Friday, May 21, 2021

Summer Manufacturing Camp for Junior High Students

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Do you know a student entering 7th or 8th grade? One who is interested in science, engineering, design, or marketing? Or one that likes to know how things work or how things are made?

Students entering 7th or 8th grade from Darke County are invited to participate in the Summer Manufacturing Camp which will be held at Greenville C-TEC from July 19 – 23, 2021. This five-day camp, held 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, will explore the world of manufacturing. Campers will learn by creating a product or service to solve a real-life challenge. Along the way they will discover the wide variety of careers involved in developing products and services. In the afternoon, campers will tour a local manufacturer where they will see their morning topics applied in the real world. The $40 registration includes camp t shirt, lunch, snacks, transportation to tours, and all camp materials. (Registration fee assistance is available, if needed.) Deadline for registration is May 28, 2021. 

Camp sponsors are Darke County Economic Development, Darke County CIC, Greenville City Schools & Greenville C-TEC, Edison State Community College, Fort Recovery Industries, JAFE Decorating, Midmark Corporation and Whirlpool Corporation. 

For more information or to register, visit or contact Tamala Marley, Darke County Economic Development at 937-548-3250.

Cash Reward! Help Locate Lost Scrap Book

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Please Help  --  Cash reward being offered.

A brown 3-ring scrap book was left at Jack’s Cabin Restaurant.  This is an important family heirloom with old Darke County and Greenville postcards, and a special item given to me by my great grandmother (the only item I have of hers).  These postcards were collected by family members over the years and have precious memories.

We would appreciate the return of this book.

Call 937 678 0030 with information and if no answer. please leave a message.

There is a nice cash reward for return of this beloved book.

Thursday, May 20, 2021


No comments: and VTOWN Tigers are excited to announce a new Poultry Days Event.  How fast can you eat a World-Famous Chicken dinner?  Chicken, Chips, Roll, Butter, Applesauce and Chilly Willy Orange Drink.  This event is judged on time, not how much chicken is ate.

The chicken eating contest will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 13th on the front lawn.  FREE Registration begins at 1:00 pm and is limited to the first 20 qualified entrants per division.  The two divisions consist of 21 & Over and Under 21.  There is no preregistration.

First prize for each division is $150 and a novelty belt, second is $75 and third is $25.  Contestants will compete in timed heats with the fastest time in the division winning.  This event is sponsored by and conducted by the VTown Tigers.  Chicken donated by John’s IGA.  See the full rules at  Email questions to

Entrepreneurs in Action

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 by Kitty Davis, Greenville Elementary Principal

Mrs. Sherry Flora, Mrs. Ashley Miller, Mrs. Lori Duncan, Mrs. Lois Britsch, and Ms. Brittany Voke are in the process of teaching young fourth grade entrepreneurs. Students will have the opportunity to experience a life lesson as well as put fourth grade social studies and math (economic) standards into action by first learning about “opportunity cost.” Essentially, there is only so much money one has (scarcity). Due to this, one makes a choice; opportunity cost is an item one has to forgo because in real life, you simply can’t have it all. With the “opportunity cost sundae activity” each student receives $.50 in classroom money. There is vanilla ice cream and nine different toppings from which to choose. Here the dilemma extra scoop of ice cream will take all of one’s money- not leaving any funds for toppings. 

In this case, the toppings are the opportunity cost. If students decide to get toppings (priced $.05, $.10, $.15, and $.25) now the extra scoop becomes the opportunity cost. To complicate the decision, there are  also incentives involved- “buy one topping/get one topping” and “quick sale/reduced price  toppings” (with the cost drastically reduced) which could motivate one to make a choice that may not necessarily be their preference- just as in real life. After the sundae building, students enjoy their dessert while discussing why they chose (or what motivated them) to build their sundae in such a manner. A reflection paper is completed on what learners would have chosen had there been “unlimited funds,” equal topping price, and expenses (having to purchase a bowl and spoon). Additionally, students draw their ultimate sundae and discuss its total price based upon the classroom topping prices. 

After this economics exercise, learners put their economic vocabulary into action as they experience how a business works from product to profit. With the help of school approved youtube videos, students will generate “kid friendly” items to sell. With product limitations due to Covid, students will have to be clever with not only choosing their product but marketing their inventory. Items will range in cost from $.25 to $2.00. Popular past items include: pet rocks, squish/stress balls, paper airplanes, origami decorations, bracelets, hair ties, and decorative  magnets. A “division of labor” will also be experienced as specified homerooms will design a power point to advertise the products in the extended learning areas.

