Friday, March 30, 2018

Join the State of the Heart Care Team!

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State of the Heart Care is a nonprofit hospice with offices in Greenville, OH, Coldwater, OH and Portland, IN. that serves 15 counties in Western Ohio and Eastern Indiana. At State of the Heart, we pride ourselves in living out our motto of “Care Without Limits.” We are committed to providing our patients with the services they need, where they need them and when they matter most. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about end of life care to join our team! “Working at State of the Heart gives you the opportunity to share love with others,” Jacque Collins, Chaplain for State of the Heart shared. “One of the reasons I’ve stayed at State of the Heart for the last four years is that we are all truly a family.”

We are currently looking for a Social Worker to work out of our Jay County office, an after hours (4pm-midnight) RN or LPN to work out of any office, and an Executive Director, which will work out of our Darke County office. State of the Heart offers a full benefits package to include: Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness, Life, 401k with a 3% match, paid time off, sick time, and paid holidays.

For more information about job openings at State of the Heart, please call 937.548.2999 and ask for human resources, check out our website at or email

“Anything Goes” – a 1930s Broadway Musical Comedy to be Presented by Versailles High School

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Versailles High School is proud to present Anything Goes; a hit Broadway musical comedy that takes place on a cruise ship in the 1930s. The cast of over 40 talented VHS students will fill the theater with singing and tap dancing creating an experience to remember!

Performances are in the Versailles Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 6 at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday April 8, 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. To reserve your seat, visit or call Lynda York at 937-526-5276.

March 22nd Search Warrant Yields Arrests

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On March 22, 2018, Darke County Sheriff Narcotics Unit, along with the Darke County Special Response Team, conducted a search warrant at 114 ½ West Main Street, Rossburg, Ohio 45362.

At the time of the search warrant, three individuals were in the residence. All three were taken into custody without incident. 47-year old James R. Paris was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and having weapons while under disability. 31-year old Alicia Wiedmaier was arrested on a warrant and charged for falsification. 25-year old Kevin Johnson was released from the scene.

The Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer takes a hard stance against drugs. If you suspect a person or place is involved with drugs or other illegal activity, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-3399 or Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661.

Darke County Park Distrrict - Maple Sugarin' News!

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Darke County Park District recently received new pans for its evaporator used to make maple syrup in the spring.

The pans were engineered and donated by local company Rebsco, Inc. Rebsco is a design/build contractor and custom fabrication company founded in 1965. They are a material handling specialist with specific expertise in the commercial agricultural and aggregate industries. Don and Ginger Delk, representing Rebsco, attended the annual Friends of the Parks Waffle Breakfast and Maple Sugarin' event in March to officially present the new pans. Shown are Mr. Don Delk (Rebsco) and Park District volunteer and "master" maple syrup producer, Neil Schmidt.

The pans will be fitted with needed valves, etc. and be used in future years' maple syrup processing in the Park District's Sugar Shack at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Darke County Park District is extremely grateful for this very generous donation in support of its' educational programming.

Over 600 waffle breakfasts were served, dozens of sugar tours given and approximately 10-15 gallons of maple syrup were produced this year by the staff and volunteers of the Park District. Hundreds of school students from several school districts were provided field trips to Shawnee Prairie Preserve to learn the history of and the science involved in the process of making maple syrup, as well as, the benefits of this tasty treat.

Former Softball League Donate to State of the Heart Care Mercer County

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Ron Clune, committee member, Toni Klosterman, State of the Heart Care and Ron Rutschilling.
(GREENVILLE, Ohio) –Former softball league know as Tri-County Softball held a New Year’s Eve Dance to raise funds for State of the Heart Care. Committee members Ron Clune and Ron Rutschilling presented State of the Heart Care a check for $1200.00. State of the Heart Care does not turn anyone away for their inability to pay for hospice services. Proceeds from fundraisers and donations help offset the cost of nutritional supplements, incontinence products, bereavement services, music therapy and much more. “We are truly grateful for organizations such as the Tri-County Softball League, states Barbara Bell, Director of Business Development. These are organizations that have the hospice community at top of mind. For more information about State of the Heart Care and how you can make a donation, visit their website at

Spring Happenings at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library has several programs planned for the rest of March and into April. There will be an E-book program on Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 – 12:00. Staff will be on hand to help patrons learn about downloading e-books and managing devices. No registration required, just drop in and we will give you a hand.

Patrons who are participating in the adult winter reading challenge are reminded that the last day to turn in log sheets is Saturday, March 31st. The prize for the monthly drawing is a gardening gift package, and the grand prize winner, to be drawn from all entries from Jan – March, will get a Kindle!

An adult coloring session will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 4:00. Come on in for a great afternoon of coloring, chatting and relaxing. Supplies are provided, and beverages are served.

Also on April 17, there will be a meeting of the book club at 5:30. Members will discuss a book of their choice, and pick up the next book, “The Hideaway” by Lauren Denton. Everyone is welcome to attend. Beverages are served.

Miller Flowers will be at the library on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 for their annual program. Come hear about the latest and greatest new selections for your garden! Get answers to your questions, and see the plants in person. Plants will be available for purchase.

The library will be going fine free beginning in April. There will no longer be fines for items as long as they are returned. Patrons with late fees already on their account for items not returned can have those fees forgiven if they bring in the materials in good condition.

Call the library for more information at 937-692-8484 or check out the webpage at Patrons can also find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.


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Pictured are BPW Scholarship Committee Members with scholarship finalists. First Row: Sherrie Foster (Committee Chair), Madison Wilson, Makenzie Kreitzer, Kylie Lyons, Lauren Durham, Bailey Stammen, Julia McCullough, Kayla Riegle, and Sue Huston (Committee Member). Second Row: Brenda Miller (Committee Member), Sydney Anderson, Kara Hollinger, Katelyn Avore, Grace Coakley, Kourtney Kretschmar, Paxton Scholl, and Dorothy Poeppelman (Committee Member)
Greenville, OH, March 20, 2018 - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) March 8th meeting was held at the Brethren Retirement Center. The meeting was hosted by the Scholarship Committee with Sherrie Foster, Chair, and committee members Dorothy Poeppelman, Brenda Miller, and Sue Huston.

Members heard from thirteen scholarship finalists representing seven Darke County High schools. Each of the finalists gave a three minute presentation of their accomplishments and highlights through high school and shared their future goals. This was followed by an extemporaneous question. Following the presentations, BPW members voted by ballot to select the four scholarship winners.

Sherrie Foster, Chair introduced the finalists who were Makenzie Kreitzer (Franklin Monroe), Kylie Lyons (Versailles), Lauren Durham (Versailles), Bailey Stammen (Ansonia) Julia McCullough (Arcanum), Kayla Riegle (Arcanum), Madison Wilson (Arcanum), Sydney Anderson (Arcanum) Kara Hollinger (Tri-Village), Katelyn Avore (Greenville), Grace Coakley (Greenville), Kourtney Kretschmar (Greenville), and Paxton Scholl (Mississinawa Valley).

The scholarship winners are Kylie Lyons (Versailles), Sydney Anderson (Arcanum), Grace Coakley (Greenville) and Paxton Scholl (Mississinawa Valley). Winners were notified by letter and will be invited to attend the April meeting with their parents.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. The next meeting meeting will be hosted by the Membership committee. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Greenville BPW Club President, Brenda Miller at 937/423-7552 or or you can find them on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club.

Super Powers for a Super You!

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Are you interested in focusing on your Super Powers for a healthier you this Spring? Could you use some encouragement and guidance but don’t have time to attend classes? Give our Super Powers for a Super You! wellness challenge a try.

The “Super Powers for a Super You! Challenge” is an on-line challenge designed to help participants improve their health by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, and wellness during the upcoming spring. Participants will explore “villains” that may interfere with our wellness goals. Do you need a little extra motivation to help you get started? Are you stressed for time and need ideas to help you fit activity into your day? Are you distracted and need help refocusing your wellness goals? If so, join us for this Super Challenge!

