Nov 30, 2012

Make your own natural holiday decorations

GREENVILLE--Join the staff at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) on Dec. 15, noon to 4 p.m., for a fun afternoon celebrating the holiday and making your own unique natural holiday décor. During this Open House there will be crafts to make in the Nature Center using natural materials such as branches, pinecones and fruits. Use these natural materials to make ornaments and door hangings to decorate your own home or give as a gift! While you are here, stop by the Log House and try your hand at candle dipping! Materials will be provided, all at no charge. Call the Nature Center, 548-0165, to pre-register so we are sure to have enough craft supplies on hand.

GHS NJROTC accepting donations for ‘Operation Rack Pack’

GREENVILLE—Did you know that many young, single Marines and Sailors return from deployment in the middle of the night with no family present to welcome then back on American soil? Most immediately check into barren barracks rooms with nothing but the clothes on their backs, all of the belongings in storage. Their first night spent “at home” often leaves them with no means to clean themselves up, get a decent meal or relax. Operation Help A Hero, a Rancho Santo Margarita, California, based non-profit organization, which supports the Marines and Sailors on Camp Pendleton, continually collects welcome home items for these single Marines and Sailors who are returning from deployment.

Greenville High School NJROTC unit and booster organization want to help solve this problem for Marines and Sailors and will be conducting a donation drive Dec. 6-22. Donations will support “Operation Rack Pack,” which will eventually support at least 8-10 recent GHS NJROTC graduates. It is the mission of Operation Rack Pack to provide each of these Marines and Soldiers a clean room, snacks, toiletries, welcome home sighs and more. Ideally, they will be able to come home and have the necessary items to take a shower, put on clean clothes, grab dinner and enjoy some relaxation without having to go to storage or to the store in the middle of the night.

The current wish list includes (in order of most needed): $10 gift cards to chain restaurants (Subway, Sonic, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s and Dominos are all available on base), movie tickets, towels, wash cloths and hand towels, shaving cream, deodorant, T-shirts and/or socks, hand soap, shampoo, toothpaste, snack foods/cookies, toothbrushes, entertainment items (cards, magazines, new and gently used DVDs, games, etc.), paper towels, water, sports drinks and soda, small containers of laundry soap, welcome home signs or cards, or just about anything you would like to give a young Marine or Sailor. Monetary donations are also accepted (receipts available) to purchase needed items. GHS NJROTC Boosters will also take cash donations to help offset shipping costs.

Items can be dropped off at the Greenville High School office or to any NJROTC student or booster member. For more information, contact Booster President Julain Jones, 459-5350, or Captain Keith Denman or PN1 Chris Cox at the high school, 548-4188. For more information about Operation Help a Hero or to donate online, visit Operation Help a Hero is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

GHS Choirs prepare for Christmas Concert

GREENVILLE--The GHS Vocal Music Boosters are presenting the 2012 Christmas Choir Concert on Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at Memorial Hall. Featured on the program will be the Wavaires, Concert Choir, Girls Glee, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Choir.

Seats are reserved for the performance at a presale cost of $5. Tickets at the door will be $6. Ticket requests can be made during Periods 5-6 lunch periods (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) in the High School ticket booth beginning Dec. 3. Contact Linda Hickerson, 548-2084, for tickets after Dec. 3. There will be no refunds or exchanges.

The Girls Glee will perform “FaLaLaLaLa,” “Jingle Those Bells” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The Men’s Choir will perform “We Three Kings” and “Super Santa.” The Women’s Choir will perform “Believe” and “Breath of Heaven.” The Wavaires will perform “Santa’s Frosty Follies.” The Concert Choir will sing “Processional For Christmas,” “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and a medley from the movie “White Christmas.” The concert will conclude with the traditional “Silent Night” and “Hallelujah Chorus.” The choreography for the concert is done by Brooke Jendrusik. The choirs are accompanied by Mrs. Terri Fryman and directed by Michele Smith.

Get a free chair massages at Greenville Library

GREENVILLE--The Greenville Public Library’s “First Friday” event on Dec. 7 will be free chair massages for the public. Just come in between noon and 5 p.m. and enjoy a very relaxing ten-minute massage of the back, shoulders, and neck. What a great way to unwind during the busy holiday season.

Three therapists from All About You Therapeutic Massage will conduct the massages: Whitney Christman, owner and LMT; Julie Kossler LMT; and April Mitchell LMT. Three special chairs will be set up in the Library's Audio-Visual Room on the first floor. Just walk in and take your turn!

All About You Therapeutic Massage is now at a new location, 1402 Wagner Ave., near Francis Furniture. “Benefits of Massage” and business cards will be available. For more information, 937-202-4104, or look them up on Facebook!

Nov 29, 2012

Month of Joyful giving begins 12/1

UNION CITY – WJYW-Joy FM (88.9 FM/94.5, 97.7 Richmond) will be holding its second annual “Month of Joyful Giving” Dec. 1-18. This year the station is partnering with Rock Solid Ministries to “Blanket Richmond.” There are many people in the Richmond area who are in need of the warmth a new blanket can provide and the station has a goal of providing 200 blankets to people in the Richmond area. “You don’t have to go to the inner city of New York to find people in need of a blanket,” stated Joy FM General Manager Dan Franks. He added, “We’re planning to help people right here in our listening area.”

The station is also helping the Pregnancy Care Centers located in the listening area. The most needed items are diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby cereal, lotions and powders. Franks shared, “We’re looking to provide for some basic needs of babies in our listening area. It seems appropriate since gifts we’re brought to the baby Jesus on that first Christmas. Perhaps families can see this as an opportunity to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.”

For those wishing to drop off new blankets or baby supplies, you may do so at the following locations Dec. 1-18: Bread of Life Christian Book Store-107 W. Main St., Greenville; Trinity Gifts and Books-4623 National Road East, Richmond; and all Old National Bank locations in Union City, Richmond, Portland, Winchester, Losantville, and Farmland.

Dec. 7: Candlelight Walk and Open House at Bear’s Mill

GREENVILLE—The Friends of Bear’s Mill invite the community to share in an evening filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays at their much anticipated annual Candlelight Walk and Open House at historic Bear’s Mill, Dec. 7, 6-10 p.m. This event is free to the public, however donations are greatly appreciated.

Guests will be entertained around the bonfire with holiday music by the Melodyline singing group from 7-8 p.m. In the event of inclement weather the group will be singing inside the Mille Store and Gallery.

“Kick off the holiday season by taking a stroll along the millrace that is lit up with the warm glow of luminaries,” said Merri Niekamp, Outreach Manager for the Friends of Bear’s Mill nonprofit organization. “Awaiting you is a country bonfire in the woods with straw bales for resting while you roast your hot dogs and marshmallows and sip hot cocoa. Historic Bear’s Mill and The Greenville Creek provide a spectacular backdrop for a winter bonfire and a fun, family holiday event. We would also like to encourage our visitors to extend their walk to include a visit to the overlook at the dam. The dam overlook was built this past summer as part of a community service collaboration between The Light Foundations’ Camp Vohokase and Bear’s Mill, and will be decorated with Christmas lights that will be lit using the hydroelectric power generated by the water the the dam,” she concluded.

In addition to stoneground flours and meals, the Mill Store offers kitchen and gourmet goods as well as Boston Stoker coffees and homemade holiday candies. Home décor, giftware and women’s accessories are also available for sale.

“Holiday items are arriving daily and ready for your business and personal gift giving needs. Enjoy a walk and visit to the bonfire and then come inside the Mill Store and Gallery to enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee and a cookie while you listen to holiday music, visit with friends and get a jump on your holiday shopping,” stated Julie Clark, Retail Manger. “Gifts from the Mill offer you the opportunity to give something special from your own hometown and we offer gift-wrapping and shipping services, too,” she explained.

The gallery at Bear’s Mill will feature the December artist for the final Art at the Mill series for 2012. Included will be an innovative installation by Indiana artist Zach Medler. Medler’s exhibit entitled “Midwestern Landscapes” will include ceramics, paintings and sculptures created from found objects of wood, metal, paper, books, fabric and more. Original pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters and friends will be on display and available for gift-giving as well.

