Apr 30, 2012

Successful Saturn watch at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center.



GREENVILLE - On April 27, a few dozen sky watchers turned their eyes upwards in hopes of catching a glimpse of our ringed planetary neighbor. After being greeted by a rather persistent blanket of clouds overhead, the observers retreated indoors to the Nature Center where Mike and Judy Feinstein gave a talk on our solar system and guided participants in creating their own scaled map of our planetary neighborhood. Mike and Judy represented the Stillwater Stargazers Astronomy Club which meets at the Brukner Nature Center near Troy.

A little later in the evening the clouds broke just enough to allow the 2 computer-guided telescopes on hand to complete a proper alignment. This allowed the telescopes to take aim at, and track Saturn's position in the sky. Even though the planet could not be seen by naked eye through the clouds, the light-gathering capabilities of the telescopes provided those more optimistic observers that stayed on, some wonderful views of the ringed planet.

How many are homeless in Darke County?


GREENVILLE – The Darke County Continuum of Care, created in 2004, is the framework for an array of outreach through emergency shelters, transitional and permanent housing. Supportive services are in place to address the varying needs of persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The primary goal is to define the obstacles and barriers that prevent individuals and families from maintaining permanent housing. Understanding who is homeless and the number of homeless persons in Darke County helps fulfill the mission and, in turn, helps those in need.
MISSION: The Darke County Continuum of Care is dedicated to ending homelessness within our communities by raising awareness of the factors that put people at risk, collaborating in addressing all contributing factors and securing necessary support services to assist individuals and families in maintaining safe, affordable and decent housing.
On Jan. 25, members of the Darke County COC completed its sixth Point-In-Time (PIT) count. This count, based on a survey of organizations in the county that provide homeless assistance services, is required by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to be computed the last week of January in a 24-hour period. One of the positive outcomes of the PIT is the awareness to our community and the response it brings to the homeless plight. Work done by the COC has resulted in a better understanding of who the homeless are and recognize those who are chronically homeless. On the date of the study, 46 individuals were homeless as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during this one 24 hour period. Also on that night, 25 individuals were living in homeless shelters and there was a single female with 3 children in the Shelter From Violence. Two individuals were living in transitional housing, three in hotels/motels, three in jail, 46 with relatives or friends, and one family, a female adult with four children literally homeless sleeping in her vehicle.
The COC committee is also concerned with individuals who are precariously housed. This includes those living in substandard housing and those living doubled–up with others. Melissa Sparks, COC Chairperson said, “As we all know, families have many dynamics and when families are forced to live with each other due to financial hardships this often leads to a dysfunctional family situation. Many families coming into the shelter are a result of this outcome.” She further stated, “HUD defines homeless as ‘unsheltered homeless - a place not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, streets, and abandoned buildings; sheltered homeless - as persons who reside in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or a hotel/motel’.”
Current emergency housing sources available in Darke County include 1) Community Housing; 2) Darke Co. Emergency Homeless Shelter; 3) Good Samaritan Home; 4) Fitzpatrick House; and 5) the Shelter From Violence.
According to a 2008 homeless report available from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, lack of affordable housing and poverty are the greatest contributors to homelessness for families. They further state, “A house is the basis for a home. It's the structure inside which our lives unfold; where we nurture our children, face our challenges and celebrate our milestones. For a house to become a home it must be safe, decent, affordable - and available”.
Members of the COC Committee include representatives from Community Action Partnership, FISH, Darke Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority, Darke Co. Mental Health, Darke Co. Grants Office, Darke Co. Commissioners, Darke Co. Veterans Office, Darke Co. Jobs & Family Services, Darke Co. Red Cross, City of Greenville, Darke Co. Emergency Homeless Shelter, Greenville First United Methodist Church, Fuller Center, Safe Haven, Inc., Darke Co. Board of MRDD, Darke Co. Health Dept., Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Home, Community Housing, Light House Christian Center, and Legal Aid of Western Ohio.
Carol Littman, COC committee member, checks a make-shift shelter believed to have been used to shelter someone in the Greenville area. (Submitted photo)

KENSINGER AND DAR



GREENVILLE – Richard Kensinger gave a program at the April DAR meeting on the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall and the renovations done through the years. Fort GreeneVille chapter members Helen Wright and Mary Jane Dietrich are pictured with Richard Kensinger. The chapter gave a donation to the St. Clair Memorial Hall Renovations Fund.

Scouting for Food helps those in need


GREENVILLE – On March 10 and 17, Boy Scout troops and packs came together to collect non-perishable food items for those in need.  While the food was not directly given to the families, it was given to donation centers around the Miami Valley.  Troops 184, 373, 134,185,79, 96, and packs 114, 187, 231, and 149 went to over 14 different cities to distribute collection bags on doors, on March 10, and went back again on the 17 to re-collect the filled bags and take them to their designated donation center. Over 15,000 marked bags were used in this countywide operation for good. 
In Greenville, Troops 373, 134, and 187 dropped their food off at the Ohio National Guard Post on Wagner Avenue.  The food was then loaded onto two military vehicles and driven to the Grace Resurrection Community Center.  After over 2,000 food items were delivered by troop 373 and their family members at the churches annex and then to Darke County FISH, where the rest of the food was given to the volunteers who work there. 
In total, 4,980 items of food were collected in Greenville alone, and large, unknown amounts of food were collected in other towns around the area. 
They appreciate all of those people who donated their time to help a good cause.  Hopefully, more food will be collected next year than this year, and we can continue to help the public with this amazing project for others.
Zachary Baughman,
Historian for Troop 373
Representatives from the Ohio National Guard Post in Greenville joined local scouts to deliver food to area food banks.

Mother’s Day Brunch


GREENVILLE – The Greenville Elks #1139, will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moms will eat free. Free flowers will be given to the first 100 mothers.

Apr 29, 2012

Classifieds on Blue Bag Media

The Early Bird and Blue Bag Media are pleased to post each week's classified ads on line. The posts are made at 7 p.m. every Sunday. Throughout Garage Sale Season a separate section of Garage Sales will be included, which will make it easier for printing. You can find the advertisements by clicking on the classified link at the top of the page or click here: Classifieds

Early Sunday Morning Accident is Fatal



 Early Sunday morning April 29, Darke County Sheriff's Office recieved a 911 call at 0617 hrs, about a single car accident on Grubbs Rex Rd. Along with Darke County Sheriff Office, Arcanum Rescue and Pitsburg Fire Dept. were dispatched to the scene in the 8400 Block of Grubbs Rex Road.
 Upon arrival Darke County Coroner's Office Investigator was dispatched to the scene reference a single car accident. Investigation revealed a car was Westbound on Grubbs Rex Road went off the right side of the roadway on a curve striking a tree. The driver of 2002 Mazda, Nancy E. Graf, 48 of Arcanum, was pronounced dead at the scene.
 It is uknown at what time of night this accident occurred.
The investigation is ongoing by the Darke County Sheriff's Reconstruction Team and Darke County Coroner's Office

