Monday, July 29, 2019

Arson Arrests Made

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Left to Right: Randy Mogle, Britany Keaser, and Christopher Garland
On July 25, 2019, the Darke County Grand Jury returned a 57 Count Indictment against Randy R. Mogle, age 30, and Christopher L. Garland, age 30, both of Greenville, Ohio. The two men have been arrested for 44 counts of Arson, felonies of the fourth degree, 3 Counts of Aggravated Arson, felonies of the second degree, and 8 Counts of Aggravated Arson, felonies of the first degree, 1 Count of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the first degree, and Conspiracy to Engage in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, a felony of the second degree.

The Indictments were the result of a joint investigation by the Greenville Police Department, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Fire Department, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The fires date back as far as June of 2014 and up to the latest arson reported in May of 2019.

The Indictments include the total destruction of the Swine Barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds on October 25, 2018. Damage estimates for that fire exceed one million dollars. Also, the pair have been charged with the fires that occurred at the Book Store, 307 Pine Street in Greenville on October 6, 2018, and a barn at 5161 Beamsville Union City Road that occurred on May 9, 2019. Two firefighters were injured fighting those blazes.

An Indictment was also returned against Mogle’s girlfriend, Britany Keaser, age 31, for one count of Obstructing Justice.

All three are currently being held in jail.

Feast on the Farm

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Fit by Loy, a new fitness studio in downtown Greenville, celebrated its opening last week with a huge giveaway to one lucky winner – free fitness classes for a year. The winner, Cheryl Wysong, of Greenville, was announced via social media Sunday afternoon.

“We are thrilled that Cheryl won our opening week giveaway,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “We hope this gives her the opportunity to explore all of our classes throughout the year.”

“That was a super exciting phone call,” said Wysong. “Now to get some friends to join me in these fun classes. It’s like getting a workout while just having fun!”

Fit by Loy offers cardio drumming, belly dancing, yoga, REFIT, Throwback, and jump rope classes Monday through Thursday at 120 W. Third Street in downtown Greenville. Their goal is to offer energizing classes, comfortable apparel, and awesome events that make you smile and come back for more. Details on Fit by Loy can be found at

VBS at First Presbyterian Church

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First Presbyterian Church would like to announce VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, 2019. The theme this year is “ROAR,” created by Group, Inc. and students will enjoy an African savanna style week of snacks, lessons, games and crafts, free of charge. Students in attendance this year will receive a free t-shirt, CD with all VBS songs, and souvenirs throughout the week in addition to the wonderful experience of VBS. After the week-long VBS, parents and attendees are invited to join us for worship on Sunday, August 11 to show off what they learned during the week, to mingle and commune with our congregation and enjoy a free lunch.

Registration is free and available online or at the church. You can find a link to the registration site on the church website at or you can go to Registration forms are also available at many businesses on Broadway and at the church. For more information call the church office at 937-548-3188.

Poultry Days Bicentennial Chicken!

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We are excited to announce that for the first time ever Poultry Days is serving their world-famous chicken outside of the festival. In recognition of the Versailles Bicentennial, Poultry Days Chicken will be available for PRE-SALE ONLY. You can buy pre-sale tickets at: Versailles S&L, Versailles Second National Bank, and the Versailles IGA. The traditional dinner comes with chips, applesauce, roll & butter and orange drink. The price for our dinners will not increase and will remain $8.00.

Dinners will be available for pick up 11am to 4pm, September 14th at the Versailles School Board Offices at 459 S. Center, Versailles, Ohio. We are looking forward the Celebration in the Park also being held on September 14th at Heritage Park. Pick up your chicken and spend the day at Heritage Park for a day of music, fireworks and attractions.

1800's Medicinal Practices at Library

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Join us Tuesday July 30th at 6:00 as Kathy Creighton of the Butler County Historical Society presents “Popular Medicinal Practices During the 1800's.” This program will be lived streamed and is family friendly.

Cathy shares “Bleed, blister and purge were the preferred methods used by physicians during the 1800’s.” You’ll learn how medicine evolved from the time of the Ancient Greeks through to the Civil War and other facts such as what caused the death of President George Washington and what education was required to become a doctor in the 1800’s. This will be a fascinating program!

New Madison Public Library & Area Volunteers Work on Little Free Library Project

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Summer Reading is in full swing here at New Madison Public Library, but we are already working on new projects for the fall and beyond! One of our new projects is creating, placing, and maintaining Little Free Libraries. We are partnering with volunteers from the community and the Universalist Church of New Madison to provide little outposts where readers can find books in unusual spaces. The motto of Need a book, take a book; have a book, share it makes these spaces useful to our community. The plan is to get volunteers to help build these book-sharing spaces then we will place them in public areas, fill them with a variety of reading materials, and hope that others will borrow and share, too.

If you have never heard of a Little Free Library, check out their informative web site where you will find among other things a map of existing Little Free Libraries, examples of LFL from all over the world, and a brief history of this book-sharing movement. In our quest to increase literacy of both adults and children in our communities, the staff and leadership here at NMPL hope that this project will bring books to those who cannot visit us and those who cannot afford to buy books. After all, everyone needs a little reading and sharing in their lives.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping with this project, give us a call at 937-996-1741 and ask for Brenda or Stephanie. You can also email Happy Reading! J


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Are you grieving the death of a spouse? Or, do you know someone who is? The Loss of a Spouse siminar through GriefShare may help.

On Saturday, August 10, 10:00 am to noon, the Loss of a Spouse encouraging seminar will be held in the third floor Community Room at the Greenville Public Library. You’ll hear practical advice from others who’ve been there. You will know what to expect in your grief and how to cope with life without your spouse. You’ll also learn that it won’t always hurt this much.

This is one session only and registration is required. There is a $5 fee which covers the cost of a book. Call Judy at 937-417-4438 for registration and more information.

