Monday, April 29, 2019

2019 Poultry Days Honorary Parade Marshals Jim and Julie Poeppelman

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Jim and Julie (Monnin) Poeppelman are very pleased and honored to be selected as Parade Marshalls for the 2019 Poultry Days Grand Parade. The parade will begin at 11:00am on Saturday June 15 as part of the three-day festival to be held June 14-16, 2019.

Jim was raised in Versailles and aside from his years in college, has been a lifelong Versailles resident. Julie was born in Piqua and spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Russia, OH, where she attended and graduated High School. The two were married on August 22, 1981 in Russia, OH and established residence in Versailles where they have been happily married ever since.

Jim graduated from Versailles High school and went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Through the years Jim has dedicated time to many boards and committees in the Versailles community. Those organizations include director and president of the Versailles Development Association, Rotary Club Member, Friends of Hole Field Reconstruction Volunteer, President of the Darke County YMCA, board member at the Darke County Airport, and 2007 Versailles Area Citizen of the Year. Additionally, Jim was a member of the Versailles Poultry Days committee for many years serving as chairman for the 1989 festival. He served on the Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association Board and was Chairman in 1996, along with serving as a board member and Chairman for the Ohio Ready Mix Concrete Association. Currently, he is a board member at the Versailles Savings and Loan, and a director on the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation board. Jim is the co-owner of C.F. Poeppelman, Inc. and PEPCON Concrete where he has served as President since 1988. He claims retirement is in the near future, but in the meantime enjoys the transfer of experience, knowledge and leadership to his two sons Ben and Matt.

Upon graduating from Russia High School, Julie took her skills to the workforce as a beautician and barber at the A-Cut-Above Salon in Versailles. As their family started to grow, Julie changed career paths and focused her efforts on raising their children. After all three kids entered school, Julie spent numerous years as a teacher at the Kinder Korner Pre School in Versailles. Julie has served on the Versailles Youth Baseball board, the Darke County Election Committee board, and was President of Modern Mothers. Julie has graciously volunteered her service to many local organizations, including the Versailles Nursing Home, and Versailles School systems.

The two enjoy traveling, boating, listening to blues music, and spending time with their family and friends. Jim and Julie are the proud parents of three children: Ben and Michelle Poeppelman of Troy OH, Matt and Diana Poeppelman of Versailles OH, and Kate Poeppelman of Versailles, OH. They are blessed with seven grandchildren: Owen, Kyle, Cody, Jacob, Claire, Grace, and Seth.

Jim and Julie encourage everyone to support the Versailles community by attending the Poultry Days festivities on June 14-16. The 68th annual festival theme is “Rock -n- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day". Please visit the website for event details and schedules.


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Dr. Kyle Lehman is awarding a ribbon to Pearl Smith, Greenville student following her 50 m. run at last year's Track and Field event.
Darke Co. Special Olympics is beginning the 41st year of providing athletic opportunities for students and adults with intellectual disabilities from Darke County and Greenville City Schools and the adult Darke County Community. The 2018 program served over 300 athletes competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, powerlifting, softball, Unified golf, swimming, and track & field. Dr. Lehman provides sports physicals for many of the student athletes.

The 40th annual Track and Field Eventwill be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 9:45am-2:00pm at The Jennings Center Track and Field Complex next to Greenville High School. Bad weather date will be Monday, May 13th. This is our biggest event of the year that celebrates our school age athletes. Come out and celebrate their achievements.


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Want to win $1000 cash? A three-night stay at a fabulous log home in Gatlinburg? A 14k gold diamond bracelet? Get your tickets for Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle. Raffle tickets at $5 a chance will be drawn at the annual Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala on Saturday, June 8. Going to be away? No worry, you need not be present to win the Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle.

The use of a log home featuring three bedrooms and a hot-tub just outside of Gatlinburg has been donated by Tom and Cindy Scott, TC Properties LLC. For the Gatlinburg get-a-way and the $1000 cash, you don’t need to be present to win. Bonus drawings on the raffle tickets will be made that evening for $500 cash and a final drawing, also for $500 in cash, for those who are in attendance at the time of the drawing.

The Gala, a casual event and FUNdraiser, will be held on Saturday, June 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. All proceeds benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come for this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light appetizers provided by Montage. You can view the many auction and raffle prizes, with more being added daily, at:

The Gala costs $20 per person or $15 for Garst members with advance reservations by June 5. At the door, tickets are $25. Tables of six or more can be reserved. Dress is casual.

Reservations for the event are available by calling the Museum at 937-548-5250. Ticket sources for the Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle are the Museum, Montage, or any board member. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center in Greenville, Ohio.


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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day on May 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling. 1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to Grace Resurrection food pantry.

After many suggestions from participants, the district has decided to try this event without the requirement of preregistration!!! To try to help alleviate long lines, we ask that those with the last name A-M arrive between 9 am and Noon and those with the last name N-Z arrive between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. By assigning a specific time frame for arrival, we are trying to circumvent long lines, longer waits, and traffic jams. However, if something should occur that prevents you from taking in your equipment at your assigned time, you may still take it for collection as long as you arrive before 5 pm. You will be served on a first come, first served basis.

The program, which is open to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents, will involve the participation and support of nine Darke County agencies to make it work. These Darke County agencies are the adult probation office’s community service and litter collection department, the board of county commissioners, buildings and grounds department, common pleas court, municipal court, and general health district’s environmental division. Best of all, neither your tax dollars nor the county’s general fund are being used to fund this program!! The Solid Waste District uses fees collected from area disposal companies to fund all their programs.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. Again this year, CRT televisions and monitors will not be accepted through the district’s collection. 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling will accept televisions for a fee. Neighboring county residents have paid as much as $1 per inch to have their computer or television monitors recycled. 1 Shot will accept CRT monitors and televisions up to 32” for $5 each, 32” and above for $10 ea and projection televisions for $15 each. Fees are subject to change after May 22, 2019.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be disassembled for recycling. Computer hard drives will be drilled on site to protect your personal information. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, PCs, laptops), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, copiers, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

Awards Presented at YMCA of Darke County Annual Meeting

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Sam Casalano, YMCA of Darke County CEO, presents Gloria Hole with the Y’s Member of the Year award.
Sam Casalano, YMCA of Darke County CEO, presents
Jose Badell with the Y’s Volunteer of the Year award.
The YMCA of Darke County recently hosted their Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for celebrate and highlight the Y’s accomplishments over the past year, to recognize some of the individuals who went above and beyond to make the Y a better place, and to express appreciation to the Y’s board members and other volunteers.

Sam Casalano, YMCA CEO, spoke about the Y’s mission, which is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. He emphasized that the mission is centered on balance and a holistic approach.

Casalano said, “Every single one of us makes an impact on the planet every single day, and we can choose what sort of impact we’re going to make.”

