Mar 31, 2013

Early Bird announces winners of contests

GREENVILLE – The Early Bird is pleased to announce the winners of its recent contests. Children ages 2-12 years and seniors 65 and over were invited to take part in an Easter Egg Coloring Contest. Hundreds of entries were received, which made judging extremely difficult. First, second and third place winners were named in each category with $50, $25 and $15 in Bunny Bucks given to the winners.

2-5 Years of Age – Trinity Schweitzer, 5, Arcanum, first; Kiera Lecklider, 4, Greenville, second; and Evan Addis, 3, Greenville, third.

6-8 Years of Age – Logan Aldoro, 7, Greenville, first; Alexis Shade, 8, Greenville, second; and Erin Frederick, 6, Bradford, third place.

9-12 Years of Age – Faith Wilker, 12, Versailles, first; Abby Abel, 12, Union City, second; and Macey Hartman, 12, Arcanum, third.

Seniors 65+ Years of Age – Donna Schultz, 84, Greenville, first; Judy Thayer, 69, Arcanum, second; and Bonnie Whipp, 65, Greenville, third.

Over 300 entries were received in the Hide-a-Bunny Contest. There were 11 bunnies hidden in the advertisements and entries that identified all bunnies were entered into a drawing. Three places were chosen with the winners receiving $50, $25 and $15 in Bunny Bucks. The winners are Alissa Ball, Arcanum, first; Mary Goldy, Greenville, second; and Melissa Phillips, Greenville, third.

April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month

DARKE COUNTY—Darke County public officials representing Children Services, Juvenile Court, law enforcement, community services, health, education, the Prosecutor’s office and CASA participated in a proclamation signing recognizing April as Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month in the county and City of Greenville.

According to Becky James, Social Services Administrator, the year 2012 presented continued challenges for the 10 staff members in the Children’s Services Unit regarding the impact of mental illness, unsafe parenting skills, lack of child development knowledge, lack of support systems, and drug and alcohol abuse on child abuse and neglect. Children Services had contact with and/or provided services to 1,742 individuals; 925 children and 817 adults. James noted that according to the law, a child born with a positive illegal drug screen will most likely be found to be an abused child. The mother’s prenatal illegal drug use can result in her infant testing for illegal drugs; which includes the use of marijuana in addition to numerous others including, but not limited to cocaine, opiates and barbiturates. There can be very serious health issues for an infant that has been exposed to the drugs taken by the mother in addition to the neglect and physical and sexual abuse that can be linked to parental drug use. James indicated that drug and alcohol abuse, combined with a parent’s lack of support systems, parenting skills, and knowledge can be a recipe for tragedy.

Children Services received 845 calls during 2012; 536 of those calls were based on concerns of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. There were 106 formal investigations and “FAMILY IN NEED OF SERVICES” cases. There were 50 children in CSU custody during the year. This low number is significant as it is the lowest number of children in custody in the past 10 years. Forty-three children received court-ordered in home protective services. Four adoptions were finalized. Fifty-two children benefitted from adoption subsidies.

While immediate child safety is first and foremost, Children Services also works with many agencies to provide prevention and interventions that will preserve families and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. During 2012 CSU accepted the responsibility of facilitating Intersystem Diversion Team (IDT) meetings. The IDT is a group of participating agencies that works with families who voluntarily want to make changes in order to preserve their families and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. The CORE IDT includes the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Darke County Family and Children First Council, Darke County Health Department, Darke County Juvenile Court, Darke County Recovery Services, Family Health, Greenville City Schools, Gateway Youth Services, Mental Health Clinic, and Children Services. After referral and discussion, a family team is created to work with the family on an as needed basis. During 2012, 128 children and 82 adults participated in the IDT process.

Another prevention program is the Family Centered Services and Support program. Under a different name, this program has been implemented since 2004 with funding from Family and Children First Council. Many families with multiple challenges that include drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, and medical concerns have benefitted from voluntary participation in the program. In the past three years, the Coordinator of the program has had 672 meetings with families. Services include family support, home visits and transportation. 

On March 27, Darke County Commissioners and the Mayor of Greenville declared April “Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month.” On hand for the signing of the proclamation were (seated, l-r) Jason Aslinger, Juvenile Probate Judge; Becky James, Administrator, Children Services; Diane Delaplane, County Commissioner; Mike Rhoades, County Commissioner; Kay Robbins, CASA Director. Standing, l-r: Chief Neal Shapiro, Ansonia Police Department; Chief Dennis Butts, Greenville Police Department; Mark Whittaker, Chief Deputy, Darke County Sheriff’s Office; Karen Scott Pine, The Mental Health Clinic; Stephanie Lehman, FCSS Coordinator, Children Services; Deirdre Grennan, Supervisor, Children Services; Jody Cantrell, Juvenile Court Administrator; Tim Tyo, Investigative Supervisor, Children Services; Jeff Vaughn, Chairman, Family and Children First Council; Mike Hohler, Greenville Firefighters Local # 1101. (Roseberry photo) 

Look for pinwheels in the Commissioner’s yard, planted by the Banner Bound 4-H Club. The pinwheels are planted as part of child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month.

Darke County Special Olympics Basketball brings home gold and silver

DARKE COUNTY—Two Darke County Special Olympic Basketball teams competed at the Special Olympics Ohio State Basketball Tournament in Columbus March 22-23 and returned with a first and second place.

Winning the Gold were members of the Dawgs, competing in the Mens Division III (I-V total divisions, age 22 and older). The Slammers, competing in the School-Age Division II (I and II total divisions, age under 22 years) brought home the silver.

“It is just a great year when two of our three teams qualify for the state basketball tournament,” said Cindy Rose, Darke County Special Olympics Director. “I couldn’t be more proud of how we represent Darke County.”

The Dawgs earned their way to the state final four by being the South Sectional Champions. At state, they beat the Tuscarawas Rockets 68-47 in the semi-final game and won the State Championship by beating the Summit Warriors 65-51 with all nine team members scoring. One player, Dan Bruner, was unable to be at the state tournament due to illness. “But without him we wouldn’t have beat our biggest rival, Auglaize County, during the regular season in a barn-burner single overtime game 62-60 on their home court,” said Rose. “He is Dan-Dan the D-Man and 3-Pt Man.”

The Slammers earned their way by being the East Sectional Runner-Up. At state, they beat the Marion Hawks 46-32 in the semi-final game. And after a tough battle, the Slammers lost in the championship game to the Upper Arlington Bears 42-39. “This was a great season for the Slammers to make it back to the state tournament for the second year in a row having also brought home the silver medal last year in School-Age Division II,” stated Rose. “This season was extra special for the Slammers as all year they honored the memory of their fallen teammate, Justice Meade.”

This was the eighth trip to state for the Slammers. The team took home the gold in 2008 and 2010.

This is also the 18th season for Darke County Special Olympics Basketball, with teams playing a regular 10-game season schedule and then entering the state tournament playoffs with sectional and state level competitions. The second adult team and new state champ, the Dawgs, was created this year to accommodate the popularity of the basketball program. This season the Dawgs had 10 players, the Warriors had 15 players and six cheerleaders, and the Slammers had 12 players.

The Warriors also had a great season, earning the title of South Sectional Runner-Up. Competing in the South Sectional in Mens Division IV, they beat the Adams Hawks 51-46 in the semi-final game and lost in the Sectional Championship game to the Hamilton Westside Jets 39-24.

Added Rose, “Having to expand to three teams this year is just a testament to the players, coaches and entire program that our numbers continue to grow. We wouldn’t be able to make these overnight trips without the support and donations from our community. The players that get to make these overnight trips gain so much more than playing basketball games. They get to experience being on a team and sharing that success with each other and their families. As the Director, I am proud to accompany our players as they reap the benefits of all their hard work.”

Those wanting to follow Darke County Special Olympics can “Like” them on Facebook or visit

Dawgs: (row one, l-r) Bill Brandewie, Toby Winner, Caleb Knick, Nick Meade, Devin Billenstein, Coach Gary Knick; (row two, l-r) Coach Ron Mescher, Jeremy Monnin, Matt Forsythe, Robert Staver, Stewart Spille, Coach Troy Winner. (#10 Dan Bruner-not pictured). 

