Feb 28, 2013

Garst offers Museum in a Suitcase for Children

GREENVILLE – The Garst Museum is excited to announce an additional traveling Museum in a Suitcase program. The new program is specifically created for groups of children ranging from the second to sixth grades. Garst Museum docents will bring a suitcase of museum artifacts to your local group or classroom and present a unique program highlighting the Garst Museum. The 45 to 60-minute programs are free and are available for schools and activities such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, or 4-H clubs.

Garst Museum also offers a Museum in a Suitcase program for local adult groups. Both Museum in a Suitcase programs are offered at no charge and include opportunities to handle museum artifacts and to learn and reminisce about times gone by.

For more information about either Museum in a Suitcase program, please contact the Garst Museum at 937-548-5250 or via email at information@garstmuseum.org.

Museum in a Suitcase for Children docents are Linda Newbauer, Anna Lee Dickerson, and Marian Eley.


GREENVILLE – The Greenville FISH organization received a donation of non-perishable items for its Choice Pantry from the Darke County Association of REALTORS® (DCAR). The items were donated by REALTOR® members. The FISH Choice Pantry provides food to local citizens with limited resources. FISH is an ecumenical volunteer organization without paid staff which can only exist through donations received from others within the community. The FISH Choice Pantry is located at 400 Markwith Ave. in Greenville. Pictured are Aleene Cromwell, Act-1, and Rita Simpson-Davis, Leis Realty Company. 

Kindergarten registration at Bradford Elem.

BRADFORD – Enrollment for the 2013-14 Kindergarten class at Bradford Elementary has been set for the week of March 11-15. Please call the school office (448-2811) during this week between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to set up an appointment for Kindergarten Screening, which will be held on April 9 during regular school hours. Registration forms will be mailed to the parents of the prospective kindergartners prior to this date and the forms may be turned in the day of Kindergarten Screening, April 9.

Children must be 5 years of age by Aug. 1, 2013, in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.

The following information is required to register and must be brought to the school along with the registration forms: Original birth certificate, Social Security Number, Immunization Record, Custody Papers (if applicable), and Proof of Residency (rent receipt, utility bill, etc.).

DCCA offers Irish music, food and beer

GREENVILLE – “Irish Wave,” Darke County Center for the Arts fundraising party celebrating St. Patrick's Day, will feature Irish-themed food, Irish music, and craft beers from Cincinnati's Mt. Carmel Brewery. The event is scheduled for March 8 at Turtle Creek Golf Club, 6545 U.S. Route 36 East, Greenville. “DCCA wanted to schedule a festive event coinciding with the Irish holiday; we've worked with Turtle Creek to plan a delectable menu, with the golf club's distributor to bring in outstanding beer selections, and have booked fun-loving, talented musicians to add the crowning touch to what we believe will be a great party,” said DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan. “Irish Wave” opens at 6:30 p.m.

The buffet menu provided by the kitchen at Turtle Creek includes Irish potatoes, Irish rarebit on bread, corned beef bruschetta, Guinness-battered onion, bacon and cabbage balls, crab cakes with roasted red pepper sauce, and smoked salmon on Irish soda bread. Bottled beers to be tasted include Amber Ale, Blonde Ale, Nut Brown Ale, India Pale Ale, and Stout; additionally, Scotsman Ale, featuring a lightly smoked flavor balanced by cherry wood, will be available on draft. Eight tastes and a commemorative beer glass are included in the price of admission; additionally, door prizes will be awarded.

Music will be provided by Brigid's Cross, a duo who sing and play an eclectic selection of Irish music ranging from traditional to contemporary. The Brigid's Cross performance is made possible by the sponsorship of Second National Bank, and Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Steve Litchfield, Todd Subler, and Bill Wolke, and Andria Haworth, as well as Tom and Suzie Brown, and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be purchased at Turtle Creek Golf Club or by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or on-line at www.centerforarts.net.

Feb 27, 2013

Ormsby releases Grand Jury report

GREENVILLE – R. Kelly Ormsby, III, prosecuting attorney for Darke County, released the following report on Grand Jury activity recent6ly conducted by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Brian S. Peters, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Nonsupport of Dependents based on an investigation by the Darke County Child Support Enforcement Agency.

William C. Tester, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Terry W. Goodpaster, Wayne Lakes – Indicted on a charge of Burglary based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas A. Bidwell, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Burglary based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Jessica N. Hardy, New Madison – Indicted on a charge of Sexual Battery based on an investigation by the New Madison Police Department

Kyle B. O’Dell, Arcanum – Indicted on a charge of three counts of Felonious Assault based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

James W. McClurg Jr., Hollansburg – Indicted on a charge of Assault on a Peace Officer based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Michael S. Kiser, Arcanum – Indicted on a charge of Assault on a Peace Officer based on an investigation by the Arcanum Police Department

Mary E. Gettinger, Union City – Indicted on a charge of Endangering Children based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Christopher A. Summers, St. Henry – Indicted on a charge of Sexual Battery based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department

Aaron H. Ross, Palestine – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Joseph C. Lear, Bradford – Indicted on a charge of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor based on an investigation by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office

Christopher L. Rogers, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Vehicular Assault based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office

DCHHA annual awards banquet

GREENVILLE – The annual Darke County Harness Horseman’s Association (DCHHA) honored local horsemen Feb. 23 at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, Greenville. DCHHA President Kerby Sutton welcomed everyone and spoke of the association's 40th anniversary. An original Charter member and past president Larry Aultman was recognized.

The DCHHA was honored to have State Representative Jim Buchy as the guest speaker, who talked about the changes in the state that affect the horseman and agriculture in Ohio. He also stressed the importance of the younger generations coming into the industry.

Ten classes of Standard Bred horses and individual awards were presented by presented by Kerby Wilcox and Mike Baker.

The first of individual awards were recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award going to Alan Riegle and Roger Walls.

Greenville sports reporter George Starks was awarded the Honorary Achievement Award. Starks was honored for his reporting on local harness racing and horsemen. During the Great Darke County Fair, George is there throughout the race program diligently covering the races including behind the scene stories.

Brittany Farms was also recognized as an Honorary Achievement Award winner.

The 10 classes of horses as well as owners and trainers recognized are as follows:

2 yr. old colt pace- Cherokee Hunter – owned by Indian Creek Farms and trained by Kent Wilcox.

2 yr. old colt trot- Hometown – owned and trained by Ron Wulber.

2 yr. old filly trot- Coverlet – owned and trained by Ron Wulber.

3 yr. old colt pace- Ravenswood Yankee – owned and trained by Wayne Bowman.

3 yr. old filly pace- Shakinmymoneymaker – owned by Mandy Jones, trained by Brian Jones.

3 yr. old filly trot- Tesla – owned by Myron Brown and Beth Simons and trained by Dave Brumbaugh.

Aged Horse pace- Cherokee Ryder – owned by Indian Creek Farms and Kent Wilcox, trained by Wilcox.

Aged Mare pace- Lil Miss Alibi – owned by Cindy Austin and Steve Livingston trained by Livingston.

Aged Horse trot- Online Auction – owned by Don Bolyard and trained by Jeff Bolyard.

Aged Mare trot- Hollys Secret – owned and trained by R.C. Bowling.

Also on hand was Darke County Agricultural Society President Dick Delk and numerous fairboard members. President Delk spoke of the relationship with the DCHHA and the fine fair racing program that Darke County has.

The awards presentation was followed by an auction fundraiser with Auctioneer Mike Baker. The DCHHA was privileged to donate monies from an auction item to the Gene Riegle Memorial Race Fund.

Elections were also held for officers and a trustee. Voted in were President Kerby Wilcox, Vice President Ron Richards, Secretary/Treasurer Debbie Nisonger, and one year trustee Dick Delk.
Shown are some of the winners from the annual Darke County Harness Horseman’s Assoc. awards banquet. 

Dr. Menendez speaks to support group

Dr. Carlos Menendez 
GREENVILLE – Dr. Carlos Menendez will be speaking at the Cancer Support Group on March 7 at Wayne HealthCare, 7 p.m., in the Conference Room, 3rd floor. Cancer Survivors, family members and anyone interested are invited to attend. This group is sponsored by the Cancer Association of Darke County and is free to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Menendez has been Medical Director of Family Health since 1988. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in June 1983. His internship and residency program for Family Practice was completed at Akron General Hospital, Akron. Chief Resident, 1986. He also holds a BS degree in Biology from University of Dayton.

