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“90 Years of Service” - A History of the Greenville Kiwanis Club
Compiled by: William T. Maxwell and W. Roy Haines - Part 1 of 5 – 1921 through 1949
The Kiwanis Club of Greenville owes a debt of gratitude to Kiwanian William T. Maxwell for the following history of the Club. Bill served the Club as President, Secretary, Distinguished Lt. Governor and unofficial Club Historian. The passing of Bill on September 10, 2000 was a great loss... read more
Swank elected next KCI Division 3 Lt. Governor
Greenville High School sophomore Natasha Swank has been elected Kiwanis International Ohio District’s next Division 3 Lt. Governor. She will be installed at the District Convention in Columbus on April 17. Swank takes the reins from retiring Lt. Governor Mariah Reitz, who served for the 2010-2011 school year. Reitz, who will be a senior next year, was the first Greenville... read more
Darke County Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Portia is a 1-year-old Great Dane/Lab mix. She is bluish gray with a white chest. She also has short hair. She is a friendly girl, is current on her shots and has been altered. She is house broken and good with kids. She is a friendly girl and weighs around 80 pounds. She is looking for a good home. We also have a little terrier mix; a couple of labs, a shepherd, a Pointer mix a boxer... read more
Darke County Parks Program Reminders
Early Morning Discovery Hike, Tuesday Mornings: 8 am  * Note time change!
Backyard Sugarin’, Saturday, Feb. 26:  1pm  /  Pre-registration Required
Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie, Saturday, March 5:  7:30am-4pm, Sunday, March 6: 12-4pm
Waffle Breakfast, Saturday, March 5:  7:00am-10:30am... read more
Scouting this Growing Season: Weeds, By Justin Petrosino, ANR Extension Educator, OSU Extension
Its time to talk about my favorite topic in pest management, weed control! Actually I should say management, control denotes a reactionary measure. We want to be proactive when it comes to taking care of our weeds. This is especially true when it comes to tough to handle weeds like marestail. Knowing a little about our weeds lifecycle can also help us plan a program to manage it... read more
Allan Wolf… the Gold Standard, By Bob Robinson
“Allan Wolf is the gold standard for poetry performance,” said Dr. Nile Stanley, Editor, Florida Reading Quarterly. High School students at Tri-Village seemed to agree, with clapping “in time,” laughing (at the appropriate times) and nearly 100 percent rapt attention during Wolf’s recent 50-minute performance. Allan Wolf – author, poet, performer and educator – used guitar, oratory and... read more
VFW Auxiliary donates to Quilt of Valor project, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
Ladies’ Auxiliary to Greenville’s VFW Post 7262 hosted Chris Stamcoff of Towne Squares Quilt Club (TSQC) at a recent meeting. Chris explained the details of a special project being done by the quilters. TSQC has joined the Quilt of Valor (QOV) program. The QOV program has as its mission to cover ALL those service- members and veterans touched by war... read more
Down on the Farm, By Nancy Hampshire Rush, Senior Scribe, Author, My Mother’s Child
Jean soon learned what it took to become a farmer’s wife and adapted quite readily. She worked in the fields right alongside Dick and drove the tractor when Dick was needed elsewhere. It’s strange that she could drive a tractor so well but she never got her driver’s license until after Dick had passed away and she moved into town. She was probably in her fifties at the time... read more
Students assigned to learn about their community, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Two Wright State Lake Campus freshmen – one of them a former Key Club member – attended a Greenville Kiwanis meeting recently as part of a history assignment at school.
