Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Chistmas Story in Music Featuring Harmony and The Pitsburg COB Players

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The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present their annual Christmas Program on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at 6 PM. This year’s program will include, The Christmas Story in Music, presented by Harmony, and a play titled, A Fruitcake Homecoming, presented by the Pitsburg COB Players, and featuring Norma Baker as Momma. The evening will conclude with candlelight singing.

The public is invited to share in this annual event. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

Blue Christmas

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The holidays are not always jolly for everyone. There are those who feel the sorrow of loss, whether loss of a loved one, loss of a relationship, loss of a job, or simply the loss of happiness.
Ansonia UMC will be holding a “Blue Christmas” service on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 7:00 pm. This will be a special time to seek comfort and the presence of God in the midst of the sadness we may feel during the Christmas holidays. Everyone is welcome to this casual, informal, but meaningful service.

National DAR Day of Service Celebrated

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Fort GreeneVille Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated National DAR Day of Service. The chapter chose to have a landscaping clean up day at the historical Studabaker Schoolhouse. Several members spent the day trimming trees and bushes and picking up debris on the property.

National DAR Day of Sevice is celebrated each year on or around October 11th. It is a day to honor the anniversary of DAR's founding on October 11, 1890. DAR chapters and individuals are encouraged to engage in meaningful service projects in their communities each year on or around Oct. 11.

The Studabaker Schoolhouse was the first brick schoolhouse in Darke County. The schoolhouse was built in 1840 on the Studabaker homestead. Studabaker Schoolhouse was deeded to the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR on Nov 20, 1934. Mrs. Grant, Regent of the Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR received the deed in Oct. 1934 and the official formal announcement of the gift was in April 1935. Restoration by the chapter was completed in 1937. During the earlier years after acquiring the landmark, Fort GreeneVille Chapter periodically held meetings, guest days, and picnics at the property. The schoolhouse was previously used as a clubhouse for the Treaty City Amateur Radio Association for 66 years.

Fort GreeneVille Chapter is currently doing major repairs on the schoolhouse's exterior. Future plans are to restore the interior to its time as a schoolhouse and have educational events at the property.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will present award-winning a cappella quintet VoicePlay in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 14; this special holiday event begins at 8 p.m. 
Darke County Center for the Arts will present award-winning a cappella quintet VoicePlay in concert at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, December 14; this special holiday event begins at 8 p.m. “Their hilarious on-stage theatrics and amazing musical skills combine to create inventive, unique, and memorable performances; that probably explains why our audience demanded that we bring VoicePlay back to our community,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. “This holiday concert is like no other, but without doubt will inspire the joy of the season and spread holiday cheer,” he stated.

VoicePlay originally gained fame as a finalist on season four of NBC’s The Sing-Off, and has continued to win acclaim touring across the U.S. and around the world. According to Mr. Warner, the group’s members, Earl Elkins, Jr., Eli Jacobson, J. None, Geoff Castellucci, and Layne Stein, use only their own voices to create a fully orchestrated sound while performing songs from many eras in a broad variety of styles. “They have a lot of fun emoting and vocalizing and creating their own musical accompaniment, and that sense of fun is transmitted to the audience which can’t help but get caught up in the magic,” Mr. Warner commented.

DCCA’s presentation of VoicePlay’s holiday show is sponsored by Greenville Federal and Coppock-Hole Trust. This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Inc., and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for the VoicePlay Holiday Concert are $30, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at www.darkecountyarts.org. If any remain by showtime, tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the performance. Patrons are reminded that parking is now available at the new St. Clair Memorial Hall parking lot, which can be entered from Armstrong Street and Central Avenue.

Greenville Athletic Boosters Holiday Craft Show

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Events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The annual children’s craft night and visit with Santa is coming up at the Arcanum Public Library. Patrons can drop in on Thursday, December 5th starting at 6:00. Craft tables will be set up for children to create a few masterpieces to take home. Santa will arrive at 6:30 for visiting. No registration is needed for this fun event.

StoryTime will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. This drop-in program for preschoolers includes stories, songs, crafts, and lots of fun. Also on Tuesdays is the afterschool program for children in grades K-6. The Explorer’s Club meets from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. and provides a chance for kids to have a snack, make a craft, play games, and hang out with friends. This is also a drop-in program.

The library has purchased five “Discovering STEM” kits that introduce concepts such as levers, gears, velocity, and more. The kits are available for patrons ages 8 and up to check out and take home for building fun. The library also has mobile hotspots and a telescope available for check-out to adult patrons.

The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The library can be reached at 937-692-8484, and found at www.arcanumpubliclibrary.org. The library is also on Facebook and Twitter.

DCP Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland Coming Soon

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This holiday season join Darke County Parks for an evening stroll through our winter wonderland at Shawnee Prairie Preserve! On Saturday, December 7th from 6-9pm, there will be over 450 luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature!

New for 2019: Due to its overwhelming popularity, online registration is required for this event. If you do not have internet access, call the Nature Center at 548-0165. A “winter wagon ride” will offer participants a new experience through the winter woods traveling from the new parking area. Don’t forget to visit with our regional partner, Historic Bear’s Mill, during their luminary walk (held Dec 6th) to receive your coupon card for both giftshop locations (details at our website)!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is the perfect FREE event for the whole family to celebrate the winter season. Please bring a votive candle (or two) as a donation for next year’s path!

For information on this event or to register your family today, check out our website www.darkecountyparks.org, find us on facebook or call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Darke County Park District Receives Interpretive Project Grant from the National Association for Interpretation

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The National Association for Interpretation Region 4 recently announced its Interpretive Project Grant Award Winners, and is pleased to report Darke County Park District is among the 2019 recipients.

The Interpretive Project Grants (IPG) program is designed to provide a source of funding for small projects by Association members within the Great Lakes region including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario. Projects may include exhibitry, signage, programs, or other ideas that enhance visitors’ interpretive experience. Applications are submitted annually, and reviewed by the IPG Committee consisting of members of NAI Region 4 who guide the grant process and make recommendations to the Region 4 Board of Directors.

Darke County Park’s project – Property of the Pollinators – will add interpretive signs to the Bish Discovery Center’s grounds. These signs will add interpretation to their pollinator field and herb garden about local pollinators, the threats to their livelihood as well as their importance to the environment. According to grant applicant Mandy Martin of Darke County Park District “[this] project fits perfectly into what Darke County Parks wishes to promote at the Bish Discovery Center- environmental sustainability. The interpretive signs will educate visitors about the importance of making conscious choices that positively impact the planet.”

