Sunday, April 13, 2014

New name for Oakley House

GREENVILLE – Debbie Baker, executive director, and her staff at the former Oakley House, 1275 Northview Drive, Greenville, are pleased to announce a new name. The senior living facility recently became Oakley Place.

In addition to changing the facility’s name, the parent company’s name was also changed. They believe Assisted Living Concepts described their business, but didn’t capture the essence of how they work to meet each resident’s unique needs and enhance their ability thrive in mind, body and spirit. The new company name is Enlivant (pronounced “En-lye-vant”), which they believe is the “how” that sets them apart; a vibrancy in their communities that creates strong social connections, an environment that offers a sense of belonging for residents, a caring staff that works to help residents maintain their wellbeings and engage with the things they care about. They will remain committed to providing solutions to older adults and their families when the home no longer supports a healthy, enriched life.

Baker noted changing the name from House to Place was also important because the word house describes a building and the word place describes an environment; one that is used for special purpose. Their mission is centered on enriching the life of their residents.

In addition to Debbie Baker, the management team includes Sandy Baker Baker, community relations manager. Alaina Dittmar, RN clinical services manager, will soon be joining the team.

For more information on Oakley Place, call 548-9521.

The staff at the former Oakley House is excited to continue the same tradition of making the house a home through love. (Ryan Berry photo)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Winner’s Meats wins four OAMP awards

GREENVILLE – Winner’s Meats which is located in both Osgood and Greenville, participated at the Ohio Association of Meat Processors Convention in Columbus this past weekend. Meat Processors statewide entered their best homemade products into a competition between other Ohio meat processors. Judges used various criteria such as appearance, aroma, texture, and of course taste to base their decisions on the anonymous entries. This year’s judges were representatives from the Food Science Division from Ohio State, and other prominent members of organizations that deal in the food industry. There also where many vendors sharing their newest spices, equipment, packaging, and other supplies utilized in the meat processing industry.

Winner’s Meats proudly came home with FOUR awards this year. Winner’s received two first place awards for their homemade Beef Smokey Sticks and Home Cured Slab Bacon. A Reserve Champion for their Blue Ribbon Bologna. And a Grand Champion Award for their Winner’s Wieners!

Check out Winner’s new website, for stories and pictures from the event with a list of other great homemade products and services Winner’s Meats has to offer.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oakley House ranked 27th in the state

GREENVILLE – Oakley House, 1275 Northview Drive, Greenville, earned its best ranking ever in the Ohio Department of Aging’s Resident Satisfaction Survey. Of the 638 residential care facilities ranked in the survey Oakley House was 27th in the state. According to Debbie Baker, director at Oakley House, survey showed 97.3% resident satisfaction. Baker noted the facility has never been ranked this high in the state before.

Baker came to the assisted living facility and knew immediately she wanted to make it feel more like home. Her first goal was to make sure the staff wanted to be there and wanted to treat the residents like family. The staff is encouraged to get to know each resident personally. Those relationships have changed Oakley House’s way of doing business. Even when employees are taking their day off, it’s not uncommon to find them at facility. Baker said they come in or call to see how the residents are doing.

Baker was looking for a motto to best describe how Oakley House functions and someone suggested “Love Makes our House a Home.” It is a motto the employees have embraced. It is also one that brought new life to the house.

Baker has been in the health care business since 1997 and this job is different from any she has ever had before. “I love it,” she said. “I love coming to work. There is never a dull moment and there is consistently laughter and love.”

There are currently 30 residents filling the 39 beds available at Oakley House. For more information on the facility, call 548-9521.

Staff members celebrated Oakley House’s 97.3% resident satisfaction survey and being ranked 27th in the state.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Keiser elected to Mercer Savings Bank board

CELINA – Mercer Savings Bank is pleased to announce the election of David L. Keiser to the Board of Directors. Keiser joins current board members: Kristin M. Fee, Braund Pope Funeral Home, Thomas L. Krick, Bob’s Audio Video and Appliances, Thomas D. Lammers, Purdy, Lammers & Schiavone, Richard A. Mosier, Mosier & Byers, CPA’s LLC, J. Douglas Temple, Retired, Mercer Savings Bank.

