Friday, June 21, 2019

A Statement in Support of Greenville's Proposed Sidewalk Replacement Program

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by John Liette

The City of Greenville recently announced plans for a proposed project to target the city's neighborhoods, one section at a time, to enforce an 18 year old ordinance requiring property owners to replace broken or otherwise damaged sidewalks at the owner's expense. Under the proposed plan, property owners would be given a time frame to complete the work. If the property owner would fail to complete the replacement within that time frame, the city would bid the work out and have it completed for them, assessing the resulting bill onto their property taxes over a given number of years (the exact timeline and number of years, as well as other variables in this program, remain to be firmly decided).

This has, understandably, caught traction as a hot topic among property owners as estimates for specific areas needing addressed have already gone out to home owners. The city sent out letters that highlight the areas of the properties that need addressed as well as any large, obstruction causing trees that will need to be removed. The city contracted with a third party company to evaluate this first section, which encompasses the areas east of Broadway, west of Tecumseh Street, south of E Water St and north of East 5th Street, and delivered estimates for each lot. If seen through, the plan would see the entirety of the city's sidewalks addressed over a 10 year period.

I attended this week's city council meeting and spoke in support of the program, as I believe the sidewalks as a whole have been neglected for far too long. I live in the area deemed 'phase 1' and received an estimate that was a little over $6,000 to replace 604 square feet of sidewalk. I would imagine that many property owners, like me, desire new sidewalks but they have simply been a low priority on the list of big ticket things that need addressed with our family's budget. I believe that this program, if implemented with care and consideration, can significantly raise the standard of living in our neighborhood while creating access via walkable pathways that have been the victim of deterioration for far too long, while taking steps to lighten the financial blow this would land.

You can read my full remarks to city council below:

Library's “Family Fun Day”

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The Greenville Public Library's next “Family Fun Day” is Wednesday June 19 at 11:00 a.m. on the Library lawn. We will feature Madcap Puppets, a puppet theater was founded in Cincinnati in 1981 by the late Jerry Handorf and Beth Kattelman. Since the beginning they have been firmly rooted in the art of professional puppet theater, children’s literature and world cultures.

Madcap quickly built a repertoire of comic-absurd and original fairytale performances, touring up to six ensembles concurrently to schools, community centers, art museums and libraries. Classic stories such as The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and others were adapted for Madcap’s giant puppets and expressive hand-in-mouth characters.

In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and Greyson James Steyer Memorial Fund of the Darke County Foundation for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

Arcanum Public Library Events

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The Summer Reading Program is in full swing at the Arcanum Public Library, and there are plenty of activities planned for the rest of June and July. Patrons of all ages are able to sign up for the reading program at the front desk.

There will be StoryTime sessions for preschoolers at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays; June 25, July 9, July 16, and July 23. Bring the youngsters in for stories, songs, games and crafts. No registration is needed.

Space Camp sessions for kids in grade school will from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays; June 24, July 8, July 15, and July 22. No registration is needed for this program that includes hanging out with friends while creating, playing games and more.

On Thursday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m., the library will be hosting a family evening filled with trivia about space movies and TV shows. There is no registration needed for this event- just drop in for the fun.

There will be a painting program for ages 16 and up on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. Patrons will be painting their very own rendition of van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. There is limited space for this event, and there will be a fee of $10. Patrons are asked to sign up early to be sure to be able to attend.

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 has recently purchased several WiFi hotspot devices for adult patrons to check out. These are great for travel, projects that require internet service and more. Check with the library for more information.

The library would like to remind patrons it will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, July 4.

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

BOO RADLEY VERSAILLES CONCERT HOPES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GOOD CAUSE

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Versailles Towne and Country Players’ annual Summer Entertainment Series includes many opportunities to enjoy good music, but when Cincinnati-based band Boo Radley takes the stage for their performances on Versailles’ inviting Main Street Fountain Square on Saturday, July 6, they will also challenge their audience the help raise funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. Boo Radley, consisting of lead vocalists Mark Hamilton and Stacy Jordan, plus Chris Mulvaney and Mark Roden on guitar, drummer Jerry Cline, and John Kellington playing bass, has been on the scene for over ten years, playing at high-profile venues in the Cincinnati area and beyond. Now, lead guitarist Chris Mulvaney, a 1981 Versailles High School graduate, has established a partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to host a fund raising campaign combatting the disease which took the lives of both his father and mother, longtime Versailles residents Jerry and Jane Mulvaney.

Chris and his sisters Erin Marshall, Elizabeth Alexander, Teri Shuler, and Deb Gallagher are hoping to involve the greater community in this drive, and have enlisted the support of other families who have been impacted by pancreatic cancer, including Chris’s classmates Brenda Bohman Rice who lost her father Fred to the feared disease, and Mike Prakel, who in honor of another victim, his father Stewart has issued a special challenge to the VHS Class of 1981, to make contributions which anonymous donors will match up to $500, achieving a significant first step in reaching the campaign’s goal of $2500. Also the families of Scott Shappie, VHS Class of 1978, and Vaughn Wakefield are participating in this effort to fight the scourge which has disastrously affected so many community members.

“We are banding together to raise money for a great cause, and hope to see you on the square in Versailles on July 6; you will be supporting efforts to double survival for this deadly disease by 2020,” explained Mr. Mulvaney. Currently, only 8% of pancreatic cancer patients survive their battle with the dread disease. Donations to this campaign against pancreatic cancer can be made by visiting the Boo Radley for Pancreatic Cancer Research page on the support.pancan.org Website: http://support.pancan.org/site/TR/DIY/DIYTeamraisers?team_id=21103&pg=team&fr_id=1850. Contributions can also be made at the concert.

STAR 88.3 Gives Love to Tyler Schlarman

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Tyler and Lindsey Schlarman love their growing family. They’re a hardworking family from Versaillles who know what it means to pick up the pieces and find a way to adjust to a new normal. Two years ago, they brought home baby Joshua with serious health complications. Through everything the family has been through, Tyler has been a rock-solid, wonderful father. This Father’s Day, he got a surprise!

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. For Father’s Day, they again accepted nominations from the community for someone they’d like to surprise. Usually, it’s someone who is going through a hard time or is an inspiration in some way. Tyler’s wife, Lindsey, nominated him.

“Two years ago, our third child was born with many problems, like seizures, inability to swallow, and extremely weak muscles,” Lindsey told STAR 88.3. “It has made the last two years extremely hard for us with many lows. I would love to brighten Tyler’s day in any way possible.”

