Thursday, November 30, 2017

Butterflies Junior Garden Club Decorate Tree in Honor of Gene Riegle

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club was asked to make a selection from the Pioneer Room at the Garst Museum and develop a theme to decorate a tree for the Holidays. The club selected Greenville native Grant E. "Gene" Riegle and Gene Riegle Horse Stables.

Gene was an outstanding American harness racing driver and trainer. He was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1992. Riegle started his harness racing career in 1950 shaded by his father Roy Riegle, driver and trainer.

At the 1972 Little Brown Jug, Riegle drove Jay Time who was the odds on favorite before the race. Jay Time, who finished in a dead heat with Strike Out one month earlier in the Adios Pace, was scratched after the first heat due to a high temperature.

In 1990, Riegle along with Bruce Nicells, was awarded the Glen Garnsey Trophy as United States Trainers of the Year.

He trained 1993 Little Brown Jug winner, Life Sign.

Riegle passed at his Greenville home on October 17, 2011.

Butterflies Junior Garden Club members choice the Riegle colors of red and chartreuse adding horse ornaments, ribbon to represent the race track, plumed top to represent a horse tail and the actual silk cloth tree skirt donated by Gene's brother Jim Riegle. A portrait of Riegle is on display next to the tree, also loaned by his brother. Decorating were Saige Fellers, Mariana Ramos, Brianna Fellers and Callee Moore.

Faith UMC Food Pantry Receives Donation from Arcanum High School

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Faith UMC Food Pantry workers sorted food items for their pantry shelves. A generous amount of food was received from the Arcanum High School Food Drive sponsored by the National Honor Society students. Our thanks to the students, parents, and faculty for their help in making the Food Drive a success. It is a big boost to the Faith UMC Food Pantry.

Faith Food Pantry secretary will accept phone call requests at Faith United Methodist Church on Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. , phone number (937) 692-8934. Food items may be picked up on Thursdays 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the church.

Left to right back row:  Dick Troutwine, Wendell Miller, Tom Fourman, John Winger, and Harry McCain. Left to right front row:  Marilyn Graeff, Cheryl Gray, Margaret Craig and Sharon Troutwine. Workers not pictured:  Tassey Fist, Virginia & Roger Peters, Amy Raskay, Janet and Everett Johns, Darwin Rhoades and Dick Mathias.


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L to R: Shannon Condon, MA, CCSLP and Gina Boerger, PT
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite the community to its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to empower, socialize, and learn.

Versailles Health Care Center would like to thank you for helping make this another great year for Power Over Parkinson’s! This month, we invite you to come share your story of empowerment over Parkinson’s. If you would like, please bring a plate of your favorite holiday treat to share with the group. Our December meeting will feature story sharing, holiday treat sharing, and 2017 BIG & LOUD success videos!

Versailles Health Care Center hopes to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, December 13 at 4 pm. It will be held at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please call Stephen Winner at 937.526.0130.


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State of the Heart Care held a special ceremony honoring veterans at Versailles Health Care Center. VHCC short-term rehab patients and long-term care residents who served our great country were recognized and received medals of honor for their sacrifice and valor.

Cookies and punch were served for patients, residents, guests, family, and friends.

YMCA Thankful Thursday

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Sam Casalao, YMCA CEO, talks with a family eating dinner at the YMCA’s Thankful Thursday Thanksgiving dinner.
Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO, with Ben Thaeler, from the office
of Congressman Warren Davidson.
Darke County, OHIO (November 16, 2017) The YMCA of Darke County’s goal to nourish a healthy spirit, mind and body continues as they recently hosted their first Thanksgiving dinner at both the Greenville and Versailles locations.

The YMCA of Darke County is committed to providing safe spaces, improving health, and bringing people together with activities and events such as the “Thankful Thursday” Thanksgiving dinner. Dinners at both Ys were well attended, with a total of nearly 100 people enjoying turkey, ham and beverages provided by the Y. Members who attended were asked to bring a side dish to share, as well, so there was plenty of food for everyone.

YMCA CEO Sam Casalano addressed the gathering, saying that the beauty of the changing leaves in the fall season “reminds me every day that the creator of it all must be a true artist.” The Y welcomed special guest Ben Thaeler from the office of Congressman Warren Davidson, who stopped by the dinner in Greenville bearing dinner rolls and a vegetable tray.

For more information about Y programs and membership, SilverSneakers membership or child care, contact the YMCA of Darke County at 937-548-3777 or stop by at 301 Wagner Ave. in Greenville or 10242 Versailles-Southeastern Road in Versailles.

Local “Therapy Dog Team” Earns American Kennel Club (AKC)Highest National Therapy Dog Title.

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Maybe you have seen these two very special dogs visiting at one of the dozen facilities they visit in the Greenville area almost every day.

On November 7th 2017 “John Coffey” aka “John” and “Harley” a volunteer AKC Certified Therapy Dog team, earned the highest national title awarded by the American Kennel Club (AKC) to Therapy Dogs called the THERAPY DOG DISTINGUISHED (THDD) title.

This title was earned by completing over 400 therapy dog visits at local facilities in the Greenville area and the best part is that these visits are FREE.

“John” and “Harley” touch the hearts and lives of so many people with daily visits in both group and one on one settings at Assisted living facilities, Alzheimer’s/Dementia facilities, Hospice patients and their family members, Nursing homes, The Care Center at Wayne Health Care and several anonymous drug and alcohol out-reach programs thought out the community as well.

Some of those we visit love to take one of them for a short walk, others enjoy playing a game of fetch, while others get a huge laugh watching John play with plastic water bottles, but the most smiles come from those who just love petting them or holding one of the boys close to them during one of our visits. They bring so much peace and joy to so many people in their time of need.

“John Coffey” aka “John” is a 5 year old black standard poodle.

John’s life started out as a very sheltered and abused dog. John had not been exposed to very much of the world due to the fact he was raised in a horse stall for the first 3 ½ years of his life. He had not been around very many people, he would not eat or drink out of dog dishes, he never road in a car, never been in a house, he was scared of any sounds and/or quick movements of any kind, he was really a mess.

John’s life would change dramatically when on January 2nd 2015 Trainer/Handler Mike Brown took ownership of him. It just broke my heart to see what had happened to this beautiful dog, why would someone treat him like that? I knew he was a special dog from the start; all he needed was a lot of love and attention, so he could show everyone else out there just how special he really was.

After completing several obedience classes at a local dog club and under the guidance of dog Trainer/Instructor Sue Young, John was set up for his first Therapy Dog evaluation on July 11th 2017 in Moraine, Ohio and passed with a perfect score.