Board Chairman, Richard Mosier stated, "Mr. Keiser was a unanimous election as a Director of Mercer Savings Bank. We welcome Dave’s dynamic perspective and community involvement, recognizing MSB's ongoing commitment to provide deposit and lending services at our Darke County Banking Center in Greenville".

Keiser, a Greenville native, is President/Owner at Littman Thomas Insurance Agency. Keiser is very active in numerous Darke County organizations, including Darke County Chamber of Commerce and Darke County CIC. Keiser brings with him over 25 years experience to the financial services industry.

Mercer Savings Bank is a mutual bank specializing in mortgage loans. Mercer Savings Bank has served

Mercer and Darke counties and surrounding communities since 1888. To find out more information about Mercer Savings Bank and what they have to offer, stop by one of the convenient locations in Celina, Ft. Recovery, and Greenville, or call 1-877-672-4543. 

Back Row - Left to Right: Rick Mosier, Tom Lammers, Tom Krick. Front Row: Kristin Fee, David Keiser, Doug Temple

Miller joins Leis Realty

ARCANUM - Casey Miller comes to us with almost 10 years of experience in real estate, is pleased to switch to one of the leading companies in Darke County and looks forward to her new future here. She took a small pause to be at home with her now almost two year old twin daughters. She attends Ansonia First Church of God and would love to see you there. She loves meeting new people and helping everyone with their home needs! You can reach Casey at the office 548-5750 x249 or her cell phone 620-1890.

Leis Realty Company is a family owned business with 40 years of experience and offices in Ohio and Indiana, which enables them to be the area's premier real estate resource. With almost 30 agents, our company is able to serve all aspects of buying, selling, renting or managing of real estate property. Our office is dedicated to serving the community with honesty, integrity and a wealth of shared industry knowledge. Contact us for more information at (800) 878-5751 or visit our Facebook page ‘Leis Realty’ or our website to view all listings and learn more information about our company.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RN opens Legal Nurse Consulting Firm

COVINGTON – Annette Powers-Kilburn, RN, of Covington, completed the Milazzo Institute CLNC® (Certified Legal Nurse Consultant) Certification Program and is pleased to announce the opening of Powers-Kilburn & Associates, LLC: Legal Nurse Consulting. Powers-Kilburn & Associates, LLC, is a team of Registered Nurses and other medical professionals dedicated to using their clinical experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the healthcare system in support of any legal case involving medical concerns.

CLNC® Consultants work with attorneys on seven types of cases: medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, toxic tort, Worker’s Comp and workplace injuries, criminal, and any other case where health, illness or injury are a concern. Over 30 services can be provided by a CLNC® Consultant and can include evaluating cases for merit, research to support/refute issues, define standards of care based on appropriate issue, summarize and organize medical records, location of appropriate expert witnesses, for example. The Milazzo Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest legal nurse consulting training program.

Annette Powers-Kilburn received her Registered Nurse degree from Kettering College of Medical Arts. She also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix and a Bachelors of General Studies (with an emphasis on Urban Studies and Environmental Interpretation) from the University of New Orleans. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spahr attends ribbon cutting

TROY – Sheila Spahr attended the recent ribbon cutting at the Troy Office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realty (formally Prudential One Realty).

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, announced that Prudential One, REALTORS and Prudential Select Properties have joined the brand operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices now accounts for more than 22,000 agents and nearly 600 offices in 26 states.

The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Wayne HealthCare hires new DM

GREENVILLE - Terri Flood has joined the leadership team at Wayne HealthCare as the new Director of Marketing and Communications. Her appointment was effective February 3rd. Flood brings to Wayne HealthCare more than 6 years of experience in marketing, public relations and website management. She is uniquely qualified to lead the marketing department and excited about the progress and community involvement of the hospital.

Prior to coming to Wayne Healthcare, Ms. Flood was employed for nearly nine years at Western Kentucky University Health Services, where she developed their brand and managed all marketing efforts. For the past two years, she also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Healthcare Administration program at the university. Ms. Flood was an active member with the Professional Marketing Association of Bowling Green and the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations. She plans to continue her involvement with the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

A graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., Flood earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Healthcare Administration degrees.

