Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Engineering Scholarships Awarded

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Two Greenville High School graduates were awarded the John and Mary Beasecker Engineering Scholarship recently during the senior awards presentation ceremony. The $5,000.00 award is made annually to a Greenville student who plans to attend college in pursuit of a degree in an engineering field.

This year, two scholarships were awarded: one to Austin Grote, who will attend Wittenberg University studying mechanical engineering, and the second to Joshua Smith who will study electrical engineering at The Ohio State University.

The presentations were made by Joel Allread, chairman of the Greenville Schools Foundation who administers the program established as a memorial to John and Mary Beasecker. Mr. Beasecker was an engineer and retired as an engineering supervisor for General Motors in 1981.


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DAYTON, Ohio - Community Blood Center is assisting in the relief effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey by sending blood products to the southeast Texas disaster area. CBC is now calling on donors, particularly type O donors, to help replenish the local blood supply.

Coastal Bend Blood Center in Corpus Christi and Gulf Coast Blood Center in Houston are both in need of blood. Coastal Bend has resumed collections, but the local population is just beginning to return and is struggling with flood damage. Gulf Coast will not be able to reopen and resume collections until the end of the week at the earliest. CBC is sending an initial shipment of 60 units of blood to Coastal Bend and demand is expected to continue.

The AABB Interorganizational Task Force is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O blood, to help with the relief effort.

“We are asking all potential donors, both current and first-timers, to make a commitment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible,” said Dennis Todd, chair of the task force.

With blood drives cancelled for multiple days due to widespread flooding, all blood collection agencies in the U.S. are making efforts to meet the emergency blood needs and ensure a sufficient blood supply in storm affected areas.

It is important for blood donors to give in the coming days and weeks to meet the immediate and future needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. If donations are negatively impacted, the long-term needs of patients could be affected.

The task force will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as blood needs change.

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Historic St. Peter’s to be Open on September 17th

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The annual St. Peter’s Homecoming Celebration marks a tradition which began over one hundred years ago when St. Peter closed its doors to weekly worship. It was decided to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year. Most of the congregation that remained moved their memberships to nearby Lutheran churches such as Trinity, at Versailles, Friedens, at Bloomer, St. Paul’s, at Willowdell, or St. John, near Greenville.

Many ask why is St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship, closing in 1905; this marks the 112th Homecoming service!

The little country church, founded by immigrants from Kammerforst, Prussia, (Germany) who settled in what was known then as the “Dutch Roost”. It offered regular worship services in German. A log structure was built in 1850 and remained open till 1905. It was then the Congregation voted to close the doors. All has been left in place and looks today much as it did when they worshiped here.

On Sunday September 17th the historic church will host the annual worship and hymn sing, reminiscent of the old German Lutheran style of the late 19th and early 20th century. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Brian S. McGee of St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville will lead the abbreviated worship service. Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ and many hymns of a by gone era will be sung.

This year St. Peter’s continues to participate in the Ohio Historical Society’s “Open Door Initiative”; a celebration of Ohio’s hidden gems that are rarely viewed or open to the public.

Please remember your contributions are the only financial support this historic church receives and are vital to keeping her doors open, once a year and maintaining the property for years to come. St Peter’s is a 501c.3 and would welcome your support. A contribution may be made by check to St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church c/o J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Versailles Area Museum is planning to Take More Road Trips!

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We’ve had such a great time checking out what’s in our area; we don’t want to stop our Road Trips! Our September 14th trip will take us on the back roads around historic Centerville, Indiana.

We will visit the many quaint Antique Shops in the area steeped with history. We will also stop at Warm Glow one of the area’s largest candle manufacturers. On our way home we will stop in Fountain City at the new Levi Coffin Visitor’s Center and of course Amish Acers, referred to by the locals as the “Amish Wal-Mart”. This time of year they have much bulk foods and snacks ready to stock up before the winter settles in.

We will leave at 9:00 a.m. from the museum. If you want to volunteer to drive, it is always appreciated.

Plan to join us for any or of our great trips! You may register by signing up any Sunday at the museum, or by calling the museum at 937-526-4222. We try to limit our number to 26, so don’t wait too long to join in all our autumn fun!

Versailles Area Museaum Closed for Labor Day

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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club spring obedience classes begins September 12, 2017. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training and many people like the variety of classes available.

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

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

Obedience classes begin Tuesday, September12, they will include, Puppy (12 weeks to five months),and Beginner Obedience. For those who have completed the beginner class and wish to continue on with their training, advanced obedience will be offered. AKC Rally Obedience class will be offered this 8 weeks.

“Our puppy and beginning obedience classes are designed to teach basic house manners, grooming and care of the dog, heeling, sit, down, stay, come and other commands,” said Barb Rhoades, Director of Obedience Training.

She also added that the new rally classes will be offered to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The Novice and Advanced Rally Classes is for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for Rally Novice and Advanced obedience class is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without much difficulty. However novice rally will not be offered this session, unless we have an overwhelming response to having the class.

West Central Ohio Gourd Patch Fall Gourd Show

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The West Central Ohio Gourd Patch will hold their Fall Gourd Show on Sept. 9th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Darke County Shawnee Prairie Preserve in Greenville.

Handcrafted gourds will be available to purchase from local crafters, along with fresh and dried gourds. Come find that new birdhouse or maybe some new fall decorations or that unique gift for that special someone for the upcoming holidays. Our members would love to answer any questions you might have about growing or crafting gourds, so please come and join us.

The show is free and open to the public.

MVCTC Adult Education Information Session Scheduled

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Englewood, Ohio – Learn more about Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Adult Education training available to fill current job openings, by attending the upcoming Adult Education Information Session on Thursday, September 7, starting at 6 p.m. Program information will be shared at 6 p.m. and campus tours begin at 6:30 p.m.

Registration for fall Career Programs is going on now.

  • Carpentry -- September 5, 2017
  • Electrician -- September 5, 2017
  • HVAC-R -- September 5, 2017
  • Heavy Equipment Operator -- September 5, 2017
  • Eye Care Assistant -- September 25, 2017
  • Precision Machining -- September 25, 2017
  • Veterinary Aide -- September 25, 2017
  • Medical Assisting -- October 2, 2017
  • Central Service Sterile Processing Tech -- October 16, 2017

In addition to the career programs offered, MVCTC Adult Education also offers many short-term courses and GED/Adult Basic Skills classes throughout the year. For more information about the MVCTC Adult Education programs, visit or call 937-854-6297.

Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self-Management Education Renews AADE Accreditation

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Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self-Management Education recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This allows residents in and around Darke County increased access to critical diabetes education services.

Diabetes education as a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions. It is provided by diabetes educators.

“Diabetes education provides the tools individuals need for the day to day management of their diabetes. The diabetes education program meets individuals were they are in their diabetes care, while providing education and support,” said program educator Karen Droesch RD, LD, CDE.

“Trends show that diabetes education is moving into the community, so AADE’s accreditation program was created, in part, to encourage diabetes education where the patient is seeking care,” said Leslie E. Kolb, RN, BSN, MBA, Program Director, Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. “Diabetes Self-Management Education at Wayne HealthCare is exactly the type of program we envisioned when we set up our accreditation program in 2009.”