“Tax deductible donations and profit from sales in the Mill Store & Gallery are vital to the nonprofit organization,” said Friends of Bear’s Mill President Ray Lepore. “When a visitor gives a donation or makes a purchase at the Mill, they are helping to keep the Mill open. If a visit to the Mills is not already a part of your holiday routine, this is the year to begin a new tradition.”

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, about five miles east of Greenville. For more information on this and other programs offered by The Friends of Bear’s Mill, contact Bear’s Mill at 548-5112 or visit

Cash for Gold to benefit Special Olympics

GREENVILLE—Darke County Special Olympics is sponsoring a ‘cash for gold’ fundraiser on Dec. 6, 3-7 p.m., at the Darke County Law Library, 124 W. Fifth St., Greenville. This is a ‘golden opportunity’ to get Christmas cash for yourself and raise funds for Darke County Special Olympics, as the organization will receive 10% from the buyer.

Any gold or platinum jewelry – broken, kinked necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, pendants, watches, dental gold – can be taken for pricing. Connie Voss, an independent buyer and owner of Voss Gold Buying, LLC, will offer everyone the best prices for the gold. She does not buy stones, but will remove and return whatever is possible.

For more information, contact Cindy Rose, 584-4915, ext 225; or Voss Gold, 567-644-5654.

A.I.M. plans carry-in

GREENVILLE—A.I.M. (Amputees in Motion) will hold its third annual holiday carry-in and ornament exchange on Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m. All are asked to bring a covered dish and enjoy an evening of great food and fellowship. If you wish to participate in the ornament exchange, bring an ornament ($6 or less), wrapped, with your name on it. The meeting will be held in the basement conference room of the Darke County Health Department, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville. For more information, contact Linda, 968-3074, or Terri, 937-423-8404.

Lions Clubs support Teddy Bears & Friends

DARKE COUNTY – Providing big smiles and a little comfort to Wayne HealthCare patients over the last 16 years is exactly what the Lions Clubs from Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville, and Pitsburg have been doing. These local Lions Clubs partnered with Community Blood Center many years ago and created the Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare program. They make it financially possible to purchase Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals that are given out to patients at Wayne HealthCare during the Christmas Holiday Season. This is definitely a joint effort. The Lions Clubs provide the finances and the stuffed bundles of love are purchased. The job isn’t taken lightly. Only the cutest ones that can be found are purchased. Imagine the smiles and joy they must bring to a child who has to visit the hospital for any reason during the Holiday Season.

One might ask what does all of this have to do with blood drives? Well not only do these great Lions Clubs provide the finances for the Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare patients, they also host the December Community Blood Drive in Greenville. This is where the two come together. The stuffed animals are brought to the blood drive. Everyone who comes to donate blood gets to sign a special gift tag that is attached to the stuffed animal of their choice. After the blood drive the specially tagged stuffed animals are taken to Wayne HealthCare and distributed to different departments. They are now ready to be given out to patients at Wayne HealthCare, to help make them feel better.

There are many great stories of how this small gesture has made a huge difference in the patient. A few blood donors have actually received letters of thanks from the patient’s family.

Please thank these fine Lions Clubs for making a difference, by providing blood as well as comfort during the holidays to local patients.

The blood drive on Dec. 11, marks the 17th year for Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare Patients. The blood drive will be held at Greenville Church of the Brethren on 421 Central Avenue in Greenville. Donation hours will be from 12:30–6:30 pm, and appointments are encouraged.

Everyone who registers to donate blood now through Dec. 31 will also receive a special gift. Community Blood Center (CBC) is helping donors bundle up this December with the new “Blood Donor – Save Lives” knit scarf in scarlet and grey.

This neck wear is both practical and stylish and arrives just in time for the gift-gathering time of year. The scarf is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch and most mobile blood drives through Dec. 31.

The scarlet and grey colors are both holiday festive and unmistakably connected to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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

Individuals with eligibility questions are invited to email or call 1(800)388-GIVE. Make an appointment at

Nov 28, 2012

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series tackles Eldora’s high-banks

Inaugural Mudsummer Classic marks another historic first in Speedway’s 60th Season Celebration

ROSSBURG – Eldora Speedway and NASCAR announced today another milestone event in the legendary half-mile oval’s rich history as the 60-year-old track will play host to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013. The Inaugural Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday, July 24 will mark the first NASCAR-sanctioned National Tour event held on dirt since September 1970 in Raleigh, N.C.

“Eldora typically hosts 10 different touring series each year, and we’re very proud to have NASCAR join the list of series that will compete at our track,” said Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and owner of Eldora Speedway. “NASCAR’s history began in the sands of Daytona and on the dirt of the Carolinas, and having the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on the dirt at Eldora brings that history back to a new generation of fans, as well as Eldora’s own fan base.

“The same fans who come to watch a dirt Late Model, a World of Outlaws Sprint Car or USAC Midget might not be the same fan who takes in a NASCAR race. But by bringing NASCAR to their world, at one of the most well-known dirt tracks in the country, will make the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic a must-see for fans of dirt-track racing and NASCAR.”

“We’ve been looking at getting the trucks back to short tracks – to the roots of racing including the dirt – and we’re excited to announce our 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Eldora,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “The door-to-door racing that our truck series is known for, plus Eldora’s popularity and Tony’s dedication to putting on great shows for the fans, is a perfect fit. We’ll have a maximum starting field of 30 trucks at Eldora. More details on the race format are still being developed.”

NASCAR has had a little known representation at Eldora since the early 1970s in the form of concrete footprints from the late Bill France, Sr., acquired by Eldora Speedway founder Earl Baltes just days before a Daytona 500. The brazen idea to acknowledge France came from Baltes’ admiration of France and his commitment to auto racing.

“Bill France was a real special man,” reflects Baltes, who sold his beloved track to Stewart in November 2004. “NASCAR was big at the time – still is – and I thought having a small remembrance of it at Eldora was neat, but this is even better. I guess I never thought I would see the day that NASCAR and the vision created by Bill France, Sr. would ever be here.”

Since its opening in 1954, Eldora Speedway has proved to be the frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. The first USAC National Sprint Car Series event held at the facility took place on April 22, 1962, and was won by Stan Bowman. In 1978, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series brought the thrill of winged Sprint Car racing to Eldora Speedway, with Bobby Allen winning the first-ever event on April 16, 1978. In the Late Model ranks, the first annual World 100 was won by Bruce Gould in 1971.

Eldora shocked the Sprint Car fraternity with the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal that made its debut on July 28, 1984 with a win collected by Steve Kinser. The presence of Late Model racing was bolstered with the creation of the Dirt Late Model Dream and its $100,000 top prize, a revered amount first won by Freddy Smith on June 11, 1994.

The new millennium brought forth the highest paying race in the history of short track racing and The Eldora Million on June 9, 2001. Late Model driver Donnie Moran became the only grassroots driver to ever earn $1 million in a single race.

In 2005, Stewart and the Eldora Speedway staff announced they would begin a new tradition, one that would bring mainstream interest into the heart of short-track racing. Featuring some of the biggest names from NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and extreme sports, the annual Prelude To The Dream saw some of the largest crowds in the track’s history and raised more than $4 million for charity.

With that event on hiatus for 2013 to allow for an expanded 19th annual Dirt Late Model Dream that will now encompass three days of racing, the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic featuring the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will write yet another chapter in Eldora’s impressive history.

Initial talks between Eldora Promoter and General Manager Roger Slack and NASCAR Officials in mid-September led to a quickly organized two-day test in October with Stewart and Austin Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion and 2010 World 100 Fast Qualifier. The two drivers tested identically-prepared Chevrolet Silverados from Richard Childress Racing.

Adult tickets are priced at $36 and Children (12 & under) are just $12. All reserved seats are $4 more.

Advance ticket holders to the 2012 Feed The Children Prelude to the Dream will be given the opportunity to purchase the same seats they had for this year’s Prelude to the historic running of NASCAR’s return to dirt while also retaining renewal rights to the next scheduled Prelude To The Dream. Notices will begin going out immediately with instructions on how they can begin doing so online or by phone beginning at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 1 through Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

Tickets and campsites will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at 10 a.m.

