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Grace Carmen Donates to Animal Shelter
The Members of "The Darke County Friends of the Shelter" accepted a donation from 10 year old Grace Carmen and her brother Jake. Because of her love for animals, Grace took it upon herself to raise money for the animals at the Darke County Animal Shelter. To raise money, Grace set up a lemonade stand this summer. She also contacted family, friends and neighbors and they… read more
210,000 Votes and Counting...
Message from Hits 105.5... You may have noticed that the tallies for votes listed at Hits 105.5 are showing errors.  What does that mean? It means that this year’s Volunteer of the Year voting has already exceeded all expectations, and we still have six more days to go! As of midnight last night, more than 210,000 votes have been cast for the 25 Volunteer of the Year nominees in Darke, Logan, Miami and Shelby Counties!  That’s more votes than the total population of our four… 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 monthly, and a flexible schedule is available… read more
“90 Years of Service” A History of the Greenville Kiwanis Club, 1921 through 2010
Part 3 of 5 – 1980 through 1989 - All good things must come to an end, but not when we are around. Or so we hope. 1980 brought about the retirement of Mrs. Laura Boyer who had prepared so faithfully our meals for 32 years… noon luncheons, ladies’ nights, box lunches for farm tours and picnics on any and all occasions. She was a… to read more and access Parts 1 & 2 click here
Greenville National Bank sponsors Riders in the Sky
Greenville National Bank has donating funds to sponsor Darke County Center for the Arts’ Special Presentation, RIDERS IN THE SKY.  “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our hometown at a price that is almost always significantly less than would be paid in a larger metropolitan… read more
Tae Kwon Do… the Way of the Hand and Foot, By Christy L. Riley, Teen Scribe
Tae Kwon Do is more than being able to break boards and say “Hi-yah!” It is a way of life and an alternative to fighting with one’s fists or feet. Jackie Chan once said, “Do not let circumstances control you; you change your circumstances.” A good martial artist knows that you have to pick and choose your own battles. Tae Kwon Do means “the way of the hand and foot”. Tae means “to kick or smash with… read more
Getting Your Garden in Shape for the Season, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
It’s sure been a wet spring this year. Our state climatologist, Jim Noel, told us on a conference call last week that April this year will have about normal precipitation followed by a dry May. With those conditions we will hopefully get away from some of the diseases that have been plaguing our gardens the past few years. This past weekend I was back home in Milan at a friend’s house and his mother wondered how to get their garden ready for the season. I figured I’d share… read more
“Living with Cancer” Support Group will be on Thursday, April 7, 2011
The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, April 7th 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 Heather Kaiser, M.D. speaking on radiation therapy and the different technologies available for patients. Dr. Kaiser is board certified in Radiation Oncology and worked in private practice in Ohio for 5 years before joining… read more
Darke County Parks... Salamanders are Shy Creatures
It was a very sunny afternoon when the Darke County Parks held their “Searching for Sallies” program.  The van was packed full and the group headed out to Drew Woods State Nature preserve to see what they could find.  Although no salamanders were found, we did find evidence of their being in the area in the form of a mass of Eastern Tiger Salamander eggs.  These were found in… read more
Darke County Animal Shelter... Pets of the week
King is a 4-month-old Shepherd mix. He is black and brown with short hair. He is a nice little guy but will grow to around 80 pounds. He is a very friendly puppy and is ready for adoption. Sweetheart  is a 2-month-old black Lab puppy. She is black with short hair. She is a wonderful puppy, loves people and loves to play. She is current on her shots and is ready for adoption. Bailie is a 9-month-old Red Heeler… read more
Greenville Eighth Grader takes top POP honor, By Bob Robinson
Greenville Junior High School eighth grader Christal Smith took the First Place Trophy for Individual Scores home at the Power of the Pen Regional Tournament in Minster Saturday. She qualifies to compete in the POP State Tournament in Columbus in April. Also qualifying for State is Kelly Snyder, eighth grader at DeColores Montessori School in Greenville, who placed sixth in the individual competition… read more
Skipper of the VFW Chicken Noodle Ship! By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
GREENVILLE - “Most of the chicken noodle dinners I have fixed have been fundraisers or for membership dinners at the post.” said Marlene McGlinch when questioned about her noodle making and chicken cooking at Greenville’s V.F.W. McGlinch’s most recent chicken noodle dinner was held at the Post on March 11, to help raise funds for the Post’s insurance premium… read more
York Visits with Local Legislators in Support of Tourism
