Jun 30, 2013

Building a Room for Corynna holds open house for project

GREENVILLE – Sean and Kristi Strawser dreamed about a bigger house, but with finances tight due to their daughter’s (Corynna) illness they didn’t think there was any way that could happen. That was until a community of caring individuals lead by Mark Wolf stepped in and made it happen. Demolition began in early May to prepare for a room addition and an open house was held June 22 to show off the finished project. Corynna moved into her room on June 23.

Corynna is a facing Mitochondrial Disease, a life-changing illness with no cure that has confined her to a wheelchair. Prior to the building project, she was confined to a small bedroom upstairs with little room for family, let alone visitors. Because the disease affects her energy, a trip to the shower and the maneuverability it took to get there was extremely draining. If she wanted to spend time with the family, Sean or Kristi would have to carry her downstairs.

When Wolf first spoke with the Strawsers about building a room they didn’t get their hopes up and admitted to being leery. Kristi thought the project would get partially done and they would have to come up with the rest of the funds to finish. Upon completion, Wolf said the project was complete without any cost to the family; all of the materials and labor where either donated or purchased from cash donations. Corynna even received donations to help decorate the new room.

Kristi continued to express her amazement for the generosity of the community during the open house. The volunteers went far beyond her expectations. “They took pride in it,” she said. It took two weeks to make sure the shower was perfect and all of the woodwork was handmade and stained. She also noted there were a few times when they had to get the wheelchair to make sure the measurements were correct. Corynna’s old room was about 1/3 the size of the new room.

Although there were approximately 70 volunteers from start to finish the Strawser family was very active in the build. Wolf pointed out Sean was there every night after work to help on the project. He and Wolf were responsible for putting most of the siding and soffit on the outside of the room addition. The night prior to the open house, Sean was busy working on building and installing the handrail on the steps leading to the house.

Construction wasn’t limited to the new room. A couple of people noticed the front porch was in need of repair and offered their services.

What is Corynna’s favorite part of the room? “There is so much room for all of my make-up,” she said. With all of the medical equipment needed in her upstairs bedroom the lack of space caused her to stop doing her make-up.

She admits she felt trapped in the other room. But now, “I love being in my room,” she said.

To the volunteers and persons who donated money, Corynna said, “They are gifts from God. Without everybody this wouldn’t be possible. They made it perfect for me.” She continued, “Everybody took their time. They took so much time out of their lives.”

Kristi agreed, “Saying thank you doesn’t seem enough.” She also gave a lot of credit to Wolf saying she couldn’t have pictured any one more capable of getting this done.
Corynna Strawser welcomed visitors into her new room during an open house celebrating the volunteers and donations that made it possible. (Ryan Berry photo)

Fracking a “non-issue” for Darke County

GREENVILLE – “The only impact this process will have on Darke County is the possibility of lower fuel prices due to the increased availability of fuel sources.”

That was the basic message of the two speakers June 24 at the Lighthouse Christian Center.

Entitled “Just the Fracks!” the public information forum was held by the Darke County League of Women Voters as the other side of the issue following a public forum conducted earlier that was primarily opposed to the concept of “fracking.” Speakers were Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Foundation Program, and Shawn Bennett, field director for Energy in Depth Ohio.

“There is no oil or gas exploration in Darke County and there won’t be,” Reda said. “The geology isn’t right for it.”

She reiterated this several times during her presentation, explaining that hydraulic fracturing (well stimulation) is occurring primarily in Eastern Ohio. Injection of the fracturing fluid, brine water, or “slick water” as it is often termed, another concern of some in Darke County, takes place close to the well site.

“I would be keeping my costs down,” Reda said. “Putting the water back into the ground costs money. Transporting it costs even more. Why would I go to the expense of sending it across the state?

“Besides, all we’re doing is putting the water back where it came from.”

She noted that fracturing fluid is 90 percent water and 9.5 percent sand. The remaining .5 percent consists of chemicals commonly used in household items such as sodium chloride (table salt), ethylene glycol (household cleaner), borate salts (cosmetics), sodium/potassium carbonate (detergent), guar gum (ice cream) and isopropanol (deodorant).

“This fracturing fluid has safely replaced the dynamite and nitroglycerin that has been used to stimulate wells in the past.”

Reda addressed the complaint that Ohio was taking “waste” from Pennsylvania.

“They only have six wells, no infrastructure. We would be in violation of interstate commerce laws if we didn’t take it and inject it until they had the structure in place to do it themselves. Again it’s economics. The injection site is still close to the well site.”

Bennett addressed another complaint that “fracking” is not regulated.

“I don’t know of any industry that is not regulated. We fall under the Safe Water Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, OSHA and the Community ‘Right to Know’ Act,” he said. “Ohio has the tightest regulations in the nation, more stringent than federal regulations.”

He reaffirmed Reda’s comments by noting that while some exploration to the west (Central Ohio) had been tried it was not getting the results the companies wanted. At the far east, the concentration was typically dry gas; useful but not heavily sought after yet. Down the middle of the Utica Shale is where they are finding the desired wet gas.

“This is where the activity is,” he added. He also noted the economic impact on the top ten permitted counties.

“Unemployment is down from 2011; sales tax receipts increased in double digits, up 10 to 25 percent. Dollars are going back into the counties.”

He added that dollars are also going back into farms, helping a lot of farmers keep their family farms.

A question about property rights brought up knowing what you may or may not be purchasing.

“If there is one thing you take from this meeting, it’s to know about what rights you own when you buy land,” Reda said. “You could own a piece of property, but not know there’s someone else who owns the mineral rights on your land.”

Attendance was light, 19 individuals including LWV members, as a Greenville Levy Townhall meeting had been scheduled for the same evening.

That didn’t however keep some brief fireworks from occurring.

“With 60 years of data, and 30 studies pertinent to Ohio, not a single case was found to ever cause groundwater contamination…”

“Oh come on, come on!!” The interruption came from LWV member Ann Vehry in the audience. “I’ve got this book, I didn’t bring it with me…”

“These are well-respected studies…”

The interruptions continued with the two parties speaking over each other. After other LWV members returned the meeting to the speaker, Reda reiterated no groundwater contamination from well sites, but added there were cases in which accidents had occurred during construction.

Following the meeting Vehry apologized, noting that this was a subject about which she was passionate.

In explaining the role of OOGEEP, one of the areas Reda mentioned was fire training.

“Are accidents common? No. Do they happen? Yes, just like any other industry. Want to know what our number one emergency is now?

“Intentional vandalism.”

Reda illustrated the misinformation that was continually provided with a question… she listed off a half dozen damaging and potentially dangerous qualities of dihydrogen monoxide then asked if it should be banned. Out of 150 respondents 143 said yes, six didn’t know…

And one knew she was talking about water.
Local resident Al Bliss (center) talks with Rhonda Reda and Shawn Bennett prior to the LWV public information forum “Just the Fracks!”


GREENVILLE - Greenville Schools Superintendent Doug Fries solicits support for the district’s levy at a recent Kiwanis of Greenville meeting, noting the $45 million levy takes advantage of state funding and, a longer payout period and low interest rates. He noted the recent poll taken by the district and local media in which 80 percent of respondents supported the district’s plan. (Bob Robinson photo)

Greenville selected for $1.2 million grant

GREENVILLE - The City of Greenville has been selected for funding of a $1.2 million grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Small City Program. Greenville was one of seven cities in Ohio that were awarded funding from this Program of $13 million which was announced the first part of June.

The proposed project will take place on Sweitzer Street from Pine Street to Fourth Street and then proceeding down Fourth Street to Sycamore Street. Work proposed includes reconstruction and widening of the street along with new curbs, sidewalk, storm drainage, and catch basins. A more visible crosswalk pattern will be placed at the intersection of Central & West Fourth Street that serves the Greenville Junior High School. The project will also involve replacement of sanitary sewer, increasing the size of the water line, new service laterals, and fire hydrants. Mote & Associates, Inc., consulting engineer has estimated the project to cost $2,350,000.