Slammers: (row one, l-r) JJ Staver, Ryan Burnett, Ashley Mullins, Dan Mathis, Jesse Younker, Casper Younker; (back row, l-r) Kyle Eichelberger, Derrick Hemmelgarn, Travis Emrick, Coach Cindy Rose, Sheyenne Shimp, Anthony Draving, Morgan Shepard. Not Pictured: Coach Krysten Wilson. 

Warriors: (row one, l-r) Linda Henry, Allison Keiser, Crystal Mead, Melissa Anderson, Elizabeth Brewer, Mindi Steed; (row two, l-r) Nicole Hoffman, Matt Strickland, Amanda Cantrell, Corey Wollebeck, Pam Borgerding, Brett Brinley, Ryan Detling, Cheer Coach Laura Henderson; (back row, l-r) Coach Carolyn Warren, Savannah Wilt, Jim Grewe, Nate Wilt, John Stewart, Tyler Greer, Jeff Hartke, Gladys Heath, Craig House, Coach Scott Warren. 

Join Team Early Bird!

GREENVILLE—Team Early Bird will be accepting sponsorships for the 2013 March of Dimes Walk for Babies right up until the day of the walk – April 27.

Team Early Bird is grateful for any size donation made in its name, however, those contributing $25 or more will receive a Team Early Bird T-shirt. The names of those contributing $25 (or more) by April 5, will be put in a drawing, with six of them receiving four tickets to the April 20 or 21 Victoria Theater production of Sesame Street Live. T-shirts can be picked up at The Early Bird beginning April 7 or at the walk. Next week we will start printing the names of all contributors.

Contribution envelopes were distributed in last week’s Early Bird, but for those who may have misplaced it, donations can be made by filling out the form shown here, adding a donation, and sending it to: The March of Dimes, Miami Valley Ohio Division, c/o Angele Price, Community Director, 3131 S. Dixie Dr., Suite 313, Dayton, OH 45439. Contributions will also be accepted at The Early Bird office, 5312 Sebring-Warner Rd., Greenville, OH 45331.

Those who contribute are also invited to walk with our team in the 75th annual March for Babies set for April 27 at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m.

Sheriff’s Patrol holds annual show

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol held its 51st annual Home & Sport Show at the Darke County Fairgrounds on March 22-31. The show serves as a fundraiser for the patrol and helps the volunteers purchase equipment and supplement the full-time deputies at the Sheriff’s Department.

According to Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker, the Sheriff’s Patrol is the only one of its kind in the State of Ohio. There are similar programs, but none boast of full-fledged deputies that have gone through the same training and carry the same powers as the full-time deputies. Last year, the Patrol logged 8,400 hours of volunteer time in support of the Darke County Sheriff’s Department. Whittaker pointed out the Patrol is self-funded and zero taxpayer dollars go to support the unit. He said, “We couldn’t operate without the Sheriff Patrol volunteers.” The Patrol is able to provide security and coverage for local events that would be impossible for the 16 full-time deputies.

State Representative Buchy acknowledged the importance of the Sheriff’s Patrol and said, “The security these men and women provide for us makes Darke County the best place to live, work and rear a family. I can’t thank you enough for what you do for the citizens of the county.” Commissioner Mike Rhoades agreed, “If it wouldn’t be for the auxiliary and what they do, we would be in a world of trouble.”

Over 50 vendors were on-hand for this year’s event giving visitors an opportunity see some great recreational ideas or start a new home improvement project. Assisting the Patrol with the event were Gaylen Blosser and Jerry Bunch.

Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker addresses visitors to the Sheriff’s Patrol Home & Sport Show during the opening ceremony. 

DCTA’s annual fish fry draws a packed house

GREENVILLE—The VFW in Greenville was at full capacity for the annual Darke County Township Association Fish Fry held March 26. DCTA officers Dave Brewer, president; Ed Huff Jr., vice president; Debbie Kuhnle, secretary; Jim Zumbrink, treasurer; and Larry Royer, executive secretary, welcomed all county township trustees, their family and friends, as well as nearly 20 local office holders and state officials to the event.

Representing the Ohio Township Association were Matt DeTemple, executive director; Timothy Lynch, secretary-treasurer (Liberty Twp.); Ron E. Miller, board of directors (Crawford Co.); Larry Johns, past president (Moulton Twp.); and Dallas Twp. Trustee Milton D. Underwood. Local trustee Ed Huff Jr., serves on OTA board of directors.

Following entertainment by Harmony, DeTemple updated the group on legislative matters concerning township trustees. He was “happy to report” that an amendment raising allowable truck rates has been taken out of the state budget, due in part because of concern and calls form township trustees. Other state matters the OTA is keeping an eye on include the question of making up revenue for lowered taxes, bonds backed by gas tax money, whether or not economic development can be discussed in executive session and a concrete definition of “indigent” for burial purposes. 

Ed Huff and Dave Brewer cajoled all trustees to ‘earn their supper’ by passing out nearly 100 door prizes to the event’s attendees.(Roseberry photo) 

Tax filing deadline draws near

GREENVILLE – Greenville City Income Tax Administrator, Rhonda Boyer, would like to remind the residents of Greenville that their 2012 Greenville income tax return and their 2013 declaration of estimated tax, along with any balances due, need to be filed with the Greenville Tax Department on or before April 15, to avoid late charges. City of Greenville Income Tax Returns cannot be filed electronically.

If you wish to extend the filing of your 2012 Greenville return, you must apply for the extension on or before April 15. To apply for an extension with the City of Greenville, you can do one of three things - download, complete, and mail the City of Greenville extension request form found at, file a written request for an extension, or mail a copy of your Federal extension request. All requests for extensions must be received by the tax department on or before April 15 to avoid late charges.

Filing is required by all residents of the City of Greenville. You are considered a resident if your residence is located within the corporation limits of the City of Greenville. Exceptions to this rule are minors under the age of 18 and senior citizens who have retired and their only sources of income are from pensions, social security, interest and or dividends.

Residents needing forms can pick them up at the Greenville Tax Department, the Greenville Post Office, and at the Greenville Public Library. Forms can also be downloaded from the city’s web-site at

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Greenville Tax Department, 548-5747. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents may also e-mail their questions to the Tax Administrator at

Family, Food and Furry Friends for First Fridays

GREENVILLE—The Greenville downtown district invites everyone to celebrate the renewal of spring with family, food and furry friends as it continues the tradition of First Fridays on April 5, 6-9 p.m.

This month features a petting zoo sponsored by Keller Grain and Feed, Inc., who brings their chick days to downtown displaying spring chicks and ducks along with a goat and lamb. People are invited to interact with these furry friends on the Courthouse Lawn. In addition, Main Street Greenville will host an Ice Cream Social alongside the Petting Zoo. Free ice cream will be available to Main Street volunteers and supporters as an appreciation.

An event like First Fridays is possible through support of individual, business and government partnership.

Don’t forget the over 20 businesses that are open late for First Fridays. Look for the window cling and stop in to say hi as the warm weather and daylight evenings are upon us.

First Fridays aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. First Fridays is a monthly event 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 or call 548-4998.
Fun for the little ones at April’s First Friday when businesses will open late in downtown Greenville on April 5 . 

ACES Program honored

GREENVILLE--The Achievement Center for Educational Success (ACES) has been honored with a certificate of congratulations from the 130th General Assembly of the Ohio Senate for receiving the Marlin Thompson Grant and their work with the students in Darke County.

The certificate states: “It is not surprising that the ACES Alternative Program has attained success, for it has displayed a sincere commitment to education and community improvement. Over the years, this exceptional organization has been tireless in its endeavors on behalf of students.”

Included with the certificate was a letter from Senator Beagle personally extending his congratulations to the staff for their work in the ACES Alternative Program. The staff includes Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator; Deron Johns, certified intervention specialist; and Marcia Schlechty, youth advocate.

