Wednesday, February 28, 2018

G.H.S. Vocal Music Presents Annual Winter Concert

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Vocal Music students will perform their annual Winter Concert on Monday, March 5, at 7:00pm at Memorial Hall. This concert is free to the public and tickets are not needed. Doors will open at 6:30pm, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Act I of the concert will begin with Girls Glee performing “Let Freedom Ring”, “Dona Nobis Pacem” and “This is the Day”. The Concert Choir will perform “Homeward Bound”, “Set Me as a Seal” and “Land of Our Dreams.” Collage will perform “Where Peaceful Waters Flow”, “Angus Dei” and “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.” Various solo acts will also take place between the choir segments.

There will be a brief intermission, and Act II will consist of the Wavaires performing their 2018 Cantata, “Your Love Awakens Me”. This year’s cantata contains worship songs from Phil Wickham, Jesus Culture, Hillsong, Passion and Vertical Worship.

The GHS Choirs are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge and accompanied by Mrs. Judy Mills. Be sure to like and follow Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters on Facebook to receive the latest news and ways to support the G.H.S. Vocal Music program and other events.


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Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s largest fundraiser of the year, kicks off Friday, March 2, at Belmar Lanes in Sidney starting at 4:30pm, and at Treaty Lanes in Greenville starting at 5:30pm. This two-day bowl-a-thon will continue on Saturday, March 3 at both locations with Belmar bowling times starting at 1pm and Treaty starting at 2pm. Bowling lane reservations are filling up quickly, so please call to reserve a lane for your team.

Participation is open to the public, and community members are asked to form teams consisting of 4-6 team members. Individual bowlers are asked to raise a minimum of $40, or $25 if under the age of 18, to be eligible to participate in this event. Contributions allow admission to the party, a Bowl for Kids’ Sake t-shirt, pizza, snacks, and the chance to win many door prizes.

The money raised goes directly towards establishing one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive role models and children in need. Last year alone the agency served nearly 400 children throughout Shelby and Darke County. All funds stay in the county in which they are raised! The goal for this year’s event is $43,075, and the agency is currently short of that goal by $18,150. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is an affordable advertising opportunity for local companies and businesses, not to mention a wonderful chance for employee team building. There are a variety of sponsor levels available.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can make a difference in a child’s life, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Community Input Sought

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Edison State Community College is currently engaging in a Strategic Planning Process aimed at moving the college forward and providing stronger educational service while also better responding to the needs of communities throughout the region regarding education, workforce development, and local partnerships.

Community members are valued by Edison State as essential stakeholders who present unique perspective and insight into the educational and training needs of the region. To gather feedback, Edison State invites interested community members to take part in a focus group, geared toward collecting information related to the college's strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

For convenience, two focus group events will be held. The first event will be held at the Darke County Campus located at 601 Wagner Avenue in Greenville, Ohio, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

The second event will be held at the Piqua Campus located at 1973 Edison Drive in Piqua, Ohio, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Input provided will have significant influence in assisting Edison State to realize their mission and help to better serve students and communities throughout the region.

Those interested in participating are asked to RSVP by Monday, March 5, 2018, to Heather Lanham, Senior Executive Assistant to the President by calling 937-778-7803 or by emailing Please indicate which event you would like to attend.

Bistro Off Broadway adds Empowering to its community support

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Ted Abney, owner of Bistro Off Broadway, presents a check to
Bob Robinson, program coordinator, supporting the Empowering
Darke County Youth programs.
GREENVILLE - Ted and Diana Abney, owners of Bistro Off Broadway, are long-time supporters of the community and community programs. They recently joined a growing list of community and business supporters with a donation to the Empowering Darke County Youth programs.

For years the Abneys have provided scholarships through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund; they also participate in Darke County Center for the Arts Coffee House Series, among other events. Bistro Off Broadway serves a unique upscale Midwestern menu in a themed environment featuring 20th century memorabilia.

Empowering Darke County Youth is wrapping up its second year of support for at-risk youth through its Greenville elementary and middle school After School Program and Darke County Summer Tutoring programs. Find out more about the Empowering focus at its annual meeting, March1 at 7 p.m., Tribute Funeral Homes, Greenville, formerly Oliver Floyd Funeral Home, 1000 N. Broadway. This year’s meeting is open to the public.

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

Upcoming Events at Miller Flowers

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Spring Bulb Garden workshop

Do you have the spring fever? We have just the cure for you!

Join us on March 6th, at 6:00 PM for a Spring Bulb Garden workshop.

We’ll have our hands in warm soil as we plant sprouted bulbs & ivy into a beautiful rustic container.

The bulbs will continue to grow in your house and later bloom around Easter. Once the bulbs are finished, plant outside for bloom next spring!

Location: Miller Flowers, 2200 St. Rt. 571 W. Greenville, Ohio 45331

Cost (includes supplies & plants)- $35.00

Please R.S.V.P by March 3rd, at or by calling 937.547.6099

A Peter Rabbit Garden Party (Ages 1-8 years old).

“Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnies, went down
the lane to gather blackberries; But Peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to Mr. McGregor's garden, and squeezed under the gate!

First he ate some lettuces and some French beans; and then he ate some radishes…” (Beatrix Potter)

What has Peter Rabbit been up to now? Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 10:30 AM to discover how mischievous he’s really been.

We’ll eat snacks, read the Peter Rabbit story, play some garden games, learn about gardens, and plant a pot of lettuce/herbs for the kitchen window.

Location: Miller Flowers, 2200 St. Rt. 571 W. Greenville, Ohio 45331

Fee: $5.00 a person.

Register by: April 12th (limit: 30, SPOTS FILL FAST!)

Please R.S.V.P by March 3rd, at or by calling 937.547.6099

Note: While this is geared towards younger children, older children are also welcomed!

Greenville BPW Educated on ‘Non-Lethal Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Family

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Pictured left to right: BPW members: Diana Frazier, Annette Sanders,
speaker and member Melissa Barhorst, and members Peggy Foutz and Susan Fowble.
Damsel in Defense Independent Director Melissa Barhorst was the featured speaker at the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) meeting on February 8th. The meeting was held at the Brethren Retirement Community and hosted by the Public Relations Committee consisting of Chair Peggy Foutz and members Annette Sanders, Diana Frazier, Melissa Barhorst and Susan Fowble.

Melissa Barhorst spoke about Damsel in Defense that was started by two moms 7 years ago. She has been a Damsel representative for almost 6 years. Their mission is to equip, empower and educate women to protect themselves and their families. They are changing statistics and giving back to these amazing partner organizations that are making a difference in the lives of those who have been assaulted. They are RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) and Wipe Every Tear. Barhorst provided information on what Damsel in Defense is about:
  • Wear Your Warning - A product line including t-shirts to announce you are always in ‘defense mode’.
  • Family Education - Safe Hearts books and pamphlets for parents to educate themselves on protecting their children. A Digital Defense program that is a safeguard against threats online that are unseen.
  • Pepper spray.
  • Concealed carry purses. RIFD wallets to protect credit card theft.
  • Security on the Go which includes protection products for travel.
There are 350 representatives in Ohio and 10,000 across the nation. Melissa can be contacted through

The Greenville BPW Club annually supports community services. This month the Club collected items for the Domestic Violence Shelter of Darke County. Director Annie Sonner was present and thanked the group for donating items for the shelter.

