Apr 27, 2014

First ‘Donuts with Dads’ warms the heart

BY BOB ROBINSON
GREENVILLE – “We certainly couldn’t do it,” said one dad as he watched his daughter on the playground at Woodland Heights Elementary School. This activity was the “norm” for teachers for kindergarten through second grade… constant movement, activity and interaction requiring constant vigilance. Another dad said “I don’t know… maybe at one time. Every day? Not anymore.”

Without exception dads were impressed with Woodland’s inaugural ‘official’ Donuts with Dads night. “This gives us a good chance to get outside and play… see what they do,” said one. Another was caught going down a slide with his daughter. A granddad said he wasn’t getting anywhere near the slides with his child.

According to Lisa Maher, Woodland assistant principal, 217 dads and students were signed up for the April 10 event. While it had been held sporadically in the past, this was the first official one with their Watch DOGS program (Dads of Great Students). She thanked the dads and the volunteers who helped with the event, and especially Eikenberry’s IGA for the donuts.

Chief Watch DOG Tom Warner said he’d had nothing but positive comments from everyone who has joined the Watch DOGS. “All the dads come in and say the same thing… ‘I had no idea; I’ll be back.” His group is pushing 30 volunteers.

Warner watched as the kids stuffed down donuts, drained their orange drink and headed to the playground, “with dads and grandpas being dragged behind,” he said.

Most of the dads stood in the middle of the playground equipment watching their kids. “Pretty cool,” one of them said. “This is great for the kids.” Another noted it was good quality time, then added with a half smile: “They wear you out.”

The most popular attraction for dads with their sons and daughters was the swing. While most watched in amazement with comments like “this makes me feel old,” others were pushing their children to greater heights on the swings than they had ever achieved during a regular school day.

Watching from a distance, Maher said with a smile… “Look at this. It warms my heart.”

  
An expected 217 kids and dads line up for Woodland’s first official ‘Donuts with Dads’ as part of its Watch DOGS program. (Bob Robinson photo)
Two youngsters enjoy donuts before heading out to the playground to ‘wear out’ their dads. (Bob Robinson photo)
Most dads gave their kids a good ride on the swings; not many were willing to take on the slide like this one. They did it twice… the second time for the camera. (Bob Robinson photo)
Assistant principal Lisa Maher talks to a dad about Woodland programs (Bob Robinson photos)




Apr 25, 2014

Greenville Police Beat

Police respond to domestic violence, drugs; make DUI stops

On April 15 police were dispatched to Martin Street regarding a domestic dispute between the victim and Daniel Bush. The victim had blood around her mouth, and marks around her right eye and her neck. The victim advised Bush had started calling her names; she then called him names. Bush then allegedly started punching her in the face and choking her. The victim fought back, punching Bush in the right eye. Bush ran out the front door. The victim and a witness wrote out statements. Bush was located at East Fifth and Green Streets and arrested for Domestic Violence. A search of the vehicle produced a plastic bag reportedly containing 16.5 white pills found to be clonazepam, a schedule III narcotic. Bush was also cited for possession of a controlled substance. The suspect was found to have a domestic violence conviction in 2005 which makes the current domestic violence charge a felony of the 4th degree.

On April 13 police were dispatched to West Fourth Street regarding a domestic violence call. A witness told police Billy Boyd, the suspect, left the scene when he saw the witness. The victim had red marks on both shoulders, a red hand print on the right side of her face and red marks around her throat. She stated the suspect had “just snapped,” that he suffers from PTSD and never had an outburst like this before. She stated he had struck her in the face knocking her to the ground causing her to burst her lower lip open. The officer saw visible injuries to the inside of her right lower lip. The victim refused to fill out a statement. Boyd was later charged with domestic violence; the victim was given a victim packet and advised on how to get a protection order.

DRUGS

On April 18 police were dispatched to a structure fire at 400 N. Gray Ave., Apt. C. While at the scene a marijuana cultivation site was located. Nothing further at this time.

On April 21 police were dispatched to JC Penney, 1481 Wagner Ave., in the rear parking lot and observed the suspect, Kevin Kerg, and a friend, Devan Hesson, in a vehicle with the headlights on. As the officer approached the vehicle a strong odor of marijuana was evident. The individuals were asked to step out of the vehicle; a search revealed marijuana and a pipe to smoke it in the center console. Another pipe containing marijuana residue was in the glove box. Hesson stated he didn’t know Kerg had marijuana until they were already in the vehicle. Kerg admitted it belonged to him and was issued a misdemeanor citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

DUI

On April 19 police observed Chad Feirstine operating a motorcycle on N. Broadway Street at a speed that appeared to be greater than the legal limit of 25 mph. Radar indicated 51 mph. Feirstine did not respond to police lights, nor did he respond to police sirens until he reached 318 W. Water St. The defendant appeared to be moving slowly as he followed officer instructions; and the officer smelled an alcoholic beverage coming from him. He had slurred speech and red, glassy eyes. The defendant agreed to a field sobriety test and did poorly on it. Feirstine was placed under arrest for OVI (Operating a Vehicle under the Influence). Feirstine refused to take a breathalizer and placed under ALS (Administrative License Suspension) and released to his girlfriend.

On April 17 police stopped Tonisha Smith who was operating a vehicle on West Main Street. She was stopped at a stop sign for a long period of time, then proceeded through the intersection and traveled several feet over the marker line in the center of the roadway. The officer noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her; speech was slurred and had glossy eyes. She did poorly on the field sobriety test and was arrested for OVI, but passed the breathalizer at the police station. She was placed on ALS.