ACES is administered by the Council on Rural Services in collaboration with the Darke County Educational Service Center and local school districts including Bradford Local School, Tri-Village Local Schools, Ansonia Local School, Versailles Schools, Franklin Monroe Local Schools, Arcanum Local Schools and Mississinawa Valley Schools in Darke County. The students receive their classroom instruction at the ACES Greenville location, but are awarded credits and diplomas from their home schools. All students must be referred to the program by their home school’s principal, to be considered for enrollment.

For more information about the ACES program call Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator, 548-8002, or visit The Achievement Center for Education Success (ACES) and Gateway Youth are programs of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning.

Deron Johns (left), certified intervention specialist; Marcia Schlechty, youth advocate; and Jeff Vaughn, program coordinator holding the Ohio Senate certificate signed by Senator Faber and Beagle. 

Mar 30, 2013

Scentral Park opens with help from volunteers and donors

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Friends of the Shelter held its grand opening for the Scentral Park dog park on March 23. Four years ago, one member of the Friends of the Shelter brought up the idea in a monthly meeting. The idea kept reoccurring until the Friends decided to take action.

According to Bob Harshbarger, with Friends of the Shelter, personal donations began trickling in, but the organization knew it was still a long way from meeting its goal. Finally, an appeal was made to local businesses and the response was overwhelming. The cost of the project exceeded $35,000, even with the donation of land from the Darke County Commissioners.

After realizing the funds were in place to build the dog park, the Friends of the Shelter began construction in April 2012. The concrete was poured in April and the fence was installed in August. They held off opening the park prior to winter in order to install signage.

Scentral Park features two fenced in areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger dogs. There are also walking paths and benches in both areas. Visitors can either walk the paths while their pet runs and enjoys the wide-open space or sit back and relax while the dog plays. There is also a drinking fountain equipped for humans and dogs.

Commissioner Mike Stegall celebrated the accomplishments of the Friends of the Shelter and noted, “We were happy to donate the ground. You people made it work.”

Although the park is open, Harshbarger pointed out the organization continues to accept funds for maintenance and future enhancements for the park. “We are not done yet. We have a vision of picnic tables, trees, and a paved parking lot.”

Friends of the Shelter and local elected officials joined together to cut the ribbon on Darke County’s new dog park. (Ryan Berry photo)
Scentral Park features two areas for dogs of all sizes to run and have fun with their owners and other dogs.

VTA presents PSY, an exploration of the mind

DAYTON--Victoria Theatre Association presents PSY, an urban acrobatic exploration of the mind, on April 12 (7:30 p.m.) and 13 (8 p.m.) at the historic Victoria Theatre as part of Victoria Theatre Association’s 2012-2013 Projects Unlimited Variety Series.

From the brilliant company that brought you Traces, Seven Fingers returns with PSY an unbelievable merging of acrobatics of the body and acrobatics of the mind and soul. PSY delves into the rich and surreal underworld of the human psyche, traveling through a shifting landscape of distorted visions, fading dreams and fractured memories.

PSY reaches the infinite leaps and bounds of the human psyche by using the body as a moving piece of art and raises the bar on what cirque nouveau can do, physically and emotionally. The awe-inspiring and uplifting presentation of PSY evokes the feeling that the audience has “…the front-row seat to someone else’s fever dream” (The Boston Herald). PSY celebrates the power of the individual to surmount their ailments and self-imposed restrictions, finding moments of strength, courage and joy while flying through the air.

Tickets start at $39 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets in person, visit the Ticket Center Stage Box Office located in the Wintergarden at the Schuster Center, by phone (937)228-3630, (888)228-3630 or online at

For more information about Victoria Theatre Association’s 2012-2013 season and the upcoming 2013-2014 season visit

Search for Salamanders

GREENVILLE—As soon as the weather is just right, Darke Couny Parks will host an impromptu search for salamanders. To take part, call the Nature Center, 548-0165, leave your name and phone number and a staff member will give you a call when we get that first warm, rainy night. Participants will set out in search for salamanders migrating to their breeding grounds. Local vernal pools will be the first stop to look for signs of breeding salamanders. This hike will occur in the evening, don’t forget boots and a flashlight. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy this sure sign that spring has sprung!

Randolph Eastern hosting Health Fair

WINCHESTER, IN—Randolph Eastern School Corporation will host a Health Fair on April 12, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the West Side Gymnasium. Guests and information will be provided by American Cancer Society, Centerstone Counseling, Kaupp Pharmacy, Lifetime Skin Care Center, SADD, Purdue Extension, Mobile Dentist, Poison Control, Union City EMS Fire and Police, Winchester YMCA, St. Vincent Randolph and more. St. Vincent Randolph will be providing discounted blood work until 10 a.m. The event will feature health information for the entire family.

Past Annie Oakley winners sought

DARKE COUNTY--The Annie Oakley Committee would like to invite all past Annie Oakley winners to be their guest at this year’s 50th anniversary of the Annie Oakley Festival. The committee would like to have a group photo taken on July 27, 3:15 p.m., at the Gazebo. Please send an email with your mailing address to: or use regular mail to: Annie Oakley Committee, PO Box 129, Greenville, OH 45331.

Coffee with the Commissioner

NEW WESTON—Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall will host a “coffee with the commissioner’ session in New Weston on April 6, 9 a.m., at the Community Town Hall, located just east of Birt’s Store. Everyone is invited to this informal meeting to ask questions about government, economics, or happenings in the County. This is an opportunity to participate openly with your Commissioner.

Cancer Support Group to meet 4/4

GREENVILLE--The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held April 4, 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care.

Adam Schwartz, Wayne HealthCare Pharmacist, will be the featured speaker. Plan to attend with any questions you might have related to cancer medications, side effects, uses etc.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend. Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Yount and Jill Brown from Wayne Health Care from Wayne Hospital.

For more information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County (partnering with United Way), 548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. The Cancer Association is not affiliated with American Cancer Society or other organizations.

Mar 29, 2013

Tim Cavanagh and local celebs will highlight Comedy and Caring

GREENVILLE—The 13th annual Red Cross Darke County Chapter’s Night of Comedy and Caring will feature the fantastic comic stylings of Tim Cavanagh, who has taken his comedic songs and inventive stand-up to concert halls, corporations, college campuses and nightclubs across America and is a regular guest on “The Bob & Tom Show,” a nationally syndicated radio shows now heard in 150 markets. For two years, Tim did a weekly segment on the show called “The One Minute Song,” which spawned two more CDs released on Tim’s own label, Hits & Giggles Records. At a recent Hits & Giggles awards dinner, Tim was recognized by the label as their "Best Artist," an award he has won three out of the last four years. Even though he is the only act on the roster, a misty-eyed Cavanagh was quoted as saying, “It’s still a big thrill.”

Tim won’t be alone at this event either, with a little warm-up humor from local radio stars Dan “the man” Franks of Joy FM as the “Master of Ceremonies” time will simply hum along and Alex “Market Time” Mikos of WTGR will keep you amused until Cavanagh is ready to take the stage.

Also, this year, interactive fun will be provided by Louise Party Rentals, of Union City, who will be bringing a photo booth to the event. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. guests will be able to get an “old-fashioned” photo as souvenirs of their Night of Comedy and Caring.

If that isn’t enough, Paul Ackley, will be available pre-show as well to create quick caricatures of attending guests. Ackley started drawing for a local newspaper while he was in high school and has since earned four Associated Press Awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He also received a commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives recognizing his achievements as an artist. One of his most prized accomplishments is having one of his editorial cartoons being presented to Congressman John Boehner. The original drawing is currently displayed on the wall of Boehner’s office in Washington, DC. and now you, too, can have the opportunity to have him draw you as well.

To finish out the meal, a sweet treat will be delivered from new bakery artist, Betsy Ward, from A & B Coffee & Cake.

Throughout the evening, enjoy specialty drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, bid on silent auction items with everything from a family membership to the Y to a Family Fun Basket, or enter a drawing to win dinner out, fine jewelry and a slew of other prizes.

A Night of Comedy and Caring will be held April 20, at Romer’s Entertainment Facility in Greenville with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Individual tickets are $25 (non-reserved seating) and reserved tables, seating eight, sell for $250. All reserved tables are set in prime locations and labeled.

Tickets are available, advanced sale only, online with a credit card,; by contacting the Darke County Red Cross Chapter, 548-1002; visiting 130 Martz Street, Suite 6; or from any Board Member to order.

