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The top three teams of the 2012-13 dart ball league are represented here, from left: Third place, Gordon United Methodist Church, Jim Bixler pictured; Second place, Ansonia Church of God, Doug Fellers pictured; First place, EUM Church, Dave Barnette pictured. A total of 17 teams competed this season, playing a total of 48 games each. Oakland Church of the Brethren edged out Ft. Jefferson United Methodist Church, to claim the tournament crown.
The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, commonly called GOBA, will celebrate its 25th year in 2013 with a visit to Darke County, including an overnight in Greenville and food stops in Versailles and Ansonia.
GOBA is an annual, eight-day, 50-mile-per-day circular bicycle camping tour in Ohio that began in 1989 and has grown to be the second largest such event in the country. The tour visits a different part of Ohio each year. The daily routes are designed to visit many of Ohio’s tourist attractions, parks, and historical sites.
To educate the community on the benefits of GOBA, and to assist local non-profits interested in participating as food vendors, a meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 pm in the Greenville High School library.
Julie Van Winkle, the director of GOBA will be on hand to explain what GOBA expects of food vendors, and answer questions. Menu forms will be distributed, and health department packets will be available.
For more information, contact Deanna York at (937) 548-5158 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The last chance to sign up for Ansonia Area Youth Football will be Sunday, July 29th from 2 – 4 pm at the Ansonia ballpark. First practice will be Monday, July 30th at 6 pm. Call 564-2779 with questions.
ANSONIA – The 29th annual Firecracker Run will be held at 9 a.m. July 4 at Ansonia High School.
The 5K event will feature a parade, barbecue chicken and fireworks and will present more than 80 awards through multiple age brackets.
Door prizes will be held after the awards and refreshments will be offered at the finish line.
Participants can pick up a registration form at Club 7 Sports or the Greenville and Versailles YMCA or online at www.speedy-feet.com.
Pre-registration for the run is $13 before June 29 and $15 the day of, which includes the price of a shirt commemorating the day.
For more information, call (937) 659-0037.
Millions looked to the sky this evening to see the rare eclipse called “ring of fire”. This photo was taken just north of Ansonia in Darke County on Sunday evening.
During the month of April, students from Franklin Monroe and Ansonia High School were given the challenge to find a way to give back to the community and they did just that by removing garlic mustard at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Garlic Mustard is an invasive, non-native plant, which can be found along the roadside and woodland boarders. After the students were done removing garlic mustard, they were surprised how much better the area appeared. Thank you students! All of your hard work is greatly appreciated by the Park District and the citizens in Darke County.
If you would like to volunteer individually or as a class, please give Darke County Parks, Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Schwieterman a call at 937.548.0165 or visit our website at www.darkecountyparks.org.
Greenville Community Gardens has found a home and is making the final preparations to begin its inaugural season. We are proud to announce t he opening of D.A. Fitzgerald Memorial Garden, located at 1045 Sater Street in Greenville. Jeff Besecker, Executive Director of the project, has worked with numerous volunteers to plan the project since late last year. The group has secured the location and the garden will be at the corner of Markwith Avenue and Sater Street in Greenville, across the corner from the ball diamonds. The land has been generously donated by D.A. Fitzgerald Company, Inc. owner Scott Fitzgerald.
The garden will offer plots of 4 feet by 12 feet for $20 ($16 for Seniors) for the year, as well as 9 feet by 16 feet plots for $40 ($32 for Seniors) for the year. Included in the registration fee this year will be a starter package of seeds. Any individual or group can lease a plot, however, registration will be open only to City of Greenville residents until May 22nd, then registration will be open to any interested applicants. Applications, registration instructions and guidelines can be found at http://greenvillecommunitygardens.com/join/.
The garden project can promote healthy eating and community unity by giving residents a place to meet, mingle, and work together. It will help teach kids where their food comes from, as well as healthy eating habits, in a fun and natural environment.
Greenville Community Gardens would also like to thank D.A. Fitzgerald for their generous donation of land, Ansonia FFA for seeds, Miller Flower Greenhouse for seeds and tomato plants, Sycamore Bridge Farm for helping with garden planning and donation of seeds, and Ron Besecker for sharing his time to layout the garden and establish the beds. This project will thrive on community support just like this, and we greatly appreciate all of the support we have received from these and other supporters.
