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Women’s retreat was a success
Saturday, a women's retreat day was held in the Fr. Jaekle Room of the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall.  The retreat was presented by Jill Swallow, a former graduate and resident of Versailles, who is now a consecrated woman of Regnum Christi and resides in Clarkston, Michigan. The program entitled "Do Whatever He Tells You", explored methods of prayer, meditation, interpretation, and contemplation... read more 
Museum looks for Christmas items
VERSAILLES – The Versailles Area Museum is looking for Victorian era decorations for its tree and display as well as any items that show home life before 1910. Also fresh pine, holly and other fresh seasonal greenery are needed on or before Nov. 10 to help prepare for the holidays. They also are looking for toys from the 40’s and 50’s to put in their mercantile story. If you remember Toy Land at Martin’s, you have an idea of what they are looking for... read more 
Reduce, reuse, reeducate: Contamination hurts recycling
Consider this: a contractor finishes a job cleaning up a rental property for a client. It’s time to dispose of the items the previous renter left behind. He’s cleaned up items such as clothes, shoes, broken toys and electronics, and just plain dirt.  He could throw it in the trash can, but he opts for the district’s free recycling bin. He’s just contaminated the whole recycling bin, and now it’s destined for the garbage. In Darke County, the solid waste district... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Democrats host state candidates
GREENVILLE – The Darke County Democrats welcomed several hopeful candidates on the ballot in November to their annual dinner, including the candidate running for the second highest position in the state, lieutenant governor. Sharen Neuhardt is the running mate of gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald. Neuhardt addressed the group and her topic... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Haworth is Darke County Republican of the Year
GREENVILLE – He’s a member of Kiwanis, worked the Pig Roast for years, the fair tent, helps out with Downtown Greenville, the Office of Economic Development, Central Committee Chair… and served as Darke County Commissioner for five consecutive terms. The list of accomplishments was long; many of those attending had already figured out the 10th... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Commissioner gives Edison students a lesson in government
GREENVILLE – Nobody cares for you as much as you do, said Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall… No such thing as luck. It’s called ‘preparation meets with opportunity.’ Every decision you make is your own. If you make a bad decision… own it and learn from it! Make the same bad decision again? “That’s just plain stupid!” Stegall spent two days at the Edison Community College Darke County... read more 
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CBC Grant Award will 'seed' Ansonia FFA Greenhouse
Ansonia wins grant for supporting FFA sponsored blood drives -- ANSONIA, OHIO - Money doesn’t grow on trees, but Future Farmers of America (FFA) students at Ansonia High School know how to turn it into “seed” for a blossoming business project.  Community Blood Center (CBC) awarded Ansonia a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant for its FFA-sponsored blood drives and that money is already... read more 
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Bluebag Media… East student caught being good
GREENVILLE – Most school districts have Students of the Month – often at various grade levels, depending on the district. Requirements? Pretty much similar, with good grades as the starting point. At East School, Trevor Mardin not only has good grades, but he got caught ‘being good.’ “I didn’t think I’d get Student of the Month just because I helped someone,” the third grader said. “I did it because it was the right... read more 
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Oakley Place is deficiency free
Oakley Place is proud to inform Darke County residents that for the last two years, they received special recognition from the Ohio Center of Assisted Living and Ohio Department of Health for being deficiency free. This is an honor they are also accustomed to as Oakley Place has been deficiency free prior to this achievement also. Debbie Baker, executive director, Sandy Baker, community relations manager, and... read more 
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Covington donor wins the Chevy Cruze
DAYTON, Ohio - Covington donor Gary Lavey has a drawer full of blood drive t-shirts, but when it came to picking which one to wear on the night that he might win a new Chevy Cruze he said, “It was a no brainer.” He picked the Community Blood Center (CBC) “50 Years of Saving Lives” anniversary t-shirt he received when he made the donation that entered him into the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing... read more 
Darke County Parks 2014 Photo Contest
Calling all amateur photographers! This is your last chance to submit photos!  Get outside and capture the beauty of YOUR Darke County Parks! Winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2015 calendar!  Basic Rules include: Photo must be taken within one of the Park District’s 12 areas, Photo must be from 2010-2014, Digital Entries Only, 3 entries per month, per photographer.  Photos will be accepted December 1, 2013 through... read more 
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Bluebag Media… The best year of my life... yet!
