Friday, May 31, 2019

New Madison Kiwanis to Again Serve Veterans FREE Sausage Sandwiches

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For the second year, the New Madison Kiwanis Club is proud to honor area Veterans this June. Members will be serving our famous Sausage Sandwiches June 14 and 15 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, or while supplies last. This event will be open to the public, and free sandwiches will be offered to Veterans with proper ID. Thanks to the Darke County Agriculture Society, we will once again set up our Sausage Barn on the Fairgrounds in the same spot we use for The Great Darke county Fair.

All proceeds from this project will go to the Darke County Veterans Organization. Mark your calendars and come to the Fairgrounds on June 14 & 15 for an early taste of our famous Sausage Sandwiches.

Annie’s Stepping Out at the Bistro Off Broadway

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Dianna and Ted Abney escort Annie into
the Bistro for a fun evening.
Having been a sponsor all 11 years since the Gala event began, the Bistro Off Broadway is again a Silver Star Sponsor of the Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala. The Bistro provides wine for the event, which is available that evening for a donation.

The Gala, a casual event and FUNdraiser, on Saturday, June 8, opens at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. Come and join in this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light appetizers provided by Montage. Craft beer is also provided by Montage, which is available on a donation basis.

You can view the many auction and raffle prizes, with items being added daily, by going online to to the “News & Events” menu under the “Home” tab. The Gala costs $20 per person or $15 for Garst members with advance reservations by June 5. At the door, tickets are $25. Tables for six or more can be reserved. Dress is casual.

Want to bid but can’t attend? Call Garst Museum to make arrangements at 937.548.5250. Reservations for the event are available by calling Garst as well. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center in Greenville, Ohio.

Events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The school year is wrapping up, and that leaves plenty of time for activities for the entire family. Let the Arcanum Public Library be a destination for the summer. Come in for great books, take home some movies for a family night, begin your genealogy research, stick around to play a board game with friends, and much more. There will be plenty of programming for all ages throughout the summer.

The Summer Reading Program is very popular, and anyone can participate. This year’s program is being planned around the theme “A Universe of Stories” and the library is getting ready for a spacey good time. There are two “kick-off” events planned for the summer. Mr. Molecule will be at the library on Monday, June 10 at 10:00 a.m. with his “Big Blast of Space” show that provides fun for all. On Tuesday, June 11, the Stillwater Stargazers will be presenting an astronomy program at 6:30 p.m. This show will be a great introduction to space for older kids and adults. Registration for the summer reading program will begin on Tuesday, May 28. Come on in to sign up, get a calendar of events, and see the decorations.

On Thursday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., David Nilsen, beer journalist and Certified Cicerone, will be back for another Brew Review. The topic for this session will be German wheat ales. This is a very popular event and registration is required as class size is limited. You must be 21 or older to attend. Call the library at 937-692-8484 or drop in to add your name to the list.

On Monday, June 24 at 6:30, representatives from Miller Flowers will be at the library for a program on succulents and air plants. They always give a fabulous presentation and will be bringing plants in that patrons can purchase. Registration is needed for this free event, and patrons can drop in or call to get signed up.

The library wants to remind patrons it will be closed for Memorial Day on May 27.

If there are any questions, feel free to call the library at 937-692-8484, or check out the website at The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Marilyn Delk Receives DCCA Patron of the Arts Award

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Marilyn Delk with husband Larry and DCCA Artistic Director
Keith Rawlins, recipient of the prestigious William L. Combs
Patron of the Arts Award, given in recognition of Delk’s significant
contribution to the Arts in Darke County.
Marilyn Delk is the recent recipient of the prestigious William L. Combs Patron of the Arts Award. Presented at Darke County Center for the Arts’ final performance of the 2018-2019 Ruby Celebration Season Artists Series performance of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on May 11, at St. Clair Memorial Hall, the award was given in recognition of Delk’s significant contribution to the Arts in Darke County.

"For the past 25 years Marilyn Delk has been an integral part of guiding, leading, and supporting Darke County Center for the Arts. Marilyn joined the DCCA Board of Trustees in 1994 and has never stepped back since. She was Executive Director from 2000-2004; Board Secretary from 2005-2007; Vice Chairman from 2008-2009 and again from 2012-2013;Chairman of the Board in 2010 & 2011; and has continued to serve on multiple committees from the time she was term-limited in 2013 until present." Shared Julie Strait, during the presentation.

"Marilyn exemplifies DCCA's mission of encouraging cultural enrichment and it is no exaggeration to say that her contributions to the arts in Darke County are more than exceptional," stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "

The William L. Combs Patron of the Arts Award was established by Darke County Center for the Arts in 1988 to recognize those who have made an exceptional contribution to cultural enrichment in our community. Previous recipients of this award include John Winters, Clara Elliott, Hance & Hester Hildebrand, Mary Frances Schultz, Jean Louise Thieme, Martha & William Benkert, Theodore O. Finnarn, Elaine & James Longfellow, Ralph & Donna Plessinger, Patricia Haines, Roberta & David Feltman, Julie & Thomas H. Graber, James & Enid Goubeaux, Julie Strait, and Darryl Mehaffie.

