Monday, November 26, 2018

County Businesses Host Darke County Juniors During Junior Job Shadow Week

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Over 180 students were scheduled for job shadows with 38 area businesses during Darke County Junior Job Shadow Week held November 12 – 16.

Participating juniors signed up for their top five career interests using a menu of nearly ninety different career choices. Job shadow placements were coordinated by Darke County Economic Development. A job shadowing experience allows students to explore their career interests through directly observing employees on the job. It provides realistic information, an opportunity to be mentored by a professional, and a chance to practice communication skills, which is valuable to all employers.

“Students may think a specific career is what they want to pursue, but once they job shadow they may find out the career is different than expected and head in another direction. Other students learn that they are well matched to their career interests and it can help them focus on their goals”, stated Tamala Marley, Workforce Specialist at Darke County Economic Development. “The menu helps students realize the wide variety of career opportunities in Darke County. Some students think the career they are interested in is not available in our area, but that may not be accurate.”

Students were placed in over 75 different positions in the county, including healthcare, engineering and technology, marketing, information technology, transportation, social services, skilled trades, law enforcement, agriculture, art & design, and more. With this experience, students can make more informed choices about their future career.

Job Shadow Week is just one of the activities coordinated by Darke County Economic Development for Darke County’s emerging workforce, with the goal of keeping/attracting students back to Darke County to work and raise their families. Darke County Economic Development would like to thank those businesses who volunteered to participate in Junior Job Shadow Week and made this opportunity possible for our local students.


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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club will offer their obedience classes starting January 8, 2019. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training and many people like the variety of classes available.

The Dog Club will be offering classes at their new training facility located at 940 Front Street. They are looking forward to serving the public with classes in the newly obtained buildings on the former site of McClain’s Inc.

Obedience classes begin Tuesday January 8, 2019, they will include, Puppy (12 weeks to 6 months), and Beginner Obedience. For those who have completed the beginner class and wish to continue on with their training, advanced obedience will be offered. AKC Rally class and Advanced Obedience class will be offered this 9 weeks.

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

She also added that the rally classes will be offered to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The Novice and Advanced Rally Classes are for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for Rally Novice and Advanced obedience class is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without much difficulty. Novice and advanced signs will be taught in the rally class. Off lead work will be attempted in Rally.

The goal of the Rally class is to introduce students to a new form of Obedience which involves walking a course with your dog and performing the exercises as illustrated on numbered signs along the path of the course. This class also preps the team of dog and handler to work towards a Novice title in AKC Rally if interested.

The classes are designed to be building blocks in obedience. We start with puppy and continue to build upon that training thru each of the later classes. However, if you missed the puppy class when your dog was a baby, you can still get great results with the dog starting with our Beginner classes.

We now have 4 instructors who have been certified to do pet therapy thru Therapy Dogs International. We plan to visit nursing homes and hospitals.
If you feel you have a dog that has the right temperament to be a therapy dog and are wondering how to do it, we can help you along your way to that goal. The first step is to take the basic obedience classes and pass. Second step is to be evaluated by Becky Baker, our instructor and evaluator who administers the Good Canine Citizen Test which has to be passed to be able to go on to be tested for the therapy dog program.


Completion of registration and orientation for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:00 on January 8. There is no class that night, DO NOT BRING DOGS FIRST NIGHT. Only those who were told to bring their dog for a fitting of a collar may bring their dogs January 8. You will meet your instructors and be shown your ring.

We are starting a new way of pre registration and it involves going to our new website.

The Address is ,go to home page and click on REGISTRATION. The next page will come up with a choice for obedience or agility. Under each you will see printed REGISTRATION FORMS. Click on the one you wish and the form will appear ready for you to print off on your printer.

Fill out completely and write a check or money order to GADC for $80 and include a copy of the dog’s vaccination papers from the Vet.

As was stated before you must preregister with Barb 548-0338 for all obedience classes.

Deadline for all forms and payments to be into Barb is by December 29,2018
Her address will given to you when you call her about getting into class.

Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class. Veterinarians need to certify all vaccinations given at home or by a breeder.
For information about obedience classes, and to register your intent to attend please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292.


Director of Agility is also announcing that dog agility classes will be offered on January 10, Thurs eve. The classes offered include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Advanced Agility.

Pre-registration is required for agility classes. To pre-register, please call 937-692-5310.

Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as along the side and along the fence. The entrance for dog classes is located at the front of the large building.

Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class.

Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized soft treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs.

All Dogs Must Be Leashed When Entering the Building.

Participants also are reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes.

Arcanum Faith United Methodist Collected Shoe Boxes

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First row (bottom of picture): Kip Lee Krueger. Second row Left to right: Children: Ezra Wieser, Elijah Wieser, and Celia Spandt. Adults: Anissa Krueger, Chuck Krueger. Third row Left to right: Kay Wieser, Jim Wieser, Sharon Karns.
Faith United Methodist Church participated in the Samaritan's Purse Project --Operation Christmas Child. It is the world's largest Christmas project. Shoe boxes are packed with lots of love, prayers, and special "fun" gifts for children in more than 100 countries suffering from natural disasters, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. The shoe box gifts will be sent by sea containers, trucks, trains, planes, boats, camels, and dog sleds to reach children around the world.

Faith United Methodist Church is a Mission-mined church located at 101 E. South Street. Adult Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. with church following at 10:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Darke County Parks: Changes Coming To Annual Luminary Event

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The Darke County Parks invites you to their 11th annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 1st from 6pm – 9pm, join us for one of our favorite events of the year, including many of your favorite festive actives, including over 500 luminaries, log house visitations and refreshments, marshmallow roasting, campfires, children’s crafts, gingerbread cookie decorating, nature gift shop sales, a visit from Santa and more!

After last year’s record number of attendees a few changes were required to ensure this popular event continues to run smoothly. A new parking destination will be located at the 130 Winchester entrance (look for the signs), just east of the main entrance to Shawnee Prairie on OH-502. From the new parking area, illuminated wagons pulled by tractors will be available to provide transportation to and from the main trail or if you choose, you can extend your walk in the woods by just a short distance all while enjoying even more luminaries! The main park entrance will be blocked and only those with handicap parking placards or plates will be able to enter.

On top of the hill, between the Log House and the Nature Center, the Stillwater Stargazers will have telescopes set up and allowing for stunning views into the heavens above. The winter night sky always is spectacular!

Also new for 2018, the Park District is also asking that you call to register for this FREE event. Registrations only require a moment of time and will allow for more accurate planning regarding the amount of supplies needed for activities and how many vehicles can be expected. To register, simply call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165 or email at

With the addition of tractor wagon rides, new and easier parking location and all of your other favorites, the Park District is looking forward to a fun-filled evening welcoming in a peaceful holiday season!

