May 31, 2013

Memorial Walk for Jaxin Steward

ANSONIA - The family of Jaxin Alexander Steward is hosting the second Annual Jaxin Steward Memorial Walk. The walk will be held on June 22 at the Ansonia Church of God shelter house beginning at 9 a.m. The walk is approximately 2.5 miles as it winds through the streets of Ansonia ending at the Ansonia Cemetery on St. Rt. 47 at the east edge of the city limits.

“Jaxin’s Cause” came about as a way to honor Jaxin Alexander Steward’s very short life. Jaxin, the youngest son of Ashley McCleskey, died at the age of four months 19 days as the direct result of bed sharing with an adult. Jaxin smothered. The pain of losing an infant was compounded by the fact that his death was completely preventable. The use of a pack and play, a bassinet or a crib would have saved his precious life. The family hopes that by sharing Jaxin’s story, other families will be spared the pain of this type of loss. The funds raised by the “Jaxin Steward Memorial Walk” help spread the word. The family is working with the Darke County Health Dept. “Help Me Sleep” program to identify families who cannot afford cribs for their babies. It is the hope of the family to provide pack and plays to these families and in turn save more lives.

Donations being accepted are items for a silent auction/raffle, cash donations, sponsors for the tshirts, bottled water, snacks and paper goods. Sponsors for the event are asked for a $50 donation to assist with the cost of putting on the event. They currently have an Amish Food Basket, Dayton Dragons Tickets, Harley Davidson Grill, Ohio State Items, gift cards for local restaurants, lube and oil changes from local car dealers and much, much more! Registration can be done by downloading the registration form online at For information call Renea at 937-467-3732 or Ashley at 937-564-6254.

Any donations or registrations can be sent to: Jaxin’s Cause c/o Ashley McCleskey 201 Central Ave. Greenville, Ohio 45331

Gala celebrates 125th anniversary of school

GREENVILLE – St. Mary’s Catholic School, founded in 1888, is holding a gala at the St. Clair Manor on June 15, in celebration of its 125th anniversary. Music, hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be offered in a bistro setting at the St. Clair Manor and grounds beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person and $600 will hold a reserved table for 8. All proceeds will benefit the St. Mary’s School Scholarship Fund.

The St. Clair Manor, 224 E. Third St., Greenville, is a beautiful setting for a summer party. Mike Jones, owner and alumnus of St. Mary’s, and his wife Sherri, pre-school coordinator, have restored and enhanced the beautiful Victorian manor. The newly improved grounds will feature dancing under the white lawn tent located on the west side of the manor. Frohna and Warner will provide music for listening and dancing.

A tempting selection of food choices prepared by Montage will be served at stations located throughout the grounds and main floor of the Manor. Select beers and wine will be available during the evening as well.

For a very special evening in an exceptional setting, purchase tickets at Montage, 527 S. Broadway, Greenville, by calling Chris Detling at St. Mary’s School, 548-2345, Manor Host Mike Pressnall, or from any of the following St. Mary’s School Board members: Duane Dostie, Becky Gibson, Rich Hadden, Larry Holmes, Teresa Hunt, Chris Pope, John Marchal, Bill Rammel, and Rev. John White.

Organizers for St. Mary’s Schools Summer Soirée include Mike Pressnall, manor host, Aaron Cox, Montage Catering, Chris Detling, school secretary, Michelle Cox, Montage Catering, and Joy Marchal, committee chair.

Local vets plan Battle of Midway program

VERSAILLES – On June 7, veterans of the Versailles VFW/American Legion will host an educational evening at their facility, 106 S. Center St., Versailles. The event is open to the public of all ages. Children are especially urged to attend. The program will acknowledge the Doolittle Raiders renowned role in WWII air attacks and also the battle of Midway which occurred 71 years ago on June 4, 1942.

The Battle of Midway was one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II. Japan chose Midland, a tiny island a thousand miles from Hawaii to extend their defensive perimeter. The Japanese had most of their Imperial Fleet into the battle. Their plans were to feint toward Alaska followed by an invasion of Midway knowing the U.S. Pacific Fleet would arrive at Midway to respond to the invasion. The Japanese would surprise and outnumber the US, since their fleet could not be seen from the West. If Japan was successful, the plan would eliminate the U.S. Pacific Fleet and provide a forward outpost from which the Japanese could eliminate any future American threat in the Central Pacific. U.S. intelligence broke the Japanese naval code, anticipating the surprise attack.

During the four day sea and air battle, the outnumbered US Pacific Fleet was successful in destroying four Japanese carriers, a heavy cruiser, and 270 aircraft, while the US lost only one carrier and 130 aircraft. Japan’s losses equalized the American’s sea power and marked the turning point in the Pacific theater of WWII.

The evening offers the public a chance to learn about pivotal WWII history, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and share comments in an interesting, entertaining and open manner. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the opening ceremony taking place at 8 p.m. The program will include an enlightening video, trivia, a salute to the fallen and information on the Wounded Warrior Project. Prizes will be awarded during the trivia segment. The club will have brats, hotdogs and beverages available. Everyone is invited to tell their personal stories and socialize after the program.

This is the second such educational program presented by the VFW Post #3849 and American Legion Post #435. Last December they conducted a successful program concerning Pearl Harbor.

Veterans interested in joining either of these clubs may reach VFW Commander Tim Wagner, 526-3515, or American Legion Commander Roger Henry, 622-0343. There is also an American Legion Auxiliary; for those interested, contact President Mary Barga, 526-4687.

Randolph Co. Tea Party meets June 6

WINCHESTER, IN – The Randolph County Tea Party will meet on June 6, 6:30 p.m., at the Moose Lodge, 181 North Middle School Road, Winchester, IN. The topic for this meeting is the Affordable Health Care Act (Obamacare), the health care side of the issue. Guest speakers are Craig Kinyon, Reid Hospital CEO and family practitioners Kenneth Sowinski MD and Daniel Wegg MD, also anesthesiologist Theresa Sowinski MD.

The Randolph County Tea Party held its regular meeting on May 16, at the Moose Lodge in Winchester. The program for the evening was a review and update on the topics covered so far in 2013. Topics revisited were the conservative movement, Agenda 21, gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment, limited government, also what is ahead for 2013, and plans for 2014.

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 visit their new web site.

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

Workshop Learning Center is moving

GREENVILLE – The Workshop Learning Center is moving to its new location at 732 Jackson in Greenville. The Workshop currently offers private music lessons, academic tutoring and a part-time preschool. “Our new location will allow us to better serve our current students and expand to offer additional programs,” says director Michelle Drees. The new location will open June 3 with individual sessions and June 10 for group classes.

The Summer of Music and Learning is about to begin! The Workshop Learning Center has a wide variety of summer options. The Summer Kindergarten Readiness Program is a seven-week curriculum designed for students entering Kindergarten in the fall. Math and Reading Power Hours are offered Thursday afternoons to help avoid “academic loss” during the summer for students entering grades 1–5. A piano and string instrument camp will be held the first full week in August.

Drees states, “We are always scheduling new students for private sessions. Each family and student is unique and we create a curriculum and schedule that will meet their individual needs.” Students are tutored in a wide variety of subjects for many reasons. “We have Kindergarten students working on letter identification and sounds and high school students preparing for the ACT and everything in between.” The Workshop currently has four tutors that are matched to each student’s schedule and needs. All tutors are state certified teachers with classroom experience.

The biggest addition to the program is a full-time daycare. The Workshop is currently accepting applications for children ages infant through school age opening in September. Full and part-time preschool programs are also enrolling now. Low student to teacher ratios, a focus on purposeful play and hands on activities are the core of the program. The expansion into full-time daycare will allow The Workshop Learning Center to serve another need in the community.

If you would like more information on any program offered, you can email or call 459-5937. You can also check them out on Facebook and their website

Students at The Workshop Learning Center will soon have a new home beginning June 3.

Greyson Steyer’s name will live on at library

GREENVILLE – This year the Greenville Public Library received a very special donation for its summer Family Fun Days. Matt and Mindy Steyer established the Greyson James Steyer Memorial Trust with the HOPE Foundation as a lasting endowment in their infant son’s name following his tragic death. “Something good and positive must come from this tragedy,” they said.

