Thursday, February 27, 2020

Film Series features “The Lost World”

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On Tuesday March 3, the Third Floor Film Series will be watching the 1925 silent film The Lost World. The film was directed by Harry O. Hoyt and starred Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, and Lloyd Hughes.

The Lost World tells the story of the eponymous adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published in 1912. It follows a group of explorers who venture to an isolated plateau in South America to rescue a colleague who disappeared there on an earlier expedition. They discover a prehistoric ecosystem full of dinosaurs and other primitive beasts, and must fight to survive.

When they return to London with one of these creatures and it escapes, chaos ensues. The film is legendary for the groundbreaking stop-motion animation of Willis O'Brien, who went on to handle special effects on King Kong in 1933.

Show tme is 6:30. Refreshments will be provided and a short discussion will follow the film. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you at this influential silent classic!

GOP Women donate to Darke County libraries

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(L to R) DCRWC President Betty Hill presents “One Flag, One America (the story of the American Star)” to Decolores Montessori School Principal Nancy Dean and Greenville Elementary School Librarian Terra Denniston.
GREENVILLE, OHIO – The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) has donated “One Flag, One America (the story of the American Star)” to all the Darke County libraries serving elementary aged children. Each book was personally autographed by Michelle Hirstius, the author. This is part of the National Federation of Republican Women’s Mamie Eisenhower Library Project (MELP).

“It is a wonderful teaching book about the flag, the 13 colonies, the 50 states, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.” explained DCRWC President Betty Hill. “We are so pleased to be able to share this book with the children of Darke County.”

“Take a journey with this little star... ‘I’m a little star, just a little star. I wish and I pray, to be a star on our nation’s flag someday!’ Along the way that little star teaches children the true meaning of the American flag and what it stands for. Why does the flag have 50 stars? Why does the flag have 13 stripes? Why is the flag red, white and blue? The little star does make it to the nation’s flag, teaching children to aim high and never sway so they can be like the star and reach their goals. This educational and inspirational book makes it fun for children and adults to learn the history of our nation’s flag.” says Hirstius.

Each patriotic page is beautifully illustrated in full color and written for teachers and parents to easily make the story into a small play for children to interact and learn. DCRWC members have offered to visit the libraries and read the book to children’s groups.

Hirstius is proud to show her love of country, its heroes and its flag. She has dedicated this book to our heroes in uniform with a special dedication to her grandfather, a Navy World War II veteran. She donates 10 percent of the book proceeds to veterans’ charities.

The following libraries received the book through DCRWC participation in the MELP program: Ansonia Local Elementary School Library, Arcanum-Butler Elementary School Library, Arcanum Public Library, Bradford Elementary School Library, Bradford Public Library, Decolores Montessori School Library, Franklin Monroe Elementary School Library, Greenville Elementary School Library, Greenville Public Library, Mississinawa Valley Elementary School Library, New Madison Public Library, St. Mary’s Catholic School Library, Tri-Village Elementary School Library, Versailles Elementary School Library and Worch Memorial Public Library.

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:

Arcanum Trojan Homecoming Event 2020

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The Arcanum Alumni Association cordially invites all alumni to the Trojan Alumni Homecoming (formerly called Arcanum-Butler Alumni Banquet) to come enjoy a good meal and the fellowship of classmates and friends in a relaxed, casual atmosphere on April 18, 2020, no suits, ties or high heels necessary. Under the new name and format, hosted by the Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee and the AHS Class of 95 they will honor the classes for their 75th year – class of 1945; 50th year – class of 1970; 25th year – class of 1995; and the current senior class of 2020. Additionally, the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum will also be open on this day from 1 to 4 p.m. for those who may wish to view Arcanum memorabilia, displays, and view the lovely restoration of the house.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with light appetizers and registration; tours will be available to anyone wishing to see the new school. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. served by Catering by Michael. The menu will consist of Appetizers, Italian salad, broasted chicken or shredded roast beef, cheesy mashed potatoes, green beans, and dinner rolls, followed by an assortment of cakes and pies for dessert. Drinks will include coffee (regular and decaf), sweet iced tea, lemonade, and ice water. Entertainment will be provided by the Arcanum High School Jazz Band.

Invitations were mailed last week to honored classes and also emailed if the alumni association has an address on file for you. The invitation is also available on the school website at The website will also allow anyone to register their address. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $22 per person; reservations are due by April 1st. Chairpersons for this event are Sally (Welbaum) Sharrits (Class of 65) and Carolyn (Trentine) Hollinger (Class of 65) leading the Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee.

To date, the Arcanum, Alumni Scholarship fund has provided scholarships and student support worth over $100,000 to 160 promising AHS graduates who demonstrated financial need, academic promise, and community involvement since 1966. The 2019 scholarship recipients were Celeste Arnett, Jenna Beatty, Meredith Cass, Tanner Delk, Makenna Gunckel and Zachary Smith. Again this year, the group plans to honor five seniors with a $1,000 scholarship. The Arcanum Alumni asks that you consider sending a donation to the Scholarship Fund to further the education of our current senior class. The scholarships are funded by local businesses and the alumni base. Donations are encouraged and accepted by Denise (Hangen) Swabb, 2139 Albright Road, Arcanum, Ohio 45304. If you have any questions you may contact Denise via email at or phone at 937/459-9081.

Again this year A Distinguished Alumni and an Honorary Trojan will be inducted into the Trojan Hall of Fame at the April Homecoming. Nominations for this award are accepted year-round. The deadline for each year is February 1st. Applications can be found under the Alumni page, under Alumni News on the school’s website at Applications received after the 1st of February will be considered for the following year. Applications can be sent to Arcanum-Butler Schools, Board of Education Office, 2011 Trojan Avenue, Arcanum, Ohio 45304.

Members of the Hall of Fame that began in 2016 are: Mrs. Joyce Colville, Mr. Keith Furlong, Mr. Richard Mathias, Dr. Jeremy Mills, the late Mrs. Saundra Finkbine, the late Mr. Carl “Bud” Gray, Mr. Eugene Cullers, the late Mr. Ted Murphy and Mr. Ralph Brumbaugh.

Still trying to decide whether or not to attend? Maybe you would love to see some old friends but are hesitant because you need to lose 50 pounds and get a hair transplant first – not to worry, your friends from high school are all thinking the same thing! Reconnecting is good and powerful. You realize some of your friends you grew up with are pretty darn cool, still to this day. It is hard to believe that you made it through those tumultuous years. Remember the too-fast car rides? The tests you forgot to study for? The teacher who insulted you?

You talk to a classmate who had a really tough time growing up, and you knew nothing about it. You see the pain... and you had no idea. You miss the friends who are not attending but are still around, and wonder where they are or how they are. You see old friends in a new light, a wiser light. You realize how much wiser you are today. You laugh a lot. Your emotions surprise you. You are exhausted from all the energy it takes to see everyone.

Guess what - the peer pressure is gone. You see your classmates now as you saw them years ago. They don’t look old; you still see them as 18. You realize life is short. Enjoy the moments now. You can be yourself. You don’t have to prove anything. Remember you thought you were invincible? You get to share pictures of your grandchildren, and talk about this new journey. You wonder, “Will I ever see some of these people again?”

You get to hear all that great music that you loved, and you remember what those songs meant to you. And you may even dance. Have a great time and remember as a member of the alumni at good ole’ AHS – we are always “Loyal and True”.