Bunch Roofing fixes leaking press box


BY RYAN BERRY
GREENVILLE – Bunch Roofing made a big donation to the Greenville Park Commission and Greenville City Schools. After hearing how the press box’s roof was leaking, Jerry Bunch, owner of Bunch Roofing, offered to fix it at no cost to either government entity.
The roof has been leaking for a while and water was starting to get into some of the equipment. According to Susie Riegle, superintendent, and Dale Musser, park commissioner, with budget cuts affecting nearly all government agencies neither would be able to foot the bill for repairs any time soon.
The new roof being installed is a commercial grade rubber roof that is under warranty and expected to last for a long time. According to Gaylen Blosser, of Bunch Roofing, the total donation is well over $4,000. Bunch noted he wanted to offer his assistance in this project because of everything Riegle and Musser have done for Greenville and the parks. He noted, “Susie is going to be missed.”
Riegle noted the district is grateful to Bunch and his staff for the donation. She pointed out donations like this one allow the district to focus on different areas that need attention.
Musser said, “This is greatly appreciated with the budget cuts in the city.” According to the commissioner, the city and school district work together on maintaining the field and facility.
On-hand for the presentation of the new roof were (front row) Jerry Bunch, Susie Riegle, Jerry Bunch Jr., (back row) Terry Allread, Dale Musser, and Gaylen Blosser. (Berry photo)

110th anniversary celebration for BRC


BY RYAN BERRY
GREENVILLE – The Brethren Retirement Community (BRC) celebrated its 110th anniversary on April 20. The program featured music from the Greenville High School’s orchestra program and Nancy Jackson, flautist and resident, presentations from local, state and federal government representatives, and addresses from John Warner, president/CEO of BRC, Todd Reish, director of pastoral care, Dave Shetler, district executive for the Southern Ohio District Church of the Brethren, and Fred Bernhard, board chair for BRC. The event also featured the collection of items for a Time Capsule that will be opened at the 150th anniversary of BRC.
In his opening remarks, Warner said, “Today we honor the past, celebrate the present and look expectantly to the future.” Over the course of the program he presented short excerpts from the book Journey of Faith Eighty-Five Years and Beyond: A History of The Brethren’s Home, Greenville, Ohio 1902-1987, which detailed the early years of BRC. Warner also recognized former BRC presidents and CEOs, Wilbur Mullen and Bob Cain. He thanked them for their leadership, which has given the organization the opportunity to continue on in the ministry that was established in 1902.
Reish pointed out the vision for BRC was established long before Church of the Brethren decided to open an “Orphan’s Home” and “Old Folks’ Home.” He recited Matthew 25:34-36, Then will the King say to those on his right, Come, you who have the blessing of my Father, into the kingdom made ready for you before the world was: (35) For I was in need of food, and you gave it to me: I was in need of drink, and you gave it to me: I was wandering, and you took me in; (36) I had no clothing, and you gave it to me: when I was ill, or in prison, you came to me. He noted since the organizations opened its doors, its main purpose was to help those in need.
Shetler marveled at how far the vision of a group of men in the early 20th century has come. He noted that after 110 years, the organization continues to serve the Church of the Brethren and the Darke County community.
Bernhard called BRC a place of wonderful caring. “We’ve come a long way,” he said. From caring for kids and “old folks” to continuing its care for the sick and offering a Christian Retirement Community for people over 55 years of age, Bernhard believes the organization has tried to listen and follow the voice of God faithfully. He also noted that although there are many facilities and organizations affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, BRC is the only retirement community still owned by the churches of this district.
Janet Julian, vice-president of BRC, read and collected a list of items for the Time Capsule. Some of the items included in the capsule were a list of current residents and employees, Eden Alternatives Brochure, menu and catering pamphlet, activity calendar, daily report, Fanfare, Chestnut Village Newsletter, Mill Ridge Newsletter, celebration program, 2012 Gala Invitation, and much more.
In attendance to offer proclamations and commendations were Senator Bill Beagle, Representative Jim Buchy, Mayor Mike Bowers and Frank Debrosse (representative for Speaker of the House John Boehner).
Bowers called BRC a “great piece of quality of life that is Greenville, Ohio.”
Buchy said, “I’ve lived most of my life knowing the impact BRC has had on this community. Under the leadership of John Warner that legacy continues.”
Representative Jim Buchy spoke about the impact the Brethren Retirement Community has had on the Darke County Community and presented a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives. (Berry photo)

Items for a Time Capsule were collected during the celebration. The capsule will be opened at the 150th anniversary of BRC. (Berry photo)

Apr 28, 2012

Drug Take Back in Darke Co. is another success


On April 28, 2012 the Darke County Drug Task Force, Darke County Solid Waste, and Darke County Family Health participated in the DEA Drug Take Back Initiative.  This is a time where citizens can take their expired or unwanted medications and turn them in to be properly disposed of.  This drug take back yielded approximately 80 pounds of prescription pills.  Those pills, if improperly dispose of, could have otherwise contaminated the soil or waterways in Darke County.  If you were unable to attend this event the Darke County Drug Task Force, Darke County Solid Waste, and Darke County Family Health plan to continue this service to the community when made available by the DEA.     

Art Guild hosting event at Prairie


GREENVILLE--The Greenville Art Guild invites the public to come and stroll the grounds of the Shawnee Prairie Preserve and observe members of the Guild as they paint at the various sites around the park on May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If the weather is not agreeable, artists will be painting in the nature center.  
Also, the Guild will sponsor a FREE craft project in the classroom in the nature center beginning, 10 a.m. to noon. This project will be creating a collage garden journal using acrylic medium, floral napkins, etc.  All materials will be provided, but if you have a favorite pair of scissors, you may want to bring them because we will be doing some cutting.  This project is suitable for ages 6 to adult (ages 6-10 require an adult to help). Sample pages of this garden journal can be seen in the nature center library. For planning purposes, pre-registration is required.
For more information and or to register for the class, call Marilyn Banks, 937-678-6870.

Tecumseh Trail dedicated

GREENVILLE - Darke County Parks dedicated 7.2 miles of constructed and shared trails in eastern Darke County on April 28. The trail's main entrance is located in Gettysburg on Bridge Street with a parking lot located across the street. The trail runs from Arcanum-Bears Mill Road to New Harrison Road near Bradford. There is approximately 3 miles of trail from Gettysurg to New Harrison Road. The section of trail from Gettysburg to Arcanum-Bears Mill Road includes portions of Mill, Hahn, and Spidel Roads. The trail is accessible to bicyclists, walkers, and horseback riders.
Watch The Early Bird for more information on the trail and watch www.bluebagmedia.com for additional pictures.

Bicyclist brave the rain to be the first to ride on the newly dedicated trail.

The Mill Road Bridge is on the bike route for the trail. The Bridge has been closed to motor vehicle traffic.

