Jul 31, 2012

Greenville Schools Bus Garage gives info

GREENVILLE – Beth Cain, Transportation Supervisor, for Greenville City Schools, reminds the Greenville City Schools Bus Garage is hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year. Buses have been inspected and students are currently being assigned to bus stops.

If a currently enrolled student has moved over the summer months, the parent or guardian will need to contact the Bus Garage to give the change of address. If a student did not ride a bus during last school year and the parent wants their child to ride the coming year, the parent will need to call the Bus Garage as soon as possible, 548-4464. The cutoff for all changes is Aug. 14, 6 p.m. 

If a child needs to ride to and/or from anywhere other than their home bus stop, such as a childcare provider or another parent’s home, the parent will need to fill out an alternate transportation form in order for the child to be picked up and/or dropped off at the alternate location. A new form must be completed each year. They are currently taking forms and they must be turned in to the Bus Garage by the cutoff date.

Multiple stops for the same student will not be accepted. Students shall be assigned to one bus in the morning on a daily basis from week to week and one bus in the afternoon on a daily basis from week to week, however, the morning and afternoon buses may be different if an alternate form is completed by the parent. Unfortunately, they cannot accept schedules that vary from day to day or week to week.

Once school has begun, they will be accepting change of address and new alternate forms on Sept. 4, 7 a.m. It could take up to 72 hours for a change to take place. This is because a new stop could cause the need to re-route the bus in turn causing a change in pick-up time for the current students. In this instance, they would need time to inform students and parents of a time change.

It takes a week to route the buses, once they are done taking changes and forms so bus routes will not be finalized until Aug. 20.  If you need busing information, please wait until that date to call. Postcards will be mailed on Aug. 21 to parents of incoming kindergarten students who were enrolled by Aug. 14.    

The Bus Garage is currently open and accepting changes and forms daily, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Please use the front entrance. They are located at: 511 Markwith Ave., which is near the boy’s baseball diamonds. You may obtain alternate forms in the office or by going to the school’s website: www.greenville.k12.oh.us. The downloadable form on the website can be found by selecting district, then transportation.

Once school begins, the office will be open from 6 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Road to lifelong health begins with breastfeeding

DARKE COUNTY—The United States and Mexico have the highest rates of obesity. Poor feeding practices can lead to malnutrition, poor health and even obesity. Breastfeeding can help reduce this risk because there is a strong link between a mother’s nutrition and health and that of her baby.

Research shows that a baby not getting six months of breast milk has a higher chance of having ear infections, diarrhea, asthma, SIDS and respiratory illness. Also, mothers who do not breastfeed raise their risk of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month, highlighting the benefits of mother’s milk for a baby’s growth and the positive impacts on mother and family. Successful breastfeeding begins with the support of families, health care providers, governments, employers and communities.

Globally, with the commitments of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) lending support, the health benefits of breastfeeding are being celebrated this year with the theme “The Road to Lifelong Health Begins with Breastfeeding.”

For more information about World Breastfeeding Month (BAM) or IBCLCs, visit www.ILCA.org. To learn more about World Breastfeeding Month activities planned in the community, contact the Darke County WIC office, 547-1776.

Check out the vendor’s list for Versailles FareFest

VERSAILLES—This year’s Versailles FareFest will be held  Aug. 18, on the Versailles Fountain Square, 2 to 5 p.m.

Presale tickets, $40 each, can be purchased at the Inn at Versailles or by calling 526-3020. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $45. Food-only tickets are available for $20 each.

Entertainment will be provided by “Almost Empty” featuring Tyler DeMange, Zach Rosenbeck, and Phil Niekamp and “Freelance” with Roger DeMange and Steve Rosenbeck.

This event will be hosted by the Versailles High School Alumni Association with a portion of the profits going toward college scholarships.

Help plan the Pumpkin Show

BRADFORD – The Bradford Community Festival Association will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 14, 7 p.m., at the Bradford Fire Station. Members of the community are urged to attend this meeting and get involved in the planning of the 2012 Pumpkin Show!

Local business owner invited to hear Pawlenty

GREENVILLE – “It’s true in Ohio, and it’s true all across this country ...we need to make sure for Ohio and for the country we have a President and a Congress that are making the load lighter and not heavier for those who want to provide jobs in this country,” said Governor Tim Pawlenty. “You can’t be pro-jobs and wildly anti-business. That’s like being pro-egg and anti-chicken.”

Pawlenty, past governor of Minnesota, was addressing a group of small business owners from the Miami Valley at a Romney Campaign, “We DID build it!” press conference held at Dayton’s Dublin Pub. Other officials in attendance were Congressmen Steve Austria (R-OH7) and Mike Turner (R-OH3). Montgomery County GOP Chairman Rob Scott and Chairlady Kate Burch were also among the assembled group.
Along with the press, various small business owners from the area were invited to attend. Doris Howdieshell, owner of Tropical Isle Tanning in Greenville, was one of the invitees. “I have always been proud of my country, but this is the first time in my life I am frightened about what is going to happen to America,” Howdieshell told members of the Romney campaign.

Pawlenty spoke regarding the current President’s achievement record versus what was promised during the past campaign -- less debt, more cooperation, transparency in government and a better jobs picture – all of which have not been delivered. Pawlenty asked the assembled group how successful they thought the owners of the Dublin Pub would have been if they promised cold, brand name beer and instead served warm foam. Pawlenty said that to be a success, promises must be kept.

Owners of the Dublin Pub hosted the event. George Houser, one of those owners, welcomed the group and talked about the experiences he has had in building both his tanning and pub businesses…..all of which were impacted negatively, rather than aided by the government. The escalating paperwork requirements and skyrocketing tax structure, over the years during which he has been operating his businesses, were two of the items identified as impediments to success rather that supports.

Jul 30, 2012


GREENVILLE – Fort GreeneVille Chapter recently held a story time at the Gathering at Garst encampment tent of DAR member Karen Burkett and husband John. The story time was based on "The Lewis and Clark for Kids" book written by Janice Herbert. The Burketts were in period dress in order to give a visual of the Lewis and Clark time period. Also included in the story time was a craft time, making of an Indian buffalo mask. Afterwards there was a drawing for a copy of the book to one of the story time participates. The book was donated by the Garst Museum Gift Shop towards the chapter's literacy program. Twelve children participated along with eight chapter members.