Curt Garrison, Safety/Service Director introduced the Small City Program to the City Council the first of the year along with Susan Laux, Grants & Funding Specialist of Mote & Associates, Inc. The Council concurred that this program could be an important benefit to the city and immediately gave their support. The application was prepared and submitted on behalf of the city by Laux on March 1.

The city will be scheduling a meeting with ODOT in the near future to confirm the project scope and obtain final approval of the funds. The construction year will also be determined at that time. ODOT will be providing 80% of the construction costs related to the street, curb, sidewalk, and drainage. The City of Greenville is responsible for the remaining 20% along with the water and sanitary utility replacements.

Faber tells locals about administration accomplishments, discussions

State Senator Keith Faber 
GREENVILLE – Ohio had 88,000 new business filings in 2012, an all-time high. Ohio unemployment is below the national average. School districts get an 11.2 percent increase, the largest in history.

These were just some of the accomplishments of the Kasich administration since 2010, according Ohio Senator Keith Faber. He spoke at a recent Darke County Republican Men’s Club meeting at the Brethren Retirement Community. He also talked about some of the areas under discussion, including Medicaid reform.

“Two and a half years ago there was an $8 billion deficit with double digit unemployment. We balanced the budget and cut taxes, including killing the death tax,” Faber said. “There has been a growth of private jobs while the number of public jobs has decreased.”

Faber, president of the Ohio Senate, added there is discussion this year about using $400 million for an additional tax cut or for business incentives.

“We think there is a way to do both,” he said. “We are working on it.”

Faber addressed a complaint from many local governments that in 2011 the state balanced its budget on the backs of local governments.

“Yes, we asked you to share in the reductions,” he said. “Local revenues were decreased by two to four percent. The state reduced its budget by 18 percent.”

Local government revenues are increasing now, he added, noting sales tax revenues were going up.

“In education, we believe in payment for performance,” Faber noted. “But nobody talks about it because it isn’t controversial.”

School districts are receiving an 11.2 percent increase overall, the largest in Ohio history. Individual district revenues are determined by a sliding scale, however nobody gets a decrease. Rich districts (property values are up) and districts where enrollment is down will still receive the same amount of money.

“Nobody gets a decrease,” Faber repeated. “State revenues to those districts are frozen.”

Faber also addressed the concern over Common Core Standards. Those are directed by governors, not the federal government, and Ohio isn’t doing it, he said.

“There are no federal standards on education. None. We have Ohio Core Standards and student-specific data is not shared,” Faber said. He added the Ohio Core is based upon math, English, history, government, biology and physical science.

Some of the items under discussion are tax reform, Medicaid reform and combatting drugs.

Faber said there was ongoing discussion on the best way to raise revenue.

“Do we want income taxes or consumption (sales) taxes?” he said. “With a consumption tax you make the decision. An income tax is a tax on your labor. We want to encourage jobs, not discourage them.”

Faber said he was against the expansion of Medicaid, noting Obamacare is an attempt at the federal level to get more into health care.

“Medicaid is not efficient, but it’s designed to help the poor. We want to reform it; we want to go to the feds and say ‘give us some flexibility.’”

The individuals receiving Medicaid basically fall into three categories, Faber added: people who can’t work, people with a substance abuse problem or partial disability, and people who won’t work.

He noted 70 percent of the prison and jail populations are due to crimes committed because of some form of addiction.

“The reality is we have a drug problem and it’s costing us. We need to have a serious conversation about dealing with it.”

Faber said a subsidized federal treatment program would save judicial and societal dollars. He added those who need help should get it, and those with a substance abuse problem need to move into a treatment program.

“We need the flexibility,” Faber repeated. “Better service for less money.”

What does it mean locally?

“Ask your sheriff,” Faber said, adding the change in the prison system would be dramatic.

The Darke County Republican Men’s Club meets at 8 a.m. the third Saturday of each month in the Chestnut Cafeteria (former employee’s cafeteria) at Brethren Retirement Community. The public is invited.

Tour de Donut early registration ending soon

ARCANUM – The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle "race" where riders visit two "donut stops" during the 30 mile course and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five-minutes deducted from their ride time.

The third annual Donut mini will return with one donut stop on a 15 mile course. The mini will offer its own awards just like the longer distance while offering an alternative to those who are concerned about the full route allowing younger riders and families to take part in the fun.

Prizes are awarded in age group classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belts for the best adjusted "donut time" in addition to most donuts eaten and fastest bike only time.

You do not have to be an experiences cyclist to take part in this event. While the event is technically a "race" very few consider it a serious competition, remember this is all in fun! Anyone on a bicycle is welcome.

Expanding for 2013 will be Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment, free camping and sleeping bag space, downtown finish line festival area with live music, food and outdoor sports vendors.

Also new for this year will be free kids donut rides prior to the event start.

This event operates with zero sponsorship and pays for everything utilized including the 600 dozen donuts at the 2012 event.

Growing by 400 participants in 2012, over 1350 participants from 16 states and Canada came to Darke County to “comp-eat”.

Online and Mail-in registration opened Jan. 1 with 60 participants signing up that day. Registration will be open until the 2000 rider limit is reached or until the Sept. 1 deadline. There is no day of registration.

Early registration ends July 1. Online and mail in registration must be received by July 1 to take advantage of an early registration price. Custom cycling wear orders must also be received by this date to ensure ride day delivery. For more information, visit www.thetourdedonut.com.

Over 1300 riders took part in the 2012 Tour de Donut. Register now for this year’s event.

Firecracker Run and Angel Run are next up in challenge

DARKE COUNTY – Two more 5K runs in the Wayne HealthCare Challenge will soon be held and registration is being accepted for both.

Ansonia’s Firecracker Run will celebrate its 30th anniversary on July 4. This run is sponsored by the Ansonia Fire Department, Greenville National Bank, Riffle Mowing and Landscaping, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Rick Moody Construction and Ansonia Lumber Company and is held in conjunction with the Ansonia Fourth of July Celebration, parade, barbecue and fireworks.

This year’s race will start and finish at Ansonia Schools on State Route 47 East, Ansonia. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female runners overall. First, second and third in each age division, as well as first place team will also receive awards. Over 96 awards will be presented in 16 male and female age groups. The divisions are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and older.

A door prize drawing will be held after the awards. Refreshments will be available at the finish line.

Registration is available the day of the race at $18 with a shirt or $13 without a shirt. Extra shirts will be available race day while supply lasts. For more information, call 659-0037.

Registration is also available online at www.goodtimesraces.com.

The 16th annual Angel Run 5K will be held to remember all lost loved ones. The race is held in North Star and is held in conjunction with the Fireman’s and American Legion Picnic. The race will be held July 21, 9 a.m., and will start and finish at the North Star Park, east of town. Pre-registration is due by July 12. Race day registrations begins at 7:30 a.m. with a Fun Run for children at 8:45 a.m. Pre-registration with a shirt is $15 ($9 without shirt) or Day of Race with shirt is $20 (limited supply of shirts or $12 without shirt). A shirt only is $10 and the Fun Run is $1.

This is a flat, scenic course. New for the race this year is electronic chip timing. Door prizes will be given after the race, but you must be present to win.

Plaques will be given to the top three male and female overall winners and medals for the top three in each division. Race divisions are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 and older.

Proceeds from the Angel Run benefit a $750 Angel Run Scholarship, North Star Fire Department and North Star American Legion.

For more information, visit www.angelrun5k.com. To register, visit www.goodtimesraces.com.

Darke County Parks to award $25,000 in community parks grants

GREENVILLE - This past week the Darke County Park District’s Community Park Improvements Grant committee met to review the 2013 grant applications. Over the past 18 years this grant program has awarded up to $50,000 annually to Darke County’s local community parks to purchase land, build and upgrade restrooms, shelter houses and other facilities and install and upgrade playground equipment and other items needed for families to enjoy in park areas near their homes around the county. Over $626,000 has been awarded to Darke County’s local villages and city. This year applications received from the city of Greenville, along with the Villages of Ansonia, Gettysburg, New Weston, North Star, Osgood, Palestine, Rossburg, Union City, Versailles and Wayne Lakes will receive $24,973.84 to upgrade and improve their community park facilities with such projects as replacing broken or unsafe playground or ball diamond equipment, repairing shelter houses and replacing old dugouts and fences and installing or replacing security lighting. Your Darke County Parks is proud of the history of the Community Parks Improvement Grants Program! If you would like any additional information about this program please call our office and ask for Deb Shiverdecker, Office Manager or Roger Van Frank, Director at (937)548-0165. Thank you for supporting more wonderful community assets through YOUR Darke County Park District.