Wayne Deschambeau, CEO said, “I am excited about Terri’s strong commitment to professionalism and excitement about enhancing the hospital’s marketing presence. We look forward to increasing awareness and educating people in the Darke County and surrounding areas about our service lines and community wellness programs.”
Terri added that she is eager about the opportunity to build a new brand at Wayne HealthCare. “I am excited about sharing my passion for helping others, while marketing and managing all communications for the hospital. We have excellent healthcare services and providers in Darke County and we want everyone to choose us as their primary choice for healthcare,” said Ms. Flood.

You may learn more about Wayne HealthCare from their website at:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Greenville Federal announces promotions

Lyndsay Huffman                       Erik Griggs
GREENVILLE – Greenville Federal is pleased to announce the following promotions:

Lyndsay A. Huffman has been promoted to Kroger Banking Center Manager located inside the Greenville Kroger. She is a graduate of Greenville High School and received her BS in Finance from Ball State University. Lyndsay resides in Greenville with her husband Matt.

Erik N. Griggs has been promoted to Kroger Banking Center Assistant Manager. He is a graduate of Greenville High School and received his Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Edison State Community College. Erik resides in Greenville.

Corey Hiestand                    Susan Hess
Cory Hiestand has been promoted to Banking Center Manager at the Main Office located on Wagner Avenue. Cory is a graduate of Mississinawa Valley High School and is completing his Associate’s Degree in Business Management at Edison State Community College. He has over 13 years in community banking experience and resides in Union City.

Susan Hess has been promoted to Teller/Relationship Banker Supervisor at the Main Office. Susan is a graduate of Greenville High School and has over 32 years banking experience. She resides in Greenville with her husband Tom.

Greenville Federal was founded in 1883 and remains the oldest locally owned financial institution headquartered in Darke County. Greenville Federal is committed to providing excellent products and services to its customers and actively supporting the communities we serve.

Good Times Fun Times celebrates anniversary

VERSAILLES – Celebrating five years of traveling with Sue Christian’s Good Times Fun Times had folks on many adventures seeking fun and friendship. The past year has been a phenomenal year with over 125 days (85 different trips) of traveling on deluxe motorcoaches to baseball games, dinner theatres, mystery trips, casinos, shopping, historical events, etc. It’s been a whirlwind event with such a variety of people and places and Christian takes a lot of pride in what she has accomplished these last five years.

With their website people are able to check on line for all the trips and also see pictures of their past events. The website is updated on a weekly basis and new trips are added as they materialize. Mailing list to customers on a quarterly basis also has helped her business grow, but Christian states that the people have been the best advertising in the world. Fun loving’ and family oriented trips makes everyone looking forward to the next and they gladly pass the word.

This past year she had partnered with Collette Vacations and Good Times Fun Times folks just got back from the Rose Bowl Tournament Parade in California. Partnering with Collette this year is having 48 customers going to Ireland in April for 10 days. They will also be doing an Alaska Cruise, Canyon Country and New York with Collette Vacations. Christian said that it is a perfect set up with professional tour guides at these longer destinations and helps in making it a truly wonderful life time experience all the way with their help. 2015 will have them partnering with Collette to Australia/New Zealand, Tuscany, Canadian Rockies and more.

Sue Christian is thankful every day that the saying “Live, Laugh, Love and Be Happy” should be on everyone’s mind on a daily basis. She stamps all her envelopes with that saying and with all the great people on their bus trips; it’s easy to remember.

You can contact Sue Christian at 526-4324 or visit the website for any and all of your travels on a deluxe motorcoach. You will be happy with their pricing, people and places they travel with the Good Times Fun Times group.

Hundreds of area residents have enjoyed the trips offered by Good Times Fun Times.

Greer promoted; Hole to manage new location

Joy Greer                         H.B. Hole
GREENVILLE – Second National Bank (SNB) announced that Joy Greer was recently promoted to vice president and H.B. Hole has been named branch manager at the bank’s Third and Walnut office in Greenville.