Commissioners Corner

It is hard to believe that as this is written, the Great Darke County Fair is just around the corner.  On July 22, the Elected Officials attended the North Star parade, and then later, competed in a “Family Feud” contest.  The “Politicians,” (as we were called) consisted of Scott Zumbrink, Jim Surber and the three Commissioners, Mike Rhoades, Diane Delaplane, and Mike Stegall.  Although we finished second, we all had a great time and the crowd seemed to enjoy it also.  Thanks to the people of North Star for inviting us.  We truly enjoyed it.  Soon, all of our little community festivals will be over.  Where has the summer gone?  It won’t be long until the kids are back in school, and fall sports will be in full swing.  The good news is that maybe August and September will bring some more reasonable temperatures for everyone.

Speaking of the heat, the corn crop for the county has suffered some from the lack of rain.  Agriculture plays an important part in everyone’s life, and situations like this drought have really affected our main industry in Darke County.  We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans accordingly.  In other news, because of the drought, we have finally completed repairs on the roof of the courthouse.  It had been leaking for a while, so the lack of rain allowed Mid State Contractors to re-solder and repair the roof.  Thank you to Mid State for completing and performing the work in a timely fashion.  While Mid State was here, we had them install heat tape to the valleys in the roof of the Commissioner’s office.  This will prevent ice from forming and blocking the gutters that cause problems with leaking.  This was a preventative measure that needed to be done, and we think future problems will be solved with this step.  We have a lot of repair and maintenance projects in the works and as soon as we get our estimates completed on repairs, and decide an order of importance for repair, we will let everyone know where we are heading.  This is part of a plan the Commissioners have to upgrade our facilities, and to make sure that public buildings, which the taxpayer pays for, remain viable for years to come. 

In other news, On July 31 of this year, Darke County received its first check from the State of Ohio’s 2 new casinos.  The payment of $46,097.34 is for the second quarter of this year.  This money will be deposited electronically to us, and the Commissioners consciously did not plan for any money from the casinos when we did our budget.  Some people might consider this a “windfall” to be spent, but the Commissioners will put this money back to be used at a later date as needed.  We will not spend this money foolishly!  This is the first in a series of quarterly payments from the casinos to the counties, and since we have no idea how much we will get each time, we feel it is best to just sit and wait.  In a couple of years, Carol Ginn, the Auditor, and ourselves will have a better feel for how much we can expect each year.  Until then, we will not count on anything.   We feel this is a prudent choice. 

Our sales tax shows a slight improvement at this time, and we would be remiss if we did not thank the people of Darke County for continuing to buy locally.  By buying locally, and enjoying all Darke County has to offer, you help everyone to prosper. This effort not only helps businesses, but it helps the Commissioners to better take care of the buildings, grounds, and services that we provide to the public. Thanks to all of you for this effort.

Economically, Darke County continues to roll along at a very good pace.  As this is written, Marc Saluk is working with a number of companies in helping to complete their projects, and with many of them on Workforce Development. We would like to welcome All-American Clothing in Arcanum and VPP publishing in Versailles into their new, larger facilities.  Congratulations to both companies and may they both enjoy much more continued growth in the future. 

On July 27, Midmark Corporation was named the “Business of the Quarter” for the second quarter of 2012.  Midmark continues to be a shining example of great businesses that have made a commitment to make Darke County better. Congratulations to this fine group of people in Versailles. 

Workforce Development continues as our top priority for now and the future.  It is imperative that we develop a viable workforce for the many companies who are expanding and developing in Darke County.  With the help of many of our companies, the schools, and the Partnering for Progress initiative, we will ensure that any company that wants to locate, or expand in Darke County will have a ready supply of workers for years to come. It must be noted that the workforce center is for the entire County.  It’s location in Greenville does not make it exclusively for Greenville, nor is it just for students.  This facility will be to help anyone of any age who wants to work to obtain the proper training. As the facility and curriculum evolves, it will be a vital cog in the retention and expansion of business in Darke County.   Once again, Darke County is leading the way in this effort Statewide.  Thanks to all of the involved for making this happen.  This shows a true belief in the direction we are heading. 

One example of this effort involves one of our top employers, Midmark.  Midmark has four engineering students from the Tech Center apprenticing at their plant in Versailles.  This collaboration will pay dividends for years down the road, and it is only possible through this co-operation.  We have seen the problem, and we are rectifying it.  We will continue to do so.  GTI Incorporated is building a new facility in Anderson, Indiana.  This facility will supply the Honda America plant in Greensburg, Indiana.  This news may have caused some concern for some of our citizens in Darke County, but we can assure everyone that Greenville, Darke County, and the State were never really in the mix for this plant.  We will continue to work with our local facility to ensure that the relationship that we have built with them will continue to grow and prosper for both entities.

As you can see, a lot is happening in Darke County as fair time nears.  We hope that everyone will plan to attend a Commissioners meeting in the near future.  Won’t you join us?  We meet publicly every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., in the Commissioner’s Office at 520 South Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse.  Plan to attend one, and have a great time at the Great Darke County Fair!
The Darke County Commissioners

Tri-Village Key Club donates to Friends of the Shelter

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Key Club class of 2011-2012 has donated funds to assist the Friend of the Shelter for the building of the dog park in Darke County. On May 20, a car wash was held at K-mart in Greenville with the proceeds designated for the dog park.

The Tri-Village Key Club is a chapter of Key Club International. It is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. The Key Club is sponsored by Kiwanis International and performs act of service in their community. Darke County Friends of the Shelter was just one of many local organizations that benefited from the Key Club's efforts.

Darke County Friends of The Shelter is a non-profit organization. They are asking families, businesses, organizations and individuals for donations to complete the projects since NO TAX MONEY is being used. Donations over $100 will be recognized on a donor board. Please send your tax deductible check to Friends of the Shelter, 5066 County Home Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Please include your phone number. For further information send an email to friendsoftheshelter4@gmail.com.
Shown are (front row) DCFOS members Jeanie Harshbarger, Linda Demuth, Susan Dilworth, Key Club members Macy Fraylick, Xavier Tegtmeyer, Macie Simons, Lizzi Miller, DCFOS members Ann Bohler, Jan Demuth, (back row) Taylor Dill, Megan Stephan, Kaleb Chowning, Jacob Miller and Andrew Brough, Key Club advisor.

