Archive for January, 2010

>Bowling and Forecasting


Bowling isn’t a sport of strength and force, as much as it is about finesse. With that said, bowling and forecasting have a lot in common.

To help make this analogy a little clearer I will compare it to this weeks forecast. It should be pretty quiet for now until next weekend. The three latest models have all been agreeing on the Miami Valley seeing the most snow we have seen this year in one system arriving for Saturday.

Read the rest at Buck’s Blog (@ Dayton’s News Source)


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>Versailles boys win road thriller against Russia Saturday night 63-62


The Tigers were hyped up against Russia and played one of their best games of the year.

Though they battled back and forth all night, Russia could never take much of a lead, while the Tigers would have an eight point lead in the first half. Russia battled back and went in at half tied.

The third quarter was more of the same as Versailles had a one point lead after three.

In the fourth quarter the lead would go back and forth. With both teams in double bonus, Versailles seemed to keep fouling Russia and they built a two point lead.

Versailles took the ball down the court and Zach Niekamp hit a three to put the Tigers up by one with 7.1 seconds left.

Russia drove down the court and missed a shot, and rebounded, got a shot off, was hard to tell if time had expires before the shot got off, but it missed and the Tigers got the win.

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And here is video of the winning shot:

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>Arcanum native, Marianna Thomas, dies at 82

>She was the widow of Lowell Thomas.

[tip: thegoose]

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>Versailles’ Danielle Williams, MVCTC Graphic Arts Student Wins Gold Key Award


Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Graphic Art senior Danielle Williams from Versailles has won a GOLD KEY award for her eight-piece portfolio submitted to the 2010 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Winners of this regional award submitted artwork that demonstrated the highest levels of achievement in originality, technique, and personal vision. Danielle’s portfolio is now in the running for the national award, her work will be reviewed by nationally and internationally renowned artists to select approximately 1,000 awards on the national level. The top six national winners will receive $10,000 scholarship awards and have their work selected for inclusion in the National Student Art Exhibition in New York.

MVCTC is the career technical school for Ansonia, Arcanum, Franklin-Monroe, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village, and Versailles schools. Students in the MVCTC Graphic Commercial Art program learn to create artwork for advertising agencies, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, and packages. In this field, artists develop ideas, prepare sketches, choose color and lettering, draw finished artwork, and produce camera-ready art electronically through graphic computer programs. MVCTC Graphic Commercial Art program is a Tech Prep program, which means students meeting all requirements may be eligible to earn up to 15 college credits to Sinclair Community College after successfully completing the program. MVCTC Graphic Commercial Art program has recently had graduating classes earn over $200,000 in college scholarships.

Applications are available on-line for high school sophomores wishing to enter their junior year in 2010 as Graphic Commercial Art students. Please visit for more information.

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>Fee Celebrates 3 Years of Ownership at Storch Braund


Looking back over the last three years can make a man sentimental that is if you are Eric Fee. At the age of 35, Eric was lucky enough to find his dream job. “I always wanted to own my own business and yet fulfill my calling in ministry” states Fee, an ordained minister for over 15 years. “Storch Braund offers me both opportunities. I get to serve families by helping them celebrate and honor their loved ones and make decisions for the business that are in the best interest of our families, the community and my own family” says Fee.
The funeral home has seen a lot of changes over the past three years with one the most obvious being the change of ownership. Fee purchased the funeral home from Delbert Braund back in February, 2007. Braund faithfully served the funeral home as Director and owner for over 27 years. “Delbert made the transition easy for us. He took me under his wing and gave us the opportunity for business ownership, and I will always be grateful to him for that.” declares Fee. The funeral home has over 75 years of experience in serving families and the community. Today, they carry on the tradition of compassion, personal attention and professional services that began so long ago. “We have an amazing staff of caring individuals” states Fee. In addition to Eric Fee as Owner and Family Service Director, the firm has added Carie Pope as Funeral Director and Embalmer, Kristin Fee as Outreach Manager, Jack Kerns and Richard Rehmert as Family Service Assistants, and Mary Boone as an Administrative Assistant.