GREENVILLE – “My admiration for the fair queens started when I was nine,” said Jenna King, 2013 Junior Fair Queen. “The fair queen gave me a ribbon… I was in shock that the queen would give me a ribbon.” Jenna, an Edison Community College Communications 121 Public Speaking student, was giving a “speech” presentation to Kiwanis of Greenville. She told them involvement in fair Royalty was a family thing... read more 
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Pets of the week
We have Bonnie at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 2 year old Pyrenees/St.Bernard mix. She is tan and white with medium length hair. She is just a sweetheart. She loves to play and is a people dog. She will make a wonderful companion and best friend. She weighs around 70 pounds. She is waiting for a special family to become part of. We have Haley at the Darke County Animal Shelter. She is a 4 month... read more 
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Bluebag Media… BSU students offer a nontraditional look at art
UNION CITY, IND – “I enjoy talking to kids,” Kelsie Selch said. “I told them there was a dragon back there,” she added, grinning. “Really had them going there for a while.” Kelsie was one of several Ball State University students who spent the weekend at the Union City Arts Festival. She and three fellow students set up shop to demonstrate and discuss their art with festival visitors. They were using a property... read more 
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Bluebag Media… UC ‘Arts Destination’ kicks of with successful festival
UNION CITY, IN – His message to kids… “You can truly make a difference in your lives if you believe you can make a difference.” That thought, tied to the goal of revitalizing Union City, led UC Indiana Mayor Bryan Conklin to begin a five-year journey that culminated in the Union City Arts Festival Oct. 10-12. “When I was a kid,” Conklin said, “Union City had an employment base for 25,000 workers. They came... read more 
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Kroger Employees Donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters
Kroger store in Sidney employees recently donated over 200 snack bags to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County to be used in their after school “Buddies” programs. The funding comes at an opportune time for the agency which is kicking off its 15th year of the after school “Buddies” program in six elementary schools in Shelby & Darke County. Big... read more 
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State Tourism recognizes Darke County efforts
SPRINGFIELD, OH (October 2014) – The Darke County Visitors Bureau was presented with two RUBY (Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance) Citations of Excellence Awards during the Ohio Travel Association’s annual Conference on Tourism in Springfield, Ohio on October 16, 2014. The first award presented to the bureau was in the Visitor Guide Category, with a budget of less than $300,000. “It is an honor to receive this... read more 
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MVCTC Offers New Business Software Elective Class
Englewood, Ohio – “Business Software" is a new elective course being offered this school year at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC).  The students are using Lynda.com, which is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills.  The students learn software which will help them in their career technical labs and in their careers... read more 
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Top 10 finalists named in Summer ‘Cruze-in’ blood drive
DAYTON, Ohio – Ten blood donors will gather at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC) Thursday, Oct. 23 to find out who will be cruising in a brand new car.  All are computer-selected finalists in the “Summer Cruze-In Blood Drive” drawing to win the grand prize 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. CBC partnered with REACH Magazine on the “Summer Cruze-In” campaign to encourage blood... read more 
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St. Marys October Newsletter
The leaves are changing color, the temperatures are falling, and once again my room has been invaded by leering jack-o’lanterns, creepy spiders and bats. It must be October. October seems to be the month of field trips for the younger students. On October 9, the first graders attended the annual FFA Safety Awareness Days. Each year, the Greenville High School FFA sponsors Safety Awareness Days. The high school... read more 
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Edison holds Guidance Counselor Conference
Edison Community College recently hosted 28 area high school guidance counselors on Thursday, October 9 in the Robinson Theater. Previously held as a luncheon, this year’s event marked the first half-day Counselor Conference, which allowed for more in depth presentations on important topics and networking opportunities. “It’s really important connecting with high school counselors since they are who students go to right... read more 
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2001 MVCTC Graphic Commercial Arts Alumni Publishes Book
Englewood, Ohio - Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) 2001 Graphic Commercial Arts graduate, Leslie Klenke, is a published author with her first book “Paleo Girl”.  Leslie, originally from Vandalia-Butler High School, turned her passion for a healthy lifestyle into a career and authored her book with the goal of helping teen girls have a... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Manufacturing not what it used to be
GREENVILLE – “This was very educational… it totally changed my perspective on what factories are like.” Kassidy York and Layne Washington, 10th grade students at Greenville High School, had almost identical reactions to their tour at Ramco Electric Motors Oct. 3. Kassidy said upon graduation from college she’d like to consider Ramco an option on the accounting side. She was impressed by the company... read more 