Please call 937-548-0165 if you have questions, need directions or would like to register.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present The Texas Tenors in “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” at Greenville’s St. Clair Memorial Hall on Sunday December 9; the concert begins at 7 p.m. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present The Texas Tenors in “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” at Greenville’s St. Clair Memorial Hall on Sunday December 9; the concert begins at 7 p.m. The award-winning trio, a top four finalist in the fourth season of America’s Got Talent and the highest ranking vocal group in the entire history of the show, combine country, classical, and pop influences in their highly popular performances which attract enthusiastic crowds around the nation. Their popularity is reflected locally, as according to DCCA officials, only a few single tickets remain for this special event.

In addition to JC Fisher, the Texas-based tenor who originally conceived the idea of forming the group with his two best friends, members of the The Texas Tenors include Marcus Collins, who learned how to sing by emulating his favorite artists like Garth Brooks before training classically in college, and John Hagen who has performed a vast array of operatic roles and appeared on Broadway. According to Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director, his organization is thrilled to once again present The Texas Tenors. “People have requested the return of this group ever since their appearance here a few years ago and we are happy to comply with those requests; the public response to “Deep in the Heart of Christmas” has just been amazing,” Mr. Rawlins said.

Sponsors for The Texas Tenors concert are Rodney Oda, Second National Bank, and the Bistro Off Broadway. 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, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Additionally, Katie Gabbard of The Ivy League will set up a pop-up shop, “The Merry Maestro,” in the Main Lobby at Memorial Hall that will feature holiday merchandise including art and music-themed ornaments, specially designed stationery, and hand-made mementos featuring the Hall; twenty per cent of each purchase will benefit DCCA. “The Merry Maestro” welcomes all comers, whether or not they will be attending the concert, and will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information concerning the concert and ticket availability, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 and, or go to their Website at

MVCTC Adult Education Offers Program for in-demand Eye Care Careers

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center Adult Education offers a unique healthcare program in the Eye Care field titled Ophthalmic Assistant. Classes will begin January 7, 2019, at the MVCTC Adult Education facility located across from the main campus at 6800 Hoke Road in Englewood, OH.
Classes will begin January 7, 2019

Englewood, Ohio -- Miami Valley Career Technology Center Adult Education offers a unique healthcare program in the Eye Care field titled Ophthalmic Assistant. The high demand for ophthalmic assistants, results in a nearly 100% job placement rate. The program was instituted as an Optometric Technician Program and became accredited by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) in January 2018 to address the global and local shortage of ophthalmic medical personnel by training students to become Certified Ophthalmic Assistants (COA). The program includes 12 months of classroom, lab, and clinical instruction. Classes will begin January 7, 2019, at the MVCTC Adult Education facility located across from the main campus at 6800 Hoke Road in Englewood, OH (just northwest of Dayton, OH).

The program consists of courses in ocular anatomy and physiology, disorders and diseases of the eye, ocular pharmacology and treatment, basic and advanced ophthalmic testing, management and workflow issues in the ophthalmic setting, and optics (including eyeglasses and contact lenses).

Through lectures, learning labs, and clinical observation students will be endowed with the knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions as Ophthalmic Assistants (OA) and be eligible to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam upon successful completion of the program.

Ophthalmic personnel assist medical doctors and surgeons in the diagnosis and care of patients. This can be a very satisfying career in which one can make a difference in the lives of patients. Skills include obtaining patient complaint and history, reading current eyeglasses, measuring for updated eyeglasses, preliminary check of pupils, ocular muscles, and visual fields, preliminary check of the ocular surface and other structures, and measuring intraocular pressure. In effect, a highly specialized medical assistant.

Students are also trained in specialized testing including measurements for cataract surgery, assisting in minor surgical procedures, corneal topography, visual field testing, and ocular coherence tomography.

The program at MVCTC is overseen by local medical doctors, optometrists, and certified ophthalmic assistants, technicians, and medical technologists. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 with clinical observations beginning in term 2 and progressing to hands-on skills. The final term includes 32 hours each week of intense clinical experiences for 10 weeks. All clinical takes place during daytime hours.

Ultimately the students graduate from the program with the ability to become Certified Ophthalmic Assistants, to enter the ophthalmic workforce at a competitive salary/wage. Graduates may embark upon a gratifying lifetime career.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

To learn more about the program, contact Lynn Beaver at 937-529-2984 or For more information on the opportunities offered at MVCTC, please visit

Three American Revolutionary War Soldiers Honored

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Dedications for (From Left to Right): John Reed, Samuel Cole, and Jonathon Pierson
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR dedicated three American Revolutionary War Soldiers’ graves. Captain Samuel Cole was in the 3rd Regiment of the New York Militia. Cole is buried at Sharpeye Cemetery. Township Trustees Mark Cox and Don Weiss attended the dedication along with DAR members.

Private Jonathon Pierson was in the North Carolina Militia. Pierson is buried at St. John Cemetery in Palestine. Also attending the dedication were Liberty Township Trustees Scott Brewer and Mike Foreman.

On Veterans Day with the assistance of the Hollansburg Honor Guard, a dedication was held for John Reed. Reed was a Private in the Maryland Militia and buried at Hollansburg Cemetery.

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birder-watchers! Join the Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-11am. FeederWatch 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 during the above times 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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

North Pole Express - Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum

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Kenton Stacy Donates Uniform

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At the 2018 4th Annual Gong Talent Show, Kenton Stacy’s uniform was presented by his father David Stacy to Post Quartermaster Mike Maloney and Fort GreeneVille DAR members Debbie Nisonger and Mary Jane Dietrich. On Veterans Day, David Stacy, DAR members Chris Nehring and Debbie Nisonger, and VFW Post member Don Dietrich presented the uniform to County American Legion Veterans Building representatives Dennis Dickey and Elaine Harter. Ohio Rep Warren Davidson (Ohio 8th Congressional District) was also in attendance for the presentation. Dickey, Harter and Nisonger thanked Kenton personally during the American Legion’s annual Bean Supper by video chats.The uniform will be displayed proudly at the Darke County Fair Veterans Building.

Shop Local in Downtown Greenville to Win

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- This holiday season, shoppers can earn chances to win hundreds of dollars in merchandise and gift certificates through “Win the Window,” a shop local campaign by Main Street Greenville and Second National Bank.

"This promotion was created to encourage and remind people to shop local during the holiday season and to support our downtown businesses," said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director for Main Street Greenville.

Between November 23rd- December 8th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses. Find the list of participating businesses and prizes on the Main Street Greenville website,

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

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

New to the contest this year, there will be multiple winners! The bounty of merchandise and gift certificates has been divided into categories such as home decor, hair care, apparel, and food & drink. Each category will have a winner for a grand total of 4 chances to win! Your chances are better than ever this year, so make sure you get your entries in!

