Apr 30, 2013

Les Miserables auditions at RCT

RICHMOND, IN – Director N. Ruth Brown and Musical Director Jon Hudnall are seeking singer/actors to audition for Richmond Civic Theatre’s upcoming production of Les Misérables, opening Aug. 16, at the historic Murray Theatre at 10th and Main Streets in Richmond, IN.

To bring this moving and beautiful masterpiece to life requires singers who can perform the music accurately and powerfully while simultaneously conveying the emotions, intentions and stories of the characters they portray. While importance will also be placed on diction, intonation and vocal stamina, casting decisions will ultimately be based on how well the actor combines all the elements to create an expressive and compelling character.

Anticipating a large group of talented performers at auditions, Ruth and Jon ask that folks come prepared as follows:

- Arrive 1/2 hour before the scheduled audition time on one of the designated evenings for the character(s) for which you are auditioning. See additional pages for character descriptions and character-specific audition times and dates.

- Prepare and practice the indicated sections of the musical selection(s) for that character(s). You may prepare more than the selection(s) if you wish, but time and numbers will determine if we will be able to hear more.

- Bring a copy of your theatrical and musical biographical information, listing your training and experience.

- Be prepared for call-backs during the week of May 19.

- Bring your personal calendar information for June, July and August, including any regularly-scheduled commitments, vacation plans and other potential conflicts during the rehearsal and production period.

Audition materials may be obtained at RCT Tuesday – Friday, from 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. or downloaded from the website at www.richmondcivictheatre.org. Materials include audition forms, audition selections and character descriptions.

Copies of sheet music are not downloadable and must be obtained in person from the office.

Those new to RCT are asked to complete a Volunteer Information Form.

It is recommended that those auditioning pick up or print forms and complete them before arriving at auditions so the forms are complete, accurate and legible!

Beginning after Memorial Day, rehearsals typically run Sunday – Thursday evenings until the week of opening night. Beginning July 21, actors will be asked to be available for all rehearsals.

Performance dates: Aug. 16, 17, 23. 24, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 18 and 25 at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact Ruth at nruthbrown@lycos.com, subject Les Mis.

Bluegrass Festival set

BRADFORD – A Bluegrass Music Festival will be held on June 28, 5-11 p.m., at Iddings Park, Bradford. This event is sponsored by the Bradford Public Library. This is the 12th year for the festival. The event is free. Groups donate their time and talent to this event to promote bluegrass and bring a wonderful music program to the community.

This year’s groups include Rum River Blend, Leisa Hinkle and Willow-Creek, Berachah Valley, Rock Island Plow Co, and Nightflyer. There will be a raffle and food available to purchase. Bring your chairs and blankets for your comfort in the park.

Rain barrel kits available

GREENVILLE – Take advantage of what Mother Nature gives us in rain fall and utilize it throughout the summer months by installing a rain barrel to collect rain water for your flower beds and/or garden.

The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District has received a new shipment of barrels along with kits to turn them into rain barrels. The barrels are blue, but can be painted to match any color scheme to add beauty to your landscape. Once your friends find out where to find these; they will be sold out quickly.

Contact The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District, 548-1752, for more information on purchasing rain barrels or stop by the office at 1117 South Towne Court to see a couple of rain barrels that have been painted.

BPW Club holds Spring Bling Fling

GREENVILLE--Bling, fun, and fashion was the theme for the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club’s April 11 meeting, held at the Thirsty Turtle Clubhouse, located just outside Greenville. Gail Snyder, Colleen Marchal and Tasha Anderson planned the fun evening in which all members and guests were invited to dress in their best bling.

Lelah Shoop and Hala Knapke, co-owners of Youniques Boutique, showcased some of their spring line of scarves, jewelry and clothes available in the store. Pam Sharp from Merle Norman Cosmetics offered a display of make-up, jewelry and handbags. Pam also gave some tips on the new make-up colors for spring and invited everyone to come to the shop for a facial or makeover. Colleen Marchal showed some swimsuits and a negligee from Pamela’s Intimate Apparel. All three shops are located in downtown Greenville. The evening concluded with an opportunity to purchase all of the wonderful scarves, jewelry, clothes and purses that were on display.

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

BPW Members Colleen Marchal (left), Tasha Anderson (center) and Gail Snyder with the Merle Norman Cosmetics display. (submitted photo) 

Garden Clubs plant Arbor Day tree

GREENVILLE—Members of the Ladybug Garden Club and the Butterflies Junior Garden Club planted an autumn blaze maple tree at the Darke County Fairgrounds in celebration of Arbor Day. The autumn blaze maple tree is a unique combination of good traits from the red maple and silver maple. The qualities mixed by the autumn blaze maple tree are brilliant orange-red color in the fall, dense and healthy branching and enhanced growth that protects from insects and disease. The tree will grow to fifty or sixty feet tall and have a mature spread of thirty to forty feet.

Planting an Autumn Blaze Maple tree for Arbor Day is (l-r) Meg Rehmert and Kate Rehmert of the Butterflies Junior Garden Club along with Illah Sink of the Ladybug Garden Club. (submitted photo) 

Nature Day a Success!

GREENVILLE--Despite the chilly temperatures, Darke County Parks’ 2nd annual Nature Day was a big hit! With winter behind us, people came out ready to celebrate Earth Day weekend and take in the beauty of spring. Families, young and young-at-heart took part in the festivities, all at no charge. Nature “passports” were given at the welcome tent and then participants were free to roam Shawnee Prairie Preserve in search of entertaining and educational activities to complete in order receive a stamp in their passport. When finished with all activities, participants were awarded a special prize! Along with stations in the woods, there were several Naturalist-led hikes and programs. Animal Ambassadors, Greta the Great-horned Owl and Joseph, the Red-tailed Hawk were also on hand to meet and greet with all.

If you missed out on Nature Day this year, be sure to look for Nature Day 2014 in the quarterly newsletter, Nature Notes. For more information on all of the upcoming programs offered by the Darke County Parks or to sign up to receive the newsletter, visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Garden club learns about ‘thriving on raw’

GREENVILLE—“Thriving On Raw” was the theme at the March meeting of the Ladybug Garden Club. Donna Kronenberger from the Third Street Market in Greenville demonstrated growing sprouts for inclusion in salads and other dishes.

Kronenberger noted sprouts are low in calories and fat, have no cholesterol and are easy to digest. Sprouts help build the immune system and increase bone formation and density, she added.

Sprouts, the first stage of plant growth, can be started in soil or hydroponically. A variety of containers and pouches are suitable to sprouting. Plants that work well for sprouting include broccoli, radish, garlic and onion chives, green pea, clover, alfalfa, mung bean, buckwheat, wheat, lentils and sunflowers. Many of these can also be allowed to grow from spouts into microgreens.

Kronenberger told members of the Ladybug Garden Club that if their only experiences of sprouts had been in a grocery store to try growing sprouts at home. The taste, texture and appeal of a fresh sprout is well worth it, she said.

During the business meeting, club members discussed Arbor Day, downtown Greenville and Darke County Fairgrounds plantings and a club members Gardeners Day Out.

Darke County Relay For Life Taking Orders for Luminaria

VERSAILLES - Orders are being taken for luminaria to be lit at this year’s Relay For Life event July 19-20. The Luminarias may be purchased at the suggested donation of $10 each in memory of a cancer victim, in honor of a cancer survivor, or in support of someone currently battling cancer. Luminarias display the names of the cancer survivor, victim, or person currently battling cancer and are placed along the walking path. All luminaria are lit as the names are read aloud in a very moving ceremony on Friday evening. Lighting will begin sometime between 9-9:45 p.m. The luminaria are left burning all night long as participants walk the path. This is a great way to honor or remember family and friends who have battled cancer, or are currently battling this terrible disease.