As they expressed “Out of darkness, must come light. We must do something for Greyson where his name can live on and bring love, just as he brought so much love to us.” The fund focuses on improving our community with a primary emphasis on children's projects and activities.

Greyson’s brothers Gibson and Grady are seen giving a check to Children’s Librarian Julie Frohna. “It is our duty as his parents to ensure his life continues to touch and enrich others,” said the Steyers. The Library is very grateful to the Steyer family for their generous gift which will indeed bring happiness to many young patrons this summer.

Greyson’s brothers Gibson and Grady are seen giving a check to Children’s Librarian Julie Frohna.

Lunch and music on the lawn of the library

GREENVILLE – This summer the Friends of the Greenville Public Library are hosting Lunch on the Lawn three times! These events will be in conjunction with Main Street Greenville’s “First Fridays” on June 7, July 5, and Aug. 2. Each lunch will be provided by a different downtown coffee shop and accompanied by live music. Everyone is invited to sit under the shade trees and enjoy. Feel free to bring your lunch or stop by for the music!

Tables & chairs will be available but you may want to bring your own lawn chair or blanket. On June 7, Brenda’s Beanery will provide the box lunch: a Wrap (choice of turkey w/ roasted red pepper spread or chicken salad; Salad (choice of pasta bacon ranch or broccoli); Mini Scone; and Drink (ginger peach tea unsweetened tea, or lemonade). Pick up a box at the white tent for $7. One dollar of every lunch sold supports Main Street Greenville’s downtownmatters! initiative.

A very special musical treat is in store for June 7. Chad Lemons and Tim Yount will perform vocals and acoustic guitar. They are the core members of the band “Quest” from EUM Church. They’ve opened at the Illumination Concerts for such acts as Tobymac, Big Daddy Weave, Newsboys, and Fireflight - as well as played in many area church concerts.

They first got together seven years ago while participating in the music ministry at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City. Chad is originally from Illinois and Tim from West Milton. Both are married with kids; Chad teaches math at the Jr. High and Tim is a nurse. They’ve devoted their lives to giving to others and music is one avenue, especially in inspiring other men.

Five of twelve original songs have been released on an EP “Place of Solitude. “ Chad explained they strive for lyrics that are meaningful and stylistically it’s 90’s rock. They do a lot of secular songs too and have a wide appeal. Be sure to catch their great music!

June’s free movie at the library will be held June 14, 2 p.m., on the 3rd Floor, will feature Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln.

Chad Lemons and Tim Yount will provide music at the first Lunch on the Lawn, June 7, at the Greenville Public Library.

May 30, 2013

Live music featured on First Friday

Adam Liette
GREENVILLE – First Fridays Live Music (sponsored by the Law Office of Randall E. Breaden, LLC) will return June 7 in downtown Greenville and will feature 10 local musicians. First Fridays aims to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting with businesses open until 9 p.m.

Those strolling through downtown can expect to see the following musicians at these locations: Ben Crawford at The Coffee Pot; Noah Back at Brenda’s Beanery; Nobody Special at Montage Café; Nick Good at Bread of Life; Cinder Home at The A & B Coffee & Cake Co.; Adam Liette at Merle Norman; Mike Howard at Hallmark; Shannon Clark at The Ivy League; Frohna & Warner at Sweet Annie’s Cabin; and Russell James at Third Street Market

In addition to live music, some businesses will be offering special First Fridays activities.

The Greenville Public Library will be hosting Lunch on the Lawn from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. where box lunches from Brenda’s Beanery can be purchased for $7. Greenville National Bank will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for all to enjoy from 6-9 p.m.

For more information about First Fridays, visit, like Main Street Greenville on Facebook or call Main Street Greenville Executive Director Amber Garrett, 548-4998.

Sheriff Deputies Uncover Drug Lab; Two Arrested

YORKSHIRE - On May 29, 2013 at approximately 3:31 PM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Drug Lab team arrested Robert Harris (26) and Jennifer Murphy (39). Both are from Greenville, Ohio and both were arrested for Illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a residence located at 110 West Main St., Yorkshire.

Present in the home at the time of their arrest were a 14 and 15 year. old female. While searching the residence items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were located in an upstairs room. Other items found in the house were Heroin and drug paraphernalia.

This case is pending further charges and will be forward to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Farmers’ Market has returned to Greenville

GREENVILLE – The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market (sponsored by Greenville National Bank and KitchenAid Experience) will return June 1 to the Darke County Courthouse on the corner of Fourth and Broadway. The market will run every Saturday until Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Farmers’ Market has been a Darke County summer staple since 1998. This year promises to be another great year for fresh produce, baked goods and crafts from local vendors.

Farmers’ Market attendees can expect to see the following vendors throughout the season: Fluffy Addiction, Threewits Heritage Farms, Ansonia FFA Greenhouse, Carrie Drees and Betty Byrd, Janet’s Bakery, Kraut Creek Sheep and Cattle, Wolf’s Produce, Sandra Dunn, Linda Emerick, Brady Williamson, Francis Byers, Innisfree on the Stillwater and Coffee Custom Roasted.

Vendors will offer various goods ranging from embroidered crafts, vintage bears/dolls and handmade jewelry to produce, baked goods, herbs and fresh flowers. Event attendees can expect to see a varied lineup of vendors and goods each week.

Vendor applications are accepted throughout the season. For application inquiries or further information about the Farmers’ Market, please visit, like Greenville Farmers Market on Facebook or call Executive Director, Amber Garrett, 548-4998.

OSU Alumni hear from band director and give scholarships

GREENVILLE – Turtle Creek alight in scarlet and gray with echoes of OH-I-O was the scene of The Ohio State University Alumni of Darke County’s annual Spring Gala. The naming of their 2013 scholarship recipients and the chance to hear Jon Waters, the new director of the OSU Marching Band were the main attractions for the County’s OSU alums!

Rhonda Williams, president of the local alumni club, introduced the scholarship recipients as guests settled in after a delicious meal served by the Turtle Creek staff. The four bright young people graciously accepted the $1,378 scholarships and each gave sketches of educational goals.

Receiving the scholarships were Matt Albright, son of Doug and Anne Albright of Arcanum, Megan Carroll, daughter of Patricia Carroll and step father Christopher Sandman of Greenville, Britnee Dunfee, daughter of Doug and Susan Jones of Greenville, and Jordan Henry, son of Bruce and Brenda Henry of Versailles.

Keynote speaker of the evening, Jon Waters, director of the OSU Marching Band, held his audience spellbound as he spoke using power point scenes to enhance his presentation. Jon is only the ninth director since 1951 of the “best damn band in the land”, a moniker given the band by the late Woody Hayes. Waters was cut from the band on his first tryout in 1994 but persevered and made the band in 1995. He is only the second former student member of the band to serve as director. Giving credit where credit is due, he included past local club president and current and long time arranger of the Marching Band’s music, Greenville’s own Ken McCoy, in his comments about the Band’s many highlights.

Director Waters took guests through the evolution of the band since 1896, showing how much has changed, yet how much has stayed the same. The first famous “I” dotter for the “Script Ohio” formation was, in fact, a cornet player but soon changed to a sousaphone player for the sake of visibility. The band, patterned after the British brass band, is now the largest brass band in the world with 224 members. The first truly influential arranger for the band was a 1934 graduate of Greenville High School, Richard “Dick” Heine, the originator of the OSU Marching Band “sound.” Referencing McCoy and Heine, Waters remarked “there must be something in the water” around here.

During his first season as director, Waters presented a show designed by assistant director, Chris Hoch with music arranged by John Brennan, the horse galloping across the playing field from goal post to goal post. The U Tube view of which had 20 million hits and made the OSUMB an international celebrity.

The alums and guests also heard about the Darke County Juniors visit to the OSU campus and the annual OSU Tailgate Blood Drive in November. Bill Barga encouraged members to come out for the August new student picnic in which seasoned upperclassmen and University representatives share information about campus life. Dennis Baker mentioned the annual football raffle in August with two tickets to each OSU home game being drawn in August. Later in the fall, Darke County high school counselors will be invited to a luncheon to hear an OSU admissions person outline opportunities and procedures for the coming year.

