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“Food For Fines”
Join with FISH and the Greenville Public Library during “Food for Fines” December 2nd through the 16th. Patrons can receive $1 in current Library fines waived in exchange for donating one food item. These items must be canned or nonperishable: peanut butter; canned chicken or tuna; canned vegetables, fruit, or soups; cereal, pasta, rice; boxed side dishes or mac & cheese; granola bars or snacks; and spaghetti sauce. Just bring... read more
Heartland requests Toys for Tots donations
Heartland of Greenville is pleased to announce its participation in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Since its start in 1947, Toys for Tots has given nearly half a billion toys to more than 200 million children. According to the program’s website, “The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.” The staff of Heartland of Greenville... read more
Office hours change Mon., Dec 2 only
Community Action Partnership will open at Noon on Mon., Dec. 2, 2013. The office will be closed during the morning hours that day due to a DP&L pole change. This includes the Darke Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority and Community Transportation Services.
Decorate the Mitten Tree
The Fish Mitten Tree is once again waiting to be decorated with donated gloves and mittens; these donations will be distributed to the children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. In addition to the Mitten Tree located at Montage, 525 South Broadway, Greenville, a Mitten Tree also stands inside the Brethren Retirement Community, 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville and in the Ben Franklin store, 4 West George Street in Arcanum. Many churches and organizations also erect trees which collect... read more
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Coppock-Hole Trust Sponsors DCCA Special Event
RIDERS IN THE SKY “Christmas The Cowboy Way” - Darke County Center for the Arts thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for sponsoring the upcoming holiday special event Riders In The Sky “Christmas the Cowboy Way” and their long standing and generous support of the arts in Darke County.  “DCCA is grateful for the continued generosity of the Coppock-Hole Trust, which provide opportunities for cultural enrichment in our community,” stated... read more
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Bear’s Mill Candlelight Walk & Open House
The Friends of Bear’s Mill invite the community to share in an evening filled with the sights and sounds of the holidays at their annual Candlelight Walk & Open House at historic Bear’s Mill on Saturday, December 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.  This event is free to the public.  Donations are greatly appreciated. “Bundle up the family and come take a stroll along the millrace that is lit up by the warm glow of luminaries,” said Merri Niekamp, Outreach... read more
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Friends of the Darke County Parks’ Gift Shop offers Holiday Specials!
This holiday season get gifts for everyone on your list all while supporting a great cause when you shop the Gift Shop at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center.  The Gift Shop, managed by the Friends of the Darke County Parks, is overflowing with great gift ideas!  New this year are gift baskets, wrapped and completely ready for you to give as a gift!  Each unique gift basket contains the book “The Stories” by Bill Light, Darke County... read more
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Park P.A.L.S. hit the trails
The Darke County Parks’ Park P.A.L.S.  students joined Naturalist, Laura Schwieterman, this past month for the program Nature in the Fall and had a blast! We hit the trails early this morning and were busy searching for signs of Fall. We noticed the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground. The prairie plants all mostly have gone to seed and we located several seed pods from various trees in the woods. While walking along the creek we... read more
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Breakfast with Santa at BPW
Greenville, OH. November 13, 2013 - The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 7, 2013 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage. Santa will be there, along with the elves. There will be limited... read more
Art exhibit at Anna Bier Gallery
Rebecca Graves from Springfield, Ohio will be exhibiting her oil paintings in the Anna Bier Gallery beginning Dec. 7.  This exhibit is sponsored by Greenville Federal. The exhibit will be in the gallery until Dec. 21, 2013.   The gallery is open on Saturdays from 11 am until 3 pm and during events at Memorial Hall Auditorium. Foe more information you may contact the director at 417-3497.
Meeting of Darke County Volunteer Network
The Darke County Volunteer Network will meet on December 3rd at noon at the State of the Heart Hospice building, 1350 North Broadway in Greenville. The subject of the meeting will be “Networking and Round Table Discussion”, and all area volunteer administrators are invited to attend.  This group is free and we encourage anyone that manages volunteers to join.  The meetings are a great way to network, share ideas, discuss and advance new volunteering techniques and learn from guest speakers... read more
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Parent and Preschooler Adventures
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).  December’s topic is A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree.  Owls are secretive and... read more
County offices closed
The County Offices will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, 2013, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Photos and clay on display at Bear’s Mill
“Art at the Mill” will feature the work of award-winning photographer Jim Witmer as well as the diverse clay creations of David Kirchner through the month of December. “Dave creates universally appealing contemporary clay sculptures that evoke the human form, and Jim captures poetic, evocative, enduring images that can excite the imagination or soothe the soul,” said Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for Bear's Mill. The final show... read more 
Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland!