To order a luminaria visit www.relayforlife.org/darkecounty and choose the Dedicate a Luminaria icon. Please include the name of the team to whom the money should be credited to. Some of this year’s teams are (United for a Cure, Tiger Team, Phelan Insurance, Banking on a Cure, Survivor Inspired, Jolly Hot Tamales, Joan's Kids, Imagine a World, Because We Care, Lutherans for a Cure, Mission Possible, Reid-Bravo-Darke, Team Footprints, United Marathoners, Versailles Eagles Auxilliary, Vision of Hope, Walnut Hill Walkers,Team VCC.). Follow the instructions provided to complete the order.

For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/darkecounty.

Apr 29, 2013

GOP Women to Host Social Event

GREENVILLE-Bring your friends for a special evening of dining and entertainment at the St. Clair Manor, 224 East Third Street, Greenville. and enjoy the luxuries of this romantic Victorian Mansion featuring ornate woodwork and grand furnishings. The St. Clair Manor offers the elegance of days gone by with today’s modern conveniences. In this historic mansion, visitors enjoy formal sitting and dining rooms with original woodwork and ironwork, as well as stained-glass windows and gas fireplaces. The Italianate architecture offers the perfect setting for this very special social gathering. The evening’s dining will feature the Mansion’s china, crystal, dinner service and linen.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) will hold its special spring social event at the St. Clair Manor on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s Club President Jean Turner and some very special surprise entertainment, table prizes and other special considerations.

Dinner is available only by prior reservation, at a cost of $8 per person (50 cents of which will be donated to the Honor Flight Network – this year’s “Caring for America” Project – which transports veterans free to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C. Anyone wishing to join the group for this festive evening, may do so by placing a reservation by calling or emailing Wavelene Denniston before noon on May 9. Please note that reservations placed are expected to be paid in full. Wavelene's phone is 547-6477 or she may be emailed at: DCRWReservations@darkegop.org. As this will be a special meeting, all attendees are expected to dine with the group. Guests may enter the Manor through either the South or West entrances. For more information, contact President Sally Zeiter, at 423-2391 or email DCRWPresident@darkegop.org.

The program and social committees of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club meet at the St. Clair Manor with manager Mike Pressnall to discuss details for the upcoming special event to be held at the facility on May 13. Standing, left to right: Sue Leisey, President Sally Zeiter, Pressnall, Vivian Foreman, Wavelene Denniston and Kay Seiler. Seated, left to right: Lila Pinney and Sherry Ward. Committee members absent from the photo: JoEllen Melling, Dori Howdieshell and Lyn Bliss. -Lyn Bliss photo 

Midmark Supports March of Dimes Mission

2013 Midmark Ambassador Baby,
Connor Stroh 
VERSAILLES –Midmark teammates have pulled together to champion the March of Dimes. This year the March of Dimes is celebrating 75 years of healthy births. Its mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. It carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies’ lives.

Midmark supported the 75-year milestone by kicking off a fundraising campaign in February to raise $20,000 for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies campaign, which is the largest goal to date. The fundraising includes “jeans weeks”, a coordinated plant sale, online auction, walker monetary donations, t-shirt sales, a vehicle auction and company cookbook. Though the vehicle auction will raise the most funds, the committee’s favorite event was the creation of the company cookbook. Co-chair Margaret Middleton said, “We received around 280 responses from not only Versailles teammates, but also from sales representatives and teammates from Midmark subsidiaries.” Each event contributes greatly in helping us reach the $20,000 goal.

The committee has a strong focus on, not only raising funds, but also the true reason behind the fundraising, babies. All the healthy babies born in the previous year at Midmark get to take their place on the team t-shirt. The committee also chooses an Ambassador Baby that has a connection to Midmark teammates. Connor Stroh holds that honor this year; he is the great-nephew of machinist Mary Lou Nerderman.

The Midmark March for Babies committee includes co-chairs Margaret Middleton and Gloria Meyer along with Denise Dillman, Mitch Eiting, Polly Grow, Karen Herndon, Brenda Heuing, John House, Jennifer Litten, Shannon Schwieterman, Michael Siebenaler, Scott Strait, Alec Thielman, and Georgiana Williams.

This year’s events concluded with the March for Babies walk on April 27.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.

Pre-Diabetes Class Offered

GREENVILLE - Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but lower than the levels associated with the diagnosis of diabetes. Pre-diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. However, by making lifestyle changes, you can reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Fact Sheet estimated in 2010, 79 million Americans aged 20 years or older had pre-diabetes.

Pre-diabetes allows you to make lifestyle changes and reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Uncontrolled blood sugar increases your risk of developing complications including eye disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and other complications.

The Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Education Program invites you to join us for a Pre-Diabetes Class to learn lifestyle changes you can incorporate to improve your health. The class will be held on May 2, 1-3 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Rooms at Wayne HealthCare.

The cost to attend the class is $10. Pre-registration is required. Call 547-5750 to register.

Canner Gauge Testing Time

GREENVILLE-Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce? That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning May 1, through September 30. There is a $5 charge for each gauge tested. You will need to bring in your dial gauge to their office and they will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation. Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. They will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order. OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville, on the north side of Edison State Community College. If you have any questions, call 548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail; discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes. Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. Make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment. Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

French speaks to Republican women

GREENVILLE – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French was the featured speaker at the regular meeting of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC). French was appointed as the 155th Ohio Supreme Court justice by Governor John Kasich on Dec. 20, 2012. She was appointed to begin serving the unexpired term of Justice Evelyn Stratton and began serving Ohio on Jan. 1.

French spoke about some of the experiences during the appointment process and said this is a great time for women in the legal/court system, particularly with this being the first time the Chief Justice of Ohio has been a woman.

“The beauty of the building literally brought tears to my eyes, the first day I entered,” explained French. She noted that information is provided regarding the court, the judicial system, and the education center on the web at http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/. Proceedings of recent cases of interest are archived there. Additionally, the court proceedings may be watched on line live on the Ohio Channel.

French detailed the procedure followed by the court from receipt of a case through issuing its final decision. There are over 1,000 cases submitted annually and they issue 100-120 opinions a year, with 30-50-percent being criminal. The cases they decide to hear are “of great public interest” with cases being prioritized by those involving decisions that conflict between other Ohio courts.

French took numerous questions from the audience following her presentation.

DCRWC will hold its next regularly meeting at 6:30 p.m., May 13, at the St. Clair Mansion. The program will feature Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s Club President Jean Turner and some very special surprise entertainment.

Dinner is available by prior reservation, at a cost of $8 per person (50-cents of which goes to the Caring for America Project, “Honor Flight”. Anyone wishing to join the group at 6:30 p.m. for dinner, may place reservations by calling or emailing Wavelene Denniston, 547-6477 or DCRWRervations@darkegop.org, before noon on May 9. Reservations placed are expected to be paid. As this will be a special meeting, all attendees are expected to dine with the group.

The club is currently on a membership drive and welcomes new members interested in the Darke County community and promoting Republican leadership. Additional information may be obtained by calling President Sally Zeiter, 423-2391 or email DCRWPresident@darkegop.org

Ohio Supreme Court Judith French speaks to the Darke County Republican Women’s Club. 

Apr 28, 2013

CareFlight takes one to hospital after ATV crash; Alcohol may have been involved


DARKE COUNTY - On April 27, 2013 at approximately 10:58 p.m., Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and CareFlight responded to the intersection of Greenville-St. Mary's Road and Burns Road on a report of a 3-wheeler ATV injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki 3-wheeler ATV, operated by Charles Francis, 25, of Versailles was traveling West on Burns Road and struck a guardrail at the intersection of Greenville-St. Mary's Road.  Francis was ejected from the ATV and landed in the water of a steep embankment.  A passerby noticed the crashed ATV and located Francis in the water.

Francis was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital where he is being treated for injuries and listed in stable condition.  Alcohol is suspected in this accident. 

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

Send in pictures of your graduate

GREENVILLE – The Early Bird will be honoring local high school graduates on May 19 with a special section dedicated to the Class of 2013. Parents and/or grandparents are encouraged to send a picture of their graduate, student’s name, school graduating from, and parents’ names.