DECEASED

On April 15 police were dispatched to 1230 Adrien Ave. No. Q4 regarding a victim lying on the bathroom floor. Hobart Gilbert was pronounced deceased by natural causes by the Darke County Coroner’s Office.

On April 20 police were dispatched to 1384 Sugarmaple Dr. regarding a person found deceased. Karen Petry was pronounced deceased by natural causes by the Darke County Coronor’s Office with the concurrence of her family doctor.

TRAFFIC STOP

On April 18 police observed a vehicle on East Main being driven by Brian Seats, whom the officer new had a suspended license. Seats told police he knew he was under suspension but had no other way to pick up his son from the babysitter. The vehicle was registered to Jennifer Green. In a previous stop Green had been told if she allowed Seats to use her vehicle she would be cited as well. The vehicle was towed and can only be released by court order. Seats was cited for Driving under Suspension and Green was cited for Wrongful Entrustment.

On April 18 police observed Dustin L. Taylor operating a vehicle by an officer who knew his license was suspended. When he was stopped at Walnut and East Water Streets Taylor exited the vehicle and told the officer he wasn’t driving. When he was told to get back in the vehicle he ran. He was instructed to stop three times and then advised he wasn’t going to be chased, that a warrant will be obtained on him. The officer called for a wrecker to tow the vehicle. Courtney Weatherspoon approached the officer saying she was taking the vehicle. She was told if Taylor returned the vehicle would not be towed. Weatherspoon returned with Taylor and the owner of the vehicle, Frank Gregorace. Gregorace was warned for Wrongful Entrustment; Taylor was cited for Driving under an OVI suspension and Willfully Fleeing. The wrecker was released from the scene.

TRASH/DUMPING

On April 17 a notice was posted at 401 Anderson Ave. for property owners Leo and Diana Julian regarding trash and littering. The front porch and flower beds contained trash and a large piece of rolled up carpet. An old camper is parked in the back year with expired plates and the side door open. The shed is filled with trash overflowing into the yard. An old trailer with no plates or tires is filled with trash. The house has been abandoned for four or five months.

VANDALISM

On April 21 police were dispatched to Specialized Castings, 1569 Martindale Road, regarding a breaking and entering. Employees couldn’t note if anything was missing. A vending machine full of snacks belonging to Miami Valley Vending had its face glass shattered. The coin/cash area did not appear to be tampered with. Miami Valley Vending was advised of the incident and requested to contact police if they determined anything was missing.

EARLY BIRD POLICY

The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

Two airlifted after car hits, trapped under semi

Updated 6:23 a.m.

GREENVILLE - Two women were airlifted after being trapped under a semi near Greenville Thursday (April 24) night.


At approximately 9:38 p.m. emergency personnel from Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Fire, Greenville Police Department and two CareFlight helicopters responded to a injury accident at the intersection of US Route 127 and Sebring-Warner Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a silver Chevy Impala was travelling northbound on US 127 when an Erwin Bros. tanker semi entered their path of travel headed westbound on Sebring-Warner Road. The Impala hit the tanker and became trapped.

It took firefighters nearly 30 minutes to extricate the female driver and front female passenger. 


The driver of the semi, Clayton Ramsey, 54, of Greenville, was treated and released at the scene. The driver of the Impala, Lacie D. Copeland, 21, of Greenville, and her front seat passenger, Lindsey T. Bolton. 26, Arcanum, were airlifted by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. Copeland is listed in serious condition and Bolton is listed in good condition.. The backseat passenger, Nicholas K. Deaton, 23, was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue where he was treated and released. 

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team and Ohio State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Inspector also responded to the scene for further investigation.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office

Spring Sing for GJHS

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Junior High Vocal Music Department under the direction of Pamela Graves, will present its annual Spring Sing Concert on May 1. The Seventh Grade Choirs will be singing Cripple Creek, Rockin’ Robin and Footloose. The Eighth Grade Choirs will be performing Unwritten, Let Me Ride, Pink Panther and I’ve Got the Music in Me. The entire company will combine to sing Cindy. Additional spotlight numbers will also be featured.

The concert will be held in Memorial Hall and begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free and doors will open to the public at 6:30 p.m.

GHS Choir-O-Rama tickets on sale

GREENVILLE – Reserved tickets for the 2014 Greenville High School Choir-O-Rama “Let's Get Loud!” are on sale now. The ticket price is $7 for presale and $8 at the door. Choir-O-Rama will be held on May 16, 7:30 p.m., May 17, 7:30 p.m. and May 18, 2 p.m., at St. Clair Memorial Hall.

Requests may be made by contacting Katie Netzley at 670-0063 after 5 p.m. or going to the High School ticket booth from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. daily.

Performing in this annual event are The Wavaires, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, Girls Glee, Choraliers, senior ensembles and various spotlights showcasing the talent.

The Wavaires will be performing selections from Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, and some choral arrangements from the television show “Glee.” Concert Choir will be performing “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers, as well as the Pentatonix version of “Radioactive.” Girls Glee is singing a medley of songs from Adele, and a ballad by Miley Cyrus. The Choraliers are performing three songs, “Live While We’re Young”, “Give Your Heart a Break” and “When Can I See You Again.” Men’s Choir will be singing hits from Jackson Five, including “ABC” and “I Want You Back” while the Women’s Choir will entertain with a medley of songs from the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray.” The combined choirs will perform “Let's Get Loud!” as the opening number and conclude with “I Was Here” and “When You Believe” from the motion picture “The Prince of Egypt.”

The event is directed by Chelsea Whirledge with choreography by Brooke Jendrusik. The choirs are accompanied by Judy Mills, and will feature Richard Kensinger on lights and Ben Hayes on sound.