STAR 88.3 community representative Naomi Cantrell reached out to Pastor Quentin Elsea at Christ Chapel, where the Schlarman family go to church. The pastor had many good things to say about Tyler, even saying that baby Joshua’s nurses have been impressed with how good Tyler is with him.

“It is an absolute honor to surprise someone like Tyler,” said Cantrell. “Tyler has been an amazing husband and father to all his kids through the last two years. He inspires so many people! This is the kind of thing we love to do – to surprise a person who continues to give selflessly of himself day in and day out and let him know he is seen and appreciated.”

Local businesses contributed to Tyler’s surprise. Special thanks go to Greenville National Bank and The House That Lulu Built for their financial support. Tyler and his family got a gift card to Olive Garden, passes to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, concert tickets to the Mercer County Fair’s Christian concert this summer, and more. Cantrell surprised Tyler at his church on Father’s Day.

STAR 88.3 will be accepting nominations again, and they find many other ways to Give Love all year. Listen to STAR 88.3 at 88.9 in this area and let them know of someone you would like to nominate at www.star883.com.

MARION LOCAL FFA & SHRINE PARTNER ON COMMUNITY GARDEN

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio (June 17, 2019) – God has a special way of bringing people together. Thus was the case when Matt Hess, Ministry & Hospitality Director of the Maria Stein Shrine, reached out to Matt Elsass, Agricultural Education Advisor at Marion Local Schools about his idea for a community service project.

“I had been playing with the idea of a community garden on the Shrine grounds” stated Hess, “Sisters had gardens on this land from the very beginning and I felt a calling to reinstate them as a service project, but I wasn’t sure where to start.”

It wasn’t until Shrine staff member Susie Bergman, who has a child involved in the Versailles FFA program, suggested contacting the school, that it became clear just how significant God’s timing was. Turns out the Marion Local FFA students, who had always maintained a garden on school grounds, had just recently found themselves in need of a new location.

According to Elsass, “When I was contacted by Matt Hess last spring to gauge our interest in a community garden, we knew we wanted to be a part of this project. We are always looking for service learning opportunities so of course we were hooked!”

The biggest concern for both parties initially was maintaining the garden with volunteers throughout the growing season, but with the FFA and the Shrine both involved, they are confident many hands will make light work.

“Steadfast volunteerism at the Shrine is a primary reason it still thrives today as a place of peace, prayer and hospitality in our community” added Hess.

The garden is currently planted with onions, potatoes and peppers, with hopes to expand in the coming years. If you would like to volunteer your time to assist the Shrine and students with the garden, contact Matt Hess for more information at 419-925-4532.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit www.mariasteinshrine.org.

Aquatic Adventures Camp

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As part of their summer schedule, Darke County Parks is hosting an Aquatic Adventures camp July 8-12 for 8-9 year olds.

The camp is 10am-12:30pm each day. The cost for the week is $90. Each day, campers will be investigating the life of riparian corridors throughout the county. While wading in the water, the kids will be excited to find crayfish, insect larvae, fish and other macroinvertebrates. In addition to identifying the creatures they find, the kids will be learning about stream quality monitoring and how to determine the health of our creeks and rivers based on the life within. At the end of the five day camp, the participants will be comparing their findings from each location and submitting their discoveries to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources! If your child loves getting into the creek and turning over rocks, then this is the camp for them. For more information, please contact Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165.

Registration must be completed by June 28 and can be done at https://darkecoparks.recdesk.com/Community/Home.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Single Vehicle Accident Injures One at 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road

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On June 20, 2019 at approximately 2:57 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire Department and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the area of State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road in reference to an accident with injury.

Preliminary investigation revealed a White 2002 Ford F-250 driven by Landon Garber ,20, of West Alexandria was traveling Southeast on State Route 49 near Pitsburg Laura Road. Mr Garber failed to maintain control of his vehicle traveling off the left side of the roadway and coming to rest after striking a utility pole. Mr Garber was transported to Wayne ER by Arcanum Rescue with minor injuries.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ACCIDENT

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On June 18, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue Squad responded to State Route 49 north of State Route 47 on a single vehicle accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Tan Honda driven by Cody Kemmerling (29), of Portland Indiana, was southbound State Route 49 and failed to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle. Mr. Kemmerling’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. Mr. Kemmerling was treated and at the scene by Ansonia Rescue.

Mr. Kemmerling was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control of his motor vehicle.

DCCA’S BARBECUE AND BLUES BRINGS FUN DOWNTOWN

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DCCA is once again bringing it’s annual fun-filled fundraiser “Barbecue and Blues” to downtown Greenville; the event will be held Friday, July 12 on the spacious lawn at the Greenville Public Library, Music which starts at 5:30 p.m. will be provided by master bluesman Eric Jerardi and his band as well as by special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane.”

Darke County Center for the Arts is once again bringing it’s annual fun-filled fundraiser “Barbecue and Blues” to downtown Greenville; the event will be held Friday, July 12 on the spacious lawn at the Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore Street; the fun begins at 5 p.m. Music which starts at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until 10:30 p.m. will be provided by master bluesman Eric Jerardi and his band as well as by special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane.”

“’Barbecue and Blues’ has always been a fantastic summer party, and the move downtown has made it even more exciting; grab your blanket or lawn chairs and come out to celebrate summer with us,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “Food vendors include local food truck favorite Nacho Pig and Main Street Greenville businesses Merchant House and Romer’s who will be bringing their BBQ chicken dinners, plus newly-opened Beanz bakery which will be serving their luscious cupcakes,” Ms. Jordan stated. In addition to soft drinks, wine will be available as well as micro brews from Moeller Brew Barn.

According to retiring DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, Eric Jerardi has gained renown as a masterful soul blues singer/songwriter. “Simply put, Eric has mastered the blues,” Mr. Rawlins said. “His just-right notes and his moving vocals enhance his honest and real lyrics, expressing the emotions of his songs and moving his audience to feel the spirit of the blues,” he said. Mr. Rawlins also stated that special guest Austin “Walkin’ Cane” has won quite a local following due to several previous performances for DCCA. “This Clevelander sounds like an early blues singer from the Delta; his story-telling abilities pull audiences in and his smooth baritone keeps them listening and leaves them begging for more,” Rawlins explained.

