Parade Celebrates 10 Years
Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade was bigger (and colder) than in past years.
New Dog Licenses
Shown are the three styles of dog licenses available this year. The one-year license is shown on the left, permanent license is in the middle and the three-year license is on the right. (Ryan Berry photo)
Puckering Up for a Pug
Rachel Jones puckers up for a smacker from Harley the Pug, as Jen Schatz and South School Principal Rhonda Schaar look on. Kathy Warvel is holding Harley.
Cheyenne, Charlie and Zorianna, students at the Greenville Head Start program help Commissioners Diane Delaplane, Mike Stegall and Mike Rhoades, and Kristy Cutarelli and Marilyn Delk, representing Fish, decorate the Mitten Tree at Montage.
Dec 13, 2013
"I am very happy to welcome Neal back to the OAC. His past experience on the OAC board will be critical as the agency navigates leadership change over the next several months," said Julie Henahan, executive director of the OAC. "I also want to welcome Mr. Mehaffie. His deep experience as a teacher and a board member of the Darke County Center for the Arts will be an invaluable addition to the OAC board."
Mehaffie is a retired school teacher who taught fifth and sixth grade at Northmont City Schools, in Englewood, from 1966-1996. He is currently on the Edison Community College Board of Trustees. In January he was appointed to the State Board of Education by Governor Kasich as a member-at-large. He also sits on the board for the Darke County Center for the Arts and is the past chairman of that board. Mr. Mehaffie has been a very active member of his community, both locally and at the state level.
Dec 12, 2013
Starting the evening will be the Greenville Junior High Instrumental Music Department. Featured for this program will be the seventh grade, eighth grade and Junior High Jazz Band under the direction of Brian McKibben. Also featured for the evening will be the Junior High Orchestra under the direction of JR Price. These groups will be performing wonderful music representing The Sounds of the Season.
The High School Instrumental program will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Performing groups will include The Jazz Scene, Symphonic Band and the Orchestra. The Jazz Scene, under the direction of JR Price, will perform Holiday Joy, And the Angels Swing, and Feliz Navidad. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Scottie Moore, will perform Jazzy Old St. Nick, A+:A “Precise” Prelude and Excellent March, and the Christmas classic Twas the Night Before Christmas with special guest narrator, our mayor, the Honorable Mike Bowers. The Orchestra, under the direction of JR Price, will conclude the evening’s program with a tribute to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. The concert will also have a special performance of the Hallelujah Chorus featuring the GHS Choir directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge.
As always, the concerts are free and open to the public.
Bill LaFramboise, chairman of the Bridges to College board, introduced Ms. McKinney as the replacement for Beth Sears, who served for six years as the organization’s original executive director. “Anne knows the program well, having served as a volunteer mentor and as the parent of two former scholarship recipients. She has a passion for our mission that will lead to improved results.” He added “Anne has deep roots in Darke County and will work to raise the profile of Bridges to College.”
Bridges to College is one of many local college access programs across Ohio that assists students in their pursuit of education options after high school graduation. Studies consistently show that lifetime wage earnings are directly related to the amount of post-secondary education a person receives. The local economy also benefits by having a well-educated workforce, giving employers more options to hire locally.
The next sponsored event will be a “How to Find Money for College” workshop, for students and parents, to be held at Edison State Community College’s Darke County Campus. This program will be from 7-8 p.m., on Jan. 9. There is no fee for attendance.
For more information on Bridges to College, the website address is www.bridges2college.org.
After three weekends, the Christmas Drive has a grand total of $12,336.09. While this is a good amount and those donated have been generous, it is far behind the pace of 2012 when the final amount collected was $27,637.34.
This year’s Christmas Drive has been hampered by some circumstances beyond the steering committee’s control. First, in order to have 10 days of collecting funds this year it was necessary to begin prior to Thanksgiving which was unusual. Secondly, weather conditions have been less than ideal during two of the first three weekends. That hampered those who have had to stand outside during these unfavorable conditions. Despite this, the bell ringers have gone beyond the call of duty.
The steering committee has appreciated the generosity of Darke County residents. Those who give can be assured that those people working in our food banks and other ministries of helping people with real needs are working very hard and very unselfishly to alleviate suffering. Any additional contributions by individuals or businesses beyond those donations put in the kettles may be sent to the: Darke County Community Christmas Drive, P.O. Box 1091, Greenville, Ohio, 45331. Any questions may be directed to Reverend Joseph Soley at 547-0533.
Dec 11, 2013
|Bobby R. House|
Licenses can also be renewed on line at www.doglicenses.us/oh/darke. A $2.25 fee applies per dog. If you are renewing your dog(s) from last year, you will need your account ID and a password for the website. The information can be located on your renewal form. If you have a new dog(s) that have never been registered, you will be able to create a new account on the website listed above. For more information, call 547-7310.
