Archive for July, 2009

>Caption contest

>You write the caption for this photo (leave it in the comments). The funnier the better. We’ll put the best ones here on the main page.

“OK! I admit it. Stupid is as stupid does! But, I got invited to the white house for a beer with the president.”

“How in the Hell did you two get elected?”

“Beam me up Scotty. There is no intelligent life here”

“Badges … we don’t need no stinkin badges.” [… bonus if you can name the movie that made that quote famous]

… and many more. Check the comments for all of them.



>Greenville Farmers Market – Saturday

>The biggest line-up of vendors so far! Downtown Greenville at 4th & Boradway, next to the courthouse. Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Francis Byers: Long time market favorite, Francis will bring his early season fruits and veggies. Arrive early to get the best selection of yellow squash, zucchini, red potatoes, okra, beets, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, cucumbers and more!

E.A.T. Food for Life Farm: Your local, grass-fed, Certified-organic family farm. Check out the weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) packages. Grass-fed chicken, beef, lamb, pork and buffalo. Grains such as rolled oats, spelt berries, crackers and flours. Try a sample of one of the varieties of hard cheese. For further information

Cookie Bookie: Elizabeth Kniesly will be sharing her old family recipes to create a product that tastes just like Grandma’s. Try the moist and flavorful banana bread, baked in mini bread pans or one of her many cookies, cobblers or cinnamon rolls.

Heather Kreider: Homemade baked goodies including cherry pie, rhubarb pie, old-fashioned sugar cookies (a market favorite), pecan tassies and mocha frosted drop cookies.

Indiana Honey: With a growing beekeeping operation in Union City, Indiana, Indiana Honey will be offering local honey, lip balms made from beeswax and honey straws in 10 flavors. New this year is creamed honey, a smooth, spreadable product! Great on biscuits and toast. Available in natural, blueberry, cinnamon pecan and strawberry. Check them out at

Woodsview Alpaca Farm: Bob and Michelle Dircksen own this farm that enjoys raising alpacas and grain. Alpaca fiber and yarn products, as well as fashions can be found at the market. Alpaca apparel, such as sport and dress socks or beautiful sweaters, gloves and scarves are a must see. The handcrafters will enjoy finding lovely alpaca yarn in natural and colorful dyes and mixes, rovings, battings and alpaca blankets in all their natural colors.

Ted Mangen: Fresh off the vine and out of the garden summer squash, zucchini, green peppers, onions, potatoes and cabbage, as well as honey and baked goods.

Tammy Klepinger: Stop by Tammy’s table and check out her fresh cut flowers and herbs, homemade apple bread, muffins and fudge, and fresh picked organic produce.

Wolf’s Produce: Fresh tomatoes, melons, beets, green beans and blackberries will be available this week, along with fresh baked cookies and cinnamon rolls.

Fred Worch: Pick up some fresh sweet corn for dinner tonight! Stop in and see what Fred has fresh out of his garden this week.

Prayer Preserves: Tabitha and family pray over every batch of jelly and preserves they create. Taste a sample of peach, red raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, red raspberry wine or hot pepper jam.

Check out the Communal Table hosted by Main Street Greenville…again this week is the homemade original recipe Celery Seed Dressing (former “House” dressing @ The Market Deli), made fresh with natural ingredients. Stop by for a sample and buy a bottle for dinner tonight! Also at the communal table, hand woven rugs, barn siding yard decor and whatever else shows up before 8:00 a.m.

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>Linguistics lesson for the Darke County Commissioners

>The word “corps” is pronounced (kôr), like the core of an apple. The “p” and the “s” are silent.

The word “corpse” is pronounced (kôrps), and you do pronounce the “p” and the “s.”

“Corps” means a group of people, while “corpse” means a dead body … so it’s kind of important, especially to the people in the corps, not to mix up the two.


>Greenville EMS poll is closed (which means you don’t click on the picture)

>This poll was 2-to-1 the whole way. DarkeJournal readers say “no” to City of Greenville EMS. Any ideas for the next poll?