Be sure to 'Like' Greenville High School Vocal Music Boosters on Facebook to receive the latest news about Choir-O-Rama, and ways to support the vocal music program at GHS and other events.

Scholarship for healthcare studies

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Foundation (formerly named the HOPE Foundation) is offering a scholarship to a student who is currently in college and is pursuing a degree towards a healthcare-related profession. Applicants for the Lori Michelle Williams Scholarship must be graduates of a Darke County high school.

Applications are available online at www.darkecountyfoundation.org or may be obtained by e-mailing the Darke County Foundation office at cprakel@darkecountyfoundation.org. Completed applications must be postmarked by June 13.

Lori’s parents, Bruce and Mary Williams of Greenville, created this legacy in her honor to remember how Lori always set goals and strived to achieve them. She passed away during her senior year at the University of Cincinnati, where she was studying to be a nurse. In endowing this scholarship, the Williams’ family hopes to help others achieve the goals that Lori had set for herself.

The Darke County Foundation receives, manages and distributes charitable gifts for the benefit of the community. More than 60 named funds provide scholarships to Darke County students and grants to local non-profit organizations. For more information about the Darke County Foundation, call 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.

Pre-school applications for Head Start taken

DARKE COUNTY – The Head Start classrooms in Greenville, Bradford, and Union City at Kids Learning Place in Darke County are now taking applications for three and four-year old children for the 2014-2015 school year. There are part-day preschool classroom sessions and home base visiting options available.

Head Start is a high-quality, comprehensive preschool program that provides a kindergarten readiness education, health and social services, and nutritional programs. The no-cost program is for low-income families who meet eligibility requirements set by federal guidelines. The program may also provide services to children that are homeless, in foster homes, and children with special needs without income restrictions.

Kids Learning Place is committed to ensuring education excellence for all the families and children we serve. They strive for early childhood education excellence by including:

* teachers with degrees in every classroom

* a safe and nurturing learning environment

* a research-based curriculum that is structured to focus on the child’s strengths and interests

* involvement with Ohio’s “Step up to Quality” program that recognizes learning and development programs that exceed licensing, health, and safety standards.

The application process is taking place in Darke County now, call to secure your child’s spot in the program. For more information about Head Start and Kids Learning Place call their local toll free number 1-866-627-4557 and talk with a local person.

Check their website at www.kidslearningplace.org or “like” their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kidslearningplace.

Girl Scouts race in Powder Puff Derby

VERSAILLES – On March 30, 66 Girl Scouts of the East Service Unit in grades Kindergarten thru eighth, raced in the Annual Powder Puff Derby at Versailles School Cafetorium. The East Service Unit represents all the Girl Scouts Troops in the communities of Ansonia, Versailles, and Bradford. Girls built pinewood cars, with the help of an adult, to compete for not only the fastest car, but design awards were also given in four different categories.

In the Daisy and Brownie Division winners were: 1st Place, Macy Sink; 2nd Place, Danielle Francis; 3rd Place, Mackenzie Diegel; Prettiest car, Caroline Anthony; Most Unique Car, Lauren Pohl; Best Girl Scout Themed, Hailey Porter; and Dust Eater, Anna Dirksen.

In the Junior, Cadette, and Senior Division winners were: 1st Place, Haddi Treon; 2nd Place, Morgan Rinderle; 3rd Place, Kaydee Campbell; Prettiest car, Jaylynne Trissell; Most Unique Car, Hannah Bey; Best Girl Scout Themed, Megan Rismiller; and Dust Eater, Shyanne Oliver.

The Girl Scouts would like to thank the Versailles Modern Mothers for their donation of trophies for this event. They would especially like to thank the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of Pack 79 for assisting them with this event and allowing them to use their track and timing equipment. It's great to see the Scouting Spirit in the community.

Apr 24, 2014

Students suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in School Parking Lot

GREENVILLE – On April 24, at approximately 7:30 a.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting two students in a vehicle unconscious and unresponsive at the Franklin Monroe School parking lot. The Franklin Monroe School is located at 8639 Oakes Road near the Village of Pitsburg in southeast Darke County.

Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies, Pitsburg Fire Department and Arcanum Rescue units responded to the scene. Upon investigation it was discovered a male and female student were overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in a car in the school parking lot. One of the students made a call to a parent when she noticed the other student became unconscious. The second student became unconscious before help could arrive. The parent that was notified contacted the school to report there was a problem and that is when the school staff went out to the parking lot and discovered the two students unconscious in the car.

The male student was transported to Wayne Health Care by Arcanum Rescue where his condition is not known at this time. The female student was treated by Arcanum Rescue at the scene and released to parents to be transported by private vehicle to a Dayton hospital.

The Pitsburg Fire Department confirmed with a gas detector there was a significant amount of carbon monoxide inside the motor vehicle the students were sitting in. The vehicle was not running when discovered by school staff, but it is suspected the vehicle was running at some point while the students were sitting in it. Faulty exhaust on the vehicle is the suspected cause of this incident.

The Franklin Monroe School activated their Emergency Action Plan and utilized the One Call system to notify all parents and interested parties of the situation that had occurred and the status of the event. Keeping parents, students and staff appropriately informed during a school emergency is critical to the mission of the Franklin Monroe Schools.

GHS Alumni Open House is set for May 5

GREENVILLE – The Greenville High School Alumni Association will have its sixth annual Open House on May 5, at the GHS Cafeteria. The event is free and will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. There is no program and it is a walk through event with free refreshments. Friends of GHS and staff members are invited, too.

