Jan 31, 2013

Victim in Serious Condition After Single Car Accident

On January 31, 2013 at approximately 4:30 pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 8000 block of State Route 49 north in reference to a single vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2003 Chevy Venture van driven by Heather L. Knowles, 35, of Greenville, Ohio was northbound on state route 49, north of Horatio-Harris Creek Road. Knowles lost control of the mini van on the snow covered roadway. Knowles traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole causing the vehicle to rollover, Knowles vehicle came to rest in a field.

Knowles was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Knowles' is listed in serious condition at this time.

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

As a reminder the Darke County Sheriff's Office would like motorist use extreme caution when traveling in conditions where blowing and drifting snow create hazardous conditions on the roadways.

T-V Drama Club will present Bye Bye Birdie

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Drama Club will be performing the hit musical “Bye Bye Birdie”. The musical begins as Albert Peterson (Craig Harrison) a down-on-his-luck songwriter for the rock-n-roll idol Conrad Birdie (Quenton Gray) has just found out that Birdie has been drafted into the army. His secretary, Rosie (Megan Stephan) convinces Albert to write a farewell song for Birdie that he will sing on The Ed Sullivan Show to a specially selected fan. The lucky fan turns out to be Kim McAfee (Erica Hammaker) of Sweet Apple, Ohio.

When Birdie arrives in this hick town, the population goes crazy and in the ensuing madness, Albert must deal with the celebrity-fawning population, Kim's manic father (Jacob Miller) and his own domineering mother (Monica Towery), while he loses Rosie to the Shriners.

The musical will be performed in the high school auditorium on Feb. 9, 7 p.m. and Feb. 10, 2 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available in the high school office for $7. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

GHS seniors can apply for Green Scholarship

GREENVILLE – Greenville High School seniors are encouraged to apply for a special scholarship through the HOPE Foundation of Darke County. The Mandy Green Scholarship Fund will provide one-year scholarships to GHS graduates of the class of 2013. The awards are in memory of Mandy, who was a member of this class until her death at age 10 in 2005. Mandy fought a 4 1/2-year battle with Wilm’s Tumor, a rare childhood cancer.

Mandy’s parents, Jesse and Tammy Green, wanted to reward Mandy’s classmates for all the love, support and protection they offered Mandy during her illness. The Greens organized Mandy’s Sunshine 5K Run in Greenville Park for seven years to raise funds for these scholarships, which will be announced at the Greenville High School Awards Program in May. The money will be distributed in February 2014 to provisional recipients who maintain the required grade point average their first semester in college. All GHS students with high school GPA of 2.75 and above are eligible for an award, whether or not they knew Mandy.

Applicants are required to complete the general HOPE Foundation scholarship application, which makes them eligible for not only the Mandy Green Scholarship, but other HOPE scholarships as well. Applications are available from the high school guidance counselor or online at www.hopedarkecounty.com/application.html. Applications are due April 1.

As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For information on establishing a fund for a scholarship or community grant, call 548-HOPE or visit HOPE’s website at www.hopedarkecounty.com.

AHS seniors eligible for Graeff scholarship

Dick Graeff
ARCANUM – Arcanum High School seniors are eligible for a new scholarship in memory of Dick Graeff, former Arcanum teacher, coach and administrator, who died in May 2012. The scholarship was established by Dick’s wife, Marilyn, and his children, Gretchen (and Terry) Hawk of Tipp City; Lisa (and Ken) Simko of Mentor; and Molly (and Robert) Smart of Clayton.

Graeff was a teacher and assistant principal at Arcanum for 28 years, retiring in 1978. He coached basketball, cross country and track, winning state championships in boys basketball and boys track in 1969. He earned the respect of adults and students alike for his motivational skills, work ethic and kind disposition.

“Dick inspired so many young people at Arcanum that we felt it was appropriate to offer a scholarship to a student who exemplifies his characteristics,” said Marilyn. “It’s a permanent legacy that will last forever.”

The Graeffs set up the endowment at the HOPE Foundation of Darke County, which administers about 45 other local scholarships. Any Arcanum varsity athlete in the class of 2013 may apply for the scholarship, with preference going to a student who participated in basketball, cross country or track. Applicants are required to complete the general HOPE Foundation scholarship application, which makes them eligible for not only the Dick Graeff Scholarship, but many other scholarships as well.

Applications are available from the high school guidance counselor or online at www.hopedarkecounty.com/application.html. Applications are due April 1.

As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For information on establishing a fund for a scholarship or community grant, call 548-HOPE or visit HOPE’s website at www.hopedarkecounty.com.

GSF begins annual fundraising campaign

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Schools Foundation is currently soliciting donations for its 100 for $50 annual fundraising campaign. With the generosity of the community, the foundation is able to provide support and resources to the students and teachers of the Greenville City Schools.

Last year the foundation was able to help with the following: washer and dryer for the East school, teaching and writing resources for East school, guidance funds to assist in transporting high school students to visit colleges, funds towards new risers for the high school vocal music department, and funds towards new percussion instruments for the high school band.

If you have donated to the Greenville Schools Foundation in the past, thank you for your gracious support. The grants that have been given to students, teachers, and programs would not be possible without you.

If you would like to support the schools and make a donation, contact Dave Ernst or Sam Suter at Greenville National Bank at 548-1114. Any size donation is greatly appreciated.
One of the organizations supported by the Greenville Schools Foundation is the College Club. Shown are GSF Board members, school staff and students that have benefited from the funds - (front row) Krista Subler, Becky Curtis, Stephanie Czech, Michelle Borgerding, Dianne Brown, Loretta Etzell, (back row) Dave Ernst, Mike Rieman, Kathy Lockhart and Matt Sutter. 

Jan 30, 2013

Tenant Based Rental Subsidy

GREENVILLE – Community Action Partnership (CAP) has received funding from the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) in partnership with Darke County Commissioners for tenant based rental subsidy in Darke County. Housing located within the city of Greenville is not eligible for this funding.

Preference will be given to those who are homeless, veterans, elderly, disabled, and whose income is at or below 30% area median income. Applications will be screened for preference and the rest date and time stamped for placement on the waiting list. Units must pass Housing Quality Standards inspection and rent reasonableness. Leases are required and applicants must be in good standing with HUD regulations. Applications will be taken Feb. 4-28, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at Community Action Partnership, 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville.

City Building's Phone Lines Will Be Shut Down Today

GREENVILLE - Today (Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2013), from approximately 5-6 p.m., the phone system throughout the Greenville City Building and Police Department will be down for maintenance. During that time, all business lines into the City Building, Fire Department and Police Department will be shut down. If you have an emergency or need immediate police, fire or EMS assistance, please call 9-1-1. In the event you try to call the Greenville Police Department and can't get through, please call the Darke County Sheriff's Office, 548-2020 for assistance.

FM sets meetings for PSEOP program

PITSBURG – Franklin Monroe High School will hold its post secondary (PSEOP) meetings for next year's juniors who wish to attend Sinclair or Edison on February 14th and February 21st at 6:00 PM in the cafetorium. If you are a sophomore or junior this year and wish to participate in the Post Secondary Program, you should attend one of these meetings and bring one parent. At this meeting, the counseling department will give you a general overview of the program and tell how the program works. To participate, a student must have a 2.5 GPA. The GPA is listed on the semester grade card.

The first step will be to sign up for participation. Then the student fills out an application to Edison or Sinclair and must take the Compass test to qualify. A student may not be a Post Secondary student if he or she fails the Compass Test portion of a discipline (Math, Reading, etc) or if the student fails one area of the OGT.

Students who already have participated a year in Post Secondary need not attend this meeting.

They will, however, need to fill out a second application to the college and must keep the overall GPA above 2.5.

Questions should be addressed to Mr. Gish, FM counselor, 947-1328, ext. 2002.

Randolph Co. Tea Party plans meeting

WINCHESTER, IN – The Randolph County Tea Party will meet Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m., at the Winchester Moose, 181 N Middle School Road, Winchester. The speaker is the Indiana Coordinator for the National Tea Party Patriots.