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters Secures Funding for Local Youth Mentoring Programs

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Greenville Rotary Club recently awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County a grant during their annual Rotary Gives Back Luncheon. The funds received are earmarked specifically for Darke County afterschool programs held at Ansonia, Greenville, and Versailles Schools during the 2019-2020 academic year. “The support we receive from Greenville Rotary Club and the surrounding community is truly a blessing for our agency. It enables us to continue to serve children in need of a positive role model in the Darke County area,” stated Executive Director, Jennifer Bruns.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Their vision is for all children to achieve success in life. One-to-one mentoring programs provide support, activities, education, and most importantly, a mentor for children who may be considered at-risk. Children involved in this program have the opportunity to engage in fun, social, and academic enrichment activities with their mentor. Thanks to generous donations like that from Greenville Rotary Club, mentor and mentee matches in the Darke County area continue to grow and help children in a positive way.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to become an event sponsor, donor, volunteer, or learn more about how you can defend the potential of youth in our area, contact our local agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to for more information.


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Joy Greer, Vice President & Retail Banking Administrator presents the
donation to Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale,
Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. 
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Continuing their commitment to the local community, Second National Bank is once again a Legacy Donor, the highest tier of supporter, to Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization focusing on historic preservation and downtown revitalization.

“Second National Bank is a loyal and generous supporter of Main Street Greenville,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director. “Their contribution allows us to present downtown events that bring the community together. The support of Second National Bank also allows us to provide services to the existing downtown business community and recruit new entrepreneurs.”

Some of the events supported by Second National Bank include multiple First Fridays and Small Business Saturday, both of which encourage people to spend time in historic downtown Greenville and shop locally.

Second National Bank is also the sponsor of a brand new event focused on small business recruitment, the Downtown Greenville Open House. In order to further facilitate property investment and business expansion Main Street Greenville will host an evening open house where several available downtown storefronts will be open to potential business owners at the same time. The event is set to take place on Friday, July 26th from 4 - 6 pm and six properties are expected to be open to tour. In addition to the open storefronts information about business planning, commercial lending, and the permitting process will be provided to interested participants.

Second National Bank is headquartered in Greenville and is part of the Park National Bank Corporation, a group of strong community banks based in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina. Second National Bank was chartered in July 1883 and has 7 offices located in Celina, Fort Recovery, Greenville, Versailles and Arcanum. Second National Bank is dedicated to serving our communities and helping them to grow and prosper through financial support and volunteer efforts by our associates.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit, follow them on Facebook, or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Versailles Seeks Oldest and Youngest Residents

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As part of the Versailles Bicentennial Celebration the committee seeks the oldest and youngest residents of Versailles for recognition. To be eligible you must submit your name, address, phone and birthday by September 3rd, 2019. Entrants must also indicate if they were born in Versailles, graduated from Versailles and how many years they have lived in Versailles.

We are seeking the oldest and youngest residents as of August 28, 2019 which is the 200th anniversary of the day Silas Atchison platted the village in 1819. The length of residency in the Village of Versailles will be a determining factor. The oldest and youngest residents will each receive $100 Gift Certificate of Versailles Chamber Dollars and a custom plaque with the Versailles bicentennial logo.

Submit your information to via email at or mail to Versailles Bicentennial Committee at 10413 Kley Rd, PO Box 92, Versailles Ohio 45380.

For questions please email or contact any committee member: Kim Custenborder, Alex Luthman, Todd Dammeyer, Aaron Moran, HB Hole, Deb Pohl, or Eric Stachler.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Children's Story Time at the Gathering

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is inviting school age children to a story time at the Gathering at Garst on Saturday, July 27th.

At 2:30pm at the encampment gazebo, Fort GreeneVille DAR will have a story time based on the book 100 Colonial Leaders Who Shaped North America. The Karen and John Burkett will be in period dress in order to give a visual of the time period. Afterwards there will be a drawing for a copy of the book to a child participating in the story time. The book was donated by the Garst Gift Shop to the DAR chapter's literacy program.

Education is one of the cornerstones of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Across the country, Daughters are meeting the challenge of educating the public by emphasizing the importance of being able to read. By supporting literacy, it enables self respect and confidence besides reaching life goals. Story times are a way of encouraging parents to instill a love of reading in their children.

Darke County Solid Waste District Recognized by Fort GreeneVille DAR

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution proudly recognizes Darke County Solid Waste District for the 2019 Earth Day Conservation Award.

Darke County Solid Waste District is recognized for implementing a variety of recycling and waste reduction opportunities for Darke County citizens including the Trash Bash event.

Pictured Bonnie Tryon, Melissa Werling, DCSW Director Krista Fourman and Fort GreeneVille DAR members Helen Wright, Shirley Hughes and Mary Jane Dietrich.

Outside Movie at Library

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Friday July 26 the Greenville Public Library YA Department will show an outdoor movie at dark around 9:00 p.m. Hot dogs, popcorn, and water will be served but teens can feel free to bring their favorite movie snacks. They can select the movie by casting a vote!

Anyone 11-18 will get one movie vote for each book read. Choose from Mortal Engines, A Wrinkle in Time, Fighting with My Family, Captain Marvel, Shazam!, or Bumblebee. Also Summer Reading grand prize winners will be announced before the movie! If it rains we will meet on the third floor at 7:00 p.m.


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MARIA STEIN, Ohio – The 9th Annual Shrine Art Show & Sale was held at the Maria Stein Shrine on June 22-28! This event is held in conjunction with Maria Stein CountryFest and attracts not only local artists, but many from all over the U.S.

The awards were as follows: Best of Show - Phil Wood of Ft. Recovery, First Place – Evelyn Mahrt of Piqua, Second Place – Katie Oswalt of Sidney, Third Place – Haley Heitkamp of Celina, People’s Choice – Macy Spieth of Maria Stein and Religious Theme – Cecilia Brendel of Centerville.

Show Judge, Shaun Thomas Dingwerth, also awarded six honorable mention ribbons to Laura Jane Dirksen of Maria Stein, Debby Gregory of Coldwater, Tom Lehman of Elida, Bill Danzig of Dayton, Carole Schafer of Greenville and Janet McCoy of Independence, KY.

