Wednesday, September 27, 2017

State of the Heart Care Dines with A Doc

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State of the Heart Care kicked off its Dine With A Doc series on Tuesday, September 26 at the hospice’s community room, located on 1350 N Broadway St in Greenville. September’s topic was “Alternatives to Common Pain Medications” and was presented by Dr. Edward Hosbach, who serves as State of the Heart’s Medical Director. Dr. Edward Hosbach has been a family medicine physician for 28 years and has been involved in hospice care for over 20 years.

“The event was a success,” Care Consultant Megan Stull said. “Next month, I’d like to get more people interested and spread the word about this informative series.”

The event concluded with an open discussion led by Dr. Hosbach. Attendees received a free lunch from Panera and also informational material on what State of the Heart Care can offer to them or a loved one. Stay tuned for details on the next Dine With A Doc session, which will be in November.

Ansonia FFA Packs Meals

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On Thursday, September 21st, the Ansonia FFA participated in another community service project by packing meals for local children. The meals consisted of items such as spaghetti, soup, pringles, milk, cereal, green beans, and more. The students formed an assembly line and worked quickly to put the food into bags and tie them up. Six bags went into a tub, and they filled over 34 tubs. The tubs were loaded into a trailer, and off they went.

This community service project was a great way to get students and members involved, and have fun.

Greenville BPW Club announces ‘What a Girl Wants’ evening!

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Greenville, OH. “What a Girl Wants” is once again the theme for this year’s Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club Annual Guest Night which will be held on Thursday, October 12th. All proceeds from this event go towards scholarships for Darke County Young Women. This year’s event will start in downtown Greenville from 4-6 PM with special savings and surprises at the following featured stores: KitchenAid, Merle Norman, Sadie Grace, Sweet Annie’s Cabin and Youniques. The evening will continue at the VFW, 219 N Ohio Street, at 6:00 pm with more vendors, silent auction, door prizes, fashion show, cash bar, and appetizers provided by J’s Country Market. Vendors participating at the event will include LuLaRoe, Damsel in Defense, Park Lane, Longaberger, Origami Owl, Scentsy, Forever Keeps, Brown Bag Soap Co, DoTERRA, Posh, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Lip Sense, Plexus and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a “head start” on your Christmas shopping!

The BPW club will also launch their ‘super raffle’ at the guest night event. A Frederic Duclos sterling silver and pearl necklace and matching bracelet donated by Wieland Jewelers, 2 tickets for the 2018 Ultimate Taste from The Winery at Versailles, two Collette vacation vouchers donated by Sue Christian ‘s Good Times Fund times, and a 5 speed Diamond Blender with 60 oz pitcher from KitchenAid® are prizes which will be offered. The drawing will be held at the Club’s December 14th meeting.

Come and join us for a fun evening and find out more about our Club. Invite your friends and get your tickets at Merle Norman, 309 S Broadway. Hours are Monday & Friday 10-4, Tuesday through Thursday 10-5 and Saturday from 10 to 2. Show your ticket to the featured downtown businesses to get your special savings. The cost is only $15.00. Tickets must be purchased or reservations made by noon on Monday, October 9th. To RSVP contact Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.

Shelley Swabb Named VHCC August Employee of the Month

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Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Shelley Swabb as the August 2017 Employee of the Month. Swabb is a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) and has been a member of the nursing department at Versailles Health Care Center since September 1998. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for working hard and always being helpful and very caring toward the patients and residents.

Mary Ann Ford, Long-Term Care Nurse Manager, added “Shelley is a wonderful person. If I need something done, extra to what she is already expected to do, I can count on her to get it done!” Swabb received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Shelley Swabb!

L to R:  Shelley Swabb

Edison State Agriculture Degree Program Receives Approval

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Edison State Community College students Wyatt King, Logan Ressler, Kayla Seman, Andrew Rowland, and Wyatt Baker attend an agriculture tradeshow.
As Edison State Community College continues to work towards meeting the growing demand of the agricultural industry in Darke County, an agriculture degree program has come to fruition.

On Monday, September 11, the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, granted full approval for Edison State Community College to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Agriculture. With this decision, the agriculture degree program is added to the already extensive list of accredited degree programs available at Edison State.

“I am excited to see this degree officially launched as an anchor program for the Darke County Campus. It serves the vibrant and complex agricultural business sector that drives the economy of Midwest Ohio,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.

A panel of experts from a variety of agriculture-related fields makes up the program’s advisory committee, which was relied upon heavily during development.

“I am grateful to all the community partners that helped to design and implement this degree and look forward to continuing to refine the degree and certificate options to reflect the changing science and technology required to be successful in agriculture,” added Dr. Larson.

Students echo Dr. Larson’s enthusiasm for the new program offering. “They are excited to have an option like this close to home,” said Brad Lentz, Edison State Agriculture Program Director. “Many students work at home on their family farms, and this gives them the ability to continue to help while furthering their education.”

The program currently has 17 students enrolled who will take courses in agribusiness, agricultural finance, international business, animal science, and agronomy, with internship and industry observations required for successful completion. Students will be equipped to become successful farmers, work in the agriculture industry, or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue various career opportunities upon completion.

Plans for future programming, certificates, and training are already in the works, with a commodity-marketing workshop scheduled for November.

“We would love to advance the program into various pathways, like Agronomy or Animal Science,” said Lentz. “It would also be nice to add some specialty classes involving horticulture and natural resources. We may at some point consider looking into adult classes to benefit local farmers and assist them with continuing education. It will be interesting to see where time will take us.”

“All residents of this region are connected to agriculture in some way, and the overall goal of this program is to provide students with an option to gain knowledge in a field of study they have been so deeply connected to their entire lives,” said Edison State Darke County Campus Executive Dean, Chad Beanblossom.

The program will reside at the college’s Darke County campus while also serving residents of Miami, Shelby, and surrounding counties.

The College has successfully negotiated articulation agreements with all local high school agriculture programs, including Upper Valley Career Center and Miami Valley Career Tech Center.

For more information or to enroll, contact an advisor at Edison State’s Darke County Campus by calling 937-548-5546.

Arcanum Faith UMC Donates School Kits, Health Kits and Clean-Up Buckets

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Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church recently completed a mission project for the Festival of Sharing Kit Program. The support of this program makes a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people both here at home and around the world. School Kits were collected to give children in impoverished communities and refugee camps some of the basic tools for learning. Hygiene Kits collected make all the difference between sickness and health for some struggling families. Emergency Cleanup Buckets with supplies enable people to manage the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood, hurricane, tornado or other disaster in the United States.

Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church is a mission-minded church located at 101 E South Street.Tim Pieper is the local pastor. All are welcome to attend the service each Sunday at 10:00 am.