A silent auction for the club’s scholarship fund rounded out the evening but not before Ron Puterbaugh gave details of the upcoming Golf Outing to benefit the scholarship fund.

Urging members to get their foursomes together and to seek hole sponsors, Ron talked about the history of the outing and the big contribution the event made to the scholarship fund each year. The OSU Annual Golf Outing, at Turtle Creek is on June 10 with tee off at 12:30 p.m. For information about the Golf Outing or Football Raffle, contact Dennis Baker, 448-6550 or

This year’s scholarship winners include Matt Albright, Megan Carroll, Britnee Dunfee, and Jordan Henry.

Survivors and Caregivers celebrated at Relay for Life

VERSAILLES – Who is a Cancer Survivor? A Survivor is anyone, of any age, of any level of diagnosis, treatment, or in remission. Darke County Relay for Life wants to Celebrate YOU! Whether you are a newly diagnosed, in the middle of treatments, or have been cancer free for years, they honor you, support you, and fight for you.

It all starts with you, the SURVIVOR. Relay for Life is a time to Celebrate our Survivors! They can’t wait to see you again or meet you for the first time? YOU are the reason they celebrate at Relay for Life! Join them as they relay towards a world without cancer.

This year’s schedule of events includes and opening ceremony, Survivor Lap, Caregiver and Survivor Lap, Parade of Teams, Survivor and One Caregiver Dinner, Entertainment, Luminaria Ceremony, auction and closing ceremonies.

Invite your Caregivers to Relay!

When a person hears the words “You have cancer,” their life is turned upside down. Cancer does not only affect this person’s life, but also the lives of their family, friends and loved ones. Together they will go through a very difficult journey to beat this cruel disease. A cancer patient needs their family, friends and loved ones to be their “Caregivers” during this journey. What is a “Caregiver?” The American Cancer Society has defined “Caregiver” as a family member, friend, loved one or other support person who lends physical, emotional, or other support to someone at any time during the cancer journey and continues for those who have lost a loved one to cancer. These “Caregivers” are a very instrumental part of the cancer journey.

This year at the Darke County Relay for Life, they want to recognize all of the amazing Caregivers that have helped those with cancer. These Caregivers have given so much of themselves. They want to say “Thank You” for all that they have done, the Darke County Relay for Life has designated the second lap of the event as the Caregivers Lap, with the first lap being the Survivors Lap. All Caregivers are encouraged to join them at the Relay for Life this year. Come experience this inspirational and emotional event.

Darke County Relay for Life Survivor’s/Caregivers Contacts: Lois Lyons, Co-Chair, 526-9744, Dawn Sanders, Co-Chair, 564-5959, Mark Kauffman, ACS Staff, 1-888-227-6446 ext 4209, and Joyce Johnson, Survivor/Caregiver chair, 621-4848. Also, visit or

Survivors who wish to participate in this year’s event should contact Joyce Johnson for a form. The form must be completed and signed to participate.

VHCC and Y seek volunteers

VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center and YMCA of Darke County are seeking volunteers to help with a new and exciting class for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Starting June 10, Delay The Disease fitness classes will be offered weekly at the YMCA of Darke County, Versailles Facility. The classes will be conducted by therapists from Versailles Health Care Center, Gina Boerger and Shannon Condon.

Delay the Disease is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.

The success of this program will depend greatly on volunteer support. The classes will be held on Tuesdays beginning June 11 through Aug. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity for community service hours as well as observation hours. If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting new program, call Shannon Condon, 526-0130.

Bob & Tom’s Donnie Baker coming to town

Donnie Baker
GREENVILLE – Factory Street Productions will present Donnie Baker, from the Bob and Tom Show, at the Greenville VFW on Ohio Street, on June 22. Tickets are available at the VFW for $20. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is sponsored by Spencers Landscaping.

Factory Street Productions is a new, small business and production company in Darke County. They feature comedy acts, and are for hire for private and or corporate events, and holiday parties. The business is owned and operated by Jack and his wife, Heather Preston, both Darke County natives and residents. With very little to do in a small town, they decided to bring big city entertainment close to home. They didn't want to see everyone have to drive to Dayton, Columbus, or Indianapolis to have a fun night out. They have sought out comedians who they hear on the nationally syndicated radio program The Bob and Tom Show, Comedy Central, FOX, and Sirius XM. Bob and Tom Show veteran and favorite, Donnie Baker answered that call. Baker is an overly confident redneck, oozing with unwarranted bravado.

Factory Street Productions will also be bringing 90's TV icon Dustin Diamond, AKA, Screetch from Saved By The Bell to the area in September.

In addition to the VFW, Factory Street Productions is also bring Baker to The Overdrive in Celina on June 21, 9 p.m. Tickets are available at The Overdrive.

Preston said, “We plan to continue to bring top acts to the area as long as the communities support it.”

For more information or find out about promotions or contests, like them on Facebook at For information on current and upcoming shows, visit

Versailles Garden Club gives scholarships

Samantha Kremer                Ryan Browder 
VERSAILLES – As part of the recent Versailles Exempted Village Co*mmencement Exercises, the Versailles Garden Club presented two $500 scholarships to Samantha Kremer and Ryan Browder.

The criteria to be eligible for the Versailles Garden Club include the student must be furthering their education in the field of Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Environmental Concerns, Forestry, Conservation, Agronomy, Plant Pathology or other allied subjects.

Ryan will be attending Hocking College majoring in environmental studies and fish hatchery. Ryan is the son of Jeff and Susan Browder.

Samantha Kremer will be attending Wilmington College majoring in Agronomy and Ag Business. Samantha is the daughter of Dan and Jackie Kremer.

A special thank you to everyone in the community that has supported the fundraisers of the Versailles Garden Club that allows the club to present these scholarships!

Greenville Fire Department plans annual hydrant flushing

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Fire Department will begin flushing hydrants on June 3-29. Anyone living within four blocks of any following streets should be aware your water may also be affected. Check for water quality before using as possible rusty water could damage clothing.

June 3 – Avenue A, Avenue B, Avenue C, Avenue D, Avenue E, Avenue F, Ft. Recovery Road, Garst Avenue, Harmon Drive, Knoll Avenue, Maple Avenue, Meadow Lane, Meeker Avenue, North Broadway, North Main Street, North Street, North West Street, Park Drive, Parkside Drive, Short Street, South Avenue A, Spring Street, Union Street, Wayne Street, West Street, West Maple Drive, West Meeker Avenue, West Park Drive, and Wilson Drive

June 4 – Birchwood Drive, Bur Oak Drive, Duke Avenue, East Lincoln Drive, Elmwood Drive, Fort Recovery Road, Gardenwood Drive, Holly Hill Court, Holly Hill Drive, Honeysuckle Drive, Magnolia Drive, Meadowgreen Drive, Medallion Drive, North Broadway, Primrose Drive, Russ Road, Treaty Way, West Harmon Drive, and West Lincoln Drive

June 5 – Ashford Circle, Aspen Drive, Greenhaven Drive, Magnolia Drive, Meadowgreen Drive, Meadowridge Drive, North Bur Oak Drive, and Westbury Drive

June 6 – Aspen Drive, Bedford Court, Brighton Drive, East Russ Road, Fairfax Court, Grove Street, Hastings Court, Howard Drive, Jonquil Lane, Kelsey Drive, Kings Court, Kings Drive, Manchester Drive, Mar-Del Drive, North Broadway, North Bur Oak Drive, North Hickory Drive, Northview Drive, Parkway Drive, Radcliffe Drive, Rhoades Avenue, Steve Lane, Stratford Drive, Sunset Drive, Warwick Court, West Russ Road, and Wild Rose Drive

June 7 – Ark Avenue, Berkshire Drive, Brighton Drive, Buckeye Drive, Donald Drive, Dorthy Lane, Highland Drive, Hillside Drive, Kelsey Drive, Manchester Drive, Marion Drive, North Canterbury Drive, North Westminster Drive, Oaktree Drive, Radcliffe Drive, Rhoades Avenue, Russ Road, South Canterbury Drive, South Westminster Drive, Sugar Maple Drive, Victoria Street, Wellsley Court, and Windermere Drive

