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Darke County Animal Shelter...Pets of the week
Scout is a 1-year-old Lab/Heeler mix. She is black and white with short hair. She is a sweet girl and loves to be around people. She will make a great companion. She has been spayed, is housebroken, is current on her shots and is good with kids. She is looking for a good home. Zoe is a 1-year-old terrier mix. She is white with long hair. She is a little sweetheart.... read more 
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Garst Museum...Annie Oakley is Featured in “Annie Leibovitz PILGRIMAGE”,
It was a snowy day in early 2011 when Garst Museum’s director, Dr. Clay Johnson received a call from the studio of Annie Leibovitz, photographer. Ms. Leibovitz was on a journey that would end with the publication of her newest book. She was interested in the life of Annie Oakley and wanted to include photographs of some of the artifacts exhibited in the Annie Oakley Center. She came to the museum.... read more 
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Commissioners Corner…... Thanks to everyone for a great year,
The end of the year is just around the corner for us here in the Commissioner’s office.  In our Commissioner’s Corner columns this year, and our radio appearances once a month on 95.7 F.M. the Tiger, we have tried to keep the citizens of Darke County informed as to what we are doing in the Commissioner’s office, in the courthouse, and throughout the county... read more 
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Kaboose... The Birth of Christ, Excerpt from “The Holy Bible”
Book of Luke - Chapter 2 - And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called... read more 
Senior Independence Hospice seeks “Make It Happen” Volunteers
Mary Taylor - HandsOn West Central Ohio Volunteer - Senior Independence Hospice, a faith based non-profit organization serving the elderly, need volunteers for their Make it Happen program, which takes special patient final wishes and develops a plan to Make it Happen.  Depending upon the nature of the individual wish, volunteers may be utilized in any of the steps of planning, development and or implementation of the wish.  Volunteers, who must be at least 18 years old, should be kind
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Breakfast with Santa a Huge Success for Greenville BPW
Greenville, OH. The annual Breakfast with Santa held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 was a huge success.  The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s Club (BPW) put on the event held at the Greenville VFW. Santa made his grand entrance into the hall.  All of the children were so excited!  He then joined the children in a breakfast of eggs, sausage, donut holes, and orange juice.  AND then the excitement... read more 
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State of the Heart employees hold food drive
State of the Heart Hospice employees recently held a month-long holiday food drive, dressing casually on Fridays in exchange for non-perishable food donations. Donations were then given to Grace Resurrection Community Center (GRCC) in Greenville, as well as local food pantries in Coldwater and Portland, where State of the Heart’s other offices are located. Pictured left to right: State of the Heart... read more 
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The Learning Channel... ‘The True Story of Santa Claus’
Santa Claus was not always a jolly old fellow. He did not always have long white whiskers, and he did not always wear a big red suit. Long before he lived in the North Pole, and long before his yearly Christmas visits brought joy to all the children of the world, Santa Claus was a child himself. He was once just an ordinary baby boy named Nicholas. The baby boy was just like any other, but his parents hoped for great things from... read more 
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Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy this year. A really good boy. Even my Mommy says so, so it must be true. If you don’t believe me, ask her. She’ll tell you. I want a bicycle and a sled and a Game Boy and a LEGO Ninjago Spinjitzu Dojo and a NERF Vortex Nitron and a basketball and a football and a catchers mitt and ball and bat... Mommy tells me she can’t find a catchers mitt for me because I’m left handed. I don’t... read more 
Darke County Red Cross... A Few Choice Tidbits for a Safe Holiday
Darke County, OH December 19, 2011 Having a busy time getting ready for the holidays? While you are shopping, baking, gift wrapping, decorating and going to parties, the American Red Cross has 1 Holiday Safety tips to help keep the season safe, happy and bright. 1. Prepare your vehicle for traveling to grandmother’s house. Build an emergency kit and include items such as blankets or sleeping bags, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, compass and road maps, shovel, tire repair kit and pump
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Greenville BPW Club Celebrates Christmas!