This is a chance for GHS alums to reconnect with their past. They have over 100 tri-fold cardboards with pictures from all 103 Chief Yearbooks. Last year they showed the boards with all 18,000+ senior photos from the yearbooks of 1911 to 2013, all scanned and all in one place. This was a first time showing the senior picture of everyone who has graduated in the past 102 years. This year they will have all of these boards back, due to popular demand. There are also specialized boards dealing with GHS clubs, sports, music, classes, teachers, post cards and school pictures, and other subjects. There will be 100-year listings of Homecoming Court members, Raudabaugh award winners, Prom Courts and themes, Student Council and NHS presidents, senior class officers, valedictorians, salutatorians, head ushers, winter sports festival courts, marching band field commanders, drum majors, athletic hall of fame, yearbook editors and teacher obituaries.

They will have newer listings of four and five generation families who have graduated from Greenville High School. This covers from the first graduation in 1873 through 2013. 

The Old West High School was located where today’s Memorial Hall is. The school was moved to a nearby location on Central Avenue on the same block to prepare for the construction of St. Clair Memorial Hall from 1910-1912.



The Brain Bee team was begun in 1964 by radio station WDRK. It was based on the TV series College Bowl. It pitted the top academics from local schools. The Greenville team was Carolyn Toy, Frances Dorris, Greg Reck and Dwaine Blumenstock.

Shown is the 1926 girls soccer team. This team organized to play one game, against Versailles, which ending in a 0-0 score. The first GHS boys soccer team was fielded in 1984.

Explore Upper Floors during First Friday

GREENVILLE - Have you ever wondered what is on the upper floors of our historic downtown buildings? If so, you will want to be part of Main Street Greenville’s First Friday Upper Floor Tour on May 2 to see and discover these hidden locations! This amazing tour will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will include four upper floor locations and one bonus location in downtown! Also, since it is "First Friday," downtown businesses will be open late!

The following buildings will be featured on the tour this year: 620 S. Broadway (space above Studio One Hair Design), 117 E. Fifth St. (space above The Bistro Off Broadway), 434 S. Broadway (space above Sweet Annie’s Cabin), and 301 S. Broadway (space above Countryside Bike Shop). Our bonus location will be the County Administration Building, located at 520 S. Broadway.

A video-tour featuring the locations on the tour will be offered the same evening (during the same time) for those with limited mobility at The Bistro Off Broadway’s banquet room.

Tickets are $5.00 each and are available at Granny’s Corner (418 S. Broadway), Bread of Life (107 W. Main St.), The A & B Coffee & Cake Co. (501 S. Broadway), or Youniques Boutique (529 S. Broadway). Tickets can also be purchased at any of the featured locations during the event.

In addition to the upper floors featured on the tour, the following available properties (for sale or rent) will be open during the event: 100 Martin St. (open from 6-9 p.m.), 127 W. 5th St. (open from 7-9 p.m.), 537 S. Broadway, Suite 103 (open from 6-9 p.m.), and 529 S. Broadway (open from 6-9 p.m.).

Mote and Associates, Inc., a professional design firm specializing in civil engineering and land surveying, sponsors the annual Upper Floor Tour. The tour is presented by Main Street Greenville in collaboration with Historic Preservation Month to bring awareness and respect to our built environment.

First Fridays are a monthly event presented by Main Street Greenville, a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org or contact them at 937-548-4998.

Discover hidden treasures located in the upper floor locations of historic downtown buildings in downtown Greenville!

Ft. GreeneVille DAR awards American Revolution essay submissions

GREENVILLE - Fort GreeneVille Chapter DAR awarded students at St. Marys School for their participation in the American History Essays Contest. Twelve students in 7th and 8th grades wrote essays titled "The Lives of Children during the American Revolution." The winners were Athan Whitney and Hayley Maher, 7th and 8th grade respectively. They were presented their awards by DAR members Susie Brewer and Helen Wright. Afterwards the chapter hosted a pizza party for the students.

The topic for 2014/2015 DAR American History Essay Contest is “A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island”. The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States. Imagine yourself as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892. Essay participants will be asked to write "How would you describe your experience to your cousin who has never heard of Ellis Island?" All fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled, are eligible.

Also there is an American History essay contest for grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. The 2014/2015 essay topic is “Joining Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the New World.” Imagine you have been chosen to join Christopher Columbus’ crew as he sets out for the New World. What are your thoughts and feelings as you prepare for this potentially hazardous mission? What skills do you possess that are essential to your success and survival? Why do you want to go on this voyage and what do you hope to gain from this experience?

Any students or teachers interested in participating, please contact 548-1040 or fortgvchapter@yahoo.com. The deadline for the 2014-2015 essay contests is November 1, 2014.

Twelve St. Marys 7th and 8th grade students submitted essays on the lives of children during the American Revolution.

Jones to speak to Cancer Support Group

GREENVILLE - The Cancer Association of Darke County will hold its monthly support group meeting at 7 p.m. on May 1 at Wayne Health Care on the first floor in the Board Room down past the lab area.

Dr. Paul 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. He has owned his own small animal practice in Greenville since 1989. He is a member of the American Veterinary Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. In addition to practicing veterinary medicine in Greenville Dr. Jones has, for the past 12 years, taught police officers first aid for their canine partners at a Canine Unit Training Center in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He consulted on the set up of companion animals at the Brethren's Home and continues to care for the pets there. Dr. Jones has three children, two stepchildren, a new grandson in Illinois, and a granddaughter who loves to visit "Grampa" at work. He resides in Darke County with his wife, Kathy, three dogs, four cats, two horses and a flock of homing pigeons.

Cancer survivors, patients, families and those concerned about cancer patients are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The Cancer Association is affiliated with United Way.