June 8 – Ark Avenue, Buckeye Drive, Marion Drive, North Chippewa Drive, Rhoades Avenue, Russ Road, and Sharp Lane

June 10 – Adrien Avenue, Celina Road, Childrens Home-Bradford Road, Fox Run, Kitchenaid Way, and Wagner Avenue

June 11 – Benden Way, East Russ Road, and Wagner Avenue

June 12 – Lease Avenue and Wagner Avenue

June 13 – Belair Street, Delaware Avenue, East Main Street, East Russ Road, Greenwood Street, Hillview Street, Lease Avenue, Main Street Laundromat, Miami Street, Park Drive, Rhoades Avenue, Ridgeview Street, Shawnee Street, South Chippewa Street, and Wagner Avenue

June 14 – Cambridge Drive, Circle Drive, Dover Drive, Dwyer Street, East Main Street, Greenmoore Court, Greenmoore Drive, Hiawatha Drive, Hilltop Drive, Lea Lane, Ludy Street, Northmoore Drive, North Ohio Street, Nottingham Drive, Nottingham Place, Oxford Drive, Palm Drive, Royal Oaks Drive, Redwood Drive, State Route 121, Surrey Lane, Virginia Avenue, Wagner Avenue, and Willow Drive

June 15 – Circle Drive, Eastwood Drive, Hickory Drive, Juniper Drive, Royal Oaks Drive, and Willow Drive

June 17 – Autumnwood Court, Bluestone Court, Cherry Hill, Circle Drive, Dogwood Drive, Driftwood Drive, East Fourth Street, East Main Street, Eastwood Drive, Glenwood Drive, Hickory Drive, Linwood Drive, North Ohio Street, Orchard Drive, Sandalwood Drive, and Stonecress Court

June 18 – Ash Street, Beasecker Cleaners, Cherry Hill, Drury Lane, East Fourth Street, East Main Street, East Third Street, East Water Street, Elm Street, Grant Street, Imo Blvd., Jerry’s Laundry, John Street, Locust Street, Ludlow Street, Main Street Laundromat, Memorial Drive, Quindora Blvd., South Broadway, Spruce Street, St. Clair Street, Sycamore Street, Tecumseh Street, Terrace Creek Drive, Vine Street, Walnut Street, West Main Street, West Water Street, and Winchester Avenue

June 19 – Ash Street, Bickel Hill, Chestnut Street, East Third Street, Elm Street, Jerry’s Laundry, South Broadway, Sweitzer Street, Sycamore Street, Vine Street, Walnut Street, West Fourth Street, and West Third Street

June 20 – Armstrong Street, Ash Street, Central Avenue, Cypress Street, Devor Street, East Fifth Street, East Fourth Street, Euclid Avenue, Front Street, Grant Street, Green Street, Hamilton Street, Harrison Avenue, Locust Street, Ludlow Street, Martin Street, Montgomery Street, North Gray Avenue, Penn Street, School Street, South Broadway, St. Clair Street, Sycamore Street, Tecumseh Street, Thirteenth Street, Twelfth Street, Walnut Street, Washington Avenue, Wayne Avenue, West Fifth Street, and West Fourth Street

June 21 – Anderson Avenue, Eleventh Street, Evans Avenue, Front Street, Green Street, Hall Street, Hart Avenue, Hiddeson Avenue, Markwith Avenue, Martin Street, Martindale Road, Morrow Street, Riffle Avenue, South Ohio Street, Thirteenth Street, Tiffin Street, Tillman Avenue, Twelfth Street, and Warren Street

June 22 – Jaysville-St. John’s Road, Lansdowne Road, Livingston Road, and Sebring-Warner Road

June 24 – Bellvernon Avenue, Deschler Street, Hall Street, Jaysville-St. John’s Road, Lansdowne Road, Lawrence Avenue, Markwith Avenue, Martindale Road, Martin Street, North Ohio Street, Plum Street, Progress Street, River Street, State Route 571, and Tillman Avenue

June 25 – Birt Street, Bucoba Street, Chestnut Circle, Chestnut Street, Fair Street, Fairview Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Laurel Street, Martz Street, Montgomery Street, Morrow Street, Oak Street, Oakwood Street, Pinewood Court, Plum Street, River Street, Sherman Street, Sixth Street, South Broadway, Sweitzer Street, Tiffin Street, and Walnut Street

June 26 – Chestnut Circle, Sherman Street, State Route 49, and Sweitzer Street

June 27 – Birt Street, Bucoba Street, Central Avenue, Euclid Street, Fair Street, Harrison Avenue, Martz Street, Pearl Street, Pine Street, Sater Street, Sherman Street, Southbrook Drive, South Towne Court, South Towne Laundromat, Spain Street, Sweitzer Street, Walker Street, Washington Avenue, and Wayne Avenue

June 28 – Birt Street, Bucoba Street, Fair Street, Hiddeson Avenue, Jackson Street, Markwith Avenue, Martz Street, Pine Street, Riffle Avenue, Sater Street, Sherman Street, South Gray Avenue, State Route 49, Walker Street, and Washington Avenue

June 29 – Autumn Lane, Hiddeson Avenue, Lakewood Drive, Markwith Avenue, Pine Street, Riffle Avenue, Sater Street, and Summer Street

May 29, 2013

Motorcyclist CareFlighted After Losing Control

ANSONIA - On May 29, at approx. 4:52 p.m., Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Police Department, Ansonia Fire and Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the 3800 Block of ST RT 47 E in reference to an injury accident involving a motorcycle.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Honda motorcycle driven by Travis Simmons, 25 of Union City IN. was westbound on ST RT 47. Simmons lost control of his motorcycle on a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway. Simmons was ejected from the motorcyle and came to rest in a field. Simmons was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was the only occupant on the motorcycle.

Simmons was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Simmons condition is listed as fair at this time.

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

Annie’s garden surprise

GREENVILLE - The Ladybug Garden Club and Spencer Landscaping helped Dave surprise Annie with a beautiful polished granite birdbath they placed in her garden. Annie loves the blue color and the vine leaf design of the zinc plated iron base. This great donation will be one of the many auction items at Annie’s Wild West Gala. You can view most of the auction items by going to and clicking on the Gala Photo Link at the top left hand side of the home page.

Annie’s Wild West Gala will be held June 8. This is a fundraiser for The Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville.

Part of Annie’s Wild West Gala is Annie’s Wild Raffle. Prizes for the raffle include accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way, an Apple iPad 4, and Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones-Quiet Comfort 15.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 per chance. Tickets for the event are$12 per person and can be purchased from the Garst Museum, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, OH 45331, For additional information email:

Darke County Parks PALS Program talks about “S is for Snakes”

GREENVILLE - Thank you to all of the Park Pals who were able to make it out for the Darke County Parks’ monthly PALS (Practicing And Learning Stewardship) program in May. The topic was S is for Snakes. During the program, they talked about what makes a snake a snake and how these reptiles survive this dangerous world. They headed outside to search for snakes, but we had a cool cloudy morning for Pals, which left all the snakes in their homes trying to keep warm. However, on the walk back they collected several earth worms to feed the Parks’ Brown Snake and Box Turtle. They gathered in the live classroom where everyone was able to touch and feel the black rat snake. The next item on the agenda was to help with the feeding of the Reptiles and Amphibians. As the Park Pals watched intently, Parks’ Volunteer, Masen Rich fed the Corn Snake and they were delighted as it gobbled up two mice right away. The Pals thought it was neat to see and couldn’t believe snakes only eat once a week. Then they brought out the box turtle and everyone watched him eat the earthworms and then an apple. They wrapped up the day by making their very own strawberry and banana snakes. If you missed out on May’s Park Pals, please be sure to join for June’s Park Pals on June 8 for frogs, turtles and snakes from 9:30 a.m. to noon. This program is for children in Kindergarten through second grade. For information call the Nature Center at 548-0165 or visit

Dan Gehret Excavating donates to DCPD Blacksmith Shop

GREENVILLE - Darke County Parks has begun the construction of the late 18 Century Blacksmithing Shop that will be located in the same area as the Log House on Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Materials, labor and use of excavating equipment to begin the project have been accumulated on the site. “I am continually amazed at the number of people and businesses that have rallied around this project and offered their help and professional services,” stated Roger Van Frank, Director of Parks. Van Frank continued, “Darke County Parks strives to preserve the history of the county and this is just another way that we can educate and keep alive a part of that history which is so important for generations to come.” The Park District Board of Commissioners has also expressed their gratitude for the numerous hours and materials donated to this project. For any questions or donations to the project contact Roger M. Van Frank, Director of Parks at 548-0165. 