For more information on Greenville Community Gardens, Like Greenville Community Gardens on Facebook and visit our site at www.greenvillecommunitygardens.com, or you can contact us at our corporate location listed below:
Greenville Community Gardens
434 1/2 S. Broadway St.
Greenville, Ohio 45331
Phone: 1 (888) 548-0745 Ext. 102
D.A. Fitzgerald Memorial Garden
1045 Sater Street
Greenville, Ohio 45331
The Village of Ansonia has committed again in 2012 to being an investor in Darke County’s Partnering for Progress (P4P) initiative, designed to foster a collaborative county-wide economic development effort. In 2011, Ansonia became the fourth individual county community to join the effort and is one of 62 contributors overall.
“The collaboration that this initiative has fostered throughout the county has been invaluable to development efforts these past few years as well as to planning for future opportunities,” stated Ansonia Mayor Jerry Koverman. “This effort brings the proper resources into play on every opportunity brought to the county and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
The P4P initiative is a collaborative effort between the county economic development office, the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), the county commissioners, and numerous private investors. It is supported by both public and private dollars and aims to promote the expansion of existing county industry, the attraction of new business, and the development of the tools and resources required to achieve both. Because of these goals, Economic Development (ED) Director Marc Saluk said that the support of the various communities, political entities, and non-profit organizations is vital.
“The expertise we gain when working on any given project by having all hands on deck really gives us a leg-up on other counties and economic development organizations,” explained Saluk. “Not everyone is able to work together the way Darke has since the Partnership has solidified.”
P4P successes over the last few years include business attraction projects like Continental Carbonic Dry Ice Companyand retention projects such as The FRAMGroup. The initiative has also found success developing new resources and funding opportunities for business and has leveraged over $18 million in state incentivesfor local projects. Overall, the Partnership has assisted companies create or retain over 670 positions in Darke County. Saluk stated that top priorities for 2012 are workforce development and the growth of agribusiness opportunities.
Those interested in learning more about the county’s economic development efforts can call the ED office at 548-3250.
Auto-Owners Insurance is proud to be recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with the Auto Insurance Claims Experience” for the fourth year in a row. The company received this recognition in 2008, 2009, 2010 and again for 2011.
Auto-Owners Insurance, which recently has been involved in a safe driving campaign “W82TXT,” was ranked highest based on a study of 11,811 responses, ranking 26 auto insurance providers.
The company attributes its success to the contribution of independent agencies that represent Auto-Owners and assist in the claims process.
“As an insurance company, receiving this recognition is truly an honor and a reflection of the hard work and commitment of all our associates and our loyal independent agents in the claims process,” said Jeff Harrold, chairman & CEO. “To receive this recognition for the fourth year in a row is a positive reinforcement that we have brought peace of mind to those who needed us most. After all, that is what insurance is all about.”
Auto-Owners Insurance has provided the same high standards of service for over 95 years. The company’s tradition of keeping the focus on serving the customer is how it has earned its reputation of the “No Problem”® people. R.B. Cox Agency of Ansonia and Vannoy-Cox Agency of Greenville are local independent Auto-Owners Insurance agencies and are proud to share in this success.
Auto-Owners Insurance, a Fortune 500 company, sells its products solely through over 6,000 independent agencies. Auto-Owners currently holds the status of being ranked the 16th largest insurer in the country. Headquartered in the Greater Lansing Area, Auto-Owners Insurance employs more than 3,800 associates. The company is comprised of five property and casualty companies and a life company, and writes business in 26 states.
On Saturday, January 14 the Ansonia Athletic Wall of Fame committee will induct a new member during halftime of the Ansonia-Riverside varsity contest.
Christina “Chrissy” (Billenstein) Cox, class of 1997 will be recognized for her athletic accomplishments in softball and basketball. A partial listing of her honors include; Softball years 9, 10, 11, 12 and Basketball years 9, 10, 11, 12. She excelled in sports, earning _8_ of a possible 8 letters in the sports she participated in.