The Randolph County Tea Party was initiated in April 2009 and over the past four years has worked to support American ideals and educate ourselves and others about America. Their mission is "to restore limited government, fiscal responsibility and accountable representation through activism and education.” They started with three people and now have a contact list of 189 people. They meet twice a month and average between 25 and 35 people at each meeting and more when they have guest speakers.

The main topic at the last meeting was a video on United Nations Agenda 21. This is a two-decade old plan for global ‘Sustainable Development’. George H.W. Bush and 177 world leaders agreed to it in 1992 and in 1995 Bill Clinton signed Executive Order #12858, creating a Presidential Council on ‘Sustainable Development’ effectively pushing the UN plan into America’s large government machine without discussion by Congress or the American people.

What is at risk? -- Private Property Ownership—Single Family Homes and Farm Ownership—Private Car Ownership and Travel Choices--etc. They suggest all concerned citizens research Agenda 21 and decide if you want the country to be controlled by the United Nations. They encourage everyone to contact all elected officials and educate them on the issue. Agenda 21 is being implemented in this country daily. The state of Alabama has passed legislation to ban all aspects of Agenda 21 and Indiana currently has a bill in process to ban Agenda 21. If you want to see the cities that are implementing Agenda 21 visit www.iclei.org.

Also at this meeting, they continued their efforts to be informed as Sharon Smith gave a presentation on how the Electoral College works.

For more information, contact Ron Preston, (765) 277-6701, or Todd Longfellow, (765) 969-4922.

Memory Matters

GREENVILLE – Do you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia? Are you overwhelmed? Join Sterling House of Greenville, 1401 N. Broadway, Greenville, for an informational evening filled with education and support on Feb. 12, 6 p.m.

The topic that Matters in February is Creating a Daily Path. For more information or to RSVP, call Amy at (937) 564-1120 or visit www.brookdaleliving.com.

Jan 29, 2013

Get your free BBB Guide to Miami Valley Businesses

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Edison hosts free financial aid event

PIQUA – Edison State Community College will host the state-wide college financial aid event “College Goal Sunday” (CGS) on Feb. 10, 2 p.m., room 313, on the Piqua main campus. The free event is presented by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (OASFAA) and endorsed by the Ohio Board of Regents. The event assists students and parents with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is the federal application that is required to receive federal financial aid including the Federal Pell Grant and student loans as well as the need-based state grants.

Due to the high demand of assistance in completing FASFA, families are encouraged to register for the free event by calling 1-800-233-6734. FAFSA is the key to funding a college education and helping families to overcome financial barriers that otherwise prevent students from attending the institution they want to. Studies show that a student is 50% more likely to attend college when they complete FAFSA. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Record numbers are expected to be in attendance.

OASFAA is a non-profit, professional organization for individuals actively engaged in the administration of financial aid within the State of Ohio for higher education. As an educational organization, OASFAA strives to offer resources to students, families and high school advisors to promote higher education and increase awareness of financial aid opportunities.

For further questions regarding this event please email Stacy Schloss at sschloss@edisonohio.edu.

Wayne HealthCare plans diabetic classes

GREENVILLE – February is American Heart Month. It is a time to help prevent heart disease by improving heart healthy habits. One way individuals with diabetes can reduce their risk of heart disease is by managing their blood glucose levels. This can be done in part by following a meal and exercise plan. Other ways to reduce heart disease is by not smoking, limiting salt and alcohol intake, and knowing your cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure levels and how to manage them.

Why should an individual with diabetes worry about heart disease? As a diabetic, you are at twice the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack compared to someone who does not have diabetes.

Education is a great way to help control your blood glucose and reduce your risk of complications. Diabetic Group Classes are sponsored by the Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program. The classes combine visual learning with interaction between participants, to provide you with knowledge to manage your diabetes.

The class series consists of four classes. The next series of classes will be offered on Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 6-8 p.m., at Wayne HealthCare. The cost to attend is $10 per class. Registration is required; contact the Certified Diabetes Educator, 547-5750.

To meet individual’s schedules, future classes will be offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening throughout the year. Morning classes will be offered on Wednesday’s from 9-11 a.m. in March, June, October, and December. Afternoon classes will be offered on Monday’s from 1-3 p.m. in April, July, August and November. Evening classes will be offered on Monday’s from 6-8 p.m. in May, and September. Call 547-5750 for specific dates.

One-to-One education is also available to help you on your road to diabetes management.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Education is an accredited program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Organizations make AEDs available

GREENVILLE – Wayne Hospital Foundation and Midmark Corporation recently presented Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to three local organizations. Training for the AEDs was provided by Spirit Medical Transport.

AEDs are made possible with Wayne Hospital Foundation, Midmark and receiving organization each paying one-third of the cost.

If there are any 501(c) (3) organizations in need of an AED, contact Mike Pressnall, 547-5704, for an application.

Mike Stegall, Wayne Hospital Foundation member; Mike Pressnall, executive director of Wayne Hospital Foundation; Jerry Holsapple, New Madison Fire Department; and Donna Harter, Wayne Hospital Foundation board member present an AED 

Mike Pressnall, executive director of Wayne Hospital Foundation; Donna Harter, Wayne Hospital Foundation board member; Mike Henry, Wayne Hospital Foundation board member; Melissa Bruney, Fund Development Director, EUM Church; and Jeff Harper, senior pastor, EUM Church, are on-hand for the AED presentation. 

On-hand for the presentation were Mike Pressnall, executive director of Wayne Hospital Foundation; Donna Harter, Wayne Hospital Foundation board member; Mike Henry, Wayne Hospital Foundation board member; Pastor Bob Akins, Trinity Lutheran Church; and Gene Oliver, Church Council, Freidens Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bloomer Parish 

Jan 28, 2013

Coffee With The Commissioner

GREENVILLE - Commissioner Mike Stegall will be at the Brethrens Home in Greenville two times in February. The first event will be the “Resident Town Hall” meeting on Feb. 1, 1 p.m., in the Brick Room. This meeting is a chance for the residents to ask questions of the Commissioner, and Commissioner Stegall will give a short presentation on the accomplishments of the County in 2012, and where it is headed in 2013. The second event will be Feb. 6, 10 a.m. for the Men’s Coffee meeting. This meeting will consist of the same format, with questions from the group being the main focus.

Commissioner Stegall believes that communication with the public and being available to them is essential for good government. It is especially important to go to those who otherwise may not be able to come to him. This is the third year the Commissioner has made this trip to the Brethrens Home for these meetings.

Integrity Ambulance Service gives back

GREENVILLE--Integrity Ambulance Service employees have stepped up to ensure the residents of Darke County doesn’t go hungry.

In December, 2012 the employees of Integrity Ambulance Service launched their first Station Holiday Challenge. During this challenge, the employees donated canned foods and non-perishable items to their employing stations, spreading from Toledo to Dayton. Items were collected between Dec. 10 - 24. Over 700 pounds of food was collected and donated to the local FISH Choice Pantry located in Darke County.

“Due to some of the toughest financial times our country has seen in decades, many local food banks have shortages more now than ever,” says Brad Felder, President and CEO of Integrity Ambulance Service. “We are proud to help support our community in which we serve during these times when it’s needed most. “

The FISH Choice Pantry is part of EUM Church Outreach Ministries. Doug Bickley, Volunteer and Advisory Board member states “We help feed 1600 people on average a month, which is about 400 families.” The FISH Choice Pantry is located at 400 Markwith, Greenville. “Donations are accepted anytime; someone checks the donation box every day,” says Bickley.

Integrity Ambulance Service will continue donating food to FISH and other food pantries in areas where they serve throughout the year.

Ian Welbaum, Integrity Ambulance, and Doug Bickley, FISH Volunteer.