Arcanum HS Orientation

ARCANUM – Arcanum High School will host its Freshman/New Student and Parent Orientation program on Aug. 14, 7 p.m., in the Cafetorium. All students new to Arcanum High School in grades 9 through 12 and their parents are encouraged to attend this special program. The program will provide information on school procedures, academics, student schedules and activities. Students and parents may tour the building, find lockers and classrooms, and have the opportunity to ask questions of school staff. 

Main Street Greenville’s First Fridays is Aug. 3

GREENVILLE – The first Friday of August will bring another 10 live music performances to different areas in the historic downtown district. This month includes a mini concert on the Courthouse Lawn by local classic rock band, The Dick Helman Trio along with Garcia & Scott from Nashville, TN as the main performance from 8:30-11 p.m. Rob Garrett, event organizer for this First Fridays, states Garcia and Scott as well as The Dick Helman Trio are great bands that are energetic and engaging.  The whole line up for the evening is a great one!" Additional performers for the evening comprise of Frohna & Warner, Singing for Sanity, Cinder Home, Tim Weaver, Rise Above, The Midwest Revival, Joe Helfrick, and student performances at The Workshop Learning Center. 

Various businesses will be hosting the artists including Montage Café, Brendas Beanery, The Coffee Pot, Readmores Hallmark, The A&B Coffee & Cake Co., Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, Sweet Annies Cabin. In addition many more businesses will be open late offering a great time in downtown to stroll around and enjoy the summer evening.

In addition to live music many businesses will be offering special First Fridays activities.  Greenville Public Library will be hosting Lunch on the Lawn from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., KitchenAid Experience collaborates with the Downtown Greenville Farmers' Market to provide a cooking demonstration with market vendor Rhoadeside Noodles & More.  The demonstration begins at 6:30 p.m., at KitchenAid Experience and First Congregational Christian Church hosts a free ice cream social for 'First Friday' goers on West 5th Street from 6-9 p.m.

First Fridays aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. 

Family Health celebrates National Community Health Center Week

GREENVILLE--Family Health Services of Darke County, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC), is proud to celebrate National Community Health Center Week (NCHCW) August 5-11.  The theme of this year’s NCHCW is “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Powering Healthier Communities.”  

Community Health Centers are nonprofit, community-owned and directed providers of health care, maximizing access to health care for all people, especially the medically underserved.  They are strong partnerships of people, governments, and organizations who work together to meet the unique and diverse health conditions of their communities. Rated as one of the most effective health care models and brightest spots in America’s health system, health centers provide a health care home to over 23 million people at 8,000 sites nationwide.  Community Health Centers ensure access to high-quality primary and preventive health care and provide integrated services such as behavioral health, dental, pharmacy, outreach, laboratory, patient education, radiology, WIC, home health and other support services.

Family Health Services of Darke County, Inc. is recognized as one of the premier, model community health centers in the country in providing fully integrated health services, managing chronic disease, reducing health disparities, promoting wellness, demonstrating cost effectiveness  and empowering citizens to address unmet health needs and engage in healthy behaviors.  Family Health provided primary medical care services to over 24,077 patients in 2011, totaling 84,653 patient visits, at its Greenville, Versailles and Arcanum locations.  There were 5,696 dental visits.  The Behavioral Health Department provided services to 14,254 individuals.  Family Health’s Pharmacy filled 55,839 prescriptions.  Comprehensive Health Network, Family Health’s home health agency, provided services to 660 community residents, through 34,912 visits. The Women’s Infant and Children’s (WIC) program, located at Family Health’s Greenville site, provided services to 2,360 individuals. 

In honor of National Community Health Center Week, Family Health is holding a drawing to win tote bags, T-shirts, water bottles, notepads, coffee mugs and awesome gift baskets designed by staff from each of its sites and Suites.  Any person can submit their name for the drawing during the week of August 7-13, at any Family Health site, including Comprehensive Health Network and the WIC office. 

Jul 29, 2012

Memory garden taking root

ARCANUM—The ground is now ready for a project Arcanum Garden Club members have been working on for a couple of years – a peaceful, sitting park on the site of the old Arcanum High School building.  “We want this to be a memorial for the school, which is such a big part of the history of the town,” said Club President Pauline Cates.

For the past two years the club has earmarked monies from its annual plant sale, cookbook sales and tour of homes for the project. Plans for the park include a rock fountain, benches, plants, flowers and landscaping.
“We hope people will take advantage of the spot and stop by to  sit and reminisce with friends,” added Cates.  “The school has always been an important part of Arcanum’s heritage.”

Landscaping for the project is being provided by Country Side Landscaping of Greenville. Bud’s Electric and PepCon Concrete have also made significant contributions. The club is also open to community donations, for example, trees or benches “in memory of..”

For more information on the park, contact any members of the Arcanum Garden Club: Pauline Cates, President; Kornelia Barnett, Vice President; Amy Jeffers, Secretary; Donna Kronenberger, Treasurer; Jenny Quigney, Assistant Treasurer; Carolyn Furlong, Publicity; Vicki Brown, Barbara Byrne, Abbey Cartright, Kathy Fout, Carol Peden, Linda Schwieterman, Betty Shank and Sue Stammen.

 Although the work begins this weekend, a completion date is not known. Said Cates, “We hope this will be an ongoing community project.”
On hand for the groundbreaking were (row one, l-r) Arcanum Mayor Judy Foureman, Sue Stammen, Kornelia Barnett, Arcanum Garden Club President Pauline Cates, Kathy Fout, Betty Shank and Vicki Brown. In the back (l-r) are Bruce Shank, Arcanum School Superintendent John Stephens, former Superintendent Joe Scholler, Arcanum Board of Education member Bev Delk, Arcanum Village Administrator Curt Garrison, Donna Kronenberger and Jenny Quigney.  

Elisabeth Harless is this year’s Miss Annie Oakley

GREENVILLE—Elisabeth Harless has earned the title “2012 Miss Annie Oakley” after calmly outshooting her competitors at this year’s contest. Although only nine girls competed in this year’s competition, the shooting was really ‘on target’ as the first two contestants to fall, did so from the 75 foot mark. Elisabeth made the wining shot from 105 feet (only 10 feet from the record of 115) to claim this year’s title.
Elisabeth, 16, the daughter of Margaret Hawes, is a sophomore at Tri-Village High School. Her sponsors were Jack and Carol Harless.

First runner-up was Courtney Osborne, 14, daughter of Kathryn and Gerald Osborne, is a sophomore at Tri-Village High School. Her sponsor was the New Madison Mini Mart.
Seventeen year old Rachel Francis was the third runner-up, , daughter of Gary and Susan Francis, is a senior at Ansonia High School. Her sponsor was Francis Auto Image.

