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BBBS fishing day fun for all
A group of Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteers and Littles recently enjoyed a beautiful day at the home of Mike Meyer of Fort Loramie, where they attended a fishing derby hosted by the Shelby County Bassmasters & Kiwanis.  Around 100 Volunteers and Littles attended the annual event, which was held on Saturday, September 6th. The outing included a cookout for all Bassmaster members... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Banned Book Week: A perspective of history
GREENVILLE – Unsuited to age group. Sexual content. Socialistic. Pro-Communist. Offensive language. Profanity. Racist… The reasons for wanting to ban books seem to be endless. In 2011, 326 books were challenged; in 2012, 464; and in 2013, 307. According to Rachel Brock, employee at the Greenville Public Library and the originator of the display, their ‘Banned Book Week’ event was part of a national... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Construction remains on schedule at HS, K-8 facility
GREENVILLE – “So far the timelines are as expected,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries. In the District’s second full week of school the high school is in its second phase of construction and the ‘early site work’ at the K-8 location is almost ready to be ‘stoned.’ “The earthwork is almost finished (on North Ohio Street),” Fries said... read more 
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CNO Darke County Fair Scrapbook…Domestic Arts, 4H, Lions Club & More, Joe LeMaster
Joe LeMaster spent a few days at the fair and documented a variety of activities, including Charlotte Threewits at the Domestic Arts Barn, Hiestand’s Rainbow Vacume, the Arcanum Lions Club at work on gate duty, Laney Fourman’s 4H hogs and more. Photos in order of appearance are: Charlotte Threewits displaying two of her three prize crafts at the Domestic Arts Barn... read more 
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A mental illness all too common, By Natalie Esarey
Have you ever felt like a prisoner in your own mind? Or felt like your biggest enemy was something living within you? They say “destroy what destroys you” but what if that means destroying yourself? These are questions one often wonders when living with a mental illness. At least, in my experience with mental illness these were questions I often asked myself. Now, looking at me you might wonder how I could possibly... read more 
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Volunteers sought for Darke County Welcome Center
GREENVILLE, OH – With the creation of the new Welcome Center in the heart of the county, downtown Greenville, the Darke County Visitors Bureau is seeking friendly folks with smiling faces to reminisce about our beautiful community, all while welcoming and providing valuable information to visitors to Darke County. Share your knowledge about the area's sites, history and culture with visitors for... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Eating disorder a mental illness, a ‘mind game’
GREENVILLE – Anorexia is not eating; starving one self. Bulimia is binging, then purging. Natalie Esarey, a Greenville High School senior, has at various points in her illness been diagnosed with both. “I went back and forth between them,” she said. It has been nearly two years since her original diagnosis; she realizes she was probably sick before that. “It’s a mental disorder,” she said. “We can stand in front of a mirror... read more 
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The 2015 Pet Calendar is available
Since 2007, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter have assembled a 12 month calendar as a fundraiser for their several projects. The monthly pictures are made up of local pets. The 2015 calendar is now available and has photos of any kind of pets. The calendars make great gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. and are sold at the Shelter (5066 County Home Rd., Greenville, just beyond the... read more 
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Looking for Head Start alumni
During this coming year, Head Start a federal funded early childhood education program, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the program in the United States in 1965.  Council on Rural Services has also been involved with the Head Start program since 1975, so we are additionally celebrating our involvement of 40 years.  As part of our celebrations we are looking for individuals or families that have... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Woodland principal: “I feel blessed to be here”
GREENVILLE – Woodland Principal Jeff Cassell spoke into a 2-way radio. A bus pulled off to the side and stopped. As the rest of the buses pulled out of the Woodland Heights parking lot, Cassell went to the waiting bus. A minute later he had a child by the hand and was walking him to the entrance of the building. The child’s mother had called. He was going to be... read more 
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Booher Committee awards funding to BBBS
The Ruth & Emerson Booher Committee Advised Fund for Versailles of the Dayton Foundation has recently donated  funds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.   This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to aid in the after school Buddies program that is offered at Versailles Schools.  Currently, there are around 350 children served in Shelby and Darke County through both the  community based... read more 
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Bluebag Media… 2013 Miss Annie Oakley visits Kiwanis
GREENVILLE – “I loved the parades,” said Courtney Osborne, Miss Annie Oakley 2013. She went to ten; also visited several events that didn’t involve parades. “The kids watching the parades would stand and say, ‘shoot me, shoot me’… sometimes ‘hey look… she has a gun!” Courtney talked to Kiwanis of Greenville Sept. 10 about her experiences the previous year. The year she first began competing for the title of Miss Annie... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Vintage posters have story to tell