The real fun begins with conducting the sales, calculating the profits, and determining loss (if any). Due to gathering restrictions, students will sell to one designated homeroom at a time. Unlike true  businesses, students will vote to determine which local charity (Humane Society, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls club, or Shawnee Prairie’s Raptor Birds Program) will benefit from their dividends. The charity chosen will be invited to school to receive the donation and meet the young entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, last year, due to school closure this joint project did not take place. However, in 2019, over $1000.00 dollars was raised for the Darke County Humane Society. Mrs. Flora smiled as she  discussed the impact of this project, “This event is a tradition...maybe even legendary...brothers and sisters who have participated as buyers and sellers from years previous share stories of this beloved event with younger siblings. The anticipation level is so high every year. It is very  possible that this year’s participants were recipients of an item from this very project years ago.” 

Poultry Days 5K is a GO!

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After a year of running from germs it is time to run for fun!  YOLO and Poultry Days are excited to offer our annual 5K on Saturday, June 12th in Versailles.  The Fun Run is back and starts at 8:am followed by the 5K at 8:30am.  Both events are held at the Versailles Exempted Village Schools located at 280 Marker Road (East Parking Lot).  The top male and female will receive a cash prize!!!!  

Online registration and event details can be found at  Registration is also available Friday June 11th from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm and Saturday, June 12th 7:00 am-8:15 am at the Versailles Exempted Village Schools.  Registration includes a ticket for a World Famous Chicken Dinner and shirts are available.

We would like to announce a few safety measures:

  • During the Race - Water Stations will be handled differently and Water cups will be pre-filled to take
  • After the Race - Awards will be given out immediately following the 5k.
  • With social distancing in mind.  Food will be provided but will be limited. Bottled water will be provided. 
  • For information on Packet Pick Up please visit

Proceeds from this event will support community projects. Email with questions.  Visit for festival details and schedules including registration for the Grand Parade, Miss Chick and Vendors.


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The Clark Gallery at Historic Bear’s Mill will host a return of “Art At the Mill,” starting with an exhibit featuring landscapes by painter Stacie Seuberling and the nature-infused sculptures of Stephanie Skurow. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 28; the artists will share information about their work, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Sunday, June 20; subsequent exhibits will open on the final Friday of each month through November 26. “Art at the Mill,” curated by Jan Roestamadji and Julie Clark, is free and open to the public. 

According to Ms. Roestamadji, the artists are sisters who live and work in Cincinnati where they share a studio at Pendleton Art Center. “They each produce exciting, innovative, and unique creative expressions of nature; their breathtaking pieces will appeal to lovers of almost all artistic styles and traditions,” Ms. Roestamadji said. Ms. Clark states that she is thrilled to once again be involved with this effort which draws people to Bear’s Mill and the surrounding 35 acres, and contributes to the preservation and upkeep of this historic treasure. “This is but the first piece of an exciting season featuring diverse artists from a variety of disciplines; we are looking forward to once again providing access to exceptional art in this inviting and welcoming setting,” she concluded. 

Sculptor Stephanie Skurow, a graduate of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning has always been involved in creating art; her resume includes an impressive stint in the art department of The Cincinnati Post as an illustrator and graphic designer. Her current output includes delightful whimsical boxes in clay, wood, and papier mache, three-dimensional pieces originally inspired by a gingerbread house she spotted at a Dollar Store. Stephanie also creates papier mache vessels using easily accessed materials combining papers, patterns, twigs and other natural objects to create pleasing and interesting organic forms. 

Along with her sister and fellow artist, Stacie Seuberling, also a CCDAAP graduate, spent part of her childhood in a home where the backyard was actually untouched farmland and woods; growing up in this comforting landscape contributes to Stacie’s ability to create realistic and soothing investigations of color, space, and light. “I’m trying to depict nature the way it was at the moment I encountered it, trying to draw the color of light, consciously giving beauty to people,” she explains. All four seasons appear in her drawings with sunrises, sunsets, and water being frequently depicted elements in her evocative work producing a peek at nature’s secret gardens.

The Clark Gallery and the Mill Shop are operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, which has recently become the newest addition to Darke County Park District. Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, about 5 miles east of Greenville. “Art At the Mill” is funded in part by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts, and can be viewed during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

2021 Miss Chick Pageant Registration

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Win $1,000 and a title for life!  This contest is sponsored by Park National Bank and Versailles Poultry Days, Inc. The preliminaries are online, Friday, June 11th, 2021 at noon and finals will be held on the festival grounds located at 459 S. Center Street on Saturday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the former high school gymnasium. This contest is open to females 16 years of age by the day of the contest, and no older than 19 years of age.  Limited to High School underclassmen and 2021 graduates.  Contestants must reside in Darke County or a contiguous county (Miami, Mercer, Montgomery, Shelby, Auglaize, Preble, Jay, Randolph and Wayne).  Register at  

After 70 years of celebrating vibrant, dynamic young women as part of the Poultry Days Festival, the Miss Chick pageant has earned its place as a rich community tradition. Members of the Miss Chick court promote the festival throughout their reign acting as ambassadors to the Ultimate Frisbee community that participates in the tournament held in conjunction with the festival and at local festivals.  The court also participates in philanthropic events that raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Wounded Warrior Project, or conducts events like Confident Chicks; a program created to inspire and uplift young women.