Participants will receive weekly e-communications and have access to supplemental information available on Blogs and Facebook. All participant information will be kept confidential.

Each week participants will receive free weekly e-communications, containing nutrition, health and fitness tips. Additional food and activity logs will be available for download to help participants track their progress. Pre- and post- online-survey assessments are used to collect comments to improve future challenges and track participant progress.

Interested in participating in this on-line challenge? Sign up by following this link to enroll: You will be enrolled and begin receiving e-communications starting the week of April 9. While Facebook™ will be utilized; participants only need to have an email address. The program is funded by Ohio State University Extension.

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information:

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing, please contact Ohio State University Extension using your preferred communication (e-mail, relay services, or video relay services). Phone 1-800-750-0750 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Inform the operator to dial 614-292-6181.


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GREENVILLE - The 5th annual Scentral Park 5K for the Dog Park will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Darke County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m. This race is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge and encourages participants to run or walk with their dogs. The dogs must be on a leash, in a stroller/wagon or be carried. The entire event will be within the fairgrounds. Prior to the 5K there will be a free Kid’s Fun Run at 8:30.

Although many seasoned runners compete in this event the Scentral Park 5K is a great time for families, families with pets, or anyone who just wants to have fun and support Scentral Park. The entry fee for kids 14 and under is only $5 without a shirt. We also offer this price to seniors who are 65 and older. The complete course is stroller friendly.

All regular age group awards will be given with special awards being given to the Top 3 dogs that finish with a Male and Top 3 dogs that finish with a Female. The Friends of the Shelter opened Scentral Park, Darke County’s only dog park, in March of 2013 having raised the necessary funds from donations, grants and fundraisers. No taxpayer money was used. Scentral Park is maintained and improved through the monies raised by this 5K race.

Marco’s Pizza will again be providing free pizza and bread sticks at the finish line. Boston Stoker will have free coffee and hot chocolate before and after the 5K. Special treats will be available for the dogs.

For more information please contact Free online registration can be done at People wanting shirts must register by April 8. Race information is also available inside the Darke County Animal Shelter and at

Vietnam War Veterans Day Proclamation Signed by Greenville Mayor

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March 29 is Vietnam War Veteran’s Day. The day is significant because March 29 was the last day troops were on the ground in Vietnam.

To commemorate this date, the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR sponsored a proclamation signed by Greenville Mayor Steve Willman at the Greenville City Building.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR invited local Vietnam Veterans to attend this proclamation. There were seven local Vietnam Veterans present for this proclamation in honoring them and all Vietnam Veterans.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed on March 29. It recognizes Veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War. In March 2017, President Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Proclamation Act of 2017. The Act officially recognizes March 29 as Vietnam War Veterans Day annually.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution has partnered with the The United States of America Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, established by Congress, to "thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans." Welcome Home!!

Fort GreeneVille DAR would also like to invite everyone to visit the National Vietnam War Veterans Day display at the Greenville Public Library during the month of March. On the second floor, the display will feature personal military items of the late Doug Black. Doug was a US Army Staff Sargent, E-6 from 1965 to 1967 and his Vietnam tour was 1966 to 1967. He was in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade C/Company. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal of Valor and was inducted in to the Ohio Military Hall of Fame with Valor in April 2015.

The display is in honor of our local Vietnam Veterans including pictures of recent events with our local Vietnam Veterans.

"Ohio Legends, Every Picture Tells a Story"

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The Darke County Genealogical Society will feature Jeff Wilson presenting Ohio Legends, Every Picture Tells a Story, on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Garst Museum.

Jeff Wilson has co-owned and operated a sign shop in Vandalia, Ohio, with his wife Patti, for over 30 years. His occupation has required him to wear many hats and render all forms of commercial art. In addition to truck lettering, ad art for all manner of print projects and exterior signs, he has done portraits of local business leaders and editorial cartoons. His cartoons have appeared in local papers and Collision Magazine. Over time, Jeff’s interest in local Ohio history prompted him to start “Ohio Legends”. Ohio’s unique and interesting history is a subject that is remarkable and incredibly diverse. Even more intriguing are the stories of the people who have lived here: Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Edgar Cayce, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Hallie Berry, and Devo; all Buckeyes! Ohio has it all, visionaries, bad men, celebrities, inventors, crackpots, and crazies. Jeff has written and illustrated two volumes of what he has named “Ohio Legends: Every Picture Tells a Story”, a collection of all that is odd and remarkable about the Buckeye State.

This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation as well as the regular meeting of the Genealogy Society.

Free Health Fair by GIVE Medical Ministry – Saturday, April 14

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(Covington, OH)—A free health fair for all members of the family is being offered by GIVE Medical Ministry, 9am-12pm on Saturday, April 14 at the Covington Eagles Hall, 715 E. Broadway St. (US Rt 36), Covington.

Along with valuable health screenings and information, a free healthy breakfast, door prizes, an “Ask the Pharmacist” feature, a drug disposal option and a Children’s Health Fair will be offered to those attending. This fifth annual event is an outstanding opportunity for residents from Miami, Darke and Shelby Counties to improve their health and to learn about services provided by local health care organizations.

More than 25 healthcare organizations will be participating. All members of the family are welcome to the following free health screening: blood cholesterol and blood glucose (Health Partners Free Clinic), body mass index and blood oxygen (GIVE Medical Ministry), skin cancer (Miami County Public Health), blood pressure (Upper Valley Cardiology), spine/posture (Brown Chiropractic), Lung capacity (Dayton Children’s Hospital), physical strength (Fidelity Home Care), hearing (Premier ENT), vision (GIVE Medical Ministry) and more.

Literature and consultations will be available on topics such as cancer, sleep disorders, nutrition, nursing home care, ear-nose-throat issues, addictions, exercise, reflexology, health insurance and access to free clinic care.

The “Ask the Pharmacist” feature offers a free review of medications with a pharmacist as well as discussion of proper administration, potential drug interactions and proper disposal of old medications.

Unwanted or outdated medications (pills only) can be dropped off during this event for proper disposal by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

A Children’s Health Fair is being added this year to benefit of school-age children. Some of the activities scheduled include jump roping led by the “Pop Rocks” group, an obstacle course set up by Steve’s Club, making bird feeders led by Fields of Grace, planting seeds with the Miami County Park District, door prizes, an opportunity to win a bike, food and other fun stuff.

Contact Tom Downs, GIVE Medical Ministry at, 937.473.5195, or 1000 Mote Drive, Covington with questions concerning the health fair.

Learn About Raised Bed Gardening

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Darke County Parks invites you to the new Bish Discovery Center at 404 N. Ohio Street on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30pm to explore raised bed gardening. Investigate advantages, planting suggestions, and the various materials that can be used to build a raised bed of your own. This program is great for new and established gardeners who want to learn more about this popular planting method.

This program is FREE but registration is required. For questions about this or any other park district programs, please call 937-548-0165.

World’s Largest One-Day Leadership Conference to be Simulcast at Ginghamsburg Church – May 4

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(TIPP CITY, OH) — Leadercast is the world’s largest one-day leadership conference, broadcast LIVE from Atlanta and simulcast to hundreds of locations around the world on May 4, 2018. This year marks the eighteenth year of the annual leadership conference and the first year that Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S County Rd 25A, Tipp City will be hosting Leadercast.

The theme of this year’s conference is, “Lead Yourself.” What does it look like to lead yourself? How can you intentionally develop your own leadership skills and style? What qualities do you hope to embody as a leader? In 2018, the Leadercast Live stage will highlight leaders who will answer these questions and explain the power and importance of leading yourself first so you can lead others well.