GREENVILLE--Wayne Hospital Foundation’s Executive Director and Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Everett and Constance Hart for their generous contribution to the Foundation. Shown are Constance Hart, Everett Hart, Mike Pressnall, Executive Director of Wayne Hospital Foundation; Kim Freeman, V.P. of Patient Care Services.

BPW learns about achieving financial goals

GREENVILLE--The Young Careerist Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) hosted the January 10, 2013 meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Community.

Committee Chair Deb Niekamp introduced fellow BPW member Andria Haworth as the featured speaker for the evening. Andria has been with Edward Jones for 11 years and is a Financial Advisor. She gave a presentation on ‘The Rules of the Road’ and covered 10 key steps toward achieving your financial goals. The rules are: 1) Develop a strategy; 2) Stick with quality; 3) Diversify; 4) Invest for the long run; 5) Address mistakes quickly; 6) Understand risk, and take steps to help reduce it; 7) It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep; 8) Quality stocks have historically outperformed quality bonds; 9) Focus on what you can control and 10) Review your strategy annually. In discussing her presentation Haworth hopes everyone learned a little something. She thinks it is important to continue to recognize and learn from successful women! Andria commented that she would love to be able to reach out to other young women and be an inspiration to them that they can do anything they set their mind to. At Edward Jones alone, there are over 12,000 financial advisors. Of that 12,000 only 2,000 are female. Women have come a long way but still have a ways to go!

Deb concluded the program by giving an overview of the Young Careerist Program. All local candidates are now eligible for state competition. The Virginia Allen Young Careerist program is a specialty program developed to help young professional women polish their skills for leadership and presentations.

The Greenville BPW Club’s mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. The Club holds fundraisers through the year to raise money to grant scholarships to the young women of Darke County. The Club meets the second Thursday of every month for a dinner meeting. Those interested in learning more about the Club can contact Membership Chair Gail Snyder, 937-423-4854, or through gails669@embarqmail.com.

BPW members Deb Niekamp, speaker and member Andria Haworth and member Lindsey Gehret. 

GNB sponsors DCCA’s show with D’Ambrosio

GREENVILLE – Greenville National Bank sponsored Darke County Center for the Arts’ presentation of Franc D’Ambrosio, on Jan. 26. “Greenville National Bank has been a generous supporter of the Arts in Darke County for many years; DCCA is grateful for their sponsorship which enables us to present exceptional talents like Franc D’Ambrosio in our rural community,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA executive director.

D'Ambrosio, best known for starring in The Phantom of the Opera, also appeared in The Godfather III, singing the Academy Award winning song, "Softly Love." D'Ambrosio's engaging performances range from hushed and intimate to zesty and dramatic.

Additional funding is received from Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial Fund, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund, Ketrow Foundation. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This program is sponsored in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gloria Harpest of Greenville National Bank presented a check to Andrea Jordan, executive director of Darke County Center for the Arts. 

Jan 27, 2013

Wayne Industries and VFW team up to give meals to veterans

GREENVILLE – Over the past year and a half Wayne Industries has teamed up with Greenville VFW Post 7262 giving individuals from Wayne Industries an opportunity to become more involved in community activities than ever before. The individuals have stained the gazebo at Veterans Park, change the VFW sign, painted curbs, picked-up trash and erected the American Flags around the Traffic Circle. Although it sounds like work, the individuals enjoy performing the community service and the opportunity to meet new people.

In October, Mark Middlecoff, of Wayne Industries, approached the VFW with an idea to further the involvement of Wayne Industries’ individuals in the community and honor local veterans. Middlecoff stated, “Being a member of local VFW Post 7262 I had begun noticing that some of our veterans were at a point in their lives where they would enjoy a meal delivered once a week in thanks of their service to our country. I approached the post with the idea that we could shop for the groceries, prepare the meals and then deliver them.” The Post accepted the idea and agreed to fund the project.

According to Marilyn Emmons, of VFW Post 7262, the individuals providing the service do everything from shopping at Eikenberry’s IGA the day before to preparing and packing the food for the veterans. The group currently delivers approximately 13 lunches each week. Twice a month, the group prepares and delivers five meals to Heartland of Greenville. Each meal also comes with a flyer that includes a poem from Sue Hankins, a member of the Wayne Industries team, and a thank you to the veterans for their service to the country. Middlecoff said, “In some cases, those who we have delivered to and spent part of our day with have become emotionally overwhelmed by our service.”

According to Rosemary Nelson, activity director for Heartland of Greenville, there are between 15 and 20 veterans at their facility and five are chosen for each meal. The program has been well received by all that have participated.

Emmons noted the group is still accepting requests for meals to be prepared and delivered by individuals from Wayne Industries. If you know a homebound veteran that would enjoy a meal once a week, call Emmons at 548-4004. Food and monetary donations are also accepted.

Eleven individuals from Wayne Industries are honoring local homebound veterans by giving them a meal each week. (Ryan Berry photo) 
Workers are shown packaging bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches and tomato soup. (Ryan Berry photo) 

Twice a month, five veterans at Heartland of Greenville are treated to a meal from the Wayne Industries crew. (Ryan Berry photo) 

Greenville receives funds from class action settlement

GREENVILLE – As a result of the $105 million settlement of a class action lawsuit over atrazine, the City of Greenville Public Water System has received $17,688.09 to help reimburse the costs of removing the weed killer from its community water system. Atrazine is sprayed on corn and other crops and frequently runs off of fields and into waterway used as drinking water sources.

Atrazine (2-chloro-4 ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-s-triazine) is one of the most widely-used herbicides in the United States and has been found in some ground and surface waters. The product has been marketed by companies including Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.

Under EPA requirements, finished water can contain a maximum concentration of 3 ppb atrazine as an annual average. The lawsuit claimed that atrazine at any level injures Community Water Systems’ water supplies. Syngenta denied the allegations in the lawsuit and asserted that atrazine has been repeatedly and safely used for over 50 years. According to Gary Evans, department head for Greenville Public Water System, Greenville has never exceeded the levels set by the EPA. Water is tested in April, May and June when a higher concentration of atrazine could be found on fields.

Evans also noted if certain indicators are present, the city would switch from using water from the Greenville Creek to accessing water from the city’s wells.

Since 2004, Korein Tillery, a law firm from St. Louis, and Barron & Budd, a law firm from Dallas, have represented water providers across the country against Syngenta. The City of Greenville Public Water System was one of 1,085 water system, providing water to nearly 37 million people, to benefit from this settlement. Individual amounts were calculated based on the contamination history of the claimants.

The settlement is meant to help reimburse communities for past expenses associated with the removal of atrazine. According to Lead Attorney Stephen M. Tillery, the percentage of participation by class members was unprecedented. “Every cent of the settlement fund will be distributed to class members.” Tillery also said, “The scope of this settlement is enormous. These settlement funds will be used to help protect the health of millions of people across the country.”

Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison noted it was great to receive unexpected revenue and the money will be put in the water department’s fund where it can only be used by the water department.

Trash Bash is April 20 and 21; sign up now

GREENVILLE – Do you want to help Darke County look its best? Join the Darke County Solid Waste District in the sixth annual Darke County “Trash Bash” Community Clean-up Day on April 20 and 21. By participating, you help create a good impression on prospective employers, professionals, and others who visit our “clean” county.

According to a 2000 Yankelovich study, almost half of all Americans (48%) admit to having littered in the past 10 years and it shows on many of the roads, parks, neighborhoods and work sites. Where there is litter, people do not feel safe. Everyone deserves to live in a community that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful, and everyone has a role to play in achieving this goal. Through volunteer efforts, clean-up will be focused on approximately 400 miles of Darke County’s most traveled county and township roads. These roads were chosen with the help of Darke County Engineer James Surber and County Highway Garage Superintendent Shane Coby.

How can you participate? The Darke County Community Clean-Up day is held rain or shine. The collection begins at 8 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of 4 to “pound the pavement” at their assigned 2-mile locations picking-up bags of trash and recyclables. Clean-up groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district, 547-0827, to register your clean-up group or to offer in-kind support. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website, www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste, click on the recycling events tab. Forms must be turned in by March 15.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $40 for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 22.