The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club is the leading advocate for working women achieving equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The local Club meets once a month to present programs to provide members with professional development programs, networking, participation in grassroots activism, and opportunities to support scholarships for the young women of Darke County.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Greenville BPW Club or becoming a member can contact President Brenda Miller at 937/423-7552 or

Dr. Harry Thomas Scholarship is Awarded

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Scholarship recipient, Amy Parker
The Garst Museum and the Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that Amy Parker received the H. G. Thomas Medical Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Amy is a student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The H. G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr. Harry G. Thomas. The scholarship program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s estate and interest generated by the fund also supplements the fund.

To be eligible for this scholarship the applicant must be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school. Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school.

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

Greenville City Schools' Kindergarten Registration

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Greenville City Schools will be holding kindergarten registration at the Elementary building located at 1111 N Ohio St. on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, April 3rd: 4:00-7:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, April 4th: 4:00-6:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, April 5th: 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Registration may also be completed at Memorial Hall Monday- Friday from 8:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

On-line registration at:

Access to this school district system is secured and monitored. For security purposes we will be tracking your information, including your IP address.

Children must be five years of age on or before August 1, 2018. Please bring official birth certificate, immunization records, custody papers if applicable, a parent/guardian photo ID, and two forms of proof of residency. Parent only needed at registration. Children will be screened on a later date which will be scheduled when the parent registers.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Greenville Woman Dies in Overnight Crash on 49

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On February 26, 2018 at 4:27 am Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Arcanum Fire and Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 2800 block of State Route 49.

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver, 2008 Hyundai Elantra, driven by Jason N. Jones , 32, of Greenville was traveling north bound in the 2800 block of State Route 49 when he traveled left of center, went off the left side of the roadway and struck a concrete culvert . Mr. Jones was treated at the scene by Arcanum Rescue and then transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where he is listed in serious condition. Terra A. Hodge, 33, of Greenville was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office reconstruction team was called to the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Help Wanted at Brookedale Greenville

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Brookdale Greenville is currently seeking caring and motivated individuals interested in the Resident Care Associate position. It is not required that you be state tested as we provide on-the-job training.

If you wish to apply, please stop by the community at 1401 N Broadway St, Greenville or email your resume to

Carrying on the Longtown Heritage

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Garst Museum’s Speakers Series returns on Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 P.M. The guest speaker will be Darke County native Connor Keiser. Connor is the great-great-great-great-great grandson of James Clemens, a freed slave from Rockingham County, Virginia. Clemens, along with his wife Sophia Sellers and their five children, settled in the Longtown area of Darke County and began farming in 1818. The Longtown settlement was established nearly 200 years ago. The settlement grew into a thriving mixed-race community and an important stop on the Underground Railroad.

Connor will reflect on his research into Longtown’s history, and his experiences growing up in a multigenerational mixed-race family. He and other descendants of the pioneering settlers are working to bring Longtown back to life for others to experience.

All Garst lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, Lowell Thomas, and Longtown exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc. Foundation.

Local Young Author at Library

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The Greenville Public Library welcomes young adult author Julie Kramer for an “Author Share & Sign” program on Tuesday February 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Julie, a senior at Ansonia High School, will discuss her experiences writing and publishing her first novel The Science of Dragons. She will also share excerpts from her book and have copies to autograph and sell.

This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring young adult and adult writers to meet with Julie and discuss the writing and publishing.

Fish Choice Pantry to provide free help with tax filing

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A capacity building grant from the Ohio Association of Foodbanks will support services

Greenville, Ohio February, 2018– The Fish Choice Pantry will receive funding to support the expansion of their free tax filing services through The Ohio Benefit Bank™. The Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB™) is a program of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks that provides free help with federal, state and school district tax filing to nearly 30,000 Ohio households each year.

Fish Choice Pantry will be providing free tax completion services to the Darke County community by appointment, by providing weekday, evening and Saturday appointments.

The OBB is made up of a network of more than 1,000 community and faith-based organizations that connect Ohioans with more than 20 work support programs and tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit and child tax credits, through one streamlined online service called The Benefit Bank®. Ohioans can visit sites like Fish Choice Pantry to file their taxes for free with a trained counselor, or they can file on their own at Most households using the married filing jointly status with incomes less than $95,000 and most households using other filing statuses with incomes less than $65,000 are eligible to file their federal, state and school district taxes for free with the OBB.

In 2017, The Fish Choice Pantry served well over 450 residents of Darke and surrounding Counties. “This year, we hope to serve even more residents and help them keep the full tax refunds they’ve earned,” said Fish Director, Kristy Cutarelli.

Residents interested in making an appointment to have their taxes filed through the OBB can call 937-547-9730. Appointments are available weekdays, evenings, or at one of their Saturday tax clinics.

Community members interested in volunteering as OBB counselors are welcome to call Kristy or Laura at 937-547-9730 for more information.

About Fish Choice Pantry
Fish Choice Pantry is an ecumenical organization providing nutritious food to Darke County residents on an emergency basis. The food pantry is located at 400 Markwith Ave, Greenville, OH. Our hours of operation are: Monday 1-2 pm, Wednesday 10-11 am and Friday 4-5 pm each week. Home deliveries are available to shut-ins Monday thru Saturday by calling FISH at 548-2000. Please call 937-547-9730 for more information on how you can become a part of this worthwhile organization.

About the Ohio Association of Foodbanks
The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is Ohio’s largest charitable response to hunger, representing Ohio’s 12 Feeding America foodbanks and 3,300 member charities including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. In SFY 2016, the association and its member foodbanks were able to acquire and distribute over 208 million pounds of food and grocery items. The association also serves as the home of The Ohio Benefit Bank and operates the state’s largest navigator program for the Affordable Care Act. Follow the association on Twitter, stay connected on Facebook and visit them on the web at

Preparations begin for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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The maple sap has started to run, and many Darke County Parks’ volunteers and staff have fired up the sugar shack for the maple sugaring season! Freezing nights and thawing days cause the sap to move, bringing the sweetness one step closer to the table. For some volunteers it will be just another February, for others it’s an opportunity to learn a new skill and help out the park district at the same time.

The Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Tours and Waffle Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 3rd. This late winter day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours through history and science, learning the process of turning sap into syrup. After the tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack, and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the early settlers and discuss life on the frontier. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop and bake sale will be full of maple goodies fit for any sweet tooth! Tours will begin at 8am and run every half-hour.

The Friends of the Parks’ annual Waffle Breakfast will once again be serving up a hearty meal of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure maple syrup! Adults tickets are $6 and children 3-12 are $3. Carry-out is available, and extra sausage can be purchased for $1 more. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the breakfast or presale tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information!