Participating businesses will have tickets available at the time of your purchases and a glass jar to collect all of the tickets for the drawing. The drawing for the winners will take place on Wednesday, December 12th at 3:30 pm at the Main Street Greenville office, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. You are not required to be present to win.

In conjunction with the Win the Window contest, Main Street Greenville is once again serving as a Neighborhood Champion for Small Business Saturday on November 24th! Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed in 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.

By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

To help celebrate the day downtown Greenville the following events are scheduled:

  • All Day: Shop and dine at participating businesses to be entered into our Win the Window Contest!
  • 10 am - 4 pm: Small Business Bingo! Use the image Main Street Greenville will provide on Facebook to play small business bingo. When you've completed a row, bring your receipts to the Darke County Welcome Center and be entered for a chance to win a $25 giftcard to your favorite downtown business!
  • 10 am - 4 pm: The first 175 shoppers who visit Main Street Greenville's office at the Darke County Welcome Center (located directly next to KitchenAid Experience) and show their receipts, will receive a FREE Shop Small Canvas Bag and goodies from our event sponsor, Second National Bank!
  • 10 am - 4 pm: Bring in your items purchased at downtown businesses for free gift wrapping!
  • 12 pm - 2 pm: FREE Horse Carriage rides throughout historic downtown Greenville. Rides begin in front of the Darke County Courthouse.

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

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

Darke County Parks Winter Speaker Series: “Thru-hiking the Buckeye Trail”

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Join Darke County Parks as we welcome our first Winter Speaker, Andy Niekamp to Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center on December 6th at 6:30pm. On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue's stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.

Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp has been a wilderness adventurer for more than 25 years. This IT professional, turned long-distance hiker has logged over 14,000 miles in more than 30 different states coast-to-coast including 9,500 miles on the Appalachian Trail.

Hiking is Andy's passion and his acclaimed "fountain of youth." He has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail end-to-end four times. While more than 10,000 have completed the Appalachian Trail at least one time, fewer than 12 people worldwide have reported completing the Appalachian Trail four times.

Andy is the founder and Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection, a backcountry guide service based in Dayton, Ohio. Andy has guided hundreds of people on backpacking trips that focus on backcountry skills, education, confidence, and Leave No Trace techniques. His company's motto is Live, Learn and Love Adventure.

His goal is to inspire others to get exercise, make friends, explore nature, live a healthier lifestyle and make their community a better place to live!

For more information about this or any of the other exciting winter speakers in this season’s series or other park district programs, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.

Santa's Coming to Apple Farm Service

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Everyone at Apple Farm Service was excited to learn that the big man in red is stopping by each Apple Farm Service location to fill up on his farm toys!

To celebrate, Apple Farm Service is turning their showrooms into Santa’s workshop! Children and their families are invited for a morning of fun with Santa. Get a free printed photo with Santa, warm yourself with fresh hot chocolate or hot apple cider, create your own homemade Christmas Tree ornament, and enter the toy raffle!

This fun and festive event is free and open to the whole public! Bring the entire family to tell Santa your Christmas wish list, or get gift ideas while viewing Apple Farm Service’s extensive selection of toys and apparel.

Santa will be at our Botkins and Mechanicsburg locations on Saturday, December 1st, from 9AM till noon, and our Covington and West College Corner locations on Saturday, December 8th, from 9AM till noon.

Want to learn more about Santa’s visit? Go to to view this year’s craft, Santa displays from last year, this year’s toy raffle, and our current selection of toys and apparel!

Christmas Concert on December 2, 2018

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Arcanum Public Library Events

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As the holiday season begins, the Arcanum Public Library has plenty of events, programs, and things to do to for all ages.

Patrons can do holiday browsing on the computers, make copies of Christmas letters and pictures, and stock up on books and movies for snow days and school breaks. Come in to enjoy the Holiday décor or to find a quiet place to read and relax. Kids can pick up Holiday- themed coloring pages and activity sheets.

On Tuesdays, preschoolers can come to Storytime at 10:00 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have a lot of fun. No registration is needed for this drop-in program. Also on Tuesdays, school age children can come for the afterschool program, SPARK, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Kids can make a craft, learn something new, explore the outdoors, hang out with friends, and much more. This is also a drop-in program.

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd.

On Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. the library will be hosting a fun and lively “Name That Tune” game. Patrons are invited to come and join teams and guess tunes based on clues and the music played on the piano. All ages are invited as the music choices span generations. There will be some Christmas music in the mix as well to help get the holiday season off to a musical start.

Patrons can participate in the Gingerbread House decorating contest. The houses will be put on display through December. Come on in to get the details and pick up the base for the house.

Patrons can call the Library at 937-692-8484 with any questions or check out our new and improved website at The Library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Greenville BPW Club Features Author Jodie Bohman

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Greenville, OH Members of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) invited local author Jodie Bohman to speak about writing her first book And I Believe. The Individual Development Committee of the BPW Club hosted the November 8th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community. The committee consisted of Chair Dorothy Poeppleman and members Michelle Hook, Kristi Strawser, Louisa Kennedy, Jane Carroll and Erica Menke.

Jodie stated she has a creative imagination and loves to draw. She started writing her first book, And I Believe, in 2004 with it being published in 2014. While the story is made up, she knew way too many people who have fought cancer, are currently fighting cancer or have lost their battle with cancer and wanted to write a story about it. Bohman was not ready for the story to end so started her second book entitled Mattie which took her 2 years to complete. This book picks up 19 years where And I Believe left off. She is in the process of writing her third book entitled A Bottle Full of Demons to continue the series. Bohman never took a writing class as she wanted to be an art teacher or decorate homes. She encourages everyone, “if you have something to say, say it. Do your research, be original and take the time to do it right”. Her future goal entails writing a children’s book. For more information about Jodie and her published work check on the web at

Members are currently making plans for the upcoming ‘Breakfast with Santa’ which will be held at 9:00 AM on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Greenville VFW. The public is invited to help with collections to the Darke County Shelter from Violence. Gently used or new stuffed toys, paper products, shampoo and conditioner, Tide laundry soap, kitchen trash bags, diapers, family oriented videos, and cash donations will be accepted at the breakfast. Also, Super Raffle tickets are still available at Merle Norman (downtown Greenville) or by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178 or or any BPW Club member. The drawing will be held at the December 13th meeting. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. Proceeds from both events go toward scholarships for Darke County young women.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at or 937-423-3657.

Local Lambda Chi Omega chapter supports Empowering goals

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GREENVILLE - The local Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Lambda Chi Omega National Sorority recently added Empowering Darke County Youth to its list of charities and activities. Four members of the local chapter – Charlotte Wright, Linda Rehmert, Jane Williamson and Barbara Anthony – met with volunteers, tutors and Greenville students to show their support for the Empowering programs.