Versailles Poultry Day’s Ultimate Frisbee

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This will be the 38th year for the Versailles Poultry Days Ultimate Classic and is considered one of the oldest and top tournaments in the nation. A record number of 75 teams will be competing from all over the USA and Canada. To put this in perspective each team includes an average of 20 swelling the Versailles population from 3,000 to nearly 5,000. The resulting tent city is welcomed by village residents and the players are always friendly and with great spirit. Over the year’s friendships have formed the community looks forward to the annual flood of visitors.

The tournament is planned and ran by Rodger Oakes and Oshadega. Oshadega is a Columbus based non-profit with a mission of supporting players and promoting and growing the sport. This includes conducting several tournaments throughout Ohio including the Poultry Days Ultimate Tournament. The Poultry Days tournament is held during the annual festival and involves 28 fields spread over Heritage Park, Pheasant Ridge and one on the festival grounds.

So, what is Ultimate Frisbee? Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact team sport played with a 175 gram flying ultimate disc. The object of the sport is to score points by passing the ultimate frisbee disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in American football or rugby. Ultimate requires both athleticism and endurance. Ultimate is a fast-growing sport and commonly played on university campuses and parks worldwide. Basic ultimate frisbee rules involve two teams. One team pulls the disc to the other as in a kick-off scenario. Once the receiving team gains possession of ultimate frisbee disc then the ultimate frisbee players pass the disc to their teammates to advance up the ultimate field toward the end zone. The opposing ultimate team attempts to thwart the offense by intercepting the disc or (more commonly) knocking the ultimate disc to the ground during a pass. Once the ultimate frisbee disc hits the ground the possession changes

History of the game: Ultimate Frisbee was invented by Jared Kass and Joel Silver, in 1967 at Columbia High School, located in Maplewood, NJ. Its collegiate roots can be traced back to the first ever game played between Rutgers and Princeton in 1972. In 1979 and 1980 the Ultimate Players Association (UPA) was formed. The UPA organized regional tournaments and has crowned a national champion every year since 1979. On May 25, 2010 the UPA rebranded itself as USA Ultimate. Ultimate Canada is the National Governing Body for the sport of Ultimate in Canada. The popularity of the sport spread quickly, taking hold as a free-spirited alternative to traditional organized sports. In recent years college Ultimate has attracted a greater number of traditional athletes, raising the level of competition and athleticism and providing a challenge to its laid back, free-spirited roots.

There are several changes to Versailles Ultimate this year. First the teams increase from 70 to a record 75 with additional matches being held on the festival grounds. Second the Ultimate players will conduct a FREE youth clinic Friday, June 14th. Versailles also very excited to host a match between the Indianapolis Red and Columbus Pride professional ultimate teams. These teams are part of the professional women’s Premier Ultimate League. The league has eight teams located throughout the United States including New York, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. The professional match will occur at 7pm Friday, June 14th on the grounds of the Poultry Days festival.

Versailles welcomes visitors to the annual Poultry Days June 14-16th. When planning your trip include time to watch an Ultimate match. A full schedule of contests and activities can be located at

100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote to be Commemorated

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Library Summer Reading Kick-Off

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Join us at the Greenville Public Library on Monday June 3rd from 11:00 - 6:00 to kick-off our Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories!” The day will be packed with space themed fun including door prizes, crafts, PhotoBomb photo booth, and the Dome Theater Planetarium. There will be something for everyone, all ages included!

All three departments are partnering to provide a fabulous day. Adult Services will run the the PhotoBomb booth from 11:00 - 2:00 and host a Gift Basket Drawing. The drawing will replace the weekly winners this year. It will consist of three gift baskets: 1. A dozen of Kathy's cookies, 2. A coffee basket with gourmet beverages/snacks and a heat changing constellation mug, 3. A movie basket including the MIB trilogy and assorted movie treats. Patrons will receive one entry form to cast for their favorite basket.

Children Services invited a special guest! The character “Hedgie” from Jan Brett’s Hedgie Blasts Off will be greeting kids and having his picture taken with them. Kids can sign up for Summer Reading and get started! And there will be lots of crafts and door prizes.

Teens will also enjoy a variety of crafts and can register for up-coming tournaments and activities. Be sure to pick up your summer schedules at this family-friendly event!

Darke County Democrats to Host Breakfast

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, June 8th, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Beamsville Christian Church Memorial Day Service

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Memorial Day Service
Beamsville Christian Church
Monday May 27, 2019 10:00 AM

Also participating in the Service:

  • Greenville High School Band
  • Greenville American Legion, Post 140
  • Greenville American VFW, Post 7262
  • Ansonia Boy Scouts, Troop 114

Following the service at the church there will be a service at the Beamsville Cemetery, conducted by the Greenville VFW and the Greenville American Legion.
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Kasi Gregson, representing Dave Knapp Ford, is shown following the awarding of ribbons to student athletes at the May 10 Track and Field event for Darke Co. Special Olympics. Dave Knapp has been a long time donor to the program. The students athletes were competing in the 400 Meter Unified relay representing Greenville schools, front to back and left to right: Skyanne Flicker-Kiser, Cheyenne Nickels, Kara Rehmert and Jessica Shell. Every district in Darke Co. was represented at the Track and Field day.