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In celebration of National Heart Health Month, patients, residents and staff of Versailles Health Care Center were encouraged to stay heart-healthy and show their support on National Wear Red Day February 2nd

Coronary heart disease is America’s #1 killer. Stroke is #5, which can also cause serious disability. Knowing the signs and symptoms of heart conditions, and how to respond quickly and effectively, is important in our daily lives. Although some heart attacks occur suddenly, most begin slowly, with only mild pain and discomfort. These symptoms may be taken lightly and help may not be sought in time.

Signs of a heart attack may include the following:
  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that’s either constant, or comes and goes. This discomfort can be in the form of pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. Chest discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom among men and women.
  • Discomfort in other areas such as the arms, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cold sweats, lightheadedness, nausea.
  • Women are somewhat more likely than men to experience the other signs of heart attack listed above.

Cardiac arrest occurs immediately. Here are some of the signs:

  • Sudden unresponsiveness.
  • Abnormal breathing – normal breath not taken when head is tilted up, and checked for at least 5 seconds.

Edison State Darke County Student Take Community Service Seriously

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“This experience has really humbled me,” said one Edison State student. She was one of 49 Edison State Darke County Campus students who worked with kindergarten through seventh grade students in Empowering Darke County Youth’s After School Program (ASP) on the new Greenville Elementary and Middle School campus last fall. She wasn’t the only one, another student referred to it as an “extremely important and absolutely fantastic program.”

Edison State students taking Fundamentals of Communication courses on the Darke County Campus have the opportunity to work outside of their comfort zones for 26 hours during the semester. While the option is adaptable according to individual circumstances, students are encouraged to learn the value of communication by tutoring younger students who may be struggling with their academics. In most cases, this will be in the Empowering ASP, which is almost exclusively supported by Edison State faculty, staff, and students. Another 10 students, due to schedule conflicts, chose to work with children in their local districts or older citizens in health care facilities.

“Nearly all referred to the programs they chose as life-changing experiences,” said Bob Robinson, Communications Instructor for Edison State. “They look upon their efforts as a valuable service that has a big impact on the students and the community.” One student, in his end-of-semester evaluation, said, “I think it’s a good way for the community to recognize Edison State cares.”

While the tutoring (or alternative) option is the major one, Edison State communication students also have the opportunity to go into different Darke County school districts to talk to students about making the right decisions in their lives. In the fall, they talk to young people about bullying; in the spring, the topic is drug abuse. Their messages are age-appropriate for kindergarten through sixth grade. Over the years Edison State students have made presentations to kindergarten through sixth grade students in Greenville, Arcanum, Mississinawa Valley, and Ansonia.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


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On Monday, February 19, 2018 at approximately 10:56 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Wayne HealthCare Emergency Room in reference to a man that had been stabbed.

Darke County deputies responded to Wayne HealthCare ER. The investigation revealed Zechariah Gwinn (25) New Castle, Indiana had been assaulted and stabbed by Aaron Sanders (25) Ansonia, Ohio. The stabbing occurred before noon on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Sanders’ residence located at 9957 Detling Road, Ansonia, Ohio.

Mr. Gwinn was treated by Wayne Health Care and Miami Valley Hospital for his injuries and his condition is stable at this time.

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10:33 P.M., Mr. Sanders was taken into custody at 5755 State Route 571 East Greenville, Ohio without further incident on charges of felonious assault.

This case remains under investigation.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Events at the Arcanum Public Library

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According to Punxsutawney Phil, winter is sticking around for a bit longer. Come on in to find a great book or two, some movies, and some fun. We have plenty of activities planned for the rest of February.

The Winter Reading Challenge for adults running through March 31st at the Arcanum Public Library has gotten off to a great start. Every book that a patron reads counts for an entry for monthly prizes and the drawing for the grand prize – a Kindle. In order to be in the drawing for the bird feeding prize for February, entries need to be in to the library by Thursday, March 1st. No registration is needed, just come by the library for a log sheet. Come join the challenge anytime. Check with the library for more details.

Adults and teens are invited to check out a book as part of our “Blind Date with a Book” event. Come on in, pick up a covered book, and take it home to read. If you like it, you get to keep it. If you don’t, you can give it to someone else, or bring it back to the library. This event will be going on through February.

Monday, February 26 is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. Come on in to hear staff and special guests read fairy tales during the day! More information will be coming.

The second class in our Gardening Series will be held on Tuesday, February 27, at 1:00 p.m. Come join us for a fun look at kitchen shelf projects, sprouts and micro greens. No registration needed. Door prizes will be handed out.

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.


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Lindsey Gehret, CEO and Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, is excited to announce Dr. David Ware M.D. as the new Wound Care Doctor at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Ware graduated magna cum laude from Ross University School of Medicine in 2003, moving to the Miami Valley soon after. He interned at Wright State’s School of Medicine for a year before completing a surgical residency through Wright State at Miami Valley Hospital. Currently, Dr. Ware is working with VOHRA Wound Physicians. VOHRA is a group of certified wound care specialists who provide wound care and dermatological services to nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Dr. Ware’s presents at Versailles Health Care Center is valuable on many levels. His visits will reduce sending residents and patients out for procedures, appointments, and lowering the chance of re-hospitalizations to offer excellence in care. Dr. Ware is a General Surgeon and can accommodate feeding tubes, PEG tubes, skin integrity, and falls. When asked what he liked about visiting the Versailles Health Care Center, area he stated” I really like the rural areas. I grew up in a rural area in Utah.”

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers short-term rehab services, outpatient therapy, and long-term care. Versailles Health Care Center sent home 15 patients so far that utilized its short-term rehab services in 2018 and 210 in 2017! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call Amber Bey at 937.526.5570, email her at, or visit on the web at

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday from 9:30-11:30am and Wednesday from 3-5pm. This is a unique citizen science program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Observations from here in Darke County may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help! Bird watchers will gather inside the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station. Drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday to help with the project. There will be warm drinks available for those enjoying nature from the comfort of an armchair on a cold winter’s day. For more information on Project FeederWatch or if you have questions about any of the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Changing Displays Makes the Versailles Area Museum a Must See

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How long has there been a Pharmacy in the Versailles area? Well the Versailles Area Museum can trace a Pharmacy located in downtown Versailles at least ten years before the 1901 fire.

Thanks to the generosity of Merlin Collins, a Pharmacist originally from Versailles and from our permanent collection at the museum along with our friends at Kaulp’s and others whom have so generously loaned to us, we welcome you to come and discover the numerous Pharmacies that once called our area home.

It is not only surprising how many but what they sold in addition to those so needed prescriptions. Also noted how many things sold 100 years ago would be illegal today!

Also new to our displays are a wonderful collection of early and unique license plates in our motor display. Thanks to Art Gaier for sharing these with us.

Another big collector of early area advertising is Brad Grilliot who is sharing a wonderful new display in the Entrepreneur Room.

Of course, the new display in our Arts Room is “rocking” with the wonderful collection of Bushwack and our featured local painter is the late Juanita Gerling.

If you missed a month then you’ve missed a lot! Bring the family in next Sunday or any Sunday from 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m. or by appointment (937-526-4222) and enjoy the sites before they change again!

FYI: the iconic Toy Land display will be leaving in only five short weeks so come by soon!