“We appreciate the work you are doing,” they said. Empowering Volunteer Coordinator Chelsea Jones thanked the group on behalf of the staff, volunteers and students. “Your support means a lot to us,” she said. “Without it we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

Lambda Chi Omega is a national philanthropic sorority organized in 1923. Its purpose is to promote fraternity, social development, charity and education. The Gamma Epsilon Chapter was organized in 1965 and has nine active members, plus two alumna members, many of whom have been members for over 50 years. Their annual money-making project is selling ads for the Darke County Fair Race Programs.

Empowering Darke County Youth began its third year of After School tutoring in September. So far, the program has more than 130 requests for help. Tutors and volunteers work with an average 50 students a day. According to Jones, expenses, especially in snacks and supplies, are high. “This donation will go a long way toward helping us meet those needs,” she added.

Other Gamma Epsilon Chapter charities and activities include Aid to local residents in need, LCO Gamma Epsilon Scholarship for GHS seniors entering a healthcare field, Community Blood Drawing sponsorship, assembling and serving lunches to Special Olympics participants, bingo with residents at Brethren Retirement Community, Shelter from Violence, Reading is Fundamental, Mitten Tree, Greenville Public Library, Garst Museum, Heartland of Greenville, Support of troops overseas, and National LCO charities.

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.

Donations may be sent to PO Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331. More information? We need volunteers! Contact Empowering on Facebook or email

Help Your Students Use Their Electronic Devices Wisely

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by David Torrence, Greenville High School Assistant Principal

In October of this year, Greenville High School launched its “one to one technology” initiative. The students and staff of the High School were all provided Apple iPads to be used to help teachers instruct students and to provide students a wider and more diverse set of tools for learning. This step builds upon the infrastructure improvements made at the High School over the last several years as part of the permanent improvement program to which the District committed. Now teachers can now utilize online resources for whole class and individual instruction in their own rooms. Students can access resources – including their classroom teachers – at any time and from almost any location. All of our students are now using to the kinds of tools and technology they will be using when they move from being students to being workers.

With greater access to technology, of course, comes the possibility that students will use this technology for purposes other than schoolwork. The iPad, like all other Personal Electronic Devices (or PEDs), is not exclusively an educational tool. The iPad offers its users the opportunity to use technology to reach out and connect with the world at large in a variety of ways. As our students reap the benefits of learning how to use PEDs in the classroom, schools face the challenge of teaching students how to use their PEDs in a manner that is responsible, safe, and productive.

Responsible use of PEDs has been a problem ever since people realized that they could use anonymity to use social media as a forum for mean and hurtful speech. There is no shortage of people hiding behind the anonymity of social media to say mean, hurtful, and frequently untrue things about others. This is not a new phenomenon in schools; there have always been private feuds made public by students angry at one another. Instead of passing paper notes, today’s students post their angry comments on social media. Because the idea of social media implies access to the whole world, many students come to believe that things posted about them – particularly negative things – are viewed by the entire world. It creates a great deal of anger and stress for students.

Parents and schools can work together to help alleviate much of the anxiety, anger, and stress created by social media by working together to help young people deal with social media in a healthy and civil manner. Here are four concepts that parents should keep in mind as they help their students deal with their social media issues.

Know your student’s social media outlets. Parents should be aware of what social media applications students are using. Not only should you know what apps your student uses, you should take a moment to learn about how they are used. Recognizing what apps your student are using will help you understand how your student – and his friends – are using them. It does not hurt to ask your student to share his social media outlets with you – either by letting you look at his site, or by having your student include you as a member of his or her site. This way, you can see exactly what is going on in your student’s digital world.

Parents should also know that there is an ongoing development of ways to hide one’s personal identity or their access to a social media app, so be prepared to do some research and some digging into your student’s PED. Knowing what they are using is a good first step to making sure your student is using social media responsibly.

Social media is NOT an outlet for negative speech. Some people would argue that social media is the ideal place for negative speech. After all, you do not have to give your real name; no one can see you when you are declaring your position; and, you can always deny that YOU posted any offensive remarks. It should, however, be clear to everyone by now that negative or unflattering posts create significantly more problems than they resolve.

Social media is certainly safer than having to stand up in front of people and say things that might anger or hurt the feelings of others. However, making angry or hurtful statements on social media will NOT resolve any problems between people. If anything, such actions only serve to inflame and increase the hostility between people. The old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” has never been truer than when it comes to social media. Because …

Social media is not a forum for resolving conflict. The only real way for people to resolve their conflicts is to sit down, face to face, look each other in the eye, and talk about what they feel they need. This cannot happen on social media for the reasons previously stated. There is no direct contact; there is no ability to judge the intentions or feelings of others without being in the same place as they are. Moreover, there is no sense that the individual you are dealing with is even interested in resolving conflict when you cannot see their face, or hear the tone of their voice. Social media may allow people to say things to one another, but it does not always allow us to TALK or LISTEN TO one another.

The whole world is NOT watching. After hearing of the vastness of the Internet, it is easy to believe that the entire planet views anything posted online; after all, it is the Internet. Surely, if I have a social media account, there will be thousands – if not millions – of people following my posts! Most people’s followers number in the hundreds (if that!), and a good percentage of those people will not bother to read angry or negative posts. Those who DO read negative posts will either totally believe you because you are a personal friend, and thus always side with you; totally disbelieve you because they are friends with you enemy, and thus will oppose you; or will ignore the argument all together, and probably steer clear of both the poster and the website until the hostility disappears. Just like your parents (and grandparents), the hostilities will not go much beyond the realm of the two people at odds with one another and a small, but possibly vocal, group of associates. The whole world is NOT watching... really!

Personalized social media is not going away. If parents work with their children to help them understand how to use social media, then the experiences they have can be positive ones.

Take a moment to help your children be responsible users of social media, and both you and your children will find that social media will not have a negative effect on your lives.


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Greenville BPW Club “Breakfast With Santa” Committee members with Santa, Mrs. Claus and children
Greenville, OH. - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite the public to join them for this special event to be held on December 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu, consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage and will be cooked and served with the assistance of Dara Buchy and Greenville High School Supply Chain Management students. Santa will be there and Mrs. Claus will also join him again this year.

The club would like to invite the public to help them collect new or “gently used” stuffed toys as well as donations of any of the following items or cash for the Darke County Shelter from Violence: paper products, shampoo and conditioner, tide laundry soap, kitchen trash can and bags, diapers, children or family oriented videos or DVD’s or cash donations are items needed. Items will be collected at the breakfast. The Greenville BPW Club will continue the collection at their December meeting.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by November 26th. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending. Please include a contact phone number or e-mail address in case there are questions.

Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 5965 Willis Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of any others attending with them.

