Oct 31, 2012

Harvest Sounds 2012 benefits Park District

NEW MADISON – Another exciting Harvest Sounds benefit concert will be presented at historic First Universalist Church, 331 East Washington St., New Madison, on Nov. 11, 3 p.m. The Darke County Parks District will be this year’s beneficiary and will receive 100% of the proceeds from the church’s 12th benefit concert.

The Darke County Parks District was created in 1972, and now encompasses nearly 1,000 acres of open and natural spaces throughout Darke County. The Park District through its various Park Areas, the cross county Tecumseh Trail, Nature Education Center, Pioneer Log House, Anthony Wayne Peace Council House and Sugar Shack, hosts nearly 100,000 visits every year, and is celebrating 40 years of enhancing life in Darke County. The mission of the twelve parks making up the District is to acquire and preserve land areas possessing special natural and historical features and to maintain these resources for the benefit of the public through appropriate educational and recreational programs and activities. For more information about Darke County Parks, please visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Harvest Sounds will present another year of performances by talented artists who donate their time and talent, making each concert a popular and outstanding community event. Featured artists will be well-known and talented local musician Joseph Helfrich, and Tara Hornbacker, inspirational speaker, humorist and musician.

Tara Hornbacker, an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren, is Professor of Ministry Formation at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, IN, and formerly served at the Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren. Holding a degree in speech and theater, Tara’s career includes professional theater with the Chicago Repertory Theatre and various summer stock companies. She is a popular vocalist, instrumentalist, speaker, humorist, ministry consultant and retreat leader. For her first Harvest Sounds appearance, Tara has chosen music from the Americana folk genre, Celtic and bluegrass.

Joseph Helfrich, known simply as “Joseph,” is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who has been performing in public for over 25 years. Joseph holds a BA in speech communication from Bluffton University, has taught music at several schools, and conducts seminars on communication techniques. He has been a full time musician since 1992, specializing in vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorders and mountain dulcimer. He moves comfortably from one end of the music spectrum to the other, incorporating a wide variety of styles and a healthy dose of humor. This popular and in-demand artist will be making his third appearance at a Harvest Sounds concert.

There will be a reception following the performance.

Tickets for Harvest Sounds will remain at $8 (no charge to students through grade 12), and will be available from church members, Darke County Parks Nature Center, and at the door the day of performance. For advance information regarding the concert, call 548-2480 or visit the church website, www.uuchurchnm.org.

Learn to make an heirloom for generations to come

ARCANUM--Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will hold a membership meeting Nov. 8, 7 p.m.

The society’s own reference material coordinator, Annette Stewart, will be the guest speaker, sharing her own story of genealogy and family history and making them into an heirloom for generations to come. Learn from this presentation how to create and preserve your own heirloom to tell your future generations of your family history. Mrs. Stewart has researched ancestors that served in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 as well as stories of local homesteads, cemeteries and long lost cousins.

During the evening there will be a tour of the reference library, exhibits of old family photos, scrapbooks from Annette’s personal collection, deeds and information on how to search your own home for history.

The society is preparing for the annual Christmas Bazaar to be held Nov. 24, with new hours this year, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s bazaar will feature themed rooms throughout the historical building for shopping. Look for Beck’s Boutique, Bake Shop and Country Store, Kids Treasures, and the Meeting Room which will be filled Christmas decorations galore! Find tall elegant decorated trees, wooden snowmen, stars, sleds and more. New features this year will be aprons, aprons and more aprons of every style and fabric and kids’ rocking horses. As usual, the society will keep their policy of low and affordable prices for all items. Watch for further information on the Bazaar as the time continues to grow near.

The Historical Society wants to extend an invitation to the public to join them the first and third Fridays, 1 p.m., for the Euchre Card Party, no reservation is necessary.

Planning a holiday party? Hall rental is available; call Carolyn Furlong, 548-6556, for details and reservations. Aluminum can recycling continues, cans may be left on the back porch of the building at any time. The society appreciates your participation. Learn more about the historical society by checking the website at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.

Veterans documentary shown at M-U Library

WEST MILTON – The Milton-Union Public Library is proud to host a screening of V-Day 11.11.11 on Nov. 8, 6 p.m. This powerful documentary, released in May, honors our nation’s veterans and the families of fallen heroes.

The film includes a round table discussion of five veterans from different branches and eras of the military while volunteer photojournalists followed others in their communities across the U.S. on Nov. 11, 2011. Producer John Coheen is an instructor at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Communication. As a veteran, he wanted to commemorate the sacrifices of our military men and women. His desire was to give veterans and their families an opportunity to speak about their experiences during their time spent in service.

Some of the 15 narratives included are of Civil War medal of honor recipient Frederick Anderson, Bennie Jefferies talking about his time as a tail gunner, Geoffrey Steiner who plants trees in memory of fallen soldiers, and military working dog (MWD) Eli who was retired after losing his handler LCpl. Colton Rusk to sniper fire in Afghanistan. Milton-Union High School band director Ron Duncan concludes this documentary with his view of why the playing of taps is so important. Beginning his military career in the Marines, Duncan now serves in the Indiana Army National Guard and plays for military funerals in the area.

The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton, and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the library, call 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org.

Fall Harvest Supper set

NEW MADISON – The Annual Fall Harvest Supper will be held at the Ft. Black Masonic Lodge, New Madison, on Nov. 13. Serving will begin at 5 p.m., in the lodge dining room. Turkey and ham with all the trimmings will be served along with mashed potatoes, corn, green beans and deserts. The proceeds from the supper will be used to support Masonic community charities, events, and activities. The public is welcomed.

Oct 30, 2012

Carbon Monoxide Kills One in Greenville

GREENVILLE - At 21:25 hours (9:25 p.m.), Monday, October 29, 2012, Greenville Police and Fire Departments along with Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to a Carbon Monoxide Emergency reported at 1241 Oaktree Drive, Greenville. Upon arrival personnel found three victims inside the residential structure. Officers from the Greenville Police Department removed three victims from the structure. CPR was initiated on one of the victims by fire department personnel. Further medical treatment for the victims was transferred to personnel of Greenville Township Rescue personnel that responded to the scene. Upon investigation, carbon monoxide levels as high as 270 parts per million were found in the structure. It is suspected that a malfunctioning or defective gas furnace was the source of the carbon monoxide. 

Two of the victims were transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Rescue personnel for evaluation, and the third victim was declared deceased on the scene. The Darke County Coroners office will be handling the death investigation. Darke County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased as Dawn M. Cox, age 46 of 1241 Oaktree Drive, Greenville.

Garst Museum exhibit will honor veterans

GREENVILLE – In honor of Veterans Day, Garst Museum in Greenville is pleased to host a special Civil War exhibit and lecture on Nov. 10 and 11. The exhibit, A Civil War Expedition: A Soldiers Life, features the comprehensive 30-year collection of Eaton area resident Jack Barnhart. Barnhart’s collection has been featured at several National Parks, the Ohio Historical Society, and Greenfield Village at the Henry Ford Museum. The exhibit will be open to the public on Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m.

As a highlight of the weekend Veterans Day program, on Nov. 11, 2 p.m., Jack Barnhart will present a lecture focusing on his Civil War collection. Barnhart will share several little known stories about the Civil War, information about the exhibit, and his personal experience in collecting Civil War artifacts.

The weekend exhibit and Sunday lecture are free to the public, however, regular admission will apply to tour the rest of the museum. The exhibit and lecture will be hosted in the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room and is accessible via the rear entrance located off the main parking lot. To honor veterans, any veteran who brings in a photo showing them in uniform will receive free admission for themselves and their immediate family to tour the entire museum Saturday or Sunday.

Support for the Garst Lecture Series comes, in part, from Harry D. Stephens Memorial Trust, Inc.

For more information, call 548-5250, email information@garstmuseum.org or visit www.garstmuseum.org.
Jack Barnhart’s collection will be display at Garst Museum on Nov. 10 and 11. 

Fall cleanup at township cemeteries

GREENVILLE – Fall cleanup will begin immediately through Nov. 15, for all Greenville Township cemeteries. Families and loved ones are asked to remove all decorations that they wish to save by Nov. 15, in all cemeteries maintained by Greenville Township.