He serves the Cancer Association of Darke County as board member and medical consultant. He is also a board member of Friends of Bear Mill. In his family practice residence, Dr. Menendez as overseen Family’s Health growth from a single site organization to a 3 center multi-specialty group practice with locations in Greenville, Arcanum and Versailles. He has spoken at Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and Midwest Clinician's Network meetings about Information Technology Issues. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

YMCA to hold annual meeting

GREENVILLE – The YMCA of Darke County will hold its annual meeting on March 25, 7 p.m., in the Romer’s side room. The meeting will include Board of Director elections, staff recognition, volunteer recognition, 2012 highlights, and what lies ahead for 2013. All YMCA of Darke County members are invited and will want to attend this meeting to gain a better understanding of what the Y is all about. Further, members will have the opportunity to meet the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and management staff. Light refreshments will also be served. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Gail Hostuttler, executive director, 548-3777, ext. 22 or ghostuttler@ymcadarkecounty.org.

What does the Y mean to members?

GREENVILLE – Your local Y is more than just a gym to belong to. Sure, there’s an Olympic-sized, heated pool, indoor tennis court, whirlpool hot tub, free weights, and treadmills. Sure, there’s a variety of classes to fit almost anyone’s interest. But there is also a spirit of community, of belonging. Every member has their own reason they belong to the Y.

New member Jeffrey Osborne says one of the reasons he and his family joined is because “it’s a fun place to hang with friends, and a safe place.” A safe place is important, as research has shown that when people have a safe, supervised place to go, physical activity increases and time spent in front of a screen decreases.

Scott Meyers, who recently joined with his wife and young son, says, “It’s somewhere to take the kids.” The variety of activities available at the YMCA of Darke County is great for families with children. Play time is an important way families can have fun together without worrying about all the other things going on in their daily lives. It can provide valuable bonding time and a way for family members to connect.

Bob Boyd has been a member of the YMCA of Darke County since 2007. What does the Y mean to him? "Without it, I wouldn't be moving," he said with a chuckle.

Dan Wanamaker drives from the Lewisburg area to come to the Y several times a week since he became a member in 2010. Daily exercise has helped strengthen a leg he strained while bowling, he says. He also has noticed improved mobility that allows him to get up more easily, without having to push himself up with his arms as he used to.

It’s not only the exercises and physical benefits that motivate them to keep coming.

If you are thinking of joining the Y, come visit and take a tour. You might be surprised at the familiar faces you will see, not to mention the new faces that will soon become familiar.

ANNUAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT CAMPAIGN: The YMCA of Darke County is in the second week of its Annual Community Support Campaign. The YMCA of Darke County typically allocates over $70,000 a year in the Greenville and Darke County area. Funds raised will support hundreds of people in the community with financial assistance in becoming members, acquiring child care, taking swim lessons and learning youth sports, along with building a healthy spirit, body and mind. “Through our community support campaign, we want to educate people that we are more than a place to go to exercise or swim, but an organization that does vital work thanks to the support of the community,” said Gail Hostuttler, Executive Director of the YMCA of Darke County. Contact Gail if you would like to contribute to the campaign.

For more information about membership or programs, visit www.ymcadarkecounty.org or call 548-3777.

Understanding Medicare

GREENVILLE – Premier Senior Insurance will be holding a series of free public Coffee Break informational sessions to familiarize local residents in Ohio and Indiana with their Medicare insurance choices. The topic will be Medicare Alphabet Soup – Understanding Your Options. The next session will be March 21, 6 p.m., at the Greenville Public Library, 520 Sycamore St., 3rd Floor, Greenville. This session is designed to help those who are new to Medicare, but all seniors who still have questions are welcome to attend.

This is not a sales event but is intended for educational purposes only. For valuable information and driving directions, visit www.premierseniorinsurance.com. Interested seniors are asked to reply with intent to attend by calling 937-569-4048.

Feb 26, 2013

Comeback Special joins tribute artist for concert

VERSAILLES – Professional Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Ryan Roth will perform with the 16-piece band, Comeback Special on March 9 in Versailles. This exciting show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in the Versailles Performing Arts Center, 280 Marker Road.

Roth is well-known in Elvis performance circuits for his amazing vocal abilities and sound. He frequently competes and performs around the country.

Last spring, Roth joined up with the band, "Comeback Special" and the group performed on the Graceland Crossing stage in Memphis, TN this past August during Elvis Week.

"Comeback Special" arrives complete with a horn section and choir of vocalists, and provides a very authentic sound, similar to the TCB
Band who accompanied Elvis in the 1970's.

"The horns really make this show," one recent audience member stated. "I can't get over the quality of these performers."

Enjoy your favorite Elvis tunes and more as you recreate the experience loved by so many fans over the years.

Tickets for this concert are on sale by calling 937-507-1513. Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for those ages 17 and under. Proceeds go to Versailles' Towne & Country Players' upcoming production of The Wedding Singer.


NEW MADISON – New Madison Kiwanis Club President Bill Marshall presented a check for $100 to Eric Burns of Tri-Village Rescue Service to help support their “Teddy Bear” program. A small teddy bear is given to each child who is transported in the ambulance. The club supports many other local children’s programs and civic organizations. They meet on most Thursdays at the New Madison Rescue Building behind Dollar General, 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marshall, 996-3651 or visit www.newmadisonkiwanis.org.

Coffee with the Commissioner

DARKE CO. – Commissioner Mike Stegall will be at Wayne Lakes Park on March 2, 9 a.m., for “Coffee with the Commissioner” gathering. This is the first time the Commissioner has been to Wayne Lakes and since this is where he grew up, he is looking forward to the visit. This meeting, like all the others, will be very informal with everyone able to ask questions about government, or happenings in the County. Everyone is invited to attend and the meeting will be held at the Community Center located in Wayne Lakes. All participants are encouraged to ask questions and interact with your county officials.

Campers go on a winter scavenger hunt

GREENVILLE--Darke County Park District recently hosted a Winter Day Camp for those students who didn’t have school on President’s Day. The entire camp was spent following clues on a winter wildlife scavenger hunt. The clues led campers from the Nature Center out to the prairie, through the woods, over the creek and everywhere in between! Participants took home a bird feeder that they made to attract winter wildlife to their own home. If you missed out on winter day camp, visit www.darkecountyparks.org for all upcoming programs, including summer day camps. Registration is open NOW for our Summer Camps. Call the Nature Center, 548-0165, to sign up, space is limited!

Air Camp takes off for its fourth year

DAYTON--Middle school students from across the U.S. will experience the thrill of flight this summer at Air Camp in Dayton. Since Air Camp’s inception in 2010, students have been introduced to the wonders of flight and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) of aviation and aeronautics. For many students, the highlight of the week is flight training and piloting a plane. Students and parents alike describe Air Camp as “awesome.”

Air Camp introduces students to aviation through non-stop activities at the exceptional aviation resources in the region. Wright State University serves as the host facility for housing and meeting space, while students work with faculty from Wright State, the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College. Students explore behind the scenes at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton History, and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. While at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, students will climb into the flight deck of the giant C-17 and then get a bird’s-eye view from the air traffic control tower.

Throughout the week, students engage in hands-on learning and STEM-related experiments, guided by award-winning high school teachers, including 3-D visualization exercises, piloting micro-UAVs, and wind tunnel testing of airplane wing design. Students receive an introduction to flight training at Sinclair Community College, pilot a plane at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, and experience the full range of aviation operations.

For the first time, students will have the opportunity to visit the control tower and flight operations of the Dayton International Airport during two of the sessions.

“Air Camp promises to inspire our youth with the amazing possibilities of flight,” says Terrence Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the City of Dayton. “As the birthplace of aviation and an aerospace hub, Dayton is an ideal location, and Dayton International Airport is thrilled to play a role in the Air Camp experience.”

The 2013 summer sessions are planned for June 16-21, July 7-12 and July 21-26. Up to 40 students will be chosen for each session by a competitive application process. Applications are being accepted online at www.AirCampUSA.com from students entering the seventh through ninth grades in fall 2013. A teacher recommendation is required. Tuition is $995, with a limited number of need-based scholarships available.