For more information regarding Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self-Management Education, please call 937-547-5750 or visit

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

August Garden of the Month Awarded by the Ladybug Garden Club

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A Victorian Flower Garden of Linda Manier's was chosen as the August Garden of the month by the Ladybug Garden Club Beautification committee. Linda grows numerous impatiens which she starts in April along with lots of coordinating containers. She enjoys selecting her flowering plants from local garden centers and her yard art from the Springfield Extravaganza Flea Market. Her Washington Avenue gardens can be admired by all who drive by her home. Shown are committee members Sherri Jones, Lisa Marcum, Linda and Angela Beumer.

Wayne HealthCare Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

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Join Other PreventT2 Participants in Learning How to Make Healthy Changes in Darke County

(Greenville, OH) August 24, 2017

Wayne HealthCare community members are preventing type 2 diabetes together with the PreventT2 Lifestyle Change Program. The new program offered by Wayne HealthCare will be led by trained lifestyle coaches. Participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.

People with pre-diabetes — higher-than-normal blood glucose (sugar) levels — are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with normal blood glucose levels. In fact, many people with pre-diabetes can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

“One in three American adults has pre-diabetes, so the need for prevention has never been greater,” said Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator. “The PreventT2 program offers a proven approach to preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes through modest lifestyle changes made with the support of a coach and one’s peers.”

Participants learn how to eat healthy, add physical activity to their routine, manage stress, stay motivated, and solve problems that can get in the way of healthy changes. PreventT2 groups meet for a year — weekly for the first 2 months, then twice a month for 6 months, and monthly for 3 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes. The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants celebrate their successes and find ways to overcome obstacles.

“I’ve tried to make changes before, but struggled to make them stick. This class helped me make reasonable changes to how I eat and got me to start exercising. Best of all, I’ve maintained those changes for almost a year,” said one program participant.

PreventT2 is based on research that showed that people with pre-diabetes who lost 5 to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

Nationwide implementation of the program could greatly reduce future cases of type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health problems including heart attack; stroke; blindness; kidney failure; or loss of toes, feet, or legs.

“Small changes can add up to a big difference,” added Karen Droesch. “Working with a trained lifestyle coach who provides guidance, PreventT2 participants are making lasting changes together.”

People are more likely to have pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if they:

  • Are 45 years of age or older;
  • Are overweight;
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes;
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week; or
  • Have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.

PreventT2 is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new group program will meet at Wayne HealthCare on Tuesdays at 4:15pm in the Administrative Board Room from September 26, 2017 to August 14, 2018. The cost of the program is $250 and includes a Calorie King Book, 25 educational sessions, class materials, pedometer, exercise bands, tool for tracking food and exercise and a supportive environment to help participants achieve health goals. An informational session about the PreventT2 program will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 5pm in the Administrative Board Room at Wayne HealthCare.

To learn more about the PreventT2 program at Wayne HealthCare, call Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator at 937-547-5750 or visit


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DCCA opens the 2017-2018 Artists Series with singer/songwriter/guitarist David Myles and his trio at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 9; the show begins at 8 p.m. tickets are $20.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present singer/songwriter/guitarist David Myles and his trio at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, September 9; the show begins at 8 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, David Myles will entertain music lovers of all types, and is therefore the perfect performer to open DCCA’s 2017-2018 Artists Series season. “Whether crooning pop songs, punching out roots tunes, or jazzing up standards, David’s music is timeless,” said Rawlins. “And in addition to being a flawless musician, he’s a great showman who will charm audiences of all ages,” Rawlins continued.

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, David Myles has won a large Canadian fan base and earned many awards with his music which embraces modern and vintage pop, folk, and soul. Known as an energetic performer, the bespectacled crooner always dons his trademark suit and tie whether invoking the singing style of Tony Bennett, James Taylor, or Justin Timberlake. As a songwriter, his affection and respect for the past makes his own music reverberate with classic references while embracing modern sensibilities and trends.

The Spotlight Sponsor for the concert by David Myles and his trio is Greenville Technology, Inc. This performance is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. DCCA also receives support from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, as well as memberships.

Tickets for the David Myles performance cost $20, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at or calling 937-547-0908. Tickets are also available online at or may be purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Darke County United Way Receives Grants for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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The Darke County United Way recently received three grant awards for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program provides a free book every month to children ages 5 years old or younger. There are only two criteria to be enrolled in the program. The first is the child must live in Darke County and the second is he/she must be 5 years old or younger. No other criteria are required for this program.

According to a study conducted in April 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. That's 14% of the population. 21% of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and 19% of high school graduates cannot read. Dolly Parton created the Dolly Parton Imagination Library with the intent to combat illiteracy in the United States. The purpose of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library is to foster a love of reading among preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, children will be excited about books and feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, the program ensures that every child will have books, regardless of their family’s income.

The Darke County United Way received grant awards from the Greenville Rotary Club ($1,500) and the Darke County Foundation ($1,100) for Darke County children as well as the Ruth and Emerson Booher Advised Fund ($2,000) for Versailles children. These awards will allow the Darke County United Way to serve approximately 177 children this year. Currently, 808 children in Darke County receive a book each month.

“There are over 3,000 children currently living in Darke County who are 5 years old or younger. We are only serving 27% of the eligible children in our community. We’ve only scratched the surface with what this program can do. We are extremely grateful for the grant awards we have received but we are aware we still have work to do,” said Christy Baker, Executive Director for the Darke County United Way. Baker added that in order for all 3,000+ children to receive a book every month, the Darke County United Way would need to raise nearly $80,000.

To enroll your children or for information in how you can get involved through a financial gift towards the program, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272.

YMCA of Darke County to Host Diabetes Education Classes

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(Greenville, OH)  – The Darke County YMCA, in conjunction with Reid Hospital, Wayne Healthcare Foundation, the Greenville Rotary Club, and local health professionals, is pleased to offer free diabetes education classes beginning September 28.

The YMCA encourages residents of Darke County to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps they can take to manage the disease once diagnosed. Currently, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and one in three (79 million) individuals have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.

The nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is no surprise, but the amount of people with prediabetes is a growing issue that can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and physical activity. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but cardiovascular diseases, stroke and other conditions.

“The YMCA of Darke County recognizes that changing one’s lifestyle can be daunting, therefore, our free, eight-week course will give you the support and education to help you achieve success in preventing diabetes or to successfully manage the disease,” noted Sam Casalano, CEO.

The eight-week course will provide participants with weekly education, free materials and support on a wide range of diabetes-related topics including monitoring and testing, diet and nutrition, exercise, foot and eye care, medication maintenance, and making healthy choices.

Classes will begin Thursday, September 28 and run each Thursday through November 16 from 6:15-7:30pm. There is no cost to participate; please call the Y at 548-3777 to register. Classes will be held at the YMCA at 301 Wagner Ave., Greenville. For those who attend seven of the eight weeks, a free two-month YMCA membership will be awarded.

“We are grateful to Reid Hospital, Greenville Rotary Club and the Wayne Healthcare Foundation, as well as many other community individuals, for helping us provide the classes at no cost to participants,” said Casalano. “As a leading non-profit committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Darke County YMCA is a community of diverse individuals from all walks of life supporting one another in meeting wellness goals.”

