Monday, December 21, 2009
8th Grade: Greenville 41 vs Tri Village 20
7th Grade: Greenville 12 vs Tri Village 44
8th Grade: Greenville 19 vs Arcanum 26
7th Grade: Greenville 19 vs Arcanum 20
Varsity Boys Basketball lost to Tri-Villaige 44-59
JV Boys Basketball lost to Tri- Village 33-58
The JV Wrestlers placed 6th at the Greenville Invitational.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Eikenberry's is dressed in green for Wave Wednesday's and are this week's High Five Business Winner. Eikenberry's was spotted by WTGR representatives supporting Wave Wednesday's as part of the ongoing High Five for Wave Pride campaign. Leading Eikenberry's in their Wave Pride campaign are Mark Davis pictured with staff Melissa Shepherd, Cathy Asher, Angie Barker along with Greenville City Schools Superintendent, Susie Riegle and Scott Ward of WTGR. Eikenberry's will receive a pizza party donated by MARCO'S pizza as a thank you for their support of Greenville City Schools.
If you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's, please contact 548-3185.
Eight members of the Greenville High School NJROTC Marksmanship traveled 5 December to Camp Perry, Ohio to compete in the Navy's regional Maksmanship tournament. The four person Varsity team led by Team Captain Justin Nickell placed fifth out of the eighteen teams competing from Ohio, West Virgina and Indiana. The Junior Varsity led by Adam Long placed 14th. Top shooter for Greenville was James Valentine shooting a score of 460 out a possible 600 placing 6th individually out of 72 shooters. The NJROTC Cadets shoot .177 pellet at a bullseye target one-eigth of an inch in diameter at 10M (34Ft) a perfect hit results in a Score of 10. The Cadets are required to shoot 20 targets for each position prone, standing and kneeling. Pictured Front Row Left to Right: Chelsea Buzard (V), Sharon Kissinger (V), James Valentine (V), Brandon Wetzel (JV) ; Second Row Left to Right: Joey Adams (JV), Zepplin Hoehn (JV), Justin Nickell (V), Adam Long (JV).
Monday, December 14, 2009
7th Grade Boys Basketball defeated Union City 36-21
8th Grade Girls Greenville 22 vs West Carrollton 15
7th Grade Girls Greenville 4 vs West Carrollton 39
8th Grade Girls Greenville 24 vs Russia 26
7th Grade Girls Greenville 6 vs Russia 45
9th Grade Boys Basketball won 46-39
Varsity Wrestling ---1st at Wave Duals
GV 48 ARCANUM 30
GV 82 ALL-STARS 0
GV 67 GOSHEN 9
GV 67 CLERMONT NE 6
GV 53 BEN LOGAN 18
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Boys lost to Celina 14-129 and to Ottawa 14-97
Girls lost to Celing 9 - 113 and to Otawa 9-117
Friday Night Versailles beat Greenville 47-53, JV was defeated 20-51
Saturday night Troy defeated Greenville 48-77 JV was also defeated 43-67
Varsity was defeate by Lima Shawnee 33-81 and the JV was defeated 26-44
The girls' 8th grade basketball team started their season with a win on the road against West Carrollton, 22-15.
Leading scorers were Emily Beanblossom 3, Haleigh Luce 4, Chloe Warvel 7 and Chloe Light 8. The girls play at home against Russia tomorrow.
Monday, December 7, 2009
At 104 lbs. Sam Quigney 4th place
At 110 pounds Colton Fuller 3rd place
At 142 pounds Drake Peters 4th place
At 172 pounds Kory Bannon 2nd place and
At 205 pounds Kyle Bruner 2nd place
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Greenville 52- WC 28
Greenville 44- WC. 31
Leading scorers and rebounders for Greenville were: Zach Comer 13pts and 8 rebounds; Ryan Drew 11pts and 10 rebounds; and Ryan Eldridge 11pts and 8 rebounds
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Greenville Junior High hallways have been dressed up with new colorful banners this year. Each banner reminds students of healthy habit's they should be following. Each floor has a theme, Better Mind, Body, and Spirit. The Greenville Junior High School and the Wellness Committee would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Nealeigh for their support in this project.
spirit. Readmore's Hallmark will receive a pizza party donated by
MARCO'S pizza as a thank you for their support of Greenville City Schools.
Readmore Hallmark offers a wide selection of items to display your Wave Pride. If you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's, please contact 548-3185.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Joey Conrad, Ashton Dohme, Brandon Eckstein, Josh Kerns, Tyler Leveronne, Abbey MacKenzie, Chelsea Simmons, Nikki Simmons, Sean Wolfe, and Matt Wroda excelled in their performance in the OMEA District 11 Honor’s Choir under the direction of Cynthia Gray. Both groups performed at Troy High School and the students were selected by audition.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
If you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's, please contact Barb at 548-3185.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
South Middle School's Ladies and Gentleman's Club visited the Brethren's home for reverse trick or treating. Our students adopt a "grandparent" for their years at South and once a month walk over to visit with them. Together they have done wii bowling, card club and board games, then a quick snack before going home. It is a wonderful way for our students to give back to the community.