Also competing in the final rounds was Alyssa Baumgardner, 15, daughter of John Baumgardner and Jodi Byers, is a sophomore, Greenville High School. Her sponsor was Greenville Car Wash.
Other participants in the competition were Marie Blakeley, 17, daughter of Bob and Carolyn Blakeley, a senior at  Ansonia High School. Her sponsor was sponsor Schmitmeyer Organic Dairy Farm.
Kayla Knapke, 14, daughter of Keith and Julie Knapke, is a  freshman at Ft. Recovery High School. Her sponsor was Philothea Country Club.

Cailin Litten, 14, daughter of Doug and Lora Miller and Jeremy Litten, is a freshman at Bradford High School. Her sponsor was Shook Cycle Service LLC. Cailin received the annual Best Costume Award.
Molly Magoto, 17, daughter of Jerry Magoto and Lori Lloyd, is a senior at Greenville High School. Her sponsor was Greenville FFA.

Majennica Nealeigh, 16, daughter of Dan and Melanie Nealeigh, is a home-schooled senior. Her sponsor was Greenville Farm Power of the Past.
Miss Annie Oakley Elisabeth Harless (middle) is surrounded by (l-r) Laura Francis, 2011 Miss Annie Oakley; Cailin Litten, Best Costume; Courtney Osborne, first runner-up; Rachel Francis, second runner up; Alyssa Baumgardner, finalist; and Loretta Jones, Annie Oakley impersonator.

Fish and Next Step open at new location on Aug. 1

GREENVILLE – Beginning Aug. 1, Next Step Ministries, an outreach of EUM, and Fish Choice Pantry, an ecumenical organization, will have a new home, 400 Markwith Ave., Greenville. According to Kristy Cutarelli, the new location will help the organizations better serve persons in need by offering a more effective use of space.

The warehouse space has been vacant for several years and volunteers are feverishly working to clean up the facility, construct walls and build shelving before the Aug. 1 deadline.

According to Vic French, of Fish Choice Pantry, the organization has seen a 26-percent increase in the number of people needing assistance in the first six months of this year. Add to that a 21-percent increase in the cost of food and it’s not hard to figure out how great of a need there is in Darke County. Cutarelli pointed out summer is always a slow time for donations and they questioned whether or not they were going to make it. Donations from organizations like Eldora Speedway who recently gave 1,200-pounds of food from its food drive during Prelude to a Dream, go a long way in bridging the gap from the beginning of the year until the pantry holds its Feed Darke County Food Drive in September and October. Whirlpool and GTI also hold food drives once or twice a year and help offset the slow donation periods. The organization is also able to offer perishable food items through the Samaritan House and Wal-mart’s Feed America program.

Fish Choice Pantry has been serving in Darke County for almost 50 years. Although it has undergone several transformations while helping neighbors in need, the organization has narrowed its scope to providing the Fish Choice Pantry. The pantry is appropriately named because it allows individuals and families to choose the type of foods they want from the pantry’s shelves.

Next Step Ministries encompasses anywhere from 12 to 15 outreach ministries depending on the time of year. Some of these ministries include the Ohio Benefit Bank, Summer Food Service, Meals to Go, Emergency Response Ministry, Mat Ministry, NextStep Helpers, Soup Kitchen, Paws for Jesus, and Community Construction. Office space is being built inside the new location to allow them to continue with their mission of improving lives and building relationships with others and Christ. Next Step wants to fulfill its mission by meeting the physical, social and spiritual needs in the community.

Fish Choice Pantry and Next Step Ministries will still be available to persons during the transition at its current location, 501 Gray Ave., Greenville.

Fish Choice Pantry is open Mondays, 1-2 p.m., Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., and Fridays, 6-7 p.m. Clients are served every 28 days. For more information on Fish Choice Pantry or Next Step Ministries, call 916-6033 or 916-6044.
Doug Bickley and Vic French, volunteers, are helping with construction while Kristy Cutarelli supervises. 

Council and park board meet to discuss disbanding board

GREENVILLE – After a one hour Greenville Park Board of Commissioners meeting and two hour Greenville City Council meeting to discuss the possibility disbanding the park board, it was determined that voters in the city would have to take the initiative for that to happen. According to Camille Baker, law director, neither council or the park board can make that decision. An individual would have to submit a referendum petition calling for the board to be disbanded to the Darke County Board of Elections. The petition would require signatures from five-percent of the electorate in the city. In order to get it on the November ballot, the petition would need to be submitted by Aug. 8.

Nancy Myers, city auditor, originally presented the idea of dissolving the park board to save money. She said, “I started this freight train, but it was not my intent.” She explained she has been with the city for 32 years and has served as auditor since 1998 and her main goal is to serve the public in the best way possible. “We constantly have to look outside the box. This is a brand new day in city government and we have to look at different ways to serve the public.” The city has lost approximately $600,000 in local government funds and has been forced to make cuts in every department. The park’s budget was cut from approximately $500,000 in 2011 to $352,000 in 2012, a 37-percent reduction. Myers noted there is an urgency to do something. “We cannot continue doing financially what we are doing for the next two-year period. State cuts are eating into our carryover.” The city expects to spend $400,000 more this year than it takes in, which will cut away at its $1.8 carryover. The proposed budget for 2013 shows a bigger bite out of the carryover.

Several persons from the public praised Andy Mead for his work as the Park Facilities Manager and were worried he would be dismissed if the park board was disbanded. Under Mead’s leadership, the park has numerous volunteers picking up trash, cleaning, painting and doing other jobs around the park.

Shelly Miller took over the swim team when there was no money to pay a coach and now has 47 kids that are paying to swim at the pool. According to Miller, with the fees alone, the pool received $1500 they might not have had without the swim team. Miller also volunteered to teach swimming lessons. She started with two classes and now has eight classes. “I am making money for the pool,” she said. “There are people out there like me that can do the same. If I can do the same next year, it will be five times bigger.”

Rob and Amber Garrett have 22 other people lined up to start a Friends of the Greenville City Park organization to raise funds and offer assistance to the park. They have also enlisted the assistance of an attorney to write up the paperwork for 501(c)3. Several events were scheduled this year to raise money, but had to be cancelled because of lack of communications from the park board. Tim Harless, park board commissioner, apologized to the Garretts, noting they had a meeting set up with the city’s administration to discuss the issue, but it had to be cancelled and was never rescheduled. “We dropped the ball,” he said.