For more information about the YMCA or to register for the course, please contact the YMCA at 937.548.3777 or visit


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This Sunday, September 3rd the Versailles Area Museum will be closed so that our hard working volunteers might enjoy the last week-end of summer with their families. Please enjoy the museum the other three Sundays of the month or call us to arrange for a special tour at 937-526-4222. We look forward to welcoming you to autumn at the museum. A reminder that Labor Day week-end is the always fun, Russia Homecoming and September 17th is the Celebration at St. Peter’s, the last log church in Darke County and part of our Museum area. So get out and discover our past!

Historic St. Peter’s Homecoming Coming Soon

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As the summer begins to fade and our thoughts turn toward autumn, we also begin to look forward to the annual St. Peter’s Homecoming Celebration. This event marks a tradition which began over one hundred years ago.

When St. Peter closed its doors to weekly worship it was decided then to hold a “Homecoming Service” each year. Most of the congregation that remained moved their membership to nearby Lutheran churches like Trinity, at Versailles, Friedens Lutheran at Bloomer, St. Paul’s at Willowdell, or St. John, near Greenville.

Why is St. Peter Evangelical Church unique? It has celebrated more “Homecoming Services” than years of regular worship, closing in 1905; this marks the 112th Homecoming service!

The little, country church, founded by immigrants from Kammerforst, Langensalza, Providence Larheim, Kingdom of Prussia, (Germany) whom settled in what was known then as “Dutch Roost” offered regular German Lutheran worship services in this log structure from 1850 till 1905. When they closed the doors in 1905, all was left in place. It looks today much as it did when they worshiped here.

On Sunday September 17th the historic church will host the annual worship and hymn sing, reminiscent of the old German Lutheran style of the late 19th and early 20th century. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Brian S. McGee of St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville will lead the abbreviated worship service. Karen Lawrence will play the original pump organ and many hymns of a by gone era will be sung.

This year St. Peters continues to participate in the Ohio Historical Society’s “Open Door Initiative”; a celebration of Ohio’s hidden gems that are rarely viewed or open to the public.

Remember your contributions are the only financial support this historic church receives and are vital to keeping her doors open, once a year and maintaining the property for years to come. St Peter’s is a 501c.3 and would welcome your support. A contribution may be made by check to St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church c/o J. R. Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Come and be a part of the continuing story of St. Peters!

St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is located one mile south of Versailles just east off of State Route 185 south of Versailles, on the St. Peter’s Road.

Come and enjoy an early autumn afternoon in the country where our earliest settlers walked and prayed.


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Versailles donor Steve Knapke.
VERSAILLES, Ohio - The family of Versailles blood donor Steve Knapke will partner with the Versailles Poultry Days Committee in sponsoring a blood drive in his memory on Monday, Sept. 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall, 8448 St. Rt. 47.

Community Blood Center encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Steve was inspired to become a blood donor after surviving a 1988 accident caused by an impaired truck driver. He suffered a head injury and received blood transfusions. He later became a platelet donor and totaled 81 lifetime donations.

“He felt it was very important to donate because he was given blood that saved his life,” said Steve’s daughter, Rachel Durham. “When he was well enough, he wanted to give back. He felt like it was his duty to help others by donating his blood, his way of saying thank you.”

Steve was the victim of another accident on Sept. 11, 2016 that claimed his life. He and his wife, Lois, were struck by an impaired driver driving at an excessive speed. The Knapke’s vehicle flipped twice, Steve was killed instantly, and Lois survived miraculously with a broken back.

The Knapke family is passionate about continuing Steve’s legacy of giving blood by encouraging others to donate when possible. They believe a sure way to help save lives is by supporting blood donations and with the Steve Knapke Memorial Blood Drive.

“It’s important that we carry on this tradition for him because it was one of his missions,” Rachel said. “We want to remember him by that. We want to do it in his honor. He did so many good things in his life, and this was one of them. He was very passionate about it.”

Monday, August 28, 2017

New Greenville Police Chief to be Sworn In

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This was submitted by current Greenville Chief of Police Dennis Butts...

Lt. Steve Strick will be sworn in as the new Chief of Police for the City of
Greenville on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 1:15 in the afternoon. The ceremony
will take place in the city council chambers in the Municipal Building.

I would like to congratulate Lt. Strick on this promotion and I have total
confidence in his ability to continue to lead the department in a professional and
positive manner. He will serve the citizens of Greenville well.

Friday, August 25, 2017


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The movie “SING” will be featured during
Main Street Greenville’s September First Friday event. 
Greenville, Ohio: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and friends for an outdoor showing of “SING”! The event will take place on Friday, September 1st in downtown Greenville.

Main Street Greenville encourages everyone to dine, shop, and enjoy other activities starting at 6 pm, with the movie starting at dusk (around 8:15 pm).

In the movie, koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his theater to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

Theater on Third is an outdoor movie experience and will be located in the city parking lot behind Bach to Rock. The movie will be projected onto the Nature’s Heart Yoga building (120 W. Third St.). The event is free and open to all, kindly sponsored by Greenville National Bank.

Pop, water, and candy will be available for purchase, with all profits donated to Main Street Greenville, and First UMC will have free popcorn (while supplies last).

In addition to the movie, the Ping Pong Ball Prize drop will be taking place on W. 3rd Street at 7 pm. In cooperation with the City of Greenville Fire Department, Main Street Greenville will be dropping 200 ping-pong balls from the ladder of a fire truck. The ping-pong balls will have colored dots on them, each color representing a different prize level.The ping-pong ball drop is sponsored by Greenville National Bank and Second National Bank.

As with every First Friday, many downtown businesses will be open late! Some will also offer fun specials or promotions, including:

  • First Presbyterian Church will be offering free ice cream at 114 E. 4th Street
  • Barbara Rethlake Dance Studio is having an open house as well as offering 10 minute foot reflexology sessions by Amy Kohlhorst of Saltz & Sensez
  • The Cozy Nest will have their annual Fall Open House in their new location, 519 S. Broadway, celebrating the harvest season with the first look at their new fall decor
  • Bread of Life Christian Bookstore will be open late for September First Friday and will have all jewelry on sale at 20% off (excluding Fran Lee Jewelry)
  • The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ will be having live music and a craft for kids
  • Greenville National Bank will grill free hamburgers and hot dogs during the lunch hour (11:30 am - 1 pm) on Friday, September 2nd, located at 446 S. Broadway

In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be moved inside First United Methodist Church at 202 W. 4th Street. Visit our facebook page or website for any updates concerning the event.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also follow the organization on Facebook or Instagram to receive updates on a regular basis.

High School Students Needed for Local “Big Buddies” Program

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Brandi Motsinger and James Henry were matched for the
Big Buddies program at Emerson Elementary School
during the 2016-2017 school year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce their 18th year of programming for their after-school “Big Buddies” mentorship program. Fun and energetic high school students are needed for the 2017-2018 school year to mentor local elementary students. This is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to give back to their community, receive service hours toward graduation requirements, and make a difference in the life of a child.

Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program will focus on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program will also promote social and emotional development through various activities.