Additionally, a beautiful abstract piece, donated by James F. Dicke II was on silent auction. Janice Nagel of Maria Stein is the proud new owner of the art.

“I want to personally thank all the artists, sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make this event possible”, stated Diana Russell, Director of Fund Development for the Shrine. “The show continues to grow each year and we could not do it without the support of our community. For that we are all sincerely grateful!”

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

Time to “Stuff A Bus” with United Way

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Goal is to collect $10,000 worth of school supplies for area children

Greenville, OH: The Darke County United Way is once again having its annual Stuff A Bus school supply drive to collect school supplies and distribute them to all Darke County school districts for students in need. Items needed include: paper (wide and college-ruled), composition books, #2 pencils, blue and black pens, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, safety scissors, markers, washable markers, highlighters, post it notes, crayons in 16 or 24 packs, single subject notebooks, colored pencils, pocket folders, calculators, pencil sharpeners, pencil pouches/boxes, dry erase markers, backpacks, lunch boxes, ziplock bags, tissues, and/or antibacterial wipes.

Collection day is Friday, July 26th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot in Greenville. If you would like to drop off school supplies before July 26th, please drop items off at the following locations: Farmers State Bank, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Second National Bank, Versailles Savings & Loan, Wayne HealthCare and the Darke County United Way Office.

“In 2018, we collected a little over $8,200.00 worth of school supplies. Our goal for 2019 is to collect 10,000 supplies, which will be nearly $10,000 worth, to give our community’s children the tools to succeed and learn,” stated Darke County United Way Executive Director, Christy Bugher. “School supplies and fees are a financial hardship for many families throughout Darke County. By donating school supplies, you are helping local children get a good start to the school year.”

Superintendent of Greenville City Schools, Doug Fries, appreciates the impact of this initiative. Superintendent Fries stated, “The Stuff a Bus Program has been a tremendous benefit to the students and staff at Greenville City Schools. These donations go a long way in supporting students to get needed school supplies. Thank you to all the community people who have and continue to support this beneficial program through their school supply donations. Thanks to the United Way of Darke County for coordinating this annual event.”

Jeremy Pequignot, Superintendent for Franklin Monroe Local School District stated, “The Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive helps provide necessary school supplies to many of our students in need in order to prepare them for success at school each day. Franklin Monroe Schools greatly appreciates the support of the United Way and the community in helping our students grow each day.”

Stuff the Bus benefits children in the following school districts: Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri Village, Versailles, and Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The Darke County United Way fights for the health, education, and stability of every person in our community. For more information, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272 or

Darke County Republican Women’s Club member Barbara Fee honored

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Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s Tribute to Women award given to Fee

Barbara Fee receiving the OFRW’s “Tribute to Women” award. L to R: OFRW First Vice President Mary Beth Kemmer, Fee, and OFRW President Janet Kushlan.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Barbara Fee, a member of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) was recently honored by the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) with its “Tribute to Women” award. Fee was recognized for her many accomplishments in support of the Republican Party, the Federation of Republican Women and her community.

“JJ Grey does a song called The Sweetest Thing. Every time I hear that song I think of Barb Fee. Besides being a wonderfully accomplished woman she is truly ‘the Sweetest Thing.’ Whenever she steps into a room she immediately makes it a nicer place to be. The world would be a much better place with more people like her in it. ” said Mary Beth Kemmer, OFRW First Vice President.

The event was held at the Worthington Hills Country Club, where Fee was recognized for the following accomplishments.

Along with her husband, Hershel, Barbara has pastored the Lighthouse Christian Center in Greenville, Ohio for 38 years. She has chaired the Community Christmas dinner for 36 years. An event that provides not only a free meal to over 300 attendees each year, but also a gift for each attendee and bicycles for 20-30 children each Christmas.

Barbara has been president of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club and Chaplain to the club for many years. She is currently Chaplain for the Ohio Federation of Republican Women—a position in which she has served for the past six years. She has been a National Federation of Republican Women Regent and attended the 2016 Republican Convention in Cleveland.

She was elected Treasurer for the City of Greenville in 2005 and served in that office for 11 years, until her retirement.

Barbara served on the Darke County Republican Executive Committee for more than 11 years. She has co-chaired the Darke County Republican Party’s Hog Roast for ten years, an event which draws 200-300 attendees annually. She volunteers regularly to help at the Darke County Republican fair tent and is a regular attendee at the Darke County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. Over the years, Barbara has volunteered untold hours working at the Darke County Republican Headquarters and on candidate’s campaigns at all government levels ─ most recently as Darke County co-chairman for Governor Mike DeWine.

The Darke County Board of Elections has enjoyed Barbara’s dedication as a poll worker for 17 years.

She has served on the Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority Board and has been a member of the Board of the Miami Valley Community Action Partnership, where she is currently serving as treasurer. Barbara is the President of the Darke County Community Action Partnership where she has served as a member of its board for 10 years. She is a member of the Board of the Cancer Association of Darke County where she is currently past president.

The governor of Kentucky commissioned Barbara with the title, “Kentucky Colonel” which is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. Membership in the prestigious Kentucky Colonels is recognition of an individual's noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to their community, state, and nation.

Barbara has been married to her high school sweetheart, Hershel, for 56 years. They have three sons, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

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: or email President Betty Hill at:

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mamma Mia in Versailles!

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Towne & Country Players’ summer show, Mamma Mia!, will have the opening night of their mega-hit show on Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00pm at the Versailles Performing Arts Center. Other shows include July 17th, 18th, and 19th at 7:00pm, as well as a Saturday matinee on July 20th at 1:00pm. Tickets can be purchased by going to and clicking on the banner at the top of the webpage, or by calling the Mamma Mia! Box Office at (937) 381-7339.

