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Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
With highs in the 90s, humidity and mosquitoes to boot, it seems as though summer has arrived! While the above may not be your cup of tea, remember that with these less-desirable traits, summer also brings with it cool mornings and evenings, perfect for hiking!  Speaking of hiking... This week’s Early Morning Discovery Hike was a warm one, but we did get nearly 30 species of birds... read more.
Your Pet can be a star
The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2012 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in our 2012 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 2, 2011. And please don't forget: June is "Adopt a Pet" month at the Shelter. We will be having an open house on June 18th from... read more.
Living History Civil War Encampment
The 1st Louisiana Zouaves / 2nd Ky Cavalry, Artillery Detachment will present a living history encampment on a day in the life of a civil war camp. Located near the Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, they will have demonstrations of Civil War era weapons, flags, clothing and cooking each day.  The first Encampment will be held Saturday, June 4th from... read more.
Husted announces Program to Honor Veterans
Initiative to remember those who protect our freedom marks 143rd Anniversary of Memorial Day - COLUMBUS – In an effort to recognize the service of Ohio’s brave veterans, Secretary of State Jon Husted today encouraged Ohioans to participate in the Secretary of State’s Vote in Honor of a Veteran program. The program gives Ohioans an opportunity to publicly share their appreciation for the service... read more.
Dinner with Hoepler at Michael Anthony’s
Michael Anthony’s At the Inn will be hosting Dinner with Hoepler Wines on June 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. The fun filled evening, hosted by Telisa.Filled, will include Hoepler Wines and “all kinds of tasty creations from Chef Mike’s kitchen.” The Hoepler dinner will showcase the wines of Austrian wine maker Christof Höpler, who will be present at the event. Each wine will be paired with a small plate dish made from scratch... read more.
This Weekend at The Score Board Sports Club
There are great events happening every weekend at The Score Board Sports Club right here in Greenville.
Check out The Score Board’s Facebook Page for up to date info and get a $5 coupon toward any game here including pool, darts, Golden Tee 2011 and more! Saturday – UFC 130. The live streaming fight starts at 9:00PM. Table reservations available call 937.548.2117 for details... read more.
Ag. Breakfast Meeting, Thursday, June 2, 2011, 7:30am, Brethren Retirement Center’s Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center’s main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) If you have an email address, please jot it down and give it to me at the next meeting, or email our office <>.  We are sending email notices to save money. Hope to see you there.  Our next meeting will be July 7, 2011. Justin S. Petrosino, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources.
30th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tourney set for July 25, 2011
It’s official!  Preparations for the 30th Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway!  Last year 96 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County.  Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Ed & Kay Curry, Kent & Lynn James, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ray & Jo Lear, John & Diane Swallow, and Warren... read more.
Adams to speak at DCRWC
State Representative Richard N. Adams will be the featured speaker at the June meeting of the Darke County Republican Women’s Club. Adams is serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 79th House District, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County. Representative Adams comes to the Ohio House as a current member of the Unity National... read more.
Presented by the Friends of Bear’s Mill... May/June Artists
Exhibition Dates: May 27 - June 19, Reception: May 27, 6-9 pm - Wine and light appetizers served. Please join us for an enjoyable evening with these talented emerging artists from Darke County! Scott Thayer will be on hand the evening of the reception to discuss his proteges. He will also have work available during the exhibition. Visit Bear’s Mill Hours - April through November... read more.
Hope in Recovery… Extra Care & Understanding
“Hope in Recovery” is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected either directly or indirectly by the abuse of any mood altering chemical or a compulsive behavior.  Hope in Recovery offers the extra care, understanding and encouragement necessary to grow beyond the wounds of life’s battles, the difficulties in family relationships, the bondage of addictive habits and behaviors, and the isolation caused by shame. “Meetings are filled with the faith, hope, and love that only... read more.
Darke County Photo Club Holds May Meeting
This month’s theme “Shallow Depth of Field” - On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, the Darke County Photography Club held its May meeting at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. The club will hold a fun photo Scavenger Hunt open to the public on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, from 6 – 9 PM.  Anyone wanting to participate is to meet at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center at 6PM to be divided into groups, given the list of... read more.
Darke County Republican Party Annual Golf Scramble
Monday, June 6, 2011 – Greenville Gold Club – We hope that you can join us for a day of golfing fun. If you do not golf, plan to join the golfers for dinner afterwards at the Greenville Golf Club. For details click here. For an entry form click here.
