Feb 28, 2014

Greenville Police Beat - Disorderly conduct, drugs, assaults and more

On Feb. 26 police received a call from Daniel Cornett. He was being threatened at Danny’s Place by unknown subjects. Police found him walking at 419 E. Main St. He said there were guys doing heroin and he didn’t want them following him home. He had an odor of alcohol about him and appeared intoxicated. The officer took him to the alley behind 724 E. Main, where he is currently staying. Cornett told police the guys bought him a beer and he thought they might have put ‘something’ in it. After asking how Cornett felt, the officer said he likely had too much to drink. Cornett then fell to the ground and started twitching. It looked like pretense, but the officer called Greenville Rescue, then told him to stop faking the seizure. Cornett stood up, allegedly angry for not being believed and the officer not going after the heroin dealers. His mood went back and forth between agreeable and angry. Cornett kept saying he was going to “kill the (blank) selling heroin.” Cornett was agitated and not cooperating with Rescue. He was cussing and threatening to “kill (blank).” Rescue advised Cornett they had to take him to the hospital because of his level of intoxication and inability to answer questions. The officer was following the ambulance to the hospital when it suddenly pulled over. Before it could get stopped the door flew open and Cornett was trying to jump from the vehicle. He said he wanted to kill himself. He was placed in handcuffs, forced to the cot and buckled down. He was cussing the entire time. At Wayne he was placed in restraints due to trying to bite his hand off to get out of the cuffs. The doctor gave him a sedative. The officer advised he was being cited for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He asked what he could do to make it a felony. One of the Rescue people had tooth marks on his wrist but the skin didn’t appear broken.

DRUGS

On Feb. 21 police were dispatched to Greenville High School regarding a juvenile who had been transported to Wayne Hospital because he was unresponsive. The juvenile allegedly took prescription pills sold to him by another juvenile. School authorities reported two students saw the sale just before school that day. One student said he saw two oxycontin given to the victim. About two hours later he saw the victim take two pills. The other student saw money being exchanged and noted the victim told him the pills were “Oxy 20’s.” The victim later told one witness he “wasn’t feeling anything” so he took two more pills the witness said looked like Vicodin. He said later the victim wasn’t able to stand very well and told him to go into the bathroom and throw up. When they saw the ambulance both witnesses went to the office to tell what happened. With the defendant’s father present, the juvenile was questioned. He denied any knowledge, after which he was arrested for trafficking in drugs and corrupting another with drugs. He was transported to juvenile court, then to West Central. Police went to Wayne Emergency to speak with the victim, who acknowledged he purchased the oxycontin and Vicodin from the defendant and consumed them. Charges on the victim will be filed with Juvenile Court for drug abuse.

ASSAULT

On Feb. 20 police were dispatched to Greenville PD regarding an assault that had taken place. The victim, Michael Hall, and the suspect, Diana Mitchell were both there. Mitchell claimed she picked up Hall after he’d been drinking all day, took him to 121 W. Main St., and he grabbed her when she tried to get out. She said he took her purse and car keys so she struck him in the face with her fist. She didn’t mention physical harm to herself. Hall said the argument started over an ex-girlfriend and became so heated she struck him in the face twice. He had a cut lip where he’d been struck. She didn’t want to file a report; he did. Mitchell was issued a citation for assault.

On Feb. 18 police were dispatched to 930 Harrison Ave. regarding an assault. The victim, Herman Kinnison, said he was sitting in the passenger seat of Michelle Keen’s car when her husband Jim Keen pulled up and got out of his vehicle. Keen and Michelle started arguing, then Keen allegedly reached across Michelle and punched Kinnison twice in the mouth. There were no visible injuries on Kinnison. Michelle said she believes Keen hit Kinnison twice in the chest. Keen said he drove by looking for Michelle because he believes she and Kinnison are having an affair. He denied touching either of them. A neighbor heard a man yelling and saw him leaning on the driver’s side and beating on the windshield of Michelle’s vehicle. Keen was issued a summons for assault.

ROBBERY

On Feb. 22 police were dispatched to the police department regarding an assault. The victim, Robert Seals, had injuries to his face and hands and was bleeding from the mouth. Greenville rescue responded but Seals refused treatment or transport to the hospital. He said he was lying on his couch at 717 Riffle when an unknown person entered through his unlocked front door and punched him multiple times in the face. After using profanity and ordering the victim to stop a particular behavior, the suspect grabbed a gun Seals hides in the couch. The suspect also grabbed a tablet, phone and medication. Before leaving the suspect said “don’t get up for five minutes or I’ll shoot ya.” Seals said the suspect was wearing a brown hoodie; also the firearm was loaded with five bullets in it. The firearm was placed into LEADS.

DOMESTIC

On Feb. 21 police were dispatched to Surrey Lane on an assault. The complainant said Issaiah Hudson came to her house; his brother Keshawn was with him. The victim and Hudson started arguing; the victim’s father became involved because of the way Hudson was talking to his daughter. Hudson allegedly shoved his brother into a closet door, breaking it. While Keshawn was trying to get Hudson out of the house, he took a swing at the victim’s father and hit his brother in the left eye with his finger. He also allegedly took a swing at the victim, hitting her on the left side of the face. A neighbor verified he saw Hudson take a swing at the victim’s father. The officer noted Hudson had an arrest for domestic violence in 2013 but no disposition had been noted. If he had been convicted, this incident would result in a felony charge.

JUVENILE

On Feb. 21 police were dispatched to GPD regarding a runaway juvenile. The mother said she had received a call from the high school that her daughter was not at school. She said her daughter had told her she missed the bus and two friends were taking her to school. The other daughter told her mom the girl never intended to go to school but was with a boy who was on probation. This was confirmed by the probation officer who stated she already knew of the situation, noting he wasn’t in school either. The juvenile was entered into LEADS as missing and will be charged with unruly when located.

TRESPASSING

On Feb. 22 police were dispatched to 1206 Sugar Maple Drive regarding a trespassing complaint. The defendant (not named in the report) was lying on the front porch. The homeowner advised police the defendant was welcome when sober but not when drunk. The officer transported the defendant to another location but soon received another call the defendant was back knocking on doors and windows and ringing the doorbell. He was told to leave but refused. The defendant was then arrested for trespassing and transported to Mercer County jail.

PRISONER TRANSFER

On Feb. 21 police drove to Montgomery County jail to pick up Richard Syrell Jr. on a Failure to Appear warrant from Darke County Municipal Court. He was transported to Darke County Jail. The original charge is misuse of a credit card.

EARLY BIRD POLICY

The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

Sheriff terminates deputy after Sexual Battery charges filed

BY RYAN BERRY

MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – Former Darke County Auxiliary Sheriff Deputy Bryan Wombolt, 27, of Versailles, had served the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol since September 2012 and pledged to uphold the law. His pledge and the trust Darke County residents placed in him was shattered on Feb. 27 when he was arrested on four counts of Sexual Battery. The incident allegedly occurred with a high school student.

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer expressed his regret regarding the situation shortly after Wombolt’s arrest, stating his main concern was the victim and the victim’s family. He also conceded Wombolt’s actions hurt the reputation of the current men and women serving the Darke County Sheriff’s Department.

Spencer laid out the groundwork for Wombolt’s termination as a deputy. On Feb. 26, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office that a Darke County Auxiliary Deputy was involved in a domestic dispute in Bradford. A supervisor was dispatched to the scene to meet with Miami County Deputies. During the course of the investigation, allegations were made that Wombolt had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a high school student. The Greenville Police Department was contacted and requested to conduct an investigation into the allegations.

Sheriff Spencer said, “The criminal investigation by the Greenville Police Department and the internal administrative investigation of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office are separate investigations.” At the conclusion of the sheriff’s department investigation, it was determined Wombolt violated several policies and procedures and was terminated.

“The Darke County Sheriff’s Office will not tolerate the actions of this person and he has been disciplined appropriately. He was placed in a position of public trust and this trust was violated.”

According to the disciplinary report released by the Sheriff’s Office, Wombolt was terminated for: 1) Soliciting or accepting a gift, gratuity, bribe, or reward for the private use of the employee, or otherwise using one’s position, identification, name, photograph or title for the personal gain, or otherwise violating the Employer’s Code of Conduct or Ohio’s ethics laws for public employees. 2) Violation of any laws, which the employee is responsible to enforce in his capacity as an employee of the Sheriff’s Office. 3) Any conduct which brings discredit to the Sheriff’s Office or the employee as a public employee.