Cemetery personnel will begin removing old arrangements that are not in vases which are attached to the markers or monuments. Also to be removed will be all hanging devices such as shepherd hooks, floral arrangements etc. When placing new arrangements on gravesites all arrangements must be in the marker vase (Memorial Gardens Cemetery) or a monument saddle arrangement placed on top of the monument in all other Greenville Township cemeteries. All artificial arrangements must be either in a vase or on a monument saddle. The only exception will be Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day. After these listed holidays then all arrangements not in the vases attached to the base monument must be removed within five (5) days after the holiday or arrangements will be removed by cemetery personnel.

Greenville Township maintains the following cemeteries. Memorial Gardens and Newcomer on State Route 118, East Zion located on State Route 36, Emanuel on the New Madison Coletown Road, Martin located on Culbertson Road, Crickbaum at Motorcycle Drive, and Bethel located on Cox Road.

Cemetery rules prohibit glass containers, wire, toys, figurines that interfere with any mowing and/or trimming.

Talk Turkey at DCP

GREENVILLE--Join a Naturalist at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Nov. 12, 7 p.m., to learn about the Wild Turkey. fascinating bird. Did you know this fascinating bird’s powerful legs allow it to travel at speeds up to 22 mph? Attend this free, informative evening and learn about these fantastic birds that almost beat out the Bald Eagle as our National Symbol. For more information, visit www.darkecountyparks.org or call the Nature Center, 548-0165.

Free Family Movie Night

GREENVILLE--Darke County Parks will host a free screening of the Disney-Pixar, Academy Award winning movie, Wall-E, on Nov. 16, 7 p.m. The story follows a robot named Wall-E who was designed to clean up a waste covered Earth and after years of being alone, he meets another robot named Eve. This movie is enjoyable for kids and adults, alike! The event is free, but please call, 548-0165, and let the staff know you’re coming so there will be enough popcorn for everyone. Bring a blanket or comfy folding chair to enjoy the movie.

Children’s Theatre names raffle winner

GREENVILLE – Recently, the Children’s Theatre Club announced the winner of its bicycle raffle. Ray Orth’s name was drawn during the final performance of the club’s production of Seussical the Musical. The Lowrider style bicycle was donated by Countryside Bike Shop, and proceeds from the raffle went to assist the organization cover cost of its theatre productions.

Orth was surprised to be the winner and currently has no real plans to ride the bicycle, but is planning to display it in his work shop.

Children’s Theatre Club is a non-profit organization that offers theatre performance opportunities for area youth. The organization is open to children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The club is currently working on its next production Children’s Letter’s To God.

Children’s Letters to God is a touching and sometimes funny story that looks at life through the eyes of children. When this group of young people have questions they can’t answer… such as “Why did my turtle die?” ”Why do my feet stink?” or “Why does this boy not like me?” They turn to the one person who can answer their questions. Dealing in such themes as Bullying, Divorce, and Sibling Relationships, this musical offers an entertaining look at life for people of all ages.

For more information the production or organization contact Children’s Theatre Club, 547-3360 or at childrenstheatreclub@yahoo.com 
Shown are Michael Bitner, Director Children's Theatre Club, and Ray Orth, raffle winner. 

Oct 29, 2012

Darke Co. Prepares for Sandy

Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross are working together on the preparations of Hurricane Sandy.

The major threat for our area is high winds. These winds are likely to cause power outages. The most important thing for Darke County residents to do is prepare. Now is a good time to test your generators or make arrangements to stay with relatives or friends that have generators.

People should listen to local radio, television, a weather channel or a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio for information.

Residents need to become familiar on how to shelter-in-place. Shelter-in place means to take immediate shelter where you are—at home, work, school, or in between. It is important to listen to the TV or radio to understand whether the authorities wish you to merely remain indoors or to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family.

Preparation for any type of severe weather also means having a family disaster plan and an emergency supply kit assembled and in a location that is easy to access during an emergency.

Please just remain mindful of the potential of this storm. Visit www.ready.gov, www.darkecountyema.org, www.redcross.org, or call 937-548-1444 for more information on preparing and planning for disasters.

Winter Crisis, PIPP Plus programs start Nov. 1

DARKE COUNTY--Community Action Partnership will again provide emergency energy payment assistance this winter for eligible households. The Winter Crisis Program begins Nov. 1, 2012 and continues through March 31, 2013, or until funds are depleted.

Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels may also be eligible for assistance. A customer may receive a delivery of fuel if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.

Income eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $46,100 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.

Proof of income must be provided. This can include child support payments received, wages, Social Security, public assistance or unemployment compensation.

Customers seeking assistance may be seen at 1469 Sweitzer Street Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Following a two-year transition period, PIPP Plus rules will be fully implemented this year. A PIPP Plus customer with a disconnect notice can use the $175 payment to get their service reconnected. However, in order to stay on PIPP Plus, the customer must make up any PIPP Plus payments they have missed.

If the customer is unable to clear the PIPP Plus arrearage, they will still be reconnected and put on one of the standard payment plans. Once the customer retires the arrearage, he or she may return to PIPP Plus.

To be eligible for PIPP Plus, customers must have a household income at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of four, that equals an annual income of $34,575.

Darke County customers may call 548-8143 to make an appointment. The CAP office will accept a limited number of walk-in customers weekday mornings, 8 to 9 a.m. Not all walk-ins are guaranteed to be seen. Evening appointment will also be available for the working families.

RSVP seeking volunteers

DARKE COUNTY--RSVP/HandsOn West Central Ohio volunteer program in Darke County is seeking older adults, age 55 and older, for the following positions:

* Tutor children, ages 7 to 12, at local youth program – work after school or in early evenings. The volunteer will be doing one-on-one homework help with children. A criminal background check is required. Make a difference in a child’s life!

* Receptionist for a local non-profit every other Thursday noon to 3 p.m., or on Fridays or Saturdays. Help this non-profit help others!

* Classroom tutor with teens in grades 9 to 12 at a local alternative school – work one-on-one with teens on class work during the school day. Times available include Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A criminal background check is required. Help a youth get ahead in school!

* Bingo assistant for a local retirement home – assist the activity director and residents on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings, 7-8 p.m. Help give seniors recreation involvements!

If you are interested one of these exciting opportunities or would like to talk with the volunteer recruiter to choose from many other volunteer positions, please call Cheryl Stafford, 548-8002, or email her at rsvpdk@councilonruralservices.org.

RSVP/HandsOn West Central Ohio is a program of Council on Rural Services …programs for innovative learning that supports children, youth, and older adults in Darke, Shelby, Miami and Logan Counties. For more information about the agency check the Web site at www.councilonruralservices.org or call 937-778-5220.

Power over Parkinson’s meeting

VERSAILLES--Versailles Health Care Center will hold it’s monthly Power Over Parkinson’s group meeting on Nov. 14, 4 p.m. at the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. There will also be a door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

Power Over Parkinson’s meet monthly to exercise, socialize, and learn. Sessions are led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. They will lead the group in vocal and physical exercise. Each month will feature a different education topic, often with guest speakers. Shannon and Gina hope to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s.

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

November is National Diabetes Month

GREENVILLE--This National Diabetes Month, Make a Change to Live Well: Wayne HealthCare Can Help You Take Small Steps for Better Health

Living with diabetes or knowing you are at risk is not easy. It’s common to feel overwhelmed, sad or angry – especially if you are struggling to make positive lifestyle changes that just don’t seem to stick for very long.

Even if you know what to do to improve your health, it is figuring out how to do it and fitting it into your daily routine that can present the biggest challenges.

Making changes step by step – such as losing a small amount of weight and becoming more active – can go a long way toward helping you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Losing even a small amount of weight can make a big difference in helping you prevent type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, making similar types of changes can help you reach your blood glucose and blood pressure goals to prevent diabetes-related health problems.

Getting Started 

So how do you get started making changes in how you care for your health? It’s all a matter of trying and learning. It’s about choosing a goal and working toward it. Making a plan and taking the first step will help you reach your goal.

Ask yourself what is hard about caring for your diabetes and why it is important to make the change. You may find it hard to be active. You may want to increase your exercise since increasing activity will help to lower your blood glucose level, help with weight loss, and lower your cholesterol level.

