Aug 31, 2012

Photo Club Show to be held September 8

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Photography Club will hold their Fifth Annual Photography Competition, “A Moment of Time” on Sept. 8, at Elements Live Yoga/Third Street Market, 120 West Third St. 

Due to the generous support of the following sponsors, there will be over $1000 in prizes to be awarded: Greenville National Bank, Jeannie’s Pooch Parlor, Financial Achievement Services, Granny’s Corner, Burr Oak Family Dentistry, Double M Diner, Hartzell Veterinary Service, Cratiques Antiques and Collectables, Making Waves, Dr. Craig Leland Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, McCabe Painting, Schultz Motors, The Winery at Versailles, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Hittle Buick GMC, Ridgeway Cleaning Service, Creations A Hair Studio, and Jeff Hole and Max. For more information, visit the club’s website at or call Jeannie Grosch, 548-6287.

Fundraisers set for Corynna Strawser

GREENVILLE—Fifteen-year-old Corynna Strawser has been plagued by gastro intestinal issues since birth, but in the last two years the symptoms have intensified. She is no longer able to eat and is fed through a TPN line. Doctors have been unable to definitively diagnose her condition, however, they believe she is suffering from one of two disorders – Hollow Visceral Myopahty or Chronic Pseudo Obstruction Disorder and possibly Mitrochondrial disease. There are no cures. 

Although her parents, Sean and Kristi Strawser have insurance coverage, it does not cover all of her care and the high deductibles and co-pays have mounted.

To help the Strawer family, fundraisers have been planned to help with the mounting deductibles and co-pays.

A Garage and Bake Sale will be held set Sept. 6, 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 501 Gray Ave. in Greenville.

A Spaghetti Dinner and Dance will be held Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, at the American Legion, 325 N. Ohio St. in Greenville. After dinner entertainment will be provided by Spittin’ Image and DJ Steve Erwin will provide the dance music. Tickets, $15, can be purchased at The Coffee Pot and Brenda’s Beanery.

Friends of the Parks annual Basket Raffle

GREENVILLE--The Friends of the Darke County Park District will host their annual basket raffle during Prairie Days. NEW to this year’s raffle are bicycles donated by Greenville Wal-Mart - a Men’s 26-inch Schwinn 7-speed bicycle and a Women’s 26-inch Huffy 1-speed. There will be a separate raffle for each bike. 

Baskets include one from the Darke County Birders, containing field guides, bird feeders, seed and more. The Darke County Photo club donated a basket full of supplies you need for photos and plenty of accessories for you camera. The Old Thyme Gardeners basket contains gift cards from local businesses, tickets to their Fall and Spring Workshop, herb mixes and more. Several Veterinarians donated a basket fit for any dog lover which includes a certificate for a free exam, dog toys and many grooming supplies. The Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club donated a basket that any outdoor enthusiast would be thrilled to win, featuring the book 50 Hikes of Ohio, a dry bag, Dick’s Sporting Goods Gift Card, waterproof phone case, hiking stick and more.

All of the baskets and bicycles are now on display at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and tickets ($1 each or 6 for $5) are available for purchase Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Darke County Park District. The drawing will be held at Prairie Days on Sept. 30 and you do not need to be present to win. Help support the Friends of the Darke County Parks and win an awesome basket full of goodies or a new bicycle!
New this year are two bicycles, donated by Wal-Mart, to be raffled during Prairie Days.(submitted photo) 

DCCA will hold annual meeting on Sept. 6

GREENVILLE – Darke County Center for the Arts will hold its annual meeting Sept. 6, 7 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room on the third floor of the Greenville Public Library, 126 W. Fourth St., Greenville.  All DCCA members are invited to attend.  The agenda includes election of officers and trustees and reports from the last fiscal year.  Immediately following the annual meeting, the board of trustees will convene for their regular monthly meeting.

Darke County Center for the arts encourages cultural enrichment in the community by presenting high quality performing artists.  In addition to offering a five-concert Artists Series and a three-performance Family Theatre Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, DCCA sponsors Special Performances, a Coffee, Comedy and Cabaret Series, an Arts In Education program which brings professional performers to inspire creativity in the students of all Darke County and Greenville City Schools, and its latest venture, Arts Generation Series for teens and young adults.  Additionally, a summer theater residency is offered for local youth.
Darke County Center for the Arts welcomes all patrons regardless of race, color, religion, socioeconomic background, or physical impairment.  The beautifully restored, historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall offers an access ramp, handicapped-accessible restrooms, and accommodations for wheelchairs, as well as maneuverable space in halls, aisles, and the Anna Bier Gallery.  The elevator uses Braille as well as traditional lettering, and last season DCCA installed a hearing aid device for the hearing impaired.  Also, interpretive signers are provided upon request for all Family Theater performances. 

DCCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all, and will do its utmost to accommodate special needs.  To make a request or learn more about the organization, please contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or  Written requests or inquiries may be directed to DCCA at P.O. Box 718, Greenville, OH  45331.

Special mug given at Sept. blood drives

DARKE COUNTY – When footballs start flying you know fall is beginning and Community Blood Center (CBC) is welcoming the change of seasons with a warm gift for the cooler days ahead.
Everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch or most mobile blood drives Sept. 10-29 will receive the new speckled black stoneware mug emblazoned in red with “Blood Donor – Every Drop Counts” and the CBC blood drop logo.

The mug is the first in a series of CBC fall giveaways that celebrate the dropping temperatures, changing colors and holiday traditions of autumn in the Midwest.

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

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 

Sept. 10 – Wayne HealthCare, 8–11 a.m., employees only, appointment contact Kelly Sanning
Sept. 11 – Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Lambda Chi Omega Sorority Gamma Epsilon Chapter, open to the community, appointments encouraged!
Sept. 13 – Family Health, 8 a.m. – noon, Employees Only, Appointment Contact Cindy Brown
Sept. 17 – Versailles K of C Hall, 8440 St. Rte. 47, Versailles, 12:30–7 p.m., sponsored by Versailles Poultry Days Committee, open to the community, appointments encouraged!
Sept. 18 – Gordon United Methodist Church, 311 East St., Gordon, 3:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Village of Gordon Council and Verona Fire Department, open to the community, appointments encouraged!
Sept. 27 – Arcanum High School, 8–11 a.m., sponsored by Arcanum High School FCCLA, Students and Faculty Only

Aug 30, 2012

Municipal Band presents A Grand Finale

GREENVILLE--The final concert of the 2012 concert season of the Greenville Municipal Concert Band will be presented Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. The concert is free and open to the public. The Labor Day celebration, conducted by JR Price, will feature music from the rock band Chicago and the legendary music of Frank Sinatra, as well as park band standards such as Trumpets Ole and Amparito Roca. The overture for the evening will be the beautiful Irish Rhapsody penned by Clare Grundman. 