Today John is an American Kennel Club (AKC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) Certified Therapy Dog.

John also holds (7) National Titles including Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) and 7 Certificates in Obedience, Rally and Agility.

John has come a long way in the 1 year and 11 months we have been together and I am so proud of him.

“Harley” is a 10 ½ year old apricot miniature poodle that is a Certified and Registered Working Service Dog (Seizures/Respiratory Assist).

Harley is a real miracle dog. On April 21st 2007 I answered an ad in the local newspaper advertising a male apricot poodle puppy for sale. After arriving at the location, I found this little tiny lifeless puppy in a box with a picture frame covering the box and a can of stew holding it down. He was not moving he couldn’t stand I thought he was dead. I took him outside to get a better look at him; even my wife said he is dead.

After a closer look we discovered he was covered with fleas and barely breathing. I told my wife he might die, but I was not going to allow that little puppy to die in that box.

After a brief discussion about the condition of this puppy with the lady who had him she took my offer for this puppy instead of dealing with the local sheriff and humane society.

On our way back to town we called our vet and explained the condition they said bring him right in. Once the vet looked him over he said it doesn’t look good and he probably will not make it because he is being eaten alive by all the fleas and has lost too much blood. He went on to explain maybe giving him some blood and other medications might save him but it didn’t look promising at all. He said the second problem is that he is only 4 to 6 weeks old and is very weak. I said let’s do whatever we can for this little guy. It took over 4 hours to hand pick all fleas off the little guy and treat him.

After staying up with him for 3 days treating him and trying to feed him and holding him to keep him warm a real miracle happened, he tried to stand on his own.

The next day he stood up for the first time, even the vet said it’s a miracle he is still alive.

As the days and weeks went by Harley continued to get stronger every day, what a relief it was to see this little guy running around and playing.

Once the vet gave Harley a clean bill of health we started obedience training.

Harley earned his first obedience certificate in 2008 and started his Service Dog training that same year. Most of Harley’s training took place in Cleveland, Ohio, where he completed his Service Dog training as a Seizure/Respiratory Assist Service Dog in 2011.

Harley loves going out on all the visits we go on, he loves the people and loves giving comfort wherever and whenever it is needed.

Harley knows his way around every facility we visit and knows right where to go at each stop; he even knows what room’s people are in that receive one on one visits.

In addition to all his Service Dog Certifications, Harley holds (1) National Title Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) and (1) Certificate in Obedience.

Harley plays a big role in helping John with his training in becoming a Seizure/Respiratory Assist Service Dog.

On December 12th 2017 John and Harley will return to Moraine, Ohio to be evaluated together as a Service dog and Therapy dog team with Therapy Dog International (TDI) in hopes of earning the highest National Therapy Dog Title awarded by Therapy Dog International (TDI), this title requires 500 visits.

So if you see John and Harley out and about take a minute to stop and pet them and say thank you for the service they are giving to our community.

Therapy Dogs- From Their Heart! To Yours!

For information on Therapy Dog visits or training contact: Mike Brown at (937) 564-2362.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

YMCA Breakfast with Santa

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Santa himself will be at the YMCA of Darke County’s Breakfast with Santa on December 9 for those who would like to visit him!
DARKE COUNTY, OH (Nov. 20, 2017) The Y’s Third Annual Breakfast With Santa is coming up on Saturday, December 9 at our Greenville location.

Last year, more than 150 people attended the event, which features a pancake and sausage breakfast, holiday-themed crafts and games, story time with Mrs. Claus, and a visit with Santa.

Tickets for this event are $3 for children and $5 for adults. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the YMCA Welcome Center or at the YMCA Child Development Center, or at the door the day of the event. Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00am and the event will continue until 11:00am.

The Red Cross begins Knit Your Bit for Veterans

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Our Boys Need Sox collection underway

GREENVILLE (November 21, 2017) — In a tradition dating back to World War I, the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the Red Cross is collecting socks for veterans. Back in the day, the socks were knitted by volunteers with a label sewn into each garment that read, “A gift of the American People thru the American Red Cross.” At the peak, each Red Cross chapter was providing 55,000 socks every three months.

Today, as the Northern Miami Valley Chapter celebrates its Centennial, we’re asking for donations of newly purchased socks to provide warmth and comfort for our Veterans. You can drop off donations of new socks from now until the end of the year at any of these Red Cross locations:

130 Martz Street, Greenville
1314 Barhart Rd, Troy
1830 Limestone, Springfield
207 Water Street, Sidney

Serving members of the military, veterans and their families has been a cornerstone of the American Red Cross mission since Clara Barton began her humanitarian aid work on the battlefields of the Civil War. Our mission today is to continue loyal service to the Armed Forces and aid in bringing comfort and care.

For more information about Our Boys Need Sox: Knit Your Bit, call 937-399-3872.


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Darke County Commissioners Mike Rhoades, Mike Stegall and Matt Aultman make first donation to 2017 Fish Mitten Tree project which will provide mittens and gloves to children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs, represented by Chase and Denelle Blackburn.  Also pictured are Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer who coordinates the Mitten Tree and Fish Director Kristy Cutarelli. 
The Fish Mitten Tree once again needs donated gloves and mittens to decorate its empty branches; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also stands inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, and in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George Street, Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for almost fifty years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “While we know that needs are great across the nation and around the world, we sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will once again this year be able to spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be received by December 17. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk at 937-548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs; the Fish Choice Food Pantry, located at 400 Markwith Avenue, is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every four weeks. For more information, call the Fish phone number, 548-2000; a volunteer will return your call.

Versailles Foundation, Ruth & Emerson Booher Awards Funding to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties

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Versailles Big Buddy Courtney Batten with her Little Buddy James,
son of James Henry Sr. working on their “Flag of Me” project.
They were to make a Flag that included things that represented themselves.
The Versailles Foundation along with the Ruth & Emerson Booher advised Fund for Versailles has recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to aid in the after school “Big Buddies” program that is offered at Versailles Schools. Currently, there are over 400 children served in Shelby and Darke County through both the community based and after school programs in both counties that are served.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit United Way organization whose mission is to develop and mature quality relationships between children and volunteers. The relationship is meant to guide each child towards becoming a confident, competent, and caring individual.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. This is the eighteenth year the program has been in place. The Buddies program is a nine-month commitment where high school freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The program continues to promote social and educational enhancing activities, as well as safety. This year they are focusing on a curriculum that promotes being Earth Friendly.