HOPE Foundation gives scholarships to 87 seniors

DARKE COUNTY – The HOPE Foundation of Darke County awarded over $154,000 in college scholarships to 87 seniors who recently graduated from Darke County high schools. Money for the scholarships comes from HOPE funds that have been established by individuals, families and businesses in Darke County.

Many of the funds are endowed, allowing donors to create a legacy in honor of a family member or a special purpose. Invested long-term, these funds generate income that provides scholarship dollars every year in perpetuity. Since the foundation started in 1986, over $1.2 million has been awarded to Darke County students. For information on establishing a fund for a scholarship or community grant, call 548-HOPE or visit HOPE’s website at www.hopedarkecounty.com.

As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents.

The following HOPE Foundation funds provided scholarships: Ansonia Area Jaycees Fund, Velma and Merlin Applegate Fund, Pauline Winbigler Bales Fund, Tim Best/Ronnie Kreitzer Memorial Fund, Irene Bolen Memorial Fund, Robert and Iris Bolen Fund, Darke County Engineering and Sciences Fund, Brian and Regina Delk Memorial Fund, Lindsay Donadio Memorial Fund, Mr. & Mrs. Howard & Eva Fisher Fund, Kenneth & Virginia Marie Flory Fund, Galen and Blanche Fourman Fund, Kenneth J. Gibboney Fund, Richard Graeff Family Fund, Mandy Green Fund, Greenville National Bank Fund, Jeanie and Jeff Hawley Memorial Fund, Eleanor J. Hughes Fund, Ami McClurkin Fund, Fred Miltenberger Memorial Fund, Virginia Nischwitz Fund, Susan J. North Art Fund, Norton Family 4-H Fund, Road Less Traveled Fund, J.C. and Alice Schafer Fund, Lois Snyder Fund, Schipfer Family Fund, Edwin, Mac & Marguerite Stoltz Fund, Steven Stucke Memorial Fund, J. Howard Trump Art Fund, United Way/Ira James Troutwine Fund, Paul C. and Helen D. Warner Fund, Sarah Whittaker Memorial Fund, Matt Wuebker Memorial Fund, and Ryan Wulber Memorial Fund.

Ansonia HOPE scholarship winners: Jean Young (HOPE Foundation trustee), Kelli Sewell, Paul Schlecty, Logan Moody, Mitch Garrett and Austin Bergman.

Arcanum HOPE scholarship winners are Micaela Wright, Simon Troutwine, Lauren Snyder, Danielle Sink, Katie Harman, Parker Buhrman, Kendra Bayer and Matthew Albright. Not pictured: Grady Garno.

Home School scholarship winner is Autumn Young, Union City.

Bradford HOPE scholarship winners are Logan Houser, Ben Karnhem, Lindsey Rose, Dennis Baker (HOPE Foundation trustee).

Franklin-Monroe HOPE scholarship winners shown with Mike Gray (HOPE Foundation trustee) are Lucas King, Michelle Chen, Cara Vanderhorst, Jesse Warner and Tim Wright.

Greenville HOPE scholarship winners are (front row) Sydney Hunt, Taylor Davis, Erica Waller, Cierra Whitesel, Caitlyn Jetter, Caitlynn Jones, Erin Albright, Kira Ross, Tessah Schinke, Hannah Hunt, Jessica Kerg, (second row) Maggie Suter, Leah Lewis, Trevor Fulton, Megan Carroll, Lane Flora, Caitlyn Eckstein, Emily Hayes, Chase Jenkinson, Gunther Ruck, Sam Bowers, Jon Keller, (third row) Ben Hayes, Aaron Leveronne, Nick Venenga, Brant Duncan, Doug Wise, Alexandra Myers, Mitchell Pence, Aaron Jones, Adam Hickerson, Marissa Cain, Tara Guillozet, Derek Lockhart (fourth row) Mandy Green Scholarship Committee: Tammy Green, Jesse Green, Shelley Sander, Bill Osterbur, Kris Osterbur, Betsy Smith, Ron Smith.

Mississinawa Valley HOPE scholarship winners are Preston Deeter, Sydney Drew and Randy Youmans.

Tri-Village HOPE scholarship winners are Megan Stephan, Elizabeth Miller, Macy Fraylick, Taylor Dill and Caleb Chowning.

Versailles HOPE scholarship winners are (front row) Brooke Robinson, Jennifer Neiberg, Jessica Heitkamp, Hannah Knopp, Laura Paulus, Rachel Hedrick, Kaylee Eakins, Samantha Kremer, Christy Prakel (HOPE Foundation president), (back row) Jacob Heitkamp, Ryan Browder, Matt Subler, Justin Bruns, Chad Winner, Brittany Brand, Alex Cordonnier, Sam Subler, Todd Hilgefort, Maddie Buschur.

Poultry Days Recap: 3 Days of Music, Events & Chicken

VERSAILLES – About 80,000 visitors descended on the Village of Versailles for its 62nd Annual Poultry Days Festival on June 14, 15 and 16. Visitors were hungry, with the chicken line often extending from the serving tent to the Social Tent several hundred feet away. Waiting time could be an hour or more. According to an early evening announcement, the four drive-thru lines had been full since they opened at 3:30 p.m.

Six thousand chicken dinners were prepared for Friday and sold out by early evening; 10,000 “birds” were prepared for Saturday with several thousand more planned for Sunday. According to Poultry Days’ Eric Stachler, the final tally of chicken dinners sold was 25,196.

According to publicity chair Toni Riegle, visitors were thirsty with an estimated 243 kegs of beer, plus 50 cases of craft beer, sold by the end of the weekend.

Stachler said the weather was perfect and the Social Tent was packed the entire weekend.

“Extra seats and continuous entertainment were big hits,” he added.

Forty plus “Ultimate Frisbee” teams reportedly kicked off the annual tournament that ran from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, following the Ultimate Frisbee Challenge on Saturday.

“Team Canada avenged their pool play loss from Saturday night. They overcame a 7-5 halftime deficit to win 13-12 over Team USA in the finals to win the 32nd annual Ultimate Tournament,” Stachler said.

The Poultry Days Festival has a new Miss Chick, Lauren Gehret, and a new Little Miss Poultry Days, Alivia Addis. A new event added for 2013 was Mister and Miss SuperFit Challenge.

Stachler noted there were 135 entries in the Antique Car and Tractor Parade and 136 entries in the Grand Parade.

He said the 5K had a record number of participants as Tony O’Connor won the overall 5K at 16.55, Aaron Fraley came in second with 17.25 and Tad Wissel third at 17.56.

“There were 450 5K runners this year with a strong increase (from last year) as the race became a part of the Wayne Healthcare Challenge,” he added.

Poultry Days grounds at the old high school were packed with visitors all three days. There was a variety of rides and events to keep the kids entertained, and plenty of good food to keep hunger pains down while waiting for the chicken line to get shorter.

In addition to the Grand Parade and Ultimate Frisbee, there were Tours de Versailles, adult tricycle races, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Arts & Flower and Photography shows, a variety of musical entertainment groups and more.

Themed Poultrystock, the 2013 Versailles Poultry Days featured “3 Days of Music, Events & Chicken.”

Jaime Wombolt, County News Online, talks to visitors about the Early Bird and dozens of sponsors who are supporting the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund in providing assistance to Darke County students heading for college.

The chicken line often extended from the serving tent to the Social Tent, several hundred feet to the north, at the 62nd Annual Poultry Days June 14, 15 and 16. Waiting time could be an hour or more.