Movie Night at Immanuel Baptist Church - Louie Giglio’s movie “Indescribable”

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Did you know that on a clear night, away from the city lights and using only your eyes, you can see all the way to the Andromeda Galaxy, which is located an astonishing 2.5 million light-years from Earth? And on a really good night, you can see all the way to a star called Deneb, one of the brightest stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. Scientists aren’t sure exactly how far away Deneb is, but they think it’s at least 9 quadrillion miles away — or 9,000,000,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeroes! God made your eyes amazingly powerful so you can see just a bit of His magnificent creation. But as powerful as your eyes are, God’s eyes are even more powerful. He can see the farthest star in the farthest galaxy of the universe. He can also see the shortest hair on the left leg of the tiniest bug. And He can see every hair on your head — and count every single one (Luke 12:7).

Be Amazed -- your eyes blink about 12 times every minute — that’s more than 10,000 blinks every day (not counting when you’re asleep, of course). Each blink lasts about 0.3 seconds, which means you have your eyes closed for more than 50 minutes every day! Want to learn more, join us at Immanuel Baptist Church on March 22, 2020 for a movie night at 6 p.m. The movie “Indescribable” By Louie Giglio will be shown in its entirety and you can learn more about our God. You are invited to join us, bring your family, your neighbors and friends. Pizza will be served after the movie for a time of fellowship and sharing of God’s love. IBC is located at 500 West South Street, Arcanum, Ohio. Pastors Greg Greve and Dan Kuhbander welcome you to attend, if you have questions please call the church office at 937-692-8188.

Preparations underway for Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie

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Volunteers Rick Normile and Neil Schmidt hard at work with staff Michael Colamarino boiling sap in the sugar shack.
The maple sap has started to run, and many Darke County Parks’ volunteers have fired up the sugar shack for the maple sugaring season! Freezing nights and thawing days cause the sap to move, bringing the sweetness one step closer to the table. For seasoned volunteers, it’s been a busy February boiling sap in preparation for the festival. New-comers are welcome to join volunteers in the sugar shack for this excellent opportunity to learn a new skill and help out the park district at the same time.

The Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival will be held on Saturday, March 7th, from 8am-12pm. This late winter day at Shawnee Prairie offers guided tours, from 8:00am-12:30pm, through history and science, learning the process of turning sap into syrup. After an educational tour through the woods, visit the sugar shack, and warm up in the steam-filled evaporator room as the sap spends countless hours on a boil to reduce it down to syrup. Then head out to the log house and blacksmith shop to visit with the early settlers and discuss life on the frontier. Finally, complete the day at the Nature Center where the gift shop and bake sale will be full of maple goodies fit for any sweet tooth!

The Friends of the Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee, and of course pure Ohio maple syrup! Adults tickets are $6 and children (3-12) are $3. Carry-out is available, and extra sausage can be purchased for $1 more. Breakfast will be served from 8:00am-12:00pm. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the breakfast or presale tickets may be purchased at the Nature Center. Call (937) 548-0165 for more information!


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Sign-up Deadline is March 27, 2020

COLUMBUS, OH, Feb. 14, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages people and groups wanting to restore and protect critical wetlands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements.

This year, NRCS will invest in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes and other groups protect these valuable lands. Efforts will be focused on restoring previously drained agricultural lands and protecting the restored wetlands with easements. Landowners are financially compensated for enrolling their land in easements.

“Protecting these lands preserves Ohio’s heritage, natural resources and open space,” said Barbara Baker, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist in Ohio. “Easements are an important tool for people who are trying to preserve the land for future generations.” The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) utilizes the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) component of the program. Applications for ACEP-WRE are accepted on a continuous basis. Applications signed and submitted to NRCS by the ranking and funding deadline will be evaluated for fiscal year 2020 funding. The application deadline for this year is March 27, 2020.

Through ACEP wetland reserve easements, NRCS helps landowners restore and protect wetland ecosystems. Wetlands are one of nature’s most productive ecosystems providing many ecological, societal and economic benefits.

In the 1700s, wetlands covered 5 million acres of Ohio, primarily in the northwestern part of the State, referred to as the “Great Black Swamp.” Competing land uses resulted in a 90 percent loss of wetlands by the late 1900s. Since 2005, NRCS has assisted landowners in restoring more than 25,000 acres of Ohio’s wetlands.

“Wetlands provide many benefits, including critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife species. They also store floodwaters, clean and recharge groundwater, sequester carbon, trap sediment, and filter pollutants for clean water,” said Baker.

“Seventy-five percent of the nation's wetlands are situated on private and tribal lands,” Baker added. Last year, Ohio landowners restored 600 acres of wetlands through ACEP. Landowners can choose either a permanent or 30-year wetland conservation easement.

Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can successfully be restored, croplands or grasslands subject to flooding, previously restored wetlands, and riparian areas that link protected wetland areas. As part of the easement, NRCS and the landowner work together to develop a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the wetland.

Ohio landowners interested in wetland reserve easements and partners interested in agricultural easements should contact their local USDA Service Center. To learn more about ACEP and other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit Get Started with NRCS.

Events at the Arcanum Public Library

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The Adult Winter Reading Challenge that began January 6 is off to a great start. This program will run through March 31st, and allows adults to enter into monthly drawings. Come on in to grab a log sheet, and get reading. Prizes will be awarded at the end of each month, and one grand prize will be awarded at the end of the program.

StoryTime is held on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:00. This is a great weekly program for preschoolers that includes stories, songs, and other activities. The Explorer’s Club for kids in grades K-6 is a drop-in program that meets from 3:45 – 4:30 every Tuesday after school. It is a great time to meet up with friends, have a snack, play games, and more.

There will be a seed starting program on Tuesday, March 3 from 10:00 – 11:00. This program will provide a great chance for patrons to learn how to start seeds, search through the seeds available to check out from the seed library, and take home a start or two.

On Tuesday, March 10, from 1:30 – 2:30, Dr. Roseanne Scammahorn from the OSU extension will be presenting an introduction to programmable pressure cookers. Come on in to learn to use your Instant Pot and sample a dish prepared in one. Space is limited for this event; call or drop in to register.

An adult coloring session will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 4:00. This drop-in program is a great way to meet up with friends in a relaxing atmosphere while coloring a masterpiece to take home.

The book club will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30. This is a drop-in program, and newcomers are always welcome for a great discussion of the monthly selection. Books for the next month are picked up at the meeting. Beverages are served.

On Tuesday, March 24, Olive Wagar will be here at 6:30 for a program to help patrons get organized. Olive Wagar is an author and speaker, and will be presenting fabulous ideas from around the world to help organize. This is a drop-in event.

The library can be reached at 937-692-8484 if patrons have any questions. The library’s website is, and it can be found on Facebook, and on Twitter.


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Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 13; an annual DCCA fundraiser, “Irish Wave” features Irish music, Irish food, and an assortment of beers.  Music will be performed by Sons o’ Blarney, a trio that specializes in “good old Irish fun”.
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 13; an annual DCCA fundraiser, “Irish Wave” features Irish music, Irish food, and an assortment of beers. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, the proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. “We promise a good time for a good cause, a win-win situation for everyone,” Ms. Jordan said. The fund-raising party begins at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, the lucky winner of the “Off to the Isle” limited edition raffle will be announced at “Irish Wave.” Raffle tickets costing $100 each are now on sale for a chance to receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations, and can be purchased by contacting DCCA; only 75 raffle tickets will be sold.

