Wednesday, August 28, 2019


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A.R. Winery is excited to celebrate their 4th anniversary with a Fall Festival on Saturday, August 31st from 12pm-9pm located on their farm at 3564 Gordon Landis Rd. in Arcanum (just 2 miles off Route 49)! Come browse the vendors, listen to live music and enjoy great food, wine and craft beers with friends. A.R. Winery will be presenting a check to the Darke County K9 Unit from the Fuel funds raised in the tasting room throughout the year.


12:00 pm – Open to the Public

12:00 pm – Vendors Open

12:00 pm – Presentation of check to the Darke County K9 Unit

3:00 pm – “Yappy Hour” – Meet the Famous Face on the Wine Labels, FUEL

*Live Music throughout the day by Jerry Gerace, Vaughn Welches &Tracy Eubank

On the winery porch, they’ll be cooking wood-fired brick oven pizzas and selling brats and hot dogs on the grill. In the wine tasting room, they’ll be offering their one-of-kind wines, craft beers, wine slushies & lemonades and drunken gummies.

Check out Facebook, their website, follow them on Twitter @a_r_winery or Instagram @ a.r.winery or call Russell at 937.417.0565 to keep up-to-date on all events happening on the farm!

Edison State EAGLE Program Student Finds Success at the Darke County Fair

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Dalton Wolf stands with his award-winning drawing entitled “Farms of Ohio” at the Great Darke County Fair.
Students involved in the EAGLE Program at Edison State Community College are already seeing the benefits of receiving hands-on learning opportunities.

One student, in particular, recently found success at The Great Darke County Fair. Dalton Wolf, of New Madison, received first place for his artwork entitled “Farm of Ohio” in the drawing category for differently abled adults.

“Although, the idea of winning an award/prize is what motivated Dalton to enter the contest, we are just grateful for the opportunity which allowed him to experience what it is like to participate in fair week and to submit an entry. This is the first year a category for differently abled individuals has been offered for the Fine Arts exhibit/contest at The Darke County Fair,” said Wolf’s mother and guardian, Melissa.

Most recently, Wolf completed Drawing I at Edison State which provided him with the fundamental techniques of drawing in pencil, charcoal, and ink. The course also explored realistic representation and visual observation.

“The drawing course at Edison State helped Dalton to explore different styles of drawing which he had never attempted before, such as drawing structures and what is actually visible, opposed to drawing ideas from his imagination. The drawing course also helped him become aware of areas where he does well and can excel and areas in need of improvement or that he did not enjoy as much,” said Wolf.

Dalton will return to Edison State in the fall for a second semester in the EAGLE Program.

“Dalton enjoys every aspect of attending Edison State, as attending college has always been an anticipated goal. We were just always unsure of how his ideas of college would ever be possible and we undoubtedly encountered many obstacles when searching for potential schools,” said Wolf.

“Attending Edison State has not only fulfilled his desire to attend college with other “typical students,” but has also helped him to improve his social interaction skills, communication skills and to become more independent. We are so blessed for the opportunity which has allowed Dalton to attend Edison State and for the patient and kind people who have encouraged Dalton along the way.”

The EAGLE Program exists to support students with intellectual or developmental disabilities 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.

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.

The EAGLE Program at Edison State is funded by a grant from The Ohio State University. The grant is supplemented by funds from the Miami, Darke, and Shelby County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Edison State Community College.

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

Darke County Republican Women’s Club to host Ohio Attorney General’s District Liaison

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Ohio AG Dave Yost’s representative to speak

Kyle Lentz featured speaker at September meeting of
Darke County Republican Women’s Club.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is hosting featured speaker Kyle Lentz at 6 p.m. on September 9 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

Lentz is the District Liaison representing Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost in southwest Ohio.

“We are so pleased to provide this chance for the residents of Darke County to have a real inside look at one of Ohio’s state offices,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President. “Kyle will bring AG Yost’s message to Darke County.”

The program is free and does not require reservations. The Club does offer an optional dinner, prior to the speaker’s program, at a per person cost of $10 for those who would like to attend and have made reservations for the meal. Dinner reservations must be made prior to noon, September 5 by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at:

Kyle Lentz grew up in Bellefontaine and is a current resident of Logan County. He attended Bluffton University where he earned Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice, as well as Sociology. Kyle also obtained his Master's in Administration from Ohio University. Lentz has held various positions in the public sector including: Pretrial Investigator, Children's Services Caseworker, Children's Services Supervisor, and Juvenile Probation Officer. Most recently, he was a supervisor for Asahi Glass in Bellefontaine. Kyle currently resides in rural Logan County with his wife and three small daughters.

Lentz will be speaking about his experiences since joining the Attorney General, some of the special programs the Attorney General's office has undertaken, and the specific plans that the Attorney General has for moving the office forward.

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:

Local Campaign Kickoff for Wreaths Across America at Greenville's Union Cemetery

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The goal for Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR at Greenville Union Cemetery is to raise enough funds to place remembrance wreaths on the headstones of all the local heroes laid to rest there, to ensure the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country never be forgotten and to bring the community together in patriotic commemoration.

The first goal has already been met to place wreaths at all the veteran headstones located in the soldiers section of Greenville Union Cemetery. Thanks to Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, all 130 graves will be honored.

The next goal is to honor all the veterans throughout the entire cemetery. To kickoff the second phase, Fort GreeneVille Chapter is proud to announce additional donations from Second National Bank, Dr. Stephen Stentzel DDS, Eastern Star Fort Black Chapter 336, and the Theodore Finnarn family.

Greg Zechar, manager at Zechar-Bailey, commented, “We’re proud to help sponsor such a worthy event in remembering our Veterans.”

Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Greenville Union Cemetery are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The goal: to place a live, balsam fir wreath at the headstone of every veteran buried there, and spread patriotism and commemoration for the ultimate sacrifices they made for our country.

To donate, go to and sponsor a wreath there. Please designate Fort GreeneVille DAR as the wreath sponsorship.