Ask what barriers have prevented you from making the change. Often we feel that we do not have enough time to exercise. Start out slowly and gradually increase your exercise. You can also breakdown your exercise into 10 minutes time frames that are completed three times throughout the day. Now set a realistic goal that you would like to start. For example “I will start walking ten minutes after lunch at least four days a week.”

Determine what you need to make the change and possible barriers you may encounter. You may find adding exercise to your calendar will help you set certain days of the week that you will exercise. Barriers may include the weather- too hot, too cold, raining, and snowing. Determine activities you can do indoors when these weather situations occur.

Finally determine how you will know if your plan is working and evaluate if your goal needs to be adjusted. You might decide to check your blood glucose level after you exercise. This will show you the impact exercise has on your blood glucose. At the end of the week look back to determine if you were able to reach your goal. If your goal was achieved- great. Now determine if you want to change your goal for the next week. If you were not able to reach your goal, ask yourself what barriers were in your way, and how you can overcome these barriers.

Ask for support from family, friends, and co-workers. Everyone needs support from others to help manage their diabetes. You may want to ask your support group to exercise with you or provide encouragement to continue to exercise. Do not forget to celebrate your hard work.

National Diabetes Month Program Offered by Wayne HealthCare 

Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE the Diabetic Educator at Wayne HealthCare will provide a presentation on “Diabetes and Eye Disease” on Nov. 8, 2 and 6 p.m. The programs are the same, but will be offered twice for your convenience.

Educational Opportunities 

With National Diabetes Month approaching, Wayne HealthCare would like to remind you of educational opportunities that are available year round to help with your diabetes management.

Group Diabetes Classes at Wayne HealthCare will provide you with the knowledge to help make healthy lifestyle decisions regarding your management of diabetes. The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed and individuals who have had diabetes for years. Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. The classes will discuss diabetes topics which include: healthy eating, facts associated with diabetes, the value of monitoring and using the blood glucose results, the importance of exercise, how diabetic medications work, goal setting, and ways to reduce risk of complications. The cost of each class is $10 per class or $40 for the series of four classes.

If you prefer to meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator, you can receive education regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Pre-diabetes classes are also provided throughout the year.

Free Monthly Educational Programs are provided in the afternoon or evening on alternating months. Past program topics have included: stress management, reducing complications, mindful eating, exercise, kidney disease, diabetes medications, and much more.

For more information regarding the programs offered by the Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program, call 547-5750.

Oct 28, 2012

Three Teens Killed in Roll Over Crash

On October 27, 2012 at approximately 5:16 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Tri-Village Rescue and New Madison Fire were dispatched to Byrket Rd. and Barry Dr. in reference to a single vehicle rollover accident with injuries. Initial reports advised three subjects were trapped inside the vehicle and mutual aid was requested from Greenville Township Rescue and Arcanum Fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville, driven by Austin Meade (16) of Greenville, was eastbound on Byrket Rd. and appeared to get off the right side of the road and when Meade tried to steer back on to the road he lost control causing the vehicle to slide off the right side of the road and overturn. Meades vehicle rolled several times and came to final rest in a wooded area on its top.

Meade had two passenger’s in the vehicle with him, Justice Meade (16) of Greenville and Brian Mendenhall (15) of Greenville. All three juveniles were trapped inside the vehicle. Both Meade subjects and Mendenhall all succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. CareFlight was initially dispatched to the accident scene, but was cancelled due to the injuries.

Speed is believed to be a factor in this accident. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Darke County Coroner’s Office. This accident marks Darke Counties 14th fatal traffic crash with a total of 16 people killed on Darke County roadways in 2012.

Obituary for Justice Meade
Obituary for Austin Henson-Meade
Obituary for Brian Mendenhall

One dead in accident near Arcanum

On October 27, 2012 at approximately 1:27 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue, were dispatched to US127 and SR 503 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident involving a semi and a car. Mutaul aid from Arcanum Fire and Rescue were also dispatched to the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Chevy Malibu, driven by Lisa A. Wright (43) of Arcanum, was southbound on SR503. Wright failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of US127 and struck a 2009 International semi, driven by Don A. Bailey (43) of Tallahassee, FL, which was northbound on US127. Wright’s vehicle struck the front of the semi trailer and was caught underneath the trailer when it was then flipped off the northeast corner of the intersection. Wright was ejected from her vehicle and her passenger, Daryn Wright (13) of Arcanum, was trapped inside the over turned vehicle. Daryn Wright was extricated and treated by Tri-Village Rescue, along with New Madison Fire and Arcanum Fire. Daryn Wright was then transported by CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he is listed in fair condition. Lisa Wright succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Bailey was also treated by Tri-Village rescue and refused treatment.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Coroner’s Office.

This marks Darke Counties 13th fatal traffic crash of 2012.

Man dies in accident near Ansonia

On October 27, 2012 at approximately 5:29 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to US127 and SR47 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Mutual aid was also requested from Versailles Fire and Rescue.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Robert H. Pierce (31) of Ansonia, was eastbound on SR47. Pierce failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of US127 and struck a 2000 Chevy Prizm, driven by Joseph H. Winhoven (50) of Greenville, that was northbound on US127. Winhoven and Pierce’s vehicles both went off the northeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles did overturn and came to rest in a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Pierce was treated by Ansonia Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Winhoven was trapped inside his vehicle and succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pierce’s condition is unknown at this time. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Coroner’s Office. After the investigation is completed this report will be referred to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for filing of charges.

This marks Darke Counties 12th fatal traffic crash of 2012.

President Obama, Vice President Biden make joint campaign stop in Dayton

An estimated crowd of 9500, many waiting for nearly three hours, greeted the President and Vice President at Triangle Park in Dayton.(roseberry photos) 

President Barack Obama 



DAYTON—President Barack Obama, making his first Dayton 2012 campaign appearance, and his first Ohio appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, was greeted by a crowd estimated at 9500 at Triangle Park in Dayton on Oct. 23.

Vice President Biden took the stage to introduce the President, first, urging everyone to “Vote Early,” then reminding everyone of the previous night’s presidential debate, calling the president a “Commander in Chief who is in command of the issues.”

He added, “these debates have exposed that Governor Romney and Paul Ryan have a foreign policy right out of the ‘80s, a social policy out of the ‘50s, and an economic policy right out of the ‘20s.”

President Obama listed Romney’s ever-changing issue positions, drawing a huge reaction with: “Romnesia--if you can’t seem to remember the positions that you’ve taken not just four years ago but four days ago, if you don’t remember the positions that are on your website, if you don’t remember the promises you’ve been making during the six years you’ve been running for President, you don’t have to worry, because Obamacare covers preexisting conditions.”

He also reminded the crowd of strides made during his administration: “Our businesses have added more than 5 million new jobs over the past two and a half years. Manufacturing is growing faster than any time since the 1990s. Our unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since I took office. Home values are rising. The stock market has rebounded. Our assembly lines are humming again. Our heroes are coming home. We are moving forward.”
Vice President Joe Biden 

His speech also included a five-point plan for the economy. (To take a look, visit BarackObama.com/plans).

“And now it’s up to you -- right here, right now. You’ve got to decide which path we’re going to take. You can choose the top-down policies that got us into this mess, or you can choose the policies that we are promoting that will get us out of this mess. You can choose a foreign policy that’s reckless and wrong -- or you can choose the foreign policy that Joe and I have been applying that’s steady and strong. You can choose to turn back the clock 50 years for women, and immigrants, and gays, or you can say, in this election, we believe that everybody has got a place in America. We want to make sure everybody has got opportunity. No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, no matter who you love, here in America, you can make it if you try.”

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

(The following article was written by Kim Brodrick, of Greenville)
GREENVILLE – Memories are funny things sometimes. When I was a freshman in high school, my dad and I moved to Cincinnati. The change going from a small village school to a city school was extremely overwhelming. I made friends with a sweet girl and while visiting her home, I noticed a baby perched in a walker in a lower level living room. He was completely alone, in the middle of the room. I wanted to go see the baby like any young teenage girl would. My friend quickly said, “Leave him alone, we don’t mess with him, he has Down Syndrome.” At that time in my life, I had no idea what Down Syndrome was, all I knew was a huge sense of sadness for this little boy who was left all alone.