If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for each child and lots of fun.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BPW Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Aggravated Robbery in Greenville, Police Seek Help Locating Suspect

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On November 20, 2018, an aggravated robbery occurred at a residence in the City of Greenville.

The suspect, Ryan S. Ruppe, 28, of Greenville, Ohio, fled the area after the incident. An arrest warrant for Ruppe has been obtained through the Darke County Common Pleas Court in reference to this aggravated robbery. Ruppe also has multiple other warrants for his arrest.

Anyone with information about Ruppe's location should contact law enforcement immediately.

please report any suspicious activity to the Greenville Police Department (937) 548-1103.

Fort Greenville DAR Escorts Vietnam Veterans

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, proudly escorted area Vietnam Veterans in Greenville’s annual Veterans Day Parade.

DCCT To Host Auditions for “Cinderella”

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their Spring Production of “Cinderella.” All the ingredients that have made the story a perennial favorite are here: dirty, ragged, pitiful, but optimistic and loving Cinderella; her cruel stepmother and selfish stepsisters; the ball and the handsome prince looking for a bride, the fairy godmother; the glass slipper and the search for the foot that fits it, and the happily-ever-after ending.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 2nd 2018, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. Actors and Actresses age 12 and older are needed. This show features children and adult performers, so all are welcome! Auditions will be cold readings from the script and no prior preparation is required. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. There will also be occasional Friday evening rehearsals and added weekday rehearsals the week of the performance. Performances are scheduled for March 23rd and 24th at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

For more information, visit our website or email director Chris Chapa at

Gingerbread Barn-Raising at Library

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Kick-off the holiday festivities and unleash your creative side with a new twist to the traditional gingerbread house on Thursday November 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library. We’ll supply the fixins; you bring the family. This event is free but the ginger-bread kits are limited. Please call 548-3915 to save your spot!

The first known recipe for gingerbread came from Greece in 2400 BC. Chinese recipes were developed during the 10th century and by the late Middle Ages, Europeans had their own version of gingerbread. Gingerbread houses, themselves, originated in Germany during the 16th century. The elaborate cookie-walled houses, decorated with foil in addition to gold leaf, became associated with Christmas tradition.

Event Aims to Close STEMM Employment Gap Among Women

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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2017, Women filled 47 percent of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24 percent of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) jobs. Likewise, women constitute slightly more than half of college-educated workers but makeup only 25 percent of college-educated STEM workers.

On Friday, December 7, 2018, Edison State Community College will host the 13th annual Women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) Expo. The daylong program is designed to help boost interest in STEMM career fields among young women in grades 8-12.

“The STEMM Expo is a great way to enable young women to explore different career paths and help to connect them with inspiring women who are currently working in STEMM careers,” said Sandra Streitenberger, Associate Professor of Accounting and Business and Women in STEMM Expo coordinator.

Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of STEMM careers through hands-on learning with industry professionals. Past events have included sessions ranging from medical laboratory diagnostics and information technology to engineering and animal science.

For more information about the event, visit or contact Sandra Streitenberger at


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Darke County Center for the Arts will open their Family Theatre Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, November 18 with “Playing By Air,” a trio of artists in a comedic performance featuring juggling, music, and circus. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will open their Family Theatre Series season at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, November 18 with “Playing By Air,” a trio of artists in a comedic performance featuring juggling, music, and circus. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the show features an electrifying display of lights, color, and motion featuring engaging characters and musical instruments that fly through the air. “’This imaginative theatrical experience is full of breathtaking feats, creative silly stuff, and more,” Mr. Rawlins stated. “’Playing by Air’s” contagious comedy and high energy performances are guaranteed to captivate audience members of all ages,” he concluded. The show starts at 2 p.m.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series was inaugurated in 1997 to provide local youngsters and their parents the opportunity to experience the joy of theatre at an accessible cost. Other productions in the 2018-2019 season include Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s glowing production of Rainbow Fish, based on the classic children’s book, on Sunday, February 10, and on Sunday, April 7 “Underneath a Magical Moon from Tutti Fruitti Productions, a re-imagining of the Peter Pan tale as it would be told by Wendy. General admission tickets for each of the Family Theatre presentations cost $5; tickets for the entire season are available for just $12.

Sponsors of DCCA’s Family Theatre Series are Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, James Steyer Fund of Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Rotary Club and Family Health. The series also receives fupport from the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation and DCCA memberships. This performance is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experience to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation.

Tickets for “Playing By Air” may be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are available online at and will also be sold at Greenville Public Library, Readmore’s Hallmark and Darke County Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, and Worch Memorial Library in Versailles and will be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

Victim Identified in Versailles Area Train Incident

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On November 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., the Darke County Coroner’s Office officially identified Shelby Lynne Bey, 27, Versailles, Ohio as the victim in this fatality. No foul play is suspected.

On November 16, 2018 at 2:55 a.m. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies along with Versailles Rescue, Versailles Fire Department, Versailles Police Department and CSX responded to the 10,500 block of H.B. Hole Road at the railroad track crossing on the report of a pedestrian struck by a train.

Preliminary investigation revealed an unknown female was struck by an eastbound CSX Train. The unknown female was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Darke County Coroner and The Darke County Accident Reconstruction Team were also called to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation pending identification.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Present 1st Annual Holiday Craft Show

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November 17th Airplane Crash News Release

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On November 17, 2018 at approximately 4:20 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Versailles Rescue, The Darke County Sheriff's Accident Reconstruction Team, and the FAA were dispatched to the Darke County Airport at 9724 State Route 121 reference a plane crash.

Investigation revealed that the pilot, Charles White, 77, of Gallatin, Tennessee was attempting to land the 1999 Piper Saratoga, single engine aircraft, eastbound on the main runway. The aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and came to rest in a farm field that is owned by Darke County. One of the landing gear and the left wing came off of the aircraft during the crash. There was no fire or explosion during this incident.

White and the lone passenger, and owner of the aircraft, Jeffrey Kingsbury, 66, of Gallatin, Tennessee were uninjured in the crash and refused medical treatment at the scene. Kingsbury was later transported to Wayne Hospital for issued unrelated to the crash.

The NTSB will be on scene Sunday as this crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Monday, November 19, 2018

YMCA Youth Basketball League Begins in January

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DARKE COUNTY, OH  -- If you are searching for a fun way to get your kids active during the winter months, the YMCA’s Youth Basketball league begins in January. This league is a fundamental program to help build skills for future athletes.

Registration runs through Jan. 4.

This year’s league will take place on Saturdays at both the Greenville and Versailles YMCA locations.

Kids who participate in youth basketball at the Y develop a variety of skills, from passing and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship. Just as important, they learn firsthand the benefits of being healthy and active — and that virtual games just can’t compare to the real thing.

This year’s league will have teams in three age groups: ages 4-5, 6-8 and 9-11.