If you would like to sponsor a wreath for a specific veteran, please contact any Fort GreeneVille member, email or on Facebook at

From now until November, volunteers will host various fundraisers to sponsor the approximately 2200 wreaths needed to honor every veteran at the Greenville Union Cemetery. Each wreath sponsorship costs $15, with $5 going to the local fundraising group, Fort GreeneVille DAR, as part of a special fundraising program developed by Wreaths Across America. Fort GreeneVille Chapter will use monies raised to continue the wreath program at Greenville Union Cemetery and various local Veteran projects.

“Every donation and wreath sponsorship is a meaningful gift from an appreciative supporter who knows what it means to serve and sacrifice for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Karen Worcester, executive director of Wreaths Across America. “We are so grateful to the community of Greenville for participating in our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach.”

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,200 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, please visit

Ruth & Emerson Booher Advised Fund for Versailles, Ohio, contributes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County

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The Ruth & Emerson Booher Advised Fund for Versailles, Ohio, in conjunction with The Dayton Foundation, recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. The grant will be used for the Versailles Big Buddies after-school mentorship program. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school students volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. During the 2019-2020 school year, the agency will be utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum which focuses on violence prevention, social & emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character & values, and bullying prevention.

Last school year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served 31 students under the age of 18 in their after-school Big Buddies program in Versailles. High school mentoring programs have become a widespread component of many nationally affiliated Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies. Studies prove that children who spend time with a positive role model are more likely to become healthy, productive adults. This donation will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County to expand and continue their Big Buddies program in Versailles.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit United Way member agency. If you would like to defend the potential of child, either through volunteering or financial contribution, please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622 or go to for more information.

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year - by GCS Superintendent Doug Fries

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Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. Our administration and staff are eager to begin another year with the students, parents, grandparents, and community members throughout our district. We hope to have everyone work together to make this another successful instructional and enjoyable year for all.

I trust each of you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer with your family and friends. I hope your vacations, special trips, and family gatherings have been fun, safe and educational. As September is upon us, I hope all of you are looking forward to another exciting and rewarding school year. As you return to school, notice the newly re-sealed parking lot at the Jennings Track and Field Complex and new asphalt at the transportation department. Likewise, at the K-8 we have added some outdoor athletic goals, the terrazzo floors have been re-sealed, the gym floors cleaned and varnished, and new signage in the cafeteria. At the high school the front athletic field has been resurfaced, new security cameras added, additional fobbed doors, and sidewalk repairs. Also, the high school gymnasium floor was cleaned and revarnished. At Memorial Hall we have installed additional cameras and landscaping. We thank the community for your ongoing support of our facilities.

This fall our district will participate in two approved waiver days. These are non-instructional days for students that allow for additional professional development for our staff. These two waiver days will take place on Monday, September 30, 2019, and Monday, October 28, 2019. Parents can coordinate now for these two days the students will not be in session. The staff will be participating in professional development related to school climate and culture and establishing positive educational relationships and differentiated instruction. All these sessions will promote a current curriculum and safer environment for our students.

Greenville Schools has a tradition of excellence and we certainly are working to continue the excellence. The entire district wants to lead the way by making sure our students are ready for higher education and jobs of tomorrow in a global economy. To promote this tradition we will continue with all our students and teachers having access to one to one iPads for instructional use. This continues to be a major area of our instructional emphasis.

Our elementary through tenth grades will continue to participate in Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) testing to continue throughout the year to keep a close measure on our alignment to end of year required state assessments. At the high school, we will continue for the fifth year with the College Credit Plus program, including again Edison State, Sinclair, and Wright State, as well as, Urbana. We also look forward to continuing with all our Career Tech programming at the high school which continues to be well received by our students. Many of these programs continue to compete in state and national competitions. The junior class will continue to take the required ACT test for all junior students this spring.

The district would like to highlight the Greenville High School FCCLA program for earning the following awards during National Competition in Anaheim, California during June/July. These include: Gold Medal-1st Place - Sophie Gettinger and Eliza Wysong, Digital Stories for Change; Silver Medal - Layne Claudy, Advocacy; Gold Medal - 5th Place - Brooke Stachler, Mackenzie McMiller, and Alexa Snyder, FCCLA Chapter Website; Bronze Medal - Summer Cook, Early Childhood Education; Silver Medal - Rain Richardson, Focus on Children; Bronze Medal - 4th Place - Alyssa York, Anna Combs, and Jenna Netzley, Digital Stories for Change; Gold Medal - Brittni Walker, Brittany Grice, Chapter Service Project Portfolio. You are all a source of pride for Greenville City Schools. Congratulations to Amy Schoen and Rita Potter for their instructional leadership to this program.

Our district continues to be on a rotational basis to purchase textbooks and supplemental materials beyond the required College Credit Plus textbook purchases. This year our district purchased many new science textbooks and materials. Next year we will be purchasing foreign language, business education, and health materials. This fall we will continue to contract with the City of Greenville to provide us with two school resource officers. One will continue to be housed at the high school while the other will be at the K-8 facility. These SRO’s will assist us with safety and security, but also provide educational programming. They have done an outstanding job for the district and it our pleasure to work with the city to staff these positions. Safety wise we continue to have more of our staff educated to train in the ALICE safety procedures.

As we begin a new year, remember to travel slowly on Ohio and Main Street and observe the speed limit when students are present and particularly during drop off and dismissal times at the K-8 complex, as well as, the high school. Always slowdown in the parking lots and follow marked traffic flow to keep everyone safe. At the K-8 complex in front of the building the first row of parking on both sides will be reserved for visitors. Staff members assigned to these buildings will not park in these areas. Likewise, staff parking at Memorial Hall will continue to be assigned to the new side lot leaving the front circle open to visitors.

Please join me in welcoming the new employees to the Greenville School District. We look forward to working with each of them in our educational delivery and are glad they have joined the Greenville School District team. The following is the list of new employees at the time of this release:

  • Memorial Hall: Katherine Widener (Custodian)
  • High School: Kyle Fox (Custodian); Winford Knowles (NJRTOC Instructor); Clayton Westerbeck (Asst. Principal)
  • Middle School: Raegan Clark (Social Studies Teacher); Victoria Fitzwater (Custodian)
  • Elementary School: Twila Blowers (Crossing Guard); Brooke Copeland (3rd Grade Teacher); Shelly King (Para Professional); Betsy Kraft (3rd Grade Teacher); Mary Kate Lefeld (2nd Grade Teacher); Laura Shafer (Kindergarten Teacher); Janet Smith (Intervention Specialist); Sarah Stipe (Intervention Specialist); Kelsey Wise (Kindergarten Teacher)
  • Transportation: Annie Oiler (Bus Driver)

This year the board of education and district have made a conscious effort to improve and provide more mental health services and support. The district has added two additional contracts with Recovery and Wellness to provide mental health services. One is mental health counseling available for all needed students with parental permission after a screening if necessary. One day a week coordinated at the high school and the other day at the K-8 complex. The second contract is for the student support groups at the high school for two hours a week. Allocations for additional mental health services were included in this year’s state budget. The district also continues to employ a social worker for the fourth year, as well.