There are new options for licenses this year. Dog owners can purchase a single year, three year and permanent license. The three year license is $48 and a permanent license is $160. The single year license is $16. The three year license may be purchased at the Animal Shelter or Auditor’s Office or online. The permanent license can only be purchased at the Animal Shelter, 5066 County Home Road, Greenville. Permanent licenses will only be sold until Jan. 31.
Renewal forms were mailed out on Nov. 30 to all prior dog owners. For faster service, mail your renewal form (with updated information) and appropriate fees to Carol Ginn, Darke County Auditor, Courthouse 1st Floor, 504 S. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Make checks payable to the Darke County Treasurer.
Authorized agents selling licenses are required to charge and 75-cent administrative fee for each dog license in addition to the registration fee. Stations in the county where licenses are available include Sutton’s Super Value, Arcanum; Patty’s IGA Market, Bradford; Ace Hardware, Greenville; Farmers State Bank, New Madison; Harry Birt’s General Store, New Weston; Osgood State Bank, Osgood; Old National Bank, Union City; and Versailles Ace Hardware.
Kennel applications can only be purchased at the Darke County Animal Shelter. The licenses are $80 (copy vendor license is required to purchase a Kennel License). A kennel is defined as an establishment that keeps, houses and maintains adult dogs for the purpose of breeding the dogs for a fee or other consideration received through a sale, exchange or lease and that is not a high volume breeder.
The shelter is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.
Dec 10, 2013
The charges could result in up to 36 months in prison.
Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein said she was being given an opportunity to benefit from the help the MonDay program could offer.
“In some respects you are out of control… right?” Hein asked. “Yes,” she answered.
“You don’t handle freedom well, do you?” he asked. “No,” she answered.
Following a discussion regarding her complicity in the burglary, Hein told her she needed to “lose the losers,” adding “it’s not that easy, right?”
Hein said the MonDay program is an opportunity for two things… “Get it wrong or get it right.” He said it was an opportunity for her to “do better.”
Deborah Quigley, Assistant Prosecutor, advised the state was recommending community control through the MonDay Program. However if the defendant chose not to participate, then 24 months in prison. Quigley also asked for Cheadle to remain in custody until the program accepts her.
Defense attorney Nicole Pohlman said her client was willing to go to the MonDay Program.
Hein noted that while the risk of recidivism is likely, community control should be attempted. He told Cheadle she had to comply with all treatment programs set up for her. Failure to comply could mean prison.
The 22-year-old has been incarcerated seven times since 2010 in the Darke County Jail for charges ranging from underage consumption, driving under suspension and unauthorized use (joy riding) to the current complicity to burglary.
The defendant, defense attorney Nicole Pohlman and Darke County Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby, agreed to a recommended 36 month prison term with the understanding the state would not object to a defense motion for judicial release into the MonDay drug treatment program after 24 months in prison have been served.
Sturgill had agreed to testify against co-defendant Matthew Bowlin regarding the Aug. 5 arrest in an alley off of Ohio Street in Greenville. Bowlin, however, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years on Oct. 3. Bowlin was ordered to pay a mandatory fine of $5,000. Sturgill will be subject to the fine as well, although the state has agreed to allow the defendant to file an affidavit contesting his ability to pay it.
In arguing on Sturgill’s behalf, Pohlman said her client has been on house arrest and has done very well. She believed he would be an excellent candidate for MonDay. Sturgill noted he’d never had the opportunity to go through a drug rehabilitation program.
Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein imposed the 36 month sentence, allowing credit for time served.
“The goal is for you to take positive momentum,” Hein said. “You want to move to MonDay? Then you have to do better. If you aren’t doing better, there’s no reason to go to MonDay.”
Sturgill has prior felonies in Miami County: a Breaking and Entering in 2008 and Improper Handling of a Firearm in a motor vehicle in 2010.
Three felony counts were dropped in return for the plea.
Rowe pleaded guilty to trespassing in the Locke residence on Nov. 12, 2009 for the purpose of committing a criminal offense. The charges include inflicting or threatening to inflict harm. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein noted Rowe had a firearm and brandished it during the home invasion.
In the plea agreement, Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby said the state will recommend an aggregate sentence of 15 years in prison but the defense would be free to argue the length of the prison sentence. Rowe agrees to cooperate fully and truthfully in the prosecution of co-defendant Robert Gorrell should he decide to plead innocent. No official word has yet been given regarding Gorrell’s plea.
Also in the agreement, Ormsby said the state would not formally oppose any potential motion for judicial release but the family would be free to oppose such a motion.
Hein noted the only mandatory prison sentence would be three years for the firearms specification; Ormsby said the state believed the Aggravated Burglary and Robbery charges also presumed serving a period of time in prison.
Defense attorney Michael Rieman concurred with the state’s presentation, adding however there was also an agreement not to impose sentence prior to disposition of a federal charge relating to firearms. Sentencing in the federal court is scheduled for Dec. 19. The state has recommended prison time handed down in the Common Pleas court be served concurrently with that handed down in federal court.