Dan Gehret Excavating beginning to dig the footer needed for the blacksmithing shop. 

PEPCON Concrete donates to DCPD Blacksmith Shop

GREENVILLE – Recently, Pepcon Concrete of Bradford donated almost 14 yards of concrete to the Darke County Parks Blacksmith Shop project. The concrete was used for the foundation/footer of the Blacksmith Shop that is being built by Volunteers of the Park District. “Once again the local community has made donations of time, labor and materials available to complete this project by Prairie Days 2013. We are extremely fortunate to have such a giving community to assist in projects such as these,” stated Parks Director Roger Van Frank. “The Blacksmith shop will resemble an 18th century blacksmith shop and will offer educational workshops. It will also act as a gathering place for local Blacksmiths to trade ideas and practice their trade when completed.” For any questions, donations to the project or to volunteer contact Roger M. Van Frank, Director of Parks, at 548-0165.

One of Pepcon’s trucks making the first delivery of concrete. 

Two Music Therapy Employees at State of the Heart Earn Honors

Brittany Scheer                Amy Pearson 
GREENVILLE - Two Music Therapy professionals with State of the Heart Hospice recently achieved accomplishments in their respective fields. Amy Pearson, an employee with the nonprofit agency for six years, recently completed requirements for certification to be a Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapist. Brittany Scheer, an employee of the agency for three years, recently received her Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

“These accomplishments are achievements of personal and professional growth that are important to both Amy and Brittany,” stated Traci Straley, Director of Social Services for State of the Heart. “The agency will gain professionally with their accomplishments. Their care to the patients and families that we serve will continue to be of a high quality, empathic and supportive nature. Both are vested in their profession and with providing competent music therapy services to the patients served.”

With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. Music therapists are a part of the team of caregivers that cares for and supports both patient and family. Music Therapy addresses the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of patients and families. Both Pearson and Scheer are Board Certified Music Therapists.

Pearson, who lives in Ft. Recovery, completed 150 hours of concentrated study in Chicago and Detroit. The coursework included learning techniques for using music therapy with hospice and palliative care patients, using music to help with grief and loss, and applying basic and advanced counseling skills to the practice of music therapy. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton.

“The training to become a hospice and palliative music therapist has been so helpful and relevant in my work with patients and families with State of the Heart,” Pearson said. “The ideas shared by other participants in the program were valuable and, learning directly from those who began the movement in music therapy with hospice has been inspiring. It has changed the way that I practice as a music therapist.”

Scheer’s Master’s Degree program focused on advanced training in medical music therapy and music psychotherapy. She completed intensive training in the clinical use of music, theoretical models of music therapy and psychology, cultural uses of music, psychopathology, ethics and counseling techniques for individual and group music therapy. A research thesis was required to complete the program; she completed a phenomenological study on the self-care of hospice music therapists.

Scheer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University. “Achieving the Master’s Degree enables me to provide a wider range of therapeutic services to our patients and families,” she said. For information about any of the services provided by State of the Heart, visit the agency’s web site at

Plant sale was a success!

VERSAILLES - The Versailles Garden Club had a very successful SpringFest Plant Sale on May 4! It wouldn't have been as successful without the great help from the many members, especially new members, and husbands who pitched in to help set up and get started on the sale day. They would especially like to thank Doug Ahlers, Bob Ruschau, Roger Schlater, and Ed Subler for all their time and muscle!! They were also thrilled with the raffle items provided by Dena Wuebker The chicken planter was won by Rhonda Stammen, the wheelbarrow was won by Kay Francis and the planter was won by Eileen Litchfield. Thanks to all the newspapers, The Early Bird, Versailles Policy and Greenville Daily Advocate, the Village offices of Versailles, the TV local feed for Greenville, and Tiger radio for all their cooperation with news notices and articles.

Thank you to all the customers for supporting the plant sale.

May 28, 2013

Warning siren clarification made

DARKE COUNTY – If a warning has been issued or a tornado has been spotted in the county ONLY sirens in the impacted area will be activated. This will eliminate any confusion in other parts of the county that are not experiencing inclement weather. The Sheriff will activate the impacted area’s outdoor weather siren when the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the area that the siren serves.

The project of activating outdoor warning sirens from the Darke County Emergency Communications Center located at the Sheriff’s Office is now complete. Some residents in county Villages will notice a change in testing of these sirens.

Beginning June 3, 2013 sirens located in Ansonia, Arcanum, Ithaca, Bradford, Burkettsville, Gettysburg, New Madison, Wayne Lakes, North Star, Rossburg, Union City, Versailles, and Eldora Speedway will be tested the first Monday of every month at noon.

If inclement weather is occurring and/or is forecast to occur that day, the monthly test will be postponed until the following month. This decision will be made at the discretion of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Administration. The City of Greenville will continue to activate their own sirens however, a back-up activation point has been added to the Darke County Emergency Communications Center.

Shaw Arrested on Six Counts of Rape of a Child Under 13

ANSONIA - Ansonia Police Department arrested Jason T. Shaw, 26, of Ansonia, on a warrant issued by the Darke County Court of Common Pleas. Shaw was indicted by the Darke County Grand Jury on six counts of rape of a child under the age of 13, a felony of the first degree. The indictment was the result of an investigation conducted by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held in the Darke County Jail on a bond of $500,000. The arrest occurred in Ansonia on May 22.

Sorority supports Hooked on Fishing

GREENVILLE - Lambda Chi Omega Sorority, Gamma Eta Chapter of Greenville presented a check to "Hooked on Fishing not Drugs" of Darke Co. Pictured from left to right are Bob Farmer, Chris Swank, Jane Washler, Linda Hall, John Winger, Michelle Sprowl Marilou Coverstone & Susan Beisner. Sorority members not pictured are Jackie Dawson, Delores Sleppy, Betty Via & Linda Winterrowd. For information about the fishing program contact 678-7864

Dog club donates to Scentral Park

GREENVILLE - Each year the Greenville Area Dog Club holds an auction during the holidays and shares the proceeds with a local community group. This year they selected the Darke County Friends of the Shelter. The funds will be used to complete and maintain the new Scentral Park dog park.

The Friends of the Shelter is a 501 (c) 3 non profit group. The park is located at 5066 County Home Road just south of the Sheriff’s office.

The Friends will continue to accept donations for the maintenance and upkeep of the park.

Shown are: sitting, Dog Club members Jean and Ralph Stachler, Sue Young, Sherry Shafer and Candy Null, standing, Shelter members Jan and Linda Demuth, dog club member Deloris Miller, Shelter member Jeanie Harshbarger accepting check from Becky Baker. Rear, Shelter member Kurt Fritsch. 

Scouts thank businesses for donations to annual banquet

ARCANUM – The Arcanum and Pitsburg Cub Scout Pack 185 held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet recently at the Elks. The theme of the event was western. Parents and grandparents were invited to attend.

The night was filled with Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos doing skits with the western theme.

Awards were passed out to all cub scouts. Great door prizes were given by the following vendors: Yes Dear, Sink Jewelers, Second National Bank, Farmer Brown, A&S, Belle Fiola Tanning, Rose Post, Arcanum Hardware, Sutton’s Super Value, Ben Franklin, Big Lots, Nancy’s Beauty and Tanning, Miller’s Tavern, Chicken Kitchen, Pitsburg Bar and Grill, Heritage House, Dairy Barn, Serendipity, Greenville Federal, Arcanum Bowling, Cope’s Distributing, Lyle Bixler Realty, Troutwine’s Auto Sales, Creative Memories – Amy Addis, and the Little Store in Pitsburg.

The Cub Scouts would like to thank these businesses for helping making this a successful night. A special thank you is extended to Cope Distributing for donating a gun (Mossburg 410 Youth Model). These donations helped to raise money to cover the cost of the event.

Shown are the Cub Scouts from Arcanum and Pitsburg Cub Scout Pack 185.