Left to Right: ( row 1) Lora Shephard, Sally Kattau  (row 2)  Roger Johns, Doug Lambert, Barb Lambert Terry Johns, Pastor Tim Pieper

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Attendance Matters at GCS

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Submitted by Greenville City Schools

Many of our youngest students miss 10 percent of the school year – about 18 days a year or just two days every month. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten can predict lower test scores in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year. It is important for every student to attend school every day. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects, such as lower achievement and lower graduation rates. Showing up for school on time, everyday helps students succeed. Research shows that children who miss 10% (18 days) or more of the school year are far more likely not to be good readers in 3rd grade. If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. The Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 last December to encourage and support districts in a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. Districts must amend or adopt policies that outline their interventions and plans for students with excessive absences. The legislation emphasizes parent engagement and accountability as part of a student’s absence intervention plan.

In the past, attendance was counted by days absent. This new legislation counts attendance as the numbers of hours a student is absent or tardy. All absences, excused or unexcused, must be counted in hours. A child is deemed to be Excessively Absent if they miss a total of 38 or more excused or unexcused hours in a month, or a total of 65 or more excused or unexcused hours in a school year. Students will be considered Habitually Truant when they miss: 30 or more consecutive hours, 42 or more hours in a school month, or 72 or more hours in a school year without a legitimate excuse.

The new bill limits the number of excused and unexcused absences a student can have. A student will be considered absent if they are not in school during school hours. It is important to understand that leaving early, late arrivals, doctor visits will also count towards absence hours. Part of HB 410 requires schools to form a truancy intervention team that includes the parent to determine why students are missing school and to put interventions in place to improve attendance. After the truancy intervention plan is in place, the district is required to file a truancy complaint in court against the parent if the student’s attendance does not improve in 60 days.

Greenville City Schools will be closely monitoring students’ absences to determine who are at-risk for missing multiple hours of school. Greenville City Schools recently revised the number of excused vacation days from 10 to 5 days. The recently revised Handbook states, student tardiness and absences will be counted in hours and will accumulate throughout the school year. Even excused absences count towards these hours. Research studies have shown a strong connection between good school attendance and student achievement. We strive to provide an outstanding education to our students. We will be working closely with parents and the community to provide resources and interventions that allow for optimal attendance. We ask all parents and guardians to send your children to school on time and on a regular basis and to make every effort to get students in school. Together we can make great things happen!

State of the Heart Care's Stebbins and Sipe Earn Certifications

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State of the Heart Care is proud to announce two directors have earned certification in hospice and palliative care. Director of Patient and Family Services Mindy Jo Stebbins and Executive Director Angelia Sipe are now Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrators after passing a strenuous, difficult exam provided by the Hospice and Palliative Care Credential Center. This certification validates Stebbins and Sipe’s expertise in the area of hospice and palliative care, while also indicating a mastery of a defined body of knowledge in the subject. Stebbins and Sipe will be certified for the next four years, and have earned the CHPCA credentials to their names.

Our directors’ dedication to certification in this area is a testament of how important knowledge is in hospice and palliative care. With this certification, our directors will be able to make the best decisions for our agency, which will directly enhance the comfort and care of all patients at State of the Heart Care. If you or someone you know are considering hospice, please call our referral line at 877-602-1491.

St. Peter’s Homecoming in the History Books

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On a glorious summer like afternoon, with nearly a cloud in the sky, the 2017 Homecoming was celebrated in the tiny frame church on the edge of what was once called “Dutch Roost”. The organ is now silent again and the bell is quite. The song books have been put away, the Bible and Altar cover likewise are put away for safe keeping. The building swept and all returned to its rightful place. The doors are locked for another year as the Homecoming for 2017 has passed.

For those of you who took the opportunity to join us were given a glimpse at what perhaps a Worship Service might have looked like over 150 years ago!

We, the decedents of the St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Congregation thank those who have joined us and shared in our celebration. We also thank those who have so generously join us in partnership in preserving this iconic part of our areas local history.

For those of you who have often driven by the old church and cemetery and have been curious, we are the last of the old timber cut log churches that once frequently dotted the Darke County landscape. Our story is not unique. But rather is sadly a commentary of our time. In 1905 German speaking congregations in rural areas dwindled as the young wanted to blend into their new country. English was preferred over German. Location in larger villages and towns also became more important. The activities of the church also changed. Today much has changed, yet much remains the same, as many more churches close for various reasons from lack of attendance or the difficulty in finding Clergy. It is a sad trend.

St. Peter’s, listed on the National Register of Historic Places has survived as a witness to the past and we feel needs to continue that mission forward for those to come.

If you would like to help preserve St. Peter’s heritage and grounds you may do so by sending a check for any amount to “St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Preservation Fund” c/o Jim Kelch, 105 Greenhaven Drive Greenville, Ohio 45331. St. Peter’s is a 501c3 charity and your gift is tax deductable. We appreciate the community’s generosity in keeping the doors open annually as this part of our history lives on.

If you are interested in learning more about St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran you may visit the Versailles Area Museum where several artifacts from the church are on display. You may also like to purchase a copy of the brief history of the church by contacting Richard Shumaker at 5958 Children’s Home Bradford Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331 for a $12.00 donation and the booklet can be mailed to your home or a friends.

On behalf of all our Trustees, thank-you!

Greenville BPW Kicks off 2017-2018 Business Year

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Greenville BPW Club invited John Tabler to be speaker at the 2017-2018 business year kick off. Pictured left to right: BPW members Dorothy Poeppelman, Brenda Miller, Speaker John Tabler, and BPW members Sherrie Foster and Diane Delaplane.
September 22, 2017- Greenville, OH. John Tabler, Intensive Officer for the Darke County Adult Probation Department was the guest speaker at The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club September 15, 2017 meeting. The club kicked off the new 2017-2018 business year by holding their first meeting at the Brethren Retirement Center.

The Legislation Committee consisting of Chair Sherrie Foster and members Brenda Miller, Dorothy Poeppelman and Diane Delaplane hosted the meeting. Diane Delaplane introduced Mr. John Tabler. He has been with the probation department for over 26 years and a supervisor officer since 1997. Tabler handles all high risk offenders and works toward giving them an opportunity to do community work. A successful program for Darke County is the men’s fraternity “The Quest for Authentic Manhood” where 9 men recently graduated. There currently is no women’s course but they are working on finding one. Another program is the “Target community alternative program” (T-Cap.) The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide funds to local communities to effectively supervise, treat and hold accountable low-level, non-violent offenders, and at the same time safely reduce Ohio’s prison population. Judge Jon Hein is a supporter and enforces this program. This encourages the offenders to become more active in the community. Tabler’s group works with the Darke County Recovery & Wellness and Darke County Mental Health. John spoke of drug and alcohol treatment to get into the jail and work with offenders before they are released. Asking what we can do as a citizen to help, Tabler encourages becoming a mentor, work in soup kitchens, work with churches, support mental health programs...become involved.

The Club is working on their annual guest night fun event ‘What a Girl Wants’ to be held on October 12th. The evening starts with a shopping experience in downtown Greenville from 4-6 PM at the featured stores of KitchenAid, Merle Norman, Sadie Grace, Sweet Annie’s Cabin and Youniques! The evening will continue at the VFW at 219 N. Ohio St., Greenville. The night will include vendors, a fashion show, silent auction and the kick-off of their Super Raffle. Tickets can be purchased at Merle Norman, 309 S. Broadway, Greenville (937/459-5030) for a cost of $15.00. Follow’ Greenville BPW Club’ on Facebook for more information!