Mamma Mia!, the 4th highest earning show on Broadway in history, centers around a 20-year old girl named Sophie (played by Megan VanSkyock) whose wedding is quickly approaching. Her mom, Donna (played by Renee Seibert), who has raised Sophie on her own, is helping her prepare for her big day. One “minor” detail is that Sophie wants to be walked down the aisle by her real dad. Problem is, Donna doesn’t know who Sophie’s real dad is…it could Sam, Bill, or Harry (played by Ken DeMange, Chad Peyton, and Sam Graves).

Things appear to be running smoothly as Sophie’s best friends (played by Alli Cox, Anna Groff, Cali Groff, and Erin Luft) show up, as well as the members of Donna’s former all-girl band (played by Lynn Blakeley and Lindsey Ausborn). Even Donna’s handymen (played by LJ Keihl and Jedd Rismiller) join in to help out. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the audience, things go awry as one hilarious mishap leads to another!

Supported by a cast of over 50 people from Versailles and surrounding towns, Mamma Mia! is a musical comedy that features 22 songs from the Swedish supergroup, ABBA. Among those hits are “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” “Winner Takes it All,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Waterloo.”

Annie’s Memorial Shoot

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Bruce Mikesell is shown instructing Katheleen Nealeigh after the beginner safety class.  New this year is a shooting competition for experienced shooters.
Want to learn to shoot like Annie Oakley? On Saturday, August 10, the Annie Oakley Center Foundation in cooperation with the Darke County Fish & Game Club will host “Annie’s Memorial Shoot.” The event coincides with Annie’s birthday weekend. New this year is a brief refresher class in gun safety and marksmanship followed by a competition. The other class is geared for the beginner who wants to learn. Both are taught by certified instructors and are limited to 25 participants each.

Neither class qualifies for the Concealed Carry License. Both will be held at the Darke County Fish & Game Club in New Paris. The club is located just south of New Madison. The cost of $50 (with $40 for an additional family member) includes the instruction, required eye and ear protection (provided by Fastenal), rifle and handgun ammunition, lunch and a souvenir t-shirt. In case of rain, a covered firing range will be available. The event is from 9 a.m. –3 p.m. with a break for lunch. The competition will be a .22 long rifle bullseye shoot.

Advanced registration for all ages is required, and each class is limited to just 25 participants. Paticipants must be at least 12 years old, and those under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present during the entire class. The application and donation must be received by August 1. Applicants after the first 25 for each level of instruction will be placed on a waiting list. For an application, please request one at, print it at the website (, or call Brenda Ballengee at the number below.

Lunch for a non-shooting parent/guardian or guest should be pre-ordered for $8. Extra t-shirts are available for purchase at $10 for anyone interested.

Special thanks to the Fish & Game Club, Eikenberry’s, Fastenal, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their help with this event. For additional information, contact Bruce Mikesell (937) 423-5717 or Brenda Ballengee (937)467-1984.

Still time to register for Annie Oakley bike parade

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There’s still time to register and be part of the Annie Oakley bike parade! Decorate your bike and join the parade from the fairgrounds, down Broadway and ending at the traffic circle. Help promote the use of the cross-county multi-use recreational Tecumseh Trail! T-shirts are included in your registration fee of $6. We will meet at the fairgrounds at 9am on July 27th.

Registration must be completed by July 12th in order to participate in the bike parade. Don't forget to let us know your t-shirt size on the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact us at 937-548-0165. Register by following the link:

July events at Bradford Public Library

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Summer is half over, but we still have plenty for you to do at Bradford Public Library.

Miami County Parks will have a representative at BPL every Monday through July 22 for their Nature Quest reading program. Come in to check out a backpack full of supplies to explore outside, take home some books on pollinators, participate in a cool activity like painting with flower petals and earn a cool gem stone or two! Quest Programs are from Noon to 1:00 on Mondays.

Our popular Movie Monday will continue through the month of July. Movies start at 1:00 and usually end around 3:00. We always follow movies with a couple rounds of BINGO….you could win a prize! Movies are rated G or PG and are open for all ages. BINGO is over by 4:00.

Miami County Parks will be holding a Story Book Trail on July 9 from 2-3:00.

Also on July 9 is our Teen Activity evening. Students who have finished grades 6-12 will be making light up constellation art, doing an escape room and checking out the stars with our Telescope. Activities will start at 7:00 pm and should be over by 10:00. Registration is required for this event and space is limited. Please call to sign up.

Those registered for summer Reading Program are welcome to participate in our Free Swim Day at Stillwater Beach Campground from 1:00-4:00. Children must have their own transportation to and from the pool. A staff member from the Library will be attending, but we encourage parents to stay too.

Mr. Puppet will joining us on Thursday, July 18 at 11:00 to entertain. This family friendly show is open for all ages.

Teens will enjoy a movie night with walking tacos on July 30 from 6:00-9:00. Sign ups are not required but are appreciated so we can plan. Please call the library to sign up at 448-2612.

Last day to turn in Reading Logs will be August 1….and mark your calendars for August 7. Our big End of Summer Olympics will be held in the Y Yard Park complete with goofy games and medal ceremony. Our Big Prize drawing takes place after the Olympics. Olympics will start at 1:00 and prize drawing will end by 4:00. Students must have at least 1 reading log turned in to participate in either event.

We have plenty of events throughout the month for patrons in preschool through senior citizens. Please come in or call 448-2612 for information on any of our events.

July’s Lunch & Learn

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The Greenville Public Library’s July Lunch & Learn welcomes back LMT Melissa Laux who will present "Just Breathe: Holistic Wellness Starts Here." She will discuss and demonstrate the benefits of proper deep breathing techniques and how your breath is the key to wellness for mind, body, and spirit.

Melissa is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and has studied the science of massage therapy and holistic medicine since 2008. She is the owner of the Sycamore Alternative Therapy Clinic in Greenville.

Melissa explains “Holistic wellness is approached by addressing the whole person but it can be difficult to know just where to begin.” Breathing as a modality will be new to our audience.

Lunch is at noon on Wednesday July 17th. You may buy the Coffee Pot lunch for $5 or bring your own or just come for the program! We usually have a wrap with soup or salad and always fruit and drinks. Please register and let us know about lunch by calling the Library at 548-3915!