Look no further than Darke County Parks for the perfect event to kick off the holiday season. Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland is an annual favorite and FREE event for the whole family! Enjoy a peaceful evening stroll through our Winter Wonderland. There will be over 300 beautiful luminaries lighting your way along the wooded trail, allowing for a peaceful winter’s night in nature. Let the trail lead you to our Log House where the pioneer ... read more 
The Museum Store at Garst Celebrates Small Business Saturday
Are you in need of a gift with local ties for that hard to buy for someone? What about an out of the ordinary CD for the music lover or a DVD for the history buff in your family? The Museum Store at Garst will be offering a 50% discount on any one item priced at $15.00 or more on Small Business Saturday, November 30th. The store offers a selection of CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, books, and other collectible items. We have great stocking stuffers... read more 
Audition for the love of it
The Darke County Civic Theater will be having auditions for two one-act plays to be performed in February 2014. The auditions will take place Sunday November 24th at Paws Bingo Hall, 848 Martin St., Greenville 6:00pm - 7:00pm. As you can see in the following story lines there is a variety of characters needed, from late teen and on up. If you have any questions, please contact Dane at 937-621-4916. Hope to see you there!www.darkecountycivictheater.org... read more 
Thanksgiving Dinner at FM
All are invited for a Home Cooked Meal at Franklin-Monroe School Conference Room/ Old Cafeteria, 8591 Oakes Rd, Pitsburg, Ohio on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013.  The meal will be served from 12 noon to 1:30. Plans are to serve 100 meals, and reservations must be requested at 937-621-7331. This dinner provides a meal to those who are unable to prepare a meal, needy families, or those families that do not have relatives... read more 
JFK Display at Library
The Greenville Public Library received an invaluable collection of original magazines and newspapers from the early 1960's featuring the life and passing of John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963.  The collection consists of  two copies of Post, four of Look, one of Life, one of Redbook, and a half dozen newspapers.  These primary sources will be of interest to teachers, students, and anyone who loves history... read more 
DCCA invites you to celebrate Christmas the cowboy way with Riders in the Sky
Darke County Center for the Arts will present America's favorite cowboys Riders In the Sky performing “Christmas the Cowboy Way” on Saturday, December 7 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. “Regardless of the season, Riders In the Sky performances always represent the spirit of the holidays,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim and Joey the CowPolka King... read more 
Thanksgiving Day closings
Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area – Darke County will be closed Thurs., Nov. 28th and Fri., Nov. 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. This includes Community Transportation Services and the Darke Co. Metropolitan Housing Authority. Normal business and service hours will resume Mon., Dec. 2nd.
Ohio State versus Michigan Game Watch at the Thirsty Turtle
Come join us for the OSU Alumni Club of Darke County’s Ohio State Buckeyes versus Michigan game watch.  Get in the spirit for the big game by joining fellow Club members, friends and Buckeye fans for the game, good food and fun.  Food and drinks will be available throughout the game.  Get your Buckeye spirit on by attending the "Beat Michigan" game watch at the Thirsty Turtle on Saturday, November 30.
Operation Help a Hero’s Operation Rack Pack
Please join the Greenville High School Naval Junior ROTC program in helping our Troops!  November 14 – December 07 IN SUPPORT OF MARINES AND SAILORS RETURNING FROM DEPLOYMENT - Did you know that young, single Marines & Sailors often return from deployment in the middle of the night, with no family present to welcome them back on American soil? Most immediately check into barren barracks rooms with... read more 
Family Movie Night!
