~ Bob Robinson Photo
Melody Line, a local singing group that has been around for 30 years,
recently performed for Greenville Kiwanis at its regular luncheon
meeting Wednesday. The half hour presentation, under the direction of
Marilyn Light, consisted of a variety of tunes, from spiritual and
Disney to Broadway. Greenville Kiwanis meets every Wednesday from noon
to 1 p.m. at the Chestnut Center, Brethren Retirement Community.
to Talk to Youth Group
Youth in Politics will meet Aug. 12, 6 p.m. in the Brick Room of
Brethren Retirement Community. Public is invited.
Darke County Commissioner Diane Delaplane will talk to the Youth in
Politics group about the duties and responsibilities of the
commissioner’s office at its Aug. 12 meeting. The group will be
inviting candidates for commissioner over the coming months to find out
how they plan to address the office if elected in November.
“Candidates will be asking these young people for their support,” said
Bob Robinson, group advisor. “Most of them can’t vote yet, but their
parents can… and, if they want, they can get involved in the campaigns
of the candidates of their choice. These kids have a strong interest in
learning how the political process works.”
Delaplane was elected Darke County Commissioner in 2008. She is not due
to run again until 2012. She will be outlining the daily routine and
responsibilities of the office, as well as field questions about what
she considers to be strong qualifications for serving as a commissioner.
In July, the group heard from Greenville High School senior Paul Reitz
about his spring semester in Washington, D.C. Reitz served as a Page
for the House of Representatives. He was appointed by U.S. Rep. John
Boehner, 8th District.
Reitz acknowledged being
excited about the time he spent there and thought the “dynamics” of the
Washington scene were interesting. He noted that Mark Twain’s “Guilded
Age” seemed appropriate.
Politicians who make it
to Washington are typically “two-faced,” he said. They will rant and
rave on the podium about another politician, then make plans to join
him for dinner that evening.
He found that the
experience he had with 67 other kids, all fellow pages – most with
widely different perspectives and backgrounds – made it possible for
him to believe that government leaders can work together for the people.
He used as an example a friendship he developed with a Page from
Illinois, someone who had totally “opposite views” from his.
Some of the highlights of his stay included witnessing the State of the
Union address, meeting the president of Mexico and “holding in my
hands” three bills having to do with counter-terrorism.
“That four and a half months was the
best experience of my life,” he said.
Youth in Politics had its first meeting a little over a year ago and
consisted mostly of Greenville area youth. A second group was recently
formed by Mississiniwa Valley students. The two groups will meet
jointly to discuss county, state and national issues, as well as
individually to discuss specific local issues.
The Aug. 12 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Brick Room of
Brethren Retirement Community. Membership in the group is open to any
interested young person, and all meetings are open to parents,
educators and other interested adults.
Politics will be organizing as a student-led bi-partisan group once it
begins its fall campaign to get interested young people throughout the
county involved in the political process. In the meantime, anyone who
would like more information can contact Robinson by clicking HERE.
Reitz, in his July presentation, gave a challenge to group members that
could be construed as a fundamental objective of Youth in Politics.
“Immerse yourselves in the ideology of those who do not agree with your
own,” he said, “then you will learn the validity of your own arguments.”
Key Club Kicks off Summer with Annie Oakley
Support GHS Key Club with its fundraiser car wash Friday from 11 to 3
at Dave Knapp Ford. A great car wash is free, donations gladly accepted.
An aggressive summer activity program started with the Greenville High
School Key Club’s first appearance in the annual Annie Oakley parade.
A dozen teenagers braved the heat Saturday morning, nearly half of them
walking the entire parade route. Three hundred brochures, plus several
bags of candy, were handed out along the parade route and members were
excited over the response.
“We’ll need more
brochures next year… we ran out. And nearly everyone started reading
through them when we gave them to them.”
their list is a fundraiser car wash at Dave Knapp Ford on Friday. Also
on their agenda are two cemetery cleanup days in August, followed by
service with Greenville Kiwanis at Gate 5 during the Great Darke County
In addition to the parade, four Key Club
members helped clean Eagles Park at Shade Road following the joint
DCCA-Eagles Ribs & Blues event earlier this month.