This memory resurfaced recently as I pondered Down Syndrome Awareness Month. He would be in his 30’s now. I can’t recall my friend’s name, or the name of the school we went to, but I remember this baby sitting all alone, unloved. As I look at my daughter Chloe, I cannot imagine feeling anything but love towards her. She lights up everything and everyone. At 6, she still has some verbal delays, but her comprehension of what is being said to her is complete. There are no limits to her abilities as she masters each one in her own time. The only limitations for our children are the ones that we or others set for them out of ignorance.

Recently we attended a birthday party where some of the children asked me how old Chloe was. When I responded that she was 6, they were surprised. One little guy said he thought she was 4 because of the way she spoke. As I explained to the kids what Down Syndrome was, they seemed to not really care one way or the other. Play time went on as it had before, with her right in the midst of it all. I have found that if children have an understanding of the differences in another child, they are much more accepting than their adult counterparts.

As we approach the end of October, I want to leave an impression with people on how important is to be accepting of others differences, whatever they may be. As parents of Down Syndrome children, we take pride in our kids. We have found a kinship with one another that just exists from merely making eye contact as we pass each other. It is the knowing that we have been given an extraordinary gift, which has changed our lives for the better. These little people have a love that surpasses all understanding, an effervescent personality that bubbles over to everyone if they allow themselves to receive it. Don’t shortchange yourself, like the family 30 some years ago. Be open to all differences and embrace them lovingly as these precious children do every day.

Finnarn retires from Boys and Girls Club

Ted Finnarn 
GREENVILLE – Ted Finnarn, local Darke County attorney has recently retired from the Boys and Girls Club of Greenville, Inc. as Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Director effective Oct. 31. Finnarn has served as Secretary-Treasurer for over 35 years, originally being elected by the board in 1977. Finnarn noted that the “Boys Club” will always have an important place in his life since it provided him guidance during his youth when he was growing up in the City of Greenville. Finnarn commented, “I had some trouble in high school and ended up in Juvenile Court a couple of times for fighting and even though I had good parents, the Greenville Boys Club (as it was known at that time) provided the guidance for me and there I met several wonderful mentors especially one by the name of Paul Kirkpatrick. I think the Boys Club helped me to make it through some difficult times and I always promised Paul that if I had a chance to help the Boys Club I would. After I graduated from law school, I came back to the community and became a board member of the Darke County United Way from 1976-1980 and in 1977 I was the liaison from the United Way board to the Greenville Boys Club. I attended one of the Boys Club meetings at which time they sorely need a Secretary-Treasurer and board member and when I left that meeting I had been elected to that position”.

Finnarn also advised that his Probate, Trust and Estate Planning practice had recently expanded and he needed more time to devote to his business. Also, he noted that he would be doing more “out of town” legal work. The Boys and Girls Club of Greenville, Inc. board accepted Finnarn’s resignation with much regret and a successor will soon be named.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greenville, Inc. operates year round and provides much needed latchkey type services to youth ages 7-16 in the City of Greenville and the whole Darke County area. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 4–8 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m., with special field trips, projects, etc. during the year. They also are a youth organization and have a booth every year at the Darke County Fair.

Finnarn remembered what the late Paul Kirkpatrick always said “A man or woman never stood so tall, as the one who stooped to help a boy or girl.”

Darke Co. recognized for tourism efforts

Deanna York

DUBLIN – The Darke County Visitors Bureau was presented with two RUBY (Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance) Citations of Excellence Awards during the Ohio Travel Association’s annual Conference on Tourism in Dublin, Ohio on Oct. 11.

The first award presented to the bureau was in the Visitor Guide Category, with a budget of less than $300,000. “It is a huge honor to receive this award since our budget is less than half of most of our peers in this category,” stated Deanna York, designer of the guide and executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau.

In designing the Official Visitors Guide for Darke County, two main objectives were set: 1) solid messaging that would reflect that Darke County carries and delivers a spirited, urban-country vibe - keeping the messages clear, spirited and targeted, and 2) strong emotional appeal - use of more imagery and storytelling throughout the guide to transport readers into the experience and content spoken in the piece.

“The Official Visitors Guide for Darke County was designed to resemble the look and feel of a lifestyle magazine. The cover titles invite readers to open the magazine and discover the urban-country spirit of Darke County,” stated York, “When developing the layout and feel of the guide, one of the main ideas was to share the warm hospitality and smiling faces found in our community.”

The 40,000 copies printed will be distributed over an 18 month period to individuals interested in discovering all that Darke County has to offer. The guides will be on display and available at tourist information centers, attractions, accommodations and restaurants across the State of Ohio. Local folks are encouraged to stop by the Visitors Bureau in downtown Greenville to pick up copies for family reunions, weddings or for visiting friends and family, or visit any one of the brochure racks located in attractions, accommodations and restaurants across Darke County. Guides are also available at local festivals and events, and by calling the bureau at (937) 548-5158 or via email at info@visitdarkecounty.org. Information and daily updates are also available on Facebook on the bureau’s fan page, “Darke County Visitors Bureau.”

The second award presented to the Darke County Visitors Bureau was in the Website Category, with a budget category of under $300,000.

The objectives of the Darke County website were two-fold: 1) to share and present all relevant and important information in the most appealing manner and 2) make it as easy as possible for the visitor to quickly find, search for and retrieve the information to enjoy the online experience while on the website. Travelers searching for ideas on day trips, extended stays or relaxing getaway weekends in western Ohio will find a wealth of information and entertainment thanks to a redesign of VisitDarkeCounty.org, Darke County’s travel and tourism website. Visitors will find a comprehensive online photo and video library showcasing Darke County in fabulous mid-western hospitality and small town charm. The website boasts a new “searchability” feature for visitors to browse the county’s extensive database of calendar of events, dates, and other specific categories of interest; including a full host of shops, restaurants and accommodations.

“The new website captures the legendary spirit of Darke County and supports the bureau’s mission to enhance the economic growth of Darke County through the promotion and development of tourism,” stated Larry Boos, Chairman of the Darke County Visitors Bureau Board of Trustees.

The Darke County Visitors Bureau has been a member of The Ohio Travel Association for 15 years. In addition, executive director, Deanna York served on this state board for two terms, and holds the honor of 2011 graduate of the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy.

To learn more about Darke County Tourism, visit VisitDarkeCounty.org.

November blood drives for Darke Co. announced

DARKE COUNTY – There are many great opportunities to donate blood in Darke County. Support your favorite community, company, or school blood drive by donating a pint of blood to help save lives!

The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 2 – Midmark Corporation, 7–11 a.m., everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Black Halloween T-Shirt,” employee blood drive

Nov. 2 – Versailles High School, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., sponsored by Versailles High School Student Council, all students that register to donate will receive a free Special High School Lanyard; schedule your appointment soon, open to the faculty and students

Nov. 9 – Franklin Monroe High School, 8691 Oakes Road, Pitsburg, 9 a.m.–noon, sponsored by Franklin Monroe High School National Honor Society, all students that register to donate will receive a free Special High School Lanyard, everyone from the community that registers to donate will receive a free “Get in the Game” t-shirt; open to the community and students, appointments encouraged. * Please note date of blood drive moved up one week from original date printed on white mobile schedule card. Drive was moved from Nov. 16 to Nov. 9.

Nov. 12 – Union City City Building Community Room, 105 N. Columbia Street, Union City, 2:30–6:30 p.m., everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Get in the Game” t-shirt, community blood drive, appointments encouraged

Nov. 13 – OSU Tailgate Party Blood Drive, Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Darke County OSU Alumni Club, OSU Collectible Door Prize Drawings every 1/2 hour, wear your favorite game colors, everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Get in the Game” t-shirt, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Nov. 15 – Trinity Lutheran Church, 8520 Oakes Road, Pitsburg, 3–7 p.m., everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Get in the Game” t-shirt, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Nov. 19 – Versailles K of C Hall, 8440 St. Rt. 47, Versailles, 12:30–7 p.m., everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Get in the Game” t-shirt, sponsored by Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, donors will enjoy great refreshments, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Nov. 29 – Arcanum High School, 8–11 a.m., sponsored by Arcanum High School FCCLA, all students that register to donate will receive a free Special High School Lanyard, schedule your appointment soon, open to the faculty and students!