The biggest concern addressed by the public was how the park would be maintained if the city’s street department was in charge. Some felt the street department employees would not have the same heart for the park as Mead. Council President John Burkett argued that all city employees have a lot of heart for what they do and they would do the best job possible for the parks.

Council persons, park board members and the general public left the meetings with too many questions that remained unanswered. Early in the council meeting, Councilman Tracy Tryon said, “As a voter I don’t know how I could vote yes or no without knowing the game plan.” Later in the meeting he expressed his frustration that nothing was accomplished in the meeting.

The park board and city council are expected to meet again to share ideas and thoughts and see if a “game plan” can be developed.

Fish and Next Step open at new location on Aug. 1

GREENVILLE – Beginning Aug. 1, Next Step Ministries, an outreach of EUM, and Fish Choice Pantry, an ecumenical organization, will have a new home, 400 Markwith Ave., Greenville. According to Kristy Cutarelli, the new location will help the organizations better serve persons in need by offering a more effective use of space.

The warehouse space has been vacant for several years and volunteers are feverishly working to clean up the facility, construct walls and build shelving before the Aug. 1 deadline.

According to Vic French, of Fish Choice Pantry, the organization has seen a 26-percent increase in the number of people needing assistance in the first six months of this year. Add to that a 21-percent increase in the cost of food and it’s not hard to figure out how great of a need there is in Darke County. Cutarelli pointed out summer is always a slow time for donations and they questioned whether or not they were going to make it. Donations from organizations like Eldora Speedway who recently gave 1,200-pounds of food from its food drive during Prelude to a Dream, go a long way in bridging the gap from the beginning of the year until the pantry holds its Feed Darke County Food Drive in September and October. Whirlpool and GTI also hold food drives once or twice a year and help offset the slow donation periods. The organization is also able to offer perishable food items through the Samaritan House and Wal-mart’s Feed America program.

Fish Choice Pantry has been serving in Darke County for almost 50 years. Although it has undergone several transformations while helping neighbors in need, the organization has narrowed its scope to providing the Fish Choice Pantry. The pantry is appropriately named because it allows individuals and families to choose the type of foods they want from the pantry’s shelves.

Next Step Ministries encompasses anywhere from 12 to 15 outreach ministries depending on the time of year. Some of these ministries include the Ohio Benefit Bank, Summer Food Service, Meals to Go, Emergency Response Ministry, Mat Ministry, NextStep Helpers, Soup Kitchen, Paws for Jesus, and Community Construction. Office space is being built inside the new location to allow them to continue with their mission of improving lives and building relationships with others and Christ. Next Step wants to fulfill its mission by meeting the physical, social and spiritual needs in the community.

Fish Choice Pantry and Next Step Ministries will still be available to persons during the transition at its current location, 501 Gray Ave., Greenville.

Fish Choice Pantry is open Mondays, 1-2 p.m., Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., and Fridays, 6-7 p.m. Clients are served every 28 days. For more information on Fish Choice Pantry or Next Step Ministries, call 916-6033 or 916-6044.

Jul 28, 2012

Relay for Life has successful event; still time to reach goal

VERSAILLES – Teams from around the county came together on July 20 and 21 to raise funds and bring awareness to cancer at the eighth annual Darke County Relay for Life. The goal for this year’s event was a little over $78,000. Funds raised for the American Cancer Society will help fund research, advocacy, programs and education. Volunteers raised $53,430.13 by the close of the event, but still have until Aug. 31 to raise money for this year’s drive. According to Lois Lyons, 2012 Relay for Life Chairperson, Darke County came up short of its goal last year, and are hopeful to reach their goal this year.

Cynthia Stevens, income development representative from The American Cancer Society, is pleased with the efforts in Darke County. She noted Relay for Life representatives from other counties have visited Darke County and have kept coming back because of how much they enjoyed the event.

During the opening ceremonies Lyons said, “I hope to have the exact same list of survivors next year. That would mean no one new was diagnosed and no one lost their battle with cancer.”

Shannon Hall also spoke during the ceremony and shared her role as a survivor and caregiver. Hall, a rectal cancer survivor, noted there were several people in her family that have been affected by skin cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer. Having been on both sides, Hall believes caregivers have it worst. “We try to do everything we can to make you feel better, but we feel like we do not do enough,” she said. She credits her relationship with God for giving her strength to go through her current battle. “I’m surrounded by the best people on earth.” She continued, “I live by faith, hope and love.”

Take a Stroll on the Prairie

GREENVILLE--Join a Naturalist from the Darke County Park District for a leisurely walk through the “back 40” prairie at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Aug. 9, 7 p.m. This Naturalist-lead hike is completely free and there will be much to see - what flowers are in bloom, what birds are active and what butterflies are feeding. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, binoculars and/or camera.  For more information call the Nature Center, 548-0165, or visit www.darkecountyparks.org

Quilt to be raffled

UNION CITY—This beautiful quilt was donated to  PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Animal Rescue & Shelter in Union City by animal lover Brad Lea (handmade by his talented aunt, Edna Lea) as a fundraiser for the organization. Raffle tickets for the quilt are now on sale at The Corner Cupboard in downtown Union City for $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing date is Sept. 30, during the “Bark in the Park”  annual fundraising event for PAWS. The event takes place  in Harter Park, with all proceeds going to PAWS.  

Enjoy GHS Orchestra and Lunch on the Lawn

GREENVILLE--Part of the fun of summertime is being able to enjoy a meal outside - especially while listening to beautiful music live.  Just such an event will be available on the Library lawn Aug. 3rd.  To celebrate “First Friday,” Main Street Greenville and the Coffee Pot are partnering with the Library to provide box lunches for purchase from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Just look for the white tent - and listen for the beautiful sounds of the Greenville High School Orchestra who will be playing on the lawn.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch or stop by just for the music!  Even though there will be tables and chairs provided, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

The box lunch costs $7 and consists of a Wrap (cranberry turkey or sweet club); Salad (pasta salad or spinach strawberry salad); Cookie; and a Drink (sweet tea, unsweetened tea, iced coffee, or lemonade). One dollar from every lunch sold will go to Main Street Greenville’s downtownmatter’s initiative.  In case of extreme weather, the event will be held at the EUM Youth Center across the street.