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Hands that serve and hearts that care
Versailles Health Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, celebrated National Healthcare Food Service Week, October 6th through the 12th.   Healthcare facilities all over the country honored some of their most valuable team players, the behind the scenes food service employees that keep residents, patients, and staff satisfied and fit.    During the week, Versailles Health Care Center gave special... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Students told “people make people successful”
GREENVILLE – “Look at your neighbor… how many do you think will be president of the United States?” Three students raised their hands. “How many will be on the 10 Most Wanted list?” Students laughed as 25 or 30 raised their hands… Motivational speaker Chad Foster, during the first of two sessions at Memorial Hall, part of Manufacturing Day Oct. 3, gave several hundred Greenville and Versailles... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Bears Mill Fall Open House a packed event
GREENVILLE – She was singing quietly to the tune, Red River Valley. With tears in her eyes, she said it was the song she used to sing with her brother… before he headed off to World War II. “Oh, he came back,” Mary Lou Hoening said, “but he was never the same. He was a broken man.” Hoening, a former resident of Darke County, currently lives in Miami County. She recalled her time as a local, admitting... read more 
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Hulsmeyer receives Outstanding Achievement Award
DAYTON, Ohio, October 13, 2014 — Sue Hulsmeyer, director of organizational development and learning for Midmark Corporation, recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH) for her contributions over the past year. The award was presented in Chicago at the PWH 10th Annual Meeting and during the Health Industry Distributor Association... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County scrapbook… Watch DOGS at Woodland, Bob Robinson
October 4, 2014 - Recently Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) held their kickoff event at Woodland Elementary. The story has been posted in CNO and Bluebag Media. These photos and those of other community events were put into our Community Events Photo Gallery. The gallery has a new sponsor… Leis Realty. Check it out and, when you get a chance, please... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Friday event a success despite the weather
GREENVILLE – While a few hardy souls braved the brisk weather to set up displays or do facing painting on the South Broadway sidewalks Oct. 3, Executive Director Amber Garrett made the decision to move the October First Friday indoors to the Elks Lodge on West Third Street. “It was a tough decision,” she said. Garrett added she was really excited at the... read more 
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Visitors Bureau offers ‘Taste of Darke County’ boxes for the holidays
GREENVILLE, OH (October 9, 2104) – In an effort to promote the tourism industry of Darke County and the idea of shopping local, the Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer “Taste of Darke County” Boxes for sale. “We are proud to again offer locally grown and produced products from our community,” shared Deanna York, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau and Welcome Center. “The boxes... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Welcome Center a ‘labor of love’
GREENVILLE – “This was a labor of love for a lot of people,” said Deanna York, executive director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. She and Amber Garrett, executive director of Main Street Greenville, admired the sign and frontage of their new Welcome Center. It had just officially opened at 421 So. Broadway Oct. 3. It was next door to the KitchenAid Experience, a popular draw for visitors outside of Darke County... read more 
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MVCTC Receives Outstanding Program Recognition
Englewood, Ohio -- The Southwest Region Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) recognized two Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) programs at the Southwest Region Fall Conference on Thursday, October 9, 2014, at the Warren County Career Center. These annual awards recognize outstanding programs that promote student achievement.  The MVCTC Hospitality Services Program was recognized... read more 
Common Trees of Darke County
Trees are all around us, and yet many do not know a Maple from an Oak. Add the fact that many trees lose their leaves in the winter months and this only adds to the confusion. Join the Darke County Parks on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00pm for an informative program both in and outdoors as we learn how to ID a tree. We will then use some of the trees around the Nature Center to practice our newly learned identification skills.  This program is FREE and will take place at the Nature Center... read more 
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Thank You Darke County Foundation
The Darke County Park District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, administered by the Darke County Foundation.  Through the generosity of this foundation, The Darke County Park District was able to offer several musical performances and the ever-popular horse and wagon ride at the annual Prairie Days Festival.  Almost five thousand visitors attended the Prairie Days event this year... read more 
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Enginetics Aerospace President Honored as Friend of MVCTC
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) named Enginetics Aerospace President, Mr. Wim Huijs, as the recipient of the 2014 Friend of MVCTC Award. Mr. Huijs received the award at the 24th annual All Advisory Dinner held on Thursday, October 2, in the MVCTC Student Activity Center. MVCTC Superintendent, Dr. Nick Weldy, says, “This award is given each year to someone who is always... read more 