CBC schedules Blood Drives for February

DAYTON – There are many ways a single blood donation saves lives, and just as many ways to describe the type of people who make it possible. During the heart of winter Community Blood Center (CBC) is reminding donors of the powerful potential they hold for giving hope and changing lives with the “You Can Be a Blood Donor” campaign.

The “You Can Be a Blood Donor” t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate at any CBC branch and most mobile blood drives through Feb. 23. The design features a colorful and creative description of the kind of donor anyone can be, from “Cool, Amazing, Strong and Awesome” to “Great, Powerful, Phenomenal and Inspiring.”

As January National Volunteer Blood Donor Month ends, CBC continues to face the challenges to the blood supply that come with winter. Snow has already disrupted CBC center and mobile blood drive schedules, and the unusually severe flu and cold season has prevented many people from donating. CBC reminds new and returning donors to schedule an appointment to give when you are able.

Feb. 4 – Mississinawa Valley High School, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., sponsored by Mississinawa Valley High School FCCLA, students and faculty only

Feb. 5 – Neff Motivation Inc./ODOT, 8–11 a.m., employees only

Feb. 5 – Greenville Technology, Inc., 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., employees only

Feb. 6 – Greenville Technology, Inc., 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., employees only

Feb. 7 – Arcanum High School, 8–11 a.m., students and faculty only, sponsored by Arcanum High School FCCLA

Feb. 8 – Midmark Corporation, 7–11 a.m., employees only

Feb. 9 – Shirley Collins Memorial Blood Drive, Tri-Village High School Auditorium, 315 S. Main St., New Madison, 8 a.m.–noon, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 12 – Happy Valentine’s Day from The Flower Patch! Free carnation to everyone who registers to donate. Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Darke County Farm Bureau, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 15 – Kroger – Greenville Store, 200 Lease Avenue, Greenville, 9 a.m.–noon, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 20 – Ansonia High School , 8–11 a.m., sponsored by Ansonia High School FFA, students and faculty only, community by appointment

Feb. 20 – Darke County Courthouse, 7:30–11:30 a.m., employees only, community by appointment

Feb. 21 – Greenville High School, 8:30–11:30 a.m., sponsored by Greenville High School FFA, students and faculty only

Feb. 21 – Bradford High School, 750 Railroad Ave, Bradford, 2:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Bradford Fire & Rescue, open to the community, appointments encouraged

Feb. 23 – St. Louis Catholic Church, 8–11 a.m., open to the community, appointments encouraged

A new world of communications and service is waiting at the completely redesigned website www.GivingBlood.org. Get fast and complete answers on how to make your first donation, organize a blood drive, or bring our education program to your school. Get all the updates in the CBC/CTS newsroom, find quick links to our social media pages, or schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to www.DonorTime.com.

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


Rage and Rocko find great website for kids

GREENVILLE – Hey kids and adults! Looking for something to do this cold winter while stuck inside? Check out www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/flash.shtm. This is a free site and there are great kid’s activities you can do on-line and some important fire tips. Color a picture and send it to ragekeyzer@yahoo.com or on Facebook. Remember to ask an adult before going on the computer.

Be Fire Safe and Fire Smart 24/365.

Jan 26, 2013

Relay for Life Kick Off is Feb. 11

VERSAILLES--The 2013 Relay For Life Kick Off will be held Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Shawnee Prairie, 4267 State Route 502, approximately one half-mile west of Greenville.

The Kick Off sets the stage for the summer-time event. This year’s Relay For Life has a jungle: “Don't Monkey Around – We’re Wild About Finding a Cure.”

Ideas will be shared during the Kick Off for how teams can support this theme. Also, the Kick Off will highlight the three key features that draw Darke County residents to Relay For Life each year – these important elements center on the themes of “Celebrate,” “Remember,” and “Fight Back.”

Participants will be able to network with Relay For Life team captains and hear their stories of hope along with details of why they participate in the event each year. Let their stories inspire your participation in Relay For Life July 19-20 2013 – plan to attend the community event, volunteer to coordinate an activity, enjoy some refreshments, or – for the most fun – form a team.

Relay For Life is not just a way to raise funds for research to find a cure for cancer, it’s also an excellent opportunity to celebrate with cancer survivors.

To learn more about how to put together your own team and get some great fundraising ideas, attend the Relay For Life Kick Off.

For information about the local event, contact Darke County Relay For Life Co-Chairs Lois Lyons, 526-9744, or Dawn Sanders, 937-564-5959.

For information about Relay For Life or about cancer, call toll-free anytime 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society Web site at www.cancer.org.

North Side Elem. hosting Special Visitors Week & Book Fair

UNION CITY, IN—North Side Elementary will host a Scholastic Book Fair Feb. 4-8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (until 6 p.m. on Wednesday). Wednesday is also Family Reading Night, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

This is also Special Visitors Week at North Side Elementary, where students invite someone special to have lunch with them. The PTO will provide a free photo of the students with their special guests as a keepsake of the special day. Families are encouraged to turn in reservations to help the cafeteria be ready for all the extra visitors.

The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. Books are available for preschool children to adults – something for everyone.

Book Fair customers may help the school build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the All For Books ® program, where kids can share the thrill of reading by donating loose change to purchase books for local preschool students.

The Book Fair is also available online at: scholastic.com/fair (look for North Side elementary or West Side Middle School). Shop an expanded selection, view featured books or send wish lists to relatives. This is a great option for grandparents who live far away and are unable to attend.

Funds raised will help purchase books for the school media center and classroom libraries. Families, faculty and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

North Side Elementary is located at 905 N. Plum St., Union City, IN.

Learn to build a kestrel nesting box

GREENVILLE--Roughly the same size as a mourning dove, the American Kestrel is North America’s smallest falcon and the second smallest in the world! Often seen perched on fence rows or wires, these predators can also be found hunting insects and small prey on the ground.

Join the Darke County Parks on Feb. 7, 6 p.m., and build nest boxes to take home to attract a breeding pair of these colorful raptors to your own backyard. Materials for the box will be provided; just bring a cordless drill (if you do not have a cordless drill, one may be available for loan). The fee for this program is $10. Please pre-register by calling the Nature Center, 548-0165.

What’s banding all about?

GREENVILLE--Have you ever seen a bird with a colored “bracelet” on its leg or heard of someone “banding” a bird and wondered why someone would do that? The Darke County Park District welcomes Dr. Dave Russell, of the Avian Research and Education Institute, to the Nature Center on Feb. 9, 9 a.m. and discover how and why scientists use this popular technique. The Avian Research and Education Institute (AREI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the preservation of avian populations. AREI is committed to establishing biological stations that will provide bird banding and environmental education to the public. After an informative lecture, everyone will head to the bird banding station to watch as Dr. Russell bands local songbirds. Space is limited, pre-register early by calling the Nature Center, 548-0165. The fee for this program is $2.

Scholarships available

DARKE COUNTY—The Western Ohio Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association is offering scholarships to high school seniors and/or students presently in college. To obtain an application, please phone Scholarship Chairperson Marilyn Schwartz, 773-5399. If no answer, please leave name, address, phone number and whether you are presently a high school senior or in college. This information is very important in order to obtain an application. All applications must be returned by March 31.

Jan 25, 2013

James McClure wins District Spelling Bee

BRADFORD—James McClure, a Versailles Middle School student, lasted four rounds to become the District Champion in this year’s Dayton Daily News Spelling Bee. The son of David and Michelle McClure, James’ winning word was predicament.

Earning second place was Mackenzie Gambill, daughter of Nicole Wood and a student at Bradford Junior High. Nicole Brocious, daughter of April and Jeff Brocious and a student at Franklin Monroe elementary, placed third.