Leadercast Live will allow attendees and viewers to improve their own personal leadership journey with tips for self-evaluation and self-growth. Top leadership experts will inspire more than 100,000 people who will attend the event live in Atlanta or at hundreds of other simulcast locations in more than 20 countries.

Among the leadership experts speaking this year are:

  • Mae Jemison – NASA Astronaut, Engineer & Physician
  • Ian Cron – Bestselling Author, Psychotherapist, Enneagram Teacher & Speaker
  • Andy Stanley – Leadership Author & Communicator
  • Jim Loehr – Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
  • Jen Bricker – Acrobat, Aerialist, Author & Speaker
  • Michael Hyatt – Author, Speaker & CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company
  • Carey Lohrenz – The First Female F-14 Pilot, Speaker & Trainer
  • Catherine Hoke – Founder & CEO of Defy Ventures
  • Joe Torre – Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, the Chief Baseball Officer for the MLB, Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation and a widely respected former baseball manager and player

For years, Leadercast has brought people together and equipped them to become better leaders, managers, community members and employees. Here is what people have to say about Leadercast:

“With a constantly impressive lineup of speakers and the on-target themes year-over-year (and at such a value), I consider Leadercast a can’t miss event,” Kalpana OOmmen, Vice President Talent Acquisition, Cox Enterprises & nine-year Leadercast attendee.

“The whole day was interesting from start to finish. It was valuable to hear from leaders from various fields, as each had different perspectives and experiences. I was able to learn from leaders whom I otherwise would not have known of because I was unfamiliar with their work,” Katie Booth, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

“For me, it’s a re-charge. For one day I can plug-in, focus on me - my impact, obstacles and growth opportunities. I love that it is not only a lecture but it’s an immersive experience that keeps me engaged… by a multi-sensory approach,” Patrick Williams, Marketing Director, SunTrust Bank.

The live simulcast of Leadercast 2018 at Ginghamsburg Church is sponsored by Medicare Resource Center (

For more information and to purchase your ticket or group tickets to the Leadercast at Ginghamsburg event, visit

Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Services at Beamsville Christian Church

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Beamsville Christian Church invites you to join us for worship during Holy Week, as we remember and celebrate the triumph over death through the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Maunday Thursday, March 29th 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 1st
Sunrise Service 8:30 am
Easter Breakfast 9:30 am
Worship Service 10:30 am

6102 Beamsville-Union City Rd. Greenville, OH 45331

Ansonia FFA Celebrates FFA Week

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The National FFA Week was February 19th through 23rd. This week is a very busy time for all FFA members. During this week the officers had many different activities planned that all members could participate in. Each day of the week there was a specified dress up day to show their support of the chapter. The dress up days were as follows: Monday- none (no school), Tuesday- camo day, Wednesday- hat day, Thursday- flannel day, Friday FFA t-shirt day. Throughout the week, students showed their FFA pride by dressing up.

To kick off FFA week on Monday, any member who sold over $300 in the Winter fruit sale got the opportunity to get a free breakfast at Bob Evans with the officer team. This was a great way to reward the active members for their hard work and dedication in FFA.

Starting on Tuesday, the students were able to stall their classes in the ever famous “penny stall”. The kids would buy pennies in the ag shop or bring them in for their teachers to count out and stall their class time.

On Thursday, all of the FFA officers made their annual staff breakfast meal. They worked for hours preparing the delicious food for all of the dedicated staff members at the school. The officers made pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties and links, fruit salad, and hashbrown casserole. The staff always looks forward to this event every year during FFA week.

Another activity that the officer team had planned was the anual Jr. High AG Olympics. Each grade elected 6 representatives to participate in the competitive relay race. The participants would each have a specified event they would complete before tapping the hand of the next person. All of the kids had to work together as a team to finish the entire relay race and beat the other teams they were competing against. Some of the activities they were asked to do were shucking corn, pedal tractor races, putting a drill together, and untangling and wrapping an extension cord. As another part of AG olympics, the kids elect 1 boy and 1 girl from each grade and also 1 female and male teacher to kiss the pig. A pig is brought in from a farm and each elected person would have the chance to kiss it.

On Friday, we held the “Tractor Cade”. Some of the FFA members were able to drive their tractors to school and display them for the duration of the school day.

FFA week this year was a big success and all of the officer’s hard work paid off! Thank you to everyone who participated in dress up days and events.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR Presents the ROTC Medal to Gibboney

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The Daughters of American Revolution Fort Greenville Chapter in conjunction with Greenville Senior High School NJROTC hosted the 6th Annual Drill Demonstration Open House on March 17th.

The Greenville Senior High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Cadets demonstrated their marching skills for their family, friends and general public. Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR presented the ROTC Medal to Cadet Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria Gibboney. The medal is awarded to a Cadet for his/her’s outstanding ability and achievement in the GHS ROTC program. The chapter also presented a monetary donation to the local NJROTC.

Pictured: Capt Scott Eberwine, Brenda Arnett, Cadet Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria Gibboney, Chris Nehring, Helen Wright, Chief Steve Eldridge

It's Almost Here: The Versailles Area Museum's Annual Historic Dinner

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Over the past for years we have strived to bring you unique dining experiences. From 1814 Fort Greenville outpost, to the 1830 German arrival, from the days of prohibition, to 1950's fun on Main Street. These diners are designed to teach, but also be a fun opportunity to step into a time clock and rll the date back!

On Sunday Evening, April 8th at 4:30 p.m. we will welcome our guests to the Father Jackle Room at the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall for our historic dinner, this year featuring "An Evening in France". The room will be transformed into a barn located somewhere in France in the early 18th Century. The Revolution is over, but farmers are beginning to talk about moving to this new America that Lafayette spoke about.

Using an exciting new caterer, we will have a fantastic menu to reflect various regions of France.

For our history portion we will have reenactors portray former members of the French Aristocracy, who now are working as a lace maker and his assistant to keep their family fed. They will tell their story of why America might be where they may seek a future and a new home.

Our decor will reflect an old barn in perhaps Alsace or Normandy. Its charm comes from the use of the ordinary that will give we guests a glimpse of France in an earlier time long before the World Wars could ever be imagined.

Also, we will have several local guests whom have traveled to France and will briefly share their recollections of the country and the people.

Music of the period, along with food, glorious food and wine will make this a sparkling evening not to be missed.

Tickets are on sale now and are limited at $50.00 each or $45.00 for VAM members. You may obtain yours by contacting the museum at 937-526-4222. A 6oz. glass of wine is included in each dinner package with a nominal charge for additional wines. For this historic dinner we will use communal seating as was the custom and truly reflect the time. If you wish to sit with friends, please include names when ordering your tickets. But no one will feel alone so just come and be enveloped in the warmth of France!

With your attendance you continue to support the Versailles Area Museum and our programs. We will look for you at this fun and worthwhile event!

Public Employee Retirees Luncheon Meeting (Register by March 27)

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Thomas A. Pitman, Department Head of the Darke County Veterans Services Office, will be the guest speaker at the Public Employee Retirees Luncheon Meeting on Monday, April 2, 11:30 a.m., at the VFW on Ohio Street, Greenville. PERI is urging members, OPERS eligible nonmembers, and any interested veterans and their spouses to attend this meeting which has been planned to help them learn about benefits of which they or their relatives might not be aware. Questions will be welcome.

To make reservations for the luncheon, PERI members will be contacted by the calling committee. Non members and interested Veterans may contact Vivian Nieport, Attendance and Contact Chairman at 937-548-3961 on or by Tuesday, March 27.

Pitman, who was born and raised in Darke County, enlisted in the United States Air Force soon after he had graduated from Tri Village High School in 1985. Describing his military career, he said that he has served in countries throughout the world which included Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Germany, Korea, and Japan. After retiring in 2010, at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, he moved back to Darke County.