Graeff has the May Garden of the Month

ARCANUM – Arcanum Garden Club has selected the garden of Marilyn Graeff on Maple Lane as the May Garden of the Month. Especially noted are all the vibrant color combinations found in the spring bulbs and other spring perennials found throughout the front and backyard landscaping.

The front yard is anchored with Magic Border edging and three mature, small trees. Marilyn has planned for a continuing progression of color through the seasons from early spring through fall. Switching from many annuals to perennials and low-care shrubs has made care of her gardens less labor-intensive. Tulips and phlox will be followed by roses, irises, peonies and daisies in the summer and mums in fall.

Also in the front yard is a large, mature buckeye tree that her husband, Dick, brought home as a seedling from his work at Arcanum School many years ago. Bunny statues are sprinkled throughout the landscaping, and Marilyn has also been watching over a nest of real baby bunnies that are growing in her front yard. As they leave the nest, she will use mothballs to protect her tender plantings.

Garden areas at the back of her house include a brick-edged herb garden, foundation plantings of tulips and hostas, flowering crab trees and a cozy, brick-paved sitting area, which Marilyn created herself with the assistance of her granddaughter. This area includes an archway planted with lavender and purple clematis, and a small bench.

New to her garden this year are caladium bulbs that she brought from her winter in Florida.

New members are always welcome to the garden club and are encouraged to contact a Garden Club member if interested.

Marilyn Graeff (left) earned the May Garden of the Month honor from Jenny Quigney (middle) and Kornelia Barnett (right), garden club members. 

Grant saves school money and helps kids breathe

GREENVILLE – Greenville owns and operates 29 school buses. Twenty of these buses are used for daily bus routes. The other nine buses are used for field trips, athletic and music events and when a daily route bus is in for service. In 2012, the Ohio EPA awarded $277,885.53 to Ohio schools with $63,653 awarded to Greenville City Schools.

These grants were used to install pollution control equipment on 75 buses, 13 of them being Greenville buses. These grants were also used to install idle reduction technology on 68 buses with 19 of them, Greenville school buses. Across Ohio, these projects will achieve an estimated annual reduction of 262.2 pounds of fine particulates, plus more than three tons of annual reductions in carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. These grants are supported with funds from civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for violations of Ohio’s environmental protection laws.

The idle reduction technology comes in the form of a pre-heater which has a timer attached and comes on automatically 90-120 minutes before the bus is started to warm the fluids. This in turn cuts down on emissions from idling and saves the district money by reducing fuel costs and electric use since there is no need to plug in a block heater.

The DOC’s were installed in place of the mufflers and these will reduce emissions from each bus by 15-30%. Students are especially sensitive to air pollution because their respiratory systems are still developing. Students riding Greenville buses will be able to breathe easier with less air pollution coming from their own bus.

Rob Widener, mechanic for Greenville Schools, heard about the grant and approached his supervisor, Beth Cain, who did all the necessary paperwork to apply for the grant. The EPA staff was very helpful with all questions. Greenville received word they were chosen to receive the grant in November 2012.

Cummins Bridgeway was the vendor who ordered the parts and did the installation work. Cummins Bridgeway came to Greenville on Jan. 21 to install 12 of the 13 DOC’s, all in one day. The last DOC and the 19 pre-heaters were installed at their location in West Chester on various dates in April. Greenville Schools is happy to report the grant work was successfully completed on May 1.


GREENVILLE – Have you ever walked in the woods and seen what’s really there? The works of nature are right in front of you if you take the time to look closely and explore things carefully. Irma Heiser showed the Butterflies Junior Garden Club nature’s wonders when the club walked in their woods. The signs of spring were all around and nature’s wildlife was evident from prints found in the soil. Members enjoying the walk in the woods were Audrey Allread, Chloe Eberhard, Brianna Fellers, Saige Fellers, Audrey Heiser, Kenna Jenkinson, Kate Rehmert, Nicole Shell, Hannah Smith and Eliza Wysong.

Darke County Parks—Through the Years

GREENVILLE – This is the first installment of a series featuring Darke County Park District’s twelve park areas. The mission of the Darke County Parks is to acquire and preserve land areas possessing special natural and historical features and to manage and maintain these resources for the benefit of its residents through appropriate educational and passive recreational programs and activities. The Park District was created in 1972 when the honorable Judge Williams ordered the formation of the Park District. The Park District is now comprised of over 1,000 acres.

Coppess Nature Sanctuary is a 32-acre woodland located on Young Road, between Ansonia and Union City. The donation of this tract of land by Mrs. Frances Carpenter was the catalyst for the creation of the Park District. A level, well maintained 3/4-mile loop trail, beginning and ending at a convenient parking area make this an ideal place for a short hike. Coppess Nature Sanctuary offers a splendid example of an Oak-Hickory forest and a glimpse of some of the great natural diversity of the Darke County region as it appeared 200 years ago. Spring is the perfect time to visit this park as the forest floor plant community is impressive with more than 84 species of spring wildflowers. Take the opportunity to visit this park, walk the trail and take in the stately oaks, Trilliums, Dutchman’s Breeches and Trout Lily’s blooming and so much more.

All of the Darke County Parks are open sunrise to sunset. For more information on Coppess Nature Sanctuary or any Darke County Parks, call the Park Office, 548-0165 or visit

Coppess Nature Sanctuary 

May 27, 2013

State of the Heart Prepares for Annual Camp BEARable

GREENVILLE - Bears, bears and more bears. That was the scene recently at State of the Heart Hospice’s Greenville office when several volunteers spent hours working on teddy bears that will be given to kids attending the agency’s annual Camp BEARable, July 12-14 at the Spiritual Center in Maria Stein. This year marks the 13th year for the camp which is open to youth ages six to 15 that are experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. The weekend camp is a mix of fun and games and serious dialogue about grief and loss. The camp is free and any child can attend and need not have any hospice association. Volunteers play a key role in the camp, helping in many ways. Volunteers have worked all winter making bears for the youngsters to take home. Registration is currently underway. Applications are available at the agency’s web site: under Grief and Loss. 

Pauline Faller, Volunteer Manager, volunteer Kay Turner, and Susan Knouff, Bereavement Support Development Specialist and Camp Director with some of the bears. 

Hollansburg Summer Lunch Program ready for third year

HOLLANSBURG – The Hollansburg Summer Lunch Program has started planning for its third year. This year they will again serve two hot meals a week to the people in Hollansburg and the surrounding area. Becky Devor, program coordinator, reports the average attendance for each meal last year was 30. The program is supported by the Beech Grove Church of the Brethren, Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren and several families in the Hollansburg area.

Forty-five percent of Ohio children were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches this past school year. Ohio is in the top 10 states with high “food insecurity” households. The Hollansburg program is helping a small percentage of these children in local neighborhoods. The children will enjoy a hot meal on Mondays and Wednesdays served at the Hollansburg Community Center. In addition to the meals, the New Madison Library is providing an educational program every Wednesday. This is an increase over last year. The library team not only shares stores for the children, they will have a craft for the children. The library also donated books for the children to enjoy on Mondays by themselves. It also gives the children something to look forward to and a time to socialize with their peers.

Tracy and Heather Brown, of Hollansburg, have been part of the lunch program from the beginning. They live in Hollansburg and have a concern for children in the area. They are planning a 5-Day Club with the Darke County Child Evangelism Fellowship. This will be the fourth year for the 5-Day Club. The dates will be announced soon.

In addition to private donations, the Hollansburg Lunch Program received food items and cash from the following businesses: Hunt’s Meats, New Madison Kiwanis, New Madison Market and Mini Mart, Sterling House of Greenville, Friends of the New Madison Library, teachers and students at Tri-Village School and the Hollansburg American Legion Auxiliary. “We are committed to use every dollar and food item that comes in,” said Mrs. Devor. “We don’t want money sitting in the bank and we want food on the plates.” Donations are needed for this year. For more information, contact Devor at 997-6735, Tony Price at 997-3675 and Heather Brown at 997-2209.

POP group meets 6/12

VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center invites the community to its monthly event for people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to exercise, socialize and learn. The guest speaker for the evening will be Angie Hoschouer, Radio Reading Service Program Manager at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley. She will be sharing her presentation, “Senior Services and Other Great Programs provided by Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley” with the group.