As a not-for-profit entity, Air Camp is made possible by donations, sponsorships, scholarships, and in-kind support from individuals, foundations, businesses, colleges and universities, government agencies, and individuals. Donations may be made online at www.AirCampUSA.com.

Hosted in Dayton, Ohio – the birthplace of aviation – Air Camp is a one-week adventure in the wonders of flight and the science, technology, engineering, and math of aviation and aeronautics, designed to inspire middle school students to “soar into the future.” For further information, visit www.AirCampUSA.com or find us on Facebook.


GREENVILLE--The Darke County Park District recently hosted a program on the American Kestrel. Participants spent a portion of the program learning about North America’s smallest falcon, the American Kestrel. The group discussed habitat, diet, behavior and nesting habits of the kestrel. Each participant successfully built a Kestrel nesting box that they then took home in an effort to attract a nesting pair of kestrels to their own yard!

Feb 25, 2013

Hofacker faces Theft From an Elderly Person charges

GREENVILLE – After investigating a series of scams that have taken place over the past several weeks, the Greenville Police Department obtained an arrest warrant and arrested 52-year old Randy L. (Brickler) Hofacker on Feb. 22, 2013. Hofacker is suspected of and booked into the Darke County Jail on one count of theft from an elderly person. The Ohio Revised Code defines an elderly person as: “Elderly person” means a person who is 65 years of age or older.

Several reports were filed with the Greenville Police Department where a subject would come to the victim’s residence and obtain money regarding repairs to their house, money for gas for a vehicle, money for a flat tire, money to get a vehicle out of a ditch, or assist them in cashing a check and then keeping the cash.

Citizens are urged to not loan money to people asking to borrow money if they don’t personally know them and to contact the Greenville Police Department, 548-1103, if they have been victims to similar scams.

VAHS in need of several items

VERSAILLES--The Versailles Area Historical Society & Museum are looking for items relating to the 1901 Versailles Fire, The Buckeye Overall Company, Beare’s Coffee Shop, Ward Drug Store and The Black Swamp Society. Also, local church artifacts, early pictures of North Star, Brock, Webster, Frenchtown, Russia, Willowdell, Osgood, and Yorkshire, salvage items from a local one room school house, early gardening and canning /kitchen tools.

Needed for upcoming displays are early scouting materials/items and photos as well as Poultry Days history and/or costumes. Contact Deb, 423-1106; Jim, 467-1585; or leave a message at the Museum, 526-4222 if you can help.

TV show highlights Annie Oakley Center

GREENVILLE--WBGU-TV Scenic Stops PBS show that aired on Feb. 14, featured Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center as part of a tour of museums in northwest Ohio. This particular show highlighted four museums. The segment on Garst Museum is in the last part of the video. Museum docents Eileen Litchfield and Marilyn Robbins were interviewed along with Bonnie Perry (Annie Oakley’s great niece) and museum director, Clay Johnson Ph.D.

The Scenic Stops episode can be viewed online by going to www.garstmuseum.org and clicking on the link provided on the left side under museum news or by directly visiting WBGU at http://video.wbgu.org/video/2333226918.

The Garst Museum is located at 205 N. Broadway, Greenville. For information, call 548-5250; visit www.garstmuseum.org or email: information@garstmuseum.org.

Tips to prepare you for a job fair

PIQUA--The hiring environment is thought to increase in 2013 so don't miss the opportunity to make your presence known. Edison Community College, along with Upper Valley Career Center, area Job Centers, and Rehabilitation Services, will sponsor a career expo that will he held March 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the North Hall on Edison's Piqua campus.

More than fifty organizations will be represented at this event. Anyone is welcome to attend this event free of charge.

When attending a job fair it is important that you come prepared and ready to represent yourself. Before you attend it is important to do a little homework such as researching what companies will be attending the expo, updating your resume so you are able to hand it out to potential employers, making a list of the companies you definitely want to make time to see and preparing questions you know you would like to ask. Be able to introduce yourself professionally, offer a firm handshake, learn about their job opportunities and provide a brief summary of your skills and credentials.

These steps don't seem like much, but will ensure you have a successful trip and will allow you to take advantage of this opportunity to its fullest.

As you are preparing to leave for the event it never hurts to ask yourself the following; am I dressed appropriately? Have I done the proper research of the companies I plan to visit? Am I prepared to properly introduce myself?

While at the event be aware of your body language as well as your manners.

Remember that others attending are also competitively looking at the same job opportunities as you. Be sure to shake hands firmly and speak clearly to the representatives. First impressions are lasting impressions and should be made appealing. It is important that you never forget the reason you are attending the event, it isn't for a social hour but for opportunities. Many employers will be looking at how you handle yourself in a professional setting.

If you are not attending the expo with the hopes of finding employment immediately it is still important to follow the above steps. Often, just learning about the different jobs in the area is useful and rewarding to know so in the future when you are ready to apply you know what to look for.

It could also be beneficial to see how your peers are interacting with representatives. You will be surprised by how much you pick up from just listening and comparing notes. This is an excellent opportunity to network and sharpen your communication skills.

Now that you are prepared and understand the many opportunities career expos hold you will be able to utilize this event to better your chances of reaching success in your future. For valuable career information visit

www.edisonohio.edu/career<http://www.edisonohio.edu/career>. Click on the link “Job Fair” for an updated list of organizations that will be attending.

Greenville Goal Getters gearing up for spring

GREENVILLE—The Greenville Goal Getters program will be starting again for grades 5th-8th starting March 11 and ending May 10.

The students will learn how to set and work toward goals in the areas of physical fitness and nutrition, encouraging teamwork, and gain confidence along the way. Students will also learn how fun and easy being fit can be.

During the eight-week program, sessions will be held at the Junior High on Mondays, 2:45-3:30 for grades 7 and 8. Sessions for students in grades 5 and 6 will be held at South Middle School on Wednesday, 2:45-3:30 p.m. On Fridays, the Goal Getters will finish the week with a field trip to Chenoweth Trails or the YMCA from 2:10-4:30 p.m. To end the eight-week program, a family Swim Night will be held at the Y.

Registration paperwork will be sent home with students Feb. 27 and needs to be returned by March 7. There is no cost to the participants but they will need tennis shoes and shorts or sweatpants. New Greenville Goal Getters will receive a free T-shirt.

This program is being offered through volunteers and community support. If you are interested in sponsoring a bus for the Fun Friday trips ($40) or making a monetary contribution toward this program for the purchase of T-shirts and youth exercise equipment, contact Greenville School District office, 548-3185. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information on Greenville Goal Getters or to volunteer with the program, contact Danesa Borgerding, South Middle School, 548-3525.

Feb 24, 2013

Enis named Marvin Lewis Coach of the Year

Coach Curtis Enis
CINCINNATI—Curtis Enis, head Football Coach of the Bradford High School Railroaders, has been named the 2012 Marvin Lewis Coach of the Year. Coach Lewis will present the award at the annual Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar- Athletes Banquet on Feb. 28 at The Westin in Downtown Cincinnati.

Now in its 10th year, The Marvin Lewis Coach of the Year Award, presented by Baker Concrete, is given to the top High School football coach in the Tri-State area. The winner of the Coach of the Year Award is chosen based on their teaching skills, sportsmanship, dedication to players, and commitment to education and his community.

Coach Enis focuses on teaching young men life lessons that will go much further than football. He teaches his players the values of work ethic, support, determination, pride, heart, effort, attitude, family and, most importantly, they are students first and athletes second.

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund is a Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization that empowers, educates, and inspires individuals in the Greater Cincinnati area through their ongoing outreach programs. The Marvin Lewis Community Fund invests in the Greater Cincinnati community through several outreach programs including Coach of the Year Award.

For more information on the event, and on the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, visit www.marvinlewis.org.

Engineering Dept. replaced by Planning and Zoning Dept.

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Council voted to eliminate the city’s engineer department and replace it with a Planning and Zoning Department at its Feb. 19 meeting. The ordinances passed by council were necessary as a result of the restructuring proposed in the 2013 Appropriations Ordinance.

