Archive for November, 2010

>Employees Give to Adopt-a-Child Program


During this time of year we see the spirit of the holidays begin to shine, and Gateway Youth Program gives thanks to all those who support our Adopt-a-Child program. Pictured is Kathy Matthew representing the employees at Second National Bank in Darke County with Kelly Harrison, Gateway Youth Advocate. The employees donated $200.00 to the program so that in these difficult times all children are remembered with gifts. We are thankful for all our partners in the community who give us special inspiration for the work we do all during the year.

Gateway Youth is a program of the Council on Rural Services which provides education, support, and volunteer services in their nine county service area. For more information about the organization and their programs check the web site at become a friend of Council on Rural Services on Facebook to see all that is happening in the programs.

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>Greenville Rotary Club Meeting


Amber Schmerge, Mike Henderson,
Rita McCans

 The Greenville Rotary Club met Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at the Chestnut Village Community Center of the Brethren Retirement Community.

Following lunch at Noon, fellow Rotarian, Amber Schmerge shared with the club the many activities and functions that Main Street Greenville organizes and supports in the downtown area. She highlighted the recent Holiday Horse Parade and noted some 10,000 people were in attendance for the parade that boasted 57 entries this year. Other promotions they support are the Farmers Market, Days of Harvest, Beggars Night, Flicks on Fifth, Adopt-A-Box, Dining in the Darke, Church Stroll and Buckeye Bash.

Amber shared about several projects that enhance the beauty of downtown including, the 4th year of the Adopt-A-Box program. She also shared about the Banner Replacement program in which they partnered with the GHS Senior art class to come up with four new designs. Amber also mentioned the newly refurbished Christmas decorations from the 1980’s.

Amber introduced this year’s Grand Marshall of the Holiday Horse Parade, board member and volunteer, Mike Henderson. Mike shared his passion for preservation and renovation and reminded us how fortunate Greenville is to have a vibrant downtown with occupied buildings and no in-lots or vacant lots. Amber concluded by sharing that Main Street Greenville operates on a $63,000 budget and is funded by individuals, businesses, City and County support and fundraisers.

Anyone interest in becoming a member of the Greenville Rotary Club may contact the Club Secretary, Christy Baker at 937-548-3779 or by email at; or the Club Treasurer, Diane Shuff at 937-548-6181 or by email at

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>Those were the days — by Abraham Lincoln


People raised their own food, in their vegetable gardens, and had their own eggs fresh from the chicken house, out back. Sears and Roebuck still mailed out catalogs and the old one was promptly carried out back to the privy for a new supply of toilet paper. During World War II, a good substitute for candy was Smith Brothers “Cherry” cough drops. In those days, the roads were not plowed and you were lucky to get from Gordon to Ithaca and on to Arcanum. They didn’t use road salt then and never plowed the roads but they sometimes shoveled coal cinders on major intersections so people could stop. You had to get in ruts made by other cars to stay on the roads.

Gordon’s Main Street used to freeze over and pack down so hard that we ice skated down the street. There were no school buses to Gordon School so we had to walk to get there. When Miss Beatrice Brown got to school from Arcanum, she rang the school bell to let us know that she was at school—it was OK to send the kids to school. We all walked that 1/2 mile and fought some stiff blizzards to get there with hands and feet so cold that she put them in a bucket of water when we opened the door.

Mom used to dress me in long underwear, shirt, trousers, sweater, coat, scarf and a knitted toboggan pulled down over my ears, and gloves. Mittens were much warmer but only the girls wore them. If a boy wore mittens, the rest of the boys would call him a “sissy.” The long underwear were usually put on at the beginning of winter and never taken off until spring. Find that hard to believe?

When I grew up a little more I became a teenager and was always trying to look good. So the theme was different. I tried to tame duck-tail haircuts, slicked in place Brylcreams: “A little dab will do ya!” If there was plenty of money I had penny loafers or white buckskin shoes like Pat Boone wore. Our pants were pegged and we wore collars turned-up. Girls were especially sexy in crinoline petticoats, and pony-tails. I got the first Mohawk haircut in Darke County after seeing the famous wrestler, Don Eagle, walking down Broadway in Greenville.

Those were the days when you had to ask the pharmacist for condoms. I didn’t know a single boy who used them. They were important to carry around in your pocket and “show them” to the right people. They were a sort of status symbol for boys. Boys all lied about who they had sex with and how many times. I guessed girls talked the same way about the boys. I would have been too ashamed to ask.


>Free Family Movie Nights at EUM!

>Every first Saturday of the month immediately following 6:30 p.m. worship, EUM Church hosts a FREE Family Movie Night, complete with popcorn and drinks. The movie this Saturday, December 5, is Polar Express. Come and check out the new EUM Worship Center at 1451 Sater Street on the corner of Sater and Sebring-Warner Road and enjoy a great family night out!

Come for worship… Stay for the movie!

Children’s programs are provided during worship. For more information, call 548-3211 or go to

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>The Greenville Rotary Club Meeting


Susie Riegle, Carlolyn Mobbs,
Linda Fridley

The Greenville Rotary Club met Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at the Chestnut Village Community Center of the Brethren Retirement Community with 25 members and 4 guests in attendance.
Following lunch at Noon, the club heard an informative program by Carolyn Mobbs and Linda Fridley, a respiratory therapist from Wayne Healthcare. They shared information on the signs and symptoms of COPD. Approximately 30 million Americans have COPD. The major objective once diagnosed is learning proper breathing techniques to curb symptoms as well as determining a preventative action plan that could include medication, breathing treatments, inhalers and oxygen as well as ongoing therapy. The best course of action once diagnosed with COPD is to schedule an appointment with a respiratory therapist or begin pulmonary rehab.

Anyone interest in becoming a member of the Greenville Rotary Club may contact the Club Secretary, Christy Baker at 937-548-3779 or by email at; or the Club Treasurer, Diane Shuff at 937-548-6181 or by email at

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DECEMBER 4, 2010, 10:00 am
Greenville Masonic Temple, 200 Memorial Drive

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The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club is planning their annual Breakfast with Santa. The Club would like to invite you to join them for this occasion to be held on December 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM at the Greenville VFW Hall, 219 N. Ohio St. The menu will consist of scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes and a beverage.

Santa will be there, along with the elves and entertainment.

There will be limited reservations, taken on a first come, first served basis. Reservations must be made by December 3rd. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for this event will be $5 for each person attending.

Reservations, along with payment, should be sent to Greenville BPW, c/o Susan Fowble, 5965 Willis Rd., Greenville, OH 45331. RESERVATIONS MUST INCLUDE a list of the first and last name, age, and indicate whether a boy or girl of each child who will be attending, along with the first and last name of each other person attending.

If you have questions concerning this event, phone 937/548-1414. Please plan to join us for this fun morning. There will be presents for the children and lots of fun.

All proceeds from this event will go to the BPW Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the young women of Darke County.

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