DC Parks looking for Summer Intern

DARKE COUNTY--The Darke County Park District is preparing for summer and looking for a 2013 intern - someone who has a passion for nature, likes working with people and being outdoors. This opportunity is geared towards that college student who is working towards their degree in a natural resource field. The internship is a 10-week position, beginning in June 2013. If interested in this position, visit for a more detailed description of the position or call Robb Clifford, Senior Naturalist for the Darke County Parks, 548-0165.

Award winning duo will perform at DCCA’s Coffee House Series

GREENVILLE--Award winning musicians John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal will play a concert of roots, blues and folk music at Montage Cafe as part of the Darke County Center for the Arts “Coffee House Series” on April 11, 7 p.m.

The duo presents a lively collection of songs and they fill in the gaps with superb vocals, masterful guitar playing and cabaret flair.

Latini is a solo two-time Detroit Blues Champion and a semi-finalist with Seal in the Windsor Blues Challenge. The Queens, New York native has also won top songwriting awards and nominations in three states. Seal, who is from Michigan, has recorded songs for television and radio advertisements and her songs have placed on regional charts as well as received commercial airplay nationwide.

Latini recently released a new CD called “Lovers, Liars & Losers” on Seal’s Michigan based indie label Smokin’ Sleddog Records that debuted on the Michigan Roots Charts at #6. He will be playing songs from this new album and Seal will be performing vintage cabaret style material from her upcoming CD due out in 2013.

The duo is lauded not only for their musical talent but for their witty interaction with each other and their audiences. One promoter described Latini and Seal’s onstage and offstage chemistry as “a hilarious blend of marital dysfunction and sibling rivalry”. Both have toured as part of “The Un-Valentine’s Show~Songs And Tales Of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction And Revenge” since it’s inception in 2006.

Tickets are $10, and can be bought online at or by calling 547-0908. Additional information can be found at the Darke County Center for the Arts website,

Jamie-Sue Seal and John Latini 

AWTHS open April 6, 9-noon

ARCANUM--The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, 123 West George St., Arcanum, will be open April 6, 9 a.m. until noon. The society offers house tours, displays, books to sell about Arcanum’s history, and a reference materials library with over 30 binders of photos, newspaper clippings, and genealogy histories.

May is National Historic Preservation Month. In anticipation of this event, AWTHS is seeking history and photos of old homes, farms, and properties in the Pitsburg, Arcanum, and New Madison area and would like to hear about personal history and any preservation work you have done on one’s property or house. House age, architectural details, and previous owners, as well as before and after photos, are some items to consider. Photos can be originals or good quality copies. For more information and/or to drop off items, contact Annette Stewart, 692-6462, or drop off at the house on April 6. Visit for events and updated information.

BRC plans Garage Sale on April 11-12

GREENVILLE – As the warm weather arrives, Brethren Retirement Community residents are eager to enjoy the beautiful campus blooming with colorful flowers, socialize by the pond with friends and family, listen to the music at the outdoor concerts, and shop at the annual Brethren Retirement Community Garage Sale. This event is a resident favorite every year as the Brick Room fills with treasures for all ages. The garage sale will be open on April 11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and again on April 12, 9 a.m.-noon.

Brethren Retirement Community will accept donated items that are clean and in good repair, a receipt will be issued for your taxes. Donated items can be dropped off in the Brick Room at Brethren Retirement Community on April 9 or 10.

If you need a receipt for your taxes, provide a detailed itemized list with your donated items that includes your name and address. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Brethren Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, a national eldercare expert, and the only Eden Alternative™ Registered Community in Darke County. The Eden Alternative™ is a nationally known and widely acclaimed philosophy to create better environments for older adults, improve peoples’ quality of life and increase opportunities for meaningful activity.

Proceeds from the garage sale will benefit Brethren Retirement Community’s Eden Alternative™ Fund.

They will also be having a second garage sale this year for all to enjoy. Watch for further details, but it is scheduled for late September. Two opportunities to come and enjoy the many interesting treasures donated by many individuals!

Kings Men plan breakfast

GREENVILLE – Join the Brethren Retirement Community on April 6, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., at Chestnut Village Center for the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast prepared by Brethren Retirement Community’s Kings Men. For $4 per person, enjoy pancakes, sausage, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The Kings Men use Grandpa Pierce’s recipe which has been in the family for more than 100 years and everyone loves the pancakes that come from this recipe. All proceeds from the event benefit the Resident Aid Fund. This fund helps cover the cost of caring for the elderly residents, who, through no fault of their own, have outlived their resources.

Great Lunch, Great Price, Great Cause

GREENVILLE – Brethren Retirement Community is offering a great lunch at a great price for a great cause and will deliver it right to your home or office. This special offer is only available on April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’ll enjoy lunch plus dessert for only $5. The lunch consists of a Ham/Turkey Wrap, Corn Chowder Soup, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse; or Club Croissant—ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce & tomato, Corn Chowder Soup, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse; or Chicken Caesar Salad, Corn Chowder Soup, Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse.

All proceeds benefit the Resident Aid Fund. This fund was created to provide immediate assistance to residents in financial need; it offers peace of mind while preserving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of those residents. One-hundred-percent of the money donated to the Resident Aid Fund benefits the elderly residents who have exhausted their financial means. Brethren Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, a national eldercare expert, and the only Eden Alternative Registered Community in Darke County.

To place your orders, call 547-7655 no later than April 24 or email your orders to

Mar 28, 2013

FitzGerald speaks to Democrats

GREENVILLE – Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive, will speak at the Darke County Democratic Dinner on April 3 at the American Legion.

FitzGerald is certain to be a Democratic candidate for governor next year. He has already assembled a campaign committee and is raising money. Two of his potential opponents, Rep. Tim Ryan and former Rep. Betty Sutton have dropped out. Former Attorney General Rich Cordray remains in Washington, DC.

When Cuyahoga County changed its form of government in 2009, the County Executive and the Prosecutor remained the only two officials elected countywide. The County Executive controls Cuyahoga County. Only the governor of Ohio serves more constituents.

Hours changed for DCMHA

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority has announced new office hours: Monday through Wednesday ONLY from 8 am until 4:30 pm. The DCMHA office is closed on Thursdays and Fridays until further notice. For business questions concerning DCMHA, call 548-5380 Monday through Wednesday only.

N.S. Fire Auxiliary plans Quarter Auction

NORTH STAR – The North Star Fire Auxiliary will be hosting a Quarter Auction on April 5, at the North Star Community Center (old elementary). Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and auction begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $3.

A Quarter Auction is when consultants bring items for the guests to bid on. Items will retail in the value from $12 to $100. Guests bid on items they are interested in. (Bring $35-$40 in quarters and you can bid on all items). Consultants planning to attend include Just Jewelry & Fashion Handbags (Shelly Holthaus and Jamie Borchers), Tastefully Simple (Christy Eilerman), Pampered Chef (Jennifer Lause), Premier Designs (Michelle Showalter), Thirty One (Mary Tangeman), Nelly Cuddles (Theresa Nelson), Tupperware (Maria Kaufman), Mary Kay (Deb Smith), Your Family Friendly Home (Kate Langenkamp), Origami Owl (Shonda Vogel) and Paparazzi Jewelry (Tia Grilliot).

A concession stand will be available. Please contact Kate Langenkamp if you have any questions, (419) 305-5748 or email

Ithaca Cemetery notice

ARCANUM – The Twin Township Trustees are encouraging everyone that now is the time to remove old decorations and items from the gravesite. Due to the upcoming mowing season, you are strongly encouraged to pay particular attention to the rules. Your assistance is aiding the trustees with the upkeep of the grounds and markers and is greatly encouraged and appreciated.

* No trespassing after dark; Cemetery open dawn to dusk

* No planting of any kind on lots except grass seed

* All flowers and wreaths permitted on graves only one week before and two weeks after Memorial Day

* Any faded or unkempt decorations will be removed

* All flowers and saddles that can be blown away by the wind should have the name of the grave on it. All grave decorations lying on the ground and unmarked will be placed by the barn (temporarily) and then discarded at a later date at the convenience of the cemetery staff

* Regulations are posted at the cemetery

Arcanum Butler Alumni plan 111th banquet

ARCANUM – The 111th Arcanum High School Alumni Banquet will be held April 20. The banquet will be honoring the classes of 1963, 1988 and 2013. There will also be a scholarship award presentation for the class of 2013.

