Archive for September, 2009

>MVCTC Adult Education Open House Scheduled

>Attention Job Seekers, are you considering a career change? If so, learn more about the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) training available to fill current job openings, by attending the Adult Education Open House on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. in the new Adult Education Building located at 6801 Hoke Road, Clayton, Ohio 45373.

The Open House will be a chance to tour the new Adult Education Building at MVCTC and to learn more about programs offered in Health Occupations, Public Safety, Industrial Trades, and Construction Trades. In order to meet the demands of the workforce MVCTC has added new programs for the coming year including:

  • Dental Assisting, a 45-week full-time program starting new classes in March of 2010. Successful students are eligible to take the Ohio Certification Exam for Dental Assisting (CODA).
  • Optometric Technician, a 48-Week full-time program teaching the skills necessary to assist an optometrist. A person in this position would assist in testing patients’ vision, providing frame styling services, and instructing patients in contact lens handling.
  • Central Services Technician, an 11-week, short-term program. This class provides the student with the knowledge and skills to function as an effective Central Service Processing Technician. Job duties could include cleaning/decontaminating supplies & equipment, cleaning/caring for equipment, and packaging/sterilization of instruments. Students successfully completing this course may sit for the Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) exam.

MVCTC also offers financial aid opportunities for those who qualify, and if you are one of those affected by the closings of GM, Delphi or DHL then you are likely to be eligible for dislocated worker funds. Plan to visit MVCTC programs, meet instructors, and learn about acquiring skills to help make you employable in this new economy. For more information about the MVCTC Adult Education programs, visit or call 800-716-7161.

MVCTC Adult Education Winter Quarter classes start in January 2010. Do not miss this opportunity to receive the training you need for the job you want. MVCTC, your future starts here!

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>Greenville authorities are seeking witnesses of fatal accident

>If you have any information, please call 548-1103. For more information, check out Steve Baker’s excellent video report here.

On a personal note, I got to know Jimmy Hendrix (aka James Hendrix) when I worked at Derby Manufacturing all the way back in the summer of 1990. Jimmy was a jokester, who victimized me on several occasions. The first time was my first day on the job when he introduced himself as “Jimmy Hendrix,” laughing as if he was making it up. The co-workers went along with the joke, and it wasn’t until days later that I realized that his name actually was “Jimmy Hendrix” and the joke was on me. It was much more fun being in on the joke – which happened several times during the summer I worked at Derby.

Jimmy’s other scam was that he would occasionally lie about the time (he was the only one who wore a watch in our area). He would claim it was much earlier in the day than it actually was, and then quitting time would come sooner than expected. It was a little thing, but very funny at the time, and something I remember 19 years later.

I never saw Jimmy again after my summer at Derby. But Jimmy Hendrix was decent to me – and a friend, even if for only a short time. God bless JH.

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>Studebaker to speak at Brethren Retirement Community


Please join us on Monday, October 5th at 7pm at the Brethren Retirement Community as we welcome guest speaker, Dr. John P. Studebaker. The educational seminar, titled “Vitamin D-Dramatic New Discoveries and Applications” will be held in the Brick Room.

Dr. John P. Studebaker, M.S, M.D. has been an active Family Medicine Physician in Darke County, Ohio for 31 years. He has a Masters degree in Marine Science (Biology) in addition to his Doctor of Medicine degree. He had a 3-year Family Medicine residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In 2005 he became Board Certified by examination by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). He practices and does consultations in Integrative Holistic Medicine at his office located at 832 Central Ave., Greenville, Ohio. The years of 2007, 2008, and 2009 were devoted partially to Vitamin D research both in office and academically. You will find Dr. Studebaker’s discussion of Vitamin D immediately valuable for your own health and longevity as well as that of your family and acquaintances.

If you are interested in attending this informative seminar, please call Holly Hill at 547-7655 for reservations. This seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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>Pike to speak to youth group

>Cindy Pike, Darke County Clerk of Courts, will be the featured guest at Monday’s Youth in Politics meeting at Brethren Retirement Community.

The meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. and meets in the small meeting room directly across from the main dining room at BRC. The public is invited; especially all youth interested in politics.

The Youth in Politics group is a non-partisan group formed to educate young people about the political process, the role of public service in our society, ideologies and politics in general. Youth of all political leanings are encouraged to participate.

Pike will talk about her elected position with the Darke County Courts, as well as her role as Chairperson of the Darke County Republican Party. Featured guests to date include Democrat Councilperson Kathleen Floyd and Republican Mayor Mike Bowers. Future guests will include public servants from both parties at local and state levels.

There will also be discussion – pro and con – on the upcoming Ballot Issue 2 regarding livestock care standards.

For more information, feel free to contact Bob Robinson at

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>Harvest of Quilts – October 10th & 11th


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>Bear’s Mill Open House – October 3rd & 4th


Historic Bear’s Mill, 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Greenville, OH 45331,, 937.548.5112

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>Volunteers Needed for Make a Difference Day

>Roll up your sleeves and join hundreds of local residents in our community by volunteering for Make a Difference Day!

Two hundred-fifty volunteers are needed to make a difference in our communities throughout Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties on October 23 and 24 in celebration of Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteering.

Volunteers are needed to complete nearly 20 community service projects, ranging from hosting Nintendo Wii parties for older adults to literally putting a roof over the head of a local kidney transplant recipient. Project volunteer opportunities are available from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both October 23 and 24. Volunteers, we need you to sign up.

Volunteers can be individuals or groups; anyone that can carry out a volunteer project that helps others with specific projects available throughout Darke, Miami, and Shelby Counties. Just visit or call HandsOn West Central Ohio in Greenville at (937) 548-8002. All ages are welcome!

Volunteering is not only an opportunity to help others through actions, but to learn more about each other, ourselves, and how we can work together as a strong team. Participating in a Make a Difference Day provides a great opportunity for everyone to learn more about an agency and to see firsthand how your donations can make a difference in someone’s life.

Make a Difference Day activities are coordinated regionally through a partnership between five local nonprofit organizations, including Darke County United Way, HandsOn West Central Ohio, Piqua Area United Way, Tipp City Area United Way, and Shelby County United Way. The group hopes to engage hundreds of volunteers from local churches, businesses, schools, and more in service projects that help nonprofit organizations better serve area residents in need.

Make a Difference Day is a national day of volunteering sponsored by USA Weekend. More than 3,000,000 volunteers nationwide participated in Make a Difference Day 2008, held annually on the fourth Saturday of October since 1992. Ohio has led the nation in the number of service projects sponsored in conjunction with Make a Difference Day since 2000. Last year, more than 40,000 volunteers completed over 1,000 community service projects in Ohio for this national day of helping others.
To learn more about this event, visit

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