The Greenville High School Orchestra will play as part of its fundraising efforts for an upcoming trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  The Friends of the Library are making a generous donation in support.  Over 50 kids and their adult chaperones will spend December 3-7 in Orlando.  Every four years the orchestra makes this trip according to director J.R. Price.

While there the kids will enjoy Disney World but also participate in educational and charitable events.  They’ll play at different park venues and attend music clinics with the Disney World musicians.  A special invitation was extended to the orchestra from Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios to play at the “Luncheon with Santa.”  This event is held every year for 100’s of area kids.  This will be the first year they’ll have live music.   

As J.R. shared, “The orchestra was invited based on its excellent reputation.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for the kids to be involved in something really neat. It will be an educational experience on many levels.”

So mark your calendars and join us for a warm weather “Lunch on the Lawn!” 

Coffee with the Commissioner

GREENVILLE--Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall will hold a “Coffee with the Commissioner” Aug. 11, 8-10 a.m., at the Double M Diner, 537 South Broadway (in the Palace), Greenville.  This is an opportunity for citizens learn about happenings in the county, ask questions and discuss future plans for Darke County.  

Adult Grief Group series being offered

GREENVILLE--State of the Heart Hospice is hosting a six week Adult Grief Support Group series beginning Monday, July 30 and ending  August 27 at the agency’s office, 1350 N. Broadway in Greenville.  There are two time options for those attending, 2 to 4 p.m., or 6 to 8 p.m.

“The meetings are particularly good for those who have lost a loved one and are grieving their loss and need help dealing with their grief,” stated Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for State of the Heart.  The sessions are free and are open to anyone in the community who is dealing with grief, she added.  “A person need not have an association with hospice care.”

Black said the two different sessions allows those attending to choose the time that is most convenient for them.  “For some who work, the evening sessions will be more convenient,” she said. “For those retired or not working, the afternoon meetings will be a good option.”

State of the Heart, with offices in Greenville, Portland and Coldwater, cares for families and patients confronting a life-limiting illness.  Bereavement support is an important part of the care provided by State of the Heart.

Registration is necessary.  Please call Marlene Black, 1-800-417-7535, for more information and to register.  Visit the agency website at www.stateoftheheartcare.org

Jul 27, 2012

Randolph Eastern Schools opening 8/15

UNION CITY, IN—Randolph Eastern Schools will open for all students, K-12, on Aug. 15. The daily schedule for each building during the school year is: West Side Middle School (grades 6-8), 8:10 a.m.-3:15 p.m.; North Side Elementary (grades K-5), 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.; Union City Community High School (grades 9-12), 8:10 a.m. -3:21 p.m.

Registration dates and times for the elementary, middle and high schools are Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.; Aug. 2, 2-7 p.m. and Aug. 3, 1-3 p.m. All students K-5 should report to the North Side Elementary School; all students grades 6-8 should report to West Side Middle School and all students grades 9-12 will report to Union City Community High School for registration.

Parents should come prepared to pick up student schedules and to pay book rental fees. Stations will be set up to pay book fees (if paying by check, a separate check for each building will be necessary), to apply for free and reduced lunches (one form per family is all that is required) and to sign Emergency Medical forms.
Book fees are due at time of registration. Costs are: Kindergarten ($63.50); Grade 1 ($77.50); Grade 2 ($81.25); Grade 3 ($109.25); Grade 4 ($109.15); Grade 5 ($139.50); Grade 6 ($90.06); Grade 7 ($138.36); Grade 8 ($144.24, algebra or $142.48, math). High school books and fees will be on a per student basis according to individual classes.

Sixth Grade Orientation is scheduled  Aug. 13, 6 p.m. Freshman Orientation is scheduled July 31, 5-7 p.m. Informational letters will be sent to all incoming freshmen.

For more information, call North Side Elementary, 964-6430; West Side Middle School, 964-4830; Union City Community HS, 964-4840; Superintendent, 964-4994.

Free Concert at Shawnee Prairie

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Parks invites everyone to a FREE concert at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Outdoor Stage (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) on Aug. 11, 7 p.m.  Enjoy a musical journey as local musician, Bill Light, tells tales of his elaborate past. Many musical instruments and styles will be presented, interspersed with numerous stories from Bill’s book, “The Stories: a Journey Through Time.” Signed copies of his book will be available for purchase at the concert.  All you need to bring is a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.  For more information call the Nature Center, 548-0165. 

Enrollment period for Head Start approaching

GREENVILLE—Kids Learning Place is taking final applications to begin the 2012-13 school year for preschoolers.  Don’t wait, as there are just a few spaces still available.  Call for information today to secure your child’s spot in the Head Start program. 

 Preschool and early learning is important in the development of young children, and the Kids Learning Place centers in Greenville, Bradford, and Union City are the only centers in Darke County to earn a “Step Up To Quality” award from the State of Ohio.  This award recognizes early childhood programs that exceed licensing standards.  The centers offer degreed teachers in every classroom, a research based curriculum, developmental testing of children throughout the year and value parent participation.  The centers use the project approach to learning and provide individualized services for children and families. Kids Learning Place classrooms provide every child with a positive education experience.

 Head Start, a federally funded comprehensive program, is just one option for preschool education at Kids Learning Place.  The eligibility for the Head Start preschool program is: a child must be between three to five years old and the family must meet federal income guidelines.  The program also provides services to children of families that are homeless; children with disabilities are considered without income restrictions.  
 Besides this classroom opportunity, a home based option is  available in many areas; a home visitor comes to the home each week to teach and demonstrate educational activities to the parent that they can use to help the child learn.

 For more information about this program or other full day child education/care programs call 1-866-627-4557 for immediate contact.  Also check the Web site at   www.councilonruralservices.org. 

Bob Evans hosting fundraiser for Holiday Horse Parade

GREENVILLE--Though it is only July, plans are already taking shape for the 2012 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade slated for November 17 in Downtown Greenville.  This annual tradition for the Greenville community has kicked off the holiday season for the downtown district the past nine years! 
The lighted event boosts 50+ horse entries which brings an estimated 8,000 spectators into the downtown area. Since the first parade in 2004, Main Street Greenville has been coordinating the event with great assistance from numerous volunteers within the community. This year is no different as many groups and individuals passionate about horses and the festive atmosphere of the parade are stepping up to make this an even more hometown tradition.
In addition; many businesses and organizations assist with sponsoring the parade.  Bob Evans, for one, is allowing July 27-29 to be a Community Fundraiser for the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade where they will donate 15% of sales when the Dine To Make A Difference flyer is presented.  The flyer can be printed off from www.DowntownGreenville.org or facebook.com/mainstreetgreenville
With Bob Evans support, along with many other community-minded sponsors, the parade is able to take place. For more information, or if interested in being a sponsor, contact Amber Schmerge, director of Main Street Greenville, 548-4998. 