Monday, July 15, 2019

State of the Heart Care Nurses Receive Certifications

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Left: Bridgette Leon. Right: Jennifer Wolfe.

State of the Heart Care is proud to announce that two of their nurses, Bridgette Leon and Jennifer Wolfe, just became Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses last week.

These exams are very rigorous and require a substantial amount of studying and knowledge of palliative and hospice care. Once you pass the exam, you must then obtain 100 hours of continuing education credits every four years to maintain your certification. Maintaining this certification shows Leon and Wolfe’s determination and commitment to nursing, allowing patients and their families to know that they have gone the extra mile with their education.

Currently, 16 RNs and all 7 LPNs at State of the Heart Care are certified.

Coldwater library program on Neil Armstrong house

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Coldwater Public Library will present That’s My House! at 6:00 p.m. July 24. Local resident Jackie Miller Knapke grew up in Wapakoneta in the house where astronaut Neil Armstrong previously lived. On a visit to the Ohio Statehouse she was surprised to see her childhood home pictured in the exhibit about the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. Knapke’s talk will include interesting facts, experiences, and artifacts as well as stories of her friendship with Mrs. Armstrong. Registration is not necessary and all ages are invited. A collection of her items will be on display at the library until the end of July.

For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or the website

Helping Farmers deal with Stress

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With this being a rural community, most of us probably know at least one farmer. The weather this year and current commodity prices has stress levels running high on many farms. While we all deal with stress fairly regularly, difficult times in farming can cause an excessive amount of stress that is hard for someone to process. Most farms are a family business which has its own stressors such as being able to provide for one’s family and keep a farm that has been in the family for several generations afloat. There are also many factors that affect farms for which they have no control over. I mentioned weather and commodity prices which are the big ones but farmers also deal with disease and pest issues, working with family, consumer perceptions, machinery breakdown and so on.

There are a few warning signs to look for in loved ones that may indicate an undue amount of stress is affecting an individual. Being able to assess the situation accurately may help prevent a more serious situation. Jinnifer Ortquist with Michigan State University Extension outlines the warning signs of stress in “How to Talk with farmers Under Stress” available at MSU’s Managing Farm Stress website.

  1. Look for changes in emotions such as a decrease in energy or show of enthusiasm for the future, depression or loss of humor.
  2. Changes in attitudes or cognitive skills such as frustration over small things or having trouble making decisions could indicate high stress levels.
  3. Changes in behavior that indicate an issue might show up in missed meetings with coworkers, friends or businesses, difficulty sleeping or becoming quieter than usual.
  4. All of these can culminate into changes on the farm through a lack of care for animals or crops, themselves or carelessness in general.

What can you do to help? Being there to listen, and I mean really listen, can go a long way in helping the person deal with and process what they are going through. Ortquist suggests using the following questions and statements while listening:

  • I hear you saying ____ (repeat back the main concerns the farmer is expressing).
  • This sounds like a lot to manage. How are you coping with this? (or, What are you doing to take care of yourself?)
  • It sounds like the current situation is very difficult. What can I do to support you?
  • These are some tough challenges. How can I help?
  • Would it be helpful if we work together on an action plan for how to manage your concerns?
  • Every situation is different. In a similar situation on another farm, they tried ____. What do you think about that?
  • Are there other people who have been helpful or supportive when times have been tough in the past? Are any of those people able to help now?

She also recommends showing empathy rather than sympathy. The difference here is, when practicing empathy, you make an effort to understand what the person is going through and then talk to them about ideas that may help them work through their feelings or the situation. For farmers, this could be helping them come up with a long term plan to keep the farm in working order or recommending someone who can help with this goal. This may be another farm who has been through a similar situation, financial advisors or the Extension Office.

If conflict does arise, remain calm and continue to listen. Avoid placing blame on anyone. Talk about what you are trying to achieve and repeat statements back to the farmer to ensure you understand what they are saying.

Lastly, always follow-up with the farmer after your conversation and continue to check in and listen. If you believe the person is in eminent danger, directly ask them if they have had thoughts of suicide. This is uncomfortable but better than the alternative. Call 911 and get help from family and friends.


For more information about OSU Extension, Darke County, visit the Darke County OSU Extension web site at, the OSU Extension Darke County Facebook page or contact Sam Custer, at 937.548.5215.

Apple Farm Service Donates Tractor to The Darke County Agricultural Society

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On Wednesday, June 5th, The Darke County Agricultural Society received a donation from Apple Farm Service; a brand new blue tractor. Apple Farm Service gladly donated a New Holland T5.110 to the Great Darke County Fair to be used for the next six months.

“This is the second tractor that Apples has donated for us to use” said Fair Manager, Brian Rismiller. “Last year we were given a Case IH tractor to use. We truly appreciate that Apples thought of us again!”

The Darke County Fairgrounds will have the opportunity to break in this new tractor for the next six months. They plan to use it primarily to rake the arena and maintain the horse barns.

“We’re happy to help the Darke County Ag Society!” said President of Apple Farm Service, Bill Apple. “New Holland enjoys working with their dealerships to support local nonprofit organizations like the Ag Society. Some of our employees have fond memories of showing animals and projects in the Darke County fair. We are thrilled to give back to a staple of this community!”

This New Holland T5.110 tractor won’t stay long after its short stay at the fairgrounds. This 114 horse-power utility tractor will be for sale to a well-deserving farmer with a sizable discount and a new warranty. For now, it’ll be working hard at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds.


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The 2019 Annie Oakley Festival is proud to announce that Sereena Barga, a 2010 graduate of Greenville High School, will be performing at the Annie Oakley Festival on Friday evening, July 26th, following the Little Miss Annie Oakley and Little Mr Buffalo Bill competition, which begins at 6:30 pm at the Entertainment Stage. Sereena is known for her debut single, titled “You Love Me” and her latest, titled “Thinking About You”

We are thrilled that she will be joining us for the festival on Friday night, and invite everyone to come out to the Annie Oakley Festival to welcome her home, and sit and enjoy her wonderful music.