Pictures and information can be emailed to editor@earlybirdpaper.com with “school graduate” listed in the subject line or drop off or mail to The Early Bird, c/o School Graduate, 5312 Sebring Warner Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 8, 5 p.m.

Courage for Corynna seeks help for Strawser family

GREENVILLE – Family, friends and community members are rallying around Corynna Strawser and her family as the 16-year old Greenville resident faces a life-changing illness. The daughter of Sean and Kristi has been diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease and as the disease has progressed, her condition has worsened.

Corynna spends most of her time confined to a small bedroom surrounded by medical equipment, IV poles, oxygen machine and various other medical components. She is confined to a wheel chair as her muscles have deteriorated to the point that she can no longer navigate her own way. Her digestive system has failed and her heart and lungs have been affected. Her bone marrow is no longer producing enough new blood cells, which requires blood transfusions. She is susceptible to infections and this leads to frequent hospital stays. Because this disease is rare, it has been necessary to travel to the Cleveland Clinic and various other locations to find doctors familiar enough with the disease to provide proper care.

Corynna’s bedroom and the only bathroom in the home are located on the second floor of their small two-story home. In order to get downstairs, it is necessary for her parents to carry her down the stairs; her mother carrying her down on her back when her father is working. Kristi, a registered nurse, is unable to work because she provides 24-hour care to Corynna. The family would like to build a downstairs bedroom and bathroom, but because of the medical expenses and only one income, the finances are not available.

That is why members of the community are stepping up and working to fill the need. Mark Wolf, Greenville Fire Chief, is leading the charge to raise funds, equipment and manpower to construct a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. They have already received many volunteers lending their time and expertise to this project, but more is needed. The Darke County community has responded to the family’s needs in the past and the Courage for Corynna Committee is once again asking for help. Anyone who would like to help with the project by donating time, expertise in various construction areas, materials or monetary assistance can call Wolf, 459-0988 or send donations to Greenville Federal, c/o Courage for Corynna or checks written to Worch Lumber, 36 N. Steffin St., Versailles, Ohio 45380.

Mitochondrial Disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, the organelles that generate energy for the cell. Mitochondria are found in every cell of the human body, except red blood cells. Mitochondria convert the energy of food molecules into the ATP that powers most cell functions. They are critical to cell function. Defects in mitochondrial can vary greatly from person to person. It can affect multiple organs and body functions.

Light Up The Night for Corynna 

GREENVILLE – The community is invited May 10, 9 p.m., to help Light Up The Night – A Benefit for Corynna Strawser. With 400 beautiful lighted lanterns glowing on the pond at the Greenville City Park, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to join them that evening as they show their love and support to this amazing young lady.

They are asking for the community to help by purchasing the paper lanterns for $3. In kind donations of labor as well as donations of supplies are also being accepted. Please stop by Furniture Express on Wagner Avenue or American Title on Broadway to make your donation to help! Lanterns will be sold in the high school lobby from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the first week of May. Funds will be used to build an addition on the Strawser home; giving Corynna a downstairs bedroom and bathroom.

The event will be held at the two center ponds and anyone is welcome to come set up and light the lanterns at 8 p.m. on that date. The scheduled rain date is May 11. They plan to launch 400 lanterns for the Strawser family to show support. For more information, contact Dara Buchy at dbuchy@greenville.k12.oh.us or by calling 5484188 (career tech office).

Early Bird, CNO, Ackley and Bistro will help local youth

GREENVILLE – Celebrated local artist Paul Ackley is once again offering a special showing and sale of his cartoons. The event is being hosted by Bistro Off Broadway and sponsored by Darke County’s local media, The Early Bird and County News Online. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on May 31.

Visitors will be able to purchase Ackley’s original art, signed by the artist, that has been published in the past several months in the Early Bird and on County News Online.

The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund to be used for scholarships for Darke County teens going to college.

A graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Paul Ackley has been an active Editorial Cartoonist for over thirty years. In 2009 and 2010, he was awarded ''Best Editorial Cartoonist'' by the Ohio Associated Press.

In 2010, he received the Good Citizen Award for his Editorial Cartoons from the Ohio House of Representatives. Ackley also has a drawing displayed in House Speaker John Boehner's Washington D.C. office. He is a proud tribal member of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community of Northern Wisconsin.

The Early Bird, under the leadership of Publisher Fred Foutz, is joining County News Online to help meet the needs of local youth heading to college.

“College is an expensive endeavor for kids today,” said CNO Editor Bob Robinson. “We have had an unprecedented number of students asking for assistance, both through the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund and a local fraternal organization for which I’m secretary, Greenville Eagles 2177.”

“They either have to get assistance from grants, local businesses, organizations and individuals or they graduate already saddled with thousands of dollars of debt. Today is a far cry from when most of us were privileged to get a college education,” Robinson added.

The Early Bird is a long-recognized weekly newspaper serving all residents of Darke County. Established in 1968, The Early Bird was purchased in June 2012 by Fred and Keith Foutz of Brothers Publishing Company.

Since 2009, the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $24,000 in scholarships to Darke County students. County News Online, a fundraising arm of SSSF, has provided more than $13,000 of that amount since its inception in 2011.

According to Robinson, this will be the first time two local media sources have partnered to help local youth achieve their college goals.

Ted and Diana Abney, owners of Bistro Off Broadway, have long supported community events and services. This premier restaurant at 117 E. Fifth Street is the Banner supporter of County News Online, providing the initial support CNO needed to begin publication. 2013 is the second year Bistro Off Broadway has been a CNO “Business Sponsor” with a special emphasis toward young people in the 4H program.

Ackley, Greenville’s local celebrity cartoonist, has been the focal point of community service and activities for nearly as long as he has been drawing. A life-long resident, Ackley also has a desire to help deserving Darke County youth achieve their goals.

Check out your favorite cartoons from past issues of The Early Bird and postings of County News Online and bring your checkbook to The Bistro Off Broadway on May 31, beginning at 5:30 p.m. In addition to getting a signed Ackley original, your generosity will help a local teen achieve his or her college goals.

To see Ackley’s CNO offerings, visit www.countynewsonline.org/photoso.html. To view his Early Bird offerings, visit http://bbmopinions.blogspot.com/, click the Opinion tab and search for Paul Ackley.

Teacher of the Year candidates introduced

BY JOY ROSEBERRY 
ASST. MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE—Candidates for the 2013 Teacher of the Year award met for the annual luncheon and interview session on April 19 at the Darke County Educational Service Center. Recognized by Retired Teachers of Darke County representative Ginny Nieport and welcomed by Superintendent Michael E. Gray were the candidates and their sponsors: Ansonia math teacher Jim Robson, sponsored by Bernie Niekamp; Arcanum-Butler math teacher Tim Pfahler, sponsored by Marilyn Graeff; Bradford math teacher Rocco Latina, sponsored by Peggy Zimmer; Franklin Monroe social studies teacher Andy Zimmerman, sponsored by Ginny Nieport; Greenville math teacher Bob Batty, sponsored by Kathlene Nealeigh; Mississinawa Valley instrumental music teacher Audrey Hathaway, sponsored by Mary Carroll Blocher; Tri Village vocal music teacher Kristen Verhoff, sponsored by Rita Mayo; Versailles math and science teacher Cassidy Helman, sponsored by Tim Nealeigh.

Interviewing the candidates were Dr. Dave Dolph, Tracy Thieman, Heather Whittaker and Holly Johnson.

The Darke County Teacher of the Year is sponsored by the Darke County Chapter of Retired Teachers and the Darke County Educational Service Center. The Teacher of the Year will be announced May 21. 

(Row one) Cassidy Helman, Kristen Verhoff, Rocco Latino, Audrey Hathaway; (row two) Jim Robson, Bob Batty, Andy Zimmerman, Tim Pfahler. (Roseberry photo) 


United Nations diplomat speaks at Garst Lecture Series

Jeffrey Feltman 
GREENVILLE – There are not many hometowns that can claim they have a native son who is the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations, New York.