Music will be performed by Sons o’ Blarney, a trio that specializes in “good old Irish fun;” the group includes Ohio-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Danny Schneible who has established a strong local following with his many appearances in the area. In addition to the diverse choice of beers offered for tasting, attendees will receive a commemorative beer glass to take home. For non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the Sons o’ Blarney performance are Second National Bank; Edward Jones Investment representatives Zachary Bruening, Dave Connelly, Ryan Carpe and Todd Subler; & Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $40. Reserve yours by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or on-line at Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.


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Win a Trip to Ireland this March

Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with the return of the exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle". One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Tickets sales begin February 11th and the winner will be selected, by reverse raffle, at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 13th at the Montage Cafe.

"In looking for new ways for the community to support DCCA and the arts we decided to expand on one of our favorite evenings, Irish Wave celebrates all things Irish, and through our "Off To The Isle" raffle we will be giving one lucky winner the ultimate Irish experience", stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. "We are encouraging those who want to be a part of the raffle to get their tickets right away, because there will only be 75 tickets sold."

The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. Brendan Vacations specializes in travel to Ireland and Scotland and has been providing authentic vacation experiences for the past 50 years. "Off To The Isle" raffle tickets can now be purchased through the DCCA office.

Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Driver Arrested After Fleeing Officers

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On February 19, 2020 at 7:25 p.m. a Darke County Sheriff Deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense at Russ Road and Kitchenaid Way. During the course of the traffic stop the driver fled the scene and officers from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department attempted to stop the driver.

Officer’s followed the driver at slower speeds in and around the City of Greenville until the suspect eventually came to a stop at an apartment complex on Oxford Drive in the City of Greenville. The driver identified as Eric Martin (26), of Hollansburg, was taken into custody.

League of Women Voters Candidates Night to Feature Q&A with GOP Commissioner Candidates

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Shown left to right are the candidates for the Republican party for the Primary Election for Darke County Commissioner, Larry Holmes and Matt Harrison.
With the Presidential Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Night on Monday, February 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville. The forum will focus on the contested Republican Primary race for Darke County Commissioner. The two candidates are Matt Harrison and Larry Holmes. There is no Democratic Primary for this elected office.

After two minute introductory speeches, candidates will answer questions. The public is encouraged to attend and submit written questions. Questions are then screened by a panel of League members and presented to the candidates by a moderator.

Due to the League’s policy of non-partisanship, in a race with two people, we can only feature contested races if both are in attendance. Otherwise, the candidates are welcome to briefly introduce themselves. Candidates for the Republican Primary for the U.S. House District #8, Warren Davidson (incumbent) and Edward Meer may be in attendance. Candidates for the Democratic Primary for the U.S. House District #8, are Vanessa Enoch and Matt Guyette. Other non-contested Primary candidates may be present for a brief introduction only.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Further information about the Candidates Night may be obtained by calling Holly Finnarn or Eileen Litchfield, at, Voter Service Co-Chairs.


Happy Career Technical Education Month!

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By Andrea Townsend, Director of Career Technology & Special Education
Greenville City Schools

February is known for love and it is the PERFECT month to celebrate CTE Month. That’s because students, families, employers and educators LOVE Career Technical Education (CTE)! Please join Greenville High School Career Technical Education Center (G-CTEC) in celebrating CTE Month!

According to, Career and technical education (CTE) is quickly becoming the hottest topic in education news throughout the United States. That is probably because CTE is cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant technical skill training that prepares students for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. CTE is one of the most important parts of the modern American education system because it allows students to acquire and apply necessary technical knowledge with 21st century skills that transfer into college and career readiness.

CTE may seem like the newest buzz word among many emerging from education these days.

Actually, CTE has a proven history of preparing students for careers that help them live their lives to the fullest. The first federal law that called for financial investment in vocational education passed in 1917. Since then our federal government has acted on CTE funding 15 times, including 3 times in the last 10 years. Early in its history, you may have heard it referred to Vocational Education or “vo-tech”. Even then, CTE it played an important role in the lives of the students who participated. In 2018, congress increased funding for CTE by $70 million which brings the total to nearly $1.263 billion. That is a significant investment and for good
reason. CTE is a crucial component of education around our nation and especially here in Greenville!

This month G-CTEC is celebrating CTE for 3 main reasons.

First, CTE students graduate! Across the nation, 95% of the students enrolled in CTE graduate from high school. This is a noteworthy increase over the 85% average high school graduation rate. In Ohio, almost 97% of CTE student graduated which is 11.5% over the state average. In Greenville over 98% of G-CTEC students graduated. High school student involved in CTE are more engaged, graduate at higher rates and typically go on to postsecondary education. In fact, studies have shown that taking one CTE class for every two academic classes minimizes the risk of students dropping out of high school and 91 percent of high school graduates who earned 2-3 CTE credits enrolled in college ( That is certainly a great reason to celebrate CTE month!

Let’s also celebrate that CTE helps the economy. CTE prepares students to fill the predicted skills gap in our economy. Economists and industry leaders predict that 3 million workers will be needed for the nation’s infrastructure in the next decade. More than 80% of manufacturers report talent shortages and health care occupations are projected to grow 18 % by 2026 adding more than 2 million new jobs. In Greenville, G-CTEC program instructors partner with local employers to match rigorous instruction to the technical skills the industry requires. More than half of G-TEC graduates demonstrate high levels of technical skills and knowledge on industry specific assessments that document their preparedness for immediate entry into the workforce or more training. CTE students gain TECHNICAL and ACADEMIC skills as well as EMPLOYABILITY skills for success in any workplace, in further education and in career awareness and planning. In fact, CTE provides students with the skills that employers most need across industries. (

Finally, it’s easy to celebrate that CTE can be almost free. The combination of the Federal funding through the Perkins V and State funding makes CTE low-cost and high yield. It is a fact that for every $1 of government funding, the entire American economy earns $12.20 in return.

That amazing return of investment is because, CTE engages students, builds academic, employability and technical skills and prepares them to be college and career ready. Students who are engaged in CTE contribute to our economy, but they also positively participate our communities and build growing careers.

There are so many reasons to celebrate CTE! Just ask a CTE student here in Greenville. They will tell you all about how they are learning technical skills, participating in student leadership organizations, and building for their future careers. The positive outcomes for students, families, communities and the economy are a real reason to celebrate. If you would like to learn more about why we are celebrating at G-CTEC, please call 937-548-4188 or follow us at @Greenville CTC, or on LinkedIn at Greenville Career Technology Education Center. Happy CTE Month!


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Darke County Center for the Arts casual Coffeehouse Series will present Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler, purveyors of traditional and original music in the Irish tradition, at Arcanum Historical Society’s Wayne Trail House on Thursday, February 27; the show begins at 7 p.m. 
Darke County Center for the Arts casual Coffeehouse Series will present Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler, purveyors of traditional and original music in the Irish tradition, at Arcanum Historical Society’s Wayne Trail House on Thursday, February 27; the show begins at 7 p.m. “This outstanding husband and wife duo has been nominated three times by the Irish Music Association for Top International Duo,” said DCCA Artistic Director David Warner. “Susan possesses an astounding voice, while Zig has amazing instrumental skills on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and the Irish bouzouki; this will be a memorable performance in an inviting venue that no one who enjoys music of any kind should miss,” he concluded.