COLUMBUS – Executive Director, Deanna York with the Darke County Visitors Bureau joined fellow members of Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (OACVB), Ohio Travel Association (OTA) and Ohio Hotel Lodging Association (OHLA) as they visited State Legislators on Wednesday, March 16 to emphasize the importance of tourism. York was one of approximately… read more
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
March 24, 2011 - In a change of pace, this week’s Early Morning Hike took place at Worth Family Preserve instead of Shawnee Prairie.  In an effort to ‘Search for Spring’, the next several Hikes will be traveling to some of our other Parks.  Worth offered a nice change in scenery and some glimpses of spring! With the storm front that moved through the area last night, bird numbers… read more
Absentee Voting begins Tuesday (March 29)
The Board of Elections will begin Absentee Voting in their office or by mail request on March 29, 2011. Greenville City voters will have a Republican Primary ONLY for candidates and also Greenville City School District renewal of a tax levy. Other issues on the Primary/Special ballot are as listed: Butler Township – Proposed Tax Levy, New Madison Public Library – Proposed Tax Levy
Worch Memorial Public Library – Proposed Tax Levy. Darke County voters who live… read more
Canner Gauge Testing Time, By Diane Barga, Program Assistant, OSU Extension Darke County
Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce?  That means it’s time to get your home canning equipment in working order.  OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 9, 2011. There is a $5.00 charge for each gauge tested.  You will need to bring in your dial gauge to our  office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested.  In addition, you will receive the… read more
Commissioners Corner, March 25, 2011, Darke County Commissioners
The month of March is finally here, and with that comes the hope of spring.  It seems to all of us in the Commissioners office that this has been an “old fashioned winter”.  Hopefully by now, things are warming up for all of us. This has been a very busy month in the Commissioners office.  The month started with Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall attending… read more
Classrooms Facilities Assistance Program, By Robert Rhoades, Senior Scribe
“We need to make sure the residents of Greenville School District understand that the renewal levy that will be on May 3rd ballot has nothing to do with buildings. That will be a renewal of an already existing operating levy that has to be renewed every five years. It will add no new taxes to anyone. We are a ways away from even knowing what we will recommend to the voters regarding facilities… read more
Spring Lawn Care, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
It’s hard to believe spring is already here and that March is almost gone. In agriculture farmers are getting ready to top dress nitrogen on their wheat, spray their fields for weeds, and are gearing up for planting starting in a few weeks. In town we may not be thinking too much about our lawn just yet but it’s time to start preparing for the season. Topics like overseeding, crabgrass control and fertilization are what we’ll focus on today… read more
Darke County Well-Represented at Heartland Travel Showcase
DETROIT – The Darke County Visitors Bureau joined hundreds of other visitor bureaus, attractions and hotels from the Heartland region of America the weekend of February 18 – 20, in Detroit, Michigan for the 26th annual packaged travel show known as Heartland Travel Showcase. Deanna York, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau met with 40 tour operators… read more
Pancake Day helps support Kiwanis projects, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – It was that time again… pancakes and sausage for breakfast, hosted by Greenville Kiwanis. Kiwanians started setting up Friday night, and cookin’ Saturday morning by 6 a.m… good thing because customers started walking through the doors by 6:30 a.m. It was a time to renew old acquaintances and meet new ones. Keith “Fuzzy” Fausnaught; Scott & Cindy Riffle; Rob &… read more
Enjoy the spring scenery as a volunteer
Spring is a great time to take a drive and enjoy the scenery.  Why not take in the view while lending a hand, or a set of wheels, to local cancer patients? Cancer Association of Darke County needs volunteers to drive clients to medical appointments in Dayton, Troy, Celina, Richmond, Columbus and Indianapolis.  Visit with patients while transporting them to doctor’s appointments, treatments and testing.  This position, available to volunteers who are at least… read more
KCI leadership lessons… Knowing Who You Are and What You are Doing
By Bob Robinson, Editor - GREENVILLE – Service, character, leadership… and fun. Key Club International Division 3 Lt. Governor Mariah Reitz gave Greenville Kiwanians a taste of what it’s like to go to one of her Division meetings. She had Greenville High School Key Club members hand out three work sheets, telling them to do the “Beginning Exercise” first. Some Kiwanians pulled… read more
We are the Future, By Bob Robinson, Editor
GREENVILLE - “We are the future” was the theme, provided repeatedly for Veterans and their guests and supporters at the annual Greenville VFW Post 7262 Americanism Banquet Saturday night… by Ansonia High School Voice of Democracy winner Nicole Williams. In her speech, which also won at District competition, she spoke of the perception of irresponsibility of her generation, a perception... read more
Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe gives for Kids
Darke County Center for the Arts thanks Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe for contributing funds to support Arts In Education, a program through which DCCA partners with all public schools in Darke County and annually takes performing artists to every grade of all eight schools. Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder, presented to students in grades 4 through 6 the week of March 7, was the final program in the 2010/2011 season.  Other programs this year included singer and... read more
Group Reorganizes, Plans to Support Local Charities, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
GREENVILLE – “It’s a good thing we did not plan to meet in January or February, we would have had to cancel anyway,” said Iris Prasuhn addressing the Darke County Christian Women’s Connection during a recent meeting at Bob Evans. The group, formerly Greenville Area Women’s Connection – associated with Stonecroft Ministries, is in the process of reorganizing and making decisions regarding... read more
A Sister’s Personal Tragedy, By Nancy Hampshire Rush, Author of My Mother’s Child
When I was about eight or nine, there was a great tragedy in our family. I was standing on our front porch when I heard someone screaming. I told Mom and she said, “Oh, it’s probably that Tim Harris again.” (Tim was a little bit famous in the neighborhood for all the noise he made). I went back out on the porch and saw these two women on each side of Margie dragging her up the street towards... read more
DMX 2011: a Look at Careers in the Wide World of Graphics, By Bob Robinson
PIQUA - Edison Community College’s Digital Media X 2011 took about 80 high school students through the types of careers they can expect to see in the worlds of graphics, digital media and Internet technologies. A dozen Edison staff members and adjuncts, under the leadership of Brad Reed, Assistant Professor for Internet Technologies and Interactive Media, and Michael Fleishman... read more
Ag Week Honors Farming, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension, Darke County
Let me start by saying Happy Ag Week to everyone! Last week Governor Kasich signed House Bill 89 which designated the second full week of March as Ag Week. The reason for Ag Week is to try and bridge the tremendous gap between the general public, most of whom live off-farm, and Ohio’s farmers. Although Ohio’s farmers only make up a very small portion of our population they help generate $98 billion for Ohio’s economy. That is billion with a B!... read more
Pets of the week
Arty is a 4-year-old blond Lab mix. Eli is a 3-year-old Border Collie mix. Peanut is a 5-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix. We also have a little Chihuahua mix; a black and a chocolate lab, 2 shepherd mixes, a Pointer mix, a Dachshund mix and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption... read more
The Maestro... By Bob Robinson
A dry, sometimes sharp wit entertained about 30 Kiwanians and guests Wednesday as retired physician, Delbert Blickenstaff, MD, demonstrated his stained glass skills. He told the group that the last time he demonstrated his skills, “they got bored,” so he decided to build a smaller piece of glass… then proceeded to go through a step-by-step process of cutting various pieces of stained glass... read more
Draw a Bunny for Easter, Deadline for submission is April 11
Calling all first and second graders… draw a bunny for Easter and you could win a prize! Gade Health Care has again launched its successful Easter contest, this year for first and second graders who like to draw. “Draw an Easter Bunny and we will submit the top three drawings for each grade to the newspapers and other media for publication,” said Tim Gade, director of Gade Health Care Center... read more
Celebrate People in Action and Nominate your Favorite Volunteers
HandsOn West Central Ohio is celebrating people in action this April, and the program needs your help in recognizing the amazing accomplishments of local volunteers! HandsOn West Central Ohio, including the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, will host a celebration of volunteers on April 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at A Learning Place in Piqua.  The event will feature a dinner catered by The Backyard Bistro, highlights of volunteer successes from 2010, awards and... read more
Get your Maple Syrup at Darke County Parks
After countless hours of collecting sap and boiling it down in our sugar shack this weekend, the Friends of Darke County Parks’ gift shop has pure Maple Syrup ready for you to take home.  Believe it or not, maple syrup is a very healthy food.  Not only is it good for us, but it tastes great on waffles and in many recipes. Maple sugar is 3 times as sweet as cane sugar and it has... read more
HandsOn looking for public speakers
Do you have a talent for public speaking? Would you like to put your talent to good use by helping others? If so, HandsOn West Central Ohio is looking for individuals willing to schedule speaking engagements with local groups, clubs, businesses, school classrooms, etc., to inform the community on the benefits of volunteering. Schedule is flexible and volunteers must be over 18 and interested in supporting the mission of HandsOn West Central Ohio... read more