The current students who are volunteer Big Buddies are: Audrey Allen, Stevie Allen, Kimberly Anderson, Courtney Batten, Payton Berger, Taylor Cordonnier, Jamie Hart, Becky Pinchot, Jayla Pothast, Zoe Schweitzer, Jason Siefring, Matthew Siefring, and Noah Waymire. If you are or know of a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior that would be a great role model please call the office at 937-547-9622 or logo onto our website at and become a part of this program and make a BIG impact in the life of a child in your community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke county is now busy gearing up for The Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser will be held Friday and Saturday, March 2 & 3 2018, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and Treaty Lanes in Greenville. You can find out who you can get involved in this fun fundraiser by logging onto our website at

Friends of the Library Holiday Open House

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The Friends of the Greenville Public Library are hosting their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday December 9th from 10:00 to 2:00. This festive event is always a treat for the whole family. Sample dozens of delicious cookies, listen to live Christmas music by flutist Nancy Jackson, and shop the used book sale. These books are nice enough to give as gifts. There will be a limited number of holiday themed books as well, all available for a small donation.

Local author B. A. Hughes will be available for a book-signing of her new publication of short stories Glimm: A Glimpse of Light Found. Illustrated by the hand drawings of young artist Quinci Woodall, the stories “explore the adventures of tweens and early teens as they uncover everyday mysteries and connections.” Hughes is a short story writer, mother of 6, and grandmother of 13. She was a homeschooler, has written parenting curricula for local courts, and served as a substitute teacher for 20 years. Be sure to meet her.

Kids can meet with Santa & Mrs. Clause for a free photo! Having fun at the Library is a great way to introduce kids to the joy of books, music, and creativity. Pick up a schedule of events and activities for kids and teens.

The Friends are a volunteer group who’s goal is to support the Library and promote literacy in the community. Through their membership drive and Continuous Used Book Sale they fundraise in order to sponsor programs and purchase needed items. The Book Sale is situated in the Computer Room on the second floor of the Library. The Friends work hard to keep the shelves stocked each week with a fresh supply of every kind of book. Just make your choices and put a small donation in the box.

In 2017 alone the Friends sponsored four Author's Nights, eight Family Fun Days for the Summer Reading Program, and the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Fees for the artists and entertainers for events are beyond the Library’s budget thus they are only made possible by virtue of the Friends’ support.


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Pictured are Super Raffle Prizes: Wieland Jewelers Necklace and bracelet, Vouchers from Good Times Fun Times, KitchenAid blender, Versailles Winery Thrill of the Grill, and Raffle Tickets
Greenville, OH. - Four lucky winners will be announced at the Greenville BPW Club’s December 14th meeting. All proceeds from the raffle go towards the club’s scholarship fund for Darke County young women. Last year the club awarded four $500 scholarships. This year, the club will offer three $750 scholarships, one $500 (Anna Britton) scholarship and the club also sponsors a $250 (Sheryl Brinley) Scholarship which is awarded through the Edison College Scholarship Foundation.

The raffle prizes are: 1st place - a beautiful Frederic Duclos sterling silver and pearl necklace and matching bracelet donated by Wieland Jewelers, 2nd place - two $100 Collette vacation packages donated by Sue Christian’s Good Times Fun Times, 3rd place – a five-speed diamond white blender with 60 oz pitcher from KitchenAid, and 4th place - two tickets for the 2018 Ultimate Taste from the Winery at Versailles.

Time is running out to get your raffle tickets which are available at Merle Norman (309 S Broadway, Greenville Mon 10-4, Tues through Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-2) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. Tickets will also still be available at the December 14th meeting. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. The club would like express their appreciation to the businesses who donated the raffle prizes.

Help Wanted at Family Health

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Behavioral Health Clinician-(Full time)

Family Health, an innovative community health center committed to an integrated approach to health and wellness, seeks an experienced and highly motivated clinician to conduct individual, child and family therapy through the Behavioral Health and Wellness Center.

The successful candidate will have a Master’s or Doctorate degree in clinical psychology, or clinical social work. Independent licensure status and a minimum of two years clinical experience is required. Experience with chemical dependency is preferred but not required. Position is full-time (32-40 hours per week), with the flexibility of schedule hours. This position is offered on a fee-for-service, contractual basis.


Qualified applicants send resume to

180-Year Anniversary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, Ohio

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DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9pm, there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, you can enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening.

In the Log House the fire will warm you while enjoying pioneer music of Christmas past as you relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Stop and warm up by the campfire and visit with the Parks Director. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available in the Nature Center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The Nature Center and gift shop will be open offering a selection of unique gifts or that perfect stocking stuffer! Santa will once again pay us a visit from the North Pole!

New this year for the 10th anniversary, we will offer an extended path option for those who can’t get enough of the luminary trails. Don’t forget about our new Snowman Decorating Contest! Local businesses and non-profits decorate their own “snowman” to compete in a people’s choice award! Call the Nature Center today to participate in this great way to advertise your business/non-profit to our estimated 1,000 luminary visitors!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect FREE event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Don’t forget to bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path!

For information on this event or other park district programs check out our website, find us on facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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GREENVILLE, Ohio- Shoppers can earn chances to win over $2,500 in merchandise and gift certificates through “Win the Window”, the 4th annual shop local campaign presented by Main Street Greenville and sponsored by Second National Bank.

"This promotion is a fun way to encourage people to shop at our local, independently-owned businesses this holiday season," said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville. “Instead of fighting the crowds in the big box stores you can shop small and enjoy the experience, and be entered to win some amazing prizes at the same time.”

Between November 15th - December 15th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses, a full list will be available on their website at

Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville’s window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway.

During the Win the Window promotion in 2016, Main Street Greenville was able to track over $630,000 spent in downtown Greenville.

Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, if you spend $100 at a business, you will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes. There is no limit to how many times you can shop to enter. The more you spend downtown at participating businesses, the more chances you have to win the window full of prizes!

Participating businesses will have tickets available at the time of purchase and a glass jar to collect all of the tickets for the drawing. The drawing for the winner will take place on Tuesday, December 19th at 3:30 pm in the Main Street Greenville office. You are not required to be present to win.

Bring your holiday shopping downtown this year and enter to win BIG while supporting local businesses in the process!

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization and the contest on their website,, or follow them on Facebook. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Belgium’s Abbey Ales at Library

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Few brews hold a level of mystique for beer lovers like that surrounding Belgium's abbey ales. These beers pay homage to Belgium's rich monastic history, and some are even brewed within the walls of operating monasteries. Steeped in tradition, these refined ales showcase expressive Belgian yeast characteristics and the graceful skill of Belgian brewers in coaxing complex yet subtle flavors from high gravity beers.