Fee indicated that one of the most important focuses for their funeral home is the service they provide. “Families can spend thousands of dollars with our firm and all they really leave with is the memory of that service. At Storch Braund, we have to make sure that their memories exceed any expectations they had for the celebration of their loved one’s life” declares Fee. To show how strongly they feel about that mission, they changed their purpose statement. “It will always be our family serving your family, because we are locally owned. However, we wanted to take it one step further, because for us it is all about ‘Celebrating Lives and Serving Families’” shares Fee.

The funeral home prides itself in exceptional family care. For them providing personal care, complimentary refreshments and attention to detail with every family served is a way of life. But the care doesn’t end when the service is over. Fee encourages his families that their relationship has only just begun. “I let our families know that we want to continue to be there for them in whatever way they need us” says Fee. “Whether it is completing their insurance paperwork so it can be expedited, connecting them with support through one of our partnerships, inviting them to our GriefShare program or calling and checking in with them, our relationship with our families is grounded in service” states Fee.

A unique service that Storch Braund offers is the Celebration of Life Memory Walk. “The service isn’t a literal walk, rather a mindset we encourage our families to embrace as they grieve and celebrate the life of their loved one” encourages Fee. The Celebration of Life Memory Walk is a process of selecting items for their loved one that will capture the spirit of the person they are celebrating. Storch Braund continues to add value to their services by implementing personal touches to the flowers, interesting information in the obituary, complimentary refreshments, and items lovingly sitting around at the visitation that speak of the life of their loved one. “We make sure to exceed our families’ expectations by finding out their favorite snacks, encouraging them to make our home their own by bringing in mementos that were special or even handmade by their loved ones. That is what the Celebration of Life Memory Walk is all about, our service to our families from beginning to end” shares Fee.

Storch Braund is grateful to the almost 120 families they have served over the last three years. “Without families choosing us to serve them, we wouldn’t be here” states Fee. “Our desire is that when you need us, we can be there for you. Our services are not limited to our chapel or New Madison. We will serve you where you are at, including anywhere in our community. Should you want a chapel or church setting, banquet hall, cremation or gravesite, large or small, we would be honored that you chose us” shares Fee. Over the last three years, Storch Braund has been blessed by partnering with numerous organizations to help serve their families. “I believe our partnerships are vital to our service. Churches like Castine Church of the Brethren, EUM Church, Cedar Grove and Lighthouse Christian Center have helped us facilitate some of the largest funerals in Darke County. They are a huge blessing in helping us serve our families and keep guests comfortable and out of the elements” says Fee. Storch Braund continues to look for new ways in which to partner with individuals and organizations that have the same focus of serving people and serving the community. “Partnerships are just one of the things that make our community great. In the end, it is really all about people helping people” encourages Fee.

For more information on their services such as pre-arranging, Celebration of Life Memory Walk, or GriefShare, please call Storch Braund Funeral Home at 996-1051.


>A thank you from The Flower Patch

>Our Friends and Family,

Three years ago today, The Flower Patch opened its doors for business. We want to take this time to thank you for three “Great” years. We offer the trends of demand for floral design and have established a unique floral and gift shop that offers exceptional customer service to our customers. We realize that we have several floral shops as our competition, however, we can and believe that we offer unique ideas, creative floral designs that our customers have demanded, which allows our designers the creative challenges, artistic opportunities and personal relationships that will keep our customers returning for years to come. We sincerely thank you for your business and your friendship and look forward to working with you for many years to come! Stop today at “The Flower Patch” and receive 10% discount as our thanks to you!

Rick & Kathy Beam Owners
Katie Netzley, Designer and Manager
Marcia Fink, Designer

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>Kasich house party draws big crowd


Greenville resident Barbara Martin hosted a house party Thursday night as part of the 88 county kickoff of the John Kasich campaign for governor. Martin had about 25 attendees – and the group listened to a live webcast from Kasich at 7pm.

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