Jun 29, 2013

Benefit for Brett planned

Brett Widener
ANSONIA – The members of Ansonia Rescue and Rossburg Fire Dept. are collaborating on two fundraisers to help the family with expenses incurred since Brett’s illness began. Brett Widener is a typical two year old. He loves to play with Thomas the Train and can tell you all the names of the characters. He loves ambulances and fire engines and with a dad who is squad president at Ansonia Rescue and a lieutenant at Rossburg Fire Dept., he gets a lot of time playing around them. But since, June 4, Brett has been in the hospital. What started as a minor illness with a fever, soon escalated to critical condition. Brett was transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton on June 5. At the time of his transfer by Children’s MICU, Brett was in critical condition. Once at Children’s it was discovered that Brett was suffering from E-Coli that soon caused a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

HUS is a disease of blood clotting in the smallest blood vessels in the body. As red blood cells pass through the blocked blood vessel, the blood cells are damaged. (hemolyzed) The damaged red blood cells clog the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys. This makes it harder for the kidneys to remove fluid and waste from the blood. This can cause the kidneys to completely stop working. This is kidney failure. This is what happened to little Brett.

While at Children’s, Brett has had several surgical procedures to install dialysis ports and was sedated and on a ventilator for 8 days while undergoing dialysis treatments. This was a heart wrenching time for Brett’s parents, Chris and Sheri Widener. They haven’t left his side since this nightmare began.

On July 13, the members of Ansonia Rescue and Rossburg Fire will hold a boot drive to collect donations. The boot drive will be at the intersection of Broad St and Main St. in Rossburg (at the stop light). They will begin at 2:30 p.m.

On July 14, there will be a pork chop dinner at the Rossburg Fire Dept. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The dinner will include a pork chop, au gratin potatoes, green beans, apple sauce, roll & butter for $7. Drinks and additional desserts are extra. The members of Rossburg Auxiliary will also be holding a bake sale at the fire dept. All proceeds go to the family.

Tickets are available from any Ansonia Rescue member or Rossburg Fire member. Please come out and help this family. If you can’t attend the pork chop dinner and would like to contribute, donations can be mailed to Ansonia Rescue at PO Box 171, Ansonia Ohio 45303 or Rossburg Fire Dept. 101 S. Broad St. Rossburg, Ohio 45362. Please indicate on your check donation for Brett Widener Benefit.

Lunch on the Lawn at the library

GREENVILLE - Come and enjoy the Greenville Public Library’s second “Lunch on the Lawn” July 5 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. D’Allesios is serving from the white tent, or bring your own lunch or just stop by for the music and enjoy the shade trees on a summer afternoon. The library thanks to the Friends of the Library for their sponsorship.

The menu is Sandwich (choice of chicken salad croissant or Italian sandwich); Salad (choice of macaroni salad or fruit salad); Potato Chip Cookie; Drink (lemonade, water, or iced tea). Cost $7 with $1 of every lunch going to support Main Street Greenville.

Entertainment will be provided by “Frohna & Warner.” Both gentlemen grew up with music and have played in many different bands.

Aaron Frohna’s family is originally from Milwaukee where his grandfather played first chair violin in the Milwaukee Symphony and Pops. His Dad is a fourth generation piano tuner. Aaron learned piano and guitar at 14. He moved from Sidney to Greenville when he and Julie (Children’s Librarian) married.

David Warner was born in Germany while his Dad was in the Air Force but grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School. He studied music performance in college. He’s also a family man but finds time to play in the Municipal Park Band and sometimes teach percussion at the high school.

They play a wide variety of familiar favorites. Frohna uses a looping technique that gives a stereo effect and Warner plays cajon, a Peruvian drum. They’ve been featured on such radio stations as YSO and HITS 1055 as well as at many fundraisers and functions. You can see them at the Bistro and also opening for Amy McFarland & the Blues Merchants at DCCA’s “Blues & Barbecue” on July 12.

Learn to write about your precious moments

Sam Armstrong
GREENVILLE - Seeing you tightly swaddled in the nursery blanket and touching your delicate, tiny fingers, I was overcome with… Hunkered down in the foxhole, my senses heightened by the… The thrill of the road rising before me…

There are so many stories, so many memories…

Do you have personal stories to share with family or friends? Impressions of experiences floating in the back of your mind? Half-written essays?

Learn how to write about the distinguishing moments in your life… to get to the emotional truth of those occurrences… to compose your personal story.

Workshop leader Sam Armstrong, an English Major completing his final year at Cedarville University will guide participants through various writing techniques when writing a memoir.

The writing techniques will be supported by a selection of personal essays from The Things They Carried, written by Tim O’Brien, along with discussions, open writing time, sharing, and critiques. The workshop is open to individuals at all levels of writing skills.

The 5-week memoir writing workshop will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. beginning July 8. Participants will meet on Juniper Lane 4 in the main building of the Brethren Retirement Community.

Individuals interested in attending the memoir writing workshop can contact Elaine Bailey at 547-9912 or email gebailey1@embarqmail.com

The workshop is sponsored by the Darke County Senior Scribes, a group of writers who support local youth through fundraising for scholarships and provide opportunities for individuals to improve their written expression.

The Senior Scribes meet at 9:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Heartland of Greenville. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Heartland monthly brunch planned for July 10

GREENVILLE – Heartland of Greenville’s monthly Brunch & Learn will be held on July 10 at 10 a.m. in the East Dining Room. This month’s topic, “Making a Simple Arrangement,” will feature florist Katie Netzley from The Flower Patch. Attendees will learn how to make a simple floral arrangement from items readily available in your home and garden. The public is invited to attend and a free brunch will be provided. Please call 548-3141 with any questions. Heartland of Greenville is located at 243 Marion Drive, Greenville.

Dedicate a Luminary in Darke County Relay For Life

VERSAILLES - The Darke County Relay for Life would like to remind all those affected by cancer to consider purchasing a luminary in honor of a cancer survivor, in support of someone currently battling cancer or in memory of a cancer victim. These luminary bags are illuminated after dark on July 19 at approximately 9:30 p.m. at this year’s relay to be held at Heritage Park in Versailles. Each luminary is personalized with a name in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaries can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant. Each luminary candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others.

During the lighting ceremony each name is read aloud, and in support or remembrance. The luminaries are left burning all night along the path which is walked non-stop, by the different teams, to represent that cancer doesn’t sleep and that we must continue to fight for the cure.

To order a luminary visit the website: www.relayforlife.org/darkecounty and choose the [Dedicate a Luminaria] icon. Name the team to receive credit for luminary. They are local fundraising teams that have committed to raising money for cancer research. These 21 teams and their team captains are listed below. Anyone interested may also join a team while online by choosing the [Sign Up/Volunteer] icon.

Team and team captain: Rossburg Auxiliary, Susan Mills; Reid-Bravo-Darke, Becky Jewison; Mission Possible, Hannah Elaine Wenig; Greenville Curves, Janet Fyffe; Team Footprints, Amanda Curry; Darke County Association of REALTORS, Laura VanHoose; Walnut Hill Walkers, Lisa Gower; United Marathoners, Deb Gutheil; Imagine a World, Deb Kaufman; Lutherans for a Cure, Karen Schultz; Team VCC, Laura Cress; Survivor Inspired, Deb Phlipot; Phelan Insurance, Jennifer Didier; Tiger Team, Joni Robinson; Jolly Hot Tamales, Carrie Drees; Banking on a Cure, Lisa Iray; Because We Care, Michelle Alt; Versailles Eagles Auxiliary, Carol Frey; Vision of HOPE, Angela Brown; Joan’s Kids, Debbie Richard; United for a Cure, Lynne Mangen.

The website has cancer facts, information on the American Cancer Society, what happens to donations and more. Joni Robinson may be contacted at 937/286-6941 to help. Luminaries are $10.00 each.

Daniel Boone to visit the Gathering at Garst

GREENVILLE - Steven Caudill of Winchester, Ky. grew up and now lives just a few miles northeast of Fort Boonesborough. Steven is an 18th century re-enactor who portrays Daniel Boone so well that watching him can leave one wondering if he isn’t the modern-day embodiment of Boone himself! His sincere passion for his state’s magnificent history and his admiration for Daniel Boone are honest and unmistakable. He may be as close as we in the 21st century can come to watching the original Daniel Boone in action.