I invite everyone in the community to attend and support our students in the various extracurricular activities that take place throughout the school year. Your attendance is appreciated by the students and the school system.

Remember, the entire Greenville School faculty and staff is here to assist you – our students, parents and community. If we can be of assistance, please feel free to contact our principals or myself. I can be reached by phone at 937-548-3185, or by email at Let’s all work together to make 2019-2020 an outstanding school year. Our district wants to focus on being kind and providing hope.

We look forward to seeing all of you again this fall. Go Wave!


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The Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m., in the Reference Meeting Room on the second floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth St., Greenville. All DCCA members are invited to attend. The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year. Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the Arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing and fine artists. In addition to offering an Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA presents Special Performances, a Coffee House Series at local venues, and Arts In Education outreach programming which brings professional performers to inspire creativity in the students of all Darke County Public and Greenville City Schools. Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth.

Darke County Center for the Arts is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall and welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment. The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery. The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and upon request, hearing aid devices are available, for the hearing impaired. Also, interpretive signers are provided upon request for all performances. DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs.

For more information on the Darke County Center for the Arts contact our office on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, (937) 547-0908 or visit

Darke County Forestry Workshop

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Join Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for a Forestry Workshop on Saturday, October 5th from 9:00 am to 1:00pm at Chenoweth Trails. There will be experts on site to discuss woodland management resources, timber stand improvement, timber harvesting, logging and wood utilization and woodland wildlife management. Bring your woodland questions and dress for the weather.

Registration is only $10.00 and includes educational materials, refreshments and lunch. You can register online at, by calling 937.548.1715 ext. 3 or stop by the Darke SWCD office at 1117 Southtowne Court, Greenville.


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Vibrantly colored blown-glass pieces by Cedarville artist Jim DeLange will be displayed alongside the the light-filled paintings of Jackson Center resident Dan Knepper at the next “Art at the Mill” exhibit which opens in Bear’s Mill’s Clark Gallery on Friday, August 30 and continues through Sunday, September 22. 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 Ms. Rosetamadji, Mr. DeLange’s luminous work assumes many forms and encompasses all the colors of the rainbow, while Mr. Knepper’s realistic paintings capture the essence of the moment. “Dan’s lovely, accessible paintings transport you to a happy place, just as Jim’s diverse pieces inspire joy and comfort, making these pieces appealing choices for almost any home d├ęcor,” she continued. “This exhibit will fill our gallery with excitement and color,” Ms. Clark said; “We are thrilled to be once again displaying the beautiful work of these highly skilled artists whose audience and influence continue to heighten as they evolve and grow as craftsmen,” she concluded.

Dan Knepper was a public school art teacher for 26 years, becoming a full-time artist six years ago; he has already earned national honors, and his work has been featured in major art magazines. His quiet, elegant, and timeless landscapes capture the unique light and color of seemingly familiar scenes, evocatively reproducing a moment in time and passing it on to the viewer. His glowing work featuring shimmering sunsets, verdant fields, and glistening waters inspires awe at the brilliance of nature’s bounty. The Amherst, Ohio native is also currently working on painting realistic scenes depicting cows, horses, and buffalo with distinct and identifiable personalities which he hopes will soon be included in major Western shows.

Native Iowan Jim DeLange also has a background in education, having served as a school guidance counselor for many years while also working as a freelance photographer as well as with stained glass. However, when he started blowing glass in 2007, he instantly knew that he had discovered his passion. “Glass in its liquid form has almost endless possibilities,” the artist explained. “I am mesmerized as I watch the liquid glass take form beneath the touch of my hand and exhilarated when I hold the finished piece in my hands; I want others to share that excitement,” Mr. DeLange said. His work brilliantly combines colors and shapes, easily drawing attention and adding impact to any space it occupies.

The colorful work of Cincinnati painter Donna Talerico and fascinating art books created by Judith Serling-Sturm, also of Cincinnati, remain on view in the Clark Gallery through Sunday, August 25. 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

Library at Community Garden

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This was The Greenville Public Library's first year for a garden plot at the Bish Discovery Center Community Garden on Ohio Street. Librarians Caitlyn Clark and Warren Richards planted Cinderella Pumpkins, Long Island Dill, Rosie Basil and Cherokee Purple Tomatoes. Caitlyn started the seeds in February and has been going out to the plot with Warren to maintain them. They have already started harvesting the pumpkins and dill for the Growing Harvest Seed Library.

All of the seeds came from the Library's very own Growing Harvest Seed Library and will be available for patrons to take soon. Growing Harvest opened in May 2014 when they started with 25 members and 100 seed packets purchased from Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seeds. Now they have 350 varieties of seeds available for borrowing and 173 registered members.

Growing Harvest has gained 3 new donors this year: Companion Seeds, Rural King’s Livingston Seeds, and Bish Discovery Center. Other donors provide over 1000 seed packets a year such as Baker's, Seed Saver's Exchange, Hudson Valley Seed Library, and many more, not counting locally grown seeds returned by members.


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On August 28th at 6:30pm in conjunction with the Versailles Bicentennial celebration, Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will be holding a gravesite dedication for American Revolutionary War soldier David Ward at Hoover Cemetery. Also there will be an additional dedication for one of the first settlers in this area, David Ward. Although both named David Ward, they are uncle and nephew.

American Revolutionary War soldier David Ward was born in Hampshire County Virginia in 1761 and died 1837 in Versailles (Jacksonville), Ohio. In the spring of 1777, he enlisted in the Virginia militia and was a Private.