Follow us on Facebook, or go to our website: for more details, or contact JoEllen Melling, Annie Oakley President, at or by phone at 937-548-1018

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

How to Have a Safe 4th of July

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As we get ready to celebrate Independence Day, many of us plan to attend fireworks displays, a backyard picnic, or perhaps enjoy fun in the water at a waterpark, beach or pool. The American Red Cross wants you to enjoy a fun-packed, safe holiday and offers these tips you can follow over the upcoming holiday:


The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public firework show put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks. Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks. If you are setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."


Children and adults should learn to swim so they at least achieve the skills of water competency: be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and then get out of the water safely. Watch the weather and get out of the water at the first sign of lightning or the rumble of thunder. Stay indoors and away from water for 30 minutes after the last lightning flashes or thunder roars. Plan ahead for aquatic activities:

  1. Provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water
  2. Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers, including four-sided fencing
  3. Learn swimming and water survival skills
  4. Children, inexperienced swimmers, and all boaters should wear properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets;
  5. Always swim in a lifeguarded area.


  1. Make sure lifeguards are on duty before you go in the water and follow all their instructions.
  2. Wear protective clothing, including a hat and some kind of cover-up for when you’ve had enough sun. Use sunscreen before leaving home and reapply during the day.
  3. Parents – keep an eye on the kids. If they can’t swim or are less than four feet tall, have them wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  4. Signal a lifeguard if you see someone is in trouble. Yell if you need to grab attention, but don’t go in after the person yourself.
  5. Set up a meeting place in case someone gets separated from your group. Use the buddy system to make sure no child is alone.

"Operation Firecracker" Yields Arrests and Warrants

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On July 2, 2019, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Greenville Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Darke County Adult Probation, Union City Police Department, and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office conducted “Operation Firecracker”. The operation stems from a 6-month narcotics investigation. As result of the investigation, the following persons were arrested:

  • Amberly Williams, 29, Greenville – Trafficking in Meth - 3 counts - Felony of the 2nd degree (Prior Convictions of Drug Trafficking in 2018 and Felony Drug Possession 2019)
  • Lanita Dues, 57, Greenville - Trafficking in Meth - 4 counts - Felony of the 3rd degree
  • Kelvin Crawford, 52, Union City – Trafficking Meth - 1 count - Felony of the 3rd degree
  • Ebony Redditt, 40, Greenville - Trafficking in Meth - 2 counts - Felony of the 3rd degree (Prior Convictions of Drug Trafficking and possession in 2015)
  • Daniel Trittschuh, 32, Greenville – Trafficking in Meth - 3 counts - Felony of the 3rd degree/Drug Possession 2 counts - Felonies of the 4th degree
  • Sara Dynes, 33, Greenville – Trafficking in Meth - 2 counts - Felony of the 4th degree
  • Stoney Dynes, 55, Greenville - Trafficking Meth - 2 counts - Felony of the 4th degree
  • Tyler Merritt, 34, Greenville – Felony Possession of Drugs - 1 count - Felony of the 5th degree
  • Kelly Smith, 24, Greenville – Felony Possession of Drugs - 1 count - Felony 5th degree (Prior Convictions of drug Trafficking 2019)

While executing the above drug warrants the following two people were present and found to have outstanding warrants and were arrested on charges unrelated to the drug arrests;

  • Stanley Richards, 44, Greenville – Probation violation
  • Marti Thompson, 48, Arcanum – Warrant for Domestic Violence and Unlawful Restraint

The following suspects currently have active arrest warrants from the same investigation,

  • Carl Adkins, 46, Dayton, Ohio – Trafficking in Meth - 1 count – Felony of the 2nd degree
  • Sharon Utley, 52, Dayton, Ohio – Trafficking in Meth -1 count – Felony of the 2nd degree
  • Leroy Jones, 39, Greenville – Trafficking in Meth - 1 count - Felony of the 3rd degree
  • Charles Phillips, 39, Greenville – Trafficking in Meth - 2 counts - Felony of the 4th degree

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office also had nine suspects wanted on felony drug trafficking warrants and at last check, two have been arrested.

Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and Greenville Police Chief Steve Strick take a strong stance against any drug activity in Darke County and the City of Greenville. Please report any suspected drug activity to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 937-548-2020, the Greenville Police Department 937-548-1103, or the Darke County Crime Stopper’s tip line at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

Students Learn about Local Manufacturing Careers

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“Thanks for organizing a wonderful week for these kids. I know that it has had a huge impact on (my son),” was one parent’s comment the final day of Darke County Summer Manufacturing Camp. The day camp for local 7th and 8th graders, held June 17 – 21 and coordinated by Darke County Economic Development, allowed campers to see the variety of local career opportunities available in manufacturing. Summer Manufacturing Camps are being held in 22 counties in Ohio this summer due to an initiative from the office of Senator Sherrod Brown.

During the mornings, campers enjoyed hands on learning experiences related to the manufacturing practice of the day, including Teamwork & Communication, Problem Solving & Troubleshooting, Continuous Improvement, Perseverance, and Professional Skills. Facilitator, Seth Swallow, provided team challenges, such as constructing a bridge of paper and masking tape with length and weight specifications, to implement these practices. In the afternoon, students were transported to one of the host manufacturers, JAFE Decorating, Midmark Corporation, Ramco Electric Motors, and Whirlpool Corporation. Host manufacturers treated campers to lunch and tours which focused on how the company applied the practices they were learning. Campers also enjoyed interactive activities designed by the manufacturers, including working as a team together to solve clues and create a product in a “break out room”, and reviewing a company process and brainstorming ways to improve it. On Friday afternoon, each camper presented highlights from Manufacturing Camp to parents, manufacturers, and special guests. Campers received certificates from the office of Senator Sherrod Brown as well as certificates of participation from Darke County Economic Development.

