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LeMaster to speak on mission work, U.S.-Kenya relations
Dr. Joe LeMaster, former Darke County Republican Men’s Club president, will speak about his recent trip to Kenya at the club’s meeting on Saturday, May 21. LeMaster departed the U.S. on Sunday afternoon March 27 and returned on Wednesday afternoon April 13.  His congregation has been supporting between 40 - 50 Churches in Kenya since April 2005.  During his visits he always stays... read more.
Upcoming Events presented by The Cancer Association of Darke County
The Cancer Association of Darke County exists to help all cancer patients in Darke County. Your support can make this happen. Monte Carlo Night, Saturday May 7, 2011; Nurse’s Seminar, Thursday May 26, 2011; National Cancer Survivor Day 5K Run/Walk, Saturday June 4, 2011 and more... read more.
Summer Camp with Darke County Parks
Schools out for summer! What are your kids going to do with all of their free time?  Send them to the Darke County Parks for one of our Summer Camps.  Each camp is 5 days full of fun and creative ways to discover nature!  Hikes, crafts and activities will enhance your child’s appreciation and understanding of the natural world and historic past all around them!  This year, we are... read more.
Community Action Partnership to celebrate Senior Citizens Day May 24
May is Community Action Partnership Month and Darke County CAP Senior Assistance Program will celebrate this special occasion by hosting their annual luncheon on May 24 at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 5256 Sebring-Warner Road, Greenville. The theme for the event will focus on Community Action services available to Darke County residents. Doors open at... read more.
Ball in the House
The Towne & Country Players are proud to offer “Ball in the House”… 5 Guys, 5 Voices… That’s it!! The performance is May 7, 2011 at 8 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.). Reserve tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students. “Ball in the House”   5 Guys, 5 Voices… That’s it!! Versailles Performing Arts Center – Towne & Country Players. Contact: Angie... read more.
Greenville High School Senior Citizens Day
Greenville High School will be holding its annual Senior Citizens Day on Tuesday, May 11, 2011. Start time is 10:15 a.m. Contact Carol Paul at Greenville High School, 548-4188 Ext. 255, by Friday, May 6. Performances will be given by the Concert Choir, Wavaires, Orchestra and Jazz Scene. View the flyer at full size... read more.
“Living with Cancer” Support Group will be on Thursday, May 5th, 2011
The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, May 5th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The meeting will take place at Wayne HealthCare in the 3rd Floor Conference room. This month’s support group features Dan Kremer, owner of E.A.T. Food for Life organic farm. Mr. Kremer will be speaking about the health benefits of eating local, organic foods... read more.
Darke County Visitor’s Bureau… What’s Happening in May
Discover our legends... Warmer weather brings much excitement to Darke County with festivals, events, open houses, artists’ series and activities to get us out of the house, shedding winter’s heavy coat. This month of May is full of activities for the entire family. Read on to learn about unique events taking place in and around Darke County, Ohio... read more.
Spring Hike to Health Wraps Up
Darke County Parks will be finishing up the spring series of Hike to Health on Thursday, May 5th and Saturday, May 7th.  The hike on Thursday, May 5th will be held at the newest park, Eidson Woods Preserve at 6pm.  Wear old shoes as the trails may be a bit muddy!  The hike on Saturday, May 7th will be held at Routzong Preserve at 10am.  There are still several people that have attended all hikes so far and are in the running for a prize, nice work!  If you enjoyed the... read more.
Edison Community College Hosts 8th Annual Graduate Academy Conference
Edison Community College’s Graduate Academy will feature William T. Sturtevant at its 8th annual Graduate Academy Conference being held Wednesday, May 18, from 8:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the theater of the Piqua main campus. This annual conference brings together executive directors, board members, staff and volunteers to explore topics in depth topics related to not-for-profit management. “The Edison Graduate Academy’s conference is a great way for those... read more.
French to speak to GOP Women, By Lyn Bliss, Assistant Editor
Judge Judith L. French of the 10th District Court of Appeals has served as a visiting judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio and heard oral arguments in a case involving a Shelby County civil lawsuit.
    Judge French was selected by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer to sit in place of Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, who recused herself from Case Nos. 2005-0702 and 2005-0734, Doe v. Archdiocese... read more.
