Versailles News: Nominations sought for recognition


The Versailles Chamber of Commerce (VACC) is requesting nominations for the “Citizen of the Year Award” which they present to an individual or couple each January. This award was established to honor community leaders whose service has had a profound impact on the quality of life for Versailles and its surrounding communities.

The responsibility of nominating peers is an open privilege of significant importance. Nomination letters should be sent to the VACC, PO Box 145, Versailles, OH 45380 or emailed to: [email protected]. Nominations should be submitted by Dec. 27. Anyone can submit a nomination letter describing the nominee’s dedication to family, work, community and charities. Be sure to sign your letter with your contact information.

Versailles has many humanitarian-minded, dedicated individuals that have made Versailles progressive but without a nomination they cannot be considered and without these individuals Versailles would not be progressive. If you have any questions you may contact any of the members of the board of directors. They are: Aaron Moran, Rodd Hale, Fred Poeppelman, Kathy Magoto, Scott Langston, Dan Watren, Mitch Eiting, Brian Wagner, Ron Mescher, Jerry Bey, Leslie Comer and Jackie Briscoe.

The Poultry Days Board of Directors is calling for nominations for the honorary parade marshal. The title recognizes commitment, leadership, accomplishment and/or contributions to the community of Versailles, which includes those within the Versailles School District. Nominations should be submitted to Versailles Poultry Days, PO Box 108, Versailles, OH or emailed to [email protected] by December 31. Nominations are limited to individuals or a couple. For a list of prior parade marshals go to

Upcoming events:

Today from 6-8 p.m. Webster United Methodist Youth will be presenting their Live Nativity in the church’s front yard. Drive by on Seibt Road or park in the church parking lot to see. On Dec. 17 at 8 p.m., Darke County Center for the Arts will present Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at St. Clair Memorial Hall. Call 547-0908 for tickets ($25 for adults and $12.50 for students).

Dec. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. you might like to take in the Versailles Band Christmas Concert. Admission will be your donation to the Versailles Food Pantry or the Versailles Health Care Center.

Cards: Open to the Public Bid Euchre Tournament at the Versailles Vets Club beginning at 7 p.m. every Thursday. There is a $5 entry fee. Pinochle is played daily at Eagles (members only) beginning at noon.

Karaoke: On Saturday at the Keyhole in Newport and on Dec. 15 at Platty’s Sports Bar.

Christmas open houses: On Monday, the library is hosting a Christmas event which includes Santa from 5-7 p.m. Also the Versailles Museum is decorated for Christmas with a collection of antique bicycles and collection of M&M memorabilia on display this Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Birthday wishes to Dewey Ward, Kenia McEldowney, Nicole Lyme, Naomi Bemis, Rick Jones, Annie Francis, Kari Bartram, Mabel Brewer, Courtney Pulfer, Bryan Shafer, Hannah Carter, Debbie Francis, Chloe Buschur, Julia Kremer, Marlene Schlater, Wanda Monnin, Joe Ruschau, Maggie Knapke, Ryan Rose, Larry Prenger, Jason Marchal, Sandy Fletcher, Keyhole Bob, Rita Rindler, Mandy Cochran, Hilda Francis, Paula Varvel, Kaitlyn Overholser, Alexandrea Snodgrass and Julie Didier as their birthdays approach. Anniversary wishes to Sharon and Glen Craig (19), Cheryl and Dave Barlage (35) and Marcy and George Stuck (51). Extending a special hello and thank you to Brenda McCoy and Jeanette Patton.

Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Amy Poeppelman, Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Squirt Marshal, Ruth Haft, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Cheryl Huelskamp, Sally Monnin, Sondra Spangler, Angie Keiser, Mary Barga, Zane Francis, Theresa Turner, Wilma Didier, Anabelle Subler, Lavern Brunswick, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Alan Stammen, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, Lois Youngker, Sam Yagle, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Brian Voisard, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, John Davis, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized or homebound.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Randall Evers (53), Leslie Monnin (69), Joe Martin (74), Ronald Homan (74), Viola Westgerdes (80), also remembering the lives of Emily Subler, Betty Wehrman, Paul Francis, Thelma Shade, Jean Stover, John Nickol, Mary Ann Timmerman, Lester Ward, Helena Frantz, Pat Pleiman, Basil Barga, Lowell Liette, Richard Patty, “Moon” Spillers, Gary Marchal, Norma Phlipot, Robert Wion, Norbert Beyke, Jack Barga, John Pleiman, Paul Barga and all those who are in our hearts but not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.

“Don’t worry when you’re not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve” ~Martin Luther Kin

“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” ~Robert McNamara

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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