On Thursday December 7 and Thursday January 11 at 6:30 p.m. the Greenville Public Library's Craft Beer Education Series will discuss the fascinating history of Belgian abbey brewing. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by Certified Cicerone David Nilsen. He will guide attendees through a tasting of four 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.


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Courtney Batten helps James Henry with his flag project
during Big Brothers Big Sisters' Big after-school Buddies
mentoring program in Versailles.
Imagine never having someone to look up to when you were a kid. Imagine not having positive role models who guided you down a responsible path in life. Imagine a community where every child fulfills his or her potential and steers clear of bad decisions. Imagine every child in our county graduating high school and college, and giving back to his or her community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County continues to work hard arranging mentor relationships and developing innovative programs that bring positive role models into the lives of local children. From now until November 28, The Community Foundation of Shelby County is offering a Match Day to celebrate 65 years of community philanthropy in conjunction with the nationwide efforts of Giving Tuesday. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is challenged to generate donations that will be matched, up to $5,000, by the Community Foundation.

Match Day presents an incredible opportunity for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to infuse support into one of their most popular programs. “All donations received on Giving Tuesday will be utilized for our vital after-school Big Buddies mentoring programs,” said Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director. “Through Big Buddies, high school students are paired with elementary students throughout the county and meet two times per month immediately after school to offer mentoring services to one another. Big Buddies focuses on educational and social enhancing activities, healthy eating, fitness, personal safety, and sustainability.” For the current 2017-2018 academic year, Big Buddies is implementing a curriculum entitled “Earth Friendly Practices” which focuses on reducing waste, recycling, reducing the carbon footprint, pollution, conservation, water and air quality, and other earth-friendly sustainable practices.

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency also offers a Community-Based Program and a Couples Match Program. Adults and couples are always needed as matches and volunteers are welcome at any time. “Littles” are typically ages 5 to 16 and have a need for a positive mentoring relationship due to living in a single parent home, having poor school performance, difficulty with family or friend relationships, or isolation. “Mentoring relationships are also beneficial for mentors, not just mentees,” notes Bruns. “Mentors have reported more benefits than costs to being a mentor. Key benefits to mentors included a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, recognition from others, career and job renewal, and support from their protégés.”

To contribute to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County for Match Day, checks must be made payable to The Community Foundation of Shelby County and have “Match/BBBS” noted on the memo line. Giving details, forms, and mailing directions are available on the Community Foundation website at or at the organization’s office. Gifts must be received on or before November 28 to be eligible for matching funds.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like more information or to become a volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life, contact the local agency at 937-547-9622 or go to for more information.

Van Frank Speaks to Darke County Republican Women

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Roger Van Frank, Darke County Parks District Director was the speaker for the Darke County Republican Women’s November meeting. Director Van Frank distributed a report from 1995 – 2017 showing the breakdown of monies received by Greenville and all 20 Darke County Villages from the Community Parks Improvement Program. Susan Gray from the Community Parks Program was also in attendance and shared some comments.

Others recognized were:

  • Ben Thaeler from the office of U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson, Ohio’s 8th District Representative shared the fact that legislation introduced by the Congressman “The Market Data Protection Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives by voice vote just today (11/13).
  • Lyn Bliss outgoing OFRW President and the 2018 acting Treasurer for OFRW spoke of the deadlines for the Caring for America Project as well as the Achievement Awards Program.
  • Stephanie Garrett Republican State Central Committee Member - District 5 Serving Darke/Miami/Montgomery & Preble Counties was also recognized.

The DCRW’s Club December Christmas Party will be at 6:00 p.m. the 12th at Chestnut Village Center. NOTICE THE CHANGE IN TIME: All future dinner meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. which was approved by the Board Members. More details to follow.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Hart’s Grill”,

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present, “Hart’s Grill”, on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6 PM.

The play was written and directed by Pastor Ken Oren. The play demonstrates how a diverse group of people react to each other while being stranded together during a snow storm, and how first impressions can often be misleading.

There will also be congregational singing of traditional Christmas songs. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of Christmas celebration.

The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH 45304.

For more info, call Bruce at 937-564-2891.

Garst Museum Holiday Open House

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Christmas tree decorated by The Wildflower Garden Club
located in the Garst Museum’s parlor.
Garst Museum’s annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on this one afternoon.

Join us for an afternoon of seasonal music, light refreshments, and beautiful decorations. The museum’s Christmas collection will be used for decorating throughout the museum. Plan to do a little Christmas shopping in the Museum Store, as there will be a 20% discount on all items.
The museum features a number of beautifully decorated Christmas trees illustrating the talents of the following groups: The Wildflower Garden Club, Junior Butterflies Garden Club, Sun and Fun Garden Club, Ladybug Garden Club, Garden Ladies Garden Club, Wood Sprites Garden Club, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, and the Fort Greene Ville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Plan to stop by and enjoy the fun, shop, and also take advantage of the free admission to tour the museum.

The Darke County Historical Society and the Garst Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio, as it represents a crossroads of the American experience. The DCHS operates the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio, and its 35,000-square-foot campus houses over 300,000 artifacts. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, Ohio Native Americans, and the multi-racial settlement of Longtown.

Edison State Donation to benefit Dayton Children's

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The Information Technology department at Edison State Community College has partnered with the Springfield-based non-profit organization Charitable Recycling to benefit Dayton Children's Hospital. Through a recent charitable contribution of used computer equipment, Edison State was able to provide $1,000 to Dayton Children's Hospital.

"Donating surplus computer equipment was a great opportunity to give back to the community and to reduce the amount of electronic waste in the environment," said Jason Evans, IT Help Desk Supervisor. "Knowing that our charitable contribution will help other organizations and the Dayton Children's Hospital is well worth the time and effort."

Charitable Recycling collects empty ink and laser cartridges, old computer equipment, electronics, appliances, and many other items that can be recycled or reused from organizations such as Edison State Community College.

Once donated, items are sorted into reusable and recyclable items. Items deemed reusable are sent to the New2U store in the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, where they are cleaned, repaired, and put out for sale. Money collected at the New2U store directly benefits Dayton Children's Hospital. Meanwhile, items deemed un-repairable or obsolete are recycled to ensure proper disposal and to keep them out of landfills.

"All this because businesses and people like you cared enough about our environment and our local community to participate in our program," said Rachel Redmon, Program Manager for Charitable Recycling. "We truly thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in the future."