He said it wasn't until 2013 that he began his second rewarding career as the Department Head of the Darke County Veterans Services Office. In this capacity, he said he has had the opportunity of putting Veterans in touch with their VA benefits such as education, service connected disability compensation, war time pensions, survivors benefits, and medical benefits. He can also arrange transportation to the Dayton and Cincinnati VA medical centers for Veterans who have medical appointments.

Although he says he feels rewarded for the opportunity to serve Darke County Veterans, the Veterans he serves are equally rewarded. Having moved from serving his country to serving his county, one fact is certain, Darke County Veterans are fortunate to have him as the go to person to answer their questions.

Moving from the military back to civilian life is an adjustment for Veterans especially when it comes to obtaining the benefits they deserve. In fact, some older Veterans have stated that they missed out on some of their benefits because they were either not aware of them or never thought to enquire about them. Pitman has helped solve this problem by reaching out to them rather than waiting for them to reach out to him. This is evident by his willingness to speak at PERI's luncheon.

PERI members and others who have not served in the military can also learn from his presentation, especially if they have a son, daughter, grandchild or another relative who is thinking about enlisting or has enlisted already.

St. John Lutheran Church Holy Week Worship Schedule

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Faith United Methodist Church and FHC Fellowship Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

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Faith United Methodist Church and FHC Fellowship are hosting an Easter egg hunt for children of the Arcanum Community up through the 4th grade.

The hunt will be in Ivester Park on Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. We will plan to hold the hunt "rain or shine" (assuming no downpours or snow). Children should bring an Easter basket to collect their eggs. The eggs will have individually wrapped pieces of candy in them. There will also be a limited number of special prize eggs. Refreshments will be provided after the egg hunt. If you have questions, you may contact the Faith UMC office at 692-8934 (office hours are 9:00 a.m. to Noon).

Ketrow Foundation supports 20th Season of DCCA Family Theatre Series

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Featured in DCCA's 2017-2018 Family Theatre Series is a
heartwarming classic based on the beloved children's book,
Guess How Much I Love You and My Little Storybook,
will be presented on Sunday, April 8th, 2 pm at St. Clair Memorial Hall.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Ketrow Foundation and for their support of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series. “DCCA is pleased to receive continual generous support from community organizations such as the Ketrow Foundation. With their assistance we are able to fulfill our mission of cultural enrichment for the community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

Thanks to strong community support, DCCA has been able to keep a $5 ticket price for professional, high quality, artistic, Family Theatre Series performances, for two decades. According to Jordan, “The goal of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is to inspire the imaginations of the young and young at heart, encouraging the expression of creativity. The series attracts a wide-ranging audience that includes many preschool children enjoying their first theater experience, as well as senior citizens who enjoy the shows’ strong depiction of traditional values.”

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

Additional sponsors for DCCA’s Family Theatre Series include Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne HealthCare, Greenville Rotary Club and Family Health. The series also receives support from DCCA memberships. The Ohio Arts Council, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, and Lydia Schaurer Memorial also provide operating support for DCCA.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine art encouraging cultural enrichment. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center in the community.

Tickets for Guess How Much I Love You/My Little Storybook cost $5, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at or calling 937-547-0908. Tickets are also available online at or may be purchased at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Center in Greenville, and the Worch Memorial Library in Versailles. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at

Monday, March 19, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Tournament at Library

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Teens are invited to join us at the Greenville Public Library on Saturday March 24th at 1 p.m. for some Super Smash fun! Team up with your favorite Super Smash character and try to win it all! The tournament will feature a bracket-style format, so if you want to play you need to sign up!

All you need to do is YA Specialist Amanda Olson to get your name on the list. It’s that easy! This event is intended for kids ages 11-18. Super Smash Bros. will remain in the Wii located in the YA area of the library until after the March 24th tournament has concluded, allowing those who have entered time to practice and choose which Smash character they'd like to select for the tourney. Yes, there will be snacks!

DCCA Recognizes Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln for Sponsorship of Arts In Education

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Dave Knapp of Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln with Arts in Education artist Chase Padgett and Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln for their support of the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT Season and Arts In Education Programming. “Dave Knapp's support of the DCCA Arts In Educations programming makes it possible to present engaging and entertaining programs, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a culturally enriching artistic program each year,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director.

Trough Arts In Education, and in conjunction with local schools, performing artists are taken to each grade of every public school in Darke County, ensuring that children in the community have the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for the 2017-2018 season included health and wellness enthusiast KID POWER (grades K-3) presenting "Operation Lunch Line" a 3D interactive production on nutrition and exercise. Two time Grammy award winner TERRANCE SIMIEN & The ZYDECO EXPEREINCE (grades 4-6) returned by popular demand to present “Creole for Kidz" sharing Creole music and culture. SIX APPEAL (grades 7 & 8) brought a capella with hands-on critical listening to St. Clair Memorial Hall, and SIX GUITARS (grades 9-12) presented the "Voices of Chase Padgett" portraying 6 different guitar playing characters, each presenting their own story and style of music. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County. These programs are open to the public; contact the DCCA office for more information.

For more information on DCCA, the and the 2017-2018 ARTS COUNT season or to purchase tickets for an upcoming event, contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit us online at

“The Way of the Cross”

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“The Way of the Cross”
March 30, 2018
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM

The Greater Greenville Ministerial Association is sponsoring Good Friday services on March 30, 2018, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We will follow Christ as he made his way to the Cross down the Via Dolorosa beginning with the first station where he was condemned to die. Join us as we walk and pray the steps that Jesus took to Calvary. We begin our journey at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and will end at St. Paul Lutheran Church. You are welcome to join us at any stop along the journey. Please note the various locations and times of each station are approximate.

God has done so much for us as God poured His love and grace upon us through Jesus Christ, His Son, at the Cross. Begin your Easter holiday weekend with an experience you won’t forget.
  • Noon St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
    • 233 West Third Street
  • 12:20 p.m. St. Paul United Church of Christ
    • 129 West Third Street
  • 12:50 p.m. First United Methodist Church
    • 202 West Fourth Street
  • 1:20 p.m. First Presbyterian Church
    • 114 East Fourth Street
  • 1:45 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church
    • 131 East Fourth Street


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Sarah Becher
Versailles Health Care Center and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrated Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. As the nation's food and nutrition experts, registered dietitian nutritionists are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day commemorates the dedication of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) as advocates for advancing the nutritional status of Americans and people around the world.

Sarah Becher, Registered Dietician, has been a member of Versailles Health Care Center’s team since 2009. Becher provides nutritional care for VHCC residents and patients resulting in their optimal health and nutritional status.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges people to dedicate themselves to a healthy lifestyle in 2018 with these 15 food, nutrition and exercise tips:
  1. Eat Breakfast. Find more quick breakfast ideas at
  2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. See “20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables” at
  3. Watch Portion Sizes. Visit
  4. Be Active. Regular physical activity lowers blood pressure and helps your body control stress and weight. You don’t have to hit the gym—take a walk after dinner or play a game of catch or basketball.
  5. Fix Healthy Snacks. For snack ideas, see “25 Healthy Snacks for Kids” and “Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens” at
  6. Get to Know Food Labels. To learn about food labels, see “Shop Smart – Get the Facts on Food Labels” at
  7. Consult an RD. Learn about RDs at
  8. Follow Food Safety Guidelines. Learn about home food safety at
  9. Get Cooking. The collection of How do I… videos at will get you started.
  10. Dine Out without Ditching Your Goals. See “Healthy Eating on the Run” at
  11. Enact Family Meal Time. For more family mealtime tips, visit
  12. Banish Brown Bag Boredom. Keep lunches safe with tips from
  13. Drink More Water. Drink water instead of sugary drinks and let thirst be your guide. A healthy body can balance water needs throughout the day. Drink plenty of water if you are active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.
  14. Explore New Foods and Flavors. Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. Try different versions of familiar foods like blue potatoes, red leaf lettuce or basmati rice.
  15. Eat Seafood Twice a Week. Seafood—fish and shellfish—contains a range of nutrients including healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon, trout, oysters and sardines are higher in omega-3s and lower in mercury.
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 210 patients that utilized its short-term rehab services in 2017 and 185 in 2016! If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call us at 937.526.5570, or visit on the web at

Faith UMC Celebrates Girl Scout Sunday

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Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church recognized Girl Scout Troop #30656 on Girl Scout Sunday, March 11th. Each scout received a badge celebrating Girl Scout Day and a carnation. The Scouts presented Faith Church’s Pastor Tim Pieper with a special plaque signifying Faith Church as their Troop Home. Arcanum Faith United Methodist is a community orientated and mission minded church located at 101 E. South Street.