High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. Big Brothers Big Sisters has a vision for all children to achieve success in life. Their 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. By partnering with parents, guardians, volunteers, and others in the community; BBBS is held accountable for each child in their program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. The Big Buddies program has proven beneficial not only for the “Littles”, but for high school volunteers as well.

If you or someone you know would like to become a Big Buddy and make a difference in the life of a child, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County at 937-492-7611 or go to for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit, United Way member agency.


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For the average American, it is difficult to imagine a life in which the city dump is both your home and place of employment. The garbage, the smell, and the filth are outside our realm of understanding. And yet these living conditions are reality for over 10,000 people who live and work in and around the Guatemala City Dump. Even in their own country, these impoverished citizens are outcasts. They are referred to as “scavengers,” devalued and treated as less than human. Their situation is dire as they live and work in dangerous and unsanitary conditions.

But there is hope!

Destination Known, a ministry of EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio, has partnered with Potter’s House Association International and has built 18 homes for families living in this area and would like to continue to build more; however, this is becoming increasingly difficult due to the increased cost of building supplies.

Destination Known is hosting a Missions Gala on October 28, 2017 that will be held at Romer’s Catering in Greenville beginning at 7:00 pm with dinner, dancing and a live auction. This is an alcohol free event with 100% of the proceeds being used to build homes for families living in a shanty community around the Guatemala City garbage dump.

Tickets are on sale now! The cost is $35 per person and may be purchased at EUM Church, Romer's Catering, or online at under events.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation, please make the check payable to EUM Church and mail to: EUM Church, 111 Devor St., Greenville, OH 45331, Attn: Cliff Rapier, and put "Guatemala Missions" in the memo line.

If you would like more information about the Missions Gala, visit or contact Cliff Rapier at 937-548-3211 ext. 212 or Also, follow EUM’s Facebook page and watch for continual updates on the auction items.

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

Mary Trittscuh is Leading the Way!

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This summer was a little less than ordinary for one Darke County teen. Mary Trittscuh, of Arcanum, was selected as one of only 45 delegates to take part in a five-day leadership and advocacy training program. The high school juniors and seniors participated in Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities’ (OOD) annual Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) from July 30th - August 3rd where they learned how to continue their journey of independence into adulthood.

Forum delegates took part in various activities that taught them about choosing a career, the history of disability as a culture and instruction on self-advocacy. The youth leaders also learned to develop their own leadership plans and create their own personal goals.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Director Kevin Miller noted, “Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities was honored to hold the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). OOD believes that YLF is a wonderful opportunity for students with disabilities from all across the state to come together and grow as individuals, and thrive in their communities. While at YLF, the students had a chance to see how other individuals their age deal with their own disabilities, while also learning about self-advocacy and career opportunities.”

While attending YLF, the delegates went on their own private tour of the Statehouse. They also met people there who have disabilities and found success in their careers, like Nate Fernandes, who works on ensuring the Secretary of State website is accessible for those with disabilities; Mark Seifarth, who has worked at the Statehouse for 35 years as a legislative and advocacy consultant; and Blake Haxton, a lawyer and a Paralympic rower, as well as a former OOD Commissioner.

Mary, a junior at Arcanum-Butler Local School District, wasn’t sure if she would be selected after filling out the lengthy application, one that requires an essay and several letters of recommendation, “I honestly didn’t think I would get in, but I applied anyway and look how that turned out!” Mary is the first Darke County delegate to have participated in the Youth Leadership Forum. “I just thought it was a cool opportunity and the idea of being able to go somewhere on my own was exciting. I learned a lot about self-advocacy, both from the program and from watching the older kids. It was an amazing experience.” Mary strongly suggests that other youth apply to the annual forum. “I loved it there. It’s a great way to get a little bit of independence if you’ve never had the experience before, but there are people there to help you, if needed. The friends you meet there become your family and are probably friends for life!”

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Jennifer Trittschuh did have her doubts, “it was a bit overwhelming to drop my 17 year old daughter living with a physical disability off at an unfamiliar location, in the care of strangers. Now hearing Mary talk of her experience, and seeing the friendships she made, it was one of the best decisions! Mary learned about leadership, self-advocacy, and independence from the program, but she also conquered some big fears like being away from home for the first time, using provider care, and public speaking. More importantly, she obtained REAL WORLD knowledge from peer mentors and adult staff living with disabilities about going to college or being in the workforce. That is invaluable….and quite frankly, something that she can’t learn from her family or from school.

While the ultimate objective of this event is to give a glimpse into the adult world, the youth were encouraged to continue to develop the type of advocacy and leadership skills needed to become a lifelong advocate in their communities and the workforce. For more information on OOD’s Youth Leadership Forum, visit

MVCTC Welcomes Students for 2017-2018 School Year

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Student Ambassadors and MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy, welcome the Class of 2019 to their first day of school. Front Row (Left to Right) – James Bucio (Computer Network Engineering/West Carrollton), Kaitlyn Jurgens (Graphic Commercial Art/Tipp City), Rylee Emig (Graphic Commercial Photography/Twin Valley South), Erin Shipe (Veterinary Science/Milton-Union), Isabelle Middleton (Business Ownership/Tri-Village), Alyxandria Adams (Medical Office Management/Preble Shawnee), Logan Hayes (Sports Management & Marketing/Miami East). 2nd Row (Left to Right) – Zantiago Velasco (Culinary Arts/Tri-County North), Kasey Wilken (Sports Medicine/Eaton), Augusten Morales (Graphic Commercial Art/Valley View), Fletcher Durham (Architectural Design/Eaton), Preston Pietrzak (Business Ownership/New Lebanon), Travis Blanton (Natural Resource Management/Twin Valley South), Cody Matchett (Animal Care & Management/Mississinawa Valley). Back Row (Left to Right) – Carter Nolte (Media & Video Production/Valley View), Cody Wright (Game Programming & Web Applications/Northridge), Ivan Pohlman (Diesel Power Technologies/Versailles), Dr. Nick Weldy (MVCTC Superintendent), Joe Petrock (Computer Repair & Technical Support/Northmont), Ben Lawson (Diesel Power Technologies/Brookville), Bryan Prosser (Aviation Maintenance Technician/Milton-Union).
Englewood, Ohio -- The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) staff welcomed students for their 46th year of classes on Thursday, August 17, 2017. MVCTC Superintendent Dr. Nick Weldy, staff, and MVCTC student ambassadors greeted over 1,000 junior students from 27 partner school districts enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year.

MVCTC is offering career technical programs for 2017-2018 in:

  • Agriculture and Livestock Production
  • Allied Health
  • Animal Care Management
  • Architectural Design
  • Auto Collision
  • Auto Services
  • Automotive Technology
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Ownership
  • Computer Network Engineering
  • Computer Repair & Technical Support
  • Construction Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diesel Power Technologies
  • Digital Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Trades
  • Firefighter/EMS
  • Game Programming & Web Applications
  • Graphic Commercial Art
  • Graphic Commercial Photography
  • Health Careers Academy
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Hospitality Services
  • Media and Video Production
  • Medical Office Management
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Precision Machining
  • Retail Agriculture Services
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Sports Management and Marketing
  • Sports Medicine
  • Veterinary Science
  • Welding

New for the 2017-2018 school year, MVCTC and Northmont City School have partnered to create another tremendous opportunity for students at Northmont High School. The Career Credit Lab (CCL) combines a work-based learning component along with related academics to give students the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills and job-site experiences while earning credits towards high school graduation. Included in the CCL is also a credit lab for students that may need intervention with credit recovery to further enhance their opportunities to stay on track for graduation. These students have the opportunity to gain industry credentials that they will be able to use throughout their lifetime. Credential opportunities are to either earn their State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) or certification in Robotics and Manufacturing from Yaskawa and FANUC. This opportunity is the first of its kind in the Miami Valley Region.