Upon acceptance of Rowe’s plea, Hein said sentencing will take place a day later on Dec. 20.
“I want to try to comply with the federal officials,” Hein said, “but if for some reason officials don’t move on their date we will still do it on Dec. 20.”
Rowe is currently finishing prison time from Montgomery County. He has also previously served time from crimes committed in Darke and Miami counties.
A big thanks to the members of the DCSC for their tireless effort in collecting funds each year to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children. A thanks to Bob Anthony who for many years has been Fund Drive Chairman in Darke County, and also has been the guiding effort behind the aluminum can collection which yields a return of upwards of $4000 annually. The current President of the Shrine Club is David Niley, who was one of the contributing factors in the donations from the Rolling 50s Car Club. Also thanks to Bill Bradley who has been instrumental for many years in procuring donations from local service clubs and fraternities such as the Eagles, and The Moose, as well as contributions from local businesses. Also, thanks to several others who worked to collect donations from businesses and clubs in other communities: John Harman, John Sanders, Darrell Drew and Dale Dickmann. Thanks to the members who served as Captains to coordinate the collections at local businesses: Richard Rhoades, Bob Gray, Phil Stickel, Lowell Arnold, Keith Hocker, and Darrell Drew. The cooperation is appreciated and so is the assistance received from the local businesses during these collections.
In Greenville: Kroger’s, Eikenberry’s IGA, K-Mart and Martin Street Sunoco. In New Madison: The Mini Mart, New Madison Supermarket and Dollar General. In Arcanum: Arcanum Hardware, Suttons Market and Sunoco Quick Stop. In Union City: Pack a Sack and Marsh Supermarket. The gratitude is extended to the many shrine club members, ladies, K of C members, masonic members and other volunteers who helped. Without all of the help and the generosity of the people of Darke County this would not have been possible.
|Pictured at the Darke County Park Nature Center are Karen Burkett, Regent Chris Nehring, Taylor Nehring, and prospective member Sue Beasecker.|
|Pictured at the Garst Museum's military room are Cindy Austen, Brenda Arnett, Linda Riley, and Helen Wright.|
What a great way to get together a regular group of friends, organization, staff, a Sunday school class, a family reunion or clients. Most people who survive a cardiac emergency were helped by a bystander.
There is no written testing for CitizensCPR. It’s an introductory class, without learning of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or AED usage. A trained instructor is provided and practice will be given on a special compression tool to insure that each participant is comfortable and skilled in hands-on CPR before the party is complete. .
All that is needed is an open room, a few guests and some food or drink for after the class. Participants are floor taught with accommodations made for those with knee issues.
Another class that can be taught in 30 minutes is Disaster Preparedness planning with a Make-It-Take-It Kit.
This is a service of the Darke County Red Cross and a fundraiser. Donations for the party help to support the mission of the Red Cross. This party class does not qualify for CPR certification needed for work or school.
Contact director Lynne Gump at email@example.com with questions, and call 548-1002 to schedule.
|Rita McManis, a volunteer with the Red Cross, is learning Citizens CPR.|
The story relates to the life and times of the authors’ aristocratic forbearers from Germany, namely the Lease family. It includes all their hardships and also the traumatic events that follow throughout the following generations.
At first glance, one may imagine this is a work of fiction, but their realistic telling of the authors’ life stories and heritage indicates a vivid and powerful writing gift.
Dec 9, 2013
Performing groups will include The Jazz Scene, Symphonic Band and the Orchestra. The Jazz Scene, under the direction of JR Price, will perform Holiday Joy, And the Angels Swing, Feliz Navidad and Double or Nothing. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Scottie Moore, will perform Jazzy Old St. Nick, A+.A “Precise” Prelude and Excellent March, and the Christmas classic Twas the Night Before Christmas with special guest narrator, our mayor, the Honorable Mike Bowers. The Orchestra, under the direction of JR Price, will conclude the evening’s program with a tribute to the music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller. The concert will also have a special performance of the Hallelujah Chorus featuring the GHS Choir directed by Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge.
One of IMTV’s highlight projects is the production of a promotional show for the Light Foundation’s Darke County Annual Turkey Hunt. IMTV senior, Jake Synder and junior, Isaak Clevenger teamed up with GHS IMTV alumni, Alex Stewart to film, edit and produce the show. This is the third year in a row that IMTV has partnered with the Light Foundation. This show will be aired in all of the Darke County Schools, on Greenville’s Public Access Television Channel 5 and the Light Foundation’s website.
This year IMTV has also been in transition of taking ownership of the former GPAT (Greenville Public Access Television), now the new Channel 5, WAVE. The students have been very busy in creating logos, templates, message board postings and programming for Channel 5. The students have been video recording the Greenville City Council Meetings, Board of Education Meetings, GHS sports and other community events such as the MainStreet Greenville, Holiday Horse Parade. IMTV is looking forward to upgrading programming for the citizens of Greenville and Darke County.
