November is now over and hopefully, all of the leftover turkey is gone, too. Thanksgiving is always a special time for families and friends to get together and give thanks for all the blessings we have received. This year, Darke County has a lot to be thankful for, and we hope all of you do, too!
The year 2016 has turned out to be very good to Darke County, as we continue to grow and prosper, and we continually receive state and national recognition. The Darke County Visitor’s Bureau learned this month that we are the recipients of 10 awards from Ohio Magazine. The awards are: Best Main Street/Downtown(Greenville), Best County Fair (this doesn’t surprise us, does it!?) Best Historical Museum(Garst), Best Summer Festival (Gathering at Garst), Best Winery (Versailles), Fine Dining (Michael Anthony’s at the Inn), Casual dining (The Merchant House), Best Breakfast Spot (The Old Arcana), Best Coffee Shop/Roaster (The Coffee Pot) and Best Historical Site (Bear’s Mill). The first five in the list above are multiple year winners! These awards validate what a great place we have here in Darke County, and what we have to offer.
The Darke County Visitors Bureau has also won the prestigious Ruby Award, an award of Excellence from the Ohio Travel Association. Thanks to Matt Staugler of the Visitors Bureau, Amber Garrett of Main Street Greenville and all involved for doing Darke County Proud!!
On November 19, several thousands of people were in Greenville for the Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. The weather cooperated, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all of the participants and organizers for a really great evening. The 26th of November saw the Small Business Saturday in the county. It, too, seemed to be very successful. As the Christmas season approaches, please be sure to shop at and support our local businesses and continue to make all of our town’s merchants successful.
This month the Commissioners and our elected officials are working on appropriations for next year. Once again, the elected officials have done an outstanding job of holding costs in line, and continue to operate at peak efficiency. This has been a very good year, and with our Health and Wellness group our costs of insurance have seen very slight increases the last few years. Thanks to the entire Health and Wellness Team, and Denise Dillman and John Cook, for keeping us healthy and keeping costs low.
Thanksgiving gave us a lot to be thankful for. The Commissioners hope that as the year ends, you and your families will continue to prosper. The Commissioners would love to see you at one of our scheduled weekly sessions, so you can be in the know. We meet every Monday and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Commissioner’s Office located at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. Hope to see you there and have a great Holiday season.
The current Darke County Commissioners are Diane Delaplane, Mike Rhoades and Mike Stegall. They can be reached at 937-547-7300. 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.