Greenville Mayoral Candidates on Cable
The Candidates' Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Darke County will be broadcast on GPAT following the event, Monday, April 25 (7 PM). If you are unable to attend the Candidates’ Night, please be sure to tune into Greenville Public Access Television (GPAT), Channel 5 either Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM or 8:00 PM each day. The program will be broadcast in its entirety... read more.
Congressman John Boehner Open Door Program
In Darke County: Versailles on Tuesday - The “Open Door” program gives Eighth District residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a member of my congressional staff to ask questions, discuss problems, and offer opinions about issues related to the federal government. Staff will be located at the following locations TUESDAY, April 26, 2011: 9:00 AM - Versailles Village Offices (177 North Center Street) - 10:30 AM - Fort Recovery Village Hall (201 South Main Street) - 11:30... read more.
Ag Extension Breakfast Meeting
Ag Extension Breakfast meeting, Thursday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville. Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria. Hope you are able to attend. Our next meeting will be June 2, 2011. Justin S. Petrosino, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources.
Presented by the Friends of Bear’s Mill... April / May Artists
Reception: Friday, April 29: 6-9 pm. Free to the public.  Wine and light appetizers.  Please join us for an enjoyable evening of art and the artists! Bill Hunt:  ceramic artist, Micheline Daemen:  painter, Liz Hunt:  furniture maker. Visit Bear’s Mill Hours - January through March, Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-5, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5... read more.
We the People Convention, Inc.
Early Bird ticket discount by May 16 - COLUMBUS, Ohio – The We the People Convention today announced special “Early-Bird” pricing for tickets to the Convention on July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2011 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Starting immediately, and ending on May 16, 2011, attendees can purchase the $100 single day pass at a 25% discount and pay only $75 for either Friday or Saturday including the luncheon and speaker for that day... read more.
Darke County Parks...Get Ready, Get Set and Gather!
Come and join Darke County Parks Volunteers on April 30th from 3-6PM at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for the Habitat Healing Social. Bring your family and friends out and assist us in removing Garlic Mustard from the Park District. Please wear old clothes, gloves, and old closed toe shoes. If you would rather stay indoors, we need your help too! Afterwards, all will gather for an evening meal!... read more.
Ladies Night Out
Featuring Jean Watson, Internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, violinist and speaker. Jean’s commitment is to bring the “sound of heaven” to all who listen. Friday May 13, 2011, 6:30 p.m., All Seasons Place, $8.00 per person. Ladies of all ages are welcome... read more.
Darke County Visitors Bureau... Race to Taste for Prelude
Food and wine tasting event scheduled prior to the Prelude to the Dream on June 8 - GREENVILLE – To satisfy the hunger and thirst of the thousands of race fans that take up residents at Eldora Speedway during the Prelude to the Dream, the Darke County Visitors Bureau is hosting the Fourth Annual Race 2 Taste in the multipurpose building on the north end of the track... read more.
Recycle your Out of Date Electronics for Free
The Darke County Environmental Council for Business and Industry, the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, and Creative Recycling, Tampa, FL, are joining forces to sponsor a “FREE” Electronics Recycling Day on May 26, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the swine barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds.  Vehicles will enter the front gate(near Wayne Healthcare), will go through the swine barn to be unloaded and will go out the back gate of the fairgrounds to prevent... read more.
DCCA presents “A Taste of Wine & Jazz XXI”
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXI” on Friday, April 29 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville.  The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. Music for the event will be provided by the Eddie Brookshire Quintet.  According to DCCA... read more.
2nd Annual Senior Spring Fling
Conversation about Homosexuality and the Church
First United Methodist Church - Corner of 4th and Sycamore Streets, across from the library. Monday, April 25 7:00pm. April 25th will be the first of a 3-4 week conversation on the Church and homosexuality.  Come to one or all of them. We will read what the Bible says and doesn’t say. We will look at the science. We will hear testimonies. We will share of our own experiences. We will honor God and each other... read more.
Easter and Holy Week at First United Methodist Church
Easter means a lot of things to many people – Flowers, bunnies, Easter egg hunts, family get-togethers, Marshmallow Peeps! All of these are great.    In fact, after worship on Sunday, April 24th, we will have an indoor Easter Egg Hunt for all children, as well as donut holes for all. But….most of us know Easter is first and foremost a celebration of God raising Christ from the dead.  Today it is often asked... read more.