Interactive Media is a creative, business oriented approach to graphics arts, computer animation, audio/video techniques, photography and web design. Students learn to use advanced multimedia techniques to create, organize, manage, and present digital information in a variety of media forms. Upon successfully completion of this course, students will be proficient in using industry standard software and hardware, efficiently managing and presenting information, comfortably presenting projects to small groups as well as planning, designing and creating multimedia projects successfully in both team and individual environments.
For more information about the program or if you have a client project for IMTV, please contact Mrs. Lori Hoover at 548-4188, ext. 840 or Mr. David Peltz CT Director at 548-4188, ext. 847.
Whitney Christman, owner, and her associates want to thank the participants, vendors and donors that helped make this event so successful. Cancer patients in Darke County will benefit greatly from this evening’s hard work and generosity of the all the participants. Whitney states they are looking forward to future events.
All About You is running a Christmas special for gift certificates at this time and encourage you to call them for more information at 202-4104.
The Cancer Association is most grateful for the generosity of these ladies (and some gentlemen helped as well). Benefits from this event will be used to help our Darke County cancer residents. All donations are appreciated. Volunteer drivers are always needed. If you can help with donations or driving, or if you have questions, please call the office and speak with Christine Lynn, Exec. Director, at 548-9960.
|Left to right: Julie Kossler, LMT; Whitney Christman, Owner/LMT; Tonya Dohme, Cancer Association Board Member; April Mitchell, LMT.|
Congratulations to winner, Melinda Wenrick, Billing Specialist at Dr. Rabindra Kitchener’s office. Dr. Kitchener, a neurologist, has offices in both Sidney and Troy. Versailles Health Care Center extends a special thank you to all participants. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, call 526-5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.
“No one wakes up and says to themselves, I’m going to start doing heroin today.” Said Whittaker. They get into the culture through many different ways. Some start with prescription pain killers.
From 2006 through Nov. 8, 2013 - eight years - Darke County has had 42 deaths from drug overdoses. Females accounted for 43% and males accounted for 57%. Victims ranged in age from 18 to 79. Drugs causing the deaths were 48% due to prescription drugs, 36% due to heroin, 10% due to cocaine, 7% due to methadone, 5% due to excessive ethanol, and 2% due to OTC & fentanyl. In some instances, death was attributed to a combination of several drugs, and this is reflected in the percentages. In the ten years prior to 2006, there were 36 deaths attributed to drug overdose. Prescription drugs accounted for 97% of the deaths, street drugs were attributed in 53% of the deaths, and one death was attributed to huffing. Again, during these ten years, many deaths were attributed to more than one drug.
Whittaker spoke of the cost for rehabilitation services and also the cost of caring for individuals who overdose, but do not die. Often these individuals require around the clock nursing care. Rehabilitation services, incarceration and long term medical/nursing care are all are very draining on tax dollars.
Sam Bain, a member of Ohio Senator Bill Beagle’s staff was also in attendance and spoke briefly on Senator Beagle’s behalf
The next meeting of the Darke County Republican Women will be held at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community. This will be a Christmas celebration featuring an auction and other surprises. Members are requested to bring an item (or items) to be auctioned and guests for the evening. If you would like to dine with the group, the cost of the meal is $7.50, and reservations are due by Dec. 5. Reservations that are placed, are expected to be paid in full. Reservations may be placed by calling Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend the meeting, but not dine, you may do so by arriving prior to 7 p.m.
The DCRWC is a group of Republican Women who meet monthly and work at the grass-roots level to elect Republican candidates, provide political and legislative knowledge and furnish community service. For further information, contact President Sally Zeiter at 423-2391 or email her at: DCRWPresident@darkegop.org .
During the Christmas season, Christmas trees, holiday lights, and other decorative lighting appear inside and outside homes and businesses. The National Fire Protection Association reports that an estimated 210 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and decorative lighting occur each year. Following a few simple safety tips can help prevent a tragedy from happening this holiday season. A few safety tips are as follows:
What is a traditional Christmas without a decorated Christmas tree? This year, whether your tree will be a real one or an artificial one, you should always inspect the decorations and the strands of lights that you put on your tree. The lights should be inspected for frayed or damaged cords or loose bulbs, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, or excess kinking or wear before using them. Check to make sure they are listed by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), as well. Do not connect more than two or three strands of lights together. Avoid overloading wall outlets and extension cords. All decorations should be non-flammable or flame retardant and always be placed away from a heating source and vents. A live tree should be checked for freshness before purchasing. A tree is fresh if the needles are pliable and green. If you decorate using a live tree, be sure to check the water levels daily. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree. If needles fall off and are stiff and brown, these are good indications that the tree is an old one, has been cut too long, and is starting to dry out. Artificial trees should be checked to make sure they are non-flammable or fire retardant trees. No trees or decorations should be placed too closely to your heating source. Never put lit candles on a tree or leave them unattended. Do not block any exits with the placement of your Christmas tree or decorations. Identify exits, check your smoke detectors to make sure the batteries are in good, working condition, and practice your home escape plan with your family to further enhance your holiday safety.