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On Saturday, May 25th Commissioner Stegall will have his “Coffee with the Commissioner” at A&B Coffee located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Greenville. This will be the 5th one of the year for 2019. The Commissioner will be at A&B from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. to hear questions and concerns of the Darke County citizens. Stop at the A&B Coffee company, pick up a cup of coffee, and come over and chat with the Commissioner. Once again, Saturday May 25th, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at A&B Coffee, 4th and Broadway for Commissioner Stegall’s “Coffee with the Commissioner”!

Arcanum Faith UMC Supports Darke County Pregnancy Help Center

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Pastor Greg Herndon and Mrs. Shirley Winger, past board member of DCPH
Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church showed support for the Darke County Pregnancy Help Center during the month of April.

Adorable little outfits were purchased in newborn to toddler sizes for the Center’s clients just in time for celebrating the newness of Spring and the glory of Easter.

Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church is a mission minded church located at 101 East South in Arcanum, Ohio. This church is led by Rev. Dr. Gregory Herndon, who invites you to attend Adult Sunday School at 9 AM & Worship Service at 10 AM


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Dean and Arlene Bankson, Wieland Jewelers, are donating
this 14 k gold, diamond bracelet for the Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle.
Wieland Jewelers of Greenville, “Fine Jewelers Since 1907,” has donated this bracelet to Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center for their Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala fundraiser. It is 14 k gold with .18 ct. diamonds that are round brilliant cut in three links. The bracelet is gold filled with a double safety, and it can be adjustable. Wielands will professionally size the bracelet for you.

Want to win this diamond bracelet? Or…$1000 cash? Possibly…a three-night stay at a fabulous log home in Gatlinburg?

Get your tickets for Annie’s Star-Spangled Raffle. Raffle tickets at $5 a chance are available and 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. However, if you are present, your raffle ticket may be drawn for two $500 additional prizes.

The Gala, a casual event and FUNdraiser, will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Garst Museum. All proceeds benefit the Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. Come and join in on this great evening of live and silent auctions, lots of fun raffles, door prizes, and light appetizers. You can view the many auction and raffle prizes, with items 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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GREENVILLE - The 6th annual Scentral Park 5K was held April 20 at the Darke County Fairgrounds. All proceeds from this race will be used to maintain and improve Scentral Park, Darke County’s only dog park located next to the Animal Shelter on County Home Road in Greenville.

The overall female winner was Crystal Barton and the overall male winner was Joseph Earl. The top three dogs finishing with a female were Lola with Brandy Addington, Tank with Amanda Falknor and Wrangler with Aleena Thomas while the top three dogs finishing with a male were Emi with Gary Grosch, Kona with Gunnar Maher and Finnick with Dustyn Martin.

Other winners of the race were Ami Anthony, Mattie Brewer, Nicholas Fellers, Preston Ramsey, Rebecca Shumaker, Mary Jane Dietrick, Randy Bashore, Ron Griffitts, Lee Emrick, Brenda Nickol, Sandy Hartley, Richard Barton, Dick Denning, Gregg Gooding, Connie Harshbarger, Cheryl Collins, Terry McCann, Gary Grosch, Leon Ernst, Melinda Gray, Tammy Holley, Sandra Cox, Bill Marker, Dale Mangen, Rick Krogman, Rhonda Morrie, Melissa Fraley, Becky Snyder, Scott Snell, Derek Specht, Dennis Eckstein, Angie Brown, Wilma Lavy, Lisa Earl, Shane Coby, Mark Thomas, Kevin Addington, Brandy Addington, Krissy Platfoot, Heather Cole, Nick Wills, Brian Arbogast, Phillip Pierri, Leah Martin, Kathryn Osborne, Joy Hunt, Gerald Osborne, Jake Broering, Randal Diegel, Elizabeth Woodmansee, Melissa Ernst, Rachel Kitchen, Scott Kitchen, Trevor Musser, Amanda Falknor, Audrey Bennett, Monica Johnson, Cody Evans, Austin Gilbert, Marcus Bingham, Lauryn Lavy, Elaine Young, Alexis Lowery, Kale Menchhofer, Gunnar Maher, Cody Brown, Madison Fields, Paige Hampton, Kyrsten Ross, Mason Coby, Eli Olejniczak, Zane Osborne, Brooklyn Lavy, Leah Olejniczak, Greta Broering, Ayven Fields, Kamdon Riethman, Mason Pierri, Aleena Thomas, Chloe Pierri, Kennedy Schoen, Simon Broering and Jackson Ross.

The three team winners were Team Addie Girl, F45 and PCOC.