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Jacob Hoelscher Joins Phelan Insurance
Versailles, OH – Phelan Insurance Agency is pleased to welcome Jacob Hoelscher as a Commercial Account Executive. Hoelscher is responsible for developing new business with a focus on agricultural and business accounts. A licensed property and casualty agent, he ensures his clients receive the necessary coverage and exceptional professional service they deserve. Hoelscher believes the Agency provides unparalleled support for... read more 
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Goubeaux Sponsor Joshua Carswell and Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Jim & Enid Goubeaux for their contributions to the DCCA 2014-2015 season.  The Goubeaux’s are Angel members of DCCA, and are sponsors of two Artists Series performances including winner of the prestigious American Traditions Competion, Joshua Carswell, performing October 11th and The... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County Scrapbook… Watch DOGS at Woodland, by Bob Robinson
October 4, 2014 - Recently Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) held their kickoff event at Woodland Elementary. The story has been posted in CNO and Bluebag Media. These photos and those of other community events were put into our Community Events Photo Gallery. The gallery has a new sponsor… Leis Realty. Check it out and, when you get a chance, please take a moment to thank Leis for their support of CNO and the... read more 
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Wellness Walks Kick Off at Shawnee Prairie Preserve
A small but hardy band braved the elements for the first Wellness Walk at Shawnee Prairie Preserve just outside Greenville October 4. The walks, a joint effort of the Miami County Parks District, Darke County Parks, Recovery and Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, and the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services, are designed to promote the physical and mental wellness properties found in natural spaces... read more 
MVCTC Adult Education Receives Accreditation
Englewood, Ohio -- On July 25, 2014, the Adult Education Division of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) received notice of accreditation from Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) for three years.  The ACCSC accreditation applies to MVCTC as an institution and all programs offered by the school must also meet approval by ACCSC. MVCTC was required to meet ACCSC’s Standards of Accreditation. According to the ACCSC... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Farmer’s Market vendors offer variety of goods
GREENVILLE – Flowers, produce, Humane Society, “Dough 2 Nuts,” Chocolates by Malissa, Janet’s Broadway Bakery, The Bottle Lady… and Phyllis Mong. She loves dressing up; this time she was a pumpkin. And she loves Broadway! “You know that,” she said. During the Sept. 27 Farmer’s Market Phyllis was offering a free pumpkin on behalf of Main Street Greenville to anyone purchasing $25 or more in merchandise... read more 
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Community Connections Help Individuals with Disabilities Live a Good Life
(Greenville, Ohio) – October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."  The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities operates under two philosophies... read more 
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Mildred Dill takes first selfie at 101
On September 10, 2014, Mrs. Mildred Dill celebrated her 101st birthday and then made history with taking her first ever selfie!  When Kristy Earick, Administrator at Versailles Health Care Center, asked Dill if she wanted to take a “selfie” with her, Dill agreed but then wanted to know more.  Earick explained a selfie is a self-photograph taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone held at arm’s length and often shared on... read more 
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MVCTC FFA Chapter Holds First Meeting
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) FFA Chapter held their first monthly meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The 2014-2015 MVCTC FFA Chapter Officers are: President: Brittany Taylor (Miami East); Vice President: Alyssa McQuiston (Preble Shawnee); Secretary: Marilyn Thompson (West Carrollton); Student Advisor: Kelly Kline (National Trail); Reporter... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Library ‘Walking Dead’ event expands reach
GREENVILLE – “Walking Dead” aficionados got a treat at the Greenville Library Sept. 27. They got to see a recap of the Season 4 Walking Dead television series just prior to the start of Season 5 this fall. Understanding all movie goers get hungry, especially during intermission, library employee and instigator of the event Kaley Breaden offered a tantalizing variety of finger... read more 
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VHCC celebrates National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center celebrated National Rehabilitation Awareness Week September 22nd through the 26th.  The therapists at VHCC devote themselves to improving patients’ quality of life, health and mobility. The week-long celebration featured a complimentary cookout on Wednesday, September 24, in the courtyard. During that time... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Prairie Days entertains, educates over 5,000
GREENVILLE – “Elizabeth Borden took an ax…” Lizzie Gilbert, 10, offered a sour grin as she acknowledged her familiarity by adding… “and killed her mother with 40 wacks… Yeah,” she said, “I know all about Lizzie Borden.” She clicked her clicker. Lizzie is from Van Wert and volunteered as the official counter… click. Click. As of about 11 a.m. she had tallied 401 visitors. She stopped mid-sentence as another Greenville... read more 
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VFW Bingo donates $1,000 to Darke County Crime Stoppers
