottle, a headlamp/flashlight and a sense of adventure! Reserve a canoe for two or solo a kayak. Reservation is required and there is a $10/paddler fee.

To reserve your boat or for more information please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Your Pet can be a star

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Greenville - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2018 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2018 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 7, 2017.

You can also submit the form online. Go to fill out the form and send the digital photo of your pet via e-mail to

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645. To see the dogs they have, go to their web site at

Library's Next “Family Fun Day”

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Family Fun Day at the Greenville Public Library continues on Wednesday June 28 at 11:00 a.m. with “Tricky Max” whose interactive program is chock-full of hilarious comedy, acts of astonishment, fun-loving jokes and funny, lovable, over-sized puppets that keep the laughter rolling. Tricky Max is aka Paul Adams who did the Dr. T. Rex, Mr. Molecule, The Math Maniac, and Poof Daddy shows in the past. He's always a blast.

Just meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the First Congregational Christian Church on 5th Street generously offers us their Activity Building. Be sure to pick up a brochure at the Library and follow the Children & Teen pages on Facebook for more information about all the summer programs. 

Again “Family Fun Day” is sponsored by generous grants from the Friends of the Library and the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

July Concert on the Lawn

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The Greenville Public Library's second free Concert on the Lawn will feature Shades of Grey from Troy Ohio. Join us Friday July 7th on the front lawn of the Library 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. Rain location is First United Methodist Church on Sycamore and Fourth.

Brothers Aaron and Evan McElfresh formed Shades of Grey in 2009 and last year their sister Kirsta joined the band. Evan says “We are three siblings who have sung together since we were little.” Over the years the guys had each developed a unique songwriting and performing style. Once they decided to collaborate they were able to combine their energies into something new. Now their first studio album is soon to be released.

They perform acoustic alternative rock with two guitars, a piano, and a focus on rare, beautiful harmonies. “We do original music as well as some of our favorite covers.” Some of their influences have been Radiohead, Incubus, Coldplay, Mute-Math, Porcupine Tree, Jars of Clay. More info at

The Darke County Historical Society Announces the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for 2017

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The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Doctor Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s will with the investment interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.

Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa & Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.

Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school but must re-submit a letter of interest each year. The application deadline is September 15th, 2017.

For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, please contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum, 205 N Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331, 937-548-5250, or

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

Ladybug Garden Club Honors Two Local Gardens with Awards

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Bill and Barb Young along with Angela Beumer, Ladybug Garden
Club Community Beautification committee member.
Two gardens were chosen as The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Residential Landscaping Award winners for the month of June by the Ladybug Garden Club. Both gardens received outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of residential property and community beautification. The gardens of The Steyer Family, located on East Harmon Drive in Greenville showed beautiful prolific perennial gardens along with container ferns in front of their home and outstanding container gardening to highlight the deck and back yard area. Mindy and Matt Steyer, along with their sons Gibson and Grady, have landscaped their entire back yard in the 10 years they have resided there. Their dedication and love for gardening certainly shows.

The gardens of Bill and Barb Young of the Chestnut Village in the Brethren Retirement Community, shows just how much beauty you can create in a short amount of time when you have the love of gardening. The Young's, parents of Jenny (Dan) Berger, moved from Lebanon into their beautifully decorated retirement home just two days after Christmas in 2016. Since then, they have worked to update the landscaping in the front with boxwood, hosta and more. They have a special talent for planting containers - two urns in front have Vinca vine, begonia, spider plants, springeri and tradescantia pallida 'spiderwort'. This couple also have outstanding containers on their deck as well as unique yard art. Their porch area is tastefully decorated that reflects a "Welcome" feeling.

Sherri Jones and Angela Beumer, Ladybug Garden Club
Community Beautification committee members, Grady,
Gibson, Mindy and Matt Steyer


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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a fun-filled fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 14. The Thirsty Turtle will have food and a full range of drinks available for purchase throughout the evening, with a special menu featuring BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, pulled chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and kettle chips from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The music begins at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites Higgins-Madewell providing their unique blend of strong vocals and amazing acoustic guitar work. Modern-day blues virtuoso Jay Jesse Johnson will be the headlining music act; known for “setting the blues on fire from both ends,” Johnson plays smoking slow blues as well as fast-paced rocking boogie. Tickets for the event are $10; food and drink are not included in the ticket price.