During the discussions with the city’s appropriations, Mayor Michael Bowers pointed out the engineer’s office had primarily conducted business as a Planning & Zoning Department. Most of the engineering work was outsourced with only one or two projects engineered in house. With the resignation of Joy Rodenburgh as the city engineer, the administration felt it was time to proceed with restructuring the department. Bowers has appointed Chad Henry as the department head. Henry has been with the city for over five years and earned a degree in planning from Miami University. He has been the acting department head since the departure of Rodenburgh.

Council also heard from Jason Martoni, of Utility Sales Agency, Clayton. He questioned whether or not the city’s specifications for new water meters and installation would be too restrictive to allow all but one company to bid. Martoni was assured by Law Director Camille Baker that the Ohio Revised Code prohibits specifications from being too restrictive. Mayor Bowers noted the administration and water department are in the preliminary stages of writing the specifications, but would be willing to set up a meeting with the safety/service director, water department superintendent and Martoni to discuss the issue.

Council approved the Utility Committee’s report at the previous meeting of council giving the administration the green light to proceed with writing specifications and eventually opening the project up for bidding. Tracy Tryon, council member, expressed his concern that the administration was focusing on one brand of water meter and there are municipalities that have had problems with that meter in the past.

A representative from the Greenville City Schools is expected to present a request to council at the March 5 meeting. The school district is expected to ask for a portion of land that includes Harmon Field. Law Director Baker asked council members to submit any questions they may have regarding the issue to her so they can be addressed by the school district.

In other business, council:

* approved an ordinance to increase the number of street opening and reducing the amount of bond required in connection with the 2013 Vectren Energy Delivery Gas Lateral Replacement Project. More information on the project and roads affected by the project can be found on the city’s website – www.cityofgreenville.org.

* learned Trilogy is moving forward with its plans to build a nursing home and assisted living facility at the corner of Russ Road and KitchenAid Way. Plans have been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Department and the Planning and Zoning Commission will address the issue at its March meeting.

* learned Reid Hospital is also continuing with its plans to build a medical center in the city. The organization recently purchased the property at the corner of Meeker and Krukeberg Roads.

* learned the city will soon be submitted grants for Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), Small Cities, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be March 5, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

Tri-Village Rescue saves money on newest purchase

NEW MADISON – The Board of Trustees and the members of the Tri-Village Rescue Services are proud to put into service a 2012 Braun International Terra Star ambulance purchased on Valentine’s Day to replace the oldest ambulance in the Tri-Village fleet.

The New unit was a demo from Braun ambulance. This unit traveled all across the country to different ambulance shows, which helped to reduce its price tag from $190,000 to $150,000, saving the tax payers almost $40,000 dollars. The unit only had 20,000 miles on it, which is not a lot for this type of chassis. The unit replaced a 16 year-old Braun ambulance that was starting to have major issues and costing the district a lot of money to maintain. The new unit has the newest in safety equipment for both the patients and the crew.

Eric Burns, the Chief of the department, is said, “This will be a 12 to 15 year truck. Buying the heavier chassis, we will be able to extend the life of our ambulances. We now have two ambulances that will last this organization well into the future. The nice thing about Braun ambulance is that we can take the boxes off when the chassis needs replaced and put the box on a new chassis and save money on the units by continuing to use the same box. We chose Braun because they are built in Van Wert, Ohio and we can get quick service without having to ship the truck out of state.”

Larry Royer, the president of the Joint Ambulance District, stated the new truck is going to be a win-win for the district. “Not only will it be dependable but it will save us in repair cost. Over the last 25 years I have helped replace four ambulances here at Tri-Village Rescue and have seen the cost of those ambulances go from the mid $50,000 dollar range to well over $150,000 and they are only going to get more expensive with the increase in government regulations placed on the manufacturers of these units. If we purchased this ambulance as a new unit just built, it would have cost the district an additional $60K with the new regulations so we saved a great deal of funds doing it this way.”

Delbert Braun, president of Tri-Village Rescue Services Board, stated that Chief Burns and his staff have shown by replacing the old unit with a demo unit that the members and the Board of trustees are cautious concerning the districts funding and saving the district money. “We as members of the Tri-Village Rescue Services district are blessed to have such an outstanding group of medical professionals volunteering for our organization.”

Over $2.5 million in improvements on roadways planned in 2013

In addition to normal required maintenance, an estimated $2,608,456 worth of improvements to county roads and bridges is scheduled for 2013 that will be 93-percent locally funded. Local funds are gas tax and license fees returned monthly to the county by the State of Ohio for county highway operations. No real estate or sales taxes fund Darke County roads and bridges. The county engineer and highway department are responsible for 519 miles of county road and 530 bridges on county and township roads.

The following 18 county roads, which total 30.14 miles, are scheduled for new surfaces during May-July at an estimated contracted local cost of $1,640,000.

Wasson Road – from Ohio-Indiana Line to Hillgrove-Southern (2.96 miles)

Chenoweth – from Hollansburg-Tampico to Palestine-Hollansburg (.31 miles)

Grubbs Rex – from Arcanum-Ithaca to Gordon Landis (2.03 miles)

Gettysburg-Webster – from Gettysburg Corp. to SR 185 (4.97 miles)

Arnold Road – from State Route 571 to Childrens Home-Bradford (1.09 miles)

Children Home-Bradford – from Arnold to SR 49 (2.07 miles)

Burns – from SR 185 to Reed

Harrison – from Rush to Hollansburg-Arcanum (2.10 miles)

Hollansburg-Sampson – from Gordon-Landis to Miami Co. Line (3.15 miles)

New Weston-Ft. Loramie – from end township maintenance to SR 49 (2.58 miles)

Ohio-Indiana Line – from Wasson to Pickett (2.94 miles)

Greenville-Bakers Store – from Stingley to SR 502 (1.74 miles)

Wabash-York – from USR 127 to Elijah-York (1.52 miles)

Castine-Gordon – from SR 49 to Miami Co. Line (.48 miles)

Old US 36 – from USR 36 to USR 36 (.81 miles)

Clifton Drive – from Daly to SR 571 (.33 miles)

Eidson – from SR 121 to SR 49 (.75 miles)

Ravenwood Drive – from Childrens Home-Bradford to dead end (.29 miles)

About 319 miles of road will have new centerline and no-passing markings applied and approximately 350 lane-miles (175 road miles) will have white edge-line markings applied at an estimated cost of $171,000. The project will be contracted and is expected to require 5,470 gallons of yellow paint and 5,800 gallons of white paint. Centerline markings are estimated to cost $263 per mile and edge-lines at $250 per lane mile.

An estimated 30 roadway culverts and 10 subsurface tile crossings will be done by county personnel and equipment, with an estimated material cost of $28,000 and total estimated costs, including labor and equipment, of $60,000.

Approximately 50 miles of county road will have pavement cracks sealed with hot-applied crack sealant material by county personnel. The estimated cost for this work is $156,000, using an estimated $80,000 of materials. The work will be performed throughout the year.

About 800 new Stop signs will be installed this year on county roads. The cost of signs is estimated at $35,500 with a federal grant providing 80-percent or $28,400 of this amount. The total cost, including hardware, labor and equipment is estimated at $60,500 and all installation will be done by county employees using county equipment.

A major widening and reconstruction project will be completed on Frazers Road from the Preble County Line to Grubbs-Rex Road for a length of three miles. The work includes culvert replacements, pavement and should widening and overall road enhancement. The $777,525 project, now 75-percent complete by Walls Brothers Asphalt, is being substantially funded by the Ohio Public Works Commission with an estimated county cost in 2013 of $52,000.

Total estimated road improvement costs are $2,281,880. Total estimated local cost is $2,111,100 (93-percent).

One bridge superstructure will be replaced, six bridges will be rehabilitated and one will be repaired by county personnel in 2013.

Worth Road Bridge, superstructure replaced, $65,247

Wasson Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $44,561

Heller Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $52,551

New Madison-Coletown Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $40,914

Daly Road Bridge, repair, $35,703

Etter Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $17,928

Day Road Bridge, rehabilitation, $19,774

Palestine-Union City, rehabilitation, $49,898

Total cost is $326,576 (all local funding). Force account bridge estimates include the cost of county labor, materials and equipment with large overhead rates on labor and materials as required by law.


Commissioners present Letter of Appreciation to Duane Shields

GREENVILLE--Because the Darke County Community has been very fortunate to have had such a dedicated and loyal citizen as Duane Shields, the Darke County Commissioners offered a Letter of Appreciation and proclaimed January 16, 2013 as a “Day of Appreciation” for Shields.