“Building Blocks II” Parenting Class Planned, Diane Barga, Program Assistant, OSU Extension
OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series.  The classes will be held July 6 and 13, 2011, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.  The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm.  There is no fee for this class.  This is an adult only series. The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13... read more.
Memorial Day closing - Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton/Darke County will be closed Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Metropolitan Housing Authority. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 31. Transportation service available - CAP Community Transportation will be in operation for those who need service through the JARC program on Memorial Day, Mon., May 30, 2011. Reservations should be made by Fri., May 27 for transportation by calling 547-9129.
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
Brrr... this week’s hike was a “balmy” 45° with misty drizzle and fog to boot... gotta love Ohio! Even with the slightly uncomfortable weather, we headed out on the trails to see what had happened over the last week, and boy did it fill in out there!  The trees have really thickened up the cover in the past week, many of the early wildflowers are already going to seed and the early summer wildflowers have... read more.
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
Brrr... this week’s hike was a “balmy” 45° with misty drizzle and fog to boot... gotta love Ohio! Even with the slightly uncomfortable weather, we headed out on the trails to see what had happened over the last week, and boy did it fill in out there!  The trees have really thickened up the cover in the past week, many of the early wildflowers are already going to seed and the early summer... read more.
Write about your favorite Senior Citizen
Seventh and eighth graders… there’s still time to tell a story about your favorite senior citizen, and maybe win $100 dollars! This prize will be awarded for the top entry in each grade level. Due to the number of activities students are involved in, and the limited time they have this time of the year, Gade Health Care Center has decided to extend the deadline for entries one... read more.
Darke County Steam Threshers Annual Reunion
Thursday June 30th – Sunday July 3rd - The Darke County Steam Threshers association Inc. is a club that is dedicated to the preservation of antique agricultural equipment. Each year at our annual reunion we strive to give guests a glimpse of what rural life was like in the days of the past. At our annual reunion you can see displays of antique full size steam engines, scale steam engines, tractors, and stationary... read more.
American Red Cross Reaches out to Community Volunteers
Darke County, OH May 11, 2011 One of the most crucial jobs done during times of disaster, is sheltering and the American Red Cross is responsible for responding immediately to shelter residents who need a safe place to sleep, stay warm and eat. Using locally trained volunteers from across the country, it generates a small “world upon itself” capable of feeding, sleeping, medical treatment, mental health counseling and casework to begin the recovery process... read more.
Edison to Offer Free Summer Math Class
Edison Community College will be offering a free summer math class to help meet the needs of aspiring college students and those looking to improve on their skills. The self-paced, computer-based class will launch on June 20 and run until August 11. Attendees will have the possibility of placing into college-level math at the end of the summer. There are no costs associated with the class, and no textbook purchase required... read more.
Darke County Red Cross… Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, Invitation Extended
Darke County, OH 45331 May 11, 2011 The Board of Directors of the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to invite the Darke County community to attend their Volunteer Celebration and Annual Meeting! On May 19th beginning at 6:00 pm volunteers, community & business partners, donors and awardees will be dining at the Greenville County Club and sharing how our local Red Cross has changed lives, right here in Darke County... read more.
Cancer Association’s Announces its 6th Annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day 5K
National Cancer Survivors Day is fast approaching.  On Saturday, June 4th at 8:30am, Darke County will be joining communities around the world in a celebration of life.  The Cancer Association of Darke County is sponsoring its 6th annual Survivor’s Day 5K.  This event will take place in the Greenville City Park, at Shelter #3. You can register by calling the Cancer Association... read more.
Darke County Parks Hike Events... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
We finally had a hike without rain! As we enjoyed that glowing ball of energy called the sun, we spotted several varieties of birds and wildflowers along the trails of Shawnee Prairie.  Some of the creek-side trails are still slightly flooded, so we skipped those and headed into the woods instead.  As we walked along, we were serenaded by the flute-like melody of the Wood Thrush... read more.
Business Law Forum 2011
Find out what you don't know before it is too late! - Small to mid-sized companies do not have the resources of large business - Learn things in areas of the law affecting your business that will surprise you! Friday, May 13, 2011... read more.