David enlisted in the service of the United States and the War of the Revolution for 6 months. Later, thanks to sworn testimony from his nephew David Ward and Reverend John Wintermute, Private David Ward was able to collect a pension. David volunteered in the company commanded by Captains James Parsons and Robert Cunningham and Lieutenant Adam Fisher Ensign of said Company. They marched from Hampshire County in the State of Virginia to Pittsburgh and Wheeling at which places they were stationed at different times as frontier posts. They were stationed there and at other places to guard and protect the frontier settlements against the Indians. According to his great niece Rhoda, "David was serving with General Anthony Wayne. He was present at the storming of Stony Point, and when Wayne having secured, through various disguises, valuable information as to the strength of this fortress, asked the American commander for five hundred men with which to undertake the capture of the fort. He was one of the first to volunteer, and the fifth man to scale this supposedly impregnable position."

During the last days of his life David made his home with nephew, David, and here he died, being-buried in the old Baptist cemetery near the mouth of Swamp Creek, Hoover Cemetery. Younger David Ward was the son of George and Margaret (Swacsac) Ward and was born in Hardy County Virginia on April 9, 1785. David died on November 25, 1879 and also is buried at Hoover Cemetery, outside of Versailles, Ohio. David's father George died in mid-life and left his wife Margaret with 3 young children; David, George and Mary. Later at a neighbor's home, they were attacked by Indians. His sister Mary was killed by a tomahawk and David had a tomahawk wound to his head that left him with a scar for life. Thanks to the bravery of his mother, David and his brother George survived. David emigrated to Montgomery County, Ohio with his mother and brother around 1790. In 1805, David married Elizabeth Taylor in Montgomery County. Their first child Anna was the first white child born in Madison Township, Montgomery County, Ohio.

In 1815 after the birth of their 7th child, who was only one day old, David rode to Chillicothe to the U.S. Land Office and entered a quarter section of land, being the SW quarter of section 17, town 10, range 4 east in Wayne Township, Darke County, Ohio. He built a home for his large family of 15 children and settled on the quarter section he had purchased on Swamp Creek, Wayne Township, Darke County, Ohio.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter is honoring the Wards in conjunction with the year of the Versailles Bicentennial. Also this August 28 dedication was chosen to also honor Silas Atchinson. Atchinson was one of the first 4 settlers in the area, and on August 28, 1819 he platted the village of "Jacksonville" on the south side of Swamp Creek. Jacksonville consisted of 20 lots within 3 blocks.

The Versailles Color Guard will also be assisting in the dedication. Please plan to attend the ceremony at Hoover Cemetery on August 28th at 6:30pm.

We are so grateful to our founding Patriots who fought and sacrificed for our freedoms we have today and to our local founding fathers.

End of Summer Party at APL a great success!

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The Arcanum Public Library held its annual summer party for patrons on Saturday, August 3. There were games, balloon animals, hot dogs, door prizes, cosmic treats, and lots of fun. Very special guests attended the party as well. Members of the Rebel Legion; Apollo Base came dressed up as characters from the Star Wars franchise. Patrons had a chance to interact with them, and get pictures taken. A great time was had by all who attended.

The APL wants patrons to know that besides finding a great book to read, other items can be checked out. The library has a large selection of movies, TV series, and mini-series. E-books can also be checked out, and the library has plenty of audiobooks that are very popular. The APL also now has mobile hot spots and a telescope that can be checked out by adults.

The library can be reached at 937-692-8484 and is at The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Hall of Famers, NAHU and The Wizard to descend on The Great Darke Co. Fair

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By Kenneth W. Terpenning, M.I.S.
August 12, 2019

The Darke County Fair is thrilled to announce that Hall of Famers Bob ‘Hollywood’ Heyden and Roger Huston will be at The Great Darke Co. Fair on Gene Riegle Night.

Hollywood Heyden will be providing handicapping analysis, as well as joining Rod Allums, Jr with NAHU, who will be doing a live broadcast from the grandstand along with co-hosts Mike Pribozie and Ray Cotolo (both via internet simulcast) on Riegle night. NAHU’s broadcast can be found on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Periscope and the NAHU Amazon Fire TV App.

Pacey ‘The Wizard’ Mindlin will be on-hand Riegle night (Thursday, August 22nd), doling out ‘Wizard’s Winning Picks’ to the fans. Wizard’s Winning Picks will be in every program for every session.

This year’s purses make our races one of the richest of all county fairs. The Gene Riegle Memorial will be going for a handsome purse of $50,000 and this year’s Arnie Almahurst Trot will again be going for a purse of $25,000.

Please join us by entering or coming to see these races on Thursday August 22nd. We will be celebrating with our annual souvenir Gene Riegle Memorial glass.

Racing will be conducted as follows:

  • Friday Night, August 16, 2019 - Post Time 6:30 P.M.
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 – Post Times 11:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M.
  • Wednesday Night, August 21, 2019 – Post Time 7:30 P.M.
  • Thursday Night, August 22, 2019 – Post Time 5:30 P.M.
  • On August 22nd, the race card will feature the 2 and 3 Yr Old Parshall Futurity; the Annie Oakley Shoot Out featuring the Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series; the Arnie Almahurst Open Trot and the Gene Riegle Memorial Open Pace.

In addition, Hall of Fame announcer and author Roger Huston will be doing a book signing to promote his latest book “THE VOICE: THE UNPARALLELED LIFE OF ROGER HUSTON” on Aug 22nd in the barn area before the races and again in the grandstand during the races. Roger will also be doing trackside interviews throughout the evening.


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After nearly a month in business, Fit by Loy, a new fitness studio in downtown Greenville, has one goal in mind – downtown business collaboration. For the month of September, the studio’s schedule is packed with events featuring other local shops.

“We co-hosted a workshop in August with Blue Lantern Tea where we offered a Stability Ball session followed by a tea tasting,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “It was so much fun combining our different businesses into one cohesive event, I wanted to continue the concept throughout the year.”