The proclamation states Sheilds has served on many boards and committees through the years, some of which include the Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby Counties Workforce Policy Board (8 years); the Darke County Farmers Union representative as a member of the Board through organized labor; has represented the Policy Board by serving on the Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby County Youth Council; and Duane has dedicated his time and effort in making our workforce stronger with his input in policy approvals as it relates to workforce development programs under the Workforce Investment Act.

Shields has retired after teaching school for 35 years and today, his passion continues to help the youth to make the best of their efforts.

Shields was honored for his dedication in serving our communities.

(L to R): Commissioner Mike Rhoades, Duane Shields, Commissioner Mike Stegall, Sherry Mueller, Job Center Network of Darke County, Commissioner Diane Delaplane. 

GHS Regional BPA Award Winners 2013

GREENVILLE--Greenville Career Tech Center students recently competed in the Regional BPA Competition. Students from Computer Information Systems, Financial Specialists, Interactive Media, and Supply Chain Management Tech Prep Programs worked hard to prepare for and present at the Regional competition. Students advancing to the state competition will compete March 14 and 15 in Columbus.

State Bound: Courtney Grillot, first, Computerized Accounting (Financial Spec. 12); Rachel Class, 2nd, Banking & Finance (Financial Specialist 12); Jenna Rifenberg, first, Payroll Accounting (Financial Specialist 12); Kelsi Sleppy, 2nd, P C Troubleshooting (CIS 11); Reese Kennett, Aaron Leveronne (CIS 12), George Liebherr, Nicholas Venenga, first, Network Design Team; Devan Hesson, Elizabeth Reed, Ciara Byrd, Kaleal Ester, first, Parliamentary Proc. Team (SCM 11); Tara Guillozet, first, Presentation Management (SCM 12).

Also Placing and Winning: Zach Ditmer, 4th, Computer Network Technology (CIS11); Markella Beisner, 3rd, Presentation Management (SCM 12); Dylan Blinn, 2nd, Presentation Management (SCM 11); Adam Hickerson and Derek Lockhart, 2nd, Global Marketing Team (SCM 12); Viren Patel, 3rd, Prepared Speech (SCM 11); Brian Bailey, 4th, Prepared Speech (SCM 12); Diana Carrubba, 6th, Prepared Speech (SCM 12); Zeppelin Hoehn, 6th, Extem. Speech (CIS 12); Sabrina Curry, 5th, Extem. Speech (CIS 12); Stetson Zumbrun, 4th, Extem. Speech (SCM 12); Jacob Clark, 3rd, Banking & Finance (FS12); Sophia Navis-Davis, 5th, Prepared Speech (FS11).

Region Only Awards: Justin Helmer, 5th, Insurance Concepts (FS 12); Elizabeth Reed, 5th, Parliamentary Procedures Concepts (SCM 11); Stetson Zumbrun, 3rd, Parliamentary Procedures Concepts (SCM 12); Rachel Henninger, 2nd, Parliamentary Procedures Concepts (SCM 11); Ciara Byrd, 1st, Parliamentary Procedures Concepts (SCM 11); Dylan Blinn, 6th, Project Management Concepts (SCM 11); Derek Lockhart, 5th, Project Management Concepts (SCM 12); Tara Guillozet, 4th, Project Management Concepts (SCM 12); Samantha Hans, 6th, IT Essentials (IM 11).

Courtney Grilliot                 Kelsi Sleppy  

Tara Guillozet                  Rachel Class 

Kaleal Ester, Elizabeth Reed, Ciara Byrd, and Devan Hesson 

Robert Liebherr, Aaron Leveronne, Reese Kennett, and Nicholas Venenga

Feb 23, 2013

Blood Center lists Darke Co. blood drives

DARKE COUNTY – Spring into action and donate at one of the great Darke County Blood Drives in March.

Go on line to www.donortime.com to schedule your own appointment. One can also contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County - account representative, 997-2199 or dputerbaugh@givingblood.org to schedule an appointment.

Appointments have priority and walk-ins are welcome as the schedule permits. If you walk in and all appointments are filled at the time you come to the blood drive they will let you know when the next available appointment is and you have the choice to either wait or come back at the time that is available.

Please always allow 45 minutes to one hour to get through the entire process, even if you have an appointment.

March 1 – Midmark Corporation, 7–11 a.m., employees only

March 11 – Gordon United Methodist Church, 311 East Street, Gordon, 2:30–6:30 p.m., Social Hall, sponsored by Gordon United Methodist Church, appointments encouraged, open to the community

March 11 – Union City City Building Community Room, 105 N. Columbia St., Union City, 2:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Union City Lions Club, appointments encouraged, open to the community

March 12 – Souper Community Blood Drive, Loyal Order of the Moose Greenville Lodge # 329, 1200 Sweitzer St., Greenville, 12:30–6:30 p.m., sponsored by Moose Lodge & Women of the Moose, donors will be served homemade soup, sandwiches, and cookies made by the Women of the Moose, appointments encouraged, open to the community

March 14 – Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln, 500 Wagner Ave., Greenville, 3–6 p.m., appointments encouraged, open to the community

March 15 – Versailles High School, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., sponsored by Versailles High School National Honor Society, students and faculty only

March 18 – Souper Community Blood Drive, Versailles K of C Hall, 12:30–7 p.m., 8440 St. Rt. 47, Versailles, sponsored by Versailles Rotary Club, donors will enjoy hot soup, and other great treats served by the Versailles Rotary Club, appointments encouraged, open to the community

March 25 – Wayne HealthCare, 8 a.m.–noon, employees only

Visit the all new www.GivingBlood.org. A new world of communications and service is waiting at the completely redesigned website. 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.

For blood donation questions, email canidonate@cbccts.org or visit the website.

Diabetes classes offered

GREENVILLE--A1C is a blood test that shows your average blood glucose throughout the day, for the last 2-3 months. The American Diabetes Association recommends that your A1C level be 7% or less (an average blood glucose of 154 mg/dl), and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommends that your A1C level be 6.5% or less (an average blood glucose of 140 mg/dl).

So why would your A1C level be higher than your average blood glucose level? You may be testing your blood glucose the first thing in the morning. It may be within target range at this time; however, your blood glucose may increase throughout the day. You may be basing your blood glucose readings on your premeal blood glucose levels. This does not take into account your blood glucose levels after you eat. Your blood glucose may also increase throughout the night when you are sleeping.

Testing your blood glucose at alternating times throughout the day will help you learn how food, activity, stress, illness, and medication affect your blood glucose. To learn more about what can affect your blood glucose levels, interoperating your results, improving blood glucose and lowering your risk of complications consider attending group classes at Wayne HealthCare.

The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed and individuals who have had diabetes for years. Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. The cost of each class is $10 or $40 for the series of four classes. The next class series will be held March 4, 13, 20, and 27, 9-11 a.m. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

If these dates do not work with your schedule the classes will be held at alternating times throughout the day. Morning classes will be held from 9 -11 a.m. in June, October and December. Afternoon classes will be held from 1-3 p.m. in April, July, August, and November. Evening classes will be held 6-8 p.m. in May, and September.

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

AWTHS news and updates

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, will host Historian Tom Franklin, on March 14, 7 p.m. Franklin, who has an extensive background in western fur trade and mountain men, is on the Board of Directors of Randolph County Historical Society and the Board of Directors of the Mississinawa Battlefield Society. He will be dressed in costume telling the story of trading post owner, David Conner.

The first-person presentation will recount Conner’s arrival in Greenville about 1810, his move to Ft. Recovery, an Indian territory, and the establishment of a trading post on the Mississinawa. The Pioneer Fur Trader will focus on the summer of 1812 in the Indiana Territory and share his experiences with the historical society. Conner, who moved westward with the Indians, was a gruff man who did not like trading with the white man. Later, he moved westward into Indian territory ending in Grant County, Indiana about 1825 owning about 2000 acres.

This presentation is open to the public.

In other news:

The Arcanum Wayne Trails Historical Society, 123 West George St., Arcanum, will be open March 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

This month’s feature is Random News with actual newspaper clippings from the old Arcanum Times highlighting Arcanum, Bradford, Castine, Gettysburg, Gordon, Ithaca, Laura, New Madison, Palestine, Pitsburg, Verona, and West Manchester.