He also spoke about how volunteers are crucial to the Y’s mission, saying that the Darke County Y is blessed to have many volunteers who give of their time and talent. Nationwide, more than 600,000 volunteers serve in more than 2,700 Ys in more than 10,000 communities. Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy, Casalano noted, saying, “You vote in an election once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

The Darke County Y’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jose Badell. Jose was a member of the Y’s swim team for 12 years, and has 30 seasons of swim competition under his belt. He stepped up to volunteer as the Darke County Sharks head coach this year.

The Y’s Member of the Year award was presented to Gloria Hole. Gloria’s late husband, Bill, gave a lifetime of service to the Darke County Y, and Gloria has chosen to continue that legacy with her dedication, loyalty and support. She also is active at the Y, taking senior fitness classes twice a week.

The Y also thanked outgoing board member Alex Warner, and welcomed new board members Laurie White and Denis Short.

Casalano also recognized Champions of Hope, who gave $5,000 or more to the Y in 2018: Matt and Angie Arnold, Dennis and Shirla Neff, Gloria Hole, Jeff Hole, GTI, Wes and Patti Jetter, Second National Bank, Midmark Corporation, and Financial Achievement Services.

The meeting concluded with a reminder that the Y’s message is grounded in love.

Casalano said, “It is love that helps someone who walks into the Y and says, ‘I need to find a place.’ It is that love that motivates someone to say it doesn’t matter if you can pay. It doesn’t matter what shape you’re in. It doesn’t matter how broken you are or how strong you are, if you’re affluent or poor, a businessman or a felon just out of prison. We have a place for you, and we want to love you. It is that love that changes the world.”


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Pictured from left to right are: BPW Membership Members Kathy O’Dell, Speaker Tammy Dietrich and members Sonya Crist, Kacey Christian and Susan Shields.   Not pictured Holly Lovely.
Greenville, OH April 15, 2019 The Membership Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the April 11, 2019 meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community. The committee consisted of Sonya Crist, Kathy O’Dell, Susan Shields, Kacey Christian, Tammy Dietrich and Holly Lovely.

Committee chair Sonya Crist introduced the featured speaker Tammy Dietrich who is an Executive Sales Leader as a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant. Dietrich is very passionate about helping people make their homes safer and healthier by removing toxic chemicals. Norwex was started 25 years ago in Norway. She stated most store bought cleaners include synthetic fragrances which is a combination of chemicals that can be carcinogenic. Stabilizers are included in the formulas to promote longer shelf life. Tammy performed demonstrations utilizing the Norwex micro-fiber cloths from removing butter on windows to germs revealed by a black light on a piece of wood. Dusting micro-fiber cloths, dust mitts, a mop system and a body line cloth that requires no soap were exhibited. Dietrich is wife to Jeff and mother of four children. For further information on Tammy find her at

Author Jodie Bohman was present at the meeting promoting and autographing her books Mattie and I Believe. Bohman was a featured speaker at a prior BPW Meeting. Her website is:

The Club is currently promoting their Chicken BBQ fundraiser which will be held on Wednesday, June 19th from 4:30-6:30PM at the VFW on Ohio Street, Greenville, OH. The price is $7.50 and includes one half BBQ chicken, applesauce, chips and a roll. Tickets can be purchased from any BPW member, at the Merle Norman Studio, 309 S. Broadway, Greenville, OH or by calling Debbie Niekamp at 419-305-2178.

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. Information on BPW can be found at the website Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937-423-3657 or through

State School Budgets and Potential Changes Explained by Jenna Jurosic, Treasurer of Greenville City Schools

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Written by Treasurer Jenna Jurosic, Greenville City Schools

In Ohio we operate on biennial budgets (one that lasts for two years), with the next budget starting in July. School funding from the state is a large part of the biennial budget. Funding Ohio’s schools has long been criticized and even ruled unconstitutional in the DeRolph case. The importance of providing a quality education to our youth is of utmost importance, so funding this education is a concern for our community and political leaders throughout the state. Opinions on the best way to fund our public schools has led to decades of changes to state funding models, and it appears that we will, once again, experience some change to our state funding formula with the next state budget.

The current state funding model, which is usually described as complex, starts with base funding per pupil of $6,020 and then adjusts this amount using a formula to determine the portion of this each district gets per pupil. The adjustment is determined by the State Share Index of each district, which is measured by property valuation and the income of the residents of the district. The index is a sliding scale from 5% to 90%, with the wealthiest districts having an index of 5% and the least wealthy districts having and index of 90%. Caps and guarantees further complicate the index, meaning no district gets the full $6,020 in base funding, but rather some portion of that amount per student. In fact, because of caps and guarantees, very few districts are being funded by the actual formula amount.

With the change in Governor, as we have with Governor DeWine, we typically see a change in the funding model for schools. In his initial budget released in mid-March, Governor DeWine proposed that each K-12 district receive the same funding as the year before plus additional funding for mental health services, wraparound supports, mentoring, after school programs and other services. The additional funds are on a sliding scale, based on poverty level. For fiscal year 2020 the funding is up to $250 per student and for 2021 up to $300 per student. Under the Governor’s proposed budget, it is anticipated that Greenville would receive the full funding for these services, thus increasing our state funding by an estimated $619,987 in 2020 and $743,984 in 2021.

While the Governor has his proposed budget, the final budget will not be fully established until late June. The budget has to go through the House and Senate first and will likely be modified a number of times. Currently in the House, Representatives Patterson and Cupp have a proposal to change school funding. The Cupp-Patterson model takes into account actual enrollment at the school, as well as property and income levels in the district. While some districts projections under this model are very favorable, for Greenville this model just gives us similar funding to the current formula. The model sets out to be more fair, and it would pump even more money into K-12 schools than the Governor’s plan, $1.1 billion over two years compared to $500 million with Governor DeWine’s plan. However, based on enrollment, poverty, income and property tax values for Greenville City Schools, using this method results in the district falling into a small group that experiences very little change to state funding levels.

At this time, we have to wait to see which model or combinations of ideas will end up funding our schools for the next two years.

Pollinator program and more at the Arcanum Public Library

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On Tuesday, May 21, there will be an adult coloring session at 4:00. Patrons can drop in for a relaxing afternoon of beverages and coloring. No registration is needed.

The book club will be meeting on Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 to discuss the month’s selection and to pick up the newest book. There is no registration needed, and newcomers are welcome to drop in.

StoryTime for preschoolers is held on Tuesdays at 10:00. Children listen to stories, sing songs, and make a craft to take home. No registration is needed.

Also on Tuesdays is the afterschool program for grade school children from 3:45 – 4:45. Kids get to hang out with friends, play games, create and more. This is a drop-in program.

The library ran a book bracket for March Madness with patrons voting each week as new ballots were created with the winners. Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs & Ham” beat out 63 other books to claim the title of “The book I would most like to read”.

The library wants to remind patrons of the new app available that will allow access to their library account, make it possible to download e-books, place books on hold, and much more. Search for the COOL Libraries app in Google Play and the App Store.