Complete ticket and campsite information for the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic and other Eldora Speedway major events can be found at the track’s website, or by calling the ticket office (937) 338-3815 during normal business hours.

Dale Cramer visits Bread of Life on 12/6

GREENVILLE – Award-winning author Dale Cramer will be signing and talking about his newest release, Though Mountains Fall, at Bread of Life Bookstore, 107 W. Main St., Greenville, Dec. 6, 3:30–5:30 p.m. In this stirring conclusion to his bestselling The Daughters of Caleb Bender series Cramer pulls from the rich history of his Amish heritage.

The stories, the characters, the textures of real life that add richness and depth to the author’s writing come from what he has heard, seen, and lived. The Daughters of Caleb Bender series is based on an Amish colony in the mountains of Mexico where three generations of his family lived in the 1920s.

In its fourth year the Amish settlement in Mexico is thriving; however their very existence is threatened by attacking bandits. The settlers of Paradise Valley turn to the government for help, only to find the cruel troops an equal threat to their way of life. Tried by fire and riven by war, Caleb and his daughters are forced to confront their separate destinies.

Stop by Bread of Life to visit with Mr. Cramer and hear him tell the stories behind his story.

GOP Women to install officers at party

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its annual Christmas Party at its Dec. 10 meeting.

“We are excited about having our party and also about installing the officers for the upcoming two years. We would like to invite the public to attend,” said Club President Sally Zeiter. “Our Christmas project will be the food pantry. We encourage anyone attending to bring non-perishable food items or a monetary donation.”

Dinner is available by reservation, at a cost of $7.50. To place a reservation, email Wavelene Denniston,, or call 547-6477. Reservations must be made before noon on Dec. 6 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 and party 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, please contact President Sally Zeiter,

Darke County Republican Women’s Club officers for the upcoming two year term are (L to R): Assistant Treasurer Carol Ginn, Corresponding Secretary Lila Pinney, First Vice-President JoEllen Melling, Treasurer Dori Howdieshell, President Sally Zeiter, Second Vice-President Kay Seiler, and Recording Secretary Lyn Bliss. 

Nov 27, 2012

Veterans given preference points by MHA

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority is giving preference points for individuals and families who are veterans, widowed spouses and families of veterans. Preference points will also be given to individuals/families meeting HUD’s definition of homeless. The DCMHA is continuing to accept applications for rental assistance at the office located at 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH 45331.

Toys for Tots begin annual toy collection

DARKE COUNTY – As the Holiday season begins to drawn near, one can be sure that the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Coordinator Winnie Rader is gearing up for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Since 1947 Marines and volunteers have been making Christmas wishes come true for the less fortunate children.

The local Toys for Tots team works very hard to make Toys for Tots a success, but they could never do this without the help of concerned citizens and business leaders.

They are in need of baby toys, dolls, games, books, puzzles, trucks, cars, Legos, coloring books, and items for older kid – bath sets, make-up kits, brush sets, perfume sets, cologne sets, wallets, small tool sets, basketballs and footballs.

Help put a smile on the face of many children in the Darke County area. ALL DONATIONS COLLECTED IN DARKE COUNTY – STAY IN DARKE COUNTY.

Drop off locations change yearly and businesses donated space for these collection sites. All monetary donations will go to purchase new toys. Monetary donations can be mailed to Darke County Toys for Tots, 124 W. Fourth St., PO Box 972, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Monetary donation cans are available at: Greenville – Vints, Tail Gators, Western Ohio Chiropractic, Hummers, Cash Land, Dave Knapp Ford, Ace Hardware, CJ Market, AT&T, Teaford Dairy Store, and Hot Heads Burrito; Arcanum – Arcanum Hardware, Miller Tavern, Troutwine Auto, Picnic Pizza, Sutton Super Value, Ben Franklin, and Arcanum Hardware; New Madison – Firpo.

Donations can also be made online at

Current drop off sites include: Greenville – Dave Knapp Ford, Big Lots, American Red Cross, Bob Evans, AT&T, Dollar General, YMCA, Dr. Gordon Dental Office and Family Dentistry (Woodside Drive), Greenville Public Library, Third Street Market, Element Life, all Farmers State Banks, Darke County Sheriff Office, Spirit Transport, Ron Garrett Chevrolet, Greenville Police Department, Teaford Dairy Store, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Walmart, Kmart, Medicine & More, Ace Hardware, Cash Land, Pizza Hut, Walgreens, Red Cross, Greenville Township Fire Department (Sater Street), Hot Heads Burrito, and WTGR the Tiger Radio Station; Arcanum – Suttons Super Value, Millers Tavern, Ben Franklin, Arcanum Butler Schools and Arcanum Hardware; Versailles – YMCA, Dollar General, Bailey Zechar Funeral Home and Versailles School; Ansonia: Dollar General and Ansonia School; New Madison – Dollar General, Farmers State Bank and Tri-Village Schools.

Registration for children will be taken online at or by calling Winnie Rader, (973) 773-0885. Registrations after Dec. 1 will be put on a waiting list and done as donations become available. The coordinator and volunteers are doing everything possible to make sure no child will be left behind.

Phillips will judge annual toy contest

ANSONIA – Scott Phillips, host of the popular PBS television program The American Woodshop, will judge the 19th annual Toys for Tots Toy Contest hosted by the Ansonia Lumber Co., 300 S. Main St., Ansonia.

Crafters are urged to bring their handmade wooden toys to Ansonia Lumber between now and Dec. 15. The entries will be on display until judging at 9:30 a.m., on Dec. 15. Contestants are encouraged to enter as many toys as they wish but will only be eligible for one prize. All entries will become the property of Toys for Tots and will be distributed to needy children. Phillips will base his judging on style, originality, quality and how they would appeal to a child. The public is invited to attend the judging and see the toys.

The prizes, donated by Ansonia Lumber Co., are Grand Prize - $150 Ansonia Lumber Gift Certificate; second prize - $100 Ansonia Lumber Gift Certificate; and third prize – Dremel Cordless 7.2v Kit.

Phillips is in his fourth decade of woodworking. He started in his father’s shop when he was 11. The first moneymaking projects were air-dried walnut shelves and boxes. These projects led into furniture and restoration commissions. Furniture repair work quickly led to a passion around antique furniture. Phillips considers Chippendale and Shaker furniture styles his favorite source of design inspiration. His approach: study the best then make furniture using correct techniques. The American Woodshop will soon be airing its 19th season. The program is broadcast on more than 370 television stations and reaches five million viewers each week. The program can be seen locally on Saturdays, 11 a.m., on WPTD Channel 16.

Ansonia Lumber Co. is proud to host the 19th annual Toys for Tots Wooden Toy Contest as a way to help make Christmas a little brighter for underprivileged children.

For more information, call 337-3111.

Nov 26, 2012

Your Answer Will Help Shape The Early Bird

The Early Bird has undergone a transformation over the past few months. Changes have been made in the layout to make the paper much more readable. But, we want to know what you think of us. Have we developed into a community newspaper with the important information readers need to keep up with events and people in the community or are we primarily a shopper focusing on advertisements of local and national business?

There is a one question survey at the top of the middle column on this page. Please take a moment and answer the question and help us become better able to serve Darke County and the surrounding area.

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Commissioners Corner

The best part of November is when all the political ads are over, all the election rhetoric is finally finished, and all of us can start thinking about Thanksgiving and family. Congratulations to all the local elected officials and continued good fortune in their next terms. The current Commissioners are still intact, and we look forward to working together and continuing the progress that has been done in the last couple of years.