All are welcome to attend the service each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Greenville Schools Foundation Announces Grants

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The Greenville Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of grants for the 2017-2018 school year. The directors wish to thank everyone who has supported the foundation during the past year and helped make these awards possible. In all, the foundation awarded $9,300.00 in assistance for projects and purchases that could not be funded using conventional district resources. This year’s recipients have worked hard to help make Greenville a great place to go to school!

2018 recipients are: Brian McKibben, Jennifer Yohey, Pamela Kimes, Jaleesa Hutchinson, Elizabeth Langston, Stephen Eldred, Scott Eberwine, Alissa Elliot, Danesa Borgerding, Nicole Hawk, Lori Hoover, and Tiffany Labig. They are pictured with members of the foundation board of directors.

Greenville High School Orchestra and Jazz Concerts

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Greenville Senior High School Orchestra to Present End of Winter Concert

The Greenville Senior High School Orchestra will present a concert to the public on Tuesday, March 20th at 7pm. The concert will be held at Memorial Hall. The orchestra will present a wide variety of music at the concert including Theme from Jurassic Park by John Williams. They will also perform America’s Cup by Allen Lee Silva. Highlighted also for the evening will be the contemporary setting Dreaming by Brian Balmages. The Orchestra will also play a Trans Siberian arrangement of Requiem. The rock piece is based on Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

The concert is free and open to the public. We hope to see you on Tuesday, March 20th at 7pm for the Orchestra’s End of Winter Concert.

Cedarville College Jazz Ensemble to Perform with GHS Jazz Scene

The Greenville Senior High School Jazz Scene will perform a joint concert with Cedarville College on Friday, March 23. The concert will be held at Memorial Hall and will begin at 7pm. Music to be performed will be Sing, Sing, Sing, Take the A Train, All’s Well That Ends Well and other jazz and pop music. Featured for the evening will be the great sounds of the Cedarville College Jazz Ensemble. The concert is free and open to the public.

Please make plans to attend a great evening of Jazz with Cedarville College and the GHS Jazz Scene on Friday, March 23rd at 7pm at Memorial Hall.

Friday, March 16, 2018

GPD Investigates Overnight Shooting

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On March 16, 2018 at approximately 12:03 am, the Greenville Police Department responded to the Wayne Healthcare Emergency Room on a report that a victim had been dropped off with possible gunshot wounds.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that a 20 year old male had been shot in the 1300 block of North Chippewa Drive in Greenville and driven to Wayne Healthcare by two other individuals. The victim was treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. Detectives with the Greenville Police Department responded to the hospital and the scene to investigate the incident.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department Investigation's Section at 937.548.4150 ext 3. Callers may remain anonymous.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Keeping School Buildings Safe

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by David Torrence, High School Assistant Principal at Greenville City Schools

The most recent school attack has intensified the sense of unease in our country. There are, sad to say, no easy answers for the questions this latest attack has generated. Well-intended people argue passionately - and at times angrily - about why attacks at schools continue to happen and how to prevent future attacks. Government officials, parents and students, and special interest groups argue about the best ways to prevent attacks on schools. Social and professional media people say that attacks on schools are “inevitable” and demand that “something” be done - and be done NOW. What that “something” is or could be, however, seems to elude everyone. The absence of a clear and easily implemented policy creates a sense of despair shared by students, parents, teachers, and even law enforcement personnel.

While there is no “quick fix” that will protect every student in every school, there are steps that parents, students, and teachers can take to make their student’s building safer. Some of them are obvious – we create emergency plans, and we talk about and practice these plans. We create protocols in conjunction with local authorities; we review and update those plans as frequently as we can. We make as sure as we can that students and teachers understand what to do should there be an emergency.

One thing that students, teachers, and parents can remember to support the rules and procedures that schools already have in place. Every rule we have in our student handbook is there primarily to make the building as safe as possible. For instance, we prohibit allowing students to bring book bags into classrooms; this prevents a student from bringing harmful items into that classroom. Some rules seem to promote student safety less obviously; for instance, our student dress code helps draw attention to individuals who, because they are not dressed in accordance with our policy, might possibly be intruders. Similarly, our procedure for students leaving the building during the school day is part of our bigger plan to make sure that a student on our campus has neither been taken from our campus, run away, or has left to cause harm somewhere else. These rules, when followed, allow the building staff to do the best we can to make sure students are safe when they are in our building. While the rules seem, at times, cumbersome or inconvenient, in the end they help us keep the people in our buildings as safe as possible.


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American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) is proud to announce that the Village of Versailles received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2017. The Certificate of Excellence in Reliability comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA) and AMP member certificate recipients were announced on March 14 during the annual AMP Technical Services Conference in Columbus.

The APPA helps public power systems track outage and restoration data through the eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities. AMP provides a subscription to the eReliability Tracker service to all of its members.

“Versailles has demonstrated its commitment to reliable electric service,” said Marc Gerken, AMP president and CEO. “This recognition signifies the Village of Versailles Utilities’ dedication to its


American Municipal Power, Inc. is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 135 member municipal electric systems in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland and Delaware. Combined, these public utilities serve more than 650,000 customers. AMP members receive their power supply from a diversified resource mix that includes wholesale power purchases through AMP and the open market and energy produced at AMP and member-owned generating facilities utilizing fossil fuel, hydroelectric, solar, wind and other renewable resources. For additional information, visit AMP’s website at

Holy Week Services at Greenville Church of the Brethren

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Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., invites the community to our Holy Week and Easter Sunday services.

Maundy Thursday, March 29 6:30 pm Love Feast (Feet washing, Meal & Communion)

Sunday April 1
  • 8:00 am – Sunrise Service “Light Overcame Darkness”
  • 9:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:30 am – Sunday School
  • 10:30 am – Celebration Service
Featuring inspirational music, including the choir, and the message “Pranked”.

Please join us for these special events as we celebrate Christ’s victory through His resurrection. 548-3583 Nursery available.

Library Program on Monarchs

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One of the most widely recognized butterflies in the United States is also the one in the most danger of becoming extinct. Habitat loss, illegal logging, row crop agriculture and over use of pesticides are just a few factors that have led to the staggering population decrease. What can we do to reverse the damage?

Join Darke County Parks Naturalist Mandy Martin Wednesday March 28th at 6:00 at the Greenville Public Libary to find out! This is a free, family-friendly event but seating is limited so first come first served. Light refreshments provided. Mandy says “We’ll explore the natural history of this magnificent creature and discover all the efforts nationwide to spearhead movements to save this iconic species.” Mandy will also share what Darke County Parks has done to join the effort to save the monarch and how you can get involved.”

After the presentation we will be making seed bombs! “These little balls of seed, clay, and compost are pre-planted with butterfly approved wildflower seeds. This spring just toss them on the ground, press them lightly into the ground, and watch them grow.”

Did you know that since 2006 the Library has also been certified as an official Monarch Waystation by “Monarch Watch” of the University of Kansas? This program was organized in 2005 by Chip Taylor, whose goal it is to have thousands of these “resource patches” created in back yards, school and church grounds, parks, nature centers, golf courses, and retirement homes.