The disciplinary report given to Wombolt at his termination, states, “The facts in this case have been reviewed along with your admissions to the Greenville Police Department that you engaged in a sexual relationship with a high school student that y0u met and started communicating with as a result of your duty as a Deputy Sheriff.” Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker noted Wombolt did not make any comments during his termination.

Immediately following his termination, the Greenville Police Department took Wombolt into custody at the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently incarcerated at the Preble County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. Sheriff Spencer noted he was transferred to Preble County so he would not have an opportunity to speak badly of the victim. He said, “The Darke County Sheriff’s Office deeply regrets what has occurred here. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victim and family involved in this matter. We will do whatever is necessary to support them.”

He continued, “We support and strongly encourage the aggressive prosecution of Bryan Wombolt to the fullest extent of the law. He has violated the trust of our community’s most precious citizens and will be held accountable for his actions. The staff of this office is just as disgusted with the actions of this officer as the rest of the community.”

Wombolt is a graduate of Ansonia Local Schools and the Edison Community College Police Academy. At the time of his hire with the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol he was in the Army Reserves and served as an Army Military Policeman.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol is a volunteer organization and its members have full arresting powers. They provide service for local athletic events and the Darke County Fair. Each Patrol member is required to donate eight hours a month of road work to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. Spencer said, “There’s not a one of them I don’t trust and one of them has violated that trust. We will have to do everything we possibly can to re-earn the public’s trust because of this one incident.”

Sheriff Toby Spencer (center) was joined by Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker (right) and Captain Randy Linkous at a press conference announce the termination of Bryan Wombolt. (Ryan Berry photo)

New Madison American Legion spring activities

NEW MADISON – Post 245 American Legion, 242 Fayette, New Madison, has scheduled spring activities starting with the All-U-Can-Eat chicken supper on the first Saturdays of the month, starting at 5 p.m.: March 1, April 5 and May 3. The $4 Burger & Fry Night will be 5-7 p.m. every Thursday through May. Karaoke with Kris will be from 7-11 p.m. every Saturday except March 15 and April 19, no cover charge. The Sons of the Legion has Band Night on those two nights, featuring Eyes in the Sky March 15, then Jed Baker & Company from 7 to 11 p.m. April 19. There will be a $5 cover charge with food available.

On March 22 the Auxiliary will host a spaghetti supper starting at 5 p.m. Every Friday night a Euchre Party starts at 7 p.m. with an all money payout. Refreshments will be available. The spring All-U-Can-Eat Fish Fry is a “whale of a deal” on April 19 starting at 5 p.m. In conjunction, the Auxiliary will be holding an April 18, 5-9 p.m. and April 19, starting at 9 a.m., Easter Market featuring homemade baked goods and candy. The Auxiliary is also sponsoring “Books for Vets” to provide gently used reading material for the patients in the V.A. Hospital. Drop off selections at the post Thursday through Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m.

Coin Club hosts 48th annual Coin Show

GREENVILLE – Darke County Coin Club will host its 48th annual Coin Show on March 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s show will be at a new location with plenty of parking and easy access, 5862 Kruckeberg Road, Greenville, (a.k.a.) Richard Edwards Auction Gallery.

Directions to the show are easy. Go east on Russ Road to Kruckeberg Road. Follow the signs to the show.

The Darke County Coin Club is a non-profit organization that gives back to the community with its knowledge and experience of coin collecting and coin values. Coin collecting is as old as the first coins ever made dating back to BC. Coin collecting has become a worldwide phenomenal experience that has lasted for many decades. All coins have value, some more than others, depending on the year, where minted, the number minted and the condition of the coin. One mistake most novice collectors make is cleaning their coins. Most coin collectors prefer that the coins not be cleaned leaving the natural patina on the coin. Not cleaning the coins will make them more valuable, in most incidences. Please Do Not Clean The Coins!

Rich Edwards President of the Darke County Coin Club along with the Coin Club committee and members would like to invite you to the show this year. There will be several vendors displaying their coins for you to purchase, and displays of coins to enjoy. There will be door prizes, and raffles; this year they added a coin auction starting at 3:30 p.m., with approximately 200 coins sold at auction.

Food will be available for you to purchase. There is still space available if you are interested in being a vendor either to sell or to show off your collection. Please call Richard Edwards, 547-3202, or John, 548-2192, to reserve your space. They will have security personnel for your safety and the safety of your coins. Come, enjoy the show, and help support the Darke County Coin Club.

Special Thanks to the following sponsors of the show – Second National Bank, Greenville Federal Bank, Greenville National Bank, Mercer Savings, Richard Edwards Auctioneering Inc., Bunch Roofing, Littman Thomas Insurance Agency Inc., Petey’s Pizza, Carl V. Towe, CPA-Income/Sales Tax, Michael’s Jewelry & Clocks, Fair Photo Express & Antiques, Jr’s Tax Preparation, G & G Floor Fashions, Firestone, Greenville Pawn and Jewelry; Minute Man Printing, and Spirit Medical Transport.

Wayne Healthcare Challenge race supports dog park

GREENVILLE – On April 5, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter is having a 5K race to benefit the new dog park. Entrants may run or walk the event. As an added bonus this race will be part of the Wayne Healthcare Challenge.

This run/walk will be unique: they will be offering free Boston Stoker Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and free Marco’s Pizza and breadsticks. At this race/walk you have a chance to win some of the best sugar cookies in Darke County. All of the awards will be doggie bone shaped sugar cookies, made and donated by Eileen Litchfield. They will also be offering a microchip clinic for your dog. Details are at the Facebook-page www.facebook.com/Shelterfriends5KRace.

They will also have free homemade treats for your dog. Along with all the regular 5K awards, they will be giving special awards to people who run/walk with their dog. Your dog can run, walk, be carried or in a wagon/stroller.

The park was built without tax dollars by members of the Darke County Friends of the Shelter through fundraisers, grants and donations and 100% of the money from this event will go to the dog park.

The upkeep expenses, mowing and weeding, are ongoing. The organization also wants to improve the park by adding a shelter house and paving the walkway.

Download the registration form for the 5K race/run/walk at www.kometweb.com/Shelterfriends5KRaceRegistrationForm.pdf

You may also enter online at www.gtraces.com.

Bradford kindergarten registration

BRADFORD – Enrollment for the 2014-15 Kindergarten class at Bradford Elementary has been set for March 10-14. Call the school office, 448-2811, during this week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to set up an appointment for Kindergarten Screening, which will be held on April 22 during regular school hours. Registration forms will be mailed to the parents of the prospective kindergartners prior to this date and the forms may be turned in the day of Kindergarten Screening.

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

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

February blood donor milestones announced

DARKE COUNTY — Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their milestones. Thanks to the generosity of all donors many lives have been saved.

Donors are recognized for their Life Time Donations (LTD) Milestones. Every time a donor donates any blood product it is a donation. Life Time Donations are a total of all your blood product donations.

5 LTD – Brad Beyke, Amanda Blocher, Stephanie Bocanegra, Josh Bruns, Austin Burk, Justin Burnelto, Deborah Davis, Shonda Elliott, Michael Etter, Ryan Freeman, Gary Garland, Luke Gibson, Jordan Hackett, Michael Hayes, Jill Hemmelgarn, Anthony Hinkle, Heather Johns, Susanna Johnson, Kathy Keiser, Robert Klosterman, Chad Koesters, Keith Koverman, Tyler Kress, Bryce Lacey, Sharon Langenkamp, Jalena LeMaster, Derek Milbourn, Shelley Mohler, Matthew Potter, Mike Riethman, Angela Siegrist, Casey Spurgeon, Lynsie Stocker, Kirby Tipple, Joe Vanover, and Amy York

10 LTD – Anissa Bashore, Robert Carr, Allen Kocher, Daniel Krugh, Nikki Pearson, and Tom Smith

20 LTD – Mark Hart, Richard Punches, and Amie Wirrig

25 LTD – Rodney Christman and Felicia Erisman

40 LTD – Seth Force and Stephen Hartzell

50 LTD – Jack Etzler, Diana Huber, and Brad Middlestetter

60 LTD – Dean Davis, Randy Mestemaker, and Travis Teaford

70 LTD – Ted Mangen and Beth Weaver

80 LTD – Richie Hampshire

For information about blood drives in Darke County, contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County Account Representative at 997-2199 or dputerbaugh@cbccts.org.