Special soloist for the evening will be trumpeter and Greenville native John Slonaker, who will perform the wonderful trumpet solo Trumpeters Prayer.

Members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Disabled American Veterans will present the colors of our country.

Versailles Health Care Center News

Grandparents’ Day at VHCC

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Health Care Center invites you to celebrate Grandparents’ Day with us on Sept. 9, 1-3 p.m. This event is sure to please kids of all ages! They will have a giant inflatable jumpy, face painting, soft-serve ice-cream, and a cake-wheel, with donations to benefit the Alzheimers Association’s Memory Walk on Sept. 30. All of the fun activities are free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family, and join them for a day of fun. They will be raffling off a boy’s and a girl’s bicycle! You must be present to win! For more information, call 526-5570, or visit

VHCC plans Open House

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Health Care Center, 200 Marker Road, Versailles, invites you to join them for an Open House on Sept. 19, 4-7 p.m.  They will be celebrating “Miracles in Motion,” this year’s theme of National Rehabilitation Week.  They are offering a tour of the Chairman’s Award winning facility, and spacious therapy gym.  They will have expert staff available to answer questions about the specialized services they offer, and utilizing your Medicare, Medicaid, or HMO coverage to its fullest benefit. 
Refreshments will be available and they will be raffling off a very special wellness-related door prize to those who attend.  RSVP at 526-5570, or visit

Power Over Parkinson’s

VERSAILLES – On Sept. 12, 4 p.m., in the Rehab Clinic of Versailles Health Care Center, 200 Marker Road, Versailles, VHCC will host its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families! 
Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to exercise, socialize, and learn.  This month, we are looking forward to learning from our guest speaker, Kevin Subler, Doctor of Pharmacy.  Kevin is a pharmacist with Kaup Pharmacy and will be sharing information about medications.  As usual, the session will be lead by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. 

They will lead the group in vocal and physical exercise.  Shannon and Gina hope to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

This is a free meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be a door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée; compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

For more information or to RSVP, call Shannon, 526-0130.

Free Joint Replacement Class is 9/24
VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center invite anyone considering joint replacement surgery to a FREE Total Joint Replacement Class.  This class is offered the fourth Monday of each month (Sept. 24) at 6 p.m. in the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. Dr. Chad Weber, Orthopedic Surgeon, along with the therapy staff at Versailles Health Care Center, will provide information about the joint replacement journey. Information about preparation, hospital procedures, risks, and rehab will be discussed. This class will be beneficial for anyone, whether you are in the beginning stages of contemplating joint replacement surgery or have your surgery scheduled.  The class will include handouts and a question/answer session.  

Light refreshments will be provided and you have a chance to win a free entrée from Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

Call Shannon Condon, 526-0130, for more information or to RSVP for this exciting event. 

City ends limb pick up on 9/28

GREENVILLE – The City of Greenville Street Department will suspend limb pick-up on Sept. 28 for the year.

Please contact the Street Department, 548-2215, before Sept. 28 to schedule a limb pick-up.
Limb pick-up will resume April 5, 2013.

Two Sent to Hospital in Multiple Vehicle Accident

On August 30, 2012 at approximately 6:14 a.m., Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Rescue and Versailles Fire were dispatched to State Route 47 at Darke-Shelby County Road in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 1997 Chevy Venture driven by Brian Shiverdecker, 45; Greenville was driving northbound on Darke-Shelby County Road. when he failed to yield the right of way, pulling into the path of a westbound, 2001 Honda Accord driven by Sarah Finkenbine, 26, Jackson Center, Ohio. The collision resulted in both vehicles driving off the roadway into a ditch and bean field.

Brian Shiverdecker and Sarah Finkenbine were transported by Versailles Rescue to Wilson Hospital in Sidney, Ohio.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Street performers invade First Fridays

GREENVILLE – The Greenville downtown district continues to host First Fridays each month from 6 -9 p.m. The Sept. 7 event will include street performers up and down S. Broadway along with downtown businesses open until 9 p.m.   

First Fridays: Street Performers is a free activity sponsored by Jim Gable Insurance, Edward Jones Investments and GTI. During the evening, performing acts include jugglers, mime, stilt walkers, magician, and balloon art in addition to fire breathers and belly dancers from Fire-N-Fusion. Ending the evening will be a grand fire breathing show at 8:45 p.m., next to the Courthouse.

First Fridays aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting.  This monthly event is presented by Main Street Greenville a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit, 548-4998.
Fire breathers will be part of the First Fridays event on Sept. 7.

Tour of Homes benefit Preservation Society

(The following article was written by Cindi Aukerman for the Preservation Society)
UNION CITY – The schoolhouse home of Matt and Kami Good will be featured on the Preservation Society's tour of homes 1-5 p.m., Sept. 22-23.

The Bickels Corner School (#5 in Wayne Township) was built in 1875. It was bought by John Bickel and made into a home for Curly Welch. Later it was sold to Frank Good, Matt's grandfather. Bernard and Pauline Good lived in the schoolhouse-home for four decades, from the 1950s until 1996. Matt and Kami bought the home with four acres in 1997.

The couple has since gutted and redone every room in the house, which includes a new oak kitchen. The walls are 12 inches thick, a result of the three-brick construction. Matt rebuilt the windows and added oak insets. Still visible are hand-hewn beams in the attic and a wooden ladder used to get into the attic.
The house includes a double living room, the kitchen and four large bedrooms. The only small room is the combination laundry and office room.

Matt says, "This room has her desk but it's dedicated to firefighters." The room has a red metal ceiling, a firehouse model made by Matt's father, Carol Good, a wall hanging with a firefighter's prayer and other mementos of Matt's firefighting career, which began when he was 18.

A registered nurse at St. Vincent Randolph, Kami collects Longaberger baskets that are displayed throughout the home on wooden shelves Matt made.

Upstairs the bedrooms are decorated with a nod to their sons' special interests. Mason's room, anchored by his baseball trophies, is highlighted by a ballplayer in action and tributes to the Cincinnati Reds. Malik's room is decorated with a mural of galloping horses, and, yes, Malik does have a real-life horse.

The outside of the Good home is as interesting and attractive as the inside, with extensive landscaping, two fountains, a large patio area floored by pavers, and a fire pit. What once was a chicken coup and then a shed now houses a hot tub and changing area for the swimming pool.

Other homes on the tour include the Rex and Gwen Burk home, and the Rick and Lori Comer home. All homes on the tour are on State Route 227 south of Union City. Tickets are $8 each and are available at the Antique Mall now and on tour days. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the historic building at 207 Elm Street in downtown Union City, Ohio.
Schoolhouse #5 just south of Union City has been a family home for decades. Even with a southern-style porch, the home of Matt and Kami Good retains its schoolhouse characteristics. The exterior of the Good home is as attractive as the inside, with large patios front and back, fountains, a fire pit and new landscaping. 