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Bear’s Mill will be holding its popular Soup ‘N Bowl event on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The Clark Gallery will be converted into a restaurant with tables that seat four, with servers offering two choices of soup, bread and dessert. Each diner can choose a handmade pottery bowl to take home. The warm atmosphere will be graced with violin accompaniment by Cassandra Clark. There will be a 50/50 raffle during each dinner seating. Tickets sell out every year for all three choices of dining times which are: 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The cost to a Member of Bear’s Mill is $25; nonmembers are $30 each. Tickets can be purchased at Bear’s Mill during open hours or by calling 937-548-5112. Winter hours at the mill are: Tuesday – Saturday 11-5; Sunday 1-5.

Donations and volunteers make this important fund-raising event possible. For the fifth year, Ted Abney of The Bistro on Broadway will generously donate the delicious soup, as well as deliver tables and chairs for use during the event. The Bakehouse in Troy will bake Rustic Italian bread, and desserts will be furnished by Eikenberry’s, and Janet Wiseman and the Brethren Home Retirement Center. Bowls in a variety of styles will be donated by Millrace Potters Collective artists Julie Clark, Rita Wiley, Loretta Wray and Dionne Mayhew. Also donating bowls are potters: Scott Thayer, Ben Deeter, Pat Klopfenstein, Dave Kirschner from Vessels in Dayton, Erin Lambers from Cornell Studio in Butler Township, and Mark and Amy McGraw of Artistic Earth Pottery in Troy. The Friends of Bear’s Mill Board and devoted individuals volunteer to serve and clean up for this enjoyable event.

Monday, February 19, 2018


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February brings the second “Coffee with the Commissioner” of the year. This will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at E & R’s in Yorkshire, OH. Come and join me with any questions/concerns that you may have.

This is your chance to meet with your county official.

Once again, the date is Saturday, February 24, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the E & R’s in Yorkshire, OH. Hope to see you there!

Fog to Blame for Valentine's Tractor-Trailer Accident

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On February 14th, 2018 at approximately 9:34 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue and North Star Fire Department responded to the 5400 block of State Route 705 reference a one vehicle injury crash into a building.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2001 Peterbilt Tractor-trailer driven by Paul C. Stephenson (63), of Hamilton, was traveling Eastbound on State Route 705. Due to very dense fog the driver did not see the curve in the roadway. Stephenson traveled off the roadway into a field, thus striking an unoccupied building. Stephenson, was extracted by non-mechanical means and transported by Ansonia Rescue to Mercer Health for his injuries.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County recently received a grant from the Monarch Legacy Fund of The Community Foundation of Shelby County. The grant will help offset the cost of their “Earth Friendly Practices” curriculum being utilized during their after-school Big Buddies program. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year’s program focuses on ecological awareness and earth-friendly practices. The program also promotes social and emotional development through various activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. The non-profit agency relies on United Way funding, grants, financial contributions, and fundraisers to support their ongoing efforts to mentor at-risk youth. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, event sponsorship, or event participation; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

British Isles Beers at Library

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When it comes to beers from the British Isles, classic styles from Great Britain like Pale Ale, IPA, Porter, and Bitter are what most often come to mind. Beer styles from Ireland and Scotland often get overlooked, but these verdant lands steeped in history have plenty to offer the discerning beer drinker. While often harder to track down, Irish & Scottish beer styles are unique and delicious and worth the hunt.

In this class, we will discuss the hidden history of Irish and Scottish brewing traditions. The Craft Beer Education Series is lead by David Nilsen, beer journalist and Certified Cicerone. David will guide attendees through a tasting of five beer styles, explaining the history and unique ingredients and brewing processes of each.

The events will be at the Greenville Public Library Thursday February 22 and Thursday March 8 at 6:30 p.m. each night. Both classes are identical, and attendees may only register for one class.

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

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 6 PM. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum, OH. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. The trio consists of:

Pastor Gary Bayes (baritone) started Redeemed Trio 13 years ago. Pastor Gary retired in 1999 for the secular world to become a staff pastor at Montgomery Assembly of God church. After 3 years there he became the Administrative Pastor at Christian Life Center Church in West Chester, Ohio for 6 years. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet along with Barney McFadden. It has been his life long dream to minister in Southern Gospel Music and Redeemed Trio has been a big part of this dream come true.

Barney McFadden (lead) has ministered in Southern Gospel Music since he was a teenager. He was raised in southern Indiana and began singing by filling in when a member of The Churchmen quartet became ill. After singing with them for several years, he formed his own trio, The Majestics. Barney’s full time occupation was a tool and die maker but was able to sing and travel on weekends and back to work on Monday morning. Moving to Ohio because of his job, he formed The Victors Quartet. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet and The McFadden’s with his wife and son.

Dale Boreing (tenor) has enjoyed singing and playing in church, where his love for Southern Gospel Music and dream to travel in a group began. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he remained involved, and a huge SG fan, for many years while raising his family. It wasn’t until 2009 that his dream came true when Dale was offered the tenor position for the Sonmen Quartet . In 2012 he joined the Mission Quartet where he was blessed to travel nationally for 2 years.

Ohio Wildlife Council Receives 2018-2019 Deer Hunting Proposals

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council heard proposals for Ohio’s 2018-2019 white-tailed deer hunting season dates and bag limits at Wednesday’s meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The proposed season dates are nearly identical to previous seasons.
Overview of proposed deer hunting seasons for 2018-2019:
  • Deer archery: Sept. 29, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019
  • Youth deer gun: Nov. 17-18, 2018
  • Deer gun: Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2018; Dec. 15-16, 2018
  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 5-8, 2019
Deer bag limits were proposed to remain the same for all but one county. A reduction in the bag limit from three deer to two deer was proposed for Jefferson County. All other county bag limits would remain the same. The ODNR Division of Wildlife also proposed modifications for hunting on public land that would permit hunters to harvest only one antlerless deer from public hunting areas per license year and require that only antlered deer be harvested on public land after Dec. 2. This proposal would allow for some herd growth on public land. The statewide bag limit was proposed to remain at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.

In other proposals, the ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed to allow the use of devices such as range finders on archery equipment that utilize only non-visible light when hunting in Ohio. Any device that projects a beam of visible light would still be prohibited. Proposed changes to furbearer management included modifying the list of counties open to river otter trapping and creating a limited bobcat trapping season to support scientific research. Trapping for bobcats would be limited to two zones in eastern and southern Ohio, with a small, fixed quota for each zone. Trappers would be required to purchase an additional $5 permit and only be allowed to harvest one bobcat per license year. Trapping in each zone would close when the quota is reached. The data collected from these bobcats would provide scientists with a better idea of the population in Ohio. New counties were proposed to open for river otter trapping, as the species is now prevalent in many areas. River otter bag limits have not changed.

Melissa Griffin Named VHCC January Employee of the Month

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Melissa Griffin
Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to announce Melissa Griffin as the January 2018 Employee of the Month. Griffin has been a member of the Housekeeping, Laundry and Maintenance Departments at Versailles Health Care Center since September 2008. She was recognized by her fellow co-workers for being a great team player. She does a wonderful job cleaning, and does any task that she is asked to do. While her supervisor was off for a short period of time, Melissa stepped up to the plate and did an amazing job filling in and keeping the department running.