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Rural Development is currently accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2011 Rural Energy for America Program. This program is designed to provide grants and loan guarantees to farmers and rural small for-profit businesses who wish to install energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems. Renewable energy systems can include solar electric, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, biomass and anaerobic digestion systems. Energy efficiency... read more
Will the wheat crop make it this year? By Justin Petrosino, ANR Extension Educator
After last year’s wheat crop many growers are wondering if this crop will do any better. The crop this year was planted on time thanks to last year’s early harvest, but suffered through dry conditions. This winter seemed very harsh and spring doesn’t seem to be going any easier on the wheat. Thankfully over the winter we had good snow cover and wheat is a very resilient crop. In early winter wheat goes into a period of dormancy where metabolic processes are decreased... read more
“90 Years of Service” - A History of the Greenville Kiwanis Club
1950 through 1979 - The late 40’s and early 50’s saw the Club sponsoring the very successful Career Day programs for all juniors and seniors in Darke County Schools. Two sessions were held each spring in Greenville High School and Memorial Hall. The first session presented a keynote speaker and instructions in choosing a profession while the second session provided counselors... read more
Safety Nets for Farmers going away, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Get ready for it… CAUV could double next year, maybe even triple.” This was the message local attorney Ted Finnarn had for area farmers Thursday at a monthly OSU Extension agricultural meeting at Brethren Retirement Community. He said interest rates are low and crop prices are high – two of the factors used in determining... read more
Annual “Gathering at Garst” Planned on the Garst Museum Grounds
3/5/2011 - Meetings are underway to plan an annual event to remember the defining events and people who shaped our county’s history. Committees have been formed and officers selected. The mission of The Gathering at Garst is to promote awareness and appreciation of those who made unique contributions to the culture of Darke County and to celebrate the local heritage... read more
GHS Auto Tech team unveils ABS project to Kiwanis
Greenville High School’s award-winning Automotive Technology team recently presented this year’s SkillsUSA entry to Greenville Kiwanis. Entitled “Life Beyond the Brake Pedal,” it is a detailed presentation on the ABS brake system, which has been used in some vehicles since the 1990s, but would soon be required in all makes and models... read more
Life Lessons… Change for Change, By Chris Mortensen, Principal, Greenville High School
This fall we attended a leadership conference with a handful of our student council members.  This conference was sponsored by the Anthony Munoz Foundation.  The conference gave these young leaders a challenge to act in their local communities and school to tackle a concern of their student body. The conference brought this small body of students together and helped them recognize... read more
Gade Health Care… 50 Years of Service
GREENVILLE – “We kept growing and growing… they didn’t want to leave and I didn’t want to leave them,” Martha Gade said, explaining how Gade Health Care Center ended up in its current location on Chestnut Street. “There’s a joy in helping other people,” she added, smiling and remembering.
It started 50 years ago, when Martha’s husband Robert... read more
Garst Museum announces partnership with Wright State
3/3/2011 - The Garst Museum is pleased to announce that they have entered into a partnership with Wright State University’s Public History Program. Dr. Johnson of the Garst Museum stated, “WSU’s History Department offers a Master of Arts program for students that are interested in pursuing a career in the museum or archives profession. Part of the student’s program of study... read more
Darke County Animal Shelter pets of the week
Mandy is a 5 year old Shepherd mix. Rusty is a 5 year old yellow Lab. Hans is a 2-year-old Dachshund mix. We also have a little Chihuahua mix; a black and a chocolate lab, a Rottweiler, a Pointer mix and numerous other dogs. We also have cats and kittens for adoption... read more
A Man They Called Martin, By Nancy Rush
Many of you reading this – and hailing from the small village of Union City – may remember my grandfather, William Martin Elliott, who was affectionately called “Mart” by those who knew him well. And while my memories of him will be vastly different from yours, I can only give you my perspective of a man who seemed larger than life to a small child. My Grandpa Elliott was many things to many... read more
Visit our local veterans
They gave of themselves, and now they need your companionship as they face their own challenges. The Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross is looking for friendly volunteers who can share just an hour per week by visiting with local veterans.  Volunteers, who must be at least 15 years old, will visit veterans living in one or more nursing care facilities... read more
“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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