Darke County Economic Development would like to thank: Greenville City Schools and C-TEC for providing the use of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab and providing transportation; Seth Swallow, Camp Facilitator; Andrea Townsend, Director of Career Technical and Special Education at Greenville City Schools; Edison State Greenville Campus & Chad Beanblossom, Vice President of Regional Campuses; Interactive Media Class at Greenville C-TEC ; and teammates from JAFE Decorating, Ramco Electric Motors, Midmark Corporation, and Whirlpool Corporation for hosting campers. Funding for this event was provided by donations through the Darke County Foundation.

Woodland Survival Camp

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Do you have what it takes to survive the woodland wilderness? Campers will be put to the test as they acquire the skills to overcome Mother Nature’s greatest challenges. From starting fire to finding water to building shelter we will explore the best tricks and skills to have when it comes to staying alive. Sign up today and discover what it takes! Camp is from August 5th to the 9th from 10am to 12:30pm. Ages 8-9. Meets at Nature Center.


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The Annie Oakley Festival is thrilled to have the COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTING ASSOCIATION (CMSA) return once again to the festival to provide wonderful entertainment for all in attendance.

Come enjoy the activity in the 4H Horse arena in the southend of the Darke County Fairgrounds, as competitors of all ages will enter the arena throughout the weekend. This is the Fastest Growing Equestrian Sport in the Nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association "C.M.S.A." has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.

Please visit our website to keep up with all of the updated information: If you have any questions, or would like to help sponsor this event, please feel free to contact JoEllen Melling, President of the Annie Oakley Festival Committee at or at 937-548-1018 (please leave a message).

Empowering still has room for students in July

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June is gone and July is upon us. There is still room for students in Empowering Darke County Youth’s Summer Small Group Tutoring Program at Edison State Community College. No signup forms are needed. Bring your student(s) any day, Monday through Thursday (except July 4), from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will enroll the child and place him or her with a tutor. Tutoring sessions are held in Room 131 at Edison State on Wagner Avenue.

Summer is a great time for relaxing, swimming, summer sports and simply enjoying the warm weather. It is also a great time to fine-tune reading and math skills.

If your child is not doing as well as he or she should in math, or homework was a struggle last year, maybe it’s due to rusty basics, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Also, according to Scholastic, students who don’t read during the summer can lose two to three months of reading skills. Students who do read during the summer can gain a month of reading proficiency.

If tutoring doesn’t fit your summer schedule, then load up on books to read and hold 5-10 minute math practice sessions every day you can. A little summer effort can save a lot of fall pain.

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.


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The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics will offer a 4-part speaker series, beginning July 28, 2019 with “Christmas in July”. Tim and Katheleen Nealeigh, who generously donate their time to the Shrine throughout the year, will present “St. Nick isn’t just for Kids” a fun, adult take on the beloved Saint.

Katheleen will play the part of K.D. Snitt, an investigative journalist who grills St. Nicholas, played by Tim. Set in present-day Turkey, K.D. will uncover what is really behind the kindly, loving façade of this grandfatherly figure of the past and does he really intend to replace the ever-popular Santa Claus of world-wide fame and adulation?

Tim has actively played the role of St. Nicholas at the Shrine for many years during the holidays. The event, held every December, has become a popular tradition for many area families.

“We are excited to offer an adult-spin on our popular children’s event” stated Diana Russell, the Shrine’s Director of Fund Development, “The Nealeigh’s have planned a charming and humorous take on the fourth-century Bishop of Myra that we am really looking forward to experiencing.”

Tickets for the event, which will begin at 5:30pm with a Christmas-inspired feast by Bella’s Italian Grille, are $30.00 per person and can be purchased at the Shrine or on their website. Attendees are encouraged to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters or other holiday attire. There will also be a chance to win a nativity set and other great door prizes.

The Pilgrim Gift Shop will also be celebrating “Christmas in July” with 10% all nativities in the store (excluding Fontanini) July 26-28.

This is the first installment of the series and attendees can save $20 by purchasing all four dates in advance. The other speakers include Bill Krauss on August 11 with an exploration of “International Catholic Celebrations”, Matthew Hess on September 8 with an engaging history of “Legendary Relics” and Dr. Allen Bernard on October 13 with a historical presentation on the “Lost Treasures of Granville & Marion Townships”.

Detailed event and ticket information can be found at or by calling 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.

YMCA Hosting "Aquatic Jedi Camp"

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In a pool far, far away, friends challenge each other in aqua activities and water wars…at the Y’s Aquatic Jedi Camp!

If you are searching for a fun way to get your kids active during the summer months, the YMCA’s Aqua Camps can help! Bring your snorkel mask and your imagination, because in this aqua camp, campers will have a blast each day with a variety of games, challenges and activities.

The Water Wars Aquatic Jedi camp is for youth ages 4 and up. Camp begins July 8 and continuing through July 10, from 11:00AM- 2:00PM each day.

Aqua camps are $20 for members and $30 for potential members. Please register by phone, online, or in person no later than the Friday prior to camp.

The final aqua camp of the summer in Versailles will be “Under The Sea,” August 5-7.

See our Summer Program Guide for details

Questions may be directed to Cole De’Nise at 526-4488 or at


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The history of Anna Bier dates back to the early 1900's. She was an art teacher for much of her life, dedicated to inspiring our youth by encouraging free expression through the world of visual arts. Upon her death, Miss Bier's charitable spirit lived on. She willed her home and all of its contents to the future hope that Greenville would become “a place where people of all colors, all creeds, and all walks of life could work for the development of artistic skills and higher cultural standards for their community”.

The mission of the Anna Bier Art Gallery is to continue her vision and promote art education through workshops, exhibits and annual events connecting the visual arts community to the wider public. Creative workshops are provided for adults and children in a setting designed to inspire while providing a fun and educational experience for all ages and abilities. The Gallery provides a unique venue, where exhibits can be enjoyed by art enthusiasts and patrons aligned with performances held by the Darke County Center for the Arts. It also provides connections between those exhibitions and local events, all while raising awareness on the positive impact of visual arts in our community.