Staff from MVCTC Honored for Work with Special Needs Students

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From left to right: Staff recognized for work with special needs
students at MVCTC LouAnn Haburn (MVCTC), Tiffany Stebbins
(Franklin Monroe), Angela Freeze (MVCTC), Jack Poore (MVCTC).
Columbus, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Special Education staff was recently honored at the Annual Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) Special Needs Division meeting. Tiffany Stebbins (Franklin-Monroe) was honored as the Para-Professional of the Year and Angela Freeze (MVCTC) was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Both honorees work with special needs students at the MVCTC.

What started almost 50 years ago as the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School (JVS) has transformed into the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC). While the name has changed, the mission remains the same. MVCTC is dedicated to providing training for in-demand jobs and college-readiness skills for high school and adult students across Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren Counties.

For more information about MVCTC, visit or follow MVCTC on Facebook ( or Twitter (

Guardians of the Galaxy YA Movie Marathon at Library

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Come join us on Wednesday November 22nd for a Guardians of the Galaxy movie marathon at Greenville Public Library! Starting at noon we'll show the first Guardians movie, immediately followed by Guardians Vol. 2.

Not interested in seeing the first film, but dying to see the second? That’s okay! Stop in at 2 p.m. for the start of Guardians Vol. 2!

This is a free event. Snacks will be provided but we suggest you eat lunch before you come so you don’t miss any of the action! This event is being hosted by the GPL Young Adult Department and is open to all kids ages 18 and under, but parents are welcome when accompanied by a child!

Upcoming events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is gearing up for a busy holiday season, and has plenty of resources available to patrons to help with their own busy schedules. The library has a large collection of cookbooks, books about crafts, games, and decorating, plenty of holiday movies, and a separate section just for Christmas. Come on in for a dose of holiday spirit.

On Tuesday, November 21, the library will be hosting a family bingo event at 6:30 p.m. Come join the fun and try to win some prizes. This is a free, drop-in program.

Patrons can help the library decorate for the holidays by entering the 2nd annual Gingerbread House Contest. Houses will need to be brought to the library on December 6, 7, 8, or 9. Judging will take place the following week. The houses will be on display for the month of December. Check with the library for more details, and come in to pick up your house “base”.

There will be an adult coloring program on Tuesday, December 12 at 4:00. This Christmas themed event is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon. Supplies are provided, and beverages will be served.

Also on Tuesday, December 12 will be the book club meeting at 5:30. In addition to discussing the book “my grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry”, the next book, “Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin, will be handed out. All are welcome to join the group. Snacks are served.
There will be a Christmas Craft Night for children on Thursday, December 21 from 6:00 – 7:30. This event is a free, drop-in program, and is always well-attended. Kids will leave with plenty of awesome creations.

The library will be challenging adults to read more this winter with our “Resolve to Read More” winter reading challenge. The dates will be from January 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018. More information about this new program will be coming soon.

As a reminder, the library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 22, and Thursday, November 23. The library will be open as usual on Friday, November 24. For Christmas, the library will be closed on Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 26.
Call the library with any questions at 937-692-8484. Patrons can also go to our website at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Boil water advisory ends for the City of Greenville customers in the entire service area

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Customers in the City of Greenville Public Water System can use tap water for all purposes. The boil water advisory is lifted. The City of Greenville Public Water System, water quality has returned to normal parameters.

The City of Greenville Water Department collected 20 bacteriological samples throughout the City Saturday evening. The samples were taken to a lab late Saturday night for analysis. The Greenville Water Department consulted with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency during this time to correct the problem that occurred.

On November 18, 2017 a boil water advisory was issued to customers in the entire City of Greenville because of high turbidity levels in the finished water and to protect public health. The City of Greenville Water Department appreciates its customers patience and understanding during this time.

For more information, please contact:
The City of Greenville Water Department at (937) 548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at (937) 548-1815.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this advisory release directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this advisory in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boil Water Advisory for the City of Greenville

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High turbidity levels found in the City of Greenville Water Plant’s water

Boil Your Water Before Using

Bring your tap water to a rolling boil, boil for one minute, and cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, and preparing food until further notice.

This Boil Water Advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

What Happened?

Your water is routinely monitored for turbidity (cloudiness) to determine if it is being properly filtered. Water samples taken on November 18, 2017 had turbidity levels of greater than 2.0 turbidity units (NTU) due to a mechanical failure. This is above the allowable standard of 1.0 turbidity units (NTU). The duration of the event was very short about, seven minutes. Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes.

Turbidity has no health effects. However, turbidity can interfere with disinfection and provide a medium for microbial growth. Turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea and associated headaches. 
These may pose a special health risk for infants, some elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. But these symptoms are not just caused by microbes in drinking water.

If you experience any of these symptoms and they persist, you should seek medical advice.

What is being done?

The filter that caused the issue was taken off line quickly. Chlorine residuals have been increased and the Plant has switched to well water. These steps have been taken to ensure the safest possible water is produced.

In addition to this Crews are in the area now to collect sample to test the bacteriological quality of the water. It is likely that you will need to boil the water for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined. You will be informed in the same manner as this notification when tests show that you no longer need to boil your water. The Greenville Water Department is dedicated to resolving this problem in a timely fashion.

For more information, please contact: The City of Greenville Water Department at (937) 548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at (937) 548-1815.

Please share this information with other people who drink this water, especially anyone who may not get this advisory directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses).

You can do this by posting this advisory in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Friday, November 17, 2017

State of the Heart Care is Hiring!

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What do you get when you combine the classic wisdom of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" with the crazy antics of Dr. Seuss? A SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL!

Final Bow Company will present A Seussified Christmas Carol. on Friday December 1 and Saturday, December 2, 2017 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. The show is described by the author as “A whimsical reinvention of Dickens' most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with -- if he ever had his way with the story...

The Show stars Erin Stephens as THE Scrooge, Carter Qualls as his friend, Jake Marley, with Nina McDaniel and Callee Moore as Narrator (Thing) 1 and 2. THE Scrooge's nephew , Bed-Headed Fred, and his wife are played by Kamdon Riethman and Gracelynn Harter. The Cratichit family is made up of Ian Delk as Bob Chratchit, Scrooge's clerk, Zoe Harter as the Mother, Lillian Price and Carter Qualls are Cratchit Children and dear little Timmy Loo Hoo played by Taylor Holzapfel. Ella Williams haunts Scrooge as the Ghost of Christmas Past along with Isabel Angle as The Ghost of Christmas Present and Gabe Stephens as Sven, the Ghost of Christmas Future. The Solicitors are played by Aldon Edger and Elizabeth Nelson, Boy Scrooge by Tucker Qualls, Little Fan (Scrooge's sister) by Macey Shetler, with Lindsey McDermott as the School Master and Belle, (Young Scrooge's girlfriend) played by Josie Winemiller. There are several cast members who have been called upon to play multiple parts along with being Whoo-Villagers. These cast members include Gabrielle Nelson, Olivia Angle, Anna Stump, Maria McDaniel, Christina Crawford, Maddy Cooper, Victoria Cave, and Makaila Palmer.