Based in Saginaw, Michigan, the couple founded the Great Lakes Gathering, a world class Irish festival, host an Irish radio hour which airs weekly in the Great Lakes Bay region, and own and operate White Crow Conservatory of Music, a premier teaching facility which also houses a state of the art recording studio and a live music venue. However, Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler are best known for the magic they bring to their on-stage performances, winning over audiences that cross genre boundaries, appealing to fans of Celtic, folk and Americana roots music.

DCCA’s Coffeehouse series presents high quality professional artists in an inviting social setting where food and drink are also available. According to Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of DCCA, the intimate atmosphere creates ample opportunity for interaction between artists and the audience, easily creating a pleasing connection that can leave lasting memories. “The Arcanum Historical Society always puts out an amazing array of delectable tidbits that enhance the camaraderie and ambiance of our Coffeehouse shows, which feel like an evening spent with old friends, comfortable and relaxing and yet at the same time energizing and fun,” Ms. Jordan said.

Sponsors for DCCA’s Coffeehouse series are Rodney Oda, Steve and Eileen Litchfield, and Ben and Gail Overholser. 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 performance by Siusan O’Rourke and Zig Zeitler at the Arcanum Historical Society’s Wayne Trail House cost $10, and can be obtained by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or online at If any remain by showtime, tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to the performance.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake set for March 6, 7- In Need of Teams & Sponsors

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SIDNEY & VERSAILLES — Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s (BBBS) largest fundraiser of the year, kicks off on March 6, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney starting at 4 p.m., and at McBo’s Lanes in Versailles starting at 5:30 p.m.

Bel-Mar will also have lanes available on day one of this two-day bowl-a-thon at 5:30 and 7 p.m. On March 7, bowling will continue at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Bel-Mar, and at noon at McBo’s. Teams can reserve lanes now.

Participation is open to the public, and community members are asked to form teams of four to six members. Individual bowlers are asked to raise a minimum of $50, or $25 if under 18, to be eligible to participate in this event. Teams can comprise friends, family and/or co-workers, and high school students are encouraged to participate. Participation includes admission to the party, a T-shirt, snacks, one hour of bowling and chances to win door prizes.

The money raised goes directly towards establishing one-to-one mentoring relationships between positive role models and children in need. Last year alone the agency served over 300 children throughout Shelby and Darke County. BBBS is also a Darke and Shelby County United Way partner agency.

All funds stay in the county in which they are raised. The goal for this year’s event is $48,000, and the agency is currently short of that goal by $32,000. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is an affordable advertising opportunity for local companies and businesses and a chance for employee team-building. Different sponsorship levels are available, and prize donations are greatly appreciated.

For information, call 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to The organization can also be reached on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Greenville Elementary School Promotes Positive Behavior with Students

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Article written by Director of Curriculum and Instruction James Hooper

Greenville Elementary School, through a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Education, is teaching positive behavior to all elementary students through a collection of classroom tools called the PAX Good Behavior Game. The PAX Good Behavior Game is a preventive intervention used by teachers and schools to teach self-regulation, self-management, and self-control in young people. When teachers are equipped with the strategies to teach these skills to children - in addition to academics - they create a nurturing environment that has an impact on young people with astounding lifetime effects. These effects have a dramatic impact on children, schools, and communities.

Students learn the word “PAX”, which means peace, to describe the good behaviors they want to create, and the word “Spleem” (a made-up word) to describe those behaviors they want to decrease (such as talking out-of-turn, or disrupting other students).

The different tools that teachers use help children develop control over their attention, self-regulate their behaviors and cooperate with other students. One of the tools is the use of a harmonica to get the student’s attention that she has instructions for them, or to raise their awareness that their voices are too loud.

Students are taught proper behavior and receive rewards in the form of class “games” when they exhibit correct behavior. Playing the PAX Game is building the “brain muscles” for sustained attention, focus, and cooperation with others. Often, these games are an opportunity for teachers and students to be silly and have fun. They are essentially “brain-breaks” for short periods of time. For example, for younger students, a one-minute “Dance Party” gets the students moving and energized for learning. For older students, a short game of Pictionary, done by the teacher on the chalkboard, gives them the break they need.

Students also can write “Tootle” messages about other classmates. A tootle is the opposite of a tattle, remarking on a particular good behavior by a student during the day. A classmate can remark about another being helpful, having good behavior or sharing. It becomes contagious because students try to receive a positive message.

Many teachers report they are relieved at not having to buy stickers, trinkets or use candy as rewards for their classes. The added benefit is that students can start to use their imagination rather than depending on getting more “stuff”.

Most of Greenville’s Elementary staff were trained over the summer, and they implemented the PAX Good Behavior Game at the beginning of the school year. When asked how the program is progressing, teachers responded, “When we play Pax games during the day, good behavior increases and negative behavior decreases,” and “Students become helpful, positive leaders to ensure their teams do not earn spleems. They really look forward to playing a game.”


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EUM Church has been sending mission teams to Guatemala for 16 years. In that amount of time, Cliff Rapier, Missions Coordinator at EUM, has made over 30 trips. Sometimes he takes a construction team to build houses, and sometimes he takes a medical team to help meet the physical needs of the people there. He is in Guatemala now, building their 26th house.

EUM Missions works with Potter’s House in Guatemala to minister to families who live in the Guatemala City Dump. Many of them live in flimsy, tin shanties, and make their living collecting recyclable materials from the dump. Potter’s House refers to these people as Treasures, since that is what they are in the eyes of Jesus.

The Guatemala Medical Mission Team met a man named Rudy at their medical clinic in 2017. He had lost his right leg in a truck accident the year before. Rudy was depressed and broken when he came to the clinic.

Rudy had been one of the few in the area who had a “real job.” He worked on one of the garbage trucks that hauled their load to the dump each day. While on the job, he would have seen Treasures collecting recyclables, scavenging for something to feed their families or build into some sort of shelter. He took pride in his work, earning a paycheck each week. Then tragedy struck. Somehow, his leg became entangled in the garbage truck compactor, and it had to be amputated.

On the medical team that year was Stephanie House, a Physician’s Assistant at Darke County Family Health, met Rudy in 2017, “He was messed up, angry, and frustrated. He was mad at God.” The team prayed with him that day.

Rudy’s name came up on the Potter’s House list of families who qualified for a new house in 2019… and Cliff and his team just happened to be the ones who would build it! Despite having had a stroke just nine months earlier and against doctor’s orders, Cliff had made the trip to Guatemala to lead his team. He was unable to do the physical work he was used to doing, but led his team with grace and strength. Because of their physical limitations, Cliff and Rudy connected instantly. Cliff was frustrated that he could do little more than sit and watch as the team worked. Rudy was humiliated and ashamed that white, American women, among others, were building his house, and he was just “in the way.”

Had Cliff not experienced a stroke, he probably would not have even taken the time to be with Rudy. But because he could relate so well to his situation, they understood each other on a different level and their connection was instant. As Cliff recalls that encounter, he shares that he needed Rudy more than Rudy needed him!

When Stephanie saw Rudy again at the medical clinic after his house had been built, he was a changed man. “How do I deserve this? I am not good enough!” Rudy said. But when Stephanie began to share some options about a prosthetic leg, Rudy became agitated. Others had made promises like this, but failed to follow through and he couldn’t bear going through that again. But the team continued talking and brainstorming about how they could help Rudy.

On the way home from that trip to Guatemala in 2019 when the team got to their gate at the Atlanta airport (the busiest airport in the country) they “happened” to see the surgeon who would need to get the ball rolling for this prosthesis at the same gate! More conversations, doctor appointments for Rudy, a referral to Action Prosthetics in Troy, and a new leg was in the making. Carl at Action Prosthetics was able to build the prosthetic leg from spare parts that he would not be allowed to use on patients in America.