IPG funds will add financial support for the project, acquiring the new interpretive signs as well as installation materials. “It is always interesting and enlightening for the Committee to see all of the wonderful projects underway in Region 4 - we have very passionate and creative members in our region,” said Victoria Zablocki, Acting Chair of the Interpretive Project Grants Committee. “Congratulations to Darke County Park District on their work to spread the word about positive ways to impact the environment.”

Applicants receiving funding this year along with Darke County Park District include: Blendon Woods Metro Park (OH), Dawes Arboretum (OH), and Glacier Ridge and Homestead (OH).

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

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Library Participates in Reading Initiative

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“One Book Many Communities” is a reading initiative for northern Miami Valley residents. Each year participating libraries ask patrons to vote for one book that everyone will read and share. This program unites readers from eight public library systems and one academic library as they experience the same book through a variety of entertaining discussions and programs.

Over the summer representatives from over 22 libraries across 8 counties, including staff from the Greenville Public Library, met to whittle down a substantial list of books to four titles that they asked patrons to vote on. The four finalist titles were selected for their timeliness of topics or overall themes which the group felt would resonate with local communities. The finalists were:

  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú
  • The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Widows by Jess Montgomery.

Voting took place during the month of September and the winner will be announced on Monday November 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Champaign County Library. State Representative Nino Vitale will do the honor of revealing which book and author was chosen. Following the presentation there will be a reception with refreshments. The Champaign Ukulele Group will play thematic music appropriate to the winning title. The public is invited to attend.

Stay tuned to the Greenville Public Library's website and Facebook page for information on upcoming programs and special “One Book Many Communities” events to be held at different locations in March and April. A grand finale event with the winning author will wrap up the
program in mid-April.

Darke County Civic Theater Holding Auditions

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Darke County Civic Theater will be holding auditions for their 2020 Spring Family Production of "Dorothy in Wonderland" on Sunday, December 1st from 2 - 6 p.m.

Auditions will take place at DCCT's new location, "Final Bow Performing Arts Center" (located at 116 East Third St, Greenville OH 45331.)

DCCT is seeking all actors and actresses who are above reading age and ready to perform. Auditions will be cold readings from the script and no prior preparation is needed. All ages are welcome to audition for this show, as the cast ranges in age from children to adults - the whole family is welcome! Those auditioning will not need to stay for the entire audition time and can leave as soon as their audition is over. Rehearsals will take place on Sunday afternoons and occasional Friday evenings. Detailed calendars will be provided after the cast has been selected and will be available for review at auditions.

"The worlds of Oz and Wonderland collide in this fantastically fun romp, cleverly and carefully adapted from the works of L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll. Dorothy Gale has made her way to the end of the Yellow Brick Road, and the wonderful Wizard of Oz is just about to help her get back home to Kansas. But before she can hop into the wizard’s balloon, another whirlwind appears over the Emerald City, sweeping Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion away to Wonderland. Equipped with their new assets — brains, heart and courage — Dorothy’s friends try to help her find her way home, meeting many other interesting characters along the way, including Alice, the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and many more. They also must face a dangerous new foe — the Queen of Hearts! Dorothy and Alice team up to defeat the queen at croquet, but will that be enough to return Wonderland to normal? And how will they ever get back home to Kansas and to London?"

*Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado -

For additional information or for more questions, contact DCCT President and director, Chris Chapa, at darkecountycivictheater@gmail.com.


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Greenville’s Fish, an ecumenical volunteer organization, first began serving Darke County in 1967 and continues to work to help those in need today, providing emergency food assistance at the Fish Choice Food Pantry at 400 Markwith Avenue. The organization is part of a charitable movement that began in England in 1961 when an Anglican pastor and one of his parishioners challenged their congregation to demonstrate God’s love in the world by helping neighbors in need; this concept spread to communities throughout the world, each local Fish group operating independently with no central headquarters dictating policies and regulations. Although some organizations have used the letters of Fish as an acronym, ascribing words to each letter, the use of the Fish symbol actually harks back to early Christians, who used the sign of the fish as a secret code.

Since Fish’s beginning, people seeking help have called 548-2000, and received a return call from a volunteer offering assistance. At first, the organization provided many services, including transportation, financial assistance for utility bills, friendly visitors, babysitters, and more; however, as governmental agencies began offering help for many of these needs, sometimes using data from Fish records to document the need to establish such programs, emergency groceries became the sole service provided. The need for food has only increased through the years, with the number of households receiving assistance rising to over 6,000 in 2018.

Fish clients are only required to provide identification verifying their name, age, and current address to receive assistance. Because of vast need and limited supplies, clients can be helped only once every four weeks. Visitors to the Choice Pantry choose their food items from the stock on the shelves, just as they would at a grocery store, although Fish guidelines based on the number of household members determine the number of items allowed.

Food and money to purchase groceries which stock the Choice Pantry shelves are donated by individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches; the Fish Choice Pantry is open on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., and on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers also deliver groceries to shut-ins unable to get to the Pantry who live within Greenville City limits. Donations are always needed and welcomed, as are volunteers eager to assist their neighbors in need. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, contact Fish at 548-2000.

Second Annual Ansonia Lighted Christmas Tractor Parade

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Edison State and Honda Team Up for Student Internship Program

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Information Session to be Held December 5th

Edison State Community College invites current students, high school juniors, seniors, and their parents to learn more about the direct pathway developed to lead students into a manufacturing career at Honda. An information session will be held Thursday, December 5, from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Emerson Center, Room 504-505 at the Piqua Campus.

Equipment Service Technicians are currently in demand at Honda and require technical and analytical skills to identify and solve problems quickly. The Edison State to Honda Manufacturing Pathway program will help prepare students with the skills needed to take on these in-demand roles.

The program is available to students who opt to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electro-Mechanical or Automation and Robotics at Edison State.

Participating students will be able to earn a two-year degree in engineering while working part-time at Honda. Program participants will earn at least than $16 per hour, and those who go on to secure full-time employment will start at more than $53,000 per year.