As you prepare your holiday meals for family and friends, remember your safety in the kitchen as well. Always keep a lid handy for your pots and pans being used on your stove in case of a fire. Turning off the heat and putting a lid on the pot is a good way to put out a fire that may have started on the stove. If you are not confident in doing so, keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen. Eliminate accidents involving cooking pans by ensuring that all handles are turned in so the path around the stove is free. When removing hot, prepared dishes from the stove or oven take the time to use something to protect the surface and your hands from the heat of the prepared dish to avoid unnecessary burns and accidents.
It is the sincere hope of the City of Greenville Fire Department that each member of our community experiences a safe holiday season. If you have any further questions on holiday safety, please contact us at 548-3040.
Dec 8, 2013
Corynna suffers from Mitochondrial Disease; a disease for which there is no cure. Even though the disease has taken its toll on her body, the teenager has shown a tremendous amount of courage through it all by trying to bring awareness to the disease that will take her life.
Her efforts have not been in vain. The awareness she has tried to create has taken hold of the community. The Courage for Corynna Facebook page has grown to nearly 5,000 likes and thousands of dollars have been raised for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UDMF). Her goal is to raise $10,000. She is well on her way with over 900 Courage for Corynna t-shirts sold at Cavalier Clothing and a fundraising event from Square Donuts in Richmond. The business promised $2 from every dozen donuts sold on Saturday. Their goal was 1,000 dozen.
Corynna’s story has gone far beyond the borders of Darke County and is evident in the support she received during her Christmas celebration. Not only did Corynna spend Christmas with her immediate family, but hundreds of well wishers were on-hand to help her celebrate. From her bed, she was able to see a horse parade from her bedroom window, visit with Santa Claus and snuggle up with a baby kangaroo. Finally, over 250 carolers from Darke County and surrounding communities gathered on the Strawser’s lawn to sing Christmas Carols.
The caroling event was organized by Nick Good, a friend of the family. Good said he was approached by another friend of the family about organizing the event. He put the world out on Facebook and it quickly spread. He noted the overwhelming support was a testament to Corynna’s fight and the courage she has shown.
With candles in hand, the carolers serenaded Corynna with songs like Jingle Bells, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and many other familiar songs. (Ryan Berry photo)
|Corynna Strawser looks out her bedroom window as Nick Good leads nearly 300 people in singing Christmas Carols. (Ryan Berry photo)|
The events also included a parade and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Under sunny skies and with a temperature near 50 degrees, the legendary couple was escorted to downtown Arcanum by the Arcanum High School Marching Band and the village’s police, rescue and fire units.
After reading letters from the local children, Santa and Mrs. Claus chose two special Arcanum area children to ride with them in the parade and receive special gifts. Henry Weiss received a farm play set. Lauren Rader’s special gift was doll. Both children are four years old.
In addition to riding and the parade and receiving gifts from Santa, both children were able to flip the switch to turn on the Arcanum Christmas Tree’s lights.
Santa will be making regular visits to Arcanum throughout December. He can be found in the Santa House on the corner of George and Main Streets in the Troutwine Auto Dealership’s parking lot.
|Lauren Rader was excited to open her present from Santa and Mrs. Claus (Ryan Berry photo)|
|Santa holds the bag while Henry Weiss pulls out a farm set; a gift from Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Ryan Berry photo)|
“Andrea, everything will be okay, but Memorial Hall has been closed.”
At the age of 101, with its Centennial Celebration only six months earlier, St. Clair Memorial Hall had been closed for repairs. It remained closed until mid-May.
“We were in emergency mode,” Jordan said. “Fortunately we were able to use the Versailles Performing Arts Center. It was lovely. A very nice space.”
She added there was no decrease in community support with the new location.
“It spread us out a little bit. Our members, subscribers and sponsors are wonderful.”
She added they hope to continue providing entertainment through the Center, but also loves the intimate atmosphere of Memorial Hall. She was especially complimentary of the artists who perform there.
“The majority of them will meet and greet afterwards,” she said.
Jordan was a volunteer in DCCA’s Arts in Education and Family Theatre Series programs when former director Julie Strait decided to retire. She applied for the position.
“I’ve done PR (public relations) before,” she said. “I was never really interested in performing; and I enjoy working for non-profits.”
Originally from Northeast, Penn. (“actually located in northwest Pennsylvania, just outside of Erie”), Jordan and her husband Matt, came to Greenville so he would work with his dad John in the Jordan Insurance Agency. They came from West Coast Washington State. It was almost at the Canadian border.
She said the exchange rate was so much better in Canada, she’d shop there on occasion.