The Academic Team will be featured on Channel 7’s High-Q on Sunday, November 15th at 8:30 a. m. in a competition against Northeastern High School. This year’s team includes Ben Scott, Adam Chatwood, Nick Sander, and Kent Holmes. Carlton Bowers serves as the team advisor.
Greenville Fire Department came to eat lunch with our students who's names were drawn from out Caught Being Good tickets! South Middle School students are rewarded for their good behavior around school. They were treated to lunch and a tour of the fire truck.
Thank you Greenville Fire Department!
“This Isn’t A Murder Mystery” is a Monty Python meets Agatha Christie type of play. There are many characters, most of them likeable, and a plot with enough twists and turns to make Sherlock Holmes dizzy. Set in the 1940’s, during WWII, the plot brings us to the office of two private eyes: Sam Donsile and Jack Snips. Their clients are in for a lot more intrigue than they realized, once they set foot in the foyer. But with your help, the mystery will be solved! The club invites you to join them for this farcical romp, presented November 20th and 21st, at 7:00 pm in Celebration Theatre at GHS. Tickets will be available at the door for $5.00.
GHS Theatre Club boasts 40 members, every one of them a star. They rehearse, build, write, and perform four plays every year: the fall production, a contest piece for Area and State Conferences, the spring production which will take place at Memorial Hall once again this year, and the children’s performance offered to all area elementary students. Club advisers this year are: Cheryl Collins, Tory Martin, and Chris Phillips. Additional info on the troupe can be found on facebook.
Friday, November 6, 2009
The B.U.G. – Being Unusually Good Awards have started again this school year. The Junior High staff members are watching for students to do an extraordinary deed or students that are “being unusually good”. During the months of September and October, 45 students received B.U.G. Awards from their teachers. Congratulations to: Natalie Blinn, Loretta Bontrager, Hannah Byers, Alex Daniels, Ariel Davis, John Dingman, Kaleal Ester, Tesla Fox, Patrick Garber, Brionna Greer, Ian Grice, Garrett Griffin, Kristen Grim, Alex Gunckle, Skyler Houpt, Jacob Kearney, Ryan Klopfer, Allen Klosterman, Austin Kruckeburg, Paige Lavy, Jessica Lemar, Martin Maksvytis, Kelsi Mancillas, Justice Meade, Macayla Mendoza, Bradlee Miller, Ivan Miller, Brenton Mullens, Josh Parsons, Jordan Printz, Masen Rich, Patrick Solon, Dustin Sendeza, Tessa Shell, Miranda Shiverdecker, Emma Sowers, Samarra Sucharda, Stephen Teague, Alex Vanhoose, Emily VanHorn, Cole Ward, Charles Watson, Aaron York, Austin York, and Cassidy York.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
If you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's, please contact Barb at 548-3185.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The High Five for Wave Pride campaign is excited to announce the first
High Five Business Winner for Wave Wednesday. The owners and staff of
The Flower Patch are proud Wave supporters. Kathy Beam, Katie Netzley,
and Marcia Fink were spotted by WTGR radio representatives wearing green
and displaying their Wave Pride sign. The Flower Patch will receive a
pizza party donated by MARCO'S pizza as a thank you for their support of
Greenville City Schools.
The Flower Patch offer's free delivery for anything purchased on
Wednesday's as part of their support of the Wave Wednesday salute. If
you would like to join the 60+ businesses supporting Wave Wednesday's,
please contact Barb at 548-3185.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Greenville High School’s NJROTC Drill Team competed at the Annual Northmont Drill Competition on Saturday, October 17th. Among the fifteen teams from Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana competing, Greenville’s Physical Fitness team led by Commander Chris Fenstermaker received a 1st Place trophy. Greenville’s Color Guard team led by Commander Jessica Bowers received a 2nd Place trophy. Greenville’s Academic team Commanded by Adam Long and Armed Drill Squad Commanded by Dustin Frederick received 3rd Place trophies. Greenville’s Marksmanship Team Commanded by Justin Nickell placed 4th. Individual recognition goes to Jeremy Giesseman for a 6th Place finish in Unarmed Drill and Jessica Bowers for 10th Place finish in Armed Drill out of the 400 NJROTC cadets competing.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The 7th grade football team concluded their season last night with a dominating 56-0 victory over Sidney Lehman. Offensively, Bryce Jenkinson ran for a touchdown and a couple of two point conversions. Allen Tabler ran for a touchdown and also scampered into the endzone for a two point conversion. Quinton Wood, Ryan Ramsey, and Tylor Bowman also scored a touchdown apiece while Garrett Griffin ran for a two point conversion. Defensively, Isaiah Hayes returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown and had two pass interceptions. One of which he returned for a touchdown. Quinton Wood returned a fumble for a touchdown and added an interception. The team finished the season 6-0-1 outscoring their opponents 278-14.