Also competing were Ceirek Daniels, Mississinawa Valley elementary; Mekenna Anderson, Tri-Village Elementary; Bailey Stammen, Ansonia Junior High; Wills Troutwine, Arcanum Middle School; Macy Schepis, Tri-Village Junior High; Jacob Shellabarger, Franklin Monroe Junior High; Reece Stammen, Ansonia Elementary; Caleb Flora, Bradford Elementary; Jonathan Riley, Arcanum Elementary; and William Cozart, Jr., Mississinawa Valley Junior High.

Moderator for the competition was April Wulber, Darke County Educational Service Center. Judi York and PJ Burgett were the coordinators; Lorraine Hart, pronouncer; Dave Shellhaas, Darke County Educational Service Center, roundkeeper; Carl Jones and Patty Bernard, judges.

The event was hosted by Bradford Exempted Village School. 

Nicole Brocious, James McClure and Mackenzie Gambill 

DCCA presents comedienne Lynn Trefzger at The Bistro

GREENVILLE--Comedienne/ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger will bring her trunk full of characters to The Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville on Feb. 7, 7 p.m., continuing Darke County Center for the Arts’ Coffeehouse Series season. DCCA’s Coffeehouse presentations take place in intimate venues where audiences can enjoy food and drink as well as a show.

Lynn Trefzger, who has been performing for over 30 years, first gained national attention with her appearance on Star Search. “Currently recognized as one of the best ventriloquists in the world, Lynn is also riotously funny,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “She has appeared on TV numerous times, entertained on various cruise lines, and performed on stages around the country to wild acclaim. Her show will be a lot of fun for the whole family,” Rawlins concluded.

According to Rawlins, Lynn’s many characters include a lazy camel named Camelot, Emily, a feisty girl whose life revolves around shopping, dieting, dating, and clothes, cranky old man Judd Wapner, and chief sidekick Simon. The ventriloquist also brings members of the audience on stage, who become human dummies mouthing witty words in surprising voices. “Lynn's vocal illusions are amazing, and her inventive humor keeps audiences laughing from the time the first character appears until the show ends,” Rawlins stated.

The Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. Darke County Center for the Arts also receives support from local businesses, foundations, and the Ohio Arts Council, which helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Tickets for the Lynn Trefzger show are $10, and may be reserved by contacting DCCA, 547-0908, or purchased online at www.centerforarts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door. Those wishing to have dinner at The Bistro Off Broadway prior to the show should make reservations by calling The Bistro, 316-5000.

Comedienne/ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger and her trunk full of characters. 

February activities at Bradford Public Library

BRADFORD—The following activities have been scheduled at the Bradford Public Library for the month of February.

Computer Keyboarding/Typing Series. A four-week keyboarding/typing class will begin Feb. 2, 10 a.m. This series is designed for those who feel their basic keyboarding skills weak and for those who would like to master the keyboard. Participants will learn the home row and the proper technique of keyboarding, function buttons and short cut keys, and will receive a training booklet to take home. The instructor will have a question and answer session each class to target subjects specifically for you! Sharon Moore, Bradford School’s business teacher, will be the trainer. The entire course of four sessions is only $20, payable to Bradford Public Library.

Genealogy and Ancestry. The library’s genealogist, Joan Cain, and her husband, Bob, will be available the second Saturday of every month, 11 a.m., to assist those interested in genealogy, whether searching online or choosing to walk the path of your ancestor’s history. There is no need to sign-up, just come with questions, papers and pictures.

Polaris Day. The library’s new automation system POLARIS is here and ready to be used. In order to serve patrons who may be able to come during the day for an update on how to use the new features and search methods, Bradford Public Library will be sponsoring POLARIS DAY on Feb. 21, 1, 3 or 6 p.m. Each session is the same, looking at the Patron Access module that is now updated to 21st century services, and will last less than an hour. Light refreshments served.

Library Loving Volunteers. The library will be holding its first 2013 Volunteer Team meeting Feb. 7, 3 p.m., for those who love books, e-readers, computers, the Internet, history, genealogy, working with children and adults and have several available hours every week! Participants will receive training on the fundamentals of shelving books and library materials, an overview of computer technology programs and other events that the Volunteer Team heads up! Volunteers are an integral part of how the public library functions and serves the community!

Spring Book Sale. The library’s spring book sale will be held April 21 – 27. A variety of books, DVD’s, CD’s, tapes & VHS will be available to purchase for a very minimal cost. The library’s Volunteer Team is in charge of the sale.

Fine Free Week runs in conjunction with the Spring Book Sale! Whether or not you have a large or small fine, come to the library during this special week and we will excuse the fine!

To enroll in the keyboarding series or for more information on any of the programs, call the library, 448-2612.

Wedding Walk creates a burn’n love for downtown

GREENVILLE – Main Street Greenville requests the honor of your presence in downtown Greenville for First Fridays: Wedding Walk!

Downtown Greenville will once again come alive from 5:30-9 p.m. with 'First Fridays' kicking off for 2013 on Feb. 1. The theme for this month's first Friday is a wedding walk tailored but not limited to soon-to-be newlyweds and married couples. Sponsored by Romer's Catering, the event focuses on over 20 downtown businesses that serve the wedding industry. The free event allows groups and couples to explore the historic district in the evening at a relaxed pace and setting. The walk begins at Romer's, 118 E. Main St., Greenville, where a map and passport will be provided. The map will highlight businesses on the walk and the category they serve for weddings, newlyweds and the not so newlyweds!

Features of the walk include:

* Renew your promise to your hunka hunka burn'n love with Elvis as your witness (available from 6-8 p.m. at Romer's)

* Wedding favors that won't break the bank

* The perfect look for your day

* Stepping out in style

* Sweeten the day with creative indulgence

* Date night at your favorite downtown restaurant

St. Clair Manor hosts an open house and wedding vendors to end the evening walk.

Downtown Businesses participating in ‘First Fridays: Wedding Walk' are AAA, The A&B Coffee & Cake Co., AMS Uniforms, Artifacts Ink, Bach to Rock, The Bistro Off Broadway, Boutique on Broadway, Bread of Life Christian Bookstore, Brenda’s Beanery, The Bootery, Candy Bouquet, Cavalier Clothing, The Coffee Pot, D’Alessio’s, Daily Advocate, Danny’s Place, Double M Diner, Granny’s Corner, The Ivy League, Michael’s Clocks and Fine Jewelry, Merle Norman, Montage CafĂ©, Pamela’s, Readmore’s Hallmark, Roots Hair Salon, Sadie Grace, St. Clair Manor, Studio 1 Hair Designs, Third Street Market, Wieland Jewelers, Youniques.

‘First Fridays’ is presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call 548-4998.

HOPE Foundation awards scholarship

DARKE COUNTY – The HOPE Foundation of Darke County is pleased to announce the recipient of the Darke County Bar Association Scholarship. Cline Hale, 2008 graduate of Arcanum High School, is a student at Pepperdine University College of Law in Malibu, California. This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding law student who attended a Darke County high school. The Bar Association is proud to support local graduates in their pursuit of a legal career and would like to encourage them to return to Darke County to practice law.

As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation (Helping Other People Excel) receives, manages and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. Professionally managed funds support scholarships and community grants to local non-profit organizations. For more information on the HOPE Foundation, call 548-HOPE or visit www.hopedarkecounty.com.

Darke County Bar Association officers present a scholarship check to Clint Hale, 2008 graduate of Arcanum High School and student at Pepperdine University College of Law. Left to right: Mike Rieman and Nicole Pohlman (DCBA); Clint Hale (scholarship recipient), Nathan Hosek (DCBA) and Christy Prakel (HOPE Foundation president). 

Jan 24, 2013

CareFlight Called to Accident Near Union City

UNION CITY - On Jan. 24, at approximately 8:40 a.m., Darke County Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the area of Beamsville-Union City Road and Hillgrove-Ft. Recovery Road on a report of a one vehicle injury crash with ejection.