The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank Tribute Pet Memorial Services, our Presenting Sponsor along with our other sponsors: Financial Achievement Services, Matt and Angie Arnold and Bailey, Mini, Greenville Federal, Turbo, Kline Timber Co., Greenville National Bank, Schultz Motors, Double M Diner and Shelby, Barry Family Dentistry, Second National Bank, Darke County Veterinary Service, Drs. Gordon & DeSantis Orthodontics, Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Wayne HealthCare, Dr. Thomas Brown, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Max Hole, Kevin Flory Landscaping and Lawn Care, Pooch Parlor, Meckes & Associates Insurance, Modern Woodmen, Sadie Grace Boutique, Home Again II and J.D. Fence.

We would also like to acknowledge our business donors: Marco’s Pizza, DJ Opie, Boston Stoker, Dannon, Spirit Medical Transport, Yappy Treats, Snap Fitness, YMCA, First Heavy Metal Church of Christ, Rocketship Sports Management, Dairy King, Walmart, Keller Grain & Feed and Advance America.

Poultry and Pints Homebrew Competition

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If you’re a garage brewer or weekend hops warrior, now is your opportunity to enter your favorite beverage into the areas first BJCP homebrew competition.

The Midwestern Ohio Brewing Society (MOBS) in collaboration with Poultry Days is hosting a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned homebrew competition on Sunday, June 16th in Versailles, Ohio. The “Poultry and Pints” competition is limited to 30 entries with each person limited to two entries, each in a separate subcategory.

The deadline to register is June 5, 2019 and all entries must be received by end of day June 9th. The registration fee is $10.00 per entry and delivery instructions are provided at registration. In addition to awards, the Best of Show will have the opportunity to brew their recipe at Endless Pint Brewing in Versailles, Ohio.

For questions about the competition go to “Poultry and Pints” under activities at or email

New this year the festival will offer beverages from Moeller Brew Barn, Lake Rat Brewing, Tailspin Brewing Co. and Endless Pint Brewing. The 68th annual Poultry Days Festival will be held June 14, 15 and 16th. Find a full schedule at

New Bookclub at Library

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The Greenville Public Library is excited to announce the launch of its latest bookclub “A Novel Idea.” Leader Caitlyn Clark explains “In April the group read Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, an Alaskan story about family and survival. For May we’re reading The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. The book details the story of a genetic scientist’s endearing adventures (misadventures?) as he designs The Wife Project, a test that he hopes will identify 'his perfect partner.' Copies of The Rosie Project will be available for patrons to check out on Wednesday May 1st.”

The Club meets every 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Upcoming dates are June 18th and July 16th and so on through December. Please contact Caitlyn at 548-3915 if you are interested in joining the Club!


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Anna Lee Dickerson, Judi Pence and Patty Foreman stand behind the bench they purchased and placed on the Darke County Fairgrounds in honor of their parents Web and Dorothy Ganger.
Comfortable, contemplative benches as a lasting tribute to family and friends who so enjoy the Great Darke County Fair. Recycled benches are also a great way to advertise your local business in one of the fairs’ most popular sit-down areas.

Benches for public use are a well-established and publicly-appreciated way to express our esteem and sympathy or to advertise a business. We see them in cities and parks all over the world in honor of people and businesses where benches are placed. Just imagine having your own special bench to look forward to!!

These six-foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs. Each bench will be placed around the fairgrounds gazebo for fairgoers to sit and enjoy the day’s entertainment. Benches will be placed indoors for winter storage. Your family gift or business donation of a recycled plastic bench will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be used by future generations to come. Businesses wanting to purchase a bench can have it personalized with their logo for no extra charge.

Making a gift of a bench is simple. Cost is $600 per bench and the deadline to order is June 1, 2019. Just call Darke County Solid Waste at 937-547-0827 for more information. Bench order forms can also be found on the district’s website:


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COLUMBUS, OH: American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) has announced the 2019 recipients of its scholarship programs, the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship and the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship. AMP is awarding a total of eight scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Jessica Meyer of Versailles is a recipient of the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship.

Lyle B. Wright was a strong public power advocate who served on the AMP Board of Trustees from 1979 until his death in 1986. The $2,500 scholarships in this program are awarded to graduating seniors whose household receives electricity from an AMP member utility. Thirty students were nominated for the Wright scholarship this year, and four were selected based on their scholastic record, personal achievements and test scores.

Meyer is a graduating senior at Versailles High School and plans to attend Kettering College of Medical Arts to study sonography. Meyer, the daughter of Dan and Andrea Meyer, is a member of the National Honor Society, valedictorian of her class and is an active volunteer in her community. Her extra-curricular activities include student council, Science Club, Spanish Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The other AMP scholarship honors Richard H. Gorsuch, the organization’s president from 1983 until his death in 1987. The $2,500 scholarships in this program are awarded to graduating seniors whose parent or guardian is an employee of either a municipal electric system or AMP, or is an elected official with responsibility for the electric system.

“It is great to have a strong municipal electric community like Versailles as home to one of this year’s scholarship recipients,” stated AMP President/CEO Marc S. Gerken. “I commend Ms. Meyer for her outstanding achievements and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”

The AMP Board of Trustees established the scholarship programs in memory of public power leaders that contributed significantly to the organization and municipal electric systems in the region.