Loy reached out to several downtown businesses and received an abundance of support. During the month of September, community members can experience the following collaborations:

  • Throughout the month of September: attend any one class each week of September and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Sadie Grace
  • September 5, 5:30pm: Fit & Fashion: A free cardio drumming class at Fit by Loy with exclusive deals for participants after the class at Happily Ever Co.
  • September 11, 6:45pm: A visit from Beanz Bakery! Attend any class at Fit by Loy on Sept. 11, and enjoy a free energy bite from Beanz while learning more about the bakery
  • September 19, 7:30pm: Restore + Refresh: a 30-minute restorative yoga session followed by an experiential session with Unbelievable Skin Care

Plans are already in the works for collaborations in October with businesses such as The Ivy League and organizations like the Greenville Public Library.

“It’s great to be in a community where businesses want to help each other by offering unique experiences for the public,” said Loy. “Fitness is fun, but it’s even better when you team up with other entities.”

Fit by Loy offers fun fitness classes 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, including the class schedule, can be found at


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Finally, the month of July has gone out with some real summertime weather. The rain, wind and oppressive heat has subsided and now it seems like a real summer is here. August should bring more of the same, but let’s just hope it is more moderate than July was.

This has been a busy month in the Commissioner’s office. The Courthouse extension has started and seems to be on track for our December opening. We are aware that this has had an adverse effect on parking for the courthouse, but construction always inconveniences someone. We are trying to make the distractions and inconvenience as little as possible, so please bear with us while we complete this mandatory process.

July of course brings festivals and parades for us. The 4th of July saw us at the Ansonia parade, and because the weather was so hot, we noticed the crowd down a little, but still a very good parade. On the 6th, we were at New Madison and that parade was very well attended. Also we were at the annual Annie Oakley Festival and parade, that was one of the better parades they have had with over 100 entries there! Of course the same weekend was the Gathering at Garst, and they had another very successful event! Both festivals seemed to be very well attended. We want to thank all those who organize parades and festivals for all their hard work, and for inviting us to participate. We always enjoy getting to see so many people!

We had about 20 people apply for the Position of Administrator at the Jobs and Family services office. Gracie Overholser, the current administrator, has decided to retire at the end of the year. Gracie has been an outstanding administrator and deserves a long and peaceful retirement. She will be missed greatly! The Commissioners wish her the best. After narrowing down the field, we did extensive interviews with 4 applicants. All were very good, but we narrowed it down to 2, and they were both outstanding candidates. Both candidates work as department heads there now, and their skill sets, attitude, and work ethic would do them nicely as Administrator we felt. It was a tough decision, but we have selected Carla E. Allen of Versailles as the next Administrator. We are confident in her abilities and in her drive to continue the excellence we have at JFS. Congratulations to Carla and good luck in your new position!

We still have a few things to wrap up but for now, everything seems to be running smoothly. The elected officials and their staffs do a tremendous amount of good for the people of the County and if you see one of them, thank them for doing a mostly thankless job and doing it so well. They make Darke County what it is, and we are proud of the work they do!

August and fair time are here, so as is the case most years, this month should be slow in our office. We will still have our regular public sessions on Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 in the Commissioner’s Office, 520 south Broadway, just south of the Courthouse in Greenville. Try and stop by and see what is going on in your County! Hope to see you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

Keep America Beautiful Presents 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant

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Keep America Beautiful Presents 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grant to Keep Darke County Beautiful, National Nonprofit Provides Grant Funding, Resources to Help Darke County Battle Blight of Cigarette Litter

Keep America Beautiful®, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, announced it has awarded a 2019 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program® grant to 50 organizations receiving a Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP) merit-based grant.

Keep Darke County Beautiful’s grant award of $2500 will be used to Keep Darke County Beautiful to help it combat the most commonly littered item in America.

“Keep Darke County Beautiful with grant funding from Keep America Beautiful is pleased to provide pocket ashtrays to fair-goers at The Great Darke County Fair”, said Duane Edwards, President of the organization. Edwards also noted that there will be ash receptacles at most fair building entrances. Pocket ashtrays will be distributed fair week with the cooperation of Wayne Healthcare at their air-conditioned tent.

Communities implementing the CLPP in 2018 reported an average 62 percent reduction of cigarette litter, even greater than the previous year’s average reduction of 52 percent. Cigarette Litter Prevention Program grant funding empowers communities to help mitigate the economic, environmental and quality of-life impact of cigarette butt littering.

“Litter is both the smallest and largest problem at the same time,” said Jerred Jones, program director for the CLPP. “Keep America Beautiful is dedicated to educating consumers on the hazards of littering in public spaces and providing the tools to reduce litter. Access to ash receptacles and portable pocket ashtrays are crucial to changing littering behaviors.”

The CLPP, created by Keep America Beautiful in 2002, is the nation's largest program aimed at eliminating cigarette butt and cigar tip litter. Since its inception, the program has been successfully implemented in more than 1,800 urban, suburban and rural communities nationwide. Over the past decade, participating communities have consistently cut cigarette butt litter by 50 percent based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation. Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering." Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area. These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others.

The CLPP is supported by funding from Altria, Reynolds American, and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.

About Keep America Beautiful Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at

Learn to cope with on-farm hurdles at Farm Science Review 2019

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There’s no shortage of challenges for farmers these days: delays in planting, low commodity prices, drought and dwindling amounts of hay to feed farm animals.

At a time when farmers might be seeking advice on dealing with those and other obstacles, Farm Science Review 2019 will offer that, plus the latest in farm technology and products.

The three-day agricultural trade show from Sept. 17–19 offers educational talks and opportunities to speak one-on-one with experts from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which sponsors the annual event at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London.

“With last fall and this spring being two of the most challenging seasons for farmers in recent history, you can visit many exhibitors and experts on-site to discuss situations you haven’t had to experience before,” said Nick Zachrich, manager of Farm Science Review.

Now in its 57th year, the event offers the most relevant and up-to-date information to farmers on topics ranging from crop diseases to soil health. Farmers can learn how to reduce input costs and increase their efficiency at a time when both are particularly crucial.

“All farmers will have to come up with ways to be more efficient both in animal agriculture and grain production to be able to plant and harvest crops in smaller weather windows. Farm Science Review is a valuable resource for them,” Zachrich said.

In one location, growers can visit with many experts and see the newest innovations on the market. The event draws more than 100,000 people throughout three days. It features 4,000 product lines and over 700 commercial and educational exhibits, as well as workshops and presentations delivered by CFAES experts.