Retired Army veteran interns at Garst


GREENVILLE – The Garst Museum is pleased to introduce its latest Wright State University Public History program intern; Retired Major David J. Manges Sr. After retiring from the Army, David began pursuing his Masters of Arts degree with a concentration of Public History from Wright State University. He is now completing his final degree requirement by interning at the Garst Museum. David will serve as the Military Collections specialist and work with the museum’s collection to better interpret the collections and make them more accessible to the public and veterans.
Executive Director Dr. Clay Johnson stated, “the one-year-old partnership with Wright State University’s Public History Program has created a wonderful opportunity for both the museum and the students.  David will bring a very unique set of skills and experience that will benefit the museum.”
WSU’s History Department offers a Master of Arts program for students that are interested in pursuing a career in the museum or archives profession. Part of the student’s program of study includes hands-on training under the direction of a public history professional. Garst Museum provides students with ongoing opportunities for short and long-term projects and internships. While working at the museum, students gain experience in exhibit research, design, construction, and promotion, historical research, curator asset management, collections management, collections care, and archives, museum, and records management.
David was raised in Manhattan, KS. He enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard while in high school and after finishing high school he enlisted in the regular Army. After completing basic training, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program he was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he served for 5 years and participated in the 1983 rescue mission of medical students in Grenada. In 1985 he was assigned to the Army’s Ranger school where he served as a Ranger Instructor. In 1990 he left the regular Army and joined the Georgia National Guard while attending Georgia College where he earned BS degrees in both History and Political Science. He also completed ROTC and was commissioned as an officer in the Army. He served in a variety of units to include the 1st battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Ft. Richardson, AK and he commanded the 101st Airborne Division’s Pathfinder Company at Ft. Campbell, KY. His last overseas assignment was as the Ground Plans Officer assigned to the US Air Forces Coalition Air Operations Center at Al Udied Air Force Base. In October 2004 he was assigned to Wright State University ROTC where he retired in 2009 with over 29 years of service. He has many awards and decorations that include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge with one Combat Jump Star. He spent over 18 of his 29 years of military service on parachute status and has participated in over 400 static line parachute jumps.
David lives in Beavercreek with his two Golden retrievers. His 28-year-old son DJ (David Jr.) is flying F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters for the U.S. Navy.

Rain, Wind and Cold Combine to Cancel April 28 Race


ROSSBURG, OH (April 28) – Mother Nature may consider purchasing an Eldora Speedway competitor license to get into the 2012 points chase.   With an arsenal of rain, wind and unseasonably cool temperatures she recorded her second win of the season Saturday night, April 28 with another event cancellation.
That now gives her two victories in the young season.
Her prey this weekend was the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Eldora Stock Cars and the Vores Welding Front Wheel Drive Compacts.   All three divisions, along with a fireworks extravaganza, will return Saturday evening, May 19 for the Mobil 1 Family Fun Night festivities.
With Saturday’s cancellation, the stage is now set for a May 4 and 5 doubleheader weekend featuring the powerful World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Cars in Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear.  Full point shows for the travelling WoO fill the card each night, complemented by the Eldora Stock Cars on Friday night and the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds on Saturday night.
Tickets for the Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear, the Kings Royal weekend, and all other Eldora events are available through the track office at (937) 338-3815 or online 24 hours a day at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.  Like us at www.Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway or catch all the behind-the-scenes preparation for the event on Twitter @EldoraSpeedway.

Mason’s Supper helps Ohio Special Olympics


NEW MADISON – A Community Supper benefiting the Ohio Special Olympics will be held at the Ft. Black Masonic Lodge, New Madison, on May 8. Serving will be from 5-6:30 p.m., in the lodge dining room.  Profits are going to the 2012 Ohio Special Olympics charity for this summer’s games where opening ceremonies will take place June 22 at the Jesse Owens Sports Complex in Columbus.
At one time, it required only $30 to "sponsor an athlete" to the Summer Games.  Now, it costs well over $100 to bring each of the 2600 athletes to the Games who will compete in 11 different sporting events.  In 2011, the Ohio Masonic fraternity was able to contribute over $140,000 from 352 Ohio lodges. 
Over the past 23 years, the Masonic Fraternity in Ohio has contributed nearly $2.5 million to support the Annual Summer Games of the Special Olympics. More than 21,000 children and adults with disabilities have benefited from the generosity of the Masonic fraternity in Ohio.
In addition to the financial support, Ohio Masons host a welcome center for the Special Olympics athletes and families, provide volunteer help during the competitions, and participate in the Parade of Athletes during the opening ceremonies.
The Ft. Black Lodge is proud to help support the Ohio Special Olympics.  Please join us in again making this year’s event successful for Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes. For information on masonry in Ohio visit www.freemason.com.

Apr 27, 2012

New Posts Added

Commissioners - Meeting minutes for April 25 show appointment of Mindy Saylor as Homeland Security and LEPC director
Business - Spring of 1803 Primitive Show is coming to Darke County

Retired Army veteran interns at Garst



GREENVILLE – The Garst Museum is pleased to introduce its latest Wright State University Public History program intern; Retired Major David J. Manges Sr. After retiring from the Army, David began pursuing his Masters of Arts degree with a concentration of Public History from Wright State University. He is now completing his final degree requirement by interning at the Garst Museum. David will serve as the Military Collections specialist and work with the museum’s collection to better interpret the collections and make them more accessible to the public and veterans.
Executive Director Dr. Clay Johnson stated, “the one-year-old partnership with Wright State University’s Public History Program has created a wonderful opportunity for both the museum and the students.  David will bring a very unique set of skills and experience that will benefit the museum.”
WSU’s History Department offers a Master of Arts program for students that are interested in pursuing a career in the museum or archives profession. Part of the student’s program of study includes hands-on training under the direction of a public history professional. Garst Museum provides students with ongoing opportunities for short and long-term projects and internships. While working at the museum, students gain experience in exhibit research, design, construction, and promotion, historical research, curator asset management, collections management, collections care, and archives, museum, and records management.
David was raised in Manhattan, KS. He enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard while in high school and after finishing high school he enlisted in the regular Army. After completing basic training, Airborne School and the Ranger Indoctrination Program he was assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, GA where he served for 5 years and participated in the 1983 rescue mission of medical students in Grenada. In 1985 he was assigned to the Army’s Ranger school where he served as a Ranger Instructor. In 1990 he left the regular Army and joined the Georgia National Guard while attending Georgia College where he earned BS degrees in both History and Political Science. He also completed ROTC and was commissioned as an officer in the Army. He served in a variety of units to include the 1st battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Ft. Richardson, AK and he commanded the 101st Airborne Division’s Pathfinder Company at Ft. Campbell, KY. His last overseas assignment was as the Ground Plans Officer assigned to the US Air Forces Coalition Air Operations Center at Al Udied Air Force Base. In October 2004 he was assigned to Wright State University ROTC where he retired in 2009 with over 29 years of service. He has many awards and decorations that include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge with one Combat Jump Star. He spent over 18 of his 29 years of military service on parachute status and has participated in over 400 static line parachute jumps.
David lives in Beavercreek with his two Golden retrievers. His 28-year-old son DJ (David Jr.) is flying F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters for the U.S. Navy.

Shot Clinic for dogs and cats set for May 5


GREENVILLE--The Darke County Humane Society Is having their annual shot clinic for dogs and cats on May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Paws Bingo Hall, 848 Martin St., Greenville. The shots are administered by a Veterinarian or Vet Tech, at a savings of at least 40%. Heart worm testing for dogs is also available for $15 and heartworm and flea
prevention will be on sale. For more information, call 548-1009. The best time to come is after 1pm. This is a good opportunity save money and yet keep your pets safe. 

