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Favorite Mike Hemmelgarn at Library
The last “Family Fun Day” of the summer is Wednesday July 30 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greenville Public Library.  Crowd favorite Mike Hemmelgarn returns for a new and exciting performance.  As always, this year's program features a custom blend of ventriloquist characters and a wild variety of comedy juggling with a splash of magic and balloons.  Mike's unique brand of entertainment is loved by all ages. The Summer Reading Program also wraps up... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR storytime at the Gathering at Garst
Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR is inviting school age children to a story time at the Gathering at Garst on Saturday, July 26th at 2:00pm. At the Burkett Encampment Tent, John and Karen Burkett and DAR chapter members will have a story time based on the "Fort Life" book written by Boobie Kalman and David Schimay. The Burketts will be in period dress in order to give a visual of fort life in the 1800’s. Also included in the story time will be activities... read more
Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day July 31st
Livestock producers and others interested in learning more about manure application technology are encouraged to attend the Western Ohio Manure Application Technology Field Day being held on Thursday, July 31st at Homan Inc at 69115 Olding Road, Maria Stein in Mercer County. A morning educational program from 9:30am to 11:30am will be held at the Homan Inc barn. Topics will include Nutrient Management-National, State, and Local Perspectives: Senate Bill 150-On-farm impacts: Utilizing... read more
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Meetings Offer Insight for Farmers on 2014 Farm Bill, By Sam Custer, OSU Extension, Darke County
Farmers interested in learning more about the 2014 Farm Bill and its impact on commodity programs can hear from industry experts during meetings scheduled for August 18, 19 and September 16 who will provide insight into the legislation and its impact on agriculture. The 2014 Farm Bill's safety net requires farmers and landowners to elect which program design they prefer based on what they think will be most effective for their operation, particularly... read more
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Hummingbird Banding First Hand
53 times a second... that’s how many wingbeats a Ruby-throated Hummingbird averages. Join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, August 2nd  at 9:00am as we welcome Alan Chartier.  Alan will once again attempt to band the “hummers” of Shawnee Prairie Preserve. After an introductory presentation explaining his on-going research on hummingbirds, Alan will check his... read more
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Annie Oakley Festival ready for event in new location
GREENVILLE – The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very excited to again bring its historical tour back to the 2014 festival. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the 90-minute tour of historic Greenville on an air conditioned charter bus. The tour is free with the $3 weekend gate pass. This year’s tour will leave from the festival grounds at York Woods, on the corner
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Woodland Headbangers
Knock! Knock! Thump! We have seven species of woodpeckers wecommonly see in Ohio and six of those are likely during the summer months.  Join the Darke County Parks on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) as we study adaptations of woodpeckers across the world and then delve into those local species. Come learn about our local headbangers and how they can drum all day long
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Edison to host fall re-enrollment event
Edison Community College will host a special re-enrollment event on Tuesday, July 29, from 1–7 p.m. in the West Hall of the Piqua campus. It will feature a one-stop registration opportunity for students who were once enrolled at Edison. This event is geared toward students who started pursuing an education from Edison but stopped attending before completing their degree. Returning students attending the event will be able to register for
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“Annie Oakley” PBS Documentary
The Greenville Public Library will be showing the PBS American Experience documentary “Annie Oakley” at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday July 26th.  This probing production examines the dramatic life of a uniquely American icon whose complex character manifested many of the paradoxes of the nation.  The public is invited to view this excellent film in the third floor Meeting Room.  Admission is free and snacks are welcome
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August blood drives in Darke County
Dayton & Darke County, Ohio – A summer donation will put donors in the running for a new car. A 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is the grand prize in the CBC “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive.”  Anyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the Chevy Cruze, valued at approximately $19,000. The “champagne silver” color of the Cruze is a toast
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Public service announcement
Residents of the city of Greenville can have a garage sale i yard sale from Aug. 7-10, 2014 without a permit. City is allowing  residents to participate in conjunction with the World's Longest Yard Sale Hwy 127 event. For questions  please call 548-1819
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Decoys and photos on display at Bear’s Mill
During the month of August, “Art At the Mill” will feature Laurel Dabbs' finely hand-crafted duck decoys, songbirds and shorebirds, and photographs by Paula Willmot Kraus, an artist and educator who began her career in photojournalism over 30 years ago before moving into fine art photography. The exhibit at historic Bear's Mill opens Friday, July 25 with a reception featuring
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Darke County Visitors Bureau… Here's What's Happening in Darke County for July
Bring along your sense of discovery to experience the excitement of Summer in Darke County! Our 'urban-country spirit' will be in full swing with concerts in the parks, history come to life, community picnics and festivals, gathering of artists and skilled historic craftsmen, small town charm, rich frontier heritage and fine food & wine... uniquely Darke County. For
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Midmark, Versailles NHS to co-sponsor community blood drive
On, Monday, July 21st Midmark Corporation & Versailles High School NHS will co-sponsor a community blood drive at Versailles K of C Hall, located at 8440 St. Rt. 47 in Versailles from 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm.  Please support this community blood drive and schedule an appointment to donate blood. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or contact CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199 or dputerbaugh@cbccts.org
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Frisch Marionettes at Library
Another treat is in store Wednesday July 23rd at Greenville Public Library's “Family Fun Day.  The Frisch Marionette Company will perform at 11:00 a.m. on the front lawn.  Frisch works in the traditional styles of 19th Century European Puppetry with a contemporary twist.  Every puppet is hand carved and every costume sewn and custom tailored for each character.  This show is will be lively and entertaining for all ages.  In case of rain
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Hatfield family to perform
The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren, as part of their summer concert series, will host The Hatfield Family at 6:00 PM on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Travis and Sarah Hatfield live near Arcanum, OH with their 5 children, and have been in the singing ministry together for 10 years. They feel that it is important to give their children an early start in music, and include them in their singing. The children love to sing and are excited to share about Jesus
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Volunteers Thank You; and help still needed
DCP Volunteers, Please let me know if you can help with any of the following tasks. Saturday, July 19th- Volunteer Appreciation- 5PM - Thank you, to all of the volunteers who have already RSVP’d for this SATURDAY’S Appreciation.  If you have not done so and plan on coming please let me know. Join us this evening for a fabulous picnic style meal, mingling with friends and sharing what this past year has provided us. Families are welcome. The evening will
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GHS Wavaires partner with Jazz Scene to perform at Disney World
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are proud to announce their partnership with The Greenville High School Jazz Scene to perform at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in December. The multi-day trip will be filled with workshops, performances at the Disney parks including a performance opportunity for the Show Choir in the Candlelight Processionals
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Darke County Republican Men's Club
Members and Friends: The July meeting will be at the Brethren Home Retirement Community on 7-19-14 at 8:00 a.m. in the Chestnut Café'. We have a breakfast buffet for a $6 "donation".  Arriving early allows you to enjoy your breakfast and visit with the other Club Members. Our guest speaker will talk about and explain “Common Core”
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Peace and Friendship Summit
The Darke County Park District in partnership with the Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Commission is proud to be hosting an event, The Peace and Friendship Summit, to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Second Treaty of Greenville in July 1814.  The signing of this treaty ended most hostilities of the War of 1812 and was crucial to ending the war.  This premier event will begin on July 24, 2014 with a grand opening of a new Tecumseh display room at the Nature Center to celebrate the many
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GHS annual Wavaire Camp concert returns, July 25 at 7:00 pm
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires will participate in their annual, week-long camp at Memorial Hall from July 19-25. The Wavaires are under the direction of Mrs. Chelsea Whirledge, and choreographer, Miss Brooke Jendrusik. Both ladies are 2007 graduates of Greenville High School, and 2011 graduates of Ball State University. They are excited for the opportunity to work with The Wavaires for the upcoming school
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Blue Bag Media… Visit The Early Bird tent at The Gathering at Garst
GREENVILLE – The Early Bird and Bluebag Media will have a booth at this year’s The Gathering at Garst. Be sure to stop by for a chance to win burritos from Hot Head Burrito or a meal from The Bistro Off Broadway. In addition to offering the giveaway, local cartoonist Paul Ackley will be present on both days drawing caricatures. Ackley has been expressing his opinion through cartoons for almost 40 years. His editorial cartoons
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Bar-B-Q and CPR!
Summertime and the living is easy – and so is learning Citizens CPR to help keep someone alive!  This Summer, when planning a family bar-b-que , scheduling a meeting or party, start the event with a short lesson that could save a life.   Learn CitizensCPR, the hands-on only CPR, in just 30 minutes and then kick off the party. What a great way to get together a regular group of friends, your organization, your staff, a Sunday school class,  family
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Local youngsters invited to audition for roles in musical production
Darke County Center for the Arts is once again presenting a week-long Missoula Children's Theatre residency which begins with auditions offering the opportunity for all interested youngsters to try out for a role in a full-scale musical theatre production and concludes with performances starring local youth. Auditions for MCT's Rapunzel, a silly tale of personal triumph
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Annie Oakley Days Schedule and Weekend Passes Now Available
The 2014 festival is being held July 25, 26, and 27.  A weekend festival pass is only $3.00 at the gate during the festival or $2.00 if you purchase it before the festival. You can now pick up a printed schedule and weekend festival pass at the following locations: Hallmark Readmore, The Coffee Pot and KitchenAid, AAA and Granny's Corner, Mayors office, Greenville
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Free Summer Concert!
Join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, July 19th  at 7:00pm as we invite the band Elixir for a FREE Summer Concert!  Elixir re-invents music of the American 1800’s with unique arrangements, taking popular songs of our ancestors and blending them with the music styles of musicians that followed them. This talented trio plays guitars, mandolin, fiddle and a number of swell percussion instruments, not to mention a duck call. Every performance is full of laughs, sing-a-longs, toe tapping, hand clapping
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Donoritaville second July blood donor schedule
DAYTON, Ohio – Everyone who registers to donate will receive the free “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” t-shirt.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com contact CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199 or dputerbaugh@cbccts.org. The tropical-colored “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” t-shirt design features a parrot in straw hat and
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Dome Theater at Library
The Greenville Public Library is thrilled to present Dome Theater on Saturday July 19th. Eight programs will be shown throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is room in the dome for 4-5 families at a time. Because of this, we will require tickets for all shows. The tickets are free and will be available beginning July 1st. The Dome is a Mobile Digital Theater that features highly innovative, immersive, and educational
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Hanes to speak at the 33rd Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tourney
Ronda Hanes, a local cancer patient, will share her personal story at the golfing dinner banquet this year.  The Annie Oakley Golf Tournament will be held at the Turtle Creek Golf Course on July 21, 2014.  The tourney starts out with lunch for all the golfers at 11:30.  It features a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes, and dinner for the
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Cincinnati Observatory at Library
Rocket through space and sail among billions of stars and galaxies! Utilizing some amazing simulation software you will be guided through the mind-boggling scale of the universe. Along the way you’ll stop at the Moon and individual planets. Then you’ll make the jump to light speed and head to interstellar space and see all the galaxies in the universe.  Don’t worry
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Peace and Friendship Summit
The Darke County Park District in partnership with the Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Commission is proud to be hosting an event, The Peace and Friendship Summit, to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Second Treaty of Greenville in July 1814.  The signing of this treaty ended most hostilities of the War of 1812 and was crucial to ending the war.  This premier event will begin on July 24, 2014 with a grand opening
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Daniel Boone, American Hero
Steven Caudill of Winchester, Kentucky grew up and now lives just a few miles northeast of Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky. Steven is an 18th century re-enactor who portrays Daniel Boone so well that watching him can leave one wondering if he isn’t the modern-day embodiment of Boone himself! His sincere passion for his state’s magnificent history and his admiration for Daniel Boone are honest and unmistakable. He may be as close as we
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Hike to Health
Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for an excuse to get out of the house and get some exercise while enjoying our Hike to Health series. Each time we will meet at a different park and hike at a brisk pace to get our blood pumping. Dogs like to get outside too! Feel free to bring your leashed, four-legged friend.  July’s hike will be held at Worth Family Preserve (Springhill Road) on Thursday, July 10th at 6:30pm.  The hike for August will be on
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Choices galore at "Barbecue and Blues"
In addition to lots of music, “Barbecue and Blues,” a festive fundraiser for Darke County Center for the Arts scheduled for Friday, July 11 at Turtle Creek Golf Club, will feature food offering an array of choices to appeal to all ages. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, Turtle Creek will set up on the lawn three food stations featuring barbecue baby back ribs, pulled chicken or pork sandwiches, and Nathan's hot dogs and premium hamburgers. “These
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Fish of Greenville
Our waterways are full of fish, a rich diversity of colors, shapes and sizes. Join the Darke County Parks at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Saturday, July 12th from 10:00am-3:00pm as we welcome Tom Hissong from Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm to learn the Fish of the Greenville. We’ll first spend time on the dry land as we learn the species we hope to encounter. The rest of this day-long workshop we will be on a “fish safari” in the water as we
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Paint the County Purple… Darke County Relay for Life Week
DARKE COUNTY - In conjunction with the Darke County Relay for Life, the Darke County Commissioners proclaimed the week of July 13-19 as “Paint the County Purple! - Darke County Relay for Life Week” All citizens and businesses of Darke County are urged to join in the fight against cancer by decorating the towns, homes and businesses in purple!  Consider making it a block competition.  Then take a picture of your neighborhood or individual
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Free Summer Concert!