Greenville, OH.  The Christmas Committee of the Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club hosted the December 8th meeting which was held at the Brethren Retirement Center. Phyllis Miller and Diana Frazier from the Christmas Committee planned a festive evening.  Mackenzie Boner from Helen’s Flowers and Gifts demonstrated some decorating ideas for Christmas... read more 
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From Crystal Reflections... A True Christmas Story
It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas. Oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie... read more 
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County News Online… Limited Publishing over the Holidays
The Christmas and New Year’s holiday celebrations are a wonderous time for our children, and for our own giving and thanks. We get to reflect over the positive experiences of 2011 and plan how to make 2012 even better. With God’s Help, we are in charge of our own destinies. This is a blessing unique in today’s world, and one for which we should give thanks. It is also a responsibility that we owe... read more 
Mercer Savings Bank supports Arts in Education
Mercer Savings Bank has once again donated funds to sponsor Darke County Center for the Arts’ Arts in Education program.  According to a DCCA representative, “Mercer Savings Bank helps enable DCCA to fulfill its goal of annually bringing performing artists to every grade of each Greenville City and Darke County school to educate, inspire creativity, and increase awareness of diverse cultures for the children of our community.” Arts In Education programs in the 2011/2012 season
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New Postings on Digital Waves
Greenville High School’s IMTV program has some new postings on its student-produced web site, Digital Waves. Among them are the Theatre Club’s Sweeney Todd Review, by Violet Berry, and Christmas Blues, a poem by Anastasia May Robins, Wavelength Staff. There are also timely updates on Greenville High School announcements, December events and more. Be sure to check out Digital... read more 
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The Learning Channel... ‘Will Santa Claus Come for Christmas Dinner?’
I first saw him at our friends’ wedding rehearsal. The resemblance was uncanny. There was no red suit with white fur trim, no fat belly, and no sleigh and reindeer. But the beard was the purest white I had ever seen. It was the most authentic Santa beard anyone could conceive. My adult mind kept playing a childish refrain. “It’s Santa! It’s really Santa!” How appropriate that the wedding would... read more 
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Cancer Association of Darke County...CenturyLink thanked for generous donation,
CenturyLink has a rich history of supporting local communities. “Our employees live and work and raise their families here,” said Rick Krogman, CenturyLink Supervisor. “We’re proud to work for a local company improving lives and communities in Darke County. CenturyLink supports the area through financial and volunteer investments, including the Chamber of Commerce.... read more 
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Church NextStep Ministries... Kimmel gives back for a kindness
December 17, 2011 - Carla Kimmel has felt the struggle with the economy. Her family is doing better now, they’ve recently found employment, but last summer she found herself standing in food pantry lines. She couldn’t believe she was there. One of the places where she received help was the Fish Choice Pantry in Greenville. She didn’t want to be there, but was very grateful she had.... read more 
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The Story Telling Resource Centre... The Ill-tempered Snowman  
December 19, 2011 - It was dawn on an icy-cold Christmas morning. The sun was emerging from over the horizon and standing on the top of a hill was the snowman. He had been there for about three weeks and was looking the worse for wear. There was a stick underneath his arm. If he had originally had a hat and scarf, it had long since been stolen. One of the stones that had been his eyes had fallen off... read more 
Fuller Center accepting applications for home improvement projects
Darke County Fuller Center for Housing is now accepting applications for needed home improvement projects.  We are scheduling for this next spring and summer building season.  The Fuller Center is named for Millard and Linda Fuller who were the original founders of Habitat for Humanity and formed a new mission based upon their original covenants. The Fuller Center for Housing is a Christian based non-profit housing program that not only builds houses but does home improvement projects
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German American Pioneers... Professor Brought Christmas Tree to New England
By Ken Gewertz, Gazette Staff - 200th Anniversary of Charles Follen’s birth marked this year - This December, as tree lot attendants load the fragrant, streamlined shapes of netted firs and spruces onto auto roof-racks and count out change with fingers numbed by cold, it would be well to remember that 1996 is the 200th birthday of the man who brought the tradition of the decorated Christmas... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR donates mittens and gloves