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fund raisers throughout the year to raise money to grant scholarships to Darke County senior high school girls and young women furthering their career. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Membership Chair Marilyn Emmons at 937/548-5824 or

Fort GreeneVille DAR Dedicates Four American Revolutionary War Graves

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR dedicated four American Revolutionary War graves on Sept 16. Three grave markers were dedicated in the New Madison, Ohio area and one in Versailles, Ohio.

William Brodrick in Old Friendship Cemetery was in the New Jersey Milita with ranks of Sergeant and Private. He was at Valley Forge and marched across the Delaware above Trenton, New Jersey, Battle of Monmouth.

Peter Rush in First Universal Cemetery was in the Bedford County Pennsylvania Militia with the rank of Private.

Joseph Wiley in Providence Cemetery was in the Virginia Militia with a rank of Private. He served mostly in the Carolinas.

Zachariah Hole in Black Swamp/Greenlawn Cemetery was in the Virginia Militia and served under Col. George Rogers Clark.

Also attending the dedications were descendants for Brodrick, Rush and Hole. Descendants ranged from 5th to 7th great grandchildren/uncle lineage. VFW Post 7262 representative Don Dietrich was also present due to the VFW's generous donation for purchasing markers.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter would like to thank all those who have helped in this endeavor especially the township and cemetery trustees. The project is still ongoing with several more dedications being planned.

Top Left: Peter Rush in First Universal Cemetery: Debbie Nisonger, Helen Wright, Don Dietrich, Caroline Petitjean, Shirley Hughes Mary Jane Dietrich and Brenda Arnett.
Top Right: Joseph Wiley in Providence Cemetery: VFW Post 7262 Don Dietrich and DAR Helen Wright.
Bottom Left: William Brodrick in Old Friendship Cemetery: Don and Mary Jane Dietrich, Helen Wright Brenda Arnett, Debra and Eric Augustine, Neil Augustine, Caroline Petitjean, Stephanie and  Frank Saymanski and Shirley Hughes.
Bottom Right: Zachariah Hole in Black Swamp/Greenlawn Cemetery: Tom and Daniel Hole, Jason/Jodie/Joel/Jonas Robinson, Mary and Larry Shmaker, Shirley Hughes, Don Dietrich, Sophia and Doris Aultman, Cemetery Superintendent Brian Gehret, Debbie Nisonger, Mary Jane Dietrich, Brenda Arnett, Caroline Petitjean, Cemetery Trustee Betty Armstrong and Helen Wright.

“Broken Ground” to Perform at Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church

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“Broken Ground”, the praise band from the Mt. Blanchard UMC, will be returning to the Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church, 101 East South St., Sunday, Oct. 8.

This highly acclaimed Findlay area praise band will be leading the 10:00 a.m. worship service.
All are invited to join us for beautiful music, and good fellowship.

MVCTC Cosmetology Salon Opens Doors for 2017-2018

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The MVCTC Cosmetology Salon is open to the public Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM. The Salon offers cuts, styles, chemical services, and spa services all performed by MVCTC high school students under the instructor’s supervision.  Pictured left to right – pictured left to right MVCTC Cosmetology seniors Rennyia Johnson (Northmont) and Stella Hazel (Miami East).
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Cosmetology program opened the doors to the Salon on Monday, September 18, 2017. The MVCTC Salon offers cuts, styles, chemical services, and spa services all performed by MVCTC high school students under the instructor’s supervision. The Salon is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM.

One of many goals as a district, is to allow the student to gain the optimal education in their program of choice and academic courses. Junior year students learn salon and state board techniques, some trendy styles, employability skills, and teambuilding activities. Senior students have the opportunity to experience working with clients. Students apply their knowledge and skills by operating a fully functional salon. In the spring, senior students that have completed 1,500 hours of instruction, take their Ohio State Board Exam. With passage, students become a Licensed Cosmetologist in the State of Ohio.

The dedicated MVCTC instructors, Monica Bir, Maria Brewer, and Mandy Moore take pride in preparing our young hair designers for the 21st century. The MVCTC instructors have a total of over 100 years in the cosmetology industry, and over 80 years as educators. Their dedication to the education of MVCTC students is evident in the 90% Ohio State Board Exam passage rate.

For more information about the MVCTC Salon, please visit

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.

REFIT® for a Reason: No Storm Can Stop Us

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This special streamed 90 Minute REFIT® class will be led by the founders of REFIT® REVOLUTION. There is a suggested $10 Donation, of which 100% will be sent to victims of Hurricane Irma.

You have the chance to sweat, laugh and be part of a worldwide community effort to help hurricane victims rebuild their lives.

The event will be held at Bible Fellowship Church (7757 Greenville-Celina Rd Greenville, OH) from 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, September 29.

REFIT® is a life-changing fitness experience that rocks your body, heart, and soul with powerful moves and positive music, to inspire you from the inside out.

For more information, please contact Sarah Beard at or FACEBOOK.COM/REFITwithSarahBeard or Becky Davidson through Shield of Faith Fitness Gym in Arcanum & Lewisburg (937) 336-8683

Arcanum Faith UMC Makes Donation and Serves as Depot

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Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church participated in the Church World Service ---The Festival of Sharing. Faith's members donated School Kits, Hygiene Kits, and Clean-up Buckets. Faith Church served as the drop off site for the surrounding area churches of various denominations. All kits were collected and transported byJanice Michael, Depot Co-Ordinator to Westerville, Ohio at the campus of Otterbein University. The Church World Service is a global mission with participation from the National Council of Churches.

Left to right: Faith UMC Mission Team Members: Tyra Clark, Susie Weisenbarger, John Fist (standing in back), Tassy Fist, Sharon Karns, Janice Michael - Depot Co-Ordinator and  Sharon Troutwine.

Second National Bank Sponsors DCCA Special Event ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS

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Vickie Wessling, Marketing Manager/Administrative Assistant and Joy Greer, Vice President of Second National Bank with Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. SNB is an Impresario Sponsor for the 2017-2018 DCCA  Season including the upcoming Special Event ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Second National Bank as an Impresario sponsor of the 2017-2018 "Arts Count" Season, including the upcoming Special Event ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS, a tribute to music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis and their memorable meeting at Sun Studios, in Memphis. on December 4, 1956. The show will be at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, in Greenville, on Saturday, October 7th. Second National Bank also supports DCCA’s Irish Wave FUNdraiser and Family Theatre Series, which benefit Darke County youth and their families.

“Second National Bank’s sponsorship provides a variety of opportunities for all members of the community to learn and grow through participating in the arts,“ stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. “DCCA appreciates SNB’s commitment to the community through supporting events that help make Darke County a great place to live.”