Aug 29, 2012

Preservation event to benefit building in Union City-Ohio

UNION CITY – The Preservation Society of Union City, Ind.-Ohio is hosting a progressive evening featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres and entertainment Sept. 22, with proceeds going towards the reconstruction of the building at 207 E. Elm St. on the Ohio-side.  Work has started on the building, and Preservation Society members are anxious to show what's been done while highlighting the building's potential.
The progressive evening begins at 207 E. Elm St., 6:30 p.m., with the centerpiece being a mashed potato bar similar to one experienced by Ted Leahey, president of the Preservation Society, at a conference in Connecticut.

A veteran of many conferences and receptions, Leahey says, "This was the most elegant party I've ever been to. But people at first wondered what on earth the mashed potato bar was. When they found out, they went back for two or three hits."

The mashed potatoes are served in a martini glass, and then the party-goer trims the concoction with his or her choice of gourmet condiments - chives, fancy cheeses, gravies, and red wine sauce.

At a recent Preservation Society meeting, members taste-tested some of the hors d'oeuvres that will be offered during the Progressive Evening. In addition to the mashed potato bar, the offerings will include cocktail sandwiches, a seafood bar, and various spreads. But none of the offerings will be the ordinary and the usual.

For example, the shrimp cocktail Preservation members tested included four shrimp drizzled with lime in a base of peaches and avocados. Some Preservation members sneaked back for seconds.

Linda Wilcox and Barb Landess-Gentry have worked together to find special recipes for the Progressive Evening. A complimentary glass of wine will be served.

After devouring the food at the Elm Street building, the party will move to the Firehouse Pipes on Plum Street where the hors d'oeuvres will feature dessert-style offerings, cheeses and fruits, and a variety of liquors. Entertainment will include music from the theater organ housed in the former firehouse that Richard and Linda Wilcox have turned into a community center.

The Preservation Society has invested $5,000 in the first stage of the reconstruction of the architecturally-significant building on the Ohio-side. Volunteers Leahey and Rick Root have invested weeks of labor on the windows and interior. The Union City, Ind. football team members hauled out tons of old plaster and other debris.

Leahey invites community members to come to the Progressive Evening to join in the effort to save the building. Tickets for the Progressive Evening are $15 and are on sale now at the Antique Mall.

Pohlman speaks to Living with Cancer

GREENVILLE – Pam Pohlman, licensed social worker, will speak at the “Living with Cancer” support group on Sept. 6, at Wayne Healthcare, 7 p.m., third floor in the Conference Room.

Pohlman earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Ohio Northern University.  She has over 25 years experience working in the areas of mental health and healthcare.  She is currently a social worker for both State of the Heart Hospice and Comprehensive Health network.

The topic for discussion is “They Psychosocial Aspects of Coping with Cancer and will include information to benefit both the patient and the caregiver.  Pam will bring a professional as well as a personal perspective to the topic, having experienced being a cancer patient as well as providing emotional support to patient and families facing this illness.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital.  The Support Group is free and open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, cancer survivors, also family and friends. 

Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Yount, Executive Director of the Cancer Association and Jill Brown, RN, from Wayne Health Care.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office, 548-9960.  Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

BPW to kick off 2012-2013 business year

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is set to kick off the new 2012-2013 business year by inviting women to attend their first business meeting on Sept. 13. 

The Legislation Committee has planned a ‘dinner and movie’ evening.  The film ‘Ironed Jawed Angels’ will be viewed.  It is about Alice Paul and her cohorts’ efforts to secure the right to vote for all women – nationally.  It is very moving.  Everyone who has seen the movie will not take their right to vote lightly.   Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American drama film.  It focuses on the American women's suffrage movement during the 1910’s.

The Club will be meeting in the Private Dining Room at the Brethren’s Retirement Community at 750 Chestnut, Greenville.  The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Greenville BPW Club would like to invite women interested in learning more about the club to the meeting.  Call Susan Fowble at 548-1414 by noon on Sept. 10 to make a reservation to attend this meeting.  The cost is $10 per person.

Booker resumes Fall History Walking Tours

GREENVILLE – Bill Booker, local historian, will resume his Greenville Fall History Walking Tours. Extreme heat and humidity in the spring cut down on the number of tour takers in the spring, which is why Booker is encouraging residents to take part in the fall walks and learn more about Greenville’s history.

Eight walking tours will be offered beginning Sept. 11. Four of the tours will include information on the Greenville-Union Cemetery and two each on the east side of South Broadway and Historic Homes and west side of South Broadway and Historic Homes.

All tours last approximately 95 minutes with brief rest stops along the route. Free will donations will be accepted. The tours take place rain or shine (except storm conditions).

Downtown Tours depart from the picnic table at the Greenville City Building and cemetery tours leave from the main entrance archway. All tours depart at 5 p.m.

The schedule of tours is as follows:
Sept. 11, East Side of South Broadway and Historic Homes
Sept. 13, Greenville Union Cemetery
Sept. 18, West Side of South Broadway and Historic Homes
Sept. 20, Greenville Union Cemetery
Sept. 25, East Side of South Broadway and Historic Homes
Sept. 27, Greenville Union Cemetery
Oct. 2, West Side of South Broadway and Historic Homes
Oct. 4, Greenville Union Cemetery

Charter tours are available year round. For information, call 564-6162, daytime on weekdays.

Booker is the author of six books on Greenville’s 20th Century history and life along its streets.

Joan’s Kids announce Relay raffle winners

VERSAILLES – Again this year, Joan’s Kids had a very successful relay weekend. In order for the team to do well, they would like to thank all the people that support them. They had a great group of walkers and people that bought raffle tickets, chicken noodle dinners, bake sale items and pies. Marla Spencer, team member, stated, “Without all of you we would not be able to achieve the success that we have for the Darke County Relay for Life.”

They also had a wonderful group of sponsors – Wilt Insurance, Dalton Strategic, Dave Keiser, Dianna Shafer, Charlene Haines, Shirley Richard, The Village Pizza, One Stop Auto Shop, Covington Eagles, Spencer’s Construction, Gracious Lady, B&D Transportation, Evenflo and Evenflo Employees. They were presented with a picnic supper for the team with the most sponsors.

The winner of the Best Baby contest was Brantley Elsas; raffle quilt was won by Megan Goings; the Zu-Zu Pets were won by Bob Cestreicher and Hluia Schoonover; Ohio State Basket was won by Troy Green; Robe, Pat Sampson; Men’s Basket won by Diana Haney; and the child’s basket was won by Sylvia Schoonover.

All of the proceeds go to the Darke County Relay for Life. Spencer said, “It is our hope that in the near future a cure will be found so that not one other person will have to struggle through this disease.”