This is the first year the Key Club has
had such an aggressive summer event schedule.
“This says a lot for our young people,” said Bob Robinson, Kiwanis
Board Member and Key Club Advisor. “They are always busy, especially in
the summer with sports, vacations, jobs and family obligations. They
still have time to serve their community.”
the addition of several members in recent weeks, Key Club enrollment
has passed the 50 mark. The recruiting campaign won’t go into full
swing until the fall school semester starts.
Club officers include Kent Holmes, President, Angela Borgerding, Vice
President, Prital Mehta, Secretary, Claire Sherman, Treasurer, and Lacy
Hoening, Reporter. GHS Junior Mariah Reitz, Division III Ohio District
Lt. Governor, Key Club International, also participates in her local
club’s activities and helps provide leadership to the group.
Students participating in the Annie Oakley parade were Jenilee Braun,
Tracy Bunger, Marlaina Harshbarger, Savannah Harshbarger, Holmes,
Mehta, Nicole Noble, Courtney Overton, Reitz, Joshua Schoeff, Sherman
and Natasha Swank.
The Key Club expresses its
appreciation to Al Greiner for providing his vintage ’56 Ford Pickup,
and Tractor Supply Company for the bales of hay used in the parade.
Any Greenville High School student
interested in participating in Key Club can contact Holmes by clicking HERE
or Robinson by clicking HERE
Speaks to Kiwanis
“The things you
taught us were exactly right… I was able to stand up to it.”
“I should have listened to you… I lost
my wife, my kids, my freedom, my cash… due to my heroin addiction.”
Sgt. Mike Burns, Darke County Sheriff’s Office, said Sept. 11, 2001,
was the primary cause for the DARE program being dropped by the county.
“The program was proactive… our
resources had to be shifted more to reactive.”
Burns told Greenville Kiwanis at their Wednesday meeting that the
program “limped” along for another six months after 9/11, then was gone.
He started DARE for the county in 1993. The primary focus was fifth
graders – the “core” for reaching kids early, although that has
probably changed to earlier grades by now – but the national program is
designed for K-12, even adults.
In the beginning,
the cost was about $10,000 a year. By the time it was expanded
throughout the county and reached junior high and high school, it was
about $30,000 a year.
Burns said they did what
they were supposed to do – they had stickers, pencils; they went to the
fair and people always wanted “stuff” – that’s where the cost came in.
In the end, however, DARE means a cop
coming into the classroom and talking about drugs.
“The uniform is everything,” Burns added. “When you go into a school,
kids are attracted to it. It even helps with the teachers.”
Burns said that being a DARE cop means being available 24 hours a day,
and at its high point involved three full time officers.
“It takes a special person to do this,” he said, “not because they
don’t want to but because the demands on their time are so great.”
Burns said he didn’t know where to start
on the benefits that were lost…
“I guess a box that kids can ask questions. After the usual ‘are you
married’ and ‘do you have kids’ I’d see questions like ‘my older
brother smokes marijuana, what will happen to him’ and then questions
about Mom or Dad… then even abuse issues,” Burns said.
“We were able to help these kids.”
Officer Don Drew called me a while back, Burns said. He told me about
two college girls who came up to him while he was in Walmart.
“You know, I’m in college now, Ball State,” one of them said. “The
things you taught us were exactly right. I was offered everything… I
was able to stand up to it.”
The other girl said she wasn’t quite as
“I tried it once,” she said. “Never
Then Burns talked about someone who didn’t get the message. He said the
young man was on their “radar” – stealing to get drug dollars – and
ended up in the county jail.
He sent a note that he wanted to speak
to someone from DARE. I talked to him.
“I should have listened to you,” he said. “I lost my wife, my kids, my
freedom, my cash… due to my heroin addiction.”
said the young man told him there was no place here that he could get
help. The best that could be offered was methadone treatment and he
didn’t want to trade one addiction for another.