Additionally, MVCTC opened new satellite programs in partnership with local school districts including, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs for middle school students at Bethel Local Schools and Milton-Union Exempted Village Schools. MVCTC is currently offering 23 satellite programs at 16 partner school district locations. On average, MVCTC serves over 4,000 middle and high school students in the Miami Valley through the main campus, satellite programs, and Youth Connections. The Adult Education division serves approximately 6,000 adults each year.

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

For more information about MVCTC, visit

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Greenville Municipal Jazz Band to Feature Chelsea Whirledge and Bill Westfall.

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Concerts in the park return this Sunday, August 27th, with the Greenville Municipal Jazz Band performing at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell area of the Greenville City Park.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Make plans now to attend this wonderful evening of jazz and pop music.

This week the band will feature the pop and jazz vocal stylings of Chelsea Whirledge.  Chelsea is in her fifth season as a singer with the bands.  She is a 2007 graduate of Greenville Senior High School and a 2011 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  Chelsea is currently in her fifth year as the Vocal Music Director for Greenville High School.  She is a crowd favorite and her wonderful voice will take center stage Sunday.  Chelsea is scheduled to sing the Stevie Wonder Classic “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Sway” as recorded by Michael Buble, “Summertime” and the great jazz classic “When I Fall in Love.”

Also taking a prominent solo role with the jazz band will be the guitar expressions of Bill Westfall.  Bill is a 1970 graduate of Greenville High School.  Bill is a prominent musician in our area getting his start playing in garage bands in the 60’s.  He is now a lead guitarist in numerous bands that tour throughout the United States and currently leads the local band The Green DeVilles.  Bill will be featured on the guitar classic Sleepwalk.

Please make plans to enjoy a wonderful evening of jazz and pop music in our beautiful city park this Sunday, August 27th at 7pm.  Limited park bench seating is available or you may bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the show.  The concerts in the park are a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Gene Riegle Memorial Pace and the Arnie Almahurst Trot: Tomorrow at the Fairgrounds

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Greenville, OH --- The 2017 Darke County Fair is once again set to host the Gene Riegle Memorial Pace as well as the Arnie Almahurst Trot on Friday (Aug. 25).

The fair, conveniently located in Greenville, Ohio, has held the Riegle Pace for five years now. The pace track record was lowered to 1:52 in 2016 by Atta Boy Dan in the Gene Riegle Pace. Allgrooveallthetime stamped his mark last year at the fair by trotting in 1:55.2, establishing a new track record. Race manager Tim Harless has once again assembled top notch fields, in hopes of establishing new trotting and pacing standards.

The sixth annual Gene Riegle Memorial Pace will see eight pacers head to the gate for a purse of $42,000. The likely post time favorite will be Dancin Yankee, with Ryan Stahl programmed to drive. According to trainer Josh Green “He seems to be good right now, and handles a half really well.”
Dancin Yankee is coming off a 1:50.3 win at the Northfield Park half-mile oval. Dancin Yankee also sports the fastest lifetime mark of the group with a 1:47.2 time set at Pocono, as well as earning more than $1.6 million in his career.

The Riegle Pace is going to be a special one for trainer Josh Green because both his father and grandfather worked for the late Gene Riegle at one time. Green has high hopes for his pupil stating “It would be really special to win a race like this. My dad and I picked this horse out as a yearling and have a lot of great memories racing at the Greenville Fair.”

Not to be overshadowed by the likely favorite, there are seven other pacers ready to battle it out. Leaving from the rail will be a battle tested Sports Sinner, who hails from the powerful Dan Noble stable and has banked more than $50,000 this year.

Whataboy and My Hero Ron will both be starting from the second tier. Trainer Brian Brown is sending Whataboy to the Darke County Fair off a win against the Open pacers at Scioto Downs. Whataboy also is no stranger to a half-mile track, having won the Ohio Sire Stakes championship last year as a 3-year-old at Northfield Park.

My Hero Ron finished third in both an elimination and the final of the 2015 Little Brown Jug. My Hero Ron paced faster than 1:50 in each heat of the Jug, and figures to be a major player.

Lucky Lime, the inaugural winner of the Gene Riegle Pace, is trying to become the only repeat winner of the race.

The undercard will include the Arnie Almahurst Trot, which carries a purse of $22,000. Allgrooveallthetime drew the coveted rail position in hopes of winning the race for a second year in a row.

The field will also consist of open trotters Lets Go Bucks and I Know My Chip. Kestrel and Churita are the only mares in the field, but that shouldn’t stop them from holding their own. Both mares have competed in open events this year and have taken marks faster than 1:54 this year.

With a first race post time of 5:30 p.m., Friday night at the Great Darke County Fair figures to be an exciting one. There are 12 races on the card including multiple divisions of the Parshall Futurity and the always popular Annie Oakley Shootout. Local favorite Mandy Jones holds the points lead in the Ohio Ladies Pace, and looks to win at her hometown fair with Rock Me Please.

Be sure to get to the fair early as 1,000 commemorative Gene Riegle Memorial Pace glasses will be given away. The glasses will be given away to the first 1,000 people who buy a program.

Brethren Retirement Community Hosts Supper & Seminar “Atrial Fibrillation: From Diagnosis to Treatment”

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Dr. Kevin Kravitz
Greenville, OH – Brethren Retirement Community will host a free “Supper and Seminar” on Atrial Fibrillation with guest speaker Dr. Kevin Kravitz, cardiologist. Dr Kravitz is a cardiologist specializing in Electrophysiology and Heart Rhythm Management. He is a graduate of Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed residency at Temple University Hospital and a fellowship at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is Board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is an irregular, often rapid, heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow and it is the most common abnormal rhythm of the heart. During this event, Dr. Kravitz will discuss the symptoms and the risks, and how AFib affects the body and how it can be treated.

Dr. Kravitz has an office in Dayton, Beavercreek and Greenville and has privileges at Atrium Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Miami Valley Hospital.

The Supper and Seminar will take place on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at Brethren Retirement Community, in the Brick Room, at 5:00 PM. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 937-547-7655 to reserve your space.

Ohio's 2017 Fall Hunting Seasons Just Around the Corner

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Canada goose and teal seasons start Sept. 2

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio hunters are invited to enjoy early waterfowl seasons for Canada goose and teal that begin on Saturday, Sept. 2, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Hunters should check regulations for changes to rules, season dates and bag limits as the 2017 fall seasons begin. A summary of Ohio’s hunting and trapping regulations is available where licenses are sold, at ODNR Division of Wildlife offices and at

This year, squirrel, dove, rail, snipe and gallinule seasons open up the 2017 fall hunting season, which all begin on Friday, Sept. 1. Doves may be hunted sunrise to sunset, except for areas posted otherwise, from Friday, Sept. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 5. The daily bag limit is 15 doves, with a possession limit of 45 after the second day.

