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Bistro Off Broadway adds Empowering to its community support
GREENVILLE - Ted and Diana Abney, owners of Bistro Off Broadway, are long-time supporters of the community and community programs. They recently joined a growing list of community and business supporters with a major donation to the Empowering Darke County Youth programs. For years the Abneys have provided scholarships through... read more
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Catholic Schools Week, Valentine’s, birthdays… Now think Spring, By Kathy Ayette
February is definitely the birthday month in my classroom this year.  This month we are celebrating five birthdays including mine.  I told my class what I would really like for my birthday is one “normal” school week. Since last month we have had Catholic Schools Week, with its accompanying flurry of special events and activities, an early Valentine’s Day party... read more
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BBBS receives Monarch Legacy Fund Grant
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County recently received a grant from the Monarch Legacy Fund of The Community Foundation of Shelby County.  The grant will help offset the cost of their “Earth Friendly Practices” curriculum being utilized during their after-school Big Buddies program.  Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high... read more
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Tri-Village Cheerleaders donate to Cancer Association of Darke County
The Tri-Village High School Cheerleaders hosted their Annual Fall Fundraiser in hopes to raise more awareness and donations for the fight against all types of cancer.  The fundraiser event was called “Tackle For A Cure” and was held at the Friday Night Varsity Football Game at the football stadium on September 29. The cheerleaders sold the “Tackle for a Cure” t-shirts, sweatshirts and two weeks... read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters receives grant for at-risk youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a grant from the DP&L Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk youth through their after-school Big Buddies program.  “Big Brothers Big Sisters is truly grateful for the support we receive from the DP&L Foundation.  Last year we served over 300 youth through our programs... read more
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Business Professional Women… BPW Club Learns Yoga
Greenville, OH.  – The Greenville Business and Professional Women (BPW) learned how to relax and be more stress free, thanks to their January speaker, Erica Menke, owner of Nature’s Heart located in Greenville. Menke started her journey into yoga after a life changing event, leading her to become an instructor, and opening her own studio a... read more
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DCCA… DP&L Foundation Sponsors Arts in Education, Family Theatre
The Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation has once again given a very generous donation to Darke County Center for the Arts in support of Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programs.  According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan,  “DP&L Company Foundation’s support of children’s programming makes... read more
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DCCA… Fry & Company Sponsors A Taste of Wine & Jazz
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Fry & Company for their sponsorship of the recent sold out fundraising event, A Taste of Wine & Jazz XXXI, at the Montage Cafe.  DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan said, “DCCA thanks Fry & Company for their continued support of the arts in Darke County, as one of the first sponsors for this event... read more
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Living History Encampment at Gathering is Growing
The 8th Gathering at Garst will return to the grounds of Garst Museum on July 28 and 29.  Many new and exciting additions to the event are being planned including the opening of The Living History Encampment on Friday evening July 27.  The candlelight and campfire glow of the encampment is beautiful at night and many people do not get to see it in the evening.  Visitors will be able... read more
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Dietrichs Sponsor DCCA Artists Series Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Don and Mary Jane Dietrich as Spotlight Sponsors of the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Saturday, January 20th at St. Clair Memorial Hall. DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan stated, “DCCA counts itself very fortunate to have the support of individuals who recognize the value of the performing... read more
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Another Successful DCCA Wine & Jazz
Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) recognizes Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their sponsorship of the recent A Taste Of Wine & Jazz XXXI, held January 19, at Montage Cafe. According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA thanks Kent & Melinda Myers and Geoff & Jessie Surber for their support of the... read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Thanks Volunteers
Greenville, OH – Since January is National Mentoring Month, volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County were honored for their mentoring of children with dinner at The Bistro January 25th.  Executive Director, Jenny Bruns thanked the group for volunteering their time to help make a difference in the lives of kids.  Guests... read more
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Wayne HealthCare Sponsors DCCA Programs
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Wayne HealthCare for their sponsorship of the 2017-2018 Arts In Education programming and DCCA Family Theatre Series.  According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for Wayne HealthCare’s sponsorship of our Family Theatre Series and Arts In Education programming, which helps... read more
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Ramco continues its support for Empowering programs
GREENVILLE - Ramco Electric Motors continues its support of Empowering Programs for the third straight year. “The community has been good to us,” said Jase Barhorst, Ramco Human Resources Manager. “We want to give back where we can. Helping our children build their future is a good way to do it.” Barhorst responded to the progress Empowering had... read more
