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Edison Community College... Edison Holds Annual “Shoot for a Cure”
Edison Community College held its annual “Shoot for a Cure” basketball match in the Piqua campus gymnasium Wednesday, Feb. 22, to honor and benefit cancer patients in the area. Admission and concession proceeds from the men’s and women’s games will be split between purchasing education materials for colon cancer at Upper Valley Medical Center and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. Before the start... read more 
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The Hottest Arts Ticket in Town...Local Girl Scouts Attend Night at the Opera!
FEBRUARY 24 – For 24 years, Dayton Opera has opened its doors to Girl Scouts and their leaders for a special behind-the-scenes experience. It’s a community outreach that introduces opera to the next generation. This year was no different with 250 scouts and leaders attending on Friday night and a second performance added on Sunday. Girl Scout troops including Troop #31293 from Greenville attended the Friday evening performance... read more 
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Farmer Advances to Area International and Humorous Speech Contests
Bob Farmer, celebrating his sixth anniversary as a Greenville Toastmaster, will compete on Thursday, March 15 in the Area 8 speech contests in Dayton, Ohio.  Farmer placed first in both the International Speech Contest and the Evaluation Speech Contest in the Greenville Toastmasters club. The Greenville Toastmasters sponsors the club-level contests to  encourage the club members’ development of speaking and evaluation skills... read more 
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Darke County Friends of the Shelter... A Success Story. Thank you!
Hello Everyone, remember me? It’s Pumpkin, formerly of the Darke County Animal Shelter. I was looking for a new home last Thanksgiving, and guess what, I found the perfect one. I can’t believe my good fortune.  Have all the love any pet could ever need. And not only that, I have a new best friend, Purrcy to play with, too. Thanks to everyone who inquired about me and to the people at the Darke County Animal... read more 
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Greenville City Schools... East 3rd, 4th graders challenged to give “More”
Celebration awards were held on January 27 at East School.  The theme of the Celebration Awards was “More.”  The principal and teachers have challenged East third and fourth grade students to give “more” both behaviorally and academically.  As students entered the gym for the award ceremony, Usher’s song “More” was playing.  Special attention was drawn to the lyrics that read... read more 
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Courtney’s Vicarious Voyage... GHANA! By Courtney DeSchepper
Hello from Tema, Ghana! I spent February 13th- February 18th at this port. The country was beautiful. The temperature was in the 90’s most of the week with a thick layer of smog. Sometimes the air was so thick your chest could tighten with just a shallow breath. Most of the country is filled with lush green trees and bushes that produce some of the most intoxicating fruits you will ever taste. There is so much to do in... read more 
Ombudsman Office... Long Term Care Volunteers needed
Everyone deserves to live their lives with dignity and respect. One agency provides a voice for the concerns of long-term care residents, primarily in nursing homes. The Ombudsman’s Office needs up to 10 volunteers to be that voice in Darke County. As a Long Term Care Ombudsman, volunteers will commit just four hours per month to visiting one or more long-term care facilities. These important advocates will observe each facility’s environment and perform meaningful advocacy on... read more 
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Senator Bill Beagle... Beagle and Lehner Honor Trotwood-Madison Football Champs
Pigskin squad presented with resolution on Senate floor - COLUMBUS – State Senators Bill Beagle (R – Tipp City) and Peggy Lehner (R – Kettering) today hosted the Trotwood-Madison High School Football Team at the Ohio Statehouse.  The Republican lawmakers honored the team with a Senate Resolution before the full legislative chamber. The Rams captured the Division II State... read more 
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Greenville City Schools... Greenville Go Getters Youth Fitness
Greenville City Schools is introducing Greenville Goal Getters, an after school youth fitness program for grades 5 through 8 starting on March 5.  Several days a week, student participants will set and work toward fitness goals in the areas of physical activity and nutrition, encouraging teamwork and gaining confidence along the way.  Students will learn how fun and easy being fit can be. During the 10 week program... read more 
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DCCA’s Kuniko Yamamoto, By Brittany Martino
Humanities 121, Edison Community College - About this article… One of six Edison Core Values is Human Diversity. In this course, Arts in the Humanities, the assignment was to determine if one of Darke County Center for the Arts’ offerings qualified. This is the opinion of one student… Brittany Martino. One of my group projects that I attended was the Kuniko Yamamoto performance. Before... read more 
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Darke County Center for the Arts... Jon Jordan Agency a Valued Benefactor to Children’s Programming - Jon Jordan Agency has once again donated funds to sponsor Darke County Center for the Arts’ Family Theatre Series programming. “Generous benefactors are the key to DCCA’s ability to present quality programming for children at an affordable ticket price of $5,” claims DCCA Executive Director, Julie Strait.  “We applaud and are grateful for Jon Jordan Agency’s... read more 