Trash Bash 2014 T-shirt contest winners announced

BRADFORD - The Darke County Solid Waste District and 1 Shot Services recently sponsored a T-shirt design contest for Trash Bash 2014. Students in grades K-12 were eligible to enter the contest. With over 50 designs received, the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee selected Rachael Schmitmeyer’s entry as the winner. Rachael’s design will be put onto T-shirts that will be distributed to all participants of Trash Bash 2014. Rachael, of Greenville, also received a $75 Chamber Gift Certificate donated by 1 Shot Services, Bradford, Ohio. Rachael also received a letter from Congressman John Boehner recognizing her accomplishment and for volunteering in Trash Bash. Rachael is the daughter of Todd and Susan Schmitmeyer.

“We commend every student who took the time to submit a design into our third annual T-shirt design contest for Trash Bash,” said Krista Fourman, director of the Darke County Solid Waste District. “Everyone who entered had such talent and great ideas. It was hard for the Policy Committee to pick the top three winners.”

Also receiving prizes for their artwork for the Trash Bash 2014 T-shirt contest were Jordan Ernst and Chad Harter, both of Greenville. Jordan received a $50 Darke County Chamber Gift Certificate and Chad received a $25 Darke County Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by 1 Shot Services. Jordan is the son of Dave and Stacy Ernst. Chad is the son of Jerry Byerly.

“Trash Bash is becoming a huge volunteer event in Darke County. Hundreds of miles of roadway are being cleaned up in two days.” stated Jim Schaar member of the Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee.

How can you participate? The Darke County Trash Bash is scheduled for April 12 & 13, rain or shine. The collection is set to begin at 8 a.m. The district is looking for numerous groups of four to “pound the pavement” at their assigned two-mile locations picking up bags of trash and recyclables. Cleanup groups can be started with friends from school, work, church, and volunteer organizations or clubs and there’s no age limit for volunteers. Call the district at 547-0827 to find out how to register your clean-up group or to offer in-kind support. Sign-up forms can also be found on the district’s website: www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. Forms must be turned in by March 7, 2014.

Each group will be given black bags for trash and clear bags for recyclables. For separating the recyclables from the trash, each group will be awarded $50.00 for participating. Awards will be given to Darke County non-profit organizations only. There is no limit to the number of groups that an organization can enter. County highway employees will follow assigned routes and will pick-up bags left on the targeted collection roads on April 14, 2014.

Winners of the Trash Bash 2014 T-Shirt contest recently met for a small awards ceremony at 1 Shot Services. Pictured Front Row (l to r) are: Chad Harter, third place design winner, Jordan Ernst, second place design winner, Rachael Schmitmeyer, first place design winner, and Mike Stump, Darke County Policy Committee. Back Row (l to r) Tom Hans, Darke County Policy Committee, Wayne Chinn, 1 Shot Services, Commissioner Michael Stegall, James Schaar, Darke County Policy Committee, and Roberta Mangen, Darke County Health Department.
Commissioner Michael Stegall presented Rachael Schmitmeyer of Greenville with a letter from Congressman John Boehner recognizing her accomplishment and volunteering efforts in Trash Bash.

Feb 27, 2014

Darke County Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff Arrested on Sexual Battery Charges

GREENVILLE – On Feb. 26, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office of a domestic dispute that occurred in the village of Bradford involving an auxiliary deputy from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. During the course of the investigation into the domestic dispute, allegations were made that the auxiliary deputy had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female high school student. It was determined the jurisdiction in the case belonged to the Greenville Police Department. The Greenville Police Department was immediately notified by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. A criminal investigation by the Greenville Police Department, with the complete cooperation of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, resulted in the Feb. 27 arrest and incarceration of Bryan Wombolt, 27, on four counts of Sexual Battery, felonies of the third degree.

The Darke County Sheriff will be holding a press conference at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 27, to discuss the arrest and termination of Auxiliary Deputy Sheriff Bryan Wombolt.

Essays taken for Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

GREENVILLE – Matt Light and the Light Foundation will hold its Youth Wild Turkey Hunt the weekend of April 18-20. They invite all kids, from first time hunters to youth gobble pros, to apply for a one of a kind hunting weekend.

Participants will spend all weekend at the Chenoweth Trails facility on Greenville-Nashville Road; they provide sleeping arrangement and meals all weekend. Requirements for participation are the child must be from 12-17 years old on the day of the hunt, a resident of Darke County, have a valid Ohio hunting liscense and a completed application. Essays, due by March 12, are anonymously graded and the top 16 essays are selected to join them for the hunt.

Applications can be printed off the website at www.mattlightfoundation.org. In regards to hunting, The Light Foundation will provide professional guides, guns, ammo, blinds and camo hunting vests. Bagging a bird will be up to the hunter.

After reading through the application materials any questions can be forwarded to the Nick Schuckmanby, program director, by phone at (513) 503-0948 or emailed to nick.schuckman@gmail.com.

Winter Crisis, PIPP Plus programs deadline

GREENVILLE – Community Action Partnership is still accepting appointments for the Winter Crisis Program. The Winter Crisis Program, will continue through March 31, or until funds are depleted.

Under the Winter Crisis Program, eligible households may receive a one-time payment of up to $175 for a utility emergency and $750 for bulk fuel. The Winter Crisis funds can pay a customer’s initial payment for the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP Plus), a PIPP Plus default, a reconnection fee or a deposit. Users of bulk fuel, propane or bottled gas or solid fuels may also be eligible for assistance. A customer may receive a delivery of fuel if their tank contains 25 percent or less of its capacity.

Income eligibility for the Winter Crisis Program is 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For a family of four, household income cannot exceed $41,212.50 a year. They must be on PIPP Plus or sign up for PIPP Plus or another payment plan.

Darke County customers may call 548-8143 to make an appointment. Customers may be seen at 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Customers must bring all of the following items to their appointment:

* Social Security cards for all household members;

* Picture ID for the person whose name the account is in;

* Current utility bill/disconnect notice/account number;

* Proof of income received by all household members age 18 or older for the last 13 weeks, including child support, weekly or bi-weekly pay stubs; Social Security, pension, Workers’ Compensation or unemployment benefits.

* Tenant eligibility and rent procedures for those living in HUD housing;

* Financial aid break down and tuition and fee bills for students;

* Landlord’s name and telephone number for renters.

* Any income from odd jobs. If laid off, documentation from the previous employer is required.

If a household is claiming no income for the past three months, then documentation must be provided to show how the household has been supported for the last three months. Anyone providing support for a household must provide a notarized statement of support that specifies the type of support provided, dollar amounts, and the time period of support.

Customers who falsify their account status will not be seen.

Pohlman to speak to support group

GREENVILLE - Pam Pohlman will speak to the “Living with Cancer” support group on March 6 at Wayne Healthcare. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. It will be held on the 1st floor board room at Wayne Health Care. 

Pohlman is a licensed social worker with a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Ohio Northern University. She has over 25 years experience working in the areas of mental health and healthcare. She is currently a social worker for both State of the Heart Hospice and Comprehensive Health Network.

The topic for discussion is “The Psychosocial Aspects of Coping with Cancer” and will include information to benefit both the patient and the caregiver. Pam will bring a professional as well as a personal perspective to the topic, having experienced being a cancer patient as well as providing emotional support to patients and families facing this illness.

The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital. The Support Group is free and open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, cancer survivors, also family and friends.

Facilitating the support group meeting this week will be Christine Lynn, executive director of the Cancer Association and Jill Brown, RN, from Wayne Health Care.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Cancer Association is a United Way Agency and serves local cancer patients. It is not affiliated with The American Cancer Society. It is funded by donations from various groups, businesses and individuals. The Corporate Sponsors for 2013 were American Legion Post 140, Carlos and Patti Menendez, Diane Evans Insurance Agency, Family Health, 5th Third Bank, FOE 2347 Charity Fund Versailles, FOE Ladies Auxiliary Greenville, First Assembly of God, Francis Furniture of Greenville, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic Inc., Leis Realty, Osgood State Bank and Second National Bank.