The Gathering at Garst Will Feature Good Food
The new summer event planned for July 30 and 31, 2011 at Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio is quickly taking shape. The Gathering at Garst: A Garden of Antiques and Art, will feature vendors in the following categories; artists, antique vendors, skilled historical craftsmen, primitive folk- artists, garden exhibitors, farmers market and specialty vendors, and food vendors... read more.
Send your kids to Camp SWONEKY!
All Darke County children, 6 to 12 years of age, are invited to attend Camp SWONEKY in Oregonia, Ohio, July 21-27. Camp fee is $20.00 per child, and each child must have a physical. Applications are available at Community Action Partnership, 1469 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Activities include the playgrounds, a jumping pillow, swimming pool, lake for boating and fishing... read more.
Used Book Sale for Greenville Library
Several thousand books, hard back, paperback, fiction and non fiction, plus some videos and DVDs are again available at the Friends of the Greenville Public Library’s Annual Used Book Sale,  Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 at the P.A.W.S. Bingo Hall on East Martin Street in Greenville. This is a great opportunity to stock up on summer reading and reading to last through next winter.  Besides the many novels... read more.
Horseshoe Pitching Pro Tour Coming to Greenville
GREENVILLE – The Horseshoe Pitching Professional Tour, which is made up of the elite players in the sport will be making a stop on its 2011 schedule in Greenville, Ohio. Greenville, known as the “Horseshoe Pitching Capital of the World” will host the 50th anniversary of the Ringer Classic on the 4th of July weekend, and is proud to announce the inclusion of the HP Pro Tour in the festivities... read more.
Plan to Attend the Darke County Photo Club’s May Meeting
Do you enjoy taking pictures and making new friends?  If so, plan on joining the Darke County Photography Club for the May meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 7:00PM at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center, 4267 State Route 502, Greenville, Ohio.  You can bring one photograph that best represents the theme “Shallow Depth of Field” to share at our monthly feedback session.  Club member Kathy Quinn... read more.
Darke County Parks... Intro to Kayaking
Have you always wanted to learn to kayak?  Well now is your chance!  Saturday, May 21 at 2pm, the Darke County Parks is offering an introduction to the kayak.  Whether you have never been in a kayak or you are just looking to refresh old skills, this program is for you.  Join us as we teach you the basic paddle strokes of a kayak at a local pond.  After you learn the basic skills... read more.
U.S. Congressman John Boehner... Open Door Schedule
Open Door gives 8th District residents the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a member of my congressional staff to discuss problems or opinions they have with regard to the federal government. This week in Darke County: 12:00 PM - Darke County Senior Citizen Center (1469 Sweitzer Street); 1:30 PM - Arcanum Village Offices (104 West South Street). Monthly Open Door sessions are held at the following times... read more.
Upcoming Events for United Way
We have two exciting events coming up for Darke County United Way. Runway & Rhythm is on Friday, May 13th at Montage with hors d’oeurves, beer and wine selections, fashion show by Youniques, auction/raffle items, and music by Don Lockhart.  Tickets are $20 each for the event which includes 2 drinks as well as the above mentioned items.  See the attached flyer for more information and email me if you would like any tickets.  Tickets are limited so let us know asap... read more.
Wildflowers of Routzong
There is no place like Routzong in the spring!  The rich, moist soil of this woods is blanketed with wildflowers, the bird song lifts the soul and the potent earthy smell fills your head.  Join us Saturday, May 14 at 2pm as we take a stroll through this magical forest in search of the year’s  finest woodland wildflowers.  We’ll discover Dutchman’s Breeches, Trilliums, Bluebells and many more!  Meet... read more.
Is It Impossible to be Gay and Christian?
This third session on homosexuality and the Church will happen May 9, 7 P.M.  at First United Methodist Church. We will continue our discussion of the role of Scripture. We will study what it says and what it doesn’t say. This will be the end of this series, but not the end of the discussion. Going forward, we will continue to seek God’s will and desire for our lives and for First Church. This conversation is open to the public. Greenville First United Methodist Church is located on the corner of 4th and Sycamore St., across from the library.
Darke County Parks... Early Morning Discovery Hike Report
Due to the heavy rains and cooler temperatures, this morning’s hike looked to be rather dull, but were we surprised!  WARBLERS!   We had many species of warblers and with only a couple of hikers, there were bound to be a few that sneaked past our binoculars!  With only time for a short hike this morning, we set off into the woods of Shawnee Prairie.  We had a lot of activity and within... read more.