Jeffrey Feltman was born and raised in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School, Ball State University, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy. He is the son of David and Roberta Feltman of Greenville and is married to Mary Draper, director of career development for Foreign Service Personnel.

While in college, Feltman developed an interest in diplomacy and foreign languages and went on to establish a distinguished diplomatic career. His fluency in Arabic, French, and Hungarian, has served him well. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service as Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1986-1987). He then went to Budapest, Hungary (1988-1991) and served during a period of great change for that country. In 1991-1993, Feltman served under Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. He focused on monitoring United States assistance programs in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Feltman served at U.S. Missions in Israel, Tunisia, Iraq, and Lebanon. He most recently served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs with the rank of Senior Career Minister. In this position, he advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on issues related to the Arab world. He also served under Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Upon his retirement from the State Department in 2012, Feltman was appointed to his current position at the United Nations in New York.

Feltman will speak at the Garst Museum’s special lecture series program on May 5, in Greenville. The program begins at 2 p.m. He will give a short presentation and then will open the program to discussion. Here is a chance to ask questions about what it is like to be a diplomat and hear about some of the experiences and people Feltman has encountered. You will find him candid and easy to talk with.

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

Election Board lists polling places for Special Election

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Board of Elections announces the following polling places will be open for the Special Election to be held May 7. Voters are urged to check the following list before Election Day to verify their voting location.

There will be seven voting locations open with nine precincts on May 7, Election Day. Two precincts have been combined with another precinct. The voters in Mississinawa Valley Local School District who reside in the Brown Township and Ansonia Village precinct will be voting at the Jackson Township precinct located at the Mississinawa Valley High School, 1469 State Route 47, Union City. The voters in Marion Local School District who reside in the Wabash & North Star precinct will be voting at the Patterson Township, Osgood & Yorkshire precinct located at the American Legion, 162 S. North St., Osgood.

The following is a complete list of Polling Locations:

ALLEN TWP.

#15 Allen Twp., New Weston & Rossburg Community Hall, 411 E. Main Street, New Weston

BROWN TWP.

#16 Brown Twp. & Ansonia Village Mississinawa Valley School, Concession Area, 1469 St. Rt. 47, Union City

JACKSON TWP.

#25 Union City Village Union City Medical Center, 618 E. Elm St., East Entrance

#26 Jackson Twp. Mississinawa Valley School, Concession Area, 1469 St. Rt. 47, Union City

LIBERTY TWP.

#27 Liberty Twp. & Palestine Church of Christ, 209 Lynn St., Palestine

MISSISSINAWA TWP.

#28 Mississinawa Township Mississinawa Twp. House, 1228 McFeeley--Petry Rd. Fort Recovery

PATTERSON TWP.

#32 Patterson Twp., Osgood & Yorkshire American Legion, 162 S. North St., Osgood

WABASH TWP.

#38 Wabash & North Star Village American Legion, 162 S. North St., Osgood

WASHINGTON TWP.

#39 Washington Township Washington Twp. House, 1573 Wagner Rd., Greenville

The polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m. All voters are reminded to bring identification to the polls which is also a change created by a revision in the Ohio Revised Code. Identification may include a current and valid photo ID; a military ID; drivers license; copy of a current utility bill; bank statement; government check, paycheck, or other government document other than notices sent to you by the Board of Elections. Voters who do not provide one of these documents will still be able to vote by providing the last 4 digits of their social security number and by casting a provisional ballot. Voters who do not have any of the above forms of ID, including a social security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot. Whoever commits election falsification is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.

Anyone having questions regarding the election and the issues on the ballot in their precinct or the exact location of their polling place can call the Darke County Board of Elections, 548-1835 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Board office, located at 300 Garst Avenue, Greenville, will be open the same hours as the polling places on Election Day, May 7.


Two Greenville sites named as Heritage Ohio finalists

GREENVILLE--Heritage Ohio has released the finalists for it’s Annual Awards 2013. 530 South Broadway has been selected for The Best Commercial Rehabilitation Project of 2012. Dennis and Kirsten Berghoff have worked very hard to renovate this historic building. The Berghoff’s have been working on turning this building into a boutique.

Sadie Grace, Inc. has been launched as a trendy spot for 20-30 year olds for women's clothing, accessories and gifts. Their 8 month renovation of the space was a true labor of love that involved their entire family and focused on the history of the building. The two story building is now an attractive addition to the downtown block

St. Clair Memorial Hall has also been chosen as a finalist as The Best Private/Public Partnership for 2012. Memorial Hall, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in May 2012, was awarded a $250,000 grant for façade repairs and exterior restoration by the Ohio Department of Development. This funding was secured through the collaboration of the City of Greenville, Greenville City Schools, Darke County Endowment for the Arts and Main Street Greenville. The matching funds were provided through permanent improvement funds of Greenville City Schools, who owns the building, by Darke County Endowment for the Arts and various fundraisers.

“We are thrilled to have so many different groups working together to secure funding and help restore Memorial Hall,” said Jon McGreevey, Director of Administrative Services for Greenville City Schools. “This funding will ensure Memorial Hall remains a treasure in Darke County.”

This partnership is very impressive and that is why St. Clair Memorial Hall was chosen as a finalist.

Organization hosts 21st annual banquet

BY JOY ROSEBERRY 
ASST. MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE—Annie Sonner, Darke County Shelter from Violence, Inc., coordinator, hosted the organization’s 21st annual banquet on April 8. Guests included a number of county officials, officers of the court, members of law enforcement and those who deal with domestic violence and its aftermath.

Speaker for the evening was Darke County Probation Officer Katy Linkous, who gave an informative presentation on the probation process, zeroing in on HB 86, which allows a judge to offer prison time versus probation; treatment instead of jail.

When people opt for probation, “I give them a list of things to do, literally a ‘to-do” list that they must do,” said Linkous. Elements include receiving treatment and making restitution. Mentors for both men and women are also an important part of the process.

For the women, a program introduced through the Ginghamsburg Church, “Journey to Freedom” is used. Journey to Freedom volunteer Carolyn Garver said the program focuses on body, mind and spirit, offering a commitment to a new lifestyle.

The men are offered a chance to take part in men’s fraternity program led through a men’s group from the Castine Church of the Brethren. The curriculum concerns the relationship between the men and their wives, sons and daughters. The 10 week program allows the offenders to ‘work on a manhood plan.’

Those who successfully complete the program can have the felony tossed, and hopefully, re-enter society as a better person, without the stigma of a felony conviction.
Katy Linkous, Annie Sonner and Becky James, Director of Children Services, Darke County Job and Family Services. (Roseberry photo) 

Main Street Greenville presenting Upper Floor Building Tour

GREENVILLE--Have you ever wondered what is on the upper levels of our historic downtown buildings? If so, you will want to be part of the First Friday Upper Floor Tour on May 3 to see and discover these hidden locations! This amazing tour will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will include four upper floor locations and one bonus location in Downtown Greenville.

The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 120 W. Third St. (current home to Third Street Market & elementsLife), 410 S. Broadway (current home to Brenda’s Beanery), 527 S. Broadway (current home to Montage Café), 613 S. Broadway (current home to Greenville Boy’s and Girl’s Club).

The bonus location is open to the public and no ticket is necessary – Public Square (The City of Greenville Municipal Building located at 100 Public Square).

Pre-sale tickets are $5 each and are available at Sadie Grace, Brenda’s Beanery, Granny's Corner, Bread of Life, or the Main Street Greenville office (2nd story of the Palace Building). Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $8 the evening of the event at any of the five tour stops. Also, since it is “First Friday” downtown businesses will be open late!

Mote and Associates, Inc., a professional design firm specializing in civil engineering and land surveying, sponsor this fourth annual Upper Floor Building Tour. The tour is presented by Main Street Greenville in collaboration with Historic Preservation Month to bring awareness and respect to our environment.