Mottram to speak to local Republican women

GREENVILLE - "Women often don’t watch their health like they should,” said Shelly Acker from Wayne Hospital. ”There are easy things that we can do to help.”

Acker was the speaker at the Darke County Republican Women’s Club’s (DCRWC) regular meeting in February. She detailed many easy, day to day, items that women can do to improve their health and also help prevent future problems.

The DCRWC 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. The next meeting of the DCRWC will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 10 at the Chestnut Village Center of the Brethren Home Retirement Community.

Molly Mottram will be the featured speaker. Mottram is the Dayton Area Field Coordinator for Americans for Prosperity (AFP). AFP is a group committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. It is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. AFP grassroots activists advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.

The meeting is open to the public - if you would like to dine with the group, the cost of the meal is $7.50, and reservations are due by March 6. Reservations that are placed are expected to be paid in full. Reservations may be placed by calling Wavelene Denniston at 547-6477 or emailing her at dcrwreservations@darkegop.org. If you would like to attend the meeting but not dine, you may do so by arriving prior to 7 p.m.

For further information, contact President Sally Zeiter at 423-2391 or email her at: DCRWPresident@darkegop.org


Shelly Acker (l), Wayne Hospital, chats with Darke County Republican Women’s Club member Marilyn Hittle (r) after Acker spoke to the club regarding women’s health issues at the club’s regular monthly meeting in February.

Goubeauxs, Greenville National Bank sponsor DCCA Artists Series offerings

GREENVILLE – Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Jim and Enid Goubeaux and Greenville National Bank for their contributions to DCCA Artists Series performances.

The Goubeauxs are Angel members of DCCA and are sponsors of two Artists Series performances including world class pianist Alpin Hong, who will be performing March 8, and The Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s Music of Mozart on May 3. “On behalf of Darke County Center for the Arts, I want to express our appreciation of Jim and Enid Goubeaux and their patronage to the arts in Darke County. The Goubeauxs have been long time supporters of DCCA, and it is with this kind of support that DCCA can continue to present quality arts experiences in our own backyard,” stated Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. “Jim and Enid’s enthusiasm for the arts truly inspire and encourage our efforts to present a wide variety of high quality performing artists,” shared Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director.

DCCA also recognizes Greenville National Bank as a sponsor of the Artists Series performance of Alpin Hong. “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our hometown at a price that is almost always significantly less than would be paid in a larger metropolitan area,” said Jordan. “We appreciate Greenville National Bank’s support of the arts and their commitment to making these opportunities available and affordable in our community,” she concluded.

DCCA will present concert pianist Alpin Hong at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on March 8. The New York Times lauded the artist's “crystalline energy… clear and persuasive ideas… and remarkable breadth” and called Alpin “a pianistic firebrand” in its review of his standing-room only recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Alpin's warm humor and boundless energy combined with his wide-ranging interests and amazing skill at the piano help him connect to people of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds. The concert, part of DCCA's Artists Series, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra returns to Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall May 3 to present The Music of Mozart. Toledo Symphony Orchestra will guide you on a journey through compositions that express humor, joy, and sorrow with both conviction and mastery. The concert, the final performance of DCCA's 2013-2014 Artists Series, begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.

Tickets for the Artists Series performances can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 547-0908 or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.

Greenville Federal and Ami McClurkin also sponsor the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. DCCA performances are presented with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.

DCCA Artists Series Sponsors Jim and Enid Goubeaux with Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of the Darke County Center For the Arts.
Gloria Harpest of Greenville National Bank, holding a poster for the upcoming performance of world class pianist Alpin Hong, with Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director and Andrea Jordan, Executive Director of the Darke County Center For the Arts.

Feb 26, 2014

County receives sign upgrades grant

DARKE COUNTY - Jim Surber, Darke Co. Engineer has announced that on Dec. 27, the Engineer’s Department was awarded a federal grant, administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation, in the amount of $6,050.00 for sign upgrades on specific curves on County roads. The six curves selected by the state were the following: Grubbs-Rex Road, 0.7 miles West of St. Rt. 49; Hillgrove-Ft. Recovery Road, 0.4 miles South of the Darke-Mercer County Line; Braffetsville-North Road, at the intersection of Richmond-Palestine Road; Hollansburg-Arcanum Road, at the intersection of Hollansburg-Sampson Road; Hollansburg-Richmond Road, near the Ohio-Indiana State Line and Mills Road, 0.3 miles East of Richmond-Palestine Road.

The grant is restricted to sign purchases only. All hardware, labor and equipment for sign erection and replacement will be provided by the County Highway Department. Signs to be added or replaced include: curve warning signs, advisory speed signs, chevrons and large arrows. The signs are expected to be in place by early to mid-spring of this year.

DCCA hosts St. Patrick’s Day event

GREENVILLE - Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on March 14. “We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting; as is usual with our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and the Family Theatre Series. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Beers to be tasted are from the Elevator Brewing Company, a Columbus brewery founded in 1999 by a father/son team who say that they are committed to “creating adventurous beers that elevate the taste of customers,” and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, who produce craft brewed beers that are uniquely diverse in range and character. Six tastes and a commemorative beer glass are included in the price of admission. Irish-themed food prepared by Montage proprietors Aaron and Michele Cox will also be provided; for non-beer drinkers, other beverages including wine will be available.

Music will be performed by Lone Raven, a group that DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins describes as “one of the top bands in the Midwest.” “Lone Raven does an eclectic blend of traditional music as well as their own originals,” Rawlins explained. “They'll tear through peppy Irish reels, play haunting Gypsy fiddle tunes, and render soulful airs, leaving the audience breathless and begging for more,” Rawlins said.

According to Rawlins, Craig Markley, Kara Markley, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Neil Jacobs, and Sid Omasta, the musicians who make up Lone Raven, will bring over 20 instruments with them including keyboards, fiddles, mandolins, guitars, accordions, whistles, and various percussion. “This band does it all, and does it well,” Rawlins stated. Sponsors for “Irish Wave” who make possible the performance by Lone Raven are Second National Bank, Dr. Thomas Brown, and Edward Jones Investment representatives Dave Connelly, Andria Haworth, Todd Subler, and Bill Wolke, as well as Wayne and Sharon Deschambeau and Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home.

Tickets for “Irish Wave” are $35, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net or purchased on-line at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Montage Cafe.

Bradford Library schedules March events

BRADFORD – The Bradford Public Library has scheduled the following events for

* Bradford Public Library’s Trustee Board will meet March 11, 5:30 p.m., in the library’s Community Room and is open to the public. This is a change from the regularly scheduled third Tuesday of every month

* Computer & Mouse 101 - Mrs. Roeth, library director, will be presenting the popular “Computer & Mouse 101” workshop beginning March 27 at 3 and 6 p.m. The class will continue on April 10 and 17 at the same time. This class will be using the library’s computers or you can bring your own laptop. Also, if you have little computer/Internet experience and have a new E-Reader this workshop would also be very beneficial. BPL has Wi-Fi for your convenience. If you are fairly new to the uses of the computer, how to operate and understand the keyboard or perhaps the “mouse” is giving you fits then this workshop is for you. This class also includes beginning keyboarding & Internet searching “do’s and don’ts! It will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes each session, and you will need to sign-up by March 25 so the appropriate materials can be made for you! This class is taught as a free service for all area patrons.

* DIGITAL DAY AT BPL! “Digital Day” at Bradford Public Library will again be held all day on March 31. Anyone can check out their new laptops, tablets and e-readers for use in the library and they can show you how to operate each of these. There are some games already loaded and if there is an electronic book you would like to read in the relaxation of the library the staff can load that book also. In addition, you might want to check out the new “A to Z Database.” Are you, a friend, or family member looking for a job? Do you want to know more about the community you live in? Would you like to find a lost friend or family member? How about finding a cell phone number for someone who doesn’t have a land-line? BPL has a brand-new database you will love! It will be available at the library and also at your home, when signing in with your library card! It is amazing and will help area communities know what is available locally, by county, by state, etc. This is only available at Bradford Public Library and Tipp City Libraries as a service for their patrons. A special thank you to Covington Eagles Aerie #3998 for their generous donation to assist in purchasing this electronic database for the library.

For more information, call 448-2612.

Summer youth employers needed for WIA program

GREENVILLE – Darke County as well as many other Ohio counties are faced with the challenge of how do we help today’s youth face the obstacle of obtaining work in our community. One way is to become a partner with the WIA Youth Program in Darke County. Your business can make a difference by serving as a host site for the summer work program.

