Jun 30, 2012

Do You Have Pictures of Storm Damage - Readers Submit Pictures

Do you have pictures of storm damage from the recent round of thunderstorms? The Early Bird and Blue Bag Media would love to see them. Email pictures to editor@earlybirdpaper.com or post at http://www.facebook.com/earlybirdbluebagmediaHere are a few from around the county.
This is the West end of shelter house #1 in the Greenville city park after the wind went through - the tree was 14 to 16 inchs across and about 50 feet tall. (Dale E Waymire, Greenville)
A scene from Arcanum-Hollansburg Road during the storm.
Trees removed from the road on Washington St., Greenville

A worker clears a tree from the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Center's yard.
Neff Road - House with Roof Damage (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Neff Road - House with Roof Damage  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management) 

Tree down on Neff Road  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management) 

Pole leaning in New Madison  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management) 

Pole down just outside New Madison  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management) 

Tree down in the backyard of New Madison Home  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management) 

Tree crossing the road on State Route 121 at the Walker Curve.  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Corn could stand straight in the wind on Harter Road.  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Tree across the road on State Route 121 north of New Madison.  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Strong winds bent the Tri-Village Rescue's antenna all the way over.  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Debris blowing in winds gusting up to near 80 mph put a hold in  Tri-Village Rescue's building.  (photo by Darke Co. Homeland Security & Emergency Management)

Kasich Declares State of Emergency

COLUMBUS – Today Governor John R. Kasich declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Ohio after severe storms and high winds knocked out power for approximately one million power company customers across two-thirds of the state. The widespread outages could take up to a week to fully restore and, together with the current severe heat wave, could create crisis situations for the elderly, young children and those with sensitive medical conditions.

The governor’s declaration authorizes state agencies to take any necessary actions to assist local government authorities anywhere in Ohio to help respond, cleanup and recovery efforts and coordinate activities.

“I’m very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I’ve declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face. Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance. Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors’ doors to make sure they’re ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help. Together we’ll get through this,” said Kasich.

Kasich has directed Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani to open the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Columbus to coordinate state and local resources. Officials from all state agencies, volunteer organizations such as Citizen Corps and the American Red Cross are converging at the Emergency Operations Center to monitor response and recovery efforts within the affected areas. The state has already been in contact with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials and will request federal assistance if it is needed.

State agencies supporting the response efforts include the, Ohio Departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Health, Public Safety, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Annie Oakley Days Information

DCCT melodrama celebrates 12th year at AO Days
DARKE COUNTY--Director Dane Leeper is happy to announce that the 2012 Annie Oakley Days Melodrama has been cast and rehearsals are underway. Not only will this be Darke County Civic Theater’s 12th year to perform at Annie Oakley Days, but also, this year’s play was written by local Civic Theater member Kent Holmes.  The cast is already having so much fun at rehearsals, and that means there will be hilarious performances at Annie Oakley Days.  This year’s festival may be one of the best ever, as the Annie Oakley Committee has many new and exciting events planned.  Mark your calendars for the last full weekend in July so you don’t miss all the fun! Visit www.darkecountycivictheater.org for more information.

AO Days Photo Shoot Out has sponsor

GREENVILLE – This year’s Annie Oakley Days Photo Shoot Out is being sponsored by Timothy Clopp Photography of Arcanum and will consist of five categories: Portrait, Landscape, Architecture, Enhanced, and Misc. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, third and honorable mention in each category as well as a Best of Show and an Annie’s pick award.
Entries will be taken at the Fine Arts building at the fairgrounds on July 24, 4-7 p.m., and on July 25, 9-11 a.m. Doors will close promptly on Wednesday at 11 a.m. for judging.  Entries must be hung for the duration of the festival.  All entries and prize money must be picked up July 29, 1-3 p.m.
Participants may enter up to five original works, only one entry per category.  All work must be original and must not contain nudity.  Amateurs and professionals will be judged together.  Prints are required to be framed, ready to hand with screw eyes and wire hanger. No SAWTOOTH hangers allowed. Print must be no smaller than 8x10 and no larger than 20x24. Prints may be printed on standard photography paper only. Examples include Matte, Glossy, Authentic Black and White.  No metallic or pearl paper, texture coatings, metals, or acrylics permitted.  Prints may be mounted (Foam board, Masonite, etc.) but will not be taken into account for judging.  Prints may be matted.  Glass is optional, non-glare glass is recommended.  All photographs and artwork must not have been shown previously in the Annie Oakley Days Photography Shoot Out.  Each entry must contain the following:  Artist’s name, address, phone number, age group, and category.  This information must be placed on the back of the photograph with an arrow to indicate the top of the photo.
Buy a weekend pass before the festival for $2 for access to everything.
The complete schedule of events for the Annie Oakley Festival is available at http://www.annieoakleyfestival.org or visit their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/annieoakleyfestival.
The Annie Oakley Festival is supported by a $500 grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau, visit the bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Dr. McKellar is guest speaker for AO Tournament

 GREENVILLE-- Dr. Daniel McKellar is the guest speaker for this year’s Annie Oakley Golf Tournament Program on July 23. 
Dr. Daniel McKellar was born in northern California and attended the University of California, receiving a bachelor’s degree with honors in biochemistry in 1982.  He then attended Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine and received his medical degree in 1987.  At Loyola he received the President’s Medallion, the highest honor for a graduating student.  He then performed his surgical residency at Wright State University in Dayton, and served a four year commitment in the United States Air Force.  He has been in private practice in Dayton for several years and came to Wayne Hospital in Greenville in 2009 as a full time general surgeon and director of the cancer program.
Dr. McKellar has published numerous peer reviewed articles on various topics in surgery, made several presentations at national surgical meetings, and is the author of a surgical textbook titled “Prognosis and outcomes in Surgical Diseases.”
The main interests throughout his career have been to improve the quality of care for cancer patients.  He has served on many national, state and local cancer organizations including the Ohio Division Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Ohio Partners for Cancer Control, Dayton Clinical Oncology Program, and serves on the cancer advisory committee to the Ohio Department of Health.  Dr. McKellar has been very active in the Commission on Cancer, the national organization that accredits approximately 1500 cancer programs in the United States and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).  He has personally visited and reviewed over 100 cancer and breast centers in the country and served many leadership positions with the Commission on Cancer.  Currently, he serves as the chair of the Accreditation Committee of the Commission on Cancer and helps to develop cancer program standards for all accredited cancer programs. 
He has recently received the appointment of Chair Elect for the commission on Cancer and will assume the role of Chair of the Commission on Cancer beginning in October 2012.