In addition to the honor of representing Poultry Days during their reign, the chosen Miss Chick will receive flowers, a plaque, crown and $1,000; First Runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque, and $400; and Second Runner-up will receive flowers, a plaque, and $200. 

Applicants require a business or club sponsor.  Early applicants will receive a discounted entry fee of $5 payable by the sponsor or contestant. The early application deadline for entries will be May 15, 2021.  After this date contestants will be subject to a $10 entrance fee. Final deadline for entries is May 31, 2021. Please email with any questions.

Contestants will be judged on: Appearance - 25%, Clothing - 25%, Poise, ability to speak, platform presence - 25%, and Personal Interview - 25%.

For online registration and festival information, please visit  Like our Facebook page, Miss Chick - Versailles Poultry Days.  Versailles.  Poultry Days will be following all local and state guidance as it relates to the health and safety of our guests.  

Bradford Public Library Spring Book Sale: Happening Now!

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Bradford Public Library will be hosting a Spring Book Sale on May 3,4,6 & 7. Sale will be ready each day by 10:00 am.  Weather permitting, sale will be held in the parking lot and library lobby. Books will be sold by the bag as we did in the fall. Simply ask our staff or volunteers for a bag to fill up and pay as you leave..only $1.00 a bag! We have plenty of gently used books of all genres including adult fiction, inspirational fiction, non-fiction and lots of children’s books.  Make plans to stop and pick up some titles for your summer vacations or reading by the poolside. 

Garst Mission: Possible

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A new day dawns at the Garst Museum!
Garst Museum is adding the position of Development Director to its staff to ensure that it remains an award-winning institution of excellence.  Sustaining and enhancing the 35,000 square-foot facility in Greenville, Ohio, its 300,000 artifacts, and permanent exhibits of national significance and recognition (Annie Oakley, Lowell Thomas, the Treaty of Greenville, Ohio’s Native Americans, and the multi-racial settlement of Longtown) will require external funds. These funds exist at local, state, and national levels, and the process of securing these funds is challenging and often very competitive. 

The Development Director will be essential to the Garst Museum’s mission to collect, exhibit, and preserve its assets by cultivating relationships among past, current, and potential donors and sponsors. The director will be recruiting volunteers for development activities and overseeing the fundraising process, including preparation of proposals, grant applications, fundraising publications, correspondence, and reports.  

This position is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional to showcase expertise in fund development, donor and public relations, networking, event planning, and grant writing for 25-30 hours per week at a salary commensurate with experience.  Strong skills in fundraising, leadership, communication, sales/marketing along with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, or a related field—and passion for Garst’s mission—are necessary. 

If you are that person who is the key link to viability and growth as part of the Garst Museum’s mission team and would like to apply, please send a resume with three references and a cover letter by May 14, 2021, to the Darke County Historical Society, Attn: Development Director, 205 North Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331. You can also visit the museum’s website for more information and application material:


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COLUMBUS, OH: American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of two scholarship programs, the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship and the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship. AMP is awarding a total of nine scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Lauren Menke of Versailles is a recipient of the Lyle B. Wright Scholarship.

Lyle B. Wright was a strong public power advocate who served on the AMP Board of Trustees from 1979 until his death in 1986. The $3,000 Wright scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors whose households receive electricity from an AMP member utility. This year, 23 students were nominated for the Wright Scholarship, and the recipients were selected based on their scholastic record, personal achievements and test scores. Four graduating seniors are receiving the 2021 Wright Scholarship.

Lauren is a graduating senior of Versailles High School and plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to study nutrition and pre-medicine. Lauren, the daughter of Bethany Menke and Robert Menke, is a member of the National Honor Society and participated in many activities, including student government, marching and concert band, cross country, swimming and track. She has won many honors in district and state science fairs and most recently has had scientific research on mealworms and soybean stover published online through the Ohio Soybean Council.