May events at Arts Depot announced


UNION CITY – With spring weather coming and just before vacation season, the Arts Depot is announcing its list of artful events at the Arts Depot through May. These ideas may prove to be the perfect family outing or personal improvement idea. The Randolph County High School Student Art Show, a Photography Workshop for beginner through advanced photographers, and the annual Iris Competition and Exhibition.
The High School Student Art Show is always a popular exhibition featuring the cutting edge artworks of budding artists. The Opening Reception and Awards will be held on April 29, 2-4 p.m. The public and family are invited to attend.
The exhibition will be continuing through May 10. There are special evening hours for the exhibit the first week of exhibition and regular hours the second week. First week hours are April 30 through May 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. The second week will return to regular hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Student Art Show will close on May 10, 3 p.m.
The annual Photography Workshop for all photographers will be held on May 5, 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is entitled “Advanced Composition: Your Final Vision,” and it will review previous years’ workshop concepts and more to allow the photographer the best way to reach his final vision for an image.  The workshop is designed to help ready images for competition or exhibition.
Cost for the workshop is $25 for AARC members and $30 for nonmembers. Refreshments will be provided.
Marvin Groves, Springport, IN, professional photographer is again teaching the workshop. He has taught many workshops, including two previous at the Arts Depot. He has exhibited and won many awards for his images.
Groves has also judged photographic competitions and is an all around respected photographer. He has taught this workshop in other venues with much success and great feedback.
Preregistration is requested through May 3 by calling the Arts Depot, 765-964-7227. The AARC accepts MasterCard/VISA.
The sixth annual Iris Show and Competition will be held May 19 with the iris blooms due on May 18. There are two ways to enjoy this show: 1) compete as an amateur iris exhibitor and 2) view the iris exhibit with your family. The event is open to the public at no cost.
Friday’s hours are 4-7 p.m., at the Arts Depot. Saturday’s open exhibition will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Eastern Indiana Iris Growers Association will judge the blooms. Best Bloom will hold the title for 2012, and the public is welcome to vote for a People’s Choice Bloom.
The Art Association of Randolph County is a non-profit arts organization that is located at the Arts Depot, 115 North Howard Street, Union City, IN 47390.

Apr 26, 2012

Vail heading to Miamisburg

Superintendent David Vail is leaving Versailles School District and heading to Miamisburg to assume the same role in that school district. Vail has been at Versailles for more than four years. He 31 years of experience in education and recently earned his doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership.

Greenville Swim Team Signup


Greenville City Swim Team will hold a signup on April 28, Shelter House #4, at the City Park, 1-3 p.m. The cost to swim is $55 per swimmer. Practices are on Monday and Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The season starts June 4 and continues through July 19.
All inquires are to be made to Shelley Miller (937) 459-2811 or email: shelleymillerphotography@yahoo.com

New Post Added - April 26

Be sure to check out the following for the newest posts.
Church - National Day of Prayer; Movie Night at EUM; and Parenting Workshop
School - Arcanum Prom Court; TV Students Honored; and Sophomores Visit WSU
Commissioners - The April 23 Commissioners Meeting Minutes

Arcanum and Versailles festivals seeks kids for contests


Apps now being
taken for Little
Miss Poultry Days

VERSAILLES—The Little Miss Poultry Days contest (for ages 4-6 as of June 8) will be held June 8, 6:30 p.m., in the old high school gym. This year’s theme is “Operation Poultry.” The contest is limited to 30 entrants, who will be selected on a first received basis from postmarked entries. Those unable to participate in next year’s contest due to age limit will have preference if more than the allotted entries are received. Contestants will be notified of their acceptance. Contestants on court in the previous year’s contest will not be eligible.  For more information, contact Kim Hecht, 937-423-1326.

Little Miss,
Mr. seeking
contestants

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Business Association is seeking candidates for the 16th annual Little Miss and Mister Yesteryear Pageant. The event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park May 18, 6 p.m. during Arcanum Old Fashioned Days.
Contestants must be 3-7 years of age as of the date of the contest.  All contestants must be pre-registered and check in time is 5:30 p.m. behind the stage.  The deadline for applications is May 16.  Entry forms will be available at Ben Franklin.  For more information, contact Vanessa Delk, 692-8267.

Around the Clock Sale


GREENVILLE – The Around the Clock Masquerade Jewelry Sale is coming. The Wayne Hospital Auxiliary will be sponsoring the jewelry sale beginning at 10 p.m. on May 2 and ending on May 4, 2 p.m. Shop day or night. All the jewelry is $5 whether you select pins, watches, necklaces, bracelets, or rings. Other gift items are also available. The sale is in main lobby of Wayne HealthCare. Come in and enjoy picking out a few items from this large selection of jewelry. Checks and major credit cards will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the Wayne Hospital Auxiliary.

McClurkin sponsors TSO


GREENVILLE – Verd and Gini Stuckey have donated funds in the name of their daughter, Ami McClurkin, sponsoring the May 5 performance of Stars and Stripes Forever by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.  Darke County Center for the Arts presents an orchestral performance annually as part of its Artists Series; according to the Stuckey’s, Ami enjoys all of the performances, but the orchestra is her favorite. Verd and Gini stated they sponsor the orchestral performances because “Ami is a musician, music is a positive stimulus for her and we are fortunate to be able to bring her to programs of this caliber in our community. “Helping to make programs like this possible in Darke County is one way that we can show our appreciation for all of the compassion and caring that our community shows to Ami.”
Toledo Symphony Orchestra will fill the stage at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall with 60 members led by TSO’s innovative conductor, Jeffrey Pollock.  Stars and Stripes Forever will feature rousing patriotic music by John Phillip Sousa, George Cohan and many others with songs like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,”  “Armed Forces Salute,” and “America The Beautiful,” just to name a few. 
This special presentation is part of the Centennial Anniversary Celebration of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall.  Dedicated on May 3, 1912, research shows that the early days of the Hall often featured patriotic music, as Henry St. Clair was known to be a staunchly patriotic leader in the community.  DCCA’s May 5 program has been selected to bring credit and honor to the memory of Henry and Ella St. Clair and the gift of the beautiful performance hall that they gave to our community.
The concert begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $30, $15 for students, and are available in advance by calling 547-0908 or email dcca@centerforarts.net. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Verd & Gini Stuckey

Wizard of Oz closes Theatre Series


GREENVILLE – Darke County Center for the Arts will present American Family Theatre's production of The Wizard of Oz on May 6 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. “For so many reasons, this is the perfect show to complete Memorial Hall's Centennial Celebration and end our Family Theatre season,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Generations of families have loved and shared this story which has been around longer than the Hall itself; the comfort and joy found by returning home provides an appropriate theme for celebrating this place through which generations of local citizens have passed,” Rawlins stated. Curtain time for The Wizard of Oz is 2 p.m.
According to Rawlins, Philadelphia-based American Family Theater, which performs in over 300 venues across the nation each year, is committed to presenting full-scale musical productions for the entire family that capture the spirit of timeless classics. “AFT understands the excitement and magic of live on-stage performances,” the DCCA spokesperson explained. “Their production values result in a spectacular, entertaining show which entertains youngsters and delights adults,” Mr. Rawlins concluded.
DCCA's Family Theatre Series is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Second National Bank, Greenville Federal, The Andersons Inc., Dr. Doug Gordon, Midmark Corporation, Edison Community College, Greenville Rotary Club, Jordan Insurance Agencies, and Wayne Healthcare. DCCA also receives funding for this series from Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, and HOPE Foundation, plus operating support from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial and DCCA memberships. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans; this program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $5, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA, 547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. Advance tickets may also be purchased at Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles and Readmore's Hallmark in Greenville. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.
Other special DCCA events have been planned in conjunction with the Memorial Hall Centennial Celebration. DCCA will present “An Evening of Legacy” featuring local performers at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show are $5, and will be sold at the door. Additionally, DCCA will present the Toledo Symphony Orchestra's “Stars and Stripes Forever” program on Saturday, May 5; tickets for that performance are $30, with a special student price of $15, and may be obtained by contacting DCCA.

