Archive for September, 2010

>A few photos on the new Franklin-Monroe K-12 school

>These photos don’t do justice to the massive scale of the construction. The first photo is the best wide-angle street view. In the bottom photo, you can see the current high school in the background. The new school is being built within a few feet of the current school, in part to preserve the existing gym which is at the west end of the high school.


>AFD 2nd annual Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day – 10/2 (update: dance canceled)

>The Arcanum Fire Department will be hosting its second annual Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day on Saturday, October 2nd, 2010. The activities will take place at the Arcanum Fire Department which is located at 206 S Main Street Arcanum , Ohio .

The Arcanum Fire Prevention and Public Safety Day will feature dozens of activities. The day will begin with a parade at 11:30 AM which will begin on North Main Street and will end in front of the Arcanum Fire Department.

Opening Ceremonies for Fire Prevention Day will immediately follow the parade in front of the Arcanum Fire Department at 12:00 PM.

The first activities to take place include fire truck rides for those kids who are interested in seeing what it is like to ride in a fire truck. A smoke trailer will also be on site to simulate what occurs during house fires. The Arcanum Rescue Squad and Arcanum Police Department will also be involved with demonstrations!

Later in the day games, including fire gear races, tug of war and bucket races, will take place. Careflight will also be landing and will give a demonstration of their helicopter!

Prizes will be given out all day to those children and kids in attendance. Prize registration will begin at 12:30 PM.

Late in the afternoon, cake walks will take place in the Arcanum Fire Department. The day will conclude with a teen dance at the Arcanum Fire Department from 7:30 PM until 11:00 PM.

A schedule of the days’ events is included below the jump …

10:30 AM: Parade Line-Up
11:30 AM: Fire Prevention Parade
12:00 PM: Opening Ceremony
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Registration for Kids Prizes
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Lady Auxiliary Lunch
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Fire Truck/Squad/Police Demonstrations/Tours?
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Fire Truck Rides
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Moon Bounce
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Smoke Trailer Demonstrations
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Helicopter/Careflight Demonstration
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Fire Related Games
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Cake Walks, 50/50
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Kids Prizes Drawings
[the dance has been canceled due to conflict with homecoming]

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>Hayrides on the Prairie

>If you are looking for a new way to enjoy fall in Darke County, the Friends of the Park and the Darke County Red Cross cordially invite you to “Hayrides on the Prairie.’ Take pleasure in a wonderful “old-fashioned” journey on the back of a tractor-drawn wagon, surrounded by the beautiful fall colors of Shawnee Prairie. After your ride enjoy the bonfire, listen and share stories or tour the Park’s authentic log cabin. Treat your family to an adventure back to a simpler, more relaxed time, reconnect and enjoy nature’s ever changing show!

“Hayrides on the Prairie” is open the last four Saturday, weather permitting. Rides begin at 400 p.m. and last wagon goes out at 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the gate: $4.00 adults or 12 and under $2.00. Tickets are available at Shawnee Prairie Nature Center and the Darke County Red Cross Chapter. General admission wagons fill as people arrive. Pre-scheduled group reservations are also available; each wagon costs $75.00 with a maximum of twenty-five per wagon. Shelter reservations are also available for a fee of $50.00, picnic tables and fire ring provided in shelter house.

For one night only, on October 23rd, from 4:00 to 7:00 a special bean supper with beverage and dessert will be served from the Log Cabin for an additional donation, reservations are requested, but not required. And on October 30th, children under 12 who arrive in costume will be admitted for only $1.00. There will special activities that evening for children and a costume contest!

For those into social media tune in to “Hayrides on the Prairie” by following at, account DarkeCyRedCross for ticket give-aways, coupons and other announcements or you can also follow at the Chapter’s Facebook account. This special fundraiser is a joint venture benefiting both your local Red Cross and the Friends of the Darke County Parks. For more information or to schedule group reservations, call the Red Cross at 937.548.1002.

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>Cancer Association’s Support Group to Meet Thursday; October 7th, 2010

>The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, October 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room at Wayne HealthCare. The evening will be an open forum night for both the patients and the family of a cancer patient to openly discuss their experience with cancer.

Your local and independent Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the “Living with Cancer” group in cooperation with Wayne HealthCare. The Support Group is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer; the family and friends of an individual with cancer are encouraged to attend the group as well. Facilitating the support group meetings will be Warren Richards from the Cancer Association, Kay Kirby, Jill Brown, and Vicky Henderson from Wayne Hospital, and Pam Spitler from Breast Cancer Awareness of Darke County.

For further information, contact the Cancer Association of Darke County office at 937-548-9960. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 A.M. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 P.M.

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>816 Spring St. in Greenville. I’m moving and everything must go. You won’t want to miss this one! Over 1,000 items! Front-loading washer/dryer; kitchen appliances; televisions; sleeper sofa; chairs; tables; queen pillow top mattress; beautiful wood bed frame; bookshelves; desk; large filing cabinet; barstools; Weber grill; weed whacker; home gym equipment; bicycle; home stereo speakers; computer speakers; XBOX 360 gear and games; Playstation 2 and games; loads of men’s clothes, CDs, DVDs, baseball cards and memorabilia, comic books; plus tons more! Thursday and Friday 9-5 (possibly Sat. 9-5 depending on what’s left).

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This autumn, join the Darke County Parks’ Olde Thyme Gardeners for an afternoon seminar!

The Pioneer Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve will provide an inspirational setting for our afternoon event.

This year’s annual workshop will include hands-on herb presentations. The focus will be on gift giving from your garden and adding herbs to your Holiday cooking.

Topics will include: Using fresh herbs for herb vinegar gift giving, herb and butter treats, cooking with herbs and lots of great take home material! Our featured speaker is a certified Organic Master Gardener and will be sharing expertise on how to grow herbs in our climate.

The fall workshop is Saturday, October 9th, 1-4pm.

Pre-registration Required. Fee: $3 / $5 at Door. Please register today by calling the Nature Center @ 548-0165

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>There will be a "Pink Out" at the Mississinawa-Ansonia game Friday

>The Ansonia-Mississinawa Valley football game is always a big one. But this year it’s big for more reasons than just football. The rivals – separated by seven miles – will tangle Friday night in Ansonia in a contest that’s being deemed a “Pink Out.”

At the game, money will be collected and raised for two foundations that honor two former students at Ansonia who lost battles with cancer. One foundation is in honor of Dylan Everman. Dylan was a 13-year old seventh-grader at Ansonia when he lost his battle with Lukemia on February 4, 2007. The other foundation is in honor of Kirsten Schlarman. Kirsten was a 14-year old eighth-grader at Ansonia when she lost her battle to Osteosarcoma on February 18, 2010. There was nearly 500 Pink shirts sold for the game. [submitted by SB]