Since 1988, more than $348,000 has been awarded to deserving high school seniors through the AMP scholarship programs. For more information about AMP’s Scholarship Program, visit

Greenville BPW Announces Woman of the Year

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BPW Secretary Sonya Crist and,
Woman of the Year winner Gail Snyder. 
Greenville, OH.  – The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is proud to announce that Gail Snyder has been named the Club’s ‘Woman of the Year’.

BPW Secretary Sonya Crist announced that the Woman of the Year vote was so close this year- we have such fabulous women! The ultimate winner so deserves this award. Some of the comments about Snyder on the ballots were: She has been very active through the years in community organizations and the BPW club. She is also involved with higher levels of BPW, which shows passion for the cause. She is very kind and caring of others. Gail currently holds the position of Ohio/BPW Vice President for the state of Ohio.

Snyder stated, “I am so honored to be named Woman of the Year. I joined BPW in 1985. When I joined I understood it was only for managers or owners of businesses. That attitude has definitely changed. Now we as BPW members are more geared to all women in the workplace and are a wonderful networking tool. I joined with networking with business minded women in mind. I also believe in the need for women to help guide other women. I met wonderful role models such as Sheryl Brinley who was also one of my great friends. She was very influential in my life. My intention of joining BPW was to meet other women that I could learn from. The projects that all of our BPW sisters continue to support in the community are so rewarding to me and all our members.”

Snyder has been active in the BPW state, Regional and local clubs and will be contributing to the State Conference this year with signs, vendors and helping with the goodie bags. As BPW State Vice-President Gail will assist the State President with her needs at the conference. She is currently serving as Darke County Central Committee member and worked the election polls in the past. She serves now as President of the VFW Auxiliary and was just re-elected. Gail does artwork out of her home and has some paintings hanging at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville.

The Club presented an engraved award and flowers to Gail to honor and thank her for her time, hard work and support to the local Club. Snyder received her award at the monthly dinner meeting held on April 11th at Brethren Retirement Community.

We challenge and invite any woman with an interest in learning about Greenville BPW, networking, and community service with a heart for innovation in the realm of today’s professional women to join us. Please contact Membership Chair Sonya Crist at 937/423-3657 or for updates on meetings or check the Greenville BPW Club Facebook page.

Darke County Parks Summer Camps

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Darke County Parks summer day-camps have been an annual tradition for many families for over a decade. These camps are a perfect fit as the parks continue their commitment to get kids outdoors to learn, appreciate, and enjoy nature! Each day-camp offered will include hands-on activities, adventure, and fun take-home camp-themed items and/or crafts.

All camps require registration and payment at least 4 weeks in advance and space tends to fill quickly, so don’t delay! Visit to register for camps through our new online registration system. Alternatively, you can stop by the Nature Center or the Bish Discovery Center to register/pay during normal business hours.

Beginning the summer with kayaking fun will be the “Kayaking Discoveries,” a camp for 10-12-year old’s. Campers will explore kayak (and some canoe) paddling techniques. This camp will run June 10th through 14th from 1pm to 4pm. * This camp includes one overnight tent-camping experience on the shores of a State Park lake! Fee: $115

“Grow Your Own Pizza” is an interactive two-part camp for ages 6-9, set to focus on gardening and growing food! Part-one will start things off June 11th through 13th 10am-12pm. After a short break, we will reconvene again for part-two from August 13th through 15th 10am-12pm as we harvest our food and prepare for homemade pizza! Fee: $90

During the week of June 17th through the 21st, 6-7-year-olds will encounter a week of “Grossology,” a discovery of all things “gross” in nature! Camp times will run from 10am to 12:30pm. Fee: $75

The action-packed camp “Outdoor Adventure,” for 13-15-year olds will run from June 24th through 28st from 10am-4pm. This outdoor recreation based camp will include mountain biking, paddling, climbing/zipping and more! * This camp includes one overnight tent-camping experience. Fee: $175

“Fireworks in Nature” is a colorful exploration of the natural wonders of Darke County and the world! This camp is for ages 7-11 and will run July 1st through 3rd from 10am-12:30pm. Fee: $45

8-9-year-olds will enjoy an ecosystem-discovery camp, during “Aquatic Adventures”. As they study all things wet, campers will be sure to enjoy the week of July 8th through 12th from 10am-12:30pm as they venture into ponds, creeks, puddles and more! Fee: $90

New for this summer, preschoolers, aged 3-5-year-old (plus a parent) will join us for “Nature Tykes” and a great time focused on discovering the natural world, from July 30th through August 1st from 10am to 12pm. Please note that a parent/guardian must remain with campers for the duration. Fee: $45

Completing the summer day camp series, “Woodland Survival,” an outdoor survival skills camp for ages 8-9 will take place on August 5th through 9th from 10am-12:30pm. This very hands-on camp will have campers learning about fire, water and shelter while they learn to “survive” in the woods! Fee: $90

Visit to create an account and register today! For more information call the Nature Center (937-548-0165).