Steven will take you on a historical educational journey through the life and adventures of one of history’s most notable figures. He will talk about the facts and myths that surround Kentucky’s favorite frontiersman. Don’t miss “Daniel Boone, American Hero” on the main stage at The Gathering at Garst on Saturday July 27 at 3 p.m. and on Sunday July 28 at 2 p.m.

Plan to attend the third Gathering at Garst on the grounds of Garst Museum on July 27 and 28. Musical artists will be performing throughout the two-day event. Visit the Gathering at Garst website at www.gatheringatgarst.com for frequently updated details or “LIKE” and “SHARE” its Facebook page to learn more.

Steven Caudill will portray frontiersman Daniel Boone at the Gathering at Garst

Computer classes at library

GREENVILLE - A new series of free computer classes starts at the Greenville Public Library in July. These classes are popular and open to anyone who wishes to sign up. If you’ve already taken them you’re free to do so again. Stephanie St. Myers is the instructor. She’s easy to follow, patient, and a whiz on the computer.

There are three classes in a series: Basic Computer; Internet; and Email. Each class lasts a couple hours. One series runs three Monday mornings in a row: July 8, 15 and 22. The time is 10 a.m. to noon.

Another series runs three Thursday afternoons in a row: July 11, 18 and 25. The time is 3 - 5 p.m.

You may sign up for any or all of these classes. Just call the Library at 548-3915 or stop in at the Reference Desk on the second floor. The computer room is on the second floor as well. Take-home notes will be distributed so you don’t need to bring anything but yourself!

Stephanie St. Myers will be teaching three computer classes at the Greenville Library starting July 8.

Wayne HealthCare: Traveling with Diabetes

DARKE COUNTY - The summer months mean the kids are out of school, hot weather has returned and traveling begins. Are you planning a trip this summer? You can go almost anywhere whether it is to the beach or the mountains. If you have diabetes, it takes just a little planning to keep your blood glucose in control.

Traveling can make it hard to keep your blood glucose within your target range because of changes in meal times, types of food available, and activity. Check your blood glucose frequently when you are on vacation.

Here are some tips to make traveling easier.

Packing tips:

Pack extra supplies including testing strips, lancets, batteries, medication.

Make sure you pack your supplies in your carry-on bag.

Keep insulin cool with a cooler or ice pack.

Wear an ID that identifies that you have diabetes

Carry a fast acting source of carbohydrate, like glucose tablets, in case your blood glucose drops.

Bring your physicians name and phone number.

Pack a list of the medications you are taking.

At the airport:

Tell security that you are a diabetic and that you are carrying medical supplies.

Have a prescription label with a name that matches the boarding ticket for your medications.

You can bring syringes on the airplane if you have insulin with you.

Do not forget foot care

Bring extra shoes to prevent blisters and sore pressure points.

Check your feet often and treat minor foot injuries.

Do not go barefoot. Protect your feet when walking by the pool, in the park, or on the beach.

To learn more about living a healthy life with diabetes, consider attending Group Diabetes Classes at Wayne HealthCare. Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. During the classes you will learn the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the blood glucose results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.

The cost is $40 for the series of four classes. The next group classes will be held July 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

If you prefer to meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator, you can receive education regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program please call 937-547-5750.

Jun 28, 2013

Greenville Police Beat

Nude male detained on Martin Street

On June 16 police were dispatched to the 800 block of Martin Street reference a nude male subject walking down the street. He was covered in blood with several cuts on his body. The subject appeared to be in need of medical help, so EMS was contacted and staged in the area. When the individual observed the police he began running east past Integrity Way. He was alternately quiet and combative; it took two officers to put handcuffs on him and eventually get him into an ambulance. He stated he had taken “stuff.” He later said his name was Ricky Curry. Pressure points had to be used as he was pushed down to the hood of the police car, then moved into EMS to Wayne ER. It was later learned Curry had jumped out of a window and cut himself on the class, and while he was on the hood of the police car, he was able to scratch it with his handcuffs. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief.


On June 22, police responded to a call in the area of Anderson and 13th Street where someone was using a cell phone light to look into cars. When officers arrived they saw a subject running between the house around Markwith and 13th Street. A suspect was spotted north of the house at 401 Markwith and ordered to come out. A juvenile came out. He had a black plastic case that contained knives and gun parts. Police saw a second subject hiding, Michael McDonald. He had an unloaded Mossburg Model 715T .22 Cal. semi auto assault rifle with magazine. McDonald was read his rights and arrested for receiving stolen property. The mother of the juvenile refused to pick him up and the owner the property at 401 Markwith, Robert Delk, advised that the juvenile did not have permission to be on his property and would like him charged with trespass. The juvenile was issued citations for curfew violation and criminal trespass. He was taken to West Central.

On June 21, Nick Swindler and Adam Sturgill were arrested on suspicion of theft. Police had been called to the 100 block of Central Avenue where the caller stated he observed Swindler entering into an unlocked vehicle and removing items. Sturgill was standing on the northeast corner, near the Junior High School, looking around. According to the caller, Sturgill seemed to be acting as a “look-out.” Both later walked southbound on Central Avenue and turned west on Cypress. Police found both suspects on Peral Street, near Euclid. Officers saw a medication bottle, which Swindler claimed was his ex-girlfriend’s. The medication belonged to Ashley McCleskey, who said she did not know Swindler. The vehicle from which it had been removed was ransacked, but nothing else missing.

Tera Ginger, 427 Wayne Ave., reported a theft on June 21, stating that she went to Wal-Mart at 11:30, leaving her computer under a pillow on the front porch. When she returned 25 minutes later, she notice the power cord on the ground and her computer was missing. No suspects.

On June 14, an employee for Rumpke Waste reported what was believed to be a theft over time of approximately 500 ‘pick-up’ garbage bags that Rumpke supplies to Wal-Mart to sell at $2 each. The number sold does not match with the number being delivered. The employee stated that the belief is bags are being stolen and sold at a cheaper price.

On June 22, James McMaken, 612 Washington Ave., reported his truck had been damaged and some items missing. The items two fishing poles, a tackle box and an I-Pod touch 4. A neighbor at 623 Washington stated he didn’t see anything but also had two fishing poles, a bike and a tool box come up missing from his garage sale. No further information.


During booking of Donald Peirsol, who had been arrested for falsification, it was discovered that he was a sex offender from Stockton, Calif., and that he was required to register. Peirsol had been staying at 337 E. 4th St. The resident, Rebecca Bell, advised police that Peirsol had been there since May 31. They had met online and had been texting for about three months. Bell’s residence is within 1,000 feet of East School. An arrest warrant and complaint was served on Peirol at the jail.


On June 21, Joe Smith was observed on W. Main Street at South Broadway. When police approached he ran on foot toward South Broadway. While running he was observed throwing out what appeared to be a hypodermic needle with an orange safety tip on it. Smith admitted it was his. Smith was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear (FTA) for a pretrial on drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for drug paraphernalia.

On June 22, police were dispatched to 141 Pine St. where Damian King reportedly was. King had two active warrants, one for a Civil Protection Order violation, falsification, theft and menacing, and one for an assault. King was arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail.

On June 22, police were dispatched to Sater Street and Gray Avenue where Caitlon Nunley was observed lying on the sidewalk, crying. Police discovered she had an active warrant for theft and was arrested. In her possession was a metal pipe with burnt ends and with steel wool inside. Nunley stated that she uses crack and heroin. She was issue a citation for drug paraphernalia.

Cancer survivors can register for Relay for Life

VERSAILLES - Attention Cancer Survivors, there is still time to register for this year’s Relay For Life.

You can still register for this year’s Relay For Life event taking place at Versailles Heritage Park on July 19 and 20. Please complete and mail the Survivor form by July 10 to: Joyce Johnson, P.O. Box 353, Gettysburg, Ohio 45328.

The opening ceremonies starts at 6 p.m., with survivors walking the first lap and their caregivers joining them for the second lap. There will be a meal after the second lap when survivors and one caregiver are gathered in the large survivor tent.

There will be a lot of activities at each of the team tens as well as in the area beside the small Survivor tent. Come join the fun and excitement as we celebrate! Remember! And Fight Back!