Join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, July 19th  at 7:00pm as we invite the band Elixir for a FREE Summer Concert!  Elixir re-invents music of the American 1800’s with unique arrangements, taking popular songs of our ancestors and blending them with the music styles of musicians that followed them. This talented trio plays guitars, mandolin, fiddle and a
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A Magical Kingdom Comes to Life
Applications are now being accepted for The 2014 Great Darke County Fair Little Miss and Mr. Pageant.  The pageant will take place in the fairgrounds youth building, located behind the gazebo.  It will be on Monday, August 18, 2014 with the boys starting at 5:30 and the girls starting at 6:30.  This year’s theme is “A Magical Kingdom Comes to Life,” a Disney themed and judged event
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July Blood Drive Reminders: Donoritaville
DAYTON, Ohio – Everyone who registers to donate will receive the free “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” t-shirt.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com contact CBC Darke County Account Representative Dana Puterbaugh at (937) 997-2199 or dputerbaugh@cbccts.org. The tropical-colored “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” t-shirt design features a parrot in straw hat and lei clutching an ice cream cone.  The
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Log House and Blacksmith Shop Open!
Travel back to the 18th century as you explore both the Log House and the Blacksmith Shop of Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West).  The Log House and Blacksmith Shop will be open to explore on Saturday afternoons from 1pm-4pm during the months of May through September.  The sound of hammers and anvil will be ringing as the smiths prepare new material for the Log House. The Pioneers in the Log House will
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Academic Reading Program at Library
The Greenville Public Library is hosting an Academic Reading Program this summer sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  The program is designed to benefit students who struggle with their reading levels.  It's also supported by the Woodland Heights Parent Teacher Association and members of the community.  Donations are gratefully accepted!  A check may be written to the Friends of the Library and sent to the Greenville Public
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Rushes retire after 30 years of service
Tri-Village Rescue would like to invite you to the retirement party of Jim and Carolyn Rush. After 30 years of dedicated service to our organization Jim and Carolyn have decided to retire. Please join us on July 20th from 4pm to 6pm at our station for hamburgers, hot dogs and food in celebration of their retirement. If in the last 30 Years Jim and Carolyn have touched your lives please stop in and wish them well. If you have any questions please
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Joseph at “Family Fun Day”
Greenville Public Library's “Family Fun Days” are a great way to spend a Wednesday morning!  Each one features top-notch talent that will entertain the whole family.  This coming Wednesday July 9 the Library welcomes back Joseph Helfrich.  Joseph is a multi-instrument musician, singer, and storyteller who delights young and old alike.  His performance starts at 11:00 sharp on the front lawn!  In case of rain we'll meet at the First Congregational
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GOP Women to Meet
The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 14. Christine Lynn, Executive Director of the Cancer Association of Darke County (CADC) will be the featured speaker. CADC strives to give service, according to need, to cancer patients who reside in Darke County; to provide information and referrals to cancer patients and their families; to provide education in the
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Edison engages young minds with STEM Camp
Edison Community College is offering an entertaining and engaging way for students entering grades 8-10 to spend part of their summer vacation. The College will be offering its popular STEM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31 at the Piqua campus. “We’re looking forward to offering this camp to students
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Cancer Association Chicken/Pork BBQ fundraiser
Cancer Association to hold annual Chicken/Pork BBQ fundraiser at Greenville City Park, Shelter 3 on July 12. Pick up between 11 am - 1 pm. Take it easy and let us fix your lunch! Tickets are $7 and you will get either chicken or pork chop (your choice) plus potato chips, apple sauce and dinner roll. Call now to reserve yours!  Orders must be called to office no later than July 7 at 9:00 a.m
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“First Friday Tailgating Party”
June 23, 2004 - MainStreet Greenville’s First Friday is catching on and the church family of First Presbyterian on Fourth Street is planning to share that experience with other Darke Countians!  Free parking and  Ice Cream to go with all the “fixins” will be available outside the church to welcome all those who are enjoying the resurgence of downtown on Friday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Just a short hop and a skip east of Broadway on Fourth, the Presbyterians wanted to enter
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Darke County Parks… July Volunteer Opportunities
July is full of opportunities for everyone, please review the list below and let me know what you would like to be involved with. Please contact the office or let me know if you would like to help with any of the following tasks. Early Morning Discovery Hike: Tuesday’s at 8AM. Butterfly Monitoring: Friday’s at 2PM. Saturday, July 5th- Log House Open- 1:00-4:00 - Are you interested in hosting the Log House? We are still in need of several volunteers, please let me know
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Ag. Breakfast Meeting
Ag. Breakfast Meeting, hursday, July 3, 2014, 7:30 am, Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) For your calendar: the following month’s meeting will be August 7, 2014. Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Independence Day closings
Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton/Darke County will be closed Friday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. This includes Metropolitan Housing Authority and Community Transportation Services. Regular hours will resume Monday, July 7. Also closed on July 4 will be all state and county offices, Edison Community College and Greenville Transit.
Cancer Association BBQ
The Cancer Association of Darke County is holding a chicken BBQ on July 12. Tickets are available at the CADC office. Download a flyer with details here
OSU Extension financial management seminar
OSU Extension, Darke County will be hosting a Transition, Estate and Retirement Seminar - For all generations involved on the family farm meeting on August 6.  Please see the attached flyer and get registered today.  Space is limited. Topics: Strategies to Improve Family Communications; Treating Farm and Non-Farm, Heirs Equitably; Using trusts to manage Estate
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Mr. Molecule at Family Fun Day
The Greenville Public Library's “Family Fun Days” continue with more great entertainment!  On Wednesday July 2 at 11:00 a.m. “Mr Molecule” will perform on the front lawn.  In case of rain programs are held in the Church Activity Building on Devor. When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science – Bing! Bang! Boom! – he creates an explosion of learning that K-8 kids can’t resist. Students are astonished to see the fantastic
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Donoritaville July Blood Drive Schedule
DAYTON, Ohio – Blood donors can celebrate summer - without taking a vacation from donating - by visiting “Donoritaville.”  The tradition of summer Parrot Head celebrations continues at Community Blood Center (CBC) with the “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” t-shirt, free when you register to donate at any of the following blood drives listed below.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or contact
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Annie Oakley Golf Tournament July 21, 2014
The 33rd annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament is fast approaching.  Get signed up with your team today for a chance to win a new car or truck from one of four Darke County area car dealers! This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 21st at the Turtle Creek Golf Course and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and lunch/dinner for the golfer and their spouse.  Most importantly, the proceeds from this fun and
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Cancer Association of Darke County Support Group Canceled for July
The monthly cancer support group decided not to meet in July due to the holiday.  The group will meet again in August to discuss the future of the group.  We need your input on what you would like to see as support from the cancer association.  Plan now to come and share your ideas with the group on August 7 at 7 p.m.  at Wayne Health Care in the Board Room (on the first floor down past the lab.)    Refreshments will be served. If you would like to be a volunteer
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Gather Round Auction Donations
Seeking kind folks to donate pieces to The Gather Round Auction House at The Gathering at Garst which will happen the last weekend in July. Don’t have a place for Great Auntie Mabel’s trunk? Can’t bear to store Uncle Lester’s tandem bicycle for another summer? Donate it! Graciously accepted are the grand, dusty, vintage, or primitive. Furniture, textiles, Darke County memorabilia
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Greenville fireworks date set
Greenville OH - A Community Fireworks Display will take place at dusk on Sunday night, July 6, 2014 at the Darke County Fairgrounds.  Rozzi Fireworks (http://www.rozziproducts.com) from Loveland OH will shoot the display.  That same day, in the infield of the race track, the Carson & Barnes Big Top Circus (http://www.carsonbarnescircus.com) will have two performances
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“Leonardo” at Family Fun Day & A Movie
The Greenville Public Library will host Parents' Choice Award winner “Leonardo” at Family Fun Day on Wednesday June 25th at 11:00 a.m.  Leonardo is a family musician and songwriter who entertains, educates and empowers kids of all ages with lots of audience participation, singing and dancing.  See www.leonardomusic.com.  We'll meet on the Library lawn
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Prints and cigar box guitars on display at Bear’s Mill
During the month of July, “Art at the Mill” will feature the work of Marietta, Ohio printmaker Bobby Rosenstock and cigar box guitars crafted by Mike Knisely of Arcanum. The exhibit at historic Bear's Mill opens on Friday, June 27 with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.; the artists will speak briefly about their creations, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Sunday
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Coffee with the Commissioner
Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having his “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting on Saturday, June 21st between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  This time the meeting place is somewhere it has never been held before, in the Old Arcana restaurant located at 109 West George Street in Arcanum.   Not only is this a chance for everyone to see,  and  taste,  this  new  restaurant  addition  to  the County, it will also be your chance to discuss happenings in the County with Commissioner Stegall. Let the Commissioner know what you like and what needs to be changed in County government.  Mark your calendars for June 21st from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., come and have a cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast and find out about county government. Hope to see you there!!
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Garst Museum—Opportunities
Now is the time to get involved. It’s the time to do what you want to do, not what you have to do. Time to use and share the talents and skills you have perfected. Time to mentor, teach, learn, and support a quality community asset—the Garst Museum. On Thursday, June 19, 2014, the Garst Museum will hold a Volunteer Fair at the museum from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Come
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Introduction to Blacksmithing
Hinges, nails, screwdrivers and hammers... can you make these? Blacksmiths of old did every day. This workshop offered by the Darke County Parks will introduce you to blacksmithing in the 18th century and will give you a chance to work with the forge and anvil. This will be very hands-on and for ages 18 and up. The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 28th from 9:00am-12
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Vacation in ‘Donoritaville’ at Darke Blood Drives
Get a chance to win Chevy Cruze - DAYTON, Ohio – Blood donors can celebrate summer - without taking a vacation from donating - by visiting “Donoritaville.”  The tradition of summer Parrot Head celebrations continues at Community Blood Center (CBC) with the “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” t-shirt, free when you register to donate at any of the following
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Edison to host fall registration events
Edison Community College will host two fall registration events for new students on June 24 and July 15 and a special re-enrollment event on July 29. All events will be held between the hours of 1–7 p.m. at the Piqua campus and are designed to expedite the application and enrollment processes in time for classes that begin August 25. The new student enrollment events will feature a one-stop registration opportunity and refreshments
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Darke County Parks volunteerism
NEW OPPORTUNITY - Wednesday, June 18th at 8AM - Do you enjoy chainsaw work? If so, meet us at Turkeyfoot Preserve on Bishop Road as we will be removing trees from the wetland area. Please bring your chainsaws and water. If you are able to attend please let me know
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Red Cross invites you
Next Wednesday is our Annual Meeting and to make it more community "friendly" we are holding it at the Greenville City Park, Shelter #1, starting at noon.  Now, don't get me wrong, although this is our official annual meeting with election of officers and community awards, this will be a fun and casual picnic lunch provided by the staff.  For the FIRST TIME EVER, we will be honoring all our one-year and longer volunteers with their service pin.  We have a few 15ers, a 20
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Nature’s Palette workshop scheduled
Spark your creativity!  Learn new art techniques!  Have fun and be inspired! Discover the wonder and beauty of nature's palette! Join us for Trish McKinney's  "Nature's Palette" Acrylic Mixed Media Workshop on July 9, 10 and 11 from 10:00 until 4:00 and experience three days of playful experimentation!  This Greenville Art Guild sponsored workshop will be held at Spring Hall located at 623 Spring Street in Greenville, Ohio 45331.  No art experience is necessary, but registration
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Mosquito Spraying in City of Greenville
The city of Greenville will spray for mosquitos on Wednesday, June 18,2014 at 9:00pm, south of the Greenville creek and on Thursday, June 19,2014 at 9:00pm, north of the Greenville creek. Weather permitting. Any questions, please contact the street department at 937-548-2215.