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is celebrating its 20th season! Presenting three shows each season, the goal of the series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, and encourage the expression of creativity. Featured in the 2017-2018 series are, a heartwarming holiday spectacular for all ages with the return of Lightwire Theatre to present A Very Electric Christmas on November 19th; Theatreworks' production of E.B. White's treasured tale Charlotte's Web on February 18th; and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's production of the award winning classics Guess How Much I Love You and My Little Storybook on April 8th. All three performances will be on Sundays starting at 2 pm, at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Thanks to continued community support, ticket prices have remained at $5 since the first Family Theatre Series performance in 1997. Series tickets can be purchased for $12, for all three shows.

DCCA's Irish Wave FUNdraiser celebrates the rich traditions of the Emerald Isle, featuring music by returning favorite Lone Raven, at the Montage, Friday, March 16th.

Tickets are on sale for all upcoming DCCA events. To purchase tickets and for more information on DCCA and the 2017-2018 "Arts Count" season visit their website at or contact the DCCA office at 937-547-0908.

Monday, September 25, 2017

City of Greenville Trick-or-Treat Details

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Trick or Treat in the City of Greenville will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping with this time frame.

If you plan on participating in handing out candy, please turn on your porch light.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to accompany children during this time.


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DAR Promotes Constitution Week

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration began on September 17, 2017.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today. “The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said DAR President General Ann Dillon. “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.”

Locally, Fort GreeneVille Chapter recognizes Constitution Week by having displays at the Greenville Public Library, Bradford Library, Worch Library, New Madison Library, Arcanum Library, Union City Library and the Garst Museum. Please plan to visit the displays during the month of September.

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more. For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit

Annual Live Wreath Sale Begins

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The Ladybug Garden Club and Butterflies Junior Garden Club have kicked off their annual Live Wreath Sale of fresh mixed wreaths, traditional door swags, roping and mixed bunches to decorate for the holidays.

Each wreath is constructed of fresh Noble Fir, accented with Incense Cedar, Blue Berried Juniper and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The wreaths are available in 20”, 24”, 28”, 32”, and 42” diameters. The roping is of white pine. The mixed bunches have Noble Fir, Princess Pine, Blue Berried Juniper and Incense Cedar. The traditional door swags are attractive with a combination of Western Red Cedar, Princess Pine, and Ponderosa Pine Cones. The 24 inch wreath is ideal for a front door or fireplace and sells for $25.00. A red velvet, red-plaid wired or natural colored bow can be added for an additional $5.00.

Orders can be placed with members of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club and the Ladybug Garden Club or by calling Kim Cromwell at 547-0899.

Shown are committee members Kim Cromwell and Lisa Marcum.


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Weeks before he ever thought he would need a Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, Brethren Retirement Community’s ad for Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation caught the attention of Martin McClure because he first spotted the photo of his former neighbor, Jennifer Bailey, RN and then the photo of his Pulmonologist, Dr. Quadri. Having a history of breathing problems, he read the article with interest, thinking if he ever had a need for that service, he was glad to know there was help in his community. Little did he know then that he would soon be participating in that program!

Martin said he clearly remembers the night he smoked a cigarette outside and then suddenly could not breathe. Terrified and gasping for breath, he ended up in the Emergency Room and was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital where his Pulmonologist practiced.

As he improved, Dr Quadri talked to him about Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation so he could be closely monitored in a program that was designed to improve his quality of life and help return home quicker and healthier. Martin said he remembered the ad and immediately said he wanted to go to Brethren Retirement Community for his Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Dr Quadri agreed.

The inpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program at Brethren Retirement Community is individually tailored for patients with chronic lung disease or an illness that has affected breathing. The overall goals are to strengthen lung functionality, improve activities of daily living, and improve quality of life while reducing symptoms and re-hospitalization.

Martin said at first he was very apprehensive about going to a nursing home because he is much younger than most of the residents and he really did not know what to expect but the program at Brethren Retirement Community is under the direction of his Pulmonologist, Dr Quadri, a Board Certified Pulmonologist, and has a Registered Respiratory Therapist and he knew he really needed the help to get better.

He said, “It’s been a great experience and while it’s not home, it’s close. Everyone here has been wonderful! They are very, very nice and my room in great and very spacious and the meals are good!” He continued, “The therapists are really great and very protective of me, they monitor me very closely every step of the way. It’s comforting to know I have a respiratory therapist with me when I’m exercising who knows exactly how to help me improve my strength while improving my breathing. Knowing they are closely monitoring me really makes me feel safe. The therapists are so caring and not just interested in me as a patient; it’s very obvious they really care about me, and all the people in therapy, as individuals on a personal level and they show it. I appreciate that.

The Pulmonary Rehab program did something else for me; they put me on the nicotine patch so now I’m a non-smoker, that was a big step for me but it’s made a big difference in how I feel now and how I will live in the future.”

Arcanum Public Library programs for September

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Fall is here, and the Arcanum Public Library is the place to be. Find a cookbook for a new pumpkin recipe, learn about your favorite football team, find ideas for fall crafts, read the latest best seller, and more. Patrons can send or receive a fax, use the computers, make copies, join a book club, and participate in programs.

This month, there are plenty of activities planned for all ages. Preschool StoryTime is on Tuesdays at 10:00. Join us for stories, songs, crafts and fun. Kids in grades 1-4 can come to the afterschool club, Spark, on Tuesdays from 3:45 – 4:45. Come hang out with friends, play games, make a craft, and more. On Thursdays, kids in grades 5 and up can come to TNT from 2:45-4:15 for games, challenges, movies, crafts, and snacks.

The library will be hosting a Gilligan’s Island Day on Wednesday, September 27th from 1:00 – 3:00. Episodes will be run continuously, and activities will be on hand. Come enjoy some tropical fun!

On Saturday, September 30th, the library will be hosting a genealogy workshop from 2:00 – 5:00. The program will have plenty of advice for beginners, and lots to do for those who have already begun their research. Staff will be available for help and an experienced researcher, Diane Brittenham, will be on hand for questions. Space is limited for this program, so be sure to call to register.

Contact the library if you have any questions at 937-692-8484. Patrons can also check out our website at, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cancer Association of Darke County announces the 36th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Results

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Low Gross Score Division Winners~~~ Team #6 Edward Jones:
Players ~ Jack Sloat, John Hershey, Dave Connelly and Steve Litchfield
Results are in from the 36th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament held July 24, 2017 at Turtle Creek Golf Course. 92 golfers teed off in the annual event.

The winners in the Low Gross Division were Team #6 Edward Jones Players: Jack Sloat, John Hershey, Dave Connelly, and Steve Litchfield

The Low Net Score Division Winners were: Team #3 Rodney Oda Players: Jack Born,Terry Martin, Rodney Oda and Randy O'Dell

Second place Low Gross Team #4A Second National Players: Marv Stammen, John Swallow, Don Hosfeld and Scott Rudnick

Low Net Score Division Winners~~ Team #3 Rodney Oda:
Players~ Jack Born,Terry Martin, Rodney Oda and Randy O'Dell
Second place in the Low Net: Team #1A Ed Curry Players: Ed Curry, Gary Lloyd, Dick Wright and John Westfall

3rd Place Low net Team #2 Littman Thomas Players: Ben Studabaker, Dan Studabaker, Gavin Glasscoe,and Darren Leis

The annual tournament banquet was held at Turtle Creek Golf Course where golfers and their guests were served a delicious meal with special prizes awarded. The emcee of the event was Jack Sloat and the proceeds from the tournament ~ $16,000 ~ was presented to the local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County. The association provides benefits to cancer patients in Darke County who are battling cancer.