Any questions, please contact Joyce Johnson Survivor/Caregiver chair 937-621-4848 or go to www.cancer.org or www.relayforlife.org/darkecounty.

Bill Booker Lectures on Annie Oakley

GREENVILLE - The third lecture in a series by Bill Booker is scheduled for Tuesday July 2nd at 2:00 p.m. in the Reference Room of the Greenville Public Library. The title is “Daughter of a Gun - Our Annie.” Bill’s lectures are always insightful, entertaining, and full of little-known facts and antidotes. In Bill’s words...

She came from a large family, born in northwestern Darke County, she had a superior mother, a natural father and two step fathers....and just one brother, the man who first taught her how to hold a gun....and how to aim high and hit the mark.

The lectures spans her 66 years, smooths out some facets of the usually unknown Annie....and turns some truths right side up. She used her unusually sharp eyesight to make utterly clean kills of all manner of game which she sold first in Greenville and then as far away as Cincinnati where she met her future husband, himself a sharp shooter, Frank Butler.

As part of the famous Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and Congress of Roughriders, she crisscrossed the country and made exhibition trips to Europe where she performed before the major crowned heads of government. There is more to tell than time can allow....Little Miss Sure Shot - that was Annie.

Ansonia prepares for July 4th events

ANSONIA – The Ansonia Community 4th of July Celebration will be held on July 4-6. The event starts with a 5k race at 9 a.m. and parade 12:30 p.m. Lineup is at 11 a.m. at the First Church of God. All entries are accepted the day of the parade. The Grand Marshall is Coach Hoening and his staff. For more information, contact Jerry Koverman, 337-3464.

Versailles Winery will be hosting a wine tasting at 4 p.m. on July 5 and 10 a.m. on July 6. Fireworks will be held on July 5 at dusk.

Events on July 6 include games, cake wheel, Little Mr. and Miss Red, White and Blue Pageant at 2 p.m., Cornhole tournament, National Kiddie Tractor Pull with signups at 3 p.m. and pulling at 4 p.m., Family Feud at 7 p.m., Car Lotto and more.

The event will also feature a softball tournament, horseshoe tournament and Bingo.

Grief support meetings planned

GREENVILLE – Losing a loved one can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. Often, those grieving need help dealing with their loss. State of the Heart Hospice is offering adult grief support meetings beginning July 17 and concluding Aug. 21. The sessions are free and are open to anyone in the community.

This is the first time for the Greenville office of State of the Heart to “partner” with a local funeral home. The hospice bereavement team is partnering with Zechar Bailey Funeral home for the Growing Through Grief sessions. It is not necessary to be associated with hospice care and one need not have any association with the local funeral home. The meetings will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the State of the Heart office in Greenville, 1350 N. Broadway which is across the street from Zechar Bailey Funeral Home.

“Those who have attended our grief support meetings find them helpful,” said Marlene Black, hospice bereavement specialist who will conduct the meetings assisted by staff from Zechar Bailey. “Sometimes people are reluctant to attend, but once they begin coming to the meetings, they look forward to them. We find that those who attend are pleased that they made the effort to get to the first meeting.”

The benefit of the meetings, she added, “is that those attending find there are others experiencing grief just as they are. They find they are not alone in their grief, and they begin talking and sharing their feelings about loss. In many instances, friendships are formed.”

State of the Heart Hospice provides care to families and patients confronting a life limiting illness. The agency has offices in Greenville, Portland and Coldwater, and serves eastern Indiana and western Ohio. The nonprofit agency has previously partnered with funeral homes in Winchester and Portland Indiana.

“It is a natural partnership,” Black explained. “The funeral home staff is able to direct people needing help with their grief to the sessions. It is helpful to the funeral home staff to see how grief in the long run affects people. It is educational and enlightening.”

Phillip Pierri, manager of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, added that “Zechar Bailey Funeral Home is proud to join State of the Heart Hospice for these Grief Support Meetings. Working hand and hand with State of the Heart Hospice on a daily basis gives us a much deeper understanding of what they do for our families during these difficult times. Being able to provide the necessary support to our families through these meetings is part of the complete services that we offer. We are privileged to serve many of the local families and our services now include grief support. A member of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home staff will be in attendance to answer any questions during the meetings.”

Bereavement support is an important part of the care provided by hospice and is offered to adults and children. There is no charge for any of the bereavement services provided by State of the Heart. To register for the upcoming grief support meetings, call Marlene Black at 1-800-417-7535. Visit the agency web site at www.StateoftheHeartCare.org.

Municipal Band’s July 4th concert

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will open the summer concert series with a special July 4th Concert performed from the stage of the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park. The concert starts at 7 p.m. This starting time is 30 minutes earlier than the regular summer concert time so the audience can continue on to fireworks if they wish. The concert will be directed by the band’s associate conductor, Doug Albright. All Municipal Band concerts will are free and open to the public. Plenty of seating will be available in the park benches. Listeners may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating if they prefer.

The playing and singing of the National Anthem will coincide with the presentation of the colors by representatives of Greenville’s veterans organizations. The special musical guests for the evening will be Melody Line. This talented women’s vocal ensemble will perform a special arrangement of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” as well as “Of Thee I Sing, America.”

Other musical selections scheduled to be performed include “Irving Berlin: Songs for America,” “Echoes of the Civil War,” “Fantasy on Yankee Doodle,” “Armed Forces Salute,” and traditional patriotic marches such as “National Emblem,” “Washington Post,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The Greenville Municipal Concert Band has been an important part of the musical life of the city of Greenville since the founding of the band in 1883. The Marling Band Shell and the Greenville City Park provide an unexcelled setting for a band concert for listeners and performers alike. The principal conductor of the Greenville Municipal Band is Mr. JR Price.

All other concerts this summer are on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The concert dates are July 14, 21, 28 (jazz concert), Aug. 4, 11, 25 (jazz concert) and Sept. 1.

Concert Series

GREENVILLE – The 2013 Summer Concert Series will be presented by the Greenville Municipal Concert Band on July 4, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 25 and Sept. 1.

The July 4th concert begins at 7 p.m. and all other concerts start at 7:30 p.m. All will be held in the Marling Band Shell, Greenville City Park.

The July 28 and Aug. 25 concerts will feature the jazz band.

Historical Society’s events include rummage sale

ARCANUM – Arcanum Historical Society invites the public to air-conditioned shopping for the annual “Anything and Everything” rummage sale on July 17, 1-6 p.m. and continuing on July 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and concluding on July 20, 9 a.m.–noon. The sale will be held inside the building and outside for the larger items.

The items are too numerous for listing but guaranteed to be sold at the lowest and affordable prices.

The society will be accepting donations for the rummage sale until July 16. Items may be left on the front porch or back porch of the building at any time. Donations will be moved inside the building daily by society members. For donations of larger items, call Dick Troutwine at 692-5128 to arrange a pick up time.

Please no adult clothing except hats, scarves, purses or jewelry. Children’s clothing will be welcomed. Also, computers and TV consoles are not desirable.

The Historical Society continues with many other activities during the summer. The Farmer’s Market is every Saturday morning at Veterans’ Park. The Farmer’s Market welcomes new vendors both local and non-Arcanum community residents. Just come and set up, no reservations or prior arrangements needed. No fees charged for vendors.

The society opens its doors and inviting the public in to see the displays on Saturday mornings during the summer months. Displays change, come and see the interesting history of Southern Darke County.

The Historical Society will again maintain and operate the northern admission gate at the Darke County Fair. They are seeking volunteers from the members and anyone else who would like to participate. Contact Keith Furlong, 548-6556.

Don’t miss the Euchre Parties that are continuing during the summer months same as the winter Euchre Parties. They are held the first and third Friday of the months from 1–3:30 p.m. There will be no Euchre Party on Aug. 16, but will resume again in September as usual. The public is welcome to the Euchre Parties; no reservations needed.