The Farm Science Review hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept 17–18 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets for the event are $7 at Ohio State University Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free.

The Farm Science Review app, which will be available for both Apple and Android smartphone and tablet users, offers interactive maps, a schedule of events, and general information about the show and exhibitors. It will be available by download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for “FSR 2019” or by directing your mobile browser to

For more information, visit or 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.

Foundation Again Holds 500 Club Raffle

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Beginning in mid-August, the Greenville Schools Foundation will for the fifth year conduct its 500 Club raffle to help raise funds for the direct benefit of teachers and students of Greenville City Schools. In recent years the foundation has awarded over $8,500.00 in grants annually for programs and projects that could not otherwise have been realized.

During the last four years, winners have taken home $2,880.00. Each month there are three winners: one $50.00 winner, one $20.00 winner and one $10.00 winner. Drawings will be held for the next nine months. There are 27 chances to win, all for a $10 ticket.

You can support Greenville students by purchasing your tickets from any board member or by calling 548-9895 or 548-1530.


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DCCA recognizes the Darke County Endowment for the Arts for their support the Missoula Children’s Theatre Residency and production of Peter & Wendy. “Thanks to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts students in Darke County are able to experience every aspect of a musical theater production in one week, at no cost to the participants,” shared DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “We are absolutely thrilled to see the students in our community receive the benefit of their generosity and ensuring the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts.”

In one short week the Missoula Directors cast, rehearsed and presented the musical Peter & Wendy, featuring 45 local students from grades 1-12 in roles from the familiar tale with a Missoula Theatre twist. On Saturday, August 3rd the cast performed two productions at St. Clair Memorial Hall for a delighted audience.

The purpose of Darke County Endowment for the Arts is to keep the Arts alive forever in our community. Darke County Endowment for the Arts is a non-profit organization that receives and manages charitable gifts, which are invested to produce income to benefit the Arts in Darke County. The Endowment assists donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies to enrich lives through the Arts for years to come.

Darke County Endowment for the Arts is managed by a Board of Trustees made who meet regularly to manage investments and consider appropriate action to assist the Arts in Darke County as funds are available. Current trustees are Ted Abney, Antonia Baker, Gary Brown, Marilyn Delk, Barbara Greiner, Becky Hartnagle, and Andrea Jordan; Nicki Gillespie serves as treasurer. For more information or to make a donation to the Darke County Endowment for the Arts visit or P.O. Box 155, Greenville, OH 45331.

Peter & Wendy was also made possible thanks to the Ohio Arts Council, local foundations and DCCA Memberships.

For more information on Darke County Center for the Arts contact the DCCA office at 547-0908 or visit


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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club will offer their obedience classes starting September 10, 2019. Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training and many people like the variety of classes available.

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

Obedience classes begin Tuesday September 10th. They will include, Puppy (12 weeks to 6 months), and Beginner Obedience. For those who have completed the beginner class and wish to continue on with their training, Obedience 2 will be offered. For those people who want to further train their dog with off lead healing and advanced exercises, an advanced class will be offered. World Cynopsport Rally obedience classes will also be offered this 9 weeks. There are two levels of this Rally class. Level 1 will be for the beginner and novice student and dog. Level 2 is for more advanced students and dogs that have competed in trials or want to compete and have taken past classes.

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

She also added that the rally classes will be offered to those who have completed beginner or have some past training in classes and want to continue with training. The LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 Rally Classes are for students who want to try something new in obedience and challenge themselves and their dog. The requirement for Rally Level 1 class is that the dog and handler be able to execute all the basic obedience commands without much difficulty. Off lead work will be attempted in Rally Level 2.

The goal of the Rally class is to introduce students to a new form of Obedience which involves walking a course with your dog and performing the exercises as illustrated on numbered signs along the path of the course. This class also preps the team of dog and handler to work towards a Level 1 Title in World Cynopsport Rally.

GADC will be having their first sanctioned trial Sept. 29th. at their buildings for World Cynopsport Rally. The members are excited to be hosting this trial at our new buildings and hoping to draw many competitors from far and wide. Club members will also be showing their dogs to earn titles with WCRL.

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

They now have 4 instructors who have been certified to do pet therapy. That leads us to the next exciting thing to be happening at the new buildings.

They will be offering Pet Therapy classes and Good Canine Citizen classes with evaluations included. THAT CLASS WILL START TRAINING SEPT. 11 AT 7:30.

If you feel you have a dog that has the right temperament to be a therapy dog and are wondering how to qualify, they can help you along your way to that goal. The dog and owner needs to have taken a beginner obedience class and pass or be evaluated by the director as to what commands the dog can do and be ready to be evaluated for CGC or Therapy Dog.


Ladybugs Award Magoteax for Residential Landscaping

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The Residential Landscaping Award, sponsored by The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and the Ladybug Garden Club, was presented to Robin Magoteax of Sugar Maple Drive for outstanding achievement in design and maintenance of her residential property and for community beautification. Robin is very dedicated to her gardens with creative displays of annuals in antique containers. She selected a large iron pot, bicycles, childs chair and vintage walker, suitcases, small grocery carts, picnic tables and numerous other items to stage her container plantings in. Robin stated she gets her inspiration from her mother and a good friend urging her to love and appreciate her constant three hours daily watering jobs. She moved into her home last October, had a heart attack in December, and has devoted her good health now to her gardens. Shown presenting the award are Ladybug members Sherri Jones, Angela Beumer, her dog Maddie Marie, Robin and Ladybug Lisa Marcum.

Ansonia District to start Empowering After School Program

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ANSONIA – This fall Ansonia Local Schools will be joining Greenville in its goal to help struggling students by offering the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program.

“We’re pleased to be the first school district outside of Greenville to initiate this program,” said Jim Atchley, Superintendent of Ansonia Schools. “It’s another opportunity to provide tutoring instruction to our students,” he continued, noting that they have students who definitely need the help. “It (the Empowering Program) is a great innovation that we can use to serve our students,” he added.

The Ansonia program will be available to first through fourth graders for the 2019-20 school year. Atchley, and Elementary School Principal Ashlee Fourman, indicated that these were the grades they wanted to offer first. Like the Greenville Empowering program did in 2016, Ansonia is leaving other grade options open for the future.