The two students, Jennifer Westfall, who was in Key Club last year, and Brooke Kennedy – both 2010 Greenville High School graduates – are enrolled... read more
Cheap Gas
From 1 to 3 PM on Saturday, the Lassus station on the circle had a lot of business.  Regular gas was selling for $2.57 a gallon, a savings of 50 cents over the regular price.  It caused a minor traffic problem on East Main St. and around the Circle. The  event was the brain child of the Gospel Baptist Church.  Bill Edwards is the pastor. A spokesman said they wanted... read more
Help Needed! Calling all men with pickup trucks
Grace Resurrection Center, 433 E. Water St., Greenville - Our Food Pantry needs men with pickup trucks. We distribute food to Darke County residents in need. We pick up food from a variety of sources, and we need volunteers who are available to help pick up, load and unload the food we receive. We currently pick up food in Greenville on Monday and Thursday mornings, and in Union City, Ohio, on Friday mornings. We also have one huge... read more
Greenville residents honored for volunteer efforts
HandsOn West Central Ohio, a program of Council on Rural Services, is proud to announce that two members of the program’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program were recognized for their volunteer efforts by the Ohio Department of Aging on February 10 in Columbus. Victor and Becky French, residents of Greenville, were honored during a reception... read more
KCI Division meetings combine business with fun
“I pledge, on my honor, to uphold the Objects of Key Club International; to build my home, school and community; to serve my nation and God; and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.” But nothing says they can’t have fun while doing it, as the following photos will show. In 2010 Greenville High School Junior Mariah Reitz signed... read more
DARKE T.E.A. PATRIOTS Meeting Report
February 12, 2011 The DARKE T.E.A. PATRIOTS meeting held on Saturday February 12, 2011 at the Wagon Wheel Dining Room on Sweitzer Avenue was intentionally different than our typical meetings and was very informative. Our featured speaker was Paul Lambert from EducateOhio. EducateOhio is an organization which encourages and facilitates informed participation of citizens in the governance of their school districts. It was founded by a group of people who... read more
PCI Joins Forces with Youth-Oriented Nonprofit, The Light Foundation
Industry leader in alternative fuels to offer learning and mentoring opportunities for at-risk teens enrolled in Foundation’s groundbreaking programs - UNION CITY, Indiana… Productive Concepts International (PCI), an industry leader in alternative fuels conversion technologies and systems, recently announced a partnership with New England Patriot Matt Light to help at-risk youth... read more
Pets of the week - Darke County Animal Shelter
Gunner is a 3-month-old Australian Cattle dog (Red Heeler) mix. She is red and white with short hair. Sammy is a 4-month-old Shepherd mix. She is black, tan and white with short hair. Jake is an 8 year old Spaniel. He is brown and white with medium length hair... read more
Scouting this Growing Season… Diseases, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
Last week we discussed a few pesky bugs that have been and may continue to be a problem in our major crops. This week we’ll talk about some diseases we’re keeping an eye on. Let’s dive in with the one that is still on everyone’s mind, head scab. Why was it such a problem last season? We fulfilled our disease triangle. We had inoculum from previous infection of corn, we had warm, wet weather at flowering, and we had a lot of susceptible varieties planted. The big question. ... read more
Help someone learn to read and write English, HandsOn West Central Ohio
Can you imagine moving to a new country where even a restaurant menu is impossible for you to read and understand?  Area residents have the opportunity to help adults learn to read and write English, improving their chances to find jobs and raise their families in Darke County. The Adult Basic Literacy Education program needs volunteers who are interested in helping adults learn to read and write English.  Lesson plans will be provided, and volunteers do... read more
Learning for Life, By Chris Mortensen, Principal, Greenville High School
I decided to aim this specifically at the seniors, but might be worth pondering by all.  As an educator, a philosophy of education guides every step that we take and focuses the lens of what we see as the goals that need to be achieved daily.  I believe that in life we never stop learning and if we stop learning then we cease to live.  I often find that while we are educating our... read more
The A-B-C’s of Medicare… a Starter’s Guide, Provided by Amy Farmer