Sponsorship for the musical performances is provided by Merry Lee Cross and Shaun Hayes of BHHS Professional Realty, Matt and Angie Arnold, and George and Becky Luce. The event venue is provided by Greenville Public Library; other sponsors are Erwin Brothers, Rumpke, and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund. Proceeds from “Barbecue and Blues” support DCCA programming, helping make possible DCCA's Arts In Education program as well as the Family Theatre Series and a summer theatre residency by Missoula Children's Theatre.

Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; food and drink are not included in the ticket price. A limited number of tables for six are available for purchase and can be reserved for a donation of $100. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@darkecountyarts.org, and are also on sale at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center.

SHRINE ART SHOW & SALE JUNE 22-28

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MARIA STEIN, Ohio – Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Shrine Art Show & Sale, June 22-28! This event, held in conjunction with Maria Stein CountryFest, is free and open to the public.

The display will be located on the 2nd floor of the Shrine, in the Gast Gallery. See thought-provoking works of art from artists all over the US, including some available for purchase. Cast your vote for your favorite piece for the People's Choice Award.

Additionally, a beautiful abstract piece, donated by James F. Dicke II will be available for purchase. Dicke was born in 1945 in San Angelo, Texas. Raised in Ohio and Indiana, he returned to Texas for college at Trinity University and has built a thriving career as a businessman in Ohio. Dicke is also an artist. A photographer from the age of five, he started painting at Culver Military Academy in 1963 under the tutelage of the late Warner Williams, a bas-relief, realist artist. Later, he studied with Nelson Shanks of Pennsylvania. Dicke’s work has been influenced by his extensive collection of 19th century, 2Oth century and contemporary art.

Show hours are Monday – Saturday 9:30am-6:00pm and 11:00am-5:00pm on Sunday. For more information regarding the art, awards, show judge or sponsors, visit mariasteinshrine.org or call Diana Russell at 419-925-4532.

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. For more event information, visit www.mariasteinshrine.org.

Bradford Public Library Bluegrass Festival

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Mark your calendars for June 28th for Bradford Public Library’s 20th Annual Bluegrass Festival. This FREE event is our way of saying “Thanks” to our great patrons and community for their support of our events and services!

This year’s festival will be held in the auditeria of Bradford Schools. Music will start at 5:30 and will end by 10:00 pm. Four great bands are scheduled to entertain including : 5:30-Rum River Blend; 6:30- Showtime Grass with a special Salute to veterans; 7:30- Laurel Mountain ;8:30- Berachah Valley. These generous musicians donate their time and talents for the community to enjoy. Bands will have CDs available to purchase. Emcees for the evening will be Caleb and Morgan Ingram who will share some of their talents as well.

A raffle will be held during the event of unique items donated by local businesses and individuals to help cover festival expenses. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Library on Monday, June 17 as well as the night of the festival. Drawings will take place throughout the evening between the band’s performances. You do not need to be present to win.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase provided by the Bradford Historical Society.

Plan to attend this free family event and bring along a friend or two! For more information please call the library at 937-448-2612 or stop by to see us!

COFFEE WITH THE COMMISSIONER

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On Saturday, June 22, 2019, 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 6th 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, June 22nd, 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at A&B Coffee, 4th and Broadway for Commissioner Stegall’s “Coffee with the Commissioner”!

Craft Beer on German Lagers

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Germany is the land of lagers. The country's brewers demonstrate precision and refinement in brewing clean, crisp beers of profound quality within narrow stylistic guidelines and traditional techniques. In this first part of a two part series (part two will be held in August and September), join us as Certified Cicerone David Nilsen talks about the variety of German lager styles and walks attendees through a tasting of 5 traditional examples.

These Craft Beer Education Series classes will be held on Thursday June 27th and July 11th (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!

EAGLE Program Takes Flight at Edison State, Homan Pilots Program

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Dalton Wolf works on a 3-dimmensional perspective drawing during art class at Edison State.
Ashley Homan
With a $50,000 grant from The Ohio State University, Edison State Community College has been afforded the opportunity to provide postsecondary education options to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through the EAGLE Program.

Students of the EAGLE Program are supported through interactive career assessments, academically inclusive courses with Edison State students, supplemental and life skills courses, peer tutors and mentors, internships, and financial assistance to those who qualify.

With the goals of the EAGLE Program in mind, Edison State Community College has hired Ashley Homan, of Houston, as Director.

“This is a great program because it allows students with disabilities the opportunity to attend college. They take general education classes, as well as a few classes based on their interests, to complete a certificate. Once they complete the program, they will have the opportunity to walk at graduation just like every other Edison State student,” said Homan.

Homan, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University, brings more than a decade of experience to the table, most recently working as a Service and Support Administrator at the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In that role, Homan was charged with coordinating services for adults with disabilities.

“I am still working with individuals with disabilities, which is what I love. It is nice to be able to place more focus on one area of the person’s life, which is taking college courses and pursuing their dreams. Becoming a college student is something they are excited to do,” added Homan.

Homan’s hopes for the future of the program not only include helping students achieve success in the workforce but also sustaining program growth.

“We are piloting this semester with two students. One student is interested in biology and the other is showing interest in animation and has been taking art courses.”

“I am hoping to potentially get Edison State students involved in the future to become social coaches for the EAGLE program participants. It would be nice to have students who were willing to step in and attend campus functions with the participants.”

The grant is supplemented by funds from the Miami, Darke, and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Edison State Community College.

“I have done a lot of outreach with the County Boards. They are familiar with the program and can help us make the connections needed for this program to succeed.”

Edison State Community College serves as one of only eight postsecondary program hosts in the State of Ohio to have such a program. Other program hosts include, The Ohio State University, the University of Toledo, and the University of Cincinnati to name a few.

For more information about the EAGLE Program at Edison State, contact Ashley Homan by emailing ahoman3@edisonohio.edu or calling 937.778.7995.

Monday, June 17, 2019

We've Gotten a Lot of Rain

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Photo Credit: Rose Liette

Last night, my family and I went for a walk in Greenville, thinking we would take the path that connects the little park on 4th Street to the main park. This path runs under the bridge on Main Street right along the creek.

We hadn't anticipated needing a boat on the journey, so we turned around and went back the other way.

Ohio Supreme Court Justices French and Kennedy to be featured speakers at public event

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Darke County Republican Women’s Club to host public program

GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is inviting the public to a special program featuring two justices of the Ohio Supreme Court. Speaking will be Justice Judith French and Justice Sharon Kennedy.

The program will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 8 in the Brick Room of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville. An optional dinner is available at 6 p.m., with prior reservations. Details appear below.