According to DCCA Artistic director Keith Rawlins, DCCA’s “Barbecue and Blues” will offer attendees an opportunity to enjoy two of the best guitarists in the country. “Combining Jeff Madewell's incredible guitar chops with Erin Higgins’ melodic voice creates a musical experience worth traveling miles to hear. Add to that Jay Jesse Johnson, known as the cream of the crop in contemporary blues, and you are assured an exciting evening of outstanding music,” Rawlins stated. Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Matt and Angie Arnold, George and Becky Luce, and the Jordan Insurance Agency.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that “Barbecue and Blues” has become an extremely popular summertime event. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the season with lively, listenable music in a lovely setting,” Ms. Jordan said. The proceeds from “Barbecue and Blues” support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA's Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children's Theatre. “Without fundraisers such as these, DCCA could not provide AIE at no charge to students, Family Theatre tickets for $5, or hands-on theatre experience with MCT at no cost to participants. DCCA is grateful to Turtle Creek for hosting this fantastic event,” Ms. Jordan concluded.

In case of inclement weather, “Barbecue and Blues” will move inside. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or or ordered online at Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Edison State Receives Approval as Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor

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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Service’s (ODJFS) Ohio Apprenticeship Council has named Edison State Community College as a Registered Apprenticeship Sponsor in the State of Ohio. Registered apprenticeship programs teach high-level skills and provide educational resources to prepare individuals for entrance or advancement into today’s workforce.

“This new credential for Edison State allows for an ideal blend of real life work experience with college level courses in both technical and professional foundations,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.

“Edison State can facilitate the initial connection between a student and potential employer and then we are able to support the student’s development while responding to regional technical growth through curricular design,” added Dr. Larson. “Our faculty members are eager to apply their expertise in support of this innovative program.”

Apprentices will complete related instruction at Edison State while gaining hands-on training with their employer. Additionally, opportunities offered at Edison State will qualify the apprentice to graduate with a certificate or associate degree upon completion. With an associate degree, the apprentice may continue on the path to a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce.

“This is an excellent resource for individuals looking to enter the workforce or advance in their career,” said Peggy Wiggins, Director of the Center for Workforce Development and Education at Edison State. “Some companies will use these apprenticeship programs to recruit new employees, while others will use the curriculum to promote existing employees.”

“There are also benefits to the apprentice such as pay increases every six months, and more often than not, the employer will cover tuition costs. It’s the ultimate learn as you earn program.”

Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Carried Diseases on the Rise in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A steadily rising number of Lyme disease cases are being reported in Ohio transmitted by a tick that can be as small as a poppy seed.

Every year since 2010, when Ohio’s first population of blacklegged deer ticks was discovered in Coshocton County, the number of people infected with Lyme disease has increased. Last year’s statewide total of 160 human cases of the disease is more than three and a half times the 2010 total.

Besides the increase in Lyme disease, more Ohioans are also reporting cases of other tick- related diseases, leading to concern about tick populations that used to be rare in the state.

Blacklegged deer ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease, are spreading, and one challenge in fending them off is that in their nymph stage, they’re easily overlooked, said Glen Needham, associate professor emeritus of entomology with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.

The blacklegged deer tick has established populations in 30 to 40 counties in Ohio, primarily in the southern and eastern parts of the state, Needham said. In the nymph stage, which can extend from spring through fall, the tick can appear on skin to be a speck of dirt or a freckle.

“It is so tiny and it feeds so quickly that sometimes people go to the doctor with symptoms but don’t connect it to having been bitten,” Needham said.

Lyme disease can cause a rash that looks like a bullseye and flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and muscle and joint aches. Antibiotics can cure most cases of Lyme disease.

If a blood sample is taken from a person too early in the disease, it can come back as negative for Lyme disease, Needham pointed out.

“The doctor may then pass on giving you an antibiotic and then you end up with the later stages of Lyme disease,” Needham said.