Traveling with Diabetes

GREENVILLE--The summer months mean the kids are out of school, hot weather has returned and traveling starts.  Are you planning a trip this summer?  You can go almost anywhere whether it is to the beach or the mountains.  If you have diabetes, it takes just a little planning to keep your blood glucose in control. 
Traveling can make it hard to keep your blood glucose within your target range because of changes in time zones, meal times, types of food available, and activity.  Check your blood glucose frequently when you are on vacation.
Here are some tips to make traveling easier.
Packing tips:
* Pack extra supplies including testing strips, lancets, batteries, medication.
* Make sure you pack your supplies in your carry-on bag.
* Keep insulin cool with a cooler or ice pack.
* Wear an ID that identifies that you have diabetes
* Carry a fast acting source of carbohydrate, like glucose tablets, in case your blood glucose drops.
* Bring your physicians name and phone number. 
* Pack a list of the medications you are taking.
At the airport
* Tell security that you are a diabetic and that you are carrying medical supplies. 
* Have a prescription label with a name that matches the boarding ticket for your medications.
* You can bring syringes on the airplane if you have insulin with you.
Do not forget foot care
* Bring extra shoes to prevent blisters and sore pressure points. 
* Check your feet often and treat minor foot injuries.
* Do not go barefoot.  Protect your feet when walking by the pool, in the park, or on the beach.
To learn more about living a healthy life with diabetes, consider attending Group Diabetes Classes at Wayne HealthCare.  Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. During the classes you will learn the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the blood glucose results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.  
The cost of each class is $10 or $40 for the series of four classes.  The next group classes will be held July 2, 9, 24, and 30, 1 to 3p.m.  Pre-registration for the classes is required. 
If you prefer to meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator, you can receive education regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). 
For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program call 547-5750.

Red Cross Open Additional Cooling Centers Due to Extended Power Outages in Extreme Heat

Storm damage abounds across Darke County and with temperatures climbing into the 90’s again this weekend the Darke County Red Cross is reaching out to their disaster partners to provide some much needed daytime relief to residents unable to manage in the weather with no power. Of note, the majo...rity of Union City and New Madison are without power and two locations with be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm for residents to cool off and plug in, charging cells, oxygen regenerators and other critical items such as weather radios. These two locations are:

EUM Church on Franklin Street in Union City, OH
Tri-Village Rescue, behind the Dollar General, New Madison, OH

Additional cooling centers will be opened as needed. Residents effected by heat and humidity can also enjoy a break at their local libraries, park centers, and museums. If your home is without power and this is a health issue, you are advised to seek alternative arrangements until the power returns in your home, if staying home overnight creates a serious threat.

DPL advises residents to treat all fallen wires as if they were live, stay away and contact your power company. Never touch a power line, if in doubt, step away. Limbs, branches and lines are being removed as quickly as possible, but in some areas, this is a large operation. Drive cautiously and watch for obstructions.

The American Red Cross reminds everyone that when the temperature rises above 90-degrees, we are all at risk for heat-related illnesses. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, flushed or pale skin, heavy sweating and headaches. Young children and the elderly are at the highest risk for heat-related illnesses. Also, remember not only your family, but check on elderly neighbors as well. Keep pets inside or in well shaded areas, with ample water supply

Be aware of the danger of fireworks

GREENVILLE--The City of Greenville Fire Department urges citizens to be aware of the inherent dangers of fireworks during this Fourth of July holiday period. In an effort to reduce the number of reported firework related injuries and fires, the Greenville City Fire Department urges citizens to attend public firework displays hosted by local municipalities and licensed exhibitors this July 4th holiday. We would like to remind our citizens that the only fireworks that can be legally purchased and discharged in Ohio are trick and novelty devices.  Trick and novelty devices include items that smoke, sparkle, snap and snake. Although trick and novelty devices are legal, it is not recommended to discharge them over this holiday period due to the dry conditions present.  The City of Greenville Fire Department hopes you enjoy a great 4th of July holiday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Fire Department.

Relay for Life Week: Paint the County Purple

DARKE COUNTY--Darke County Relay for Life is urging all Darke County communities, citizens, and businesses to join in the fight against cancer by decorating the towns, homes and businesses in purple July 15-21 – Paint the County Purple-Darke County Relay for Life Week. Take a picture of your decoration and submit it to Karen Schultz, karensch@centurylink.net, or 9545 St. Rt. 121 Versailles, Ohio 45380, or Kris Barlage, ktbarlage@dishmail.net.  Send your name, address, phone number along with your picture.  Winners will be announced at the Relay on July 20.  The business winner will receive free advertising on the 2013 Relay T-Shirts.  The homeowner winner will receive a Relay Basket full of goodies.  The deadline to submit a picture is 10 a.m., July 20.
The Darke County Relay for Life will be held at Heritage Park in Versailles beginning July 20, 6 p.m., with an opening ceremony and going throughout the night (because cancer never sleeps) until noon (the closing ceremony) on July 21. 
For more information, Lois Lyons, 526-9744.  Show your support by decorating your house, town and businesses purple!!!