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.

Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email canidonate@cbccts.org or call 1(800)388-GIVE.

County EMA awarded $27,000 from Ohio EMA

GREENVILLE – Darke County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DCEMA) has been awarded nearly $27,000 in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funding from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. SHSP grant funds are distributed by the US Department of Homeland Security and designated to improve local government’s abilities to prevent, protect, respond and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

Due to funding cuts, the guidelines for the FY2012 SHSP grants were changed significantly from previous years. The grant program is now competitive and projects must focus entirely on regional capabilities that can be made available to the region, state and nation as needed.

“Our office partnered with the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross for this project application,” stated Mindy Saylor, Director of DCEMA. “These funds allow us to purchase much needed supplies to assist with Functional Needs Sheltering including Special Needs Cots, Ready to Eat Food and a Storage Trailer just to name a few”

Darke County will also benefit from some regional projects that were approved for funding. Including:

* Regional Generator Project – 5 generators will be received at various sizes

* Emergency Operation Center Development Planning

* Montgomery County Regional Forensic Response Mass Casualty Exercise

BBB offers tips on winterizing your home

This year will be another record year when it comes to heating your home. According to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, the average U.S. household will pay $992 in heating costs, which is up 10.5 percent from 2011. Remember, now is a great time to get your home winterized before old-man-winter settles in. Preparing your home now could save time, money and give you peace of mind.

Your Better Business Bureau offers tips to prepare your home for winter and save money:

* Inspect your furnace. It’s recommended to have it inspected annually by a professional. Turn the furnace on to make sure it works, make sure the thermostat works properly and check the filter.

* Check ductwork so heat isn’t escaping. Look for possible leaks and insulate exposed ductwork and pipes.

* Look for clogged gutters or downspouts. Build up could cause clogs causing rain water to back up and possibly freeze, which could cause major gutter damage. Fall is a great time to clean these out after all the leaves have fallen.

* Inspect your chimney. Before you fire it up for the first time, make sure there’s nothing clogging it like animals, debris and leaves. Check flashing around the outside of your chimney stack to make sure you’ll be leak free.

* Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Test detectors and replace if they’re older than 10 years.

* Check around doors and windows, caulk and replace weather stripping if necessary. This is a common place for cold air to make its way in.

* Check pipes before the first freeze. Wrap pipes in places like basements, crawl spaces and garages where it’s unheated, so you don’t have pipes bursting.

* Remove garden hoses from the faucet. Water remaining in hoses could freeze and crack or damage hoses. Also, remove gasoline from your lawnmower or other garden tools.

* Gather items for an emergency kit, such as a flashlight, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food and a battery-powered radio.

If you’re not very handy, your BBB can provide you with a list of BBB Accredited contractors and business reviews on contractors you’re considering. Visit www.bbb.org or call 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

Oct 27, 2012

New Park Opening

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Park District is pleased to invite the community to the opening of their newest park, Donna May Campbell Preserve on Nov. 3, 10 a.m. This 5-acre tract of land was generously donated by Gerald Campbell to the Park District and contains two trails leading to the Stillwater State Scenic River. This preserve is located in Beamsville just south of the Stillwater Bridge on Greenville St. Mary’s Road in Richland Township. Darke County Park District Director, Roger Van Frank states that “This will rapidly become a favorite park for bordering groups, fisherman and wildlife enthusiasts of Richland Township.” For more information on the Darke County Park District and the Donna May Campbell Preserve please, call the Park Office, 548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Greenville Library hosting Breast Cancer Awareness display

Debb is pictured with close
friend and Librarian Deb Cameron. 

GREENVILLE--The Greenville Public Library is hosting a very special Breast Cancer Awareness display this month. Debb Summers, a popular hairdresser at Creations Hair Studio in Greenville, is sharing a photo journal of her experience with breast cancer. The pictures were taken at key points during her treatment by friend and professional photographer Shelley Miller. Information and materials from Wayne Healthcare are also available.

Debb tells her story as an advocate for women to know their own bodies, as it was by self examination she discovered her illness. She also wants to inspire friends and family to be supportive of a woman who is diagnosed. “When you hear someone is doing chemo don’t run away. That’s the time to run to her,” says Debb.

Her friend Sarah Beard set up a “Care Calender” online so people could log on and sign up for such tasks as chauffeuring her to treatments or providing meals. Debb’s boyfriend and kids did housework and kept up school activities. “I really missed their school activities.” Her son was still in high school and is now a student at Ohio State. Her daughter is a sophomore at Arcanum.

The photos chronicle important milestones in her journey. Debb was diagnosed on October 8, 2010 and had surgery on November 11, followed by chemo treatments at Good Samaritan North from December 9 to May 25, 2011. She shaved her head the day after chemo started until last February 11. The chemo was scheduled for every 21 days and she would be “out the first ten.”

Debb then had radiation treatment every day for over six weeks and slept 15-20 hours a day if not at work. “It will take 2-3 years to regain my energy,” she said. As long as she rests well and eats well she now has more good days than bad. Debb said she felt better when she could go to work and focus on other people. She derived a great deal of support and love from her clients and co-workers.

At the one-year mark Debb had a family photo taken, the last in the series. Because her co-pays were so high, she received help from private donations and from The Darke County Cancer Society. Debb plays golf as a hobby so the Union City Golf Course and Stillwater Golf Course held fundraisers as well as the Kenny Monnier Golf Outing.

She is very grateful for having been surrounded by love and support throughout her illness and recovery. As she said, “You can't do it by yourself.” The Library appreciates her sharing her story and photos and hopes the public will gain better understanding as a result of Debb's efforts.

Free computer class offered

GREENVILLE--The Darke County Educational Service Center (5279 Education Dr., Greenville) is hosting a free computer class for beginners Nov. 1 and 2 in conjunction with the Connect Ohio initiative, which sponsors the Every Citizen Online training program. This class is free of charge and open to any Ohio resident. Over the two days, participants will complete a total of 6 hours of instruction covering topics such as basic computer functions, file organization, email, Internet searching and online safety. To register for this class, call 937-673-8408. Instructors will be Sue Coppess, Technology Coordinator at Mississinawa Local Schools and Lois Bunger, Director of Technology at the Darke County Educational Service Center.

Drama Dept. invites you to “Be My Ghost”

ARCANUM--The Arcanum High School Drama Department is proud to present its fall play, “Be My Ghost” by Tim Kelly Nov. 9 and 10, 7 p.m., in the high school cafe. Tickets are $5 adults, $3 students. Children under 5 and Senior Citizens are free.

The story involves young George Travis who writes horror fiction and everyone is certain will be the next Stephen King. Unfortunately, he’s suffering from “writer’s block” and hasn’t had an idea in months. He travels to rural New Hampshire where he plans to wed his childhood sweetheart, Betty Fisher. George’s eccentric Aunt Julia has recently passed on and willed him Black Raven Inn, a gloomy summer hotel. Local villagers stay away from the place because it’s haunted by the dangerous spirit of one Mercy Appleton. When George and Betty step over the threshold on a dark and stormy night, (what else?) all manner of hilarity and terror breaks out. “Be My Ghost” is produced by special arrangement with Contemporary Drama Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Cancer Support Group meets 11/1

GREENVILLE--The Cancer Association of Darke County Support Group will meet Nov. 1, 7 p.m., in the third floor in the Conference Room at Wayne HealthCare.

Sue Homan, Registered Pharmacist, will share information regarding hormones and how they affect people’s health.

Sue has been employed by Kaup Pharmacy since graduating as a Registered Pharmacist from Ohio Northern University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Pharmacy Science Degree. She began specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy compounding in 1995. Sue has given many BHRT presentations in different locations in West Central Ohio including a one-day BHRT Conferences held at Ohio Northern University in 2003. She attends PCCA conference, yearly, and she is a member of the Ohio Pharmacy Association.

Sue and her husband, Larry, are proud parents of six children ages 3-19. She also enjoys being a Religion instructor for Mary Help of Christians Church. Their leisure activities center around family oriented events, such as volleyball, basketball, baseball, and soccer games. When she finds time, Sue enjoys reading, traveling, and horseback riding.