Patrons can call the library at 937-692-8484 or find us at The library can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

In-Demand Jobs Week Recruiting and On Site Interviews

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Letter to the Editor: Staugler for City Council

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It has been a couple years now since my life crossed paths with Matt Staugler. I was in a Chamber of Commerce meeting when Matt came in to introduce himself as the new Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. Not knowing who he was, knowing that he was not from Darke County, knowing the previous person in his position, and knowing that he was younger made me go home that night and pray for him. I have been in those shoes; I knew what challenges and opportunities were in front of him and knew that he had a job ahead of him to be successful.

Once I got to know a little more about him, I was impressed. He left a good job, bought a house in Greenville, moved his young family, his wife left her job for a job in this county, and started a life here. Uncertain of the length of time he would be here, he committed himself fully to OUR community and OUR county. Matt is proud of his community and it shows through how much he cares about his neighborhood, the city, and the success of the community.

I have had the pleasure of working closely with Matt on projects that past couple of years. He takes an idea and delves into what we can do to make the most of it. He knows how to involve others and he knows how to promote a brand to draw people into our community. He has a work ethic that is unsurpassed by his passion.

Greenville and Darke County is a better place by having him in our community. That is why I support him for anything he sets his mind to because many reap benefits from his hard work. These reasons and many more are why you should consider him for city council on May 7th.

Matt Aultman
Greenville Ohio

What You Should Know about Measles & Other Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), from January 1 to April 4, 2019, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states. The states that have reported cases to CDC are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. Outbreaks of measles are continuing to be reported across the country. Here’s what you need to know about measles and other contagious diseases, the vaccines that help to prevent them, and considerations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals during an outbreak. Measles is one of the most contagious viruses known. The virus from an infected person’s sneeze or cough can hang in the air for a couple of hours after the person has left the area. The good news is that the measles vaccine, part of the MMR vaccine, is safe and effective. The most well-known symptom of measles is the rash that begins around the hairline and spreads to the trunk before reaching the arms and legs. Measles also causes several other symptoms that together make infected individuals very uncomfortable for about a week. Small white spots with bluish centers form in the mouth a day or two before the body rash develops; these spots are known as “Koplik’s spots.” Other common symptoms include high fever, cough, fatigue and conjunctivitis (“pink eye”). Measles infections can cause complications that range from diarrhea or ear infections to more severe complications including swelling of the brain (encephalitis), infection of the lungs (pneumonia), seizures or death. About one in three people will experience complications; most of these people will be children younger than five years old or adults 20 years or older. Pregnant women infected with measles are at increased risk of premature labor, spontaneous abortion or delivering a baby with low birthweight. People who are immune compromised are at increased risk for a prolonged infection.
It is important for women to get vaccinated before they get pregnant. The MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) protects you from these diseases. Other types of communicable diseases you may be familiar with that can be prevented by vaccination include mumps, hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, flu (influenza), and pertussis, to name a few. Vaccines contain the same germs that cause disease. But they have been either killed or weakened to the point that they don’t make you sick. Some vaccines contain only a part of the disease germ. All communities have vaccinated and unvaccinated members while unvaccinated people are often thought of as those who have chosen to remain that way; in fact, people can be unvaccinated for any number of reasons. Newborns and young infants may not be old enough to receive certain vaccines, like the influenza or MMR vaccines. Also, some people have medical reasons for not getting one or more vaccines, such as an allergy to a vaccine component. Others may be immune compromised due to medicines like steroids for asthma that cause them to be susceptible to infections. Still others might not be vaccinated because they are receiving chemotherapy for cancer or immune suppressive medicines following an organ transplant. For all of these reasons, virtually every family experience periods of time when they rely on the collective immunity of their community to protect their loved ones. All members of the community contribute to its collective immunity just as every family relies on their community for protection of their loved ones, so too does every family contribute to the relative strength of their community’s ability to stave off the spread of infection. So how does this work? Germs (or pathogens) are like rainwater. They find the weak spots in a community the same way that rainwater finds the weak spots in a leaky roof. When a high percentage of people in a community are protected against a disease, everyone in the community, including those who have not been vaccinated, is at lower risk of being infected with a potential pathogen. This concept is commonly known as herd (or community) immunity. In this case, the roof is effectively sealed. On the other hand, as the unvaccinated population increases, so does the opportunity for a pathogen to spread through the community. This shared environment is important to all families because studies have shown that vaccinated people in a relatively unvaccinated community are at greater risk than unvaccinated people in a highly vaccinated community. In the first case, the roof is too leaky; in the second case, it’s not. Therefore, collectively, the community plays an important role in individual protection, particularly for those who are most susceptible.

As a final thought: the best way to prevent measles (and other vaccine-preventable diseases) is to get vaccinated. The MMR Vaccine in a two-dose series. The CDC recommends children get vaccinated at their first birthday and again prior to kindergarten. For people born during or after 1957, at least one dose of the vaccine is recommended.  The Darke County Health Department holds a vaccine clinic every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 10:30 am and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Feel free to stop in and get vaccinated!

For more information about communicable diseases, please call 937-548-4196 ext. 235. You can also visit the website at

York and Honaker to Wed

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GREENVILLE, OH - Joe and Deanna York of Greenville announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their son, Brayden Michael York to Katelyn Marie Honaker, daughter of Bryan and Cammie Honacker of Belle Center, Ohio.

The bride-to-be is a 2016 graduate of Ben Logan High School and currently enrolled at Indiana Wesleyan University in her fourth year studying Psychology.

The prospective groom is a 2016 graduate of Greenville High School. He is currently serving in the Navy Reserves and enrolled at Indiana Wesleyan University studying Youth Ministry and Business Administration.

The couple met at Camp Wesley, a church camp near Bellefontaine, Ohio. They plan to marry on Friday, May 4, 2019, at Rushylvania Church in Rushylvania, Ohio.


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The officers and members of Wildflower Garden Club are pleased to invite the public to their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Time of the sale is 9 to 11 A.M. Location is at 5094 St. Rt. 49 South, Greenville, Ohio. Be sure to look for the sign about the sale at this location in the near future.

The club members are offering for sale the following; annuals, perennials, bulbs, tomatoes, and many more garden veggies. Prices start at 50 cents and go up. They will also have available worm castings in 15 lb. bags.

They will be offering baked goods for sale, including pies, cookies, bread, bars.

The profits from this annual sale help defray the expenses of their civic projects around Greenville. They plant and maintain the gardens at the Moose. For Arbor Day the girls have a tree planted at the park. The club also contributes to a food kitchen at Christmas

Pictured are right to left. Judy Burns Treasurer, Barb Rhoades President. Call Brenda Grant, plant sale chair for more info, # 547-0704.

PCAA to Host "Art's Night Out!"

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The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is excited to announce Art's Night Out! Join in the celebrations at the Visual Art Center, Friday, May 10 from 6pm-10pm. This edition of the ongoing Art's Night Out series will feature live music from Mark Gibson, and a live raku firing demo from renowned ceramics artist, Robin Dakin. Enjoy the opening of Preble’s Creative Kids, a partnership with Preble County ESC and celebrate out talented young artists.