The early Canada goose and teal seasons begin on Saturday, Sept. 2. Canada geese may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 2-10 with a daily bag limit of five birds. Teal may be hunted from sunrise to sunset Sept. 2-17 with a daily bag limit of six birds. Possession limits after the second day for both teal and Canada geese are three times the daily bag limits.

Ohio’s popular archery season for deer begins later in the month on Saturday, Sept. 30, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Deer hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The statewide bag limit is six deer, and only one deer may be antlered regardless of location or method of take. Deer bag limits are determined by county, and hunters cannot exceed a county bag limit. Additional details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife is responsible for protecting and managing Ohio’s fish and wildlife resources for the benefit of all Ohioans.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Local Human Service Agency Recruiting for Board of Trustees

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PIQUA – Council on Rural Services is a local social service agency that works through grants to expand opportunities for individuals and families that increase their potential for change and growth in their lives.

Our agency is looking for community-minded professionals that want to be involved in our work and the community by sharing your knowledge and skills as a member of our Board of Trustees.

The agency administers grants and programs in a nine county area of west central Ohio. Grants include Head Start, Early Head Start, Gateway Youth Programs, Achievement Center for Educational Success and Community Connectors.

Our programs help young children advance with kindergarten readiness skills, parents move towards self sufficiency, adolescents and young adults with youth development, empowerment and high school diplomas.

Our agency and employees work to serve approximately 1,700 clients and their families during each year. Please consider applying to become a board member for our organization as we strive towards our commitment to build educational and supportive partnerships, with people of all ages. The candidates should have a complex scope and understanding of operational systems for a large company. Skills in finance, program or business development, and community or public relations would also be a great benefit.

If you live or work in any of the following counties (Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Preble, Shelby, and Van Wert) which are served by the Council on Rural Services and have an interest in being considered as a candidate, please call today. Meetings are once a month at the Corporate Office in Piqua.

We are looking for leaders that want to help us achieve our vision by promoting social experiences for clients that develop competence, motivation, and behavior for a better life and stronger community; when people move forward so do their families and communities.

Please contact Dan Schwanitz, CEO at (937) 778-5220 or by email at For more information about the programs of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning, check the Web site at

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fort GreeneVille DAR's Operation Toy Soldier

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During Veterans Day, Wednesday August 23 at the Great Darke County Fair, Fort GreeneVille DAR members will be asking everyone to take a toy soldier and place it somewhere to remind everyone to keep our active duty military in their prayers.

Donations are appreciated and will go towards the Darke County Fair Veterans building interior renovations project.

Look for us in the Veterans Building throughout the day and in front of the Grandstand during the US Air Force band concert and Veterans Parade.

YMCA Fall Youth Soccer League

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Get ready for fall soccer starting at the YMCA in September! YMCA Youth Sports teach kids to play by the rules, respect the game, and maintain an attitude of good sportsmanship. We teach your child the fundamentals of the sport, and just as important, we focus on the YMCA’s character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

YMCA Youth Sport offerings are available to both members and non-members. New this year, kids included on family memberships can participate in soccer league at no additional charge, other than a $6 t-shirt fee! The fee for youth members is $30 and $55 for non members.

There will be teams for ages 4-6 and teams for ages 7-10. Registration is open now, so register online (must have email and password on file), by phone at 548-3777 or stop by and register in person!

Key Dates:

  • Registration deadline- Friday, September 8
  • Pre-season for 7-10 age group- Saturday, September 9
  • Volunteer coaches meeting- Wednesday, September 12
  • Practice begins for all age groups- Saturday, September 16
  • First game- Saturday, September 30
  • Last game- Saturday, November 4

Our leagues would not be possible without the support of volunteer coaches! If you would like to volunteer to coach or help in any way, please contact Tyler Roberts at 548-3777 or


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The ‘Scouting for Donors Blood Drive’ grand prize Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle.
DAYTON, Ohio – The Ansonia community will sponsor a blood drive Thursday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the Ansonia High School gym, 600 East Canal St. The blood drive is open to all students, faculty, staff, parents and community members. It’s the final week of the “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive” to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt and will be automatically entered in the “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive” drawing. Donors must be 18 by the time the campaign ends on Sept. 2 to win.

The “Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt is green and the design features a motorcycle engine in the shape of a heart with the CBC blood drop logo.


Enter the drawing to win the Indian Scout Sixty by registering to donate by Sept. 2 at a CBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive. CBC will invite 10 computer-selected finalists to the Scouting for Donors Final Drawing event Sept. 21 at the Dayton CBC. The finalists will choose identical envelopes, but only one will contain the “golden ticket” for the grand prize motorcycle. Official rules are available at

Register for Lead the Way Tractor Cruise Presented by Jordan Insurance Agency

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Live United and Ride United on Saturday, September 23, 2017 for the 12th Annual Lead the Way Tractor Cruise presented by Jordan Insurance Agency.

Tractor Driver Melvin Johnson was the lead tractor in the 2016 Tractor Cruise
ANYONE with a tractor is invited to ride in the Darke County United Way Tractor Cruise, and the community is invited to come out to watch the tractors and enjoy shopping locally. This event is being held in conjunction with Days of Harvest in Downtown Greenville and Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie, so spend the entire weekend in Greenville! The Tractor Cruise will be parading through town at 10:00 am, beginning at the Fairgrounds, traveling down Fair Street to Washington, from Washington onto Broadway, around the traffic circle, onto Main Street, and traveling back to the fairgrounds via Chestnut St/Fort Jefferson Ave. We would like to give special thanks to the City of Greenville, Greenville Police Department, and the Darke County Agricultural Society for help with this event.

The Tractor Cruise embodies the heart of Darke County, agriculture, and brings it front and center into the United Way’s event to help those in need. The Darke County United Way is celebrating its 70th anniversary of serving Darke County. We would love to have at least 70 tractors in this year’s parade. Please call the United Way office at 547-1272 to register or go online to Registration is $15 and includes lunch and a Tractor Cruise t-shirt. All proceeds support the Darke County United Way’s local programs to strengthen education, health and stability. We encourage all riders to collect pledges for the United Way. There will be prizes for the largest amount of pledges collected.

The Lead the Way Tractor Cruise would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors which include Jordan Insurance Agency; Anderson Ethanol, LLC; Cooper Farms; Cornerstone Construction; Crop Production Services; Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln; Farm Power of the Past; Keller Grain & Feed; Medicine & More; Rebsco, Inc.; Second National Bank; SISCO – Superior Implement & Supply Co.; and The Whistle Stop Bar & Grill. We still have room for additional sponsors. Sponsorships are $200 and include the business logo on the back of the shirt and a tractor registration.

For more information, to register a tractor, or to sponsor this event, please contact the United Way office at 547-1272 or via email at We hope to see you in downtown Greenville on Saturday, September 23rd for our 12th Annual event.