Alcohol may be involved in Semi/Pedestrian Accident; One person is in critical condition

On August 28, 2012 at approximately 11:55 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, and CareFlight, were dispatched to the intersection of US RT 127 and Kruckeberg Road on a report of a semi pedestrian accident. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Freightliner from Drew Ag Transport Inc, Greenville, Ohio. driven by Thomas E. Runner, 52, Union City, Ohio was traveling Northbound on US RT 127 and struck Alisha D. Keith, 26, Gettysburg, Ohio as she was attempting to run across the intersection traveling Eastbound.  Alisha D. Keith was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in critical condition.  It is suspected that Alisha D. Keith was under the influence of alcohol at the time of this accident. 

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstrucion team along with Motor Carrier Enforcement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. 

Aug 28, 2012

Darke Countians eligible for SBA loans due to drought

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal assistance is available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that experienced financial loss due to the drought that began earlier this summer. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) will make available federal economic injury disaster loans to organizations affected by the drought that began June 26 in Darke County.

“Small business owners in Darke County can now access resources needed to recover from the ongoing drought—which may have impacted their business through no fault of their own,” Brown said. “These loans will help businesses rebuild and get back on their feet.”

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Loan amounts can be up to $2 million, with interest rates of 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses.  Terms can be up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  The agency sets loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Darke County was selected for designation due to its proximity to Indiana. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 22, 2013.

Curli-Q’s offer free square dance lessons

BROOKVILLE – The Brookville Curli-Q’s Square Dance Club, which dances monthly on the second Saturday at Brookville’s Golden Gate Park Christena Leiber senior center, 7:30 p.m., is announcing its lesson class for 2012-2013.  The lessons will start Sept. 11 and will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 North Commerce St., Lewisburg, every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

This series of lessons will teach you to dance at the Plus level which is the level at which the other Miami Valley Dance Council Clubs and most of the world clubs dance.  The instructor and caller will be Nathaniel Arnett. 

The reasons you should be motivated to get into square dancing are:

* Exercise - during a regular two and a half hour dance you will briskly walk about 3 to 5 miles while listening to good music, exercising your mind and body.
* Wonderful friendships – you will meet many new people from the club as well as the others they visit and who visit them on a regular basis.
* Special events - in addition to dancing, the club has a picnic, special dinners, trips to Christmas lights, theaters, etc.
* Food table - every club has a fantastic finger food table at each dance.
* Van - the club has a van for travel to the more distant clubs in the council.
* Lessons are free – most clubs now charge for their lessons 

If you are interested, show up at the first lesson or if you have any questions, call Bob Jackson, 479-3547, Renee, 603-4504, or Don or Jackie, 667-6877.

Shawnee Prairie hosts 37th annual Art Show

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Art Guild is planning its 37th annual Art Show, Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, until 2 p.m., at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville.

All area professional, amateur or student artists are invited to exhibit their original artwork in the following categories:  drawing media (graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pen and ink), oil, acrylic (executed in the manner of oils), pastel, water media (transparent watercolor and aquatic medium), mixed media, photography and three dimensional (pottery, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, stained glass, and art in the round or relief format).  Students may use any medium, but must be between the ages of 14 to 22.

This year, they are adding a category for miniatures.  These must be 4 inches by 6 inches or smaller (does not include frame) and the subject must be smaller than reality.  Each artist is limited to three entries and entry forms must be postmarked by Sept. 14.  Art may be delivered to the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center on Sept. 26, 2-7 p.m.

The awards program and reception will be held on Sept. 28, 7 p.m., at the Nature Center.  Art may be picked up after the show closes on Oct. 3, 2-5 p.m.  

The judge will be Chuck Marshall, a noted artist from Mason.  He can be found on the web at Please call show adviser Marilyn Banks, 678-6870, for more information or to request an entry form. 

Helping juveniles get back on track

GREENVILLE – The Michael’s Resource & Treatment Center (MRTC) is a ten bed community-based treatment facility for adjudicated unruly and delinquent males located in Darke County. It is operated by the Darke County Juvenile Court and is funded by county, state, and federal monies. MRTC is licensed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.

MRTC is a cognitive behavioral treatment program that attempts to help juveniles identify and change their dysfunctional beliefs, thoughts, and patterns of behavior that contribute to their unruliness or delinquency.  The facility allows juveniles the opportunity to remain in Darke County while receiving treatment and support from local service providers. MRTC collaborates with Darke County Recovery Services, Darke County Mental Health Services, Darke County Children Services, Gateway Youth Services and local city and county schools.

In the past three years, MRTC has been the home to over 40 Darke County juveniles.  The average length of the program is between six to 12 months, depending on the behavior of the resident.  The goal of the program is to produce law-abiding, productive young men who can be re-unified with their families.  If you are interested in learning more about the program or participating in a mentoring program, please call 548-6838.

Family Outdoor Fun Day is Sept. 8

ANSONIA – If you and your family enjoy being in the great outdoors, you don’t want to miss the eighth annual Family Outdoor Fun Day on Sept. 8, at the Ansonia First Church of God.  There are outdoor skill activities for all ages.  This is event is hosted by the Ansonia First Church of God Men’s Outdoor Group.  

The event is designed to introduce children and their families to outdoor skills involved in hunting and fishing.  
According to Dave Shellhaas, event organizer, there were over 150 children and over 250 total attending last year’s event and the event has been growing each year.  There is plenty to see and do at this fun event.

Come and see a live whitetail fawn, kids of all ages can test their archery skills or shoot a bow and arrow for the first time, shoot targets at the air gun shooting gallery, shoot paintballs at the slingshot target range, or, for the older kids and adults, try shooting clay birds at the shotgun range operated by the Darke County Chapter of Pheasants Forever. 

The “Outdoor Challenge” encourages the children attending to attempt each of the various outdoor skill activities offered at the event. When children register they will receive a free activity ticket that will allow them to participate in each activity two times.  When they successfully complete the “Outdoor Challenge” by getting their ticket punched at each activity, they will receive a free prize.  You can also see waterfowl hunting, muzzle-loading demonstrations, fishing tips and much more.

Families are welcome to come and fish for the afternoon at the stocked pond and check out the various activities.  Bring your poles and tackle, live bait will be provided.  There will also be a fishing contest for various children’s age groups catching the largest fish.

To participate, children must be accompanied by an adult.  Participants can attempt the activities more than twice by purchasing an additional activity ticket for $5.  All activities begin at noon and continue until 4 p.m.  Food and drinks will be available throughout the day and proceeds will go the Ansonia Church of God Men’s Outdoor Group.  All activities will be held at the shelter house and pond behind the Ansonia First Church of God in Ansonia, on the south side of Ansonia on State Route 118.  For more information or directions contact the church office, 337-3945.