For Tickets please call 937-459-8078 or stop by Final Bow at 107 West Main Street. Pre-Sale tickets are $8.00 and ticket purchased at the door will be $10ea. and Children 2 and under are FREE! Check us out our new website at or on FACEBOOK. For more information on the show please call 937-459-8078.


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Greenville donor Mike Dohme with OSU Buckeyeman Larry Lokai.
GREENVILLE, Ohio - The Darke County OSU Alumni Club was on a roll Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the 24th annual Tailgate Blood Drive. Donors rolled up their sleeves, volunteers rolled out chocolate Buckeye treats, and superfan “OSU Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai rolled into town with Buckeye necklaces and his special brand of fun.

“We’re going to learn a lot this time around,” said Alumni Club President Bill Barga, who stepped in as blood drive coordinator in place of long-time coordinator Jan Boyer who passed away in August. “But we have lots of volunteers, lots of door prizes, and lots of treats, including lots of good Buckeyes!”

Donors filled the beds in the Greenville Church of the Brethren for the Tailgate Blood Drive, totaling 126 whole blood donors and 107 donations, plus 11 platelet and plasma donors.

Greenville’s Fred Roll was the first apheresis donor of the day, donating platelets for his 247th lifetime donation. “I don’t really follow sports,” he said about the Tailgate theme. “But I rub shoulders with plenty of people who do, so I hear everything I want to hear about Ohio State!”

Almost near enough to rub shoulders with Fred was Greenville donor Mike Dohme. He wore a scarlet OSU shirt to make his 191st lifetime donation. “I always support the Buckeyes,” said Mike. “I come every year for this.”

When Mike sat down for a chocolate Buckeye in the Donor Café he was soon shaking hands with “Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai, who crowned him with a necklace of Buckeye nuts and snapped pictures together for Facebook.

“How do you overcome being shy?” Larry quizzed Mike. He replied, “You’ve got to talk to people, and always smile.” Larry nodded his wild wig-covered head in approval.

Smiles came easy for Buckeye fans at the blood drive, thanks to Saturday’s blow-out win over Michigan State that helped the erase the pain of the prior week’s stunning loss to Iowa. Larry was at both games, riding the wave of emotion.

When Ohio State plays Michigan on Nov. 23 it will mark the 20th anniversary of the first game Larry donned the wig, OSU jersey and face paint to become “Buckeyeman.”

This anniversary season has been a wave of emotion for a guy whose job is to keep everyone upbeat. Fans felt sick about the loss to Oklahoma, but Larry was literally sick with a stomach bug. He left at halftime and spent the next four days in bed.

“I missed two games this year,” said Larry. “My dad passed away at 103 and my sister with Down syndrome at 63. They passed away within two weeks of each other.”

Larry got back in the game, but he had to make some changes. The weight of eight Buckeye necklaces (for OSU’s eight national titles) and 114 Buckeye nuts (for the number of games against Michigan) was too much for his neck.

“I’ve cut it back to 42 Buckeyes for the year I was born,” he said, “and four necklaces for all four of my children that went to Ohio State.” For the record, Larry was the first in his family to graduate from OSU in 1967. His granddaughter graduating in December will be the 23rd.

Larry refuses to cut-back on his superfan schedule, especially with Michigan Week coming up.

“The key thing is I try to do as many activities as I can with area OSU alumni clubs,” he said. “I belong to four clubs (including the Darke County club) and four societies, and I do as much as I can with them. If they’re in, oh, about 100-mile driving range I try to come.”

That includes squeezing in a stop at the Nov. 21 Farm Bureau Women’s Committee blood drive in Sidney, co-sponsored this year for the first time by the Shelby Co. OSU Alumni Association.

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John Tesh to Headline Holiday Evening at Edison State

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John Tesh
The Edison Foundation will welcome John Tesh to Edison State Community College as the entertainment for 20th annual Holiday Evening event. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, November 29 at the Piqua Campus and is held annually to support student scholarship opportunities.

A four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee, John Tesh has maintained a highly successful and varied career path that includes a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, a string of number one radio hits, and his popular nationally syndicated radio show.

John Tesh’s Grand Piano Christmas offers holiday favorites with Tesh’s signature style. Twenty-five years and fifty plus recordings into his multifaceted, ever-evolving musical career, John Tesh blends easy listening, classical, pop, and new age.

Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund to support Edison State students through scholarship opportunities.

“This is not just a one night event but rather a community effort to impact lives,” said Jim and Ginny Thompson, Co-Chairs of the Holiday Evening event. “Thanks to event sponsors and attendees, student scholarships made available through the Edison Foundation will continue to impact lives in our community.”

Presenting sponsors for the event include Edison State Community College, Emerson, and Premier Health/Upper Valley Medical Center.

Gold sponsors include AIM Media Midwest, Crayex Corporation, Fifth Third Bank, HORAN Marketing, Medical Mutual of Ohio, and The Robinson Fund of the Troy Foundation.

Silver sponsors include Acorn Society, Ferguson Construction, Dan and Jill Francis, Greenville National Bank, Doreen and Len Larson, Bettye and Ray Laughlin, The Paul G. Duke Foundation, Inc., Tom and Sandy Shoemaker and the Troy Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, Unity National Bank, and Wayne Healthcare.

Bronze sponsors include Alvetro Orthodontics, Atlantis Quality Imprinted Sportswear, Robert and Ann Baird, Ed and Kay Curry, Stan Evans, French Oil Mill Machinery of the Piqua Community Foundation, Rick and Beth Hanes, Hartzell Propeller, Inc., Bill and Wanda Lukens, Miami Valley Centre Mall, Tom and Mardie Milligan, Paul Sherry Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Second National Bank, VPP Industries, Inc., and Wilson Health.

