Sweet & Sassy: There’s talent in Darke County


Darke County does have talent!

I witnessed it myself at the recent performances of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at Paws Bingo Hall, where the Darke County Civic Theater presented two shows this past weekend.

People of all ages were in the cast, but most were children. It is the first local production I’ve seen that had that many children in it. And, what a great job they did! They all appeared to have known their lines, but the night I attended I was having problems hearing what was said because I was sitting in the back.

However, good friend Susie Francis was there to fill me in on what was happening. I got the gist of what was going on through her. It was said that the actors could be heard on Sunday much better.

There were two acts and 11 scenes with a 10-minute intermission.

On Saturday when I attended, Family Fun Day was held in conjunction with the production, so there were probably more people in the audience. And, it was nice that the Greenville Boys and Girls Club was invited to participate at a production for the second year in a row.

In my own opinion, I think that show should be taken into all of the schools for all Darke County students to see, but I know it’s almost impossible, as most of the grownups in it work as well at their own jobs.

Kudos go to Director Chris Chapa and Producer Dane Leeper as well as Bethany Foster and Kathryn Vannoy, stage managers; Laura Francis for set design; Connie DeSchepper for costumes; Amy Gessler for props; and Chapa for lights and sound.

There are still more productions the civic theater is working on this year….its spring murder mystery; Annie Oakley melodrama at York Woods; the summer production in August; prairie day melodrama; and the fall murder mystery.


Don’t forget:

• The Ansonia American Legion has begun having fish fries through Lenten on Fridays. They are set for Friday and again March 25. Served during Lent will be the fish and French fries. The regular all-you-can-eat fish fries are set for April 1 and May 6. Steak fries at the Legion continue April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Jennifer’s Burritos will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. April 8, also at the American Legion.

• The Treaty City Seniors Dances will continue every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge on East Third Street in Greenville. Tom Everhart will entertain with his rock and roll music of the past. There will be food to purchase, soft drinks only, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing.


Happy birthday:

• March 17 to Gertie Van de Pitte, Bob Hunt, Jordan Campbell, John Jenkins Sr., Ty Thwaits, Earl Kriegbaum, Cheryl Wombolt and Connie Flory.

• March 18 to Jane Gantt, Lexi Shinn, Hannah Linebaugh, Dan Lammers, Ruth Kepler, Cole Litten, Maureen McCabe, Marilyn Hittle, Jared Fritz, Kathy Magoto, Kelly Hiestand, Doug Wright and Nichole Dickey.

• March 19 to Judy Thornhill, Mary Striegel Knick, James Ward, Jennifer Schricker, Sue Miller, Sharon Treon, and Cheyenne Archey.

• March 20 to Kay Seiler, Jerilyn Baker Kiser, Floyd McCullough, Andrew Sharp and Carmen Claywell.

• March 21 to Craig Wagner, Shalee Cross, Lonnie Mayse, Richard Lucas, Kent Elleman, Andrea Hodge, Logan Beam, Connie Sewell, Fonda Newbauer, Mary Lane and Jerry Singer.

• March 22 to Cristy Kammer Moody, Tom Wentworth, Glen Best and Elaine Hartzell Howell.

• March 23 to Paula Moody, Jeff Dohme, Bill Clark Jr., Robert Matthews, Brendan Heck, Virginia O’Dell, Carol Bowman Cox and Kya Price.

Happy anniversary to: Phil and Judie Hathaway and Carol and Mike Schuh, all on March 17.


Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Kenny Borger, Ottis Rasor, Betty Myers, Kayla Couchot Scarberry, Ray Francis, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Rusty Hardwick, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Maurice Longfellow, Teresa Ketring, Dave Sloan, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Maxine Weimer, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Dan Norton, Shelly Hoffman, Kathy Hiestand, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Charles LaFuze, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Jim Marker, Terry Longfellow, Bill Drew, Don and Linda Myers, Nina McDaniel, Rusty Wilson, D’Arleen Waymire, Lee and Bea Moody (our parents), Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Harold Rismiller, Rick Jones, Delores Duncan, Ansonia Police Chief Frank Shapiro, Randy Heck, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Lowell Arnold, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Deanna Jones, William DeBord, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.

Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Larry Bemis, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Jim Crotcher, Tina Kiser Deaton, Alvera Schmitz, Vicky Henderson, Julia Frey, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Bob Coppock, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Michelle Sparks Reed, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Tracy Bailey, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Suzy Heck Schilling, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Shannon Peters Hall, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Susie Gress of Nebraska, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.

And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation.


Jamie and I send our condolences to the families of Elsie Stentzel, Maurice Longfellow, Ted Grote, Joyce Herron and Carol Hisey.


Think about it: “The best cosmetics in life:

TRUTH — for lips

SYMPATHY — for eyes

PRAYER — for voice

CHARITY — for hands

SMILE — for face and

LOVE — for heart.

Use them well and make life beautiful.” — Unknown


Tom Jenkins, back row on left holding child, and his group from the Greenville Boys and Girls Club had the opportunity to once again be invited to a production of the Darke County Civic Theater, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_boysgirlsclubWEB.jpgTom Jenkins, back row on left holding child, and his group from the Greenville Boys and Girls Club had the opportunity to once again be invited to a production of the Darke County Civic Theater, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

By Linda Moody

Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at [email protected].

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