Want to discover if Disaster Volunteering is for you?
Darke County American Red Cross offers Disaster Services Overview Class Monday, May 9, 2011 - Darke County, OH May 4, 2011 The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people recover from  tornadoes, flooding and wildfires that have wreaked havoc across a large part of the United States. Almost 900 people sought refuge last Monday night in Red Cross... read more.
Mother’s Day at Bears Mill
Shop Bear’s Mill for your Mother’s Day Gifts this year! Not only do we offer some of the most unusual gifts in the region, when you make a purchase at Bear’s Mill you are contributing to a nonprofit whose mission is to keep the mill open to the public for education and touring, as well as helping to protect a valuable piece of your local history. Start a new tradition within your family and pass... read more.
Senior Scribes to hold Spring Fling, By Lyn Bliss, Senior Scribe
“We’ve had such great attendance the past two years that we hope to really break records this year with our ‘50s/’60s theme.” stated Karen Baker, chairlady of the Senior Scribe’s Spring Fling event. The Fling will be held from 6-10 p.m. on May 21, at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 5256 Sebring-Warner Road, Greenville. There will be food, dancing... read more.
Garst Museum celebrates National Preservation Month
May is National Preservation Month. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the theme this year is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” At the local level, Darke County will be joining communities across the country commemorating their own unique heritage. Darke County’s “Celebrating Our Local Treasures” includes events throughout the month and offers the community... read more.
Eagles Independence Day doubles your pleasure
Fireworks and live music, including the popular “Classified,” highlight the event - The Greenville Eagles Annual Independence Day Celebration kicks off a two-day event this year, with live music and dancing, food and events Saturday and Sunday (July 2 & 3), followed by what many described last year as an “awesome” fireworks display Sunday at dusk... read more.
Writing Contest: The impact of a Senior Citizen
Seventh and eighth graders… do you have a story about a senior citizen who made a difference in your life? Want to write about it? Gade Health Care Center is announcing its second annual contest for young people. It wants to honor senior citizens through the voices of our youth. It can be a grandparent or any other senior who had an impact on your life. Or maybe it is an eventful story about a... read more.
Come Bet Against Cancer at the Cancer Association’s Monte Carlo Night!!
The Cancer Association of Darke County’s annual Monte Carlo is on Saturday, May 7th at the Greenville VFW – from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. This year’s Monte Carlo will feature slot machines, the big wheel, black jack and poker tables, a cake walk, the not-so-silent auction, and up/down dice game. The low price of $10.00 per person includes $10,000 in play money, dinner, and chances to win some fabulous prizes. There will be a cash bar available. The evening will begin... read more.
Boehner Tours Businesses; Open Door
Encouraging Private Sector Job Growth In The Eighth District; Open Door Darke County: Tuesday, See link for times: Union City Village Offices; Darke County Administrative Building; Bradford Municipal Building. On Monday, I visited three small businesses to discuss how government can help encourage private sector job growth in the Eighth District. With stops in Hamilton, Greenville, and Coldwater, each company had their own unique suggestions and concerns for what they would... read more.
LeMaster to speak on mission work, U.S.-Kenya relations
Dr. Joe LeMaster, former Darke County Republican Men’s Club president, will speak about his recent trip to Kenya at the club’s meeting on Saturday, May 21. LeMaster departed the U.S. on Sunday afternoon March 27 and returned on Wednesday afternoon April 13.  His congregation has been supporting between 40 - 50 Churches in Kenya since April 2005.  During his visits he always stays... read more.
Upcoming Events presented by The Cancer Association of Darke County
The Cancer Association of Darke County exists to help all cancer patients in Darke County. Your support can make this happen. Monte Carlo Night, Saturday May 7, 2011; Nurse’s Seminar, Thursday May 26, 2011; National Cancer Survivor Day 5K Run/Walk, Saturday June 4, 2011 and more... read more.
Summer Camp with Darke County Parks
Schools out for summer! What are your kids going to do with all of their free time?  Send them to the Darke County Parks for one of our Summer Camps.  Each camp is 5 days full of fun and creative ways to discover nature!  Hikes, crafts and activities will enhance your child’s appreciation and understanding of the natural world and historic past all around them!  This year, we are... read more.
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