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Post Emergence Weed Control, by Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
June 27, 2011 - This past Friday I spent some time counting weeds at a few research sites. The consensus is this: preemergence herbicides applied two weeks ago are holding strong. However, plots that did not receive a PRE are starting to get weedy. There are many fields in the county that received a PRE a few weeks before my plots and there are still a few fields that… read more
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Coloring Contest Winners chosen at Open House
The winners of the kids coloring contest at the Open House of the Darke County Animal Shelter were chosen. All kids did a great job and it was hard for the jury to determine the winners in the 3 classes (up to 5 years old, 6 - 7 years old, 8+ years old).  Finally the judges chose 5-year old Andrew Wilkerson (pictured left), 7 year old Gage Hammer (pictured second from left… read more
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Howdieshell appointed to OFRW Board
The Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) recently appointed Dori Howdieshell, Greenville, to its Board of Directors. Howdieshell will fill the Women in Business Chair. Part of Howdieshell’s duties in this position will be to aid in assembling a directory of businesses owned and/or operated by members of the Ohio Federation. The OFRW is comprised of six Ohio districts with a total of 79 clubs statewide… read more
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Republican Women hosting Luncheon & Style Show, By Lyn Bliss
Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) is holding “A Fascinating Time” at noon on July 16 at the Greenville Country Club. The theme is a take-off on the recent wearing of “fascinators” by the women attending the Royal wedding. Fashions will be modeled from Youniques and fascinators from the Ivy League will be featured. Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s Club… read more
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WIA Banquet honors Youth Achievers, By Christy Riley, Teen Scribe
Each person should “…recognize that within you, you have the power to do anything you want to do,” Bob Farmer said. Tuesday, June 21, the WIA (Workforce Investment Act) Youth Program had a Graduation & Awards Banquet to honor the achievements of youth participants. “…WIA is a foundation for our future,” said Morgan Goubeaux. Morgan, a youth participant, welcomed everyone to… read more
Americorps Grant Awarded to Local Agency
6/26/11 - The Ohio Community Service Council has announced that Council on Rural Services has been awarded funding of $266,000 for the AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success program for 2011-2012.  The grant dollars will enable 20 AmeriCorps members to provide academic assistance and teach work readiness in a program that addresses the gap in education and employability skills for teens and young adults in Darke, Miami and Shelby County. The program will… read more
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Community Action Partnership July 2011 Newsletter
6/26/11 - The following are a few of the stories in the July issue of CAP’s July Newsletter. Photos are from a recent “balloon” event. Also below… the complete newsletter. A look at CAP Employee... LOIS WEESE - Lois Weese, CAP Meals Driver, has been with the agency for about seven years. She previously worked at Fram/Honeywell for almost 25 years. Married to husband Harold, they recently… read more
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What a special way to spend an evening! By Sharon Hopper, Senior Scribe
6/26/11 - I have been focusing on saving money and still being able to live a rewarding life.   After years of being a professional organist and piano teacher I love good music played well. And that is exactly  what was on the venue Friday night at the Marling Stage in Greenville city park. I and my husband, along with several hundred others, listened to a concert of jazz arrangements and… read more
Heartland Hospice… Provide Comfort at in End-of-Life Journey
6/25/11 - 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… read more
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Darke County Animal Shelter Open House
6/25/11 - The Darke County Friends of the Shelter would like to thank the following businesses and private individuals for donating goods and services to our first open house of the Darke County Animal Shelter on Saturday ,June 18, 2011. Countryside Gardens, Kitchenaid Experience… read more
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HandsOn West Central Ohio… The Volunteer Leader
6/23/11 - The link below takes you to HandsOn West Central Ohio’s regular newsletter. It is full of volunteer opportunities for readers of all ages. In it you’ll find a calendar of events, availability of training tools… even links to the organization’s facebook and twitter accounts. Check it out. From The Volunteer Leader… It's no secret that belts are tightening.  Funding is scarce, and client lists are growing… read more
Yoga Teacher Training Program
elementsLife Yoga Studio, located in historic downtown Greenville, Ohio is currently registering experienced Yoga students for the 2011-2012 Yoga Certification Program. Participants who satisfy all requirements (National Yoga Alliance standards) for this program will acquire a National 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga upon completion. This program combines expert instruction, workshops, observation hours, hands on training and guest speakers… read more
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Cancer Association thanks Clear Choice Hearing Aid Centers for Donation
Clear Choice Hearing Aid Center’s owners Ryan and Lisa Anderson have opened an office in Greenville this past March and have decided that they would like to give back to the Darke County community by donating to the Cancer Association of Darke County. Clear Choice Hearing Aid Center disburses Starkey Hearing Aids, who happen to be the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the world… read more
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Head Scab Present in Darke County’s Wheat, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension
June 20, 2011 - Rainy and moist conditions persisted through wheat anthesis this year. As a result head scab is once again present in Darke County’s wheat. However, initial results from a survey conducted by THE Ohio State University show disease incidence may be lower than last year. With harvest approaching it is important to be prepared to deal with scab by knowing some best… read more
Deborah Sue Brandt MA.Ed
From Bob Rhoades, Senior Scribe - Bob, this year was the final year of my little sister Debbie's 35 year as a school teacher.  She spent all 35 at Woodland Heights with her last assignment being as a second grade educator… read more
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Surber wins Cancer Association Raffle
6/18/11 - Carla Surber of Greenville was this year's winner of the annual Cancer Association of Darke County's Gourmet Dinner for Eight Raffle.  The dinner took place Saturday, May 21, at the home of Tom and Julie Graber, Greenville. The Grabers are a part of the group that prepares, serves and cleans up from this special dinner. Eikenberry's Super Valu once again donated… read more
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Darke County Park District and the Garst Museum Partner for Educational Events
6/20/11 - A new education partnership has been formed between the Garst Museum and the Darke County Park District as both organizations work to fulfill their missions of education. Roger Van Frank, executive director of the Darke County Park District and Dr. Clay Johnson, executive director of the Garst Museum are excited about what the two organizations can accomplish together… read more
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Darke County Animal Shelter… Pets of the week
6/18/11 - We have Lacey at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2-year-old English Setter. She is mostly white with some brown spots. She is current on her shots, housebroken and good with kids and has been spayed. She is good with other dogs and cats. She will make a great companion for the right family. She is ready for adoption… read more
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Kids Learn About Transportation
The preschool children at Kids Learning Place in Greenville finished a month long study about transportation with a project of building their favorite kind of vehicles. The kids and their teacher Judy Gilmore; read books, researched on the internet, and watched videos about cars, trucks, motorcycles, spaceships, wagons and roller skates. Then they began their building project… read more
Upcoming OSU Extension Events, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
June 13, 2011 - There are many concerns when it comes to agriculture this year. Late planting, poor weed control from late and less effective burndowns, the potential for even higher feed costs for livestock, and don’t forget about head scab. Monday I spent time in the field with Alissa Kriss, a graduate student with OSU Plant Pathology doing a head scab assessment of the county. Despite our best efforts Mother Nature threw us another curveball on wheat this year. Keep an eye… read more
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Darke County Parks Awards Bird Feeder Grant
The Darke County Park District recently awarded 3 classrooms in Darke County a grant to receive a bird feeder to be placed outside their classroom window.  Along with the bird feeder, each classroom will receive bird seed to keep the feeder full for the winter and special visits from a naturalist throughout the school year.  Recipients of the award are Mississinawa Valley… read more
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Council on Rural Services... Kids Learning Place gets Grant for its Outdoor Play Area
Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS) today announced that Council on Rural Services is one of 436 recipients of a $5,000 grant to improve the outdoor play space for infants and toddlers at the Kids Learning Place in Greenville. According to Early Childhood Services Coordinator, Kathy Parmenter, “We appreciate Head… read more
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“90 Years of Service” A History of the Greenville Kiwanis Club, 1921 through 2010
Compiled by: William T. Maxwell and W. Roy Haines, Edited by: W. Roy Haines - 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 to the Club and the community. The Club… read more
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Harry Stephens supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke Counties
June 14, 2011 - The Harry Stephens Memorial recently made a donation of $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, specifically for the Darke County program. The funding is being provided to the agency to assist with the Mentoring Children of Prisoners Program.  This program originated through a collaborative effort, where by many Ohio Big Brothers Big… read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Match of the Month
6/15/11 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County announce Big Sister Tara Thomas, of New Madison, and Little Sister Liz Harless, of Hollansburg, have been selected as June Match of the Month.  Tara and Liz have been matched since January, 2008. According to her grandmother, Margaret Hawes, “Liz looks forward to EVERY time she gets to do an activity with Tara.  It doesn’t matter… read more
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Calamityville, Ohio, By Bob Rhoades
6/15/11 - Yup, that’s what they call it.  It’s not really a city but more of a thought process coming into reality and it’s pretty close to our backyard, in Fairborn.  The thought process is quickly becoming a reality on the old Cemex site on 235.  Since it was used to build concrete appurtenances of all types there was a dust problem to be dealt with.  Most of that is cleaned up and a lot of classes have… read more
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Senator Tom Patton… Olmsted Falls State Champions recognized at Statehouse
June 14, 2011 - Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team beats Copley for top honors - COLUMBUS – This week, State Senator Tom Patton (R – Strongsville) hosted members of the Olmsted Falls High School Academic Team at the Ohio Statehouse. The high-schoolers recently competed in the National Academic Quiz Tournament (NAQT) State Championship on the campus… read more