Jon Payne, a senior at Greenville High School, recently auditioned and was accepted to become a member of the Southwest Regional Orchestra. Payne, who plays the French Horn, also performs with the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and attended the Interlochen Summer Music Institute this past year with fellow student, Ian Brown. According to GHS Orchestra teacher, JR Price, Jon is the only instrumentalist from the program that has made both the All State Band and All State Orchestra.
Jene Ross, Ian Brown, Andrew Cech, and Kalli Middlestetter have also successfully auditioned and will join Payne as members of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. This is the second year for Jene, Ian and Jon in this highly recognized group of musicians. Additionally, Jered Ross, Ryan Augsburger and Sarah Herzog auditioned and were accepted to perform with the Dayton Junior String Orchestra.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
GJHS has started its after-school tutoring program. It is being held Monday-Friday from 2:30pm to 4:00pm for any 7th or 8th graders who are interested. Students who attend will get help with homework or class work and get to hang out with friends. All students participating in the program must have a signed permission slip, which students received in homeroom last week. If you are interested in getting your student signed up or have any questions feel free to contact Lindsey McGlinch at 937-548-3202 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Superintendent Susie Riegle led a Tractor Cade of approximately 20 tractors through the city park and in front of Greenville High School Friday morning. The FFA advisors are Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Guttadore.
What does an industrious student do over the summer? Why, build a computer of course. That’s what Miles Halley, a current senior in Mr. Bob Warner’s Greenville High School’s Computer Information Systems class (CIS), did!
The purpose of the CIS program is to introduce the students to industry’s standards in software and to work in lab settings to simulate real world situations. CIS is also a tech prep program which means that students take academic courses as well as career-technical courses (employable skills courses). When successfully completing this two-year program, students earn college credits while still attending high school and are eligible for scholarships to Edison or Sinclair Community Colleges.
Halley built a functioning computer out of Legos and scrap computer parts. The design for his plan began in his junior CIS class taught by Mr. Nathan Sharp. Building the Lego computer was going to be a class project but time restraints prohibited the completion of the project. Halley, a diligent student, took it upon himself to build a replica on his own during the summer break. He even added a USB port. Halley named his computer “Skittles” after the original model. Halley remarked, “It took me five days to build. The biggest challenge in building it was getting all the Legos to fit in place. I built it all myself, with the exception of the clear plastic top and front on the case. These were added to make it possible to view the working parts. My dad helped me to cut and Velcro the plastic to the Legos.”
When asked how he felt about his accomplishment, he replied, “I learned a lot in Mr. Sharp’s junior class. That knowledge was very important in putting the computer together. Building the computer on my own has given me confidence. I’m looking forward to my senior CIS class.”
Upon graduation, Halley hopes to pursue a career in game designing, program designing, or computer repairs.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The GHS Auto Tech Program is featured in this months addition of Techdirections.
Please copy the link below into your browser and then go to pages 36-37
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Five students from Greenville High School were selected to the prestigious Ohio Music Education Association All-State Choir. The students will perform at the end of January at the State Conference in Cincinnati. Michelle Smith serves as the instructor for these talented vocal music students.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The staff has been very busy getting materials and the building ready for an exciting new year! You might think school had already started if you drove by the school and saw all the staff cars in the parking lot!
We extend an extra big welcome to our brand new kindergarteners! I am sure there is an air of anxiousness as well as excitement at your houses. Since the 1st and 2nd graders are returning they will know their way around. The outgoing 2nd graders moving on to 3rd grade and a new building will be missed but we know they will make us proud!
The biggest change this year is the Meals Plus program which will make us like all the other buildings. Parents will have the capability to pay for their child's meals online! If you don't know about this program, information will come home the first day. You may want to pay on your account ahead of time, and you could do so on Open House night August 31st from 5:30 - 7:30.
Our hope is to team with parents/guardians at home to make this the best year ever for your child!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Many of the teachers have been in the building this week getting their rooms ready. Mrs. Shumaker and I have been busy in the office trying to ensure that everything is ready for the third and fourth grade students. As a staff, we are so proud of the accomplishments made by the students last year and we are looking forward to another great school year. We certainly will miss our fifth grade friends and wish them well at South Middle School.
We would like to welcome our in-coming third grade class from Woodland Primary. We are excited to meet you and look forward to helping you learn many new things. Mrs. Koontz and Ms. Miller have joined the East Staff and will be teaching a family of fourth grade students this year. Mrs. Shiverdecker and Mrs. Whaley have come aboard to serve as paraprofessionals in the classroom for students with multiple disabilities. Our old friends Mrs. Capasso and Mrs. Sloat are rejoining us to assist with literacy.
