Versailles News: Did you know?


The more things change the more they stay the same…or do they?

Brown’s Sweet Shop has changed ownership, but not names. Former owner Larry Brown sold the longtime business to Greta and Steve Bergman and Julie Boring. They have no plans of changing the iconic business which has existed in Versailles since 1939. Currently the hours of operation are Thursday – Sunday 5 a.m. – 1 p.m. An open house and more details will be featured at a later date.

Lisa and Kevin Hedrick are back at 28 E. Main St. with a new business, Social Graces. The store features country décor with some jewelry and other incidentals. Teresa Knapke and Maggie Hedrick are part of the staff. Presently store hours are Wednesday – Friday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The hours will expand in the fall.

The building at 32 E Main (Ernst Sporting Goods) sold to Mark and Peg Richards. Ernst Sporting Goods has rented in the past and will remain renters at their established location.

St. Denis Church in Versailles recently renovated its sanctuary with Archbishop Schnurr dedicating the altar. Holy Family Church in Frenchtown will be celebrating two anniversaries, 170 years as a parish and 150 years in their current church building, with a special 11 a.m. mass on Aug. 21.

The St. Denis, Immaculate Conception and Holy Family Catholic churches have established a Society of St. Vincent de Paul within the Versailles location. The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic voluntary organization dedicated to the sanctification of its members through serving the poor and disadvantaged. Within the United States membership totals more than 172,000 in 4,600 communities. National programs include home visits, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, food pantries, dining halls, clothing, transportation and utility costs, care for the elderly and medicine. In the United States the society provides more than $675 million in tangible and in-kind services, serves more than 14 million people in need each year, and performs more than 654,000 visits to people in their homes. Local volunteers and contributions should be directed to Deacon Mike Meyer at the parish office (937) 526-4945. Those in need of assistance should call (937) 622-0414 the call will be returned within 24 hours.

Upcoming events:

Mark your calendar to attend a benefit “Sneak Peak” of the Fall Classes at the Greenville YMCA this Tuesday at 6:30 pm. There will be 10 minutes of each class try them all or pick and choose. The classes are appropriate for men and women of all fitness levels, ages 14 and up. The cost is $7 for seven classes featuring: Zumba® Toning, Women on Weights (WOW), Indoor Cycling, Kinetic Strength, REFIT®, Boot Camp, Barre and Tone, Yoga/Stretching, Aqua Zumba®, and Aqua Motion. I attended this last year and will be one of the instructors again this year. I highly recommend this and hope to see you!

Mark your calendars for the Darke County Right to Life Community Sale which will be held at the Versailles K of C Hall beginning Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m., continuing Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and ending Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Donations can be dropped off Aug. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the hall or by calling Marlene at 419/582-2007.

The Great Darke County Fair begins Aug. 19 and the Versailles FareFest is Aug. 20 from 2-5 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Inn of Versailles, 21 W. Main Street (937) 526-3020. The ticket includes a complimentary wine glass and unlimited sampling of food, beer, and wine from restaurants and beverage distributors throughout the Miami Valley, plus live musical entertainment. Although you must be 21 to attend, there is also the option of purchasing a $25 food-only ticket. Tickets are limited so it is recommended that you take advantage of the pre-sale tickets which are $10 less than at the gate.

The Versailles Cub Scout Pack 79 is inviting any boy entering grades 1-5 (and their families) to be a part of their Family Day Camp on Aug. 20 beginning at 9 a.m. at Heritage Park. For more information or to register contact Matt Rismiller at 526-5684 by Aug. 15.

Happy birthday Tiffanie Mora, Kim Ward, Dan Nagel, Jeanette Barga, Bob Hartzell, Nathan Hayes, Warren Hartzell, John Rimmer, Shirley Derr, Storm Davis, Lacey Lewis, Kristen Collins, Laura Beireis, Barb Berger, Mary Jo Deal, Cheryl Huelskamp, Barb Siegel, Cheryl Magoto, Cindy Miller, Lois Knapke, Kelly Francis, Stacy Dirksen, Erin Rismiller, Chris Kemper, Ryland Breeding, Megan Wuebker, Dave Huelskamp, Lisa Voisard, Pete Magoto, Jenni Johns, Dan Bensman and Susan Fields as their birthdays approach as well as, anniversary wishes to Kim and Scott Ward (11), Audra and Mitch Wietholter (13), Ann and Brad Yerick (14), Kim and Pat Custenborder (21), Amy and Robert Kozak (?), Melanie and Jim Huffman (29), Melissa and Robert Fraley (30), Karen and Jim Kelch (37), Jennie and Ted Baltes (42), Shirley and John Huddle (51), Collette and Lester Kueterman (54), Bernice and Richard Berger (55), Kay and Dave Holfinger (57), and Sally and Don Hampshire (65). Congratulations to Erica Menke who has purchased Elements Life Yoga, Greenville. The location and the instructors are the same but the studio is now called Nature’s Heart Yoga.

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Cameron Magoto, Lewis May (stents), Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Linda Henry, Pete Ecabert, Levadia Barga, Susan Crocker, Patty Jenkinson, Bob Homan (cancer), Jeanne Simon, Paul Cordonnier, Jack Borgerding, Dave Flatter, Norma Raterman, Noah Evans, Linda Wilson, Adam Schwieterman, Lois Youngker, Delores Williams, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, Jan Turner, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Dan Monnin, Michelle Ullom, John Davis, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, and all those who are sick, suffering, hospitalized or home-bound.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Darla Robbins (71), John Sargent (86), Brother Jude Brown (88), also fondly and respectfully remembering the lives of Pat Hiatt, Bud Wirrig, Eleanora Zumwald, Alice Kissinger, Hoppy Schrader, Butch George, David Armstrong, Edith Richhart, LuEmma Horine, Ruth and Harold Knapke, Jan Francis, Jeff Moorman, Mary Hartzell, Joan Selzer, Dale Gariety, John Voisard, Wilma Francis, George Wooley, George Mangen, Maria Dircksen, Esther Pitsenbarger, Lawrence Grewe, Velma Billiter and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing approaches.

“Change brings opportunity” ~Unknown

“Take pride in your community and be a part of its growth” ~C. Edwards

By Kathy Magoto

Versailles News

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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