American Red Cross Gives Military Families Easier Access to Emergency Communication Services - Darke County, OH June 10, 2011 As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross is making changes that it will move to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services. Beginning June 13, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. EDT, all military members and their families can use one number- 877-272-7337 (U.S. Toll Free) to send an urgent message to a service member. The change means that all military members and their… read more
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Bliss Selected Republican Women’s Club Woman of the Year, By Kay Seiler
6/13/11 - The Darke County Republican Women’s Club (DCRWC) have proudly selected Lyn Bliss as their Woman of the Year. It was noted at a recent meeting how valuable Lyn is to the organization.  She currently serves on the State Republican Women’s Club Board (OFRW) as Vice President of the Southwest District, as well as serving on the National Board on the Program Committee and on the Internet Technology… read more
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Suicide, Conveyance Fees top stories in May
As County News Online Readership grows, we have begun tracking the most popular stories each month. In May, readers took two local issues to heart as the 10 stories of top interest. The highest readership in CNO’s history went to Bob Rhoades’ opinion on suicide and how it has impacted Darke County. He expressed his concern over the three suicides we already have and an attempt rate of one… read more
Darke County Parks - Reception Desk Volunteers
Do you have or are you building up your clerical skills? If so, it’s time to take the next step and volunteer at Darke County Parks Reception Desk. At the Reception Desk you get the chance to meet new people, answer the telephone, register participates for Park programs, and operate the gift shop and much more! Darke County Parks are in need of receptionist Monday thru Saturday with a morning shift from 9AM to 1 PM and the afternoon shift 1 PM-5PM. Only able to help once a week… read more
Do you live to shop?  Do you love helping others find a great bargain?
Heartland of Greenville invites volunteers to serve as personal shopping assistants for older adults.  Volunteers will join residents on outings and push wheelchairs for clients as they shop, assist with grocery carts, reach items from shelves and more.  Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and enjoy helping others.  Shopping trips are scheduled… read more
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School Breaks Offer Learning Opportunities
(NAPSI)—One of the best times to help your child reach his or her full learning potential may be during school vacation. “Whether your children find schoolwork too challenging or not challenging enough, vacation offers opportunities that parents can use to help them nurture their critical thinking and comprehension skills,” said Dr. Mary Mokris, education specialist at Kumon Math and… read more
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CAP honors Darke County Volunteer
The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area recently held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Sinclair Community College. Approximately 150 people attended the event. The theme was "A Proud History. A Positive Presence."  During award ceremonies, The Marion K. Stockham Award for Dedicated Service was presented to Mike Hartman, a volunteer in… read more
Questions about Nitrogen and Corn? By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
For some, planting this season is just wrapping up with the final fields of beans being planted. For others things are in full swing. If you are like old Hank Kimball here in the office, things are getting piecemealed in one plot at a time. One of the big questions floating around is, “How much nitrogen do I include in a sidedress application for corn that is planted late?” There is not a simple answer to that question. Let’s start with where our nitrogen recommendations come from… read more
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Wood Sprite Garden Club Celebrates 25th Anniversary, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
“We take lots of trips to tour garden centers and nurseries during the summer after we work. We have lots of fun!” replied Phyllis Miller when asked about the Wood Sprite Garden Club. The club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The club has been donating time and labor to plant flowers at Greenville Cemetery and in Greenville Park for the past three years. They have also received… read more
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Wave 96… Thousands and Growing
Have you heard of Wave 96 in the last 3 months?  If that is a yes, then you along with thousands of others have found Greenville’s new hit Internet radio station. If no, then we invite you to check these guys out. With the right apps you can get them on nearly any smartphone or handheld device that has an Internet connection. Wave 96 is also available on iTunes and Windows Media. Wave 96 is owned and managed… read more
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Church of God International Camp meeting
From Bob Rhoades - If you drove around the circle today, you probably noticed the large number of uniquely dressed people on the southwest corner, with their bus as a backdrop they were singing Gospel hymns to bring attention the International Camp meeting… read more
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Versailles, Montessori students top contest winners
Three DeColores Montessori students and one Versailles student won the top four honors for their personal stories about a senior citizen who has had an impact on their lives. This was the first of an anticipated annual contest to give young people an opportunity to honor a loved one, or any other senior citizen, who has had an impact on their lives. “I was pleased by the response we got to… read more
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Greenville was a Cow Town… and people had fun!