GREENVILLE – The Greenville VFW Post No. 7262 Bingo Fund recently donated $1,000 to the Darke County Crime Stoppers (DCCS). Donations to the non-profit organization go to help fund cash rewards for tips leading to captures of wanted fugitives and solving of unsolved crimes in Darke County.  Tips and information made through DCCS has led to the capture of over 100 fugitives and helps investigators with drug abuse... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Stern schoolmarm ‘teaches’ at Prairie Days
GREENVILLE – Slapping her hand slightly – yet repeatedly – with a flat stick, schoolmarm Miss Townsend looked at her students. “Yes, you are sitting on benches,” she said. “No, they aren’t comfortable. They aren’t supposed to be… you’re in school!” After getting their attention, Miss Townsend began her introduction to what it was like to be a student in the early 19th century. She held “class” every half hour during the... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Duck Blind the reward for summer reading success
ANSONIA – On Sept. 26 Ansonia students climbed off their buses getting ready for a new school day. They were greeted by their elementary principal, Krista Stump, except that morning she wasn’t Mrs. Stump. She was Uncle Sy Robertson, leader of the Duck Dynasty. He (she) was sitting in his (her) Duck Blind, greeting students as they came in for the day. Many of them were wearing their own versions of Duck Dynasty clothing... read more 
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Beagle Dedicates Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge
COLUMBUS—State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) took part today in the dedication of the Robert J. Shook Bikeway Bridge, in honor of Bob Shook, a Troy area resident and former Concord Township trustee. “Bob Shook shaped the future of the Miami County Trails Task Force with his commitment and dedication to public service,” said Beagle. “It is an honor to dedicate this bridge to such a hardworking advocate for Miami County, our beautiful... read more 
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MVCTC 5K finds success continuing to help students
Englewood, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Education Foundation held the 7th Annual “Pi Miler” 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Thanks to the participants and many sponsors of the event, all proceeds will benefit MVCTC students. The MVCTC Education Foundation was formed in 1991 by the MVCTC staff and various community leaders who wanted to provide targeted... read more 
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Harvest Life Saving Knowledge! 
Gathering a group this harvest season? Start your get together with something that may actually  benefit you, your family and the community.  Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes first. What a great way to get together 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... read more 
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DCMHA accepting applications
The Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority is currently accepting applications for housing assistance and has announced the waiting list is less than a year. Preference points will be given for individuals and families who are Veterans, widowed spouses and families of Veterans and preference points will also be given to individuals/families meeting HUD... read more 
Midmark announces PQMD Membership
Midmark announces membership to aid in World Health Policies helping to sustain a variety of global health programs… DAYTON, Ohio, October 1, 2014 — Midmark recently announced its membership in the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) and appointment to the Board of Directors. By becoming a member, Midmark has the opportunity to further strengthen its product donations program with funding, volunteers, schooling and other services to sustain a variety... read more 
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Bluebag Media… DCCA’s Berky inspires; is truly a gem
GREENVILLE – “I’m trying to learn something new,” said Doug Berky to several hundred Woodland Heights students Sept. 25. “But I get sad when I make mistakes. Do you make mistakes?” Yes!! “Does it make you sad?” Yes!! “Do you like to make mistakes?” No!!… And he continues asking questions as he prepares to demonstrate the new juggling skill he’s trying to learn. Every time he’s about to start, he stops... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Watch DOGS kick-off brings in new dads
GREENVILLE – “There are two kinds of fatherlessness,” said Chief Watch DOG Tom Warner to a room full of dads Sept. 23 at Woodland Heights. “There’s the physical… he’s not there in the child’s life. Then there’s the emotional; he may be there but he’s not involved… “According to studies emotional fatherlessness may actually be more damaging to a child than the physical.” Warner was speaking to potential new recruits for... read more 
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BBBS has new board members
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to announce the newest members on our Board of Trustees.  They are: Cathy Bevan of Troy. Cathy works at Emerson Climate as the Vice President of Human Resources.  Terri Flood of Greenville. Terri works as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Wayne Healthcare, and Margo O’Leary of Troy. Margo is Director of... read more 
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Edison’s annual College Fair a success
With over 700 area high school students in attendance, Edison Community College’s recent College Fair proved to be a success. Students from Botkins, Bradford, Christian Academy, Fairlawn, Milton-Union, Piqua, Sidney, and Russia were on campus to learn more about the various educational opportunities available to them. “The College Fair was a success and I’m already excited for next year!” said Christina Raterman... read more 
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