Not all Precincts Open for Primary Special Election
The Darke County Board of Election is announcing the following list of precincts that will be open for the May 3, 2011 Primary/Special Election. There are only 31 precincts open for this election and voters are urged to check the list carefully or call the Board of Elections at (937) 548-1835, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m... read more.
Local recycling event celebrates Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic has teamed up with Darke County Parks.  To commemorate the annual event, the clinic will be recycling your aluminum, glass and plastic from April 18 through the 22 during their open hours. Drop off your recyclables at Johnston Chiropractic Clinic: 109 Rhoades Avenue, Greenville, OH 45331-2625 - (937) 548-3610 - All of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Darke County Parks. “We are pleased to offer this... read more.
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
Warblers, Kinglets & Gnatcatchers!  It’s spring! - This morning’s hike was an AMAZING bird-filled adventure despite the cold and windy conditions.  Originally this morning’s hike was planned for touring Eidson Woods (our newest park, opening Saturday!  See below), but wow is it a good thing we didn’t. We had a whopping 40(!!) species, which is a good amount for late spring, let alone mid-April!... read more.
League of Women Voters Sponsors Candidates Forum
The League of Women Voters of Darke County will once again sponsor a Candidates' Forum for the May Primary Special Election on Monday, April 25 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the American Legion, Ohio Street in Greenville.  The event is free and open to the public. This forum will focus on the contested Primary Election candidates for Greenville City Mayor.  Other contested... read more.
Attention GHS Alums
Whatever you remember about Greenville High School, there will be something to interest you at the third annual G.H.S. Alumni Association Open House. It will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at the Greenville High School Cafeteria. Admission is free, refreshments are free. We have made up over 100 foldout boards about the classes. Open to all G.H.S. graduates or faculty, or friends... read more.
The Gathering at Garst is Planned for July
A new and exciting annual event is planned for July 30 and 31, 2011 at Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio. The Gathering at Garst: A Garden of Antiques and Art, will be a quality, juried show that features vendors in the following categories; artists, antique vendors, skilled historical craftsmen, primitive folk- artists, garden exhibitors, farmers market and specialty vendors... read more.
Send a kid to camp
Enjoy a delicious Barbeque Chicken Dinner from Romer’s Catering on Sunday, May 1 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, and send a child to church camp this summer. The dinner includes barbeque chicken, roll & butter, applesauce, bag of potato chips and drink for $7. Diners are welcome to enjoy their chicken dinner in the Fellowship Hall of EUM Church, 111 Devor Street... read more.
French Cabaret Singer comes to Inn at Versailles
Darke County Center for the Arts will present French cabaret singer Claudia Hommel in concert at the Inn at Versailles on Thursday, April 28; showtime is 7 p.m.  The final Coffeehouse Series presentation of the 2010-2011 season, this performance is is a perfect match between artist and venue according to DCCA officials.  “Claudia, who now lives in Chicago, was born in Paris, and her show celebrates the French... read more.
Zehringer to speak at Darke Republican Men’s Club April 16
“In his state of the state address, Governor Kasich charged me with thinking about agriculture in a completely different way and with finding out how many agribusinesses we can grow,” Zehringer said.  “I share the governor’s vision of supporting agriculture as an industry that leads Ohio to more prosperous times.” These comments were made by Ohio Department of Agriculture... read more.
Edison Stagelight Players to Perform Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Edison Community College’s Stagelight Players will commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, with a string of performances beginning Friday, April 15, at the Edison Theater. In The Tempest, Prospero, a brooding Renaissance magician, is banished by his brother to a remote island with his young daughter. Stranded, he awaits the right planetary conjunction to work his magnum opus and gain his revenge. Aided by his mercurial servant, Ariel, and stymied... read more.
Darke County Parks’ Annual Native Plant Sale
Everyone wants a beautiful landscape full of color, but what if that landscape could be nearly maintenance free as well? The wildflowers and grasses offered through Darke County Parks’ Native Plant Sale can help you with the garden of your dreams! For the 2011 Sale, plants will only be available via Pre-Sale. Order forms are on our website @ along with a list of plants... read more.
Edison to Host Administrative Professionals Day Program
Edison Community College will present a program Wednesday, April 27, in recognition of Administrative Professionals Day that salutes the many contributions of support staff throughout the area. The program is open to all office support professionals, including administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers and other employees who provide secretarial or administrative support for one or multiple supervisors. Participants will discuss... read more.