According to, a Waystation is an intermediate station between principle stations on a line of travel. The principle stations for monarchs are the sites in Mexico they use for overwintering and the northern sites they use for reproduction in the breeding season. Without nectar flowers, fall migratory butterflies would be unable to make the journey to Mexico.

What distinguishes a Monarch Waystation from an ordinary butterfly garden is the inclusion of and emphasis on milkweed. The plant is essential because milkweeds are the only plants that monarch caterpillars recognize as food. MonarchWatch recommends that Waystations include at least 10 milkweed plants.

The Parent Teacher Partnership is Evolving - by Rhonda Schaar, Greenville Middle School Principal

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We are pleased to announce the GMS Parent Teacher Partnership Group has chosen to continue the valuable work of opening the lines of communication, ensuring equity and increased involvement with parents and teachers that began three years ago. The meetings have focused on Greenville Middle School but hope to expand the conversations and improvements to all grades if possible. On March 7th the core group met and reviewed the topics and sessions from the last three years and developed a plan of action to reach out to the elementary and high school.

The Parent Teacher Partnership is an initiative to increase communication with parents and teachers beyond the typical PTA or Booster Club experience. Greenville City Schools was awarded a Staff Personnel Development Grant from the Ohio Department of Education in 2013. An opportunity offered as a part of this grant included sending a team to be trained in the work of Dr. Barbara Boone on improving the relationships between parents and teachers. Research shows these positive relationships lead to improved student growth and achievement. ( Teachers Zach Roll and Chad Curtis (who also has children in GCS) with parent Tammy Abell were trained to facilitate the Parent Teacher Partnership collaboration.

Throughout 2015-2017, the group met in six sessions. The topics covered included; respect and communication, equity and decision-making, competence, parenting and learning at home, advocacy, commitment and volunteering. There were a variety of parents representing the diverse population of the school as well as multiple teachers from grades 5-8 participating in the discussions and activities. As the group focused on the different topics they applied their learning into actions. Parents stated their concerns about parent teacher conferences, a need to increase communication using 21st Century tools and poor experiences as visitors to the school. These were addressed by the school and improvements were made in each area that has impacted GMS in a positive way. Additional conversations have continued outside the confines of the formal meeting as PTP members shared and engaged other staff and community members on the topics started within the PTP.

At the meeting on March 7th the participants included some who were at all six sessions as well as some new faces. Regardless of the number of meetings attended, all agreed the opportunities provided by this organized body need to continue and be open to those interested in grades K-12. It was decided to continue as an independent entity as the initial State Personnel Development Grant has ended. To ensure the integrity of the work over the last few years the PTP has decided to create conditions of participation before requesting additional members to join. This is the foundation of a “model for an opportunity for honest and open, two-way communication towards school improvement and family well-being” ( ) as envisioned by Dr. Barbara Boone and the Ohio Department of Education CETE Results Management team to ensure parents and teachers are working together to meet the unique needs of each school and district.

Greenville Middle School’s Parent Teacher Partnership is evolving as a group of invested parents and teachers (with a couple administrators thrown in) to improve the learning environment for the children of Greenville City Schools.

MVCTC Future Health Professionals Advance to State Competition

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Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) HOSA Senior and Junior Chapters competed in the HOSA Regional Competition on February 20, 2018, at Sinclair Community College. With 11 schools represented and over 400 students competing, the MVCTC HOSA Chapter saw 34 students earn the right to advance to the State Competition. The following MVCTC students were privileged to move on to the State Competition:

MVCTC Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) Competes at Regional:
1st Place Finishers
  • Connor Howe (Dixie) - Allied Health - Medical Terminology
  • Deina Delgado (Tippecanoe) - Allied Health - Life Support Skills
  • Emily Allen (National Trail) - Health Careers - Health Education
  • Raifa Aripova (West Carollton) - Health Careers - Health Education
  • Miya Browning (Wayne) - Health Careers - Health Education
  • Elizabeth Crosby (Brookville) - Health Careers - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Shawn Ertel (Tippecanoe) - Biotechnology - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Peyton Phillips (Northwestern) - Biotechnology - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Alexis Reeder (Tri-Cty North) - Health Careers - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Keara Tellis (Wayne) - Biotechnology - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Jaelyn Watson (Trotwood) - Biotechnology - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Laura Woodworth (Tri-Cty North) - Health Careers - Parliamentary Procedure
  • Abigale Thomson (Valley View) - Health Careers - CPR/First Aid
  • Taylor Brooks (Eaton) - Health Careers - CPR/First Aid
  • Mariah Brewer (Eaton) - Allied Health - Clinical Nursing
  • Megan Poling (Tri-Cty North) - Allied Health - Home Health Aide

2nd Place Finishers
  • Ariel Richardson (Eaton) - Biotechnology - Biomedical Lab Science
  • Tamie Martin (Northmont) - Medical Lab - Medical Assisting
  • Sydney Gehron (Northmont) - Allied Health - Nursing Assisting
  • Shelbie Brown (Preble Shawnee) - Health Careers - Life Support Skills
  • Hunter Spieles (Vandalia-Butler) - Biotechnology - Researched Writing and Speaking
  • JoDee Baker (Dixie) - Health Careers - Creative Problem Solving
  • Ashley Jaquez-Rascon (West Carollton) - Health Careers - Creative Problem Solving
  • Faith Ray-Wolf (Northridge) - Health Careers - Creative Problem Solving
  • Cheyenne Sturgill (Wayne) - Health Careers - Creative Problem Solving

3rd Place Finishers
  • Logan Sizemore (Eaton) - Allied Health - CPR/First Aid
  • Madelyn Koontz (Northmont) Allied Health - CPR/First Aid
  • Nicholaus Cope (Northmont) - Biotechnology - Epidemiology
  • Areun Foster (Trotwood) - Health Careers - Public Health
  • Justyce Isreal (Northridge) - Health Careers - Public Health
  • Marcedes Leonard (Trotwood) - Health Careers - Public Health
  • Madison Trout (West Carollton) - Health Careers - Public Health
  • Aman Waters (Wayne) - Health Careers - Public Health
  • Madison Conry (Brookville) - Health Careers - Health Career Photography

Over the next month MVCTC HOSA competitors will continue practicing and prepping for the State HOSA Competition on April 10-11, 2018. Both MVCTC Senior and Junior HOSA Chapters hope to have members qualify for the Nationals HOSA Competitions in June of 2018 in Dallas, TX.

“The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.”

For more information about MVCTC, please visit

Matt Harrison appointed by Governor Kasich to represent Darke County on the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

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Matt Harrison
The Ohio DD Council is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. With the mission of creating change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life, the council members use their positions to advocate, initiate, demonstrate and educate society in order to improve Ohio’s capacity for delivering services to people with developmental disabilities.

Operating under the authority of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, the council is comprised of approximately 31 members, 60 percent of who represent people with disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities. Focusing on areas of interest including Assistive Technology, Children and Health, Community Living, Employment, Leadership, Outreach and Public Policy, each member must agree to serve on at least two subcommittees.

Although this is a huge endeavor that requires at least a 3 year term commitment, Mr. Matt Harrison is no stranger to donating his time for good cause. He has participated on the Darke County Advocacy in Action committee, the Darke County Aktion Club, and was an Ohio Leader through Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility). Also an avid donor with the American Red Cross, Matt is always open to giving back to his community. When asked what he is most excited about regarding his appointment to the council Matt stated “I feel awesome because I can use this position to advocate for change for individuals that don’t have as many options or opportunities as I do”.

Since 1987, March has been designated as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. This month is used to highlight the contributions and needs of the estimated 4 million Americans living with a developmental disability. As part of March Awareness Month, Darke DD would like to congratulate and highlight Matt on his appointment to the Ohio DD Council.