North Star prepares for 61st Annual Picnic

NORTH STAR--Members of the North Star Fire Department and residents of North Star are once again preparing for their annual picnic on July 21 and 22 at the North Star Community Center.  A preview to the weekend kicks off with the Coed Softball Tournament starting at 6:30 p.m., July 20.  The softball continues on Saturday at 10 a.m.  Saturday’s events also include a Cruise-In from 6 -10 p.m., and music from the Renegade Band, 8-11:30 p.m.
The 5K Angel Run, in memory of all lost loved ones, starts the activities on July 22, 9 a.m.  Highlights of the day continues with a parade at 2 p.m. (parade questions call 419-336-9505), an Antique Tractor Show from 2-6 p.m., Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, 3 p.m., Bean Bag Tournament, 4 p.m., BBQ Chicken by “Rocky” starting at 4 p.m.,  a Talent Show, 5-6:30 p.m., Family Feud, 7 p.m., and a Large Raffle Drawing at 10 p.m.  Of course, you can’t forget the fun that comes with a Cake Stand, Bingo, Plink-o, a Jumping Gym, and lots more.  During all the excitement of the weekend concessions will be running, so come out and have a good time!
(L-R) Bill Roll, Frank Huber, Brian Winner, Jerry Brandewie, Michael McClurg, Paul Huber, Nick Schlater, Phyllis Krieg, and Andy Gehret

Jun 29, 2012

Storms keeping First Responders Busy

Trees and power lines are down across the county. Fire crews are responding to multiple locations. There is also a report of a field fire at Conover and SR 47 moving towards a barn near Versailles.

WWII subject for Library's “First Friday”

GREENVILLE--A real treat is in store for WWII buffs and fire arms aficionados as Dennis Sullivan will have his extensive collection of WWII memorabilia on display in the Greenville Public Library, July 6, 2 to 6 p.m. He’ll be present in full military dress to answer questions and to help educate the public about his display as well as his re-enactment activities. 
Dennis belongs to the 101st Airborne Division/502 ND PIR/3rd Battalion/Company I re-enactment association where he holds the position of Captain.  They’re known as “The Screaming Eagles” Living History Team (www.Eagles502nd.org for more info).
He was drawn to this unit because the Airborne Infantry was among the best the Army fielded during the war.  His group portrays airborne infantry soldiers at tactical battles and public events as they appeared from August 1942 to May 1945.  This period covers the most significant battles of the Regiment: airborne and sea borne assaults into Normandy and airborne assaults into Holland. 
Sullivan explains, “This group is not a real military organization and our principle interest is to enjoy ourselves at events. However, because we portray a highly trained and disciplined unit, we need to exhibit some of these same characteristics. To do less is a slight to the original members of the Regiment.  We take this seriously.  Our motto is ‘To honor...not glorify’.” 
When asked what he enjoys about re-enactment, Dennis says it’s the camaraderie, meeting veterans, and educating the public.
He emphasizes the group represents no political causes or ideas and is not a militant organization.  Its goals are to educate, to instill patriotism, to honor veterans and their sacrifices, and to experience to some small degree the life of the combat soldier in WWII. “We maintain the highest standards in safety and authenticity.”
Dennis is a retired police officer who lives in Greenville with his wife Jenny Sullivan, the Circulation Supervisor at the Library.  Along with his re-enactment activities he and Jenny enjoy their grandchildren.
Be sure to stop by the Library and experience this interesting program and hear about a fascinating part of WWII history, the life of the average combat soldier. 
Dennis Sullivan

Time to order BBQ dinners

GREENVILLE--The Cancer Association of Darke County is sponsoring a Chicken and Pork Chop Barbecue on July 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  at Shelter #3 in the Greenville Park (on Harmon Drive, across from the GHS Football field/track). Cost of the meal is $7, which consists of half a chicken or a pork chop, potato chips, cup of applesauce and a dinner roll and will be made on-site by Paul Mueller. Drive up service will be available as well as picnic tables for those who want to eat in the park.  It is recommended that all tickets by ordered by July 2, by calling the Cancer Association, 548-9960, or by stopping by the office, 209 East Fourth St., Greenville, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to  noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are also available from any board member.  

Lowell Thomas House gets new landscaping

GREENVILLE--For the second year in a row, Spencer Landscaping Inc. of Greenville, has generously donated their products and services to enhance the Lowell Thomas house located on the back lawn of the Garst Museum. Spencer Landscaping’s support of both the Museum and the Gathering at Garst event is part of their four year plan to surround the Lowell Thomas house with beautifully sculpted landscape beds filled with low maintenance plants, bushes, ornamental trees and an irrigation system.
The Garst Museum and Gathering at Garst Committee would like to thank Spencer Landscaping Inc. for their innovative donation which not only provides a wonderful backdrop for the Gathering at Garst event, but also an additional asset to the Garst Museum grounds.
Visit the Garst Museum and plan to attend the second annual Gathering at Garst on July 28 and 29. This family oriented event is filled with quality artists, crafters, artisans, specialty food vendors and the new Living History Encampment. Admission to the Gathering is FREE.
Visit the Gathering’s Facebook page and website (www.gatheringatgarst.com) or email: info@gatheringatgarst.com to learn more about the event or about participating as a vendor. 
Janese Spencer of Spencer Landscaping, Inc. Spencer’s is a major sponsor for the Gathering at Garst.  

“Books & Bears For Babies” begins July 2

GREENVILLE—“Books and Bears for Babies,” a community service project launched by Greenville Junior High student Samantha Buchy, kicks off July 2 and is accepting new and gently used stuffed animals and books.  All items collected will remain in Darke County to be distributed by area First Responders to children and families during emergency situations. 
Samantha is a State finalist in the National American Miss Pageant, which  encourages community involvement by asking each participant to bring with them one book and one stuffed animal. Samantha,   however, wanted to give something more back to her community by expanding the project locally. 
The National American Miss Pageant is a pageant for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.”  The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers and “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.”  Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals, and learning the importance of community service.  The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.
As the host of “Books and Bears for Babies” Samantha has had the opportunity to meet with several public officials and community leaders.  “Meeting the leaders in our community and speaking with people like the Mayor, and Chief of Police was a little scary for me but, I am excited to be helping collect special things that will help young children to be comforted when they are in scary situations,” she said.
Donation boxes will be available from July 2-23 at the following locations: the City Municipal Building Main Lobby, Wayne Hospital Main Lobby, Gordon Orthodontics, Dr. Steve Stentzel, Solutions Hair and Nail, Jim Gable Insurance and the Flower Patch.  Miss Buchy is sponsored locally to participate in the state level competition by the Flower Patch, Thirty One Gifts, Solutions Hair and Nail Salon, Buchy Food Service, Jim Gable Insurance, Gordon Orthodontics, Dr. Steve Stentzel, and Fredonia Hardware. 
Please consider dropping off a stuffed animal or children’s book during July to help Books and Bears for Babies in Darke County!
Samantha Buchy with her first donation.