AWTHS looking for Korean War artifacts

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society announces the following information to all area veterans.

On June 25, 2012, the Korean War Commemoration Committee  launched “The Year of the Korean War Veteran.” As part of the commemoration, the of Defense (DoD) will issue a certificate of appreciation to honor any Veteran who served in the U. S. Armed Forces from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953.

The military service did NOT have to be in country (Korea). To register for a certificate, please go to the Korean War 60th Anniversary website, i.e., http://www.Koreanwar.defense.gov, click on recognition request and complete the form. If one does not have internet access, please send the Veteran's name, branch of service and return mailing address to: Korean War 60th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1400, Arlington, VA 22202.

As part of this commemoeation and in keeping with the AWTHS vision of recording area veterans’ stories, the society is asking for Korean War artifacts such as photos, letters, diaries, awards, uniforms, newspaper clippings, stories from Southern Darke County veterans.

Items, which can be donated or on loan, can be dropped off at the house on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon through Aug. 11. For more information, call Annette, 692-6462.  

Auditions for ‘Cinderella’ are July 30

 GREENVILLE--Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting a week-long Childrens’ Theatre residency which begins with auditions offering the opportunity for all interested youngsters to try out for a role in a full-scale musical theatre production and concludes with performances starring local youth. Auditions for MCT's Cinderella will be held July 30, 10 a.m. until noon; performances are scheduled for  Aug. 4, 3 and 7 p.m. All activities take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 West Fourth Street, Greenville.

 Approximately 60 roles are available for local youngsters; all students entering grades 1 through 12 are encouraged to audition. Those wishing to try out should arrive by the scheduled starting time, and remain for the entire session. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for the first rehearsal which begins 30 minutes after the casting announcement at the end of auditions. Rehearsals continue daily from 10 a.m. until noon and 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. throughout the week. Although not all cast members are needed at every session, those auditioning should have a clear schedule for the entire week.

 In addition to the title role, characters to be cast include the two stepsisters, the stepmother, the Fairy Godmother, the King, and the Prince. Additional roles include Cleo the Cat and Fido the Dog, plus beggars, lords and ladies, mice and pumpkins. Additionally, Assistant Directors will be chosen to assist with technical aspects of the production. No advance preparation is required for the group audition.

 According to DCCA Executive Director Julie Strait, youngsters participating in this unique project not only experience the thrill of performing, but also develop social and communication skills, self-discipline, and a strong work ethic. “This experience with the Arts also teaches how to accept responsibility while cooperatively working with others to contribute something of value to the community,” said Mrs. Strait. “And it's also a whole lot of fun,” she concluded.

 The residency by Missoula Children's Theatre is made possible by a grant from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Darke County Center for the Arts also receives funding from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council. To reserve tickets for the performance of MCT’s Cinderella or for further details regarding auditions and the production, contact DCCA, 547-0908, or visit  dcca@centerforarts.net.

Jul 26, 2012

Past Presidents and Schultz honored by Darke Co. Shrine Club

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Shrine Club honored several of its members at its July meeting. Past Presidents were recognized for their role in making the Darke County Shrine Club one of the finest in the Antioch Temple. Scott Lipps, second vice president for the Antioch Shrine Temple, said, “This is a fine group of Masons and Shriners. Without this group, we wouldn’t have the Shrine Club we have today.”

Past Presidents recognized were Marvin Lindemuth, 1963; Bob Anthony, 1982; Lowell Dill, 1989; Norman Redman, 1994; Brad Dill, 1996; Larry Beck, 2000; Art Beck, 2002; Richard Rhoades, 2006; Dale Drew, 2008 and 2010; and Gene Schultz, 2011.

Gene Schultz was also recognized for 26 years as Transportation Director. He will be retiring from that position on Aug. 1. Since 1986, Schultz has been transporting children to Shriner’s Hospitals. From Chicago to Cincinnati to Lexington, he has logged over 200,000 miles and has helped transport over 300 children. Many of the children were transported multiple times.

Schultz recalls using his personal vehicle for the first four years. He paid for the gas and upkeep on his vehicle until the club purchased a van to transport the children.

Although he is stepping down from transporting children, Schultz wants to remain active in the process. He noted he would be willing to take applications for children who need assistance.
Honored for their work in the Antioch Shrine were Marvin Lindemuth, Bob Anthony, Lowell Dill, Norman Redman, Brad Dill, Larry Beck, Art Beck, Richard Rhoades, Dale Drew, and Gene Schultz.

 Gene Schultz accepts a certificate of appreciation for his role as transportation director from Keith Hocker, secretary, and Bob Gray, president.

Rod Hale steps down as Greenville’s Safety Service Director

*Note - The following is an updated press release with information from the Village of Versailles

GREENVILLE – Rod Hale, director of public safety and service for the City of Greenville, has announced his resignation from that position. His last day will be Aug. 17. On Aug. 20, Hale will begin a new position with the Village of Versailles as its next village administrator.

Hale released the following statement:

“While I am very excited to start a new chapter in my career, it is with regret I will be leaving the administrative team of the City of Greenville.

I sincerely value the time I have spent as the Director of Public Safety and Service for the City of Greenville. The opportunity provided to me by the city has been fantastic and I am truly appreciative. I would like to thank Nancy Myers, Jeff Amick, and Camille Baker for all of their assistance, along with all of the employees of the city, and city council for the hard work completed to help the city move forward particularly in this difficult economic climate for all local governments. 

I would especially like to thank Mayor Bowers for his confidence in me, and his deep concern and care for the city of Greenville.

I am extremely honored and excited to become the next Village Administrator of Versailles. The professionalism and pride already established by the Versailles community and current staff provides an ideal foundation for future success.”

Acting upon a recommendation from Mayor Jeffry A. Subler, Versailles Village Council has approved the appointment of Hale to the Village Administrator position. Hale was selected from a field of 30 candidates. The Personnel & Polices Committee of Village Council screened the candidates and conducted a series of interviews over the past six weeks in assisting Mayor Subler with preparation of his recommendation which was presented to Village Council during the July 25 council meeting.