A warm winter such as this year’s can mean the blacklegged tick is active all year as opposed to just in the spring and summer, said Tammi Rogers, program assistant for agriculture and natural resources for the Ohio State University Extension office in Coshocton County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.

Local member one of five women elevated to state party leadership

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The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW), the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) and the Preble County Republican Women’s Club (PCRWC) can proudly celebrate the elevation of members to the top leadership team of the Ohio Republican Party (ORP). In this historic event, five Federation members, including Stephanie Garrett, a PCRWC member, became part of the all female leadership team for the ORP. Garrett serves the southern part of Darke County as Committeewoman on the Ohio Republican State Central Committee for the 5th Ohio Senate District. This provides an opportunity for the Federation to raise its profile, increase its membership, and provide can-do Republican leadership for the state of Ohio and for our local Ohio communities.

New members of the ORP leadership are Chairman Jane Timken (Stark County), Vice-chairman Mary Anne Christie (Hamilton County), Secretary Marilyn Ashcraft (Washington County), Treasurer Tracey Winbush (Mahoning County) and Assistant Treasurer Stephanie Garrett (Preble County).

Jane Timken, the newly-elected Chairman, lives in northeastern Stark County, where she is a member of the Westark Republican Women’s Club. Timken has served as Vice-chairman of the County Republican Party and as a State GOP Central Committee member. Her activities with the Party have included fundraising, volunteer engagement, and recruiting and assisting candidates. She was a delegate to the 40th Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Timken has been involved in community service all of her adult life. She has served on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations, focusing on health and human services, education, legal assistance, and the arts. She was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kent State University for nine years. Timken excelled academically, graduating Cum Laude from Harvard and Summa Cum Laude from the American University College of Law.

Her goals as Chair of the Ohio Republican Party include growing the GOP and maintaining the historic Republican majority in Ohio; marshalling financial and other resources to win new Republican voters; and providing the services that candidates need to succeed in their campaigns. She views unifying the Party as a major objective.

To Timken, the OFRW/NFRW is vitally important as a means of keeping women engaged and active. Women in local clubs strengthen their political effectiveness and also “counter the mainstream media narrative” that paints a negative and unflattering picture of Republicans. Timken likes to quote Margaret Thatcher, who said “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.”

Mary Anne Christie, the newly elected Vice-chairman of the ORP, is a resident of Hamilton County where she is a member of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club. Christie became involved in Republican politics when she founded the Kenwood Woman’s Club to counter the attempts of developers to alter the residential character of her neighborhood. She went on to win a seat on Madeira City Council, then was elected Vice-Mayor and Mayor. She served as an Administrative Judge on the Ohio Industrial Commission Board of Revisions; president of the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana Regional Council of Government; Vice-chairman of the Ohio Board of Housing. She has been recognized for her community service in the fields of mental health and for her dedication to volunteer service.

Christie has held a number of leadership positions in the Ohio Federation over the years, including the office of president. She has served for years on the National Federation board of directors, seeing this as a way to network with like-minded women across the U.S. She has wanted to help educate members, share ideas, and promote the policies and principles of the Republican Party by her Federation activities.

Through her leadership role in the Ohio Republican Party, Christie will work with the State Central Committee members, to help strengthen the Committee and encourage and support them in increasing collaboration with County leaders. Christie remarked that the 2016 presidential election demonstrated that people are demanding a new direction, highlighting the need for the Party to work in a more united fashion and to build better communication with and responsiveness between the electorate and elected officials.

Marilyn Ashcraft, the newly elected Secretary of the ORP, lives in Washington County and is a member of the Washington County Republican Women’s Club. Ashcraft has served in that position several times over the years. Her commitment to service has been evident since she was a teenager, when she had a leadership role in 4-H.

“I always wanted to do all I could in whatever organization I belonged to.” Stated Ashcraft.

She worked as a nurse and was president of the Ohio Osteopathic Auxiliary. She grew increasingly interested and involved in politics, and chaired the Washington County GOP for 16 years. Ashcraft was the Southeast Regional Representative for State Treasurer Jeannette Bradley; she worked for Mary Taylor both when she was Auditor and Lt. Governor; and she was Regional Chair for the George W. Bush campaign. She has served on the State Central Committee for thirteen years.

