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Local Golfers have the Opportunity to Play NCR South Course
Darke County, OH April 1, 2011 – The American Red Cross is offering six lucky foursomes the chance to play the world-renowned South Course of the NCR Country Club. This new regional fundraiser, “A Round for Relief”, offers golfers the opportunity to experience the beautiful greens, tread the same course and putt the same holes where the 51st PGA Championship was hosted.  The event will benefit local American Red Cross chapters including Clark, Darke, Dayton... read more.
Draw a Bunny for Easter
The deadline is getting closer but there is still time. Drawings are needed by April 11. Parents, does your first or second grader like to draw? Why don’t you have your child draw an Easter Bunny? Send it to Gade Health Care Center, 405 Chestnut St., Greenville 45331. Your child could win up to $50 and have the drawing published locally. Gade residents will judge the drawings, and cash... read more.
Delicious Dinner sends Kids to Summer Camp
GREENVILLE – Enjoy a delicious Barbeque Chicken Dinner from Romer’s Catering on Sunday, May 1 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, and send a child to church camp this summer. The dinner includes barbeque chicken, roll & butter, applesauce, bag of potato chips and drink for $7. Diners are welcome to enjoy their chicken dinner in the Fellowship Hall of EUM Church, 111 Devor... read more.
Hike to Health
Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for the NEW Hike to Health Series.  This series is designed to get you outdoors and get your blood pumping.  After being cooped up all winter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and become more active.  April offers two different hikes.  The first hike will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 2pm at Turkeyfoot Preserve... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Dayton Ballet to premiere Sleepy Hollow, by Brittany Hart
Thursday, March 24, 2011 - The haunting “Sleepy Hollow,” the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” and the romantic “Madame Butterfly” will highlight Dayton Ballet’s new season. The ballet announced Thursday its 2011-12 season and upcoming 75th anniversary schedule for 2012-13 sponsored by Kettering Health Network. The season includes... read more.
Monte Carlo Night is back at the Eagles
“Roll out a fiver for food and soft drinks… then try your luck at the Eagles Auxiliary games of chance on April 9!” Following a successful Monte Carlo Night in November, the Greenville Eagles 2177 Auxiliary is hosting another evening of chance, with proceeds from the event going to charity. Entrance fee is $5 for food and soft drinks. There will be a cash bar, games... read more.
Donate ‘Gently Used’ Books
“What do you do when your child ‘out reads’ his or her books? Don’t let them gather dust somewhere… please donate them so they may be used by other children!” Greenville Kiwanis, as its “Kiwanis One Day” project this year, is asking all parents to donate their child’s ‘gently used’ books – books that the child has outgrown – to the children coming behind them. Feel free to donate new... read more.
Military Officers Association of America... Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day
The U.S. Senate yesterday declared March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day,” agreeing unanimously to a resolution introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. On March 30, 1973, all U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris. This March 30th, the Senate has encouraged Americans across the country to recognize Vietnam veterans for their sacrifice... read more.
Darke GOP to host Ohio Supreme Court Justices
GREENVILLE – “We are very excited to have two of our favorite Supreme Court Justices coming to the Lincoln Day Dinner on April 2.” said Darke County Republican Party Executive Committee Chairman Cindy Pike. “We are inviting the public to attend, reservations are required – give me a call!” Justices Terrence O’Donnell and Robert Cupp will be the featured speakers... read more.
Darke County Center for the Arts... Riders in the Sky return to Greenville
Darke County Center for the Arts will present Riders In the Sky at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.  Dubbed “America’s Favorite Cowboys,” the quartet sings Western favorites and spew Western wit as they promote the virtues of “The Cowboy Way.” DCCA officials say that past performances by Riders In the Sky have been extremely popular, stimulating a multitude of requests... read more.
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum will be opening April 16, 2011, with a ribbon cutting taking place at 10 a.m. It will include donor recognition. There will be a speaker at 11 a.m., followed by student presentations at noon, a slide show at 1 p.m. and a “Salute to the Railroaders” from 2 to 4 p.m. There will also be a display from Mooney Warther’s collection, presented by Warther’s Wood Carving Museum.