The Corporate Sponsors of 2014 (so far) are: Wayne Builders, St. Henry Tile Company, Berne Ready Mix, American Legion Post 140, Second National Bank, Women of the Moose 102, Leis Realty, Shrader’s and Men of the Moose.

For questions, contact Christine Lynn, executive director, 548-9960 or email: director@cadcinfo.org.


VFW 7262 donates POW flag

GREENVILLE - VFW Post 7262 Members, Ladies Auxiliary, Men’s Auxiliary and Boosters all cooperate to donate flags and Bibles. The four groups supply in excess of $12,000 per year to provide the items in honor of veterans.

The groups recently presented a new Prisoner of War flag to the City of Greenville. The flag was presented by Post Commander Jack Harless and Post Quartermaster Tom Mowery. Mayor Mike Bowers accepted the flag on behalf of the city. The flag will be flown on the flagpole in the middle of the traffic circle in downtown Greenville.


Left to right: Jack Harless, Mayor Mike Bowers and Tom Mowery

Apr 23, 2014

Chicken BBQ

HOLLANSBURG – The Hollansburg Community Volunteer Fire Dept. invites the public to its annual chicken BBQ on May 3. Serving time begins at 11 a.m. and will end whenever they run out of chicken. Chicken dinners will be $7 w/sides and drink. Chicken halves will be $3.50 w/no sides. There will be a fireman’s boot drive to raise money for needed equipment. Come out and support your local fire department. The Hollansburg Fire Dept. is a 501c3 non-profit organization. For more information, call Tracy Brown 997-2209, email hollansburgfire@gmail.com.

They have been providing fire protection since 1894. Hollansburg was the first rural motorized volunteer fire department in the USA

Versailles Museum plans special events

VERSAILLES – The Versailles Museum is excited about its newest activity held the last Monday of each month at 1 p.m. These gatherings are designed for their “senior” friends who will enjoy various activities from picture identification, to Village Trivia, to the occasional guest speaker.

On April 28, they will reminisce about days in the military. As we approach another Memorial Day they are inviting Veterans to join them for a round table discussion led by Tom Mendenhall as they reflect on the life of the soldier and the family at home. Come and sit and share your story or listen to others.

The afternoon caps off with great desserts and coffee.

If you have ideas for programs they want to hear from you.

The museum’s Sunday Afternoons at the Museum will conclude on April 27 when they will travel with another Versailles author as they welcome Bill Schutte to share his book “The Mountain Slayer; A Journey on the Appalachian Trail.” This inspiring story will tell about Bill’s amazing journey. Joining Bill will be Al Hetrick and they will share their journey walking across England.

The season is free, but your generous donations as well as your memberships are most appreciated and keep the museum open. They will serve light refreshments following event.

Diabetes Care classes

GREENVILLE – Spring has finally made its way to Ohio. Individuals can be observed walking or riding their bikes. Spring is a time to spruce up our yards and plant gardens. This time of the year individuals can be seen taking care of the outside of their yard, but it is also a time to take care of yourself if you have diabetes.

Remember to test your blood glucose level. This will help guide your treatment plan by determining the effects of activity, food, and medication on glucose. It also helps to prevent hypoglycemia. Do not forget to take your medications as directed.

Uncontrolled blood glucose can affect your heart, kidneys, nerves, mouth, feet, and eyes. Take into account screenings which can help with diabetes control: home blood glucose testing, Hemoglobin A1c, blood pressure, lipid panel, dilated eye exam, kidney tests, foot exam, dental exam, and immunizations.

Also remember to include physical activity and exercise daily. You do not need to run a marathon to lower your blood glucose. You may consider walking for ten minutes three times a day. Take into account for every minute of activity/exercise, you will lower your blood glucose about 1 point.

Consider having a sick day plan. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration which can develop from nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Monitor your blood glucose every 4 hours. Contact your doctor if you have persistent high or low blood glucose, or if you have any questions.

Life can become busy and lead to stress. Learn ways to manage stress, since it can affect your blood glucose level. You can do deep breathing or muscle relaxation exercises when you are stressed. Exercising or talking to someone about your feelings can also help to lower your stress level.

To learn more about caring for yourself with diabetes consider attending one of the upcoming diabetes events at Wayne HealthCare. The free Diabetes Wellness Program will be held on May 13, 2 p.m. This free program will discuss “Hyperglycemia and Hypoglycemia”. The Diabetic Group Class series will be held on May 6, 12, 19, and 27, 6-8 p.m. The cost of the four day class is $40. The class will provide you with the knowledge to help make healthy lifestyle decisions regarding your management of diabetes. The classes are for individuals who are newly diagnosed with diabetes and individuals who have had diabetes for years. A Pre-Diabetes Class will be held on May 21, 9-11 a.m. The cost of the pre-diabetes class is $10. You will learn about lifestyle changes to reduce your risk for diabetes. To register of one of the upcoming programs, call 547-5750.

Summer reading at Bradford Library

BRADFORD – The Bradford Public Library has several events and activities for patrons and residents of the Bradford area.

Annual Plant Swap is scheduled for May 3, 10 a.m. Along with a large variety of free cuttings and different plants to choose from, a workshop session on “Perennials and Shade Gardening” will also be held at 10:30 a.m. Gardeners who are dividing plants this year and wish to bring in plants to give away, BPL will open at 9:30 a.m. They have some very exciting events planned for the adults this summer. Anyone from the surrounding area is welcome to attend the function anytime between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Raffle Tickets are on sale now for a variety of items that will be raffled off at noon on the day of the plant swap. Raffle items will be ready to view April 21. Contact the library at 448-2612 for additional information.