C-TEC is Growing!

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Written by: Andrea Townsend, Director of Career Technology and Special Education

Greenville Career Tech is celebrating a new arrival! For the 2019-2020 school year, Greenville Career Technical Education Center will offer a new program, Teaching Professions. The Teaching Professions program will be an addition the current Careers with Children program.

Together these programs will offer students career technical education opportunities in Education and Training that will prepare them for technical and professional level careers in planning, managing and providing education and training services and related learning support services.

Teaching Professions is being added as a new Career Tech program so that GHS students who wish to explore careers in education will have the option to choose between Careers with Children or Teaching Professions. This addition will allow more students to join the program and specialize in the age levels that interest them most within the education field. Students who wish to work in upper elementary, middle school, high school, or other careers within education of older students will be able to explore this option through the Teaching Professions program.

The Teaching Professions program will be instructed by Lisa Maher- Strawser. Lisa is an experienced educator with nineteen years of experience successfully serving students as a classroom teacher and an administrator. Lisa has previously served as a member of the administration team at Greenville City Schools as well as a Science teacher for Greenville. She is a graduate of Wright State and University of Dayton and has a wealth of educational leadership experience. Lisa is committed to student success and the development of preservice teachers. Lisa has been working closely with Careers with Children instructor, Amy Schoen this school year to expand the education options for students to meet the growing demand of students wishing to join the career technical education program. Mrs. Maher-Strawser stated, “We are very excited to offer more options for students and provide experiences that meet their career interests. This program expansion will allow more students to investigate this career area and prepare for college.”

Students who enroll in the new program will be engaged in instruction in classroom management, curriculum and instruction, family and community partnerships, as well as child and adolescent development. Program courses such as Education Principles will addresses education history and theory and provide the foundation skill application through interaction with the toddler learning laboratory at the high school as well as volunteer and job shadow
opportunities in classrooms through the district and the Greenville community. The program will offer students the opportunity to participate in Tech Prep courses and earn college credit and scholarships through the Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium. “Career Technical Education is an amazing opportunity for students,” states Andrea Townsend, Director of Career Technical and Special Education at Greenville City Schools. According to the Ohio Department of Education, “Ohio career tech is a value-added education. It includes challenging academic and technical content and has strong relationships with business/industry and higher education. In addition to meeting Ohio Core graduation requirements, students take 450 to 900 hours of career-focused coursework.” Career tech has proven effective. In 2014 98% of students engaged in career tech graduate from high school, 60% obtain further
education, and more than 50% of them are employed within 9 months of graduation. Those statistics continue to improve and the benefits are realized by our students in Greenville.

The addition of the Teaching Professions program at Greenville Career Technical Education Center is another positive opportunity for students at Greenville High School and Greenville City School District. This opportunity is possible due to the continued support of the Greenville Board of Education and Administration. Greenville Career Technical Education Center is proud to offer high quality career technical education at Greenville High School. If you or your student are interested in Teaching Professions or Career Technical Education at Greenville High School, please call Andrea Townsend at 937-548-4188.

Library a Connect with Nature Site

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The Greenville Public Library is thrilled to announce that it has been named A BEST IN OHIO CONNECT WITH NATURE SITE. Librarian Deb Cameron stated “We are one of two libraries in the state of Ohio to have this honor! We are committed to leave no child inside and to provide connections to nature for our community.”

The Leave No Child Inside Collaborative is open to schools and sites devoted to encouraging outdoor involvement and promoting children to explore nature. For more information on how you can get involved visit:

On Saturday March 30th librarians Deb Cameron, Rachel Brock, and Amanda Olson received recognition at Brukner Nature Center in Troy. Deb had filled out a 14-page entry document called “Challenge: Be the Best Community Site for Connecting Kids to Nature.” Posters are now on display throughout the Library and soon a standing sign will be commemorating the award in the front foyer.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Greenville Police Ask for Help Locating Domestic Violence Suspect

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On May 2nd, 2019, the Darke County Common Pleas Court issued a warrant for Joseph T. Smith, 38, of Greenville for domestic violence, a felony of the fourth degree.

Anyone with information regarding Smith’s location is asked to contact law enforcement.

Darke County Parks to Offer Bicycle Rentals

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Darke County Parks’ Bish Discovery Center now offers bicycle rentals! In an effort to make it even easier for residents and visitors to bike the Tecumseh Trail, bicycles were purchased from Countryside Bike Shop using a local grant from Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc.

These comfort cruiser-style bikes are available in two sizes, 26” and 24”. The 24” should be able to be ridden by older children (10+) or smaller-framed adults. “These bikes are a great unisex design for all activity levels with their “step-thru” design, allowing the rider to mount the bike without the need to swing a leg up and over the seat,” Chief Naturalist Robb Clifford explains. “This same feature also allows for riders to stop the bike and stand with their feet flat on the ground, all while ensuring the rider is seated in an optimum riding position! They have a very comfortable ride and enough gears to allow you to easily cruise at whatever speed you desire,” Clifford continued.