Ashcraft credits the Federation with being an effective link between the people and the State and National Republican Parties. She believes that the Federated clubs are most effective in communicating the Republican message and showing by example the rewarding and positive nature of Republican principles and policies.

Her main focus in her role on the ORP leadership team is, and has always been, promoting good communication and unity. Ashcraft likes to connect with people and encourage them to be recognized and have a chance to express their thoughts. Her father impressed her by telling her, “Everybody has a vote; don’t you ever forget it!” She believes that everyone has something to share “even if it’s only a smile.”

Tracey Winbush, the newly elected Treasurer of the ORP, lives in Mahoning County and is a member of the Canfield Republican Women’s Club. She did not consider herself to be “political” during her young years. She grew up in a family that voted for Democrats but had conservative and religious values. Moving to Southern California after High School looking for greater opportunities she found that area of the country to be way too liberal for her taste. After moving back to Ohio she became politically active and aligned herself with the Republican Party and was persuaded to run for the Youngstown Board of Education as a Board Member. Recruited by Republicans in a Democrat-leaning county, she was impressed by their commitment to clean government. She chaired the Finance Committee for the School Board, then sought and has run for other political offices in the Mahoning County area. Winbush served as Treasurer of the County GOP, then was encouraged to run for the State Central Committee, for which she became Asst. Treasurer and now Treasurer. She said that she is a determined campaigner: “I run to win!” Besides service in elective office, Winbush has worked on the 2004 Bush campaign and the 2016 Trump campaign as County chair; and she was part of the NRC Platform Committee in 2016.

Winbush has been involved with several Federated clubs, and she said that she has learned much from them. She believes that the clubs serve as the best platform for women to learn about politics and government, to gain experience, and to move up. “Anytime you have a great coalition of people you can’t help but advance…women make things happen.”

In her work at ORP headquarters, Winbush holds three watchwords in mind for the Party: “unified, diverse, and strong.” She wants to help show the world that the Republican Party is diverse and welcoming to people from all walks of life, and that Republican principles can meet the needs of all Americans. She emphasized the importance of listening—to learn what people actually think, rather than acting on their assumptions or on what they are told by media sources.

Stephanie Garrett, newly elected Assistant Treasurer, lives in Preble County where she is a member of the Preble County Women’s Republican Club. She grew up in Lexington, KY, daughter of “Southern Democrats” and every Sunday the family went to a restaurant after church, where her father and his friends would talk politics. Her father’s best friend was a Republican, and his views broadened the perspectives of Garrett and her parents. She became politically active when she was homeschooling and she realized that her children would not be civically involved unless she influenced them by her example. She began as a poll worker, then became involved in the George W. Bush campaign, and every campaign since then. She has been involved with the Preble County GOP and as chair of the County Central Committee, and serves on the State Central Committee.

Garrett values the OFRW/NFRW as an important way for women to be informed and involved. She agrees that women are the “movers and shakers” and remarked that women were at the root of President Trump’s grassroots push.

Her greatest hope for her service in the Ohio Republican Party is that she can help to bring unity to the Party. She remarked that she believes that Republicans are united by a love of country and the ideals of the Founding Fathers. She likened some of the intraparty conflicts to “family fights” and believes that keeping focused on unifying Republican principles is the priority.

Founded in 1938, the NFRW ( proudly represents the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. Today, the NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public and inform the media.

The OFRW, founded in 1929, is a statewide organization of hundreds of members in constituent clubs. It is the largest, most powerful political organization in Ohio providing the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Ohio. The OFRW is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. It is Federated under the National Federation of Republican Women. For more information regarding the OFRW, visit

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fort GreeneVille DAR: Scholarship Recipients

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Megan VanSkyock, Fort GreeneVille DAR Regent Debbie Nisonger and Kari Kueterman.
Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored the 2016 and 2017 Darke County Foundation recipients of the annual Fort GreeneVille DAR Scholarship. Megan VanSkyock, the 2016 scholarship recipient, is a Versailles High School graduate and valedictorian. Megan is currently attending Ball State University.