The Justices will speak about challenges faced by members of the Ohio Supreme Court, structure of the Ohio Judicial system and what is involved in becoming a member of the Ohio Supreme Court.

“Having two members of the Supreme Court of Ohio is a great honor. Justices French and Kennedy will be in Darke County to provide insight into the personal side of the Court. We are so pleased to provide this opportunity for the residents of Darke County to meet with two of the Justices and have a chance to speak with them personally,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

Justice French was seated on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2013. With a history of public service and wide-ranging legal experience, a passion for equal justice and a special interest in civic education, she is committed to serving as a resource for the people of Ohio.

Justice Kennedy was seated on the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2012. With her, she brought a history of work within the justice field ranging from serving as a police officer, through running her own legal practice, to sitting on the Domestic Relations branch of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.

The program is free and does not require reservations. However, the Club does require reservations for the optional dinner offered prior to the speaker’s program. The cost for the dinner is $10 per person for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations may be made any time prior to noon, July 4, by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at: DCRWReservations@darkegop.org.

DCRWC is a political group founded to provide political education and legislative information; provide a wider knowledge of the principles of the Republican Party; increase the number of registered Republicans; recruit, promote, and support qualified Republican women for political office; give exposure to and work actively for all Republican candidates; and lend support to the activities of other Republican organizations. The DCRWC is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. The Club is chartered by the National Federation of Republican Women and is a member of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. For more information, visit: http://www.darkegop.org/womens-club.html or email President Betty Hill at: DCRWPresident@darkegop.org

FITNESS STUDIO FOCUSING ON FUN TO OPEN IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE

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Greenville, OHIO – While the fitness industry can promise improved physical health, it can’t always assure fun. That’s about to change when Fit by Loy, a boutique fitness studio, opens in downtown Greenville. With classes such as cardio drumming, REFIT, jump rope, yoga, and Throwback – a workout that brings back the nostalgia of recess – the studio places a large emphasis on fun for the individual, family, and community.

“Exercise is hard work, but it doesn’t have to feel that way,” said Nicole Clementz, owner of Fit by Loy. “Our classes incorporate cardio and strength, but our most important component is play. We want people of all ages and physical fitness abilities to feel welcome, comfortable, and engaged in everything we do.”

Several of the classes offered at Fit by Loy are unique to the area, including Throwback, which features adult workouts based on classic playground games. Fit by Loy has the only certified Throwback class in the state of Ohio, an achievement Greenville can be proud of.

In addition to fitness classes, Fit by Loy plans to offer wellness workshops, adventure speaker series, and special events. “We are in the process of securing workshops for this fall that focus on healthy eating on a hectic schedule, fun and healthy foods for kids, and the use of essential oils,” said Loy. “Our special events will include bike and brews, candlelight yoga, and more.” Fitness apparel will also be sold at the studio.

The studio’s opening week will provide participants with the opportunity to win free fitness classes for a year. Each class participant will be able to sign up for the chance to win. The more classes a person attends, the higher the chances of winning.

Fit by Loy will open July 8 at 120 W. Third Street in downtown Greenville. Class and workshop schedules can be found at www.fitbyloy.com or on the Fit by Loy Facebook page.

GHS Class of '94 to Celebrate 25th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 3

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Greenville, OH (June 6, 2019) – The Greenville High School Class of ’94 Reunion Planning Committee is excited to announce its 25th Class Reunion for Saturday, August 3rd.

Gather at the Thirsty Turtle at the Turtle Creek Golf Course to visit and reconnect with friends. Heavy appetizers and desserts will be served.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years,” said Jason Anderson, Class of ’94 President. “We hope to see as many graduates as possible this year! Please help spread the word.”

The reunion will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, from 7-10pm. The Thirsty Turtle is located at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville.

Reservations are $20 per person and may be made by sending a check to the attention of Susan (Allread) Barker at Greenville Federal, 690 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331. Checks should be made payable to the GHS Class of ‘94. Please include attendee names in check memo line. Reservations are requested by Monday, July 15th.

Follow all of the reunion details on the Greenville High School Class of '94 Facebook page.

Questions may be directed to Rachael (Wagner) Stebbins at wagner_rachael@hotmail.com.

Butterflies Civic Planting

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club have planted their annual civic planting at the Greenville Girls Softball Association, Stebbins field. The club planted Taishan, Janie and Durango Bee marigolds. Added was the galvanized letters GGSA to the stock tank. They planted 2-36” fire rings with the same varieties of marigolds and two galvanized trash cans with cannas, million bells and sun coleus. Members keeping the flower beds watered for the summer are l-r, Maleah Hines, Brianna Fellers, Hannah Smith, Saige Fellers, Audrey Allread, Callee Moore and Ellie Grosch.

GGSA New Landsape Plantings

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The Butterflies Junior Garden Club has added two 36” fire rings to the landscape of the flower plantings at the Greenville Girls Softball Association at Stebbins Field on State Route 49 North. Support for the project came from the Ladybug Garden Club from the Michael Beard Fund Support presented to the club from the Beard family. Shown are Butterflies members Ellie Grosch, Callee Moore, Maleah Hines, Audrey Allread, Brianna Fellers, Saige Fellers and Hannah Smith.

Ladybug and Butterflies Arbor Day donation

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The Ladybug Garden Club and the Butterflies Junior Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Greenville Girls Softball Association for shrubbery to be planted near the flag poles at Stebbins Field. Shown is Kim Cromwell of Ladybug Garden Club and Arbor Day chairperson, Eric Fellers, President of GGSA, Butterflies members Hannah Smith and Audrey Allread of the Arbor Day committee.

Your Pet can be a star

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Greenville - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2020 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in the group's 2020 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 5, 2019.

You can also submit the form online. Go to http://www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com/calendar2020 fill out the form and send the digital photo of your pet via e-mail to dcas@kometweb.com.

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645.

Greenville Eagles continues support of Empowering Programs

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Left to right: Shane Reed, Eagles Trustee, Richard Robinson, Eagles President, Bob Robinson (no relation), Executive Director Empowering Darke County Youth, and Steve Fowble, Eagles Trustee.
GREENVILLE – Greenville Eagles 2177 continues its strong support of Empowering Darke County Youth as part of its mission to enhance the lives of local children, their parents and the residents of the Greenville community.