Jun 27, 2013

Two Injured in Crash on US Route 36

GREENVILLE - On June 27, 2013 at approximately 11:37 AM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, and Greenville Township Rescue, responded to the intersection of US Route 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road on a report of an injury crash. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2006 GMC Sierra pick up truck, driven by Gary Harman, 55, of Arcanum,  was traveling South on Jaysville-St. Johns Road and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of US Route 36, then pulled into the intersection and was struck by an Eastbound tan 2004 Toyota Camry driven by Frederick A. Williams, 55, of Greenville. Mr. Williams and his front passenger Rhonda Williams, 61, were transported to Wayne HealthCare in Greenville for minor injuries, and rear passenger Andrew Spencer, 6, for precautionary reasons.
Gary L. Harman was issued a citation for failure to yield from a stop sign.

Exhibit shines light on Main Street Greenville

GREENVILLE - The 2013 Main Street Greenville volunteer interns are thrilled to present This is Main Street - A Photography Exhibit on July 10, from 5–9:30 p.m., at The Bistro Off Broadway, 117 E. Fifth St., Greenville.

This is Main Street will serve as a final project to be used as a portfolio piece for interns, Amy Barger, Brealyn Eckstein and Sean Wolfe from their Main Street Greenville internship experience. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the new Main Street Greenville Executive Director Amber Garrett.

Amy, a 2008 graduate from Greenville High School, is majoring in photography at Columbia College in Chicago. With a strong interest in photojournalism, her focus for the exhibit will be the people of downtown Greenville and their stories. Brealyn, a 2010 graduate from Greenville High School, is majoring in photography at Ball State University. With a strong interest in fashion photography, her focus for the exhibit will be fine art images of our downtown district. Sean, also a 2010 graduate from Greenville High School, is majoring in Public Relations at Ball State University. With a strong interest in event planning and marketing, her focus for the exhibit has been organizing and promoting the event.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization, historic preservation, and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. Guests who attend This is Main Street will have the opportunity to purchase dinner and drinks at The Bistro (tickets aren’t required to enjoy dinner with The Bistro during the event), with 10 percent of each bill going toward Main Street Greenville. Additionally, all photos displayed will be available for purchase with proceeds going back to the organization.

Tickets for This is Main Street are $7 (children 12 and under are free) and are available for purchase before the event online at www.regonline.com/thisismainstreet or at various downtown businesses including, AAA, The A&B Coffee & Cake Co., Hallmark, Montage and Boutique on Broadway.

They hope you can join them to support the creativity of three young people who chose to give back to their community this summer!

New Madison 4th of July events

4th of July in New Madison

NEW MADISON – The New Madison 4th of July Committee invites you to celebrate Independence Day with them! Events begin on July 3, 4 p.m., at the New Madison Civic Center and the evening’s activities will include vendor booths, cornhole tournament, Little Mr. and Little Miss Firecracker pageant and food and beverages provided by the New Madison Civic Center organization. Events on July 4 will include a pancake breakfast, wiffle ball tournament, greased pig contest, petting zoo, dog show, volleyball tournament, cornhole tournament, chicken supper and various vendor booths and games.

The parade begins at 3 p.m. and the greatest fireworks show in Darke County begins at 10 p.m. behind the Tri-Village School. For a full schedule of events, visit www.newmadison4thofjuly.org.

New Madison July 4th parade

NEW MADISON – The New Madison 4th of July parade will be held on July 4, 3 p.m., along Main Street in New Madison. Any organization or individual interested in participating in the parade can line up on Anderson Street between 2-2:15 p.m. and parade information sheets will be filled out at that time. If you have questions, contact Tom Farmer, New Madison 4th of July Committee President at 996-0092.

Breakfast set for July 4th

NEW MADISON - The Ft. Black Masonic Lodge Fellowcraft Club, New Madison, will be sponsoring an all-you-can-eat pancake and fresh sausage breakfast on July 4th as a start to the New Madison Fourth of July celebration. Serving will be from 7:00 am to 11:00 am in the lodge dining room. Assisting with serving breakfast will be the Tri-Village Junior High Cheerleaders.

The Ft. Black Masonic Lodge invites everyone to attend the pancake and sausage breakfast and stay all day enjoying all the festivities including the parade, celebration activities, and the fireworks. Proceeds from the breakfast assist Masonic charities and help sponsor the Fourth of July celebration and fireworks.

Joseph performs at Family Fun Day

GREENVILLE – Greenville Public Library's “Family Fun Day” is every Wednesday starting at 11 a.m. Last week, Frisch Marionettes performed to over 200 enthusiastic kids and adults. Everyone was enthralled with learning how a string puppet works and with the lively and funny entertainment.

On July 3, the Library welcomes back Joseph with his multi-instrument music and art of storytelling. In case of rain they will meet at the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for their generous sponsorship of “Family Fun Days.”

Frisch Marionettes entertained at a recent Family Fun Day for the Greenville Public Library.

Darke County Parks —Through the Years

Tecumseh Point

GREENVILLE – This is the third 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.

Embracing the cultural history of our area, Darke County Parks acquired Tecumseh Point in hopes of preserving this historically significant property. This important piece of Darke County’s past was donated to the Park District by Shrader’s Inc. in 1989. Conveniently located just off North Broadway in Greenville, a walk along this paved interpretive trail will lead you to the confluence of Greenville and Mud Creeks, known as Tecumseh Point. Here Chief Tecumseh burned fires from 1805-1808 in protest of the Treaty of Greene Ville which opened the Northwest Territory to settlement. Interpretive signs along the trail allow for visitors to be “transported” back in time and to imagine what this area looked like some 200 years ago. There is also a narrow footpath that follows the bank of the Greenville Greek.

All of the Darke County Parks are open sunrise to sunset. For more information on Tecumseh Point or any Darke County Parks, call the Park Office, 548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Preparations made for Theater on 3rd

GREENVILLE – Main Street Greenville is thrilled to announce that a simple change in venue will allow for a $1,500 savings for the Main Street Greenville organization. First Fridays - Theater on Third will take place July 5 at dusk with a showing of Despicable Me.

In years past, the organization would rent a blow-up projection screen, HD projector and sound equipment to present the movie to a large crowd. In addition, the event required them to shut down the use of a side street off of Broadway (5th St.). Trying to think outside the box, they were able to start a mini grassroots movement to eliminate the need of renting equipment or shutting down a street.

As with all Main Street Greenville events, it wouldn't have been possible without the help and donations of many businesses and individuals in the community. We are thankful to the following for their donations:

* elementsLife - School of Healthy Living - use of building

* Eric Laux with Laux Farm Services- use of HD projector

* Bach to Rock- use of professional sound equipment

* City of Greenville- use of public parking lot

* America's Decorative Concrete- donation of time, labor and materials to paint the screen onto the building

The always-popular outdoor movie event, previously held on Fifth Street will move to Third Street. The movie will be projected onto the elementsLife building (120 W. Third St.), in the parking lot behind Bach to Rock.

This event is free and open to all. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends, and family downtown for another exciting night presented by Main Street Greenville, and of course, many businesses will stay open late.

Amber Garret, executive director of Main Street Greenville, watches as ADC Concrete paints the wall where Theater on 3rd will be held. (Ryan Berry photo)

Jun 26, 2013

Aslinger discusses duties of his court with Republican women

Judge Jason Aslinger
GREENVILLE - “The biggest challenge is placement…taking a kid and putting them somewhere.” said Juvenile Probate Judge Jason Aslinger. “Funding affects just about everything. Every juvenile sent somewhere has some impact on the budget.”

Aslinger spoke recently at the Darke County Republican Women’s Club regular monthly meeting.

During his presentation, he described the job of the Juvenile/Probate Division of the Darke County Court of Common Pleas, over which he presides. The probate division handles adoptions, estates, guardianships and conservatorships. The juvenile division handles delinquency, paternity, and custody (in abuse, neglect, dependency) cases.

Michael’s House is part of the responsibilities the Juvenile division supervises. Michael’s House is a Darke County housing facility to house up to ten troubled teen boys between ages 12 and 18. It provides a mid-point between inadequate homes and jail.

Juveniles who are sent out of the county are sent to either the West Central Detention facility in Miami County or to Ohio Department of Youth Services juvenile jail. According to Aslinger, some of the funding from the state is impacted by the number of youth sent to state juvenile jail.