Also featured are the 1925 Directory for Monroe, Franklin, Twin, & Van Buren Townships; Darke Co. Farm & Business Directory for 1949-1951; 1936 Darke County Directory; and Eldorado, New Paris & West Manchester 1957. These are good resources to see where your family lived in these time periods. Also available (and a great source for those preparing for upcoming school alumni or class gatherings), are Arcanum yearbooks and graduating class pictures from early 1900s and on CD up to the present and also F-M of 1953-2010 and certain years from Franklin School.

The AWTHS will feature local homesteads during May, which is National Historical Preservation Month. The society is seeking information, research, history, or photos of farms and homesteads in Southern Darke County to be part of the exhibit. The society’s reference library has tips on how to research your home. For information on this, call Annette Stewart, 692-6462. Documents can be e-mailed to webmaster@arcanumhistoricalsociety.org or dropped off at the AWTHS house in Arcanum during open hours.

Euchre Parties are held every first and third Friday of the month, 1 – 3:30 p.m. No partner needed is needed in advance to participate as well as no advanced reservations, just come, play Euchre and enjoy the afternoon.

The Spring Fling and Barn Siding Yard D├ęcor sale held by the Historical Society at Old Fashions Day will be the kickoff event prior to the return of the Farmers Market during the summer. The Spring Fling sale will feature chairs of all kinds, wooden, decorated, slatted back, metal chairs and more and delicious homemade goods of ready to use or freeze items.

As always, the Historical Society is accepting any donated items for use in the spring sale, garage sale and Christmas Bazaar. Items may be left on the front or back porch at any time. Continuation, and highly appreciated, is the aluminum can project for recycling. Cans may be left on the back porch.

Look for current events, historical research and membership information on the website of the society at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.

Deadline approaching for “Green” Scholarship

GREENVILLE--Students must apply by March 15 for the Rumpke Darke County Scholarship, designed to recognize local high school seniors committed to the environment.

Since 2010, Rumpke has selected one student each year for the Rumpke Darke County Scholarship. In addition to demonstrating environmental stewardship, applicants must be a resident of Darke County, Ohio, graduating this spring, and planning to attend a two or four year degree at an accredited institution.

Past recipients from Mississinawa, Versailles and Ansonia high schools have organized school recycling programs, participated in litter clean-ups and helped with trash collection at the Great Darke County Fair.

“The students selected for our scholarship are great example for the community,” said Rumpke Regional Vice President Mike Bramkamp. “These young people are helping to keep Darke County clean and green.”

Applications are available by contacting Rumpke Education Specialist Anne Gray at anne.gray@rumpke.com or (800) 582-3107 ext. 7164.

Rumpke has operated a trash transfer station and truck depot in Greenville since 1989, with trash, recycling and portable restroom service throughout Darke County and the surrounding area.

Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environment friendly waste disposal solutions.

Headquartered near Cincinnati, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, Rumpke Portable Restrooms, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Hydraulics and Rumpke Ballpark. For more information, visit www.rumpke.com.

Ansonia Kindergarten Registration

ANSONIA--Kindergarten registration for Ansonia Local Schools will be conducted on March 13, and March 20, 4-6 p.m. If you have a son or daughter who will attend next year, please make arrangements to stop in the school office during this time. When you come to sign up, bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate, shot records, custody papers (if applicable) and proof of residency. Please note that your child will need to be 5 years old by August 1. If you cannot attend, please call Deb Schrader, 337-5141.

Feb 22, 2013

Vectren warns of utility payment scam

EVANSVILLE, IN--Vectren is warning customers of a multi-state bill payment scam. As part of the scam, customers receive an unsolicited phone call from a fraudulent individual claiming to be a representative for the utility company. The fraudulent individual warns that the utility will disconnect the customer’s utility service if the customer fails to make an immediate payment – usually within an hour.

Customers are instructed to purchase a prepaid debit card from a local store and call the fraudulent individual back to supposedly make a payment to the utility company.

Upon calling the fraudulent individual back, the customer is asked to provide the receipt number and PIN number from the prepaid debit card, giving the fraudulent individual instant access to the card’s funds and the ability to immediately drain its balance.

Vectren does not currently accept prepaid credit or debit cards for payment and would never require a customer to purchase one in order to make a payment of any type.

If at any time customers are contacted by phone or in person from anyone claiming to represent Vectren and asking for personal or payment information, they should immediately call Vectren’s customer service operations at 800-227-1376 to verify the legitimacy of the request.

To report a scam, visit the Better Business Bureau website www.bbb.org/scam.

DCCA presents “Operation Lunch Line”

DARKE COUNTY--“Kid Power Operation Lunch Line,” an interactive musical show designed to help children discover the value of good nutrition, will be Darke County Center for the Arts final presentation in its Arts In Education series for this school year. The show, which will be performed for kindergarten through third grade students in all local public schools during the week of March 15, is free and open to the public.

“This show uses spectacular visual effects to take the audience on an amazing journey inside the human body of a boy named Max who doesn’t eat properly,” explained Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director for DCCA. “Through audience participation, students educate and motivate Max to make good decisions, and in the process expand their own knowledge of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Rawlins concluded.

DCCA's Arts In Education Series opened Oct. 4 and 5 with a performance for junior high students of Through the Eyes of a Friend, an informative and moving performance offering insight into the life and times of Anne Frank. Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Smith led songwriting workshops for high school students from Nov. 12-15, and Eisenhower Dance Company will explore the many aspects of movement and dance for fourth-through-sixth-graders Feb. 25-March 1. “This diverse lineup exemplifies DCCA’s goal for our AIE programs to expand imaginations and inspire creativity while teaching valuable lessons on a broad range of academic subjects,” stated Rawlins.

Arts In Education is sponsored by Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Vectren Foundation, Edison Community College, The Andersons Inc., BASF, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Mercer Savings Bank, and receives support from the Ketrow Foundation and the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial 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.

Performance schedules for Arts In Education shows are determined in cooperation with the schools. Contact DCCA, 547-0908, or dcca@centerforarts.net for specific performance times of “Kid Power Operation Lunch Line” or to learn more about the Arts In Education series.

AO Committee holding T-shirt design contest

DARKE COUNTY—The Annie Oakley Committee, with sponsorship by Cavalier Clothing in Greenville, is holding a T-Shirt Design Contest for this year’s festival. The theme is ‘50th Anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival, 1963-2013.’

There is no fee to enter, however, entries are limited to one per resident.

Design will be judged on Originality of Design Theme, Appropriate to Annie Oakley Theme and layout appropriate for all sizes of T-shirts

The design may be both front and back as long as you label each design as to which side. No copied work permitted. The winner will receive one of the shirts printed and $25.

Entries forms (tshirt@annieoakleyfestival.org) must be postmarked before April 1, 2013. Entries after this date will not be accepted. All entries become the property of the Annie Oakley Committee and the decision of the judges will be final. All entries will be on display at the Annie Oakley Festival.

Please mail entry form and your design to: T-Shirt Design Contest, Annie Oakley Committee, PO Box 129, Greenville, OH 45331.

For more information and/or for an entry form, visit http://www.annieoakleyfestival.org or email: tshirt@annieoakleyfestival.org.

$1 Bag Days set at Clothing Bank

GREENVILLE--Clothing Bank Bag Days at Community Action Partnership of Darke County has been set for March 6 & 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All winter clothing only (sweaters, flannel shirts, heavy pants), you can fit in the bag for just $1 each! Bags will be provided by Sue Waddell, Clothing Bank Coordinator. Sue stated, “We need to clear the Winter items to get ready for Spring and Summer, so come on out! There’s lots of room in the bags, too!” The Clothing Bank is located in the basement of the CAP building, 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Normal hours are from 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Carole Schafer, CAP employee, is shown with some winter items for sale! 

Rare Disease Day USA

DARKE COUNTY--On Feb. 28 over 60 countries will recognize the day as Rare Disease Day in an effort to raise the public’s awareness of this health concern.

In the United States, any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans is considered rare. Statistically there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases affecting between 25 and 30 million Americans, which is nearly 1 in 10 Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Additionally 2/3 of the patients are infants and children and most rare diseases are serious and chronic.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the US Sponsor of Rare Disease Day, has been joined by over 800 partnering organizations, companies, professional societies, government agencies and individuals, personifying NORD’s epigram “Alone we are rare. Together we are strong.”