November has been very good to Ohio and Darke County so far. Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped from 7.1% to 6.9% at the end of October. Darke County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 5.5%. The Federal unemployment rate actually increased to 7.9% in October. We continue to be much better than State and Federal unemployment rates. Greenville was named by Ohio Magazine as one of the States “Best Hometowns”. At the Holiday Horse Parade, several proclamations from the Commissioners, The State House, and the Governor’s office were given to the city in recognition of this achievement. Of course, we have all known for a long time that Greenville and all of Darke County is a great place to be. We look forward in trying to make Darke County even better in the future. In a related incident, Site Selectors Magazine, a publication put out by people who look for places to open or grow businesses, has named Ohio the Number 2 State in the country for businesses. Last year, Ohio received the Governor’s Cup from Site Selectors Magazine as being the best in the country. This year we came in second to North Carolina. Ohio, and particularly the Dayton Development region of which we are a part, is leading the charge in the Midwest as we were the only State named in the Midwest. The Dayton region was named the #1 region in the State for economic activity. Congratulations to all involved in this honor, and we will continue to pursue economic growth in Ohio and especially our region. Finally, it looks like all of our school systems continue their success in achieving excellence in education. Congratulations to all the schools and may they continue to achieve higher and higher goals for all of our children.

As this is written, the elected officials and the Commissioners are going through our yearly appropriation hearings. Our elected officials have done a tremendous job in doing more with less for the last several years, and it is appreciated here in our office. As the economy grows here, we will do everything we can, all of us, to make sure the people are getting the best “bang for their buck” from all of our departments. Once again, please tell your elected officials and their staffs how much you appreciate their efforts. This past year we have concentrated on building maintenance, and we have achieved a lot of upgrading and fixing that have needed to be done. Some of the repairs completed have included the Courthouse roof, Edison State’s roof, the wall at the visitation house, and new boilers at the Garst Avenue complex, and the cleaning of all the duct work at the Sheriff’s department, plus new outside security cameras on the way. We hope to continue that through next year, assuring that all public buildings can continue to be accessible for years to come for the people of Darke County, who pay for it all. One area of concern for all of us is the current bout of robberies in the County. The Sheriff’s office is convinced that these robberies are tied to drug use. The Darke County Sheriff’s office is working diligently to catch the perpetrators, but they need your help. If you see anything suspicious, please call them and let them know. Our Sheriff’s office does the very best it can with limited resources, so it is vital that citizens maintain an alert status and become their eyes and ears as they cannot be everywhere. Because of Darke County’s geographical size and sparse population, there are plenty of places for criminals to hide and attack. Please be aware and help the Sheriff to solve this issue.

On the economic front, Marc Saluk and Melanie Nealeigh continue to work very hard and put in long hours on a variety of projects. Of course the main effort will continue to be workforce development. Our efforts in this area are moving along very well, and it is because of the support from industry, the schools, and the E.D. office. As has been stated before, this will be the main focus for us for quite a while, but we will not stop our pursuit of business retention, expansion, and relocation. Midmark Corporation has started their expansion project in Versailles. This project is a major investment in their business, and the Versailles community. Midmark is adding on a 100,000 square foot addition, one of the largest expansions of an existing building in Darke County in a long time. Congratulations to Midmark and much continued success. We would like to welcome Ohio Plastic Processors located in Greenville, as the first company that the Darke County C.I.C. revolving loan was recently issued to. This low interest loan is to help small businesses to expand and grow in Darke County. This tool will prove extremely valuable to local efforts in the years to come as it is locally controlled and more easily implemented than many other incentive programs. Additionally, it can be issued in amounts smaller than other loan programs would consider.

The Commissioners hope all of you had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. In this holiday season, it is always nice to reconnect with friends and family. We invite everyone to “reconnect” with your government this year and in the future. The Darke County Commissioners meet publicly 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. Hope to see you there!!

The Darke County Commissioners.

Christmas Party Gift; Learn to Save a Life

Cindy Pike, Darke Co. Clerk
of Courts and Red Cross
Board member, is practicing
CitizensCPR, a lifesaving tool
taught by the Darke County Red Cross.
GREENVILLE – Are you tired of the ordinary Christmas parties? Try a party that may actually benefit you, your family and the community. Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes and then kick off the party.

What a great way to gather a regular group of friends, your organization, your staff, a Sunday school class, a family reunion or your clients. Most people who survive a cardiac emergency were helped by a bystander. That could be you!

There is no written testing for CitizensCPR. It’s an introductory class, without learning of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or AED usage. A trained instructor is provided and practice will be given on a special compression tool to insure that each participant is comfortable and skilled in hands-on CPR before the party is complete. .

All you need is an open room, a few guests and some food or drink for after the class. Participants are floor taught with accommodations made for those with knee issues.

Another class that can be taught in 30 minutes is Disaster Preparedness planning with a Make-It-Take-It Kit.

This is a service of the Darke County Red Cross and a fundraiser. Donations for the party help to support the mission of the Red Cross. This party class does not qualify for CPR certification needed for work or school.

Contact director Lynne Gump at with questions, 548-1002 to schedule.

Museum open on Sundays

VERSAILLES – Thanks to all of the little elves the Museum at Versailles will open for the holidays every Sunday in December, 1-4 p.m. The theme for the season is "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree... A tribute to Christmas in the 50's".

Also, on Dec. 9, 2 p.m., they will host their first "Sunday Afternoon at the Museum" series. They are pleased to begin these popular afternoon events with "A Visit with the Bishop." Tim Nealeigh as St. Nicholas will be the guest to share the legend and give treats to all the little ones present. This cherished German tradition is one not to miss.

The Museum is always free (but happy to receive donations!) and everyone is welcome.

Another Movie Matinee at the Library

GREENVILLE - The Greenville Public Library is hosting a second Movie Matinee on Nov. 30, 2 p.m., in the third floor Meeting Room. The movie will be “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Admission is free, but because of limited seating, please pick up a ticket at the Circulation Desk. Snacks are welcome! 

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is also a book made into a movie, as was “The Help” which was shown last month. The Library invites area Book Clubs and Literary Clubs to use the Meeting Room for their own private showings of “books made into movies.” Just call the Library to reserve the room!

Nov 25, 2012

Sheriff Toby Spencer expresses his gratitude

DARKE COUNTY--Sheriff Toby L. Spencer would like to express his gratitude to the citizens of Darke County for recent “timely and accurate” crime tips. Over the past several weeks there have been multiple arrests of persons who were observed at the scene of rural burglaries in Darke County. It is because of these reports that Deputies have been able to respond to the area on four separate occasions. As a result, the responsible parties were apprehended or identified.

On Oct. 16, 2012 at about 11:20 a.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting that her home in the 3200 block of SR571 West was being burglarized. The caller advised that she had been informed of this by a friend who had driven by her residence, observed an unfamiliar vehicle in the driveway and saw someone standing inside near a window. This information was passed on to Deputies as they were responding and as additional information was learned the vehicle was located, a suspect was questioned, stolen property was recovered and charges on the persons involved are being pursued.

On Nov. 1, 2012 at about 2:35 p.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting a burglary in progress in the 3500 block of Hollansburg-Tampico Road near Glen Karn. The resident reported that they heard a knock on their front door but did not answer the door. Moments later, the resident was confronted by an unknown female suspect who let herself into the residence through the back door. The female was confronted by the resident and the female fled the scene. The resident obtained a description of the vehicle, its occupants and immediately reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the area, located the vehicle with occupants as described. The vehicle was stopped, stolen property was recovered and three arrests were made; Justin E. Harrison, age 32, Melinda S. Johnson, age 19, and Danielle E. Eldridge, age 23, who are all from Richmond, Indiana. As a result of this arrest burglaries in Indiana were also solved.

On Nov. 7, 2012 at about 11 a.m, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who advised that he had just observed an unfamiliar, yet distinctive, gray car parked in his neighbor’s driveway and there were three males running from the house. Deputies immediately responded to the residence located in the 8200 block of Martin Road, Bradford, OH. Deputies learned that the resident had just left there about 30 minutes prior to the neighbor observing the suspicious activity. Several doors were found to be open in some of the out buildings but no signs of entry were found into the residence itself. An alert was given out on the distinctive gray car and about an hour and a half later was located on Bishop Road south of Greenville. As Deputies approached the car, they observed one male occupant and multiple items in the back seat. The male occupant later admitted to having been the driver of the car at Martin Road. Items found in his car were later confirmed to be from Martin Road and from another house on Beamsville-Webster Road. Theft and Breaking and Entering charges were filed against the driver of the gray car, Sterling Seiler, age 19, of Greenville, who was arrested on Nov. 15, 2012 and is currently incarcerated at the Darke County Jail. The investigation continues on the other suspects.