Cancer patients, survivors and family and friends are invited to attend this event. Light refreshments are always provided.

The Cancer Association of Darke County is local and independent of other cancer groups. They partner with United Way.

DCRW enjoys great evening of fashions

GREENVILLE – “What a great evening we had, Youniques supplied wonderful fashions,” said Darke County Republican Women’s Club President Sally Zeiter regarding the club’s recent “October Occasion” evening.

Featured among the fashions from Youniques were many “Made in America” products. A wide range of styles were featured – from casual to dressy – modeled by club members: Darke County Commissioner Diane Delaplane, Pat Faulkner, Mary Gray Kinnison, JoEllen Melling and Betsy Irwin. Others modeling were Donna Kay Wright, Phyllis Mong and Jan Roestamadji.

The attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres featuring a chocolate fountain. There was also a silent auction with numerous items from a battery drill to a glittery evening bag. Several items were live auctioned at the end of the evening – adding an unexpected excitement.

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club meets on the second Monday evening monthly except in January and August. For questions, or further details, contact President Sally Zeiter at DCRWPresident@darkegop.org or visit www.darkegop.org/womens-club.html

Oct 26, 2012

Seat Belt Minimizes Injuries in Roll Over Accident

On October 26, 2012 at approximately 1013 AM. Darke County Deputies along with Osgood Rescue and Osgood Fire were dispatched to State Route 705 near Coble Road in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevy Pickup Truck driven by Greg Langenkamp, 32, of Osgood was traveling Westbound on State Route 705, when he lost control of his vehicle after passing another westbound vehicle on a curve. Mr. Langenkamp over corrected, traveling off the North side of the roadway causing his vehicle to over turn several times into a field.

Mr. Langenkamp was transported by Osgood Rescue to Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater, Ohio.

Mr. Langenkamp was wearing a seatbelt and injuries were minimized by the seatbelt usage.

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

VAHS open to ‘beggars’ and adults on 10/28

VERSAILLES--The Versailles Area Historical Society will be open as usual today, Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m., and because of the season, will be treating all the “little beggers” who come by. No tricks, only treats!

But for the grownups the society will be featuring it’s current display entitled, “Blessed Be the Ties That Binds” featuring numerous textiles from the area. Many of these are priceless quilts on loan to the Versailles Area Historical Society from members of the community. Also included are many other needle crafts as well as woven items. Each Sunday someone will be demonstrating some type of wonderful needle. This show runs through Nov. 4.

Tours will be available at no charge, but donations are always welcome.

To book a private tour, contact Deb Pohl, President, or Jim Kelch, trustee, or leave a message at the museum, 526-4222.

CADC celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness month

GREENVILLE--The Cancer Association of Darke County, 209 East Fourth St., Greenville, will be celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Oct. 29 and Oct. 31, 1-4 p.m. with cookies and a small gift to all visitors.

Please stop by and celebrate with the brave women who have fought this difficult battle.

The Cancer Association is local and partners with United Way. It is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.

For information, call Christine, 548-9960.

AWTHS open on First Saturdays

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, located at 123 West George Street in Arcanum, will have visiting hours the First Saturday of each month starting November 3, 2012. The historic house, which was once the Beck Hotel and home of the Arcanum Grange, as well as other numerous business occupants will be open from 9 a.m. until noon. In the event of severe winter weather the house will be closed.

The house is open for tours by appointment as well as the research center during other days of the week. Displays and reference materials are unique to the town and surrounding area with information and artifacts from local donors, personal collections, and family photo scrapbooks. For more information visit www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org or call 692-6462 for research appointments.

44th Annual Bazaar scheduled for Nov. 3

GREENVILLE--Brethren Retirement Community Auxiliary is sponsoring its 44th Annual Bazaar, Nov. 3 at 750 Chestnut Street in the Brick Room.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and close 2 p.m. A homemade soup and sandwich lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chestnut Cafe. FREE canvas shopping bags will be given to the first 50 community adult shoppers.

The Bazaar will highlight baked goods and crafts by auxiliary members from participating Churches of the Brethren. Home-baked apple dumplings and cinnamon rolls will be available. Noodles, angel food cakes, and a large variety of pies will be available. Proceeds from the Bazaar are used to purchase various items to enhance the retirement experience for the residents.

Eleven vendors will have displays of country crafts, jewelry, painted rocks, loomed rugs, doll clothes and much more. Personalized monogramming will be available. You may bring in your own things or purchase items and have them personalized while you shop. A large display of Serrv items will be available. Serrv is a nonprofit alternative trade organization supporting regions of the world by marketing their handcrafts. Café and Gifts on Main will be open with Christmas displays abounding on the same floor as the Bazaar.

The public is invited to attend this annul fall event and celebrate with Brethren Retirement Community Auxiliary.

For more information, contact Esther Clark, 447-2351, or Brethren Retirement Community, 547-8000.

Pancake Breakfast set for Nov. 4

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Lions Club will host a Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 4, 7:30 to 12:30 p.m., in the St. Denis Catholic Church basement. There will be homemade sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The club will also be accepting used eyeglass donations.

GOP Women attend OFRW Fall Conference

COLUMBUS – “What a wonderful event it was. To be able to have the honorable Mia Love as our featured speaker was fantastic. We were able to work with the Romney campaign to bring her here for our event. This also allowed her to attend other Ohio functions while she was here to speak at our event. We believed it was a win-win situation,” said Lyn Bliss, Vice-president and Program Chairlady for the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW)."It was great to have OFRW Awards Co-chair and Darke County President Sally Zeiter and OFRW Program Committee member Dori Howdieshell in attendance. It was also a pleasure to be able to ask Gail Snyder, one of our DCRW members, to share the driving for Mia while she was in Ohio for our event."

The OFRW recently held its annual Fall Conference at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Dublin, Ohio. The Conference theme was, “Continuing the American Dream”.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club and OFRW Program Committee member Dori Howdieshell dressed as the Statue of Liberty and led the members of the OFRW Board into the Conference. North Columbus Republican Women’s Club and OFRW member Marilyn Clark sang the National Anthem.

Scott Jennings, Ohio Director of the Romney Campaign was present and introduced the OFRW Board and Love. Love spoke to the theme and detailed how her parents had immigrated legally to the United States. They arrived in America with $10 and the desire to take advantage of the opportunities available to industrious and responsible individuals in this country. She detailed some of the challenges she has faced as mayor and talked about her campaign to be congresswoman representing Utah. Additionally, she detailed why it is important for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to be elected – they will continue that American dream her parents came to America to experience.

“We have two very clear directions. One, more government dependency, more handcuffs, more handouts.” said Love, or one that promotes energy independence, affordable educations, trade and jobs, champions small government and helps lower the national debt.

Her message was one of personal responsibility and continuing all the dreams and characteristics that have built America into the great country it has been.

Other featured speakers were Lizz Eisaman from Protect Your Vote Ohio who spoke regarding the details contained in Issue Two. Issue Two will appear on the November General Election Ballot. Issue Two would put the redistricting process into the hands of a panel that is not elected. A no vote has been endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party, the Darke County Republican Executive Committee, the Darke County Republican Men’s Club and the Darke County Republican Women’s Club.

Chairwoman of the Montgomery County Republican Party Kate Burch and OFRW Public Relations Chair Missy Mae Walters spoke about the turn–around in the Montgomery County Republican Party and also the Clean Coal program in Ohio. Jeanne Bolton, President of the Licking County Republican Women’s Club, detailed the steps she used in building the club’s membership and facilitating its entry into electronic media and communications.

Love, and her husband Jason, arrived in Ohio Friday evening and their transportation was provided by Licking County Republican Women’s Club and OFRW member Elaine Kent of Granville. Saturday’s transportation for Love and her husband was provided by Darke County Republican Women’s Club and OFRW member Gail Snyder of Greenville. OFRW presented Love with a tapestry throw featuring the Ohio Flag, from the Ohio Statehouse Gift Shop as a departure gift.

The event also featured a silent auction of baskets donated by various OFRW member clubs and vendors from around the state. Darke County Republican Women's Club donated a basket and the Darke County Republican Party sold political buttons. The public was invited to the event and the Embassy Conference Center was full.