In December, the team was able to present Rudy with his prosthesis and through an interpreter Rudy said, “I don’t deserve this. I can never repay”. In response, Cliff was able to share an eternal truth with Rudy. He said, “Mercy and grace are free… we can’t earn it… this we give to you freely”.

Since receiving his new leg, Rudy is a changed man! He has been given his life back. He has gone from being depressed, angry and suicidal to being a community leader. He works to keep the neighborhood clean and well kept, painting over graphitti, and being a positive influence.

What a beautiful picture of how Jesus desires to transform us! Taking us from a life of brokenness, enslaved to sin, depression, and hopelessness to a life of freedom, wholeness and hope in Christ. Mercy and grace are free… we cannot earn it… this He gives to you freely.

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


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GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club will offer their obedience classes starting March 10th.,2020. 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 March 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 with their training, Obedience 2 will be offered. World Cynopsport Rally obedience classes will also be offered these 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.

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 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 had their first sanctioned trial Sept. 29th. at their buildings for World Cynopsport Rally. The members were excited to be hosting this trial at our new buildings and drew many competitors from far and wide. Club members also competed with their dogs to earn titles with WCRL.

The puppy class is for dogs 12 weeks to 6 months. They must have had their 2nd. round of shots to attend. The beginner obedience classes are for dogs over 6 months to old age. Dogs can still learn if they are alert and healthy into their golden years.

The 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 many instructors and members 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 March 18th.

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 need 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.


Completion of registration and orientation for obedience classes is from 6:30 to 7:00 on March 10th.. There is no class that night, DO NOT BRING DOGS FIRST NIGHT. Only those who were told to bring their dog for a fitting of a collar may bring their dogs March 10th. You will meet your instructors and be shown your ring and learn more about the club and the layout of the buildings and grounds.

We are using a new way of preregistration and it involves going to our new website.

The Address is ,go to home page and click on REGISTRATION. The next page will come up with a choice for obedience or agility. Under each you will see printed REGISTRATION FORMS. Click on the one you wish, and the form will appear ready for you to print off on your printer.

Fill out completely and write a check or money order to GADC for $80 and include a copy of the dog’s vaccination papers from the Vet.

As was stated before you must PREREGISTER with Barb 548-0338 for all Obedience classes and Therapy class.


Deadline for all forms and payments to be into Barb is by March 5th..
Her address will be given to you when you call her about getting into class.

Dogs must be up to date on vaccinations. Puppies must have had their first two sets of vaccinations to enroll in puppy class. Veterinarians need to certify all vaccinations given at home or by a breeder.
For information about obedience classes, and to register your intent to attend please call 937-548-0338 or 937-337-0292.


Director of Agility is also announcing that dog agility classes will be offered on Thurs eve March 12th. The classes offered include Introduction to Agility, Beginners, Advanced Agility,
Pre-registration is required for agility classes. To pre-register, please call Janice 937-692-5310.

Those participating in Greenville Area Dog Club classes are reminded that parking is available both in front of the building as well as along the side and along the fence. The parking lot is open in the rear of front building. The entrance for puppy, beginner and obedience 2 dog classes is located at the front of the large building. Rally classes are in the back building. Clients for that class can park in the lot or on the street.

Those bringing dogs to class are reminded to feed the dogs earlier in the day, rather than before class.

Most classes use dog treats as training aids. Participants are reminded to bring small, bite-sized soft treats that can be used for rewarding their dogs. Leave the treat storage bag at home and just pop the treats in a bait bag or you pants pockets.

All Dogs Must Be Leashed When Entering the Building. Participants also are reminded to wear comfortable, tie-on shoes.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Garst Museum Speakers Series Presents “Moving Off the Farm and Staying Amish”

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On Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m., Garst Museum welcomes Susan Trollinger, Ph.D. Dr. Trollinger is a Professor of English at the University of Dayton (Ohio) where she teaches courses on rhetoric and writing as well as a year-long interdisciplinary course on the development of the West in a global context with faculty from English, history, religious studies, and philosophy. Her research interests include visual rhetoric, religion (especially the Amish and Protestant fundamentalism), and tourism. Her recent publications include Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia (Johns Hopkins UP, 2012) and Righting America at the Creation Museum, co-authored with William Vance Trollinger, Jr. (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016).

The Amish have in the last few decades moved through an incredible transition, what some have called an Amish industrial revolution, that has profoundly changed their way of life. In this presentation, Dr. Trollinger will describe the traditional way of life that the Amish lived and how that has been transformed by the need to make a living off the farm. The question at the heart of this talk is: Can the Amish remain Amish in an economy that demands that they make a living off the farm?

All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour Garst Museum, which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center and Crossroads of Destiny in addition to the Lowell Thomas, Keepers of Freedom, and Longtown exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Harry D. Stephens Memorial, Inc. Foundation.

Valentine Get Away { without the kids }

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The Ansonia United Methodist Church, 204 W High St Ansonia Oh, will be " Babysitting The Kids " for parents who would like to spend some time with their significant other this Valentines weekend.

This event will be held on Saturday February 15th from 5:30 pm till 10:30 pm.

The cost is just $5.00 per child, per hour. Snacks, Drinks, Crafts, Games and a Movie, will be provided for all the kids who show up.

You deserve a break, and so do your kids. So stop by and drop off the kids, then go out and have an enjoyable evening with each other.

If you have any questions or concerns fell free to contact the Youth Pastor at (937)569-1130 or email

Maple Sugarin’ on the Prairie

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We are fast approaching that time of year… The smell of delicious maple syrup is coming from the sugar shack which means it’s time to sponsor a bucket and reserve your very own bottle of maple syrup made right here at Shawnee Prairie! Each sponsor will have his/her name placed on the sap bucket along the trail during the Maple Sugarin’ Festival on March 7.

“Amber Grade” ($25) sponsors will receive a 250 ml bottle of Darke County Parks maple syrup in a decorative maple leaf-shaped glass bottle. In addition to a bottle of maple syrup, “Fancy Grade” ($40) sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets to the Waffle & Sausage breakfast the morning of the festival.

This year, we’ve made it even easier to sponsor your bucket by accepting sponsorships through our website. Follow the link below, create/sign in to your account, and click “Sponsor a Bucket” under the memberships tab to get started. .

Forms and payment will be due on February 21, 2020. If you have any questions, need help creating your account or sponsoring your bucket, please call the Nature Center at (937)548-0165. We are looking forward to another successful year of maple sugarin’!

Annual Seed Swap at Library

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On February 20th at 6:00 Growing Harvest Seed Library will hold its annual Seed Swap at the Greenville Public Library. Megan Schmidt from Darke County Parks will be our guest speaker as we kick off the 2020 growing season. She will give a brief presentation on aquaponics, a process in which plants and aquatic animals coexist together in a controlled ecosystem. Following her presentation, patrons will be able to select seeds from our newly stocked seed library. There is no registration required for this free event.

Bring your extra seeds and trade them for something you need or have been wanting to try. Remember, these are heirloom, open-pollinated seeds that grow year after year. The idea is to borrow seeds, plant them, and return a few from your harvest to the Library for next year.

If you bring seeds, tubers, or starts, please have them labeled with the seed name, variety, harvest date, and any additional growing or harvesting information that is pertinent.