Library Program Canceled

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The Greenville Public Library regrets to inform the public that its program on Monarch Butterflies scheduled for Wednesday September 27 is canceled. The water main will be shut off at 5:00 p.m. due to construction on Fourth Street. The program will be rescheduled for a future date.


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Jennifer Henke, Eric Ambos, Karen Sink, John Coffield, and Mindy Adams, new board members.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest members on our Board of Trustees. They are: Mindy Adams of Sidney. Mindy works at KPMG LLP as a Certified Public Accountant. Eric Ambos of Botkins. Eric works as a Law Clerk for The Shelby County Prosecutors Office. John Coffield of Sidney. John is the The Shelby County Treasurer. Jennifer Henke of Fort Loramie works for Upper Valley Career Center as Attendance Officer., Karen Sink of Greenville. Karen is a Retired Educator.

The returning board members include: Peggy Baird of Sidney. Peggy works At Emerson Wagner Realty as a realtor. Chad Beanblossom of Greenville. Chad works at Edison Community College as the Dean for the Darke County Branch. Cathy Bevan of Troy. Cathy works as Vice President of Human Resources for Emerson Climate Technologies. Velina Bogart of Sidney. Velina is Coordinator of Early College Programs at Edison Community College. Jane Carroll of Greenville. Jane works for QMS Integrations as a consultant. Barbara Dulworth from Sidney. Works for the City of Sidney as Community Service Director. Terri Flood works as Director of Marketing & Communications for Wayne Healthcare in Greenville. Keith & Peggy Foutz of Greenville. Keith is the President and Publisher for Brothers Publishing and Peggy is Administrative Specialist for Financial Achievement Services, Inc. , Carol Johnston of Sidney works for Wilson Heath. Lauren Lee is the HR Generalist for Freshway Foods and resides in Sidney. Tom Martin is President of Sidney & Troy Body Carstar and is from Sidney. Mike Rosengarten of Sidney is Police Captain at Sidney City Police. Angie Ross of Sidney. Angie works at Ferguson Construction in Human Resources. Lesley Schweitzer works at State Auditor’s office at an Auditor and is from Sidney. Linda Searls from Greenville works as AVP Loan Processing Manager for Greenville Federal. Greg Zechar of Greenville. Greg works as the Funeral Director for Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes.

Board Members play an intricate role in ensuring the success of our Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally-supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent, and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, national leadership, and standards of excellence.

There are currently 15 children in Shelby and Darke Counties waiting to be matched with an adult mentor. If you would like to play a vital role as a role model in a child’s life please call (937) 492-7611 or (937) 547-9622.

The Beers of Autumn at Library

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When the leaves start changing colors, craft beer drinkers trade in the light beers of Summer for something better suited to Autumn's crisp evenings. Whether it's an Oktoberfest lager that shines in the gentle September sunlight, or a spiced ale the color of October leaves, Fall beers can be both comforting and audacious, and are a great way to greet the season.

On Thursday, October 5, and Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. each night, the Greenville Public Library's Craft Beer Education Series will discuss the various traditions behind the beers of Autumn. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by Certified Cicerone David Nilsen who will guide attendees through a tasting of five beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

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


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The Christian faith is a faith of relationships: our relationship with God and our relationship with others. All the work God does in our lives to transform us more into the image of Jesus is so that we might become who God created us to be in relationship with Him and with other people.

The early followers of Jesus understood this, and they were committed to doing life together and working out their faith in community. We see this in Acts 2: “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their home, they received their food with glad and generous hearts. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Our faith does not develop outside of intentional community with people on the same journey. The process of being formed into the image of Jesus, the goal of our faith, takes place in the midst of our relationship with others, not apart from them.

Join us Saturday, October 14 at EUM Church’s Engage Conference 2017: Day-by-Day, as we explore what life can look like when a community of people willingly engage in this journey of faith with one another. The conference takes place from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the EUM Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street in Greenville. The cost is $30 and registration is available at

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.


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VERSAILLES, Ohio – Steve Knapke is remembered as a quiet man with a strong voice for the mission of blood donations. But his family believes the show of support by the Versailles community for the Monday, Sept. 18 blood drive in his honor might have left Steve speechless.

Steve was inspired to become a blood donor after surviving a 1988 accident caused by an impaired truck driver. He was struck again by an impaired driver on Sept. 11, 2016, an accident that claimed his life and seriously injured his wife Lois.

The Knapke family joined forces with the annual Versailles Poultry Days Committee and Community Blood Center to host the “Steve Knapke Memorial Blood Drive at the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall. Donor registrations rose 20 percent to 176 donors, including 23 first-time donors. The number of donations increased nearly 30 percent to 157.

“The people in this community are amazing,” said Lois, who has recovered from a broken back, but still suffers headaches. “I never know how to thank people for all they’ve done for us. Steve was a quiet man. He wouldn’t believe this!”

Steve was a platelet donor with 81 lifetime donations. There were also eight apheresis donations Monday in his honor.

The Knapke family hoped to continue Steve’s legacy of giving blood by encouraging others to donate. His son Doug and daughters Rachel Durham, Lisa DiRenzo and Emmy D’Antonio helped organize the blood drive. They were surprised how quickly the word spread on social media.
“I think it affected a lot of people,” said Rachel, who like her mother Lois is a registered nurse. “A lot of people have an emotional attachment to it. They wanted to give blood in his name.”

“I normally do donate,” said donor Laura Wolters. “But it always has been on my radar. Lois was my school nurse at Versailles High School.”

Lois found a particularly poignant way to remember Steve. She had several stuffed teddy bears made for their grandchildren using Steve’s blood donor t-shirts. One went to Doug and Megan Knapke’s five-month-old son Max, a grandchild Steve never got to meet.

“This was the hardest me, that it happened to him two times,” Steve’s sister Kathy Re said about the two accidents. They were the middle children among 11 siblings and they would often donate together.

“I’d like to see something good come out of it,” she said as she made her 76th lifetime donation in Steve’s memory. “That’s what I’m hoping. He was a good guy. He looked after me and took care of me.”

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VHCC to Host Bingo Night

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Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, is hosting a FREE Bingo Night on Tuesday September 26, 2017 from 7-8 pm. Bingo winners will receive nonperishable food items and small household items! This is a free event and open to the public. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

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

Strength After Stroke – Connecting survivors of stroke and brain injury with support and resources, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Kim Oswalt, RDN
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to our quarterly event for survivors of stroke and their care partners. Strength After Stroke will meet quarterly to empower, socialize, and learn. Sessions will be led by Shannon Condon, SLP, and Tammy Moyar, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.