The session will be led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist. They will lead the group in vocal and physical exercise. Shannon and Gina hope to offer positive resources to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place June 12, 4 p.m. It will be held at the Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center. This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. There will also be a door prize giveaway, good for a free entrée, compliments of Michael Anthony’s at the Inn.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Shannon at 526-0130.


GREENVILLE – Integrity Ambulance Service volunteered their services on May 4 for the EUM Christian Preschool 1st Annual 5K for Education. Along with volunteering, several Integrity Ambulance Service employees also showed their support by teaming up and participating in the 5K as part of the Wayne HealthCare Challenge. Pictured are Amanda Welbaum, Ian Welbaum, Jamie Feldner, Christi Garland, Kate Kester, Evan Ross, Ian Ross, Sheri Widener, Devan Powell.


VERSAILLES – Versailles Health Care Center recently hosted its annual Mother’s Day/Father’s Day Ice Cream Social. The health care center celebrated with hand-dipped ice cream sundaes and the sounds of talented brother band, Spittin’ Image. Tim Wagner, Commander of the VFW in Versailles, also attended the event and handed out flags and pins to the veterans to thank them for their service. Pictured are Veteran David Moorman, Commander Tim Wagner, and Veteran Billy Hayes.


GREENVILLE – Wayne HealthCare’s Evening of Wellness and Pampering was a huge success with over 200 women in attendance. Wellness testing was done by various departments in the hospital as well as over 25 outside vendors for pampering. This event was an opportunity for the hospitals new dietary director, chef and food designer to display their work. The style show provided by Younique’s was enjoyed by all.

May 26, 2013

Man Killed by a Tree Near Arcanum

ARCANUM - On May 26, 2013 at approximately 5:56 p.m the Darke County 911 center received a call in reference to a male subject struck by a tree in the area of Grubbs Rex Rd and Frazier Rd. Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Initial investigation revealed that two male subjects were clearing out an area inside the woods. The subjects were cutting a tree that was already lying on the ground, but was attempting to roll the tree over with a tractor. When they pulled on the tree, the tree rolled and a limb struck the operator of the tractor in the head. Once EMS units arrived on scene the tractor operator, James Scott Miltenberger, 53, of Castine, had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Darke County Coroner's Office was then called to the scene.

Revised May 28, 2013

Man with gun apprehended by Sheriff's SRT Team

UNION CITY - On May 25, 2013 at approximately 5:08 p.m. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to 13215 Ohio Indiana Stateline Rd. in reference to a male subject with a weapon. When deputies arrived they spoke with two male subjects who advised they were mowing grass at 13215 Ohio Indiana Stateline Rd. when they were confronted by Michael J. Broeker (45) of Union City. Both males subjects advised that Broeker had displayed a handgun advising the subjects that they were done mowing, they needed to leave. Both individuals advised that Broeker then fired several rounds out of the handgun in the general vicinity of them. The subjects reported that they believed Broeker was intoxicated at the time. Initial report also revealed that Broeker fired a rifle in the vicinity of the subjects. One of the subjects did state that he was in fear that Broeker was going to use the firearm towards them.

Deputies attempted to make contact with Broeker for approximately three hours over the PA system and by trying to call Broeker's cell phone without any luck. Darke County's SRT was deployed to the scene to continue efforts to try and make contact with Broeker. Finally deputies were able to make contact with Broeker on his cell phone and had him exit his residence to come outside and meet deputies to talk to them in reference to the incident. When Broeker came out he was taken in to custody without incident. Broeker was charged with Aggravated Menacing and Using Weapons While Intoxicated and is currently being held at the Darke County Jail.

Pfc. Dickey’s example must be passed on

PFC Douglas Dickey, U.S.M.C.,
Congressional Medal of Honor
ANSONIA - “We are long overdue honoring this patriot,” said State Rep. Jim Buchy on May 18. “He gave his life saving those with him.”

Buchy said that Darke County has had three Congressional Medal of Honor winners, two of them from the Civil War.

The third is Private First Class Douglas E. Dickey.

Buchy spoke to over 100 people at the Ansonia American Legion Douglas Dickey Post No. 353. The occasion was the dedication of State Rte. 47 as the Douglas E. Dickey Memorial Highway.

Dickey, a U.S. Marine, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1967 for heroism during Operation Beacon Hill 1 in Vietnam. A veteran of a number of campaigns, Dickey’s medals had included the Purple Heart with two Gold Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

The Ohio 129th General Assembly passed House Bill 325 on March 22, 2013, dedicating that portion of Rte. 47 between State Rte. 49 and U.S. Hwy. 127 in Darke County as Pfc. Douglas E. Dickey Memorial Highway.

Buchy told those assembled the example set by Pfc Dickey must be passed on to future generations.

“Forty million of our men and women have served in conflicts throughout our history. Ten million of them have been wounded… two million, like Douglas Dickey, paid the supreme sacrifice,” Buchy said.

“Because of patriots like him, we are the longest living free society in history.”

Buchy added “we have to figuratively and literally die to keep it.”

He said young people must be taught “what and who we are.” He said among the nation’s 56 founders, most lost their fortunes, some lost their lives, but not a single one lost his honor.

“We must teach our youth. We must resolve to teach the significance of what Private Dickey did for us… what the founders gave to us.”

Before the ceremony began, Dickey’s brother, Norman, said Buchy was instrumental in getting the legislation for this dedication passed. He said they met with the governor (Kasich) when he signed the bill.

Norman, also a Vietnam veteran, was wounded in action just nine days before his brother was killed.

The ceremony was conducted by Post Commander Dennis Dickey, Douglas Dickey’s younger brother.

State Rep. Jim Buchy spoke at the American Legion ceremony following the dedication of State Rte. 47 between State Rte. 49 and U.S. Hwy 127. The Darke County highway was dedicated as the Douglas E. Dickey Memorial Highway. 

Meeting helps organize supporters of Greenville Schools’ bond issue

GREENVILLE – “Let’s start with a clean slate.”

Those words were spoken by Superintendent Doug Fries as he opened up an informational/organizational meeting for the school bond issue to be placed on the Aug. 6 ballot. The meeting was held on May 16, at the Greenville High School cafeteria with over 70 members of the community including school board members, administration staff and local media attending.

Fries pointed out he knew this was going to be a challenge, but was up to it because he loves Greenville. He proceeded to share a PowerPoint presentation entitled, Strong Schools, Strong Community, which is the slogan for the campaign.

The presentation, along with a brief history of each of the district’s buildings, results from a public survey, news and updates on the project, as well as public comments will be available at and will be updated frequently according to Dave Peltz, director of curriculum at the high school.

Fries emphasized during his presentation “the time is now,” because interest rates are low, the state’s portion of the funding is up and construction rates are still down. He spoke to the fact that good schools make Greenville more attractive to businesses that might locate here and the need for a well educated, skilled work force being necessary for our community’s future. He also stressed that a new K-8 facility replacing the existing aging buildings would not only provide a safer, more secure environment for students and teachers, but also do away with the mounting maintenance costs associated with maintaining the 100 + year old South School building, the 90 year old junior high and the issues of modular classrooms at Woodland Heights.

He noted that maintenance costs would be more than the building costs long term.

Fries noted school districts that have passed bond issues for new schools have seen property values increase.

The superintendent will be talking to area organizations and businesses and hopes to hold at least one “town hall” type meeting with the public in attendance.

The state is providing $19.5 million dollars for the new K-8 building. The average home owner would pay about $14.52 per month with those over 65 paying about $10.89 per month. The school board stands solidly behind this project voting unanimously to approve this decision to ask voters to support this levy to build a new K-8 facility and make renovations to the high school.

Greenville is the only school district in the county that has not taken advantage of state funds for new and renovated schools. Since Greenville taxpayers contribute to this fund they have essentially helped pay for other new school buildings in other districts.

On a fact sheet that was handed out Fries noted, “Let’s take advantage of these funds to help us build here. This election is about the future of our schools and our community.”