“We are delighted that Ansonia is going to be working with us this year,” said Executive Director Bob Robinson. “As our name implies, our goal is to reach any student needing extra help, regardless of the school district he or she lives in. I’d like to thank Jim and Ashlee for joining us in this objective.”

Speaking on behalf of the Empowering Darke County Youth Board of Directors, Vice President Susi Halley said, the board is thrilled to extend this invaluable program to Ansonia Schools. “Many thanks to Jim and Ashlee for organizing it for the benefit of their students,” she added. “They are the first to take on our expansion of going countywide and we look forward to their great success."

Atchley commented that this wasn’t the first time Ansonia followed Greenville’s lead to help their students. “We were the first to follow Greenville with its Bridges to College program, too,” he said. “It’s also a great program and we’re still involved offering it to our students.”

Robinson noted that the Empowering Summer Tutoring program has worked with students from nearly every school district in Darke County. Parents take advantage of free tutoring at Edison State for small group tutoring, and the Greenville Public Library for one-on-one tutoring. The Greenville After School Program continues to grow, with 139 requests for help last fall. Over the 2018-19 period, the Empowering program worked with 161 Greenville students, kindergarten through eighth grade. Since the program’s inception in March 2016, Empowering tutors and volunteers have worked more than 15,000 hours with 612 students.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner 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. If you would like more information or to help, go to Empowering Facebook or email: Donations and letters of inquiry may be sent to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville 45331.

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Greenville Church of the Brethren to Collect Shoes for WaterStep

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The Greenville Church of the Brethren is having a shoe collection during the month of August for the charitable organization, WaterStep. All types of shoes will be accepted -- shoes can be new, lightly used or even heavily used but must not include mold or mildew. The shoe collection drive will last the entire month of August. Your contribution can be dropped off in collection boxes at Greenville COB, Brethren Retirement Community and Greenville Federal.

WaterStep provides life-saving technology and education to people in developing countries who lack safe drinking water. Your donation of shoes will literally save lives. WaterStep collects all shoes and sells them to a company that pays by the weight. Proceeds are used to fund safe water projects all over the world. The shoes are then distributed to small business owners in developing countries, who prep the shoes for re-sale, providing themselves an income.

For additional information, please contact the Greenville Church of the Brethren at 937-548-3583 and visit their event page on Facebook.

Xylophone Soloist Featured with Concert Band

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Jackson Riffle
The Greenville Municipal Concert Band returns to the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park on Sunday, August 4 for a performance of traditional and modern band music. Concert time will be 7:00pm. There is seating available on park benches, or listeners may bring their own lawn chairs. There is no admission charge for the concert. The band will be conducted by its associate director, Doug Albright.

This concert will feature the solo xylophone playing of Jackson Riffle. Mr. Riffle is currently studying at Wright State University majoring in Percussion and Piano Performance. He is an active performer, teacher, and composer. He has appeared as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, Wright State University Symphony Orchestra, Kettering Civic Band, and has performed with the Carmel Symphony (Indiana), the Richmond Symphony (Indiana), and for Dayton Public Radio as a guest artist. He was a finalist for the “President’s Own” Marine Band Concerto competition where he performed in recital at the John Philip Sousa Recital Hall. Jackson attended the Brevard Music Festival in the summer of 2018, where he studied and performed alongside members of the Cincinnati Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Eastman School of Music Faculty. On this concert, Jackson will be playing "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" and "The Comedian's Galop" accompanied by the Greenville Municipal Concert Band.

Also being featured on "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" is narrator, Sam Graves. Sam is a Darke County resident and retired educator. He and his wife Pamela are the parents of two children, James and Chloe. He has been reconnecting with community theater, recently performing in the Town and Country Players production of Mamma Mia.

Also scheduled for performance this week is "New Millennium Overture," "A Tribute to George Harrison," The Flight of the Oriole," and "Open Arms." The selection of marches are reminiscent of vaudeville and the circus and include "Bravura," "The Trombone King," and "Curtain Call." The concert will close with a patriotic selection and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."


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The Artisan Stroll brings dozens of artists to downtown Greenville
each year to display their talents and sell their work. Main Street Greenville
is also pleased to announce the return of the art contest during this year's event!
If you love the arts you won’t want to miss Main Street Greenville’s First Friday event for August, the Artisan Stroll! The event will feature multiple different vendors, each offering art or unique hand crafted items!

The event will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in downtown Greenville on Friday, August 2nd. “It will be a jam-packed night, with so much to see and do,” said Susan Fowble, Event Chair Volunteer. “We are excited to see everyone downtown!”

Vendors will be set-up on the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items. The list of items offered include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, photography, and much more.

In addition to the art on display, many activities and demonstrations will take place throughout the evening, such as live music at multiple locations, face-painting, Chalk-the-Block (a sidewalk chalk contest), free hotdogs & brats provided by Greenville National Bank, free ice cream provided by First Congregational Church, and more!

During the First Friday event, the Urban Park built by YOLO of Darke County will be celebrating its grand opening! All are welcome to attend the celebration as this new space is adopted into the community. There will be music by the Green de Villes, yard games, treats, drinks, and a free showing of The Incredibles II at dusk (approx. 9:15 PM).

Beginning in March, the committee (consisting of Susan Fowble, Patti Jetter, Kim Murray, Mary Saintignon, Nancy Person, and Debbie Niekamp) have volunteered their time to work with Main Street Greenville to create the event.

“The Artisan Stroll is one of our largest First Friday events of the year and it would not be possible without the hard work of the committee. They begin planning this event well in advance to make sure there will be a wide variety of vendors and activities for all to enjoy,” said Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville.

Flyers will be handed out the night of the event with the schedule and the locations of each vendor. Main Street Greenville will also post the information on their website and Facebook page for you to download or view before the event.

Main Street Greenville is also pleased to announce the return of the art contest to the Artisan Stroll! This juried contest is open to all accepted participants of the Artisan Stroll, although participation in the contest is not required to display your work at the Artisan Stroll.