Classlists will be posted on Tuesday, August 25th by noontime. Open House will occur on Monday, August 31st from 6:00-7:00 p.m. A general supply list is available at Kmart and Krogers.
Enjoy what is left of summer!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
In addition to my being a partner in the Law Firm of Spidel, Staley, Hole and Hanes, 210 Weaver Building; I was the Safety Director of the City of Greenville Ohio during the four terms of Mayor Tillman Hathaway in the 1960's. As such, I was responsible for the administration of the police department and the fire department as well as the public welfare in the City of Greenville.
I became familiar with the men and equipment in both safer departments. The fire department had a contract to provide fire protection to Greenville Township and in return the township would periodically provide a fire truck to the fire department. It was a general purpose truck and was the first truck to go to a fire. In the late 50's the prior administration had purchased a Mack ladder truck which took the second stall in the old City Building. The Quad was sent to the South Park Station into semi-refit, it had become a backup piece of equipment. In 1939, when new, the Quad was the latest in fire truck technology. It was made by American LaFrance, had a long bonnet or hood which contained a straight 12 cylinder gasoline engine. The Quad got its name by virtue of its four purposes. It was a ladder truck, carried a large quantity of hoses, carried the chemicals and had a huge pump. Thus it was a long piece of equipment The Quad had always had problems with the engine overheating when pumping for long periods of time. But it was running in 1969.
My wife Jean and I attended all the football games except during heavy rain, and then I would go with several of our friends. I swear there were nights when we guys, huddled in ponchos, were the only people in the stands. The ladies played bridge and waited for us to come home. To top it all off, "The Wave" was in a major slump, there were loss, loss, and more losses.
I think it was about 1969 when Bud Stegall, a contractor, plumber and trucker, Jim Thwaits, (GHS 53) who owned Thwaits' Floor Fashion, and I got together in my law office one night and talked. First the idea was trying to work with the boosters. The others had tried that so we decided to start a new organization and see what we could do to shake things up and get the community involved. For the lack of a better name, we called it the TIDAL WAVE.
I had been an artillery officer in Korea and thus was familiar with things that go bang. So I suggested a brass cannon to be fired when the Wave scored. I got my brother in law Tom Staley, (GHS '53) a skilled wood worker, to make a wooden model of a cannon barrel about eighteen inches long. I then took it to Red Wogoman who owned and operated the Arcanum Brass Foundry. He cast the cannon. It came home as a rough sand casting. Then I talked my friend Carl Fair, a local machinist and gun expert, to put it on the lathe and turn it down. Also he was to bore it for a 75 caliber slug complete with an ignition hole. Thus we could fuse it and fire black powder. Bud Stegall made a carriage for the cannon and we were in business. Our idea was to fire the cannon when the team came on to the field, at the raising of the flag with the Star Spangled Banner, and with each touchdown. The problem was that there were no or very few touchdowns and we usually ended up firing it at the end of the game to clear the tube.
In late 1970 l got a call from Bill McCullough, then, our long time Congressional Representative in the old 4`' District He said "Tom, you have never asked for anything for the work you did for me in Vietnam." At Bill's personal requests I had gone to Vietnam 1967 to defend John Wagner, a young Darke
County Marine charged with a murder and thirty two other counts of various military malfeasances. John Wagner was convicted only of unlawful discharge of his weapon. He was guilty of that offence. Bill continued by saying "I am getting out of office the first of the year and I will be, ‘a has been'. Can I do anything for you?" My answer was "no". We had a nice chat and I wished him well and said to enjoy his very much deserved retirement from congress.
In a flash, I thought, I wondered if Bill could get cannon for me. I called him back and made that request He said, "A what?" After I explained what I wanted it for he said he would see what he could do. Shortly, he called back and told me I would soon be getting a call from Major General Rasmussen, the Chief of Army Ordnance. It may sound strange in 2007, but that was how Bill McCullough operated as our Representative to Congress. Personal notes and phone calls were his stock in trade.
Bill was right, I got the call and again, "what and why" was asked. I explained what I wanted the cannon for and he told me point blank it would have to be demilitarized and made inoperable. That meant the gas and oil would be drained in the recoil mechanism and the breech block welded shut at our expense. I said, "CI, what does that cost". The answer was $110.00 dollars. He had located several 75 mm pack howitzers at Lefterkenny Arsenal in Pennsylvania and asked if I knew what they were. My answer was yes; l had about 30,000 rounds worth of experience with one. He could not believe that I explained that I had served with the 537th FA Battalion in Camp Carson CO which fired the 100,000 round test to establish the probable error of the new fire direction fan. He knew immediately what I was talking about and we chatted about the system. I told him we had used the system very successfully in Korea with the Big 8's (eight inch howitzers) of the 424th FA Battalion. The General said, "Ol , you can have one", but he needed a certified bank draft and I would need to arrange and pay for the transportation. We agreed and he said one of his staff would get back to me. In addition there was a requirement that a de-militarized weapon could only be given to a local government or a local veteran's organization. He required something certified by a city official or one of the veteran's organizations. I told him that would not be a problem. It was not. I talked to Dick Hole (GHS 55), my law partner and now Safety Director of Greenville. We went to Mayor Dan Hawley (GHS) and explained our problem. He said, "No problem", he called the City Solicitor, Paul Younker, and told him to draft a formal letter for his signature. He wanted the city requesting and accepting a 75mm pack howitzer to serve as a war memorial. He wanted it right now! The letter was dated 16 December 1970.