More needs to be done at the local level and everyone is encouraged to get involved by letting your congressional representatives know of the difficulty in obtaining a timely accurate diagnosis, limited treatment options, lack of research, difficulty in finding medical experts, a sense of isolation, insurance limitations and other issues affecting access to treatments. You may visit www.rarediseaseday.us for more information and awareness toolkits.

Chicken BBQ benefit helps Linda Malott

GREENVILLE – Kickoff began for the Linda Malott Chicken BBQ Benefit to be held on March 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $7 pre-sale carry out tickets only. Tickets can be purchased at The A& B Coffee and Cake Co. or any Second National Bank, Darke County Location. The $7 meal includes 1/2 chicken, applesauce, chips, roll and butter prepared by Paul Mueller’s BBQ. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greenville City Park Shelter #3 next to the football field – look for the pink balloons! All proceeds go to the benefit of Linda Malott to assist with medical bills as she fights against breast cancer.

Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year and went through a double mastectomy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments. She is a single parent and had to give up a second job due to her illness. She returned to work at Darke County Job and Family Services only four weeks after surgery as she has exhausted her paid medical leave. The benefit will help with lost wages as well as medical bills.

The fundraising benefit is coordinated by friends and family and their goal is to sell a minimum of 750 tickets. The community is asked to participate in this very worthy event while enjoying some of Darke County’s finest BBQ chicken. Deadline to purchase tickets will be March 8.

Pictured above are co-workers and friends of Linda Malott, Kathy Schmidt (L) and Sherry Mueller (R) purchasing the first 10 BBQ chicken tickets. All proceeds will benefit Linda as she fights against breast cancer. 

Feb 21, 2013

SARA Title III reporting deadline is March 1

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in conjunction with the Darke County EMA reminds Darke County companies/facilities that the SARA Title III (Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Act) chemical inventory reporting deadline is fast, approaching. The annual reports are due to the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) c/o Ohio EPA, the Darke County LEPC, and your jurisdictional fire department by March 1. A filing fee is associated with the annual chemical inventory reporting and is to be submitted to the SERC only. Approximately eighty percent (80%) of the total fees generated under this program are redistributed back to the local LEPC for administrative costs and training of first responders. These reports are required by Ohio Revised Code 3750 and financial penalties can be imposed, up to $10,000 per day, if you are required to file and do not.

Who should file? The owner or operator of a company/ facility must submit a report when all the following conditions are met:

* Facility is subject to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard; and

* Facility uses, produces, and/or stores a Hazardous Chemical and/or has an “Extremely Hazardous Substances” above the listed Threshold Quantity (TQ);

* For Hazardous Chemicals the TQ is 10,000 pounds or more on any given day. Examples include, but are not limited to, gasoline, diesel fuel, Kerosene, Propane, Toluene, etc.

* For Extremely Hazardous Substances the TQ is chemical specific. There are currently about 360 EHSs defined under EPCRA section 302, and the TQs and varies from 1 to 500 pounds. Examples include, but are not limited to, chlorine, ammonia, hydrofluoric acid, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid.

It is the responsibility of each business to know if they meet the above criteria for reporting. Please remember this information is vital in the emergency planning and response for Darke County and all of its residents.

More information is available by contacting Darke County LEPC at 548-1444.

TOPS club presents 2012 awards

UNION CITY, IN – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) # 1479 Union City IN is a weight loss club that meets every Thursday, 6 p.m. weigh-in, and 6:45 p.m. meeting time, at Community Fellowship Church Fellowship Hall, 1051 N. Jackson Pike and State Route 28 E. Union City, IN.

Here’s what you can expect: Each member has a private weigh-in before the meeting; meeting starts with members sharing challenges, successes, or goals (if they want); a brief program; and engaging, professionally prepared programs covering a variety of health and wellness topics; awards presented to weekly or monthly best losers, contest winners, and members who’ve reached goal; quick business meeting; and thought for the week or other inspirational activity.

Several members recently received yearly awards. Julie Lambert earned first place for loss with Caroline Hankins earning second place and Darla Hamm took third place. Hamm, Kathy Millares, Pat Teegarden and Melinda Cox were honored for perfect attendance. Alice Cox and Jeannie Hollopeter were honored for successfully keeping off pounds sensibly during 2012. Hollopeter also earned the club’s Angel Award.

For more information, call Pat at (765) 964-3736.

Weight loss and perfect attendance awards were presented to Julie Lambert (1st), Kathy Millares and Melinda Cox (perfect attendance), Caroline Hankins, (2nd and perfect attendance), Darla Hamm (3rd) and Pat Teegarden (perfect attendance). 

Alice Cox and Jeannie Hollopeter kept off pounds sensibly for entire year of 2012. Hollopeter was also voted Angle of 2012 by club members. 

Children’s art class has openings

GREENVILLE – The Art-Rageous Experience – Children’s Art Program has a few openings for children ages 4-7 years old in the current session of classes – and your child can begin immediately. The children work on all kinds of visual arts each Saturday morning along with the support and encouragement of their parent or other adult. There are different projects each week and they also learn about different artists, art techniques and there are visits from local artists with some of their art work.

These classes are fun, age appropriate, and keep children’s mind and hands busy! The classes are sponsored by Council on Rural Services and taught by an experienced teacher/artist at a local downtown Greenville setting.

Art programs also teach many other skills while doing art, such as problems have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer, teaches students that small differences can have large effects, and requires students to use their eyes and hands to give form to their ideas. Art helps young children explore creativity, pay attention to detail, build self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

Fees for the classes are family affordable with full scholarships available if needed; all supplies are furnished. To enroll your child in this class, call Council on Rural Services at 1-866-627-4557 and ask for Debby Brayfield.

One of the students and art instructor talk about shapes, colors and values in the flowers while beginning a painting for a group project. 

Arcanum kindergarten registration slated

ARCANUM – Arcanum Elementary is excited to welcome a new class of kindergarten students during the 2013-2014 school year! Arcanum Elementary Trojans have the opportunity to participate in engaging, full-day learning activities that meet the needs of each child! The kindergarten staff is trained in early childhood instruction and guides their students through social, emotional, and academic development during their first year of school. Arcanum Elementary is enthusiastic to welcome your family and begin the registration and screening process with your child.

Kindergarten registration for all students who turn five before August 1 and plan to attend Arcanum Elementary in 2013-2014 will take place on March 11 and March 14. A parent may register their child between the hours of 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. on either of those days. They will also have evening hours available for registration on March 11 between 6–8 p.m.

On the day of registration, parents must bring a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate (it must be the original with the raised seal), social security number, custody papers (if applicable), and proof of residency. Parents wishing to open enroll may fill out an open enrollment form for consideration. Parents will complete the registration packets at this time and sign-up for a screening appointment on April 11 or April 12. Please enter the main doors on the day of registration. For screening, park in the north parking lot and enter the north door located by the playground.

One parent must attend the screening session with their child on April 11 or 12. During the screening time, parents will attend a Jumpstart parent orientation session while the child meets with kindergarten teachers and completes the screening process. The results will then be reviewed with families. Screening sessions will be conducted from 8:30-9:30 a.m., 9:30-10:45 a.m., 10:45–noon, 1-2:15 p.m., and 2:15-3:30 p.m. on both screening days. Please allow approximately 90 minutes to complete the process.

If you have any questions, please call the elementary office at 692-5174.

Dining with Diabetes

GREENVILLE – If you have diabetes, if you have a family member with diabetes or support and care for someone with diabetes, you will want to enroll in Dining with Diabetes, an educational class designed to help you learn to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food and better control blood sugar.

Dining with Diabetes will be offered on April 3, 10, and April 17, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The class fee is $25, which covers the food for demonstration and tasting, recipe booklets and other educational materials. Pre-registration and payment are required. The deadline is March 28.

Instructors for the course are Diane Barga, Program Coordinator, Ohio State University Extension, and Karen Droesch, Diabetes Educator, Wayne Health Care.

If you need additional information, call 937-548-5215, or e-mail barga.8@osu.edu.