The Ohio Federation of Republican Women is composed of thousands of active members in local clubs across Ohio. It is part of the National Federation of Republican Women, which is one of the largest political organizations in the U.S. For more information regarding the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, visit www.ohfrw.com, email President Jean Turner at jeanturner@ohfrw.com, or call the OFRW office at (614) 456-2054. 

DCRWC is a local organization of Republican Women and associate members who support the Republican cause and are members of the OFRW. For more information, email President Sally Zeiter at: DCRWPresident@darkegop.org

Oct 25, 2012

Greenville Police Investigating Armed Robbery

On Thursday, October 25, 2012 at approximately 12:13 p.m. The Flower Patch located at 104 Rhoades Ave. in Greenville was robbed at gun point. The suspects fled the scene in a late 90’s gold Jeep Cherokee. Suspects are two white males; the first suspect was wearing jeans and black shirt with a black ball type hat with one white letter on it. He is in his mid 20’s, 5’7” – 5’9” tall with sandy blonde hair over his ears and down to his neck. Second suspect is of stocky build, dark hair and unshaven, he is 5’6” - 5’7” tall, his arms are covered in tattoos.

The store clerk was uninjured in the robbery.

Anyone with information reference this incident please contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103

Bradford students help Resource Center

BRADFORD – The Bradford High School Student Council and B Crew have joined together to sponsor a canned food drive to help fill the depleting stock at the Bradford Resource Center. The students will be collecting can good donations on Halloween night during trick or treat on Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m. Instead of tricking, these students will be picking up treats for others! If you would like to donate, simply put the canned good items in a plastic bag and place them by your front door and the students will be around that evening to collect them.

If you live outside of town and would like to donate items, drop them off at the school in the front office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Oct. 31, or call April at the school, 448-2770, and they will make arrangements to pick up the items.

YFC plans a different kind of banquet

GREENVILLE – “You didn’t need to have a speaker. Hearing what the kids had to say about how God is working in their lives was all I needed to hear!”

Each year after the Youth for Christ Report to the People and Fundraising Banquet, YFC staff members hear several comments like the ones above. And yet, each year, Youth for Christ has introduced another guest speaker to enhance the banquet program. ...Until this year.

This year, the Board and staff of Youth for Christ are preparing a different type of banquet program to take place on Nov. 12 and 13. Oh, it will include several teenagers sharing their testimonies like it does every year, but instead of a guest speaker, there will be time spent hearing from unpaid “champions” whose lives have been touched as they served with the ministry or contributed to its mission. But this is only part of the story.

If you attend this year’s Youth for Christ banquet, which will take place at the “All Season’s Place” at the Lighthouse Christian Center, the first things you’ll notice are how many people are behind the work of YFC and how much preparation has been made for your attendance. More than 350 guests are expected each night, and they will dine in style in a first-class setting with a delicious meal prepared by Catering by Michael.

For the rest of the evening your attention will be captivated as Youth for Christ tells its story in a moving and entertaining way. Live music, video, and drama will all be used to add variety to your experience, but like others who have attended in the past; your heart will probably be most touched by the people who share their stories from the stage. Don’t be surprised if at the end of the evening you feel motivated to get personally involved in helping teenagers after learning about the difference your help can make.

There is no cost to attend the Youth for Christ banquets and every adult is invited, although reservations are required. At the end of the evening, guests will have the opportunity to commit to volunteering, prayer, and financial support if YFC’s mission resonates with their hearts. The identical program will be presented each evening on Nov. 12 and 13, 6:30-9 p.m. Those wishing to attend can make reservations by calling Youth for Christ, 548-2477, or by e-mailing them at office@yfcmv.org.

Library debuts theater system on First Friday

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Public Library will be hosting a “movie matinee” on Nov. 2, as its First Friday event. The popular film The Help will start at 2 p.m. in the upstairs Meeting Room. Since seating is limited, please pick up a free ticket at the Circulation Desk. Feel free to bring your own snacks!

This event is possible due to a new theater system that was recently installed in the Meeting Room, thanks to generous gifts from The Friends of the Library and John and Beth Vehre. The idea for the system was part of the original plans of the expansion and renovation project in 2005. The Library’s very grateful for the donations that made this idea a reality.

Reuben Kennet, IT Tech, explains that a “sound bar” along the bottom of the screen provides a surround-sound effect without the need for a lot of speakers in the room. Also included is a Blu-ray player and a DVD player.

This new system is available to anyone who uses the Meeting Room and can be plugged into any laptop that has a HDMI port. The Library will be using it for Teen and Family programs as well as its own seminars. Librarian Deb Cameron has plans to show additional films with the theme “Books Made into Movies.”
Reuben Kennet, IT technician, displays the 80” television that is part of the library’s new theater system. 

Ladies Night helps Cancer Association

GREENVILLE – Ladies Night will be held at Romer’s on Nov. 3, 4-8 p.m. There will be a catered meal, entertainment, chair massages, a raffle, etc. The monies raised from this event will be donated to the Cancer Association of Darke County to help local cancer patients.

In return for the generosity of the ladies, there will be many door prizes given such as a coffee pot, $50 gift card from Pamela’s, $50 gift card for McBo’s Bowling Alley, flower center pieces, wine gift basket and many more nice gifts.

Don’t miss out on this fun time with the staff of All About You Therapeutic Massage. Tickets are only $45 or two for $80 for this full evening of fun, food, entertainment and prizes. Credit cards are accepted. 

Tickets are available at All About You, Brenda’s Beanery, Pamela’s, Uniques or the Cancer Association. For questions, call All About You, 202-4104 or the Cancer Association, 548-9960 and speak with Christine.

Local GOP Women host OFRW official

Linda Burke
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be hosting Ohio Federation of Republican Women's (OFRW) Southwest District Vice-president Linda Burke as featured speaker at its Nov. 12 meeting.

“We are so proud to have Linda visit our club. It will be nice to hear the latest that is going on in the SW District,” said DCRWC President Sally Zeiter.

As well as being OFRW Southwest Vice-president, Burke is Warren County Co-chair Romney for President, Warren County Women for Mitt Chair, Warren County Republican Women's Club President and a member of the Warren County Republican Party Executive Committee. She is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute, Class of 2012.

Burke, as one of five siblings, was born and raised in Hamilton County, Ohio. She and her husband, Major Donald Burke (USMC Retired), reside in Warren County. They have one son and two grandsons.

The club will also be electing its 2013-2014 Officers.

Dinner is available by reservation, at a cost of $7.50. To place a reservation, please email Wavelene Denniston at DCRWReservations@darkegop.org, or call 547-6477. Reservations must be made before noon on Nov. 8 and reservations placed must be paid.

The Darke County Republican Women's Club will be serving dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community in Greenville. Those who wish to only attend the meeting may do so by arriving at 7 p.m.

The Darke County Republican Women’s Club meets on the second Monday of every month, except January and August. For more information, contact President Sally Zeiter at DCRWPresident@darkegop.org.

Oct 24, 2012

Leaf Pickup

GREENVILLE – The City of Greenville Street Department will begin leaf pick-up on Oct. 29. All leaf piles must be free of trash and tree limbs. 

Open House at Greenville Twp. EMS Services

GREENVILLE – The Township of Greenville EMS Services Building is hosting an Open House on Nov. 4, 1-3 p.m., 1401 Sater St., Greenville. Fire truck rides, Careflight, Huber Heights Pink Fire Truck to help support Cancer, and many other activities will be happening. There will also be free hotdogs and treats.

Arcanum-Butler Veterans Day Assembly set

ARCANUM – On Nov. 9, Arcanum-Butler School District will honor local veterans with an assembly in the High School gym. The assembly will be from 1:30–2:30 p.m. A reception for veterans and their families will follow the assembly in the cafetorium adjacent to the gym

This year’s guest speaker is retired Sergeant First Class John Weber of Vandalia. He is a veteran of the Korean War where he was a part of the 40th Light Infantry.

If you plan to attend the Veterans Day Assembly, please contact Brenda Hale at the high school, 692-5175. Veterans are encouraged to sit in the chairs on the gym floor behind the podium.