"It is great to have a strong municipal electric community like Versailles as home to one of this year’s Wright scholarship recipients,” said Jolene Thompson, AMP President and CEO. “This year’s group of scholarship applicants was outstanding, and I congratulate Miss Menke on her exceptional achievements and wish her the best of luck in her educational pursuits.”

The AMP Board of Trustees established the Richard H. Gorsuch and Lyle B. Wright scholarship programs in memory of public power leaders who contributed significantly to AMP and municipal electric systems in the region.

Since 1988, more than $400,000 has been awarded to deserving high school seniors through the AMP scholarship program. For more information about the program, click here.

Kiwanis Resumes Meetings

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The Greenville Kiwanis Club is resuming its weekly meetings starting Wednesday May 5 and will continue each Wednesday.  Meetings are held at the recently remodeled Darke DD building at 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Road at twelve noon.  This spacious venue has plenty of room for social distancing.  Lunch will not be provided so members must bring their own.  Anyone interested in Kiwanis or who would like more information is welcome to attend. 

It’s time to beautify downtown Greenville

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Members of the Darke County Democratic Women
have helped beautify historic downtown Greenville for many years.
GREENVILLE - In 2007, Main Street Greenville created the Adopt-A-Box Flower Program in downtown Greenville. Since then, more than 70 flower boxes and pots are funded and planted each spring by individuals and businesses located in the community. 

This year’s Downtown Planting Day will be held on Saturday, May 22, beginning at 8 a.m. During this time, a group of volunteers gather downtown to plant the flowers along South Broadway. Main Street Greenville invites you to get your family, business, church, or organization together and join us as we work to beautify our town!

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program was created to increase community pride and provide an active and colorful atmosphere. “Planting fresh flowers in the boxes along Broadway brings such a sense of life and vibrancy to the downtown district,” said Ryan Berry, executive director of Main Street Greenville. “The volunteers who donate their time take pride in their hometown and they know that little touches can make all the difference.”

The Adopt-A-Box Flower Program also receives sponsorship and assistance from BASF Corporation, Miller Flowers Greenhouse & Florist, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln and Flory Landscaping.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please report to the area in front of the courthouse at 8 a.m. and bring a hand trowel, gloves, and a broom if possible. All are welcome to help with this community activity. Please contact Main Street Greenville at for additional information. 

If you are interested in adopting a flower box, please contact Main Street Greenville or fill out the adoption form on their website. Flower boxes can be sponsored for $50 and flower pots for $75. Plaques are placed on each box and pot to recognize the wonderful family of donors who contribute to making downtown a beautiful destination!

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

Empowering In-Person Summer Tutoring returns

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DARKE COUNTY – Empowering Darke County Youth will be bringing back in-person summer tutoring this year. It will be offered at the Greenville Public Library, in addition to Empowering Distance, which was instituted last summer when in-person tutoring was not available.

Health guidelines will be observed, including masks and social distancing. The program is designed to help students struggling in Language Arts or Math, to better prepare them for the requirements of their grade level in the fall.

Available tutors, whether Distance or in person, will be experienced and background checked. They will focus on grammar, comprehension and math basics, however they will also tie in games and rewards for effort. The goal is to encourage students to get excited about learning!

Distance tutoring is currently available and will continue throughout the summer. Greenville Library tutoring is tentatively scheduled to begin June 21 and continue through the end of July. Enrollment will be limited due to available tutors and time slots. Summer tutoring – both at Greenville Library and Empowering Distance – is available to all Darke County students, grades K through 8, regardless of their school district.

There is never a charge for Empowering programs. For more information, or to schedule your child for tutoring, email or message Empowering Darke County Youth on Facebook. If you would like more information or to help, you may also contact Empowering at or P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

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.


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The Darke County Solid Waste Management District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, OH, are joining forces to sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day beginning May 1, 2021 through May 31, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1 Shot Scrap and Recycling.  1 Shot is located at 6377 Hahn Rd, Bradford, Ohio.  Please call 937-447-3300 for Saturday and holiday hours.

This event is normally a one-day event, however, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and success last year, we are extending the collection.  By extending the event, we will eliminate the gathering of a large group at one location during a specific time.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle.  Local businesses can pay high dollars to have electronics hauled to a disposal site.  Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly.  Again this year, CRT televisions and monitors will not be accepted through the district’s collection.  1 Shot Scrap and Recycling will accept televisions for a fee.  Neighboring county residents have paid as much as $1 per inch to have their computer or television monitors recycled.  1 Shot will accept CRT monitors and televisions for 50¢ per inch.   Fees are subject to change after May 31, 2021.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be disassembled for recycling.  Computer hard drives will be drilled on site to protect your personal information.  Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, PCs, laptops), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, copiers, small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

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