Monday, September 21, 2020

Union City Browns Backers Donates to State of the Heart Care

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State of the Heart Care recently received a generous donation in the amount of $400 from The Union City Browns Backers. They have chosen to donate funds in support of State of the Heart Care for the past several years during their club meetings and viewing parties, raising over $3,000 in the past three years. 

Scott, Founder and President of the Union City Browns Backers since its start in 1987, shared that even though their club may face some challenges in finding a meeting place due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, they are still pleased they can continue to support their local community. 

When asked why they chose to support State of the Heart Care, Scott stated, “It’s a very important organization. I work for Kaup Pharmacy and come in contact with a number of employees from State of the Heart Care. They are extremely gracious, caring people that care for their patients. They are a great benefit to our community to have available for those that need it.” Scott shared that The Union City Browns Backers have more raffle items this year and, “We will overcome our challenges and continue to support the Cleveland Browns and local businesses and organizations like State of the Heart Care in 2021.” 

The Browns Backers meet at 6 pm the first Thursday of every month-July through December, at the Pizza Hut in Union City. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Union City Browns Backers, you may contact their President, Scott, at 937-414-9772. And for more information on the hospice, palliative care, and bereavement services State of the Heart Care can offer to you or your family, please visit our website or contact 800-417-7535. 

Flu Vaccine Schedule for Family Health Patients

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**New for 2020: Flu Clinic Drive Thru!! At all locations!!

Please follow signs at each location for drive thru instructions!!

Family Health-Greenville

  • Tuesday, September 29th 8:30am-4pm
  • Thursday, October 1st 8:30am-4pm
  • Saturday, October 10th 8am-12pm

Family Health-Arcanum

  • Wednesday, October 7th 8:30am-4pm

Family Health-Versailles

  • Tuesday, October 13th 8:30am-4pm

Family Health-New Madison

  • Friday, October 23rd 8:30am-4pm

Insurance may be billed or payment at the time of service is $28.00 for regular flu vaccine; and $56.00 for high-dose (65 and older only).

*Please note the above dates and times are for Adults (19 years and up). Children under 19 years of age, please schedule with your Family Health healthcare provider.

Diners and Drive-ins in Darke County!

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Linda Newbauer,  Annie’s G.A.L.A. committee person has ordered her personalized dinner from Montage’s Aaron & Michelle Cox and will pull into the new Garst Museum parking lot to pick up her dinner on October 3.
As part of the continuing FUN of the Garst Museum’s Annie’s G.A.L.A., you have a chance to get a fabulous pre-ordered dinner of your choice, prepared by Montage, and served as you cruise through the new parking lot at Garst to pick it up.  

 Your order must be received at Garst by September 30 so you can pick up your dinner on October 3 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. in the easy-in, easy-out drive-thru at Garst. Three menu choices ($20 each entree) are: steak kabob with bell peppers, onion and cherry tomatoes over wild rice; grilled salmon with cucumber dill sauce over wild rice blend; or veggie kabobs over wild rice blend.  Dinners include your choice of side dish (asparagus or corn pudding), salad (Caesar or mixed greens), and dessert (Key lime pie or a brownie). Contact Garst Museum to place your order

Want more fun?  Stop in and bid on the over 100 items in the Silent Auction at Garst.  On going until noon on Saturday, October 3, check out all the great items and descriptions on  Stop in and leave a bid, or call the Museum. The high bid for each item will be posted daily at the website.  The Silent Auction ends at noon on Saturday, October 3.

And, to top it off, you can enter a drawing for a week’s stay at the  Complete with private pool and hot tub, Tiki house, and just a 2-minute walk to the beach in Ft. Myers, this lovely home, donated by Mike & Sherri Jones, can be yours for a week scheduled through December 2021 (except January–March). The drawing on October 3 will be held prior to Fun #3.  Tickets to get in the drawing are $10 each.

Call 937.548.5250 or come in to Garst Museum, 205 North Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331 to order by check or credit card. Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Questions? Email

City of Greenville Trick-or-Treat

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Trick or Treat in the City of Greenville will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 25, 2020.  Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping with this time frame.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to accompany children during this time and practice safe social distancing; and thoroughly inspect all the children’s candy received (for possible tampering) before allowing them to eat it.

To help ensure the safety of all participants during this time of Covid-19, those households planning on handing out treats, are advised to follow the recommendations of the Ohio Dept. of Health in wearing a mask and gloves when distributing candy.  