Automated library system coming to Bradford

BRADFORD—Polaris Library Systems, an automated library system for use by library staff and library patrons, will be coming “LIVE” to Bradford Public Library on July 12. Bradford Public Library is part of the DaytonMetro Library Consortium, along with the Troy-Miami County Library.  Changing to this system will deliver better library services to our patrons, such as:  a better way to search books and materials, a better way to order books and materials on-line, a better way to keep track of the books a patron has read, and better way to communicate your needs.  These are only a few of the great changes POLARIS has to offer.  To better service your needs, Bradford Public Library has scheduled two training sessions for patrons to see some of the new features: July 14, 10:30 a.m., and July 19, 6 p.m.  Contact the library, 448-2612, to sign-up for one of the sessions so that a handout can be made for you!

A.I.M. hosting Game Night

GREENVILLE—Amputees In Motion (A.I.M.) Support Group will host it’s second annual Game Night Meeting July 9, 7-9 p.m. The meeting, held in the basement conference room at the Darke County Health Department, will include bingo, board and card games, prizes, snacks and wonder fellowship. For more information, contact Linda, 968-3074, Molly, 548-8139, or Terri, 423-8404.

Jun 28, 2012

North dies from injuries in June 12 accident

On June 28, Susan North succumbed to her injuries at 1:55 p.m., while in Miami Valley Hospital.

On June 12, 2012 at approximately 10:12 AM Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Rescue and Fire, Arcanum Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of US Rpute 127 and Kruckeburg Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Freightliner box truck, driven by Dylan W. Laird, 23 from Kettering, Ohio was north bound on US Route 127 at Kruckeburg Road. A second vehicle driven by Susan J. North, 56 from Greenville, Ohio was east bound at the intersection of Kruckeburg Road. at US Route 127 when she pulled into the path of the north bound box truck.
Susan North was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.
Laird and his passenger, David Howerton, age 26, were transported by ambulance to Wayne HealthCare. Laird was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital by ground.
Accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team.

This marks Darke Counties 8th fatal accident on Darke County roadways.

Mosquito Fogging

VERSAILLES – The Village of Versailles will fog for mosquitoes on July 2, 9 p.m. The fogging should be complete by midnight. Residents with respiratory problems are encouraged to stay indoors and take necessary precautions until the fog dissipates.
In case of inclement weather (rain, fog, wind), the fogging will be rescheduled to the following night, 9 p.m.

Greenville Farm Power of the Past opens July 5

GREENVILLE – Greenville Farm Power of the Past, Inc. is celebrating its 13th year of bringing a piece of history to the Darke County Fairgrounds. On July 5-8, the organization will host its annual event.
Greenville Farm Power of the Past will feature Oliver and Hart Parr equipment at this year’s show. James Oliver, a Scottish immigrant, established his first company in 1868 in South Bend, IN This evolved into the Oliver Farm Equipment Co. by 1929. Charles Hart and Charles Parr, young engineering students, established the Hart Parr Tractor Co. in Charles City, Iowa, in 1901 and developed a successful tractor design that has allowed them to be recognized as the founders of the tractor industry. Hart Parr became part of Oliver corporation in 1929. The Oliver corporation became a leading supplier of equipment to farmers with many advanced designs until their merger with the White Equipment Co. in 1960.
There will also be afternoon and evening tractor pulls on Friday and Saturday, antique tractors, gas engines, Oilfield Engines, garden tractors, saw milling, draft horses, threshing, bailing, corn shucking, flea markets, crafts, food, children’s activities, musical entertainment, camping and a Sunday church service.
Horse pulls will be held on July 7 at 4 p.m. with the Pony Pull and 6 p.m. with the Heavyweight Horse Pull.
The show will also host the ninth annual Car Show and Cruz In on July 8. Plaques will be given to the first 50 entries and under roof parking is available for cars.
Membership is $3 daily and under 12 are free. Membership/season passes are available for $10.
For more information on Greenville Farm Power of the Past, contact Chairman D.A. “Buzz” Nealeigh, 548-3709.
Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers signed a proclamation declaring July 5-8 as Greenville Farm Power of the Past, Inc. Days in Greenville. Joining him for the signing were Buzz Nealeigh, Don Livingston and Dick Polei. (Berry photo)

Question of the Day - Supreme Court Ruling

The Supreme Court has ruled on the Health Care Act (a.k.a. Obama Care) and has upheld many of the key provisions. Which category do you fall in - Surprised by the decision; Knew it would be upheld; Really didn't care one way or the other? 

Also, are you excited by the decision, disappointed by the decision; or really don't care one way or the other?

Let us know what you think. Please include your name and hometown. All comments are moderated so be civil with your answers. If you wouldn't say it to your mom or minister, don't say it here.

Municipal Band plans summer series

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Municipal Concert Band, under the direction of JR Price, will kick off the first concert of its eight concert summer season with a Stars and Stripes Spectacular.  This concert will be given on July 4, 7 p.m., at the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park. As always, the concert is free and open to the public.
The Independence Day Celebration will include many patriotic songs and marches designed to pay tribute to our great country and the men and women who gave so much to protect it and secure our freedoms.  The evening will feature the vocal talents of Bill McIntosh.  McIntosh has sung with the Greenville Municipal Concert Band and various other area big bands in the past and is always a crowd favorite.  Another great feature of the concert will be the barbershop quartet, Play It By Ear.  This very enjoyable group hails from the Union City area and is also a crowd favorite.
The dates for the remaining performances for this summer of the Greenville Municipal Concert Band and Jazz Band are:
July 8, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Jazz Band
July 15, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Concert Band
July 22, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Concert Band
Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Concert Band
Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Jazz Band
Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Concert Band
Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., Greenville Municipal Concert Band.