Visitors are invited to purchase delicious eats from Harvest food truck and a selection of craft beer from Warped Wing Brewing Company. Partake in professionally led art activities and create a flow painting for $15 and make an aromatherapy bracelet for $8. Enjoy half-off PCAA tee shirts and "shop" at the Free Store. Sign up for Unwind and Create and glaze a fun ceramic mason jar. Paint pottery in our Clay Café with no sitting fees for the whole evening.

Visitors can look forward to the Summer by taking advantage of Summer Camp sales, valid only by in-person registration at the event. Browse and shop the artist market featuring resin jewelry with Meredith Jessie, personal care products with Netta's Naturals, decorative pieces from Patricia Carder, artisan coffee from Baker's Brew, and ceramic jewelry with Preble Clayworks and Apiary. Pick out a meaningful gift for your loved ones and something fun for you!

Art's Night Out is an interactive experience designed to combine entertainment and education of the arts. This program is generously supported by LCNB. Art's Night Out is an important event that brings together community members, supports local businesses, and promotes the arts.

Visit WWW.PREBLEARTS.ORG for the latest specials and workshops or call 937-456-3999. The Visual Art Center is located at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton, Ohio. Spring hours are: Tuesday-Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm. The Preble County Art Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making art accessible to Preble County.

STAR 88.3 Gives Love to the Huber Family

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Trevor Huber is a name many are familiar with in Darke County, after hearing the news of his tragic passing in January. He was killed in an ATV accident. The Versailles community, where Trevor went to school, was rocked by yet another tragedy. But again, the amazing generosity of our community shone so brightly!

STAR 88.3, our area’s local Christian radio station, heard locally on 88.9 in Union City, is all about finding ways to serve the community. That’s why they Give Love several times a year. They accept nominations for someone to surprise, and then they pick a few recipients and surprise them with a nice basket. For Valentine’s Day, they again accepted nominations from the community for someone they’d like to surprise. Someone who is going through a hard time or is an inspiration in some way. Amy Hoying, a teacher in Versailles, nominated Trevor’s family.

STAR 88.3 community representative Naomi Cantrell reached out to Mrs. Hoying and other friends of the Huber family for more information about the family. “We want to make our surprises as personal as we can,” Cantrell said. “We give them a basket full of things we hope encourages them in a very personal way.”

But surprising the Huber family turned into far more than a gift basket. As Naomi Cantrell began to talk to friends and family, so many began to ask how they could help. Because STAR 88.3 is a non-profit ministry, they are not legally allowed to raise funds for individuals, but the community wanted to help. An idea began to take shape: The goal was to raise $1,000 to give to the Huber family, so they could take their family on a summer getaway. It would be something they can look forward to, and a way to remind them a few months down the road that their community loves them.

So, Cantrell began a GoFundMe page to give the community a place to Give Love to the Huber family. Donations came pouring in, and it was not long before $1,000 was raised. On Wednesday, March 27th, Naomi and some friends of the Huber’s surprised them at their home. STAR 88.3 provided a beautiful basket of love and encouragement, including a $50 gift card from The Inn at Versailles so the family could go out for a meal. In addition to the basket, Naomi told the family what their community had done for them. It was a very special time!

“I have found that one of the important ways a Christian radio station can serve their community is to provide opportunities for the community to meet a need,” said Cantrell. “So often, when tragedy strikes, we all wish we could do something, but we’re not sure how or what. STAR 88.3 offered the community a chance to Give Love to the Huber family, and the community responded in a big way. We’re praying that the Huber family is blessed by this gesture and that they can see once again how loved they are.”

STAR 88.3 is currently accepting nominations again! This time it’s Give Love for Mother’s Day. Nominate your mom or a special mom in your life for a very special surprise from STAR 88.3. Fill out a nomination form at

Darke County Senior Interview & Networking Event

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Nearly 80 high school seniors from four of our county schools and 25 area employers participated in the Senior Interview and Networking Event on Friday, April 5th.

The fourth annual event is sponsored by Darke County Economic Development (DCED) and open to all county high school seniors. This year, the event was held at Edison State Community College – Greenville Campus. Students interacted with employer representatives in the Networking Area to learn more about local career, education and development opportunities. Attending students also participated in three 15 – minute interviews with area employers and received feedback on their interview.

When registering for the event, students indicated their employment and career interests. Students were then matched to employers who offered opportunities in their career interests or were matched based on the type of employment they were seeking. During the event, students were able to submit their applications to any of the participating businesses.

Participating employers represented career areas including Business, Education, Engineering/Science & Technology, Information Technology, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Public Safety, and Retail. “With the new location this year, we were able to expand the variety and number of employers involved and add new career areas to the event,” stated Tamala Marley, Workforce Specialist with DCED. Students also learned more about the Hometown Opportunity website and app, where they can apply to local careers and locate area openings. “Our local graduates are in demand by our area employers. Many of those employers offer tuition reimbursement, paid training, co-op programs, and paid internships,” said Marley. “It’s no longer necessary to choose between education and employment after graduation. Many of our local graduates can begin earning while they learn, rather than incurring school debt. Events like this allow students to see the wide variety of local options and career opportunities available.”

DCED would like to thank the following for their participation: Ansonia Local Schools, Franklin Monroe Local Schools, Greenville City Schools, Mississinawa Valley Schools, BASF, Brethren Retirement Community, Darke County Commissioners, Darke County Sheriff’s Department, DOSS, Edison Community College, Family Health, Fort Recovery Industries, FRAM, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, GTI, JAFE Decorating, Midmark, Mote & Associates, Pohl Transportation, Spirit Medical Transport, Ramco, Second National Bank, Village Green, Voisard Tool, Walmart, Wayne Healthcare, and Whirlpool. Thanks for our volunteers – Superintendent Jim Atchley, Commissioner Matt Aultman, Dennis Baker, Joyce Colville, Superintendent Doug Fries, Rodd Hale, Eileen Litchfield, Matt Staugler, and Mayor Steve Willman. DCED would also like to thank Chad Beanblossom, VP of Regional Campuses, and Edison State – Greenville Campus staff for all their help in making this event a success.

For more information about this and future school / business events, please contact Darke County Economic Development at 937-548-3250 or

Ohio Wildlife Council Approves 2019-2020 Hunting Regulations

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Wildlife Council approved Ohio’s 2019-2020 hunting season dates and bag limits at Wednesday’s meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. In addition, the council approved to increase the bag limit for walleye in Lake Erie and the Maumee River in March 2020.

Overview of white-tailed deer hunting seasons for 2019-2020:

  • Deer archery: Sept. 28, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020
  • Youth deer gun: Nov. 23-24, 2019
  • Deer gun: Dec. 2-8, 2019; Dec. 21-22, 2019
  • Deer muzzleloader: Jan. 4-7, 2020

Deer bag limits remain the same for all counties. The statewide bag limit remains at six deer, only one of which may be antlered, and a hunter cannot exceed a county bag limit.
Additional changes approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday.