Join the Darke County Parks family  on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00pm as we present a FREE screening of the Disneynature film, “African Cats”.   An epic story, “African Cats” captures the real-life love, humor, and determination of the kings of the savanna. This movie is enjoyable for kids & adults, alike! So grab the kids (or kids grab Mom and Dad!) and head to the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West). Please call 937.548.0165 and let us know how many to expect so we have enough popcorn! Bring a blanket/comfy folding chair. This film is rated G... read more 
Fundraiser to feature local cartoonist, scholarship recipients
GREENVILLE – Local community and political cartoonist Paul Ackley will be on hand Nov. 21 as the Joining Together for Darke County Youth auction kicks off to raise scholarship funds for local students. The event will be held at The Bistro Off Broadway from 7 to 9 p.m. The auction is a fundraiser for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund and is jointly sponsored by The Early Bird, Blue Bag Media, the Bistro and County News Online... read more 
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The Bradford area business are coming together to help the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum celebrate the Christmas Holiday Season. The project is Trim a Tree for the Museum. The funds will be used toward the renovation of the basement for the children’s interactive learning center. The museum is planning to do the renovation between January and April when the museum is closed for the winter so it will be ready for the 2014 season that begins in April. Local Bradford area business are trimming table ... read more 
Library mini book sale
Don’t miss out on some great reading! Stop by our Greenville Public Library and browse the Friends of the Library Mini Book Sale, November 16 through November 23. Better books left from our spring book sale will be available to furnish many hours of reading pleasure during the cold, snowy winter months. Book Sale Chairs Vickie Stickel and Dede Wissman promise a variety from romance to non-fiction, from children’s books to large... read more 
Meet Joseph
Join the Darke County Parks on Monday, November 18th at 6:30pm to meet one of our newest animal ambassadors, Joseph, the Red-tailed Hawk.  Red-tailed hawks are often seen soaring high above a field in wide circles or ominously perched on a fence post or tree, eyes peeled to the ground hoping to catch their next meal. We will discuss raptor adaptations, other birds of prey and meet Joseph in person!  Pre-Registration is required for this FREE... read more 
Greenville Library & the Horse Parade
The beloved annual Horse Parade is in its 10th year - and now includes the Greenville Public Library! The parade route has been extended to circle in front of Sycamore Street going right past the Library lawn. Be sure to mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday November 23rd because it promises to be very special. All kinds of fun events will be taking place at the Library starting at 5:00 p.m. with the parade starting at 7:00. The... read more 
Garst Christmas Wreath Silent Auction
Looking for that perfect Christmas wreath? Garden clubs and sororities have submitted wonderfully creative wreaths and centerpieces to be sold through a silent auction benefiting Garst Museum. You can bid on-line, by phone, or in person at the Garst Museum. Since you do not need to bid in person, we encourage you to bid as often as you would like!  Call 937-548-5250 to bid by phone or sent by e-mail to... read more 
1913 Flood to be Discussed at Darke SWCD Annual Meeting; Scheduled November 25, 2013
This year the board of supervisors for the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) are excited to welcome Scott Trostel as the featured speaker for the 58th Annual Meeting held at the Greenville VFW, 219 North Ohio Street.  Trostel is an author and historian from the Sidney area.  He will be speaking on the 1913 Flood that impacted Dayton and the Miami Valley region.  The program will focus on the five northern counties and the tragic... read more 
Ackley auction to feature past scholarship recipients
GREENVILLE – The Ackley fundraising auction, “Joining together for Darke County Youth,” will be bringing in several students who have benefitted from the scholarships provided to them in the past. The auction, sponsored by The Early Bird, Blue Bag Media, Bistro Off Broadway and County News Online, will offer cartoons published by the local community and political cartoonist, Paul Ackley. According to Early Bird... read more 
Woofing It: A Dog’s Hike
Dogs like hiking too! Join the Darke County Parks this evening for an excuse to take the “pooch” for a hike with other dog-friends. On Thursday, November 14th at 5:30pm we’ll explore the trails of Routzong Preserve (just off 571-East on Routzong Road) and follow our noses to see what is happening. Please bring a leash, water, flashlight and “deposit” bag for your dog. Trails could be muddy. This hike is available with or without a four-legged... read more 
Bear’s Mill Annual Christmas Preview Open House - November 16 & 17
The Friends of Bear’s Mill will once again be hosting their annual Christmas Preview Open House on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Mill Store and Gallery will be decked out in holiday splendor with many new tempting treats and gifts. In addition to stocking a variety of our tried-and-true favorites, the Mill store will be filled with new holiday merchandise, special Christmas gifts and home... read more 