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR recently donated mittens and gloves to the FISH Mitten Tree located at the Brethren Retirement Community. The Mitten Tree benefits children involved in Darke County Head Start programs. Pictured are members: Taylor Nehring, Debbie Nisonger, Ellen Shields, Linda Riley, Shirley Hughes, Mary Bankson, Chris Nehring, Helen Wright
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The Job Center Network of Darke County... Free Money for Job Training programs
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is a federally funded program that helps employers hire and train laid-off workers for full-time, long-term employment. Through OJT programs, employers like you may be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the wages earned by eligible new trainees while they learn the job. This funding compensates you for training workers in skills they need to help your business thrive. The Job Center has advised that assistance is available through all aspects of the program from start to end
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More Than Lights and Bright Colors, By Patricia Merlos
Our family’s unplanned Christmas celebrations taught us about the deep significance of the holiday. One year my husband and I felt a deep desire to celebrate Christmas in a different way than we had ever done before. We wanted to teach our two small children a deeper meaning of Christmas, that it means more than lights and bright colors, more than parties and celebrations, more than wrapping paper and ribbons
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Greenville Eagles 2177… Santa’s visit a special day of magic
“That’s just Santa’s helper, right? The real Santa is at the North Pole right now?” “No… that’s the real Santa. He came here just for all of you.” “But shouldn’t he be making toys?” “He is. He’s making toys. He’s visiting children everywhere. And he’s here visiting us.” The boy – about five or six – was skeptical. “Okay. How do you think he gets all those toys in his bag and on his sled, then takes them to
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Best Christmas Stories Online... The Dolls’ Christmas Party, Story written by Viola Roseborough
It was the week before Christmas, and the dolls In the toy-shop played together all night. The biggest one was from Paris. One night she said, “We ought to have a party before Santa Claus carries us away to the little girls. I can dance, and I will show you how.” “I can dance myself if you will pull the string,” said a “Jim Crow” doll. “What shall we have for supper?” piped a little boy-doll in a Jersey suit. He was always thinking about
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Learning Center Spreads Holiday Spirit
The Workshop Learning Center has been busy this December spreading the holiday spirit. The Workshop’s Elves Community Orchestra began rehearsing in mid-November for their Christmas performances. Director, Michelle Drees, is excited about the formation of this group. “I love watching students share their passion for music. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help these
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Celebration of Christmas... Poetry by Lois Wilson, Senior Scribe
Three Christmas thoughts from Darke County’s poet, Lois Wilson. Wilson is a published poet and a Darke County Senior Scribe. The following thoughts were written over a wide span of years, from 1956 to 2008. Enjoy them as you enjoy the season. THE DONKEY’S STORY - The journey grew long; I jogged to the song, Of an echoing, clip-clopping beat. A rapturous air encompassed the pair, As we passed through the
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Big Brothers Big Sisters... BBBS Hosts Annual Christmas Party
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County held its annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 11th at The New Treaty Lanes bowling alley in Greenville.  Approximately 45 people, comprised of community volunteer mentors, Littles, BBBS board members and staff, were in attendance this year.  After the excitement of bowling, a pizza party was held.  The New Treaty Lanes
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The Storytelling Resource Centre… A Christmas Tale, By Ian Birket (Panikatak).
Here is a contribution from a member of ‘Panikatak’, a very entertaining folk band who regularly play at the South Lakeland Storytelling Club. They write a lot of their own material and here is Ian Birket’s contribution to the Christmas meeting on December, 2nd. 2003. Santa was cross, he’d had a bad day. His elves were on strike for more overtime pay. They’d all been on strike since the end of the ‘fall’
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Digital Waves... FCCLA Christmas, By Naiesha Thobe
For the past eleven years, FCCLA has been helping people to celebrate Christmas in Darke County.