DCCA Special Performance: Claire Lynch
Darke County Center for the Arts is announcing an addition to their 2010-2011 season; bluegrass icon Claire Lynch will perform at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m.  According to Keith Rawlins, Artistic Director for DCCA, this unexpected opportunity was presented because the bluegrass star discovered a brief lull in her schedule, and needed a booking between... read more.
Monnin to speak at LWV Public Program
The League of Women Voters of Darke County is planning a public-education program on Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Science Lab at Edison Community College in Greenville.  According to Karen Brooks, League co-President, the League offers annual programs for the public that address issues that can impact the county, its communities... read more.
Great Lunch. Great Price. Great Cause.
Brethren Retirement Community would like to offer you a great lunch at a great price for a great cause and we will deliver right to your home or office. This special offer is only available on March 25th from 11am to 1pm.  You’ll enjoy lunch plus dessert for only $5.  The lunch consists of a Ham/Turkey Wrap, Cheese Soup, Cherry Crisp or Club Croissant—ham, turkey, bacon, lettuce... read more.
‘Art at the Mill’ 2011... Historic Bear’s Mill
The Friends of Bear’s Mill have an exciting year of ART planned. Please join us in celebrating the unique quality of each regional artist by either attending their receptions or viewing the art while it is on exhibit in the Mill Gallery. March 25 (reception, 6-9 pm) through April 24 - Anita Tresslar (paintings): Bright, colorful still lifes painted in the style of contemporary realism. Berry Davis and... read more.
HandsOn volunteer nominations… time’s running out
HandsOn West Central Ohio is celebrating people in action this April, and our 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... Nominations will be accepted via, and listeners will be invited to vote for their favorite nominee in each county between March 28 and April 6... read more.
Darke County Parks: Upcoming Events
Blue Bird Festival, Saturday March 26: 9AM-5 PM and Sunday March 27:11AM-5PM. Hike to Health, Saturday, April 2 at 2PM: Meet at Turkeyfoot Preserve; and Thursday, April 7 at 6 PM: Meet at Worth Family Preserve... read more.
DCCA presents Blues Artist Austin “Walkin Cane”
Singer-guitarist Austin “Walkin’ Cane” will sing and play the blues at The Bistro Off Broadway on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m.  The show is part of  Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series, which offers concerts in a casual social setting where patrons can enjoy food and drink while being entertained by high quality professional performing artists... read more.
Darke County Young Conservatives, March Meeting – Please join us!
Thursday, March 17th - Brethren’s Home Private Dining Room – Come in the main door at the main building. The dining room is straight ahead, and the private dining room is to your right as soon as you enter the main dining area – you can’t miss it. Join us for pizza and pop at 6:30pm, or arrive by 7:00pm just to hear the speaker.  We will conduct a short business meeting following the speaker’s presentation – any current members or those who may like to join are... read more.
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
Searching for Sallies, March 19... This week’s hike was another wet and chilly one!  There wasn’t any rainfall during the hike, but everything was definitely fully saturated.  The water has gone down a bit from last week, but with more rain in the forecast, we could have some more flooding.  There are most definitely signs of spring appearing in the form of birds singing... read more.
Buchy guest speaker at Rep Men’s Club
State Representative Jim Buchy (Dist. 77) will be the guest speaker at the Darke County Republican Men’s Club meeting on Saturday, March 19. He represents Mercer, Preble and portions of Darke County. Buchy was appointed by Gov. John Kasich in January to fill Jim Zehringer’s term when the former State Representative was appointed Ohio Director of Agriculture... read more.
Pet photos with the Easter Bunny
Get your Pet's Picture taken with the EASTER BUNNY on Saturday, April 2, 2010 from 10am to 2pm at Greenville Walmart in the Garden Center. The “Darke County Friends of the Shelter”, a 501c3 organization, and Wal-Mart will be taking pictures of your companion animals with Easter Bunny. All animals must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance... read more.