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Annie Oakley Committee... Free space to non-profits for Annie Oakley Days
The Annie Oakley Committee would like to give back to the community by offering free space to any non-profit organization that would like to hold a fund raising on the fairgrounds during the upcoming 2012 Annie Oakley Days Festival. There are lots of ways your group can raise funds during The Annie Oakley Days Festival. • Have a product sale.  • Carnival games. ie. Basketball, Football... read more 
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Courtney’s Vicarious Voyage... BRAZIL! By Courtney DeSchepper
Hello from Manaus, Brazil! I spent from January 31 to February 3 in the city of Manaus. The temperature here is very warm with highs in the low hundreds and very humid. These temperatures are very common being so close to the equator. While we were traveling up the Amazon one evening our Assistant Dean came over the ship P.A. just to inform us that we would be eating dinner on the equator! Although it did not... read more 
St. Mary’s School... February Parish News & Events
I would like to wish you a belated Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoyed your day as much as we enjoyed ours. Even Mother Nature gave us a valentine in the form of road conditions that were good, or bad depending on your point of view, for a two hour delay. I have often written about our “buddy” program, in which younger students are paired with older students. On Valentine’s Day, the kindergarteners and their fourth grade buddies got together to ice and decorate valentine cookies. The... read more 
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Darke County Photography Club... Photo Club Active This Winter
The Darke County Photography Club has continued to be active this winter with its events.  The club would like to thank Troy Baker for teaching the workshops on digital cameras and Photoshop on Saturday, February 11.  The workshops were a great success with many participants learning how to improve their photography skills.  The club also thanks John Cook for... read more 
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Greenville City Schools... ACE Reward, entertaining and enlightening for all
On Friday, February 3, 2012; over 300 Junior High Students participated in their quarterly reward for achieving and maintaining excellent behavior during the quarter and year.  ACE status can be improved through good behavior and improvement of grades during the quarter.  GJH students were treated with the newly released movie “Soul Surfer.”  The movie was used to discuss with students... read more 
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DCCA... DP&L sponsors House at Pooh Corner & Other Children’s programs
The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs.  Family Theater Series programs are presented at St. Clair Memorial Hall and are open to the public.  Programs are generally based on children’s literature; ticket prices are just $5... read more 
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Darke County Red Cross... Have a Heart  - Save a Heart!
As this month turns to hearts with Valentine’s Day, learn how to save a heart! Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes. What a great way to beat the blahs of winter for a regular group of friends, your organization, your staff, a Sunday school class, a family reunion or your clients. Most people who survive a cardiac emergency were helped by a bystander. That could be you... read more 
NextStep Ministries... Volunteers needed to help families apply for benefits
With the help of local volunteers, NextStep Ministries, an Outreach of EUM Church in Greenville will soon be able to help low income and moderate income wage earners apply for federal and state benefits as well as complete tax forms. NextStep Ministries is looking for up to ten volunteers to serve as benefits bank counselors to assist families in free tax completion of federal, state and school taxes and applying for a wide variety of state and local services. Volunteers will prepare free tax or... read more 
Darke T.E.A. Patriots Town Hall Meeting, Feb. 12
Report - The Town Hall Meeting achieved the stated purpose of furnishing a small crowd with direct contact with incumbents and candidates for County Offices that in addition to hearing each candidates opening statements also had the opportunity to  ask questions. The procedure for asking questions was identified at the beginning of the meeting and was simply that each person asking a question was limited to one question at a time or in other words one question per turn. The invited... read more 
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Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund... Biddlestones present second annual Fred Wright Memorial Scholarship donation - Local business owners Darrel and Debbie Biddlestone presented their second annual Fred Wright Memorial Scholarship check to the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund Friday at Darke County Parks’ Shawnee Prairie. The donation, specifically noted as a Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late Ralph “Fred” Wright, who passed away in 2006, will go to a Darke County... read more 
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The Workshop Learning Center... Growing Minds, Offerings & Staff
The Workshop Learning Center, located at 213 Walnut Street in Greenville, announces two new programs to continue to help the students of Darke County achieve academic success. The Workshop Learning Center currently offers private academic tutoring, private music lessons, and test prep classes. They will begin offering an after-school study... read more 
Darke County Engineer... Scheduled Improvements to Roads & Bridges, 2012, By James P. Surber P.E.,P.S.