As part of her promotion, Greer will assume responsibilities as the new retail banking administrator. Greer joined SNB in 1989 and has held numerous positions throughout the bank, and most recently was the card services manager and branch manager at the Third and Walnut office in Greenville. She has completed many special training courses in banking and financial services including the Ohio Bankers League (OBL) Bank Management School, OBL School of Consumer Lending and OBL School of Real Estate Lending.

Greer’s community involvement includes volunteering for the Greenville Lady Wave softball program, and participating in numerous fundraisers for local charities supported by the bank. Greer is a graduate of Greenville High School and lives in Greenville with her husband Chris and their two daughters.

In 2000, Hole joined SNB as the branch manager of the bank’s Walmart office. He has more than 25 years’ experience in banking, including consumer and mortgage lending. Hole graduated from Versailles High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University.

Hole is active in the community as a member of the Versailles Lions Club, the Heritage Park board, Boy Scout Troop 79 and is a past chairman of the Poultry Days Festival. He lives in Versailles with his wife Brenda and their two sons.

Citizens State Bank recognizes 2013 award winners

NEW CASTLE – Citizens State Bank held its annual employee awards presentation on Feb. 17, at a companywide training day.

The Pendleton branch was awarded Branch of the Year for its overall performance. Employees from this branch are Alexa Chamberlin, Stephanie Fuchs, Sarah Alden and Nina Manifold.

The top five Loan Officers of the Year for outstanding performance were awarded to Mark Taylor, Bill Siewert, Brian Bess, Gene Marsh and Rich Warner.

Also recognized were the top five for Outstanding Referrals of the Year which are Julie Rinehart, Tiffany Lee, Alexa Chamberlin, Nina Manifold and Kristy Inman.

Teller awards were also presented to Sarah Alden, Jenifer Cagle, Wanda Carper, Sue Collins, Chris Edrington, Hazel Hindsley, Rhonda Hultz, Casey Moon, Penny Patton, Brandy Rheinhart, Julie Roberts, Terrie Sowders, Sherry Tucker and Brenda Wise in recognition for their outstanding work performance and achievements.

Several employees were recognized for perfect attendance in 2013, which include Samantha Ellis, Dana Harter, Lisa Hutson, Delmy Mantor, Natalie McIntire, Linda Meador, Megan Miller, Melanie Parker, Penny Patton, Judy Razor, Lindsey Reum, Sandy Rutherford, Deb Schmidt, Pam Schmittler, Teresa Strine, Connie Taylor, Mark Taylor, Jennifer Wilcox and Brenda Wise.

Citizens State Bank also recognized employees with a service ring who have reached anniversary milestones with the company. They are Margaret Lincoln, Deborah Schmidt and Susan Shelton for 25 years, Brian Bess, Ruth Ann Curtis and Cris Clevenger for 20 years, Tammy Criswell, Kathy Denney, Don Dick, Julie Dollarhide, Kristy Inman, Terri Long, Delmy Mantor, Gene Marsh, Melanie Parker, Marcia Schuler and Angi Saunders for 15 years, Jenifer Cagle, Alan Goebel and Brian Lane for 10 years, and Josh Becker, Alexa Chamberlin, Samantha Ellis, Dorothy Johnson, Leisa King, Julie Lacy, Deanne Land, Patty Miller, Mark Taylor and Ann Wood for 5 years.

Also, previously recognized was Michelle Hurst from Town Financial for 30 years, Sherry Small from Bank Computer Services for 20 years and Sandra Saucedo from Pacesetter Financial Services for 5 years.

Citizens State Bank is a fourth generation family owned bank based in New Castle and employs over 150 people in its 12 east-central Indiana locations. Citizens State Bank can be reached at 888-529-5450 or at

Shown are employees recognized for years of service at Citizens State Bank.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Real estate company gets powerful name

GREENVILLE – A new name for a local business means it now has the power of Warren Buffet, owner, standing behind it. Prudential One Realty recently changed its name to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Professional Realty. The business is located at 511 E. Main St., Greenville.