Feb 20, 2013

Youth for Christ Bowl-a-thon

GREENVILLE – The annual Youth for Christ Bowl-a-thon fundraiser will be held on March 17. It is a fun afternoon filled with bowling, food and fellowship. This year’s goal is to raise $11,000 to help further the ministry of YFC and reach even more young people in this area for Christ!

You can help reach that goal by bowling and raising pledges or by becoming a personal or business sponsor. If you are interested or have more questions, call the YFC office, 548-2477, for more information.

OSBA lists appointments

DARKE COUNTY – Larry L. Besecker, a member of the Darke County Educational Service Center and Miami Valley Career Technology Center, and Jim Sommer, member of the Greenville City Schools, have been named to Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) committees.

Besecker has been named to the Federal Relations Network and Southwest Regional Executive Committee.

Sommer has been named to the Board of Trustees, Capital Conference Planning Task Force and Southwest Regional Executive Committee.

Committee appointments were finalized at the January meeting of the OSBA Board of Trustees.

Neave Twp. School – do you know anyone?

GREENVILLE – The Genealogy Library of Garst Museum recently obtained a picture from Joyce Haraughty. According Phyllis Crick, head of the Genealogy Library, it is believed to be taken to commemorate an eighth grade graduation at Neave Township School. The year is thought to have been 1924.

According to Crick, information has been submitted that identifies Lowell Hawkey as being second from the left in the front row. Additionally, it is possible that Daniel Garber may be second from the right in the back row. Crick has asked anyone who might have information regarding the identity of the students shown in the picture to please contact her at Garst Museum Genealogy Library by calling 548-5250 or at home, 548-2586.

Feb 19, 2013

Booher Fund awards grants to three groups

VERSAILLES – The Ruth and Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles, of The Dayton Foundation recently granted funds to three local organizations: The Towne and Country Players, Inc, the Versailles Heritage Park and the Versailles Area Historical Society, Inc. Applications were presented to a committee and these groups were chosen to be recipients.

Watch for a new round of applications to be available in the spring. Funds are available from the Ruth and Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles, Ohio for 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations whose programs benefit citizens within the Versailles, Ohio area. If you would like more information, contact Tom Magoto at Magoto State Farm Insurance, 9 E Main St., Versailles, 526-3211, or by writing to The Ruth and Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles, Ohio, P.O. Box 67, Versailles, Ohio 45380.

Ted Detrick representing the Towne and Country Players with Tom Magoto and Carol Apple 

Chris Gigandet, Jim Huffman and Doug Ahlers representing Versailles Heritage Park with Tom Magoto and Carol Apple 

Arlene Luttmer and Jim Kelch representing the Versailles Area Historical Society with Tom Magoto and Carol Apple 

Tractor Pullers give to Cancer Assoc.

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Tractor Pullers Association recently held its 2012 Season Appreciation Banquet. As part of their community services, they gave out over $1500 to the communities where they have had pulls.

They know that cancer touches a great number of people in Darke County and also quite a few members of their pulling family. They stated the Cancer Association does a great job of helping people with cancer and they know every donation, no matter big or small, will help people in Darke County.

The association appreciates all donations and is overseen by a volunteer board that determines how donations are to be used. The only requirement to receive benefits is to reside in Darke County and have a confirmed diagnosis of cancer.

The association partners with United Way and is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society.

If you would like to donate, send donations to Cancer Association of Darke County, PO Box 781, Greenville, Ohio 45331. If you have questions, call the office and speak with Christine Yount, director, 548-9960.

Shown are Pam Bowman, Cancer Association Board Member, Joe Singer, President of Darke County Tractor Pullers Association, Dori Howdieshell, Cancer Association Board Member and Barbara Fee, Cancer Association Board Member. 

Railroad Club hosts swap meet

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Model Railroad Club will have its annual flea market and swap meet, March 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Darke County Fairgrounds Youth Building. Admission is $3 for adults and kids under 12 are free with an adult. The flea market is all model train related things and will have and operating layout running trains. The Railroad Club is located at 405 1/2 South Broadway above Barbara Rethlake dance studio. The Club has a large HO scale train layout and has operating sessions on the second Sunday of every month at 1:30 p.m. and they are there most Monday nights after 8 p.m.

Everybody is invited to come by anytime they are there and look or operate, you do not have to be a member to come and look or operate. For more information about the Darke County Model Railroad Club, visit website www.jpwarner@embarqmail.com.

Picture your pet with the Easter Bunny

GREENVILLE – Get your pet's picture taken with the Easter Bunny on March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Greenville Walmart in the Garden Center.

The “Darke County Friends of the Shelter,” a 501c3 organization, and Wal-Mart will be taking pictures of your companion animals with the Easter Bunny. All animals must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance.

The cost of the photo is $3 and all proceeds will go to the "Darke County Friends of the Shelter" helping the dogs and cats at the Darke County Animal Shelter.

Children are also welcome to have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Bring your whole family for a picture! Wal-Mart will offer a photo package deal for Easter.

All pets must be on a leash or in a pet carrier.

For more information, contact the Animal Shelter, 547-1645.

Edison SBDC free workshop

PIQUA – The Small Business Development Center at Edison State Community College is offering a free minority owned business registration workshop on Feb. 28, 10-11:30 a.m. The workshop will be held in room # 511 at the Edison main campus, 1973 Edison Drive in Piqua.

This workshop will provide an overview of State and Federal certification opportunities for minority owned businesses. Topics to be covered include: Government requirements to be listed in Ohio’s minority business registration catalog, lines of credit, bonding, site reviews, and more. This workshop will be presented by Marcus Jenkins, Minority Business Coordinator of the Springfield SBDC.

For further information or to register please contact the Edison SBDC, 381-1525.

Feb 18, 2013

Education leaders learn more about STEM program at Tri-Village

NEW MADISON – Tri-Village was privileged to have two esteemed visitors on Feb. 6 to tour a school that is focused on preparing students for careers. The tour finished in the STEM lab that is heavy on engineering and problem solving. The visitors were able to see the many projects the students are completing on industry standard technology platforms. The district’s goal is to be a platform that prepares students with 21st Century Skills to be successful in the new economy.

Darryl D. Mehaffie of Greenville was recently appointed to the State Board of Education. A retiree from the Northmont School District where he taught students in the fifth and sixth grades, he was highly impressed with the facilities and programs offered at Tri-Village. After viewing the elementary and being shown the high school wing, he remarked with humor, “This is the old part? Very impressive.” Mehaffie, who is also on the Edison Community College Board of Trustees and the Republican State Central Committee, commended the school leaders and commented, “You’ve done an incredible job of renovating this building.” He continued, by stating, “these programs are what schools need to focus on to help students.”

Dr. Thomas J. Lasley II, representing the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation as the external evaluator also toured Tri-Village. The MHJ Foundation awarded the Darke County ESC an open grant to help fund STEM projects in six schools across the region. Kim Puckett, Tri-Village teacher, was the lead writer of the grant. She was able to highlight the technology the students have access to due to the grants she has pursued that has resulted in computers, software, and 3-D printers that are comparable to industry standards in innovative businesses.

Dr. Lasley and Mehaffie were able to witness students in action as they showcased the various projects they are working on this the year. Some of the projects resulted in regional and national awards for the pre-engineering students. Seniors such as Shade Brubaker, Kaleb Chowning, Macy Fraylick, Craig Harrison, Kyle Pipenger, and Seth Thomas, demonstrated projects such as RC car controllers modified to simulate race car games and the physics associated with computer assisted design of the simulations. A new smart tablet was highlighted that allows artistic expression resulting in designing models that can be in-putted in computer programs. Dr. Lasley’s evaluation of the program was summed up by his statement, “I like what I see.”

As the former Dean of Education at the University of Dayton and the Executive Director of Learn to Earn Dayton, a program that is aimed to increase STEM education in the greater Dayton area and improve college and career readiness, Dr. Lasley is no stranger to STEM and all that it entails. As an expert in the field, his feelings were revealed with the following statement, “You have a really impressive program and some great kids here.” The T-V administration was happy that such a renowned education leader visited and allowed the students to showcase the talent Tri-Village produces. This small school in a rural setting is offering programs that only a handful of schools in the nation offer.

Darryl Mehaffie and Dr. Thomas Lasley II learn about some of the projects Tri-Village students are able to accomplish. 

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