A limited number of tickets are available at $125 each and tend to sell out quickly. Each ticket purchased includes heavy hor de ‘oeuvres, wine, and admission to the show. Tickets may be purchased online at

For more information, contact Julie Slattery by emailing or calling 937-778-7805. The Edison Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Versailles Museum to Continue Special Tribute

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The Versailles Area Museum’s hosting of its Veteran’s Day Commemoration was well received, so we will offer this tribute for one more Sunday. The Children’s book by Margot Theis Raven which tells the story of preparing the table for the soldier that is not coming home. Either a POW or MIA the soldier will not be breaking bread with their family. The story came out of the Vietnam Era by a group known as the Red River Fighting Pilots Association, as a way to honor their lost Brethren.

The book is entitled “America’s White Table” and shares the symbolic table and its missing guest.

The Versailles Area Museum will place a special focus on this table in their Military Room. Along with many photos of those who have served and special memorabilia the room will be softly illuminated for reflection.

This also marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. Our room features several important artifacts from this War.

We are also privileged to have a video of a recent interment of a veteran at Arlington National Cemetery. This beautifully filmed and stirring tribute will be shown continuously on the big screen in the Military Room. The video is through the courteous of Leo and Janet Rinderle.

Please join us for this continuing remembrance on Sunday, afternoon November 19th. The museum is open from 1:00 to 4:00. What a special way to remember and give thanks for our Freedom.

Versailles Museum Unveils 2017 Holiday Display

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The Versailles Area Museum has chosen “A Depression Era Christmas” as its theme for this Holiday season.

The museum is decked for the holidays from our 1930’s era lobby complete with our 1929 Model T Ford out doing some holiday shopping. Many of the tree decorations come from the 1930’s. Our thanks goes to Tom & Norma Parin for sharing their wonderful collection of old period Santa’s with us. Our Depression theme continues with beautiful Depression glass from the collections of Joanne Eilerman and Janet Worz.

Other Christmas themed areas include our miniature train display, thanks to David Richart, our turn of the century Mercantile store, our 1900 kitchen, Toyland at Martin’s Department Store which is filled with toys from your childhood and so much more!

Starting this Sunday, November 19th and each Sunday through December 17th and by special arrangement we will be excited to welcome you all home for Christmas!

The Edison Foundation Joins the Global Giving Tuesday Movement

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Pledges to support student scholarship opportunities

Isatou Kassama, Wyatt King
The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College has joined Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Donations made to the Edison Foundation on Giving Tuesday will directly benefit the Edison Foundation Scholarship Fund to support Edison State students through scholarship opportunities.

Occurring this year on November 28, Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

The Edison Foundation joined the Giving Tuesday movement to further support its mission to assist the students of Edison State Community College in meeting their educational goals and dreams. Edison State is a vibrant college providing educational opportunity to anyone desiring it. The Edison Foundation invites community members to help pave the path to these scholarship opportunities through the Giving Tuesday effort.

Students who receive scholarships are encouraged by the generosity coming from community members.

Isatou Kassama, of Troy, is studying social work at Edison State and plans to transfer to Wright State University to complete a bachelor’s degree. Her passion is to help people and in doing so, to help create a better and brighter future for all.

“Due to this kind gesture, I am able to focus on my education and am less stressed about tuition and expenses,” said Kassama.

“This gift shows me that there are people out there who understand the importance of education and are willing to support people who are on the journey of making their lives better.”

Wyatt King, of Greenville, is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree and is majoring in Agriculture Business. In 2018, King will become Edison State’s first agriculture graduate and will either continue on the path toward a bachelor’s degree or enter the workforce.

“The scholarship I received will help to lighten the financial burden of college and help me to reach my goal of graduating without any debt,” said King.

“I will then be able to fully focus on my career without having to worry about my financial state. By doing this, I then hope to try to give back to other students, allowing them to achieve their goals as well.”

Those who are interested in joining The Edison Foundation’s Giving Tuesday initiative and supporting students like Wyatt King and Isatou Kassama with scholarship opportunities can visit

For more details about the Giving Tuesday movement, visit the Giving Tuesday website at

Fifth Annual Randall Residence Festival of Trees and Silent Auction to Benefit Tipp City Area Arts Council

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Randall Residence of Tipp City has announced that it will partner with the Tipp City Area Arts Council for their fifth Annual Festival of Trees Silent Auction and Gala. The public is invited to attend this event to be held at the Randall Residence of Tipp City located at 6400 South County Road 25A, on December 7, 2017. A social hour begins at 5:30 P.M., with appetizers served by Tippecanoe High School students and music provided by Flutes Etc.; an exquisite dinner prepared by Chef Nate will begin at 6:00 P.M. The Tippecanoe Community Band will provide the evening’s entertainment following the dinner hour. Dinner prices are $25 for adults and $8 for children (under 12). Please make your RSVP by calling 937-667-8200 by December 1st; seating is limited. Valet parking will be provided.

The Festival of Trees, donated by local businesses, organizations, and Randall Residence employees and families, will once again deck the halls. Trees of all shapes and sizes, themes and décor along with wreaths, swags, other Christmas decorations and raffle baskets will be sold during a silent auction that begins November 27th. You are invited to stop by Randall Residence between the hours of 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM starting November 27 through December 7 to bid on these lovely decorated holiday items. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Tipp City Area Arts Council. By placing a bid you will not only get a one-of-a-kind holiday keepsake, you will also get a tax deduction and support the arts in our community.

The Tipp City Area Arts Council offers many free and minimally priced events for the area’s families and children. Besides their three major events: the February Fine Art Exhibit & Sale, Canal Music Fest and Art in the Park/Children’s Art Adventure, they also host a variety of camps, contests, and other events for adults and children. Proceeds from this year’s auction will help to support the 2018 programs.

Kick off the holiday season and join us this year for Randall Residence’s Festival of Trees Silent Auction & Christmas Gala. If you are unable to attend that evening and would like to support the arts in our community, you can do so by clicking the DONATE button on the Tipp City Area Arts Council website or by becoming a member of TCAAC, also via the website. If you would like a membership brochure mailed to you, please contact the Arts Council at 937-543-5115.


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DAYTON, Ohio – Bailey Zechar Funeral Home will team up with Community Blood Center to host a Thanksgiving week blood drive Monday, Nov. 20 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Versailles Knights of Columbus Social Hall, 8440 St. Rt. 47. The “Buckeye Blood Donor” football t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Buckeye Blood Donor” campaign celebrates Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry week and the drive for football championships that peak during the Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone who registers to donate Monday, Nov. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 9 at a CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” t-shirt. The gray t-shirt features a scarlet and gray football helmet with the map of Ohio and the CBC blood drop as the helmet emblem.