This month, Kim Oswalt, RDN, will be presenting, “Nourish Your Noggin,” a presentation designed to provide you with the tools to take a food-first approach toward decreasing your risk for chronic diseases especially stroke/recurrent stroke. Come sample delicious, healthy snacks while learning what foods can be beneficial to add to your diet, how to incorporate these foods, as well as healthy cooking and grocery shopping tips to help nourish your noggin!

Strength After Stroke will take place on Wednesday, October 18 at 4 pm. It will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

To RSVP or for more information, please call Stephen at 937.526.0130.

Children/Youth Programs at Immanuel Baptist Church

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Immanuel Baptist Church, 500 W. South Street is gearing up for all of their children and youth activities. All community children are welcome to join in on the fun and participate at any or all of these activities.

Awana began on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m. for all children ages 3 years-old through sixth grade. The program is every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at IBC weekly through April. What is Awana, you ask? Awana (derived from the first letters of "Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed" as taken from 2 Timothy 2:15) is an international evangelical Christian non-profit organization founded in 1950, headquartered in Streamwood, Illinois. The mission of Awana is to help "reach kids, equip leaders and change the world for God. All children are welcome to come to Awana at IBC; Awana is a global, nonprofit ministry committed to the belief that the greatest impact for Christ starts with kids who know, love and serve Him. IBC has four groups which includes Puggles, Cubbies, Sparkles, and TNT. Children are encouraged to bring their Bible with them and tennis shoes for lots of running and fun.

For many years, IBC has hosted “5th Quarter” for the youth of our community after a home football game for refreshments, fellowship, and devotional time. This year 5th Quarter will start immediately after the home football games on September 1, 15, 29, October 13 and 20th for ages 5th grade through high school until 11 p.m.

Also at IBC is 8th Period which meets begins on Tuesday, September 5th directly after school until 4 p.m. and every Tuesday thereafter for ages 5th grade through high school. 8th Period is a great time with snacks, devotions, and dodge ball.

Every Sunday morning, your child will be able to attend Sunday School classes beginning with a Music Worship time followed by lessons on Answers in Genesis at 9:30 a.m. Children’s Worship is also offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon following the Grow With God curriculum using story-time, learning vocabulary, and looking up answers in the Bible. These two programs have been “reinvented” to provide wonderful possibilities for your children and will kick-off on Sunday, September 10th.

The congregation and Pastor Greg Greve and Youth Pastor Dan Kuhbander welcome the children and youth of our community to check out our programs and learn about salvation through Jesus Christ. If you have questions, please feel free to call the church office at 937/692-8188.

Genealogy Workshop

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The Darke County Genealogical Society’s Fall Genealogy Workshop, featuring speaker: Dana Ann Palmer will be Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 at Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH.

Doors will be open at 8:30 A.M. There will be 4 sessions: 1.Ship Passenger Lists 2. Naturalization Records 3. Finding your German Ancestor’s Place of Orgin 4. Locating Newspapers using Chronicling America. Pack your own lunch, drinks and dessert are furnished.

Pre-Registeration before Oct 11th is $15.00, Registration at the door will be $20.00. Make check payable to Darke County Genealogical Society and mail to Brenda Arnett, 6745 Dull Rd. Arcanum, OH 45304 (have a question?) Send emails to or call 937-692-6511

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR has a Busy Weekend

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Fort GreeneVille had four American Revolutionary War Soldier grave dedications on Sept 16. Three grave markers were dedicated in the New Madison, Ohio are and one in Versailles, OH.

  • William Brodrick in Old Friendship Cemetery.
  • Peter Rush in First Universal Cemetery.
  • Joseph Wiley in Providence Cemetery.
  • Zachariah Hole in Black Swamp/Greenlawn Cemetery.

We were fortunate to have descendants present at the dedications for Brodrick, Rush and Hole. VFW Post 7262 representative was also present due to the VFW's generous donation for purchasing markers.

Fort GreeneVille participated in the annual SUNshine 5K fundraiser. Monies generated from the 5K went to Angel Paws. Angel Paws is an organization that gifts service dogs to local Veterans. Present at the 5K was the service dog that the chapter raised money towards last year.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th Annual Museum Day Live!

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Free Admission on September 23, 2017, with a Downloadable Museum Day Live! Ticket The National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas-With Lawrence and Beyond

Greenville, Ohio— Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.
Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

The Museum Day Live! ticket will be available for download beginning in August at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit
Garst Museum CEO, Dr. Clay Johnson, stated that “We think it is important to participate in the Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day. This is a great opportunity to be part of a nationwide observance of American heritage and culture.”

The Garst Museum complex is located at 205 North Broadway, (SR118N) in Greenville, OH; entrance is through the Garst House, which was built in 1852. The complex features six separate but connected buildings. The National Annie Oakley Center houses an extensive exhibit dedicated to the sharpshooter. Other exhibits focus on Native American history, the Treaty of Greene Ville, and broadcast journalism pioneer and nearby Woodington native, Lowell Thomas. There is a pioneer wing, an exhibit depicting a village of circa 1890-1930 shops, rooms furnished with American antiques, a military exhibit with uniforms and artifacts dating from The War of 1812 through the present, and a large collection of Currier and Ives works. The Darke County Research and Genealogical Center is housed at the museum as well. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, closed Mondays, major holidays and the month of January.

For more information, please visit


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Rumpke Waste Incorporated will provide Fall Clean Up service for the residents of the City of Greenville during their scheduled pick up day of the week of October 16 through October 20, 2017. (This is for large items only –no bags)

The following items WILL be accepted for removal: (LIMIT OF 5 LARGE ITEMS)


The following items WILL NOT be accepted for removal:

  1. NO 50-65 GALLON DRUMS

Floating for Colors with Darke County Parks

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Darke County Parks is going to try for one more float for the 2017 season. On Friday, October 6th from 11am to 5pm join us for a relaxing autumn paddle. After meeting at the Nature Center, participants will carpool to Lake Loramie State Park. Once there, everyone will enjoy a picnic lunch then launch the boats for an afternoon on the lake! Depending on the afternoon, the group may choose to paddle among the islands or choose a more secluded route through the channels searching for the best fall colors. Be sure to dress for the weather in quick drying, synthetic clothing, bring water, bring a packed lunch, and sunglasses with a strap. Due to the cooler air and water temperatures of this float, it is more suited for those with some experience.

Paddling outings are weather dependent, and adjustments may be necessary due to conditions. All equipment is provided. Parks’ staff members are certified canoe and kayak instructors. Call to reserve a kayak or canoe, and there will be a $5 fee for the program. For more information about this or any of the other exciting program or to register for the outing, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165 or email

Arcanum Public Library to Host Genealogy Workshop

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Have you wanted to know more about your family’s history? Wondered how and when relatives arrived in America? Need information about where someone is buried?

The Arcanum Public Library can help with the research.