The Summer Reading Program will kick off on May 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Parents can begin signing up their children any time May 10 or after at the public library. They will also be at the Bradford’s Summer Rec Opening Day from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to make it easier for families to take advantage of this exciting program. The entire focus will be on “Fizz, Book….Read!”

In addition to reading being a priority for younger to more mature patrons, they will be having hands-on workshops on a variety of activities in the areas of textiles, jewelry making, glass etching, Lego building and activities related to science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.). Bradford Public Library received a Miami County Foundation Grant that will supply everyone including the tools and consumables to work on these projects. They will also be able to purchase a portable cabinet, which they call a MakerSpace to house these items and use them at any location within the library.

Students will also be going on a Field Trip especially planned for their age level. During the week of May 4-10, elementary children will be coming to the public library to hear about the Summer Reading highlights. A special session for Home-Schooling Parents and Children will be held May 13, 3 and 6 p.m. Contact any of our library staff and ask your questions, 448-2612. Keep your children busy this summer with meaningful activities.

New Paris book sale

NEW PARIS – The New Paris Branch of the PCDL will be holding a book sale during the village garage sale day on Saturday, May 10. Book sales are by donation only, and the sale will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register now for Little Miss and Mr. Yesteryear

ARCANUM – The Arcanum Area Business Association (AABA) is seeking contestants for the 18th annual “Little Miss & Mr. Yesteryear Pageant” scheduled for May 17, 12:30 p.m., immediately after the Arcanum’s Old Fashioned Days Parade. The event will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in downtown Arcanum.

Contestants must be 3-7 years of age as of the date of the pageant and will be judged by a panel of three judges on poise (30%), personality (40%), and costume (30%). Costumes should be of an “old fashioned” theme and will be judged based on creativity. Final registration will take place at 11:30 a.m. (at the conclusion of the parade) behind the stage. However, contestants must be pre-registered to participate (mail-in application). Each contestant will receive a special gift for participating in the event.

In addition, trophies will awarded to the first and second runners up. The Little Miss and Little Mr. will be awarded a crown, sash, and trophy. All participants are invited to participate in the Old Fashioned Days parade. Yes Deere Hair & Nail Boutique will provide the float for everyone to ride on. All participants that wish to ride should meet at the Arcanum School to load onto the float at 10:30 a.m., and they will be dropped off at the pageant stage after the parade. All parents should meet behind the stage in Veterans Park to register and prepare your child.

The pageant will start promptly at 12:30 p.m. The AABA will ask for your child to also participate in the Halloween parade in October, if they are chosen as the 2014 Little Miss or Little Mr. Yesteryear, and it will be up to the winners to provide that parade entry. Local newspapers may publish photos of the Little Miss & Mr. Yesteryear contestants.

Applications must be received by May 9, 6 p.m. and include the contestants name, age, parents’/guardians’ name, phone number, costume description, favorite food, favorite color, and what do you want to be when you grow up.

To register for the pageant, return the application below to: Yes Deere Hair & Nail Boutique, LLC, 7820 Alternate State Route 49Arcanum, Ohio 45304; open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 692-6245 or 286-8330.

Serving Easter Brunch

GREENVILLE – The Double M Diner served a free Easter Brunch to persons in need. Approximately 230 area residents enjoyed the annual meal. Shellie Walker has owned the restaurant for two years, but continued the tradition that was started five years ago by the previous owner, Marcella Murphy. (Keith Foutz photo)

Apr 22, 2014

Demolition begins tomorrow at faigrounds

GREENVILLE - The Directors for the Great Darke County Fair are pleased to announce the fire investigation team and all outside, interested parties attended a joint evidence exam session on April 14, 10 a.m., regarding the Dec. 27, 2013 fire loss. As a result of that session, the Fairboard has regained possession of the area, allowing the Fairboard and Insurance Company approved demolition contractor to begin the cleanup project on April 23. Three weeks have been allotted for the cleanup, but it is possible it can be completed in two. The Fairboard continues to work with Bruns General Contracting, Inc. regarding the final details of the new building design and construction.

The Fairboard submitted the winning replacement bid to the Darke County Commissioners. The Darke County Commissioners have also submitted the bid to the structure insurance carrier for evaluation for like/kind/quality. After getting the final response from Insurance carrier, the Fairboard will move forward with the Beef and Dairy Barn Project in a careful, cautious and expedient manner with the goal in mind of having the structure up by the 2014 Fair.

Demolition is expected to begin April 23 at 7 a.m.

Fire destroys abandoned mobile homes

DARKE COUNTY - Flames engulfed an abandoned mobile home when fire crews arrived on the scene of the fire on Brooks Road on April 21.

Firefighters quickly went into defensive mode as the fire reached the neighboring trailer home, just west of Young Road near Union City, Ohio.

Both abandoned structures were just feet away from each other. One was heavily damaged while the second burnt to the ground.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
Clinton Randall photo and story





Family wakes to house fire

UNION CITY, IN - A Union City family woke up to a fire in their home early Saturday morning (April 19).

The male homeowner heard a 'crackling' sound in the rear of the 2-story residence approximately 4 a.m. on Walnut Street. He and his wife got the kids and pets outside while fire crews responded to the scene.

The homeowner told friends he thinks a pet cat may have knocked over a lamp in the back room of the first floor which may have been the cause of the fire.

No injuries were reported and an exact damage estimate is unknown at this time.

Photo submitted by Josh Merssersmith

Greenville Athletic Boosters Scholarship

GREENVILLE – Seniors at Greenville High School have the opportunity to apply for one of five $500 scholarships to be offered. The deadline for submission is May 16. 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. The student must have at least one varsity letter during the eligibility period in any sport. (This includes athletic participants, cheerleaders, trainers, and managers.)