The event is sponsored by the Ansonia Church of God Men’s Outdoor Group with additional support from Cope’s Distributing, Big Bucks Firearms & Sporting Goods, Frank Miller Lumber, Buckeye Scents, Faith Driven Auto, Farm & Truck Repair, Darke County Pheasants Forever and the Outdoor Kids Club.
Children get help at the archery range during the Family Outdoor Fun Day. 

Labor Day Announcements

Labor Day Closings

GREENVILLE – Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be closed Sept. 3 in honor of Labor Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Darke Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority. Normal business and service hours will resume Sept. 4.
Greenville Transit will be closed for Labor Day.

Transportation available

GREENVILLE – Community Transportation Service, operated by Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County, will be available for those who need service on Sept. 3. Reservations should be made by calling 547-9129.

Aug 27, 2012

Commissioners Corner

The Great Darke County Fair is underway and with the cooler temperatures and perfect weather, it seems as if the Fair could be in for record crowds.  Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves, and as of this writing, there have been very few incidents to report, and so far, nothing major.  It seems as though we have a lot more visitors from in state and out of state this year, and some we have talked to have made the trip just to come to the Fair!  One gentleman and his wife made the trip from near Cleveland just because they had heard of the Great Darke County Fair!  That is a good thing! 

One of the highlights of the Fair was when the State Director of Agriculture, Mr. Dave Daniels stopped by on August 21st.  Mr. Daniels toured the Fairgrounds with Representative Jim Buchy, State Ag Advisory Board Member Jeff Wuebker from Versailles, Dennis Baker, and Commissioner Mike Stegall.  Mr. Daniels enjoyed going through the barns and gave a short speech to the participants in several of them.  He really seemed to enjoy the beef and pork sandwiches that the Cattlemen’s Association fed him.  Mr. Daniels then gave a short speech at the Versailles F.F.A. display before going back to Columbus.  Thank you, Mr. Daniels for visiting our Fair, and thanks to Jim Buchy for bringing him here.

Even as the Fair goes on, the business of the County does not stop.  Although things slow down Fair week, some things still must be addressed.  One of the areas we can make an announcement in is in personnel.  We are pleased to welcome Katie McCabe as the counties new Emergency Management Specialist.  Katie is from New Madison, and interviewed very well and is qualified to handle this new position. We welcome Katie to the team.  The DC Animal Shelter has also added a new employee, Tyler Jobes.  Tyler replaces an employee who left, and according to Duane Sanning, Tyler has picked up on the job fairly quickly.  Congratulations to Tyler and also welcome to the team.

One area of concern we have had is with the Sheriff’s Department.  Since the building was constructed, the air ducts have not been cleaned.  We have recently approved a contract with Service-Tech Corporation out of Dayton to clean all of the duct work in the building.  Service-Tech’s contract is for $18,068.00, and should take several days to complete.  No start date has yet been set.  We have done air quality checks on the building for Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen levels, and numerous other airborne problems.  All readings were above standards, but this was a recommended procedure.  We are slowly trying to do upgrades on all of our buildings as funds become available.  We are looking at doing some work in the Courthouse and at the Garst Avenue Facility as well.  The Wagner Avenue Complex is also in consideration for some work.  It is important to maintain our buildings and vehicles so we can maximize the life of them and get the most for the people’s money.
On the economic front, Marc Saluk has taken a much needed vacation.  Marc and Melanie both are putting in a lot of hours, so it is good to see Marc get away to recharge his batteries.  There is much going on with existing businesses, and our main focus for the foreseeable future is going to be workforce development.  We are seeing more companies get on board with this program, as they see the benefit of a well-trained workforce specifically for their needs.  This program will require a lot of time and effort, but is well worth it.  We will keep everyone informed as we progress in our efforts.  Also this week, the Commissioners approved the annexation of property on Jackson Street for Reid Hospital.  Reid is planning on a very nice complex of buildings, hopefully starting in the spring.  The plan is for the first building to be somewhere in the $5 million dollar range.  Now that the annexation has been approved by the County, Greenville City will vote on the project in October. There are a lot of positive happenings in Darke County, and the Economic Department, The Partnering for Progress Initiative, all County C.I.C.’s and the Chambers of Commerce in the county will continue to promote business growth and expansion to make Darke County stronger. 
When this is printed, the fair will almost be over.  We encourage everyone to enjoy it while it is here, and to look forward to next year.  We also want everyone in the County to become more involved with County Government.  We need your input.  Won’t you plan to attend a Commissioners meeting soon?  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.  Enjoy the Fair, and hope to see you at one of our meetings soon!

The Darke County Commissioners

Auditions Coming Soon for “Little Shop”

UNION CITY, IN - In what is sure to be one of The Randy Players’ most expensive undertakings, the local civic theater group is excited to announce auditions for their fall production, and final production for 2012- the fan-favorite musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” Audition dates are set for Wednesday, Aug. 29 and Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30-8 p.m., in room 412, at North Side Elementary School, Union City, IN. 

The cast requires at least four strong male participants and at least four strong female participants, all of age 17 and older. There are solos for each character and several numbers where a chorus is needed. Anyone involved in this production as an actor will be expected to sing. In order to audition, each prospective cast member will need to sing a solo of his or choosing and will be expected to read from the script. It is strongly encouraged to learn a song from the soundtrack with which to audition, but it is not mandatory. There are smaller roles for those who would simply like a “walk on” part.

“LSoH” was originally staged in 1982 as an Off-Broadway musical, based on the film of the same name. The songs, which include “Skid Row”, “Feed Me”, and “Suddenly Seymour”, were created by the musical team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. This team was responsible for the music in some of Disney’s greatest animated features, including “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Aladdin.” In 1986, the musical was turned into a film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Green, and Steve Martin.

“Litte Shop” tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck florist assistant who stumbles across a new breed of fly trap with a ravenous need for blood. With awesome songs, stunning visual displays, and a true tongue-in-cheek script, it is sure to be one that all will want to see! The Randy Players encourage anyone with questions to contact them on facebook or twitter, or call 964-5609.

Local DAR members attend conference

GREENVILLE-- Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members recently attended the OSDAR Fall Fun Fair Conference in Columbus. The DAR, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to keeping America strong by promoting patriotism, preserving history and supporting education programs.
Joanne Fisher, Regent Chris Nehring, and Helen Wright 

Aug 26, 2012

Four Injured in Multi-Vehicle Accident

On August 26, 2012 at approximately 12:04 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Osgood Rescue, Ansonia Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to US RT 127 and State Route 242 in reference to a multiple vehicle, injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Toyota RAV4 driven by Colby Morris, 19, Greenville was driving southbound on US. RT. 127 when he struck the rear of a 1999 GMC Yukon that was stopped in traffic and driven by William Fraley, 41, of North Star causing Fraley's vehicle to strike the rear of a 2000 Honda CRV driven by Thomas Nealeigh, 69, of Greenville.