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DCCA announces "Barbecue and Blues"
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a family-friendly fundraiser featuring music by Cincinnati-based Rhythm Jones, at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 11. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. with local musicians Aaron Frohna and David Warner performing their version of rock favorites. Tickets for the event are $10. Turtle Creek will
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Minnetrista Theater
The Greenville Public Library's “Family Fun Days” got off to a great start with over 200 people attending Tom Sparough's amazing juggling performance last Wednesday.  The grand final always involves a bowling ball as seen in the picture!  Lots of audience participation had the place in an uproar of fun. Next Wednesday June 18th the Library again welcomes Minnetrista Theater at 11:00 a.m. on the front lawn.  This year's theme is “Fairy Tales
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Lye Soap
Soap. We use it every day... wouldn’t it be great to make your own? Are you wondering what kind of ingredients are in that bar of soap you are using to clean your body? Join the Darke County Parks on Monday, June 30th at 6:30 pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) and you will learn to create a full pound of lye soap using local oils and supplies. Due to the process, ages 16 and up only. Space is limited
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Mottram to speak to Republican Women
Molly Mottram has been the Field Director for Americans for Prosperity in the Miami Valley and Dayton region since November of 2013. Prior to working for Americans for Prosperity she graduated in May of 2013 from The Ohio State University as a proud buckeye alum with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Affairs from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. During her time at Ohio State she interned for State Representative Christina Hagan and for Ohio Congressman
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Summer Stargazing
It’s a new moon... and that results in dark skies! Perfect for watching the stars through our telescopes! The Darke County Parks will be joined by the Stillwater Stargzers on Saturday, June 28th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) as we look to the heavens for chances at Saturn, constellations and more! Join us at 9:00pm to see the set-up and we’ll watch as long as everyone stays awake. Be sure to dress for the
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Introduction to Blacksmithing
Hinges, nails, screwdrivers and hammers... can you make these? Blacksmiths of old did every day. This workshop offered by the Darke County Parks will introduce you to blacksmithing in the 18th century and will give you a chance to work with the forge and anvil. This will be very hands-on and for ages 18 and up. The workshop will be held on Saturday, June 28th from 9:00
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Bees, Bugs and Worms
Are you interested in learning about natural ways to improve the health and production from your garden?  If so, join us on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 for a home gardener workshop focused on “Bees, Bugs & Worms”.  This workshop will be held at the OSU Extension Learning Center located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.  The City of Greenville and Darke
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June 19 marks the BBBS Rubber Duck Race and 5k Duck n Run/walk
Duck adoptions remain steady for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, and Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director is hopeful that all 4000 ducks will be launched this year.  The upcoming fundraising event, 2014 Rubber Duck Race, will be held Thursday, June 19th at 7:30 p.m. near the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park, Sidney. In addition to the duck race
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Butterfly Monitoring Every Friday
Do you like butterflies? Worried about declining butterfly populations? We need you at Shawnee Prairie! Each and every Friday at 2pm, we’ll hike a pre-set trail and record all butterflies observed. These numbers will then be sent on to the Ohio Lepidopterists for scientific study. No need to be an expert!  A staff member will be present for the hike and field guides will be provided.  Hikes will occur as long as temperatures are above 60 and it is
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CBC rolls out ‘summer cruze-in’ 2014 blood drive
DAYTON, Ohio – Whether it’s idling at the drive-in or rolling out onto the open road, summer is all about cruising.  Community Blood Center (CBC) is saluting the great escape of summer travel, and encouraging blood donations during this busy time of year, with the “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive.”  Everyone who registers to donate this summer will get at least one chance to win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze in the fall
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Athletic Booster Fundraiser
Boosters and Coaching Staff, Please let us know if you have secured your sport's Golf Team for the upcoming fundraiser - we have only 12 teams signed up and the goal is 36 teams! Contact Dave Ernst (ErnstD@greenvillenationalbank.com) if there are any questions. Thank you! Greenville Athletic Boosters… Go WAVE!
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“Family Fun Day” Begins
The Greenville Public Library presents the first of seven summer entertainment events on Wednesday June 11th at 11:00 a.m.  Meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair – ready to enjoy Tom Sparough “The Space Painter.” Tom's juggling shows are  breathtakingly fun and always include tons of laughter, audience participation, and skill. Again “Family Fun Day
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Hike to Health
Are you ready to get OUTSIDE?  Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for an excuse to get out of the house and get some exercise while enjoying our Hike to Health series. Each time we will meet at a different park and hike at a brisk pace to get our blood pumping. Dogs like to get outside too! Feel free to bring your leashed, four-legged friend.  June’s hike will be on Thursday, June 12th at 6:30pm at Alice Bish Park (Ohio Street). July’s hike
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Dinners for United Way
Experience a Giving Dinner at KitchenAid® Experience is this Friday, June 6th.  Dinners are served from 5:30-8pm at KitchenAid® in downtown Greenville. $5 per meal.   All proceeds go to United Way.    Purchase a dinner and register to win a new KitchenAid® countertop appliance.  If you would like a dinner, please email me your order.  We are making gourmet club wraps or homemade taco salad with chipotle dressing.  All come with chips, homemade chocolate chip cookie and bottled water.  Bring the whole family for a meal.  RSVPs are encouraged asap or you may walk-in, but dinners are limited.  Email me your orders and we’ll see you this Friday evening for dinner to enjoy First Fridays.
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Visit the Council House
Join the Darke County Park District for the special chance to visit the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, located at Prairie Ridge Meadow on Wilson Avenue. The Council House will be open for visitors on June 7th, July 5th and August 16th  from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  We’ll discover why Anthony Wayne built the house and what purpose it served in the creation of the Treaty of Greene Ville. While inside the Council House, we’ll discuss
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Lunch on the Lawn
Summer would not be complete without Lunch on the Lawn!  Again this year the Greenville Public Library is partnering with Main Street Greenville to sponsor three lunches in June, July, and August from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to stop by the Library grounds to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting and entertainment. If you’d like, bring your own lunch or purchase a delicious meal from the vendor. On Friday June 6th
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Pentecost Sunday in Ithaca
Come one, come all!  St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Ithaca, Ohio is excited about having Steel Expressions play for us during our outdoor worship on June 8th under the tent.  This is a local steel drum band.  They will play some sing-along hymns and provide other special music....one song, which we hear is pretty amazing!, is ironically "Amazing Grace".  You HAVE to come out and hear this band!!  You may even see a familiar face
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Log House and Blacksmith Shop Open!
Travel back to the 18th century as you explore both the Log House and the Blacksmith Shop of Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West).  The Log House and Blacksmith Shop will be open to explore on Saturday afternoons from 1pm-4pm during the months of May through September.  The sound of hammers and anvil will be ringing as the smiths prepare new
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Floating the Greenville
It’s Paddling Season! Join the Darke County Parks on Thursday, June 5th at 6:00pm for an evening float. Grab the water bottles, sunscreen and a hat and let’s get on the water! We’ll put our boats in and paddle the Greenville, enjoying the sights along the way. This will be a relatively slow paced float, but some prior experience is required. Ages 10 and up, please (call with questions). Reserve a canoe for two or solo a kayak. Dress for
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Kickoff Relay for Life meeting scheduled, By Kathy Magoto
The Darke County Relay for Life (American Cancer Society) Committee is gearing up for their June meeting by challenging all teams to bring in the most luminaries. Their meeting will be held Monday, June 9th at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502, Greenville) from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. They would like the public to know that there is always room for volunteers on each team and committee.  If you are interested you only need
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Summer Reading at the Library
The Greenville Public Library's Summer Reading Programs this year will be outstanding.  Our Librarians have a line-up of events the whole family will enjoy.  Again “Family Fun Day” is every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. starting June 11 and going through to July 30. Meet on the lawn under the shade trees and bring a blanket or lawn chair!  In case of inclement weather the First Congregational
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Meandering for Butterflies
Let’s meander for butterflies! We will grab our nets and walk the trails of Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) in search of butterflies. The hike will be on Monday, June 2nd at 6:30pm the weather will hopefully bring us a warm and sunny day for butterflies to be fluttering about in search of nectar. On this hike you will learn common butterflies of Darke County
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Darke County Center for the Arts… Missoula Children's Theatre
Monday, July 28 - Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Students entering grades 1-12 are invited to audition for this rare opportunity to spread their wings and explore the wonder of theatre! Auditions: Monday, July 28 from 10 am-Noon at St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 West 4th Street. Rehearsals: Monday following auditions, until 2:30 pm. Tues - Sat, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm. (varies by role) Performances: Saturday, Aug. 2nd, 3 and 7 pm
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Academic Reading Program at Library
The Greenville Public Library will be offering free reading lessons this summer for children wishing to strengthen their reading skills, or who need help reaching their academic reading levels. The Academic Reading Program is a scholarship offering of the Greenville Friends of the Library.  It is also being supported by the Woodland Heights PTA and members of the community.  It is free to students in all Darke County districts. Group sessions
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Cancer Association of Darke County Support Group to discuss pain management - The monthly cancer support group will meet at Wayne Health Care in the Board Room (on the first floor down past the lab) on Thursday evening, June 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. The topic this month will be on pain control.  Those planning on attending are invited to share information with the group on interventions which have helped them to deal with different... read more
Darke County Parks 2014 Photo Contest
Calling all amateur photographers! 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 and will be sold in the Nature Center’s Gift Shop!  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
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GOP Women to Meet
The Darke County Republican Women's Club (DCRWC) will be holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on June 9. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy will be the featured speaker. Justice Kennedy began her career in the justice system as a police officer. She was assigned to a rotating, shift-single officer road patrol unit working to protect and serve the citizens of the City of
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BBBS Announces Daffy Duck Derby & Duck N’ Run 5k!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming fundraising event, 2014 Rubber Duck Race.  This event will be held on Thursday, June 19th.  The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the eight annual Duck N’ Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby
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Your Pet can be a star
The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be making 2015 calendars. Enter your Pet's picture for a chance to become a Star in our 2015 calendar. The monthly pictures will be made up of local pets. Bring a photo or digital picture to the Darke County Animal Shelter, located just beyond the Sheriff's Department. All pictures must be submitted by July 7, 2013. You can also
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Lunch on the Lawn
Summer would not be complete without Lunch on the Lawn!  Again this year the Greenville Public Library is partnering with Main Street Greenville to sponsor three lunches in June, July, and August from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.  The public is invited to stop by the Library grounds to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting and entertainment. If you’d like, bring your own lunch or purchase a delicious meal from the vendor. On Friday June 6th
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Log House and Blacksmith Shop Open!
Travel back to the 18th century as you explore both the Log House and the Blacksmith Shop of Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West).  Both the Log House and Blacksmith Shop will be open to explore on Saturday afternoons from 1pm-4pm during the months of May through September.  The sound of hammers and anvil will be ringing as the smiths prepare new material for the Log House. The Pioneers in the Log
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Auction to Offer an Original Annie Oakley Signed Document
In 2013, The Annie Oakley Center Foundation, Greenville, Ohio, was given an original check signed by Annie Oakley Butler. The check was donated to the foundation by Annie Oakley’s great grandniece to use as a fund-raiser for the foundation and The National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio.  The National Annie Oakley Center at the Garst Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Annie Oakley
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Disney World favorites Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck donate to Annie's Star Spangled Gala - Event to be held June 14 - Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Disney World, have donated eight, one day hopper passes to Annie's Star Spangled Gala to be held on June 14 at the Garst Museum. To attend the Gala, call the Garst Museum at 937-548-5250 to make reservations. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There will be a silent auction, raffles, live auction and refreshments... read more
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Come and Walk with Us!!
Cancer Association of Darke County is walking in conjunction with National Cancer Survivor’s Day! Join us at Chenoweth Trails, 440 Greenville Nashville Road, Greenville, Ohio June 8, 2014 - Sunday evening. Registration starts at 5:30 pm and the event lasts from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Hamburgers, brats, chips and desserts will be served for a donation. LIVE MUSIC! Registration forms are available at the CADC office at 1111 Sweitzer St
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Take your soccer game to a higher level
Do you love the beautiful game of soccer and want to take your game to the next level? Darke County Soccer has combined with Summit Soccer Academy to create teams that will train and compete at a higher level. Darke County Soccer tryouts are June 2-3, 6-7:30. Try outs for DC Summit teams will have tryouts June 8, 3-4:30. Players that try out for DCSA will also have the opportunity to try out for a DC Summit team. Any questions contact Mark Coppess at 937-901-9642 or mkcoppess@msn.com
Ag Breakfast Meeting
Ag. Breakfast Meeting, Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:30am, Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) For your calendar: the following month’s meeting will be July 3, 2014.  Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Natural Play Zone OPEN at Shawnee Prairie
The Darke County Park District would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the Ami McClurkin Community Fund and the Kremer Family Farms Fund, both administered by the HOPE Foundation of Darke County.  Through the generosity of these foundations, The Darke County Park District was able to open the Natural Play Zone at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West).  The
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33rd Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tourney set for July 21, 2014
Preparations for the 33rd Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway!  Last year 116 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County.  Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Kent & Lynn James, John & Diane Swallow, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ed & Kay Curry, Larry Ullery and Christine Lynn. Last year’s tournament was very successful and the event
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Darke County June blood drives
DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – June is filled with opportunities to donate blood in Darke County.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.  Local contact is Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County Account Representative 937-997-2199 or dputerbaugh@givingblood.org    - Ice Cream Social Blood Drive, Donors will enjoy Ice Cream Sandwiches, Ice Cream Bars, or Fudge Bars!