The County Home is not only a place that provides aid for some, but is also nothing short of the warm home that a person needs. And as the end of December draws near Christmas is in the air. Other articles and categories on the Greenville High School student-produced web site include
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Volunteer needed for receptionist position
Need experience to add to your resume?  Do you have extra time that you would like to get out and meet people?  We have the volunteer position just for you! A local non-profit in Greenville is in need of volunteers to help with their reception desk during the weekdays.  You can volunteer just a few hours in a day or help by giving your time and expertise for several hours in a week. The position consists of answering the phone, directing people in the building, and copying/faxing. Training
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Fort GreeneVille DAR... DAR Chapter holds Christmas Luncheon
Fort GreeneVille Chapter held a Christmas Luncheon at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center in Greenville, OH. DAR members pictured around the chapter’s sponsored Christmas tree are: Linda Riley, Joann Fisher, Chris Nehring, Michelle Alderman, Carolyne Blankenship, Debbie Nisonger, Doris Aultman, Cindy Austin, Shirley Hughes, Karen Burkett, Mary Bankson, Margaret Constable, Edith Bertrum
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The Storytelling Resource Center... “Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus”
The following letter was sent to the editor of ‘The New York Sun’ and was written by an 8 year old Virginia O’Hanlon. It was first printed in 1897. The correspondence has now become part of Santa Claus folklore and the article begins: We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends
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Cancer Association Thanks Keller Feeds and Needs
Keller Animal Feeds & Needs hosted a Think “PINK” Horse Trail Ride in October at Sycamore State Park. Over 100 people participated with their horses. The trail ride and lunch was free to the participants. A donation box was provided and t-shirts and hats were sold. The proceeds were donated to Cancer Association of Darke County. During the month of October .... read more 
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Story Telling Resource Center... The Miracle of the Poinsettia! 
At Christmas in Mexico, most houses display the Poinsettia. Just as we have Holly, Misletoe and the Christmas Tree, the Mexicans have the poinsettia. They believe that the beautiful plant brings a blessing that will last all year. The tradition has existed since 1834 when a miracle occurred in a tiny village. In those days it was customary for people in the villages to take gifts to the Baby Jesus ... read more 
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Darke County Solid Waste District... First Annual Trash Bash T-Shirt Contest
Darke County Solid Waste Management District & 1 Shot Services are happy to announce the First Annual T-Shirt Contest for Trash Bash. There are several things that you will need to know to participate in the contest. CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS  1. The color that has been chosen for 2012 Trash Bash is Neon Yellow/Safety Yellow. 2. The design will only be on the front of the T-Shirt... read more 
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Christmas Tales... A True Christmas Story
Here is a fairly well known tale. I think it is worth re-telling. It conveys a valuable message; No matter how tough things are, don’t give up. You just don’t know what lies around the corner.....! Robert May was a short man, barely five feet in height. He was born in the early part of the last century, that is to say, the nineteen hundreds. Bullied at school, he was ridiculed and humiliated by other... read more 
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Greenville Schools... GJHS, Woodland Students collect over 3,000 lbs. of food for FISH
Pictured are the Student Leaders from Greenville Junior High.  They toured the FISH Choice Pantry on Friday, December 9th. While there, they unloaded a donation of 1911 lbs of food from the Jr. High students.  This food will go directly to help other families in the Greenville area.  Their Student Leader Advisor, Paul Ericksen and Counselor, Jody Flommersfeld were also in attendance.  Later that same morning... read more 
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Digital Waves… Greenville High School’s IMTV online project goes live!