Cancer Association of Darke County partners with Darke County Foundation for their yearly survivor's walk

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Cancer Association of Darke County has held a Survivor's Day Walk for several years. This has normally been held in June in connection with the National Cancer Survivor's Day. However, this year they are partnering with Darke County Foundation SUNshine 5K/Run/Walk.

The Walk will be held by the foundation on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Greenville City Park at 8:30 a.m.

There is a free kid's run at 8:20.

There is also free childcare, free cookies, fruit and drinks and quality door prizes.

There are several teams participating in this event and you can choose the team that you want to walk with. Cancer Association of Darke County is hoping that many will walk for them.

The cost of the event is $18 which includes a long sleeve tech tee shirt. Cancer Association of Darke County will receive $15 of the $18 to be used for local cancer patients.

Just go to and click on the SUNshine 5K button and fill in the information and pick your team. If you need further information, you can call the office at 548-9960 or email

If you are unable to walk, but would like to support the cancer association, you can sign up and choose Cancer Association of Darke County and pay the $18 and the organization will still receive the $15.

Cancer Association thanks everyone for their continued support of local cancer patients.

Tire Recycling Day Near

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Tired of looking at those old tires lying around? Not only are they an eyesore, they can be dangerous. The Darke County Solid Waste District and the Ohio EPA want to help you with your tire problem. The district and EPA will be sponsoring a used tire collection on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In addition to tires to being an eyesore, they are a nuisance to rural citizens who find them in their ditches, out in the fields and wooded areas. Used tires make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika, Lascrosse Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Dengue and Yellow Fever.

Some mosquitoes have long-lived eggs, which can remain unhatched for years in old tires that were once wet and have dried out. The eggs can be transported in tires that are trucked between counties, states and even countries. When it rains, these tires collect water, wetting the inside of the tires where the eggs once were deposited, hatching out mosquitoes by the thousands. By disposing of used tires properly, we reduce the chance of disease.

The Tire Recycling Day is open to all Darke County residents, farmers, municipalities and townships. Unfortunately, no tires will be accepted from junk yards or junk dealers, garages, auto repair shops; tire, automobile, truck, farm-equipment dealerships; atv/motorcycle shops or commercial trucking/hauling businesses.

Those interested in participating in this one-day event must pre-register. Pre-registration begins Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Darke County Solid Waste District, 684 Wagner Ave, Suite C, Greenville (behind Edward D. Jones and Sidney Dental; beside Greenville Federal.). Pre-registration ends on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Participants must provide a valid driver’s license or state-issued identification and sign a waiver that the tires being brought for recycling are from a residence in order to participate. On September 4, 2017, the district will be closed due to the Labor Day holiday.

Participants are asked to remove rims from all tires before taking them to 1Shot Services, 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, on September 20, 2017. Those tires left on rims will not be accepted. Passenger tires will be accepted FREE of charge, however, there is a limit of 25 tires per Darke County address. Tractor tires pre-registered will be charged a $15.00 fee per tire at the time of registration. Tractor tires larger than 28” wide will not be accepted. Semi/truck tires pre-registered will be charged a $5.00 per tire fee. This year, the first 5 tractor tires will be $5 each and the first 10 semi/truck tires will be free thanks to a grant from the Ohio EPA. Payment is due at the time of sign-up in the form of cash or check. The Ohio EPA requires a transporter’s permit for those hauling more than 10 tire at a time.

According to the Ohio Revised Code, all tires must be secured and tarped before arriving at the transfer station unless they are in an enclosed vehicle, trailer, etc. Untarped loads can be refused. Also, the Ohio EPA requires a transporter’s permit for those hauling more than 10 tire at a time.

Assisting the Solid Waste District and Policy Committee will be Community Service workers, the Environmental Division of the Darke County Health Department, Darke County Engineer, Darke County Highway Garage, 1 Shot Services employees and many volunteers.

Monday, August 21, 2017


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The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three separate injury incidents associated with the transport shuttle at the Darke County Fair. The transport shuttle is a wagon that is specially designed to transport people between parking areas and amusement/ exhibit areas of the Darke County Fairgrounds. The wagon is towed by a tractor and has an open and low bench design on both sides which allows passengers to step upon the unit and sit down to be transported.

The first incident occurred Friday August 18, 2017 at approximately 1:15pm. The shuttle was located at a pick up and drop off point on the south side of the grounds near the speed office. According to witness statements, Phyllis Oliver, age 80 of Versailles was preparing to board the shuttle when tractor operator Bobby Roark, age 47 of Greenville engaged the tractor to move. Mrs. Oliver was struck by the shuttle as it moved and she fell to the ground and on to a wheelchair. She was dragged by the shuttle a short distance. She received an injury to her leg and foot as well as other abrasions. Mrs. Oliver was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Spirit Medical Transport.

The second incident occurred on Saturday August 19, 2017 at approximately 8:30pm. The shuttle was located at a pick up and drop off point on the south end of the fairgrounds inside gate 6 entrance. According to witness statements, Joseph Soley, age 78 of Greenville and his adult son were trying to board the shuttle when tractor operator, Christian Kimmel, age 25 of Ansonia engaged the tractor to move. Mr. Soley was possibly struck by the shuttle and/ or tripped over his son and fell to the ground. Mr. Soley received lacerations to his head and abrasions from striking the pavement. He was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Spirit Medical Transport.

The third incident occurred on Saturday August 19, 2017 at approximately 9:15pm. The shuttle was located at a pick up and drop off point on the south end of the fairgrounds near the speed office. According to witness statements, Jason Duff, age 46 of Greenville was in the drop off area when the tractor and shuttle operated by James McGriff, age 55 of Greenville, arrived and was coming to a stop. The preliminary investigation indicates that the shuttle struck Mr. Duff in the leg and ankle causing an injury. Mr. Duff was treated by Spirit Medical Transport at the scene and transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital. He has since been treated and released.

These incidents are still under investigation. The Darke County Fair Board has been cooperating fully in the investigation and active in reviewing shuttle procedures.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Darke County Endowment for the Arts Sponsors Local Theater Residency

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The cast of Aladdin performed at St. Clair Memorial Hall, thanks to the support of the Darke County Endowment for the Arts.
DCCA recognizes the Darke County Endowment for the Arts for their support of the recent Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency and production of Aladdin. “Thanks to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts students in Darke County are able to experience every aspect of a musical theater production in one week, at no cost to the participants,” shared DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “We are absolutely thrilled to see the students in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

In one short week the Missoula Directors cast, rehearsed and presented the musical Aladdin, featuring 60 local students from grades 1-12 in roles from the familiar tale. On Aug. 5 the cast performed two productions at St. Clair Memorial Hall for a delighted audience.

The purpose of Darke County Endowment for the Arts is to keep the Arts alive forever in our community. Darke County Endowment for the Arts is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts, which are invested to produce income to benefit the Arts in Darke County. The Endowment assists donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies to enrich lives through the Arts for years to come.