Jean Kephart, Director of Environmental Services, added “Missy is very detailed and takes pride in whatever task she is doing. She makes our building beautiful and creates a pleasant environment to work in. “Griffin received a monetary bonus for her outstanding accomplishments. She also earned the designated Employee of the Month parking spot. Congratulations to Melissa Griffin!

Tri-Village Cheerleaders donate to Cancer Association of Darke County

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Tri-Village Varsity Football Cheerleading Squad
Front row (left to right) : Kaitlyn Howard, Kayla Burke, Morgan Sparks
2nd row (left to right) : Alisha Rismiller, Bree Wilson, Phoebe Campbell, Grace Engle, Logan Brooks, Madi Green
Back row (left to right) : Lauren Driver, Loraligh Waters, Choe Sullenbarger, Trinity Powell, Hailey Kreiner

The Tri-Village High School Cheerleaders hosted their Annual Fall Fundraiser in hopes to raise more awareness and donations for the fight against all types of cancer. The fundraiser event was called “Tackle For A Cure” and was held at the Friday Night Varsity Football Game at the football stadium on September 29.

The cheerleaders sold the “Tackle for a Cure” t-shirts, sweatshirts and two weeks prior to the game with all profits being donated. One the game night, the stands were filled with fans wearing the shirts. At halftime the cheerleaders took additional donations from the crowd. This year the Cheerleaders were proud to present to the Cancer Association of Darke County a check in the amount of $650.00 on behalf of the Tri-Village Local Schools and its community.

The association would like to thank these young men and women for their hard work and their care and concern for Darke County cancer patients. The patients always express much gratitude to the generosity of our local residents and are especially touched when young people become involved in a much needed area.

Black History Month Event to Focus on The Arts

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The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with a special evening that focuses on the arts. Free and open to the community, the event will be held on Tuesday, February 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua campus.

"We wanted this year's event to focus on how history has played a role in shaping today's art, dance, music, and writing," said Marva Archibald, Diversity Committee Chairperson. "The arts are important because they provide a way for individuals to express themselves while paying homage to their roots."

Beginning with a performance by the Dayton-based jazz ensemble "Speaking of Peace," guests may enjoy authentic food and beverages while taking in traditional jazz music. The ensemble consists of four musicians performing with various brass instruments.

The dance portion of the evening will feature Columbus-based GOREE Drum and Dance. While focusing primarily on West African dance styles, the group weaves together the rich diversity of Directors Balla and Ndeyekhady's far-ranging experiences. GOREE Dance and Drum is committed to honoring the tradition of their teachers, culture, and history of traditional West African Dance while bringing their unique flair to life.

Leading up to the event, Edison State students submitted written work as well as artwork to be judged reflecting on the topic provided: "What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do?" During the event, the first, second, and third place recipients will be awarded prizes.

"We have a fun evening planned that's filled with authentic music, dance, poetry, art, and cuisine," added Archibald. "There will be something for everybody."

The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is committed to advancing the College's academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess, and cultivate diversity as both an institutional value and an academic priority.

The Black History Month events are sponsored, in part, by Edison State Community College, Unity National Bank, and U.S. Bank. For more information, contact Marva Archibald, Diversity Committee Chairperson, by calling (937) 778-7908 or emailing

Rotary Club Grant Applications Now Availabile

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Once again, the Rotary Club of Greenville will allocate grant funding to non-profit, charitable organizations for general operating needs or other programs related to your organization’s mission.

If you wish to apply for grant funding, please contact, Lindsey Gehret, Committee Chair, at 564.3016 or email,, for an application or any other questions you may have. Please note the application deadline is April 15, 2018. All applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.

Requests are reviewed by the club’s Charitable Committee and are then approved by the club’s Board of Directors. While we strive to provide support for all organizations who apply, please keep in mind that not all requests can be met. If your organization received funds in past years, it is not guaranteed that you will receive funds in the future, as all requests are reviewed new each year.

Funds distributed to organizations are made possible by the Greenville Rotary Lemon Shakes sold at The Great Darke County Fair, as well as our Election Machine Project.

Ohio Hunters Harvest more than 186,000 Deer during 2017-2018 Season

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COLUMBUS, OH – Hunters checked 186,247 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2017-2018 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Last year, 182,169 deer were checked during the 2016-2017 season.

The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.

Deer hunting regulations over the past three seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer.

Hunting Popularity

Ohio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.

Editor’s Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2017-2018 deer season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest number for the 2017-2018 season, and the 2016-2017 season number is in parentheses.

Adams: 3,231 (3,272); Allen: 979 (1,039); Ashland: 3,254 (2,954); Ashtabula: 5,076 (5,040); Athens: 3,732 (3,646); Auglaize: 848 (751); Belmont: 2,931 (3,236); Brown: 2,521 (2,448); Butler: 1,401 (1,231); Carroll: 3,935 (3,586); Champaign: 1,197 (1,118); Clark: 685 (661); Clermont: 2,471 (2,343); Clinton: 810 (719); Columbiana: 3,257 (3,189); Coshocton: 6,559 (5,929); Crawford: 1,222 (1,113); Cuyahoga: 1,033 (1,124); Darke: 731 (679); Defiance: 1,600 (1,675); Delaware: 1,574 (1,527); Erie: 1,119 (868); Fairfield: 1,969 (1,800); Fayette: 353 (312); Franklin: 788 (837); Fulton: 745 (826); Gallia: 2,599 (2,720); Geauga: 1,818 (1,871); Greene: 778 (816); Guernsey: 4,753 (4,565); Hamilton: 1,639 (1,589); Hancock: 1,228 (1,179); Hardin: 1,253 (1,220); Harrison: 3,674 (3,763); Henry: 733 (708); Highland: 2,668 (2,587); Hocking: 3,321 (3,275); Holmes: 4,108 (3,731); Huron: 2,377 (2,279); Jackson: 2,984 (2,870); Jefferson: 1,903 (2,800); Knox: 4,658 (4,495); Lake: 883 (961); Lawrence: 1,784 (1,942); Licking: 5,009 (4,971); Logan: 2,055 (1,919); Lorain: 2,255 (2,511); Lucas: 748 (755); Madison: 511 (482); Mahoning: 2,032 (1,933); Marion: 893 (886); Medina: 2,012 (2,109); Meigs: 3,115 (3,476); Mercer: 677 (661); Miami: 787 (774); Monroe: 2,618 (2,571); Montgomery: 704 (591); Morgan: 3,278 (2,992); Morrow: 1,544 (1,486); Muskingum: 5,274 (5,118); Noble: 3,036 (2,855); Ottawa: 482 (450); Paulding: 1,022 (954); Perry: 2,769 (2,787); Pickaway: 822 (724); Pike: 1,934 (2,083); Portage: 2,289 (2,211); Preble: 969 (847); Putnam: 781 (709); Richland: 3,505 (3,246); Ross: 3,053 (3,029); Sandusky: 904 (862); Scioto: 2,326 (2,479); Seneca: 1,895 (1,842); Shelby: 983 (961); Stark: 2,880 (2,778); Summit: 1,474 (1,572); Trumbull: 3,640 (3,699); Tuscarawas: 5,722 (5,039); Union: 939 (842); Van Wert: 499 (458); Vinton: 2,802 (2,668); Warren: 1,186 (1,095); Washington: 3,327 (3,402); Wayne: 2,226 (2,020); Williams: 1,598 (1,687); Wood: 931 (857); Wyandot: 1,559 (1,484). Total: 186,247 (182,169).

Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

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

Kiwanis Governor’s First Family Project – Feeding Ohio’s Children

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Aktion Club, in conjunction with Kiwanis and Key Club of Greenville, is competing against three other counties (Logan, Miami and Shelby) in collecting THE MOST non-perishable food items for Kiwanis Governor’s First Family Project – Feeding Ohio’s Children. All items donated in Darke County WILL STAY in Darke County. Please consider donating non-perishable food items for a worthy cause. Food items can be brought to the Community First Department of Darke DD for collection. For questions, please contact Sue Huston at (937) 459-4629 or Cheryl Pressly at (937) 459-4627. Please see flyer attached.

More information about the ‘Feeding Ohio’s Children’ project can be found here:

Help Wanted at Family Health

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RN/LPN (IV certified) or CMA

Full-time (Monday-Friday 40 hours)+ Saturday rotation.
Must be highly motivated, patient oriented team player.

Qualified applicants, please send resumes to

Library's Lunch & Learn

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This month the Greenville Public Library introduces Karen Droesch, Wayne Heathcare nutritionist, as our speaker at Lunch & Learn on Wednesday February 21 at 12:30 p.m. Her talk will be “What you put into your body can reduce your risk of chronic disease.”

Karen says “Poor diet can be a contributing factor toward the leading causes of chronic disease; including heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and high blood pressure. There is a lot of misinformation regarding what foods we should be consuming. Join us as we learn about healthy diets and dietary components to reduce your risk of chronic disease.”

The Library is proud to partner with Wayne HealthCare for Lunch and Learn. Space is limited to 20 participants; if you would like lunch, pre-registration is helpful. The boxed lunch costs $5.00, provided by the Coffee Pot, and will include a wrap, fruit, a salad or soup, and a beverage. Or bring your own lunch or come just for the program! To register call 548-3915.

Historic Tax Credit Coffee Session Comes to Greenville

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Columbus, OH – Heritage Ohio announced the latest in their Historic Tax Credit Coffee series set for February 23rd. Heritage Ohio created the series to introduce individuals and communities to the concept of rehabilitating older commercial buildings, using the federal 20% and Ohio 25% historic tax credits and introducing the people who run the program on behalf of Ohio’s Development Services Agency and the State Historic Preservation Office.

Heritage Ohio’s director, Joyce Barrett, summarized the workshop concept: “We recognized there is an audience that just wants a brief introduction, before they commit to hours of research. In one quick hour we can show how it works and introduce the people who manage the program. They are great people working to help get buildings restored, not faceless bureaucrats.”

The program will be brought to Darke County through the partnership of Heritage Ohio and Main Street Greenville. Individuals can attend the session which will be held at The A & B Coffee and Cake Co. from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on Friday, February 23rd.

“We are excited to partner with Heritage Ohio to bring the Historic Tax Credit Coffee series to downtown Greenville,” said Crysta Hutchinson, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “We feel this is a great opportunity for anyone who owns or is interested in purchasing a historic building to learn about how tax credits can help in the rehabilitation process. Main Street Greenville is proud to offer this educational session to property owners and help promote the continued development of our historic downtown.”

Darke County United Way Taking Applications for 2018 Funding

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The Darke County United Way would like to announce that applications for 2018 funding are currently available.

There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management, and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human service non-profit in establishment for at least one year serving Darke County.

The Partner Program Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or more from the Darke County United Way. Partner Program Grants are reserved for agencies working in the areas of health, education, and income stability. Applications for the Partner Program Grant are due to the Darke County United Way office by Friday, March 16, 2018 at noon.

The Community Fund Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or less from the Darke County United Way. Community Fund Grants are open to any 501c3 agency serving Darke County. Priority will be given to agencies working in the health and human service field. There is no specific deadline for the Community Fund. Applications will be received year-round and voted on by the Board of Directors.

Applications are available by contacting the Darke County United Way Office at 207 E. Fourth Street, PO Box 716, Greenville, OH or 937-547-1272.

There’s a New Dog on Campus

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Eddie visits with Edison State student Kelsey Kirchner of Conover.
Many consider the companionship of a pet to be invaluable. Pets not only bring joy to people’s lives, but they also contribute to a healthier lifestyle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, pets can help lower people’s blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels, while also curbing feelings of loneliness. In addition, pets increase opportunities for outdoor exercise and socialization.

With the benefit of students in mind, Edison State Community College has recently welcomed Eddie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to campus. While just twelve-weeks in age, Eddie will begin professional training with the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa) to become a certified therapy dog when he turns one year in age.

To complete training and graduate, Eddie must first pass his classes, which span over an eight-week period. During this time, Eddie’s handler will also receive instruction on how to conduct a pet therapy session.

Velina Bogart, Eddie’s handler and Coordinator of Disability Services and Success Advisor at Edison State, has already started bringing Eddie to campus to help socialize and prepare him for life as a therapy dog.

“There are several pre-requisites to being accepted into mvPTa,” said Bogart. “For example, Eddie must be confident, calm, and cooperative as well as get along with other pets and people. Eddie must also understand basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, and down prior to attending mvPTa. He will also need to be able to walk calmly through a crowd of people, which is something he is already learning to do here at Edison State.”

While he has only been on campus for a short time, Eddie is already proving to be top dog.

“Eddie already has quite a following. He has repeat student, faculty, and staff visitors every day and he loves seeing each one as they stop by.”

“Most people have been very receptive to having a dog on campus and love seeing Eddie walk in the door,” added Bogart. “Some people do not like dogs or pets, and I get that. Before I take a student to my office, I always ask if they are okay with dogs or have any allergies. If so, my co-workers have been very helpful in taking care of Eddie when he needs to go out, and I’m with a student.”

Bogart came up with the idea of having a therapy dog on campus after seeing quite a few students who were stressed, especially around final exam time.

“Several faculty members have already been asking for me to bring Eddie to their testing sessions to help lower the stress levels in the room. Once Eddie is officially trained he will be able to sit in the testing room with students.”

“With some background and education in mental health, I’ve seen how animals can affect a person’s mood. The therapy animal can bring a sense of calmness and lower stress levels by simply re-focusing the student’s thoughts for just a moment.”

While Eddie’s objective will be to provide students with therapeutic relief, his function will differ from that of a service dog. Service dogs help with performing a specific function for someone who lives with physical or emotional limitations. Therapy dogs provide affection and comfort to those who may be confined to hospitals, nursing homes, or other facilities. On college campuses, therapy dogs are most often being trained to help people deal with anxiety and stress.