In addition to the Honda Student Internship Program, Honda also offers a “Honda Excellence in Manufacturing Scholarship” worth $2,500. The scholarship was established to benefit students who are pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing. For more information about the scholarship, visit www.edisonohio.edu/scholarshipapps and view “scholarships/grants requiring separate applications”.

This will be the fourth year this opportunity has been available to students. Pizza and pop will be provided by Honda to all attendees. RSVP for this free information session to Veronica French at 937-778-7865 or vfrench@edisonohio.edu.

Project FeederWatch at DCP

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Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District, and participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-11am. This is a unique citizen science program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Observations from here in Darke County may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help! Bird watchers will gather inside the nature center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station. Drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday during the above times to help with the project. There will be warm drinks available for those enjoying nature from the comfort of an armchair on a cold winter’s day.

For more information on Project FeederWatch or if you have questions about any of the many other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.


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In the final exhibit of this season, “Art at the Mill” will feature the figurative story-telling ceramic sculptures of Jan Wiesner along with the unique architectural structures created by her husband, Mark Wiesner from November 29 through December 29. This exhibit in the Clark Gallery at historic Bear’s Mill opens on the final Friday of November with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. offering finger food and drinks as well as brief talks by the artists who will share 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.

“This talented couple works side by side, their talents cross-pollinating to create fascinating pieces that seem to talk to each other,” commented Ms. Roestamadji. “Their striking output delightfully captures attention, and distinctly speaks to each viewer from a personal perspective,” she stated. According to Ms. Clark, some of Jan Wiesner’s ceramic sculptures were created to complement her husband’s houses made of cardboard and found objects, most of which were made specifically for the exhibit at Bear’s Mill. “We are excited to bring this talented duo to our Gallery, and invite everyone to explore their captivating artwork,” Ms. Clark said.

The Wiesners maintain a working studio at the Pendleton Arts Center in Cincinnati; both are retired art teachers who have earned numerous awards during their teaching careers. Inspired by artists they admire, the couple is influenced by all they see around them, caught up in ideas and what they can do with the vast input. Jan’s figurative ceramic sculptures have stories to tell; those stories can be fanciful or filled with everyday magic, dealing with responses to parts of our culture that surround and affect women and their lives. She forms clay into evocative figures that vary in size from 9 to 12 inches high and 6 to 7 inches wide, giving many of the sculptures intriguing titles that also ignite imaginations and excite emotions.


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Greenville, OH - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 7th at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage and will be cooked and served with the assistance of Dara Buchy and the Greenville High School Supply Chain Management. Santa will be there along with Mrs. Claus.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by December 2nd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending. Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 130 Willow Dr., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending. If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for each child and lots of fun.

The BPW club will also have available for sale ‘super raffle’ tickets. Winners will be drawn at the December 12th meeting. The raffle is a chance to win one of five prizes: 1st prize - 14 Karat White Gold Necklace and Earrings with Crystals (Wielands). 2nd Prize 39” Smart TV – Element Brand (Performance Mortgage), 3rd Prize KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender (KitchenAid), 4th Prize $100 of Dining Gift Cards (Deb & Gene Niekamp) and 5th Prize Relaxation Massage (Escape Spa LLC). Super Raffle tickets are available at Merle Norman at 309 S. Broadway, Greenville, by contacting Debbie Niekamp at 419/305-2178 or any BPW member. The winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. All proceeds from our fundraisers are used to award scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.

Darke County Chapter of Disable American Veterans Donates to Fish Pantry

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Fish received a generous monetary donation today from the Darke County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. The donation was delivered by Adjutant Treasurer Donald Dietrich (shown with Kristi Cutarelli in the picture).

Thanksgiving dinner at First Presbyterian Church

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Come share a Thanksgiving dinner with our community family on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, from 11:30 – 1:00. Don’t settle for a TV dinner alone when you can join others in this family meal with “all the trimmings”! First Presbyterian Church at 114 East Fourth Street invites you to share Thanksgiving blessings.

Besides the turkey and dressing, the meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, milk, coffee and lemonade, assorted pies and desserts. Along with the good food, enjoy music and good company! Donations will be accepted.

Call 937-548-3188 to let us know you will be there.

Darke County Farmers Union—Fall Harvest Meeting 2019

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Greenville, Ohio – Darke County Farmers Union held their Fall Harvest meeting November 2, 2019 at the OSU Extension meeting room where they honored some of the 4H Youth that they supported during the livestock sales at the 2019 Great Darke County Fair. Pictured above seated (l-r): Gabrielle Wooten--Swine, Faith Wooten—Swine, Adi Schmitz—Sheep, Emily Schmitz—Sheep, Ethan Fischer—Sheep.

Monday, November 11, 2019

DCSO: Fatal Accident on 121 Near Versailles

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On November 11, 2019 at 7:34 a.m. Darke County Deputies, Darke County Accident Reconstruction, along with Versailles Rescue, Gettysburg Rescue, and Versailles Fire Department were dispatched to the 9700 Block of State Route 121 in reference to an accident with injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2009 Grey Town and Country Van, driven by, Daniel Meyer (45) of Versailles, OH. was traveling South on State Route 121. Mr. Meyer's vehicle, and a 2001 Brown Pontiac Montana Van, driven by Kimberly Fugett (42) of Greenville, OH, who was traveling North on State Route 121, collided with each other.

Mrs. Fugett was transported to Wayne Hospital by Versailles Rescue. Deputies learned that Mrs. Fugett succumbed to her injuries sustained in the accident shortly upon arriving at Wayne Hospital. Mr. Meyer was transported to Wayne Hospital by Gettysburg Rescue, where he was treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation.


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The North Pole will be coming to Bradford, Ohio again this year. On December 14 from 10:30 AM until 1:00 PM, children from the area get to visit the Bradford Railroad Museum, visit with Santa, be greeted by costumed characters from the railroad, make a special take home item and more!

“Last year was such a great success,” says Peggy Emerson, event coordinator. “that we knew we wanted to offer the event again. Every child receives a golden ticket in the mail from the museum. I love it when they bring them in the door to be punched and start their magical journey. From hot chocolate and custom designed sugar cookies to a personal visit with Santa (and lots of photo opportunities!), kids are the star of the event.”

Tickets are $10 for each child and $5 for adults. They can be purchased at www.bradfordrrmuseum.org until the event is sold out.