Rentals may be reserved online at or by visiting the Bish Discovery Center, will cost just $5/hour or $20/day and may be rented during Bish Discovery hours. Rental fee must be paid by credit card and includes use of bicycle, helmet and trail map. Renters must be at least 16 years old. Cyclists are encouraged to bring water bottles.

Thank you to the Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc. for the funding in order to make this goal a reality! The Darke County Parks would also like to thank Mr. Bob Bitner of Countryside Bike Shop on Broadway for his help in selecting and purchasing the ideal bike for our needs.

To contact the Darke County Park District regarding rentals and policies, please contact the Bish Discovery Center 808-4120 or the park offices at 548-0165.

G.H.S. Vocal Music Department Presents- Choir-O-Rama 2019

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GREENVILLE, OH – The Greenville High School Vocal Music Department will present their annual spring production of “Choir-O-Rama” May 18-19 at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. On Saturday, May 18, the show will begin at 7:00pm and on Sunday, May 19, the show will begin at 2:00pm.

The show will open with all the choirs performing “Sing” by Pentatonix, followed by “High Hopes” and “Meant to Be” with the Wavaires. The Girls Glee will perform a “Superhits” medley. Collage will perform “Put Another Dime in the Jukebox” - a medley of classic rock hits, as well as a tribute to Aretha Franklin with “Respect” and “Think”. Concert Choir will be joined by live musicians to perform selections by the popular music group, Imagine Dragons.

The Wavaires will be joined by a small live band to perform selections by Queen, including “We are the Champions”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Will Rock You”, “Somebody to Love” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

The Greenville High School Jazz Scene, under the direction of Mr. JR Price, will also be performing for both shows, as well as accompanying some senior spotlight performances. The Jazz Scene and Wavaires will join for “Skyfall” and “Lean on Me”.

The show will conclude with a tribute to all the seniors in the vocal music program, as well as the combined choirs performing “Stand By You”, “Most People are Good” and “We are the World.”

Tickets are available online NOW by visiting Adult tickets are $8 in advance and student tickets are $5 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for purchase, with the cost of $7 for students and $10 for adults. Please plan to purchase tickets online prior to the event to guarantee a better seat selection and lower admission cost.

The GHS Choir are directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge and accompanied and assisted by Mr. Christopher Andres. Please make sure to visit and like “Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters” on Facebook to receive the latest news and updates on the choral music program at GHS.

EMT scholarship available to area residents

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Upcoming high school graduates encouraged to apply

From left Brandon Joseph of Willshire and Sarah Combs
of Lima practice immobilization on their classmate Christie Miller
of Greenville during a recent EMT class held in Celina. The students
in this class not only excelled with perfect attendance during
the course, but all students passed their national EMT exam
on the first attempt.
Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, has announced it will again consider upcoming high school graduates and others interested in mobile healthcare for its scholarship offering to become an emergency medical technician.

Now through May 13th, Spirit will again accept scholarship applications from individuals who have an interest in becoming an EMT and working full-time for Spirit once they’ve successfully completed their class, passed their national EMT test, and completed field training. The “full-ride” scholarship involves a two-year, full-time, employment commitment to Spirit. Application requests can be made by going online to the Spirit webpage at and clicking on the graduation cap or by emailing Spirit’s Employee Relations and Human Resource Director Andrea Cahill at

After submitting the application, candidates will be interviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis by a member of the Spirit Human Resources department. Panel interviews of scholarship finalists will take place the week of May 12th at Spirit’s Greenville office. Orientation night for successful applicants will be 6 p.m. May 17th. Successful candidates are paid while attending the classes.

The classes are a partnership between Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, and Four County Career Center based in Archbold, Ohio. Classes will be held five days a week starting June 10th through August 3rd. Scott Kaminski of Four County Career Center will serve as lead instructor for the class, while Mike Woodford and Scott Wolf of Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, will serve as secondary instructors.

Since the program first began in August 2017, over 60 EMTs have graduated from their scholarship program.

“When you get to see the faces of the people who work so hard in their EMS studies to pass the national test, it’s truly amazing,” explained Spirit Medical Transport, LLC, President/CEO Brian K. Hathaway. “Over the years many have shared that had it not been for our scholarship program, they would have never been afforded the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming an EMT.”

Hathaway said the scholarships have been awarded to people as young as age 17 getting ready to graduate from high school, to a 57-year-old factory worker looking for a career change.

“College isn’t for everyone and these classes not only allow people the opportunity to become highly trained in a much-needed profession, but also ensures them a position in a very rewarding healthcare field once passing the tests and completing field training,” Hathaway said.

A recent class held February through April, yielded all the students in the class not only passing their class final, but also the National EMT Registry exam on their first try. All but one student in this class also maintained perfect attendance during the seven-week long course.

“The more classes we sponsor, the more we learn,” he said. “We continue to make minor changes for the better and it’s showing with an increasing number of students passing the national exam on their first attempt.”