The Council on Rural Services (CORS) and Workforce Invest Act (WIA) Darke County is looking for profit or non-profit employers that would like to provide opportunities for mentoring and job training youth and young adults aged 14 to 21 beginning June 17.

* WIA Youth Program will provide the applicants, pay their wages and offer job support to the youth participants.

* Business host sites will provide job training and mentoring for youth while having additional help during the summer.

* All will benefit by working together to create positive futures for the youth of the county.

Your business will partner with Council on Rural Services, an agency that has served and supported youth in our community for the last 25 years. This opportunity creates a win-win situation for area businesses and youth; you will be giving youth that desire to create a positive future for themselves and the tools they need to successfully transition into adulthood.

You can help jump start a youth towards reaching their career goals! If you are interested and would like to help area young people learn necessary job skills, call today to find out more information about becoming a host employment site. You can reach Kathy Kenworthy, Youth Advocate, at the WIA Youth Program at 937-548-8002.

WIA Youth is funded by the Department of Labor/Workforce Invest Act through Darke County Department of Job and Family Service and the Darke County Commission.

If you would like to know more about other Gateway Youth Programs in Darke County check the web at www.councilonruralservices.org or call and speak with Ruth Barga, Support Specialist, at 937-548-8002. Gateway Youth Programs and WIA is a program of Council on Rural Services … programs for innovative learning.

Cell phone collection drive at MU Library

WEST MILTON – The Office of International Studies (OIS) and the Swedenborg Memorial Library of Urbana University are pleased to sponsor a Hope Phones collection drive. The Hope Phone collection drive is the first joint venture between local libraries and Urbana University. The purpose of the collection drive is to ask area residents to donate cell phones that you no longer need or use.

The Milton-Union Public Library is partnering with Urbana University to be a collection site, as are the Champaign County Public Library, Clark County Public Library, Logan County Public Library, Mechanicsburg Public Library, Rushsylvania Public Library, and St. Paris Public Library.

The Hope Phones cell phone collection drive will be held from March 1 to May 3. Each donor receives a bookmark as a token of appreciation. The goal is to collect 50 old cell phones or more from the community.

What is Hope Phones? It is a parent program of Medic Mobile, a public charity organization that advances health care in 15 countries across the globe. Hope Phones uses old cell phones to directly fund operations of Medic Mobile. When an old cell phone is donated, the Medic Mobile recycling partner transfers the value of the phone to a Medic Mobile account so that new mobile technology can be purchased for the field. The goal of mobile technology is to create connected, coordinated health systems that help save lives.

There’s another benefit to donating an old cell phone. Americans discard half a million cell phones each day. These phones pollute the Earth with plastic and toxins like nickel, beryllium, and lead. Donating an old cell phone reduces hazardous waste. By recycling just 1% of these discarded phones, Hope Phones can help save lives.

The old phone does not need to work, neither do chargers nor accessories need to be donated unless available. All data is erased from the old cell phone using a secure and certified process. If a phone cannot be refurbished for resale, it is recycled safely. The current average value per used phone is $5; smartphones are valued at $80.

How can you help? Donate your old cell phone at the library and give your old cell phone a new life on the frontlines of global healthcare.

To donate, visit the Milton-Union Public Library, 560 S. Main Street, West Milton. For more information, call the library at 698-5515.

VILLAGE GREEN DONATION

GREENVILLE - Village Green Healthcare presented Sharon Fellers, Director of Grace Resurrection Food Bank, a check for the food bank due to Trilogy Health Service matching funds from Village Green and Woodland Heights School holiday fund raising event.

Feb 25, 2014

GPD warns of heroin laced with Fentanyl

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Police Department has received confirmation from the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory that a recent evidence submission has resulted in the finding of heroin laced with the powerful prescription drug Fentanyl. Fentanyl is typically used to ease the pain of end-stage cancer patients or in anesthesia; however, when used with heroin can cause immediate death. This is the first such finding for the department. The Darke County Sheriff's Office has received similar reports.

Numerous prime time television news affiliates have reported deaths in several states. The Greenville Police Department has great concern regarding any illegal drug use and especially these types of new experimentations.

Anyone with drug information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 548-4150 (option 21, or Darke County Crime Stoppers tip line at 547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

SSSF Scholarship deadline extended

DARKE COUNTY - Due to the numerous weather-related delays and school cancellations, the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund has extended the deadline for the return of scholarship applications to the last day in March.

The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund 2014 Scholarship Application is available for students seeking a college education in a public communications field. Qualifying programs include, but are not limited to, journalism, web design, graphics, marketing, public relations, commercial art, sports and agricultural communications and more.

The scholarship monies cover tuition expenses at an approved college or university. If interested, please download an application at http://www.countynewsonline.org/community/sssf-scholarship-app.pdf

Sommer earns OSBA award

GREENVILLE – Jim A. Sommer, board member of the Greenville City School Board, will be presented with the Ohio School Boards Association's Award of Achievement at one of the association's regional spring conferences.

The conference will be held in Cincinnati on March 11.

The Award of Achievement is given to school board members in recognition of their commitment to training and leadership activities on its boards of education and region and statewide OSBA activities.

For more information, contact OSBA or your local school board members.

Sequestration Cuts restored to all Head Start programs

PIQUA – In the wake of last summer’s sweeping sequestration and federal funding cuts, Council on Rural Services was forced to realign their nine county Head Start program in order to make the mandatory 5.27% cuts to the program budgets.

Difficult changes forced strategic decisions to close six classrooms, accept 97 fewer children, and reduce the workforce by 37 employees when the program opened last fall. This mandated budget reduction of $646,744 affected many of the families and communities along with local economies too.

Now, with the Omnibus funding bill that was passed by Congress in January, the 5.27% funding will be restored nationwide to all Head Start programs. In the case of Council on Rural Services and the nine counties covered (Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Greene, Miami, Preble, Shelby and Van Wert) this will restore funding to use within this current grant year.

Dan Schwanitz, current interim Executive Director said, “During the next 60 days the CORS management team will carefully analyze where we can quickly and efficiently restore services to eligible children and families that are in need of early education services. After plans are approved we will move forward quickly to increase the services for our most vulnerable citizens – our children.”

In addition to restoration of the sequestration budget cuts will come a long-overdue 1.3% wage cost of living adjustment to the grant for all active employees. Cost of living awards from federal funding have not kept up with the actual consumer price index over the last 10 years, so even this small increase will be graciously welcomed by our highly qualified staff.

“CORS is an excellent agency that provides quality programming and services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The restoration of these funds will help to continue providing strong programs in the future for our children and our communities.” said Janet Julian, Board Chairperson

The Council on Rural Services organization administers grants and programs in a nine county area of west central Ohio (Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Logan, Shelby, Preble, and Van Wert) that include Head Start, Early Head Start, Kids Learning Place, Help Me Grow, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success. In addition there are volunteer programs; such as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

HOPE Foundation Awards Grant to GHS Kindness Club

GREENVILLE - The Acts of Kindness Club at Greenville High School recently received a grant from the HOPE Foundation of Darke County. Funds came from the Mandy Green Community Fund in memory of a Greenville student who died in 2005 at age 10. The donation helped the club sponsor activities and incentives for students during “National Acts of Kindness” week at GHS. As the community foundation of Darke County, the HOPE Foundation receives, administers and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of Darke County residents. For more information, contact Christy Prakel at (937) 548-4673 or visit HOPE’s website at www.hopedarkecounty.com.

Front row (left to right): Kayli Duncan, Michelle Borgerding, Ripley Lewis, Abby Kindley, Christy Prakel (HOPE Foundation president). Back row (left to right): Jennifer Murray, Haley Baker, Seth Bryson, Tammy Green (mother of Mandy Green).

BRC Winners from last annual Super Bowl Contest

GREENVILLE - Congratulations to the two winners who correctly guessed the winning team and came closest to the winning score.

They delivered vegetable trays and Black Forest Cherry Desserts to Ryan Gathard, from State of the Heart Hospice and Commissioner, Mike Stegall. Regarding the Black Forest Cherry Dessert, Commissioner Stegall said, “Man, was it good and it went quick!” A big thanks to all who participated in the contest.