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 1994 Ford Ranger, driven by 30 year old, John V. Neargarder, of Union City, was traveling east on Beamsville-Union City Road and passed another vehicle in the same direction at a high rate of speed. The Ford Ranger then traveled off the right side of the road, causing the driver to over correct, and then travel off the left side of the road, striking several trees and a fence, which caused the vehicle to rollover, while partially ejecting the driver, who was trapped with the vehicle on top of him.

Neargarder was removed from the vehicle by Union City Fire and Rescue after they inflated an airbag, lifting the vehicle off of him. He was airlifted by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

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

Cancer Relay benefit dance

VERSAILLES – It is time again for the third annual Benefit Dance for Cancer Relay. Bushwack, a local band, will be playing on March 9, at the Versailles K of C Hall, 9 p.m. to midnight. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each.

They will be raffling off a 32-inch Emerson HDTV. There will also be door prizes, 50/50 and other raffles. There is no beer carry-ins. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.

Tickets are now available. Call Kathy, 526-0030, or Peg, 526-4092, for tickets or more information.

GOBA informational meeting set for 1/24

GREENVILLE--The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, commonly called GOBA, will celebrate its 25th year in 2013 with a visit to Darke County, including an overnight in Greenville and food stops in Versailles and Ansonia.

GOBA is an annual, eight-day, 50-mile-per-day circular bicycle camping tour in Ohio that began in 1989 and has grown to be the second largest such event in the country. The tour visits a different part of Ohio each year. The daily routes are designed to visit many of Ohio's tourist attractions, parks, and historical sites.

To educate the community on the benefits of GOBA, and to assist local non-profits interested in participating as food vendors, a meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013, 7 p.m., in the Greenville High School library.

Julie Van Winkle, the director of GOBA will be on hand to explain what GOBA expects of food vendors, and answer questions. Menu forms will be distributed, and health department packets will be available.

For more information, contact Deanna York, 548-5158, or dyork@visitdarkecounty.org.

Schmerge will Step Down as Executive Director

GREENVILLE - Amber Schmerge, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville since 2006, will step down as executive director of the organization, effective Feb. 28, 2013. Following her tenure with Main Street Greenville, Amber plans to pursue the opportunity to stay at home with her children and entrepreneurial endeavors. The Board of Directors thanks Amber for her dedication to Main Street Greenville and wishes her well in her future endeavors.

A search committee will soon be established and begin seeking the next Executive Director. The Board of Directors will also be planning an opportunity for Main Street Greenville supporters and constituents to honor Amber for her years of faithful service.

Jan 23, 2013

Jordan speaks at BPW meeting on Feb. 14

Andrea Jordan
GREENVILLE - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is making preparations for its February meeting. The meeting is being hosted by the Public Relations Committee consisting of Susan Fowble, Norma Fae Knick and Mary Catherine Wilson.

The new Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) Executive Director Andrea Jordan has been invited to be the featured speaker. She joins the center with a communications degree from John Carroll University and has experience working on Cleveland art projects with the Playhouse Square Center and Cain Park. She moved to Darke County about eight years ago and said she’s loved the community ever since. Jordan has volunteered with DCCA for the past few years promoting the family theatre series. Andrea will be speaking on the mission of DCCA as well as programs that are scheduled for the 2013 series. Come and hear what DCCA has to offer for entertainment in Darke County!

The Club will be meeting on Feb. 14, in the Private Dining Room in the Brick Room at the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut St., Greenville. The dinner meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Greenville BPW Club invites women interested in learning more about the Club to the meeting. Call Susan Fowble, 548-1414, by noon on Feb. 11, to make a reservation to attend this meeting. The cost is $10 per person.

Library begins reading program

GREENVILLE – There is no better way to face the cold winter days and nights than curling up with a good book! Add to that a chance to win gift certificates to any of the three downtown coffee shops by participating in the Greenville Public Library's Adult Winter Reading Program. Fill out a quick and easy form to say you’ve read a book (any book including e-books) and drop it off for the weekly drawings. Deb Cameron will notify all winners!

The forms can be picked up at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. While in the library browse their New Books Room on the second floor for all the latest titles in fiction and non-fiction.

The coffee shops include The Coffee Pot, A & B Coffee & Cake Co., and Brenda’s Beanery, all on Broadway. The program runs through Feb. 22.

Former Greenville Grad Named Magistrate in Montgomery Co.

Gina A. (Bradley) Feller
DAYTON – Gina A. (Bradley) Feller, Greenville High School class of 1991 graduate, was recently appointed to serve as a magistrate judge for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court in Dayton.

Gina began her legal career with the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office where she served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from 1998-2009. Gina most recently served as the Montgomery County Juvenile Court CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program Director since 2009.

She is the daughter of Ron and Mary Bradley of Greenville.

She lives with her husband, Joe, and son, Colin, in Miamisburg.

Jan 22, 2013

Mental Health and Wellness program set

GREENVILLE – “Mental Health and Wellness,” a co-sponsored program by State of the Heart Hospice and Darke County Nursing Education Council, will be presented by Beth Vehre M.D., Virginia Woodrow M.D., and Laurie White Ph.D. Information will be shared on stress and relaxation, common mental health disorders and the treatment for such disorders along with information on suicidal ideation, psychosis and schizophrenia.

The program will be held at Wayne Hospital in the third floor conference room on Jan. 29. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. $20 covers the cost of a light meal and Contact Hours. Call Kelley Hall, 548-2999, Kathy O’Dell, 548-0013, or Diane Crawford, 423-5033, to register or for more information.

Beagle announces scholarship program

COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), the recently appointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Workforce & Economic Development, announced the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools is now taking applications for the 2013 Legislative Scholarship Program. The program offers over 400 scholarship opportunities valued at more than $1.6 million to graduating high school seniors in Ohio.

The scholarships are designed to assist with tuition costs for certificate completion programs as well as associate and bachelor degree programs from the 52 participating Ohio career schools. The program’s objective is to prepare students with the education and training necessary to obtain careers in Ohio’s growing industries and businesses.

“In a time where most jobs require some form of post-secondary education, it’s critical for students to adequately prepare for the workforce,” Beagle said. “This scholarship program provides an excellent opportunity for students to obtain the skills needed to launch a successful career.”

To apply for the scholarship, each applicant must obtain the nomination from a member of the Ohio General Assembly. Nomination forms can be obtained from high school guidance counselors. Completed forms must be submitted to the legislator’s office along with a statement of the student’s current GPA and a short personal essay expressing why the student should be nominated for the program. Final scholarship applications must also include two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, employers or others.

To learn more and to obtain an application, visit www.ohiocareercolleges.org. Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 15. Nomination forms should be mailed by March 16 to State Senator Bill Beagle, Ohio Statehouse, One Capitol Square, Room 132, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Jordan Insurance Agency sponsors DCCA program

GREENVILLE – Jordan Insurance Agency recently announced its sponsorship of the Darke County Center for the Arts’ Family Theatre Series programming. The DCCA Family Theatre Series continues Jan. 27, 2 p.m., with Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook. “DCCA Family Theatre Series brings the joy of theater to children and their families, and we are delighted to be a sponsor,” shared Jon Jordan.

“It is because of our sponsors that we are able to present quality family programming to the Darke County community, at an affordable ticket price of $5,” stated DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “The momentum for this series seems to be growing and DCCA is thankful to both our generous sponsors and enthusiastic patrons.”

The DCCA Family Theatre Series presentation of Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's adaptation of Sam McBratney's award-winning classic children’s book Guess How Much I Love You shares the tale of love between parents and children, along with the sweet story of a little rabbit who helps children discover the joy of reading in I Love My Little Storybook. “This is a show the whole family will enjoy,” says Mrs. Jordan.

Due to Greenville City Schools' temporary closure of the auditorium at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, this show has been moved to the Versailles Performing Arts Center, 280 Marker Road, Versailles; VPAC is located in the school at Versailles.

Purchase tickets for the whole family today at Readmore's Hallmark in downtown Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, by calling DCCA, 547-0908, or online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.