Morris' vehicle traveled into the path of northbound traffic after the initial impact. Morris' vehicle was struck by a northbound 2011 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Marc Litten, 39, of Versailles.

Three occupants from vehicles involved in the accident were transported to Wayne HealthCare where they were treated and released. Colby Morris was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he was treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

Ohio Agriculture Director visits fair

GREENVILLE – Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels visited the Darke County Fair on Aug. 21. In addition to visiting the barns, Director Daniels also visited and spoke at the Versailles FFA’s Agriculture is Everywhere trailer.

Daniels spoke on several issues including the state of agriculture in Ohio, drought, meat processing inspections and the h3n2V flu virus. Following along with the theme of the FFA’s display, the director pointed out agriculture is more than plows and cows. “It is hard to find the face of agriculture,” he said. He explained agriculture jobs and careers stretch through a wide range of career fields, including health care and manufacturing. “Agriculture is responsible for one out of seven jobs in Ohio.” He continued, “Darke County is right in the middle of it.” Daniels explained Darke County ranks first in Ohio for corn and soybean production, second in hogs, fourth in cattle and seventh in dairy.

The director pointed out there has been a few problems facing agriculture this year and it is not because of production problems, but rather Mother Nature. The problem is not only in Ohio but across the Midwest. He credited Governor Kasich for quickly recognizing how dry it was this summer and seeking assistance. Kasich declared all 88 counties as Disaster Areas.

Daniels also addressed concerns with the H3N2 V flu virus in Ohio. “This is not the Swine Flu,” he said. However, the virus is carried by hogs and the hotter than normal summer and stress put on the hogs has caused it to materialize. There have been 87 cases of the flu in Ohio and most have been fair exhibitors. He noted this is a mild variant of the flu. He stressed a common sense approach to dealing with the flu, such as washing hands and using sterilizer after handling an animal.

An area that Daniels believes will help local farmers is a change in the way some meat processing inspections were done. Small processing facilities were once required to be inspected by the state and federally before they could ship meat across the state lines. A recent ruling now allows these small processing plants to be inspected once through state inspectors, which will be viewed as “same as federally inspected.” Daniels said, “This has the ability to triple business.”

Versailles FFA President Sam Subler presents a t-shirt to Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels. (Ryan Berry photo)

Brittany Brand helps kids coming through the Agriculture is Everywhere trailer with crafts. Approximately 500 children came through the display each day.

Council gets six votes needed to approve rezoning

GREENVILLE – After nearly two months of discussion and debate, Greenville City Council approved the rezoning of 6.41-acres of land along Russ Road from KitchenAid Way to State Route 121 from General Business to Special Use at its Aug. 21 meeting. The approval clears the way for Ramsey Development and Trilogy Health Services to build a nursing and assisted living facility on the site. Ramsey Development expects to spend approximately $8 million in construction and Trilogy expects to add additional jobs, bringing their workforce total to between 40 and 50 persons.

There was no discussion on the issue during the public hearing portion of the meeting and only a brief statement from Councilman Tracy Tryon prior to voting on the legislation. Tryon, the only dissenting vote, maintained his belief that this facility would be better suited in a different location.

Council also heard an annexation petition from the county and Greenville Township for 13.9-acres of land at the corner of Kruckeberg and Meeker Roads. If approved by council, the land would be accepted into the city. Along with the request for annexation is a request to have the property zoned for Special Use. Council will hear the petition at its Oct. 16 meeting.

Youth Building was rockin’ Monday night

GREENVILLE—Elvis was in the building and whipped cream coated sundaes were everywhere for the 2012 Little Miss and Mister Darke County Fair Queen and King pageant. The theme for the evening was “Rock at the Hop” bringing out pintsized leather jackets, saddle shoes, poodle skirts and polka dots.

With that, Alivia Addis and Andy Miller were crowned 2012 Little Miss and Mister Darke County Fair Queen and King.

Alivia is the five year old daughter of Larry and Amy Addis. Five year old Andy is the son of Scott and Shelley Miller.

For the Little Mister title, four year old Jake Norris, son of Jeremy and Tara Norris, was first runner-up. Second runner-up was Kasyn Hollinger, 5, son of Adam and Kami Hollinger. Third runner up was three year old Aaron Wright, son of Clint and Charlene Wright.

First runner up in the Little Miss contest was five year old Lydia Ayette, daughter of Alan and Erin Ayette. Her sister, Zoe, 3, was named second runner up. Madison McCool, 4, daughter of Justin and Sierra McCool, was named third runner up.

Little Miss and Mister Photogenic were Troy Lavy, 4, son of Jessica and Jake Lavy, and Mazie Jayne Rose, 3, daughter of Darick and Ashley Rose.

Other entrants for Little Mister were Evan Joe Addis, 3, son of Larry and Amy Addis; Skyler Derksen, 3, son of Heather and Josh Derksen; Brody Edwards, 3, son of Laura and Jacob Edwards; Luke Marker, 3, son of Jared and Alicia Marker; Titus Palmer, son of Justin and Lori Palmer; Logan Rich, 3, son of Travis and Tess Rich; Landon Rich, 5, son of Travis and Tess Rich; Elliot Seubert, 3, son of Justin and Tricia Seubert; and Layden Wion, 3, son of Stevie and Karley Wion.

Also competing in the Little Miss contest were Rylie Jo Alexander, 3, daughter of Lacey Putterbaugh and Ryan Alexander; Aubrey Baumgardner, 3, daughter of John and Stephanie Baumgardner; Mylee Bierly, 4, daughter of Ashley and Benny Bierly; Mackinzie Billenstein, 3, daughter of Brian and Jeni Billenstein; Kara Blumenstock, 3, daughter of Eric and Kim Blumenstock; Aubralyn Bush, 3, daughter of Kristalyn Bush; Vivian Dapore, 3, daughter of Brian and Kelly Dapore; Zorianna DeHart, 3, daughter of Brad DeHart and Candice Bowers; and Lilly Edwards, 3, daughter of Laura and Jacob Edwards.

Also, Karlee Francis, 3, daughter of Amanda and Travis Francis; Mylah Garland, 3, daughter of Christy Garland and Eric Garland; Kylar Rebecca Garrett, 4, daughter of Nikki and Joel Harter; Ava Marie Gosnell, 3, daughter of Trevor and Kristen Gosnell; Lainee Hackney, 4, daughter of Kristy Elliott and Jesse Hackney; Keelan Highley, 3, daughter of Jacoby and Norma HIghley; Riley Houck, 3, daughter of Brittany Houck; Emma Jones, 4, daughter of Christine Parker and Chad Jones; Meredith Laux, 4, daughter of Jevon and Emily Laux; and Kiera Lecklider, 4, daughter of Matt and Julie Lecklider.