Bradford Public Library Invites you to Light Up the Park

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Bradford Public Library would like to invite you to join us as we help Light Up the Park on November 30, 2019. This fun, family celebration will start at Iddings Park where community members will gather for Christmas carols and stories followed by the main event…the lighting of the holiday decorations in the park. After a time to enjoy the lights all are invited to cross the street for cookies, hot chocolate and a visitor from the North Pole at the Bradford Public Library! The festivities start at 7:00. Please dress for the weather! In case of rain, event will be held in the library. We hope you can join us and make this special community celebration a part of your family traditions!

Previously published articles advertised this event for November 23. Bradford Public Library would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope you can join us on November 30th!


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Spread Christmas cheer this holiday season at the inaugural Santa’s Stocking 5K, benefitting the Darke County FISH Choice Pantry. This family-friendly, untimed event invites you to venture through Penguin's Pass, enjoy the music of Caroler's Corner, and experience the joy of Candy Cane Lane during this run/walk/stroll held at Greenville City Park on Saturday, December 7 at 9:30am.

“We’re excited to host the Santa’s Stocking 5K,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “It’s great to offer the community a fun way to exercise while also supporting a wonderful non-profit that provides emergency food to those in need.”

“We are also thrilled to announce that The Coffee Pot will be sponsoring the finish line,” said Loy. “They will be serving hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies – just as Santa would want it!” All participants will also receive a gift from Santa and an edible medal. In addition to the run/walk/stroll at the Park, the Santa’s Stocking 5K is offering a virtual run for those who are out of town or would prefer to put in those miles indoors.

Participants in the virtual 5K will be mailed an edible finisher’s medal.

Details and registration for this event can be found at https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Greenville/SantasStocking5K

Greenville Middle School is “ALL IN”! By Rhonda Schaar, GMS Principal

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What does it mean to be “All In”? Greenville Middle School students can tell you and show you. Last March Gian Paul Gonzalez, a motivational speaker, came to GMS (thanks to a grant from the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County), to encourage students to be prepared for the challenges of life as well as to be “All In” and make positive life choices. Gian Paul Gonzalez is known for his chapel message to the NY Giants in 2011. After Gian Paul asked the Giants to consider if they were “All In” in their life and career many of the players took this to heart and worked at becoming the best they could be. This hard work and determination led to the Giants winning the Super Bowl that year. When he spoke to Greenville students, Gian Paul used this real life example as an opportunity to encourage Greenville students to be “All In” and to work daily at being their best.

Gian Paul’s words of encouragement resonated with the students and staff of GMS and it was agreed that this year the annual theme for GMS would be to “Be All In and Be Responsible”. This is the theme for all contents and all activities at GMS showing our motivation behind learning and becoming citizens of Darke County that make a difference. From showcase displays to class lessons and special activities the students and staff at GMS are applying this theme. The talk and walk at GMS is a climate of giving it our all every day. It’s not easy but the students and staff take each day as a new opportunity to start fresh and be “All In”.

As GMS students and staff work at being “All In” this year a few activities and opportunities have already highlighted their devotion to this mantra:

When the Fish Food Pantry reached out to GMS student leader advisors, Jeff Miller and Chad Curtis, there was not a moment of hesitation, the leaders took quick action to organize a Flash Food Drive to refill the food bank shelves. The student leaders were currently involved in other activities that took a back seat to the importance of providing for the less fortunate in our county. A Flash Food Drive is a food collection effort to raise as many donations as possible in a short time period. The week of Oct 29- Nov 1 the student leaders challenged their peers to bring in donations of nonperishable items to restock the shelves of the FISH food pantry. As an added motivation the leaders organized the drive in the form of a competition. The grade level that collects the most items of their suggested donation goods will earn a choice activity based on a grade level poll led by the Student Leaders.

Another example of GMS being “All In” is the group of students who have agreed to meet with the principals monthly to decide how GMS can continue to be “All In”. This group is called the Student Principal Advisory Council (SPAC). The SPAC group meets monthly with the middle school principals, Rhonda Schaar and Chris Mortensen. Discussions involve opportunities to make sure GMS continues to focus on being “All In” with learning and student growth. There are students from each grade that include a wide representation of the student body providing a voice for student concerns and needs. Here’s what students say about being “All In”; 5th grader Gabe, “being “All In” means to do your work and not arguing. It means when you do your work you put in a lot of effort and you come to school every day!” 6th grader, Sarah and Taylar, “it means helping out our community by picking up trash and doing what needs to be done, helping students who might be being bullied by others or not have friends and sitting by them at lunch, doing your best on your school work and just doing what needs to be done!” 7th grader, Josh stated that, “”ALL IN” is doing everything to your very best!” 8th grader, Hailey reinforced the being “All In”, “is a chance to show the best you have to give in all you do, whether its athletics, music, classes, or with your friends and family.”

Being ‘All In ‘ is a challenge that GMS students and staff have taken on this year and we plan on using this theme to make sure we make a difference, reach our goals and continue to make Darke County a great place to be!


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Get your Pet's Picture taken with SANTA CLAUS on Saturday, November 16th, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at Greenville Walmart in the Garden Center.

The “Darke County Friends of the Shelter”, a 501c3 organization will be taking pictures of your companion animals with Santa Claus.

This is a fun time for everyone to enjoy and is your chance to meet members of the Friends of the Shelter. Everyone, including children, aunts, uncles and cousins are invited to have his or her pictures taken. The cost is only $4.00 and the proceeds help the dogs and cats at the Darke County Animal Shelter as well as the Scentral Park dog park and support the many endeavors of the Friends of the Shelter.

Past projects of the Friends of the Shelter include the Scentral Park dog park, an outdoor kennel area to get acquainted with your new canine friend (Canine Corral), and dog leashes for new dog adoption. This is only a partial list of what the Friends of the Shelter have done for the companion friends at the Shelter. Learn more about the Friends of the Shelter at http://www.darkecountyfriendsoftheshelter.com
There will also be beautiful 2020 Darke County Friends of the Shelter calendars with local pets for only $10 available. They can also be picked up at the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Wal-Mart will offer a photo package deal for Christmas.

All pets must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance and must be on a leash or in a pet carrier. Please come and support the Darke County Friends of the Shelter and be prepared to have some DOG-GONE FUN!