The final show of the 2012-2013 Family Theatre season is the beloved fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, which is scheduled for April 14, 2 p.m.

Jon Jordan of Jordan Insurance Agency presents a check to Darke County Center for the Arts Executive Director Andrea Jordan. 

CADC Gourmet Dinner Raffle

GREENVILLE – Have you bought your tickets for a chance to win a gourmet dinner for 8? If not, call the Cancer Association of Darke County, 548-9960, for information. The tickets are $5 each or six for $25.

If you received a letter with tickets enclosed, don’t forget to mail them in with your check or drop them off at the Cancer Association at 209 E. Fourth St., Greenville, no later than Feb. 6. The drawing will be held on Feb. 11 and you need NOT be present to win. If you did not receive a letter and wish to be put on the mailing list, leave a message at 548-9960 or email director@cadcinfo.org.

The dinner will be held at the winner’s choice of place and time and will be prepared by the Gourmet Diner Club.

All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County to help Darke County cancer patients.

VHS PSEOP meeting

VERSAILLES – Any student eighth and higher and their parents / guardians who may be interested in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program must attend the informational meeting at 6 p.m., Feb. 5, at Versailles High School in Room D147. Any student and/or parent must attend the Versailles PSEOP meeting if they plan to enroll in this program for the upcoming school year as a Versailles student. Returning PSEOP students must also attend the meeting for updates for the new academic year.

This program gives full-time students enrolled in Ohio high schools (grades 9-12) the opportunity to earn high school and/or college credits. This program does have very specific guidelines that will be discussed at the meeting. Besides Versailles’ Administrative directives, each institution of higher learning may have different admission standards and requirements. It usually includes ACT / SAT/ COMPASS testing to be completed before acceptance. There could be some course offerings and credit hour restrictions that apply because of the “B Rule” guideline.

The State of Ohio requires that all students planning on participating in the 2013-2014 school year sign the “Intent to Participate Forms” no later than March 30. Normally after the March 30 deadline, the institutions will start to review PSEOP applications, high school transcripts and testing standards. If accepted, student will NOT be able to complete any college registration for classes till the 2013-14 Versailles High School master schedule is completed in Mid-May.

Questions concerning the PSEO Program should be directed to Mrs. Olwine, High School Counselor, at 937-526-4427.

Jan 21, 2013

Driver Crashes Into House

On January 21, 2013 at approximately 0946 am Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to 4110 State Route 49 south in reference to a single vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a tan 2003 Buick Century driven by Jack A. Davis, 67, Pitsburg Ohio was northbound on state route 49 in the 4100 block. Davis’ vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, striking a fence. Davis’ vehicle continued through a residential yard and struck the residence at 4110 state route 49. Davis was trapped inside his vehicle, which was inside the residence. Davis was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Wayne Health Care by Arcanum Rescue.

There were two occupants inside the residence at the time of the accident and no reported injuries by the occupants. Davis was treated and released by Wayne Health Care.

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

Tickets Going Fast for NASCAR Race at Eldora

ROSSBURG – Eldora Speedway officials announced Monday that brisk weekend sales have reduced the number of remaining reserved seats to just 600 for the Wednesday, July 24 running of the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic. The highly anticipated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will be NASCAR’s first national series event held on a dirt track since September 1970.

In just 16 days of ticket sales, fans from 48 states, the Virgin Islands, seven Canadian provinces and New Zealand have secured their ticket to witness NASCAR stars take on ‘dirt track ringers’ in another historic Eldora moment.

Due to the demand, Eldora Speedway officials also announced that 1,000 General Admission tickets will go on public sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. The tickets, which allow fans to bring their own lawn chairs and view all of the action from the popular grass hillsides in a festival setting are an Eldora tradition, and will be available from www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by calling the Eldora Speedway Ticket Office at (937) 338-3815. General Admission tickets are $36 for adults and $12 for children (12 & younger).

The complete 2013 schedule, Eldora’s 60th consecutive season, including ticket and camping information, is now posted on the newly revamped www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and view video highlights at YouTube.com/EldoraSpeedwayInc. The new Eldora Speedway app for the iPhone, iPad and Android is now available for download via iTunes and Google Play.

Bradford Community Festival Assoc. plans meeting

BRADFORD – The Bradford Community Festival Association will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Bradford Fire Station. Members of the community are urged to attend this meeting to ensure their viewpoints are heard regarding proposed changes to the festival.

HOPE Foundation awards Marlin Thompson Grants to two groups

GREENVILLE – In a tribute to HOPE Foundation founder Dr. Marlin D. Thompson, the foundation created a permanent endowment fund after his death in 2010. Community members have contributed over $43,000 to support annual grants to local non-profit organizations as well as scholarships. The grants reflect causes that were important to this inspiring leader who was passionate about education and community giving. 

The Marlin Thompson Fund recently awarded a grant to ACES Alternative School, located in downtown Greenville and a service of Council on Rural Services. ACES gives Darke County students the extra boost needed to graduate from high school. “Without ACES, many of these kids may drop out of high school,” said coordinator Jeff Vaughn. “Now, they have a diploma and the outlook for their future completely changes.” The HOPE Foundation grant to ACES provided curriculum materials that were necessary but impossible to obtain due to budget cuts.

The Thompson Fund also awarded a grant to Anthony Wayne Early Childhood Program to make upgrades to its playground equipment. “Gross motor development is essential for a child’s success,” said Roxann Leeper, Anthony Wayne director. “This equipment will fit the needs of our smaller and visually impaired students.”

The HOPE Foundation is pleased to add these two organizations to what will be a long line of recipients in years to come. As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For information on establishing a charitable fund or contributing to the Marlin Thompson Fund, contact the HOPE Foundation, 548-4673, or visit its website, www.hopedarkecounty.com.

Students at ACES Alternative School in Greenville join Christy Prakel (back left) of the HOPE Foundation of Darke County as she presents a check to Jeff Vaughn, coordinator of ACES School.

Children at Anthony Wayne Early Childhood Program play on new playground equipment purchased with a grant from the Dr. Marlin Thompson Fund of the HOPE Foundation of Darke County.

Jan 20, 2013

KitchenAid produces more than 2 million stand mixers

GREENVILLE – Employees of the Greenville, Ohio plant, who build every KitchenAid stand mixer sold throughout the world, were recognized with a celebration for a 2012 milestone: the production of more than two million stand mixers in one year, by far the largest number in the brand’s history. State and local officials including Ohio Senator Keith Faber, Representative Jim Buchy, Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers and county commissioners joined Whirlpool Corporation chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Fettig, at the plant to congratulate employees for this landmark achievement.

“Given the craftsmanship that goes into assembling each stand mixer, we’re very proud to have the skilled work force and manufacturing process needed to fulfill the demand for these iconic products, while maintaining the premium quality consumers expect from KitchenAid,” said David Elliott, general manager of KitchenAid small appliances.

Thousands of stand mixers are produced daily in the Greenville plant in a process that includes everything from motor and wire whisk assembly to color application, packaging and distribution. In addition to its stand mixers and blenders, which have always been manufactured in the U.S., the brand recently moved the production of its hand mixers back to Greenville from China, where they had been previously manufactured.

Senator Faber, Representative Buchy and Mayor Bowers presented the company with commendations for producing over two million stand mixers. Buchy recalls having a KitchenAid stand mixer on his counter from the time he was a young boy. He commended the employees for their efforts in achieving this milestone, “You have the best people making the best quality mixer.”

Since its introduction in 1919, the KitchenAid® stand mixer has been praised by generations of noted chefs, showcased as a design icon in museum exhibits, and touted in countless other ways as an essential culinary workhorse. The KitchenAid brand name was born in when an executive’s wife testing a stand mixer prototype declared, “I don’t care what you call it, I know it’s the best kitchen aid I have ever had.” The first model, the H-5, weighed in at 65 pounds and was sold largely door-to-door. In 1937, acclaimed industrial designer Egmont Arens created the more streamlined and rounded Model K design, which has changed little since then. In the decades since, its distinctive design has become so well recognized that its silhouette is a registered trademark.