Follow American Red Cross Fire Safety Tips This Thanksgiving
November 20, 2013 — With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Darke County Chapter encourages families to prevent kitchen fires by taking some basic safety measures. In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the peak day for cooking fires, 90 percent of which are caused by unattended cooking.  “We all think of Thanksgiving as a time for family, good food and football, but it’s also prime time for cooking fires,” said Lynne Gump, Executive Director, “Taking a few simple precautions can help everyone have a safe... read more 
Project FeederWatch
Calling all birders! Join Darke County Park District as we participate in Project FeederWatch, every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am.  This is a unique ‘Citizen Science’ program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations.  Your observations may be used in scientific journals and shared with ornithologists and bird lovers nationwide.  No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, we need YOUR help! We’ll... read more 
Thanksgiving dinner at First Presbyterian Church
Come share a Thanksgiving dinner with our community family on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, from 11:30 to 1:00. Don’t settle for a TV dinner alone when you can join others in this family meal with “all the trimmings”! First Presbyterian Church at 114 East Fourth Street invites you to share Thanksgiving blessings. Besides the turkey and dressing, the meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned green beans, cranberry salad, rolls, milk, coffee and lemonade, assorted pies and desserts ... read more 
Superhero Saturday at Library
Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to come to the Greenville Public Library dressed as their favorite superhero on Saturday, November 16th at 1:00 p.m. Kids will perform daring deeds and help protect the Library against villainous attacks! They will use their superpowers, such as super strength and x-ray vision, to solve puzzles and demonstrate their might. Superheroes will pose for pictures and enjoy super snacks. Once the... read more 
Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie
The Darke County Parks has a FEW spots available for the November 16th Candlelight Dinner on the Prairie at 5:00pm. Join us at our table for a meal and experience you won’t soon forget. Our pioneers will open their home to you as they prepare a feast in the 18th century style and tradition. This fund-raising evening will offer educational glimpses of pioneer skills and traditions, a meal prepared over the fire, seating in the Log House loft and after-dinner entertainment from a wandering story-teller and ... read more
OSU Extension, Darke County…“Getting Your Farm & Family Affairs in Order” Webinars to be Offered, From Sam Custer
Farm accidents, cancer, disability, heart attacks, failing health, and death are all words farmers do not like to hear. Farming is the nation’s second most dangerous occupation in the United States. This combined with the aging farm population, could mean that your farm business might lose one of its key managers unexpectantly... read more 
Knitting Class at Library
The Greenville Public Library is offering a free knitting class on Wednesday November 13th from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the upstairs Meeting Room. Class is limited to 10 students. Please bring knitting needles size 8 or 9 and cotton yarn (which is easy to work with). Call at 548-3915 or stop by to sign up! The class is being taught by three members of the Knitting Club, a group of knitters who meet at the Library the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month... read more 
Darke County Offices
The County Offices will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2013, in Observance of ‘Veterans Day’.
Give Something that Means Something this Holiday Season
American Red Cross “Holiday Mail for Heroes” Mailbox Open Through December 6 - Darke County, November 1, 2013 — Again this year, the American Red Cross is holding its Holiday Mail for Heroes program, meaning that Darke Countians who wish to send a holiday card to a service member can easily do so with the help of the Red Cross. Until December 6, Americans can express their gratitude and best wishes for the holiday season to those who give the ultimate gift to our country. Service members... read more 
Today’s U.S. Army Was Forged in Greenville  
On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the Garst Museum will present a unique Veteran’s Day program. Beginning at 10:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM the recreated First American Regiment will give attendees a unique history lesson about the origins of the U.S. Army. Was today’s U. S. Army formed in Greenville? Here’s the historical background. When General Anthony Wayne assumed command of the army in 1792, the existing First American Regiment... read more 
Buckeye Strong community blood drives scheduled in November
DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Several groups in Darke County will celebrate state pride, home team heroics and helping save lives with Community Blood Center (CBC) “Buckeye Strong” Community Blood Drives in November. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a custom-designed “Buckeye Strong – Blood Donor” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com. The “Buckeye Strong - Blood... read more 
St. Mary’s Holiday Bazaar