For more information you can contact the Animal Shelter at 937-547-1645 or stop by at the Shelter at 5066 County Home Road, Greenville OH, 45331, just beyond the Sheriff's Department.

Stutzman Family Singers to Perform at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren

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The Shiloh Congregation of Pitsburg will host the Stutzman Family Singers at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren on Sunday, November 17th at 6 PM.

This gospel singing family from the Midwest consists of three generations, each following in the footsteps of the former. From the mission fields to one room country churches, they spread the gospel message through song, teaching and sermon.

The public is invited to come and listen to their message. Admission is free, and a love offering will be collected. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, at the west edge of Pitsburg, OH.

Upcoming Events at Bradford Public Library

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There is a chill in the air…cold enough to bring us snow! Fall is the perfect time to visit your library to stock up on great books and magazines, movies to entertain your family or join a class or workshop to learn a new skill! We can check off all the boxes at Bradford Public Library this month!

Fit & Fab will continue to meet on Monday evenings at 7:00 and Wednesday mornings at 9:00. Join us as we walk with Leslie Sansone videos. All fitness levels are welcome for these low impact classes that you can tailor to meet your fitness needs. Classes are free and no equipment is needed, just a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a water bottle.

Our November STEAM workshop for homeschoolers will be held on November 14 from 10:15 to 11:30. These hands-on classes are planned for students in grades 1-8. Registration is not required, but we do appreciate knowing you are coming. For more information, please call the library at 448-2612 and ask for Stacie.

The Good Grub Club will meet on November 16 from 10-noon. Our free cooking classes for students age 9-13 are always a hit so don’t wait to sign up. Class size is limited to 12 students. This month participants will be making mini apple dumpling treats and Apple Pie Cups. Parents are invited to come share their treats at noon. Last day to register is November 12. Sign-ups are available now.

The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so staff can celebrate with family and friends, we will be open on Friday, November 29.

The return of our Lego Village means that Christmas is just around the corner! Lego-Lovers of all ages are welcome to help us build our grand display. We will have the kits available Friday, November 29 from 11:00am -4:00pm and will finish up on Saturday November 30 from 10:00am to noon. Be sure to check out our display in December and try your hand at “I Spy” in the Village or see if you can find the imposter each week. Patrons with an eagle eye can have a chance to win an awesome Lego set at the end of December.

We are thankful for our wonderful community and patrons…we hope to see you soon at Bradford Public Library!


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Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2019-2020
Family Theatre Series season with Virginia Repertory Children’s
Theatre’s adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, November 17 at
Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville.
Darke County Center for the Arts will open its 2019-2020 Family Theatre Series season with Virginia Repertory Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, November 17 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. Based upon the beloved story by Margery Williams illustrating the power and magic of unconditional love, the fanciful musical production takes the stage at 2 p.m. “Children of all ages will be charmed by this enchanting production,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. “The Velveteen Rabbit has been a favorite of youngsters and their families since it was first published in 1922, and has never become out-dated; we are excited to bring the live theatre version of this lovely story to our community,” Mr. Warner stated.

The Velveteen Rabbit opens with a boy discovering a velveteen rabbit in his Christmas stocking and goes on to chronicle the child’s growing love for his sawdust-filled toy. “While this show is not filled with action, children become captivated with the characters and the puppets, and can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next,” Mr. Warner commented. Running time for all Family Theatre Series shows is about one hour; other FTS presentations are Lightwire Theatre’s electro-luminescent Dino-Light on Sunday, January 19, and Llama Llama Live! from Bay Area Children’s Theatre on Sunday, March 22.

DCCA’s Family Theatre Series is sponsored by the Jean Louise Thieme Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, Greyson James Steyer Fund of the Darke County Foundation, Edison State Community College, Gordon Orthodontics, Jordan Insurance Agency, Family Health, Greenville Rotary Club, and Wayne Health Care. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives funding from the Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial, Inc., and the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of Darke County Foundation. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for the The Velveteen Rabbit are just $5, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at www.darkecountyarts.org. Tickets are also available at the Greenville Public Library and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville, as well as at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles. If any remain by showtime, tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the performance. Season tickets for Family Theatre Series presentations are still available at the highly affordable rate of $12 for all three shows; contact DCCA for more information.

DCP to offer FREE Monthly After School Program (Tomorrow!)

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Darke County Parks are now offering free, after school programs on the second Tuesday of each month! The programs will be held at the Bish Discovery Center located at 404 N Ohio Street. “Conservation Kids” will focus on discovering the natural world and understanding environmental sustainability. Children that attend will explore everything from recycling to conserving water to composting! Each month, the topic will change and focus on relevant stewardship topics. During November’s program, kids will learn all about water conservation and what they can do at home to be water wise. Adventure awaits on November 12 starting at 4:15pm! Come discover the natural world and leave knowing how to protect it.

Ages 8-11. Registration required at www.darkecountyparks.org or by calling 937-808-4120.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Donates to Wreaths Across America

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Donation will add 10 wreaths to December event in Darke County

Darke County Republican Women’s Club Treasurer Cindy Pike (L)
and Wreaths Across America Chairman Katie Grow (R)
present a check to Fort Greenville Chapter of the Daughters of the
American Revolution Regent Debbie Nisonger (C). The donation will be
used to purchase 10 wreaths to be laid during the Darke County Wreaths
Across America event on December 14.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) recently donated funds to the Fort Greenville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to help in their Wreaths Across America project for 2019.

The mission of the National Wreaths Across America of “to remember, honor and teach” is carried out on National Wreaths Across America Day by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. The National Wreaths Across America Day is held on the second Saturday in December. It will be held locally at the Greenville Cemetery on December 14.

“The club is very pleased to be able to help with this project by donating the funds necessary to place an additional 10 wreaths on the graves of our Darke County veterans who served this great nation,” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President. “The Wreaths Across America is a wonderful way to honor and remember them. Our DCRWC members are looking forward to helping with the wreath laying event in December.”