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Greenville National Sponsors DCCA Artist Series Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville National Bank as a Spotlight Sponsor of the recent sold out Artists Series performance of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Saturday, January 20th at St. Clair Memorial Hall. “Greenville National Bank’s sponsorship donation helps make it possible to present high quality performing artists in our... read more
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Coppock-Hole sponsors DCCA’s Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Darke County Center for the Arts thanks the Coppock-Hole Trust for sponsoring the 2017-2018 “ARTS COUNT“ season and the sold out Artist Series presentation of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, Saturday, January 20. DCCA recognizes the Coppock Hole Trust for their longstanding and generous support of the arts in... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Alvin is a 1 year old male Lab/Terrier Mix. He is very playful and has alot of energy, and loves attention. Alvin is looking for his... read more
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Greenville Eagles supports Empowering programs
GREENVILLE - Greenville Eagles 2177 made a major contribution to Empowering Darke County Youth recently. Noting the progress Empowering’s After School Program has made working with students struggling academically, Eagles Trustee Brent Siders said this is what the Eagles is about… the youth in the community. The Greenville Eagles, a fraternal organization, promotes service to family... read more
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A Heritage of Giving & Receiving
100th Blood Donation for North Star resident - GREENVILLE, Ohio - The life-sustaining cycle of giving and receiving blood is well known in the North Star’s Kremer family. A legacy of hemophilia across three generations has been a challenge and an inspiration.  It gave Debora Kremer Smith a particular sense of pride when she made her milestone 100th... read more
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VFW Sponsors DCCA’s Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Darke County Center for the Arts recognizes Greenville VFW Post 7262 as a Spotlight Sponsor, for their contribution to the DCCA 2017-2018 season and the upcoming presentation of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall,Saturday, January 20.  According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, “DCCA is grateful for Greenville... read more
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Training For The Olympics Is Hard Enough. Try Doing That While Earning A Degree
Elissa Nadworny & Jon Marcus -- January 4, 2018 -- Max Aaron may have been the 2011 men's junior figure-skating champion, 2013 U.S. national champion and 2015 Skate America champion. And sure, he's a top contender for a spot on the U.S. team in next month's Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. But all his grandfather wants to know is when he's going to... read more
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BBBS receives Vectren grant for at-risk youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County received a $3,000 grant from the Vectren Foundation to address the mentoring needs of at-risk youth through their after-school Big Buddies program.  “This grant will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue offering our much-needed Big Buddies mentoring program to children facing adversity in our community... read more
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BBBS receives Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust Grant
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is pleased to accept a grant from the Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust for the use of computer upgrades.  With technology ever-changing, updates are imperative for the organization to continue offering beneficial mentoring programs in our local schools and communities.  In 2017, the agency served... read more
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Gaining grace and life lessons from volunteering, By Briget Pottkotter, Edison State Communications student - Volunteering at the Alzheimer’s benefit and Brethren’s nursing home impacted my life more than I thought it would. I learned many unspoken values when I was just sitting and talking to the elderly in the nursing home. An example is how one small, simple gesture can impact one’s whole day. When I painted some of the patients’ nails, their smiles... read more
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Family: A Powerful Force, By Ashley Jolley, Edison State Composition 1 student
The cohesive unit of a family to Chelsea Coffee is more important than any one person in her life. Yes, there are many people who have influenced her greatly over the course of her life, but the overall family dynamic is what really has influenced her the most. “I mean, yes. There are a few individuals who have personally had an impact on my life... read more
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Local youth collecting donations for homeless, animal shelter
Recently, Rachel (17 years old) and Bridget Unger (10 years old) started a donation program called Comforting Comforters. They have only a few more weeks to collect donations in the area for the homeless of Darke County and for local animal rescues and the Animal Shelter.  So far, almost 50 blankets and almost 100 socks were delivered to CAP this week, and several dog toys... read more
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She Had a Heart Like No Other, By Lani Shilt, Edison State Composition I student
GREENVILLE - The influence of Barbara Hole’s mother, Martha, and her aunt, Annie, helped lead her to where she is today, and who she has become. Many people in this world have been an influence to her, but her mom and her aunt are the two people who really influenced all of her decisions, and helped her become the kind, caring, encouraging, and loving woman she is today... read more
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My volunteering an eye-opening experience, By Alyssa Post, Edison State Communications Student