Basketball: D3 Award ’95, Basketball Most Improved Player ’95,
Softball: Most Improved Player ’95, CCC special mention ’95, CCC honorable mention ‘96 Best Defensive Player ’96 &’97, MVP ‘96-’97, CCC 1st Team ‘97 honors.
Some of her Softball highlights include: Pitched a no hitter with only 2 walks against Tri County North; pitched 21 strikeouts, recording every out of the game against Jackson Center (one run was given up due to an error); struck out 17 and pitched a one hitter against Bradford; struck out 16 against Mississinawa; struck out 18 against Houston; struck out 10 against Bethel; pitched a 3 hitter against Arcanum; struck out 11 against Bethel; struck out 10 against Jackson Center. Career strikeouts totaling 364.
One of Christina’s favorite sporting memories is pitching her no hitter.
Christina has been married 9 years to Ryan Cox and they have 2 children, Vera age 4 and Anna age 2.
Also being honored that night will be Angie (Clouse) Westfall and Teri (Prescott) Cross for their Track State Championships. Angie was the 1985 Long Jump State Champion with a distance of 17’ 3 ¾’’. Angie still holds the school long jump record. Teri was the 1990 800 meter State Champion with a time of 2:20:05. Teri still holds the school 800 M record.
Ansonia host Riverside on Saturday with Junior Varsity contest starting at 6pm.
First round games will be on Monday, December 26th between Arcanum and Tri-Village at 6:30p.m. Franklin Monroe will play Troy Christian in the 8:00 p.m. game.
The Consolation and Championship Games will be at 6:30pm and 8:00pm
On Tuesday, December 27th.
Presale tickets for varsity games are on sale at all four high schools December 14th-22nd. Presale tickets are $5.00. Varsity game tickets are $6.00 at the door. All reserve game tickets are $5.00. There is no reserve presale.
Reserve games are at 1:00p.m. and 2:30p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
Presale tickets can also be purchased in the Franklin Monroe Superintendents office through Thursday, December 22, 2011 before 2:30 p.m., at Sutton’s Super Value in Arcanum and Pitsburg Pizza and Grill in Pitsburg until Monday, December 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
The December Students of the Month are two fourth graders Madison Doss and Ross Dapore. They are both hard working and reliable. They complete their work in a timely manner and take time to respond thoroughly. Each enter the classroom with a smile on their face and their excitement positively effects their peers. Ross and Madison enjoy sharing ideas and are helpful peers. These are two wonderful role models that we can say are terrific tigers!
ANSONIA — A Live Nativity will be at the Ansonia First Church of God on Dec. 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
“Bring the whole family and experience the first Christmas while walking down the candlelit path,” said organizers. “You can talk with the shepherds and pet the stable animals before coming inside to eat cookies and hot chocolate. Each child will receive a free Christmas gift and the night can end with a cozy horse and carriage ride courtesy of Thunderstruck Percherons.”
Ansonia Elementary had the privilege and honor to hear personal accounts of local Veterans recently. Pictured are Larry Henderson, Ivan
Christian, and Dennis Dickey who are standing in front of the Wall of Honor made up of paper bricks depicting Veterans connected to families of Ansonia Elementary. This project was organized by Diane Byrum, 5th/6th grade Social Studies teacher. The students and faculty at Ansonia Elementary are thankful for the sacrifices made by these fine Veterans.
The Ansonia FFA chapter recently had its members bring in shoeboxes filled with items. Some items consisted of hygiene items, school supplies, and Christmas toys. These boxes will go to needy children and orphanages around the world to help bring the Christmas joy. Members who donated a box were: Taylor Hammaker, Kelli Sewell, Kelsey Gelhaus, Andrea Barga, Hannah Rhoades, Austin Bergman, Taylor Bergman, and Kelsey Kramer. Thanks to all who donated!
Ansonia Elementary has declared their new spelling champs for 2011. Our new champion is sixth grader Julie Kramer, daughter of Joe and Joan Kramer. 1st runner-up went to a fourth grader Madison Kinner, daughter of Brad and Angie Kinner. We wish them well at the county spelling bee!