Darke County Genealogical Society to Hold Mini-Workshop

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The Darke County Genealogical Society is holding a mini – workshop on Saturday, Apr 14, 10:00 – 4:00 in the Genealogy Library at Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway , Greenville, OH 45331. This will be a helper workshop, for anyone who would like help with or to begin their family research.

This is a preregistration only workshop. To do so: call the Museum at (937) 548 – 5250 or Email :

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Greenville, Ohio, Holy Week Services

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  • Worship - 10:00 a.m.
  • Sunday School Hour – 11:15 a.m.

*MAUNDY THURSDAY, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
  • Tenebrae Service - Holy Communion

  • Sunrise Service – 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast Sponsored by Youth Group – 9:00 a.m.
  • Easter Celebration Worship – 10:00 a.m.

Special Music

*Nursery Provided for all services

An EPC Congregation

*Please come and rejoice with us. All are welcome!

Pastor John Person, 114 E. 4th Street – Greenville, OH – (937) 548-3188

Cable Channel 5 – Wednesdays 8:00 p.m. & Saturdays 11:00 a.m.

Upcoming Little Black Dress Event to Support Women Scholarships

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The Edison Foundation at Edison State Community College will hold their second annual Little Black Dress–Girls’ Night Out, A Celebration of Women’s Education. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua Campus.

“I would encourage all women to mark their calendars for April 18th,” said Sharon Semanie, Little Black Dress Committee Member. “Last year’s inaugural event was absolutely the best time and left all of us in a celebratory mood wanting more girls’ nights out.”

“In addition to the camaraderie and opportunity to visit with other women of all ages, the event more importantly helped raise some serious funds to provide women with educational scholarships.”

Now in its second year, the event returns following a successful inaugural event in 2017, which raised over $8,000 to support scholarships for women at Edison State.

“Assisting women in making possible one of the most important decisions of their lives is indeed a privilege,” said Maura Felts, Little Black Dress Committee Member. “To be able to help other women reach their full potential and celebrate one another is as good as it gets!”

For $50, the evening’s guests will enjoy a social hour with music from 6:30-7:15 p.m., which includes hors d’oeuvres and choice of wine, lemonade, coffee, or water. Beer will be available for purchase. From 7:15-8:30 p.m. those in attendance will be served a 3-course meal by local celebrity men. To close out the evening, coffee will be available from 8:30-8:45 p.m. In addition, those who attend will receive a gift bag.

Fort GreeneVille DAR Hosting the 6th Annual ROTC Demonstration Open House

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On Saturday March 17 at 2:00 pm at the Greenville Sr. High School gymnasium,the Daughters of American Revolution Fort Greenville Chapter in conjunction with Greenville Senior High School NJROTC will host the SIXTH Annual Drill Demonstration Open House and is inviting the public to attend.

The Greenville Senior High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Cadets will demonstrate their marching skills for their family, friends and general public. The event will start with the GHS NJROTC presenting Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a demonstration of Color Guard precision marching. Next will follow a demonstration of unarmed and armed platoon drill required for formal competitions. GHS NJROTC will finish with a demonstration of their unarmed and armed exhibition teams where students are given freedom to perform military drill of their choosing and design.

In conclusion, Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR will present the ROTC Medal to a Cadet. The medal is awarded to a Cadet for his/her’s outstanding ability and achievement in the GHS ROTC program. The DAR chapter will also be presenting a monetary donation to the local NJROTC.

The DAR chapter is providing drinks and snacks for the Cadets and visitors following the demonstration. Please plan to attend and show your support to such a fine group of young people.

Empowering to hold first volunteer meeting

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GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth will be holding a volunteer organizational meeting at Tribute Funeral Homes Greenville, 1000 N. Broadway, Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

“Our kids are the future of our community,” said Melissa Eve, Assistant Program Coordinator. “If you agree, then come help us. We have a job for you!”

She added Empowering Darke County Youth needs volunteer tutors, but acknowledges not everyone is comfortable in that role. The program also needs people willing to help plan and conduct fundraising events, recruit volunteers and spread the word through social media and personal contacts.

“I believe we’ve had a huge impact on our community,” said Empowering President Eric Fee. “We’ve made some great strides working with kids who need help, through our Edison State and adult volunteers, but the need is still greater than our ability to meet it.

“We’ve just started,” he continued, “but we can’t do it alone. We need your help.”

“Stop in, join us for a light snack, and find out what you can do to help,” said Bob Robinson, Program Coordinator. “We had to start a waiting list for our After School Program last fall and it still exists today…

“Help us make sure no child has to wait for help in the future. See you at the meeting… and thanks!”

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

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Greenville Spring Clean Up: April 9 - 13, 2018

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Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) Releases the Updated “Tale of the Trails” Infographic

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Dayton, OH – The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is excited to announce the release of the updated “Tale of the Trails” infographic, which highlights the principal findings of the Miami Valley Trail User Survey Report compiled at the end of 2017. The graphic, available online at, depicts the social, economic, health, and geographic reach of the Nation’s Largest Paved Trail Network – the Miami Valley Trails.

“The infographic illustrates the multiple aspects of the trail network,” MVRPC’s Executive Director, Brian O. Martin, stated. “Each survey year, we learn more about how the Miami Valley Trails connect communities, improve the lives of residents, and attract visitors to the area.”

The trail user survey is conducted every four years by MVRPC in partnership with trail-managing agencies. This data is used to plan trail programming and maintenance schedules. MVRPC uses the demographic data to assess trail usage in relation to equity goals. Figures represented on the infographic include:

  • Over 90 percent of trail users rate the trails as Excellent or Good for cleanliness, maintenance, and safety.
  • Over 70 percent of trail users report using the trails at least once per week during the outdoor seasons.
  • One in six trail users are from outside the Miami Valley.
  • Trail use generates an estimated $13.4 million of annual economic activity in the Region.

The Miami Valley Trails, built in phases beginning in the 1970s, now total over 340 miles of connected multi-use path across eleven counties in and around the Miami Valley Region. Managed by a diverse group of 12 trail managing agencies, the Miami Valley Trails form a seamless regional asset for active transportation and recreation.

Established in 1964, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission promotes collaboration among communities, stakeholders, and residents to advance regional priorities. MVRPC is a forum and resource where the Board of Directors identifies priorities, develops public policy and collaborative strategies to improve quality of life throughout the Miami Valley Region. MVRPC performs various regional planning activities, including air quality, water quality, transportation, land use, research and GIS. As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), MVRPC is responsible for transportation planning in Greene, Miami and Montgomery Counties and parts of northern Warren County. MVRPC's areawide water quality planning designation encompasses five (5) counties: Darke, Preble plus the three MPO counties.

To learn more, contact MVRPC’s Director of Sustainable Solutions, Kim Lahman, at 937.223.6323 or

Wavaires Cantata at Greenville Church of the Brethren

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Spirit awards nine EMT scholarships to locals

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GREENVILLE- Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, is pleased to announce it has awarded nine EMT scholarships to individuals living in the western Ohio and Indiana region.

Among those awarded scholarships were Elizabeth Allen of Rossburg; Jamee Blankenship of New Madison; Jessica Garrett of Greenville; Misty Howell of New Madison; Kristen Lindsey of Arcanum; Cassandra Martinez of Van Wert; Stephanie Pascal of Union City, IN; Tyler Pratt of Urbana; and Ericka Slezak of Kettering.

Citing a lack of well-qualified EMT’s available in the area, last August Spirit began awarding scholarships to qualifying individuals. In November, 14 EMT’s graduated from the company’s first-ever sponsored EMT class. In late November, the business began accepting applications for classes that started in late January.

Brian K. Hathaway, President/CEO of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, is pleased with the quality of applicants applying for the scholarships.

The final selection process includes evaluation of professional standards including dependability, responsibility, and exceptional customer service skills.

“As partners in healthcare with other local hospitals and nursing facilities, we are vested in selecting people who have the drive and compassion to serve the ill and injured,” explained Vice President Aaron L. Guthrie.