Let’s face it - Medicare can be confusing, both for those who are enrolled in the program and for those who are assisting loved ones in managing their health care needs.  Fortunately, help is available!  The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Since 1992, OSHIIP’s trained staff and network of more than 1,300 volunteers... read more
Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Contributes to DCCA
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.  According to a DCCA representative, DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community.  DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center. DCCA presents three shows annually in the... read more
Ketrow Foundation contributes to DCCA
Ketrow Foundation has recently awarded funds to Darke County Center for the Arts to support the 2010/2011 Family Theater Series and Arts In Education programs. DCCA presents and promotes performing and fine arts, encouraging cultural enrichment in the community, according to a DCCA representative.  DCCA is also committed to the preservation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall as an important cultural center... read more
Biddlestone sets up annual “In Memoriam” Scholarship
DARKE COUNTY – Local businessman Darrell Biddlestone, and his wife Debbie, awarded their first Annual “In Memoriam” Scholarship check to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund recently. The annual scholarship was established to honor Biddlestone’s mentor, the late Ralph “Fred” Wright, who passed away in August 2006. The “In Memoriam” donation will be... read more
Greenville Eagles… Old fashioned entertainment and great food - By Bob Robinson
Feb. 10, 2011 - About 150 Eagles members and their guests enjoyed a great steak dinner and dancing to “The American Kings,” a 50’s and 60’s Rock ‘n Roll band, last week. It was the Lodge’s monthly “steak dinner and dance” held on the first Saturday of each month during the winter. Couples and singles of all ages danced, twisted, hoola hooped, tapped... read more
Thank you! Over 450 Valentine’s Sent to Troops
 The Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville in cooperation with the Veterans & Family Memorial Care program, Woodland Primary School in Greenville, Ansonia “ Kid’s That Care”, Mississinawa Elemetary and St. Mary’s School in Greenville, worked together to show our troops in Iraq, United States and Afghanistan how much we care and support them with... read more
Darke County Parks Upcoming Events
Antler Amble - Saturday, February 12 at 2:30 PM - Last year’s hike was a bust due to heavy snowfall… so we’re trying again! Also Boxes for Bluebirds - Thursday, February 17 at 6 PM - Pre-registration Required / Fee: $7.00 - Do you have a “guest home” for a bird family in your backyard?... read more
Dirksen new YP president
Past-President David Barger (R) congratulates Andrew Dirksen (L) for his recent election as president of the Darke County Young Republicans Club (DCYRC).  DCYRC will be having a "pizza dinner" and business meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 17 in the private dining room of the... read more
The Darke County Animal Shelter presents its pets of the week
Dakota is a 4-year-old Spitz mix. She is all white with long hair. She is a sweet girl and only weighs around 35 pounds. She loves people and is very playful. She is looking for that good home. Lucky is a 9-year-old terrier mix. He is tan and white with short hair. He likes people more than other male dogs. He should go to someone without other dogs. He would make a nice companion... read more
Scouting this Growing Season: Insects, By Justin Petrosino, ANR Extension Educator
If you’ve been as busy as I have, you might not have noticed but spring is only a month away. It’s even closer if you believe the varmint out in PA. Over the next few weeks we’ll discuss what you’ll need to be keeping an eye out for in the fields this season. This week we’ll focus on those pesky bugs. We’ll continue on with diseases and then my favorite topic, weeds. This year we have a few developments in bugs. Actually they are called insects. The true bugs... read more
SafeHaven needs computer volunteers
One local organization provides a center for adults to participate in educational, social and vocational support. Since it is a consumer-operated center, the program needs the help of volunteers to provide their services to adults in the community. SafeHaven, Inc. is looking for a few volunteers to do computer work for the organization. Volunteers would assist with keeping... read more
That’s Not My Job! By Chris Mortensen, Principal, Greenville High School
I found myself interested as I read the article by Ryan Cox this week entitled, “It’s not my fault.”  It related well to thoughts that frequently crossed my own mind as an educator  in Greenville.  I had been contemplating on a couple different directions to go for communicating concerns for educating our youth, but his article lead me in another direction with my original ideas becoming follow up... read more
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