Burns said 95 percent of all crimes committed in Darke County are drug
related, and that all the county could do is be reactive… not proactive.
Darke County is still a popular area for meth labs (methamphetamine,
not to be confused with methadone) and growing operations for
marijuana, however Burns said meth use has dropped because ‘meth heads’
have found that cocaine and heroin are cheaper and have a harder impact.
“The risks of making meth are greater… heroin and cocaine are taking
over.” He added that it comes in from Indiana, Mexico and the Great
Lakes area (Chicago).
It’s too easy… too accessible. He added
that it’s even easy to get it in jail.
“They get it in the mail,” he said. “Envelopes might have been soaked
in meth, coke or heroin, then ironed dry. They peel postcards apart,
drop in the powder and seal them shut again.”
said ‘reactive’ is tough… it’s time consuming. They could spend hours
on one buy and it has to be a team… working alone is too dangerous.
“Our court system requires two ‘buys’
before an arrest can be made.”
He said it has only been recently that drug teams are able to
concentrate on dealing with the problem again, but that it’s still
reactive. He didn’t know when or if a proactive program could be
“Can you help?” he said. “A volunteer
program could probably have an impact. I don’t know.”
He added that if someone… a group wanted
to try, he’d help as much as he could.
Lived too Long
As a young man, I watched with fascination as news clips were broadcast
of the time that newsreels were shown in movie theaters.
“Wow. Talk about ancient,” I thought. By this time I was watching
similar newsreels on the six o’clock news.
A few years later, I was typing out press releases on a manual
typewriter, using this new-fangled thing called a Xerox copier to send
copies all over Texas and the country by snail mail.
I scoffed when a Texas A&M researcher said that some day
would consist of a television screen attached to a typewriter keyboard.
He said we would be able to send written messages around the world by
pushing a button.
“Nope. No way,” I said.
Eventually, I got my first Mac and an Apple printer. It was either that
or lose my typesetting business to competitors who were keeping up with
technology. About the same time, I was watching 24-hour news shows…
first CNN, and later Fox.
I’d heard of this Internet thing but I
resisted it. Too complicated, too erratic.
Eventually, I was dragged – yelling and screaming – into the 21st
century. Remember AOL and dial-up? Had it for years. But it wasn’t
until I was able to access cable, and then DSL, that the world really
I started getting messages and photos
from all over the country. My youngest son sent me video clips
recently… first, my granddaughter’s birthday, then my grandson’s
trophy-winning karate competition. They are two thousand miles away and
I got to see all the action.
I’ve watched all the
new products come out, such as the iPad and Blackberry, with little
interest. Not my thing. I’ll stick with my MacBook and cell phone.
Then, an event that blew my mind away… Jordan Pridemore is on an
adventure of her lifetime and I got a video “call” from her on Skype.
She’d set it up for me before she left for Europe.
It was surreal.
Susan and I had a wonderful “live” conversation with a young woman on
the other side of the ocean. Great Britain, to be exact.
She was still going through jet lag and had much to say about her new
surroundings… they were strange and she was homesick. But just for the
moment. She said she was going shopping the next day, and then heading
to Ireland for a few days.
Adventure awaits her.
She promised to keep us updated… and I’ll keep you updated. Soon, I
hope to see another column that I can share with you about her trip.
And another live “phone call” from the other side of the world.
Yep. I’ve lived too long. But it’s a
fantastic journey and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
and Balderdash 1
“Verity - the quality or state of being true or
real; Balderdash – nonsense.” (Miriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
In future V&Bs (that’s Verities & Balderdashes for
those of you
who don’t like acronyms) I will be giving you my version of a verity
(truth) and/or my version of balderdash (nonsense).
Sunday is a special day. It is the one day out of the year when we
honor our mothers. Like the days we choose to honor those who devote
their lives for our country, we choose this day to honor those who give
us life, and their life’s blood to prepare us for adulthood.
In both cases, I believe that honoring
these unique and wonderful individuals should be a year-round project.