I would never have imagined that volunteering at a daycare would affect me so much until I recently volunteered at the Saint Henry daycare. At the beginning of this project, I was a little skeptical. I did not understand the point and I didn’t know how I was going to find time to volunteer on top of my crazy life, but I did. Volunteering at the daycare made... read more
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Fish Mitten Tree… Thank you for your help! Marilyn Delk, FISH volunteer
Dear friends, Thanks to the generous spirit of the people of our community, the Fish Mitten Tree has once again provided mittens and gloves to warm the hands and hearts of children enrolled in Darke County Head Start programs. This hearty demonstration of the true spirit of Christmas which lingers long beyond December 25th is very much appreciated. Special gratitude... read more
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Learning to multiply with a cool teenager, By Ryleigh Cloyd, Edison State Communications Student
There was a lot of genuine quality and tons of value that came from tutoring students in grades kindergarten through six. Using free time throughout the semester to help kids who struggle with reading, writing, and math is really a great way to spend time. And being able to work with different kids of different ages every time I tutor was a nice experience. I became... read more
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Empowering thanks the Ketrow Foundation for its support
GREENVILLE – The Empowering Darke County Youth Board of Directors and the students it serves thank the Ketrow Foundation for its support of the Empowering After School and Summer Tutoring programs. “Thanks to the Ketrow Foundation and other local support, we will be able to bring in qualified, licensed educators to improve our After School and... read more
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Gettysburg, Ohio… Masonic Lodge donates to Rural Fire Department
At their regular meeting December 21, Gettysburg Masonic Lodge # 477 F&AM presented The Gettysburg Rural Fire Department with a check for $800.00. The check represented the contributions from a recent spaghetti supper, held for the benefit of the department. Some personal contributions, and some additional funds from the lodge were... read more
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Empowering thanks Lydia Schaurer Trust for its support
GREENVILLE – The Empowering Darke County Youth Board of Directors and the students it serves thank the Lydia Schaurer Memorial Trust for its support of the Empowering After School and Summer Tutoring programs. “Thanks to the Lydia Schaurer Trust and other local support, we will be able to bring in qualified, licensed educators to improve our After School and Summer Tutoring... read more
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Greenville BPW Draws Super Raffle Winners
Greenville, OH.  The Greenville Business & Professional Women’s (BPW) Club  held their monthly meeting December 14th at the Brethren Retirement Community. The meeting was hosted by the Christmas committee with Deb Smith (chair), Kasey Christian, Karen Sink, Shirley Morrow, and Jennifer Fleagle.   Club member Karen Sink... read more
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MVCTC Students of the Month November 2017
Englewood, Ohio -- The Electives, Business, Information Technology, and Agriculture Department at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), in order to honor outstanding accomplishments and leadership in Career Tech Education, is proud to announce the November honorees for the Department’s Career Tech Students of the Month. Garrett... read more
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Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland a Great Success
Darke County Parks’ annual Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland holiday event saw the largest crowds in its 10 years on Saturday, December 3rd. Attendance to this year’s event more than doubled with over 1,700 visitors winding their way through a half-mile trail at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  With nearly 600 luminaries and the crisp hint of winter... read more
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Empowering After School kids enjoy Santa visit
GREENVILLE – Parents and children enjoyed a surprise visit from the jolly old man in the red suit as they celebrated completion of the first 11 weeks of their After School Tutoring Program. More than 40 students, many with their parents, along with some teachers, showed up in the Greenville Elementary cafeteria recently – not to work, as they... read more
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All good things come to an end
BBBS Match Comes To An End After Nine Years - At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, our vision is for all children to achieve success in life.  We are an organization that positively impacts children’s lives.  Through our mentoring programs, we are able to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported... read more
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Pets of the week
GREENVILLE - The Darke County Animal Shelter has many pets available for adoption, including several breeds of dogs, as well as cats and kittens. The Shelter chooses pets to feature each week, this week they've selected: Bill is a 5 year old male Mountain Curr. He loves everyone's attention, loves the outdoors, and is neutered and current on his shots... read more
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Ft. GreeneVille DAR busy this Holiday Season
Fort GreeneVille Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently had a Christmas wreath dedication at the Darke County Veterans Memorial marker at the Darke County Courthouse. The wreath is in honor of all Darke County Veterans and active duty military. Another wreath sponsored by Fort GreeneVille DAR will be dedicated on December 16 for Zachary... read more
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St. Mary’s School… Gold, Frankenstein and Metal, By Kathy Ayette
Got a riddle for you.  What do you call a group of beings who are vibrating so much from anticipation they are falling out of their chairs, and producing such an electric sense of excitement that it makes your hair stand on end?  You got it…my first and second graders eleven days and counting from Christmas. (Either that or gravity has gotten really intense in my... read more
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Big Brothers Big Sisters Darke County Christmas Party