On Nov. 15, 2012 at about 1:59 p.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a property owner in reference to a possible break in near the 7300 block of Palestine-Union City Road. The owner reported that he had been contacted by his neighbor who provided him with a detailed description of a two tone green mini-van that had been observed in the area of the property. The neighbor also reported finding a freshly broken out window to the shop area of the property. Deputies and Detectives immediately responded to the area and obtained a list of stolen items. About an hour and 15 minutes later a green mini-van matching the neighbors’ description was observed in the 7800 block of McMecham Road. The mini-van was stopped by Deputies and stolen items from the above location were recovered. Arrested at the scene and transported to the Darke County Jail on charges of Breaking and Entering were two adult males; Michael Price, age 26, of Greenville, and Marti Thompson, age 41, of Greenville.

Sheriff Spencer congratulates these alert citizens who provided the “timely and accurate” information to his staff which in turn greatly assisted them in daily duties. Citizens working hand in hand with law enforcement have achieved tremendous results as seen in these four recent incidents. Sheriff Spencer urges all citizens to remain alert to suspicious activity and report it to local law enforcement immediately for a timely response.

Sheriff Spencer suggests that Darke County residents secure all doors or access to any of their property; homes, garages, sheds, cars, etc. Avoid leaving doors standing open unnecessarily at any time. This advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim. Property owners should photograph and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers of their valuables.

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.

Contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, 548-2020, or in the event of an emergency call 911.

Coats delivered to Kids Learning Place

GREENVILLE—Members of the Darke County Sheriff’s Department and representatives of Spirit Medical Transport recently visited the New Beginnings and Cornerstones Head Start programs at Kid’s Learning Place to distribute nearly 40 coats to the kids.

The Sheriff’s Coats for Kids program collected over 400 new coats this year (all purchased locally), which will be distributed throughout the county. Coats delivered to The Learning Center will also go to children in The Learning Place Day Care and the Bradford and Union City Head Start programs. 

Deputy Mike Day, Lodi Byers (Sheriff’s Dept.), Chris Lennon, (Sheriff’s Dept.), Mike Stanley (Spirit), Angie Alexander (Sheriff’s Dept.) and Fred White (Spirit) joined the children in the morning classes at Kid’s Learning Place. (roseberry photo) 
Darke County Deputy Mike Day helps four year old Leland find the perfect coat.(roseberry photo)

FPE reaches one million hours

NEW MADISON – Florida Production Engineering (FPE) and Ernie Green Industries recently celebrated one million hours without a loss time accident at its New Madison plant. According to Billy Bryant, plant manager, only a handful of companies nationwide have achieved this milestone.

With 82 employees working three shifts, it has taken the New Madison plant six years to hit this mark. Brad Gotts, president of FPE, pointed out the plant is establishing a great trend of quality and safety. Approximately one month ago Gotts was on-hand to celebrate an award presented by Honda to the company.

Karen Thompson, HR director for FPE, said, “This is by far one of the greatest achievements this organization has achieved. This is a benchmark for our organization.”

Also on-hand to offer congratulations was Larry Jutte, representative of Ernie Green Industries. “We now have 10 companies and one plant stands out above them all – New Madison. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of plants and very few I would consider world class. Those that I would (consider world class) had great safety records,” he said.

In addition to a plaque recognizing the accomplishment, employees were treated to lunch and given t-shirts and duffel bags.

Employees of Florida Production Engineering were honored for reaching one million hours with no lost time. (Ryan Berry photo) 
Billy Bryant, plant manager for FPE, holds a plaque recognizing the New Madison team while Larry Jutte, of Ernie Green Industries speaks to employees. 

Arcanum Holiday Tour of Homes will benefit Grace Resurrection Community Center

ARCANUM—Robin Hicks and Kim Morrison, owners of “The Olde Porch” in Arcanum, invite the community to attend an Arcanum Holiday Tour of Homes on Dec. 2, 2-5 p.m.

Proceeds from this tour will benefit the Grace Resurrection Community Center in Greenville. The Center provides lunch four times a week and also operates a food and clothing bank. Robin and Kim, along with members from their church, prepare meals once a month and also help with the food bank.

“We love the people who come to Grace and we thought this would be a great way to give back to our community,” said Kim. “We are grateful to each of our friends who have opened their homes for this Christmas Tour.”

Homes to be visited include the Dolan Home, 208 S. Sycamore St. This small home, nestled on a back street in Arcanum, was built in 1893 and will be filled with sweet, simple holiday touches.

The Lavy Residence, 6152 Hollansburg Arcanum Rd., is a ranch style home featuring family heirlooms and rooms full of Christmas Cheer. During the tour, be sure to check out Santa’s Workshop – set up at the Lavy home!

The Brindsneader Farm, 4923 Hollansburg Arcanum Rd., is home to three little boys ready for Christmas. Every room in this brick home, built in the 1800s, will be filled with primitive holiday decorating, Christmas trees throughout the home, and special attention made to the spiral staircase.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at The Ivy League, 517 S. Broadway in Greenville; and the following Arcanum locations: The Olde Porch, 3372 Alt. St. Rt. 49, Serendipity Salon, 17 W. George St., and Farmer Brown Restaurant, 6663 Hollansburg/Sampson Rd. Tickets can also be purchased at each home the day of the tour.

For more information, contact Robin Hicks, 937-654-3616, or Kim Morrison, 937-417-9851.

The fireplace is ready for stockings to be hung at the Brinksneader Farm. 
A trio of trees is just one feature of the Lavy Residence that will have attendees dreaming of an old fashioned Christmas. 

Christmas decorations in the Dolan Home will reflect a sweet, simple time. 

The Olde Porch is also ready for the holidays, with hours of Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Report destroyed real estate property

GREENVILLE – Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn announces that real estate property owners may claim a reduction in the taxable value of their real estate property that is destroyed (torn down) or damaged, regardless of the time of year the destruction or damage occurs.

Legislation enacted by the State of Ohio enables real estate property owners to claim the reduction at any time regardless of the cause of the damage (fire, wind, torn down, etc.). The amount of reduction would be prorated on the basis of the calendar quarter in which the damage occurs. Property owners must file an application with the County Auditor for the reduction. Real estate property destroyed or damaged during the first three quarters (January through September) must be filed by Dec. 31 of the year of the damage. Real estate property destroyed or damaged in the last quarter (October through December) must be filed by Jan. 31 of the following year.

For additional information, contact the Darke County Auditor’s office, in the Courthouse, 547-7317 or 547-7308, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays. You may print the required Form-DTE 26 from the County Auditor’s website,

GOBA’s 25th annual tour to stop in Greenville

GREENVILLE – Julie Van Winkle, Director of the 25th Annual Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), recently announced the 2013 tour, June 15-22, will feature a route in western Ohio.

The expected 2,500 riders will start gathering for the tour on June 15, at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana. They will begin cycling on June 16, covering an average of 50 miles per day, and will overnight in Troy on Sunday and Monday, Greenville on Tuesday, New Bremen on Wednesday and Thursday, Sidney on Friday, and will return to Urbana on June 22.

Some of the many attractions featured on this tour include the Bicycle Museum of America, Cedar Bog, Johnny Appleseed Museum, Great Miami River Trail, plane rides at WACO Airfield, Garst Museum and Annie Oakley Center, Kitchenaid Experience, Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, Miami & Erie Canal, Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Lake Loramie State Park, and other historic sites, covered bridges, and nature areas.

The fun-filled week will include the traditional bicycle parade and the gala opening ceremonies in Urbana, family-oriented entertainment each night, ice skating, swimming, options for bus excursions, floating in the Miami River while taking in the band called Hotel California, the original Eagles tribute band, two layover days offering bicycle loops of 50- or 100-miles to Dayton's Carillon Park or to Wapakoneta's Armstrong Air & Space Museum, and the ever-popular GOBA Song Contest.