The individual must not be a recipient of a “full ride” academic or athletic scholarship and must be pursuing a post-secondary education. Recipient must be pursuing a post-secondary education. Other details apply; applications are available in Greenville High School office or printable from the Athletic Booster page at www.greenville.k12.oh.us.

Please complete and return to the guidance office by May 16.

The mission of the Greenville Athletic Boosters Organization is to support and encourage academic and athletic excellence in all Greenville Student Athletes and Athletic Teams.



Premier and Wayne offer expanded Telestroke Network

GREENVILLE – In cooperation with Wayne HealthCare, Premier Health is expanding its Telestroke Network into Greenville to quickly diagnose patients who are exhibiting signs of a stroke. With the implementation of the Telestroke Network, a stroke patient arriving at the Wayne HealthCare emergency center can be examined via a computer linked to one of six on-call stroke specialists practicing at Premier Health any time of the day or night. The telemedicine system is already in place at all Premier Health emergency departments. The Premier Health hospitals were the first in the Dayton area to introduce telemedicine to treat stroke patients.

“As a rural healthcare facility, it is imperative that we provide immediate treatment after a stroke occurs to maximize rehabilitation and recovery for patients,” said Kim Freeman, vice president of patient services at Wayne HealthCare.

Dawn Sweet, director of critical care services at Wayne HealthCare has been influential with leading this process at Wayne HealthCare. In addition, Sweet said, “The virtual exam through the Telestroke Network will help expedite the process of being assessed by an expert neurologist who can order appropriate treatment from their location within a Premier Health facility. Our nurses and clinical staff have completed in-depth training and skills assessment for stroke certification programs, based on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale standards and are excited about the opportunity to add this service for our patients and community.”

The Premier Health Telestroke Network uses a rolling cart outfitted with a computer, video monitor, camera and audio system to connect the on-call stroke specialist with the patient. When a stroke patient arrives at the emergency department, the system is wheeled to the patient’s bedside. A staff member from the emergency center contacts the remote on-call stroke specialist from one of the Premier hospitals. The specialist logs onto a computer and then can have two-way audio and video communication with, the emergency physician, the nurse, patient and family members. The specialist can “see” the patient, ask questions and view CT scans - all in real-time - to help assess the patient’s condition and help the emergency physician determine if the patient is a candidate for acute stroke therapy.

This technology dramatically increases the number of patients who can receive clot dissolving medication. This medicine is only effective within the first few hours after the stroke onset. Rapid administration can minimize the damage to the brain.

Dr. Jacob Kitchener, a Premier Health neurointerventional specialist who will be one of the physicians on-call for the telemedicine program, says the benefit this technology brings to patients is tremendous. “Telemedicine enables physicians specifically trained in acute stroke care to be electronically transported to the patient’s bedside instantly, he says. He adds, “Such timely interactions with the family, emergency physician and most importantly, the patient, allow for a thorough and rapid patient evaluation. We are thrilled to bring this technology to the patients of Wayne HealthCare.”

In addition to Dr. Kitchener, the on-call team includes Ahmed Fathy, MD, Bradley Jacobs, MD, Bryan Ludwig, MD, Kiran Poudel, MD, and Robb Snider, MD.

Physicians believe that telemedicine will result in faster delivery of care which can improve patient outcomes. The possibilities for telemedicine are endless and Premier Hospitals could use the program in other areas such as cardiology in the future.

Nature Day is April 26

GREENVILLE – What better time to celebrate nature than Earth Day weekend? This year the have so much packed into Nature Day and extended the time! Nature Day will be on April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 State Route 502 West, Greenville.

The Park will be a flurry of free activities, LIVE animals and information from beginning to end. Stations will be scattered throughout the trails surrounding the Nature Center encouraging admiration of all things Nature. Children will have the opportunity to have their “passport” stamped at each station for a prize. A snake, turtle, hawk and owl will be walking the trails and Brukner Nature Center will join the fun by adding an opossum, bat and a flying squirrel to the mix.

Entertainer extraordinaire, Chris Rowlands, will be joining them for a free concert at noon. Chris is a Naturalist Teacher for Aullwood Audubon Center, bringing music and life-size puppets to the stage for the benefit of children and adults alike!

The Native Plant Sale is BACK! Select plants will be available for sale during Nature Day. The Friends of the Park will also be serving a low cost, hotdog lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.darkecountyparks.org or call 548-0165.

Genealogical Society tour

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Genealogical Society, Inc. is having a tour at 1 p.m., at the Historical Society of Versailles, on May 14. For more information, call 548-8295. This meeting is open to anyone interested. Anyone who wants can eat ahead of the tour at the Sweet Shop in Versailles.

Kiwanis gives to Special Olympics

GREENVILLE – Kiwanis of Greenville has again donated to support the 37th year of Darke County Special Olympics. This organization provides athletic opportunities for students and adults with varying types of disabilities from Darke County. Kiwanis has supported the program since its inception. The 2013 program served 310 athletes from Greenville City Schools, Darke County Schools and Wayne Industries competing at the local, area, and state levels in basketball, cheerleading, bowling, softball, equestrian, swimming and track & field. Shown in the photo are Kiwanians Roy Haines, President Christina Chalmers, Steve Litchfield and Max Shoemaker.

Canner gauge testing time

GREENVILLE – Are you 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 and continue through Sept. 30.

There is a $5 charge for each gauge tested. You will need to bring your dial gauge into their office and they will test it, or call you to pick it up after it has been tested. In addition, you will receive the most recent materials available on home food preservation.