Preseason evaluation is Saturday, Jan. 5, for the 6-8 and 9-11 age groups. There will be no evaluation for the 4-5 age group. Practice for all age groups begins Saturday, Jan. 12, and the last game is Saturday, March 16.

The league is $30 for Members and $55 for Potential Members. All participants will receive a T-shirt.

Volunteers are crucial to the league’s success! We need coaches, assistants and officials. Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact the YMCA.

Questions may be directed to Jessie Langenkamp in Greenville at 548-3777 or at, or Cole De’Nise in Versailles at 526-4488 or

National Elks Hoop Shoot Competition

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Greenville Elks Lodge #1139 announce the Local Competition of the National Elks Hoop Shoot Competition on November 25, @ 1:00PM at the Greenville High School. The competition is FREE and OPEN to all participants in Darke County. Registration will open at Noon with competition beginning at 1:00PM. The Elks National Hoop Shoot is free throw contest for youth ages 8-13.

Beginning at a local Elks Lodge, winning contestants advance through District, State, Regional and National Competitions. The program is free to all contestants. The Elks help sponsor contestants and their families at every level of competition. One boy and one girl from each division will a national title at the National Finals and have their names inscribed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. contestants will compete in one of three age groups: Ages 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.

Contestants age as of April 1, 2019 will determine which age group they compete in. Contestants must be 8 years old by April 1, 2019 to compete.

Any further questions please contact Dave Ernst @

Upcoming events at the Arcanum Public Library

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On Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. the library will be hosting a “Name That Tune” game. Patrons are invited to come and join teams and guess tunes based on clues and the music played on the piano. All ages are invited as the music choices span generations. There will be some Christmas music in the mix as well to help get the holiday season off to a musical start.

On Tuesdays, preschoolers can come to Storytime at 10:00 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have a lot of fun. No registration is needed for this drop-in program. Also on Tuesdays, school age children can come for the afterschool program, SPARK, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.. Kids can make a craft, learn something new, explore the outdoors, hang out with friends, and much more. This is also a drop-in program.

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd.

Patrons can call the Library at 937-692-8484 with any questions or check out our new and improved website at The Library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Instant Pots Meals in Minutes

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Have you heard the hype about the instant pot, the new trend in cooking? Are you interested in learning more about how to use your instant pot? Are you curious on how they work and if they are worth purchasing? This class is for you. Come and join an interactive class, where we learn the functions on an instant pot and prepare and sample a dish or two made with an instant pot.

The class will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The class will be held at OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville OH. There is no cost for this program but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

For further information contact, Diane Barga, or 937-548-5215.

Edison State Scholarship Recipients Recognized

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Dwayne Thompson addresses scholarship recipients during a banquet held in their honor.
Edison State Community College in partnership with The Edison Foundation recognized over 110 students during the annual scholarship recognition dinner on Thursday, October 4. The event provides recipients with the opportunity to meet the patrons that made their scholarships available.

Following networking and dinner, Dwayne Thompson, Edison State alumni, and Piqua City Schools Superintendent talked about some of the obstacles he had to overcome as a first-generation college student.
“I’m a first-generation college student in my family. No one in my family had gone to college prior to me, I had no blueprint, and I had no real knowledge of how I was going to pay for college at that time. I knew college was important to my goals and I simply did not have the means.”

As a lifelong resident of Piqua, Thompson was well-aware of Edison State but initially chose a different route, pursuing education from a four-year university.

“My first college application after high school was actually accepted to another university. But after speaking with a mentor to help me fully understand the transition process from high school to college, it caused me to cancel my placement and seek a job that I thought would provide me with a stable income.”

“I could not stop thinking about college, however, with a goal to become an educator so I reached out to a counselor at Edison State for the first time. After my first visit, my unsure, reluctant, emerging young self, left with confidence, hope, and a plan for my future. I realized after that one meeting that I could afford my education and I would personally have to fund it but I could work while I was taking classes here at Edison State.”

Thompson credits Edison State for setting him on the path to success. “Simply put, my positive experience at Edison State, served as a strong foundation to my post-secondary education and was everything that I needed as a first-generation college student.”

After graduating from Edison State, Thompson went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and most recently completed a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as Superintendent Certification from Wright State University.

“Even when I transferred to Ohio University, I would continue to enroll in classes at Edison State when I would come back and work over the summer break. This ultimately allowed me to earn my bachelor’s degree in just two-and-a-half years, saving me both money and time.”

Thompson has since served as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent and now superintendent over the past 26 years - all in the Piqua City Schools System. He was selected as the Piqua Teacher of the Year in 1999 and was a finalist for State Teacher of the Year in 2000. His wife, Merrianne, is a teacher at Piqua Central Intermediate School where their 6th-grade twin daughters and 5th-grade son also attend as students.

Made possible by The Edison Foundation, Edison State Community College, and local organization sponsorships, recipients honored were awarded a total of nearly $130,000 in academic and need-based scholarships. Scholarships awarded will aid in students’ pursuit of higher education at Edison State Community College.

Founded in 1993, The Edison Foundation has raised millions of dollars, primarily giving through scholarships to Edison State students. For more information about The Edison Foundation and scholarship opportunities, visit

CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge

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Count CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge

For many, the holiday season is a busy, stressful time of the year, and it’s common for our health goals to take a backseat to the celebrations and obligations of the season. Do you want some tips and ideas to relax and enjoy the holidays in a healthier way this year? Join the Count CALM Down for the Holidays email wellness challenge for healthy living tips and encouragement to help you make the most of this holiday season.

The “Count CALM Down for the Holidays Challenge” is an on-line challenge designed to help participants improve their health by exploring ways to simplify during the upcoming holiday season. Messages will include tips to help you find your quiet place, reduce stress, move more, practice mindfulness and gratitude. You will also be encouraged to reflect on your current health practices. 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? If so, join us for this Challenge!

Participants will receive weekly e-communications and have access to additional information on Blogs, Facebook and Wellness Text Messages.

Each week participants will receive free weekly e-communications, containing wellness and reflection tips. In addition, a checklist will be available for download to help participants track their progress. Pre- and post- online-survey assessments 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 ecommunications starting the week of November 19th. Participants only need to have an email address to enroll. 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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Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville and Diana Stebbins, Horse Parade Committee Chair, present Dick Brown with the honor of serving as the 2018 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal.
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Main Street Greenville’s Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association, as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.

Dick Brown was initially selected as the Grand Marshal for the 14th annual event, but due to the cancellation of the 2017 parade the committee chose to extend the honor for a second year.
“We felt that in order to properly honor Dick and thank him for his service to the community he should get the full experience of being Grand Marshal,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “Dick has contributed so much to the schools and the alumni association over the years and his spectacular Christmas displays are a shining example of small-town hospitality. We are thrilled to have him as the Grand Marshal for the 15th year of this beloved tradition and we are looking forward to a fantastic parade!”