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A Few Seats Still Available for Veterans Trip to DC
Sidney, OH – May 19, 2014 – Jody Prater, chair woman of the Shelby County (OH) Veterans to Washington, DC Committee has announced that a few seats are still available for their tenth trip for Shelby County Veterans next September 19-21 to see their memorials on the Washington, DC mall.  Like the organization’s previous nine trips beginning in 2009, the trip is free for Veterans.  Caregivers and volunteers will be required to pay $250 to cover their expenses
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Friends of the Library used book sale
Don’t miss the Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale!  Over 4000 books will be available at PAWS Bingo Hall on Martin Street across from the Dairy Queen, on Friday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  DVDs, CDs and videos will also be available. Larger books are just $0.50 and paperbacks only $0.25 but the best news is that on
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Bradford Ohio Railroad Festival June 21
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum will be holding its 2014 Railroad Festival to celebrate 130 years of railroad heritage June 21, 2014. This one day event will be feature the BF Tower located at 501 E Main Street. The BF Tower was the only surviving structure from the rail operation at Bradford. It was the last manned position from the rail operation. The BF Tower was restored and dedicated in 2008 at the Railroad Festival. The Festival will also highlight the main exhibit hall at 200 N
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National Cancer Survivors Day® To Be Held Sunday, June 8th
Greenville, OH – National Cancer Survivors Day® is Sunday, June 8, 2014. This unique celebration will mark the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s something to celebrate. The Cancer Association of Darke County is hosting a Memorial Walk/Cookout; June
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Patriotic gift to donors is Memorial Day Tribute
DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is thanking donors for supporting blood drives during the Memorial Day holiday period with the “Honor. Duty. Donor. Find the Hero in You” American flag t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com. The “Honor. Duty. Donor. – Find the Hero in You” t-shirt arrives in May, the month when the country celebrates Memorial Day to remember all those who died while serving in the armed forces.  The... read more
Versailles Health Care Center is Tackling an Alarming Trend
The Increasing Number of Athlete Knee Injuries - The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center is a Certified Clinical Site for Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center’s, nationally acclaimed Sportsmetrics™ program.  This 6-week program was designed to help athletes refine neuromuscular control of the lower limbs and is available at Versailles Health Care Center.  This specialty camp starts June 9th and runs until July 18th.   The camp will be from 7-8 am
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2014 Stillwater Educational Canoe Float
Come out and enjoy a day on the scenic Stillwater River on June 6, 2014.  The Darke and Miami Soil and Water Conservation Districts, along with the Stillwater Watershed Project and the Park Districts of Darke and Miami Counties, are teaming up to provide an educational and fun trip covering a little over three miles on one of Ohio’s most scenic rivers, the Stillwater.  Over the course of the
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Friends of the Library’s Book Sale
The Friends of the Greenville Public Library are hosting their annual used book sale on Friday May 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m and on Saturday May 31st from 9:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The location is PAWS Bingo at 848 Martin Street across from the Dairy Queen. Prices again are outstanding: Paperbacks 25 cents; Softcovers & Hardbacks 50 cents; DVDs & CDs $1.00, Collectibles, a donation. On Saturday, for $2.00 you can take as much as
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Sponsors Donate To DCCA’s A Taste Of Wine & Jazz XXVII
Darke County Center for the Arts has received sponsorship donations for the upcoming of A Taste of Wine & Jazz XXV from Kent and Melinda Myers, Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, and Cox Insurance Agency.  The ever-popular Deron Bell and the Jazz For You Band will return to lead the party with their unique mixture of jazz and dance party music.   Sponsor donations help cover the cost of the entertainment. Honored to receive the support
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Memorial Day closing
Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton/Darke County will be closed Monday, May 26, 2014, in honor of Memorial Day. This includes the Metropolitan Housing Authority. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, May 27.
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Prints and pottery on display at Bear's Mill
During the month of June, “Art at the Mill” will feature inviting clay vessels produced by Xenia artist Geno Luketic paired with Kathryn Pitstick's nature prints. The exhibit at historic Bear's Mill opens on Friday, May 30 with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.; the artists will speak briefly about their creations, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. “Kathryn uses many
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New Madison Tri-Village Alumni Banquet
The New Madison Tri-Village Alumni Committee wishes to invite all New Madison and Tri-Village graduates for an evening of reminiscing and renewing old friendships at the annual alumni banquet to be held at Tri-Village High School May 17, 2014. This year’s honored classes are:  75 year Class of 1939, 50 year Class of 1964 and the 25 year Class of 1989. Special recognition will be given to the graduating Class of 2014. The meal will be catered by Tri-Village graduates Tanya and Chris Clark
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Find the hero in you blood drive
Patriotic gift to donors is Memorial Day tribute - DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is thanking donors for supporting blood drives during the Memorial Day holiday period with the “Honor. Duty. Donor. Find the Hero in You” American flag t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com. The “Honor. Duty. Donor. – Find the Hero in You
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Freezing, Canning Workshop Set for June 9 and 16, 2014
Diane Barga, OSU Extension, Darke County - Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables.  Now they can, by attending a free “Food Preservation Workshop,” presented by Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. There will be two sessions to the workshop: June 9 – Pressure Canning; June 16 – Freezing Fruits and Vegetables. Each
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Student tickets now available for GHS Choir-O-Rama
GREENVILLE, OH – The 2014 Greenville High School Choir-O-Rama “Let's Get Loud!” will be held at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. Reduced priced tickets are now available for all students at Greenville High School, as well as Greenville Junior High School. Presale tickets for students are $4, and $5 at the door. All students must show
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20th Taste of the Arts… Piqua presents Parrots of the Caribbean & More
Friday, May 16th from 5-9pm come experience a FREE Celebration of Fun, Food, Art, Entertainment, & Music, in the Upper Miami Valley!  Huge Food Selection of taster-size Mouth-Watering Cuisine, just $1-4; Beer & Wine Tasting; Farmers’ Market & Artisans’ Alley; Storefront Demonstrations; Kids’ Zone; & a Variety of Live Music, including the Fans-Favorite, the PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN, the #1 Jimmy Buffett Tribute Act!  So don
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Free eBook Class at Library
The Greenville Public Library is offering a free ebook class for all devices on Tuesday May 20th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Sign-up is at either the Circ or Reference Desk or call 548-3915 and ask for Stephanie.  Participants will need: -  Your device. -  Your Library card (with a PIN set up on your account). -  Email and password (for an Adobe ID). This is a great opportunity
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DCSA to support Roatan
Darke County Soccer Association would like to support “Reach out to Roatan.”  This is a mission trip that is sharing the game of soccer to Roatan, Honduras in June.  This mission group plans on building 24 soccer goals and distributing soccer cleats, shin guards and socks to as many children that they can. DCSA is asking for your old soccer cleats and shin guards that we can donate to this group
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Darke County Harness Horsemens Association Chicken BBQ
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Darke County Fairgrounds at the south end of race track before the Spring Matinee. Tickets are $7.50. Dinner Includes: 1⁄2 Chicken, Roll, Applesauce, and Chips. Presale tickents only. On Sale Thru May 10th. Spring Matinee
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DCSA soccer tryouts
DCSA soccer tryouts will take place at 6 p.m. June 2 and 3 and the Darke County Fairgrounds. All players looking to play for DCSA Select Soccer teams for the Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 seasons need to tryout.  Players need to attend one of the tryout dates.  Players can come to both dates if they wish.  Tryouts will be 90 minutes each night.   Players should wear game equipment and be ready to play
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Magnificent Monarchs
The Monarch Butterfly is the most recognized butterfly in North America and it needs our help. Monarch migration is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by habitat loss in North America. This program will occur on Saturday, May 10th at 1:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.   We will cover current trends in population and discuss how you can join the effort to
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Hike to Health
Are you suffering from cabin fever?  Are you ready to get OUTSIDE? Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for our Hike to Health Series.  This series is designed to get you outdoors and get your blood pumping.  After being cooped up all winter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and become more active.  May’s Hike will be on Thursday, May 8th at 6:00pm at Eidson Woods Preserve.  Wear hiking shoes and bring water.  Dogs get cabin fever
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Darke County Center for the Arts… Deron Bell and band return for Taste of Wine & Jazz
Deron Bell and the Jazz For You Band returns to the Montage Cafe on Friday, May 16 as the featured entertainment of Darke County Center for the Arts fundraiser “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXVII”.  Deron Bell and the Jazz For You band, a group which has earned a large local following returns by popular demand after selling out their last event in Greenville.  “Deron Bell can do it all; he sings, plays a variety of instruments, and covers a broad
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MVCTC Offers Several Summer Camps for Students and Teachers!
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has many exciting summer opportunities for students and teachers this year. For full details on all offerings, please visit www.mvctc.com/career_camp. Student Career Camp- June 9-13, 2014, 9 - 11:30 a.m. each day. Student Career Camp is for students entering the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades from MVCTC’s partner school districts. The purpose of the one-week career camp is to give students a hands-on experience
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Freezing, Canning Workshop
Gardeners and other lovers of fresh produce are often interested in extending the season’s bounty by learning more about home-preserving fruits and vegetables.  Now they can, by attending a free “Food Preservation Workshop” presented by Ohio State University Extension, Darke County, at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville. There will be three sessions to the workshop. May 7 – Water Bath Canning - May 14 – Freezing Fruits and Vegetables - May 21 – Pressure Canning. Each
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Cancer Association to hold annual Monte Carlo fundraiser & UC Poker Run
Mark your calendars now for an evening of fun, food, games and door prizes! The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold their annual fundraiser “Monte Carlo Night” on FRIDAY evening, May 9 from 6-9:30 p.m.  It will be held at the VFW at 219 N. Ohio Street in Greenville. There will be lots of games including: cards, bowling, basketball, roulette wheel, slot machines, over and under 7 dice
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DCRWC Spring Social Event on May 12
Bring your friends for a special evening of dining and entertainment at the St. Clair Manor and enjoy the luxuries of this romantic Victorian Mansion featuring ornate woodwork and grand furnishings. Built during the Victorian Era, the St. Clair Manor offers the elegance of days gone by with today’s modern conveniences. In this historic mansion, visitors enjoy formal sitting and dining rooms
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Darke County Parks host week-long and MINI day camps
School is almost over and summer is on its way!   What are your kids going to do this summer vacation?  The Darke County Park District is hosting five, week-long summer camps and two Mini Camps.  Three of this year’s camps include an overnight adventure!  “Each year our camps focus on new, fun and creative ways to discover nature,” says Senior Naturalist, Robb Clifford.  “Our main goal is for each camper to have fun all while
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Ohio Offers Free Fishing Days May 3-4  
A chance for families to experience Ohio's great fishing - COLUMBUS, OH - Ohioans are encouraged to take advantage of "Free Fishing Days" on May 3-4 and experience the great fishing Ohio has to offer. For these two days only, Ohioans may fish in any of the state's public waters without having to buy a fishing license. This special weekend offers Ohioans of all ages the chance to experience the fun of fishing. During the rest of the year, anglers 16 years and older are required to have
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Artwork display at Memorial Hall
May 3-17th the Gallery is displaying chosen work from the Darke County schools including Greenville City High School. 60 + pieces of artwork have been chosen including paintings, drawings and pottery and sculpture.  The gallery is located in the second floor of Memorial Hall and is open to the public on Saturdays from 11 am until 3 pm. If you would like to bring a group at another time contact the Gallery director at 417-3497
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Library Sponsors Seed Library
A seed library is a partnership between community members to share open-pollinated (non-hybrid, non-GMO) seeds. Greenville Public Library is now sponsoring a seed library - Growing Harvest Seed Library  -  for the public to enjoy.   Here’s how it works: The seeds you borrow and sow are free.  Keep seeds for your own collection.  However, please be generous and help replenish
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GHS Choir-O-Rama Tickets On Sale Thursday, April 24
GREENVILLE, OH - On Thursday, April 24, reserved tickets for the 2014 Greenville High School Choir-O-Rama “Let's Get Loud!” go on sale from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The ticket price is $7.00 for presale and $8.00 at the door. Choir-O-Rama will be held on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. After the
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DCCA presents "A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXVII"
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXVII” on Friday, May 16 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “We're inviting everyone to join in this celebration of spring, music, food, and wine. You'll see old friends and make new
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Parks take part in Historic Preservation Month
Darke County Park District is taking part in the celebration of Historic Preservation Month (May 2014) in partnership with Main Street Greenville.  Along with many other activities in the month of May the Park District will have a special open house on Saturday, May 3 at their three historic reproduction buildings, The Anthony Wayne Peace Council House at Prairie Ridge Meadow Park on Wilson Drive in Greenville and the Log House and
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Lowell Thomas House Open House
In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, the Lowell Thomas House, which has been preserved at the Garst Museum, will be open for tours from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on May 3 and May 24. Enter the museum through the glass doors next to the parking lot. Admission to the house is free, but regular admission to tour the museum will apply. May is National Preservation Month. The Darke County Historical Society (the Garst
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Ag. Breakfast Meeting
Ag. Breakfast Meeting, Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30am, Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville, (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) For your calendar: the following month’s meeting will be June 5, 2014. Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources.