Holly Hill, Brethren Retirement Community Director of Marketing, is shown delivering a party tray to Ryan Gathard from State of the Heart Hospice.

Holly Hill, Director of Marketing at Brethren Retirement Community, is shown with Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall as she delivers his party tray.

Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial contributes to DCCA

DARKE COUNTY - The Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the Family Theater Series and Arts in Education programs. “DCCA would like to recognize the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for their contributions to the Arts in Darke County and helping us to fulfill our mission of encouraging cultural enrichment in the community,” shared DCCA Executive Director, Andrea Jordan. DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center.

DCCA’s 2013/2014 Family Theatre Series includes three performances; Theatreworks USA presented Seussical on January 26. Coming up on March 9 at 2:00 p.m. is Lightwire Theater’s reproduction of the classics The Ugly Duckling & The Tortise and the Hare, Lightwire Theater earned a national audience with appearances on NBC's America's Got Talent, earning accolades from the competition's judges as well as the viewing public. Combining the ancient art of full-body puppetry with electroluminescence to create a unique theatrical experience, Lightwire Theater imaginatively uses choreography and music to bring stories to life. The final show of the season will be Five Little Monkeys on April 6, at 2:00 p.m. Going Shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and JUMPING ON BEDS!!! In this zany play, performed in cumulative verse five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way while baking a surprise cake for Mama Monkey. Family Theatre Series shows take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, tickets are $5 and are available at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, and by contacting DCCA at 547-0908 or DCCA@CenterForArts.net. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the performance.

Arts In Education programs for 2013/2014 include American roots musicians WILD CARROT performing for students in grades K-3 and CARPE DIEM STRING QUARTET who performed for High School students in the fall. World Class pianist ALPIN HONG will be performing for Jr. High Students at St. Clair Memorial Hall March 6 and 7, and March 17-21 MR. BLUE SHOES will be performing for grades 4-6 sharing his unique version of the story of Blues Music. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County.

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

DP&L Company Foundation sponsors DCCA Arts In Education and Family Theatre Series

DARKE COUNTY - The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs. Family Theater Series programs are presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall and are open to the public. Programs are generally based on children’s literature; ticket prices are just $5. Through Arts In Education, and in conjunction with local schools, performing artists are annually taken to each grade of every public school in Darke County, ensuring that children in the community have the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DP&L Company Foundation’s support of children’s programming makes it possible for us to present wonderful, creativity enhancing Family Theatre Series programs at an affordable ticket price, and enables all Darke County public school students to experience a culturally enriching artistic program each year.” Jordan continued, “DCCA thanks the Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation for their strong support of the arts; we are absolutely thrilled to see the children in our community receive the benefit of their generosity.”

DCCA’s 2013/2014 Family Theatre Series includes three performances; Theatreworks USA presented Seussical on January 26. Coming up on March 9 at 2:00 p.m. is Lightwire Theater’s reproduction of the classics The Ugly Duckling & The Tortise and the Hare, Lightwire Theater earned a national audience with appearances on NBC's America's Got Talent, earning accolades from the competition's judges as well as the viewing public. Combining the ancient art of full-body puppetry with electroluminescence to create a unique theatrical experience, Lightwire Theater imaginatively uses choreography and music to bring stories to life. The final show of the season will be Five Little Monkeys on Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. Going Shopping, baking cakes, sitting in trees and JUMPING ON BEDS!!! In this zany play, performed in cumulative verse five silly simian siblings insist on doing things their own way while baking a surprise cake for Mama Monkey. Family Theatre Series shows take place at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, tickets are $5 and are available at Readmore’s Hallmark in Greenville, Worch Memorial Public Library in Versailles, and by contacting DCCA at 547-0908 or DCCA@CenterForArts.net. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the performance.

Arts In Education programs for 2013/2014 include American roots musicians WILD CARROT performing for students in grades K through 3 and CARPE DIEM STRING QUARTET who performed for High School students in the fall. World Class pianist ALPIN HONG will be performing for Jr. High Students at St. Clair Memorial Hall March 6 and 7, and March 17-21 MR. BLUE SHOES will be performing for grades 4-6 sharing his unique version of the story of Blues Music. Arts In Education artists are generally in residence for a week as they tour all of the eight public school districts in Darke County.

For more information on DCCA’s Family Theatre Series, Arts In Education outreach or other programming contact the DCCA office at 547-0908 or visit our website CenterForArts.net.

Feb 24, 2014

Cancer Association of DC in need of volunteers

GREENVILLE - Cancer Association of Darke County is in need of volunteer drivers to assist clients to appointments. Some clients aren’t able to drive to their appointments because of various reasons.

It is not only a big help to the patient, but is a great way to “pay it forward” if someone has done something nice for you.

If interested, stop in the office at Wayne Cancer Center, 1111 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH and we will get you signed up. You will need a valid driver’s license. The association does reimburse for mileage at 15 cents per mile. Just call Cancer Association of Darke County at 548-9960 and speak with Christine Lynn, Executive Director

The purpose of the organization is to provide support for people in Darke County that have been diagnosed with cancer. The Cancer Association reimburses their patients for expenses including: mileage, medication, medical supplies, and nutritional supplementation. Our organization also offers a monthly support group, a volunteer driver program, free wigs and head coverings for cancer patients, educational materials for the prevention and early detection of all cancers, information booths at various Darke County events, and speakers for groups interested in learning more about our organization. The association also makes one yearly donation to an accredited research organization that works with Darke County residents. They are a 501c3 non-profit organization and partners with United Way. The organizations exists because of donations from people just like you! The Cancer Association of Darke County is not affiliated with the American Cancer Society. For more information please call the office at 548-9960.

Boehner invites students to compete in Art Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) invited 8th Congressional District high school students to participate in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery.

“The Congressional Art Competition gives high school students from our local area an opportunity to share their work with the whole country,” Boehner said. “Each year, I am always impressed to see so many talented young artists in the 8th District, and I’m looking forward to this year’s competition.”

All artwork must be submitted to Boehner’s West Chester, Springfield or Troy district offices by 5 p.m. on March 26. Artwork will be displayed at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Ohio, from March 29, to April 14.

An awards ceremony will be held at the Springfield Museum of Art on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Grand Prize entry will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winner will receive two round-trip plane tickets courtesy of a national airline to attend an awards ceremony with winners from other congressional districts in Washington, D.C., in June, and will be eligible for a $3000/year scholarship to a renowned college of arts and design.

The First Place entry will hang in the Office of the Speaker of the House for one year.

Competition Guidelines:

8th District high school students (currently enrolled in grades nine through 12) may submit up to 3 pieces for judging. Students will only be eligible for one award each, however.

Each piece can be no larger than 28”x28”x4” (including the frame) and can weigh no more than 15 lbs.

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution, and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been produced from an existing photo that is not owned by the student-artist, painting, graphic, advertisement or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Artwork of a violent or graphic nature will not be accepted.

More info can be found at www.johnboehner.house.gov. Students may also direct inquiries to the Butler County office, 513-779-5400 or 800-582-1001.

4-H Open House to be held

GREENVILLE - Although the deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is not until April 1, 2014, now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the 4-H program in Darke County, plan to attend the 4-H Open House, March 3, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Youth Building on the Fairgrounds.

Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to visit club displays and talk to current 4-H members and advisors about what 4-H has to offer.

What exactly is 4-H? 4-H is Ohio State University Extension’s non-formal, educational program for youth. Eligibility for 4-H membership begins when a child has reached age five and is enrolled in kindergarten as of January 1 of the current year (Cloverbud program); participation in the “traditional” club program begins when a child is eight years of age and enrolled in third grade as of January 1 of the current year. Ohio 4-H membership ends December 31 of the year in which an individual attains the age of 19.

Boys and girls enrolled in the 4-H program have educational and fun experiences with their friends at meetings, social activities, tours, 4-H camp and the county fair. They learn by actually doing interesting things, such as taking care of animals, cake decorating, community service activities, and cleaning up the environment.

In 2013 there were 1,175 youth enrolled in the Darke County 4-H Youth Development Program. Over 240 adults provided leadership for these youth. 4-H offers over 200 projects in a variety of subject matter. Youth can learn specific skills such as sewing, cooking, child care, animal care, and gardening, as well has improve their leadership and communication skills.