Another Superintendent Moving On

Over the past few weeks Darke County has had a rash of superintendents of schools in Darke County resign. Longtime superintendent of Franklin Monroe Schools, David Gray, announced before the school year he would be retiring at the end of this school year. Bradford Schools lost their superintendent when he accepted the position at Franklin Monroe. Greenville City Schools learned last week that Susie Reigle would be stepping down from her post to take a position as a principal at a Fairborn Elementary School. The most recent to announce his resignation is Superintendent David Vail at Versailles Schools. The school board will consider his resignation at special meeting of the board tonight, 6 p.m., Board of Education office.

YMCA hosting Cinco De Mayo overnighter


GREENVILLE--The Greenville Y will host a Cinco de Mayo overnighter on May 4, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.  This event is open to anyone in grades 1-4.  Games, activities, and food will be based on the Mexican culture, including the piƱata!  Please bring a swimsuit, towel, gym clothes and gym shoes, sleeping bag and pillow.  Registration is due  May 3; price is $15 for Y members and $25 for all others.  For more information contact Ruth Barga, 548-3777.

Donations sought for used book sale


GREENVILLE—Friends of the Greenville Public Library are seeking donations seldom read/seen books, paperbacks, videos, DVDs, CDs, and audio tapes for the FOL Annual Used Book Sale, set for May 25, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and  May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Just box or sack them up and deliver small amounts to the Library or large amounts to PAWS Bingo Hall, 848 Martin St., Greenville, Please donate only good used items and do not donate magazines, encyclopedias or Readers Digest books.
For information or to volunteer, 548-1916.

Cancer Support Group to meet 5/3


GREENVILLE—Marianne Sigman, RYT,  will demonstrate Yoga exercises at the May 3 “Living with Cancer” Support Group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care.
The Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital.  The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend.  Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Yount and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care from Wayne Hospital.
For more information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County (partnering with United Way)  office, 548-9960.  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am.-noon and 1- 4:30 p.m.

Apr 25, 2012

New Posts Added - April 25, 2012

Be sure to check out some of our pages to keep up-to-date on everything happening in the area.
Business - Versailles Health Care Center honors volunteers; Brides & Beyond is moving
Church - EUM Men plans special service; Jim Hill is guest at Senior Moments; Scenic Roots to perform at Greenville COB
School - Student from DeColores Montessori will participates in State Science Day
Opinion - Rep. Jim Buchy's latest column
Sports - Fall SAY Soccer registration; OSU Spring Gala

Discover Garst Museum


DARKE COUNTY--May is National Preservation Month. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the theme this year is “Discover Our Hidden Gems.”
Locally, the Garst Museum, Bear’s Mill, and Main Street Greenville are collaborating to bring historic preservation awareness to Greenville and Darke County communities.
The Darke County Historical Society (the Garst Museum) has as its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio as part of the development of the crossroads of the American experience. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, and Ohio Native Americans.
In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, the Lowell Thomas House, which has been preserved at the Garst Museum, will be open for tours May 5 and May 26, noon to 4 p.m. Enter the museum through the glass doors next to the parking lot. Admission to the house is free, but regular admission to tour the museum will apply.
A special joint membership deal for Historic Preservation Month is also offered during May. Partnering together for the places that matter are Bear's Mill, Main Street Greenville, and Garst Museum (Darke County Historical Society). Your support will allow all three organizations to continue their mission to ensure that our local treasures remain intact and celebrated for years to come. The special membership package includes an individual membership to each organization for a year at a discounted price of $50. This offer is for new members only.
Stop by Garst Museum or Bear's Mill or visit www.DowntownGreenville.org to support our treasures today!

Library hosting tours on “First Friday”


GREENVILLE--The “First Friday” on May 4 marks the 100th anniversary of the Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall.  There is a very special relationship between the Greenville Public Library and the Memorial Hall.  Yes, they do sit side by side on the most beautiful city block in town!  But even more, Henry and Ella St. Clair donated generously to the construction of the Library which added to its size, beauty, and extensive book collections at the time.
Even though the Library was built by grants from Andrew Carnegie and the Greenville Schools, the “extras” came from the St. Clair's – the marble stairwell, the stained glass, the imported statues, and the private book collections of Henry himself.  Henry's portrait in stained glass graces the Reference Room.  Of course the Memorial Hall was built entirely by Ella in memory of Henry and features the same beauty on a much larger scale.
Along with this special anniversary, May is also National Preservation Month and several local organizations - including Main Street Greenville – are holding events and tours throughout the coming weeks. 
The Library began a partnership with  Main Street Greenville earlier this spring and now offers a special event from 5 to 6 p.m. each First Friday – so in keeping with the theme for May we will be conducting our own historical tours!
Stop in the Library at either 5 or 5:30 p.m., for a half-hour tour by Director John Vehre or Assistant Director Susi Halley - and learn about the building's design and decor, the story of its creation and renovation, and the people involved. 
Youll still have plenty of time to attend “An Evening of Legacy – Memorial Hall” next door that evening.  Be sure to consult the local news venues for more information about all the Memorial Hall celebrations, the First Friday events, and National Preservation Month!
Take time to visit the library and admire the stained glass, statues, private book collections and the marble stairwell.

Y offering Into to Spanish


GREENVILLE--The YMCA of Darke County is pleased to announce “Introduction to Spanish Language.” Participants can expect to learn useful vocabulary, pronunciation, basic grammar, and the skills necessary to communicate in everyday situations.  Each weekly session will have an interactive lesson in addition to practice in the language. 
“Introduction to Spanish Language” will begin May 2, and will run 15 weeks.  Cost is $75 and includes a workbook and 15 weeks of instruction by Justin Herth.  For more information or to register, call the Greenville Y at 548-3777.  

Relay for Life Events


Dining for A Cure

GREENVILLE--CJ Highmarks will be hosting a fundraiser for Banking on A Cure-A Darke County Relay for Life Team on May 3.  A portion of the day’s sales will be donated to the team for the fight against cancer.  Also from 5-9 p.m., a bazaar will be held in the banquet room with local vendors including Thirty One, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, and many more. Stop in and visit with some of the team members and look around the bazaar for many good ideas.

Painting for a Cause

DARKE COUNTY--Doug Longfellow is teaming up the Banking on A Cure to raise funds for Darke County Relay for Life.  If anyone is interested in Doug painting either inside or out please call 937-423-0977 to schedule an appointment.  