The event will be in the Arcanum school cafetorium. The open house and registration begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tours of the school will be hosted by current student council members before dinner starts. The event will be catered by J’s Country Store which will include chicken breast, roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans and tossed salad.

The deadline for registration is April 5. If you would like to attend, contact Holly Hildebrand, 8467 Hogpath Road, Arcanum, Ohio 45304. Tickets are $20 per person and please be sure to note which class you would like to be seated with. If you would like to donate towards the annual scholarship fund, send contributions to the address above. Checks should be made payable to “Arcanum Alumni Association.”

If you would like to make sure that your contact information is up to date, send your current information to Paul Myers, or 2518 Jaysville St. Johns Road, Arcanum, Ohio 45304.

Mar 27, 2013

Darke Co. Deputies investigate semi accident

VERSAILLES - On March 27, 2013 at approximately 10:56 A.M. the Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call of a single vehicle semi accident on St. Rt. 47 east of the Village of Versailles. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Versailles Police Department and Versailles Fire Department arrived on scene to find a semi truck hauling corn on its side.

The driver of the truck, James A. Kuether, age 65 of Yorkshire was transported from the scene by Versailles Life Squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital.

Preliminary information shows that Mr. Kuether lost control of the truck. The vehicle struck a guardrail and utility pole before coming to rest on its side. No citations have been issued at this time to Mr. Kuether as the investigation is ongoing.

Darke County Sheriffs Office enlisted the assistance of the Versailles Police Department, Ohio Department of Transportation and Village of Versailles Utility Department to assist with the hazards on the scene.

This investigation remains open.

Care Partner Dementia Education Series

GREENVILLE – The Miami Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be holding First Steps – The Care Partner Dementia Education Series in the State of the Heart Hospice Community Room, 1350 N. Broadway, Greenville, on April 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6-8 p.m.

This four-week education series is designed to help new care partners prepare for issues faced now and in the future. While you do not have to attend all four weeks, you are encouraged to take advantage of the entire series.

Week 1 (April 8) – Basics of Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s – Information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias, diagnosis, treatment and stages. The presenter will be Melissa Benline, RNBS-BC.

Week 2 (April 15) – Legal and Financial Issues – Discussion of what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place. The presenter is Tom Graber, attorney-at-law.

Week 3 (April 22) – Day-to-Day Caregiving – Tips on communication, activities, home safety, personal care, and caring for a person with unique behaviors. Kelley Hall, RN, is the presenter

Week 4 (April 29) – Community Resources – Information about home care, adult day services, assisted living, nursing care, hospice and more. Laurel Kerr, MS, is the presenter.

Advance registration is required. The cost is $20 per family per series. To register, contact Judy Allbery, family education and outreach specialist, 1-800-272-3900. Or send $20 per family per series to Alzheimer’s Association, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449 and include your county, name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, email and names of additional attendees. You may pre-pay with a credit card at the phone number listed above or with check/cash.

Randolph Co. Tea Party meets April 4

WINCHESTER, IN – The Randolph County Tea Party will meet on April 4, 6:30 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 181 North Middle School Road, Winchester, IN. The topic for this meeting is Randolph County Economic Development. Speakers will be Mike Wickersham, County Commissioner; Gary Friend, County Council, and Greg Beumer, Economic Development Director.

The Randolph County Tea Party held its regular meeting on March 21. The program for the evening was Encouragement. You Tube is a great source of information and entertainment. The presentation was a video of Dr. Benjamin Carson talking at CPAC and the debt limit made easy for dummies.

The 24-minute speech by Dr. Carson at CPAC is one of the best speeches you will ever watch. He puts life, the political world, in perspective and simple terms. He tactfully shames both political parties for not working for the people. Do a You Tube search for Dr. Benjamin Carson and watch all of his speeches and interviews.

Everyone that is paying attention knows about the national debt and raising the debt ceiling. This three minute You Tube video explains the debt ceiling in the simplest terms. Do a You Tube search for “Debt Limit a Guide to American Federal Debt Made Easy.”

The National Tea Party Patriots completed a survey of what are the greatest issues facing the United States, today. The Economy was first at 26-percent, number two was Budget/Deficit at 18-percent third was Unemployment/Jobs at 16-percent, forth was Guns/Gun Control at 5-percent, fifth was Dysfunction at 4-percent, sixth was Health Care/Insurance at 3-percent.

Remember you can help by contacting your elected officials often on all the issues. This is your check and balance in the voting process to keep your elected official on their toes and working for us.

Go to and see their new web site. It is in the early development stage, so check back often.

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

Local retired teachers entertained by Joseph

Joseph Helfrich 
GREENVILLE – The Darke Country Retired Teachers Association met March 21, at the Brick Room at the Brethren Home. A delicious meal was served by Nancy Isch.

Sonnie Rhoades then introduced the guest performer, Joseph Helfrich, a talented musician and humorist who entertained the group with songs which he accompanied with a variety of instruments including a banjo, guitar, and mandolin. He supplemented his musical performance with amusing stories particularly appropriate for his retired audience. Joseph also performed at the May 2012 banquet.

The musical performance was followed by a short business meeting. Signup sheets were passed around for participation in the Teacher of the Year Luncheon (April 19), filling the Teacher’s baskets in May (May 23) and help with the blood drawing in August (August 13). Maxine Didier also announced the barn sale will start on July 18. Copies of the present constitution and by-law were passed around. Anyone who has suggestions for changes in the doctrine should send them to Ruth Macklin, Marilou Coverstone or Naomi LeValley by the 25th of March. Marilou has copies of the 2013 directory which you can purchase from her or print yourself; just email her if you haven’t already received an email copy.

Joy FM’s Spring Sharathon slated

UNION CITY – WJYW – Joy-FM (88.9, 94.5 and 97.7 in Richmond, IN) – will be holding its Spring Sharathon April 2-5, 6 a.m.–7 p.m., each day. Joy-FM airs contemporary Christian music 24 hours a day from its Union City studios. The non-profit, non-commercial station will be raising its budget to operate over the next six months.

“Our goal of $80,000 is a relatively small amount to operate a 24 hour station for six-months,” noted Dan Franks, station manager. He added “since we’re a non-profit (501c3) ministry, all of the donations we receive are tax deductible.”

Joy-FM has been on the air for over 13 years and is owned by the Positive Radio Group based in Blacksburg, VA. The station’s coverage area ranges from Richmond, IN to Celina.

Rail Road Museum opens season on 4/6

BRADFORD – The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum opens for the 2013 season April 6, 10 a.m. The museum is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m., except holidays from April- December.

This year the museum is featuring artifacts and history of the Penn Central Railroad. Penn Central was the result of the merger of the New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1968.

The museum’s planned schedule of events begins with the Salute to the Railroader’s April 7, 2-4 p.m., at the museum. Past, present and future railroaders are welcome to attend. The railroaders are recognized for their years of service. Their oral histories are recorded and their stories and photos are shared with other railroaders and guests.

The Dining By Rail is being held April 13, at the Covington Eagles and will begin with a silent auction followed by a dinner prepared by Chef Michael James from authentic railroad dining card service recipes.

The Railroad Festival is on June 15. It will celebrate the 130 years of railroad history at the junction. The Wine and Art Auction is on Sept. 21, 7 p.m., at the museum. The Run for the Rails will be held in conjunction with the Wayne Health Challenge this year on Oct. 12. Santa will be at the museum Dec. 7, 2013.

This year the museum will be adding an N-Scale model of the yards. The goal is to have it installed for the Christmas season that begins in December. The museum is located at 200 N Miami Avenue at the corner of Miami Avenue and Main Street.