This year’s scholarship recipient is Kari Kueterman. Kari Kueterman is the 2017 valedictorian of Versailles High School. Kari is enlisted in the Unites States Army Reserve. She will attending Ohio State University in the ROTC program after her initial military reserve training.


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Speaking to the DCRW at the June meeting was Lyn Bliss President of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women Lyn addressed the Structure of the Federation and also the counteracting of fake news.

The next dinner/meeting of the DCRW will be 6:30 p.m. Monday July 10, Chestnut Village/Brethren Retirement Community

The Program will be presented by Rebecca Cotterman, Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Visitors welcome with a dinner reservation.

Call Wavelene at 547-6477 or e-mail her at: before noon on the 6th.

Brethren Retirement Community donates to Empowering programs

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Brethren Retirement Community residents participate in the community’s support of Empowering Darke County Youth After School, Summer Reading and Summer Tutoring programs. Center: John Warner, BRC President and CEO; Krista Stump, Empowering Treasurer.
GREENVILLE - Brethren Retirement Community has been serving senior citizens in Darke County and surrounding areas for over a century. Through a recent donation to Empowering Darke County Youth, BRC also continues to serve community young people.

Brethren Retirement Community has been a strong force in the community since its founding 115 years ago. Today it offers a variety of levels of care, from independent living and winter stay to assisted living, skilled nursing and more. Empowering volunteers and the children they serve appreciate the retirement community’s support.

Empowering offers a variety of programs, from the After School Program to Summer Tutoring at the Greenville Library and Summer Reading at Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus. The tutoring program is unable to take any more requests at this time, however the Summer Reading Program is open Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00. No appointment necessary, just drop in and “read a bit.”

“We would like to thank the community for its continuing support of our programs,” said Eric Fee, Empowering President. He noted, however, the summer programs are still short of their funding goals for this year. Donations can be sent to Empowering Darke County Youth, P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

The 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.

National Theater Star to Join the Cast of Annie

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Meet Macy the dog who will be featured in the upcoming production of Annie presented by Versailles Towne and Country Players!

Macy, much like Annie herself, was an orphan looking for a home when she was discovered and rescued by Broadway's best known dog trainer, Bill Berloni. Since the original Broadway Annie in 1977, Bill has been rescuing dogs and training them for the stage. Macy is currently performing the role of Sandy in the National Tour of Annie. For the last 6 years, she have been traveling all over the United States winning the hearts of audiences at every stop. When the National Tour ends in early July, Macy will be making her way to Versailles to be our Sandy in our show! When she is finished in Versailles she will be heading to NYC to take on Off-Broadway!

Annie will be presented in the Versailles Performing Arts Center located at 280 Marker Road on the west side of Versailles Schools. The cast features 77 talented performers ranging in all ages. Performances are Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 15, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 16, 3:00 p.m.

TO GET YOUR TICKETS, simply visit and click on the link SeatYourself on the home page. This website will allow you to choose from available seats for each of the five performances and pay by credit card. If you’d rather order by phone, please call Connie at (937) 623-3865. Tickets are $12.50 each (includes service fee).

Don’t wait – get your tickets before all performances are sold out!


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GREENVILLE, Ohio - Giving back to the community, Second National Bank continues their financial support of Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization focusing on historic preservation and downtown revitalization.

“Second National Bank has been a loyal supporter of Main Street Greenville for many years,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “Their belief in our mission allows us to assist in the continued economic development of Greenville and create events the whole community can enjoy. We are very grateful for their support and commitment to downtown.”

Some of the events supported by Second National Bank include First Friday and Small Business Saturday, both of which encourage people to spend time in historic downtown Greenville and shop locally. Main Street Greenville has an extensive calendar of events for the community to enjoy, including the upcoming First Friday: Memories on Main on July 7th.

Headquartered in Greenville, Second National Bank is part of the Park National Corporation, a group of strong community banks based in Ohio. Second National was originally chartered in July 1883 and has 8 offices in Greenville, Arcanum, Versailles, Fort Recovery and Celina.

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

“Staycation” starts with Kim Kelly Orchestra

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“Not just the same old song and dance…” is how the Kim Kelly orchestra would describe their own musical style, blended with a touch of class.