Dick Brown was born and raised in Darke County and graduated from Greenville High School in 1964. He then went on to Miami University and graduated in 1968. He briefly worked at Pratt & Whitney after college before buying McVay’s Sporting Goods. After McVay’s, Brown worked as a real estate appraiser for Greenville Federal.

Many local natives may also know Mr. Brown for his spectacular Christmas light display. The decorations have drawn people from all over the area to the Browns’ home for the past 25 years.

As the tradition enters its 26th year, anyone who has experienced the amazing exhibit before will tell you that it is more than just a display. The Browns also open their door to greet visitors and hand out thousands of full sized candy canes to those who stop by.

Dick married his wife Diane in April of 1975 and they settled in Greenville not long after. They have two daughters, Brandy & Betsy, and two sons-in-law, Josh Hill & Kraig Reiber. The Browns also have a 18 month old granddaughter named Hazel.

Dick and Diane are members of First Presbyterian Church and Dick has previously served on the board of trustees for the Garst Museum.

In their spare time the couple enjoys traveling, working on projects, and spending time with their friends and family.

Like Dick, Diane is also very involved with the the Greenville School System. She volunteers at the high school office and is on the Greenville School Foundation. For his loyal support of the Greenville School System, the Greenville High School Alumni Association unanimously voted in 2010 to award the first ever lifetime membership to Dick Brown.

“Mr. Dick Brown is an outstanding man,” said Laura Bemus, Assistant Superintendent for Greenville City Schools. “He has dedicated time and effort in attending school district events and photographing memories of a lifetime. We appreciate him and his work in truly making a positive difference for generations of Greenwaves!”

The 2018 Hometown Hometown Holiday Horse parade will be on Saturday, November 17th. The parade will begin at 7 pm, with entertainment leading up to the parade. You can find additional information on Main Street Greenville’s website, or follow them on Facebook at .

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio
through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic
growth. You can contact them at 937-548-4998 or .

Team Greer from Union City, Ohio hold fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County.

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Left to Right   Trudy Eastland, Treasurer, Cancer Association of Darke County, Sandy Greer, Team Greer
On October 20, 2018, Team Greer held an auction at the EUM Church in Union City, Oho. The fundraiser raised $653.00 and donated it to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

They want to help local cancer patients in their difficult battle with cancer. The team hopes to make this an annual event to donate to the organization.

Cancer Association of Darke County appreciates all donations and uses the money for reimbursement for mileage, medication, medical supplies and nutritional supplements to Darke County cancer patients.

The association is funded by donations, memorials, special fundraisers, grants, United Way and Corporate Sponsors. The Corporate Sponsors for 2018 are:

Brothers Publishing, Diane Evans Insurance, First Assembly of God, Greenville Memorial Auxiliary 7262, Greenville National Bank, Hansbarger Home Solutions, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Law Office of Rudnick and Hosek, LTD, Mercer Savings Bank, Second National Bank, STAR 88.3, Versailles Savings and Loan, and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

The organization’s Board of Directors meet monthly to oversee the funds, benefits, etc.
If you would like further information, please call the office and speak with Christine at 548-9960. She is also available to come and speak to groups regarding the organization and benefits, etc. (At no charge.)

Thanksgiving dinner at First Presbyterian Church

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Come share a Thanksgiving dinner with our community family on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018, from 11:30 – 1:00. Don’t settle for a TV dinner alone when you can join others in this family meal with “all the trimmings”! First Presbyterian Church at 114 East Fourth Street invites you to share Thanksgiving blessings.

Besides the turkey and dressing, the meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, milk, coffee and lemonade, assorted pies and desserts. Along with the good food, enjoy music and good company! Donations will be accepted. Call 937-548-3188 to let us know you will be there.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Garst Museum Pays Tribute to Veterans with Free Lecture

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Garst Museum’s Keepers of Freedom Exhibit Logo
On Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m., Garst Museum will pay tribute to veterans with a special Veterans Day program focusing on the 100th anniversary of World War I with featured speaker Dr. Jonathan Winkler, professor and chair of the Department of History at Wright State University. A native of Ohio, Dr. Winkler is the author of Nexus: Strategic Communications and American Security in World War I (Harvard University Press 2008/paperback 2013) and winner of the Paul Birdsall Prize of the American Historical Association (2010), the Distinguished Publication Award of the Ohio Academy of History (2009), and the Theodore & Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize awarded by the FDR Presidential Library, the Roosevelt Institute, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and the New York Council of the Navy League of the United States. He has delivered lectures before the American Philosophical Society and at the National Security Agency. He teaches, researches, and writes on U.S. foreign relations (1776 to the present), military and naval history, international history, and strategic thought in the modern era.

Garst Museum will be honoring the service of local veteran, Forest Marshal, who was a WWI aviator. The public is invited to this special program to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by our veterans to protect our freedom.

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

Evangelism Conference coming to Greenville November 9-10

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The Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., is hosting the two-day conference: Kingdom Building: An Evangelism Conference November 9-10, 2018.

The presenter is Rev. Paul Mundey from Frederick, MD. Paul has been a pastor, church administrator, writer, speaker, workshop leader, consultant, and teacher for more than 40 years.

He is currently, Moderator-Elect of the Church of the Brethren denomination. In June 2016, Paul completed a 20-year tenure at the largest American congregation - Frederick Church of the Brethren in Frederick, MD. During the 13 years before his pastorate at Frederick, Paul was a staff member for the national ministry of the Church of the Brethren, serving as director of evangelism and congregational growth, and staff for Korean ministry.

Paul earned an M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also studied at Rutgers University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Johns Hopkins University.

The conference is open to both church leaders and lay persons. Registration is $20 and includes lunch on Saturday. The first session is on Friday at 3:00 pm. A second session starts at 7:00 pm. The conference continues on Saturday at 9:00 am and concludes at 3:00 pm. Childcare is available. Registration and information is found at or call 937-564-1176.

New Madison United Methodist Church to Serve Annual Harvest Supper This Saturday

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The New Madison United Methodist Church will be serving their annual Harvest Supper on Sat. November 10, 2018 from 4:30-6:00 pm. A traditional thanksgiving meal will be served including turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, dressing (plain or oyster), green beans, cranberry salad, pie. The church is located at 149 N Main St. New Madison OH. Donations will be accepted. Carry out available. Handicapped accessible.

Preparedness program and more at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Arcanum Public Library is pleased to be hosting the Darke County Emergency Management Agency on Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. Patrons can learn how to prepare for power outages, winter storms, localized flooding, and other types of emergencies. This preparedness program will show patrons how to make a plan and prepare a kit so they and their families are ready for any possibility. There is no registration required for this event.

On Tuesday, November 13 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. there will be an adult coloring session. Come on in for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and chatting. No registration is required.