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Scam Alert

DARKE COUNTY – Phone calls are being received in the Darke County area from Palace Aid Collections. The company tries to scam individuals by informing them there is a problem in trying to collect a debt and asks them to return the phone call. When the caller returns the phone call they listen to an automated message and are asked to either go to the internet to give their information or type in their Social Security number on the keypad. Once they’ve typed in their Social Security number, they are switched to a person from Palace Aid Collections and told the company is looking for a different person.
The Ohio Attorney General’s office has been contacted and the name of the company comes back in the “rip off” category.

Apr 24, 2012

GHS Alumni will have Open House May 7


GREENVILLE – The Greenville High School Alumni Association will have its fourth annual Open House on May 7, at the G.H.S. Cafeteria. The event is free and will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. There is no program and it is a walk through happening with free refreshments. Friends of GHS and staff members are invited, too.
This is a chance for G.H.S. alums to reconnect with their past. They have over 100 tri-fold cardboards with pictures from all 101 Chief yearbooks. Last year they first showed the 84 boards with all 18,000+ senior photos from the yearbooks, all scanned and in one place. This was the first time every senior picture of all GHS graduates from the past 100 years was shown at one time.
This year they will have all of these boards back, due to popular demand. There are also specialized boards dealing with GHS clubs, sports, music, classes, teachers, post cards and school pictures, and other subjects. There will be 100-year listings of Homecoming Court members, Raudabaugh award winners, Prom Courts and themes, Student Council and N.H.S. presidents, senior class officers, Valedictorians, Salutatorians, Head Ushers, Winter Sports Festival courts, Marching Band Field Commanders, Drum Majors, Athletic Hall of Fame, and Yearbook editors.
For the first time, they will have new listings of 4 and 5 generation families who have graduated from Greenville High School. This covers from the first graduation in 1873 through 2011.
Additional pictures can be found at bluebagmedia.com, search GHS Alumni Open House.
The first picture here shows a “Class Day” play put on in 1913 for the graduating seniors at that time. This is from the 1914 Chief, and features the first of a four generation family: H. Vier Steinmetz, GHS 1913, who became a prominent dentist in Greenville. Three other Steinmetz generations include Bill Steinmetz, GHS 1933, who was a Greenville Postmaster, Hank Steinmetz, GHS 1969, and Nathan Steinmetz, GHS 1999.

The G.H.S. Marching Band started in 1924, with the first Drum Major being Jerome Goubeaux. Within a few years, they earned enough money to acquire uniforms. The picture here shows the orchestra (top) and band (bottom) from the 1929 Chief.

The third picture is the 1952 fall football team, featuring the Class of 1953 seniors. This team was coached by the legendary Jim Eby, who later had undefeated teams at Greenville and at Colonel White. Many injuries plagued this team, which ended with a 5-4 record.

On June 2, 1972, GHS Graduation ceremonies were held at Harmon Field. For the first time in the history of the school, Valedictorian Yolanda Dorris and Salutatorian Debbie McClain, made speeches. 285 Seniors graduated that night with diplomas being presented by school board President Ron Bonfiglio. The picture shows Yolanda Dorris addressing her classmates with the first Valedictorian speech.

Register now for FS4JK’s Ag Safety Day

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Chapter of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids will be hosting their eighth annual Progressive Ag Safety Day on June 12, at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville. The theme this year will be “Happy 25th Birthday” Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, so the entire day will be a birthday bash! Please contact Rhonda Kress, 417-7412 or rhondajkress@gmail.com to register youth 7-12 years of age. Parents and/or grandparents are welcome.
There will be a session at noon for parents and grandparents with special door prizes. Registration is limited to the first 100 kids, so get your kids registered ASAP.
Sessions to be presented are Grain Safety, by Anderson’s, Home Hidden Hazards, by Kim Morris, Wright State, ATV Safety, by Alyssa Swinehart, OSU, Animal Safety, by Thomas Shaw, Greenville FFA, Gun Safety, by Greenville Police Department, Search and Rescue, by Karyl Parks, and folk singing and storytelling by Joseph. The children will receive a Safety Day T-shirt, lunch, and a take home “goody bag” filled with many farm/health related items.
FM FFA did a session on the danger of being around pulleys and chains at last year’s event.

Hollansburg Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ


HOLLANSBURG--The Hollansburg Community Fire Department would like to invite the public to it’s annual Chicken BB-Q, May 5, 11 a.m. to ? Dinners will be $7 with a choice of three sides ($3.50 for just a half chicken). Take outs will be available. Drinks and Desserts are included with the dinners. The BB-Q will be held at the Hollansburg Community Fire Dept. in Hollansburg. For more information, contact Tracy Brown, 997-2209.

Donations sought for used book sale


GREENVILLE—Friends of the Greenville Public Library are seeking donations seldom read/seen books, paperbacks, videos, DVDs, CDs, and audio tapes for the FOL Annual Used Book Sale, set for May 25, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and  May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Just box or sack them up and deliver small amounts to the Library or large amounts to PAWS Bingo Hall, 848 Martin St., Greenville, Please donate only good used items and do not donate magazines, encyclopedias or Readers Digest books.
For information or to volunteer, 548-1916.

Cancer Support Group to meet 5/3


GREENVILLE—Marianne Sigman, RYT,  will demonstrate Yoga exercises at the May 3 “Living with Cancer” Support Group meeting, 7-8:30 p.m., in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care.
The Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital.  The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend.  Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Yount and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care from Wayne Hospital.
For more information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County (partnering with United Way)  office, 548-9960.  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 am.-noon and 1- 4:30 p.m.

DAR TRASH BASH


GREENVILLE – Several Fort GreeneVille DAR members and family participated in the Darke County Trash Bash. The members walked a total area of 12 miles in about 1 1/2 hrs. The money raised will go towards the Studabaker Schoolhouse beautification project. Chapter members participating were Helen Wright, Debbie Nisonger, Michelle Alderman, Chris and Taylor Nehring. Jordan Nehring also volunteered. It was cold, wet, and windy but at least it wasn't raining.