The pack howitzer was ideal for us. It had been developed as light artillery between the World Wars for use by mounted troops and could be broken down into six pieces and carried by six mules. They were used mostly in WWII by airborne troops and were pulled by a jeep or a weapons' carrier. It could be man handled if necessary and was by the Marines.
There was a basketball game that night and I called Bud and Jim and told them we needed $110.00. We agreed to go to the game and collect $1.00 at a time from people and it look all of ten minutes. When we got $110.00, we quit people were tired of losing many tried to give us more but we said "NO'... the idea was to get as many people involved as possible.
The cannon arrived in Greenville several weeks later in a reefer semi. When the driver, a friend of Stegall's, hit the Ohio scales he was about 1000 pounds overweight. The cannon weighed 1340 pounds. The Ohio State Patrol pulled him over. He explained he had the cannon for friends in Greenville who were starting a new booster organization for high school athletics. He had just picked the cannon up at Letterkenny Arsenal. The trooper said "if he opened the back of the truck and looked down a cannon barrel, then the driver could go on his way". When the doors opened that night; the trooper looked down the cannon barrel and laughed and said "get out of here". The driver did! Bud towed it to the City Hall the next morning and I went to look at it He kept the original Bill of Safe, a copy of which is enclosed.
We took the cannon down to Carl Fair's machine shop and I made arrangements to meet with Carl and explain what was needed, where to cut and left the how to him.
About the same time we came to realize that we needed a vehicle. Dick Hole II (GHS 55) was my law partner, and also the new mayor's Safety Director. Doc Hathaway had died, in my arms, giving a speech at a political meeting on the eve of the election a couple of years before; I think that was in 1968. Dick told me the Quad was about to go to heaven because the engine had blown again and the City Council had agreed to replace the truck. The Tidal Wave went to the council meeting and explained our need and what we were trying to accomplish. They agreed to sell it to us for one dollar, but we had to tow it away. That dollar was raised by taking a jug to the high school and putting it into the Principal's office and asking for donations of one red cent, a penny. No dimes, no nickels, just pennies. We picked up the jug and it was full. We took 100 pennies to Gene Gruber, the City Auditor for payment of the fire truck. The balance went to the Community Chest That way every kid who put in a penny thought he/she had a share of the truck. It worked.
Council passed Resolution NO. 70-96 on the 17th of November 1970. The title was transferred to me as Trustee for the Tidal Wave, a nonprofit organization. As far as l know, l still am the title holder.
I got Jay Schieding of Jay's Towing to tow it to McClain Inc's fenced-in yard on Front Street I had talked to my friend Herb McClain and interested him in pulling the pump and the bed out of the truck. This he did. Then I found out from Chief Ken Lehman of the GFD that Covington KY had an American LaFrance of the same vintage that had a good running engine with a bad pump. I bought the unit for about a $100 but we had to tow it home. Again, my friend Jay came to my rescue and went to Covington and pulled it home to McClain's yard.
Then again, both fire trucks were towed by Jay to Greenville Manufacturing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Aggregates Corporation, a large, local gravel and concrete company. Max Shoemaker was the Chief engineer and had sons in the athletic programs. He said he would see that the engine was replaced. This involved a special made (28 foot by my memory) drive shaft because the old drive shaft had to run to the pump and then a second shaft ran on to the rear axle.
He ordered it and American Materials paid for it. Ed Hole was the Chairman of the board at the time and he watched all details, however small. He caught this weird expense and called Max and asked what vehicle this driveshaft was going to be put into. Max explained to Ed what he was doing and what the Tidal Wave was up to and who was involved Ed laughed and said go ahead.
The concept of community involvement thus had begun. People wanted to help and came forward to volunteer. We added some new primary members also. Don Cain, an industrial engineer at Lewisburg Container, Jim McCombs who at that time was a painter, and later a mailer, Dick Marker who worked at Corning, Jim Coverstone who worked with Jim Thwaits, Jay Niswonger who fanned and worked in town and Bud Oiler who happened to own a WW II jeep. There were others who pitched in when we needed extra help but those men were the basic crew. The weekly meetings were moved to the library of my law office in order to hold everyone now involved
I think it was Bud Stegall who came up with the idea of feeding the football team before the away games at different restaurants. We had no problem in people coming forward to pay for those meals. Business men and individuals came and ask what they could do.