Also on Tuesday, November 13 will be the next meeting of the book club at 5:30 p.m. The club will be discussing “The Education of Dixie Dupree” by Donna Everhart and picking up the next book “Coal River” by Ellen Marie Wiseman. No registration is required, and newcomers are always welcome for this lively group. Beverages are served.

On Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. the library will be hosting a “Name That Tune” game. Patrons are invited to come and join teams and guess tunes based on clues and the music played on the piano. All ages are invited as the music choices span generations. There will be some Christmas music in the mix as well to help get the holiday season off to a musical start.

On Tuesdays, preschoolers can come to Storytime at 10:00 a.m. to listen to stories, sing songs, make a craft, and have a lot of fun. No registration is needed for this drop-in program. Also on Tuesdays, school age children can come for the afterschool program, SPARK, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.. Kids can make a craft, learn something new, explore the outdoors, hang out with friends, and much more. This is also a drop-in program.

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd.

Patrons can call the Library at 937-692-8484 with any questions or check out our new and improved website at The Library is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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A dedication ceremony for the newest Annie Oakley historical marker,
at Mendenhall Cemetery, occurred on Saturday, October 20.
On the left of the stone are Jeff Perry, Joan Dowler and Bonnie Perry,
Annie’s relations.  Bonnie is also vice president of the Annie Oakley
Center Foundation.  Behind the stone is Steve Meier, Sidney, formerly
of Yorkshire, and initiator of the idea.  To the right of the stone are Ken Subler,
Yorkshire mayor;  Steve Puthoff and Sam Pohlman,  township trustees;
and Kathy Bruns, researcher.
“While at this spot, imagine the legendary Annie Oakley, ‘Little Sure Shot’, standing and gazing at her family’s graves.” This is the beginning of the wording of a new black granite marker at the Mendenhall Cemetery in Yorkshire, Ohio. The marker features a photo of Annie and the listing of her father, Jacob Moses (Mosey); mother, Susan Shaw; and four of her siblings who are buried there.

Joan Dowler, a great-great-great-grandniece, related that “Annie’s half sister, Emily, my great-grandma, told my grandma, Bonnie Blakeley, to take care of the cemetery just as she had. They were also instructed to put the cemetery flowers on the grave for Memorial Day.” Joan added that she went with her mom and grandma many times because the Mendenhall Cemetery was important to her family.

The originator of the idea, Steve Meier, felt that Annie Oakley’s family’s cemetery plots needed to be recognized and this part of the history of Yorkshire needed to be preserved. He, along with the Annie Oakley Center Foundation, donated the funds to pay for the stone, which Nickol Monument of Versailles generously contributed at cost. Gary Condon at Nickol donated his time and labor for the inscription. Nickol Monument has been a part of all the historical markers designating Annie’s birthplace and childhood home created in past years.

Steve, with wife Karen’s support and encouragement, pursued his goal. Their friend, Kathy Bruns, began research online, starting with the smallest stone marker beside Annie’s father’s grave. Steve then followed up at the Garst Museum Research Center on the accurate dates for each of the family graves. Wording was refined by the Annie Oakley Center Foundation members and Dr. Clay Johnson, Garst Museum director.

Township trustees Steve Hoelscher, Steve Puthoff and Sam Pohlman donated the site preparation and foundation work for the stone. Ken Subler, mayor of Yorkshire, and the town council and trustees have installed a new sign at the entrance of the cemetery acknowledging Annie’s family.

The Mendenhall Cemetery will be added to the map at Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center to direct visitors to the new historical marker and various locations related to Annie and her family. The Annie Oakley Center Foundation’s purpose is to promote the accurate memory of Annie Oakley and to support The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. For further information on the Annie Oakley Center Foundation, see or the Facebook page.

Darke County Democrats to Hold Breakfast This Saturday

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, November 10, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. This will be the last meeting for 2018. Meetings will resume in February 2019.
For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.


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November 10, 2018 EUM Women’s Ministry is hosting their annual Holiday Boutique. Whether you have Christmas shopping to do, need a Girls’ Day Out, or just want to help a great cause, stop out at the EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater Street, Greenville, OH on Saturday, November 10! We will be open for business from 9 am – 2 pm. You can grab lunch or pick up some wonderful baked goods. We will also have jewelry, skin care, kitchenware, baby items, purses, home décor and much more! Bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center and bless a new or expecting mom who needs a little help.

Jeff Harper is Lead Pastor at EUM Church. The contemporary worship services are Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 9:00, 10:30, and 11:59 am at the Worship Center located at 1451 Sater Street. A traditional worship service is Sunday 9:45 am at the Downtown Campus at 111 Devor Street in Greenville. Kidmunity Children’s Ministry is available for kids age birth through grade six at the 6:30 pm, 9:00, 10:30 and 11:59 am services. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor Street, houses the offices. For more information, go to or call 937-548-3211.

Veterans Parade to be Held in Downtown Greenville

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This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice Day. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France for the end of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I.

The historical event took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918. In the United States, Armistice Day coincides with Veterans Day.

In commemorating this historical anniversary, the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day committee and local Veterans would like to invite everyone to the Veterans Parade in downtown Greenville on November 11. The commemoration will start at 10:00am with military vehicles available for view next to the Darke County Courthouse. The vehicles are being organized by Dave Miller.. Also there will be free donuts and coffee available while supplies last before the parade at the Annie Oakley statue and Greenville National Bank on Broadway. Donuts and coffee are being provided by CMA Church and Greenville National Bank on Broadway. Flags will be provided by the Darke County DAV and handed out by the local Boy Scouts to those attending the parade.

The parade will begin at 10:30am at the Annie Oakley statue. The parade will stop at the Darke County Courthouse with a memorial ceremony marking this historical day. Peck Sound Systems will provide sound throughout the Broadway area. Greenville Mayor Steve Willman will be the Master of Ceremonies and United States House of Representative Warren Davidson from Ohio's 8th congressional district will be the guest speaker. Ohio Rep Davidson will assist the Darke County DAV Robert Foster with laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial. The Darke County Color Guard will honor our fallen veterans with a firing squad salute and taps to mark the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.

The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Greenville Schools 8th grader Marissa Portemont. Marissa won the honors by writing an essay "What Veteran's Day Means to Me". The essay contest was sponsored by the GHS Navy Junior ROTC. The Star Spangled Banner will be led by Brooke Netzley.

Also in the parade will be WWII Veterans, GHS Navy Junior ROTC, Vietnam Veterans escorted by Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR, DAV unit, American Legion units, local Boy Scouts, GHS Band of Pride, Darke County Jeepsters, Darke County Sheriff and Greenville fire, police and rescue squad units. Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed around the circle to the Greenville Fire Dept.

Please plan to attend and support all our Veterans.

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