Apr 23, 2012

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Commissioners Corner


DARKE COUNTY – The spring season is upon us, the farmers are planting, and as this is written we are getting a little bit of rain.  The temperatures are warming up, and springtime normally makes everyone feel better.  Spring is a good time to start things anew, and we in the Commissioner’s Office are revving up for a busy springtime and summer.
We have been really busy in the office.  We are of course looking as to what to do in the E.M.A. Office.  We have several options and we want to make sure we pick the right one for Darke County.  Right now, the office is being run by Mindy Saylor.  Mindy is doing everything by herself, so we have to make sure that whatever we do is the right choice.  Mindy is doing a super job for us in a very difficult situation.  We hope to have an answer real soon.  We also are keeping tabs on the new roof project at Edison State College.  The Contractor, Harold J. Becker, is moving along nicely, and as long as the weather does not slow them down, they may be done by the end of the month.  This project has been long overdue, and we hope to keep Edison State for a long time.  Thanks to Jeff Marshall and everyone who helped make this possible after all these years. 
The Jail continues to have problems, and we are looking at solutions to fix them.  We are in the process of getting the jail ductwork cleaned, and the jail itself, as this has not been done since the building was built.  On the 9-1-1 front, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (C.C.A.O.) is not very positive on the $.28 per month cell phone tax being kept.  Since this is an election year, it looks like that will be going away at this point.  This will definitely hurt the less populated counties like ours.  We receive about $115,000 a year and this is a source of revenue we cannot afford to lose.  We will keep everyone posted.  The Sheriff’s office is planning a series of talks on 9-1-1 to inform the public how it works.  Deputy Chief Whittaker will be supplying the information as to when and where these will be held.  If anyone has any questions on the mechanical side of how it works, you may contact him at the Sheriff’s Office. 
The State Route 242 project is moving along nicely.  The State Highway Department says they are ahead of schedule, and we hope to have things moving here shortly.  This project will be a big help to our runway extension at the airport.  As you know, we have 300 feet of runway that is not usable by some bigger aircraft, and this project will allow us to access this already existing part of the runway. 
On the economic development front, the County continues to move ahead aggressively.  We still have a lot of projects in the works, and all the local C.I.C.’s, the Partnering for Progress initiative, the villages, city, towns, and the E.D. Office continue to work closely together to retain and bring new business to the county. This partnership is unique in the fact that everyone is on board to make things better.  This does not happen in other parts of the State.  One area of development for the State that we are looking to get involved in is the Shale Oil supply chain.  This project is bigger than anybody can estimate, and we may have several companies that can fit into the supply side of this booming business.  Mayor Mike Bowers and Commissioner Stegall attended a Shale Oil Conference on April 11 in Cambridge, Ohio, to learn more about the subject.  What we discovered was that the entire State will be affected by this business, and if company’s want to get involved, there will be a website to share with Oil Companies explaining what service your company can provide.  If any companies are interested, no matter how big or small, go online to OhioShaleEnergy.com and complete a survey and you will be entered into a data base at the Voinovich School at Ohio University for oil companies to access.  According to what we learned at the conference, this could generate over $500 million dollars a year in extra revenue to the State by 2014. 
In other economic news, On March 28, S&P upgraded Ohio’s Enterprise Bond Fund Ratings two levels to AA+. S&P cited Ohio’s strong risk profile and sound financial policies as key factors in the upgrade.  This is the first upgrade since 2003.  Things continue to improve in Ohio, and we hope to continue down this path of economic growth.  On the same note, as Greenville was honored as one of the top micropolitans in the country, ranked #21, Cincinnati and Cleveland were both ranked in the top ten Metropolitan areas by KPMG Limited, an audit, tax and advisory firm as being the least costly locations in America to do business among the 27 largest Metropolitan areas.    All of this is great news for Ohio, as we are moving ahead out of the economic slump.   Anyone can subscribe to get updates on Economic activity in Ohio by accessing DevelopOhio.Blog.  In other Ohio news, for the 31st straight year Ohio has led the nation in Tree City USA cities with 237.  Last year Ohioan’s planted over 28,000 trees statewide. To learn more go to www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.
We hope to keep Darke County as informed as possible on all happenings in the County.  One way we do that is in our Public Sessions.  We meet every Monday and Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office conference room.  We are located at 520 S. Broadway, just south of the Courthouse. Please plan to attend a meeting soon.  See you there!
(The Darke County Commissioners)

Freeze Warning


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MV ALUMNI BANQUET



UNION CITY – The 53rd Mississinawa Valley Alumni Banquet will be held May 5, in the school cafetorium.  Come share an evening with friends.  Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m.  This year’s 25th year class of 1987 will host the banquet.  The committee consists of Dennis Delk, Carlos Benavidez, and Tim Herron.  Duane Amspaugh, class of 1979, and Sandy Skidmore, class of 1985 are also on the committee.  For reservations, contact Teresa Beanblossom, 968-5085.  

Ansonia continues Partnering for Progress


ANSONIA – The Village of Ansonia has committed again in 2012 to being an investor in Darke County’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative, designed to foster a collaborative county-wide economic development effort.  In 2011, Ansonia became the fourth individual county community to join the effort and is one of 62 contributors overall.
“The collaboration that this initiative has fostered throughout the county has been invaluable to development efforts these past few years as well as to planning for future opportunities,” stated Ansonia Mayor Jerry Koverman. “This effort brings the proper resources into play on every opportunity brought to the county and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
The P4P initiative is a collaborative effort between the county economic development office, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the county commissioners, and numerous private investors.  It is supported by both public and private dollars and aims to promote the expansion of existing county industry, the attraction of new business, and the development of the tools and resources required to achieve both. Because of these goals, Economic Development (ED) Director Marc Saluk said that the support of the various communities, political entities, and non-profit organizations is vital.
“The expertise we gain when working on any given project by having all hands on deck really gives us a leg-up on other counties and economic development organizations,” explained Saluk. “Not everyone is able to work together the way Darke has since the Partnership has solidified.”
P4P successes over the last few years include business attraction projects like Continental Carbonic Dry Ice Company and retention projects such as The FRAMGroup.  The initiative has also found success developing new resources and funding opportunities for business and has leveraged over $18 million in state incentives for local projects.  Overall, the Partnership has assisted companies create or retain over 670 positions in Darke County. Saluk stated that top priorities for 2012 are workforce development and the growth of agribusiness opportunities.
Those interested in learning more about the county’s economic development efforts can call the ED office at 548-3250.
Ansonia Mayor Jerry Koverman presents the village’s 2012 Partnering for Progress (P4P) contribution to Jim Poeppelman, President of the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC).  The CIC is the governing board of the county’s economic development office.  Ansonia joined the P4P effort in 2011.

Dispose of yard waste legally


GREENVILLE – The City of Greenville Fire Department would like to remind residents of the proper means to safely and legally dispose of yard waste and trash without burning it.  Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3745-19 and the Ohio Fire Code offers strict guidelines regarding open burning; citizens should be aware that burning limbs, brush, yard waste, trash, and other debris is prohibited in the City of Greenville. 
As the street department has continued its limb/brush removal service, residents are advised of their following options:
* The City of Greenville Street Department will pick up tree limbs and brush on Fridays of each week. Contact the street department to schedule a pick up at 548-2215.
* Rumpke will haul away brush that is placed in a biodegradable (paper) yard waste bag (available at most stores) and will haul away any 32 gallon trash container, if a yard waste sticker is attached.
Property owners may also contact a tree trimming contractor to have brush chipped or shredded and disposed of.

Friends of Shelter plan garage sale


GREENVILLE – The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a Garage Sale on May 3, 4 and 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6026 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road, Greenville (one mile south of the Mill, look for Freddie and the Animal Shelter banner). All proceeds will be used for the new Dog Park to be located south of the Animal Shelter on County Home Road, Greenville.
Some of the items for sale include: 17” Western Saddle, misc. tack, 18” Poulan chain saw w/extra blade, antique rocking chair, antique chiffonier w/mirror, golf bag and assorted clubs, Makita Drill in case, Norelco food processor w/attachments, Pampered Chef rice cooker, OSU keychain in box, Longaberger Christmas basket, 2 new baseball display globes, water carafe w/lid, TVs, dog bed, dog coat, adult bicycle helmet, shiny Bright Christmas ornaments, misc. household items, books and a queen quilted bedspread.