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

Sunday, November 10, 2019


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On November 10, 2019 at 11:26 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Rescue, Liberty Township Fire Department and Miami Valley Careflight were dispatched to a wooded area near the intersection of Wildcat Road and Palestine Union City Road on a single vehicle injury crash. 
Preliminary information revealed that a 2017 Red Beta motorcycle that was ridden by Steven L. Vollmar (48), of West Unity, Ohio, struck a tree while competing in an Enduro Race.  Other riders came to Mr. Vollmar’s aid, in what is believed to be, a short period of time after the accident.
Mr. Vollmar was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.  Deputies learned that Mr. Vollmar succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident shortly upon arriving at Miami Valley Hospital. 
Investigation is pending

Friday, November 8, 2019


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On November 8, 2019 at 6:19 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Ohio Fire, Union City Ohio Rescue, Union City Indiana Fire Department and Union City Indiana Rescue.
Preliminary information revealed that a 2009 Gray Chevrolet Malibu driven by Joel Colchado (28), of Union City, Ohio, was southbound on Ohio Indiana State Line Rd.  Mr. Colchado’s vehicle entered the northbound lane striking a northbound 2001 Maroon Chrysler Town and Country driven by Maria Osornio (32), of Union City, Indiana.
Ms. Orsonio was taken by squad to an area hospital for injuries sustained in the accident.  The passenger in Ms. Orsonio’s vehicle, Luis Orsonio (19), of Union City, Indiana, refused treatment at the scene.
Mr. Colchado was wearing his seatbelt but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 
Darke County Sheriff Accident Reconstruction team was called to the scene as well as Darke County Coroner’s Office at that time.
This accident is the ninth fatal accident taken in 2019. 
This case will remain under investigation


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Diana Stebbins, Horse Parade Chair, and Crysta Hutchinson Bloomingdale, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville, present Betty Birt with the honor of serving as the 2019 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Grand Marshal.
GREENVILLE, Ohio - Main Street Greenville’s Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Betty Birt, previous Main Street Greenville Board Secretary, as the Grand Marshal of the 2019 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.

Betty Birt graduated in 1967 from Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst, Illinois (a NW suburb of Chicago), before attending and graduating from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan in 1971.

Betty married Rick Birt, who was born and raised in Greenville, in November of 1971.

“I ended up in Greenville just like a lot of ‘transplants’ have,” said Betty. “My husband, Rick, told me that he would take me to ‘God's country’ and here I am! And very happy that I am!”

Betty worked at Brethren Retirement Community and she and husband Rick have 3 children, Betsy, Sarah, and Rick. Betsy lives in London, Ohio with her partner, Dave, and works for Cardinal Health in Dublin. Sarah lives in Greenville with her partner, Jeff, and recently graduated cum laude from Kettering College of Medicine with a Bachelor of Science. Sarah and Jeff have 3 children, Kali, 15, Piper, 5, and Cai, 20 months. Rick lives in Wilmington, Ohio and was just recently promoted to Lieutenant at the Wilmington Fire Department. Rick and his wife Devin have 2 children, Foster who is 6 and Reece who is 5 years old.

Betty first began volunteering for Main Street Greenville under the leadership of Amber Schmerge and worked closely with both Amber and Deanna York, the previous Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. Betty collaborated with Deanna to bring GOBA (Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure) to Greenville, which saw over 2,000 cyclists from around the world descend on Greenville. Riders got the chance to experience hallmarks of Greenville such as The Maid-Rite, The Garst Museum, and downtown shopping. When the Main Street Greenville Executive Director role was filled by Amber Garrett, Betty’s involvement grew as the two had previously worked together for several years at BRC. Betty became a member of the board in 2013 and served as board secretary beginning in 2015.

During her term on the board First Fridays were instituted and quickly grew to be an integral part of the services that Main Street Greenville offers. Betty’s involvement and consistent volunteerism helped to create a vibrancy in the district that attracted new businesses and spurred more interest in the downtown from the citizens of Greenville.

“Betty Birt was an easy choice to serve as a Main Street Greenville Board Member,” said previous director Amber Garrett. “Her positive attitude, willingness to volunteer, and her continuous support of downtown Greenville were all beneficial to the organization over the years. Betty has been involved with numerous projects, programs, and events including the free pony rides during the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.”

When asked about her favorite part of downtown Greenville, Betty touched on may of the events that bring the community together throughout the year: “When I think about my favorite part of downtown, I think of the people! I like walking downtown and seeing folks I know and stopping and chatting along the way. I like walking into the shops and to be greeted by the owners. I love the Halloween Parade! I love hearing the GHS Band playing the same scary music that was played when our children were littles and marched down Broadway! I love the Horse Parade and all of the lights and the horses prancing down the street and all of the good smells from the street vendors! I love Christmastime and seeing the beautiful windows and the Circle and the street lights decorated and hearing the Christmas music. I love the car show and the nostalgic tunes and all of the memories that are brought to mind. I love seeing and participating in the fun stuff at the YOLO park. The Homecoming Parade and all of the spirit and enthusiasm wrapped around it is just so much fun! The Greenville Fire Department, when they bring out the aerial trucks and hang the flag....I could go on and on. Too hard to pick a favorite--there is just too much good stuff going on.”

In addition to her ongoing support of downtown, Betty has coordinated the Last Chance Mercantile for the Gathering at Garst for the last 5 years. She also volunteers monthly with the Soup Kitchen at Grace through St. Mary’s Church. Betty and Rick are both involved with Citizens for Safer Streets, a grassroots group determined to create a clean and safe community, and Rick is a member of the “Friends of the Greenville City Parks” committee.

When not volunteering, Betty and Rick enjoy travel, spending time at Indian Lake, and living within walking distance to all of the downtown activities, restaurants, and shopping! “And of course,” Betty says, “the best of any activity always involves family and friends.”

The 16th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade is just such an activity, as all are invited to bring family and friends to enjoy the spectacle of 90+ lighted horse drawn carriages, buggies, and riders as they jingle through downtown and welcome in the holiday season. The 2019 event will take place on Saturday, November 23rd, with pre-parade entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm and the parade starting at 7:00 pm.

You can find additional information on Main Street Greenville’s website, www.mainstreetgreenville.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville.


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Historic Bear’s Mill, established in 1849 and located about 5 miles east of Greenville, requires constant upkeep and repair to maintain structural integrity; this basic fact is a constant concern for board members of Friends of Bear’s Mill, the non-profit corporation that owns and operates the treasured structure. In April of this year, a unique-fundraising event was proposed to the Mill Board by Tessa Clark, who had essentially grown up at the Mill which her parents, Terry and Julie Clark, had purchased in 1979 and managed until the Friends of Bear’s Mill took over the operation in 2013.