The nine students selected in this last round of scholarships are in class five days a week. Aside from eight weeks of classroom instruction, the students will also do a clinical rotation on the Spirit ambulances, as well as in the emergency rooms at either Wayne HealthCare in Greenville or Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

The class is a cooperative effort between Four County Career Center and Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, with instructors from the school’s adult vocational program and employees of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, who are certified EMS instructors helping teach the classes. The primary lead instructor includes Paramedic Mike Woodford of Greenville.

Trumpeter Swans and Snowy Owls in Darke County

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On March 5, a member of the Darke County Birders found 2 Trumpeter Swans at a wetland near Elroy. This is the first recorded sighting of wild Trumpeter Swans in Darke County in modern times. Swans were hunted in earlier times for food and skins. Loss of habitat also led to their decline. In 1996, Ohio became involved in their reintroduction. In 2016, there were a high of 74 breeding pairs in Ohio. The closest places to see nesting “trumpeters” are Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County and Big Island in Marion County.

Recently, there also have been two different reports of Snowy Owls in Darke County this winter. These owls typically reside further north, but some winters journey this far south. There were many sightings all over Ohio this winter. There was a deceased Snowy found at the Greenville Industrial Park near Jaysville-St. John’s Road. Another owl was photographed on Young Road near the intersection of Washington Road on March 2, 2018. It was not relocated. The Darke County Birders would love to have a copy of the photo if the person who has the picture would forward it to or to

The Darke County Birders is a focus group of the Friends of the Darke County Parks. Any bird questions or reports can be sent to or to the park district office at 548-0165.

The Darke County Birders is a club for people interested in watching birds. The club has monthly fieldtrips and a monthly meeting the 4th Tuesday of each month.

The Bistro Off Broadway Sponsors Sold Out DCCA Shows

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Chase Padgett after his performance at The Bistro Off Broadway with Ted and Diana Abney, owners of The Bistro Off Broadway, and Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director and Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Ted and Diana Abney, owners of The Bistro Off Broadway, for their sponsorship of DCCA's 2017-2018 Arts Count Season and for their continued support of the arts in Darke County.

The Abney’s recently hosted and sponsored the sold out Coffee House Series performance of "Six Guitars" featuring Chase Padgett. According to DCCA’s Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, “The Abney’s are a great example of strong community supporters; they not only strengthen downtown Greenville by providing a full service restaurant, but also enhance the quality of life in our community by supporting the performing arts and making it possible for DCCA to present high quality artists at a reasonable ticket price.”

The show entitled “6 Guitars” stared musician, singer, actor Chase Padgett who channeled six different guitar players during his performance, each with a distinct voice and musical style. “This is a masterful tour de force performance that has earned numerous awards, rave reviews, and standing ovations all over the world, shared DCCA Executive Director, Andrea Jordan. "DCCA is grateful for the support of the Abney's and others in our community that make outstanding shows like this possible right here in Darke County." concluded Jordan. The Bistro Off Broadway and Ted & Diana Abney were also spotlight sponsors for the sold out Artists Series presentation of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at Memorial Hall in January, as well as the sold out Coffee Hose Series presentation of Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, also at The Bistro in October.

For more information on DCCA and upcoming events, contact the DCCA office at 547-0908 or

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Certified Pharmacy Tech Wanted at Family Health

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Family Health is seeking:

Certified Pharmacy Tech
Full-time (Monday-Friday/40 hours + Saturday morning rotation)
Must be licensed in the State of Ohio
Must be a team player and have great customer service skills.
Full-time benefit package offered.

Qualified applicants send resumes to

Semi Tractor Trailer Rolls on Wabash York Road in Monday Afternoon Accident

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On March 12, 2018 at approximately 2:28 PM Darke County deputies along with North Star Fire, Rossburg Fire and Ansonia Rescue responded to the 6600 block of Wabash York Road in reference to a semi tractor trailer on it's side.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2017 Peterbilt tractor, pulling a bulk feed trailer was driven by Timothy L. Hicks, 56 of Bradford Ohio. Mr. Hick's was traveling eastbound on Wabash York Road when his right front tire left the roadway. Mr. Hicks was unable to regain control of the semi tractor/trailer and continued into the side ditch where the truck and trailer rolled onto it's side. Mr. Hick's was treated and released from the scene by Ansonia Rescue.

Mr. Hick's was issued a citation for failure to maintain reasonable control of a motor vehicle.


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Curt Brooks recently joined the staff of Greenville National Bank as Assistant Vice President and Commercial/Ag Loan Officer. In addition to commercial and ag lending, Curt also handles mortgage and consumer loans.

Curt is a graduate of the Midwest School for Community Bankers, attended Purdue Ag Banking School, and completed the Omega Credit Training Program. He also completed numerous banking classes at Edison Community College, Sinclair Community College, and IU East in Richmond, Indiana. Curt worked in the Union City area for 38 years at Farmers State Bank/Old National Bank and 2 years at MainSource Bank. He resides outside of Union City with his wife Tina. They have 4 grown children. Curt is a member of the Union City Lions Club, Wesley United Methodist Church, and serves on the Zoning Appeals Board of Jackson Township. He also served on the Mississinawa Valley School Board for 8 years and is a past member of the Union City Economic Development Committee and the Union City Arts Festival Committee. He enjoys playing golf and corn hole in his spare time.

Curt is working with Brian Wood at the GNB Ansonia Branch but is also available to meet with clients at other locations convenient for the customer. He may be reached for an appointment at 937-337-3151 or 937-547-5259 or by email at

Spring Tdap/Meningococcal clinic

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The Darke County Health Department is pleased to announce a spring Tdap/Meningococcal clinic!

This walk-in clinic will be held on March 24, 2018, from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. It will be held at Spirit Medical Transport, located at 5484 SR 49 South, Greenville, less than 1 mile south of the fairgrounds. Vaccine will be available for current 6th graders, and current 11th graders, to enable them to meet the Fall 2018/2019 school requirements:

Fall of 2018, for students entering 7th grade: Tdap and Meningococcal ACWY

Fall of 2018, for students entering 12th grade: Meningococcal ACWY—One dose needs to be given at age 16 years or older.

Please bring your insurance cards with you. As in the past, there will be NO COST to you for the vaccines. Call the Health Department with any questions, 937-548-4196.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Mermaid Theatre’s
Guess How Much I Love You on Sunday, April 8 at
Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Mermaid Theatre’s Guess How Much I Love You on Sunday, April 8 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. The final production of DCCA’s 2017-2018 Family Theatre Series season, this adaption of Sam McBratney’s award-winning book will be accompanied by an equally beloved tale celebrating the joy of reading, I Love My Little Storybook. The show begins at 2 p.m.

According to Keith Rawlins, Mermaid Theatre ranks among North America’s most respected presenters of productions for children. “This innovative show will charm adults and delight youngsters,” Mr. Rawlins said. “The timeless story of the Nutbrown Hares competition measuring their love for one another has won readers’ hearts ever since Guess How Much I Love You was first published in 1995; the accompanying piece, I Love My Little Storybook featuring a whimsical menagerie of animals and imaginary creatures, rounds out a fantastic opportunity for families to discover the magic of theatre,” he concluded.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is celebrating it’s twentieth year of presenting professional touring productions for children and their families; sponsorships make possible the attractively low ticket prices for these shows. Sponsors include Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Rotary Club, and Family Health. The series also receives support from the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation, and DCCA memberships. Additionally, DCCA receives operating support from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Ketrow Foundation and Lydia Schaurer Memorial. This performance is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Tickets for Guess How Much I Love You/My Little Storybook cost $5, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA at or calling 937-547-0908. Tickets are also available online at or may be purchased at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark, and Darke County Visitors Center in Greenville, and the Worch Memorial Library in Versailles. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

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