Also, Haven Marker, 3, daughter of Jason and Beth Marker; Allyson Marshall, 3, daughter of Angela Marshall; Marli Jean Morris, 5, daughter of Mike and Amanda Morris; Aubree Newman, 4, daughter of Kaley Breaden; Hannah Plessinger, 5, daughter of Jimmy and Stacy Plessinger; Koralyn Rearick, 5, daughter of Rawley and Jennifer Rearick; Reagan Schwieterman, 4, daughter of Brian and Amy Schwieterman; Jaliyah Segura, 3, daughter of Melinda Segura; Brooklynn Seubert, 5, daughter of Justin and Tricia Seubert; Lyla Tamplin, daughter of Mathew and Melissa Tamplin; and Adison Tucker, 5, daughter of Melissa and Greg Tucker.

Also, Madilyn Wagner, 3, daughter of Greg and Michelle Wagner; Addisyn Waymire, 4, daughter of Rusty and April Waymire; Allyson Waymire, 4, daughter of Randall and Laura Waymire; Aubree Whitaker, 4, daughter of Theo and Abby Whitaker; Rachael Wright, 4, daughter of Clint and Charlene Wright; and Aubrey Wulber, 4, daughter of April Wulber and the late Ryan Wulber.

Judges for the 2012 Little Miss and Mister Darke County Fair Queen and King, emceed by Alex Mikos of WTGR, were Kim Bowers, Stacie Ward and Eric Fee. The event was coordinated by The Flower Patch.
Andy Miller and Alivia Addis

Zimmerman at 104 is oldest person at fair

GREENVILLE – Beulah Zimmerman, of Greenville, was the oldest person at the Great Darke County Fair for the second year in a row. Zimmerman turned 104 on Aug. 5. The next oldest was Ruby Young, of Greenville, at 98 years old.

As the oldest person, Zimmerman received $100 with $50 each coming from the Darke County Agricultural Society and Greg Peck Sound Service. Daryl Riffle, fair manager, told Zimmerman he expects to see her again next year, to which she grinned and replied, “I don’t know.”

Zimmerman continues to be active and insisted on standing to receive her award and have her picture taken.
In a recent article published in The Early Bird regarding her birthday, Zimmerman said, “I really haven’t figured out how I have lived this long.” She continued, “I have tried to live a good life. I never smoked nor drank alcohol.” She had 11 brothers and sisters; she is the only surviving sibling.  She had one sister live to 101 and others lived to be their 90’s.
Beulah Zimmerman was honored for being the oldest person at the fair. Presenting the $100 award were Jim Zumbrink, fair board president; Jennifer and Greg Peck, of Greg Peck Sound Service; and Daryl Riffle, fair manager. (Ryan Berry photo)

Darke County Parks programs are designed to engage, inform and delight

DARKE COUNTY--The first Darke County Parks levy was passed in 1994 and part of the promise of that passage was the construction of a facility to be used as a nature education center, community center for non-profits and government meeting space.
In 1997, the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie was opened, a director, office manager and staff of Naturalist Educators were hired and programs began.
“Those first programs were a general walk through of the parks,” said Roger Van Frank, Darke County Parks current director. “They involved identifying or inventories of species.”
Today, camps, programs, classes and workshops run the gamut from backcountry survival to making maple syrup to hummingbird banding. And more.
Today, basic skills are lost to much of society and Darke County Parks has developed many workshops and classes to fill that gap with Outdoor Skills Development programs.
The classes are “ever evolving,” according to Senior Naturalist Robb Clifford. “We try to offer programs and workshops that get back to arts of the past that are slowly disappearing.”
For instance, last month guests learned to make soap, could take a workshop on Fly Tying, spend an afternoon kayaking or canoeing, and top off the summer with a campout.
In the next couple of months, visitors can take part in a ‘Hands on Herbal’ workshop, or learn the very basic skill of fire starting – without matches and upcoming are knitting classes and a fall gardening seminar. It’s not unusual to see a Dulcimer Class or Open Hearth Cooking on the calendar as well.
Visitors can ‘come and sit a spell’ at concerts, movies and  tours of the Log House. And if you don’t want to sit, take part in Bike to Health rides and Early Morning Discovery Hikes.
“The kids are the stewards of tomorrow,” states Van Frank. “We want nature and our parks to be part of their life.” Striving to make kids programming a vital  of part of Darke County Parks, the following sessions are offered:
* Parent and Preschooler Adventures, a series of monthly, hour-long programs designed to give parents (or grandparents, or babysitters) an opportunity to investigate nature through hands-on activities, hikes, stories, songs and take-home projects. “Little Explorers” classes, are designed for  2-3 year olds and “Seedling” classes are designed for 4-5 year olds. Worms, butterflies, crawfish, nuts, trees and plants are just a small example of wonder the little ones can explore.
* Park P.A.L.S. is designed for 6-9 years olds, with the mission to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands on experiences. A few of the areas explored by these kids include mammals, night critters, stream quality management, and wildflowers.
* Junior Naturalists is a series of programs designed to give 10-12 year olds an introduction to natural resource management. Hikes, work projects and independent study are all part of the program. A few                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the topics covered include tree identification, winter survival, and bird breeding.
According to Senior Naturalist Robb Clifford, the Junior Naturalist classes were added later than the others because those who had enjoyed Parent and Preschooler Adventures and Park P.A.L.S. wanted to continue. Even now, the kids always ask for something in the next age range, but says Clifford, “we ask them to take part in the adult programs. It’s time for them to move on.”
However, older kids, ages 13-15 can take advantage of summer camp, with Extreme Adventures, which this summer, included zip-lining, overnight camping and kayaking.
Camps which included an overnight stay were also held for kids ages 8-12 (Backyard Survival) and ages 10-12 (Paddling, Hiking and Camping).
The younger kids, 6-7, and 8-9, took advantage of Summer Day Camps.
“The dedication of the staff is extraordinary. They have to love what they are doing to pass it along to the kids. That they have the trust of families to drop their kids off for camp and for overnighters, proves we are doing something right,” said Van Frank.
Darke County Parks has worked tirelessly in preparing Nature’s Classroom, environmental education programs designed to enhance and supplement Ohio’s science curriculum. Each program topic addresses current ODOE Science Grade Level indicators and the Science Benchmarks by Academic Content Standards.
The program involves class field trips to Shawnee Prairie and a classroom visit by a Parks’ Naturalist.
During the 2011-2012 school year, 5-7,000 school age kids visited the preserve (this number includes the children’s programs).
However, due to cutbacks, some schools have not been able to take a field trip to the prairie. Hopefully, park personnel will be able to get to more schools, offering a kind of ‘Classroom in a Box.’ Added Van Frank, “we need to get to the schools. It will be more of an expense for us, but I feel that’s part of our mission.”
Programs can also be adapted for scouts and other groups as well.
Right now the Nature Center is home to Old Thyme Gardeners, Darke County Photo Club, Darke County Birders Club, and Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club. As well as hosting meetings, these groups also offer workshops and programs throughout the year.
The Greenville Art Guild holds an exhibit every fall.
Families have come to expect Darke County Parks to have the programs they want. Said Van Frank, “we try to engage every person who comes in here. You don’t have to come for a program, you can just come and visit. We want everyone who visits to build us into their routine.”