The theme of the contest is “Shades of Summer.” Artists are encouraged to submit pieces which celebrate the variety of hues, intense saturations, and unique light quality that the summer season brings. Pieces of all mediums will be accepted for participation in the contest and artists will have a chance to win cash prizes of up to $200! The art contest has been generously sponsored by the Darke County Endowment for the Arts.

Darke County Endowment for the Arts (DCEA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that receives and manages charitable gifts which are invested to produce income to benefit the Arts in Darke County. The Endowment assists donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes, creating lasting legacies to enrich the lives through the Arts for years to come

The First Friday: Artisan Stroll is kindly sponsored by the Jordan Agency. Their team of insurance professionals has years of collective industry experience writing both personal and commercial insurance policies designed to fit your needs. Jordan Agency’s friendly staff will work with you on a one-on-one basis to develop not only the perfect policy, but a lasting relationship. You can reach them at or 937-548-1606.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

Rent a bike from the Bish Discovery Center today!

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Come rent a bike from the Bish Discovery Center! All you need is a credit/debit card and a valid driver’s license. Bikes are available to rent for $5 an hour, or $20 for the day. Both cruiser style and 10-speed bikes are available to rent in sizes 24” and 26”. Enjoy biking the Tecumseh Trail or just cruise around Greenville!

Bike trail maps are available at the Bish Discovery Center (404 N. Ohio St. Greenville, OH) and the Nature Center (4267 St. Rt. 502 W. Greenville, OH).

Bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Hours of availability are Tues/Wed 9:00am-2:00pm, Thurs/Fri 12:00pm-6:00pm, and Sat 9:00am-4:00pm.

For more information call the Bish Discovery Center (937-808-4120) or the Nature Center (937-548-0165).


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EUM Church Women’s Ministry is excited to announce our annual Holiday Boutique on November 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville (corner of Sater Street & Sebring-Warner Road).

The Holiday Boutique is designed for women of Darke County to connect with each other, build relationships, market their products or services and do their Christmas shopping all in a unique and festive setting. Vendor slots are open to those in the community who have in-home or family businesses, and/or offer woman or child related services.

Because we want to give back to the community, attendees and vendors will be asked to bring an item for the Pregnancy Help Center such as diapers, formula, baby clothes, etc.

If you have a home-based business and would like more information about reserving a booth at the Holiday Boutique, please contact Cindy Crawford at 548-3211, ext 213 or

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 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.


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When you’re grieving the death of a family member or friend, your sadness can seem unbearable. Do thoughts of social gatherings, obligations and everyday responsibilities leave you anxious and overwhelmed? What can you do to lessen your stress and loneliness? Where can you find out what emotions to expect in the coming months, how to manage them and how to communicate with family and friends who seem helpless to understand what you are going through?

GriefShare is a video seminar series that features some of the nation’s foremost Christian experts on grief and recovery topics as seen from a biblical perspective. You’ll hear insights from respected Christian counselors, pastors, and psychologists on various topics that you encounter. You’ll receive handouts with practical strategies, plus other valuable information to help you move forward in your new normal. The video seminars are combined with support group discussion of the materials presented during the video. You will be able to talk freely among others who understand the pain of losing a loved one—confidentiality and respect are the rule. The two-hour seminar not only includes the expert counselors and discussion time, but a Mourning to Joy workbook at a cost of $25. The workbook encourages journaling and personal study exercises that reinforce the weekly session topics.

GriefShare meets this Fall on Saturdays, beginning August 31 from 10:00 a.m. to noon through December 7. GriefShare is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence and are welcome to begin attending our group at any point. This cycle contains 14 sessions which includes a special Surviving the Holidays to help face the dread of the holiday season without your loved one. It will help you create a healthy plan and how to communicate with others during those event-filled weeks. GriefShare will meet at the Greenville Public Library, 3rd floor Community Room, 520 Sycamore Street. To find peace and move forward in your journey, call Judy Gibson, 937-417-4438 or the EUM Church office, 937-548-3211 for registration & information. You may also register online at

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 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.

JT's Bew & Grill Donates to Empowering Darke County Youth

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Trisha Hill, Manager of JT’s Brew & Grill, Greenville, hands check to Bob Robinson, Executive Director, Empowering Darke County Youth, to help support academic programs for local youth.

JT’s Brew & Grill supports Empowering programs for local youth

GREENVILLE – “I love this program,” said Trisha Hill, Manager of JT’s Brew & Grill in Greenville. A request for support got a quick response from Hill, who offered to have an Empowering Darke County Youth day at her restaurant.

That day – June 26 – resulted in a large donation for Empowering programs. Guests were not required to turn in a flyer or otherwise indicate their support… if they enjoyed a great meal on that day, they helped JT’s in its goal to help Darke County Youth.

JT’s Brew & Grill, 1475 Wagner Avenue, is a strong supporter of the community it serves, having held multiple “community service” days over the years. They will be holding another “Day for Empowering” in the fall, after the new school year begins. JT’s Brew & Grill, formerly CJ Highmarks, operates restaurants in St. Marys and Greenville.

Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner. It will be beginning its fourth year of After School Tutoring in Greenville this fall. The summer program, available to all Darke County students is about to wrap up. Since 2016 Empowering tutors and volunteers have provided over 15,000 hours of academic help to 612 students in all Darke County school districts.

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides 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.

Greenville BPW Holds Fundraiser

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Pictured left to right BPW members: Lucie Pohl, Kim Fisher, Dorothy Poeppelman, Angie DeGideo, Vicki Cost, Susan Fowble, and Deb Niekamp.
Greenville, OH. - Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) held their annual chicken BBQ dinner fundraiser June 19th. BPW would like to thank all those who purchased tickets for the fundraiser. Thanks also to the Greenville VFW Post 7262 for allowing the Club to use their facilities for the drive up deliveries and to Eikenberry’s IGA for providing the bags for the dinners.
The next meeting will be September 19th; however, the BPW Club is working on their Annual Guest Night “What a Girl Wants’ fundraiser scheduled for October 10th. Follow the Greenville BPW Club Facebook page for more details, activities planned for the evening, and the Super Raffle.

The money raised from the chicken dinner fundraiser will be used to award scholarships. This year the club was able to award five $750 scholarship to young women of Darke County . Contact membership chair Sonya Crist at 937/423-6357 or or check out their Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club to learn more about the Club.

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