“Therapy dogs distract people from other concerns and worries, and simply brighten their day,” added Bogart. “Eddie will provide that same affection and comfort to distressed students on the Edison State campus. Students, faculty, and staff can stop by my office to visit with Eddie at any time.”

For more information about the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association and their services, visit


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from the DP&L Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk youth through their after-school Big Buddies program. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is truly grateful for the support we receive from the DP&L Foundation. Last year we served over 300 youth through our programs, and this is all thanks to the support of companies like DP&L. This grant award will go a long way in our non-profit organization in matching high school Big Buddy mentors with K-4th grade children in our seven after-school Big Buddies sites,” said Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County was founded in 1977 to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. The non-profit agency relies on United Way funding, grants, financial contributions, and fundraisers to support their ongoing efforts to mentor at-risk youth. Their next major fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake, will be held on March 2 and 3 at both Treaty Lanes in Greenville and Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, event sponsorship, or event participation; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.

Left to right: Big Buddy Katelyn McKenna, Little Buddy Savanah Oswalt, Little Buddy Julie Oswalt, and Little Buddy Jocelin Smith all work together on a project during a recent after-school Big Buddies meeting at Ansonia Schools.  The after-school Big Buddies program is made possible through generous donations and grants from community organizations like the DP&L Foundation.  Katelyn is the daughter of Betty McKenna, Savannah and Julie are the daughter of Tiffany Oswalt, and Jocelin is the daughter of Jacki Smith.

Versailles Area Museum Opens New Displays

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If you were not at the Versailles Area Museum last Sunday, you missed one of our largest crowds for an opening ever!

The 2018 season is off to a grand start with the opening of the Bushwack display “The Sound Track of Our Life”. This popular local band played the hits for thirty plus years. Whether a fan or just an occasional attendee at their concerts you will surely enjoy the nostalgia of the period.

We also recognize local artists and currently we honor the work of longtime Versailles teacher, Juanita Gerling. Mrs. Gerling’s work was her leisure, past-time activity that she enjoyed. We hope you will enjoy her work as well.

Our early history from the Native American life is now on display showing Darke County life before there was a Darke County.

We hope you will plan a visit some Sunday, soon!

Sadly, we are forced to cancel our much-anticipated Valentine Tea with Lady Karen Burkett. We will announce the reschedules date in the near future.

For those planning for some fun we are planning to learn how our ancestors produced their home-made beers. On March 3rd we will be hosting a taste-and-learn to see what our pioneer ancestors went through to have a taste from home. Details to follow soon for our guests 21 years old and older.

See you soon!

Art Camps for Spring Break

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The Preble County Art Association is offering art camps April 2- April 6, 9am-4pm at the Visual Art Center. With school out for Spring Break, it's a perfect time to have fun and get creative at the art center! Parents can sign up kids ages 5-12 for one day or all five. The cost is $30 per day member $38 per day for a nonmember. Anyone is eligible to purchase a PCAA membership. Students in 7th grade or higher may apply to volunteer as camp assistants. Doors will open at 8:30 each morning for drop off convenience but kids may want to bring an activity to occupy themselves until the 9 o’clock start time. PCAA will provide both a morning and afternoon snack but campers will need to bring their own lunch.

Camp themes are as follows:

Monday, April 2: PLAY AND CLAY

Campers are going to get playful with all things clay! Kids will use their imagination to build and experiment with clay all day long!


Pets will be our muse for camp today! Campers will create masterpieces from paint, collage, and mixed media all about the animals we love. There will even be real live pet interactions at the art center to serve as inspiration!

Wednesday, April 4: WILD FOR ART

Camp is about to get wild! The great outdoors and wild animals will be the inspiration for today's camp. Kids will get their hands dirty, creating collages and exploring new artistic techniques in this nature inspired camp!

Thursday, April 5: CREATE AND COOK

Who says you can't play with your food? This camp is all about making art you can eat and creating fun sculptures and paintings inspired by our favorite snacks!

Friday, April 6: COLOR EXPLOSION

Today is all about color! Kids will explore colorful experiments from unconventional materials, make bright paintings, and of course there will be tie dye!

Registrations must be made in advance and can be done online at or in person at the Visual Art Center. Registrations for Monday, Apr 2 must be made by Thursday, Mar 29. PCAA will be closed Fri 3/30– Sun 3/31. Payment must be made at time of reservations as space is limited. The PCAA is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Call us at 937-456-3999 or email at The PCAA is a not for profit arts organization dedicated to enriching lives with art and culture.

State Partners with Local Organizations to help Ohioans Stay Warm this Winter

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HEAP Winter Crisis Program

The Community Action Partnership and Ohio Development Services Agency will help eligible Ohioans stay warm during the cold winter months. The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program provides eligible Ohioans heating assistance if they are disconnected from their heating source, threatened with disconnection or if they have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The program runs from November 1, 2017 until March 31, 2018.

“We want to help Ohioans stay warm this winter,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “Working with Community Action Partnership, we’re helping Ohioans manage their energy costs this winter.”

More than 400 families in Darke County were assisted through the Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program last year.

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirt of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other,

To qualify for the Winter Crisis Program, a household must be threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected or have less than a 25 percent supply of bulk fuel. The household must also have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $43,050. From November 2016 – March 2017, more than 104,799 Ohioans were helped by the program statewide.

Individuals interested in receiving Winter Crisis assistance must have a face-to-face interview at the local HEAP provider. Customers must bring the following items to their appointment:
  • proof of income (copies of pay stubs)
  • copies of their most recent energy bill
  • list of all household members with Social Security card and birth dates
  • proof of U.S. citizenship/legal residency for all household members
  • copy of rental lease
Examples of documents that are accepted to prove citizenship/legal residency include: a Social Security Card, birth certificate, U.S. Passport, naturalization paper/certification of citizenship, permanent VISA, and INS ID Card.

Ohioans can call the toll-free hotline at (800) 282-0880, Monday through Friday (hearing impaired customers may dial 711 for assistance or visit for more information about the Winter Crisis Program.

For more information about energy assistance programs call (800)282-0880 and for a list of energy assistance providers select option 2, or visit

Tickets Available for First Friday Culinary Tour

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During the Culinary Tour, ticket holders enjoy the demonstrations and samples featured at downtown dining establishments.
GREENVILLE, Ohio- When was the last time you enjoyed a meal in downtown Greenville? If it has been awhile, you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event in March, the Culinary Tour!

This ticketed event, held on Friday, March 2nd from 6-9 pm allows you to eat and sip your way through the urban-spirited district. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore downtown dining locations you have not yet tried or an old favorite you need to be reintroduced to.

Tickets will be available at The Darke County Welcome Center for $30 each, starting Monday, February 12th at noon. There are only 120 tickets available for the exclusive fundraising event for Main Street Greenville.

The tour will consist of small groups, led by energetic tour guides. Each group will visit the businesses featured on the tour, enjoying a sample from each location.