For more information on the museum visit the website at

Mar 26, 2013


GREENVILLE – March 20, Brethren Retirement Community hosted an Employee Recognition Meal for its hard working staff. Shown in the photo are Diana Royer and Ruth Lines. Diana said, "Thank you very much for the meal, it is very nice to be appreciated." Ruth added, "We appreciate the recognition for the hard work we do." President and CEO, John L. Warner commented, “Our team members across all of our departments work very hard each day to provide exceptional care to our residents. We appreciate each and every one of them and are grateful for their service to those who call BRC ‘home’ here on our campus or those who receive care in their homes in the community. This meal is a small way to show that appreciation and to say thank you for what you.”

VHCC takes part in Chamber’s Expo

VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center recently participated in the Versailles Chamber Expo event and featured The Rehab Clinic’s Power Over Parkinson’s (POP) and LSVT BIG and LOUD programs. Both programs revolve around a simple but important concept: that attitude and exercise are essential to keep your body, mind and spirit up and moving. POP is a FREE monthly group held at VHCC for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. POP meets at 4 p.m., on the second Wednesday of each month to exercise, socialize and learn. The sessions are led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, physical therapist. Each POP meeting features an educational presentation, often by a guest speaker, as well as vocal and physical exercise.

At the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center, the BIG and LOUD treatments are one-on-one with a consistent therapist, who creates an individualized plan to address each participant’s specific deficits. Upon completion of the programs, each participant is given a success DVD that features their before and after performance.

VHCC also raffled off several gift baskets. The Dayton Dragons baseball themed basket, including four game day tickets, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, went to winner, Cyndi Bey, of Versailles. Congratulations to Shannon Grant of Versailles, winner of the Versailles themed basket containing a bottle of wine from The Winery at Versailles, pure raw honey and Ohio maple syrup from Michael’ Anthony’s at the Inn, and a bag of locally grown popcorn. The Getting Ready for Spring themed flower pot with gardening tools and gloves as well as packets of flower seeds went to winner Barb Marshal, also of Versailles. Congratulations to all winners!

If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, call 526-5570, or visit them on the web at

Therese Pohlman, Business Office Manager at Versailles Health Care Center, discusses The Rehab Clinic’s Power Over Parkinson’s and LSVT BIG and LOUD programs with Versailles residents, Joan Gigandet and Carol Apple. 

Kindergarten Screening at St. Mary’s

GREENVILLE – St. Mary’s School Kindergarten Screening will take place April 12, 8 a.m. – noon. Please call the school office, 548-2345, to set up an appointment.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 30. Please provide copies of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and custody papers (if applicable).

Supreme Court Justice speaks to GOP Ladies

Justice Judith French 
GREENVILLE – “Seeing the ladies of Darke County again will surely make a great evening,” said Justice Judith French.

Justice French became the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court on Jan. 1. She will be the featured speaker at the upcoming regularly scheduled April Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) meeting.

Prior to her appointment, Justice French served at the Tenth District Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from Franklin County courts and state administrative agencies. She was elected to the appellate court in November 2004 and served until her Supreme Court appointment.

Prior to becoming a judge, Justice French served as chief legal counsel to Governor Taft. While serving as chief counsel in the office of Attorney General Betty Montgomery, she argued twice in the United States Supreme Court. Most recently, she argued on behalf of the State in the Cleveland school vouchers case.

Justice French has earned a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in History (Military History & Strategic Studies), and a J.D. (with honors), all from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as a member of the Moritz College of Law National Council.

Justice French grew up in Sebring, a small town in Mahoning County and was a mentor and tutor in the Columbus public schools. Justice French resides in Grandview Heights with her husband, Ed Skeens, who is a Magistrate in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, and two children, Julia and Joseph.

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

Dinner is available by reservation, at a cost of $7.50. To place a reservation, please email Wavelene Denniston at, or call her at (937) 547-6477. Reservations must be made before noon on April 4. Reservations placed must be paid.

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

Community Supper helps Special Olympics

NEW MADISON – A Community Supper benefiting the Ohio Special Olympics will be held at the Ft. Black Masonic Lodge, New Madison, on April 9. Serving will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in the lodge dining room. Profits are going to the 2013 Ohio Special Olympics charity for this summer’s games where opening ceremonies will take place June 28 at the Jesse Owens Sports Complex at The Ohio State University.

At one time, it required only $30 to "sponsor an athlete" to the Summer Games. Now, it costs well over $100 to bring each of the 2600 athletes to the Games who will compete in 11 different sporting events. In 2011, the Ohio Masonic fraternity was able to contribute over $140,000 from 352 Ohio lodges.

Over the past 24 years, the Masonic Fraternity in Ohio has contributed nearly $2.5 million to support the Annual Summer Games of the Special Olympics. More than 21,000 children and adults with disabilities have benefited from the generosity of the Masonic fraternity in Ohio.

In addition to the financial support, Ohio Masons host a welcome center for the Special Olympics athletes and families, provide volunteer help during the competitions, and participate in the Parade of Athletes during the opening ceremonies.

The Ft. Black Lodge is proud to help support the Ohio Special Olympics. Please join us in again making this year’s event successful for Ohio’s Special Olympics athletes. For information on masonry in Ohio visit

Semi Rollover Accident

On March 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the area of New Weston Ft. Loramie Road and Hillgrove Ft. Recovery Road on the report of a semi on it's side. Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, Patrick W. Moore Jr., 49 of Arkansas, was eastbound on New Weston Ft. Loramie Road when he drove off the right side of the roadway and was pulled further by the deep snow. The 2006 Freightliner and trailer, which was loaded with eggs, rolled over onto its side. Moore, who was the lone occupant, was not injured in the crash. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Southwest Mercer Fire Dept. was called to the scene for preventive measures.

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

Mar 25, 2013

Successful food drive!

GREENVILLE--As part of helping everyone live healthy lives, the YMCA of Darke County hosted a membership drive during the month of February. Anyone who joined the Y during the month of February had the opportunity to donate 20 canned goods in lieu of the joiner’s fee. As a result, 807 pounds of canned and boxed goods were collected for local families in need. The food has been donated to the FISH Choice Food Pantry, which is an ecumenical organization serving the nutritional needs of the Darke County area, utilizing home delivery and a choice pantry. Kristy Cutarelli, Director of the FISH Food Pantry, says that amount of food will assist about 20 local families with an average size of 4 members. “Every bit helps,” she says, “We really appreciate the donation.”

The FISH Choice Pantry started in Greenville in 1967. Cutarelli says she has seen the need for food assistance go up each of the past several years. The pantry is supported completely by donations from individuals, churches, local groups and clubs, schools and businesses. In 2012, the Pantry assisted over 3,000 local families, which is nearly 10,000 individuals. Volunteers put in over 3,000 hours last year, as well. The food pantry is located at 501 Gray Ave., Greenville, and is open to walk-in clients on Mondays, 1-2 p.m., Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m., and Fridays, 4-5 p.m. Home delivery is available 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday.

Christy Baker, Director of Operations, Greenville YMCA, and a volunteer get the food ready to FISH. 

Parenting Classes offered

GREENVILLE--OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks I” parenting series. The classes will be held April 24, May 1 and 8, 6-8 p.m., at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. There is no fee for this class. This is an adult only series.

The “Building Blocks I” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skills or parenting techniques for children ages 0-6 years. The three classes will focus on parent education, parent and child interaction and age appropriate activities.

To register or for further information, call OSU Extension, 548-5215, or email Diane Barga at Registration needs to be completed by April 18.

Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust awards funds to DCCA

DARKE COUNTY--The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the Family Theater Series and Arts in Education programs. According to a DCCA representative, DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

DCCA presents three shows annually in the Family Theatre Series; these programs are generally based on children’s literature. The next performance in this series, SLEEPING BEAUTY, will be held April 14, 2 p.m. Due to the temporary closure of Memorial Hall this performance will take place at the Versailles Performing Arts Center, 280 Marker Road, located in the Versailles School.

The Arts in Education program takes professional performing artists to every grade level in all Darke County public schools. Artists are escorted to schools by volunteers during a week-long residency, generally performing twice a day, with the exception of the Jr. High school artists who usually present at St. Clair Memorial Hall with students being transported from the schools. DCCA works in close cooperation with the Darke County Office of Education to choose presentations appropriate for grade levels and coordinate performance schedules with schools.