For more information please call 548-3915 or visit the Library’s Facebook Event Page. This is a fun and informal event so be sure to come and have a good time getting ready for spring planting!

Instant Pot - Meals in Minutes

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Have you heard the hype about the instant pot, the new trend in cooking? Are you interested in learning more about how to use your instant pot? Are you curious on how they work and if they are worth purchasing? This class is for you.

Dr. Roseanne Scammahorn, FCS Educator for Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, will be hosting an introduction to Electronic Programmable Pressure Cookers class on Tuesday, March 10 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. The class will be held at Arcanum Public Library, 101 West North St., Arcanum.

Come and join an interactive class, where we learn the functions on an instant pot and prepare and sample a dish made with an instant pot.

There is no cost for this program but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

For further information contact the Arcanum Public Library at 937-692-8484.

Lunch & Learn at Library

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The Greenville Public Library's February Lunch & Learn welcomes back crowd-favorite Jordan Francis from Wayne Healthcare. His topic is very relevant “SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder & Mental Health”

Jordan asks “Do you notice yourself feeling more sluggish during the winter months? Not enjoying activities that used to make you happy? Getting food cravings more intensely? These are just a few of the signs and symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer.”

Join us at noon on Wed the 19th to learn more about signs and symptoms, risk factors, and therapies/treatment for one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues.

You may buy the Coffee Pot lunch for $5 or bring your own or just come for the program! We usually have a wrap with soup or salad and fruit and drinks. Please register and let us know about lunch at 548-3915.

Greenville Union Cemetery Spring Cleanup

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The Greenville Union Cemetery has scheduled their spring clean-up for the first week of March. During the clean-up all grave decorations will be removed and disposed of. The Trustees of the cemetery ask that any family who has a loved on buried in the cemetery and wish to keep the decorations to have them removed before March 1, 2020.

As a reminder of the cemetery rules; only one grave decoration is permitted except during special holidays. Shepherd hooks and decorations that interfere with mowing are not permitted. All holiday decorations are to be removed within a week of the holiday. No decorations of any kind are allowed from April1 to May 15.

The cemetery will be having the grass treated, so those who walk their pets should look for signs to protect their pets from any harm.

If their are any questions the public may call the cemetery office Monday through Thursday 9am - 3pm at (937) 548-3235.

The Cemetery Trustees wish to thank the public for their cooperation.

Big Buddies Program Announces Greenville Volunteers, Seeks more role models

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GREENVILLE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County has named the Greenville High School volunteers who are participating in its Buddies program this year.

The Big Buddies program is a nine-month commitment, during which high school students work with and mentor elementary-aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters is utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum, which focuses on violence prevention, social and emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character and values, and bullying prevention.

Greenville High School volunteers include: Carlos Badell, Carmen Badell, Abbie Barton, Courtney Bryson. Hannah Gartenman, Talasia Foland, Leticia Gonzalez, Yu Xuan Lin, Jessica Maize, Faith Mansfield, Kierra Reichert, Grace Self and Shyanne Slade. The Greenville Buddies program is a partnership with Empowering Darke County Youth. Both agencies are a a 501 c3 nonprofit United Way Partner agency.

In addition to the after-school Big Buddies program, the agency has numerous community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke counties. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings, which are planned around the volunteer’s schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor who can serve as a positive role model and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities.

Big Brother Big Sister is seeking volunteers, donors and event sponsors all throughout the year. To learn how to become a volunteer or learn how to make a difference in a child’s life, call 937-547-9622 or go to The organization can also be reached on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Darke County Delegates Return from Ohio Farmers Union Convention

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Family farming group focused on Ohio water quality, rural healthcare

LIMA, OH – Local delegates represented Darke County at the Ohio Farmers Union 86th Annual Convention in Lima recently. Those delegates included: Todd and Amy Rhoades, Jim and Diana Zumbrink, Ted and Holly Finnarn and youth delegate, Emily Schmitz, who spent their time considering policies ranging from water quality to rural healthcare reform.

Each January, the Ohio Farmers Union holds its annual convention and this year it was held in Lima, Ohio. One of the most important duties the delegates undertake each year is to identify the “Special Orders of Business” for duration of the current year. These special orders are what convention delegates determined through debate and votes should be the highlights of OFU policy for the year.

OFU convention delegates passed special orders of business for 2020 on the following issues:

  • A Focus on Lake Erie Water Quality and Nutrient Management
  • The Congressional Will on the SNAP Work Requirements
  • Increased Accountability for State and Federal Checkoff Funds
  • Healthcare Reform for Rural America
  • Supporting Renewable Energy in Rural Ohio
  • Needed Regulation on Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Lands
  • Renewable Fuel Standards Decisions in Washington that Reward Fuel Companies at the Expense of Farmers
  • Environmental Cleanup in Regards to Concentrated Animal Feeding Facilities and Operations
  • Monopolistic Corporate Concentration in Ag Industry
  • Prohibition of Radioactive Brine Being Used as Dust Suppression and De-Icing Treatments

Darke County received both of the Joe Fichter Essay Scholarship Awards this year, garnering first and second place in the State. John Fischer, a senior from Ansonia High School, won first place and Emily Schmitz, a senior from Mississinawa Valley High School, won 2nd place in the scholarship contest.

For a complete rundown of all of OFU’s policy considerations for 2020, see For information about the Darke County Farmers Union, contact Holly Finnarn at 421 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio, 937.548.3240.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

SARA Title III Chemical Reporting Deadline March 1, 2020

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The Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in conjunction with the Darke County EMA would like to remind Darke County companies/facilities that the SARA Title III (Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act) chemical inventory reporting deadline is fast, approaching. The annual reports are due to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) c/o Ohio EPA, the Darke County LEPC and your jurisdictional fire department by March 1, 2020. A filing fee is associated with the annual chemical inventory reporting and is to be submitted to the SERC only. Approximately eighty percent (80%) of the total fees generated under this program are redistributed back to the local LEPC for administrative costs and training of our first responders. These reports are required by Ohio Revised Code 3750 and financial penalties can be imposed, up to $10,000 per day, if you are required to file and do not.

Who should file? The owner or operator of a company/ facility must submit a report when all the following conditions are met:

  1. Facility is subject to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard; and
  2. Facility uses, produces, and/or stores a Hazardous Chemical and/or has an “Extremely Hazardous Substances” above the listed Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ ); and
  3. The quantity of one of the Hazardous Chemicals and/or an “Extremely Hazardous Substance is in excess of the “Threshold Quantity” (TQ). For Hazardous Chemicals, the TQ is 10,000 pounds or more for any given day (Examples include, but are not limited to, gasoline, diesel fuel, Kerosene, Propane, Toluene, etc.); For Extremely Hazardous Substances the TPQ is chemical specific for 359 listed chemicals and varies from 1 to 500 pounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, chlorine, ammonia, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid.

Complete information is available at:

It is the responsibility of each business to know if they meet the above criteria for reporting. Please remember this information is vital in the emergency planning and response for Darke County and all of its residents.

More information is available by contacting Darke County LEPC at 937-548-1444.

Local Seniors Win State Scholarship Essay Contest

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Two high school seniors from local county school districts won the first and second-place designations for the Joe Fichter Scholarship Essay Contest at the Ohio Farmers Union Annual State Convention held in Lima, Ohio this year. Ethan Fischer, a senior at Ansonia High School, garnered the first place award and Emily Schmitz, a senior from Mississinawa Valley High School, was awarded the second-place designation.