The same held true for the gasoline for the "Wave Wagon" as it came to be called and believe me it was a guzzler of fuel with those 12 big cylinders banging away.
Insurance was going to be a problem, for us and the rolling equipment. I had been insured with Littman Thomas since I came home from law school to the practice. I talked to Dick Thomas, my insurance man and he told me no problem, the Greenville Association of independent Insurance Agents had already discussed the issue and they would see that a proper policy was issued to us. Again, we were getting community involvement people were involved.
The work was going well on both the cannon and the fire truck. I showed Carl where to cut, and he did, and we got the sliding breech block working perfectly. The way it was made and the welding of the mechanism by the Ordnance people made it a tedious job. Carl was a machine shop genius and had the equipment He was able to detach the firing lock mechanism and we found out the cylinder was empty of the necessary parts to make the lock work. That problem was solved by a call to John Caron (GHS `50), an army Lieutenant Colonel who was then going to Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. I shipped the empty lock to John and it soon came back with the proper parts. I knew they had them (pack 75s) because when we visited John and his wife Barbara (GHS' 50) Feltrnan Caron there, I had gone to the Forts formal retreat, and the 75mm howitzer was the retreat gun they used. We made no attempt to open the recoil mechanism or other parts that had been de-militarized. We would gain nothing. We left them alone.
Carl made two steel slugs the size of a 75mm shell casing then hollowed out part of the center and chambered the slugs so an empty 12 gauge shot gun shell could be inserted in the base to provide ignition for the black powder, which we had determined, was the best medium to fire the cannon.
It all came together and it was time to try out the cannon. Carl's machine shop was down on Hiddeson Avenue close to Front Street We got some empty shot gun shells with new primers provided by Howard Fansler, a local contractor, who was a member of the Greenville Trap shooters. Carl had the black powder. We tried everything with dry fire first it worked. Next, the trial with just the shotgun shell. The lock worked, the primer fired. Then, after inserting a blank shotgun shell with a new primer into one of the slugs; we put in some black powder, tamped it down well with a paper towel and pulled the lanyard and did it work. We woke up half of Greenville from their afternoon naps. The police were soon there to investigate and after we explained, they laughed and told us to practice out of town and quit waking up the citizens from their afternoon naps. It did make quite a boom.
Earl Bedwell, was a local man who worked for the Standard Oil pipeline company that ran through Darke County. He approached me one day and asked, 'Would I like to have a WWII gunner's lanyard?" He had one and would give it to me. Earl had been an artilleryman in WWII, a member to the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles". It had been in his pocket when he landed on D Day in a glider with his 75mm Pack Howitzer, behind the German lines of defense, to the rear of Omaha beach. It still is firing the cannon.
The Wave Cannon was stored in one of the garages under the high school football bleachers. To my knowledge it still is.
I had a sign made for the cannon with a statement, from memory, ""This cannon is a rolling memorial to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the USA." That may not be exact, but it is close.
Max Shoemaker called and said the fire truck was done and road tested, and when did I want to pick it up? I said "soon". It was running beautifully, all equipped with new batteries and a new exhaust system. That big old engine just purred. The exhaust rumbled and grumbled very pleasantly. The Tidal Wave crew spent an evening under the direction of Bud installing the running lights to meet state code Someone had donated the lights and wire.
We had been keeping the Wave Wagon in Herb McClain's fenced yard but I was looking for a roof. Found one at the old Children's Home which had burned some years before. There was a huge garage with overhead doors that would take the Wave Wagon. The County Engineer, Jim Surber, told me about the garage and suggested I follow up on it. I was the Prosecuting Attorney of Darke County at the time and went to the Commissioners' and ask if we could use it, They said yes, and ask about liability. I assured them we were covered by insurance and got them a copy of the policy.
Below is the only picture I have of the Wave Wagon.
John and Barb (Feltman) Caron, both GHS graduates, are in the cab. Their children, Julie and Mike and Chris, who are standing in the bed, and my daughter, Cathy (GHS'74), is sitting on the rail with two of the Clippinger girls, Patty and Sarah, who are behind Chris Caron. The picture was taken at our house on the corner of Parkview and Russ Road.
The "Greenie" is located over the former pump outlet. The bed is part of the remodeling process by Herb McClain and was originally where the hose, ladders and chemicals were stored. We left the dials and pump controls simply because there was no reason not to. The rest is "original" as we got the truck. The bubble gum machine revolving tight was a fire department add on, the siren was original as were the spot lights.
Dick Marker was responsible for the "Wave Wagon" being painted bright green by the people who worked at Corning. The Treaty arrowhead was saved in that painting.