Illumination concert tickets go on sale May 4


GREENVILLE – Illumination Festival has been bringing the best in Christian music to the Darke County fairgrounds for five years and the sixth year will not be an exception. TobyMac has already agreed to headline this year’s show on Sept. 16 and Jamie Grace, an up and coming artist is tearing up the radio charts with her single Hold Me (featuring TobyMac). Additional artists are being lined up and will be announced soon. This year’s festival is expected to be one of the best in the country.
In addition to offering some of the same great events festival goers have come to love, including the Coffee House with great regional talent, Sunday morning church service, games and activities, the committee is planning new events for this year, including a Saturday evening worship event for youth groups on Sept. 15.
The evening worship service will feature a great praise band and a nationally known speaker, Mike Guzzardo. Mike is a frequent speaker at conventions and conferences such as “Acquire the Fire” with over 150,000 in annual attendance. He has also proven to be a sought after speaker for retreats, camps and churches both domestically and internationally. Mike recently released his first book entitled “All In” and is also the co-author of “Battle Cry for My Generation” with Ron Luce.
There is no cost for the Saturday evening event. Youth groups are encouraged to begin planning for this event and possibly use it as a kick-off for their fall programs.
Guzzardo is also expected to speak at the morning worship service on Sept. 16 and on the main stage during the concert.
Seating for this year’s festival will be different from previous festivals and will include a VIP section with a limited number of seats in front of the stage. VIP seat holders will also receive a VIP t-shirt. Early bird ticket sales are May 4-13. See chart for pricing and ticket locations. General Admission and Track tickets are buy 10, get one free. Camping is available and information for campsites can be found at www.illuminationfestival.org.


Family Health Pharmacy celebrates 10 years


BY RYAN BERRY
GREENVILLE – Since 1972, Family Health has been an organization that provides a safety net for those in need of medical care. From the migrant workers in the 1970s to the general public today, Family Health has consistently held to its mission statement: “building healthy lives together.”
Family Health has always aspired to provide quality health care to all people regardless of their ability to pay.  All employees of Family Health work together to ensure patients are getting the best care possible. Although the organization continues to grow and add new services, one department within Family Health is celebrating its 10th anniversary in May – The Family Health Pharmacy. While it may appear the pharmacy is merely a dispensary of medicine, at Family Health it is much more.
In 1999, Dr. Tom Brown approached the administration about a concern for his patients.  He stated, “I can see and treat patients for their health care needs all day long, but if the patients have no way of filling their prescriptions due to transportation or financial issues it is pointless for me to see them.” In 2001, a small hallway near the reception desk in the original Family Health building was remodeled and the pharmacy was up and running. Janell Claudy, pharmacist, determined if they could fill 50 prescriptions a day they could sustain the pharmacy operation. It wasn’t long until they were averaging 100 prescriptions a day. Jean Young, Executive Director of Family Health, stated this collaborative effort allowed for better patient care because when patient outcomes improve and hospitalization is avoided, the cost of healthcare decreases.
The pharmacy continued to grow and soon the WIC office volunteered to move out of their space into a conference room so the pharmacy could expand. In 2007, when the new building was built, the pharmacy found its permanent home. Today, the pharmacy averages 225 to 250 prescriptions a day.
The pharmacy is able to help identify patients who may qualify for other programs because while filling prescriptions is a necessity, there is a lot of work done by the pharmacy staff that goes unseen. One way Family Health is able to help its patients afford high cost medications is through the Patient Assistance Programs offered by drug manufacturers.  The pharmacy staff assists the patients in completing the complicated paperwork for companies like Pfizer and Astra Zeneca who donate medications to qualified patients. The patients are asked to pay a $5 handling fee per medication for this service. Of the nearly 56,000 prescriptions filled last year at Family Health Pharmacy, over 3,600 were filled through this program.  The savings to patients exceeded $1.8 million.
The Federal 340B drug pricing program enables Family Health Pharmacy to pass along sliding fee discounts to qualifying patients based on their income. If patients qualify for a sliding fee discount with Family Health they can also save on prescriptions. In addition to offering financial assistance through several different programs, the pharmacy also accepts most prescription insurance plans, including Express Scripts, Medicaid and Medicare Part D.   A low cost generic list is also available for 30 and 90 day supplies.
While the pharmacy can help individuals temporarily with the cost of medicine through programs like FAME or an emergency fund set up by the Family Health staff, their goal is to ensure patients are getting needed medications on a regular basis. Prior to the pharmacy services being implemented, patients relied heavily on samples given by their provider for their medication needs. Claudy pointed out, “samples only go so far.” Often the doctor doesn’t have the samples the patient requests. 
The pharmacy staff also works hand-in-hand with the providers at Family Health to lower costs by determining if a generic medication or an alternative medication would work. This collaboration is a great benefit for Family Health patients. 
Doctors are vigilant in making sure patients are taking the correct medications.  When the doctor deems necessary, they ask a pharmacist to sit down with a patient (who has brought in all their medications from home) to determine if the medications are safe to use together and if they are being taken correctly. Patients sometimes see more than one provider and have prescriptions filled in different pharmacies, making it difficult for pharmacists to determine if a patient medication therapy is safe.
Family Health Pharmacy is available to Family Health patients only. Family Health has three locations Meeker Road in Greenville, Arcanum and Versailles. 
According to Young and Claudy, the majority of Family Health’s patients do not require financial assistance, but providing a safety net for those who do is a big part of the organization’s mission.
The pharmacy is currently participating in the National Patient Safety Pharmacy Collaborative. They work alongside the providers to target uncontrolled diabetic patients.  Pharmacist make sure patients have a thorough understanding of their medications and encourage them to reach their personal health goals.
In addition to offering assistance to patients, Family Health Pharmacy is actively involved in student development. High school students interested in the pharmacy field are scheduled to come for a day and job shadow in the pharmacy.  Sinclair Community College sends students to fulfill a 50 hour internship for their National Pharmacy Technician Certification.  Colleges of Pharmacy also send students at various levels of their education for required rotations. The pharmacy was selected to receive a national Peer to Peer Mentorship Award as a best practice site that made funds available to assist in their student development program.
The current staff at the Family Health Pharmacy includes Janell Claudy-Pharmacy Director, Shane Stachler-Technician, Nicole Crase-Pharmacist, RoxAnne Riegle-Technician, Rachel Barhorst-Pharmacist, Andrew Fryman-Technician, Shaun Hyre-Technician, Jane Simmons-Technician, Amber Camacho-Technician, Cathy Rife-Technician, and Sharon Trissel-Technician.
Family Health Pharmacy staff includes (front row) Jean Young-Executive Director; Janell Claudy-Pharmacy Director; Shane Stachler-Technician; Nicole Crase-Pharmacist; (back row) RoxAnne Riegle-Technician; Rachel Barhorst-Pharmacist; Andrew Fryman-Technician; Shaun Hyre-Technician; and Jane Simmons-Technician. Not pictured are Amber Camacho-Technician; Cathy Rife-Technician; and Sharon Trissel-Technician. (Berry photo)

 
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