Tessa, a fashion designer, had gained some celebrity as a contestant on Project Runway, and believed that her moment of fame offered the opportunity to attract attendance at a Bear’s Mill fashion show which she would plan and execute, with all profits benefitting the treasured property. The board accepted her proposal, and are still amazed by the highly successful outcome of their decision. “The Miller’s Daughter: A Fashion Show” drew 332 attendees and earned over $19,000, which will be used to sustain and preserve the historic structure that has been integral to the lives of Tessa and her parents.

Tessa, a graduate of University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning school, has developed her own clothing line, Grind and Glaze, honoring her father, a miller, and her mother, who is a potter. The Darke County native now lives and works in Cincinnati, where she sells her designs, plus her mother’s pottery and her cousin’s handbags at Idlewild Woman, the shop she manages in the trendy Over-the-Rhine district.

In organizing her event, the 28-year-old bundle of energy not only dealt with running the style show, including recruiting other designers, securing models, enlisting the participation of local boutiques and arranging for the set-up of the runway in the Mill-yard, but also solicited sponsors as well as donors of highly-desirable raffle prizes and planned the marketing for the fundraiser. Friends of Bear’s Mill greatly appreciates Tessa’s generous gift of her unique skills, talents, and labor benefiting the beloved structure the organization is dedicated to preserving.

A portion of the funds raised has already been spent, as a breech created by tunneling wildlife occurred in a dam integral to the Mill’s water flow. This unexpected problem was successfully addressed, with the repair work donated by the afore-mentioned former owner Terry Clark, who continues to look after the property he has worked so long to preserve. Other vital repairs to the Mill’s infrastructure still needing to be addressed have been estimated to cost $200,000, so a Capital Campaign to raise additional funds will soon be undertaken. However, Friends of Bear’s Mill is grateful that this daughter of the mill, Tessa, jump-started the money-raising efforts with her talents, labor, organizational ability, and creativity.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


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October signals the start of the last quarter of the year. It’s hard to believe that there are less than 61 days left in the year 2019! It seems that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas seem to get here quicker every

The month was fairly normal here in the office. We signed several proclamations, had our monthly C.I.C. meeting at Edison State in Greenville, and the rest was normal county business. Our 10 County luncheon at the Bistro Off Broadway was held on October 4 th, with Kenny Henning from Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office, CCAO Policy Analysts Cheryl Subler, John Leutz, Rachel Massoud and Jon Honeck, along with Kyle Lentz, the Regional Director for Attorney General Dave Yost in attendance. These meetings keep us informed of what is happening in the statehouse, and what problems or concerns other Commissioners have.

These meetings take place every other month and for the past several years, are here in Greenville. We would like to thank Ted Abney and the Bistro for providing a place and great service for Darke County to host this event. (Commissioner’s like coming here for the food too!).

Other than the normal meetings, Commissioner’s Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall spent October 23rd in Columbus all day, both at different events. Commissioner Stegall was attending the CCAO Energy Committee meeting. The Energy Committee, of which Commissioner Stegall is the President, along with Palmer Energy does group buying for the Counties. This gives counties a much better deal on electric and gas purchasing. On the same day, Commissioner Rhoades was attending a meeting at the Governor’s Mansion to discuss the opioid lawsuit that the County is involved with. The last several weeks the news has been showing different pharmaceutical companies already settling their suits and some declaring bankruptcy. The purpose of the meeting was to insure that the Counties, and not the State, receive the settlement money. This is in stark contrast to the Tobacco settlement that the State used to balance their budget, instead of the Counties receiving their share. Commissioner Rhoades, along with other commissioners from 50 counties, was a strong voice in pleading the counties case. The Governor also agreed that the Counties and not the State, should be the recipients of the awarded money which could be substantial. The next several months should be very interesting to see how this all plays out.

In other happenings, our communities had their trick or treat nights, and we have heard that they all were all attended. Greenville’s was well attended again, with thousands of parents and children downtown all enjoying a very good time!

November and Thanksgiving are upon us already. We in the Commissioner’s office want to take the time to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends. If you have time, try and attend one of our public sessions. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville, just south of the courthouse.


The Darke County Commissioners

Joanie’s Floral Holiday Greenery workshop at the Bradford Public Library

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Bradford Public Library is pleased to host our popular Joanie’s Floral Holiday Greenery workshop on December 10 at 6:00 pm. This fun filled evening has become a tradition with many families! Participants will make two decorative items using fresh greenery! Joanie will walk you through each step as you build your lovely, fragrant holiday décor. All materials are provided! Class will be held at the Bradford Community Club. Cost is $25.00 per person. A $10 deposit at registration will hold your spot with balance due the night of the event. Space is limited to 30 participants. Light refreshments will be served. Please come in to sign up and place your deposit.


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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Fit by Loy encourage the community to exercise for mental health by participating in a free cardio drumming class at Fit by Loy on Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30pm.

“In the United States, 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth experience mental illness, yet 60% of Americans receive no treatment for their diagnoses,” said Nicole Loy, owner of Fit by Loy. “Exercising is a researched and validated form of boosting mental health, and we are thrilled to team up with NAMI to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and to provide assistance for those who may be struggling or who have a family member or friend who is struggling.”

NAMI raises awareness on mental illness and provides essential and free education, advocacy, and support groups. The local Darke, Miami, and Shelby County NAMI organization will be at Fit by Loy during the cardio drumming class to provide information on the organization and offer resources to those who are interested.

“As a thank you for participating, said Loy, NAMI is offering a free gift to everyone who attends. This will be a fun, positive event for all.”

The free Beat Mental Illness Cardio Drumming class will be held Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30pm at 120 W. Third St. in downtown Greenville. This class is limited to 30 participants, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Details can be found at www.fitbyloy.com/events.

Darke County Democrats to Host Early Riser Breakfast

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The Darke County Democrats will hold an early riser breakfast in the Brethren Retirement Community cafeteria on Saturday, November 9th, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome.

For reservations, call Tom Hans at (937) 273-3865 or Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.

Team Greer Holds Fundraiser

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Team Greer from Union City, Ohio held their annual fundraiser for Cancer Association of Darke County and a local cancer warrior, Patty Johns, of Union City.