The Kim Kelly orchestra has been providing entertainment for private parties and public events primarily in the tri-state area (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) since 1974, with many musicians whose origins began at Carroll High School and the University of Dayton. The orchestra features musicians from the Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton areas – many who have performed professionally with groups such as Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich. They are dedicated to providing polished material in a variety of styles, from the songs of the “Big Band Era” to the contemporary pop selections. The Kim Kelly Orchestra has an extensive play list, with a wide range of material to please most every musical taste making them one of the most sought after bands in the tri-state area.

Towne & Country Players is proud to start this season off with such a talented group of musicians. Moeller Brew Barn will be there to provide beverages as well as Michael Anthony providing delicious food items. Downtown Versailles will be your vacation spot to kick-off your weekend. (In case of rain, the event will be held at St Denis church basement.)

Annie Oakley Golf Tournament will be held July 24, 2017 at Turtle Creek Golf Course

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Top Left: Donald Hittle and Joe Arnett of Hittle Buick-GMC. Top Right: Brittany Kendle of SVG Chevrolet. Bottom Left: Dave Knapp of Dave Knapp Ford, Lincoln. Bottom Right: Jim Troutwine of Troutwine Auto Sales
The 36th annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament is fast approaching. Get signed up with your team today for a chance to win a new car or truck from one of four Darke County area car dealers! You can also purchase a T Sign to be displayed to advertise your business or in honor or memory of someone.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 24th at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and lunch/dinner for the golfer and their spouse/guest. Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and exciting event will benefit the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County.

Each golfer has the opportunity to win a new car or truck valued at $ 27,500.00 for a hole-in-one on the sixth and seventeenth hole. SVG Chevrolet, Hittle Buick GMC, Dave Knapp Ford-Lincoln and Troutwine Auto Sales are again joining together to sponsor this year's Hole-in-One competition. Any golfer getting a hole-in-one on the 11th hole wins a Yamaha Golf Cart. The golfer getting a hole-in-one on the eighth hole will win a choice of Premium Golf Equipment.

Additional information and entry forms for the 36th annual tournament are available at the Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 or from any tournament committee member.

Tickets on sale for DCCA BBQ & BLUES

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Summer Fundraising Event - July 14th at Turtle Creek

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Tickets are now for sale for Darke County Center for the Arts annual summer fundraising event “Barbeque and Blues”. The Friday, July 14th event will again be held at the lovely and inviting grounds of Turtle Creek Golf Course; tickets cost $10. Thirsty Turtle will provide a Picnic BBQ menu from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. and full bar service will be available, at an additional price.

The music will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with popular local musicians Higgins-Madewell performing their signature blend of roots, blues, country, and classic rock. Blues guitar virtuoso and singer Jay Jesse Johnson returns to headline the event. Johnson has rightfully been dubbed “a powerhouse guitar rock force to be reckoned with.” The Indiana native tours with his band that includes vocalist Angela Combs, Reed Bogart on bass, Jeff “Smokey” Donaldson on drums, and Lee Evans on the Hammond B3. His latest CD, Set the Blues On Fire, has won rave reviews, earning Triple J acclaim from critics and fans alike as “a modern-day blues master.” Praised for his technique, tone and song-writing abilities, Jay Jesse Johnson is one of the most electrifying guitarists you will ever hear, performing smoking slow blues and fast-paced rocking boogie with masterful ease. The music is sponsored by Matt & Angie Arnold, George & Becky Luce and the Jordan Agency.

“Barbecue and Blues,” the annual fun-filled Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser featuring food for the body and music for the soul that supports DCCA's Arts In Education programming and helps underwrite their Family Theatre Series—providing another good reason for attending the event. Simply knowing that you will be supporting these and other programs provides sufficient motivation to get your tickets for DCCA's “Barbecue and Blues.”

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

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA and the 2017-2018 Arts Count season visit their website at

Tipp Art Talks & Demos - Marvin Olinsky, Artist and Wood Sculptor

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Rusty Harden Art Studio is proud to present their second bi-monthly Tipp Talks & Demos on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M., featuring Marvin Olinsky.