Village officials are happy to bring Rodd Hale to Versailles to join the administrative team. Rodd will make a great fit for the Village organization and operational structure. His strong character qualities and public service experience, combined with the solid foundation of staff resources and citizen community spirit and support paves the way for a bright and optimistic future for the Village of Versailles.      

Hale will be succeeding current Village Administrator Randy Gump who back in April announced his retirement resignation from the Village of Versailles effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Hale is a native of Darke County and graduated from Tri-Village High School. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management from Bluffton University, an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Edison State Community College, and is currently completing the MBA program at Bowling Green State University.

He is married to Brenda (Bell) Hale and they have two children. Clint is a graduate of The Ohio State University and attending Pepperdine Law School. Kylee is a student at Bowling Green State University.

CBC announces August blood drives

DARKE COUNTY – There’s no break in the summer heat wave and the demand for summer blood donations is just as relentless. The Community Blood Center (CBC) “iFocus on Saving Lives” summer blood drive campaign is reminding donors to stay focused on the goal of a strong blood supply, and the possible prize of a 2012 “race red” Ford Focus.

Everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive through Aug. 11 will receive a free t-shirt. The gray shirt features a rare, two-sided design with “Blood Donor 2012” on the chest and the message “iFocused, iGave, I Helped Save a Life” over a blazing sun on the back.

Focus on donating blood this summer and you could be driving a new Ford Focus this fall. Everyone 18 or older who registers to donate at any CBC branch or mobile blood drive now through Saturday, 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.

Technology is making it faster and more convenient than ever to schedule your next blood donation. Just use your computer or smart phone to make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com.

Aug. 1 – Greenville Technology, Inc., 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Employees Only
Aug. 3 – Midmark Corporation, 7–11 a.m., Employees Only
Aug. 6 – BASF Corporation, 7:30–10:30 a.m., Employees Only
Aug. 7 – Ohio Department of Transportation, 8–9:30 a.m., Employees Only
Aug. 7 – Norcold, Inc., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Employees Only
Aug. 7 – Neff Company, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Employees Only
Aug. 7 – Ansonia First Church of God, 750 South Main St., Ansonia, 2:30–4:30 p.m., open to the community, appointments encouraged
Aug. 7 – Whirlpool Corporation, 6–10 a.m., employees only
Aug. 10 – Kroger Store, 200 Lease Ave., Greenville, 9 a.m.–noon, community
Aug. 11 – Tri-Village Rescue, 320 North Main Street, New Madison, 8–11 a.m., sponsored by Tri-Village Rescue & Cedar Grove Church, door prize drawings for great prizes, financial support for door prizes provided by blood drive support sponsor is Tri-Village Rescue
Aug. 13 – Bradford High School, 750 Railroad Ave., Bradford, 2:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Bradford Church of the Brethren, open to the community, appointments encouraged
Aug. 14 – Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Darke County Retired Teachers, open to the community, appointments encouraged
Aug. 15 – Darke County Courthouse, 7:30–11:30 a.m., employees only
Aug. 16 – Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 13495 Greenville-St. Mary’s Road, Versailles/North Star, 3:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Saint Paul Lutheran Church, open to the community, appointments encouraged

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changes blood donor eligibility guidelines periodically. Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com

Brown is ONS Cancer Chemotherapy Course Trainer

GREENVILLE – Jill Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, of Wayne HealthCare, in Greenville, Ohio, has been appointed as an official trainer for the Oncology Nursing Society Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course, a comprehensive review for nurses who administer chemotherapy.

The ONS Cancer Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course is an in-depth program that provides registered nurses with the information they need to safely administer chemotherapy. The ONS Cancer Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course is taught throughout the United States, as well as internationally, by approximately 1300 trainers. More than 80,000 nurses have attended this course since 1998.

To become an ONS Cancer Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course Trainer, registered nurses must be currently certified in oncology, have a minimum of two years experience in administering chemotherapy, and complete a trainer course. These highly qualified trainers assist ONS in setting standards of excellence in cancer care.

Trainers are required to present at least one ONS Cancer Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Course per year, maintain a specified average on course evaluations, and comply with other course standards. To ensure the integrity of the program, trainers and courses are periodically audited by ONS.

Oncology Nursing Society is a professional organization of more than 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals committed to excellence in oncology nursing and to leading the transformation of cancer care by initiating and actively supporting educational, legislative, and public awareness efforts to improve the care of people with cancer. ONS provides nurses and healthcare professionals with access to the highest quality educational programs, cancer care resources, research opportunities, and networks for peer support. Learn more at www.ons.org.

Jill will be holding classes for registered nurses who are interested in a comprehensive review and who have at least six months of oncology nursing experience. To register for class, contact Jill Brown, RN, BSN, OCN, 547-5079 or email jill.brown@waynehealthcare.org.

Cancer Support Group will meet Aug. 2

GREENVILLE – Melissa Laux, licensed massage therapist will be speaking at the cancer support group at Wayne Healthcare on Aug. 2, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Her topic of discussion will be "Reflexology: A Complimentary Therapy to Oncology Care.” She will give a short (10 Minute) description of Reflexology and the benefits for cancer patients, and then take questions. 
She will also offer a free 10 minute session to any one that would like to stay after the meeting.  She will bring some hand-out papers with information the group may take home for future reference. 

Cancer patients and friends/family are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

This support group is sponsored by the Cancer Association of Darke County.  The association partners with United Way.  They are not affiliated with the American Cancer Society or other organizations. 

Christine Yount, Executive Director of the association and Jill Brown, RN from Wayne Hospital will facilitate the meeting. For questions relating to the association or cancer support, call the office, 548-9960.

Jul 25, 2012

Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR storytime at the Gathering at Garst

GREENVILLE - Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR is inviting school age children to a storytime at the Gathering at Garst on July 28, 1 p.m., at the J. Burkett Encampment Tent. John and Karen Burkett and DAR chapter members will have a storytime based on "The Lewis and Clark for Kids" book written by Janice Herbert. 

The Burketts will be in period dress in order to give a visual of the Lewis and Clark time period. Also included in the storytime will be a craft time and treats. Afterwards there will be a drawing for a copy of the book to a child participating in the storytime. The book was donated by the Garst Gift Shop to the DAR chapter's literacy program.

Education is one of the cornerstones of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Across the country, Daughters are meeting the challenge of educating the public by emphasizing the importance of being able to read. By supporting literacy, it enables self respect and confidence besides reaching life goals. Storytimes are a way of encouraging parents to instill a love of reading in their children. 

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