  • Hunters can transport a white-tailed deer or wild turkey to a residence or temporary lodging without a tag being attached to the animal, if the permit is properly filled out and the hunter remains with the animal.
  • The name of the antlerless deer permit was changed to deer management permit.
  • Hunters who harvest a deer within a disease surveillance area (DSA) are required to deliver the head to an inspection station only during the seven-day gun season, rather than all firearm seasons.
  • Brant and pintail daily bag limits were reduced to one.
  • The annual shooting range permit fee is reduced when purchased at the same time as an annual resident hunting license.
  • Youth hunting seasons are open to hunters age 17 or younger. This provides for more uniform and consistent regulations for all youth hunting seasons.
  • The walleye bag limit will increase from four fish to six fish daily from March 1 to April 30 in Lake Erie, excluding the Sandusky River, when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million fish. In the Sandusky River, the four fish daily bag limit remains in place.
  • Nonresident anglers under the age of 16 are exempted from obtaining a nonresident Lake Erie fishing permit.

For a complete list of all proposed changes, visit the Proposed Rule Summary at
The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all the Division of Wildlife rule and regulation changes. The Ohio Wildlife Council voted on the proposed rules and season dates after considering public input.

The mission of the Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Native Plant Sale

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Darke County Parks annual native plant sale returns to Shawnee Prairie Preserve on May 11. Pre-sale forms are available on the website at Forms can be mailed to Darke County Parks at 4267 State Route 502, Greenville. Favorite flowers of the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators are the focus this year. Please consider planting milkweed to help provide habitat for the struggling Monarch population.

Pre-sale forms and payment must be turned in by April 30th. Pre-orders may be picked up during the sale.

  1. Any plants not picked up by May 13th will be considered a donation to the Park District and will be planted within our prairies.
  2. In the event the minimum of any plant is not met, we will try to replace it with a similar species to the best of our ability.

Cash or check only. For more information, please contact Mandy at Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165.

Saturday, April 20, 2019


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On April 19, 2019 Darke County Deputies along with the Ohio Investigative Unit conducted compliance checks at several Darke County liquor establishments.  During the course of the investigation a total of 19 citations were issued between the two agencies and one person was arrested on an unrelated warrant. 

There were 6 citations issued for the sales to underage persons, 5 citations were issued for possession or consumption of alcohol by an underage person and one citation for furnishing alcohol to an underage person by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

The businesses that were cited by the Ohio Investigative Unit were Quick Stop in Arcanum, Millers Tavern in Arcanum, Circle Mart in Greenville, Sloopy’s in Greenville, The Triangle outside of Greenville, Big O’s outside of Versailles and Jackie’s Place in Rossburg


The operation was very successful and those cited by Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies will appear in court later this week.

Friday, April 19, 2019

GCS Annual Instrumental Music Festival and BBQ Dinner to Be Held April 25

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On Thursday, April 25th, the Greenville City Schools Instrumental Music Program will hold its annual Instrumental Music Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Greenville Senior High School gymnasium. The Festival is free and open to the public. Please come celebrate with the Instrumental students as they show their community what they have learned and prepared this school year. Performances will include the orchestra and band from the 5th and 6th grade, Junior High, and Senior High. The Jazz Scene will also perform.

In connection with the Festival, the Instrumental Music Boosters will host a BBQ Dinner in the Greenville Senior High School cafeteria. They will serve meals from 5 to 7 p.m. to those who have pre-ordered tickets and anyone who would like to purchase meals at the door. Customers have the choice of either a chicken (includes 1/2 a chicken) or a pork chop (includes 2 pork chops) meal. Both meals come with applesauce, a roll with butter, and chips. There are a limited number of extra dinner tickets available on a first come first served basis. Meal tickets are $8 a piece. Drive-thru pickup is available for those who have pre-ordered tickets.

The Instrumental Boosters will also be selling desserts and drinks in the cafeteria. Anyone is welcome to come to the cafeteria and purchase a dessert or a drink.

Proceeds from the BBQ will help purchase new instruments and music, repair current instruments, and fulfill other needs in the Instrumental Music Program.

Art Exhibit at Library

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The Greenville Public Library is proud to host the 2019 Second Annual K-6 Elementary Art Exhibit in the second floor Reference Room. This exhibit first hung in the Anna Bier Gallery and will be in the Library the month of April in case you missed it. An additional six pieces are displayed in the cabinet on the landing between floors.

Art teachers from Darke County public schools, DeColores Montessori, St. Mary’s School and the local home school community were invited to creatively challenge their students with varying art projects over the past few months. Each teacher was then asked to select and submit the best works from their students to be juried in the Anna Bier Gallery Elementary Exhibit. Certificates and cash prizes were awarded.

Librarians Deb Cameron and Candace Henne have partnered with Tamera McNulty of the Anna Bier Gallery to host this and future exhibits. Take a minute to stop by and enjoy these colorful and original works by our up-and-coming young artists!

Times of Our Lives at Greenville Elementary School

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by Kitty Davis, Greenville Elementary School Principal

Greenville Elementary is filled with third and fourth graders saying catchy phrases to assist them in remembering multiplication (times) facts. For example, walking down the hallway, you may hear “To drive a 4x4 you have to be 16, or 7 in a row, 7 in a line, the answer must be 49.” Mrs. Barga, Mrs. Britsch, Mrs. Borders, Mrs. Duncan, Mrs. Walling, and Mr. Westfall are in the process of ensuring all third and fourth graders know the multiplication facts through 10. State testing does not permit students to use a multiplication chart so having the facts memorized allows students to feel more confident when solving mathematical problems. Students are practicing multiplication facts at home, during inside recess, and at Empowering Darke County Youth (an afterschool tutoring program). Parents may want to investigate two of the more popular on-line programs that assist in mastering multiplication facts- Gynzy and XtraMath. Both programs have free trials to utilize at home.

Once students have mastered the facts, their teacher notifies the principal. Students then visit the office and are “quizzed” with flash cards. Successful students receive a t-shirt imprinted with the slogan, “I’ve had the TIMES of my life in third and fourth grade at Greenville Elementary School” to commemorate this special achievement in their mathematical learning. Mrs. Duncan and Mrs. Holm’s homeroom classes have taken the honor of having the first students to have facts memorized. In Mrs. Duncan’s room, Landen Bryant, Tucker Cox, Brooklyn Crampton, Cael Cromwell, Mielah Garber, Brenden Goewert, Travis Hines, Alia Hunt, Lindsey Hoff, Tessa Leensvaart, Cole
Marshall, Dev Valera, Caitlyn Warner, and Julia Yohey earned t-shirts for their efforts in learning the facts. Aubrey Baumgardener, Allison Bolin, Avery Brown, Braylon Byers, Braydon Comer, Haven Marker, Maria Schmitmeyer, Clyde Slayback, Audrey Swiger, and Landen Unger in Mrs. Holm’s room are also having the “times” of their lives as they successfully know their multiplication facts.

Johnny Appleseed the BRC

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Who was Johnny Appleseed? You’ve heard the meet the real man! Join us for a Living History Production as Kenneth Hammontree portrays Johnny Appleseed. Learn about his life and journey crossing Ohio and Indiana and his legacy of the apple trees he left behind. For more info see

This event is sponsored by the Greenville Public Library but held at the Brethren Retirement Community Brick Room on Friday April 26th at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome!

Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Donates to Brethren Retirement Community Capital Campaign

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Brethren Retirement Community accepted a generous donation from Zechar Bailey Funeral Home for their ongoing Capital Campaign.

Some of the projects that will be accomplished as a result of this project include renovation of the Rosewood Health Center and their "Second & Main" project which will include an enlarged Senior Fit Gym, a theater, ice cream parlor, computer center, family visitation room and our resale shop. Thank you! Brethren Retirement Community could not do all they do for their residents without generous donors like Zechar Bailey Funeral.

Left to Right: Fred Bernhard, Chairman of the BRC Board and Campaign Co-Chair, Greg Zechar, Manager of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Holly Hill, Chief Marketing Officer at Brethren Retirement Community.

Brethren Retirement Community to Host “Welcome to Medicare Event”

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On April 25 at 4:00 PM, Brethren Retirement Community will host “Welcome to Medicare Event” presented by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a service of the Ohio Department of Insurance. OSHIIP staff are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies,policies or agents. They just present the facts that concern Medicare and answer questions.

If you or a loved one are going to be eligible for Medicare soon or if you are on Medicare but still have questions or if you help someone with Medicare issue, then this FREE informative event is for you!

Thursday, April 25 at 4 PM
Chestnut Village Center at Brethren Retirement Community
750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, OH
RSVP to 937-547-7628

You will learn about Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare supplement insurance.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations required.


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This year, the Greenville Church of the Brethren decided to do things a little different for their Sunrise Service. Instead of meeting at the church building, they have decided to greet Easter morning this year where the most important part of the Easter Celebration happened – in a cemetery.

“Since Easter is later this year and the weather should be warmer, we decided to meet at the Greenville Union Cemetery,” said Pastor Ron Sherck. “The grave is where the women who came to prepare Jesus’ body for burial and where the angel told them the Good News that Jesus had been raised from the dead. So that is where we will begin our day as well.”

Everyone is welcome to join the church in this celebration at 8:00 AM on April 21 at the Greenville Union Cemetery at 200 West Street in Greenville. Participants are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In case of rain, the service will be moved inside the Mausoleum. Directions: Enter the cemetery from North Main Street. Go under the archway. Take first right and park near the Mausoleum.

A breakfast will follow the service at 9:00 AM at the church building at 421 Central Avenue in Greenville.


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GREENVILLE - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter are sponsoring their annual 5KRun/Walk for Scentral Park dog park on Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 9a.m. at the Darke County Fairgrounds.

This race encourages you to bring your dog as a participant along with you. If you don’t have a dog you can still enter. Medals will be awarded to those racing with dogs as well as those racing without. A free Kid’s Fun Run will be at 8:30a.m. Free online registration can be found at Same day registration begins at 7:30a.m. at the fairgrounds.

ALL of the proceeds from this race go toward the maintenance of and improvements to Scentral Park Dog Park located at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, OH, next to the Animal Shelter.

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.

For more information please contact Race information is also available inside the Darke County Animal Shelter and at

Ketrow Foundation Supports DCCA Arts Programs For Children

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present Underneath a Magical Moon, a retelling of the Peter Pan tale from the perspective of an up-to-date Wendy Darling, on Sunday, April 7 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville; the last presentation of DCCA’s 2018-2019 Family Theatre season, the show starts at 2 p.m. From Tutti Frutti Productions, a children’s theatre company based in the U.K., the show has won highly positive response in its native land, and is now touring internationally.
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes the Ketrow Foundation for their support of DCCA’s programs for children. “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.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “Ketrow Foundation's support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a professional artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “We are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

Featured productions in the 2018-2019 season include comedic juggling performance of Playing By Air on November 18. 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. 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.

DCCA Arts In Education programs for 2018-2019 season included Kathakaar (grades K-3) "The Spinning Storytellers" sharing history and culture of India. Lee Murdock shares music and history of the Great Lakes (grades 4-6); Alpin Hong (grades 7 & 8) a Darke County favorite, returns bringing his own "pianistic firebrand" to St. Clair Memorial Hall; and Jonathan Kingham (grades 9-12) shares creative songwriting. In addition to performing for Junior High students, Alpin Hong was also presented as part of the DCCA Artists Series. 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.

Tickets for Underneath a Magical Moon cost just $5, and may be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908; 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, Worch Memorial Library in Versailles, and will be available at the door if any remain by showtime.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Blue Angels 4-H Club March Meeting Minutes

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The Blue Angels 4-H Club held a club meeting March 28, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Greenville. President Blake Addis called the meeting to order.

Community Service announcement reminded members of the upcoming Trash Bash and to continue to collect plastic tops for a commemorative bench. Health and Safety Officer Julia Raffle presented tips on online safety.

Members were reminded that April 27 will be the 4-H day at the Dayton Dragons baseball game.

Members votes on this year’s fair booth and float theme. Members were reminded to review the on line e-clover newsletter for county 4-H news. The Club voted to sponsor 2 trophies for this year’s projects. Members were informed of new committees available for this year and were able to sign-up if interested. 2019 Members books were distributed. Members registered for projects for the 2019 year.

Members will be meeting on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm at McBo’s Lanes for bowling and pizza.

Submitted by Tyler McKinniss, April 7, 2019.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Celebrations at St John Lutheran Church in Greenville

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Darke County Center for the Arts will present guitarist/singer/songwriter Diana Chittester at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, April 25; the final presentation of DCCA’s 2018-2019 Coffeehouse Series season, the show starts at 7 p.m. “Diana blends intricate finger-picking guitar style with her intelligent, articulate lyrics to share captivating stories in her songs,” stated DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Even though this is an acoustic solo performance, audiences will be amazed at the raw yet elegant power Diana brings to her concerts, her natural versatility and wide vocal range making her delivery exceedingly appealing and listenable,” Rawlins said.

The Cleveland-based artist has been described as “kinda folk with a funky punk edge,” and compared to singer/songwriters Joni Mitchell and Ani DeFranco. According to Mr. Rawlins, Diana Chittester developed her signature guitar style by imitating a three-piece band while touring as a solo performer. “Her unique sound utilizing percussive thumping, popping bass lines, and melodic picking patterns garnered attention, enhancing her stature as she gained acclaim around the country,” Rawlins remarked.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series which presents artists performing in an inviting social setting where food and drink are also available is sponsored by Rodney Oda, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and The Andersons. 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 series.

Tickets for this concert by Diana Chittester are $10, and can be purchased by contacting the DCCA Office at 937-547-0908 or; tickets are also available at The Coffee Pot, online at and will be sold at the door if any remain by showtime.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library’s April Lunch & Learn will feature Jordan Francis speaking on "Finding Satisfaction: Creating Effort Based Rewards Systems."