This truck bed would hold the entire football team and the cheerleaders' and it has many times.
Now we had another problem to solve. We had to figure out a way to hitch the cannon to the fire truck. The cannon had a ring for towing. We needed a GI hook up to fasten to the Wave Wagon and one was scrounged up somewhere and put on the truck We were ready for the coming football season with our rolling stock
First, l want to relate a side light. There is a street that runs from Harmon Avenue past the tennis courts and to the high school. I cannot remember the name or even if it had one. The Tidal Wave decided that the street needed a new name. I went to Mayor Hawley and ask if that would be a problem. He said he would check and get back with me. He did, and the answer was "no problem". So we held a naming contest won by the Wave cheerleaders; Mary Ann Boli, Kathy Powell, Peggy Crawford, Cindy Heinrich and Connie Cox. The name they came up with was the "Green Wave Way". The City Council approved the ordinance we submitted and the street had a new sign put up with a ceremony. We had a number of suggestions but that was the best one.
Another side light to our activities; we had no problem getting a vehicle title for the Wave Wagon, a historical tag, no less. The cannon however was another problem. I called Lt. Kinney, then the Commander of the Preble/Darke Post of the Ohio State Patrol. I asked him how to get a license for the cannon. There was hesitation and finally he said, `Tom, you cannot license a cannon, there is no provision for it, it is not a trailer". After some conversation and my telling him what and why l needed a license, he laughed. He said he would work out something. He did. On away games 1 would call him and tell him where we were going and what route we would be taking. He would then alert that Post of the OSP that the idiots from Greenville would be towing a non-operable cannon on their highways that night behind a big old fire truck. He got a big kick out of the whole thing.
The Wave football was part of the Miami Valley League. My wife Jean Staley (GHS `48) Hanes was on the school board and on the committee to find and hire a new coach. They did, a man from Sidney by the name of Tom Holman.
Holman came with a purpose; revitalize the football program and the high school. And he did from day one. He had the boys working with a will to win that carried them into a winning season, game by game. They won every game. As I recall, we always played Celina for the first game. We took the cannon, towed by the Wave Wagon to the game it was a beautiful fall evening. Sam Spidel (GHS' 72), son of my senior partner Wilbur D. Spidel, was the quarterback. The team did well and the cannon fired and fired. Greenville won.
During the game, we discussed what to do if they won…the answer was a parade, that night. I had already alerted the Greenville Police Department, the Darke County Sheriff's office and the Ohio State Patrol that if Greenville won, we would assemble a parade out on the US127 bypass and tour the town. The team won. We got the Wave Wagon on the road and headed to Greenville to start lining the cars up off the highway. The different law enforcement agencies were on hand to assist. Everything went well, the school busses with the team and band showed up and took a place behind the Wave Wagon. We took the time to load the team in the Wave Wagon and we paraded up and down the streets of Greenville with a lot sirens wailing away. Jim Irvin, the Sheriff could recognize the Wave Wagon because of the old style siren that wound down up and down as opposed to the more modem electronic sirens on the rest of the equipment.
That was the first of many parades with the Wave Wagon and a Green Wave sports team. This is a tradition that continues to this day.
Driving the Wave Wagon soon proved to be a real pain for any long distance. There was no power steering thus it was hard to steer. Plus, as the beautiful fall became cold, the open cab was freezing. Then the old transmission had to be double clutched and there was no heater. Bud Oiler's Jeep was just as cold. To the rescue came Jim McCombs, who had just bought a new pickup truck. He had a hole cut in the bumper for a receiver. He towed the cannon to the away games in comfort. We would have the Wave Wagon available on short notice to lead the parade after each win. The parades got longer and longer with each win. It got to the point that the tail was still out by the Children's Home road when the Wave Wagon got to the High School after winding around half of Greenville. We had fun!
Greenville High School football team won Miami Valley League Championship in 1971. UNDEAFETED!
Can the Tidal Wave take credit…the answer is No! Did we contribute to the community and getting its people recommitting themselves to supporting the high school sports teams…thus the high school and kids…I believe the answer is…YES!
It was just as much fun for us big kids as it was the kids. I feel the Tidal Wave provided the spark that set everything off…
I remember several things about the cannon crew. We took turns on the cannon crew, and it always amazed us when Greenville would score at the other end of the field. How the faces of the crowd would reflect light as everyone looked at the same time to watch the cannon fire. The cannon would fire smoke rings with regularity. -
The high school was negotiating to enter a new league. The rules were written to exclude the cannon from all games played away from home; the opposition felt it gave Greenville too much of an edge. We, of the Tidal Wave would agree…
It has been thirty six years since those events. The Tidal Wave made its peace with the booster organization and was disbanded, the cannon still fires with a new crew and Wave Wagon still parades with the boys and girls of various teams having been refurbished several times. But those are other stories that others need to tell.