CBC announces July schedule

DARKE COUNTY – Community Blood Center (CBC) is counting on the “iFocus on Saving Lives” campaign to help navigate the slow summer months and especially the challenging July 4th holiday week.
Everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive through July 14 will receive the new “iFocus on Saving Lives, iGive Blood” t-shirt. The design features a yellow and white striped lighthouse on a navy blue background against drifting clouds and mirrored waters.
Donate blood this summer and you could be driving a new car in the fall. Everyone 18 or older who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive through Sept. 1 is automatically entered in the drawing to win a new “race red” 2012 Ford Focus. The “iFocus on Saving Lives” Ford Focus summer giveaway campaign is sponsored by REACH Magazine and Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln of Greenville. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.com.
Notice about important changes to CBC’s donor ID system - CBC has assigned new, eight-digit donor identification numbers to all donors. When donors present their current CBC Donor ID card at a CBC branch or mobile drive it will be noted for replacement and the donor will receive a new plastic Donor ID card and key fob card in the mail. Donors must use their new Donor ID number to schedule appointments on www.DonorTime.com.
Use your computer or smart phone to make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com. You can also schedule your next appointment using your mobile device to scan the DonorTime QR code.
July Schedule:
July 3, American Legion Post 140, Social Hall, 325 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, 12:30-6:30 p.m., appointments recommended, open to the community
July 6, Midmark Corporation, 7-11 a.m., employees only
July 9, Union City City Building, 105 N. Columbia St., Union City, 2:30-6:30 p.m., Community Room, sponsored by Union City Ohio Fire & Rescue, appointments recommended, open to the community
July 10 – Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30-6:30 p.m., sponsored by Greenville Education Association, appointments recommended, open to the community.
July 12 – Spirit Medical Transport, 5484 State Route 49 S., Greenville, 4-7 p.m., open to the community, appointments recommended.
July 16 – Versailles K of C Hall, 12:30-7 p.m., 8440 St. Rt. 47, Versailles, sponsored by Midmark Corp and Versailles, High School NHS, appointments recommended, open to the community
July 21 – Faith United Methodist Church, 7:30-11:30 a.m., 101 E. South St., Arcanum, appointments recommended, open to the community
July 30 – Greenville Grace Church, 4805 St. Rt. 49, 3-7 p.m., appointments recommended, open to the community
July 31 – Greenville Technology, Inc., 12:30-3:30 p.m., employees only
Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com

Jun 27, 2012

Fire Chiefs issue Open Burning Advisory

DARKE COUNTY – The Darke County Association of Fire Chiefs, Inc. and member departments, with the support of Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer, is issuing an Open Burning Advisory for all of Darke County until further notice. Only the governor of Ohio can issue an Open Burning Ban, but the fire chiefs will be enforcing the fire code.
According to the fire chiefs, unusually dry conditions warrant this advisory with respect to all types of outside open burning and fires. The National Weather Service and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry have also issued fire watches for Northwestern and Southwestern Ohio.
They are asking homeowners, farmers and the public to be cautious during this dry period. Residents are urged to take extra measures to prevent accidental fires, including:
1) Avoid burning trash and debris
2) Do not discard cigarettes or other smoking materials outdoors
3) Do not have open cooking, campfires or other recreational fires
4) Charcoal from grills should not be removed until the charcoal has been thoroughly extinguished.
In addition, they also strongly suggest that residents of Darke County attend public displays of fireworks being held in the county. Private fireworks are limited to trick and novelty devices, such as sparklers and smoke producing devices and should be closely monitored while being utilized. All other types of consumer fireworks are prohibited by Ohio Law.
David J. McDermitt, president of the Darke County Association of Fire Chiefs, Inc., said, “We are asking for cooperation and understanding from the residents of Darke County with respect to opening burning and fire safety in the unusually dry conditions present at this time. Please remember the land structure you own or inhabit or that of your neighbors could be lost if a fire were to get out of control and you could possibly be held civilly liable for your actions.”

Grand Jury Activity

DARKE COUNTY - R. Kelly Ormsby, III, Prosecuting Attorney for Darke County, released the following report on Grand Jury activity conducted by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Paul E. Brown Jr., Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Breaking & Entering and Grand Theft based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Jamin W. Brenner, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Breaking & Entering and Grand Theft based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Todd L. Garner, Wayne Lakes – Indicted on a charge of two counts of Domestic Violence based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Gary W. Cole, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Possession of Drugs based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
David K. Anderson, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Forgery based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department
Abigail M. Bunch, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Arcanum Police Department
Christopher D. Jones, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Failure to Notify of Address Change based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Cory L. Setser, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Cocaine based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Lacie D. Copeland, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Ava A. Burkhart, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Trafficking in Drugs based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Justin D. Thomas, Rossburg – Indicted on a charge of Domestic Violence, Having Weapons While Under Disability and Attempted Murder based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
Steven R.A. Tirey, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Arcanum Police Department
Christopher D. Sides, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Forgery based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Jacob L.E. Howell, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Joseph C. Bowen, Xenia – Indicted on a charge of Nonsupport of Dependents based on an investigation by the Darke County Child Support Enforcement Agency

SLHD applications for Grand Parade available

UNION CITY, IN – On Aug. 4, 1 p.m., the annual Grand Parade for State Line Heritage Days will begin. Parade applications are currently available from Jo’s Corner Florist, The Corner Cupboard, State Farm Insurance and the Union City Chamber of Commerce at Old National Bank. Applicants will be required to supply informational notes on their parade entry. If you are interested in participating in the Grand Parade, but cannot make it to one of these businesses, contact Parade Chairperson Marla Threewits, (765) 964-7365 to apply over the phone. You can also request a parade application via email at mthreewits@hughes.net. Pre-registration is available through Aug. 1.
By completing an early registration form, you are insured a numbered location in the parade line-up. You can wait until the day of the parade to register, but your entry will be placed at the end of the pre-registered entries.
The theme for this year’s parade is Union City’s Got Spirit! All entries are encouraged to use this theme as part of their entry.