Be a Trail Blazer. Families Welcome
Imagine a network of paved trails in Darke County for walking, bicycling or roller blading!  It’s here with more to come!  We need your help in preparing the ground for the extension of the trail that was paved last spring. We need workers of all ages on Sunday, March 20 from 1 – 5 PM.  The state expects us locally to put in “in kind” hours towards the grants we received. These are volunteer hours for which the state gives us credit for each person, child or adult, who works... read more.
Youth Football Golf Scramble planned
Green Wave youth football supporters have planned their first innaugural Youth Football Golf Scramble to raise money for future Greenwave Football Players. The event is scheduled at Stillwater Valley Golf Club for Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. It will include a Shotgun Scramble and a 4-Person Scramble. Deadline to register is Monday, May 16. Cost is $55.00... read more.
Experience Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder
World of Wonder is the final program in DCCA’s Family Theatre series and will be presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, March 13, 2011. Leland Faulkner begins his program by informing the audience that his job is to help others see the extra-ordinary in the every-day things of life. A true shadowgraph artist (having consulted on The Polar Express movie), Leland proves ... read more.
Be a Trail Blazer. Families Welcome, March 20
Imagine a network of paved trails in Darke County for walking, bicycling or roller blading!  It’s here with more to come!  We need your help in preparing the ground for the extension of the trail that was paved last spring. We need workers of all ages on Sunday, March 20 from 1 – 5 PM.  The state expects us locally to put in “in kind” hours towards the grants we received. These are volunteer hours for which the state gives us credit for each person, child or adult, who works... read more.
Darke County Volunteer Network to Meet March 31st
With additional budget cuts looming and more area residents needing help from social service agencies, Darke County nonprofit organizations are finding themselves relying more than ever on volunteers to help make those services available.  For a nonprofit organization that has few, if any, paid staff members, managing the efforts of volunteers can be a difficult task. Because of this growing need, local nonprofit leaders have come together to form the Darke County... read more.
Scholarship Application Deadline Coming
This note is intended to be a brief reminder that applications for the Senior Scribes Scholarships are due March 15, 2011.  We are excited because recent donations have increased the number of scholarships planned for this year to FIVE ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR AWARDS. If you have any questions, please call Al Bliss at 548 5687. The correct application forms are immediately available on the Senior Scribes website found at  - We hope that every Darke County School will be represented by an application or two. The Senior Scribes Scholarship Committee looks forward to hearing from you.
Dining with Diabetes, By Diane Barga, OSU Extension
Register by March 17. If you have diabetes, if you have a family member with diabetes or if you support and care for someone with diabetes, you will want to enroll in Dining with Diabetes, an educational class designed to help you learn to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food and better control blood sugar. Dining with Diabetes will be offered on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, from 5:00pm-8:30pm, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville... read more.
Edison Community College To Host Annual Career Expo
Edison Community College will host its annual Career Expo Tuesday, March 22, from 11–3 p.m. in the North Hall of the Piqua Main campus. More than 50 organizations ranging from manufacturing, business, financial services, health care, social services, retail and the armed forces will be in attendance, representing a wide range of job opportunities for west central Ohio area residents. The expo is being sponsored by Edison, the Upper Valley JVS... read more.
Rep. Buchy to Host Public Forums, March 9, 2011
COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today announced that he will be holding three public forums to answer questions and hear concerns about Senate Bill 5 starting March 11. The events are open to the public, and all residents of the district are invited to attend and participate. Representative Buchy commented, “Those opposed and in support of Senate Bill 5... read more.
February 12, 2011 - 3:00 P.M. - LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTER - Greenville, Ohio 45331
AGENDA - Prayer and pledge  1.  County Commissioner Mike Stegall  2.  Frank DeBrosse – John Boehner District Office  -  Review Speaker’s plan re: November 2, election results  3. School Committee Report  4. 501 (c) (4) Application Review
Darke County Parks: Upcoming Events, Posted March 8, 2011
Timberdoodle Trek, Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 PM at Shawnee Prairie Preserve; Jr. Naturalist- Searching for spring! Saturday, March 19,10AM -12:30 PM; Worth Family Preserve;Searching for Sallies
Saturday, March 19, 1:30 PM; Shawnee Prairie Preserve... read more.