According to Executive Director Andrea Jordan, Darke County Center for the Arts is grateful for the generous and loyal support received from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, enabling DCCA to provide programs that inspire creativity, educate, and entertain the children and youth of our community. For more information regarding these programs, contact DCCA, 547-0908, or

Kindergarten immunizations available during screening

GREENVILLE—Darke County Health Department nurses will be available 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to administer kindergarten immunizations during the Greenville Kindergarten Screening, April 24, 25, 26. Screening will be held at 1451 Sater St. in Greenville.

Please bring custodial/guardianship papers if necessary, and all shot records. If you are not the child’s parent, we must have written permission and a current phone number so we can reach the parent. Your child must be four years or older to receive their kindergarten immunizations.

The cost of each immunization is $10. The Darke County Health Department accepts the following types of insurance; Anthem BC/BS, Med-Mutual, Ohio Medicaid, Amerigroup, Caresource, Molina, and cash or check. For more information, call the Darke County Health Department, 548-4196, ext. 224.

Ketrow Foundation contributes to DCCA

DARKE COUNTY--Ketrow Foundation has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the 2012/2013 Family Theater Series and Arts In Education programs.

DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community, according to a DCCA representative. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

DCCA presents three shows annually in the Family Theater Series. These programs are generally based on children’s literature. The Arts In Education program annually presents performances to every grade level in all Darke County public schools.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, local support is essential in order for Darke County Center for the Arts to provide programs that inspire creativity, educate, and entertain the children and youth of our community. For more information regarding these programs, contact DCCA, 547-0908, or e-mail at

Diabetes Day set for April 13

GREENVILLE--Diabetes Day, a wonderful opportunity for individuals with diabetes and their families to learn more about managing diabetes, will be offered at Wayne HealthCare on April 13, 9 a.m. to noon.

Speakers for the day include Scott Barry DDS with Barry Family Dentistry who will discuss “Diabetes and Dental Health.” Many individuals do not realize that elevated blood glucose can cause dental problems. Oral problems will also raise blood glucose.

Matthew Painting DPM with Western Ohio Podiatric Medical Center, will discuss “Diabetes and Foot Care.” Knowing how to care for ones feet will lower the risk of developing foot complications.

Karen Droesch RD,LD,CDE, the Diabetes Educator at Wayne HealthCare will discuss taking care of diabetes and preventative screenings to lower the risk of developing complications in “Beating the Odds.”

Along with speakers, there will be information regarding diabetes.

Registration fee is $5 for each participant who pre-registers before April 10. After this date or at the door, the fee is $7 per participant.

For more information or to register call 547-5750. Do not put off learning how you can live healthy with diabetes. Attend Diabetes Day and be healthier tomorrow.

Mar 24, 2013

Join Team Early Bird!

Several members of The Early Bird staff have formed Team Early Bird and will be walking in this year’s March for Babies to be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 27. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes, Team Early Bird has set a goal of collecting $7,500 and has already contributed an in-kind donation of $2,000.

You, too, can be a part of Team Early Bird.

Just clip and fill out the form provided here, add your donation and send it in the envelope provided in this week’s paper. The names of all contributors will be published in The Early Bird. No donation is too small and those making donations of $25 or more will receive a Team Early Bird T-shirt.

Six of those contributing more than $25 by April 5 will be eligible to win four tickets to Sesame Street Live at the Victoria Theater in Dayton (performances April 20 and 21).

Contributors are not obligated to walk; Team Early Bird appreciates donations made in our name, but all who contribute are welcome to join the EB staff and walk with Team Early Bird. Just meet at the fairgrounds on April 27. Registration for March for Babies begins at 8 a.m. and the walk stars at 9 a.m.

“I thought this would be a great way to get our staff involved, our readers involved, and at the same time, have fun while contributing to a great cause,” said Fred Foutz, president of Brothers Publishing.

T-shirts can be picked up at the office, 5312 Sebring-Warner Rd., Greenville, after April 7 or at the walk. Winners of the Sesame Street tickets will be notified by phone.

Dog waste becoming a problem at Greenville-Union Cemetery

GREENVILLE – Dick O’Brien, superintendent at Greenville-Union Cemetery, has been noticing an increasing problem with dog waste lately. Local residents and their canine friends have been welcome at the cemetery for a long time, but that may soon change if dog owners don’t clean up after their pet.

Throughout the spring and summer, a hundred or more people use the roads in the cemetery for walking, running and bike riding. Many of these patrons also bring their dogs. O’Brien and his staff have received complaints about dogs defecating on gravesites. “It’s disrespectful,” he said. The superintendent doesn’t want to ban dogs from the cemetery, but will if the problem doesn’t cease.

Those who enter the cemetery should be aware of the rules regarding dogs as they are posted at each entrance. By law, pet owners are required to keep their dog on a leash and clean up any messes. The signs also point out that dog waste “is a threat to the health of our children. Degrades our town. Transmits disease.”

O’Brien also asks that dog owners bringing their pets to the cemetery should take the waste home with them. “The trash cans are for flowers and paper trash,” he said.

He understands it is only a few people that mess it up for everyone else. “If I catch them, I will tell them to get out and stay out,” O’Brien said. He is also asking persons using the cemetery to keep an eye out for violators.

O’Brien and his staff will monitor the issue throughout the spring and summer and if it doesn’t get better he believes the ultimate course of action is to ban dogs from the cemetery.

LWV gives one side of fracking at forum on March 18

Anne Vehre
GREENVILLE – The Darke County League of Women Voters held a forum on fracking to educate local residents on the practice of removing gas and oil from shale rock. Anne Vehre, organizer, acknowledged the forum was one-sided. In her opening statement, Vehre pointed to the message the gas and oil companies have presented, “We have heard over and over the one side. I have found a different story.”

Joe Logan, director of agricultural programs for the Ohio Environmental Council, and Julie Weatherington-Rice, PhD., senior scientist at Bennett and Williams Environmental Consultants, presented a program on the hazards of fracking. Logan addressed the issue of water contamination, dangerous emissions and dwindling farm land. Weatherington-Rice addressed the issues of radioactive materials found in the waste that ends up in a landfill or a Class II Injection Well and the amount of fracking waste generated from other states that end up in Ohio.

Logan was concerned that aquifers will suffer contamination due to the 29 chemicals and 650 different hydraulic fracturing products. “Most (chemicals) are not disclosed,” he said. He is also concerned with the “toxic” emissions produced by fracking. He pointed to a study that showed a 10-percent decrease in field corn, 20-percent decrease in winter wheat and 30-percent decrease in soy beans due the emissions. He also argued that it takes six acres to install a fracking platform, plus the number of roads built to allow trucks to access the platforms breaks up the farmland.

He also expressed concern that the gas and oil companies received an exemption from the 2005 Federal Appropriations Bill from the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, and Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act.

Weatherington-Rice concentrated on the material being pulled from the fracking wells and where it is being placed. According to the scientist, the product has acceptable levels of radium, thorium, uranium and radon that are above the TENORM (Technologically-Enhanced, Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials). The solids from these materials are being placed in landfills across the state and liquid waste is being pumped into Class II Injection Wells (designated for oil and gas production). She is concerned that because some of the radioactive materials in the landfills are water soluble that rain will cause the radioactivity spread into local tributaries and streams. She also questioned why Ohio has nearly 150 Class II Injection Wells and Pennsylvania only has a handful.

She believes 52-percent of the waste is coming from other states and is being placed and/or injected into the ground in Ohio. She believes western Ohio may soon be home to more injection wells because drilling costs are cheaper due to the thickness of the rock.

According to Logan and Weatherington-Rice, accidental spills or leaking are huge hazards associated with fracking. However, when questioned by State Representative Jim Buchy on how many documented cases there were for ground water contamination due to fracking, both agreed there was only one. Buchy later commented the same question was asked recently of the director of the EPA and the answer was none. He pointed out fracking has been taking place for 60 years.

Representative Buchy noted he heard the concerns voiced at the meeting, but many of them have not been backed by evidence. He plans to take the information he heard and will meet with several people to get answers to his questions.