County News Online has a new offering for readers… Digital Waves. This is a site produced exclusively by GHS students for students, faculty, staff and anyone else interested in the “happenings” at Greenville High School. The project started with a referral by a Senior Scribes Scholarship Committee member, Elaine Bailey, to the Greenville and Darke County Career Mentorship Coordinator... read more 
Greenville Schools Foundation... Thank you for your help in our auction
The Greenville Schools Foundation wishes to thank all of those who made the dinner and silent auction a great success last month. A special thanks to Romer’s, Greenville High School Jazz Scene under the direction of JR Price and the GHS Wavaires with director, Michelle Smith. Thanks to all of you who purchased tickets, attended and bid on auction items; also to Rich Edwards for his expert auctioneering skills... read more 
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Darke County Animal Shelter... Pets of the week
December 8th, 2011 - April is a 1-year-old Terrier mix. She is black and white with long hair. She is a sweet little thing and only weighs around 15 pounds. She will make a wonderful house companion and is ready for adoption. Arnie is a 5-month-old Jack Russell mix. He is black and white with shirt hair. He is a sweet little guy and only weighs around 10 pounds. He will make a wonderful... read more 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters... BBBS Hosts Annual Christmas Party
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County held its annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 3rd at Bel-Mar Lanes bowling alley in Sidney.  Approximately 85 people, comprised of community volunteer mentors, Littles, BBBS board members and staff, were in attendance this year.  After the excitement of bowling, a pizza party was held, with prizes being awarded... read more 
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Kaboose... The Little Match Girl, By Hans Christian Anderson
It was New Year’s Eve and the snowclad streets were deserted. From brightly lit windows came the tinkle of laughter and the sound of singing. People were getting ready to bring in the New Year. But the poor little matchseller sat sadly beside the fountain. Her ragged dress and worn shawl did not keep out the cold and she tried to keep her bare feet from touching the frozen ground. She hadn’t sold one box of.. read more 
Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels
Your face may be the only face many homebound adults see. Do you have an hour a week to insure they get a hot meal and a warm smile? Meals on Wheels need volunteers to pick up food and deliver it to homebound adults living within a three mile radius of Greenville.  This position is available on Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Food will be picked up from Rest Haven.  Volunteers for this important position should be at least 18 years old.  A valid driver’s license and current... read more 
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Kaboose... The Birth of Christ
Excerpt from “The Holy Bible” Book of Luke, Chapter 2 - And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which... read more 
Greenville Graduates, a College Funding Opportunity
If you are a Junior or Senior in college and have graduated from Greenville H.S., there is $1000 available to assist you in paying for college! The Grace Burdge Educational Fund is a very low interest loan, repayable at 3% interest, beginning 6 months from the date you graduate from college (undergraduate degree), or from the date of withdrawal from college, whichever comes first. As stated in the Last Will of Miss Grace Burdge, this trust was established “to be loaned by the Board of... read more 
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Christmas Stories from Santaville... A Visit From St. Nicholas, By Clement C. Moore
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house; Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
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Beagle... Senators Beagle and Lehner Honor Chaminade Julienne Lady Golfers
COLUMBUS – State Senators Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today hosted Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s Girls’ Golf Team at the Ohio Statehouse.  Led by Coach George Menker, the squad recently capped a successful season by capturing the State Championship. Senators Beagle and Lehner presented the student-athletes with a Senate Resolution this... read more 
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Christmas Stories from Santaville...Santa’s Secret Wish
On Christmas Eve, a young boy with light in his eyes, Looked deep into Santa’s, to Santa’s surprise, And said as he nestled on Santa’s broad knee, “I want your secret, tell it to me. He leaned up & whispered in Santa’s good ear, “How do you do it, year after year?” “I want to know how, as you travel about, Giving gifts here & there, you never run out. How is it, dear Santa, that in your pack of toys,0 You have plenty... read more 
Providing Support in a Time of Need
Being seriously ill can be a frightening experience, but you have the opportunity to provide the simple gift of comfort to an individual facing the most life-threatening of illnesses. Heartland Hospice invites you to share the end-of-life journey with a patient who has no friends or family members to support them.  Volunteers hold vigil by visiting with patients as they near the end of their lives, ensuring that “no one dies alone”.  This truly generous volunteer position is available to individuals... read more 
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Fort GreeneVille DAR... Local Chapter honors Dietrich for Service
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR member Mary Jane Dietrich is presented with a 40th year member certificate from Regent Chris Nehring. Dietrich’s mother, Beatrice Campbell was a member of Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution and Mary Jane followed in her footsteps in joining the chapter. Thru the years as a member of Fort GreeneVille Chapter, her contributions are as follows... read more 