In late summer of 2018, the company expanded its scholarship program to its working EMT’s, offering them a paramedic scholarship program. There are currently ten Spirit EMT’s in a 14-month paramedic program that will end this October. That class is being held at Spirit’s Greenville office, also in partnership with Four County Career Center. Besides Spirit, other healthcare partners assisting with clinical experience for the classes include Wayne Health Care, Reid Health, Greenville Township Rescue, and Richmond Fire Department.

With offices in Greenville, Celina, Sidney, and Van Wert, Ohio, along with Liberty, Indiana, Hathaway said the scholarship is open to people who live near their respective service areas. Company officials also provide transportation assistance to successful applicants who may not live near the class location, but still have an interest in taking advantage of the scholarship opportunity.

State of the Heart Care Announces Newest Addition to Board of Directors

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State of the Heart Care is excited to announce its newest Board of Directors member-Mike Schlamb.

Mike Schlamb is the co-owner of R.J. Warner Insurance Agency, with locations in Greenville, Arcanum, and Troy. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wright State University, and is a Certified Insurance Counselor. He is also involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus and local Elks Club.

When asked what brought him to State of the Heart Care Mike shared, “I have seen the positive impact that State of the Heart has on individuals and their families. So, when I was asked to serve on the Board I was eager to be a part of such a caring organization.” Mike resides in Greenville, OH.

Two Perspectives from Camp Encourage

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Attend Camp Encourage just once and it could change your life forever. This is how Abigail Jutte of Ft. Recovery feels. Abigail has been volunteering at Camp Encourage as a camp buddy and group leader for the past few years, but she has been involved with camp since she was just a child. She first attended camp at the age of five. Her mother had heard about State of the Heart’s then Camp Bearable within their community and decided to sign up Abigail. After her first year, Abigail continued to attend camp throughout her whole childhood. As a child, she recalls how hard it was living in a small town and not having many people to connect with that could relate to losing a loved one. Camp Bearable allowed her to realize she wasn’t the only one who had lost a parent and opened up the door for her to make many new friends that she could share similar feelings and memories with. To this day Abigail is still friends with several of those same campers.

When looking back on some of her favorite memories of attending camp as a child, Abigail specifically remembers the balloon launch held during Camp Bearable and receiving small keepsake items that she still has to this day. Abigail shared that those activities and topics demonstrated during camp helped her learn coping mechanisms she could use in her grieving process. “When you are five you don’t realize what death is but camp helped with feelings of loneliness.” Camp also taught her it was normal to feel angry, sad, or upset and provided tools on how to manage those feelings like using breathing techniques. Abigail said it is important for youth that have experienced or been affected by a loss to attend camp to learn these habits and to see “they aren’t the only kid in the world to have close losses in the family.”

Abigail, now a teacher’s aide at St. Marys, knew she wanted to remain involved with camp since attending as a camper had left such a huge impact on her life. This year marks her 5th year as being a camp volunteer. When asked why she wanted to come back as a volunteer Abigail stated she wanted to “truly give back to camp for what they gave me. Helping kids is my passion and this had one of the biggest impacts on my life.” She also enjoys volunteering because of the opportunity it gives her to pay it forward and help as many kids as she can through this process, maybe seeing some of the campers come back one day as volunteers themselves. To Abigail, Camp Encourage is humbling and she wants to stay involved with it as long as she can. She said it best when she explained what Camp Encourage means to her, “Family. Although only one weekend, it is a family for a lifetime. It’s a safe place to let feelings out and a place to feel loved and accepted.”

This year’s camp will be held July 12-14 at The Spiritual Center Montezuma Retreat House in Montezuma, Ohio. Camp Encourage continues to strive to bring the children it serves the resources they need to fully express themselves and know that they are not alone in their grief. Our camp began in 2000 with 15 children and over the past eighteen years, we have served more than 730 youth in our communities. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding attending or volunteering for Camp Encourage please give us a call at 800-417-7535. Ashlee Slavin, Camp Director or Sarah DePoy, Assistant Camp Director would be happy to speak with you.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Important 1793 Drawing of Fort Greene Ville Ohio Discovered

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Submitted by Dr. David M Cox

Left: a recently discovered 1793 drawing of Fort Greene Ville, Right: the dimensions of the drawing overlaid an image of modern day Greenville showing the exact location of the fort.
Years of searching has finally paid off. An original 1793 drawing of Greene Ville showing how the fort was laid out, and its exact measurements, has been found at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It is untitled and not dated, hence archivers had placed the drawing as best they could, but in an unusual spot where no one had previously thought to look.

Combining this drawing with known orderly notes, diaries, recent archaeological investigations, 1801 survey notes, and an early manuscript plan of the camp at Greene Ville allows researchers to overlay the fort outline on a map of present downtown Greenville, Ohio.

This discovery will pinpoint Anthony Wayne Headquarters and the council house where the famous "Treaty of Greene Ville" was signed.

More information can be found at Garst Museum in Greenville where artifacts and displays of the 1793-97 for are on exhibit.

An article, with pictures, can be found in the latest Ohio Archaeologist, the publication of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, which was just released.

We thank Jim Surber and the Darke County engineers office for converting measurements and putting the different maps in the same scale.

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