The library will be hosting a genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 30, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Those brand new to genealogy are welcome, and those with experience are invited to further their research. Computers will be available for use, and staff will be on hand to provide help with resources in our collection. This will provide a great environment for sharing ideas, helping each other out with research, and discovering other places to go for more information.

Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Please call the library at 937-692-8484 to add your name to the list.

YMCA instructor award

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Karyl Woolery was presented a Certificate of Excellence for her work as a Silver Sneakers instructor at the YMCA of Darke County. Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO, spoke about Karyl’s dedication to Y members and her caring personality.
DARKE COUNTY, OHIO- The YMCA of Darke County has been this area’s leader in health and wellness for many years. Karyl Woolery, one of the Y’s certified Silver Sneakers specialists, has recently been chosen by her class participants and Tivity Health to be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence for the Instructor Spotlight of the Quarter. With this national recognition, she joins other winning instructors from Florida and Arizona in the running for Silver Sneakers Instructor of the Year.

The Y offers the Silver Sneakers program for senior citizens, which brings many people into the Y where they can take group exercise classes that are geared to work on balance, strength, mobility and cardiovascular health. They also are encouraged by the camaraderie of other members who have similar wellness goals for continuing health and independence.

The Y hosted a special luncheon event to recognize Karyl’s achievement on Thursday, September 14. This event coincided with the monthly carry in lunch the Silver Sneakers have each month.

“The YMCA of Darke County appreciates all that Karyl does for our SilverSneakers members every day. We would like to join Tivity Health in honoring and recognizing her for a job well done,” said Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO. “Besides Karyl’s skills as an instructor, her genuine spirit, her magic smile, and her caring personality demonstrate the the Y’s core values as she works with our members each day,” he added.

Karyl has been a Silver Sneaker instructor at the Y since 2006. “I love my job, it is so rewarding! I hear testimonials from members every day about how these classes have changed their lives,” she says.

She added that she sees participants in her classes typically improve their balance and flexibility, and also often see a lowering of their cholesterol and blood pressure. She also works with many seniors who have had knee, hip or shoulder replacements done.

“Their doctors comment on how fast their recovery is because of doing the Silver Sneakers classes prior to surgery,” she said.

For more information on the YMCA’s programs, stop by any time for a tour. The Y has two locations in Darke County ready to serve members- in Greenville at 301 Wagner Avenue and in Versailles at 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Rd.

Darke County Small Business to Attend Coterie Event in NYC

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A Greenville woman, Pamela Graves will hit the road with her business, Unbelievable Skin Care, LLC to attend the 2017 Beauty at Coterie NY Women’s September Marketplace presented by UBM Fashion. The event will take place next week, September 17-19 at the Jacob Javitz Center, NYC. Unbelievable Skin Care will showcase their products for the people of NYC to try and purchase amidst hundreds of New York City's top fashion and consumer product designers.

“As a small business, events like this are a huge deal,” said Graves. “We try to be incredibly cognizant of the events we invest in each year. After a great deal of research by our team, the Women’s September Marketplace seems to be the perfect fit to share our products with the people of New York City.”

Each Unbelievable Skin Care product is handcrafted in small batches and contains quality botanicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components, which help to feed the skin. All products can also be tailored to serve those who live a vegan lifestyle. Unbelievable Skin Care products are never tested on animals and are proudly made in Greenville, Ohio.

"It is because of the unwavering support of my Darke county customers that I have the courage to take this leap into a new market," shared Graves. "So many customers have become friends and have encouraged me to share my products outside of Darke county."

To learn more about Unbelievable Skin Care, LLC and the team that creates their stunning products, visit You can also be found on Facebook (@Unbelieveable Skin Care) and Instagram (@unbelievableskincare.)

Kristina Heath Speaks to Darke GOP Women

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Kristina Heath, Co-Owner KTL Performance Mtg. was the Guest Speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s Club September Dinner/Business Meeting.

She told of her before and after experiences while becoming the Owner/Loan Officer of KTL which she shares with her husband John Heath.

The DCRW would like to thank the ladies listed below for their participation in our “Women in Business” project. These women are all in business locally and we applaud them for their services to our community:

  • Sonya Crist with Plexus Worldwide Health and Wellness Co.
  • Kim Bohler, Consultant with Perfectly Posh
  • Dr. Kylie Young, Owner of Belton
  • Kirsten Berghoff, Co-Owner Sadie Grace
  • Rebecca Cotterman, Program Director Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • and the above
  • Kristina Heath, Co-Owner KTL Performance Mtg.

The next dinner/business meeting will be 6:30 pm Monday October 9th. Information regarding that meeting will follow.

Learn About Smart Energy Living at the Coldwater Public Library

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Classic car show helps Empowering youth

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Dave Niley hams it up as he and Kenny Erwin present a check
from the Rolling 50s Classic Car Club to Bob Robinson to
help support Empowering Darke County Youth.
Dave Niley, Kenny Erwin and the Rolling 50s Classic Car Club wrapped up their 35th Annual Fall Cruise-In Car Show with donations to three deserving entities: The Shriners Hospitals, Cancer Association of Darke County and Empowering Darke County Youth.

Coming off a successful event Sept. 9, the Club was able to improve on its donations the previous two years. Its first support was given to an “idea” in 2015; in 2016, the club supported the official Empowering Darke County Youth organization as its inaugural After School Program was about to begin.

“Hopefully we can do even better next year,” Erwin said. Once again, Empowering is preparing for its second After School Program to begin.

The 2017 Rolling 50s Classic Car Show featured over 500 vehicles, with excellent weather bringing out major crowds. One of the organizers noted early in the afternoon that they were running out of spaces for the entries.

The car club holds several shows a year for classic car enthusiasts and, according to Niley, all proceeds go to deserving organizations. “We love what we do and we love helping the community,” he said.

The Empowering Darke County Youth 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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Chevy's Collide, One Airlifted in Accident on US 127

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On September 19, 2017 at 4:59 pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue, Greenville Twp. Fire, and Careflight responded to a two vehicle, injury accident at the intersection of US Route 127 and Greenville Celina Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, driven by Scott A. Wornstaff, 57, of Dayton, was traveling eastbound on Greenville Celina Road, when he failed to yield at the stop sign and drove into the path of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Thomas E. Smith, 24, of Greenville, which was traveling southbound on US Route 127.

The drivers were the lone occupants in the vehicles. Wornstaff was ejected from his vehicle and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with unknown injuries. Smith was transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Rescue where he was treated and released.

Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt. This accident remains under investigation.

Decoding the Teenage Brain – Community Forum with Josh Shipp

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(Tipp City, OH) — Parents, teachers, school counselors and administrators join other parents, ministry leaders and church staff from across the Miami Valley for an opportunity to learn from Josh Shipp, best-selling author and global youth empowerment expert – Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-8pm, Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S County Rd 25A, Tipp City.

A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, Josh is renowned for his documentary TV series that followed his groundbreaking work with teens. His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. Learn more at

“Parents are requesting resources to assist them in parenting their kids,” shares Erica Sharp, Pastor of Family Ministry at Ginghamsburg Church. “This seminar is targeted to parents, teachers and leaders of kids in grade 3-12, but all are welcome to this free event.”