For general information about the Darke County 4-H program, visit the web site at http://darke.osu.edu. Click on the link for 4-H Youth Development. For additional information about the Ohio 4-H program, visit www.ohio4h.org.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member of the Darke County 4-H Youth Development Program, please contact OSU Extension, Darke County, 603 Wagner Avenue, telephone 548-5215.

Staffmark wins Best of Staffing award

GREENVILLE – Staffmark has been named as one of Inavero’s 2014 Best of Staffing® Client Award winners. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, the fifth annual Best of Staffing Award provides the only statistically valid and objective service quality benchmarks for the industry, revealing which staffing agencies deliver the highest quality of service to their clients. In a year when the staffing industry’s client service quality scores are trending down once again, the Best of Staffing winners scored well above industry service benchmarks. Staffmark is one of the best staffing agencies for companies to call when they are looking to hire temporary or permanent employees.

Less than two percent of all staffing agencies in U.S. and Canada receive the Best of Staffing Award for service excellence utilizing the Net Promoter® methodology. The stark contrast in client satisfaction scores compared to the industry average is a clear indication that the firms who have earned the 2014 Best of Staffing Client Award truly stand out for their service quality. Staffmark received satisfaction ratings of 9 or 10 out of 10 from 63.9 percent of their clients, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 35% percent.

“Staffmark’s goal is to be the best partner possible to all of our customers by delivering outstanding service,” said Lesa Francis, Staffmark’s president and CEO. “Being recognized as a Best of Staffing winner shows the commitment our team has to exceeding our customers’ expectations. We are proud and honored to have been named to the Best of Staffing list for the third year in a row, and we look forward to continuing to deliver solutions that positively impact our customers’ business.”

"The staffing industry is helping organizations bridge the skills gap and add jobs today more than at any other point in U.S. history,” said Inavero Founder and CEO, Eric Gregg. “Between the well documented skills gaps and economic uncertainty, partnering with a top staffing agency is more important now than ever. The 2014 Best of Staffing Award was earned by less than 2% of the more than 12,000 staffing firms in the U.S. and Canada. In an era of scarce qualified talent, hard to fill positions, and ever-increasing expectations, these agencies have proven they have what it takes to deliver exceptional service to both clients and job candidates. We're proud of the accomplishments of our 2014 award recipients."

“Heart & Sole” 5K raises over $14,000

ROSSBURG - Bright sunny skies and crisp temperatures did not damper the spirits and enthusiasm of 212 runners who participated Feb. 15 in State of the Heart Hospice’s inaugural “Heart & Sole” 5k held at Rossburg Acres, just outside Rossburg. A total of $14,352 was raised by the local nonprofit agency which cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

“The response for our first ever 5K was great,” stated Christy Baker, Development Specialist for State of the Heart and event coordinator. “Everyone seemed so enthusiastic and supportive from the runners to our sponsors. The important thing is that we had a lot of fun, enjoyed a beautiful day and raised money to support our Hospice Care Center.”

The winners in the race, which included many who walked, are: Overall Females, first place, Kristin Heitkamp with a time of 21:37; second place, Crystal Barton, 21:44; and third place, Rebecca Diller, 22:44. Overall Males, first place, Dylan Avore with a time of 19:19; second place, Jay Prichard, 19:38; and Fred Schmiedebusch, 19:45.

For Fort Recovery native and avid runner Kris Olsen, the race had a special meaning to her as State of the Heart had cared for her father in 2010 and her brother in 2009. At the conclusion of the race, she read a poem her brother had written before his passing. The emotional reading included several comments from her brother: “On Hospice care you can always depend. They are more than professional: Hospice is your friend. Hospice has an open heart and listening ears. For your whole being, Hospice really cares. They are truly a God-send indeed.”

Olsen said she felt a “sense of pride” when she ran, thinking of the care her father and brother had from their State of the Heart Hospice caregivers. “It was nice to participate as it meant a lot to our family,” she said.

“An important part of any fund raising event is the support of sponsors,” said Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart. “We were fortunate to have wonderful supportive sponsors.” The presenting sponsor for the 5K was Preferred Insurance Center of Coldwater.

Other sponsors included: Silver sponsor, The Messenger Press; Bronze, Versailles Health Care Center; Major, May Financial Group; Event, Leis Realty Co, Eric Brown Realty; Corporate sponsor, Second National Bank, Medline; Cupid sponsor, Century Link; Heart sponsors, Village Green Healthcare Center, Brethren Retirement Community, Wayne HealthCare, Briarwood Village, Celina Manor, Greenville National Bank, and VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm. Friend sponsors were: Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes, MJS Plastics Inc., Rest Haven, ProCare HospiceCare, the Gardens at Celina, the Gardens at St. Henry, Greenville Technology Incorporated, Kaup Pharmacy, and the Peoples Bank Co. Supporting sponsors were: Spirit Medical Transport, Medicine & More, and SecurCom. Patron sponsors were: Wabash Communications, Mercer Health, Cox Insurance and Dave Knapp Ford. Area Sponsor was Johnston Chiropractic.

At the conclusion of the race, a large number of door prizes were awarded by Baker. The 5K door prizes included: Salted Caramel Mocha from A & B Coffee & Cake Co.; gift card to Pamela’s Intimates; gift certificate to Younique’s Boutique; two gift certificates to Double M Diner; one month membership to Innergy Fitness; ElementsLife Yoga Gift Certificate; 18” pizza from Creekside in Versailles; four gift certificates from the Coffee Pot; Runner’s Gift Basket from Melaleuca, Stephanie Lind; four free burritos from Hot Head Burritos; ten Greenwave Car Wash Gift Certificates; free entry to the 5K for the Dog Park; Road ID Gift Certificates; gift certificate to Brenda’s Beanery; four Drop In coupons for ElementsLife Yoga Studio; three BioMat coupons for ElementLife Yoga Studio; gift certificate from Bread of Life Christian Book Store; two one-month memberships from Innergy Fitness; gift certificate from Maid-Rite; gift certificate from the Fairlawn; two gift certificates from Hot Rods & Harleys; Two month membership from Snap Fitness; and, a gift certificate from Knap’s.

“We had runners who live outside our service area participating,” Baker said, “as well as many local runners and walkers. Based on the great support from the running community and our local sponsors and folks who donated gift certificates, I am looking forward to our second annual “Heart & Sole” 5K.”

State of the Heart Hospice is a nonprofit agency that has cared for patients and families for 33 years. Last summer, the agency opened the Hospice Care Center on the fourth floor at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville. State of the Heart has offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. Patients from throughout the service area can be cared for in the care center.

Pictured at the 5K reading a poem written by her brother is Kris Olsen, and her niece Latisa Richards.

Feb 23, 2014

‘Mind over matter’ gets top nod at science event

BY BOB ROBINSON
ASSOC. EDITOR

GREENVILLE – The inaugural Darke County Science Day at Greenville High School attracted 31 students from six local school districts Feb. 19. Two Tri-Village 10th graders, Gage Berghoff and Casey Puckett, took top honors with their Behavioral/Social Science project, Mind Games, in the inaugural Darke County Science Day at Greenville High School.

Greenville senior Sarah Herzog took 2nd place with her Chemistry project, and Versailles 9th grader James McClure took third with his Behavioral/Social Science project.

Five additional medal winners (in no order) were: Keenan Fraylick, Tri-Village, Environmental Science; Francesca Masso-Rivetti, Greenville, Behavioral/Social Science; Katelyn Hanes, Tri-Village, Engineering Materials; Emma Campbell, Tri-Village, Chemistry; and Denver Toner, Versailles, Transportation.

The Berghoff and Puckett Mind Games experiment asked ‘is it simply mind over matter?’ The experiment investigated the feasibility of a low cost EEG toy headset being used to control objects. Mattel’s MindFlex headset measures brain waves. To control an object the user must be able to manipulate their brain waves. The dependent variable was a remote control car; brain waves were converted to digital information and sent to the car. The experiment showed when participants were given a positive stimulus, their attention increased and they were able to control the car. “It really is mind over matter,” they said.

Herzog’s chemistry project dealt with ferrofluids containing nanoparticles of iron compounds. When manipulated by strong magnetic fields, the fluids spike sharply. Since ferrofluids are used to seal parts of computers and in the medical field, it was important to measure the magnitude of the spikes in proportion to the distance of the magnet as well as the amount of ferrofluid. In her abstract, Herzog noted she was able to form magnetite but was unable to get it to spike since a glycerin substitute had to be used instead of tetramethylammonium hydroxide. “It was a classroom environment,” she said. “The chemical was too dangerous… corrosive and toxic.”