>The Alice-in-Wonderland of local politicians

>In the world of athletics, coming in third place is getting bronze instead of gold. In the world of love and business, third place means loss and despair. But not so with the politicos that visited The Andersons at their home in Maumee, Ohio. To them, coming in third, after investors and employees, means The Andersons are fine people – even though they only spoke to a “counterpart”. Their visit served to support their contention that their constituents are hysterical troublemakers that carry a disease that is causing the city to fester and if not cured, perhaps die. Whoever paid for their trip wasted their money. In the 21st century a simple email asking the Anderson’s, “If you are fine religious people, do you conduct your business by the “Golden Rule” or the “rule of gold” where Greenville comes in third?” would have been more productive. Other politicos are suggesting that Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is a partisan issue between Democrats and Republicans. According to the Darke County poll, conducted by the, over 97% of the respondents were against CCS while less than 3% supported it. If this is a partisan issue, which of the two parties is claiming the 97% victory? Of course this is nonsense, but here in the Alice-in-Wonderland world of Greenville/Darke County such pronouncements are perfectly rationale and can spark a big rally of two or three people. The CCS supporting politicians believe that shaving off mountain tops in West Virginia to produce coal for smog belching electric plants that generate the power necessary for the 1500 psi sequestration, all at tax payers expense, is a good thing. Then if you oppose the scam (or as Greenpeace has labeled it, “ a boondoggle), they try to convince you that you are opposing the American way. Even more upside down is their belief that supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) will sit in a glob three thousand feet down under our aquifer without ever emerging into the atmosphere where it supports plant life and crop growth. This is their conviction although scientists working on CCS recognize there is “back leakage” and serious attending risks. They are totally unaware of the work coming from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory that calculates over time the latent energy at a sequestration site can exceed approximate 20 kilotons of TNT contained in the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Although we live in one of two earthquake epicenters in Ohio further complicated by hundreds of abandoned oil and gas wells through which the CO2 can erupt with massively fatal consequences they regard such an event as the luck of the draw. They revel in being risk takers and regard the recent seismic tremor in April 2008 in Greenville as nothing more than a caution light that can be ran. Others, not given to scientific thought after over a year are still “studying the matter”.

Also in this Wonderland we must include the Darke County Chamber of Commerce that apparently has bolted from the National Chamber of Commerce whose position is against “Cap and Trade” under which CCS is the darling centerpiece. Ironically the local Chamber considers themselves Midwest conservatives and perhaps are unaware that CCS is straight out of the West coast California Pelosi-Waxman-Boxer-Feinstein playbook. Perhaps the Darke County Chamber would suggest, “Isn’t it nice to have a bit of California with a little Beach Boy music in the background here in Darke County?” Do they not realize that California has replaced the US dollar with IOUs?

To those politicians and public servants that have chosen to leave this Alice-in-Wonderland world, we offer our thanks, appreciation and support. Adding to this group are the Darke County Commissioners who in Resolution 200-09 politely asked the Anderson Marathon Ethanol plant to honor their request to halt the project (CCS).

[submitted by Rebecca Reier]


>Roundeye Bluegrass Festival – this weekend


Roundeye Family Park * 39th Annual Bluegrass Festival
Painter Creek, Ohio at 8805 Painter Creek-Arcanum Rd. Painter Creek, Ohio 45304
July 31st through August 1st 

ADMISSION: Friday $6.00 – Saturday $12.00 – Weekend $15.00

For information call (937) 548-7219 … (937) 477-2422 … (937) 839-4747 … email: … or click here to get the details on the free beans and cornbread (yes – really!)

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>Commissioners Reduce Employee Hours for a Second Time

>At its regular session today, the Darke County Commissioners cut its staffs hours for the second time in three months. As of April 26, 2009, the commissioners staff was cut from 80 hours per pay period (2 weeks) to 75 hours per pay period. Today’s resolution makes a further cut to 70 hours per week, and this cut also applies to the maintenance employees. Commissioner Haworth noted that these cuts are not pleasant but are necessary (paraphrased).