"Part class reunion, part family gathering, GOBA-2013 will revisit a part of the state that is always popular with cyclists: the upcoming tour promises gentle terrain, Ohio history brought to life, magical views, the serene natural beauty of wildlife reserves, and the desire to linger in the friendly atmosphere of the host towns along our route,” Van Winkle stated.

This will be the 25th year for GOBA. The tour is owned and organized by Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, a non-profit organization, for the benefit of bicycle related projects in Ohio. In 2012, 2,000 people from 39 states, the District of Columbia, Japan, Switzerland, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, Canada, took part in the tour. Included in this number were many families: nearly 20% of the participants are children traveling with their parents, making GOBA the largest family oriented bicycle tour in the world.

Over the past 23 years GOBA has been instrumental in generating nearly $10 million in tourism revenues in the towns along the route, as well as in providing access to Ohio's rural treasures to people from all over the country. "Ohio has an amazing wealth of quiet roads that are perfect for bicycle touring. Besides, GOBA riders find that the lovely scenery, the warm hospitality of the small towns, the interesting museums and parks all add up to one great vacation,” Van Winkle stated.

Those interested in receiving registration information and tour details can request a brochure by calling 614-273-0811 or by visiting the website at Brochures will also be available by February in many Ohio bicycle shops. Advance registration is required with a deadline of May 15, 2013.

Nov 24, 2012

Alcohol May Have Been Involved in Crash Near Bradford

BRADFORD - On November 24, 2012 at approximately 1:37 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Bradford Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to the 9100 Blk. of US36 in reference to a single vehicle roll over accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Jeep Liberty, driven by Bobby Copeland (42) of Arcanum, was eastbound on US36. Copeland's vehicle went off the left side of the road and drove up an embankment. Copeland's vehicle then overturned and rolled back down the embankment.

Copeland was treated at the scene by Bradford Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Copeland's condition is unknown at this time. Alcohol appears to be a factor in the accident.

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

Sugar Plum Market is Dec. 14 & 15

NEW MADISON—Post #245 American Legion, 242 Fayette St., New Madison, will host the annual Sugar Plum Market Bake Sale Dec. 14, 5 p.m. through Dec. 15, 9 a.m. to ?. Homemade candy, cookies, noodles and baked goods of all sorts will be featured at the event. Proceeds will help supports the Auxiliary’s many public service programs.

Unit #245 American Legion Auxiliary members Twila Carter and Bert Blair are putting the final touches on the Sugar Plum Market Bake Sale. 

Sorority to host Christmas Party at Boys and Girls Club

GREENVILLE--A BIG thank you goes to the wonderful ladies of the Lambda Phi Sorority for their generous donations to the Boys and Girls Club. Their Sorority is also providing pizza and drinks for the kid’s Christmas Party this year, another wonderful blessing! We appreciate everyone who donates to the Club to help us keep a safe, fun and enriching place for kids.

The kids at the Boys and Girls club are able to enjoy video games, pool tables, ping pong, air hockey, basketball, arts & crafts and woodworking in the woodshop. A treadmill, weight bench/small weights, stepper, ab lounge, and lower back machine are in a small exercise area to give the kids physical activities for healthier bodies. Along with daily club activities, field trips have been important in building their morale. Trips consist of zoo trips, baseball games, fishing trips, roller skating when funds allow and holiday parties are provided throughout the year. In the future, the club hopes to buy computers with updated windows systems to enable the kids to do their homework more effectively. The attendance at the club averages from 25 to 45 kids daily with a total membership of about 160. The kids are responsible for keeping their “home away from home” clean and tidy. The Greenville Boys and Girls Club operates with the help of the United Way and generous donations from the community. Field trips average $250, woodshop supplies and paint costs yearly are around $1,500. Other costs are cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning soaps, mopping supplies, and keeping game systems updated and repaired. Present hours of operation are: Monday-Thursday, 4-8 p.m., and special Saturdays for showing movies at the club. The Club’s Director is Tom Jenkins and is governed by a board of approximately 20 people. For donations contact Steve Willman ( or Rita McCans (

Club President Steve Willman, Joan Mote (Lambda Phi), Rita McCans, Club Board Member, and Susan Schaar (Lambda Phi). 

Corning Retirees hosting Haley Watson concert

GREENVILLE--The Greenville Corning Retirees and Alumni Club invites the community to a free concert featuring country singer Haley Watson, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., in the Brick Room of the Brethren Retirement Center.

Hayley Watson, born and raised in Zanesville, has dedicated 16 years of her life to a career in Country Music. Performing this year alone at over 185 different events at Fairs, Festivals, Pageants, Clubs, Bars, Campgrounds, Large concerts, Benefits, Parties, Races, Ball games, Nursing facilities and Private Events.

Hayley has opened shows for many country stars such as, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippon, Tracy Byrd, Michael Peterson, David Kersh, Trent Tomlinson, The Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin, Tom Cash, Sunny Sweeney, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Confederate Rail Road, Ken Mellon, T. Graham Brown, James Wesley, 7 times for Neal McCoy, and many others.

In 2007 she performed in Martinsville, Va. for Ted Musgrave's Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Christmas party and in 2008 at the Dodge Challenger 500 Nascar Race in Darlington, SC. She was also on Direct TV’s Hot Pass with CMT’s Trick my Truck cast Kelvin, Rob and Ryno. In 2010 she sang the National Anthem for The Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

She has also recorded eight albums, five in Nashville, one with Joe Diffies Band and one with Lorrie Morgan’s band, as well as being featured four times in “The Best Of Country Music” magazine.

Club seeking donations for Green Space Project

ARCANUM—The Arcanum Garden Club has undertaken a “Green Space Project” at the site of the old Arcanum High School building. Names have been suggested by the community for the park and a committee of five will select a name.

The Garden Club envisions this space to be a meditative, reflective site, enhanced with trees, flowers, benches and the soothing effect of running water. It will be an area used by families, children, seniors and visitors to the community.

As many have observed, the project is well underway. Some members of the community have asked how they can be a part of this project. There are still significant parts to be funded, so the Garden Club requests and welcomes all participation. Contributions can be made in the memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special.

The park consists of a bubbling rock, five benches, four urns, 11 trees and numerous shrubs and plants. At this time, the benches and four of the trees have been spoken for.

Giving opportunities have been divided into the following levels: Sustaining Patron, $50-$150; Sponsor, $151-$350; Benefactor, $351 and above.

All donors will be acknowledged with an individual plaque for individual item donated, or a composite plaque acknowledging all donors to this important community project. Donors may include individuals, families, alumni classes or groups and businesses.

To donate, make checks payable to the Arcanum Garden Club, accompanied with information about whom the donation is in memory of, and mail to Donna Kroneberger, 7 Summerfield, Arcanum, OH 45304. For more information, contact Donna, Arcanum Garden Club Treasurer, 692-6345.

Bundle up donors, it’s cold outside

DARKE COUNTY--Temperatures are tumbling, windshields are frosting and tree lights are blinking that the holiday season is here. Community blood Center (CBC) is helping donors bundle up this December with the new “Blood Donor – Saves Lives” knit scarf in scarlet and grey.

This neck wear is both practical and stylish and arrives just in time for the gift-gathering time of year. The scarf is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch and most mobile blood drives Nov. 26 through New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. The scarlet and grey colors are both holiday festive and unmistakably connected to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The following blood drives are scheduled in Darke County during the month of December:

Dec. 4: Ohio Department of Transportation, 8 – 9:30 a.m., employees only.

Dec. 4: Norcold, Inc., 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., employees only.

Dec. 4: Neff Company, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., employees only.

Dec. 4: Ansonia First Church of God, 750 South Main St., Ansonia, 2:30 -4:30 p.m., community blood drive, appointments encouraged.

Dec. 5: Greenville Technology, Inc., 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., employees only.

Dec. 7: Mississinawa Valley High School, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., students and faculty only.

Dec. 10: Ansonia High School, 8 a.m. – noon, students, faculty, and community with appointments.

Dec. 11: Teddy Bears & Friends for Wayne HealthCare Blood Drive, Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Darke County Area Lions Clubs, Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville, and Pitsburg, open to the community, appointments encouraged.