Midmark High School and College Student Open House
Midmark will be hosting a Student Open House for High School and College students on May 6th at their Versailles location. The open house will be geared towards students pursuing a career in Engineering or Information Technology.  Click the attachment to get more information about the event. Please RSVP here by April 30.
Greenville Athletic Boosters Scholarship Deadline is May 16
Seniors attending Greenville High School, please notice the opportunity to submit your scholarship application is quickly approaching. 5 Scholarship Opportunities will be awarded. Deadline – May 16, 2014 - Amount of Award - $500 - The successful applicants will be a graduating senior at Greenville High School with a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average after seven semesters. You must have at least one varsity letter during the eligibility period in any sport.  (This includes
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Ami McClurkin sponsors TSO "The Music of Mozart"
Verd and Gini Stuckey have donated funds in the name of their daughter, Ami McClurkin, sponsoring the Saturday, May 3 “The Music of Mozart” performance by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.  Darke County Center for the Arts presents an orchestral performance annually as part of its Artists Series.  DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to
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“Find the Hero in You” Darke County May Blood Drives
DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – America relies on a strong blood supply and Community Blood Center (CBC) is honoring volunteer blood donors as patriots with the “Honor. Duty. Donor. Find the Hero in You” American flag t-shirt.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.  Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh-CBC Darke County Account Representative at
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Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
The really BIG Used Book Sale is coming to Darke County soon!  The Friends of the Greenville Public Library is having its annual sale on Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, at PAWS Bingo Hall, 848 Martin Street, Greenville, across from the Dairy Queen. Friday’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the same low prices as always: 50 cents for hardbacks and trade paperbacks, 25 cents for paperbacks and $1 for DVDs or CDs.  Items that are possibly collectable, valuable or rare will be by donation. On
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Garage Sale
The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will sponsor a Garage Sale on Thursday, May 1st   (9:00am – 5:00pm), Friday, May 2nd  (9:00am – 5:00pm), and Saturday, 3rd (9:00am to 1:00pm) at 6026 Arcanum-Bearsmill Road Greenville (1 mile South of the Mill, look for Freddie and the Animal Shelter banner). All proceeds will be used to maintain the Dog Park “Scentral Park”, South of the Animal Shelter on County Home Road, Greenville
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Photo Workshop at Library
Members of the Darke County Photography Club will teach a photography workshop on May 3rd from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Public Library.  Jeannie Grosch invites everyone to attend this free class and learn such skills as: basic camera use; what the dials mean and how to change settings; little things to make a better picture; composition, lighting, and depth of field - all in simple laymans‘s terms.  She asks participants to bring their own cameras, a flash drive, and a few of
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Historic Tour at Library
Mainstreet Greenville‘s schedule for Historic Preservation Month is impressive.  The month of May is designated as such and Darke County abounds with interesting, beautiful, and significant historic places worthy of preservation and discovery.  Pick up a brochure with the schedule and participate!  The Greenville Public Library is playing its part by hosting its own historic tour on “First Friday
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Dr. Paul Jones to speak at Cancer Support Group May 1
The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold their monthly support group meeting on Thursday,  May 1 at 7 p.m. at Wayne Health Care on the first floor in the Board Room down past the lab area. Dr.  Jones will be speaking about  “FACT OR FICTION ~~ PETS AND PET CARE.”   Come and test your knowledge. Dr. Jones is a 1987 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
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Drugs event to be held at GHS
GREENVILLE – “Drugs: Shatter the Myth, Save a Life” will be held May 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Greenville High School Gymnasium. Joe VanVickle, Darke County Coroner’s Office, and members of the Darke County Narcotics Unit will be talking about how drugs impact adults and children in the county. Parents and their children, grades 3-12, are requested to attend together so they will
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Art at the Mill features unique photos and blown glass
The work of Cedarville, Ohio glass blower Jim DeLange and unique digital photographs produced by a method artist Doug McLarty calls “scanography” will be displayed at historic Bear's Mill during the month of May. The show opens Friday, April 25; however, the artists' reception will not occur until one week later on Friday, May 2 from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served; the artists will speak briefly about their creations, methods
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Darke County Parks’ Native Plant Sale
The Darke County Parks Native Plant sale is back!  The plant sale will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am-4pm during *Nature Day* at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  Butterfly gardening is the focus of the plants available this year; milkweeds, coneflower, bergamot and much more!  Please consider planting milkweed to help provide habitat for the struggling monarch population.  For more
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Dear Rail Fans and Vendors,
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is opening the 2014 RR Festival June 21, 2014. I hope you will put the Festival in your plans. Please print out the brochure for your records and plan to attend. The museum just completed the basement renovation for the children's learning center. Proceeds from the RR Festival are used for the operation of the museum. There will be some entertainment provided
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Free Concert - Chris Rowlands
Darke County Parks would like to invite you to join us for a FREE concert at our outdoor amphitheater.  We will welcome Chris Rowlands, a nationally acclaimed environmental educator and entertainer. The concert will be at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West) on Saturday, April 26th at 12:00pm.  Chris uses musical instruments, puppets, comedy and song to teach children and adults about natural history.  This
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Canner Gauge Testing Time, Diane Barga, OSU Extension, Darke County
Planning to do some canning this year to take advantage of your garden produce?  That means it's time to get your home canning equipment in working order.  OSU Extension, Darke County, will check dial type pressure canner gauges beginning on May 1, 2014, and continue through September 30, 2014. There is a $5.00 charge for each gauge tested.  You will need to bring your dial gauge into our office and we will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested.  In addition, you will receive
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Mad Dash for Missions deadline May 1
The First Church of God of Ansonia will be hosting the 4th Annual Mad Dash for Missions 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for local and global missions.  This event will be held on Saturday, May 10 with registration opening at 8am and the race starting at 9am.  Last year we were able to raise nearly $8,000 with 200 total racers!  The use of these funds included roofing homes, providing community activities, supplying salt for winter months, and supplementing gas costs in the Darke County area
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Darke SWCD Scholarship Deadline Approaching
GREENVILLE – The board of supervisors for the Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is pleased to offer two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural or natural resources related field.  Applications may be obtained at your high school guidance office or at the Darke SWCD office, located at 1117 South Towne Court, Greenville.  The deadline to complete an application is April 25, 2014; all necessary materials must be received in the Darke
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Nature Day at Shawnee Prairie
What better time to celebrate nature than Earth Day weekend? This year we have so much packed into Nature Day; we’ve extended the time!  Nature Day will be Saturday, April 26 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West).  The Park will be a flurry of FREE activities , LIVE animals and information from beginning to end. Stations will be scattered throughout
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Poetry on Authors Night 
The grand finale of the Friends of the Library’s Authors Nights on Friday April 25th will feature the beloved Greenville Poets! The season would not be complete until the poets entertained, moved, inspired, and delighted us with their beautiful literary works.  As always they’ll have a special program cooked up. The Greenville Poets formed in 1985 with Miriam Vermilya, Myrna Stone, and Belinda Rismiller. Today their members are left to right, David
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Celebrate Spring at Historic Bear’s Mill
The Friends of Bear’s Mill will be hosting their annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Mill Store will be offering food tastings of new gourmet products and special grab bag discounts storewide.  Shop the Mill store for gift ideas for Mother’s Day with a wide selection of gourmet food, home décor, kitchen gadgets and women’s jewelry and accessories. In the Mill Gallery enjoy
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Earth Day Lunch Hike
Join a Naturalist on Earth Day for a lunch time hike!  Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd and we will hike Alice Bish Park (on Ohio Street) at 12:00pm.  Take a break from your desk and join us.  After the long winter we’ve had, we deserve to get outside and enjoy spring.  On this hike we will see what is blooming and listen to the birds singing.  Bring binoculars if you have them.  For more information, visit our website at
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CBC thanks donors, celebrates spring with baseball T-shirt
DAYTON, Ohio – The “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive – Lifesaver League” t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.  Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh-CBC Darke County Account Representative at 937-997-2199 or dputerbaugh@givingblood.org. CBC is celebrating spring and the return of baseball season by offering the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive” t-shirt as a donor gift to everyone who registers to
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STEM Competition deadline approaches
Boehner Reminds 8th District High School Students of April 30th STEM Competition Deadline - WASHINGTON, DC – In this video message, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today reminded 8th Congressional District high school students to participate in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House App
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Jolly Hot Tamales hosting Zumbathon
DARKE COUNTY-Team Jolly Hot Tamales is hosting a Zumbathon® Charity Event on Friday, May 9th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Versailles YMCA, 10242 Versailles Southeastern Rd. This event benefits all of Darke County with all the proceeds going to the Darke County Relay for Life.  The event will be led by the Greenville and Versailles YMCA Zumba® instructors, but membership at the YMCA is not necessary. Advanced registration
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Euchre Tournament to Benefit Relay for Life
The Jolly Hot Tamales Relay for Life Team will be having a euchre tournament on April 26th.  It will be held at Oakland Church of the Brethren located at 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Road, just 2 ½ miles north of Gettysburg. The tournament will begin at 7:00pm and end at 9:00pm. For your donation you will have a fun evening of playing euchre with snacks and door prizes included.  Please come out and support those battling cancer.  Any questions please contact Betty Byrd at 937-564-5522.
Dementia Education Series scheduled
Brookdale and the Alzheimer’s Association Team Up for Dementia Education Series - Public and media invited to attend four-week series. A four-week education series designed to help people who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Topics for the weekly two hour class include: Information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias including diagnosis, treatment and stages; The importance of families planning and preparing for legal and financial issues; Tips
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Computer Class on “Pinterest”
The Greenville Public Library’s Stephanie St.Myers is teaching a free computer class called “Getting Started with Pinterest” on Tuesday April 22nd from 1:00 to 3:00 in the second floor computer room. Stephanie explains “Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that people use to collect ideas for their different projects and interests.“  To sign up, contact the Circulation or Reference Desks or call and ask for
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Red Cross offers Wilderness and Remote First Aid training
Darke County, OH  — If you’re at work or home and a first aid crisis arises, with the assistance of 911 operators and emergency medical services, you are literally only minutes away from help.  But what do you do if you are twenty minutes or twenty hours away from help, off of the beaten path or in an area were cell phone coverage is spotty or not available?  How are you prepared to respond to an emergency? The American Red Cross Darke County
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EZ ID event coming to county courtesy of Moose Lodge, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “In the old system black and white photos were used. Ink fingerprints were often smeared… information sometimes hard to read,” said Ed Floyd, Greenville Moose Lodge volunteer. No longer. Technology now allows parents and caretakers to obtain a CD with a high quality color photo, a physical description (including distinguishing features), digital fingerprints and a list of scars
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Bill Booker at Library
Local historian Bill Booker’s next lecture at the Greenville Public Library is Tuesday April 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Reference Room.  Bill will be doing Part II of  "Greenville's History at Random: Bits & Pieces Revealed Part I."  Come to hear more about the "little known, less publicized, interesting this & that of Greenville history, the things that oiled the wheels."  Bill’s lectures are always
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Community Blood Center… Take me out to the blood drive
DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – It’s time to play ball and Community Blood Center (CBC) is celebrating baseball season with the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive – Lifesaver League” t-shirt.  It’s free to everyone who registers to donate at the following Darke County blood drives. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.  Locally
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Dining By Rail deadline approaching
The deadline for reservations for the Dining By Rail is fast approaching. The fund raising Dinner and silent auction is being held at the Turtle Creek Golf Club located west of Bradford at 6545 US 36. A paid reservation is required to attend. Reservation forms are available through the website at www.bradfordrrmuseum.org or by calling Marilyn Kosier the Chair person at 740-215-4229. Reservation forms will be available at the museum April 5  10 am - 1 pm and April 6 1 pm- 4 pm
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BORM to depict scale model railroad
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum’s N- Scale model of the rail yards is nearing completion. Mike Desch and Rick Miller have been working on the model for over one year. The museum will depict the yards around the turn of the 20th century. The Bradford Rail Yard was rebuilt by the Federal Railroad Administration in 1917 when the railroad operation was taken over for the War effort. The N-Scale will be
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MV kindergarten and preschool registration
Mississinawa Valley’s 2014-2015 KINDERGARTEN registration is quickly approaching.  If your child will be 5-years-old by August 1st, it is time to enroll him/her in kindergarten.  6-year-olds are of mandatory age to begin kindergarten. Kindergarten screening will be Wednesday, April 9th.  An appointment time is necessary.  Please call Sandy Denniston at the elementary office to schedule a time
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Greenville Athletic Boosters meeting notice
Want to try something NEW, we do! The Greenville Athletic Boosters meeting location will be held at a new location this month: JT’s Brew & Grill on Wagner Avenue, Greenville. The meeting date is April 14 at 7pm and will be held in the group/meeting room. The public is invited to attend; it’s a great opportunity to get involved, get updates on projects and help support Student Athletes and our School!