Jordan explains “Finding satisfaction in daily activities can be difficult in modern society. This in part is a contributor to significant increases in depression, anxiety, and causes of death categorized as ‘deaths of despair.’ It’s important to find ways to live a meaningful, satisfying life. Creating Effort Based Rewards Systems is one of the best ways to find meaning and satisfaction. This session will help you find your own personal EBRS.”

Lunch is noon Wednesday April 17th. Please register at 548-3915!

Craft Beer & Artisanal Coffee at Library

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Craft beer and artisanal coffee have grown side by side over the last several decades, and coffee beer brings these two brews together. Brewers continue to find innovative ways to combine beer and coffee ever more creatively.

As we will discuss in this class, brewing malt undergoes some of the same processes and flavor transformations as coffee beans do when they are roasted, leading to many complementary flavors between them. In this class, Certified Cicerone David Nilsen will talk about the variety of coffee beer styles and walk attendees through a tasting of 5 unique examples.

These Craft Beer Education Series classes will be held on April 18th and May 2nd (identical classes). These classes are free, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call the Greenville Public Library at 937-548-3915 to reserve your seat. We hope to see you there!


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Greenville, Ohio
Holy Week Services

*MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
Tenebrae Service - Holy Communion

*GOOD FRIDAY MEN’S BREAKFAST, April 19, 7:00 a.m.
Sausage & Pancake breakfast, open to all men in the community

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

*Nursery Provided for all services

An EPC Congregation

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


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“The Way of the Cross”
April 19, 2019
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM

The Greater Greenville Ministerial Association is sponsoring Good Friday services on April 19, 2019, 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

Coppock-Hole Trust Sponsors Sold Out DCCA Artists Series Presentation of PIANO MEN - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel

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DCCA thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for sponsoring the 2018-2019 “Ruby Celebration“ season and the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Piano Men - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel on Saturday, March 30th at St. Clair Memorial Hall
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Coppock-Hole Trust as a Spotlight Sponsor of the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Piano Men - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel on Saturday, March 30th at St. Clair Memorial Hall. “DCCA is grateful for the continued generosity of the Coppock-Hole Trust, which provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in our community,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. The Coppock-Hole Trust has been a sponsor of DCCA programs for over 30 years as well as supporting the preservation of the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

“Piano Men” was also sponsored by Greenville National Bank and The Advocate & The Early Bird Newspaper . 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.

Joan Ellison Sings Judy Garland with the Toledo Symphony Saturday, May 11th for the final Artists Series performance of DCCA's 2018-2019 Ruby Celebration Season. "Forget your troubles, come on, Get Happy!" as Joan Ellison joins the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for a special performance in celebration of Darke County Center for the Arts' Ruby Anniversary. Featuring Judy Garland's original arrangements brought back to life, you'll hear her biggest hits from Hollywood to the concert stage, including "The Trolley Song," "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart," "That's Entertainment," "Get Happy," "The Man That Got Away," and of course, "Over the Rainbow." Tickets are $35 and available now online and through the DCCA Office.

DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. For more information on DCCA the 2018-2019 Ruby Celebration Season contact the DCCA office at (937) 547-0908 or visit our website

Monday, April 15, 2019


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The Ansonia 4th of July Celebration committee is already hard at work on their 2019 celebration. The event will be held on July 5, 6, and 7 this year and will include a softball tournament, parade, BBQ chicken, bands, cornhole tournament and much more!

One of the first things that the Committee is working on are nominations for Grand Marshall for the parade. Anyone can submit a person they would like to see honored in the parade on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Submissions should be done at or by calling the First Church of God in Ansonia at (937) 337-3945. Submissions must be received by April 19, 2019.

MVCTC Offers Summer Camp Opportunities for Students grades 6-10

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Englewood, Ohio – Looking for something fun and educational for your 6th-10th graders this summer? Check out one of the exciting camp options offered at MVCTC! For full details on all offerings, please visit Lunch is provided each day and students will receive a camp t-shirt.

Career Camp, June 3-5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students entering 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Career Camp is a three-day career exploration program designed to give students hands-on experience in various MVCTC career technical programs. The goal of the camp is to help students begin to make career decisions for their future with the help of highly qualified career technical instructors and current students! Explore Careers in Agriculture, Arts, Construction, Culinary Arts, Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Public Safety, and Transportation Systems. Registration is $50 if your child attends one of MVCTC’s partner school districts or $75 if not attending a partner school district.

Robotics Camp, June 5-7, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students entering 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Spend three days learning to design, build, and program a VEX Robot. This camp will give students the opportunity to work in teams, problem-solving, and designing a robot to operate in competitions at the end of camp. Highly qualified MVCTC Robotics and Physics instructors, as well as current MVCTC students, will work with the campers to develop exciting projects. Registration is $50 if your child attends one of MVCTC’s partner school districts or $75 if not attending a partner school district.

STEM Camp, June 10-14, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. STEM Camp, is a one-week program for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Students will explore two career programs over the five-day camp with hands-on classroom activities that encourage problem-solving and critical thinking. Highly qualified MVCTC instructors, as well as current MVCTC students, will work with the campers to develop exciting projects! Explore Careers in Biotechnology, Culinary Arts, Graphic Arts, Firefighter/EMS, Natural Resources, Robotics, and Sports Medicine. Registration is $75 if your child attends one of MVCTC’s partner school districts or $100 if not attending a partner school district.

For more information about MVCTC, visit

Ohio's 2019 Wild Turkey Season Coming Soon

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Youth-only hunt set for April 13-14

COLUMBUS, OH – For many hunters, spring brings the unmistakable sound of gobbling wild turkeys as Ohio’s annual hunt of this popular game bird begins, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The state is divided into two zones for the 2019 spring turkey hunting season: a south zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, April 22, and a northeast zone, which opens to hunters on Monday, April 29. The youth wild turkey season will occur on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14. Hunters can view the 2019 spring turkey season zone map at

The ODNR Division of Wildlife anticipates approximately 50,000 licensed hunters will enjoy Ohio's popular spring wild turkey season before it ends on Sunday, May 19, in the south zone, and Sunday, May 26, in the northeast zone. The spring and youth turkey seasons are open statewide, except for Lake La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County, which requires a special hunting permit.

All hunters are required to have a hunting license, in addition to a spring turkey hunting permit.

The youth-only turkey season is April 13-14 for youth possessing a valid youth hunting license and a turkey permit. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 18 years of age or older. Only two wild turkeys may be checked by a youth hunter during the two-day season. Additionally, if two turkeys are harvested in the youth season, no additional birds may be taken by the youth hunter for the rest of the spring turkey season.

Hunting hours from April 22-28 in the south zone and April 29-May 5 in the northeast zone are 30 minutes before sunrise until noon. Hunting hours from April 29-May 19 in the south zone and May 6-26 in the northeast zone are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Hunting hours during the two-day youth season are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

The spring season bag limit is two bearded wild turkeys. Hunters can harvest one bearded turkey per day, and a second spring turkey permit can be purchased at any time throughout the spring turkey season. Turkeys must be checked no later than 11:30 p.m. the day of harvest. All hunters must report their turkey harvest using the automated game-check system, which is available online, by phone or at a license agent. A complete list of participating license agents can be found at Visit the Turkey Hunting Resources page at, or call 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) for more information about the game-check process.