“First Fridays” is a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville-a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts and historic preservation in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or call Amber Garrett (Executive Director), 548-4998.

Apr 27, 2013

March for Babies Walk Raises over $105,000

GREENVILLE - The annual March for Babies was held April 27 in Greenville. Approximately 600 persons walked the five-mile or one-mile family course. Darke County businesses and individuals raised over $105,000 to help research, prevent, and cure birth defects. Shown are some of the scenes from the annual walk.
Greenville Technology, Inc. raised over $41,000 in support of the company's ambassador, Greyson Sigman. Greyson spent 90 days in the Intensive Care Unit at Children's Hospital after he was born.

The March of Dimes Ambassador, Ruth Ann Carity, was recognized prior to the walk.  Her mother noted that when she was born she could have fit in a Velveeta Cheese box.

Walkers stretch-out prior to the walk

Members of the Greenville Senior High Band performed the National Anthem and Greenville fight song prior to the start festivities.

Runners led the pack on the five-mile course.

William LaFramoise and Shawn Daugherty co-chaired this year's event.

May is National Preservation Month

ARCANUM-Citizens in Arcanum will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May. “See it. Save it. Celebrate it.” is the theme of the month-long observance sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will observe Historic Preservation Month by: Open House Kickoff at the Arcanum Historical Society, formally Becks Hotel, at 123 West George Street on May 4, 9-12 p.m. The open house will feature a display on the restoration of the historical society’s house. There will also be a presentation on May 9, 7 p.m., same location, on The First Five Children of Founder William Gunder. The presentation will be given by Gunder’s grandson, William. To see the founders and family graves, visit the Ithaca Cemetery, located off State Route 503 north of Ithaca.

Old Fashioned Days is May 17, 18, and 19. The society will feature a “Spring Fling” sale featuring bird house and garden decorations as well as all kinds of chairs and a bake sale. Hours are: May 17, 4–9 p.m. and May 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. They will feature different old homes, businesses, and farms in the community in two display cases at the Arcanum Public Library.

Arcanum and Wayne Trail, located in Southwestern Ohio offers house tours, rotating displays, and a reference library. Open the first saturday morning of the month or by appointment. Several Darke County organizations (Main Street Greenville, The Friends of Bear’s Mill, Greenville Public Library, Bradford Public Library, Historical Society of Bradford, Bradford Railroad Museum, Garst Museum, Union City Preservation Society and Versailles Historical Society and Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society) have banned together to encourage our community to “See it. Save it. Celebrate it.”

Edison SBDC offers free eBay workshop

PIQUA-The Small Business Development Center at Edison Community College is offering an eBay workshop on May 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m room #505 at 1973 Edison Drive, Piqua. This session provides hands-on demonstration of establishing an eBay store. Topics covered will include how to list products for sale, the difference between Buy it Now and Auction, eBay data analysis, auction status, shipping charges, sales thresholds, and more. For information or to register call the Edison SBDC at 381-1525.

Wildflowers of Ohio Author to Speak

GREENVILLE--Robert Henn, author of Wildflowers of Ohio and nature enthusiast, will offer an informative program on wildflowers on May 4, 1 p.m., at Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. After the program indoors, Bob will lead us into the woods and we will discover what spring wildflowers are blooming on this May afternoon. The program will not only cover wildflower ID, but also the importance of wildflowers in a healthy environment. Whether you are a wildflower “buff” yourself or just occasionally enjoy scanning the forest floor for pops of color, this program will not disappoint. Pre-Registration is required by calling 548-0165. Copies of his book will be available for purchase.

Massage therapist to speak at upcoming CADC group meeting

GREENVILLE-- The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold their monthly support group meeting on May 2, 7 p.m., at Wayne HealthCare on the third floor in the Conference Room.

Guest speaker Jackie Dawson, from Massage on Main, will be sharing information about the benefits of massage and other types of therapy for cancer patients and those with different health issues. Jackie is a graduate of SHI Integrative Medical Massage School in Lebanon. She completed 750 hours of study and passed the Ohio State Medical Board in January of 2005, completing in-service at Heartland here in Greenville. She holds certificates in additional modalities, including Craniosacral and Alexander Technique and is a member of the AMTA. Her forte lies in caring communication with her patients.

A life-long resident of Greenville, her career was founded on four and a half years at the Brethren Home, working in the extended care facility. After graduation from SHI, she oversees the current clinic at the corner of Martin and Ohio Streets, seeing it grow from two licensed therapists to five and a reflexologist.

She has spoken to various churches and local groups such as A.I.M., Alzheimer’s Association and groups for the legally blind. She is a believer in educating the public to the benefits of massage therapy and schools with graduates interested in massage therapy have been included in her venue along with local health fairs.

The clinic offers a full range of services including but not limited to: Swedish, Trigger Point, Myofascial, Craniosacral, Hot Stone, Touch Pro, Hydrotherapy, Raindrop, Sports Massage, Reflexology and Energy work. “We are a holistic facility and believe mind, body and spirit need to be treated as a whole.”

Cancer survivors, patients, families and those concerned about cancer patients are invited to attend.

The Cancer Association is affiliated with United Way and is supported by many generous donors in the area. Currently the corporate sponsors are: Diane Evans Insurance Agency, Francis Furniture of Greenville, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Inc., Osgood State Bank, Second National Bank, Leis Realty Family Health and Fifth Third Bank of Greenville. (If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor, please contact the office for details.)

All donations are appreciated no matter how large or small and are used to help cancer patients in Darke County.

For questions, contact Christine Yount, Exec. Director, 548-9960, or email director@cadcinfo.org.

Log House Open Saturdays in May

GREENVILLE--Bring the family out for a time warp back to the early 1800’s and visit with our period-dressed volunteers every Saturday in May from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Log House. Try your hand at some pioneer games and skills. Be “careful” or you may even have to help with the daily “chores.” Mark your calendars for Saturday afternoons and sit a “spell” at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Log House, 4267 State Route 502 West. The Nature Center will also be open for visitors from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the trails are open from Sunrise to Sunset! For more information, call 548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org

Library To Host Free Historic Tour

GREENVILLE--The Greenville Public Library will host a free tour on May 3 at 5:15 p.m. This tour is in conjunction with the Main Street Greenville's “Upper Floor Tour” that begins at 6 p.m. Interested people can see the Library first with plenty of time to attend the tour downtown. The Library, in partnership with Main Street Greenville, hosts its own event every “First Friday” according to the theme for that month.

These tours are part of Historic Preservation Month. The Library underwent extensive renovation and expansion a few years ago while maintaining its historic beauty and heritage. Even though the Library was built in 1910 with grants from Andrew Carnegie and the Greenville Schools, the “extras” came from Henry & Ella St. Clair.

The St. Clair’s generous donations added to the Library’s size, beauty, and extensive book collections of the time – including the marble stairwell, the stained glass windows, and the imported statues. So stop into the Library at 5:15 p.m. and learn about the building’s design and decor, the story of its creation and renovation, and the people involved! 

Stained glass windows and imported statues add to the library’s beauty.(submitted photo) 
  

It’s time for Summer Club at the YMCA

GREENVILLE--If you are looking for safe, fun, school-age childcare for summer, you can find it at your Y! Summer Club is for children currently in Kindergarten-5th grades, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning May 28. You can enroll your child for the whole summer or just the weeks you need! You also have the option of purchasing a part-time pass for the morning hours (6:30 a.m.-noon) or the afternoon hours (12:30 -6 p.m.)

Attendees will be provided a nutritious breakfast and lunch served with milk, or you may pack lunch if you prefer. The days are filled with a variety of structured activities and field trips, open gym time, and daily pool time. During class times, kids can choose activities from a menu of options, such as flag football, wallyball or basketball, tumbling and trampoline skills, cheer and jump skills, cooking or science class. They can also try Spanish class, cartooning, ZumbAtomic, which is a kid-friendly exercise class, or Reader's Theater, where they will act out stories.