Dec. 13: Bradford High School, 750 Railroad Ave., Bradford, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Bradford High School NHS, open to the community, appointments encouraged.

Dec. 14: Midmark Corporation, 7 – 11 a.m., employees only.

Dec. 14: Greenville High School, 8 – 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Varsity G Club, students and faculty only.

Dec. 15: Tri-Village Rescue, 320 North Main, New Madison, 8 – 11 a.m., sponsored by Tri-Village Rescue, open to the community, appointments encouraged.

Dec. 19: Darke County Courthouse, 7 – 11:30 a.m., employees only.

Dec. 20: Kroger Store, 200 Lease Ave., Greenville, 9 a.m. – noon, open to the community, appointments encouraged.

Dec. 27: Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Greenville-St. Mary’s Rd, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., open to the community, appointments encouraged.

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

AWTHS open First Saturdays

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will have visiting hours Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to noon. The historical property and house is located at 123 West George St. in Arcanum.

A new display is on loan from Bob Weisenbarger, which contains posters and maps from the Korean Conflict. The research library will be open. New histories include the Johannes Fourman and Stager families donated by Melody Fox.

Detailed information from the recent Preservation Methods and Storage of Heirlooms program, which includes photos, albums, paper materials, and documents, is available. The staff will be available to help with research, organizing and documenting a family history or story.

For those veterans who wish to record their experience or assist with this task, please see this interesting web site at This is about a young man, Kyle Miller who is doing an Eagle Scout Project to record stories of Veterans. He intends to interview 1,000 Veterans of World War II and the Korean War and post their stories on his website, “Voices from the Front.”

The Historical Society is open the First Saturday of every month or by appointment. Please see the web site for current updates and information at

Nov 23, 2012

Township Assoc. hosting annual Christmas Banquet

GREENVILLE—The Darke County Township Association will have their Annual Christmas Banquet at Romer’s in Greenville on Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. The Township trustees and fiscal officers wish to extend an invitation to other public officials, businesses and friends to join them for an evening of good food, entertainment by “The Classics,” messages from state and local officials and great door prizes.

Cost is $14/person. Please phone your reservation number to Deb Dynes, 692-5262, or Debbie Kuhnle, 548-5567, by Dec. 5. Make checks payable to the Darke County Township Association and mail to Deb Dynes, 14 Sierra Lane, Arcanum, OH, 45304.

Project FeederWatch

DARKE COUNTY—The Darke County Park District invites community members to participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is a unique ‘Citizen Science’ program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. Your observations may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, the district needs your help!

Gather inside the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) and count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station. Only available for a portion of the count time? That’s fine! Just drop in anytime on Tuesday or Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Warm drinks will be available. For more information on Project FeederWatch, call the Nature Center, 548-0165.

Eagle Scout Project: recording stories of Vets

DARKE COUNTY—Kyle Miller, a Boy Scout from Pickerington, OH, intends to interview 1,000 Veterans of World War II and the Korean War and post their stories on his website, “Voices from the Front.”

He selected this important project and hopes to complete this daunting undertaking within a year to obtain Eagle Scout rank. He has a deep love of History and realizes it is imperative to record the stories of these aging Veterans before they are gone.

Kyle's website is: The public and civic or veteran groups can learn more about this remarkable young man, his project and how they can help him by volunteering to interview Veterans.

Miller's project has received media coverage in The Columbus Dispatch and most recently, on Oct, 22, 2012, was profiled on the NBC Evening News Segment, “Making a Difference.”

Kyle is willing to speak to groups about his worthwhile endeavor.

If you are willing to conduct interviews or volunteer to be interviewed, contact Kyle at his web site.


GREENVILLE – The 2012 Annual Holiday Horse Parade had great weather to welcome in the holiday season. Organizers believe this year’s parade hit all-time marks for attendance and number of parade entries. Prior to the parade, visitors to Historic Downtown Greenville were treated to Santa’s arrival with a stop at the Coffee Pot, story time with Belle & Jingle at Readmore’s Hallmark, entertainment from Joelle York, and the Union City Firehouse Calliope performance. To kick off the parade, Mayor Michael Bowers accepted the Best Hometown Award from Ohio Magazine. Shown is Parade Marshal Phyllis Mong leading the rest of the parade.

Help decorate The Mitten Tree!

GREENVILLE—The Fish Mitten Tree is once again waiting to be decorated with donated gloves and mittens; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree, located at Montage, 525 S. Broadway in Greenville, a Mitten Tree also stands inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 South Broadway, Greenville, and in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George St., Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect gloves and mittens from their members; these donations are then passed on to Fish to be given to the little Head Start participants. The Mitten Tree has been an annual holiday project of the local Fish organization for over 40 years.

“The Mitten Tree provides the opportunity for people of all ages and incomes to participate in the true spirit of the season,” said Marilyn Delk, the Fish volunteer who is coordinating the Mitten Tree project. “We sincerely hope that our generous neighbors will be able to once again this year spare the relatively small amount required to purchase a pair of mittens or gloves and bring joy and warmth to local children who may not receive many other gifts this Christmas,” Mrs. Delk concluded.

To best meet the needs of children directly served by Head Start programs throughout the county, donated gloves and mittens should fit boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 5; however, donated items in larger or smaller sizes will be shared with Head Start families. So that the mittens and gloves can be distributed prior to Christmas, contributions should be made by Dec. 16. For more information regarding the Mitten Tree, contact Mrs. Delk, 548-2482.

Fish is an ecumenical volunteer organization which responds to emergency food needs with a Choice Food Pantry currently open on Mondays, 1-2 p.m., Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., and Fridays, 4-5 p.m. No appointment is necessary to visit the Food Pantry; clients are eligible for help once every month. The Fish phone number is 548-2000.

On hand to help the kids put mittens on the tree were Darke County Commissioner Mike Rhoades, Montage owner Michelle Cox, Darke County Commissioners Diane Delaplane and Mike Stegall, and Fish Representative Marilyn Delk.(roseberry photo) 

Superintendents visit Midmark and Crown

VERSAILLES--School district superintendents from two states, four counties, and twelve different school districts came together recently to meet with area business as a part of Darke County’s workforce development initiative. The effort is led by the county’s collaborative economic development effort known as Partnering for Progress (P4P). Both Midmark Corporation in Versailles and New Bremen-based Crown Equipment Corporation, two of West Central Ohio’s largest employers, participated in the unique all-day event. According to officials, the companies were asked to do far more than is usually part of a standard manufacturing facility tour.

“We asked the companies to make direct connections between the work the school officials saw on the floors of these plants to the skills it takes to execute those jobs and the career paths that exist for the individuals who excel in those positions,” explained Darke County Economic Development Director Marc Saluk. “In short, to really draw a line between these positions and the opportunities for the emerging workforce that lay beyond them.”

According to Saluk, creating awareness about the jobs and opportunities that exist in the manufacturing sector in Darke County, as well as much of the rest of West Central Ohio, is a fundamental piece of the P4P workforce development initiative. That process, he explains, doesn’t necessarily start with the students as it has in prior efforts-- it starts at the top of the school districts with the superintendents.

“This thought process came from the companies themselves,” explained Dave Peltz, Director of the Greenville Technical Education Center. “There was a near-universal consensus among manufacturers that there would be a greater benefit to our efforts in the long run if educators first had a better understanding of the landscape of modern manufacturing. They made us realize that we needed a top down approach to really connect education and business in an attempt to fully show and to realize the opportunities that exist.”

At Midmark, the company’s HR team interspersed several roundtable discussions and learning opportunities with time in the production area. School officials were divided into small teams when in these areas to encourage questioning and feedback. The Midmark team also spent considerable time discussing career opportunities for students upon graduation and a number of potential projects that could allow more students to get work experience while still in school.

At Crown, the superintendents were treated to lunch before beginning their interactive tour through the company’s three main production plants while learning about the multitude of job titles and specific employment needs of the area’s largest employer.

Partnering for Progress officials state that the manufacturing awareness portion of the county’s workforce development effort is scheduled to continue perpetually with plans to continually expose educators, students, and parents alike to the opportunities in modern manufacturing.