“It’s a 45 minute drive. I made the mistake of going up during the Canadian Thanksgiving once. I sat at the border for three hours.”
What Jordan likes best about DCCA is the variety of entertainment the organization offers.
“There is something for everyone,” she said. “The Coffee House Series… the reasonable cost of the Family Theater. And there isn’t enough you can say about our Artist Series. There are such high standards.”
Jordan said she thought Rawlins’ own artistic talents helped him in bringing in such great talent.
Jordan acknowledged she isn’t a “big name” in Greenville and said often how glad she was for the support she’s received from the Board, the Executive Committee and the community. She added if she has a question Strait or former board member Marilyn Delk have advised she can call on them any time.
“I’m not coming in to change things… my desire is to continue what has been established. I want to provide for each patron an amazing arts experience.”
Jordan had one question she considered a priority…
“The people who know us love us,” she said. “How do we reach those who don’t know us?”
Her goal as the organization’s new leader? “Communication… top down and bottom up,” she said.
Bliss wants to build a closer relationship between the two Republican entities.
“We are the ones who get the coffee and table decorations at events,” she said, “but we’re also among those who do the calling, door-to-door campaigning and fundraising.”
Bliss, a life-long Republican, has been involved in the Republican Women organization for 19 years. She has held a variety of committee positions, was the Political Education Chair for four years, Southwest District Vice President for two years and Vice President for two years. She replaces Jean Turner who retired after serving four years as president. Bliss has also been involved in a number of local campaigns for state, national and county candidates.
She is delighted to see a considerable number of talented women – both young and older – stepping forward during her coming tenure.
“There’s this lady in Cincinnati who was a figure skater. She’s sharp! She’ll be holding a big office someday. The group of women we have on board right now… their knowledge, their initiative? Top notch all the way.”
She grinned. “They’re going to make me work,” she said.
Despite not taking office until January 1, Bliss has already been in contact with officers in the ORP.
“They’ve been very supportive and cooperative,” she noted. “I’m looking forward to working with them.”
The OFRW, which numbers several thousand and was established in 1929, nine years before the national organization, will be more proactive toward growth and advocacy. Along with establishing a new campaign committee structure, Bliss has set up a new committee, Government Affairs & Advocacy.
“In other words, lobbying,” she noted.
The national group has initiated advocacy stands on Agenda 21, Common Core, Veterans Rights and Immigration. Bliss plans to incorporate those into her Ohio agenda.
Her anticipated slogan for her first term in office is “14 in 14.” Fourteen new groups in 2014. In order to accomplish this the OFRW will be more involved in traditional Republican events around the state, such as the County Fair, Pig Roast, Lincoln Day and Reagan Days.
She wants to make it easier for more people to be active; have a voice. Noting there are six OFRW districts in Ohio, she wants to set up Area Representatives within them to improve communication.
“Only six districts in Ohio? Those are big areas!” She hopes to have three to five area reps in each district. She also plans to increase the OFRW Board of Directors from a little under 30 to 50. The goal is to increase leadership numbers.
Does that make it more difficult to achieve consensus? She shrugged. “So be it. I’ve always looked for inclusive, not exclusive.”
Recognizing the time that will be involved, Bliss has had to back off from other obligations in order to assume leadership of the Ohio Republican Women. She doesn’t want to do any job halfway.
She gives considerable credit to her predecessor for her optimistic goals.
“Jean’s a super lady,” Bliss said. “So much of what I’m going to be able to do was set up by her. She saw things that needed to be done and did them. I’m really excited.”
Her priorities for the Federation? Party activities, advocacy, candidate promotion and elections.
“We’re not a social club,” she said. “I can have lunch with friends here without driving two hours to Columbus. I want to get things done.”
According to Early Bird Publisher Keith Foutz sales were excellent and the event generated new support from at least one other source. A check will be presented to SSSF in the near future.
“I’m really impressed with the kids who showed up to help us out,” Foutz said, referring to former SSSF scholarship recipients. “This is a terrific group of young people. I’m pleased to know our efforts are helping students of this caliber.”
And the students were appreciative.
Shelby Schepis, a 2013 Tri-Village High School graduate and recent scholarship recipient, is currently attending Indiana University East but will be transferring to Ivy Tech Community College in the spring. She plans to become a Radiology Technician and on graduation will be receiving additional training at Reid Hospital. Shelby hopes to pay her way through school without using student loans, noting the scholarship is helping her tremendously.
“I am very grateful for receiving this scholarship,” she said. “Years from now when I am not paying thousands of dollars on students loans, I will be even more grateful for it.
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity to receive this generous scholarship.”
Jordan Pridemore, a graduate of Franklin Monroe High School and Ball State University, was the first person to receive a scholarship through the Senior Scribes. She earned a double degree in English and English as a Second Language. Jordan now teaches at an inner city school in Indiana, noting that many of her students have children of their own or parents in prison.