CAP offers HEAP to Seniors 60 & Over
Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton – Darke County has received funding from the Area Agency on Aging to provide Home Energy Assistant Program (HEAP) Outreach to seniors 60+ effective October 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The focus is on increasing outreach to the homebound. CAP will provide outreach, information and assistance completing HEAP applications to individuals in Darke County who are 60 years of age or older and/or have disabilities and need that... read more 
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Ohio Supreme Court... Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center Dedication
Dec. 2, 2011 - Around 400 members of the judiciary and guests honored the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer on Dec. 2 as the Supreme Court of Ohio dedicated the Ohio Judicial Center in his name. The dedication of the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center honors Chief Justice Moyer’s significant contributions to civility, public service, and the rule of law. Chief Justice Moyer was the second longest serving chief... read more 
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Edison Community College Brings “Kids To College”
More than 350 students and teachers from Van Cleve Elementary School in Troy spent the day Friday attending classes and learning real world financial responsibility at Edison Community College for the “Kids To College” Program. This is the fifth year for the program at Edison, which provides students with a curriculum that focuses on financial literacy, careers and the value of an... read more 
BRC Assists Mitten Tree Project
Another FISH Mitten Tree has been erected to receive donated gloves and mittens to benefit children involved in Darke County Head Start programs. This addition to the community of trees can be found at the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street in Greenville. Local citizens are invited to hang their donated mittens and gloves on the tree, which stands at the main entrance to the BRC next to the Brick Room and in front of the facility’s Reception Desk... read more 
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Mississinawa Valley Elementary School... Lamas-Funk Wins MV Elementary Spelling Bee
Mississinawa Valley Elementary recently held its annual spelling bee.  Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade competitors spelled their way through seven rounds.  Sixth grader Mary Lamas-Funk, daughter of Ann Funk of Union City, Ohio, was declared Champion Speller on the word “murmur.”  Mary advances to the county spelling bee on January 27 at Versailles Local School District... read more 
Eldora Speedway... Staff members ‘pack the pantry’ to tune of nearly $8,500
CALL Ministries and FISH Choice Pantry Selected to Receive Proceeds - ROSSBURG, OH (Nov. 28) – Through their annual ‘Pack the Pantry’ gathering, Eldora Speedway staff members and vendors were able to donate nearly $8,500 in cash and non-perishable items to two area food banks, according to Eldora’s concession manager, Todd Stucky. “With our proximity to Darke and Mercer Counties, we again chose to split the proceeds and distribute our efforts to CALL Ministries in Celina... read more 
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The Ombudsman Office... Calendars needed for Nursing & Retirement Homes
The Greenville Public Library has agreed to be a drop off point for calendars to be distributed to nursing homes and retirement homes, according to Gail Snyder, a volunteer for Ombudsman Office and two Greenville Nursing Homes. Snyder said that some residents do not have access to the places that send or give them calendars and the help of the community has been... read more 
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Goubeaux’s Sponsor DCCA Programming
Jim and Enid Goubeaux have once again given a generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA).  Impressario Sponsors and Angel Members, the Goubeaux’s are DCCA’s only donor to sponsor two Artists Series programs as well as hold a top-level membership with DCCA. Gary Brown stated, “On behalf of Darke County Center for the Arts, I want to express our appreciation... read more 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters... November Match: Bertkes & Beck
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County announce Big Brother and Sister Jeff and Jennie Bertke of Anna, and Little Brother Phillip Beck, of Sidney, have been selected as November Match of the Month.  Phillip is the son of Clarissa Smith.  Jeff, Jennie and Phillip have been matched since December, 2009. Jeff and Jennie entered the Core program as a couples match so they... read more 
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Helping Seniors Celebrate The Season
(NAPSI)—When celebrating the holidays this year, don’t forget to check on elderly friends and family members. While the holidays are a happy time for most people, some seniors may find the season less than festive. The holidays can be difficult for a variety of reasons. For many seniors, the holidays are a reminder of parents, siblings and friends who are no longer alive. For others, the holidays are lonely, as... read more 
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Washington Township School – do you know anyone? By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
Greenville—The Genealogy Library of Garst Museum has a picture that is believed to be the Washington Township School and is thought to have been taken in approximately 1936.  It is believed that the person on the far right of the second row is DeVon Richard Warvel. Head of the Genealogy Library Phyllis Crick, would like to be able to identify the pupils shown in the picture... read more 
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