Sponsored by Romer’s Catering and Entertainment Facilities, the guided tour will begin promptly at 6:00 pm, allowing plenty of time to shop and explore in the historic district at the end of the tour. If you purchase tickets, it is very important you arrive in time for the tour to begin exactly at 6:00 pm. To remain fair to the other ticket holders, we will be unable to wait for those who arrive late. Each ticket will list a starting location, based upon which group you have been placed with. Report to the starting location listed on your ticket to join your tour guide and group.

First Friday events are presented by Main Street Greenville, 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 on their website,, or follow them on social media. You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Training the Next Generation of Providers

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Deanna Hill, Student Pharmacist (Class of 2021),
Cedarville University
GREENVILLE, February 2018 – In 2013, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) projected there would be a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020, nationally. With the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, the number increased to 45-50,000 by 2025 with some estimates as high as 90,000. Rural and underserved areas feel the biggest impact of the shortage as clinics struggle to recruit and retain the clinical workforce necessary to meet patient needs.

In response, Family Health Services has taken a proactive role in finding solutions for Darke County. Engaging the right candidates and exposing them to rural healthcare through immersion and education are the highest priorities. Their hope is students walk away more informed and feel at home, professionally, in a rural healthcare setting. Family Health’s vision is not limited to primary care physicians, but also extends opportunities to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dental residents, pharmacy students, and even high school students who may be considering a career in the medical field.

The last two articles focused on Family Health’s partnerships with The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and New York University to bring medical and dental students and residents to Darke County. This third and final article highlights their work with local pharmacy programs.

Under the direction of Janell Claudy, RPH, Family Health Pharmacy hosts students from the colleges of pharmacy at Ohio Northern, University of Toledo, Cedarville University and Findlay University. First year students, typically from Cedarville, put in around five hours per week in the pharmacy to get general experience. Each student is mentored by one of the pharmacists on staff. “Pharm D” students working to complete their doctorate in pharmacy spend 4-6 weeks at Family Health as part of their hands-on immersion experience.

They not only receive training specific to rural healthcare, but give presentations to the clinical staff on the latest resources and drugs on the market. It is a unique way our staff is able to stay current on cutting edge resources and new ideas about comprehensive patient care. One student has requested to come back and complete her residency in Darke County. Other students have gone on to seek work in rural or community healthcare settings.

Family Health continues to cultivate relationships with regional, state-wide, and national organizations to give students an opportunity to work and live in our community. Their hope in the near future is to partner with an optometry school looking to place their residents and students in a rural healthcare experience.

In the last year, Family Health has hosted 21 dental students, 2 dental residents, 7 medical students, 9 nurse practitioners, 4 physician assistants, 6 Pharm D students, 3 pharmacy interns, 3 first year pharmacy students, and 3 high school students.

This would not have been possible without the willingness of our many providers to give of their time, the openness of our patients allow these men and women to learn, and the support of our local community to make them feel at home. Family Health would like to thank Wayne Healthcare for assisting with housing and supplemental rural hospital experiences for the students.

Training the next generation of providers is just one way Family Health is laying a foundation for a long term future of “…building healthy lives together.”

About Family Health
Family Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and Health Center Program grantee under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). We are a member of the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers, accredited through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), and recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Our Mission is “…building healthy lives together.”

Monday, February 12, 2018

Darke County Deputies Arrest New Madison Man for Theft

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On February 11th, 2018 at approximately 2:25am, Darke County Deputies while on patrol in the Village of New Madison, observed a suspicious male subject in the 100 block of Railroad Street. Due to recent car break-ins, deputies attempted to make contact with the male subject who then fled on foot. While the subject was attempting to flee, he was observed dropping several items that were in his possession.

Deputies followed the subject to an address at 114 West Washington Street in the village, where the subject was seen entering the apartment, at which time he locked the door. A perimeter was set up around the residence as contact was trying to be made with the suspect inside the residence. Through investigation, Darke County deputies were able to track the items, dropped by the subject, to vehicles located on Railroad Street that had been broken into. Deputies were able to then make contact with an occupant who also resides at the apartment, but was not home at the time. This occupant was cooperative, came to the residence and allowed deputies to enter into the residence. Upon entering into the residence, deputies made contact with a male subject who matched the description of the subject who was observed fleeing.

The male subject was identified as Matthew Spence, 28 years old, of New Madison. Darke County deputies were given consent to search the property by the suspect and other occupant. During the search, deputies located other stolen items that were linked to vehicle break-ins that occurred Saturday morning, February 10th, 2018.

Matthew Spence was arrested on 5 counts of theft. Darke County deputies continue to investigate Spence’s involvement in previous vehicle break-ins which have occurred throughout the village of New Madison in previous weeks. At the time of this release, Spence remains incarcerated at the Darke County Jail.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gettysburg Drug Bust Nets Nearly 17 Pounds of Marijuana

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Nearly 17 pounds of marijuana was seized during a joint investigation between the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service over the past couple of days.

The Post Office inspectors contacted Sheriff Detectives earlier this week about the suspicious packages which were sent from a California address and addressed to a P.O. box in Gettysburg.

Narcotics Detectives arrested Cory Scarioni, 33, of 236 E Main Street and charged him with possession of marijuana, felony of third degree. Cory Scarioni is also being held on a warrant out of California for parole violation.

Toby L. Spencer takes a strong stance against drugs. All illegal drug activity should be reported to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or can be reportedly anonymously to the Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or online

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Don and Mary Jane Dietrich Sponsor DCCA Sold Out Artists Series Performance of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

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DCCA Spotlight Sponsors Don and Mary Jane Dietrich with
Rhonda Vincent after her recent performance at St. Clair Memorial Hall. 
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Don and Mary Jane Dietrich as Spotlight Sponsors of the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Saturday, January 20th at St. Clair Memorial Hall. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to have the support of individuals who recognize the value of the performing arts and who choose to give of their personal funds to help make the programs accessible and more affordable. Their donation provides the opportunity to experience the beauty of live performances in a jewel of our community, St. Clair Memorial Hall,” she concluded.

Rightfully known as ‘Queen of Bluegrass,’ Rhonda Vincent and her award-winning voice reach beyond the boundaries of bluegrass to power a show that thrills lovers of music from any genre. Rhonda’s band, The Rage, consists of Aaron McDaris, who has been called the premier banjo player in the world of Bluegrass music. Other members of The Rage include fiddler Hunter Berry, who is not only a top-rated musician, but also Rhonda Vincent’s son-in-law, and dobro player Brent Burke, the first person to ever receive a B.A. in Bluegrass Music. Multi-instrumentalist Mickey Harris, a thirteen-year member of the band, also sings any and all vocal parts, a skill also possessed by Josh Williams who also plays almost every instrument well.

Coppock-Hole Trust, The Bistro Off Broadway, Greenville National Bank, and Greenville VFW Post 7262, were also sponsors of the concert by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. Additionally, 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.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra returns Saturday, May 19th featuring Oh, What a Night! With Connor Bogart, for the final Artists Series performance of DCCA's 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT Season. Guest soloist, Connor Bogart will perform Broadway hits from Jersey Boys, Sweeny Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and more.

DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT Season contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

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