Summer Club Director Megan Foster, who has a degree in Music Education, says she is excited to bring some music-based activities to the program this year. In Bucket Drumming, students will learn to properly strike with sticks, create basic rhythm patters and learn to play drums with varying sized buckets. Music and Movement is another class that will engage students’ imaginations through creative movement and active learning while exploring basic elements of music.

Mat Weaving is also new this year. This class will show students how to create a plastic mat by crocheting plastic shopping bags together. It was learned from a local mat ministry that makes and distributes the mats as sleeping pads to those in need. Students can keep their mat at the end of class or donate it to the ministry.

Foster says, “I’m looking forward to having kids participate in a wider variety of activities this year. They’ll be actively engaged for a good part of the day but will still have free time to socialize or just relax.”

Many of these summer classes are also available to members and non members alike. Registration information will be sent home through the schools. If you would like to participate, get registered early, as these classes are limited in size.

Registration Packets for Summer Club are available at the front desk at the Greenville Y. Financial assistance is available. Questions can be directed to Megan Foster at 548-3777 or at mfoster@ymcadarkecounty.org.

For more information about membership or programs, visit us online at www.ymcadarkecounty.org or call the Y at 548-3777.

Bear’s Mill celebrates Spring and National Historic Preservation Month

GREENVILLE--To kick off National Historic Preservation Month, The Friends of Bear’s Mill, Inc. will be hosting their annual Spring Open House on May 4 and 5, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Mill Store is well-stocked for the spring season with a wide selection of home décor, kitchen accessories, gourmet products and women’s jewelry and accessories. Shoppers will enjoy special discounts from a grab bag of offerings and a special sales table on the second floor.

In the Mill Gallery will be a special art exhibition in celebration of Historic Preservation Month and a collaborative event between Bear’s Mill and Staley Mill Farm & Indian Creek Distillery. Watercolor paintings of the historic Staley Mill Farm by the late Roger Haas – on loan from Missy Duer, will accompany soda fired clay works by four local potters: Julie Clark, Dionne Fleming, Rita Wiley and Loretta Wray. The art of the whiskey vessel includes works of both historical and modern interpretations of whiskey flasks, jugs, and bottles, decanters, shot glasses, whiskey cups and flights. This exhibit will remain on display during normal business hours through May 26.

“New and exciting products are coming in daily in time for Mother’s Day and other gift-giving occasions” stated Julie Clark, retail manager. “We invite the public and visitors to come out and take a walk on the beautiful grounds and a self-guided tour through the historic mill. Enjoy the nature and history that surrounds this special place.”

The Friends of Bear’s Mill, Inc. keep the Mill open to the public through individual and corporate donations, grants, an educational tour program, Mill Store & Gallery sales and several special events that generate interest in and visitation to the historic site.

Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about five miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 548-5112 or on the web at www.bearsmill.com.

Annie’s Wild Raffle tickets now available

DARKE COUNTY--Annie Oakley and her husband owned a dog named Dave. Dave was a member of their family in the truest sense of the word. Everywhere Annie went Dave went too.

This year, Annie and Dave are on the road again, selling tickets for the 2013 Annie’s Wild Raffle and Wild West Gala to be held on June 8, at the Garst Museum 205 N. Broadway, Greenville. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be food, a silent auction, a live auction, raffles, door prizes and lots of fun!

As part of the Gala, Annie and Dave will host Annie’s Wild Raffle. Prizes for Annie’s Wild Raffle will be: a weekend (accommodations only) in a beautiful three bedroom log cabin located in Black Bear Falls resort just outside of Gatlinburg donated by Cindy and Tom Scott-Tom Scott Seed Service, an iPad, and Bose Quiet Comfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. Winning tickets will be drawn at the event, however winners need not be present to win.

Tickets for Annie’s Wild Raffle are $5 each and can be purchased from the Garst Museum or by calling 548-5250. Tickets for the Gala event are $12 in advance or at the door. You do not have to be present to participate in the raffle.

All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum.

Annie and Dave (submitted photo) 

Apr 26, 2013

GJHS Vocal Music Dept. Presents ‘Spring Sing 2013’

GREENVILLE--The Greenville Junior High Vocal Music Department, under the direction of Pamela Graves, will present their spectacular annual “Spring Sing” Concert on May 2, 7 p.m., in memorial Hall.

The Seventh Grade Choirs will be singing: “Zum Gali Gali” “Wayfarin’ Stranger” “Drive My Car” and “Ease on Down the Road.” The Eighth Grade Choirs will be performing: “Firework” “Climbin’ Up the Mountain” “Monday, Monday” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” The entire company will combine to sing: “Ol Dan Tucker.” Both the Seventh and Eighth Grade Women’s Chorus and Eighth Grade Men will perform featured numbers.

Admission is free and doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.

MercyMe will headline Illumination Festival

BY RYAN BERRY 
MANAGING EDITOR 
GREENVILLE – MercyMe has been named the headliner for the 2013 Illumination Festival on Sept. 22, at the Darke County Fairgrounds. This is the seventh year for the event that has featured such artists as Toby Mac, Newsboys, Jeremy Camp, Big Daddy Weave, and Sanctus Real.

MercyMe was founded in Greenville, Texas and features the vocals of Bart Millard. The group has had great success in the past with songs like “I Can Only Imagine,” “Word of God Speak,” “So Long Self,” “Bring the Rain,” and most recently “Move.” All of those songs and several others have hit the top spot on various charts. Their most recent CD, The Hurt & The Healer, was released May 22, 2012 and debuted at No. 7 on the US Billboard 200 Chart. Since forming in 1994, the group has earned eight Dove Awards and numerous Grammy Award nominations.

The Illumination Festival was expanded to a two-day event last year with a youth worship service the night prior to the main concert. The committee will soon announce the speaker for this event, additional bands for the main concert and ticket information. Keep watching The Early Bird and listening to Joy FM for more information.

Booker resumes history tours

GREENVILLE – Bill Booker will resume his Greenville-Union Cemetery and the Downtown and Adjacent Historic Homes Tours beginning in May. The tours last approximately 95-minutes with brief rest stops. The tours will be held rain or shine (except storm conditions). The tours are fee, but free will donations are accepted.

Spring tours are as follows: (Broadway tours leave from the picnic table at the City Building and Cemetery tours leave from the main archway, all at 6 p.m.)

The East Side of Broadway and Historic Homes, May 7 and 21

The West Side of Broadway and Historic Homes, May 14 and 28

Cemetery Tours, May 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Fall tours will be announced this summer.

Benefit for Sarah Hackett

BRADFORD – A fundraising benefit has been set up for Sarah Hackett. Join friends, co-workers and family as they assist her as she battles a rare, soft tissue cancer.

The benefit will be held May 5, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 401 E. Walnut St., Bradford. Sunday dinner will be served, and silent auction and 50-50 raffle will be held. The menu includes chicken and noodles or fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 11 and under. Drinks and desserts are not included.

All proceeds will be used for medical and travel expenses to and from The Cleveland Clinic.

For monetary donations and silent auction items, contact Norma Kenworthy (Sarah’s sister), 448-2569.

Little Miss Poultry Days entries accepted

VERSAILLES – The Little Miss Poultry Days Contest will be held June 14, 6:30 p.m., in the old high school gymnasium. Entry forms are currently being accepted for this year’s contestants.

To be eligible, contestants must be between 4-6 years of age as of June 14. Contestants on the court in previous years will not be eligible to participate. Entries are selected on a first received basis from postmarked entries. Contestants are limited to 30 participants. Those unable to participate in next year’s contest due to age limit will have preference if more than allotted entries are received on the same day. Contestants will be notified of their acceptance. There is a $20 entry fee.

Attire should represent the traditional Poultry theme or this year’s theme of “Poultrystock.” Contestants will be judged on Attire (25-percent originality of design and 25-percent appropriate to poultry/theme) and 50-percent on personality, poise and ability to speak.