Watch the LWV Fall 2012 Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters Fall 2012 Candidates Forum features candidates for 2nd Appeals Court - Carly Ingram and Jeffrey Welbaum, and candidates for the 80th House District - Richard Adams and Dave Fisher. The forum was held Oct. 22, at the American Legion Post in Greenville.

Travis performs at Bearcreek

Jimmy Travis
BRYANT, IN – Bearcreek Farms is happy to announce the appearance of Jimmy Travis on Nov. 1. Travis is a multitalented performer who constantly proves that you can be funny, informative, and entertaining without being offensive. As one reviewer put it, “Jimmy Travis took the stage and within minutes made everyone in the audience feel like his new best friend. His presentation was hilarious, clean, and definitely had something for everyone.”

Attempting to describe a Jimmy Travis show or presentation is a lot like trying to herd cats! It’s not impossible, but definitely takes some doing. He’s funny, creative, spontaneous, energetic, and since he frequently interacts with the audience, no two shows are ever the same! Simply put, Jimmy Travis is unique!

Jimmy Travis appears at the ‘Goodtimes Theatre’ at Bearcreek Farms with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Lodging packages and meal and show packages are also available. For reservations or additional information, call Bearcreek Farms at 260-997-6822. Or, visit www.bearcreekfarms.com.


PITSBURG – Pictured are Past District Governor Don Kepler of the Pitsburg Lions Club, Bob Anthony, Treasurer of the Darke County Shrine Club and David Kepler, President of the Pitsburg Lions Club during a recent donation presentation. The donation will be used by The Darke County Shrine Club to help operate the Shine’s Hospitals for Children. The Shrine Hospitals provide care at no cost to the child or parent.

Oct 23, 2012

Arcanum Lions Club holds pie auction

ARCANUM – Arcanum Lion’s Club Auctioneer, Lonnie Norris and his assistant Dick Troutwine conducted the annual Colossal Pie Auction on Oct. 18. The event was for club members with a ladies guest night. It is a private fundraiser by the club with the donation of outstanding bake goods and certificates provided by Lion Winston Brumbaugh, owner of Brumbaugh’s Fruit Farm. Highest bidder of the night broke all past year’s high bids with $132 for a butterscotch pie. Holding the new record bid is Rev. David Wilson.

Each year, the Lion’s members designate a local cause for the proceeds. This year’s selection to receive proceeds is the Curtis Miller family of Arcanum. Curtis is waiting a double transplant and the club elected to help the family with the proceeds to be used for daily living expenses during this time.

Club bidders purchased a variety of fruit pies, apple fritters, pumpkin cookies, cream horns, sheet cake and new this year were certificates to be redeemed at the fruit farm before the annual pie auction in 2013. The total sales and several cash donations by members came to $978. The club made a motion to round out the proceeds from the evening to an even $1000 to be given to the Miller family. The Colossal Pie Auction was pronounced a success. Bidders look forward to another auction in 2013. This year’s proceeds and highest bidder, David Wilson, have been placed in the record book holding the auction’s record. 

 A thank you is extended from the club to Brumbaugh’s Fruit Farm for making the auction possible.
Shown are the pie auction bidders (front row) Jason Stephan, Terry Mills, (second row) Tom Staley, Winston Brumbaugh, Dick Troutwine, David Wilson (Highest Bidder), Judy Fourman, Bob Kimmel, Bev Fourman (third row) Jason Willis, Jim Gray, Connie Norris, John Weisenbarger, Matt Jones, and Everett Johns.

Fire damages home in Greenville

Update: 10/23/12 3:14 p.m. - The cause of the fire at 501 Sater St. that occurred on 10/23/2012 has been determined to be started by a juvenile playing with a lighter.

At 8:38 AM Tuesday, October 23, 2012, the Greenville Fire Depertment was dispatched to the intersection of Sater St. and Gray Ave. on a report of smoke coming from a residential structure. When units arrived at 8:42 AM, they discovered a 1-1/2 story wood frame dwelling involved in fire. A smoke detector acitivated and alerted the eight occupants of the fire and all evactuated the structure before arrival of the fire department. Several rooms in the rear of the structure were heavily damaged by the fire. Damage is estimated at $40,000.00. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friends of GPL hold September meeting

GREENVILLE--Friends of the Greenville Public Library met in September to review the good things that have come out of their spring annual used book sale and the great support of individual, family and corporate members.

The new security system now being put in place is one of those good things that Friends had a part in. The new tables and chairs and the theater system in the third floor Conference Room as well as several permanent bulletin boards were also purchased with book sales and member support. Some genealogy records and World Book Encyclopedia for the Children’s Library were also part of FOL financial support.

Looking forward to another successful used book sale next spring, Friends of the Library are urging community members to remember our wonderful library when they clean out their bookshelves this fall, winter or next spring. Books may be dropped off at P.A.W.S starting Nov. 1. However, they also stress that spring cleaning on those bookshelves be before April 15 since it takes time to get books organized for the sale.

Books may be dropped off at P.A.W.S on Martin Street (across from the Dairy Queen) weekdays, noon until 5 p.m. until April 15 next spring. Good used books, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs, and tapes can be donated. No text books, magazines or encyclopedias, please. For information, call Jan Boyer, 548-1916.

Oct 22, 2012

Commissioners Corner

October in Darke County might be the prettiest time of the year. The trees are in full color, and in the mornings, the sun on the fields and foliage is spectacular. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the State. October also brings the cool temperatures of Fall, High School football in full swing, and of course, Halloween. As the year winds down, the Commissioners are wrapping up what we believe to be a great year for Darke County.

On the local front, we have accomplished quite a bit of maintenance this year. As of now we have completed the new roofs on Edison State, the Court House, and done some work on the Commissioner’s Office roof. We had to refurbish the bathrooms in the Commissioner’s Office because of a leaky toilet, but that was accomplished quickly by the maintenance crew. The walls on the visitation house have finally been fixed, and a lot of painting and woodwork has been done. On October 21st, Western Ohio Asphalt out of Versailles sealed and striped the parking lot behind the Commissioner’s Office. We also have done some minor landscaping around the courthouse and our office. One of the bigger projects that has needed to be done has finally been accomplished, that of putting new boilers in the Garst Avenue Government Building. We replaced a boiler that was about 60 years old with 2 new high-efficiency boilers. Slagle Mechanical got the bid for that work, and it was completed the week of October 15th. Service Tech Corp. got the duct work clean at the Sheriff’s Office, something that had not been done since the building was built. We have also approved new video cameras from Sound Tech Corporation for the Sheriff’s Office, these have needed replaced for several years, and have replaced several of the Sheriff’s cruisers this year also. As revenues rise slowly, we will continue to spend your money as wisely as we can, and to keep your public buildings serviceable for years to come.

Next month we will start appropriations meetings with our Elected Officials. As of now, we will be holding the line for all offices as we take a wait-and–see approach to revenues. The latest report we have on Casino revenues indicates that we can anticipate a 20% to 25% decrease from forecasted income. This is the reason the Auditor and the Commissioners are not counting on this revenue as it is too volatile to predict at this time. Our Elected Officials continue to do a tremendous job with limited funds and with a minimum of personnel. Please tell them how much you appreciate all their efforts, as we in the Commissioner’s Office certainly do.

Economically, Darke County continues to be a state-wide leader in job retention and creation. On Oct. 26, the Dayton Development Coalition in conjunction with the Partnering 4 Progress initiative will be holding their quarterly meeting at Whirlpool. Thanks to Whirlpool’s management for allowing us to have this event at their location. As we have stated all year, Marc Saluk and the Economic Development Department have done a tremendous job. Workforce Development continues to be in the forefront of our efforts for the near future and beyond. Darke County has a plan for our workforce, and the implementation of the plan is underway. Thank you to all of our corporate partners for their efforts in this undertaking. This year has been a complete success, and to fully understand what we have accomplished, go to the Darke County Economic Development website at darkecounty.com, and on Facebook at Darke County Ohio Economic Development. Marc, Melanie, the Partnering 4 Progress group, the Darke County C.I.C., the Local C.I.C’s. and all the Chamber’s of Commerce can be proud of the numerous successes this year, and to a brighter future for Darke County.

We hope all of you enjoy the Fall and Halloween, and can at some point attend one of our meetings. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville, just south of the Courthouse. See you there!

The Darke County Commissioners

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