Please bring your canner lid with the gauge attached to be tested. They will also check the gasket on your canner to make sure that, too, is in working order.

OSU Extension, Darke County, is located at 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, on the north side of Edison State College. If you have any questions, call 548-5215.

Before your produce is ready to preserve, be certain that you check the jars you plan to use. Inspect them for cracks. Run your finger around the rim of each jar to inspect for chips, nicks and bumps in the glass. Any irregularities can cause seals to fail, so discard jars that don't meet the standard for canning, or use them for decorative or other purposes.

Also, mayonnaise jars, or similar commercial food jars, are considered "one-trip" jars. These jars are not thick enough to withstand the repeated use in home canning. So make sure your jar supply is ready for the task, as well as the rest of your canning equipment.

Remember, pressure canning is the only safe method of canning low acid vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. The 240 degree temperature required to preserve these foods safely can only be reached in a pressure canner.

Canning is not the place for creativity. Use only scientifically tested recipes, instructions and recommendations for home preserving foods. Home food preservation is easy and safe, but only if you follow safe guidelines for each particular food you are canning. Freezing is a safe method to preserve any food, so when in doubt, freeze it.

Apr 21, 2014

Easter fire hits family home



DARKE COUNTY – A two alarm structure fire completely destroyed a garage and heavily damaged a family home Easter Sunday.

Fire crews from Darke and Preble County responded to the scene at 957 U.S. 127, just south of Otterbein-Ithaca Road, around noon to find a fully engulfed detached garage fire. The flames spread to the two-story home before firefighters could extinguish the blaze.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
By Clinton Randall, staff writer/webmaster

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; all necessary materials must be received in the Darke SWCD office by 4 p.m.

In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a Darke County resident and be graduating from one of the county’s public or private high schools; have a minimum 2.5 grade point average; be entering their freshman year as a full-time student in the Fall 2013 at a 2- or 4-year accredited college, technical school or university; and be pursuing a degree in either an agriculture or natural resources related field.

The scholarship award is for $500 and will be processed through the University or College scholarship office and will be available to the students in January 2015 after proof of the students continuing enrollment at the school has been obtained.

The deciding committee reserves the right to refuse the application due to any component, including; incompleteness, essay and recommendation letter content, course type selected and/or previous scholarship earnings.

The intent of this scholarship is to help our best and brightest pursue a higher education in the field of agriculture or natural resources. For more information, call 548-1715, Ext. 3 or email jared.coppess@oh.nacdnet.net.

Masons’ dinner helps Special Olympics

GETTYBURG – The Gettysburg Masons will be holding its annual spaghetti dinner on May 3, 4:30-7 p.m., to support the Special Olympics. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and under. Included in the meal are a salad, pie and drinks. The dinner will be held in the lodge dining room behind the Gettysburg Post Office.

An Open House for the Lodge will be conducted at this event.

Last year, the Gettysburg Masons contributed over $500 to this worthy cause. This will be the 31st year Ohio Masons have supported the Special Olympics with the last 10 contributing over $100,000 each year. Over $2 million has been contributed through 2012. The Special Olympics Ohio Summer Games will be held in June 2014 at the athletic facilities of The Ohio State University. It costs over $100 per athlete to compete in the games. In addition to financial support, Ohio Masons volunteer help during the contests, and participate in the Parade of Athletes during opening ceremonies. More than 21,000 children and adults with disabilities benefit from this cause. General information is available at www.freemasons.com. For local information, contact the lodge secretary, 548-7225.

Registration taken for FS4JK Ag Safety Day

GREENVILLE – Darke County youth ages 7-13 are invited to attend the 10th annual Progressive Ag Safety Day on June 10, at the Darke County Fairgrounds. The Safety Day is sponsored by the Darke County Chapter of Farm Safety for Just Kids.

Sessions for the day include ATV Safety, Grain Safety, PTO/Equipment Safety, Animal Safety, Drug Safety, Healthy Lifestyles, and Farm Rescue. Many door prizes will be presented and all kids will take home a goody bag filled with resources and safety items. Kids must be registered to attend. Registrations are being taken now and will close when 100 kids are registered.

Contact Rhonda Kress at rhondajkress@gmail.com or call 417-7412. Other questions may be directed to Janet Rhoades, coordinator, at rhoadesj@g-wireless.net or 448-2740.

Darke Co. LWV will not hold spring forum

GREENVILLE – With the May 6 Primary elections fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Darke County urges residents to get out to vote for their favorite candidates.

This spring, LWV will not hold its usual Candidates Night due to local offices being unopposed. Each citizen should become informed about the candidates for local government and those running for state offices. However, several ballot issues are up for voter consideration.

In the village of Versailles, Issue # 8 proposes a Municipal Income Tax- Combination of 1/2% Levy on Income. This is for Street Reconstruction and Major Repair Purposes, consisting of Storm Drainage Improvements, Sanitary Sewer Improvements, Waterline Improvements and Street Reconstruction for five years, commencing Jan. 1, 2015.

In the village of Wayne Lakes, Issue # 9 Proposed Tax Levy is a renewal of 7 mills for current expenses for 5 years, commencing in 2014, first due in the calendar year of 2015.

Greenville City School District, Issue #3 is a proposed Tax Levy that is a renewal for 2 mills for the purpose of remodeling, renovating, and otherwise improving school buildings. Furnishing and equipping school buildings and equipping and otherwise improving school sites. This renewal is for 5 years; commencing in 2014, first due in calendar year 2015.

There are a few overlapping issues with nearby counties. More information about those issues and candidates for office this primary is posted on http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/darke/

 
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