Harmony reunites at Veterans Park

ARCANUM – The original members of the Harmony Quartet has reunited after seven years to perform a free concert at the Veteran’s Park in downtown Arcanum. The concert will take place on July 4, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at Veteran’s Park, Arcanum.
Harmony is a local quartet that came together in 1997 and performed through 2004 at fairs, festivals, private parties, churches and retirement centers. They are noted for their unique style of singing songs of the Statler Brothers, the Oakridge Boys, the Beach Boys, and many others. The group is made up of Bill Drew, Terry Longfellow, Mike Royer and Bruce Shank. The public is invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the Harmony Reunion.
For more information contact Bruce Shank @ 937-692-5789 or bbshank@embarqmail.com

Stoltz and Sheffel named VHCC royalty

Mae Stoltz and Leo Sheffel

VERSAILLES-- Leo Sheffel and Mae Stoltz were crowned King and Queen, as part of the Versailles Health Care Center 2012 Poultry Days celebration. The reigning couple received a sash and red rose to commemorate the event.  King Sheffel and Queen  Stoltz proudly represented the Versailles Health Care Center in the “Operation Poultry” themed parade, on June 9.
In addition, the Versailles Health Care Center supplied a free photo booth, with fun props for all ages.  The skilled nursing and rehabilitation center also raffled off a Dayton Dragons baseball themed basket to winner Rita Brandon, Versailles.  The basket included everything fans need to enjoy America’s favorite pastime, such as four game day tickets, a Dayton Dragons knapsack, peanuts and Cracker Jacks. To learn more about the Versailles Health Care Center, call 526-5570, or visit www.versailleshealthcare.com

Jun 26, 2012

Commissioners Corner

Summer is in full swing in Darke County now.  Once again, it is hot and humid, the children are out of school, and vacation time is just around the corner for most people.  It is hard to believe, but the Great Darke County Fair is less than two months away!  Where has the time gone? 
Time is moving forward in the Commissioner’s Office also.  By the time this is printed, the mid-year budget process will be completed, and we will be waiting on other projects, or completing and starting others.  We are holding the budget line for all Departments again, as we have done for several years now.  We will have a much clearer budget look in November.  Right now, things are going pretty well, the sales tax is up slightly, and our department heads and elected officials are holding the line on spending.  If you see one of our department heads or elected officials, be sure to thank them for all their hard work.  Darke County is fortunate in that our department heads and elected officials and their personnel do a great job of being conservative with the people’s money.
The CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) hearings are done, and with the lessened amount of money received this year, it was really difficult to make some projects winners and some losers.  In 2010 we received $151,000 from the Grant.  In 2011 the amount was $138,000.  This year the Grant was cut even more to $120,000.  We are sure this trend will continue, so it is imperative that we pick projects that the Commissioners feel give us the most “bang for the buck”.  All of the applicants for the Grant have worthwhile needs, and it is a shame that we cannot help them all.  This year, Union City, the Village of Wayne Lakes, and Pitsburg got all or part of their projects funded.  This will continue to get harder and harder to do as the funds become more depleted. 
On the economic front, Darke County continues to lead the Dayton area in job retention and expansion.  Midmark’s announced expansion is greatly welcomed, and it is always a pleasure to work with the company’s directors. Midmark’s commitment to Versailles and Darke County only reinforces the concept to other major companies that Darke County is the place to locate and grow.  Because of the collaboration between Midmark, the Economic Development Office, the Commissioner’s Office, and the state’s Jobs Ohio Program, Midmark will continue to be a very prominent member of the county and the state. Thank you to all involved. Marc Saluk, Economic Development Director, has many more projects in the works, and almost all companies that he is working with are planning some sort of expansion or project for the future. Our Workforce Development Initiative is well underway, regional collaboration with our neighbors is continuing and growing, and the Partnering for Progress initiative continues to add members. These efforts by all involved parties have led to our unemployment rate for the county to have dropped to 6.3%, far below the state average, and almost 2% below the national average.  Our successes have led to Darke County being featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  Whirlpool, by bringing back hand mixers from China to the Greenville facility, was prominently featured and created interest in how smart companies are competing in the world market.  This not only promoted Whirlpool, but gave Greenville and Darke County tremendous exposure.  Thank you to all of our major manufacturers, smaller businesses and shops for showcasing Darke County in a positive light.
As Darke County continues its positive path forward, we encourage everyone in the County to get involved and help us to move forward.  One way to do that is to attend a Commissioners meeting and let us know your suggestions and comments.  We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 S. Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse.  Hope to see you there!
The Darke County Commissioners

Annie Oakley Days Photo Shoot Out has sponsor

GREENVILLE – This year’s Annie Oakley Days Photo Shoot Out is being sponsored by Timothy Clopp Photography of Arcanum and will consist of five categories: Portrait, Landscape, Architecture, Enhanced, and Misc. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, third and honorable mention in each category as well as a Best of Show and an Annie’s pick award.
Entries will be taken at the Fine Arts building at the fairgrounds on July 24, 4-7 p.m., and on July 25, 9-11 a.m. Doors will close promptly on Wednesday at 11 a.m. for judging.  Entries must be hung for the duration of the festival.  All entries and prize money must be picked up July 29, 1-3 p.m.
Participants may enter up to five original works, only one entry per category.  All work must be original and must not contain nudity.  Amateurs and professionals will be judged together.  Prints are required to be framed, ready to hand with screw eyes and wire hanger. No SAWTOOTH hangers allowed. Print must be no smaller than 8x10 and no larger than 20x24. Prints may be printed on standard photography paper only. Examples include Matte, Glossy, Authentic Black and White.  No metallic or pearl paper, texture coatings, metals, or acrylics permitted.  Prints may be mounted (Foam board, Masonite, etc.) but will not be taken into account for judging.  Prints may be matted.  Glass is optional, non-glare glass is recommended.  All photographs and artwork must not have been shown previously in the Annie Oakley Days Photography Shoot Out.  Each entry must contain the following:  Artist’s name, address, phone number, age group, and category.  This information must be placed on the back of the photograph with an arrow to indicate the top of the photo.
Buy a weekend pass before the festival for $2 for access to everything.
The complete schedule of events for the Annie Oakley Festival is available at www.annieoakleyfestival.org or visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/annieoakleyfestival.
The Annie Oakley Festival is supported by a $500 grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau, visit the bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Versailles Museum Open July 1

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Area Historical Society will open the Museum at Versailles on July 1, 1-4 p.m. There will be tours available. There is no charge, but donations are always welcome. 