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April’s First Friday equals Family Fun
Head to downtown Greenville for Main Street Greenville’s April First Friday event, the Petting Zoo / Volunteer Fair! This event is sponsored by Keller Grain & Feed, who will feature a petting zoo, located on the Courthouse lawn. This event will also feature over 20 non-profit organizations, offering a family friendly activity, while sharing information about the work they do to make Darke County even better
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Hike to Health
Are you suffering from cabin fever?  Are you ready to get OUTSIDE? Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for our Hike to Health Series.  This series is designed to get you outdoors and get your blood pumping.  After being cooped up all winter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and become more active.  April’s hike will be on Thursday, April 10th at 6:00pm at Routzong Preserve (located on Routzong Road
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Pond Clinic in Darke County
The Tri- County pond clinic will be held in Darke County this year. This is an annual clinic between Darke, Miami, and Shelby County Soil and Water Districts. This is a free clinic scheduled for April 15th 2014 and is held for any interested persons wanting to learn more about fish stocking, plants in a pond, pond construction, and some of the rules and regulations regarding nuisance animals associated with ponds. This year’s pond clinic will be held on April 15th at 6:00pm at Dan and Vicki Turners
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Easter Bazaar at Cardinal Center
Gettysburg - On April 12, the Friends of the Cardinal Center will be hosting their first Easter Bazaar at the Cardinal Center (Gettysburg School), 260 East Main St.). Thirty vendors will be there with baked goods, crafts, Velta, Rada, 31 Bags, jewelry, loom rugs, woodcraft items, doll clothes, and specialty items, just to name a few. There will be door prizes from the vendors that will be given away during the day. Parents should BRING THEIR CAMERAS
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Ag Breakfast Meeting
Ag. Breakfast Meeting, Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30am, Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) For your calendar: the following month’s meeting will be May 1, 2014. Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources.
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Darke County Parks’ Native Plant Sale
The Darke County Parks Native Plant sale is back!  The plant sale will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10am-4pm during *Nature Day* at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  Butterfly gardening is the focus of the plants available this year; milkweeds, coneflower, bergamot and much more!  Please consider planting milkweed to help provide habitat for the struggling monarch population. Plants are available for
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Balloon release for my mother-in-law
This past Presidents Day, February 17, 2014 my mother-in-law Ruby V. Young passed away. It still feels like yesterday, we miss her very much! This Thursday, March 27, mom would have been 100 years (young). On this evening family members plan to release some balloons in her honor. We have no idea how far the wind will carry the balloons, but if some of C.N.O.'s readers would happen to find one (with note attached), give location found by following the directions on the note. Thank you. D. Forte
Toastmasters to hold Open House
The Greenville Toastmasters, “The Can Do Club” wish to invite you to their Open House on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm to be held at the Brethren Retirement Center Private Dining Room located at 750 Chestnut Street, Greenville, Oh. Our guest speaker for the evening will be the Honorable Judge Julie Monnin and honorary speaker will be Dr. Julia Bowlin.  Please join us for an enjoyable evening of entertainment and refreshments. The event will close with Door Prizes from local
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Egg Dyeing; Naturally
Are you looking for a natural alternative to commercial egg dyeing?  Join us at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Saturday, April 12th at 2:00pm for this FREE family event as Mara Cox shares her Latvian heritage of dyeing eggs. The combination of onion skins, flowers, leaves and water creates a one of a kind Easter egg. The creative possibilities are endless and the suspense of waiting to see how your egg turns out is the most
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Foley, St. Mary’s dinner and auction scheduled
The Tom & Etta Mae Foley Memorial Dinner and St. Mary's School Auction is scheduled for April 5th and will feature a live and silent auction run by Brian Rismiller.  The dinner is scheduled to begin the evening at 5:00 and will be served until 7:00 with tickets available at the door.  The event is being held at Paws Bingo Hall again this year.  The auction will begin at 6:00 and the public is invited to attend.  The students of St. Mary's School want
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Christine Tudor to speak at Cancer Support Group
Christine Tudor, independent consultant, will share information with the cancer support group this month on Toxin Awareness.  Men and women welcome! The meeting is Thursday, April 3 at Wayne Health Care, 1st Floor Board Room, 7 p.m. She will also discuss the increase of cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, auto-immune and neurological diseases, and how these have been linked to toxic chemicals in our products, foods, and environment.  She covers
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Calling All Young Chefs
The 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is Here - Time to break out your chef hat! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge is back. First Lady Michelle Obama is again teaming up with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious to host a nationwide recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among America’s youth.  We’re inviting parents or guardians and their children
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BORM reopens for 2014 on April 13
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum will reopen for the 2014 season April 13 at 2 pm with a dedication and ribbon cutting for the Children’s Learning Center. The museum purchased the historic 1919 former bank building at the corner of Miami Avenue and Main Street in 2006. Since that time efforts have concentrated on transforming the interior into the exhibit and meeting space for the museum. The museum was formed in 2002. Marilyn Kosier approached the Bradford city
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Garst Museum Opportunities
Now is the time to get involved. It’s the time to do what you want to do, not what you have to do. Time to use and share the talents and skills you have perfected. Time to mentor, teach, learn, and support a quality community asset—the Garst Museum. On Friday, April 4, 2014, the Garst Museum will participate in the Darke County Volunteer Fair as part of Downtown Greenville’s First Fridays events. You can attend by visiting
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‘Take me out’ to the Darke County Blood Drives; CNC thanks donors with baseball T-Shirt
DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – It’s been a long, hard winter and blood donors are ready to get into the swing of spring! Community Blood Center (CBC) is celebrating the arrival of baseball season with the “Take Me Out to the Blood Drive – Lifesaver League” t-shirt.  It’s free to everyone who registers to donate at the following Darke County blood drives. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at
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Grow It, Make It, Can It Workshop Offered on April 2nd
The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD); City of Greenville; OSU Extension, Darke County; and the Darke County Solid Waste District will be jointly hosting a workshop on April 2, 2014 titled “Grow It, Make It, Can It” in the conference room at the OSU Extension office (603 Wagner  Ave, Greenville) from 6:30-8:30 pm.  There will be three presentations covering soil fertility and nutrient management practices for your backyard and garden;  healthy, green alternatives to clean up your home
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MVCTC Event Scheduled for High School Freshmen and Sophomores
Clayton, Ohio – The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) has scheduled a Showcase Event for current high school freshmen, sophomores and their parents. The Showcase is schedule for Thursday, March 27, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Activity Center. The MVCTC campus is located at 6800 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio. Visitors will have the opportunity to see first-hand some of the amazing work MVCTC students have completed this school year and to learn more
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Rain Barrel Workshop
The Darke County Parks and Darke County Soil and Water Conservation District are joining forces to present a Rain Barrel Workshop on Monday, April 7th at 6:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West).  A rain barrel is a rain water collection system that stores rooftop runoff to be used later for activities such as lawn and garden watering, car washing or even window cleaning.  Rain barrels are connected to your downspout and are a great way to positively impact the
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Greenville Area Dog Club offers dog training classes
GREENVILLE – The Greenville Area Dog Club spring session of obedience, agility, and conformation classes begins the week of April 7th, 2014.Through the years more classes have been added to meet the growing interest in dog training.  Many people like the variety of classes available. The Greenville Area Dog Club will be offering classes at the former U.S. Chemical building, located in the 5400 block of State Route 49. Obedience classes begin Tuesday, April 8th. Classes offered include puppy
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Wandering for Warblers
It’s Warbler season! Grab those binoculars and let’s Wander for Warblers! Join a Naturalist on ODD Saturdays in April (5 and 19) and May at 9:00 am for a hike and we’ll scour the trees at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for these brightly colored winged-gems!  The first hike will be Saturday, April 5th.  Beginning and “expert” birders alike are welcomed to join in on these often 35+ bird species hikes.  For questions or information on all upcoming programs
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Glass featured at first 'Art at the Mill' of new season
Historic Bear's Mill opens its 2014 season of “Art At the Mill” on Friday, March 28 with paintings by Greenville resident Michael Glass and blown glass by Dayton-based artist James Michael Kahle. “Art at the Mill” exhibits will continue through December; each show opens on the final Friday of the month with a reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and drinks from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m. The artists will speak
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Ticks on the Rise!
Is that a Tick?!  Of all the summer pests, ticks tend to be the most hated.  Can they jump from trees?  Do they carry diseases?  How do you get those darned things off?! Some days it seems difficult to go for a hike without encountering a “hitch-hiker.”  Join the Darke County Parks and we’ll spend the evening indoors discovering all the tick species found in Ohio.  We will also discuss how we can still
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Dining by Rail
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is gearing up for the 2014 season. The first event on the calendar is Dining By Rail. The museum is making the final plans for the Annual Fund Raising Dinner and Silent Auction April 12, 2014. This is the third year for the event and will be held at Turtle Creek Golf Club on US 36 Greenville, Ohio. The railroads were known for their fine dining. There was always china, fresh linens and fresh flowers on every table. The railroad lines would compete for the best service and
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Relay for Life volunteers needed
The Relay for Life is American Cancer Society's signature event.  It offers everyone in the Darke County community the opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer.  Teams of volunteers camp out during the 18 hour overnight event, which features food, music, and fun.  The event is designed to raise funds to improve the quality of life for cancer patients today and the outlook for those diagnosed in the future. Volunteers bring their personal
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Maple Syrup For Sale!