There were other options she could have used instead of the glycerin but she ran out of time. “It took two weeks and four trials to form the magnetite,” she added. “By then it was too late to test the other options.”

McClure’s project tested to see if age made a significant difference in the perception of time. Test subjects were asked under a controlled situation to look at a picture of a tree from Yellowstone Park then say when they thought two minutes had passed. McClure analyzed it in Microsoft Excel and found average times for individual age groups showed no correlation to the predicted data curve. He found his hypothesis was not supported by the data.

According to Janice Michael, Edison Community College, the inaugural Darke County event is part of the Upper Miami Valley Science Days. Miami County held its event the previous week, Champaign County held theirs Feb. 20. All 13 students who received Superior rating in this event will go to the District Science Fair at Central State University March 22.

The other ‘superior’ student projects were conducted by Courtney Vogel, Wesley Wilson and Haley Yount, Versailles, Animal Husbandry; Ashley Murphy, Ansonia, Behavioral/Social Science; Hannah Grilliot, Lauren Heitkamp and Emily Kramer, Versailles, Chemistry; Quintin Muhlenkamp, Greenville, Engineering Materials; and Jenna Frantz, Versailles, Physics.

Special awards were presented to Vogel, Wilson and Yount by BASF Corporation; McClure by McMurray; Herzog by BASF; Grilliot, Heikamp and Kramer by Aptalis Pharmatech; Hanes by Darke County Economic Development; Toner by BASF, Fraylick by BASF, Berghoff and Puckett by McMurray, Campbell by BASF and Frantz by Darke County Economic Development. Berghoff and Puckett were noted for best presentation of data, Frantz for best abstract and Herzog for best project, Greenville.

Entries were judged on knowledge achieved, use of scientific method, clarity of expression and originality and creativity. Students fifth grade and above were eligible to enter.

Sarah Herzog, senior at Greenville High School, won second place for her chemistry project.

Olivia Wright, sixth grader from Ansonia Elementary, talks with a judge about her project, the role of music when studying or taking tests.

Jenna Frantz, 9th Grade, Versailles

Zachary Baughman, 10th Grade, Greenville

L-R: Emily Kramer, Lauren Heitkamp, Hannah Grilliot, 9th Grade, Versailles

Olivia Wright, 6th Grade, Ansonia


Darke County Parks helping hobbyists learn to make syrup

BY RYAN BERRY
MANAGING EDITOR
GREENVILLE – While Vermont, Maine and New York are widely recognized for leading the country in maple syrup production, one might be surprised to learn Ohio isn’t too far behind. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, only these three states and Wisconsin out produce Ohio.

Darke County Parks celebrates maple syrup this time of year with a couple of programs, including the annual Maple Sugarin’ event at the Nature Education Center at Shawnee Prairie. To help the prospective maple syrup hobbyist prepare, Roger Van Frank, director of Darke County Parks, presented the Backyard Sugarin’ program on Feb. 15. Van Frank was joined by Wayne Nichols, park district volunteer, to explain the process for gathering sap and making maple syrup.

Nichols got his start making maple syrup when he came to the same program eight years ago. Shortly thereafter he began volunteering with the parks.

According to Van Frank and Nichols, it takes cold nights and warm days to get sap flowing in maple trees. While most maple trees can be used the Sugar Maple produces the highest sugar content, which ultimately means more syrup with less sap. Approximately 40 gallons of sap needs to be collected to produce one gallon of syrup. If the sugar content is lower more sap would be needed to produce a gallon. One tree can produce approximately 10 gallons of sap.

The best characteristic a maple syrup producer can have is patience. Nichols pointed out it takes at least 20 hours to reduce 80 gallons of sap.

If you are thinking of reducing sap on the kitchen stove, Van Frank pointed out that may not be a good idea. He said he did that once and the amount of steam produced from boiling sap took the wallpaper off of his walls. Nichols agreed, “Always do it outside.” In addition to problems with steam he said it tends to make things sticky.

While Van Frank and the park district use a sugar hydrometer to determine when the syrup is ready, Nichols uses a different technique. When the sap goes from a rolling boil to small bubbles the sap is almost syrup. The small bubbles will begin in the middle and work their way to the edge of the pan. When they’ve reached the edge of the pan your syrup is ready.

Nichols and Van Frank offered several other suggestions for the would-be syrup makers. Don’t use copper or aluminum pans because they give the syrup an odd flavor. Always use steel or stainless steel. And, make sure your fire is out if you are done for the night. Even a few small embers can keep the fire going and eventually scorch your syrup.

Persons wanting to learn more about maple syrup production will have the opportunity to watch and learn as the Park District prepares a batch of maple syrup on March 1 during the Maple Sugarin’ event. The Evaporator in the Sugar Shack will be in full production reducing the sap from 100 maple trees tapped by park district volunteers.

Maple Sugarin’ will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W., Greenville. They will offer guided tours through history and science to learn the process of turning sap into syrup.

The Friends of the Parks will be serving breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, with waffles, sausage, juice, coffee and pure Ohio Maple Syrup. Breakfast will be from 8 a.m.-noon. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are available for only $5 at the door on the day of the breakfast.

For more information about Maple Sugarin’, the Waffle Breakfast or any program offered by the Darke County Parks, call the Nature Center, 548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org.

Wayne Nichols explains the process of making maple syrup over a pan filled with sap. (Ryan Berry photo)

DeColores, Versailles take honors at 2014 POP

DARKE COUNTY – DeColores Montessori of Greenville and Versailles Middle School took multiple honors Feb. 15 at the 2014 District Power of the Pen Competition in Botkins. Among the top award winners were Hunter Cuyler at DeColores Montessori, Lauren Durham, Versailles Middle School and the Eighth Grade Team of Versailles Middle School.

Cuyler won Best of Round 1 for his essay on ‘Discarded… you are an item at a yard sale remembering those days when you were loved by your owner.’ He also took top writing honors for the seventh grade competition with a composite score of the maximum 300 points. Durham took fifth place in the eighth grade competition with a composite score of 284 points, while the eighth grade Versailles Middle School team, coached by Deb Tyo took second place in the competition with a total point ranking of 1605.

Placing in the top 10 for eighth grade were Andrew Heckman, tied for 7th, and Tessa Tyo, 8th, each with 290 composite points out of 300. Both are students at Versailles Middle School. Tyo also received an Honorable Mention for Round 1 Best of Round.

Local districts participating in the 2014 Power of the Pen District competition were Bradford Schools, DeColores Montessori School, Franklin Monroe Local School, Mississinawa Valley Local School and Versailles Middle School.

Point rankings are determined by a team of judges. Best of Round judges for 2014 were Elaine Schweller-Snyder, journalism teacher and yearbook advisor at Leyman Catholic School, Patricia Ann Speelman, Local Life Editor at Sidney Daily News and Bob Robinson, Associate Editor at The Early Bird.

Early Bird’s Associate Editor Bob Robinson stands with the seventh grade Best of Round 1 winner, Hunter Cuyler, DeColores Montessori School. Robinson was one of three Best of Round judges at the 2014 Power of the Pen District Tournament in Botkins.
Hunter Cuyler, DeColoris Montessori School, far right, was the top writer for the seventh grade with a perfect score of 300 points. The remaining top writers, left to right, were Tori Barge, 6, Fort Loramie JHS; Joe Ballas, 5, Fort Loramie JHS; Michelle Altstaetter, 4, Botkins Local School; Gina Langenkamp, 3, Coldwater Middle School and Riley Middendorf, 2, Fort Loramie JHS.
Lauren Durham, Versailles Middle School, second from left, ranked fifth for the eighth grade with a composite score of 284 points. The top eighth grade writers, left to right, were Abby Walker, 6, Tippecanoe Middle School; Durham, 5; Lauren Wyant, 4, Tippecanoe Middle School; Taylor Hudson, 3, Tippecanoe Middle School; Brooke Raterman, 2, Fort Loramie JHS and Bryn Dippold, first with a score of 300 points, Coldwater Middle School.
Versailles Middle School, under the coaching of Deb Tyo, took second place for eighth grade with a total point ranking of 1605.

 
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