If possible, turn a porch light on to indicate your residence will welcome the little “ghosts & goblins” during this time.

Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Raises Money for Cancer Association of Darke County Despite Cancelling Event

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The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Committee and Cancer Association of Darke County hold a tournament each year in July with proceeds to Cancer Association of Darke County. 

Due to the pandemic, the tournament could not be held this year. However, many businesses that normally participated in the event generously donated to the organization in order to help local cancer patients with their difficult battle.

The Committee and the Cancer Association wish to thank the businesses and individuals below who have generously donated to help provide the much needed services.

This year, a total of $10,000 has been donated to this event.

The committee plans to hold the event on July 19, 2021 at Turtle Creek Golf Course.

A big thanks for your continued support!

AHL & K, American Legion #140, Dennis & Cathy Baker, Lester and Deloris Beisner, Brethren Retirement Community, Jim Buchy, Thomas and Melodie Bernhard, Best Insurance Settlement (Denny Keiser), Brethren Retirement Community, Bob Burkhardt, Dave Connelly, Cox Insurance, Ed Curry, Kay Curry, Dave Knapp, Eikenberry’s, Roger & Loretta Etzel, Elks 1139, Diane Evans, Financial Achievement Services, Flory Landscaping, Scott and Lisa Frens, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hanes Law Group, Hansbargers, Johnston Chiropractic, Kenneth Landis, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Montage, Dr. Osterbur, Park National Bank, Don & Pam Pohlman, Randall Insurance, Reichard Funeral Home, Rotary Grant $1,000, Dan & Marty Schipfer, John Slagle, Jack & Kay Sloat, State of the Heart, Dave Watts, Wieland Jewelers, Richard & Charlotte Wright.

Greenville Schools Foundation to hold Raffle

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The Greenville Schools Foundation will be conducting its 500 Club raffle to help raise funds for the direct benefit of teachers and students of Greenville City Schools.   

Each ticket purchased gives the holder 27 chances to win $50.00, $20.00 or $10.00 with drawings held once per month, and contributes to funding educational and recreational programs for students.  The cost of a ticket is $10.00.

The foundation has awarded over $40,000 to Greenville school leaders in the last five years making a huge impact in available programs for students of all ages.  Your $10.00 contribution helps make this possible.  You can purchase tickets by calling 548-9895 or by contacting any board member.  The directors are:  Joel Allread, David Ernst, Susan Barker, Mark Libert, Jim Sommer, Dianne Brown, Kathy Lockhart, Gretchen Davis, Loretta Etzell, Susan Shields, Jody Lockhart, Carla Surber, and Doug Fries.

Empowering receives grant from Reynolds & Reynolds Foundation

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 Tutoring non-profit begins its fifth year of support for academically at-risk students

GREENVILLE – Empowering Darke County Youth has received a major grant from Reynolds and Reynolds Associate Foundation for its After School, Summer and Distance tutoring programs.

“We are grateful to the Associates at Reynolds and Reynolds Foundation for their support,” said Bob Robinson, Executive Director for Empowering Darke County Youth. “This has been a tough time for our community, and especially our kids. Their gift will make a big difference when our on-site programs kick off again this fall.”

Reynolds and Reynolds Associate Foundation was formed in 1956 and today is the oldest associate-run charitable foundation in the United States. Its focus includes a wide variety of charitable support, including at-risk youth, literacy, health, veterans and more. Located in Montgomery County, the foundation serves Montgomery and its seven surrounding counties.

Empowering Darke County Youth is preparing for its fifth year of providing after school tutoring support for students who are academically at risk. Programs will be starting in October for Greenville, Ansonia and Arcanum-Butler school districts. Limited additional support may be available through tutoring at the Greenville Library or online at Empowering Distance.

“Our communities support our kids,” Robinson said. “We are always looking for volunteers who want to help as we work to eradicate illiteracy in Darke County. And of course, donations are gratefully accepted.”

Empowering mailing address is P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Check out Empowering Facebook, the Empowering website:, or email:

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth is a 501c3 United Way Partner Agency providing After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of reading, language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

Ohio Wave 16u Launches Shoe Collection Drive to Raise money for their travel softball team.

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Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

Greenville, OH, September 26, 2020: Ohio Wave 16u is conducting a shoe drive on 9/26/20 - 11/26/20 to raise funds for tournaments and travel expenses.   Ohio Wave 16u organization will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated footwear.  Those dollars will benefit the softball players by helping to cover the costs associated with tournament entry fees and travel expenses. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at: The Academy, 615 Riffle Ave. Greenville, OH 45331 every Sunday from 4:00-6:00 pm or email for local pickup. 