The weather has finally begun to cooperate and the Friends of Darke County Parks’ gift shop has pure Maple Syrup ready for you to take home!  Believe it or not, maple syrup is a very healthy food.  Maple sugar is 3 times as sweet as cane sugar and it has fewer calories and a lower glycemic index.  A tablespoon of Maple syrup has around 40 calories where a tablespoon of cane sugar
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An entertaining presentation about agriculture April 15; Youth in Agriculture and Passing on the Farm:  Two entertaining speakers coming to Mercer County. - “I’m Farming and I Grow It” or “Chore” are witty parodies created by the Peterson Brothers from rural Kansas focusing on the life of a farmer.  These parodies spread the message to America’s youth about the importance of agriculture and the hard work it entails.  For this reason the Mercer County Fair Board, Farm Bureau, and the Wright State University - Lake Campus Agriculture and Food Science Program are pleased to bring Greg Peterson in to... read more
Waves of Pride & Art Expo
GREENVILLE - Greenville City Schools cordially invites you to the annual Greenville City Schools’ Waves of Pride & Art Expo.  This event, dedicated to sharing our students’ work, will be held at the Greenville High School on March 27 from 6:30-8 p.m. Students’ academic and artistic work from Greenville Primary, Intermediate and Middle Schools, as well as the Junior and Senior High Schools, will be on exhibit.  You will also be treated to mini performances throughout the evening from various
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Diabetes Day set for April 3rd at Wayne HealthCare
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not make any or enough insulin, or your body prevents the insulin you produce from working correctly.  Insulin is necessary for your body to use glucose, from the food you eat, for energy.   High levels of glucose caused by uncontrolled blood sugar can damage your eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, legs, and feet. Taking steps to control your blood sugar level can help you to live a healthy life with diabetes.  However, these steps can
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Versailles Rotary to host "Souper" blood drive
DARKE COUNTY Ohio – Make your “St. Patrick’s Day special by donating a pint of blood to help save the lives of others.  Versailles Rotary Club will be hosting a “Souper” St. Patrick’s Day community blood drive on Monday, March 17 from 12:30 – 7:00 pm at Versailles K of C Hall.  You will be greeted by Versailles NHS volunteers who also help serve donors in the café along with Versailles Rotary Club members. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a special green
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A Pinnacle Adventure
America’s National Parks are home to some of the most spectacular features in the country. Join the Darke County Parks on Saturday, March 29th at 10:00 am as we explore the nation’s newest—Pinnacles National Park—through the experiences of a Park Ranger intern who worked and lived in a world of ancient volcanoes, talus caves, and endangered species.  This is a reschedule of the original
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Dining By Rail
Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is making the final plans for the Dining By Rail April 12 at the Turtle Creek Golf Club on US 36 west of Bradford. Seating is limited to the first 120 reservations. To assure your seat please return as soon as possible. We are doing a plated dinner so please indicate your entrée of choice. I understand many could not open the reservation form I sent earlier so I converted to a PDF. You should be able to open and read the BORM update and use the reservation return form
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2014 Farm Bill meeting March 20
Have you registered for the 2014 Farm Bill meeting to be held at Versailles Schools on March 20 at 7:00 p.m.?  Did you know that producers will be required to make a critical five year decision in their FSA office as a result of this bill.  Register and attend this meeting to hear from the person who wrote most of the commodity language and from those that have studied it closely. I have attached the flyer for the meeting for more information and you can register for the meeting at http://go.osu.edu/2014FarmBillMeeting. See you next Thursday night.  There will be refreshments available at 6:30. Sam Custer
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CAP plans shopping trip for Seniors 60+
Community Action Partnership of Darke County is planning a shopping trip to Meijer’s in Troy on March 21, 2014, for  Darke Co. Seniors 60+. Denise Purnhagen, Transportation Coordinator, said, “It’s been quite a while since we’ve gotten a shopping trip together, so we set a date for Seniors to get together and go to Troy. It’s a convenient way to get some additional shopping done in other places
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Tenth Veterans Trip to Washington, DC Announced
Sidney, OH – February 28, 2014 – Ray and Jody Prater, Co-chairs of the “Shelby County (OH) Veterans to Washington, DC Committee” have announced this group of volunteers is accepting applications for their tenth trip of Washington, DC for Shelby County WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans who haven’t yet visited their memorials.  This year’s trip dates are September 19-21.  Accompanying the Veterans will be their caregivers and committee volunteers.  Like the organization’s previous
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Free Lecture On Fort Meigs, the Gibraltar of the Maumee
On Sunday, March 16, 2014, Garst Museum will present a program on Fort Meigs, the Gibraltar of the Maumee. The speaker will be Mr. Rex Spencer and will begins at 2:00. Mr. Spencer will talk about  the reason for the construction of Fort Meigs, its importance in American history, and his experiences when he worked on the archaeology of the area. According to the Fort Meigs website, “Fort Meigs, named after then Governor of Ohio, Jonathan Meigs, Jr
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Author’s Night Continues with Suzanne Kelly
Friends of the Greenville Public Library’s Author’s Night continues with Suzanne Kelly on Friday March 21st at Montage in downtown Greenville. Suzanne will discuss and read from her delightful new novel Stolen Child, recently published by Bottom Dog Press. Suzanne describes the novel as a coming of age story of a Irish American girl set on the eve of the election of JFK in 1960. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Author Katrina Kittle’s review reads
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Darke County Parks Hobbies
Are you an avid gardener or photographer?  Are you looking to start a new hobby?  We have 2 opportunities available to get you started! Darke County Parks’ Native Plant Sale: April 26, 2014, 10am-4pm - Butterfly gardening is the focus of the plants available this year.  Please consider planting milkweed to help provide habitat for the struggling monarch population. Plants are available for pre-sale AND/OR purchase on the day of the Plant Sale. Pre-sale is the only way to guarantee that you will
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DREAM fundraiser: Spaghetti dinner & Silent auction
DREAM is hosting a spaghetti dinner and silent auction and 50/50 raffle on Saturday, APRIL 5th at Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp City. Program at 5:30pm; Dinner, auction & raffle is 6pm – 8pm. Closing ceremony 8 – 9pm. All details available at  www.Dream4pets.org/events.html
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DAR and NJROTC to Host Drill Demonstration
Daughters of American Revolution Fort Greenville Chapter in conjuction with Greenville High School NJROTC will host a Drill Demonstation at Greenville High School Gymnasium at 1:45 PM Saturday 22 March 2014.  The Greenville High School NJROTC are completing their 18th year as part of the senior high school and compete in regional Drill meets during
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Meeting to Offer Insight for Farmers on 2014 Farm Bill
VERSAILLES, Ohio – Farmers interested in learning more about the 2014 farm bill and its impact on commodity programs can hear from experts who will provide insight into the legislation and its impact on agriculture during a meeting March 20. The 2014 farm bill's safety net requires farmers and landowners to elect which program design they prefer based on what they think will be most effective for their operation, particularly in conjunction with crop insurance, said Sam Custer, an Ohio State University Extension
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Pepin to speak on America’s foundations to Rep men
Ricki Pepin is the wife of a retired Air Force Colonel, a mother of two and grandmother of four.  She is a published author and international lecturer.  Her books have been nominated for the Gold Medallion Award in 2008, and received the Book Choice Award. Her second passion is teaching others how to work together to restore America’s foundations.  To that end, she has been leading Constitution courses for over 17 years and recently produced three teaching
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"Building Blocks I" parenting classes planned
OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks I” parenting series.  The classes will be held April 15, 22 and 29, 2014, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.  The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm.  There is no fee for this class.  This is an adult only series. The “Building Blocks I” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skills or parenting techniques for children ages 0-6 years.  There will be 3 classes focusing on
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CBC celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with donor T-shirt
DAYTON, Ohio –It’s time to celebrate one of the area’s favorite holidays.  CBC is thanking donors and helping get them in the St. Patrick’s Day mood with the bright green “St. Patrick’s Day – Blood Donor” t-shirt, free to everyone who registers to donate Monday, Feb. 24 through Saturday, March 22 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.  Locally you can contact Dana Puterbaugh-CBC Darke
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Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with DCCA, music and craft beer
“Irish Wave,” Darke County Center for the Arts' St. Patrick's Day-themed fundraiser on Friday, March 14 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville, will feature Irish music, Irish-flavored chocolates, Irish-themed food, and craft beer, some of which is Irish style. “Lone Raven,” one of the top bands in the Midwest, will provide the music, decadently delicious Bailey's Irish Creme-soaked chocolate covered cherries will be provided by Milissa Meyer of Chocolates & Cakes by Milissa, Montage will
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Edison hosts college fair at Darke County campus
GREENVILLE - To help students and parents through the college selection process, Edison Community College will be hosting a college fair on March 12, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Darke County Campus in Greenville. Finding the right school can be an overwhelming task. Factors such as size, location, and cost all have a major impact on a student's decision of where they will attend college and how successful they will be. Colleges and universities from Ohio and Indiana will be at
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Poultry Days 2014… Attention Vietnam Era Veterans
If you were in a military uniform from December 22, 1958 to May 1975 the VFW and American Legion would like to invite you to ride in the parade on Poultry Day June 15 2014. We are working with Poultry Days to have a section of the parade to welcome Home All our Vietnam Era Veterans. To get started I will need to have you register, all I need is name and branch of service. There will be
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Free Movies at Library
The Greenville Public Library offers free movies every month open to the public.  All Friday shows start at 3:00 p.m. and all Saturday shows at 1:00 p.m.  Here is the schedule through May:  Friday March 14 – Austenland; Saturday March 22 – The Book Thief; Friday April 11 – Saving Mr. Banks; Saturday April 26 – Catching Fire; Friday May 9 – Philomena; Saturday May 24 – The Hobbit.  In conjunction with the Adult Summer Reading Program
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Quilting at the Library
The Towne Squares Quilt Club will be in the Greenville Public Library on Saturday March 15th with displays and demonstrations from 9:00 to 3:00.  Come in and enjoy the beautiful quilts and watch the quilters in their work.  It’s a great opportunity to ask questions about quilting and about the Club. The Club was formed over 30 years ago by Linda McGlothin and her late mother Leola Crowell.  Today its 45
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10th annual pictures with the Easter Bunny
Get your Pet's Picture taken with the EASTER BUNNY on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 from 10am to 2pm at Greenville Walmart in the Garden Center. The “Darke County Friends of the Shelter”, a 501c3 organization, and Wal-Mart will be taking pictures of your companion animals with Easter Bunny. All animals must enter Wal-Mart through the Garden Center entrance. This is our 10th annual “Pictures with the Easter Bunny” event
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DCCA presents "Mr. Blue Shoes" in local schools
Darke County Center for the Arts will present it's final Arts In Education program for this school year during the week of March 17 with performances by “Mr. Blue Shoes,” the creation of Grammy-Award winning producer/performer Michael Dyson. “'Mr. Blue Shoes' will take students on a 400-year-journey through the blues, starting in Africa and leading all the way to rock-n-roll,” explained DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. During the five-day residency, the artist will perform for fourth through
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Great Darke County Fair… Kissel Brothers Online Price Specials
Offer Expires April 30 - March 5, 2014 – Greenville OH – Kissel Brothers Shows, Inc. have announced an online special for the 2014 Great Darke County Fair that runs August 15-23.  For a limited time, prices will never be lower than they are for this online offer. Online purchases include:  3-day individual ride pass-$30.00; 5-day individual ride pass-$50.00; 9-day individual ride pass-$75.00; 20 ride tickets for $15.00 (regular $22.00); single armbands for $12.00 (regular $20.00).  Visit
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5K Run/walk will be a unique event! 
On April 5th, the Darke County Friends of the Shelter is having a 5K race to benefit the new dog park. Entrants may run or walk the event. As an added bonus this race will be part of the Wayne Healthcare Challenge. This run/walk will be unique: we will be offering free Boston Stoker Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and free Marco’s Pizza and breadsticks. At our race/walk you have a chance to win some of
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Diabetes Day set for April 3rd at Wayne HealthCare
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not make any or enough insulin, or your body prevents the insulin you produce from working correctly.  Insulin is necessary for your body to use glucose, from the food you eat, for energy.   High levels of glucose caused by uncontrolled blood sugar can damage your eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, legs, and feet. Taking steps to control your blood sugar level can help you to live a healthy life with diabetes.  However, these steps can sometimes seem
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Edison student art scheduled for Anna Bier gallery
GREENVILLE - The Anna Bier gallery is hosting the student work from Edison State Community College March 8 through March 22: “16 pieces of artwork.” Sixteen pieces of different forms of artwork of the students of professor Greg Clum will be on display on Saturdays from 11 to 3 during performances at Memorial Hall or by appointment by contacting the director at 417-3497. In the photo, left to right, are Marcia Weidner, director, and
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2014 Farm Bill Meeting – How will it affect me, the farmer? By Sam Custer, OSU Extension
On February 4, 2014, the 2014 Farm Bill (named the Agriculture Act of 2014) cleared its final Congressional hurdle.  The President signed the bill into law on February 7, 2014. It now goes to the United States Department of Agriculture for implementation.  The commodity programs in Title I of the farm bill and the choices required all begin with the 2014 crop year.  The final regulations will further determine program and decision parameters, as well as when farmers
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Greenville National Bank sponsors Alpin Hong
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville National Bank as a sponsor of the Artists Series performance of world class pianist Alpin Hong.  “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our hometown at a price that is almost always significantly less than would be paid in a larger metropolitan area,” said Andrea Jordan
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Register Now for West Central Wildlife Habitat Workshop-Woodlands Part 1
CLAYTON, OH   A habitat workshop series is being offered to landowners wishing to improve wildlife habitat on their property.  The workshop series is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, ODNR Division of Forestry, Pheasants Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Ohio State University Extension, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wild Turkey Federation and Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Wildlife Habitat Workshop
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Goubeauxs sponsor Hong, Toledo Symphony
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Jim & Enid Goubeaux for their contributions to the DCCA 2013-2014 season.  The Goubeaux’s are Angel members of DCCA, and are sponsors of two Artists Series performances including world class pianist Alpin Hong, who will be performing March 8th and The Toledo Symphony Orchesta’s Music of Mozart on May 3rd.  “On behalf of Darke County Center for the Arts, I want to express our
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Mottram to speak to local Republican women
GREENVILLE - "Women often don’t watch their health like they should,” said Shelly Acker from Wayne Hospital. ”There are easy things that we can do to help.” Acker was the speaker at the Darke County Republican Women’s Club’s (DCRWC) regular meeting in February. She detailed many easy, day to day, items that women can do to improve their health and also help prevent future problems. The DCRWC is a group of Republican
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Bowl for Kids Sake needs you to make it happen
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County - 2014 Bowl For Kids' Sake - Your support helps provide children with caring mentors! Please join us for FUN with FAMILY and FRIENDS at a bowling house near you to help support the premiere one-to-one mentoring organization in the nation. Our YOUth need YOU to make a difference in their lives. HELP US FILL THE LANES ON MARCH 7TH & 8TH! * Bel Mar Lanes in Sidney March 7th: 4:00 time slot * Bel Mar Lanes in Sidney March... read more
Tree sale underway
The Darke Soil & Water Conservation District is conducting its annual tree seedling sale until March 21. The 2-3 year seedlings are bare root stock and each tree is dipped into a preservative gel to keep roots moist. Our seedlings are packaged in groups of five.  An assortment of tree packets are for sale to urban and rural landowners. The plant varieties are selected for their popularity and hardiness in the Darke County area. This is an economical way to work toward establishing or adding to a wildlife area, to create a windbreak, or landscaping. Payment must be received when ordering.  Prices range from $5-$10 in packets of 5 seedlings. We are also offering larger varieties on some evergreens. See us on our Web site: www.darkeswcd.com or call the Darke Soil & Water Conservation District @937-548-1752 or stop by the office at 1117 S. Towne Ct., Greenville with any questions.
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Watching for Woodcocks
This usually secretive shorebird species shrugs off his enigmatic ways in early spring in hopes of wooing any passing females. Many male birds have bright colors or other ways to impress females; the American Woodcock takes it one step further, launching into the air, feathers twittering only to dive quickly towards the ground then resuming his nasal “peent” calls.  Join the Darke County Parks as we take
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Pohlman to speak to cancer support group
Pam Pohlman, licensed social worker, to speak at the “Living with Cancer” support group on March 6, 2014 at Wayne Healthcare.  The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.  It will be held on the 1st floor Board Room at Wayne Health Care. Pohlman is a licensed social worker with a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology from Ohio Northern University.  She has over 25 years experience working
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Edison to host annual Career Expo
PIQUA - Edison Community College will host its annual Career Expo March 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of the Piqua campus. More than 50 organizations ranging from business, construction, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail, social services, and the armed forces are expected to be in attendance, representing a wide range of job opportunities for west central Ohio area residents. The Career Expo is sponsored by Edison Community College, the Upper Valley Career... read more
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Early Morning Discovery Hikes Start at 8:00 a.m.