Little Miss Poultry Days 2013 will receive a $100 cash prize. First runner-up receives $75 and second runner-up receives $50. Each participant will receive a flower, trophy and the opportunity to ride in the Poultry Days Parade.

Entries should include the participants name, age, date of birth, parents’ full name(s), address, phone, email, specific preference of communication (mail or email), brothers and sisters (include ages), and answer the following – The silliest thing I ever did was -. The signature of the parent or guardian is also needed to give permission for the child’s name and photo be used in conjunction with the Versailles Poultry Days Festival whether in print or internet publications.

Mail entries and the fee to Kim Hecht, 8700 Althoff Road, Yorkshire, Ohio 45388. Checks are to be made payable to Kim Hecht. For more information or to receive an entry form, contact Hecht at 423-1326.

T-V Kindergarten Registration set

NEW MADISON – Tri-Village Elementary School is announcing the kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year. Registration packets are available at the office, daily, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you cannot come during this time frame, call the elementary to make arrangements for you to receive the necessary information. All students must be registered by May 1.

Children being registered for kindergarten must be five years of age by Aug. 1, 2013 in order to be eligible for enrollment. Parents should bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate (must be original) and custody papers (if applicable). Please plan on spending a few minutes completing the necessary paperwork.

For more information, contact 996-1511 and ask for Natalie Malott, elementary secretary.

Homeowners could qualify for tax break

GREENVILLE – Are you receiving the 2 1/2-percent Rollback Reduction on your Real Estate Taxes? Carol Ginn, Darke County Auditor, is announcing that homeowners of Residential and Agricultural Real Estate Properties who did not receive the 2 1/2-percent Rollback Reduction on their 2012 tax statements have until the first Monday in June to file and application for the reduction.

To determine if you received the 2 1/2-percent Rollback Reduction, check your tax statement. If an amount appears on the 2.5-percent ROLLBACK Line, the reduction has been granted. No yearly renewal is required unless you moved or sold the property.

To qualify for the reduction, you must own and live in the home as of Jan. 1, 2013. The reduction will be allowed on the home, garage and one acre or less, regardless of acres owned.

Manufactured Home (not taxed as real estate), rental properties and bare land are not eligible. However, owners of Manufactured Home taxed as Real Estate and owned by the occupants are eligible to apply. Also, homeowners who have constructed new homes last year would be able to apply if they moved into their homes before Jan. 1, 2013.

Homeowners who did not receive the 2 1/2-percent Rollback Reduction, but are eligible to apply, may obtain an application at the Darke County Auditor’s Office, Courthouse, Greenville, or from the website, www.darkecountyrealestate.org under Forms and select DTE105C.

If more information is needed, call 547-7311 or 547-7317 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Auxiliary gives gun locks and reflectors

GREENVILLE –Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7262 of Greenville recently donated gun locks and bike reflectors to the Greenville City Police Department. VFW Auxiliary President Gail Snyder took the items to Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts, whom Snyder said, “…was tickled to get them and said the program they do with the FFA for gun safety will surely appreciate the hardware.”

Ladies Auxiliary to VFW is a service organization specializing in serving the needs of U.S. Veterans. The local group has a membership of over 300 ladies and does many special projects over the course of each year. For more information regarding the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW, contact President Gail Snyder, 548-9143.

Apr 25, 2013

FM PRESENTS SENIOR CLASS PLAY

PITSBURG – The senior class of Franklin Monroe High School rehearses a scene from their upcoming production of "Dracula: The Twilight Years," a whimsical spoof presented in two acts. A group of students trekking through Europe has lost their way and find themselves unknowingly spending the night in the castle of Count Dracula! Wouldn’t you know, it’s even a full moon! The Tim Kelly comedy will be presented in the Franklin Monroe auditorium on May 4 and 5, 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. each evening and tickets are $5 each. The Class of 2013 invites the public to join them for an evening of ghoulish laughter and hilarious antics.

GHS invites senior citizens

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Senior High School is inviting Darke County senior join them on May 8 for a luncheon celebrating Senior Citizens Day. Seniors will be invited to enjoy musical performances, door prizes and a catered lunch.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Greenville Senior High Gymnasium. The event is free.

For reservations or more information, contact Carol by May 4, 548-4188, ext. 255.

Spirit Medical Transport will provide complimentary transportation for persons needing a ride.

The event is sponsored by Greenville High School Student Council, Sterling House/Brookdale Senior Living, and Spirit Medical Transport

Versailles Area Historical Society needs help

VERSAILLES – In preparation for its Grand Opening, the Versailles Area Historical Society is redoing many displays and adding new ones!

Items being sought include:

* Icebox from the early 1900’s and any kitchen items used for canning and gardening for the same period.

* Small pup tent used for scouting as well as other scouting equipment and early uniforms (1940’s period). Also needed are pictures from those great trips through the years.

* Additional rail road items associated with the area and the Big Four/C.H.&D.

* Items from the Snyder/Ward hotel, including an ice cream table and chair set from the Ward Drug Store Soda Fountain.

* Items made and sold at Poultry Days in the early years as well as Poultry history in general.

* Small set of locker room type lockers (preferably from the old 1927 school and a locker room bench.

* One room school house items (stool, coal bucket, teacher’s small desk) and 1952 high school lab table with stools and equipment.

* Early barber equipment.

The society is grateful for any help and all items may be placed on loan.

Sponsors are needed to assist in the cost of completing the permanent display of the historic town fire.

Anyone with items or questions may contact Jim Kelch, 526-4271. They are very excited about the new offerings and can’t wait to show off their work in June.

Town & Country Players present The Wedding Singer

VERSAILLES – Versailles Towne & Country Players proudly present the Broadway hit musical comedy “The Wedding Singer.” This production will be held at the multi-million dollar Versailles Performing Arts Center on May 30, 31, and June 6 and 8, 7 p.m. and June 9, 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale May 1 and are $10 each. Tickets are available by calling 507-1513.

Based on the blockbuster film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, “The Wedding Singer” takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

It's 1985, and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart, played by Versailles native Ken DeMange, is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancé leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous (yet hilarious) as his own. Enter Julia, played by Lynn Blakeley of Versailles, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a lifetime, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

This show consists of a large cast who promises to deliver high-energy performances that will be “LIKE, TOTALLY AWESOME”! Join them for a trip back to the 80’s with this upbeat musical comedy.

Friends of the Shelter plan garage sale

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a Garage Sale on May 2 and 3, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and May 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at 6026 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road, Greenville (1 mile south of the Mill, look for Freddie and the Animal Shelter banner). All proceeds will be used to maintain the new Dog Park “Scentral Park”, south of the Animal Shelter on County Home Road, Greenville.

Some of the items include a Woman’s 26” bike, Man’s 26” bike, new Ohio State men’s long winter coat, new Ohio State Bomber Jacket, new Columbia barn coat, Major League Baseball tee shirts, KitchenAid toaster, table lamp, child’s antique walnut single bed, Premier Design earrings, Majolica pottery, highboy dresser, end table and coffee maker.

GHS’s fifth annual Alumni Open House set for May 6

GREENVILLE – The Greenville High School Alumni Association will hold its fifth annual Open House, May 6, Greenville High School Cafeteria. Memories from throughout the high school’s history will be shared on this evening. There will be something of interest for everyone that attends. The Open House is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. This is alumni committee’s way of staying in touch with the many thousands of GHS graduates. Come and visit with old friends.

Attendees will receive a free disk on a first come, first served basis with class composite pictures from 1950 to 2006, scanned copies of all Commencement programs, obituaries of over 170 former GHS teachers, and pictures from the yearbooks.

There are over 200 tri-fold cardboard displays that have copies of pictures of all 18,000+ senior pictures in the 102 years of the Chief yearbooks (1911-2012), along with classes, activities, sports, reunions, etc. that all GHS former students will remember. There will also be free handouts of things you remember about your days at GHS. Anything pictured on a display board can be e-mailed to anyone with a computer at no charge.