The local non-profit organization, in addition to a wide variety of community support programs, has provided college scholarships for years, and has since supported Empowering programs with major donations for the past two years. Recent Eagles donations, in addition to Empowering, have included Main Street Greenville, Bear’s Mill, Greenville Boys and Girls Club, Annie Oakley Festival and more.

According to Eagles Secretary JoEllen Melling, the Greenville Fraternal Order of Eagles is a fraternal organization that focuses on helping people in the local community through donations and activities. With charitable bingo funds, the Eagles can give back through donations that directly impact the local community.

“We welcome the public to join our organization, located at 113 East Third St., Greenville, Ohio, where you can be a part of our mission that focuses on people helping people.”

“The Eagles has been a strong supporter of programs supporting our kids,” said Bob Robinson, Executive Director of Empowering Darke County Youth. “We can’t thank the organization enough for what they do.”

Empowering Darke County Youth recently completed its third year of After School Tutoring Programs, working over 5,000 hours with 151 students. Since 2016, Empowering tutors and volunteers have worked 15,013 hours with 572 students from six Darke County school districts.

Empowering services are free to the student and his or her family. They are paid for with donations, grants and fundraisers such as a Day for Empowering at JT’s Brew & Grill on June 26. Anyone who would like to help, volunteer or donate, can contact Empowering Darke County Youth at PO Box 1113 Greenville, empoweringyouth101@gmail.com or on Facebook.

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

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Commissioner's Corner - May 2019

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May was acting like April more than April did. April showers became May showers and floods for most of the month. This has been one of the wettest months I can remember and I bet almost every farmer in Darke County will tell you the same.

May is the month where we do a lot of preparation for the second half of the year. We have had proclamations declared, had meetings for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant), and CHIP (Community Housing Improvement Program) to apply for grants that will help surrounding communities infrastructure. We have had meetings with our Insurance programs, CORSA our liability coverage (yes that includes the fairgrounds) and CEBCO which covers our health Insurance coverage, and we are gearing up for budgeting in June. The budgeting process this early helps give us an indication of what we can expect for next year. Many counties do not do mid-year budget review, but we feel it is an important tool to help us prepare.

Despite the bad weather, Darke County seems to continue to show growth from our companies. Midmark seems to be creeping along because of weather, but they are still moving forward on their R&D facility in Versailles. Versailles also has a couple of housing developments proceeding as well. Wayne Lakes is working on their sewer system planning, Arcanum with their administration building, and New Madison with their water tower all continue to move these projects forward.

Ansonia also is looking at a few housing projects and so is Greenville. Congratulations to JAFE GLASS and their new expansion project. It is amazing how this little company has grown the last several years and we Commissioners are glad we can help with funds through the Revolving loan Fund. Greenville’s North Broadway reconstruction is coming along nicely as is the YOLO Park uptown. The Sweitzer Street/ 4th street construction turned out very well for the city too. These improvement projects have enhanced the city. The Darke County Animal Shelter has been very successful in redeeming and adopting dogs out. It averages out to about 1 a day. Scentral Park, the adjacent dog park is getting its yearly spruce up from the Friends of the Shelter. This dedicated group of people have been invaluable in helping make the Animal Shelter one of the best around.

Thanks to all of them!

May and its wet weather is now over. Now our farmers can get in the fields, hopefully and get crops planted. But, if you are not a farmer, why don’t you come up to a Commissioner’s meeting? We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office south of the
Courthouse in Greenville. Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

In the Garden: DIY Terrariums

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On June 27th the Darke County Parks will host a DIY “Build your own terrarium” workshop. With the help of a naturalist, you can build your very own miniature ecosystem. Bring a sealable glass (or plastic) container (approximately 1-1.5 gallon) *. Containers like the one pictured can be purchased at Rural King. This class is for beginners. The program begins at 6pm at the Bish Discovery Center. Fee $10.

For more information, please contact the parks at infor@darkecountyparks.org or 937-548-0165.

Registration is required and can be done by visiting http://www.darkecountyparks.org/programs.

MOTE & ASSOCIATES AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

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Mote & Associates, Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors of Greenville, is pleased to announce their 2018-2019 scholarship award winners. The firm established a scholarship in October of 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. Commendable students seeking a post high school education in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study are eligible to apply for the scholarship. College students currently pursuing a degree in the aforementioned fields are eligible to apply along with high school seniors.

Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded this year. Receiving the Mote & Associates’ Scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year at the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 West Fourth Street, Greenville, Ohio were Payton Setser, a 2019 graduate of Ansonia High School, who is heading off
for his first year of college to study architecture at Ball State University, and Clayton Pearson, a 2019 graduate of Fort Recovery High School, who will be pursuing a civil engineering degree at the University of Cincinnati.

We would like to thank all of the applicants for taking the time to complete an application and we wish them all the best of luck! For more information regarding the Mote & Associates Scholarship, please contact the firm at 937-548-7511 or through our website at www.moteassociates.com.

Furniture Guild of Indiana Artisan Exhibition

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Library's Summer for Young Adults

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Teens and young adults have an awesome summer in store at the Greenville Public Library! On Mondays see a movie in the upstairs meeting room; Tuesdays enjoy Games & Crafts in the YA area or outside; Wednesdays participate in Writing which includes journaling, poetry, fiction and nonfiction; Thursdays join Adulting 101 in the upstairs meeting room; and Fridays do Photography which includes Nature/Landscapes, Portraits, Animals, and Action Shots.

A new class “Adulting 101” will cover the how-to‘s and helpful hints on one of life‘s biggest challenges: being an adult. Organizers Amanda Olson and Warren Richard agree “We know you don’t wanna but you gotta!“

Topics for June: Food Shopping, Safety and Yada, Yada; Self-Care: Treatin’ Yo‘self Right; Relationships: Getting It To-gether So You Can Get Together; and Tech: You Don‘t Know Jack.

These classes promise to be a lot of fun with food and prizes. All activities start at 2:00 except the movies at 1:00. Pick up a schedule and chill out at the Library!

June’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s June Lunch & Learn will feature one of our favorite presenters Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. His title is “Self Care isn't Selfish.”

Jordan says “Sometimes, in the pursuit of wellbeing, we step over 100 bills to pick up nickels. This presentation will outline ways to enhance mental wellbeing, while working on holistic wellness, without sacrificing self care along the way.”

Lunch starts at noon on Wednesday June 19th. Space is limited to 24 participants so please register at 548-3915!