Ohio Farmers Union honors Joe Fichter, a well-informed and dedicated advocate for family farms, and his work through yearly scholarships to deserving rural youth. Joe Fichter’s primary work was the preservation of the family farm and its values. He made numerous trips to Washington to lobby for the family farmer and the small towns they supported. Joe was a major part of Ohio’s Farmers Union and helped build the organization throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Fichter was also a professor of English, from 1936 to 1958, at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he lived.

A Night in Hollywood

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Don’t miss a Night with the STARS – Hollywood Style. Join us on March 7th for the 6th Annual A Night In Hollywood. It’s the event created for kids by kids. The event spotlights the Special Olympian’s artistic talents – putting the spotlight on the stars they are. Greenville High School gymnasium will turn Hollywood with the doors opening at 5:30 pm and music beginning at 6 pm.

A Night in Hollywood will showcase the Special Olympics participants by presenting their artistic abilities through a talent show that includes singing, dancing and performances by Kendell’s Crew and Artistic Variations from Final Bow Studio. You will be able to bid on the many amazing pieces of art made by Special Olympians in the silent art auction.

You will have many opportunities to give back to Special Olympics throughout A Night in Hollywood with business donations, raffle items, fun family games and much more. Since this will be our sixth year, for this fundraising event made specifically for the Darke County Special Olympics, our goal is $10,100. We have raised $38,00- in the first 5 years of this event.

We need your help to fill the audience to support our Darke County Special Olympians. The event is unlike any event anywhere – Join us and make a difference for our Special Olympics in a way that they have never experienced before through A Night in Hollywood. Usually, the Special Olympics participants are limited to athletics and on this night... they are our Shining Stars!

We are aware that the Special Olympics are extremely talented in many ways! So, we would like to give them the opportunity to show off their own unique talents to our community. If you know a Special Olympian who would like to showcase their artistic talents – please contact us! Our goal is to have all eyes on our special Olympics participants so they may feel like the stars they are.

If you would like to be a guest at A Night in Hollywood, tickets will be available at the door for $5.00 a piece. You may also purchase a table for $200 and receive 10 free tickets or become a major sponsor for $500. If you are interested in making a financial donation, please make checks payable to Greenville City Schools with SCM in the memo line and mail to GHS 100 Greenwave Way Greenville, OH 45331.

For further information, contact Jaida Kelly at, Alyssa Evers at, or Alivia Lindamood at We would love to get as many members of our community as possible involved to share this very special night with us. Hope to see you there!

Darke County Democrats to Hold 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, February 8th, 8 a.m. Come and enjoy fellowship and breakfast. Everyone is welcome. For reservations, call Dave Niley at (937) 548-4517.

Greenville BPW Presents Dr. Alisha Reiss as Speaker at February Meeting

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Greenville, OH. The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) Public Relations Committee with Chair Susan Fowble and members Peggy Foutz, Pam Sharp and Maria Moore will host their monthly dinner meeting on Thursday, February 13th at the Brethren’s Retirement Community’s Private Dining Room at 6:30 PM.

The featured speaker Dr. Alisha D Reiss, MD, is a Staff General Surgeon at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. After graduation from Arcanum High School in 2003 she attended and graduated from Wilmington College in 2007 with a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Reiss graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University College of Medicine in 2011. She completed surgical residency at Mount Carmel Health System in 2016 and joined Wayne HealthCare Surgeons in 2016. She was re-elected to serve as alternate delegate of the Young Physicians Section Governing Council for the 2019-2020 years. In 2018 she took over as Medical Director of the Cancer Program. ‘Quality Cancer Care Close to Home’ is the focus of the presentation including an overview of breast cancer management followed by what it means to be an accredited facility. Wayne HealthCare Cancer Care Coordinator Jill Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN will be in attendance to assist with the presentation. A question and answer session will follow.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. Those wanting to know more about Greenville BPW are invited to attend the meeting. The cost of the meal is $12.00 with dinner to start at 6:30 PM. For reservations please contact Vicki Cost by noon on Monday, February 10th at

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bloomingdale to Join Financial Achievement Services

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GREENVILLE, Ohio- The Main Street Greenville Board of Trustees announced today that current Executive Director Crysta Bloomingdale has submitted her resignation in order to accept a position at Financial Achievement Services Inc.

“The board is very sad to see Crysta leave Main Street Greenville as the Executive Director,” said Phillip Pierri, Board President. “She has been a great asset to this organization from day one with her creativity and fresh ideas. We all wish her nothing but the best in her next challenges in life. With change comes opportunity. The board of trustees for Main Street Greenville will work hard to ensure a smooth and seamless transition as we look for the next Executive Director.”

Bloomingdale has served as the Executive Director of Main Street Greenville since 2017 and will be transitioning out of this role in early March. In her letter to the Board of Trustees, Bloomingdale said she was “honored to have been chosen to lead this organization and it is my sincere hope that it continues to thrive and carry out the ongoing work of building a strong community.”

“I am very grateful to the Board for their confidence in me and consistent support over the last three years,” said Bloomingdale. “It has been a privilege to work with and advocate for the small business owners who are so very passionate about our community. Creating a vibrant downtown would not be possible without our committed supporters and volunteers, and I look forward to being one of those as I transition into a new role.”

The Main Street Greenville Board of Trustees remains committed to fostering a strong non-profit organization that serves to make downtown Greenville a desirable destination for entrepreneurs. The Board will be announcing their plans for the transition period and job posting for the new Executive Director shortly.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization that supports downtown Greenville, Ohio, through stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth. Learn more about the organization on their website,, or follow them on social media at You can contact them at or 937-548-4998.

Southwest Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event

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Tipp City, Ohio (Saturday, February 8th 9 AM- 1 PM)

It is estimated 1,078 Ohio children fall victim to human trafficking yearly, and another 3,016 children are at-risk. This is not okay! Human trafficking happens within our communities.

“As a Darke Countian, I would be naive to say this doesn’t affect my rural community. Human trafficking is not limited to the big cities, it touches small communities as well. We must not bury our heads in the sand, but help prevent this atrocity!” says Caitlin Miller, Miller Flowers.

Haley Garber, Beauty By Haley Garber, joins Miller in hosting the Southwest Ohio Anti-Human Trafficking Community Awareness Event, to offer training to the community. "Nearly all of us have heard of human trafficking by now and the horror that it is, but often we don’t know what to do about it or even fully understand what it is. By taking time out of one day to learn and connect with other people who also are actively fighting this we set ourselves up for a future of prevention and safety. Knowing the facts helps us protect those we love and keep our communities safe." Says Haley.

This event will take place on February 8th, 9 AM-1 PM at the Tipp Center on 855 N. 3rd St. Tipp City, Ohio.

This event is to equip and train professionals, parents, and youth to recognize the signs of trafficking. It will include: A representative from She Has A Name, Columbus. This is a community of abolitionists that exists to fight human trafficking through education, collaboration, and survivor care.

Stephanie Rollins is the prevention education coordinator at Gracehaven House. Gracehaven is Ohio’s only faith-based safe house near Columbus, working with rescued girls under 18.

Brandi Schindler, Dayton, director of Child Internet Safety for Human Trafficking Essentials, LLC, will be focusing on social media safety.

This event is free and open to the public. Childcare & refreshments will be provided. For a complete list of sessions and to RSVP, visit

Promoting Pollinators with DCP

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If you’re curious about how you can help pollinator populations this spring, let Darke County Parks give you hand!