Regional Manager Shawn Hayes said, “Change is good! I think the rebranding of the company is a great move for us. It brings even more strength to our company and our hold on the real estate market in Darke County and the surrounding areas.” While some may not be familiar with the Berkshire Hathaway name, most will know some of the businesses owned by the company. Berkshire Hathaway is known for quality and integrity and one can find it in its businesses – Shaw Where Great Floors Begin, Benjamin Moore Paints, Dairy Queen, Fruit of the Loom, Helzberg Diamonds, Geico, Cort Furniture Rental, Oriental Trading, Brooks and See’s Candies.

Buffet told his agents, “You want to be part of a company that will not be gone next week or next year. Berkshire Hathaway is built to last forever.” Along with the Berkshire Hathaway name comes nearly $200 billion of network resources standing behind the real estate brokerage business.

Hayes pointed out the public is starting to see the signs and the reaction has been positive. The reaction from the agents is equally positive, “We are all very excited about the change and looking forward to giving our clients the same great services that we always have, but now we'll have even more tools to use in assisting them in searching for a new home or with selling their current home,” said Hayes.

Whether a person has an interest in residential or commercial properties or is looking at buying, selling or renting, Berkshire Hathaway Professional Realty should be the first stop. The Greenville office has several agents available to assist area residents. For more information, contact one of the following – Shawn M. Hayes, regional manager, 423-3422; Kurt Beisner, 469-1221; Felicia B. Bohse, 417-2699; Merry Lee Cross, 417-5822; Jim Crotcher, 526-5235; Tina Francis, 459-7923; Sabrina N. Houdeshell, 569-1182; Larry Martino, 564-3325; Kimberly A. Manalo, 417-3112; Robert C. Nelson, 621-2460; Carol J. Simmons, 459-2588; David J. Strizu, 570-6787; Ken Treadway, 286-2875; or Georgia L. Young, 423-4416.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jordan and Ragsdale earn certification

Kyle Jordan                        Jimmy Ragsdale
GREENVILLE – Kevin Flory, president of Flory Landscaping and Lawn Care, Greenville, is proud to announce Kyle Jordan and Jimmy Ragsdale have successfully completed Surebond products hardscape sealer certification. Kyle and Jimmy are great assets to Flory Landscaping’s team of experts in the field of hardscape and landscaping services.

These two men recently attended a training series on hardscape sealers, cleaners and adhesives through Oberfields Hardscape Division in Centerville. This education and skill instruction was designed to increase their product knowledge and application techniques with the respect to Surebond product line.

Everyone at Flory Landscaping is proud of these two gentlemen for the continuation of education in their field. If you are looking to have a new paver patio, landscape wall, or any type of hardscape work installed, please consider the professionals at Kevin Flory Landscaping and Lawn Care, Greenville.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Arcanum Veterinary Service passionate about providing service

GREENVILLE – When you think of the oldest businesses in Darke County, Arcanum Veterinary Service, Inc. may not be the first business that springs to your mind. Although David Farst, DVM, has only been there since 1979, the origins of the business have been dated back to the 1800s. The business has also called its current address at 510 N. Main St., Arcanum, home since 1946.

While the business may have deep roots in southern Darke County’s history, Dr. Farst and his staff are very progressive in the way they treat patients and their families. The veterinarian has treated everything from pocket pets, such as hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs, to exotic animals, like camels, and everything in between. Treating companion animals and farm animals are a big part of his business.

The staff at Arcanum Veterinary Service understands a family’s animal is more than a pet. Many times these companion animals are as much a part of the family as any other member. This is why they go above and beyond what is expected to take care of the patient and family. They have their own lab, which means results and decisions can come quicker. They also do their own x-rays and use the safest anesthetic available.

If a patient is required to stay several nights, Dr. Farst and his staff make sure the family is called daily to give updates. He also allows family members to come and visit with their companion animal.

After all of these years, the Arcanum Veterinary Service continues to provide much needed services to the community. In addition to being a strong supporter of the Darke County Animal Shelter for 20 years, the business also provides a spay and neuter clinic for cats every other week. In February, Dr. Farst will celebrate National Dental Month with additional dental services being offered.

In addition to supporting the local community, Dr. Farst has also travelled to Honduras to offer his veterinary services.

For more information on the Arcanum Veterinary Service, call 692-8214.

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