Monday, June 10, 2019

DAR HOSTING AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION ON JUNE 15TH

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The Fort Greeneville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is inviting the public to attend a celebration which will include a rally dedication followed by an old-fashioned women’s suffrage march. Jim Buchy, former State Representative of Ohio House Dist. 84 will be on hand as Master of Ceremony and Jen Miller, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, will be the guest speaker.

Raised in small town Ohio, Jen Miller came to the League from the Sierra Club, where she has served in various capacities since 2008, most recently as Executive Director. For nearly twenty years, Miller has worked with diverse communities to promote social and environmental justice through positions with Columbus Rec and Parks, the King Arts Complex, Global Gallery, and OSU. Miller earned her Master's in Arts Policy, Education and Administration, a program of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State. She holds Bachelor's degrees in Vocal Music and History and Ethnic Studies from Capital University. Miller is a graduate of the US Department of Energy NREL Leadership Academy. She has, most recently, spent many hours lobbying for congressional district reform in Ohio. Inspiring others to participate in civic engagement is her deepest passion. She is a jazz singer and proud mother of one daughter.

Come join the rally and march on Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at the south lawn of the Court House and in front of the Commissioner’s offices in downtown Greenville. Refreshments will be served by the DAR at the St. Clair Manor following the march. A Commemorative Tea will be held at the Manor at noon. The Tea will be a ticketed event due to limited seating; please call 937-417-4483 for tickets.







New Madison Public Library Is Now FINE FREE

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After much research and discussion the New Madison Public Library Board of Trustees voted to remove overdue fines on June 1, 2019. This will allow patrons to return long overdue materials without fear of the $2 fine. The trustees, director, and staff are excited to remove this barrier for library patrons and community members. If you have questions, call the Library at 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or email her at brenda@mynmpl.org.

And Poultry Every Day!

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Poultry Days will be celebrated June 14th-16th in Versailles with a theme of “Rock -n- Roll All Night & Poultry Every Day!” Think early 1970’s hair bands, rock and roll with a poultry twist! Last year 28,420 dinners were sold pushing the total sold over one million. 30,000 dinners have been ordered and the dinner price will remain $8.00. Dinners include half of a slow barbecue chicken with a secret recipe, Mikesell’s chips, applesauce, roll and the traditional orange drink. Sales begin at 3:30 Friday, 11:30 Saturday and 11:00 Sunday. Plan to come early because we can sell out early.

The festival will open on June 14th and include Congressman Warren Davidson joining us for the Flag Raising Ceremony. Jim and Julie Poeppelman have been selected as Honorary Grand Parade Marshals which will held at 11:00am on June 15th. The Antique Car parade will be held at 2:30 on June 16th, with an antique car display beginning at 10:00am with registration the day of the event.

The festival offers FREE Kiddie Tractor Pulls, FREE Bucket Brigade, FREE KIDS Art Show Entry, FREE Kids Fun Run, TWO FREE Petting Zoos, FREE Talent Show, FREE Confident Chicks, FREE Adult Face Painting, TWO PARADES, Entertainment All Weekend and don’t forget Miss Chick, and Little Miss Poultry Days. We expect over 80 vendors at the festival along with displays contests and a Cornhole Tournament, the largest 5K in the county, carnivals rides, game, bingo and much more. NEW, The Midwestern Ohio Brewing Society is hosting a craft beer brewing competition with judging to be held Sunday.

Social Tent entertainment includes Saw Creek, Tricky Dick & The Cover Ups and new to the festival Brother Believe Me and Kaitlyn Schmit & The Move. New this year the festival will offer craft beers from Moeller Brew Barn, Lake Rat Brewing, Tailspin Brewing Co. and Endless Pint Brewing in addition to beverages from The Winery at Versailles, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch

The granddaddy of Ultimate Frisbee tournaments returns, increasing teams to a record 72 teams from throughout the United States with matches occurring on the Festival Grounds. The Premier Ultimate Frisbee League will conduct a match between the Columbus Pride and Indianapolis Red on Friday inside the track at the festival. The league is a new women's professional ultimate league featuring teams throughout the USA. Tickets for this match can be purchased at the gate or online at: https://indyred.org/tickets/.

Poultry Days welcome visitors to our festival and our community June 14-16 like it has for the last 68 years. The full festival schedule and event registration can be located at www.versaillespoultrydays.com or follow us on Facebook for updates.

Library's “Family Fun Day”

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The Greenville Public Library's next “Family Fun Day” is Wednesday June 12 at 11:00 a.m. on the Library lawn. We will feature Grammy-nominee and critically-acclaimed musician Zac Morgan. Zac has produced four albums: Bloom, Bullfrogs Croak, The Candy Machine, and The Barber of the Beasts.

Zak's interactive live performances are led with warmth, wordplay, laughter, and positive messages as he encourages children to read, imagine and believe in themselves. “Zac's wit and charm inspires and tickles the funny bones of children and adults alike.”

In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street.  Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and the Steyer Family Trust for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

Greenville Art Guild Offering Free Children's Art Class

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The Greenville Art Guild is delighted to present a free children’s BATIK ART CLASS. This was made possible by the Ami McClurkin Fund of Darke County Foundation supporting our children’s community project and we are very grateful to her for this opportunity to share our love of art with children.

A brief history of Batik will be shared with the children. Then each child, along with their care giver, if the care giver chooses to stay, will be instructed on the method of batik. The batik will be done on paper, using watercolor paints and masking fluid. Each child will create an exciting-looking painting. The teacher is Sandy Cable Barringer, an experienced teacher in all mediums and all ages. She is our very own award winning local artist.

This event will be Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 until noon.The location for this event will be the former junior high art room in the rear of Memorial Hall. The Guild appreciates the Greenville Schools for allowing us to use this wonderful space. The free batik class is for children ages 8-14. Pre registration is required and can be done by calling Marilyn Banks at 937-423-3630 or Carolyn Armstrong at 937-526-4192.

When registering your child, please provide us with the following information about your child: the child’s full name, age, address, and phone number. There is a limited amount of space available, therefore the class participants will be filled by the call order of the pre registration. An adult must walk the child into the art room and sign them in and we encourage you to experience the batik painting with your child.

The Greenville Art Guild is reaching out to the community to develop future artists and we give thanks to our community and Ami McClurkin for nurturing the love of art.