Today, consumers have a range of stand mixers to choose from in either a tilt-head or bowl-lift design. Capacity ranges from 4-1/2 quart models that can handle up to 8 cups of flour; 5-quart models that handle 9 cups; 6-quart models that handle 14 cups; and 7-quart models that can handle enough batter to make 14 dozen cookies. Every model includes three basic accessories: a flat beater for mixing batters, making pie dough or mashing potatoes; a dough hook for kneading everything from soft dough to stiff pizza dough; and a wire whip for beating egg whites and whipping cream.

In addition to offering a range of stand mixer models to suit the specific needs of home bakers and cooks, the KitchenAid® stand mixer collection offers an unsurpassed range of colors and finishes. A color leader in the small appliance category since pioneering its first hues over five decades ago, KitchenAid now offers over 40 colors and finish options. Select colors are also found throughout the KitchenAid collection in both electric and nonelectric offerings, including hand mixers, blenders, food processors as well as utensils, cutlery, bakeware and cookware.

A key feature of every KitchenAid® stand mixer is a unique hub that taps into the powerful motor to accommodate over a dozen optional attachments for everything from grinding grain and meat to kneading dough, slicing vegetables, rolling and cutting pasta, and even making ice cream. Optional attachments for the stand mixer include a slicer and shredder, fruit and vegetable strainer, food grinder, grain mill, citrus juicer and sausage stuffer; a pasta roller and a ravioli maker; several pasta cutters (including fettuccine, spaghetti, angel hair and wide noodle); and an ice cream maker.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks. Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, ranges to refrigerators, and whisks to wine cellars. Cook for the Cure®, the brand's partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, is now in its eleventh year and has raised over $8 million to help find a cure for breast cancer. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit www.KitchenAid.com or join them at http://facebook.com/KitchenAid and http://twitter.com/KitchenAidUSA.

KitchenAid also announced it was supporting five local organizations with $1,000 donations in recognition of reaching the significant milestone. Donations will be made to Friends of Darke County Parks, Darke County Visitors Bureau, Bridges to College, Camp BEARable and Darke County Red Cross.

Whirlpool officials joined with local representatives to celebrate the production of more than two million stand mixers in a calendar year. 

Versailles Garden Club earns People-Pride-Progress award

VERSAILLES—The Versailles Garden Club has been named this year’s recipient of the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) People-Pride-Progress Award. Many of the club’s members will be on hand at the VACC Banquet on Jan. 21 to receive their award and to honor Deb Pohl as Citizen of the Year.

This award was created in 2009 to honor any local organization that has demonstrated exemplary community service to the Village of Versailles.

The Versailles Garden Club was founded in 1961 by Marcia Rhoades (who is still an active member), Maggie Brewer, Norma Barga, Betty Hole, Arlene Pohl, Lois Roll, Janice Oliver, Miriam Poling, Louise Rhoades and Marybel Weaver. Since its inception the club has always been an active organization committed to making Versailles beautiful.

Each spring the club fills 85 planters throughout the village with colorful annuals for which they have won a district award. The members also maintain the Annie Oakley Memorial near North Star during the months of May thru October and provide “Garden Therapy” to the residents at the Versailles Health Care Center. Together the club members and the residents make floral arrangements which remain with the residents to brighten their rooms and dining room tables.

The Garden Club has sponsored a Flower Show at Poultry Days since 1969, for which they have received a district certificate for “Civic Concern.” In 1999 the club received district, state and national recognition for assisting third grade students in a landscaping project at the old elementary school, which included composting, ground cover, shrubs, flowers, vegetable plants and the use of recycled materials.

The largest project the Garden Club undertook was the $35,000, landscaping project at the new Worch Memorial Library location which earned the Club a district, state and national award. After nine years of hard work and fundraising the completed “reading garden” includes a water fountain, gazebo, trees, scrubs, perennials, stone planters, arches, benches and a donor stone in the shape of an open book.

With no downtime between projects the club agreed to remove the old overgrown shrubs at the Versailles Historical Society and design new beds for plants and flowers. Their designs include architectural stones from the razed two story school building.

The club respectfully sponsors a “Deceased Member Memorial” and also awards a $1000 college scholarship to a Versailles graduate who chooses to study in the field of Floriculture, Horticulture, Botany, or any related field, such as Agronomy, Plant Pathology or even Landscaping Design. And to raise horticulture awareness within Versailles school district the Versailles Garden Club awards the “Garden of the Month” distinction to a local garden during the months of May through October.

The members of the Versailles Garden Club may not have time to “stop and smell the roses” as they are always working on fundraisers to finance their projects. Some familiar fundraisers, past and present, include a Garden Tour, a Holiday Show and Bazaar, an Annual Plant Sale, and Holiday Home tours.

The Garden Club has had numerous community minded members throughout its 52 years of existence and the award will be received with the awareness that every member throughout the history of the Club’s existence has helped cultivate the club into the organization it is today.

The 2013 Officers and Members are Hattie Knapke (President), Chris Lennon (Vice President), Shirley Schlater (Secretary), Joan Ruschau (Treasurer), Rebecca Ahlers, Barb Akina, Susan Ballinger, Terri Bey, Susan Browder, Phyllis Collins, Jenny Condon, Michelle Dircksen, Carol Frey, Sue Leugers, Bev Garrison, Karen Mescher, Ruth Pierron, Marcia Rhoades, Judy Shappie, Shirley Subler, Marge Prakel, and Dena Wuebker.

Versailles Garden Club members Laura Wuebker, Dena Wuebker and Judy Shappie help residents design baskets at Versailles Health Care Center. 

Homeless count in Darke Co. targets vets and 18-24 yr. olds

DARKE COUNTY – Jan. 22 is the next Point-In-Time study of a 24-hour period to tally the number of sheltered homeless and those persons who are homeless and cannot be surveyed. There are individuals living in cars, campgrounds, under bridges or other locations throughout the county. Homelessness is not just in Greenville. Even the smallest town in Darke County has those that are not sheltered.

The history of this study dates back to September 2004 when the Darke County Continuum of Care was created and dedicated to ending homelessness within our communities. The intent is to raise awareness of the factors that put people at risk, working together in addressing all contributing factors and securing necessary support services to assist individuals and families in maintaining safe, affordable and decent housing.

The purpose of the local Continuum of Care is the framework for a comprehensive array of outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, and supportive services to address the varying needs of persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The local plan is also a prerequisite to applying for federal housing grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Other funding entities such as state and local governments are also requiring the sign off from the local Continuum of Care. With the efforts of the Darke County Continuum of Care, additional funding has been made available to Darke County to prevent homelessness and to assist those who are homeless to find stable housing.

Melissa Sparks, chair of the Continuum of Care, stated, “This year, the local Point-In-Time Study will be required to report on the number of persons in each household type by age category (under age 18, age 18 to 24, and over age 24). We will also be required to report both the number of one-child households and the number of multi-child households. Other places we are contacting include veterans’ organizations, nursing homes, hotels, churches, the homeless shelters, and many social service agencies. We also will be required to report on the number of sheltered and unsheltered persons who are chronically homeless individuals; chronically homeless families; veterans; sheltered and unsheltered female veterans; severely mentally ill; chronic substance abuse; and persons with HIV/AIDS.”

She explained, “The importance of the study is to try and recognize the barriers that people face and to help them before they become homeless. The Darke County Emergency Homeless assisted 106 individuals in 2012, up from 78 in 2011. There were 70 households assisted, logging 1308 nights spent at the shelter and 2,616 meals served.” Sparks asked that if anyone knows of someone who is homeless or living in a camper in the backyard on Jan. 22 to call the CAP office. The point of contact for the P-I-T study is Community Action Partnership (CAP), 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH 45331, 548-8143.

Shown is the area under the bridge on North Broadway in last year’s P-I-T study in late January, revealing items that indicate someone had been sleeping there. 

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