Darke County Endowment for the Arts is managed by a board of trustees who meet regularly to manage investments and consider appropriate action to assist the Arts in Darke County as funds are available. Current trustees are Gary Brown, Suzanne Brown, Marilyn Delk, Roberta Feltman, Barbara Greiner, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan; Julie Strait serves as treasurer. For more information or to make a donation to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts contact DCEA at P.O. Box 155, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Aladdin was also made possible thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, local foundations and DCCA Memberships.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts and their upcoming 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season contact the DCCA office at 547-0908 or visit


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The Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting on Sept. 7, 7 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth St., Greenville. All DCCA members are invited to attend. The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year. Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing and fine artists. In addition to offering an Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA presents Special Performances, a Coffee House Series at local venues, and Arts In Education outreach programming which brings professional performers to inspire creativity in the students of all Darke County Public and Greenville City Schools. Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth and DCCA on the Road transports patrons to an event outside Darke County’s borders.

Darke County Center for the Arts is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall and welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment. The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery. The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and upon request, hearing aid devices are available, for the hearing impaired. Also, interpretive signers are provided upon request for all performances. DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs.

For more information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact our office on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, (937) 547-0908 or visit

Volunteers Make a Difference

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The heat of summer doesn't stop Chestnut Village residents, Mary Ann and Bob Cornell, from volunteering their time to sand and paint the benches around our Campus! Our volunteers make a huge difference and we are very appreciative of all they do to help us! We couldn't do everything we do for our residents without our volunteers!

An Opportunity to Help the Monarch Butterfly

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Most of you may have seen or read that pollinator populations across the country are in decline, including the Monarch Butterfly. A reduction in the number of milkweed plants in Ohio and surrounding states and a loss of wintering habitat due to logging, weather and human encroachment have contributed to the population decline of the Monarch Butterfly.

There are ways that we can help, even in Darke County. Starting on September 1st through October 31st, the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be collecting seed pods from the Common Milkweed plant. The Monarch relies on the milkweed plant as a host plant, to lay eggs and as a food source. Whether as an individual, or a group, you can make a difference in the Monarch Butterfly population by collecting these seed pods once they have matured and have turned a greenish-yellow or yellowish-brown and ready to burst open. Once collected, the seed pods will be sent away to be dried and cleaned. A portion of the seed will be sent back to Darke County to be incorporated with other seed mixes that will be planted for pollinator species.

If you would like to help, please call the Darke SWCD office at 937.548.1752, visit our website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out where the seed pods can be dropped off.


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(Clockwise from left) Christena Sharp, Monty Sharp, Sheri Arbuckle and Barbara Bell were among those in attendance at Saturday night’s Hip Sips festival at Wilson Wines. State of the Heart Care was a proud sponsor of the festival benefiting Cancer Services for Randolph County, Inc.
Modoc, IN—On Saturday, August 12, State of the Heart Care presented Hip Sips, a festival benefiting Cancer Services for Randolph County, Inc. The festival, held at Wilson Wines, featured music by Green de Villes, Garcia and Scott, and The Indigos, and also gave guests a taste of art, auction, and different wines and food from the winery. All proceeds from the event went to Cancer Services for Randolph County.

“Hip Sips was a lot of fun and had a genuinely laid back atmosphere to it. I was amazed by how many people of all ages came out on Saturday,” attendee Christena Sharp said. “It was a great opportunity to explore the wine that Wilson Wines had to offer.”

Hip Sips gave State of the Heart an opportunity to give a speech onstage during the event. Angela Sipe, Executive Director of the hospice, spoke about a family who was recently touched by the care State of the Heart’s inpatient unit was able to give them. “We shared a personal story of a family who utilized our services. The crowd appeared to have quite the emotional response, and it was great to see that we were able to show the importance of hospice in our area,” Sipe said.

State of the Heart Care is proud to have been able to sponsor Hip Sips this year. “Hip Sips is a great collaboration between Cancer Services for Randolph County and State of the Heart,” Director of Business Development at State of the Heart said. “It was great to see so many people out supporting the cause.”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Families are invited to join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the Greenville Public Library. The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a night, families can reach the 1,000-book goal in three years and provide their children essential early literacy skills.

Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and five years. Registration opens in September. For more information, call the library at (937)548-3915, or visit our website,

This program is free of charge and is possible due to a generous grant from the Friends of the Library.

Darke County Aviation Day Returns September 9th

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The Darke County Commissioners are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Aviation Day at the Darke County Airport on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. The event will be open to the public from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Darke County Airport, 9724 State Route 121, Versailles, Ohio 45380.

A Free, Fun Event for everyone.

Aviation Day is where locals from Darke and surrounding counties come together to learn about Aviation, and the Airports within.

A Hot Dog Cart will be at the Airport for Lunch & Refreshments.

Free EAA Young Eagle Flights
(Ages 8-17)

Education Provided by:
Richard Borgerding, private pilot.
Seth Timmerman, Private Pilot/ Airport Operations Manager
Civil Air Patrol, Search & Rescue
With many others throughout the event.

Aircraft on Display:
Experimental and Ultralight aircraft.
Darke County Airport Tenants will have their airplanes on display and stories to share.
Midmark Corporation’s corporate jet.
Civil Air Patrol Aircraft
All others that will Fly-in.
Along with Collegiate Universities Aircraft.

Parking & Security for this event will be provided by local volunteers.

The goal of the event is to provide insightful information of Aerospace opportunities, Aircraft and Airports within our communities, we invite guests of all ages.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer please contact Airport Operations Manager Seth Timmerman at (937) 467-9360

Father Edward Payne of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville Invited to Audition for Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City

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Editor's Note: Jan Dunwoody, Parish Secretary at St. Paul's Episocpal Church in Greenville, shared the below note she sent out about some amazing news regarding Father Edward Payne. This is fun and exciting and I'm sure you'll be pulling for him as much as I will.

Hello Friends,

I wanted you to know about a telephone call I received last week. Some of you have met one of the Supply Priests we have used here at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville ......Father Edward Payne.

Father Ed has had a very interesting career, even before becoming a priest. One of those careers was singing for the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City. It has been over 27 years since he's sung for the Metropolitan Opera. One of the many roles he had was in the production of “Porgy & Bess”. The Metropolitan Opera is bringing this production back to New York, in the year 2019, and he was asked to audition.

Father Ed was contacted last week and given his audition date of Tuesday, September 19. It is an honor to be asked to audition for the Metropolitan Opera, especially since he hasn't sung for them in 27 years. It's quite a compliment to Father Ed that they want to hear him sing again. When Father Ed asked how many arias he should prepare, he was told that if he only wanted to audition for “Porgy & Bess”, he wouldn't need as many pieces; however if he might be interested in other productions, he would need several other pieces to showcase his singing (i.e., an aria in Italian, or German, etc.).

According to Father Ed, maybe nothing will come from this audition, but he feels fortunate and blessed to have this opportunity.

We wish Father Ed well and wait to see if God is opening up another door for him.

On Sunday, September 17th, Father Ed will be our Celebrant and Preacher at St. Paul’s. If your schedules permits, please feel free to join us at our 10:30 a.m. Worship Service here at St. Paul’s, 201 S. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio, to wish him a safe trip to New York on Monday, in preparation for his audition on Tuesday.

Jan Dunwoody
Parish Secretary
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
201 S. Broadway
Greenville, Ohio

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