“I see every day what happens when young people don’t have anyone to believe in them,” she said, adding the support she received from people like the Senior Scribes made her college experience possible.
“It compounds my gratitude and appreciation for the kind people in Darke County who are willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in a child’s life.”
Six students took time out of their educational and career pursuits to show their support for the fundraising event. In addition to Shelby and Jordan; Tara Guillozet, attending University of Cincinnati; Savannah Hauberg, attending Indiana University East; and Kent Holmes and Simon Hoying, Ball State University students; helped out. All four are graduates of Greenville High School.
“These are sharp kids,” Senior Scribes Scholarship Committee member Bob Robinson said. “Some of them were my students at Edison. Others were students I worked with in some of their high school projects. It’s a good feeling to be able to play a role in helping them achieve their college goals.”
Coined “Joining Together for Darke County Youth,” the event was jointly sponsored by The Early Bird, Blue Bag Media, Bistro Off Broadway and County News Online. Proceeds from the auction will be presented to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund as soon as all funds have been collected.
|A steady stream of supporters checked out and bid on their favorite Paul Ackley cartoons Nov. 21. Proceeds will be donated to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund (Bob Robinson photo)|
|Three visitors enjoyed renewed and new friendships in between posting bids on their cartoon favorites. Left to right: Don Wright, Susan Robinson and Charlie James (Bob Robinson photo)|
|Former SSSF scholarship recipients attend the auction to show their support. Left to right: Simon Hoying, Tara Guillozet, Jordan Pridemore, Shelby Schepis, Savannah Hauberg and Kent Holmes.|
|Shelby Schepis and Kent Holmes mix with auction supporters during the Ackley cartoon auction. The student on the far left is Simon Hoying.|
Ellen Swaney, an employee of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton Society of Natural History, explained ‘matters of state’ to about 20 students in Mrs. Knapke’s first grade class and gave them a chance to create their own “matter” by adding a liquid to two different solids, and a polymer by mixing two liquids together.
Swaney started by asking the students what science meant to them.
“You make stuff,” answered one student.
Swaney acknowledged that’s one possibility but then explained science is also learning about the things necessary to make stuff, telling them they were going to talk about ‘matter.’
“Not being mad, as in madder, but matter. There are three kinds,” she continued. Matter is made up of particles called molecules. The particles in solids can’t move. The particles in liquids move slowly, while the particles in gases move fast and freely.
She talked about two gases important to life… oxygen and carbon dioxide.
“We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide,” she said. “Plants do the opposite. They take our carbon dioxide and make oxygen for us to breathe.”
One student raised her hand… “Trees, too,” she said. “They have something in them that makes air.”
She had children don protective glasses – “you have to wear them if you want to do this” – and started their first experiment. They poured a level teaspoon of baking powder (used for cooking) in one side of a small baggie, then a level spoon of calcium chloride (a kind of salt) in the other. She showed them how to use a ‘pipette’ to extract a liquid from a bottle and squirt it onto the ingredients in the baggies.
“Wow!!” Students began holding up their baggies… the powder had turned red and became cold to the touch; the calcium chloride created bubbles and got hot to the touch. Then they were told to mix the two together… “Wow! Gee! Look look…” The mixture had turned into yellow bubbles and the baggies were puffing up like balloons.
The students had formed the gas, carbon dioxide.
In the second experiment students combined two liquids to create “slime.” They had to stir briskly with a stick for a full minute then pull the glob off the stick and ‘work’ it in their hands until the residue water was gone.
In liquids particles move slowly. In solids particles don’t move…
The students held the slime up; it began to stretch like a thick liquid. The students then made it into a ball and pulled on opposite sides… it broke, just like a solid might.
They had just made a polymer.
Mrs. Knapke asked Swaney if they could say thank you. “Yes you can,” Swaney said. “You stole my heart!”
The kids yelled “thank you,” then followed up with a quiet thank you by throwing her a kiss.
Swaney said she had taught for 30 years; now as an employee of Boonshoft “I get to do the fun stuff.”
She was impressed with Greenville and Woodland Elementary.
“They are the nicest people here,” she said. “The kids are all very well mannered… You don’t see that in the big city.”
|Through a series of steps Woodland first graders get excited when their chemical reactions create heat, cold, carbon dioxide and, in the second experiment, slime. (Bob Robinson photo)|
|Woodland Students create slime, a polymer that acts like both a liquid and a solid. (Bob Robinson photo)|
Dec 7, 2013
Every year the Chamber looks for a lifelong community minded person. The nominations are the responsibility of the public. All nominations are reviewed by the VACC Board of Directors and a majority approval is required.
Our community has had many humanitarian minded and dedicated individuals and occasionally a worthy person has been overlooked, either because a letter was not submitted on their behalf, not all the facts were presented, or their day is yet to come.