Peaches, the reader dog, comes with his owner Dena Geesaman, to read with the kids in Mrs. Heitkamp’s room at Ansonia Elementary once a month. Pictured are Dena, Peaches (on the floor) and Miguel Rios.
As a part of their celebrating Fire Prevention Week, the Ansonia Fire Department and Rossburg Fire Department collaborated at Ansonia Elementary to teach kids about fire safety this week. Pictured is Captain Clark with Mrs. Griesdorn’s kindergarten class.
ANSONIA – Ansonia First Church of God, located at 750 South Main Street, will be hosting Pumpkin Patch on Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m.
We would like to invite everyone in the surrounding area to come and enjoy an evening of free food and entertainment. We will have hayrides, extreme blow-up games, family pictures, plenty of candy, food at the shelter house and much more.
For more information, visit our website at www.achog.org or call us at 937-337-3945.
In conjunction with Darke County Solid Waste District the Ansonia Fire Department will be holding a Smoke Detector battery exchange. Bring your old 9 volt battery from your home smoke detector(s) to our annual Chili Supper October 27th at the Ansonia Fire Department and we will exchange it for a new free of charge. We will also be exchanging batteries during Trick or Treat at the Fire Station Sunday October 30th. Trick us with an old battery and we will Treat you to a new 9 volt Battery.
If you live in the Ansonia Fire Department District and do not have a working smoke detector in your home, we will see that you receive one free of charge. Call 337.1811 and leave your name and phone number and one of our members will be in touch with you.
The Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Chili-Supper and Halloween parade on Thursday October 27th.
The Chili – Supper will start at 5 pm, along with Chili we will be serving sandwiches, pies, cakes and soft drinks. The costume parade and judging to start at 7 pm. No one goes away empty handed.
Lineup will begin at 6:30 pm in Ansonia Auto Part’s parking lot.
Raffle tickets are also on sale with over 50 prizes to be given away. Tickets can be purchased from any Fire Department member and at the Station the night of the Supper. One dollar each or 6 for $5.00
Come and join a great annual community event!
DARKE – Community Blood Center (CBC) “Every Blood Drop Counts” blood drives offer donors the opportunity to donate blood and make a difference in someone’s life. Every drop does count when people donate, and when a person donates one pint of blood he or she can help to save up to three lives!
Everyone who registers to donate during “Blood Donor Every Drop Counts” Oct. 3-15 will receive a free stoneware mug.
There will be a blood drive on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Ansonia First Church of God, located at 750 South Main Street, Ansonia, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The blood drive is open to the community, and appointments are encouraged!
There will be a blood drive on Oct. 11 at the VFW Greenville Memorial Post No. 7262, located at 218 N. Ohio St., Greenville from 12:30-6:30 p.m.
This blood drive is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Greenville Memorial Post No. 7262. The blood drive is open to the community, and appointments are encouraged!
Scheduling an appointment is easy. Go online to www.donortime.com to schedule an appointment. People may also contact Dana Puterbaugh, Darke County account representative, at 937-997-2199 or email her at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Remember that appointments have priority and walk–ins are always welcome as the schedule permits. This just means that if someone walks in and all appointments are filled at the time he or she come to the blood drive, we will let that person know when the next available appointment. This gives people the choice to either wait or come back at the time that is available.
Always allow 45 minutes to one hour to get through the entire process, even if someone schedules an appointment.
Photo ID with full name required for registration when donating at any blood drive.
Front Row (L-R): Emily Schlarman, Kelsey Kremer, Katie Leeper, Brooke Jenkins, Kelsey Gelhaus, Nicole Birt, Amber Welbaum, Cortney Moody, Hannah Barga
Back Row (L-R): Dusty Holcomb, Tyler Young, Seth Keller, Mason Barga, Tayler Young, Zach Brown, Mitch Garrett, Coltin Stump, Collin Mayo
September 26 – October 1 is Spirit Week with dress-up days, powder puff game, class challenges, and a bonfire. Homecoming game is Friday, September 30 with the dance “Mardi Gras Madness” on Saturday, October 1.