It is fitting that in my first newly revived V&B, I get to
the verities of motherhood. I hope you enjoy. They are dedicated to my
Mom, my sisters, my wife Susan, my late wife Jeanne and mother of my
children… and all of the other caring mothers of the world.
You know you're a mother when...
You count the sprinkles on each kid's
cupcake to make sure they're equal.
You have time to shave only one leg at a
You hide in the bathroom to be alone.
As you cling to the high moral ground on
toy weapons; your child chews his toast into the shape of a gun.
You hope ketchup is a vegetable, since
it's the only one your child eats.
You find yourself cutting your husband's
sandwiches into cute shapes.
You hear your mother's voice when you
say, "NOT in your good clothes!"
You stop criticizing the way your mother
You donate to charities in the hope that
your child won't get that disease.
You hire a sitter because you haven't been out with your husband in
ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.
You use your own saliva to clean your
You say at least once a day, "I'm not cut out for this job," but you
know you wouldn't trade it for anything."
often wonder what mothers might have said to their famous children? I
do. Take Honest Abe’s mother, for instance: "Again with the stovepipe
hat, Abe? Can't you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"
Remember the nursery rhyme, Mary Had a
Little Lamb? What might her mother have said about the situation?
“I'm not upset the your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would
like to know how he got a better grade than you!"
Here are a few more that you might find enjoyable…
Goldilocks’ mother: "I've got a bill here for a busted chair
the bear family. You know anything about this Goldie?"
Albert Einstein’s mother:"But, Albert, it's your senior picture. Can't
you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, something...?"
George Washington’s mother: "The next time I catch you throwing money
across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye! Now. You’d
better tell me about that cherry tree before your father comes home."
Jonah’s mother: "That's a nice story,
Jonah, but now tell me where you've really been for the past 3 days!"
Thomas Edison’s mother: "Of course I'm proud that you invented the
electric light bulb, dear. Now turn off that light and get to bed!"
On a final note, do any of these sound
familiar? They do to me.
Close that door! Were you raised in a
I said CLOSE the door, I did not say
Call me when you get there, just so I
know you're okay.
Don't talk with your mouth full!
A little soap & water never
Are your hands broken? Pick it up
yourself! I'm not your maid!
Don't put that in your mouth, you don't
know where it's been.
Don't ask me WHY. The answer is NO.
Go ask your father.
Go to your room and think about what you
If you don't stop crying, I am going to
give you something to cry about!
If you're too full to finish your
dinner, you're too full for dessert.
I'll treat you like an adult when you
start acting like one.
So what if Dave's mom let him do it? If Dave's mom let him jump off the
Empire State Building, would you want me to let you do it too?
You don't always get what you want. It's
a hard lesson, but you might as well learn it now.
You'll understand when you're older.
And now, the one that rings most true…
You're the oldest. You should know
trials and tribulations of motherhood. Bless you, Mom, and Happy
Mother’s Day. I’ve given you cause for grief many times over the years.
I hope I’ve also occasionally given you reason to be proud.
time… remember, verities are for consideration; balderdash is for
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by Elizabeth Horner
Some people may like Mr. Bob Robinson, some may not. He may
your friend or your foe. You may support all, some or none of
views. About two years ago, I was a witness when
residents even got a chance to "roast" him big time --- Republicans,
Democrats, and Independents who all gathered for a purpose --- to
"torture" Mr. Robinson ---for a cause --- to support a fund raising
campaign providing scholarship to aspiring young writers of Darke
County. If you dig-up the history of how those young writers got
started, especially yours truly, you will find Mr. Robinson at the
heart of it all! That night, I won't forget --- he willingly
all the blows without a fight, for us!
Mr. Bob Robinson wrote a book entitled, "God Don't Make
The book is bold, loaded and a courageous revelation of his life, the
good and the bad. The message from Mr. Robinson however is
as he wrote in the dedication in the front page of my copy, "... I hope
you learn from my mistakes".
to express my deepest thanks to Mr. Robinson, who I fondly call Uncle
Bob, for he encouraged and provided many kids that wonderful
opportunity to develop and put our writing skills into print.
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