Edison Hosts Program to Inspire Businesses, Entrepreneurs and Community
The Business and Industry Center of Edison Community College is helping to meet the needs of business owners, entrepreneurs and the community by hosting a program this month designed to inspire, motivate and inform. On April 15, well-known author and speaker Dr. Denis Waitley will be on campus to present the program, Being the Best: Leading Yourself & Others to Excellence, at 8 a.m. in the Edison Theater. Waitley is one of America’s most respected authors and... read more.
Open Door Program... Congressman John Boehner, Eighth District
The “Open Door” program gives Eighth District residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a member of my congressional staff to ask questions, discuss problems, and offer opinions about issues related to the federal government. Staff will be located at the following locations NEXT TUESDAY, April 12, 2011: 9:00 AM - Tipp City Government Center (260 South Garber Drive) - 10:30 AM - West Milton Municipal Building (701 South Miami Street) - 12:00 PM - Darke County... read more.
Garst Museum... Mr. Lincoln’s Cameraman: An Afternoon with Mathew Brady 
Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 2:00 PM, the Garst Museum will host Mr. Lincoln’s Cameraman: An Afternoon with Mathew Brady. A lecture and performance by Mark Holbrook. Mathew Brady was a world-renowned photographer in the 1850s and 60s and his fame increased with his photographs of President Abraham Lincoln and of the Civil War. After the war, Brady gave many lectures on... read more.
Darke County Friends of the Shelter Mothers Day Raffle
The Darke County Friends of the Shelter has a Mothers Day Raffle with great prizes: 1st prize is a 5qt Kitchenaid standmixer (refurbished), 2nd prize is a 5 speed Kitchenaid blender (refurbished) and 3rd prize is a 3 cup Kitchenaid chef chopper (refurbished). The tickets are  $1 or 6 for $5 and can be purchased at the Darke County Animal Shelter... read more.
Nearly Half a Million Votes cast for Volunteer of the Year
The polls nearly came tumbling down for Hits 105.5 and HandsOn West Central Ohio, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, this weekend. During only its second year, the  Volunteer of the Year promotion sponsored by the two groups in honor of National Volunteer Week is seeing an overwhelming... read more.
Darke County Photography Club
We invite anyone interested in photography to join us on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 7:00PM at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio.  We will be holding one of our quarterly feedback sessions with guest judge John Beals from Ridgeville, Indiana.  The theme for the month is Windows/Glass.  Participants can... read more.
Council on Rural Services... Celebrate “Week of the Young Child”
Council on Rural Services and Kids Learning Place is committed to improving the lives of children and their families.  Research tells us that a child’s early learning years are the most important in developing lifelong learning patterns.  We must recommit to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment – at home, at child care, at school, and in the community... read more.
Darke County Republican Women’s Club to hold Q/A for Republican Primary Candidates
On April 11, the public is invited to hear the candidates who will appear on the Republican ballot for the upcoming May 3 Primary Election. These candidates are who you will vote for if you request a Republican ballot at your polling place. The office of Greenville Mayor is the only contested race – with Republican incumbent Mayor Mike Bowers being challenged by current Greenville City Council Republican member Doug Schmidt... read more.
Boehner Open Door Schedule
Congressman Boehner Announces Open Door Schedule For April - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) announced the 8th District Open Door schedule for the month of April.  Open Door gives constituents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a member of Congressman Boehner’s congressional staff and participate in an open dialogue. “Open Door provides an outlet for constituents to voice their opinions, express their... read more.
Local Golfers have the Opportunity to Play NCR South Course
Darke County, OH April 1, 2011 – The American Red Cross is offering six lucky foursomes the chance to play the world-renowned South Course of the NCR Country Club. This new regional fundraiser, “A Round for Relief”, offers golfers the opportunity to experience the beautiful greens, tread the same course and putt the same holes where the 51st PGA Championship was hosted.  The event will benefit local American Red Cross chapters including Clark, Darke, Dayton... read more.
Draw a Bunny for Easter
The deadline is getting closer but there is still time. Drawings are needed by April 11. Parents, does your first or second grader like to draw? Why don’t you have your child draw an Easter Bunny? Send it to Gade Health Care Center, 405 Chestnut St., Greenville 45331. Your child could win up to $50 and have the drawing published locally. Gade residents will judge the drawings, and cash... read more.
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