GHS Boys Soccer Golf Outing

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Greenville High School Boys Soccer announces the date of their Golf Outing, June 23rd at 1PM at Union City Country Club. The Golf Outing is the main fundraiser for the soccer team and this year’s proceeds will be going towards new uniforms for the team. We deeply appreciate those that have contributed towards the team in the past and look forward to your continued support. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals. Entrees are due by June 18th. Any questions please contact Dave Ernst @ 937-459-7967 or dernst3380@gmail.com. Please use the link below for an entry form. https://greenwavesports.com/2019-greenville-boys-soccer-golf-outing/

Longtown’s Memorial Day Ceremony Can Be Seen on YouTube

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter held a gravesite dedication for American Revolutionary War soldier Benjamin Williams during Longtown’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. The Memorial Day ceremony was held at Clemens Cemetery on Hollansburg-Tampico Road in Liberty Township, Darke County, Ohio. Longtown descendant Robin Baker had the honors of laying of the flowers.

Benjamin Williams was a Private in the Maryland Militia during the American Revolutionary War. He served three years. Williams was at the Siege of Yorktown and assisted in the capturing of Cornwallis’ Army in 1781.

The Memorial Day ceremony was led by Hollansburg American Legion Post 708 Commander Eric O’Dell. Also participating in the ceremony were Liberty Township Trustees Mike Foreman, Curtis Hiatt and Scott Brewer, Hollansburg American Legion Post 708, New Madison American Legion Post 245, Boy Scouts Troop 96, Chaplain Pam Giese and Tri-Village marching band.
The Memorial Day ceremony can be seen on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asMF-npaOQU

Historical Longtown was established nearly 200 years ago near Greenville. The settlement grew into a thriving mixed-race community and a major stop on the Underground Railroad.

Ladybugs planting the Darke County Fairgrounds

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A Butterfly theme was incorporated into the annual flower bed at the front entrance to the fairgrounds when the Ladybug Garden Club recently planted. The girls planted containers around the gazebo using Cordyline, Boston fern, ‘Titian Punch’ vinca and three sun coleus. The flower beds on both sides of the entrance to the basement of the coliseum contain different varieties of sun coleus. The main flower bed is planted with ‘Red Threads’ alternanthera and the Titian Punch vinca. The welcome center planting has vinca and sedum. Planting were (kneeling) Angela Beumer and Kelly Erisman. Standing Shirley Linder and Becky Collins, committee chairs, along with Candy Helm, Cathy Detrick, Mariana Ramos, Christie Randall, Kim Cromwell and not shown Charlene Thornhill.

BPW INVITES WOMEN TO JUNE MEETING

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Greenville, OH June 1, 2019 The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club is making preparations for the next meeting which will be held on Thursday, June 13th. The meeting will be hosted by the newly elected officers President Deb Smith, Vice President, Kacey Christian, Secretary Karen Sink, Treasurer Vicki Cost and Assistant Treasurer Leigh Fletcher.

The monthly dinner meeting will be held at The Brethren’s Retirement Community in the Brick Room located at 750 Chestnut, Greenville. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at a cost of $12.00 per person.

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 Club holds fund raisers throughout 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 on Facebook at Greenville BPW Club or at the website www.bpwohio.com.

The Greenville BPW Club invites women interested in learning more about the club to the meeting. Contact Vicki Cost at vcost@coxinsurance.com by noon on June 10th to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $12.00 per person.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mike and Sherri Jones—Renovators and Garst Honorees

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Annie is looking over the shoulder of Mike & Sherri Jones
in front of  227 E. Third Street, which they renovated.  The stone marker
in the background notes that this was the final residence of Annie Oakley.
Mike and Sherri Jones are being recognized as this year’s Annie’s Star-Spangled Gala Honorees for the renovation of the property at 227 East Third Street, which was known as the Brodrick & Zemer Boarding House. It is here that Annie Oakley died, and the Joneses have established a stone marker at the site noting its historical significance. The structure has been brought back to its original glory, and there is supporting documentation from the doctor who cared for Annie Oakley in her last days as to where her bedroom was in the house. Mike became frustrated when the tour bus during the Annie Oakley Festival would come by the dilapidated house and talk about its history. His thinking was that this should not be the last thing that people who come to Greenville should see.

The Brodrick & Zemer Boarding House is only one in a number of notable structures the Joneses have renovated. In fact, the Joneses have renovated numerous properties in Greenville to date. This passion for preservation unfortunately that started when Mike was home on leave from the Army and learned that the State Theater, formerly the old opera house, had been torn down. It was magnificent with its three-story stage, five dressing rooms, orchestra pit, and two floors of apartments for the performers. He felt that “someone should have bought it, put money into it, and saved it…for the future. It was such a loss.” This became his mission—home by home.

The Joneses’ commitment to community preservation can be seen in the glorious St. Clair Manor, which was built as a home for women by Arthur St. Clair. It too had been saved from the wrecking ball and boasts 100 new windows, insulation, a repaired slate roof, new plaster and paint, sanded hardwood floors, and a quaint porch and car port surrounded with beautiful landscaping. During the renovation, workers were able to save the beautiful 8’ x 9’ built-in cabinet that defines the dining room. This is truly a wonderful venue to host any special occasion.

Just around the corner is the Craig House (also known to some as the Fry House) at 202 East Main Street, which is at the corner of Main and Walnut Streets. The building patent (now known as a permit) was taken out in the 1820s by James Craig, who built the first of the county’s two courthouses. The house has pinned hand-hewn floor joists and ceiling joists, not to mention the five hearths in the basement that were used for baking. This is definitely a beautiful memorial to the skilled craftsmen of yesteryear.

Not far down the street is the residence at 307 East Main Street uniquely identifiable by its wrap-around front porch with a quintessential sunroom on the east side of the sprawling veranda. Nearly destroyed by water, the 1861 home was saved and catches the eye of drivers daily.
These century-old homes are distinctive and have a special place in the City of Greenville. Thanks for the memories, Mike and Sherri Jones. You so deserve to be honored by the Garst Gala Committee.

June Events at the Bradford Public Library

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Bradford Public Library is getting ready to blast off into summer with our 2019 Summer Reading Program “a Universe of Stories!” Sign-ups are available now for all ages. Just stop by to fill out a registration card. Last day to register is June 29. Our staff have been busy planning unique and fun activities for kids of all ages. We even have some great fun planned for the grown ups! Here is what we have planned for the month of June.

First day to turn in reading logs was June 1. Registered students simply read, fill out a reading log and turn it in to collect some out of this world prizes! Adults will read and fill out a slip with their name and the name of the book they have read for a prize drawing at the end of summer.