Aslinger responded to a question regarding whether boys from outside of Darke County were ever housed at Michel’s House. He said that is not the case. Michael’s House has employees who supervise the boys at all times. The number of supervisors is dependent mainly upon the number in residence.

The budget of the Juvenile/Probate Division of the Darke County Court of Common Pleas is roughly $2 million. Approximately $1.6 million comes though the Darke County Commissioners and the remaining funds come through Ohio State Youth Services. Of that income, Aslinger said roughly $500,000 goes to fund Michael’s House, $300,000 goes to fund the Probate activities of the court, and the remainder funds the juvenile portion.

Aslinger remarked that there seems to be a significant drug problem among the adult population in Darke County, but that it is not reflected in the juvenile level. Most drug problems encountered by the juvenile court are lower level drugs.

Having a mentoring program for troubled youth is a goal Aslinger identified for the court. Troubled boys need to have a role model that shows them what it means to be a man, explained Aslinger.

The next meeting of the DCRWC will be held at 6:30 p.m., July 8 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community. For anyone wishing to dine with the group, the cost of the meal is $7.50, and reservations are due by July 4. Reservations that are placed are expected to be paid in full. Reservations may be placed by calling Wavelene Denniston at (937) 547-6477 or emailing her at dcrwreservations@darkegop.org. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting, but not dine, may do so by arriving prior to 7 p.m.

The DCRW club is a group of Republican Women who meet monthly and work at the grass-roots level to elect republican candidates, provide political and legislative knowledge and provide community service. For further information, contact President Sally Zeiter at (937) 4213-2391 or email her at DCRWPresident@darkegop.org.

Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) benefits from Mercer Savings 125th Anniversary

CELINA–For over 50 years, the Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) has responded to the educational needs of residents in Auglaize, Darke, Mercer and Van Wert counties by providing the resources to allow residents access to college instruction. In 1962, the foundation secured the funding to build and operate an institution of higher education. Since then, WOEF has remained strongly committed to the success of the Lake Campus.

Mercer Savings Bank contributed $125 to the WOEF Nursing Scholarship fund on May 23. The fund offers assistance to Lake Campus students who are planning to go into a nursing career. In celebration of Mercer Savings Bank’s 125th Anniversary, the bank is giving back to the community. Mercer Savings Bank will donate $125 to 125 different charities and organizations for 125 days. Mercer Savings Bank’s goal is to give back to the communities that have contributed to Mercer Savings Bank’s 125 years of excellence. For information visit http://www.wright.edu/lake/about/woef.html.

(Left to right) Greg Bruns, Mercer Savings Bank Vice-President of Lending, and Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer.

Lion's Club installs new officers

ARCANUM - The Arcanum Lion’s held their spring dinner meeting with a full house of members and guests present at the local historical building. Two new members were inducted into the club at the dinner. Lion Duane Byers sponsored Duane Byers, Jr. and Jason Byers for new membership and installation was completed by Co-President Lion Dick Mathias.

Co-President Lion Winston Brumbaugh thanked the Co-President Dick Mathis, Secretary Don Taylor, Treasurer Terry Mills, Second Year Director Bev Fourman, First Year Directors Dick Troutwine and John Weisenbarger, Lion Tamer Alan Fourman and posthumously Tail Twister Lonnie Norris. President Brumbaugh recapped the accomplishments for the past year to include manning the Darke Co. fair gate, parking cars for Garst Gathering, the annual pie auction, spring golf outing and chicken BBQ dinner.

The Arcanum Lion’s Clubs earnings support local needs for local eye glasses and optical appointments, individual community needs and four scholarships given to graduating Arcanum High School seniors. Scholarships sponsored by the Lion’s Club are: Ruth and Clayton Star Scholarship, Arcanum Lion’s Scholarship, Arcanum Lion’s Club Citizenship Award and new addition to the scholarships this year is the Lonnie Norris Memorial Scholarship. The club also donates to the Lion’s International Eye Bank and Sight Program.

Past President Wendell Miller installed the new club officers for the 2013-2014 year. New officers are President Matt Huffman, Vice President Bob Kimmel, Secretary Don Taylor, Treasurer Terry Mills, First Year Directors Dick Stroh and David Wilson, Second Year Directors Dick Troutwine and John Weisenbarger, Lion Tamer Alan Fourman, Tail Twister Wayne Stutz.

David Wilson, John Weisenbarger, Dick Stroh, Alan Fourman, Matt Huffman (rear), Bob Kimmel, Dick Troutwine

Jun 25, 2013

Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Greenville

GREENVILLE - On June 25, at approximately 4:07 p.m., members from the Greenville Police Department, Darke County Juvenile Probation Office, Miami County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, Darke County Sheriff's Office, and Union City, Indiana Police Department, executed a search warrant 416 1/2 E. Third St., Greenville. The search warrant was a result of a lengthy drug investigation by the Greenville Police Department.

Paul L. Fellers, 47, was arrested for Felony Permitting Drug Abuse, and Shaunta D. Griffith, 27, was arrested for Drug Trafficking in Heroin in a school zone. Both were taken to Darke County Jail to await arraignment. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely. The property is owned by John Castle. A nuisance abatement will be issued to Castle, Fellers and Griffith.

Anyone with drug information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department, 548-4150, option 2, or the Darke County Sheriff's Office, 548-2020.

ODH reports rise in near drowning incidents

DARKE COUNTY - A recent analysis of the number of children treated in emergency departments for near-drowning incidents has officials at the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) emphasizing the need for safe water practices. ODH tracks near-drowning incidents, which are reported to the state agency by emergency department personnel on a daily basis. The emergency department data show a clear seasonal trend in near-drowning incidents from the months of May-August. Children and youth are at an increased risk for drowning during these summer months. Parents should closely monitor their children’s play during water activities.

ODH also monitors death certificates to ascertain the number of drowning deaths. In 2012 in Ohio, 29 children and 69 adults died from drowning, according to preliminary ODH death certificate data. “Playing in the water is an excellent way to have fun and get exercise,” said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. “However, water can be dangerous. Respecting the risks water poses is the best way to keep our families safe.”

While children can drown in water anywhere, young children (aged 1 to 9) are at greater risk of drowning in swimming pools while older youth (aged 10 to 19) are at greater risk of drowning in natural bodies of water and is the second leading cause of death in children aged 0-4 according to the CDC.

Here are some important water safety tips:

Fence it off. Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools. This can help keep children away from the area when a parent cannot supervise them. Pool fences should completely separate the house and play area from the pool. If children can gain access to pools through the house or poorly-latched gates, they are at risk of drowning. Door alarms, pool alarms and automatic pool covers can add an extra layer of protection when used properly, but should not replace a fence and good supervision.

Never swim alone. Always have a buddy with you when you swim. It is also good to have a watch buddy as well in the event someone needs to contact emergency personnel.

Be on the lookout. Supervise young children at all times around bathtubs, swimming pools, ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water. Partner with other parents to take turns watching children at swimming pools. While parents often believe they will hear splashing or shouting, drowning is often silent and occurs quickly.

Begin teaching children to swim early. Experts suggest starting swimming lessons after age 4. Also, please note that water safety programs for infants and young children are not a substitute for good supervision.

Make life jackets a “must.” Make sure all kids wear life jackets (also known as personal flotation devices or PFDs) in and around natural bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers and ponds, even if they know how to swim. Ohio law requires children under the age of 10 to wear a PFD at all times on boats under 18 feet long, however older children will be safest when they wear PFDs too.

The PFD must be:

• U.S. Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V;• In good and serviceable condition;• Of appropriate size;• Securely attached.

Learn CPR. Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and get recertified every two years. Immediate CPR can help a child stay alive and reduce the chance of brain damage.

Install drain covers and safety releases. To avoid drain entanglement and entrapment in pools and spas, install anti-entrapment drain covers and safety vacuum release systems.

For more information on water safety and other safe and healthy summer practices, please visit: www.odh.ohio.gov or www.darkecountyhealth.org. You may also contact Elizabeth Farver, RS at the Darke County Health Department at 548-4196 ext. 233.

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