Versailles News: People do matter


Tonight the Darke County Relay for Life begins with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. at Heritage Park. Please consider supporting your friends and family that are dealing with cancer.

Statistically it would be hard to believe there is anyone unaffected by cancer, be it family member, friend or neighbor. We are all aware of the physical and mental challenges placed on these individuals fighting for health and wellness. Since we are all connected, perhaps we can show our support by attending this function.

Several of the Darke County VFWs and American Legions will be on hand for the opening ceremonies. There will be plenty of food available such as grilled marinated tenderloins, walking tacos, burgers, shredded chicken, etc. All food and activity booths, such as a bake stand, face painting, and a fish pond, are operated by Relay teams from every town in Darke County. The fountain square music will be in Heritage Park, so bring your lawn chairs, or sit in a rocker under the gazebo, enjoy a sandwich, listen to the music, socialize, but most of all, be a part of the crusade.

Another worthy organization “Team Addie Girl” (of which I am a part) will be participating in The Sunshine 5K Run/Walk within the Greenville Park on Sept. 17 at 8:30 a.m. “Team Addie Girl” was started three years ago for Addison Henderson, who at the age of 6, was diagnosed with leukemia. Addison completed her last treatment in January 2015 and she is doing great. For this race only, Team Addie Girl will be walking/running to raise money benefiting the Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The Sunshine 5K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Hope Foundation and returns 100 percent of participant’s entry fee to the hospital. The money will benefit the new oncology unit at the hospital allowing many, many children with childhood cancers to be treated daily. Team Addie Girl wants to thank Dayton Children’s Hospital for all they have done for Addie and all the other children in Darke County and found this race event to be a great way to give back.

“Team Addie Girl” is a non-profit organization who is asking for your support. Registration can be completed at or by Sept. 7. You can register online or print mail-in forms. “Team Addie Girl” is not the only team option so when selecting a team be sure to check “Addie Girl” as the team/organization name. The cost is $15 and includes a long sleeve shirt. If you cannot attend the race, the team will pick up your shirt for you. There are also many door prizes following the race but you must be present to win one. Please invite your family and friends to participate in the Sunshine 5K routed through the scenic Greenville City Park and surrounding neighborhood. Walkers, as well as runners, of all ages are welcome to join the team.

A team picture will be taken the day of the race. We are hoping with everyone’s support to have 200 participants on our Addie Girl Team. It’s early so everyone has plenty of time to get ready for the walk/run. Questions should be directed to the Rebecca Shumaker at 564-8353.

Upcoming events:

Tonight, from 7-9, Tyler and Mason DeMange will be performing at Heritage Park in conjunction with the Relay for Life. This is free entertainment sponsored by the Towne and Country Players. Bring your lawn chairs, invite your friends and neighbors and enjoy the evening. Mark your calendar for the remaining two Friday evenings of entertainment in July: Music of Jimmy Buffet and the Beach Boys on July 22 and Deron Bell on July 29.

Mark your calendar for an upcoming Webster United Methodist Annual “Ice Cream Social” on July 24 from 4-7 p.m., a Community Pool Party on July 24 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Versailles Swimming Pool, and the Versailles Community Garage Sales held July 28 and 29.

Saturday, North Star Picnic will hold its annual Cruise-In Car Show from 6-10 p.m. and Renegade will be performing from 8-11:30 p.m. Sunday, the 19th Annual Angel Run 5k starts at 9 a.m., with registration one hour before the race. The parade is at 2 p.m. followed by an antique tractor show 2 to 6 p.m. and a talent show from 5-6:30 p.m.

I’d like to pay a special thanks to those who make the Community meal possible every Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church basement, the members of the Towne & Country Players for providing another summer of entertainment and the members of the Versailles Museum for the many activities they provide.

Happy birthday to Diane Magoteaux, Irene Gehret, Marvin Gehret, Noah Hayes (7), Ray Simon, Nate Magoto, Samantha Smith, Lexi Rhoades, Julia Billenstein, Mark Rhoades, Steve Baker, Sara Mincer, Tom Pierron, Tom Sanderson, Janice York, Stephanie Adkins, Dan Hoening, Tom Mumaw, Devin Langston, Darlene Monnin, Susan “Bug” Mangen, Terri O’Brien, Kim Hartzell, Chell Graves, Barb Hart, B.J. Baker, Tim Platt, Finley Schmitmeyer, Jane Evans, Gina Wolfe, Nikia Pierre, Michelle McClure, Austin James, Jon Baker, Devin Langston, Megan Rue, Jeff Monnin, Ron Poling, Doris Monnin, Denise Good, A.J. Magoto, Zachary Bartram, Kevin Yagle, as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes to Brittany and Chris Elsas (2), Amy and Mike Denlinger, (10), Courtney and Matt Pulfer (10), Lisa and Nick Beasley (11), Julie and Jerry Francis (17), Samantha and Ed Porter (22), Therese and Jeff Borchers (37) Suzanne and Jim Wakefield (52), Sheila and Jim Didier (52), Norma Jean and John Kaiser (61), and Phyliss and Bud Overholser (64).

Happy retirement wishes to Denny Barga. Hello to Ivan Baltes and his dancing partner Betty, Dick Glick, Sandy Francis Cyril Frantz, and Donna Petty.

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Levadia Barga, Tammy Poling, Floren “Chris” Christman (knee replacement), Susan Crocker, Patty Jenkinson (knee replacement), Jerry Malloy, Jeanne Simon, Scott Bulcher, Paul Cordonnier, Georgie Kemper, Jeff Barrett, Jack Borgerding, Jerry Paulus, Dave Flatter, Norma Raterman, Rita Glick, Noah Evans, Lois Youngker, Linda Wilson, Adam Schwieterman, Kevin McCoy, Delores Williams, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Dan Monnin, Michelle Ullom, John Davis, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, Bob Homan and all those who are sick, suffering, hospitalized or homebound. I am wishing my good friend Jim Youngker a peaceful release from his earthly suffering. He has been obediently submitting himself to God’s will and has been offering his suffering as reparation for the world. Tonight I will be purchasing a luminary in his name.

Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ronald Derr (71) and Maxine Weimer (89), remembering, within our hearts, the lives of Paul Peters, Joann Utz, Vernon Hilgefort, Waldo Bartram, Rose Ann Grilliot, Troy Burt, and Alice Argabright, Virginia Rhoades, Pat Rindler, Marvin Monnin, Kenneth Monnin, Jack Kaiser, Norma Fay Knick, Jerome Cain, Bob Byram, Betty McEldowney, Paul Oehrtman, Keith Batty, Mary and Stanley Hines, Joan Clack, Ethan Pohl, Laurene Drees, Yewell Kindred, Marion Cox, Milton Beal, Noel Loxley, Rosella Monnin, Ursula Overholser, Bob Pitsenbarger, Ruth Francis, Larry Subler, Ralph Chappie, Doc Francis and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their recently passing nears.

“We rise by lifting others.” ~Unknown

“There’s no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ~John Holmes

“When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do.” ~R.N. Remen

By Kathy Magoto

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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