Mason Bee Program

On February 6th at 6pm, join a naturalist at the Bish Discovery Center for “In the Garden: Mason Bee Homes”. Mason bees are very productive pollinators and of the bees of Ohio, they’re the easiest to maintain. Come and learn how to increase mason bee populations by raising them in your backyard or garden. Plus, we’ll assist you in building your very own bee house to take home! Registration is required and can be done so by visiting our website at Fee: $10

Native Plant Sale

Native pollinators thrive with access to native plants. In fact, they’re four times more likely to be attracted to a native plant vs other blooms. Help boost pollinator species by stocking your garden area or backyard with native plants available through the Darke County Park’s Native Plant Sale! Several varieties of milkweed will be available, along with Prairie Blazing star, Wild Geranium, New England Aster, Royal Catchfly and more. Pre-sale forms and payment must be turned in by February 21. Plants are available for pre-sale only (a few select plants may be available during the sale).
Plant pick up will take place May 9th, 10am-4pm at the Bish Discovery Center.

Visit or stop by either of the two centers to submit and order. Questions? Please call Darke County Parks at 937-548-0165.

Library Features Film Another Year

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On Tuesday February 11 at 6:30, the Third Floor Film Series at the Greenville Public Library will be watching the 2010 film Another Year. The film was directed by Mike Leigh and stars Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, and Lesley Manville.

This honest but heartwarming film follows a year in the life of a middle-aged couple (Sheen & Broadbent) who have a healthy, happy marriage. Their friends though are largely struggling with life's challenges, and the film takes a look at the role this couple has as the stable foundation for the tumultuous lives around them.

At turns hilarious and heathbreaking, awkward and endearing, Another Year is ultimately a life-affirming portrait of a supportive and loving relationship. Leigh's signature technique of collaborating with his actors to shape their characters and dialogue lends vitality to a beautiful story.

Refreshments will be provided and a short discussion with David Nilsen will follow the film. This movie is rated PG-13. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see you at this charming classic film!

Big Buddies program announces Versailles volunteers, Seeks more role models

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VERSAILLES — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County has named Versailles High School volunteers who are participating in its Buddies program this year.

The Big Buddies program is a nine-month commitment, during which high school students work with and mentor elementary-aged children two times per month. During these meetings, the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters is utilizing the Peace Education Foundation’s “Peace Works” curriculum, which focuses on violence prevention, social and emotional development, conflict resolution, mediation skills, character and values, and bullying prevention.

Versailles High School volunteers include: Audrey Allen, Anna Barlage, Paige Gasson, Abby Gilmore, Chloe Grillot, Madison Henry, Jaimee Hoelscher, Breanna Nieport, Jayla Pothast, Allison Reed, Lauren Sherman, Kamren Simons and Madelyn Vogel.

In addition to the after-school Big Buddies program, the agency has numerous community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke counties. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings, which are planned around the volunteer’s schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor who can serve as a positive role model and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities.

Big Brother Big Sister is seeking volunteers, donors and event sponsors all throughout the year. To learn how to become a volunteer or learn how to make a difference in a child’s life, call 937-547-9622 or go to The organization can also be reached on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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The Ohio State Council, Knights of Columbus represented by Luke Stachler served as an awards presenter at the 40th annual Track and Field Day, last May. He is shown here following the boys, 50 m. run, ages 16+ with ribbons presented left to right, 1st place: Jeremiah Bunch, Greenville H.S.; 2nd place, Jordan Hampshire, Versailles H.S. and 3rd place Jacob Parsons, Greenville H.S. This year's Track and Field Day will take place on Friday, May 8 with bad weather date of Monday, May 11. Darke County Special Olympics is an all volunteer organization, sponsored by the generous donations of local organizations like the Knights of Columbus. There are athletic events year-round. Presently, basketball and cheerleading season is entering tournament time. Two basketball teams will compete at the end of the month in Cincinnati.

Ohio Business & Professional Women’s Retirement Foundation offers Nursing Scholarship

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Left to Right – Nursing Scholarship Recipient – Shelbey Dowler
with Greenville BPW Club President – Deb Smith
The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is sponsoring applicants for a $1000 scholarship which will be granted to a nursing student enrolled in any accredited school or nursing program. The scholarship is made possible by the Ohio Business & Professional Women’s Retirement Foundation as a way of keeping with the tradition of “women helping women” and is selected from applicants from local organizations throughout the state of Ohio. Applications must be received by Kristi Strawser by March 6th in order for Deb Smith, Club President to sign and submit the application for consideration. Applications are available at the Greenville Public Library, the New Madison Public Library, Beanz Bakery or by contacting Kristi Strawser at or 937-423-1794. They are also available on the club’s Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

The 2018-2019 scholarship was awarded last May to Tri-Village Graduate Shelbey Dowler who is currently attending the Edison State Community College School of Nursing. Shelbey’s decision to study nursing began after her Mother was diagnosed in 2011 with cancer. She was instrumental in her recovery process after her surgery which confirmed her decision that nursing was what she was called to do. When her Mother again fell ill in 2018 after Shelbey had begun her Nursing program, she became an advocate for the care of her Mother. Shelbey plans to be a Nurse Practitioner. If there are any questions about the application, please contact Kristi Strawser or 937-423-1794.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the club can contact Kasey Christian at 937/417-4314 or see their Facebook page at Greenville BPW Club.

Greenville City Schools Opposes State's EdChoice Scholarship (Voucher) Program

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Written by: Asst. Superintendent Laura Bemus and Greenville Elementary Principal Jody Harter

Ohio’s ballooning EdChoice voucher program threatens to undermine the system of public education in Ohio. The program uses a flawed school report card to unfairly label public schools as “failing” and forces districts to subsidize the cost of private school tuition. Due to recent changes, hundreds of millions of public tax dollars will subsidize private school tuition for students, many of whom have never attended a public school.

Next school year, more than 70% of Ohio’s districts will have an EdChoice-eligible building. The number of eligible buildings will mushroom from approximately 230 last year to more than 1,200 next year — a 422% increase.

Nearly half of these buildings received overall grades of A, B or C on their current state report card. Vouchers cost $4,650 for K-8 students and $6,000 for high school students, funneling money away from public schools to pay for private and parochial tuition. Students can keep the voucher throughout their academic career, costing taxpayers nearly $66,000 per pupil to fund a private education. These costs far exceed what the state provides school districts, so districts must rely on local tax dollars to cover the difference.

Greenville City School’s Board of Education passed a resolution at the Jan. 9, 2020 meeting to oppose the State of Ohio’s EdChoice scholarship program (voucher). The estimated loss of revenue to the Greenville City School District over the next four years is $3,250,800 which would devastate the District’s finances.

Vouchers also threaten districts’ ability to serve their remaining students and jeopardize the quality of those students’ educational experiences. Public school districts are held to high standards and accountability, unlike private schools that do not have to use the same state tests to assess student achievement and can determine their own enrollment and admission policies. In the end, local taxpayers who never intended for their tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools lose. Students are placed in educational settings where there is little-to-no accountability, and school districts that are doing great things for kids are inappropriately labeled as “failing.”

Legislators will act on changes to the voucher program when they return to session the week of Jan. 27th. As they work on developing those amendments, public school educators across the state will continue to contact legislators to oppose the expanded voucher program and the effects it will have on public education in Ohio. We are urging Legislators to stop draining funds from public school budgets and also to stop funneling taxpayer dollars to private and parochial schools. We support Ohio’s system of public education, where every child is accepted and educated.

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