Left to Right Tyler Greer, Team Greer rep, Christine Lynn, Executive Director Cancer Association of Darke County, Patty Johns, cancer warrior and Carol O’Connor, Team Greer rep.
On October 12, 2019, Team Greer held their Annual Quarter Auction at the EUM Church in Union City, Oho. The event raised $825.00 for the Cancer Association of Darke County and $825.00 for cancer warrior, Patty Johns, of Union City.

The Team wants to help local cancer patients in their difficult battle with cancer. This team has worked very hard to make this annual fundraiser a great success.

Cancer Association of Darke County appreciates all donations and uses the money for reimbursement for mileage, medication, medical supplies and nutritional supplements to Darke County cancer patients.

The association is funded by donations, memorials, bequests, special fundraisers, grants, United Way and Corporate Sponsors. The Corporate Sponsors for 2019 are: American Legion, Diane Evans, Family Health, Farmers State Bank- New Madison, First Assembly of God, Greenville National Bank, Helen’s Flowers, Jafe Decorating, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Jordan Agency, Law Office of Rudnick and Hosek, LTD, Members Choice Credit Union, Mercer Savings Bank, Mote and Associates, Second National Bank, R.L. Painting , STAR 88.3, Versailles Savings and Loan, Whirlpool/Kitchen Aid, Williamson Insurance and Zechar Bailey Funeral Home
United Way Partner

Local Grants Provided by: Harry Stephens Memorial, Rotary, Darke Rural Electric, Schaurer Memorial, Ketrow and Dayton Foundation.

Congressman Warren Davidson to speak at Darke County Republican Women’s Club

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Members and Guests welcome with reservations

Congressman Warren Davidson (R-08)
to speak at Republican Women’s meeting.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – Congressman Warren Davidson (R-08) will be the featured speaker at the November 11 meeting of The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC). The program will be held at 6 p.m. on November 11 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville.

Congressman Davidson will provide an update on current activities in the United States House of Representatives and activities within the Eighth Congressional District.

“We are looking forward to providing the community with an opportunity to hear an update from Congressman Davidson, to have this special chance to ask him any questions we might have and to speak with him personally.” said Betty Hill, DCRWC President.

The evening’s program is free to members and Darke County registered Republicans. 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, November 7, by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at: DCRWReservations@darkegop.org.

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

Noah Back to Perform at Benefit for Cancer Association of Darke County

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Cancer Association of Darke County is holding a concert November 10, 2019 at Memorial Hall from 3-5 pm.

Noah Back will share his talent along with Noah McCabe and Pete Mercer Band in an afternoon of music.

Tickets are available for $5 at Bread of Life and the Cancer Association of Darke County.

The proceeds from this benefit will go to the Cancer Association of Darke County to help the many patients in Darke County battling cancer.

Noah Back is an aspiring musician, singer and performer. Music is his passion and he enjoys bringing glory to the One who gave him the ability to make the music. He gives all the credit to Jesus, his Lord and Savior. From classic country to pop, harder rock and classics from the 40’s and 50’s, Noah has got the audience “covered.’

Plan now to attend this fun event and help cancer patients at the same time!

Call for further details at 548-9960.

MVCTC Cosmetology Salon Ready to Serve the Public

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Salon open Wednesday – Friday afternoons to the public offering cuts, styles, chemical services, and spa services

The MVCTC Cosmetology Salon is open to the public
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM.
The Salon offers cuts, styles, chemical services, and spa services
all performed by MVCTC high school students under
the instructor’s supervision.  
Englewood, Ohio – Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Cosmetology program opens the doors to the Salon on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The MVCTC Salon offers cuts, styles, chemical services, and spa services all performed by MVCTC high school students under the instructor’s supervision. The Salon is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM. All services performed by students under instructor supervision.

Plan to visit the MVCTC Salon, schedule an appointment at 937-854-6264. Walk-ins are also welcome, enter the main entrance of the MVCTC campus to receive a visitor pass, and directions to the salon. The Salon will close whenever school is not in session. Please check the webpage for school closures.

Some of the services and costs include:

  • Shampoo & Style $5.00
  • Shampoo, cut & Style $6.00
  • Haircut only/Clipper Cut $3.00
  • Conditioning Treatment $3.00
  • High-lights (based on length) $20 and up
  • Color Service based on single color $15.00
  • Extra Tubes of color used $10.00
  • Chemical Relaxer $15.00
  • Permanent Wave $15.00 and up
  • Manicure w/ hand & arm massage $5.00
  • Manicure with Paraffin Wax $5.00
  • Gel Polish $10.00
  • Paraffin Wax only $2.00
  • Basic Pedicure or Spa Pedicure $10.00
  • Facial $5.00
  • Eyebrow/Lip/Chin Wax each $3.00

Haircuts include in the chemical service prices listed. Spa Services will have tax added to services provided. On Wednesdays, the salon has Senior Citizen Day, and anyone 60 & Over will receive 10% off their services. Haircuts are free for U.S. Military Veterans.

One of many goals as a district is to allow the student to gain the optimal education in their program of choice and academic courses. Junior year students learn salon and state board techniques, some trendy styles, employability skills, and teambuilding activities. Senior students have the opportunity to experience working with clients. Students apply their knowledge and skills by operating a fully functional salon. In the spring, senior students that have completed 1,500 hours of instruction, take their Ohio State Board Exam. With passage, students become a Licensed Cosmetologist in the State of Ohio.

The dedicated MVCTC instructors, Monica Bir, Maria Brewer, and Mandy Turner take pride in preparing young hair designers for the 21st century. The MVCTC instructors have over 100 years in the cosmetology industry and more than 55 years as educators. Their dedication to the education of MVCTC students is evident in the 100% Ohio State Board Exam passage rate.

For more information about the MVCTC Salon, please visit http://www.mvctc.com/salon .

New Madison United Methodist Church to Serve Harvest Supper: Saturday, November 9

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The New Madison United Methodist Church will be serving their annual Harvest Supper on Sat. November 9, 2019 from 4:30-6:00 pm. A traditional thanksgiving meal will be served including turkey or ham, mashed potatoes, dressing (plain or oyster), green beans, cranberry salad, pie. The church is located at 149 N Main St. New Madison OH. Donations will be accepted. Carry out available. Handicapped accessible.

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