Karl Weidner, VP of Manufacturing for Midmark Corporation, discusses the company’s manufacturing processes and the skills involved with local educators

Thanksgiving Day Crash Sends One to the Hospital

On November 22, 2012 at approximately 1:38 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire Department, and Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the 11,600 block of State Route 118 on a one vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a green 1999 Chevy Blazer, driven by Angel Nicely, 20, Rossburg, Ohio was north bound on State Route 118. Angel lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn several times on the roadway and in the ditch. Angel was ejected from the vehicle before it came to rest on its side.

Angel was transport by Ansonia Rescue to Spirit Medical Transports parking lot. Spirit’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MIC Unit) transported Angel to Miami Valley Hospital were she is listed in critical condition.

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

Nov 22, 2012

BBB gives warning on traveling paving company

DAYTON – Your Better Business Bureau warns people to keep an eye out for a traveling paving company reported to be soliciting business locally. A Safeway Paving representative approached a Dayton business offering to pave the business’ parking lot with leftover material for a low cost. Fortunately, the local company checked out the company before agreeing to hire it for the job.

Safeway Paving, which was also reported as canvassing northeast Ohio, has an F rating with your BBB. Your BBB assigns letter grades to local businesses ranging from A+ to F. The letter grade system represents your BBB’s degree of confidence businesses are operating in trustworthy manners and will make good faith efforts to resolve customer concerns. Safeway Paving has an F rating because:

* Your BBB doesn’t have sufficient information to determine how long this business has been operating

* Government action(s) against business

* Your BBB doesn’t have sufficient background information on this business

One of the company owners, Cornelius Stanley, is also reported to be the owner of CVS Paving in Nashua, NH, which also has an F rating with your BBB.

The company provided the potential customer a phone number, which is reported to be a phone number with a Cleveland area code. The company is not registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. It also provided a paving license for doing business in New Hampshire. However, a license isn’t required to do paving in New Hampshire or Ohio. The vehicle the salesman was driving also didn’t appear to be local. It had a New Hampshire license plate.

According to your BBB’s business review on the company, Cornelius Stanley pleaded guilty on August 19, 2010, in New Hampshire to a charge of theft by deception. He was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and required to pay $200 restitution to an auto dealer he swindled. He’s also barred from doing paving and seal coating in New Hampshire for five years.

Cornelius is part of the Stanley family that has a history of conducting paving scams. In June 2010, Cornelius’ son, Joseph Stanley, pleaded guilty to 11 felony counts. According to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, Joseph Stanley would approach homeowners and businesses claiming his paving crew was working in the area and had leftover asphalt. He would quote prices of $200-$300 then would demand several thousand dollars more once the work was completed. Victims would often pay out of fear, confusion, intimidation or a desire to get the pavers to leave. Joseph was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay over $30,000 in restitution to victims. Another son, Thomas Stanley, also pleaded guilty to theft by deception, a felony, and was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, as part of the same paving scam.

John North, BBB president and CEO, says, “This is why it’s important to check out every company you’re considering doing business with. Reputable companies will be happy to allow you to check them out. And, the short time it may take you to do so can save you time, money and headaches.”

Your Better Business Bureau offers tips on what to look for when dealing with a business going door-to-door:

* Don’t be pressured into anything. They’ll try and wear you down until you finally say “yes”.

* Just say “no”. Ask them nicely to leave. If they don’t, they’re breaking the law. Call the police.

* Never let strangers inside your home. Talk to them through the door.

* Look for identification: such as a business logo, business card or a marked vehicle with the company’s information on it.

* Get everything in writing, including price, warranty and any other conditions if you do decide to do business with a door-to-door salesperson.

* Do your research. Tell them you will get back with them.

* Be wary if they ask for cash up front.

* Beware of fast talkers. They will start filling out orders before you’ve even made up your mind.

* Ask for references, so you can check to see if customers have been happy with the product or service.

* Check on companies with your Better Business Bureau. Visit or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.

If you or someone you know has encountered a questionable business, a complaint can be filed with your Better Business Bureau, local law enforcement and Attorney General’s office.

Sander wins health fair centerpiece

GREENVILLE – Mrs. Jean Sander, of Greenville, was the winner of the beautiful centerpiece compliments of Family Health and Comprehensive Health Network at the Darke County Health Fair, held at the fairgrounds.

“I am so excited to win this centerpiece,” stated Mrs. Sander. “I used CHN’s services this past spring and was so appreciative of everything you did.

CHN did 275 blood sugar screenings at the health fair.


NEW MADISON – Dennis Downing, of New Madison, recently uncovered a surprise. He dug up this large sweet potato.

Nov 21, 2012

MVCTC Sophomore Visitation Days set

CLAYTON – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) annual Open House is scheduled for Dec. 6, 4:30-7 p.m. The school will be open for visitors to tour all three buildings, meet instructors, and learn more about the 50 career and technical programs that MVCTC offers for high school juniors and seniors. A complimentary spaghetti dinner will be served to all visitors in the Student Activity Center.

The MVCTC sophomore visitation days, scheduled for Dec. 4-6, allow current sophomores the opportunity to experience a school day at MVCTC, visit two career programs, and meet with career technical instructors. Parents of sophomores who would like to make a reservation for their child to attend a visitation day need to contact their high school guidance counselor.

MVCTC is located in Clayton and serves 27 area high schools in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami). The career technical programs at MVCTC are designed to teach students skills relevant to their career goals, while maintaining challenging academic classes and building relationships with classmates, instructors, and business leaders to help them be successful. The opportunities available at MVCTC prepare students for the workforce and college and allow them to graduate with thousands of dollars toward their college education.

For more information on the opportunities offered at MVCTC, visit

Santa to visit New Madison Library

NEW MADISON – The Friends of New Madison Public Library will hold its annual Christmas Open House on Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Christmas goodies donated by community members will be shared throughout the day.

Children wishing to join the library’s new LEGO Club should visit the library that afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The club is free and open to children from age 5 to age 13. Participants will have the chance to build a Christmas ornament or decoration out of Legos that will be then be displayed around the library during the holiday season.

Santa Claus will visit the library in the evening at 6 p.m. Children of all ages can share a wish list with Santa while Mrs. Claus reads a story to those waiting to see Santa.

Tri-Village High School Key Club members will take photos with Santa. Photos can be purchased for just $1 per child per photo. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help the Key Club “adopt a family” this Christmas. And all the kids who visit with Santa will be given a book and a treat bag to take home, courtesy of a grant from the Kiwanis Club of New Madison.

All events held during the open house are free and open to the public. Call 996-1741 with questions.


GREENVILLE – The Ladybug Garden Club has created a festive Christmas display in the lobby of Wayne Health Care using twinkling lights and beautiful colors of purple and lime green. Adding touches to the decorating were (seated) Shirley Linder Amy Addis, Tiffany Stebbins. Standing Barbara Skinner, Carol Baughman, Becky Collins and Kelly Erisman. Other helping in the decorating were Angela Beumer, Charlene Thornhill and Illah Sink.

Butterflies decorate at Garst Museum

Officers of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club (l-r) Paige Keller, Karlee Lennen, Meg Rehmert, and Jenelle Agne. 
GREENVILLE – Officers of the Butterflies Junior Garden decorated a Christmas tree in the Village at Garst Museum commemorating the Federal period theme of the War of 1812. The members used gold tulling, gold and blue ornaments. They incorporated pheasant feathers and highlighted the top using swords. 

The Darke County Historical Society encourages the public to come view the trees provided by members of the local garden clubs as well as the Ft. GreenVille DAR and VFW Women’s Auxiliary.

Classified Band and Jager Girls perform

Classified Band
GREENVILLE – The public is invited to the VFW Post 7262, 219 N. Ohio St., Greenville, on Dec. 1. Classified Band will be performing as well as the Jager Girls. There will be a $4 cover charge. Doors open at 7:30 and performance starts at 8 p.m. All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Please come for an evening of fun and support the groups and the cancer patients in Darke County!

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

The Cancer Association is not affiliated with American Cancer Society or other organizations.

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