* Joining Van Frank and Clifford are Naturalist/Coordinator Laura Schwieterman, Naturalist Erica Dickey, Office Manager Deb Shiverdecker, Manager of Parks Maintenance Operations Nathan Epperly, Parks Maintenance Chris Supinger, and a tremendous amount of dedicated volunteers who make it all possible.
*The Nature Center located at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 OH-502, Greenville) is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Restrooms and water fountains are accessible during business hours, as well as educational displays, live animal displays, nature reference library, bird observation area, and nature gift shop.
*Nonprofit organizations may reserve the Nature Center's assembly room, classroom, or meeting room for morning, afternoon, and evening meetings. Room rentals are also available for private parties.


Volunteers needed for Prairie Days

Volunteers are needed for Darke County Parks’ annual Prairie Days Festival on Sept. 29 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and  Sept. 30 (noon- 5 p.m.) at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. 

Assistance is needed with pioneer activities and crafts (candle dipping, tussie mussies, tin-smithed lanterns, pioneer hats, sewing bean bags and rope making, etc.), setting up exhibits, stirring apple butter, cooking over the hearth in the Log House and lots more! 

If interested, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or call Laura at the Nature Center, 548-0165.  

A Prairie Days Workshop will be held Sept. 22 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for those interested in volunteering. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending a workshop).  For more information, visit

Butterfly Day: Kids will paint a flower pot, and along with the adults,  view  butterfly exhibits and displays and  take part in other hands-on activities during Butterfly Day, Sept. 1, 1-4 p.m., at the Nature Center. Take time to visit the Butterfly Tent, housing several common species found in Darke County and tour the gardens to learn which plants will attract more butterflies to your backyard. Butterfly Day is FREE!

During September the 2-3 year olds and 4-5 year olds will be spending time getting lost in the prairies studying the beautiful blooms of the plants that are taller than they  are.  September’s 2-3 year olds will meet Sept. 5 and 12, 4-5 year olds on Sept. 6. Each program runs from 10-11 a.m.  Parents (or Grandparents or babysitters) must attend along with their preschooler.   Pre-registration is required and the cost is $2.  In October the kids will go  “Nuts About Fall” and will discover “Who Lives in the Trees” in November.

Aug 25, 2012

Local DAR members attend conference

GREENVILLE-- Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR members recently attended the OSDAR Fall Fun Fair Conference in Columbus. The DAR, founded in 1890, is a volunteer women's service organization dedicated to keeping America strong by promoting patriotism, preserving history and supporting education programs.
Joanne Fisher, Regent Chris Nehring, and Helen Wright 

Eikenberry Fund awards first scholarship

GREENVILLE--An endowment fund at the HOPE Foundation of Darke County in memory of Nils and Collette Eikenberry recently awarded its first scholarship. The recipient was Erin Hartzell, a senior at Wright State University and graduate of Greenville High School. Erin was recognized for her scholastic achievement and activities, including a volunteer internship at Wayne Healthcare in its physical therapy department. The fund will award a scholarship each year to a GHS graduate serving a volunteer internship.

Established by their three daughters, Gretchen Davis and Elizabeth Bunch of Greenville, and Jenny White of Colorado Springs, the Nils and Collette Eikenberry Memorial Fund is a tribute to extraordinary parents who were devoted to their family and their community.

“We wanted to establish this fund in memory of our parents who gave of their time and resources to others, while showing us the importance of this,” said Gretchen. “They also taught us the value of further education and hard work.”

Known as a humble, loyal and caring person, Nils passed away at age 67 in September 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Collette Spidel Eikenberry, a generous mother and community volunteer, died of cancer in 1994 at age 50.

“Our father was a quiet and honorable man,” said Jenny. “Our mother was an outgoing woman who was always helping others. Both managed many things and people in their lives yet always made family and friends the center of their lives,” she added.

Nils graduated from Greenville High School in 1961 and attended Manchester College and the University of Cincinnati. Collette graduated from GHS in 1962 and also attended the University of Cincinnati.
Nils spent 45 years managing the family-run grocery business, Eikenberry’s Foodliners, retiring in 2005. He served on many Darke County boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, Family Health Services, Greenville Country Club, Sertoma Club, A Learning Place, Red Cross, Community Improvement Board, Elks, Masonic Lodge, Antioch Shrine of Dayton, and Darke County Shrine Club.

Collette served as a member and president of the Darke County Cancer Association, Wayne Hospital Auxiliary, FISH volunteer and member of Lambda Chi Omega philanthropic sorority.

The HOPE Foundation is pleased to honor this generous couple through this annual award. As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, manages and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents and non-profit organizations. For information about starting a charitable fund, call 548-HOPE or visit
The Nils and Collette Eikenberry Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded to Erin Hartzell, Greenville H.S. graduate and Wright State University student. The scholarship is administered by the HOPE Foundation of Darke County. From left: Tripp Davis, Mark Davis and Gretchen Davis, representing the Eikenberry family; Erin Hartzell; Christy Prakel, president of the HOPE Foundation.

Career Services offers support to ECC campus and community

PIQUA—Edison Community College’s Career and Job Services Center is a free advisory program located at the Piqua Campus that provides a wide variety of resources for job seekers and employers alike. From help with resume development and interviewing skills to providing career assessment tests that give users insight into what fields would suit them best, the center is a valuable and accessible resource that’s available to anyone, regardless of enrollment status.

Employers who are on the hunt for qualified applicants can also find assistance through the center, with resources designed to find qualified interns, annual job fairs and free online job banks for posting openings and searching resumes.

The center maintains a multi-resource web page with links to a wide variety of information to help streamline a job search as well contact information and important dates that job seekers need to know.

Visitors to the Career and Job Services Center’s web page will find links to some valuable career assessment tools. The brief Holland career assessment can help a job seeker understand how their characteristics translate into Edison’s available programs to help meet their training and education needs. The TypeFocus questionnaire is an in-depth, online career-planning tool based on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator that provides insights into a person’s personality, interests and values, which can help determine a career path.

In addition to general resume writing advice, there are also samples that highlight what goes into creating a high-impact resume as well as multiple sample resumes available for those looking for work in the medical field, computer technologies, business and more.

Anyone interested in taking a career assessment can do it for free online through the center’s web site. They can also schedule an appointment for career counseling through the center by contacting Pam Gibellino, Coordinator of Career Services, 937-778-7850. The center’s operating hours are Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Evening hours are available by appointment. More information is available online at

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