Miami County Parks will be at the library every Monday starting June 10 from noon to 1:00 for their Universe of Pollinators Quest Program. Students can check out books hand-picked by the park district. Activities pertaining to the book are done at home. Once an activity is complete students can collect awesome prizes. Backpacks put together by the park district will be available for check out as well to assist with the activities. What a great way to encourage our children to read and explore nature all summer! This program will end July 22.

Every Monday starting June 3 we will once again be offering our Movie Monday! This popular event is FREE for all ages. We show a full length movie (rated PG or G) and even have FREE popcorn! If students or parents want to bring in their own snack they may do so too. Please no powdered snacks like Pixie Sticks or Fun Dip and no Drinks that have bright dye in them. We will follow the movie with a couple of rounds of B-I-N-G-O where students can win some great prizes. Parents may stay with their children and watch the movie, stay in the library while the children watch or may leave and come back to pick up if they like. Our movie-goers are chaperoned by our library staff and teen volunteers. B-I-N-G-O will dismiss at 4:00 each Monday.

Tuesday, June 11 Jeff Nicolas will be joining us at 3:30 for his popular Cartoon Workshop, “Into the Tooniverse”. Budding artists of all ages will enjoy his encouragement, guidance and talent as he leads participants through drawing two cartoons. This FREE workshop is open to all ages, supplies are provided. Please sign up in advance so we know how many are coming.

Saturday, June 15, 11:00-noon Hannah Pennington will be having a Heroes are Out of This World party for kids of all ages. Participants will make a Guardians of the Galaxy Slime and a Fortress of Solitude nighttime spray using essential oils. Cost of class is $12 per student. Class size is limited, and sign-ups are required in advance. Dress up like your favorite Hero!

Tuesday, June 18 Miami County Parks will be having a Storybook Trail from 2:00-3:00. Participants can count on a small walk outside to enjoy a story and activity, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather the activities will take place in the Library.

Wednesday, June 19 our Pre-k through 1st grade activity day will take place from 2:00-3:30. This fun filled afternoon will be full of surprises about astronauts! Sign-ups are required for this activity.

Tuesday, June 25 Science Tellers will be joining us to bring “science to life” with their play “Aliens: Escape from Earth!” This wild show will include experiments, lots of laughs and plenty of audience participation! This Free event is for all ages. Show starts at 3:30, come early to get a seat!

Wednesday, June 26 students in grades 2-5 will be having their activity day from 1:00-3:00. Crafting a solar system mobile and games about the planets are on the list of fun activities for the afternoon. Sign-ups are required for this event.

The month will close out with the 20th Annual Bluegrass Festival at Bradford Schools on June 28. Bands will start at 5:30 and the music will end around 9:30. This Free event is our way of saying Thank you to our wonderful patrons and community for their support! Mark your calendars for this fun family event.

If you have questions about our Summer Reading Program or would like to sign up for an activity please call us at 937-448-2612 or stop by!

Poultry Days Awards Donations

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Versailles Poultry Days is a volunteer-based organization that in addition to conducting an annual festival serves the Versailles community by supporting community projects and activities that improve quality of life for people of all ages. For 2018-2019 the festival made donations to: Versailles Historical Society, Versailles Bike Rodeo, Versailles Life Squad, Versailles Fire Department, Council of Churches, Kinder Korner, Versailles Hometown Christmas, TASKS, Versailles Youth Wrestling, Children's Shrine Hospital, Boy Scouts, Versailles Library, Versailles Acme Baseball, Versailles Community Scholarship Fund, VFW, Versailles FFA, Versailles High School Musical, Confident Chicks, Versailles After Prom, Rage & Rocko Fire Prevention, Heritage Park and the Versailles Bicentennial. The festival also donated wood carvings to: Zac Richard Memorial Scholarship, FFA, Versailles Fire Station, Goat Farmers Club, Versailles Eagles, Friends of Hole Field, Diamond Club and Versailles Schools.

In the last year the festival was able to donate nearly $75,000 into the community and over $600,000 in the last ten years. This included a contribution towards the replacement of the walking track and amphitheater being constructed at Heritage Park by YOLO and the Heritage Park Board. This project is currently under construction and still accepting donations.

Poultry Days recently took time to meet with Versailles Youth Wrestling. Poultry Days has supported this group with an annual donation for over ten years. In true community partnership the wrestlers, parents and coaches along with the Boy Scouts keep the festival grounds extremely clean during the festival.

In additional to supporting area groups with direct donations the festival strives to include organizations in the festival to support their fundraising. This includes Versailles Music Boosters, VAPPA, The Zac Richard Memorial Scholarship, Knights of Columbus, YOLO, 4-H, and Versailles Lions. If your Versailles area organization would like to become involved please contact us.

Poultry Days thanks festival goers and the volunteers and businesses that contribute their time and resources to the festival. Increasing attendance and chicken sales have allowed the board to keep pace with inflation and to invest back into the festival to maintain a quality event. The 2019 Versailles Poultry Days Festival will be held June 14-16th. For more information go to www.versaillespoultrydays.com.

GREENVILLE BPW Hosts BBQ Fundraiser

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Pictured left to right:  BPW Members Susan Fowble, Peggy Foutz,  Kasey Christian, Vicki Cost, Annette Sanders, Deb Niekamp, Betty Kosier, and Dorothy Poeppelman.
The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is selling tickets for their BBQ Chicken Dinner which will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019. This is a fundraiser for their scholarship fund. This year they were able to award five $750 scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

Pre-sale tickets must be purchased by June 10th and are $7.50 each. The dinner consists of one half barbeque chicken, applesauce, chips, and roll and butter and may be picked up on Wednesday, June 19th between 4:30pm and 6:30pm at the Greenville VFW at 219 N. Ohio Street. Tickets can be purchased at: Merle Norman Store at 309 S. Broadway, Financial Achievement Services at 5116 Children’s Home Bradford Rd., Greenville, The New Madison Library at 142 S. Main, New Madison, by calling Deb Niekamp at (419)305-2178 or from any Greenville BPW Club Member.

The Greenville BPW Club thanks you for your support.

Narcotics Investigation in Greenville Leads to the Arrest of a Union City, IN Woman

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On June 3, 2019, detectives and officers from the Greenville Police Department conducted a narcotics investigation in the 500 block of East Main Street. As a result of the investigation, Janelle Kellenbarger, 41, of Union City, Indiana, was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, a felony of the third degree.

The case remains under investigation and further charges are pending review by the Darke County Prosecutor's Office.

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