Greenville City School Board Members Sue Bowman, Fred Matix, Cindy Scott, and Jim Sommer, along with Treasurer Carla Surber and Superintendent Doug Fries met with persons interested in organizing support for the Greenville School Bond Issue. (Fred Foutz photo) 

School district releases results of survey

GREENVILLE – Recently, the Greenville School District conducted a survey about the upcoming Aug. 6 bond issue to construct a new K-8 school building facility and renovating the high school. The survey was communicated through various news media outlets and school district evening events.

Here are the results of the community members who participated in the survey. There were 761 people that took the survey in which 91.8% were registered voters in the Greenville School District. 47.8% have a child/children attending Greenville Schools. 7% have a child/children at home that will be attending school. 12.6% have a grandchild/grandchildren that attend Greenville Schools and 4.5% have a grandchild/grandchildren that will attend Greenville Schools. The remaining people completing the survey did not have children or grandchildren attending school but were community members.

Of those 761 people completing the survey, the results showed the following:

* 80.4% felt the educational delivery process can be improved for Greenville Schools with new and/or renovated facilities.

* 81.7% would support a new K-8 school facility that would improve safety and security for our children by controlling and limiting entrance access points.

* 83.4% would support a new K-8 school facility that could operate more efficiently and eliminate maintenance cost of aging buildings at Woodland Heights, East, South and the Junior High.

* 76.5% believe new and renovated school facilities could attract business and industry and improve property values for the community of Greenville.

* 69.7% of those surveyed felt that new and renovated facilities could reverse the trend of declining enrollment of students at Greenville Schools that has caused a reduction in state funding.

* 76.1% of the people completing the survey would support the new K-8 facility if it were open at night for senior and community use.

* Interestingly, only 46.9% of those surveyed knew that the present split of financing with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission was 57% local and 43% state on a new bond issue for all co-fundable space.

* 78.8% of those surveyed then said they would support a new K-8 bond issue knowing the state would assist with 43% of the bond issue. Again, this would be for allowable co-fundable space.

* 79.5% in the survey would support the project knowing a new K-8 facility would improve handicap accessibility to the school for students, parents, and community members.

* 81.3% supported a new school facility.

As always, feel free to contact me with questions on the upcoming school bond issue at my office phone 548-3185 or email Further information can also be found at

Please remember Strong Schools, Strong Community. We become our choices. This survey indicates that there is community support for now being the time to upgrade our school facilities and in turn our community. Please join me in supporting the upgrade of our school facilities and therefore enhancing our educational delivery process.

Greenville City Council gives unanimous support to bond issue

GREENVILLE – The Strong Schools Committee, co-chaired by Rita McCans, Sue Spille and Jan Teaford, addressed Greenville City Council at its May 21 meeting. The committee was seeking support for the upcoming bond levy on the Aug. 6 ballot.

McCans asked council to publicly endorse the school issue. She said, “I understand this hasn’t been done before.” She believes everything is impacted by this school being built, from economic development to property values.

Believing the issue will pass this time, she pointed to her co-chairs and said, “We do not participate in anything that fails. This is going to happen this time.” She encouraged council members to share their thoughts and feelings with the community. “Everybody that is a leader is very positive about this new school,” she said. She concluded by noting, “This is our legacy that we can leave for this community.”

Several councilmen asked for signs of support to put in their yards. They also unanimously passed a resolution of endorsement of the Greenville City Board of Education to place a bond levy before the voters on Aug. 6.

Safety/Service Director Curt Garrison asked council to approve a request to pay off the lease on a fire truck. The truck was purchased from a fire department in Colorado. If the city were to pay regular payments, the remaining balance is $60,851.02. However, the city could save $6,761.62 by paying the balance now - $54,015.90. The loan is through Second National Bank and there are no penalties for an early payoff.

Garrison informed council the money is available to make the payoff because of the carryover the city had from 2012. Although council approved the supplemental appropriations ordinance, Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman Tracy Tryon urged Garrison to give council more than 10-minutes to study an issue, especially when a large amount of money is part of the issue.

The safety/service director also informed council of plans to develop additional neighborhood watch groups. Garrison and Mayor Michael Bowers joined Lt. Steve Strick at a neighborhood watch meeting in the city. They were impressed by what they saw and agreed to help other groups get started in the city. One of the members from the neighborhood watch group has agreed to assist with the development. Garrison made a plea for others interested in starting a group to talk to their neighbors and contact the city. “We’ve made the pledge that we will help start up (the groups),” said Garrison. Persons interested should call the city, 548-1819, and set up an appointment.

Commissioners sign Proclamation for “Joining Together for Darke County Youth”

GREENVILLE – “WHEREAS some form of Higher Education will be almost mandatory for a high school student to achieve his or her professional goals; and…”

A proclamation supporting a local community effort was signed May 20 by Darke County Commissioners Mike Stegall, Diane Delaplane and Mike Rhoades. The proclamation designated the last week in May as “Joining Together for Darke County Youth” Week. Present for the signing were representatives from The Early Bird, County News Online, Bistro Off Broadway and the Darke County Senior Scribes.

According to Early Bird publisher Fred Foutz and former County News Online editor and Early Bird associate editor Bob Robinson, this was likely the first time two competing media groups had joined together to recognize the needs and importance of Darke County’s young people, not only for their own ambitions but for the future of the county.

The proclamation acknowledged that Darke County has a tradition of producing quality, talented professionals and that the ‘County of Darke’ wishes to provide the best opportunities and work environments possible.

“WHEREAS the cost of higher education is often beyond the means of the average family in Darke County; and…”

It notes that there are many “quality organizations” in the county that recognize the need for financial aid and offer scholarships. The need still outweighs the availability of assistance.

The purpose of the proclamation is to raise awareness in the county communities of this need, and to help students achieve their college goals in today’s educational environment.

A fundraising event will be held on May 31 in which the Paul Ackley cartoons published by the two community news outlets will be auctioned off. Each original will be signed by the artist. Proceeds will be given to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund to provide additional scholarships…

“THEREFORE the County of Darke HEREBY proclaims, declares and resolves that the fourth week of May, 2013, is designated as Joining Together for Darke County Youth Week, and all residents of Darke County are invited to participate in a fundraising event for scholarships for Darke County Youth at the Bistro Off Broadway, at 5:30 p.m. on May 31, 2013.”

Representatives from The Early Bird, County News Online, Bistro Off Broadway and the Senior Scribes were on hand as Darke County Commissioners (L to R) Mike Stegall, Diane Delaplane and Mike Rhoades signed a Proclamation declaring the last week in May as “Joining Together for Darke County Youth” Week. Photo by Jaime Wombolt. 

Arcanum Fire Department dedicates new grass truck

ARCANUM – In a few weeks, the Arcanum Fire Department will have a new tool in its arsenal. The department unveiled its new grass truck at a dedication ceremony on May 19. The 2013 Chevy will replace the department’s grass truck purchased in 1976 and rebuilt a couple of times.

This piece of equipment is very important to the fire department as a lot of their calls are field or grass fires. During dry conditions, field fires have and can cause major damage.

Chief Kurt Troutwine pointed out the department has been trying for several years to get grant funding to finance the purchase, but each year they were turned down. With parts for the old truck becoming harder to find, he had to approach council to come up with the funding. A committee was formed to determine the type of vehicle and equipment needed. The result was a $70,000 budget. With council’s permission, the department purchased the vehicle and provided all of the labor to make it ready for use. The truck was jacked up to accommodate larger tires, which is essential for driving into fields, and all of the equipment was installed by department volunteers. According to Troutwine, if the vehicle were purchased ready to be put into service the cost would have been closer to $120,000-$125,000. “We have done due diligence to spend tax money well,” said Troutwine.

To celebrate the addition of the new vehicle, the department held a traditional dedication ceremony. Water from the old truck was transferred to the new truck. According to Troutwine, this is a reminder to the firefighters to not forget the past. Also, in a tradition dating back to when fire equipment was drawn by horses, the wheels of the truck were wet down and the firemen pushed the vehicle into the station.

In addition to dedicating the grass truck, Chief Troutwine also announced the promotion of two firefighters. Greg Baker, with the department since 2006, and Kevin Shawler, with the department since 2005, were promoted to lieutenant.

Arcanum Firefighters transfer water from the old grass truck to the new as part of the dedication ceremony for the new truck. 

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