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County recently held their annual Darke County Christmas party on Saturday, December 9, at The Skate Place in Greenville.  About 40 Bigs, Littles, board members, and staff members attended this fun holiday event.  Attendees enjoyed pizza, snacks, drinks, and a competitive game of trivia.  The highlight of the day was... read more
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Library Wins Snowman Contest
Staff from the Greenville Public Library recently won a “Snowman Decorating Contest” sponsored by Darke County Parks at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve.  Logs were provided but otherwise participants used their own supplies.  The winner was selected by People's Choice at the Luminary Walk on December 2nd.  The Library donated the $50 prize money... read more
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Big Buddy Mentors Make Big Impact in the Lives of Local Children
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is excited to announce that another great year of the Big Buddies program is up and running.  This is the eighteenth year the program has been in place.  The Buddies program is an eight-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors agree to work with and... read more
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A Different Christmas Poem
Internet-circulated copies of “A Different Christmas Poem” are often attributed to a Lt. Commander Jeff Giles SC, USN, but the International War Veterans’ Poetry Archive (IWVPA) lists this poem as a December 2000 effort authored by Michael Marks and includes the following note from him about its origins (Snopes.com): A Soldier’s Christmas was... read more
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FRAM donates $1,000 to Cancer Association of Darke County
FRAM employees recently held a fundraiser by raffling parking spots and selling Fram Filter Out cancer shirts. The proceeds of the fundraiser were donated to the Cancer Association to help local cancer patients who are fighting a very difficult battle. The organization is a 501c3 established in 1995.  It is located inside the Wayne Cancer Center at 1111 Sweitzer... read more
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Kids give Santa lists at BPW Breakfast
Greenville, OH.  December 5, 2017 – Children were on their “best behavior” at the Greenville Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) annual Breakfast with Santa on December 2nd at the Greenville VFW.  This year, Mrs. Claus joined him at the breakfast as well.  Scrambled eggs, sausage, donut holes, orange juice and milk were prepared and served... read more
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Moran concludes DCVB presidency
GREENVILLE, OH – Current Darke County Visitors Bureau board president Aaron Moran, superintendent of Versailles Exempted Village Schools, was recognized by the board of trustees for his service at the organization’s regular November meeting. Moran was presented with a plaque commemorating his two-year tenure leading the board. Moran’s time as president began January 1st, 2016... read more
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Versailles Foundation, Booher award funding to BBBS
The Versailles Foundation along with the Ruth & Emerson Booher advised Fund for Versailles has recently donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County.   This funding will be used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to aid in the after school “Big Buddies” program that is offered at Versailles Schools.  Currently, there are over 400 children served... read more
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State of the Heart Care honored veterans at VHCC
State of the Heart Care recently held a special ceremony honoring veterans at Versailles Health Care Center.  Versailles Health Care Center short-term rehab patients and long-term care residents who served our great country were recognized and received medals of honor for their sacrifice and valor.  Cookies and punch were served for patients, residents, guests, family, and friends... read more
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Fort GreeneVille DAR dedicates 13th marker in Darke County
On Oct 30, the Fort GreeneVille DAR dedicated a grave marker for American Revolutionary War Soldier Samuel McClure buried at  Old Friendship Cemetery in Harrison Township (4 1/2 miles west New Madison). McClure was in the Virginia Militia as a Captain. He enlisted in 1777. McClure served under Colonel William Flemings and Captain Thomas Rowland... read more
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MVCTC Staff Honored for Work with Special Needs Students
Columbus, Ohio - The Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) Special Education staff was recently honored at the Annual Association for Career Technical Education (ACTE) Special Needs Division meeting.  Tiffany Stebbins (Franklin-Monroe) was honored as the Para-Professional of the Year and Angela Freeze (MVCTC) was recognized with the... read more
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Edison State Students Inducted to PTK Honor Society
Fourteen new members were inducted to the Edison State Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) during a ceremony on Wednesday, November 8 at the Piqua campus. Each semester, students are invited to join the honor society based upon academic criteria.  The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was established in 1918 to recognize and... read more
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St. Mary’s School… Mix the gooey stuff… with your hands! By Kathy Ayette
I am not sure to which authorities I report this, but someone has made off with the majority of November. I am positive I was making jack-o-lanterns with my class just last week. According to my calendar, next week is Thanksgiving! However looking over the calendar I see that November has just been a very eventful month. Catholics celebrate the Feast of... read more
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Edison State Donation to benefit Dayton Children’s
The Information Technology department at Edison State Community College has partnered with the Springfield–based non-profit organization Charitable Recycling to benefit Dayton Children’s Hospital. Through a recent charitable contribution of used computer equipment, Edison State was able to provide $1,000 to Dayton Children’s... read more
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