Perhaps your nominee is a behind the scenes type that requires your help in getting the recognition he or she deserves. Attention is given to all nomination letters. There is no limit on the length of your letter. Never assume less is more when writing your letter. Assume you are describing your candidate to a stranger. You don’t need to be a Hemmingway, let the facts speak for themselves. The writing style is unimportant but the facts are crucial. If you have nominated someone previously but they were not awarded Citizen of the Year, please resubmit your nomination for consideration this year.
Past honorees for the Citizen of the Year have come from a multitude of occupations with varied resources. For example business persons and/or teachers have received their award based on their philanthropic merits and not because of their occupation.
Everyone is encouraged to submit a letter of recommendation to the VACC, PO Box 145, Versailles, Ohio 45380. This is not a time for humility; a grateful community wishes to say thank you. Your letter must be postmarked by Dec. 24.
Some of the recent past recipients include: Debra Pohl, 2013; Tom Donnelly, 2012; JoAnn Wilker, 2011; Waldo & Beulah Fine, 2010; and Carl J. Subler, 2009. Other past recipients include: Jim Phelan, Jim Poeppelman, Marilyn Barga, Jim Eiting, J.D. Weaver, Gary Huelskamp, Richard Gigandet, Al Hetrick, and Basil Subler.
|2013 Citizen of the Year Deb Pohl with presenter Eric Paulus|
All seats are reserved and tickets may be purchased at the Greenville High School ticket booth, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily through the performance date. The price of the tickets is $5 for presale and $6 at the door. There are no refunds or exchanges. Tickets may also be reserved by contacting Katie Netzley (evenings until 9 p.m.), 547-9659.
The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills, and directed by Chelsea Whirledge.
The 2014 Vocal Music Christmas Concert will begin with all the choirs joining together in “Can’t Wait for Christmas.” The Choraliers will sing “Please Let it Snow,” “Fun Fun Fun,” and “Frosty and the Hand Jive.”
Girl's Glee will perform “Santa Fever,” “Breath of Heaven,” and “The Big Guy in Red.”
The Wavaires will sing “Grinch Choral Medley,” and “Swing into Christmas Medley.”
The Concert Choir will perform “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Coventry Child,” and “Carol of the Bells.”
Men's Choir will sing “Mele Kalikimaka,” “The Twelve Days After Christmas,” and “Stars I Shall Find.”
Women's Choir will perform “Last Christmas,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
The entire company will sing “Silent Night,” and the concert will conclude with the combined GHS Choirs, Orchestra and alumni singing “Hallelujah Chorus.”
For more information on the Greenville High School Vocal Music Program and Boosters, please ‘Like” their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GHSVocalMusicBoosters.
|Greenville High School Wavaires|
The seniors are currently working on their Senior Capstone Projects. The students are nearing the completion of 12 years of education. Combining their knowledge and skills, students are to develop the idea of a “green” energy source. The students are expected to develop a product or process of some kind, displaying their knowledge and research. Projects being displayed include a water vortex, a hydro- electric dam, a solar hydro-electric RC car, and the gasifier. Students are also expected to provide a lengthy research paper and portfolio. A formal presentation is then given to a panel composed of teachers, community leaders and peers.
The program stays busy and often ventures beyond campus. Future field trips are set to include the local YMCA for a safety inspection, as well as the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Students also pack a bus full and head north to the Detroit Auto Show later in the school year. A community service project is also in the works for both seniors and juniors.
For more information about the Engineering program, contact instructor Chris Sykes at Greenville High School. Submitted by Ethan Clark, Senior Class Reporter
To commemorate those early land purchases and visionaries who would call this area home we look forward to hosting a special dinner event at the museum. Historic interpreters will invite you to break bread and share a special dinner with a family within the area in 1814 as their guests.
This one night only dinner will be served on Jan. 11, at the museum. From your arrival a liveryman will greet you followed by house maids to take your wraps on a cold night. Your hosts, in period dress will welcome you in for libations and appetizers as you browse through some of the museum’s gallery’s. At seven you will be invited into our candle lighted banquet room where a delicious four course meal will be offered.
Beautiful music and lively conversation in an exquisite setting is sure to make for an unforgettable evening.
Dinner is limited to only fifty guests at $50 per ticket with all proceeds to benefit the museum. Reservations are on a first come bases and may be made now through Jan. 1.
The menu will consist of a first course of warm squash soup, followed by glazed ham, roasted young turkey with dressing, glazed sweet potatoes and green beans with ham, To compliment the feast, pickles, eggs and red beets and homemade breads and a glass of wine will be served. A cheese course with breads and dried fruits will follow. The meal will be completed with a dessert course of cherry crisp, mixed nuts, a dessert wine, coffee or tea.
Don’t miss this opportunity to travel back in time before the village was here to see what a warm and delightful evening you might have enjoyed on the frontier of western Ohio, “All In a Winter’s Night”.
Reservations may be made to Debra Pohl at 423-1106.