St. Mary’s Rosary Altar Society, Greenville, Ohio, will be holding their 41st annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a true old-fashioned bazaar with most items made and/or donated by parish members. The famous cinnamon rolls baked fresh on-site each morning, baked goods including homemade bread, candy, such as buckeyes, and snacks, arts and crafts, Christmas and Thanksgiving items, religious items... read more 
Ackley fundraising auction set for Nov. 21
GREENVILLE – The second “Joining Together for Darke County Teens” silent auction and fundraiser for the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund will kick off at The Bistro Off Broadway Nov. 21. The event will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The first event was held at the Bistro May 31. It was a joint fundraiser of The Early Bird, Blue Bag Media, Bistro and County News Online. Local community and political cartoonist Paul Ackley signed cartoon purchases... read more 
Kroger Ladies Night, November 9
Kroger will be holding a Ladies Night Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Let us do the cooking” – get the details by clicking here
Union City Lions to hold ‘Buckeye Strong – Hoosier Strong’ Blood Drive
Celebrating state pride on gridiron & blood drives - DAYTON, Ohio – The Union City Lions Club will celebrate state pride, home team heroics and helping save lives with a Community Blood Center (CBC) “Buckeye Strong - Hoosier Strong” Blood Drive Monday, Nov. 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Union City – City Building community room, Union City, IN. Everyone who registers to donate can choose between a custom-designed “Buckeye Strong – Blood Donor” or “Hoosier Strong – Blood Donor” t-shirt... read more 
DCCA presents multi-faceted musical trio at the Coffee Pot
Darke County Center for the Arts will present violinist Doug Hamilton with his trio WingWalker at The Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville on Thursday, November 14. The third of DCCA's Coffeehouse Series presentations, the show begins at 7 p.m. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, the eclectic fiddler has been called a musical chameleon because of his ability to feel at home in most genres. “Doug is classically trained, but enjoys... read more 
American Red Cross Offers CPR & First Aid Class; Saving Lives, One Person at a Time
Darke County, November 1, 2013   It’s November and the American Red Cross is so very thankful for our volunteers, donors and lifesavers!  If you would like to join the Red Cross family and become a life saver as well, join us on November 12th and 14th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. for CPR and First-Aid Class.  The Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a... read more 
Darke County Parks… Election Night
Attention to all Parks Volunteers and Friends of the Park Members, On November 5th at 8PM (after the Friends meeting) everyone is welcomed to gather at the Nature Center in the Assembly Room to watch the “live” returns come in. Refreshments will also be available.
BPW Invites the public in November
Greenville, OH.  The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their November 14, 2013 meeting.  The meeting is hosted by the Individual Development Program (IDP) committee.  The Individual Development Program is BPW’s seminar series in personal and professional leadership development. The program will assist people to succeed in meeting their personal and professional goals, as well as their goals for community action and change. IDP committee chair Jane Carroll has... read more 
Hank Deneski to speak to Cancer Support Group
The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold its monthly support group (held the first Thursday of each month) at Wayne Health Care on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room on the 3rd floor. Hank’s story is a personal journey with cancer (Head & Neck, 2005 and Prostate, 2006) and what he has done to NOT be a victim of cancer or just a survivor of cancer.  As a result of his diagnosis and treatment, he started an Oral, Head & Neck Cancer support group, OHNC education and awareness... read more 
Hometown Holiday Horse Parade Extends Route for 10th Year!
The 2013 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade returns for another year on Saturday, November 23 at 7 pm in Downtown Greenville.  This annual tradition for the Greenville community has kicked off the holiday season for the downtown district the past ten years! This year's Platinum Parade Sponsors are Wayne Healthcare, Greenville Federal, OneMain Financial & Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The lighted event boosts 50+ entries... read more 
Wonderful Webs
Who has two body parts and eight legs with the ability to spin silk? We are Arachnids! Don’t miss out on Monday, November 4th at 6:00pm as we will hit the trails at Shawnee Prairie with our flashlights to see what spiders we can catch getting their last meal for the evening.  Meet at the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West) for this FREE program!  For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at... read more 
Gloria Ward and Majestic Sounds to sing at Cancer Association’s yearly Gospel Sing
The Cancer Association of Darke County is pleased to have one of the state’s leading Southern Gospel groups coming to Greenville on Sunday, November 17.  The concert will be held at Memorial Hall at 4 p.m.  Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken with all proceeds to go to the Cancer Association of Darke County. The Majestic Sounds Quartet is based out of Wilmington, Ohio.  The group has performed from Michigan... read more 
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