The journals of Eugene Phelps will also be available to view on that evening. The journals include information on all GHS graduates from 1873 until he died in 1987. He made many notes about individuals from information pertaining to marriage and other life changing events from newspaper reports.

A few copies of a book of lists that Dick Brown made up this year charting senior class officers, Homecoming courts, Proms and Courts, Valedictorians, Salutatorians, Raudabaugh winners, Athletic Hall of Fame, Career Tech Hall of Fame, Head ushers, National Honor Society presidents, and more is also available.

The alumni committee has books for sale about the first 12 years of GHS Alumni Newsletters, with copies of all the first 24 newsletters (2 per year).

You do not have to be a graduate of GHS to attend. It is open to anyone who has an interest in Greenville High School and its history. This is a walk through event and persons can come and leave as desired. Some have brought lawn chairs to sit and chat with old friends. Come and stay as long as you wish and revisit your history. For more information, contact Dick Brown, GHS Alumni President, 548-9895.

Did you know the history of the GHS buildings? The original high school was in the West School, built in 1868 where the Memorial Hall is today. The first class graduated in 1873 with seven girls and three boys. There was no graduation class in 1874. In 1875, only three girls graduated. The first class to have 20 graduates was 1897. In 1909 the West School structure was moved to the current Junior High School building location. The vacated space was used for the construction of the St. Clair Memorial Hall (1910 to 1912 dedication). The West School building was torn down in 1922 to make way for the “new” high school building, which opened in 1924, and used as the high school until 1962. The current High School building was finished in September 1962, and is still in use today.

Over 100 years of pictures and information will be available at the GHS Alumni Open House. Shown here is the 2004 Homecoming Court, 1976 Wavettes and East School teachers from 1951. 



The Gathering will highlight county’s towns and villages

GREENVILLE – Planning is well underway for the third Gathering at Garst in Greenville. On July 27 and 28, The Darke County Historical Society will welcome thousands of visitors to the grounds of Garst Museum during this highly anticipated event.

This year's theme "Reflecting on the History of Darke County Towns and Villages," will remind visitors that there's "No Place Like Home." Representatives from Arcanum, Union City, Versailles, Gettysburg, Palestine, and Hollansburg are busy planning their exhibit that will be displayed in a large tent showcasing their history. A sample booth has been set up at Garst Museum to provide them an example of how to put their exhibit together.

If you would like to participate and see your town or village represented in this exhibit, contact Sue Besecker, 417-6038 or email suebee848@gmail.com. Inquires can also be sent to info@gatheringatgarst.com. Representatives are welcome to stop in Garst Museum during regular business hours to pick up more information and to see the sample booth.

A sample booth is on display at Garst Museum for towns and villages interested in participating in the event.

Apr 24, 2013

Bears Mill and Staley Mill and Distillery will be featured

GREENVILLE – In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, historic sites Bear's Mill and Staley Mill Farm and Distillery are hosting a collaborative fund-raising event on May 4 and May 18. “Mills and Stills” will feature informational tours of both sites plus whiskey tastings, food and music; additionally, the Gallery at Bear's Mill will be exhibiting watercolors of Staley Mill Farm painted by the late Roger Haas plus new pottery that recalls the art of the whiskey vessel. A map outlining the scenic route between the two venues is included in the ticket price. Hours for the event are from 5-9 p.m. both evenings.

At Bear's Mill, event attendees will be invited to enjoy docent-led tours of the fully operational mill, as well as grinding demonstrations illustrating how grain has been ground on the historic French buhr stones ever since the Mill's founding in 1849. On May 4, entertainment will be provided by “Brian K and the Vixen,” a duo comprised of two award-winning musicians, Brian Keith Wallen on guitar and vocals, and Alexis Klosinski on drums. Bluegrass/folk quartet “Ludlow” will perform on May 18; ensemble members are Jeff Rutledge picking the mandolin, Jim Martinson on guitar, Peter Miklos playing dobro and guitar, and Greg Kambitch on banjo, guitar, penny whistle and harmonica. Their tight vocal harmonies have entertained Miami Valley audiences for several decades.

“The Art of the Whiskey Vessel” will display the work of local potters Julie Clark, Dionne Fleming, Rita Wiley and Loretta Wray who have crafted their unique interpretations of whiskey flasks, jugs, bottles, decanters, canteens, shot glasses, and whiskey cups. The watercolors by renowned Tipp City artist Roger Haas on display at Bear's Mill are from the collection of Missy Duer, a descendant of the founders of Staley Farm, who with her husband Joe, now operates Staley Mill Farm and Indian Creek Distillery.

Staley Mill, Ohio's oldest standing grist mill, will also be open for tours during the “Mills and Stills” event. Additionally, Indian Creek Distillery, a new facility utilizing the original pot stills of the original 1820 distillery known throughout the frontier for its storied rye whiskey, will offer tours and tastings throughout both evenings. These amazing examples of early American industry reflect the treasured history and heritage resonating at Staley Mill Farm.

A mix of sweet and savory appetizers will be available at both sites. Mini-sandwiches, crudites with dip, gourmet cheese and crackers, and finger savories including foccacia, spinach squares, plus fresh fruit and sweets are included in the diverse menu.

Tickets for “Mills and Stills” are $35, and are available at Bear's Mill and Staley Mill Farm's Indian Creek Distillery. Deadline for purchasing tickets for the May 4 event is April 27; tickets for May 18 will remain available until May 11.

Bear's Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road, Greenville; Staley Mill Farm and Distillery's address is 7095 Staley Road, New Carlisle. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 548-5112 or Staley Mill Farm and Distillery at 846-1443.

Bears Mill 

Staley Mill 

What was up there? tour set for May 4

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Area Historical Society will be taking part in this year’s annual National Historic Preservation Month celebration with its “What was up There?” tour of five fascinating buildings that give history of what was on the second and in one case third floors in downtown Versailles.

The tour will be hosted on May 4. Groups will gather, rain or shine, in the village square with one group leaving at noon and the second group at 3 p.m. Each will last approximately two hours. Light refreshments will be served in the Masonic Dining Room and a question and answer session will be held.

The cost is $8 for Versailles Area Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. Guests will have guided tours of five historic buildings, including the Marker Building, now the home of Living Waters Ministry, La Moine Hall (former home of The Versailles Policy), Opera House (above Tom Magoto’s State Farm), Knights of Columbus Hall, first library, old telephone switch board, (all above the Floor Store & More and House of Flowers) and Versailles Masonic Lodge (located above Nancy O’s).

Make reservations by calling the museum answering machine, 526-4222 and leave your name if you are a member, how many tickets and if you want tour one or two.

The Annie Moses Band at Bearcreek Farms

BRYANT, IN-Bearcreek Farms is happy to announce an appearance of The Annie Moses Band at the ‘Goodtimes Theatre’ on June 1st.

The Annie Moses Band is a Christian family of Juilliard trained musicians and award winning songwriters dedicated to virtuosity in the arts. Led by lead singer/violinist, Annie Wolaver, the Band includes her six siblings, Alex, viola, Benjamin, cello, Camille, harp/keyboard, Gretchen, violin/mandolin, and Jeremiah, on guitar and banjo. Add the veteran song writing talents of their parents, Bill and Robin Wolaver, and you have a dynamic group with roots in classical, pop, and jazz. Together, they are leading an artistic renaissance in the Church through musical excellence, strength of family, and a message of faith, inspiring all generations to join in the discipline, beauty, and excitement of highly skilled musicianship.

The Annie Moses Band appears at the ‘Goodtimes Theatre’ at Bearcreek Farms on June 1st with shows at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and $15. Over-night lodging packages and meal & show packages are available. For reservations or additional information, call Bearcreek Farms, 260-997-6822, or visit www.bearcreekfarms.com.

 
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