Hunters may use shotguns or archery equipment to hunt wild turkeys. It is unlawful to hunt turkeys using bait, live decoys or electronic calling devices, or to shoot a wild turkey while it is in a tree. The division advises turkey hunters to wear hunter orange clothing when entering, leaving or moving through hunting areas in order to remain visible to others.

Wild turkeys were extirpated in Ohio by 1904 and were reintroduced in the 1950s by the Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s first modern-day wild turkey season opened in 1966 in nine counties, and hunters checked 12 birds. The wild turkey harvest topped 1,000 for the first time in 1984. Spring turkey hunting opened statewide in 2000, and Ohio hunters checked more than 20,000 wild turkeys for the first time that year. Last year hunters checked a total of 22,571 wild turkeys during the 2018 spring turkey season.

The mission of the ODNR Division of Wildlife is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. Visit to find out more.

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

Coldwater library author visit/book signing

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 13th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K is coming up on Thursday, June 20, at Tawawa Park in Sidney. This fundraiser is open to the public, and individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate. This annual event is a fun and exciting way to support children within our local communities. By “adopting” a Duck Derby rubber duck for $5 each or 6 for $25, you not only have a chance to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize and 12 other prize packages, but you will make a positive impact supporting mentoring programs. New this year is the opportunity to adopt Defender of Potential Ducks for $25 each. The Defender of Potential Duck drawing is limited to only 250 tickets, offers better odds of winning, and one lucky person will be the winner of a $500 cash jackpot.

The Defender of Potential Duck winner will be drawn at 7:30pm, with the regular Duck Derby immediately following in Tawawa Park’s Mosquito Creek. Don’t miss out on the chance to see thousands of rubber ducks launched into the creek and see if your duck is the winner of one of 13 great prizes. This year’s prizes include the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize; two Country Concert tickets compliments of Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru; amusement park tickets compliments of Cedar Point and Kings Island; baseball tickets compliments of Cincinnati Reds, University of Cincinnati, Akron Rubber Ducks, and Lake County Captains; and many more wonderful prize packages that are listed on the agency’s website. The Duck-N-Run 5K is part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. Pre-registration for the 5K must be received by Monday, June 10. On the day of the event, 5K registration will begin at 7pm at Tawawa Park’s Geib Pavilion, and the evening race is set to start at 8:15pm.

If you’re looking for an affordable way to promote your business and help an organization that supports youth in our community, various sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $200 to $750. Door prize donations and general monetary gifts are greatly appreciated as well. If you would like to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office prior to Monday, June 10.

A Big Brothers Big Sisters representative will be offering duck adoptions and 5K registrations to the public during the Great Sidney Farmers’ Market starting May 25 and Greenville Farmers’ Market starting June 1. You can also adopt ducks from Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru in Newport, board members, local community festivals, and the agency office located at 121 E. North Street in Sidney. For a complete listing of prize packages, sponsorship opportunities, online duck adoptions, online 5K registrations, and more information, go to or call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency. Proceeds from the event will benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer role models. These volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling. The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community. It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways. The agency is always looking for cost-saving ideas for activities that volunteers can do with their matched Littles. In the past, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.

April events at Bradford Public Library

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Our calendar at Bradford Public Library fills up as the days grow longer and temperatures rise! Here’s what we have planned in April….

No STEAM workshop until September….plan to join us later this month at our Summer Reading Kickoff!

A new session of Story Hour will begin April 16. Story Hour is open for any child age 3 to those not yet in Kindergarten. Registration is required. Sign-up sheet is available now in the library. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, games and activities all geared to help your young ones be prepared for Kindergarten! This six week session will be about oceans and things under the sea.

Hannah Pennigton will return on April 18 at 6:30 with an Essential Oils Make and Take to get you ready for summer. Participants will make an After Sun Spray, Bug Off Spray, Boo Boo Spray and a Bug Bite Roller…all in beautiful glass bottles! Cost of workshop is $25, class size limited to 12. Registration is required and payment will hold your spot! Hannah has a wealth of knowledge concerning essential oils and their many benefits. Bring your questions to this informative and fun night!

Bradford Public Library will be closed Saturday, April 20th and Monday, April 22nd so staff can celebrate Easter with family and friends.

Our annual Book sale and Fine Free Week will be held April 23 through 26. We have plenty of books in all genres to choose from this year…something for everyone! In addition to books we have music CDs and even some holiday decorations and props from past programs. Everything is priced to sell. Friday will be $1.00 a bag day. Anything that will fit in a brown grocery bag for just $1.00! Proceeds from our book sale will benefit our programs throughout the year. We will have our fine free week the same week. Bradford cardholders can have overdue fines waived as well as fees for one lost item waived. You must come in to the library to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to “Wipe the slate clean for 2019!”

Bradford Public Library and Bradford Schools will join forces again to offer a Summer Reading Kickoff event on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-7:30 at Bradford Schools. Food, games, activities and crafts will be offered all for free. This event is open for any elementary student in the community, including those in the homeschool community and students from other school districts. Registration will be required to attend. Students of Bradford Schools will have registration information sent home with them. Students not attending Bradford Schools can pick up registration information at the Library after April 16.

The Good Grub Club has two cooking classes scheduled Saturday, April 27, one from 10:00-11:20, the other from 11:30-12:50. Limit of two children from the same household. Sign-ups are required with no exceptions. Limit of 12 students per class. Sign-up sheets are available now at the library. This month participants will be learning some Quick and Easy Lunches. The Good Grub club classes are Free and open to any student age 9-13! Call or stop in to sign up!

Plans are being made for our Annual Plant and Seed Swap on Saturday, May 4 from 10-noon. Mark your calendars and watch for information to come!

As always, if you have questions about these or any of our events, please call the library at 448-2612! Check out our Facebook page or find us at for more information on our events!

Poultry Days Parades

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Poultry Days will offer two of the largest parades in the county again this year. The Grand Parade will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday June 15th. Awards will be given for Junior Civic, Senior Civic, Commercial, Theme Award, Queen’s Trophy, Mayor’s Trophy and Chairman’s Choice. The deadline for registering for the Grand Parade is May 20th. For Grand Parade registration information, go to Activities at or email

The Antique Car Parade will be held on Sunday, June 16th at 2:30 pm. Registration for this parade is $8 and will be at the corner of Virginia & South Center St. from 10:00am to Noon the day of the event. The parade will be preceded by an antique vehicle display which will be held on S. Center Street adjacent to the festival grounds. Entrants will receive a chicken dinner ticket and parade plaque. Vehicles must be at least 20 years old. Details for this event can be found on our web site or email

The festival will also include an antique tractor display on the grounds. The 68th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held June 14, 15 and 16th with a festival theme of “Rock N Roll All Nigh & Poultry Every Day”. Please visit the website,, for more event details and schedules.

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