After the winter we’ve had, it’s hard not to wake up happy on a spring morning!  So why not head out for a hike?  Every Tuesday morning at 8:00 am, the Darke County Park District hosts an Early Morning Discovery Hike.  These hikes focus on birdwatching, trees, fungi, wildflower ID and more. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us. Meet at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) each and every Tuesday. Be
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Hike to Health
Are you suffering from cabin fever?  Are you ready to get OUTSIDE? Join a Darke County Parks’ Naturalist for our Hike to Health Series.  This series is designed to get you outdoors and get your blood pumping.  After being cooped up all winter, spring is the perfect time to get outside and become more active.  March offers a hike on Thursday, March 13th at 6:00pm at Coppess Nature Sanctuary.  April’s hike
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Cover Crop Informational Meeting
Are you interested in planting a cover crop, but not sure where to start?  If you answered yes to this question or have some uncertainties about the cover crop you have planted, then mark your calendar for the morning of Thursday, March 6, 2014.  The Darke Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Treaty Soil, Wright State University and KB Seed Solutions are hosting a Cover Crop Workshop in the Assembly Room at the Darke County Parks located at 4267 State Route 502 West, Greenville... read more
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Mottram to speak to local Republican women
"Women often don’t watch their health like they should,” said Shelly Acker from Wayne Hospital. “There are easy things that we can do to help.” Acker was the speaker at the Darke County Republican Women’s Club’s (DCRWC) regular meeting in February. She detailed many easy, day to day, items that women can do to improve their health and also help prevent future problems. The DCRWC is a group of Republican Women who meet monthly
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CBC announces March blood drives
Darke County, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) Spring into action and donate at one of these great Darke County Blood Drives. Scheduling your appointment is easy.  Go on line to www.donortime.com  to schedule your own appointment.  You can also contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County - Account Representative @ 937-997-2199 / dputerbaugh@givingblood.org to schedule your appointment. Please remember that appointments have priority and Walk –Ins are always welcome... read more
Ag. Breakfast Meeting
Ag. Breakfast Meeting, Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:30 am, Brethren Retirement Center's Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center's main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) For your calendar: the following month’s meeting will be April 3, 2014. Sam Custer, Extension Educator, Agriculture & Natural Resources.
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DCCA to host St. Patrick’s Day event
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Irish Wave” at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville on Friday, March 14. “We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a fund raising party featuring Irish music, food, and a beer tasting; as is usual with our fund raisers, we promise a good time for a good cause,” said Andrea Jordan, DCCA Executive Director. Proceeds will benefit DCCA's many programs including Arts In Education and
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SSSF Scholarship deadline extended to March 31
Due to the numerous weather-related delays and school cancellations, the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund has extended the deadline for the return of scholarship applications to the last day in March. The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund 2014 Scholarship Application is available for students seeking a college education in a public communications field. Qualifying programs include, but are not
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Weed Control Class
Are you registered for the Weed Control class to be held Tuesday morning in the OSU Extension Darke County Learning Center?  Call and hold your spot today!! 548-5215. February 25th Weed Control 10 am-Noon (Recording will be available for use by 5 pm). Topics will include: Update on New Herbicides/Recommendations, and Managing Herbicide Site of Action, Dr. Mark Loux, State Specialist Weed Management, Ohio State University Extension.
Meeting of Darke County Volunteer Network
The Darke County Volunteer Network will meet on March 4th at noon at the State of the Heart Hospice building, 1350 North Broadway in Greenville. The subject of the meeting will be “The Volunteers Perspective” – local FISH volunteers will give their thoughts about volunteer management.  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. It’s a brown bag lunch meeting and we work to keep the meetings strictly to an hour.  Any questions, call Greg Morrow, RSVP Director at 937-778-5220 or email at gmorrow@councilonruralservices.org
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Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie
The sap is flowing and the fire is roaring in the Sugar Shack; that means it’s time to enjoy nature’s sweet treat.   Saturday, March 1st  from 8:00am-4:00pm is Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie!  This early spring day at Shawnee Prairie (4267 St. Rt. 502 West) offers guided tours through history and science as we learn the process of turning sap into syrup.  After our tour through the woods, we’ll visit the Sugar Shack, where you can warm up in the
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DCCA Arts in Education… Workshop to feature pianist Alpin Hong
Darke County Center for the Arts will present workshop performances by classical pianist Alpin Hong for local junior high students on Thursday, March 6 and Friday March 7 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. A component of DCCA's Arts In Education program, the workshop is free and open to the public. “Alpin's visionary approach to arts education has earned prestigious awards, but what he most wants to do is share his passion for music
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Darke County Solid Waste
Darke County Solid Waste Policy Committee Meeting, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 3:00 PM, OSU Extension, Darke County Education Center, 603 Wagner Ave.
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GHS Wavaires present 2014 Cantata Schedule
GREENVILLE - The Greenville High School Wavaires are pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for their annual cantata performances. This year's presentation is "United in Worship" and will be held in local churches. The cantata will feature modern worship songs from the well-known Worship Bands "Hillsong" and "Hillsong United." There are no admission fees for these performances and the
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Monthly Webinars to Help Growers and Producers Expand Sales
Growers and producers – have you ever wondered how to go about marketing your hops to Ohio’s microbreweries? Or how about getting your meats into area grocery stores or restaurants? Have you ever wondered how to make sure your food business or operation has a strong, income-building presence in the mobile media arena? Answers to these questions and more are available to growers, producers and anyone in the agriculture and food industry through a series of free monthly webinars offered
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“Building Blocks II” parenting class planned
OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a “Building Blocks II” parenting series.  The classes will be held February 19 and 26, 2014, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.  The class times are from 6:00-8:00pm.  There is no fee for this class.  This is an adult only series. The “Building Blocks II” parenting classes are for parents who wish to develop better parenting skill or parenting techniques for children ages 7-13 years.  This will be 2 classes focusing on parent
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4-H Open House March 3
Although the deadline to become a 4-H member in Darke County is not until April 1, 2014, now is the time to begin thinking about joining a 4-H club. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the 4-H program in Darke County, plan to attend the 4-H Open House, Monday, March 3, from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Youth Building on the Fairgrounds. Attendees of the open house will have the opportunity to visit club displays and talk
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DCCA presents lit-up version of classic fairy tales
Darke County Center for the Arts' Family Theatre Series will present Lightwire Theater's creative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story “The Ugly Duckling” at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Sunday, March 9. “Lightwire Theater brilliantly uses cutting edge technology to truly light up the stage,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “In this glow-in-the-dark spectacular, human artists wearing mechanical
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Cancer Association needs drivers
Cancer Association of Darke County is in need of volunteer drivers to assist clients to appointments. Some clients aren’t able to drive to their appointments because of various reasons. It is not only a big help to the patient, but is a great way to “pay it forward” if someone has done something nice for you. If interested, stop in the office at Wayne Cancer Center, 1111 Sweitzer St., Greenville, OH and we will get you signed up.  You will need a valid
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'Every drop counts' mug helps handle heart of winter
DAYTON & DARKE COUNTY, Ohio – Community Blood Center (CBC) is reminding donors about the importance of donating during the heart of winter with the “Blood Donor - Every Drop Counts” speckled campfire mug.  It’s free to anyone who registers to donate now through February 22.  Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com. The stout, ceramic mug is crème-colored with black speckles and molded in
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2014 Congressional art competition for high school students
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today invited 8th Congressional District high school students to participate in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery. “The Congressional Art Competition gives high school students from our local area an opportunity to share their work with the whole country,” Boehner said.  “Each year, I am always impressed to see so many talented young artists in the 8th District
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Money management series planned
OSU Extension, Darke County, has scheduled a "Managing Your Money" series.  The classes will be held March 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2014, at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville.  The class times are from 6:00-7:15pm.  Participants attend all four sessions.  The fee to attend is $20.00 per individual or $30.00 per couple. The "Managing Your Money" classes are appropriate for singles or couples who wish to develop a family budget and catch up on bills.  We
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Athletic Boosters meeting cancellation
The Greenville Athletic Boosters Bowling Night originally schedule for March 1 has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. Contact us at greenvilleboosters@yahoo.com if you have any questions.
Dining by Rail with Bradford Railroad Museum
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is hosting its annual Dining By Rail April 12, 2014. This is a fund raising dinner and silent auction to benefit capital improvements at the museum. This year the event will take place at the Turtle Creek Golf Club located at 6545 US Rt 36 Greenville, Ohio. The dinner will be prepared from authentic Railroad dining car service recipes. This year will feature the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Enjoying a meal on board a moving train is an experience that started in the late
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Edison Community College to Host Annual Career Expo
Edison Community College will host its annual Career Expo Tuesday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of the Piqua campus. More than 50 organizations ranging from manufacturing, business, financial services, health care, social services, retail and the armed forces will be in attendance, representing a wide range of job opportunities for west central Ohio area residents. More than 500 job seekers are expected to attend the free event, which is open to the community. For more information on the 2014 Career Expo, contact Pam Gibellino at 937-778-7856 or go online to www.edisonohio.edu/jobfair.
Sponsor A Bucket
Looking for a way to support the Darke County Park District? You can sponsor a bucket at the Maple Sugarin’ at the Prairie Festival on March 1st.  For a $25 donation, you will have your name placed on a sap bucket along the trail during the Festival.  Sponsors will also receive two complimentary tickets to the Waffle and Sausage Breakfast  on March 1st from 8AM-Noon (a $10 value), and a 250ml bottle of Darke County Parks Pure Maple Syrup in a decorative maple leaf shaped glass bottle.  To “Sponsor A Bucket” stop by the Nature Center (4267 State Route 502 West) and fill out the sponsor form.  Call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 for more information.
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Dr. Seuss Event at Library
The Greenville Public Library will host a Dr. Seuss event on March 8th at 1:00 p.m.  Librarians Julie Schmidt and Reuben Kennett describe it best in their poem. Children of all ages, all shapes and all sizes, Come to the library for lots of surprises! On March eighth at one o’clock we’ll unleash Seussical fun, We’ll have a party with the Cat in the Hat, Thing 2, and Thing 1, Bring your dad, your aunt, your mom
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“The Cavern Beat” Returning to The Gathering at Garst
The Cavern Beat will return to The Gathering at Garst for a repeat performance on Saturday July 26, 2014. This will be the Beatles tribute band’s third year to perform at The Gathering at Garst thanks to the Dan Summer’s Memorial sponsorship. Dan was married to Pam Carpenter, a Greenville native, and now resides in San Diego. Pam and Dan loved Greenville and its rich history
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County offices closed Monday
The County Offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2014, in Observance of ‘President’s Day’.
Coffee with the Commissioner
Commissioner Mike Stegall will be having his “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting on Wednesday, February 26th, at the Brethren Retirement Centers Chestnut Village.  The meeting will be from 9:00 a.m. until about 10:00 a.m., or always longer if needed.  Commissioner Stegall has done this for several years, and it is always a good meeting with the people there. These meetings are always informal, and Mike wants as many people as possible to show up, have a good cup of coffee, and ask
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Friends of Parks Host Waffle Breakfast
The Friends of the Darke County Parks will once again be serving up a hearty breakfast of waffles, sausage, juice, coffee and Ohio pure maple syrup!  All of that for just a $5 donation towards the Friends’ mission.  The Waffle Breakfast will be held from 8am-12pm on Saturday, March 1st.  Tickets are available at the door on the day of the breakfast.  After breakfast, take a maple syrup tour, grab some fantastic homemade maple-themed
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The First African American US Senator  
On Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm, the Garst Museum will host a presentation by Roane Smothers. The topic will be Hiram Revels, the first African American U.S. Senator. Senator Hiram Revels was educated at the Union Literary Institute in Randolph County, Indiana which was part of the Longtown settlement. Roane Smothers was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison
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Program on Landowner Liability Available for Property Owners  
FINDLAY, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is partnering with Northwest Ohio Woodland Association to provide a landowner liability program for landowners in northwest Ohio. The Northwest Ohio Woodland Association provides educational support and opportunities for woodland owners as well as anyone interested in the conservation and responsible, sustainable use and management of northwest Ohio’s woodland
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Photo club reschedules workshop
Darke County Photography Club has rescheduled the photo workshop that was canceled 1/25 due to bad weather.  The event will be held February 22, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center on State Route 502.  Club members will give a brief overall on the operation of cameras then we will help you one on one with your camera.  We ask you to bring your camera, list of
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