GREENVILLE – “I’ve been trying to convince my son for 20 years,” said Kim Martin. “Now I have proof.” She was standing next to a Red Cross recruiting poster; the woman was holding an injured soldier. The caption read “The Greatest Mother in the World.” She wasn’t sure he’d believe it, however. Martin was from the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was one of several Red Cross representatives... read more 
Tourism Grants available to LOCAL events & festivals in 2015
GREENVILLE, Ohio (September 17, 2014) – Funds are available to non-profit organizations sponsoring special events in Darke County through the Darke County Visitors Bureau in 2015. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to applications, which: (1) attract overnight visitors; (2) attract visitors from more than 50 miles outside of Darke County and 3) feature new or expanded events or programs. Interested... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County Fair scrapbook… The Little Mr. & Miss Fair Pageant, Bob Robinson - September 18, 2014 - On Monday I wrote stories; didn’t get to the fairgrounds until Monday evening. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world… it was the Little Mr. & Miss Darke County Fair. Kids are cute, and some of their actions are precious. Several stories have already been posted from the Great Darke County Fair. One thing that had not been done is a posting of “Memories” of the 2014... read more 
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Greenville National support for Special Olympics
Shown at the awards stand at the 36th annual Track and Field Day are Lisa Martin, Greenville National Bank, continuous supporters of the various... read more 
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Great Darke County Fair… CNO’s Darke County Fair scrapbook: 4H kids hard at work
Bob Robinson - September 14, 2014 - Sometimes the best stories have nothing to do with assignments. I didn’t have one on Sunday, but as usual I took a turn (actually a couple turns) around the fairgrounds after working my second turn at Gate 5. I saw the first of the entertainment buses come in, and met another one of my kids from our Teen Advocate days. I ended up in the new cow barn… great job and, as always... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Rolling 50’s Classic a car lovers delight
GREENVILLE – “No, I don’t plan to paint it,” said Jaron Brock of Knoxville, Tenn. “It would only get uglier.” Brock’s 97 Honda Prelude stood out at the Rolling 50’s Car Show Sept. 6 because it was black. Solid black. Not the glossy black typically found on many car models throughout the years, but a flat black. It looked like primer… and that’s what it was. “It’s 100 percent primer,” Brock added... read more 
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Great Darke County Fair… CNO’s Darke County Fair scrapbook: No assignments, just a’wanderin’
Bob Robinson -- September 16, 2014 -- On Saturday I had no assignments, but when I got off duty at Gate 5 (Kiwanis), I did some wandering around, then headed home for a nap before heading back out again to meet Jordan Pridemore, my Teen Editor from 2005 to 2008. She teaches in Indiana; if I’m lucky I get to see her and her special friend, Keith, once or year. There were a few other interesting experiences... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Knowing Joseph & Greta a privilege
GREENVILLE – “Raptors get a bad rap because they’re birds of prey… without them we’d be overrun with rats, mice, snakes and the other small animals they eat.” Jeannie Harshbarger and Pam Siegel feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to know Joseph the Red-Tail Hawk and Greta the Great Horned Owl. They visit the “mews” (homes of the two birds) on a daily basis. “We come sit with them... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Ho scale railroad alive and well in Greenville
GREENVILLE – Darke County has many little known nuggets representing unique or historical facets of the area. In a recent First Friday event, participants were able to see some of the offices and merchants of the past in upper floors of buildings still in use, including a unique history of the former Darke County jail, now inhabited by the Darke County Commissioners. This... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County Fair scrapbook… Cheer Competition, Day 1 of the fair
Bob Robinson - September 15, 2014 - One of my favorite events at the fair is the cheer competition. Some kids acknowledge only working a few weeks; others have been working on their routine since school let out. Teams often work after school and through the summer. The Darke County Fair cheer competition is the payoff. Several stories have already been posted from the... read more 
St. Marys School September Newsletter
From the vantage point of my advanced years, I have observed that nature has a way of balancing things out. Which was why, as most people were enjoying the unusually cool summer, I like Cassandra, whom none of the Greeks believed when she warned them about the Trojan horse, was predicting doom and gloom. I knew we would eventually pay for all that comfortable temperature. Sure enough, as soon as school started, the temperature and humidity began to soar... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County Fair scrapbook: On and off the fairgrounds, Day 1 of the fair, Bob Robinson
September 14, 2014 - Day 1 starts with the ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the Darke County Fair. Then there’s an interview, then a special ceremony at Wayne Hospital. Then back to the fairgrounds for more… Several stories have already been posted from the Great Darke County Fair. One thing that had not been done is a posting of “Memories” of the 2014 fair. I’ve decided to post mine. Everyone who... read more 
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Bluebag Media… Students were focused on the events of 9-11
GREENVILLE – “Pretty crazy,” said one student following the just concluded Sept. 11 Patriot’s Day memorial. Another said it was about remembering the people who had died… another: “I was feeling bad for all those people who lost their lives.” Eighteen Greenville Junior High student leaders, mostly members of the Student Council, met following the ceremony to share their views, and feelings. “I felt... read more 
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Bluebag Media… GJH conducts 13th annual 9-11 ceremony