T&CP celebrates 40th anniversary July 1

VERSAILLES - Help Town & Country Players celebrate 40 years of outstanding community theatre and bringing the arts to the Versailles area. On July 1 the whole community is invited to join them at Fountain Square for a special Birthday Concert to kick off their special summer season.
 Die Freudemacher will make its first ever appearance on the stage at 6 p.m. This group has played at Minster’s Oktoberfest and is very lively.
Birthday cake will be shared as they thank the Versailles area for their continuing support of the Arts.
Beginning July 6, 7 p.m., and every Friday through Aug. 17, T&CP will bring outstanding artists to fill the square with the sounds of music.
Grab your lawn chair, dine at an area restaurant, come meet friends and enjoy summer in downtown Versailles.

LEPC keeps agencies sharp with exercise

GREENVILLE – On June 7, Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Darke County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (EMA) held a Functional Disaster Drill.  The drill was designed by a LEPC planning sub-committee, which included Cheryl Batten, BASF; Mark Dotson, Greenville Twp. Rescue; Shawn Brandenburg, Greenville Fire Dept. and Darke County HazMat; Dave Iverson, The Anderson’s; Dale Farmer, Ohio EPA; Pam Gibson, Ohio EMA and Mindy Saylor, Darke County EMA. 
The Ohio Revised Code requires LEPCs to conduct an exercise of their Hazardous Materials Plan annually. The exercise is observed and a formal review is submitted to the Ohio EPA State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).
Agencies that participated in the drill were Darke County Commissioners, Versailles Fire Dept., Versailles Police Dept., Greenville Twp. Rescue, Greenville Fire Dept., Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Darke County HazMat, Darke County EMA, Ohio EMA, Darke County Coroner, Darke County Chapter American Red Cross, Darke County Health Dept, ODOT, Darke County Highway Dept., Wayne Healthcare, Spirit Medical Transport and Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT).
“This functional drill was designed to test our Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Population Protective Actions, Resource Management and Emergency Public Information plans and procedures,” stated Mindy Saylor Director of Darke County EMA.  The areas reviewed were evaluated by Jeff Jordan, Montgomery County EMA; Billy Ring, Retired Dayton HazMat and Delbert Braund, Darke County EMA Public Information Officer (PIO).
“Exercises and drills are an essential training tool used to test our capabilities with a realistic scenario based on an identified threat our county faces. We now will host an After Action Conference (AAC) to review the final report from Ohio SERC and identify any areas that need to be addressed in our planning process,” said Saylor. The AAC is scheduled for the next Quarterly LEPC meeting on Sept. 18.
“I cannot thank everyone involved enough, from the planning committee to the players and evaluators. Without all the cooperation and teamwork we could not be successful in these drills,” explained Saylor.
For more information, contact the Darke County Emergency Management Agency, 548-1444.
Members several Darke County agencies worked together on a Functional Disaster Drill. 

July 4 Info for County Program

July 4 closing

DARKE COUNTY – Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton/Darke County will be closed July 4 in honor of Independence Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Metropolitan Housing Authority. Regular hours will resume July 5.

Transportation is available

DARKE COUNTY – CAP Community Transportation will be in operation for those who need service through the JARC program on July 4. Reservations should be made by July 2 for transportation by calling 547-9129.

Jun 25, 2012

Club names June Garden of the Month

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Garden Club has chosen the Brinksneader family to receive the June 2012 Garden of the Month Award. Jason, Janelle and sons, Luke Lance and Logan, live at 4923 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road in a two story brick Victorian era farmhouse.
The home is surrounded by red rose bushes, boxwood and other perennials and gives evidence that much love and hard work has gone into the landscape. Black mulch makes all the plantings pop. Janelle says it has been a work in progress over the nine years they have lived there. Jason does most of the heavy lifting and now with the season’s plantings in place, the big job is watering all that beauty. She refers to their three boys as her little helpers.
Janelle has added annuals of deep blue, pink and white petunias bordering the home’s foundation. Steps leading to the front porch display stone containers overflowing with eye-catching color. A paver patio sets the stage for relaxation at the end of the day. This is where family and friends gather for outdoor dining and entertaining.
The club has many beautiful gardens in the community in line for this award. Throughout the summer, they will be choosing winners for the months of July, August, September and October. The club is always looking for new members. For information, call Carolyn Furlong, 548-6556.
Janelle Brinksneader (left) accepts the Garden of the Month Award from Pauline Cates. 

Thomas Medical Scholarship Program applications

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that funds will be available from the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Program for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr. Harry G. Thomas.  The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’ will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.
Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa and Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.
Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County and a graduate of a Darke County high school.  Applicants must have been accepted into a medical school, complete an application, and furnish transcripts and letters of recommendation. Students may be considered for scholarship awards for up to four years during medical school, but must re-submit a letter of interest each year.  The application deadline is Sept. 15 each year.
For information concerning the scholarship program or for an application, contact Dr. Clay Johnson at Garst Museum, 205 N Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331, 548-5250, or information@garstmuseum.org.

Spittin’ Image to perform at Annie Oakley Days

GREENVILLE – Brian and Blain Swabb will be performing at the Annie Oakley Days Festival on July 28, 8 p.m., in the Gazebo. They will be celebrating 40 years of playing professionally this July. The identical twins have had numerous experiences and wonderful opportunities, from opening for Margo Smith at the Darke County Fair when they were 15 years old, and having Faron Young at their nightclub (My Brother’s Place) and performing with him.  They also have opened for David Allen Coe, Neil McCoy, and Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. Spittin’ Image performs over 500 shows each year, and covers eight different states in the process, and now they have added a tour of Florida performing for two months out of the year for the wonderful resort/theatre/vacation home communities there.
In addition to Spittin’ Image, they have over 24 hours of great entertainment.  They also have the Melodrama in the youth building, the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase in the Coliseum, Indian Creek Regulators, National Kiddie Tractor Pull, and the Shawnee Bandits fast draw.
New to the festival this year is the Little Miss and Mr. Contest sponsored by Diane Evans Insurance, 7 p.m., on Friday. On Saturday, 1 p.m., the festival will host the Annie Oakley Car Show sponsored by Doolittles Auto Service, Cornhole tournament sponsored by C & L Electric, and Family Fun Games sponsored by Gunckle’s Tree Service. The new Darke County Has Talent Contest will take place on Sunday at the south entertainment tent.
Buy a weekend pass before the festival for $2 and get access to everything.
The complete schedule of events for the Annie Oakley Festival is available at http://www.annieoakleyfestival.org or visit their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/annieoakleyfestival.
The Annie Oakley Festival is supported by a $500 grant from the Darke County Visitors Bureau, visit the bureau’s website, www.VisitDarkeCounty.org.