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive," said Jared McLear, Coach. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.  It’s a win-win for everyone,” added McLear.

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Ohio Wave 16u, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Traveling Vietnam Wall at the POW/MIA Honor Weekend in Versailles

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A POW/MIA Honor Weekend will be celebrated Sept. 18 thru 20 at Marker Rd. and Grand Ave. in Versailles, Ohio. All is welcome to attend and show your support for this great country we are so fortunate  to live in.

During the weekend there will be the traveling Vietnam Wall, military reenactment team, military vehicles, and chow trailers. Recognition Day on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 5:00pm will honor our POW/MIA military men and women with a 21-gun salute and ceremony.

The Versailles VFW, American Legion, and Sons of the legion are inviting Veterans to an honorary bivouac  (camping). Campers and tents are welcome. 

For more information, call Dave Miller at 937-526-3836.

Remember to be responsible for the guidelines set by the state.


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Wondering if you are registered to vote?  If you want to vote in the November 3 General Election, you need to be registered by October 5.  Not sure if you are registered?  Go to the Darke Co. Board of Elections website and tap or click on the “Am I Registered” link.  You can put in your name and see if you are presently registered.  The same is available at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, Or call the local Board of Elections, 937.548.1835

Are you qualified to register?  You may be if you are a citizen of the United States, are at least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election, and will be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election. 

If you aren’t registered, you can do so at, or in person at the Board of Elections, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, or other locations noted on the website.  With the registration deadline looming, it would be best to register in person or online.  Absentee or in-person early voting starts October 6, the day after the registration deadline.

The League of Women Voters, Darke County, is a non-partisan organization encouraging active participation of citizens in their government.

Garst Museum New Parking Lot Dedicated

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Something new in the neighborhood? Indeed there is! 

On Friday, August 14, 2020, Garst Museum celebrated the near completion of its new parking lot by recognizing the people who helped make it a reality. Invited guests were Jim Buchy, Eunice Steinbrecher, Keith Faber, Darryl Mehaffie, Pete Hemer, Rodney Oda, John Marchal, Steve Gruber, Darren Reeves, and Tim Flora.  Keith Faber, Ohio Auditor of State, presented Dr. Clay Johnson, President and CEO of Garst Museum, with a certificate of dedication for the new parking lot and also recognized Darryl Mehaffie, emeritus board member of the Darke County Historical Society, as one of Ohio’s finest citizens, for his many years of devoted service to his community and the state of Ohio. Garst Museum will be forever grateful to all those involved because it is clear that the scope of the project took many hours of planning from start to finish. 

But, when did the project actually begin? Standing vacant, the century-old Buchy’s plant was razed in 2012. On March 23, 2015, five years before the pandemic brought activities to a standstill, John Marchal and Pete Hemer met with Louis Bergman at Mote and Associates to “get down and dirty” about a parking lot at Garst Museum. And hence, the project is launched.  Garst Board Committee members led by Pete Hemer, Darryl Mehaffie, Steve Gruber, and Garst CEO Dr. Clay Johnson prepared for the project and secured funds from grants and donations to finance it.  The Ohio Facilities Construction Committee awarded $150,000 to partially fund the project; a private benefactor, who wished to remain anonymous to direct the focus to the future of the community and the Museum, donated monies; and the Buchy family made a valued contribution to the project adhering to their decades of commitment to the community. The Museum worked closely with the Darke County Park District and County Engineer’s Office to assimilate the parking facility into the surrounding lands to benefit future generations through calculated foresight and employed local businesses to bring the project to fruition. The comprehensive plan will make efficient use of the property and enhance the aesthetics of the North Broadway thoroughfare. Today, just a few final touches need to be added and then the parking venue will be an essential part of the Museum’s operations and events.

But thinking back, many of us remember the presence of the Buchy Food Service plant on that same North Broadway property—the iconic rooftop sign, the red brick building, and the trucks parked ready for the next day’s deliveries.  But, beyond what we can remember is a fascinating history of growth and five generations dedicated to quality, service, and community.