GREENVILLE – “Thirteen years ago our lives were changed forever…” Greenville Junior High School Principal Chris Mortenson addressed nearly 400 students, plus teachers, observers and first responders. It was Sept. 11, 2014. He was talking about the horrific event that took place on the same date in 2001… the destruction of the World Trade Towers in New York City by Al Qaeda operatives. He talked of the heroism... read more 
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Student Ambassadors Represent MVCTC with Pride
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has 41 senior students who will act as Student Ambassadors during the 2014-2015 school year. These students learn leadership skills and public speaking to represent MVCTC as spokespersons for the school. The MVCTC Student Ambassadors visit the 27 MVCTC partner school districts in the fall to share their experiences, career... read more 
Versailles Foundation Awards Funding to BBBS
The Versailles Foundation has recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to aid in the after school Buddies program that is offered at Versailles Schools. Currently, there are over 400 children served in Shelby and Darke County through both the community based  and after school programs in both counties and the number keeps rising. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a nonprofit... read more 
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CNO’s Darke County Fair scrapbook: Getting ready for the fair, Bob Robinson
September 13, 2014 - Several stories have already been posted from the Great Darke County Fair. One thing that has not been done is a posting of “Memories” of the 2014 fair. Everybody who attends the fair takes away memories that last until the next year… and beyond. I have mine; frankly I had a blast. Some of these photos were featured in articles I wrote for The Early Bird/Blue Bag Media. If you’d... read more 
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Greenville Transit Fire Safety Training
On September 9, 2014, the Greenville City Fire Department presented Fire Safety Training to the employees of Greenville Transit System.   This is annual training that is required by MV Transportation, the company who operates GTS.  Each year in September, this training provides GTS employees and also the Fire Department valuable refresher training on fire safety and bus evacuation... read more 
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HS Big Buddy Mentors Needed for Local Children
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. We are seeking fun and energetic people who want an opportunity to give back to the community. This is a great opportunity to obtain community service hours as well as make a difference in the life of a child. This is... read more 
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Follow Baleigh to The Versailles Area Historical Society & Museum
Baleigh Reed, Intern at The Darke County Visitors Bureau is back in action with this week's installment of "Follow Baleigh" to The Versailles Area Historical Society. Where has the month of August gone!? In the blink of an eye, kids are back at school, and all of the summer festivities have wrapped up. In Versailles, the summer concluded with a BANG due to the All-Class Reunion Labor Day weekend. The streets of Versailles... read more 
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CBC blood donor milestones
DARKE COUNTY, OH — Community Blood Center congratulates all of the following donors for reaching their Blood Donation milestones.  Thanks to the generosity of all donors many lives have been saved. Donors are recognized for their Life Time Donations (LTD) Milestones.  Every time a donor donates any blood product it is a donation.  Life Time Donations are a total of all your blood product donations... read more 
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Midmark Supports Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton
Midmark teammates come together with Habitat for Humanity to provide home for refugee family - DAYTON, Ohio, September 8, 2014 — Midmark Corporation employees began working together to help build a home for a family through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton. The 16-week project launched Saturday, September 6 with several Midmark teammates taking weekend... read more 
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Cooking is Fun at VHCC!
Martin Grilliot, Dietary Supervisor at the Versailles Health Care Center, shows his passion for great food and exceeding patient satisfaction each and every day!  Martin joined the team at Versailles Health Care Center in June of 2014.  He has brought with him over twenty years of leadership experience in food service and a consistent drive to exceed customer satisfaction... read more 
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A New Book On Annie Oakley is Published
The Garst Museum and the National Annie Oakley Center announces the publication of a new book on Annie Oakley authored by Marilyn Robbins. Personal Pages from Annie Oakley and Frank Butler approaches Annie Oakley’s life via an objective and in debth look at the personal letters of Annie Oakley Butler, her husband, and friends and relatives. Marilyn Robbins studied letters the couple wrote that are in the collection of the... read more 
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CORN Newsletter and more from Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Dairy Youth Program Updates: Ms. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Judging Teams Coach and Extension Youth Specialist, The Ohio State University. The 2014 edition of the Ohio State Fair was a success when we think of youth activities.  It was a wonderful moment to see so many dairy kids represented at the Sale of Champions.  There were also two dairy judging clinics with over 40 individuals attending each. It also is good to point out that our dairy skillathon... read more 
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown… Send a Student to Washington, DC: U.S. Senate Page Program - As we begin the school year in Ohio, I encourage you to speak with your high school juniors about the U.S. Senate Page Program. Throughout the year, I have the honor of working with young Ohioans who aspire to make a difference. From Cleveland to Toledo to Cincinnati, it is clear that young people all over the state recognize that they have a stake in our country’s... read more 
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