Marvin, an artist and wood sculptor of beautiful figures, was the 1980 Director of Cox Arboretum and, who as a retired C.E.O. of Five Rivers Metro Parks, spends his time creating lovely female figurines from wood. He has generously donated a beloved figure, celebrating the beauty and strength of women who face breast cancer, to the Pink Ribbon Girls - a support group for breast cancer.

There is no charge for this exciting event. Please join us for an evening of interesting discussion, and lots of friendly interaction! Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Truck Driver Dies After Incident at BSG

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On June 20, 2017, at approximately 7:46 a.m., the Greenville Police Department, Greenville Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the Beauty Systems Group (BSG) located at 5805 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio on a report that a subject had been hit and pinned by a truck. After being stabilized, the driver was flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

During the investigation, it was discovered that the truck driver was partially outside of the cab of his truck when he struck a docked trailer causing the jack to collapse allowing the trailer to fall and pin the driver between his truck door and the cab.

On June 21, 2017, the driver, 44 year old Shawn P. Davis of New Vienna, Ohio, succumbed to his injuries at 7:10 a.m.

This incident will continue to be investigated by multiple agencies.

Our condolences go out to the Shawn Davis family and friends.

Submitted by the Greenville Police Department

Greenville Schools Foundation Draws Final 500 Club Winners

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Winners of the Greenville Schools Foundation 500 Club raffle for April, May and June are:


  • $50.00 Robert Person
  • $20.00 Aubrey DeVoss
  • $10.00 Angela Ayette


  • $50.00 Jean Borton
  • $20.00 Melissa Shepherd
  • $10.00 Jim Buchy


  • $50.00 Charlene Thornhill
  • $20.00 Stan Hughes
  • $10.00 Matt Loberstein

Proceeds from the 500 Club benefit Greenvile City Schools students in a large variety of ways.
The foundation trustees wish to thank everyone who participated making it possible to award over $8,500 in grants to Greenville educators. Congratulations to all the winners this year.


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L to R: Long-term care resident Delores Williams, with Victoria Jones, Activity Assistant
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is always busy creating new and exciting opportunities for residents and family members to come together. Everyone enjoys having a fun time working together within the local community on enriching projects. Recently, VHCC has begun planting flowers and garden vegetables in their flower beds.

VHCC residents also enjoy working on the raised flower beds provided and located at the Worch Memorial Public Library. All of our flower beds are easily accessible while standing or sitting in their chair. This makes it easier for individuals to access the flower beds. Any items used in the flower beds must be organic, so it is safe for everyone to use.

The VHCC activity department is proud to announce the addition of Mother Nature’s Original Fertilizer which is being used in their garden areas. Family members and residents enjoy using the organic natural soil enhancer in the flower beds because it is easy to work with and locally manufactured. This special fertilizer offers healthier growth options for plants, and was donated by long-term care resident Delores William’s family, from Green Thumb Worm Castings, LLC.

The fertilizer is created from worm castings. These worm castings come from rich digested soil that the worms leave behind. They are rich in nutrients and microorganisms that are beneficial for plant growth. They also fight disease to help keep the plants healthy and productive year long.

Chemicals are not used in the production of the fertilizer and it is safe to use around children and pets. There is no odor to worry about, and it will not damage the plants. Directions on how to use the fertilizer for optimum growth is included in their brochure. More information on this fertilizer can be found at their website:

VHCC invites everyone to stop by and see how beautiful their flowers are throughout the summer. Stop in for a visit and see our beautiful enclosed courtyards!

Versailles Health Care Center offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, call 937-526-5570 or visit

Historic Home and Garden Tour in Urbana

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The Champaign County Preservation Alliance with the support of The Peoples Savings Bank and Bundy Baking Solutions, presents the Twenty- Fifth Annual Historic Home and Garden Tour on June 24-25 in Urbana Ohio. The hours are 11-5 and tickets are $15.00 available tour week-end at the welcome tent located behind the municipal building at 205 S. Main St . Free shuttle service is available.

Included on the tour are eight homes, one private garden, one historic church, the Johnny Appleseed Museum and The Champaign County Historical Society. In addition, visit the Depot Coffee House located in a restored train
depot and climb aboard an original NX23 Rail Car caboose which is now an educational center. An great opportunity to examine the inside of a caboose!