Thanksgiving begins the holiday season, a challenging time for maintaining the area blood supply. If you must miss an appointment to donate please reschedule when you can. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


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Brenda Miller – Speaker and Club President
Greenville, OH. – Greenville BPW Members and guests enjoyed an evening of learning how to express themselves through journaling at their November 9th meeting held at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room. The program was hosted by IDP committee members Jane Carroll, Chair with Brenda Miller, CoChair, and committee members Michelle Hook and Lindsey Gehret. BPW President, Brenda Miller discussed the benefits of journaling some of which are to help reduce emotional pain, create better relationships, and provide emotional release. Also she noted that people who journal, achieve higher test scores. She also discussed various types of journals which can be either structured or non-structured. Journals can be a time capsule which captures a specific time frame or can also be on specific topics such as exercise, career, travel, dreams, family, projects, business etc. She urged members to create their own “Gratitude journal” for the month of November.

Following the program, members made plans for the upcoming “Breakfast with Santa” which will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, December 2nd at the Greenville VFW. Also, the Super Raffle Drawing will be held at the December 14th BPW meeting. Tickets are still available at Merle Norman (downtown Greenville) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or email or any BPW Club Member. Winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. Proceeds from both events go toward scholarships for Darke County young women.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Marilyn Emmons at 548-5824 or or find them on Facebook @ Greenville BPW Club.

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9pm, there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. As you hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, you can enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening.

In the Log House the fire will warm you while enjoying pioneer music of Christmas past as you relax in the comforts of the 18th century. Stop and warm up by the campfire and visit with the Parks Director. Holiday crafts for all ages will be available in the Nature Center to fuel the memories of this staff-favorite event. The Nature Center and gift shop will be open offering a selection of unique gifts or that perfect stocking stuffer! Santa will once again pay us a visit from the North Pole!

New this year for the 10th anniversary, we will offer an extended path option for those who can’t get enough of the luminary trails. Don’t forget about our new Snowman Decorating Contest! Local businesses and non-profits decorate their own “snowman” to compete in a people’s choice award! Call the Nature Center today to participate in this great way to advertise your business/non-profit to our estimated 1,000 luminary visitors!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect FREE event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Don’t forget to bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path!

For information on this event or other park district programs check out our website, find us on facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Fort GreeneVIlle DAR Donates to Darke County Veterans Services

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In honor of Veterans Day, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution donated over $200 in toiletries and personal items to Darke County Veterans Services.

Pictured are Fort GreeneVille members Chris Nehring, Helen Wright, Shirley Hughes and Veteran Service officer Var Gehron and Head Veteran Service Officer Thomas Pitman.

Edison State Hosts RN to BSN Information Fair

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Edison State Community College is hosting a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Information Fair on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center at the Piqua Campus. Current nursing students and practicing nurses are invited to learn about the opportunities available to them in pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

Representatives from 10 universities will be available to share information about their completion programs and to guide interested nurses toward their next steps for enrollment. This event gives prospective students the ability to obtain information about many programs in one visit. The faculty and administration at Edison State work collaboratively with all of the represented universities to provide for a smooth pathway to the BSN degree.

Edison State encourages graduates of the nursing program to plan for their future educational and career goals and this is an excellent opportunity to do so. Nursing students currently in the capstone class will graduate in December and applications are being accepted now through January 31 for students interested in beginning Edison State's nursing program in Fall 2018 semester.

For more information, contact Edison State Associate Professor of Nursing, Rick Roberts at

PERI to Host Christmas Luncheon

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Left to right are Shari Wolf, Steve and Dot Thornburg, Don Thompson, Joyce Harrison, and Mary Pipenger.
PERI will be traveling back to the good ole days when the "Country Strings Band" performs at their Christmas luncheon on Monday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. at the VFW on Ohio Street, Greenville. Lead by PERI member, Joyce Harrison, the band will enliven the Christmas Spirit with the toe tapping tunes of dulcimers and songs, fun and surprises that are planned to revive memories of holidays past but not forgotten. The group has been playing together for over fifteen years.

In addition to food, entertainment, surprises and fun, John DiPietro, who is the Representative of District Three, which includes eight PERI counties, including Darke, will be the guest speaker. He has been working closely with Steve Toth, who is a member of the Ohio Public Employees (OPERS) Board of Trustees. Both men have been instrumental in fighting the loss of COLA benefits, which was recently approved by OPERS but has as yet to be implemented. DiPietro will bring PERI members and other OPERS retirees up-to-date on the most recent efforts that are being done to stop the loss of their COLAS as well as other critical issues of which they need to be aware.

Open to PERI members, their guests, and Ohio Public Employee retirees who are eligible for membership, reservations for the luncheon meeting must be in no later than Wednesday, November 29 by calling Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman, at (937) 548-3961. PERI Members will be contacted as usual by the PERI calling committee.

While this meeting has been planned to be entertaining and fun, it is also an important and informative meeting that remains true to the PERI Mission of protecting and preserving OPERS pension funds and benefit programs that are in the best interest of all PERI members and OPERS eligible members.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wayne HealthCare Sponsors 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade

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Terri Flood, Director of Marketing at Wayne HealthCare presents
their donation to Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of
Main Street Greenville.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- As part of its commitment to the local community, Wayne HealthCare is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade on Saturday, November 18th in downtown Greenville.

The 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade, hosted by Main Street Greenville, will feature entertainment leading up to the grand parade, which will begin at 7 pm. The lighted event includes 70+ horse entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown area. This event has become an annual holiday tradition for local families and visitors.

“Our commitment to provide quality care and promote wellness close to home is at the forefront of everything we do for the community,” said Terri Flood, Wayne HealthCare Marketing Director. “We are proud to continue our Platinum Sponsorship and support a great event for all to enjoy.”

Wayne HealthCare provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to patients. Additional services include a nationally recognized cancer center, telemedicine, rehabilitation services, diagnostic imaging, perioperative services and community wellness programs.

“We are very grateful for Wayne HealthCare’s sponsorship of the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade and their support of Main Street Greenville’s mission,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “We are working to provide a healthy and enjoyable quality of life here in Greenville and Wayne HealthCare continually partners with us to encourage people to stay active and get involved. They are dedicated to seeing this community thrive.”

Main Street Greenville also thanks the many other local businesses who help to sponsor this annual event, a full list of sponsors can be found on their website. This year's Platinum Parade Sponsors are Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Federal, Interim HealthCare, and Edison Community College. “We are thankful for our sponsors’ support. Many of our sponsors are continued sponsors who help us create this event for our community each year,” said Peggy Schultz, Board President for Main Street Greenville.

Please visit or for more information about Main Street Greenville and the 14th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. If you have any questions, you can contact them at 937-548-4998 or

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