As the Director of the Anna Bier Gallery, I would like to personally thank the gallery members and gracious sponsors of our community for their continued support and encouragement as we close this season and excitedly prepare for the next. A variety of incredible exhibits were showcased throughout the year including Darke County’s historical editorial and political cartoon artist, Paul Ackley. We also enjoyed the beautiful and bold collage works of Marsha Pippenger, the unique paint/collage works of Jane Dippold, and the alluring landscape photography of Jim Crotty. In addition, we held our Second Annual Elementary Art Exhibit, made possible by the Darke County Foundation, the Ketrow Foundation and Steve and Eileen Litchfield. This exhibit reflected the works of children between Kindergarten and Sixth grades with a beautiful display of creative talent across the board. And last but not least, our Annual High School Exhibit concluded the season with an inspirational showcase. We are so thankful for the annual sponsorship of Ray and Bettye Laughlin as well as the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, both for their incredible generosity. We would also like to thank the Darke County Endowment for the Arts for the annual funding of the Art Start Program, which allows the gallery to distribute funds to each of our county high school art departments. Thank you to all of the art teachers who inspire and encourage these students to discover their passion and artistic expression and congratulations to those chosen to exhibit with us.

In addition to our exhibits, we have added many adult and childrens’ workshops throughout the year. And most recently, with special thanks to Wes and Patti Jetter for their generous sponsorship, we have initiated the Anna Bier Art Club, an after school program for children. We are still in the trial/planning phases of this program but will have more information as the fall season approaches. We are so grateful for the opportunity to offer these art-enhancing amenities to our community.

The Anna Bier Gallery exhibits and events are made possible through the gracious support of Second National Bank, Darke County Endowment for the Arts, Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Darke County Foundation, and through all the generous contributions of our loyal members and sponsors. We thank them. All exhibits are free to the public. The Gallery will be open every day by appointment. Please contact Tamera McNulty, Executive Director, at 937-564-5863 to visit the gallery or for any questions. You may also visit us on Facebook for more information.


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If you are an advanced or competitive swimmer looking for a way to level up your abilities, the Y’s Swim Technique Camp is for you!

The Y in Greenville will be presenting a Swim Technique camp for youth ages 6-18 beginning July 24 and continuing through July 27.

Swimmers will be instructed by guest coach Ray Bosse. Mr. Bosse is an accomplished coach with 21 years of coaching all levels of aquatics in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy (West Point). He was the head coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams at West Point from 1989-2001. He has coached numerous swimmers as they won awards including Div. II All-Americans, individual NCAA National Champs, and Olympic qualifiers. He is Level 4 certified with the American Swim Coaches Assocation.

Each day of camp will focus on a different stroke- freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

Mr. Bosse will be joined by Y aquatics staff each day, as well as college swimmers, national champions, and Olympic qualifiers.

The camp will have separate age groups for ages 6-12 and ages 13-18.

The 6-12 age group will meet Weds., Thurs., and Friday from 7:15pm-8:45pm, and Saturday from 2:15pm-3:45pm.

The 13-18 age group will meet Weds., Thurs., and Friday from 5:45pm-7:15pm, and Saturday from 12:30pm-2:00pm.

Sports camps are $25 for members and $45 for potential members. Please register by phone, online, or in person no later than the Friday prior to camp.

Questions may be directed to Mitchell Bosse at 548-3777 or at

See our Summer Program Guide at


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Nationally recognized artist Mike Elsass will display his colorful paintings on rusting sheets of metal at historic Bear’s Mill alongside imaginative steel sculptures created by Loveland, Ohio resident Leslie Lehr Daly at the next “Art at the Mill” exhibit which opens in the Clark Gallery on Friday, June 28 and continues through Sunday, July 21. An opening night reception offering finger food and drinks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. will feature the artists briefly sharing information about their work, methods and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark, is free and open to the public.

According to Jan Roestamadji, both Leslie Lehr Daly’s fascinating sculptures and Mike Elsass’s paintings evoke the beauty of nature in distinctive and surprising forms. “These artist create modern yet timeless work with a unique sensibility that will enhance any home regardless of style or décor,” Ms. Roestamadji stated. Julie Clark pointed out the appropriate sharing of space by artists who work with steel to design vastly different artworks, saying “Both artists utilize steel in expressing their creativity with incredibly spectacular, widely diverse, yet strikingly compatible outcomes.”

After earning a BFA in Design at the University of Georgia, Leslie Lehr Day worked for design and architectural firms in South Carolina, designing everything from schools to private homes to Army Reserve Barracks up and down the Eastern Seaboard. After marrying and starting a family, Leslie continued to seek new ways to express her creative spirit, eventually moving to sculpting steel. “My current work is an amalgam of things we know and imagine; it is abstract and organic rather than figurative, realistic, or classical,” the sculptor explained. She says that many ideas come to her during walks where she takes inspiration from something as simple as a leaf, an acorn, or a seed pod, as well as more esoteric subjects. Texture and color are integral to her pieces which are meant to pull people in, provoking curiosity and conversation, while also inspiring the desire to touch the evocative work.

Dayton artist Mike Elsass specializes in painting color-field-inspired work on weathered steel; his unique pieces are included in over 2,000 private collections throughout the U.S. “My art is spiritual, meditative, and based on the emotion of people and places,” says the en plein air artist who paints abstract landscapes that reflect the moment, creating emotional and visual connections with the places he visits. Known for his approach that fills any space with color, excitement, and energy, his dynamic contemporary patterns on reused/recycled rusting steel have a sense of a former life, bringing a mystical organic sensibility to his artwork which, while not a specific representation of a place, evokes a sense of the universal energy of the site.

Lovely fine art paper collages featuring rural countrysides and old barns by Coldwater resident Jane Dippold will share space in the Mill’s Clark Gallery with Andrea Kay’s whimsical mixed media bird sculptures through May 26. Owned and operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, the historic mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. “Art At the Mill” is funded in part by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts, and can be viewed during regular Mill store hours. Current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

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