Shawn Bennett, field director for Energy in Depth, attended the meeting and handed out brochures from the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC) disputing many of the claims given by the presenters, but was not asked to speak at the forum.


Midmark moving headquarters and 60 positions

VERSAILLES – Midmark Corporation, a leading provider of medical, dental and veterinary healthcare equipment solutions, today announced it has finalized lease negotiations and will move its headquarters to the 1700 South Patterson Building on the University of Dayton's River Campus. The headquarters, named Midmark Center, referring to being centrally located between its Versailles campus and its innovation-focused facility in West Chester, Midmark Connect, will take place by July 2013. Midmark will move approximately 60 positions from Versailles to Dayton, including its executives and certain corporate functions.

Speaking about the announcement, Dr. Anne Eiting Klamar, president and CEO of Midmark said, “The move to Dayton will provide us with enhanced opportunities to fulfill our vision of becoming a global leader in healthcare products and services that enable more efficient and effective patient care.”

Klamar, who serves on the University of Dayton's board of trustees, believes the University’s educational philosophy resonates with Midmark’s values to contribute to the greater social good. “The base of Midmark’s culture is our values. We live by our motto, “Because we care,” which supports our culture of making a positive difference each and every day for our customers, suppliers, and teammates,” she said.

Midmark hopes to partner with the University of Dayton through its intern and cooperative education programs. In addition, its new corporate offices will reside in the same building where the University offers MBA and other graduate classes, conducts cutting-edge research and operates the popular Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Klamar believes this environment will provide numerous learning opportunities for Midmark employees.

Daniel J. Curran, University of Dayton president, welcomed Midmark's move to campus. “Like GE Aviation's new EPISCENTER, Midmark will be an important addition to the Dayton community and our campus,” he said. “We think it's important to attract strong companies that can serve as real-world classrooms and spark economic development for the region.”

The new headquarters will maintain more than 23,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the 1700 South Patterson Building in an area known as River Campus. The Versailles campus will remain Midmark’s largest site, housing primarily manufacturing, associated support functions and the Customer Experience Department, continuing its nearly 100-year history of Ohio-based manufacturing.

No opposition voiced to transfer of park land to the school

GREENVILLE – Although Greenville City Council offered an opportunity for residents to ask questions about the proposed deeding of park land to the school district, there were no takers at the March 19 meeting of council. However, some council members posed questions given to them by residents.

Councilman Roy Harrison asked about the deed restrictions placed on the property from the Harmon Trust. Law Director Camille Baker pointed out the issue was researched thoroughly before the proposal was made. According to Baker, the trust was dissolved in the 90’s, which meant the restrictions were no longer valid.

Harrison also asked about the use of the tennis courts, track and football field by the public. Jon McGreevey, director of administration services for the Greenville City School District, noted there were no immediate plans to change the way it is presently used.

Council John Baumgardner asked if the school district will be able to financially maintain and improve the facility. McGreevey pointed out the agreement with Wayne HealthCare and Good Samaritan will help with improvements and the school will be able to use permanent improvement funds on future projects.

Baumgardner also questioned what happens to the land if the school vacates the property in the future. According to Baker, the land will be transferred back to the city.

Council approved a motion to have the law director prepare the necessary legislation. Baker will be working with Travis Fliehman, attorney for the school district, to prepare the deed transfer. The city is expected to have the issue of the property reverting back to the city if the school vacates the property and use of the park office as part of the deed restrictions.

Council is hoping legislation will be prepared prior to its first meeting in April at which time council will vote on the legislation.

Three reports from the Utility Committee were heard and approved by members of council. The first was a request for a sewer lateral reimbursement for over $4,000. John Greendyke, homeowner, asked for the reimbursement, but according to Greenville’s ordinances, the city will not reimburse for issues from the sewer main to the residence. The committee agreed not to reimburse Greendyke. The report passed 6-1 with Tracy Tryon casting the dissenting vote.

The committee also submitted a report authorizing the bidding process for the purchase and installation of new water meters. The city will request universal specifications. The committee gave unanimous approval.

The third report from the committee dealt with water rates. The committee agreed to leave the rates as is with a 10-unit minimum for everyone. The issue will be reexamined after the new water meters are installed. Harrison believes the rate is difficult for senior citizens and those on a fixed income to manage, as well as detrimental to those who try to conserve water. Councilman Todd Oliver likened the rate to an energy company that charges a minimum whether you use any energy or not. The charge is there for the privilege of being hooked up to the service. Baumgardner reminded council that Greenville is still the cheapest in the county for water rates. He also believes the charge is needed for future projects like water line replacement. In the past, the city did not have the money available to replace lines when a street was open, only to have to spend the money a couple a years later when the line goes bad. According to Baumgardner, by leaving the fees as they are, the city will be able to replace the lines when they do a street project. The report was approved 6-1 with Harrison casting the dissenting vote.

The next regular meeting of Greenville City Council will be April 2, 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers, Municipal Building.

5K for Education will benefit EUM Christian Preschool

GREENVILLE—The second race in the Wayne HealthCare Challeng is EUM Christian Preschool’s first annual 5K for Education set for May 4. All proceeds from this race will go to EUM Christian Preschool.

EUM Christian Preschool is a ministry of EUM Church, and for more than 35 years, has created a partnership with families in the early stages of childhood development. The Downtown Campus, 111 Devor St., houses the preschool. Registration for the 2013-14 school year is now open. For more information on the Preschool, visit, or call EUM Christian Preschool Director Elaine Snyder, 548-3211.

According to Snyder educational standards have changed so much in the past few years, making it is “so important for kids to get an early education. We like to keep our tuition low so more families can afford pre-school for their children. EUM Preschool takes an Holistic Teaching approach, focusing on cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual education.” The program strives to provide ways that students are able to create and experience a love for Jesus, a love for others, and a love for learning.

The school “typically has a fundraiser each year, she added. “In the past, we’ve had a raffle, but this year we thought a 5K would be fun. We started planning it last spring and are excited to see what happens and for our families to be involved.” 

The 5K for Education will begin at the EUM Church Worship Center, 1451 Sater St., Greenville, with registration between 6:30-8:30 a.m. Opening ceremonies, which will include EUM students reciting the Pledge of Alligance and the Greenville High School Band performing the National Anthem, will be held at 8 a.m., followed by a Kids Fun/Run at 8:15 a.m. The 5K for Education will begin at 9 a.m.

Childcare will be provided during the race (which is stroller friendly) for ages 9 and under.

Cost is $20 if received on or before April 1; $25 after. A shirt will be given to all pre-registered entrants.

Prizes will be awared for the top three males and females in each age group plus the top three males and females overall.

To register for the 5K, please go to, or scan the QR code that accompanies this article.

Christians in Action Training for 5K

Last fall EUM launched a ministry called Move/Run For God. Thirteen people completed the course and either ran or walked the Jingle Bell 5K in Versailles last December.

The primary focus of this program is to spread the gospel of Jesus while understanding the parallels of endurance running/walking and enduring your faith.

This ministry, under the new name “Christians in Action,” has set a goal to run or walk the 1st Annual 5K Run for Education hosted by EUM Preschool. The program is for everyone but designed for those who have never run, getting participants ready to walk or run their first 5K in 8 weeks.

Christians in Action meet Tuesdays, 6 p.m., at EUM’s downtown campus, 111 Devor St., and although the team has already started meeting, new participants are always welcome – whether or not they attend EUM.

“I work with the runners,” said team member Jeannie Grosch, “and Sylvia McKibben works with the walkers. We welcome everyone to join us. On March 26, Dr. Painting will speak to the team about our feet and proper shoes. BJ Paulus from Snaps Fitness, will address stretching and injury prevention on April 2 and on April 9, Megan Denise, a nutritionist from Wayne HealthCare will be our speaker.”

“Our goal was to walk or run in the 5K for Education,” added Grosch, “but we will keep walking in the Wayne HeathCare Challenge throughout the season. A few members of the team have already signed up for the Hippity Hop (March 30 at Chenoweth Trails in Greenville).

If interested or for more information, contact EUM church, 548-3211, or Grosch, 548-6287, who invites all to put on your ‘action’ shoes, grab your bible and join us to change your life physically and spiritually.

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