A Tribute to the Native American Flute 
Are you looking for something to do this Sunday afternoon? If so, the Garst museum has a great opportunity for you. Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM, the Garst Museum will feature a Native American flute and story telling performance by John DeBoer. The author, musician, and environmental educator will be performing “A Tribute to the Native American Flute,” telling stories, and sharing legends... read more.
Darke County American Red Cross Creating Teen Leaders
Darke County, OH, Are your teens able to communicate well, when they’re not texting or tweeting?  Does your teen stand out as a Leader?  Would you like to your teenager to be better able to handle a job interview, a college visit or a scholarship essay? If you answered no to any of these questions, then answer yes, to signing up your teen... read more.
Volunteerism Conference, March 16
Volunteer connector organizations across the state are engaging thousands of Ohioans every day in service to their community!  Ohio citizens are giving of their time, energy, and talents generously, yet our neighbors, friends, peers, and colleagues continue to face significant challenges meeting their everyday needs. Please join us on March 16, 2011 at the Hyatt on Capitol Square... read more.
Congressman John Boehner, Open Door Program
The “Open Door” program gives Eighth District residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a member of my congressional staff to ask questions, discuss problems, and offer opinions about issues related to the federal government. Staff will be located at the following locations NEXT TUESDAY, March 8, 2011... read more.
4-H Open House, by Rhonda M. Williams, Extension Educator
Interested in joining 4-H?  Time is running out!  The deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is April 1, 2011, and now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club. The Darke County 4-H program will host a 4-H Open House on Monday, March 7, 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Youth Building on the Darke County Fairgrounds.  Numerous clubs will have a wide variety of projects on display.  This is an excellent opportunity to speak with current 4-H members... read more.
Livestock Mortality Composting Workshop set for March 15, By Justin Petrosino, OSU Extension
For any farmer raising livestock, it is inevitable that an animal will be lost to circumstances outside of the farmer’s control. Disease, old age, and, if animals aren’t housed, predators can take livestock. When an animal loses its life in these ways and others the animal can’t be utilized safely for human consumption or animal. The farmer is left with a decision to make on how to properly dispose of the animal carcass. For biosecurity reasons these animals can’t simply... read more.
Digital Media X 2011 draws artists to Edison campus March 11
Area high school and community college artists, illustrators, designers and videomakers will converge on the Piqua Main Campus of Edison Community College March 11 from 9 am to 2 pm for the 2011 edition of Digital Media X. “Digital Media X exposes students to a professional conference atmosphere with keynotes, breakouts and demonstrations of the latest tools and trends... read more.
Darke County Visitors Bureau - March Calendar of Events
Daffodils and smiling faces... two things that remind us of spring. With the long winter we’ve endured, it’s time to spring into action and plan a getaway with that someone special. Read on to learn about unique events taking place in and around Darke County, Ohio. For more details, click on the red links below or visit our website at or become a Fan on Facebook... read more.
Annual Kiwanis Pancake Event at GHS
Get ready for all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage at Greenville Kiwanis’ annual fundraiser on March 19. One of the community organization’s fundraisers each year, the event helps generate funds for scholarships, newborn car seats, the Woodland Heights reading program, financial support for Greenville High School Key Club, Special Olympics and more... read more.
Darke County Parks - Parent and Preschooler Adventures
March 16, 17 & 30 - Hey Parents and Preschoolers! Looking for some hands-on learning about the natural world all around you? Join a Naturalist at Shawnee Prairie for a monthly, hour-long program designed to investigate nature through activities, games and exploring.  There are programs for 2-3 year olds (held on Wednesdays) and a program for 4-5 year olds (held on Thursdays)... read more.
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