An excellent example of repurposing a structure is the home of renowned artist, Mike Major and his family. An 1877 Universalist Church in Westville, Ohio was converted into a warm, comfortable home. The structure contains Mike's studio and five levels of living space. It is open for touring and offers a rare opportunity to visit the inside. Mike will be available for conversation periodically throughout the week-end and the studio will be open for touring.

The Johnny Appleseed Museum will have a book signing by author, Ann Corfman and a Johnny Appleseed reenactor on hand to talk with visitors. Please check our web site for the appearance schedule.

In addition to the tour sites, there will be period craft demonstrations and sales and entertainment at the tour sites throughout the week-end.

To qualify for the tour the residence must be at least 50 years old. The purpose is to demonstrate feasibility of restoring the older structure to the needs of today's family and businesses without destroying the integrity of the structure. A variety of styles, sizes, and periods make for an interesting tour.

Follow us on Facebook and instagram : chamapignco_preservation or visit for photos and additional information.

If you have questions leave a message at 1-800-791-6010. The tour is not handicap accessible and pets are not allowed.

Library Class in Non-Traditional Publishing

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Come and explore the non-traditional avenues of publishing with a writer who has traveled the path! J. E. Irvin, award-winning author of The Dark End of the Rainbow, will offer inspiration and reassurance by sharing her struggles and experiences in seeking publication on Thursday June 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. This is a free class but seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Reference Desk.

Many patrons know Jan from last January’s Author’s Night. A career educator on the high school and university levels Jan retired in 2008. “Writing is my job now.” She is hard at work on her next book and also has served as a long-time volunteer for the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in both print and online journals and magazines including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Spark a creative anthology.

Learn more about Jan’s novels and writing career at

Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host the Faithful Sons at 6 PM on Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Faithful Sons have been sharing the Gospel of Christ through Southern Gospel Music for many years.

John Short sings the lead part for the group. He lives in Union City, OH, and is mostly retired. John has sang with several groups over the years, including the Promised Heirs and the Chordsmen, before starting The Faithful Sons.

Kim Gilbert sings the baritone part, and has been with the group from the beginning. He has also sang with a barbershop quartet through the years. Kim lives in Greenville, and is also recently retired from Flagg Lumber in New Madison.

Singing tenor is the newest member of the group, Kent Waller. Kent also makes his home in Greenville, and works for Crown Equipment in New Bremen as a Packaging Engineer. Before joining The Faithful Sons, Kent sang baritone with The Dayton Ambassadors for three years until the group disbanded in 2012.

This group has but one goal, lift up the name of Jesus Christ in word and song, and lead others to a loving, personal relationship with Him. Come and worship with us and you will surely be blessed.

The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. The public is invited to this gospel concert and a freewill offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the concert.

For booking information, you can contact John at 937-423-7827 or Kent at 937-621-5494.


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Kick off your Fourth of July weekend at Family Fest on July 1, 2017 at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This FREE event begins at 4:00 pm.

Family Fest will host a day of free events for the entire family such as games, music, bouncy houses, corn hole, dunk tank, volleyball, face painting, Star 88.9, door prizes and lots more! There will also be information on hand to help families succeed and thrive, and a FREE meal for families to enjoy together from 4:00 – 6:30 pm.

Entertainment will be under The Big Tent all evening including EUM Church’s Saturday night worship service beginning at 6:30 pm. The schedule for under the tent is: 4:00-4:45 EUM Worship Band; 5:00-5:45 Radiant; 6:00-6:15 Tim Carol, author of the book Nomad; 6:30-7:30 EUM worship service with lead Pastor Jeff Harper; 7:50-8:30 Kellan Karger, "Christian Rapper" and at 8:30 there will be a prize giveaway drawing.

The evening will end with the City of Greenville’s fireworks celebration at the south end of the fairgrounds. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets, enjoy the activities at Family Fest, and end the evening with a bang!

Family Fest is a ministry of EUM Church where Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor. The traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street and the contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. Offices are located at 111 Devor Street, and are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, go to or call 548-3211.

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