Arcanum Lion’s Club installs new officers

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Lion’s recently held their summer dinner meeting at the historical building in Arcanum and traditionally installed the new club officers for the upcoming Lion’s season for 2012-2013.  The new officers are Dick Mathias and Winston Brumbaugh, Co-Presidents; Matt Huffman,  1st Vice President; Bob Kimmel, 2nd Vice President; Don Taylor, Secretary; Terry Mills, Treasurer; 2nd Year Directors Bev Fourman and Josh Frank; 1st Year Directors Richard Troutwine, John Weisenbarger, Lion Tamer Alan Fourman, Tail Twister Lonnie Norris.
Outgoing President Wendell Miller welcomed three new members to the club, Jason Willis, Jason Stephan and Jim Gray and outlined the accomplishments of the club for the 2011-2012 season to include projects working at the Gathering at Garst, The Darke County Fair Gate, Golf Outing and their annual Chicken BBQ at Old Fashion Days.  The money raised by the club is used to support organizations and charities as well as scholarships for youth.
The winners of the Arcanum Lion’s sponsored 2012 scholarships are: Ruth and Clayton Star Scholarship recipient Jackson Aukerman; Arcanum Lion’s Club Scholarship recipient Erija Nealeigh; Arcanum Lion’s Club Citizenship Award recipient Evanne Shellabarger.
The Arcanum Lion’s showed their appreciation to the outgoing club officers for the 2011-2012 year,  Co-Presidents Everett Johns and Wendell Miller; 1st  Co-Vice Presidents Dick Mathias and Winston Brumbaugh; 2nd Vice President Matt Huffman; Secretary Don Taylor, Treasurer Terry Mills,  1st year Directors Josh Frank and Bev Fourman; 2nd Year Directors Terry Barnett and Richard Stroh; Lion Tamer Alan Fourman, Tail Twister Lonnie Norris.

Success with Hollansburg lunch program allows for expansion

HOLLANSBURG – The Hollansburg Summer Lunch Program has started its second year and is expanding. This year, they are serving two hot meals a week to the people in Hollansburg and the surrounding area. Becky Devor, program coordinator, reports the average attendance for the first four meals has been 30. That is an increase over last year. This program is supported by the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren, Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren and several families in the Hollansburg area.
Forty-five percent of Ohio children were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches this past school year. Ohio is in the top 10 states with high “food insecurity” households. The Hollansburg program is helping a small percentage of these children in local neighborhoods. The children enjoy a hot meal on Mondays and Wednesdays served at the Hollansburg Community Center. In addition to the meals, the New Madison Library is providing an educational program twice a month. It also gives the children something to look forward to and a time to socialize with their peers.
Mrs. Devor said, “Since more people and businesses are supporting the program, we are expanding.” On June 20, the lunch program began providing a take home bag for each family that includes nutritious food items that can easily be prepared at home. Pastor Tony Price is organizing this part of the program and is patterning it after the “back pack” program that schools across the country use to provide food over the week-end during the school year. “By sending home food items, we are providing a third meal every week,” said Pastor Price.
Tracy and Heather Brown, of Hollansburg, have been part of the lunch program from the beginning. They live in Hollansburg and have a concern for the children in the area. They are happy to announce they have organized a 5 Day Club with Darke County Child Evangelism Fellowship. This year’s club is July 9-13, 10-11:30 a.m., and is open to children ages 4-12. It will also be held at the Community Center in Hollansburg. All children are welcome; lunch will be served after the club on Monday and Wednesday.
In addition to private donations, the Hollansburg Summer Lunch Program has received food items and cash from the following businesses – Hunt’s Meats, New Madison Kiwanis, New Madison Market and Mini-mart, Sterling House of Greenville, Friends of the New Madison Library, teachers and students at Tri-Village School, and the Hollansburg American Legion Auxiliary. “We are committed to use every dollar and food item that comes in,” said Mrs. Devor. “We don’t want money sitting in the bank. We want food on the plates.” Donations are still being accepted.
For more information, contact Mrs. Devor, 997-6735, Tony Price, 997-3675 or Tracy Brown, 997-2209.
Approximately 30 children are enjoying lunch two times a week in Hollansburg through the lunch program. 


GREENVILLE--The Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, located on Wilson Drive, at Prairie Ridge Meadow, will be open on July 7, 10 a.m.  Take a chance to discover why Anthony Wayne built the house and what purpose it served in the creation of the Treaty of Greenville.  While inside the Council House, Darke County Parks representatives will discuss the many artifacts that were donated to represent the 13 tribes present during the signing.  This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the rich history, right in our own backyard! To register for this free program, call the Nature Center, 548-0165.  

Nature's Fireworks

GREENVILLE--Join a Darke County Park’s Naturalist on July 5, 8:30 p.m., at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) to explore the glowing world of the Firefly!  Also known as lightning bugs and glow worms, these fascinating insects are still the study of scientists as they try to reproduce the bioluminescence to replace household light bulbs.  By the end of the evening attendees will learn how these amazing “bugs” light up the summer night sky.  Dress for the outdoors to complete the program with a hike to witness first hand, “Nature’s Fireworks.”  This program is free and fun for the whole family!  For more information on this and other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the Nature Center, 548-0165, or visit www.darkecountyparks.org

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