An exclusive interview with Don Wright - By Bob Robinson - “This was a wonderful place back then,” he said. “It had the greatest bunch of old men you could have found anywhere.” Don Wright smiled as he thought back to April 24, 1954, the day he arrived in town. “I came here with $1,500 in my pocket and took over a closed gas station that nobody else was dumb enough to want.” The gas station was at the… read more
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Perry Honored as First Tourism Citizen of the Year
GREENVILLE – Ms. Penny Perry was honored as the first Tourism Citizen of the Year by the Darke County Visitors Bureau at the Chamber’s annual meeting, Thursday at Romer's Catering in Greenville. Daryl Riffle, President of the visitors bureau’s board of trustees presented this award which exemplifies the best of tourism in our community. This award recognizes people who look first… read more
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Midmark Foundation Supports Garst Museum’s Education Program
Dr. Clay Johnson, executive director of the Garst Museum and Mitch Eiting, with the Midmark Foundation, display some of the materials used in the museum’s fourth grade history education program for local school children. The Midmark Foundation supported this far-reaching educational program with a recent grant. The museum’s school program is provided at no cost to the county’s fourth… read more
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Heads, you get Alzheimers; Tails, you… By Bob Robinson
Flip a coin. Heads, you develop Alzheimers; Tails, you care for someone who has Alzheimers. That’s what Amy Schwieterman, Alzheimer’s Walk Team Recruitment Captain, told Kiwanians recently. While there is no known cure, there is medication that will slow the process if caught in time. Without treatment or a cure, chances are you or a loved one will develop Alzheimer’s. One in eight baby… read more
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Borgerding, Mehta earn top GHS Class Honors
Angela Borgerding is Greenville High School’s Class of 2011 Valedictorian; Prital Mehta is the Class Salutatorian. Greenville High School graduated 247 students Saturday night, with two GHS Key Club officers earning the top recognition. Borgerding, among her other activities, was Vice President of the Key Club. Mehta, among her other activities, was the Key Club Secretary. Both students… read more
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Darke County Animal Shelter… Pets of the week
We have Bell at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 6 year old Fox Terrier. She is mostly white with a little black and brown. She has short hair and a short tail. She is housebroken, is current on her shots and is good with kids. She is a friendly little girl and loves to play. She is ready for adoption. We have Abby at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 9 month old German Shepherd. She is… read more
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Edison wins prestigious Baldrige Award
How can a company or organization compete in a global market?  What standards and practices are necessary to promote and ensure quality at all levels of business? In the mid-1980s, as globalization took hold as the new business model, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, determined to set quality management benchmarks to help businesses… read more
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BRC residents get health info and testing, By Bob Robinson
Brethren Retirement Community’s Brick Room was full of health care providers and related organizations Thursday as the retirement community presented a Wellness Fair for residents and visitors. According to Rhonda Bowman, one of the planning committee members, there were 23 vendors  and agencies performing a variety of diagnostic tests, such as blood pressure checks, and providing… read more
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Jobs mismatch between employers and workers, By Bob Robinson
“Workers can’t pass 8th grade reading levels” - “The southern part of the county is now starting to plant,” said Justin Petrosino, Darke County’s OSU Agricultural Extension Agent. He noted that planting hasn’t started in earnest in the north because of the wet ground. “Some are planting corn, some corn and beans. Those who planted early,” he added, “now have to break up the crust… read more
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KitchenAid Ribbon Cutting… 1,100 Sq. Ft. new Retail Space, 10 Year Anniversary
The KitchenAid Experience is one of the gems of Greenville, Ohio, responsible for tour buses bringing hundreds of tourists into the area every year. This year marked 10 years at it’s current downtown location on South Broadway in Greenville. KitchenAid got its start in 1908. From www.kitchenaid.com, it was Herbert Johnston, a Hobart Manufacturing engineer in Troy… read more
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Buchy Presents House Commendation to Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Inductee
COLUMBUS—Recently, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) presented a House commendation to Wilbur Mullen of Greenville (left), who was inducted into the Ohio Department of Aging’s 2011 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Mullen has spent his life serving others throughout the world by providing assistance to communities and countries that have been ravaged… read more
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June is Adopt-a-Pet Month
The Darke County Commissioners have issued a proclamation making June Adopt-A-Pet Month. The slogan is “Adopt don’t Shop”. This is in conjunction with the Darke County Animal Shelter and the Darke County Humane Society. Darke County is fortunate to have two facilities where cats and dogs can be adopted. One is the Darke County Animal Shelter, located on County Home Rd… read more
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State of the Heart Hospice Delivers Birthday Cake to 100 year old
State of the Heart Hospice staff members delivered a birthday cake Thursday, May 19, to Leah Rhoades who turned 100 years old that day.  “My, this is so special,” said Leah when the cake was delivered by State of the Heart Chaplain John Nunnally.  “I don’t want to cut it for awhile. I want people to see it,” added the life-long Darke County resident. The cake was baked by a… read more
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Use of Cover Crops, by Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
For my column this week I’m adapting an article written by the great Roger Bender, AgNR of Shelby County. I was going to cover the topic but Roger did such a great job that there is no need for me to reinvent the wheel. I simply polished it to a high gloss for our Darke County farmers. In recent years, more farmers have embraced the use of cover crops for a host of different… read more
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