Family Ministry at Ginghamsburg Church is a specially designed place for children age 6 weeks - grade 12 to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Kids are met right where they are through powerful worship, engaging teaching and relationship-building moments.

The Orange strategy is used at Ginghamsburg to grow champions for Christ. Orange is a nationally known and widely praised curriculum. It is family-friendly and family-focused to drive home key lessons from God’s word through fun and adventure and equips parents to be their children’s primary faith builder all week long.

For this event, Ginghamsburg is partnering with Family & Youth Initiatives (FYI) whose mission is Empowering Families, Providing Hope.” FYI began in 1978 as the Tri-County Right to Life Educational Foundation. It has transformed over the years to encompass multiple programs addressing the needs of our communities. Providing pregnancy/parenting skills, educating youth about making healthy decisions, helping clients get their GED, preparing preschool children by helping them develop necessary social and emotional skills and providing mentors and leadership skills for at risk middle/high school students are all programs designed to partner with families at various stages of life.

“We seek to empower families for a better future and give youth tools to grow in character, responsibility and self-sufficiency,” shares Pat Banaszak, Executive Director and Co-Founder of FYI.

According to Sharp, “This parent forum with Josh Shipp is the first of four opportunities for parents, school and community leaders to gather together to gain valuable insight in raising, guiding and encouraging our children. The topics for the next forums will be racial reconciliation, relationships and technology.”

For more information on these events, contact Pastor Erica Sharp at 937.667.1069 or

For more information about Ginghamsburg Church, visit the website—

Darke County Food Pantry Celebrating 50 Years in The Community!

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FISH Celebrating 50 Years in the Darke County Community

The Fish Choice Pantry will kick off our annual food drive during the 2017 Illumination Festival on Saturday, September 16, 2017. 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of Fish in Darke County and the 9th Annual Feed Darke County Food Drive. Our Darke County FISH organization began with a small group of community minded people who saw many un-met needs around and about Greenville. In December of 1967 they came together to begin an ecumenical outreach they simply called ‘FISH’. The fish ( <>< or Ichthus) was a symbol used by early Christians who might have been persecuted had their allegiance to the principles espoused by Christ been known. The movement began in England where people were concerned about the lack of “neighborliness” in their communities. This movement rapidly spread around the globe, now existing as independent entities of neighbors helping neighbors in communities across the U.S. To get the word out to our community flyers were passed around Greenville asking people with needs, any need, to call the FISH number and make their request. In the beginning, these willing servants provided services such as babysitting, driving people to Dr Appointments, paying on utility bills, delivering groceries to homes, and everything in between! The Mitten Tree (donations of mittens, scarves and hats for Darke County children) was added during the Christmas season after a couple of years. A few years later it was decided the main needs were food and help with utilities and for several more years FISH’s main focus were those two needs. FISH again changed their directives in 2000-2001 to mainly helping the Greenville area with food deliveries. In 2009 another change came and it was a big one! In the fall of 2009 FISH was moved to a location on Gray Ave and became a ‘choice’ pantry and also a 501©(3) or non-profit organization, making all donations tax exempt! Home deliveries were still made to people unable to come to the pantry due to illness or transportation, but the majority of our neighbors with food needs were encouraged to come and ‘shop’ at our pantry. The Fish Choice Pantry was open to the public twice a week for people to ‘choose’ food for their families instead of being met at the door with a bag of groceries they may or may not use. Clients could pick the foods to fit their individual dietary needs and wants. In the fall of 2009 the initial Feed Darke County Food Drive was started by a then local pastor, Bill Lyle, who was very passionate about supporting this community effort. In 2012 The Choice Pantry moved from Gray Ave to 400 Markwith Ave in Greenville, where it is now located. Home deliveries are still made 6 days a week (Monday – Saturday) to ‘shut-ins’ by calling 937-548-2000. This is the same number made available to our neighbors back in 1967! The pantry is open to the public three times a week. Our open hours are: Monday: 1-2 PM, Wednesday: 10-11 AM & Friday: 4-5 PM.

Fish became a tax site for the Ohio Benefit Bank in the fall of 2015 by partnering with them to provide a free tax completion service to Darke and our surrounding counties. This is possible through a grant offered by the Ohio Association of Food Banks. Last year, alone, our site completed 994 tax forms for 511 clients and ranked 13 in the state.

Fish continues to rely on our friends and neighbors for their support to keep our pantry stocked and open! We also still receive hundreds of gloves, hats and scarves each year through the Mitten Tree outreach. These items are donated to the Darke County Head Start. We’ve even added story books to this donation in the last couple of years! We could not have provided the necessary help needed in our community for the past 50 years without the generous support of our Darke County family! Fish has received food and monetary donations from many of our local businesses, churches, organizations and individuals as well as from other counties and states, over the years. We have also received many hours of service from our dedicated volunteers. Choice Pantry volunteers logged over 2,500 hours in the pantry alone in 2016. We are always in need of help with sorting, stocking, cleaning, serving clients during open hours and delivering food to shut-ins. As you can see we have many, many supporters and are grateful for each and every one.

If you would like to donate to the Feed Darke County food drive or volunteer your time, there are many ways you can do so. Are you are attending the Illumination Festival? Bring non-perishable food to the gate on your way in. You could organize a food drive for your company, club or church during the harvest season or any time during the year. Donations can also be dropped off in the receptacle located behind the food pantry at your convenience. Remember, donations to Fish can be deducted from your taxes! Contact Kristy Cutarelli at 937-316-8420 if making a large or perishable donation or if you would like more information on how you can become involved with our food pantry, home deliveries or by becoming a tax counselor.


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When music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis engaged in an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, the music producer wisely recorded the proceedings. Darke County Center for the Arts will present a tribute to that memorable meeting,“One Night In Memphis,” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 7. Photo Credit - Mikayla Khramov.
When music legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis engaged in an impromptu jam session at Sam Phillips’ legendary Sun Studios in Memphis on December 4, 1956, the music producer wisely recorded the proceedings. Darke County Center for the Arts will present a tribute to that memorable meeting,“One Night In Memphis,” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, October 7. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the show features a cast with the uncanny sound, look and feel of the original performers. “The audience feels as though they are witnessing rock and roll royalty perform their hits in this exhilarating high energy concert featuring timeless tunes that almost everyone loves,” Mr. Rawlins stated. The show starts at 8 p.m.

DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan says that this special event will appeal not only to those who witnessed these legendary performers in real time, but also anyone who appreciates their legacy which continues to inspire innovative artists. “Although the roots of this music go back a century or more, the lasting revolutionary effect of these pioneers resonates yet today,” Ms. Jordan explained. “And, just as important, this show promises to be a really good time for all concerned,” she concluded.

“One Night in Memphis” is sponsored by Rodney Oda & Second National Bank. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.
DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for “One Night in Memphis” cost $30, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

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