In addition to normal required maintenance, an estimated $3,489,212 worth of improvements to County roads and bridges is scheduled that will be 79 percent locally funded. Local funds are gas tax and license fees returned monthly to the County by the State of Ohio for County Highway operations. No real estate or sales taxes fund Darke County roads and bridges. The County Engineer and Highway Department are responsible for over 519 miles of County road and 530 bridges on County... read more 
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Greenville Community Gardens... Partnership announced with Darke County Parks
Greenville Community Gardens, a community garden initiative based in and around Greenville, Ohio, has announced a formal partnership with Darke County Parks. Darke County Parks will allow the community garden program to utilize park property to establish one or more community gardens. These community gardens will provide local residents the ability to rent a parcel of land and possibly... read more 
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Courtney’s ‘Vicarious Voyage’ Around the World... Dominica! By Courtney De Schepper
Welcome to Roseau, Dominica. I was in this port from January 23-24 2012. This country was absolutely beautiful! The weather while we were there was low to mid 80’s and we had even 12-hour days and nights. The scenery is undeniably breath taking. Most of the island is dormant volcanoes that have now become these tall majestic mountains. The population of Dominica is about 7,000 people... read more 
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Partnering for Progress... Versailles Chamber Continues Support of County Development
Chamber and council’s support make the Versailles Community a pivotal part of the P4P effort - VERSAILLES- The Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce voted in January to continue their support of the countywide economic devolvement effort known as Partnering for Progress (P4P).  This year marks the fourth year that the chamber has worked with the economic development office and the Darke County... read more 
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Power of the Pen, Part 2... Best of Round: Best of the Best, By Bob Robinson
“You really learned your lesson this time… you’ll never do WHAT again?” What would you write if you were told to create an essay from the above? That assignment was given to 102 seventh graders at Botkins School Saturday. A Minster student’s answer to the Power of the Pen prompt got him Best of Round honors, and gave judges a look into the dark side of human nature. Seventh Grader Nick Chalk... read more 
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Greenville South Middle School… South School hosted Bullying Prevention Week
South Middle School has focused on creating a safe environment for students to learn. This entire school year, the Bullying Prevention Program has been an ongoing effort. In September, students took part in a Bullying Awareness Assembly sponsored by Darke County Center for the Arts. This was followed up in November with an interactive Smart Board lesson on identifying bullying situations... read more 
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Power of the Pen… DeColores, Versailles Students earn POP honors, By Bob Robinson
DeColores Montessori 7th Grader Troutwine takes two top awards - DeColores Montessori and Versailles Middle School students took honors in Saturday’s Seventh and Eighth Grade Power of the Pen competition at Botkins Local School, with DeColores student Jacob Troutwine earning First Place in the Seventh Grade Individual Contest. Troutwine also earned Seventh Grade Best of Round Three with... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts... DCCA Is Grateful for Harry D. Stephens Memorial Funding
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) is grateful to have been included among the recipients of the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial December, 2011 distribution.  According to Executive Director Julie Strait, DCCA greatly appreciates the generous and loyal support received from the Harry D. Stephens Memorial Fund, enabling DCCA to provide quality artistic programs in our community. The donated funds will be used to support all DCCA programming and operating... read more 
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Greenville Rotary Club... Rotarians get presentation on educating educators
Joel Sink of The Darke Economic Foundation spoke to the local Rotary Club.  Mr. Sink explained that the foundation teaches teachers and school administration people basic economics so that they can, in turn, go into the classrooms and teach students.  The basic program was originally started by The Greenville Rotary Club members in 1977 and is now being copied by many other states around... read more 
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Ohio Supreme Court... Findlay High School Wins Ohio Civics Competition
Jan. 31, 2012 - For the 11th consecutive year, students from Findlay High School in Findlay won the Ohio We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution High School State Competition. These students advance to represent Ohio at the We the People National Finals in Washington DC on April 28-30. Over 130 students from six classes from across the Buckeye State competed at the... read more 
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Greenville Schools Foundation... 100 for $50 a Success
The Greenville Schools Foundation is winding up its “100 for $50” campaign, and would like to thank all of those who have supported us this year and in the past.  We have had a great response to this program.  Our trustees personally contact friends, family and community members and ask them to donate $50 to the Foundation and the projects we support.  In 2010-2011 we were able to provide the... read more 
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Courtney’s ‘Vicarious Voyage’ Around the World... Bahamas! By Courtney De Schepper
Hello from the Bahamas! It is absolutely beautiful here! I cannot believe that I am here in the middle of January while it is very cold in Ohio where I am used to spending my winters. Currently in the Bahamas it is mid 70’s. I spent from January 14th-19th in the Bahamas. The island is relatively flat and surrounded by nothing but white sand and flawless blue ocean. It was one of the most beautiful sites I... read more 
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Share the History…Bears Mill Tour Guides Needed
One of the few remaining water-powered mills in operation in Ohio, Bear’s Mill has a history dated from 1849, when it was built by Gabriel Baer. Many volunteers are needed to help the Mill preserve its 162-year-old history and stay open to the public for touring and educational purposes. The Friends of Bear’s Mill nonprofit organization runs the operations of the Mill, which hosts about 30,000 visitors every year, and is looking for... read more 
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Key Club International… GHS Junior Darpan Kaur elected new Div. 3 Lt. Gov.
Greenville High School junior Darpan Kaur will take over the reins of Ohio District, Division 3 Lt. Gov. in April, the beginning of the new Key Club International year. She will be replacing retiring Lt. Gov. Natasha Swank. Ohio District Secretary Mariah Reitz was elected Div. 3 Lt. Gov. for the 2010-11 school year, the first Greenville High School student to serve in a Key Club International office in several decades. Swank was.... read more 
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