In 1870, George Buchy fled the Alsace-Lorraine region when it was invaded by Germany and immigrated to the United States with the equivalent of $.85 to his name. He continued his travels from New York to Pittsburgh along the Ohio River then to the Miami Valley while working as a butcher, and eventually he was employed in Greenville in 1871 by his relative Albert Klee, who was operating a slaughterhouse.  Seeking the entrepreneurial experience a few years later, George ventured out on his own in 1878 and eventually expanded his business, the George Buchy Slaughterhouse, with the brick building.  But, upon his death in 1897, the business was sold to Albert Bailey. 

Wanting the business to remain in the family, George’s son Charles quit school, saved money, and borrowed additional funds to buy the business back in 1901 subsequently changing the name of the operation from the George Buchy Slaughterhouse to the Charles G. Buchy Packing Company. Before the advent of refrigeration and automobiles, Charles spent long days delivering meats by wagon to customers in surrounding communities. Lacking modern refrigeration for the warmer months, he cut ice from a pond behind Vine Street and stored it at the plant.  In 1918, the first gas compressor for refrigeration was purchased, and then 15 years later, the business’s first refrigeration truck was on the road.

Upon the death of Charles Buchy in 1963, his son George J. became the third Buchy to steward the company.  The company continued to evolve with the addition of a freezer, a computer system, and a more diverse customer base. But, the dynamics of the business showed George and his son Jim that buying cuts of pork and beef was cheaper than slaughtering their own. Economics dictated that the slaughter operations cease in 1968. 

Jim, the fourth-generation Buchy to be involved with the business, started doing odd jobs at the plant when he was 12.  Through the years, he swept floors, drove a delivery truck, cut meat, and advanced to company president in 1978. While still at the helm of Buchy Food Services, Jim also served Greenville and the state well as a 12-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives. He has stated, “I firmly believe there will be a revitalization of downtown Greenville.  If patience prevails, I envision businesses growing on Broadway.  And we have a beautiful park.  Gosh, I love that park…[and] Garst Museum is a great asset to our community.”

By the late 1980s, the labyrinth of government regulations for manufacturers made distributing more profitable than processing, and the business changed to a wholesale distributor of food items by 1991. In 2006, the business moved to a new building in the Greenville Industrial Park but maintained the desire to develop the North Broadway lot. Ultimately in 2012, ownership of Buchy Food Service was transferred to Sysco Cincinnati—thus, ending an era.

Buchy’s North Broadway plant has evolved from a slaughterhouse to a meat manufacturing facility to a distribution center to finally a much-needed landscaped parking area to serve Garst Museum and a biking/walking path that is an essential link in the Darke County Park District’s recreational trails throughout the county. Nostalgically, the four-acre tract is remembered as a meat-packing plant; presently, a section of the property will be appreciated by the nearly 12,000 visitors to the museum annually and the adjacent trail will be dedicated as the Buchy Mile to be enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists daily.

The Garst Museum is located at: 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331  phone: 937-548-5250   website:

Cancer Association of Darke County Holds Gourmet Dinner Raffle Fundraiser

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Left to right  Mark Davis, Eikeknberry’s, Julie Graber, Dinner Club, and Tim McKibbben, Eikenberry’s
Cancer Association of Darke County held their annual Gourmet Dinner Raffle Fundraiser earlier this year. Mark Davis and Tim McKibben of Eikenberry's IGA  are shown with Julie Graber of the dinner club (that prepares the Cancer Association's Gourmet Dinner.)  Sharon Wilson was this year's winner.  

Eikenberry's once again donated the ingredients for the dinner, which featured beef tenderloin in the entree.  The multi-course meal was prepared by volunteers as usual but delivered and not served this year.  All proceeds, $2,845.00, went to the locally operated and independent Cancer Association of Darke County (CADC).

The Gourmet Dinner Club provides this wonderful service each year by preparing the gourmet meal.  Suzie Brown coordinated the efforts.

The fundraiser is always well received in the community and has good participation.

Cancer Association of Darke County is funded by donations, memorials, grants, fundraisers, United Way, and Corporate Sponsors.  The Corporate Sponsors for 2020 so far are:  The Andersons Marathon, Borderline, Brookdale Senior Living, Bunco 4 Boobies, Cal Maine Foods, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, Dayton Physicians, DCTPA, DL Beck Inc., Edward Jones, Family Health, First Assembly of God, Geis Audio Video, Greenville Federal, Greenville National Bank, Hittle Buick-GMC, Members Choice Credit Union, Motes, Park National Bank, Premier Health, Rudnick and Kosek, Star  88.3,Sisco,SVG Auto, Troutwine Auto, Vannoy Cox Insurance, Weaver Brothers, Williamsons, Zechar Bailey.

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