In reflection, it has always amazed me how the tickle finger of fate, writing in the shifting sands of time, could bring together the people, the kids, and bring together a first time head football coach who wanted to win football games, and a group of young men who wanted to believe that they could win football games. That in turn caused a "special twist of fate" to happen to a bunch of young men on a high school football team, as well as the students and people of Greenville. As it did in 1971!
In its short life, "The Tidal Wave", gave this, as our legacy, to our city, our school and our kids…
From the memory of Tom Hanes
Supplemented by the memories of Jean L Hanes (GHS ‘48), Bud Stegall, Mike Stegal (GHS'72), Jim McCombs and Amy Bedwell (GHS ‘77) Erisman
Saturday, September 21, 2007
Thomas C. Hanes JD
From the land of the Giant Saguaros
7241 East Maritime Drive
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Sunday, June 28, 2009
A Big Green Wave Congratulations....
Goes out to the Greenville High School Automotive Technology Team of:
and Instructors Mr. Jim Anderson & Mr. Travis Nicholas
This team of young people, with the guidance and support of their instructors, earned the GOLD medal at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City on Friday, June 26 for their project on preventative maintenance. This is a great honor for the students, their families, the teachers, and the entire school community from which this project grew. This great honor is the result of many hours of studying, planning, building, revising, and collaboration during school hours, weekends, and holidays over a 14 month period of time.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The pastor of my church preached a sermon not long ago entitled “Legacy or Lunacy.” As he was talking about traditions (both good and bad) we have inherited and those we are currently passing on to a younger generation, I began thinking about an article that was emailed to me back in June. It was entitled, “The Tidal Wave, a story….” It was written by Tom Hanes and supplemented by the memories of Jean L. Hanes (GHS ’48), Bud Stegall, Mike Stegall (GHS ’72), Jim McCombs, and Amy Bedwell (GHS ’77) Erisman.
In it, he reminisces about how the Wave Cannon we hear today at our football games, the old fire truck known as the Wave Wagon that carries our players and cheerleaders in parades, and the street known as Green Wave Way came into existence. It is an interesting account of a group of people who began a group they called “Tidal Wave.” They, as Mr. Hanes put it, “…wanted to shake things up to see what they could do to get the community involved.” At the conclusion of the article, he made a statement that really struck me. He said, “In our short life, the Tidal Wave gave this as our legacy to our city, our school, our kids….” I am as a graduate of Greenville High School, a leader in the school district, and community member, a beneficiary of this great legacy and now someone who wants to, as that group did a number of years ago, “shake things up.”
The “High Five for Wave Pride” campaign is intended to do what the Tidal Wave did years ago, refocus our community’s eyes on our kids and schools. The negative perception that has cast its shadow over the district for the past several years must no longer be allowed to exist. Too many positive things are going on everyday. I have had the privilege to observe from an internal perspective the efforts our students and staff have put forth to improve themselves in the classroom and in extra-curricular contests of every kind. Additionally, I am even more pleased when I hear about the community service work many of them perform as individuals or as part of an organized group. High Five is intended to effectively communicate this information to the entire community.
While the Tidal Wave’s existence was short lived, I am planning a much longer life span for the High Five movement. You will continue to see and hear more about how our students, families, staff, businesses, and the community are working together to move Greenville City Schools to the next level. I want our kids to realize that they are never too young to leave or be a part of leaving a legacy of which they can be proud. One that many years later, they can fondly recall just like the individuals from the Tidal Wave.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Best of Show - Debra Rice
1st Place - Britley Ritz
3rd Place - Brandi Brumbaugh
Honorable Mention - Mackenzie Marker & Katelyn Miller
GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BANDS
District Contest - Symphonic Band Superior Rating
State Contest - Excellent Rating
Sarah Britsch - Class B Saxophone Solo : Superior Rating
Kathy S. Chavez - Class C Trumpet Trio: Superior Rating & Ohio State University Honor Band
Jordan Hiestand - BGSU Reading Clinic
Heather Bailey - Class B Trumpet Solo : Excellent Class C Trumpet Trio: Superior Ohio State University Honor Band
Joey Conrad - Class B Tuba Solo Superior
Jonathan Payne - 2009 All-State Orchestra Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra District 11 Honor Band Tri-State (Wright State) Honor Band
Brandon Shields - Class B Trombone Solo Superior Class C Trombone Trio Excellent
Nikki Simmons - Class B Bari Sax Solo Superior
Brad Spettel - Class B Trombone Solo Superior Class B Brass Trio - Superior
Karri Stickley - 2009 State FFA Band Class B Tuba Solo Excellent
Jacob Waller - Class B Trumpet Solo Superior Class B Brass Trio - Superior
Angela Borgerding - Class B Clarinet Solo Superior BGSU Reading Clinic
Adam Chatwood - Class B Trombone Solo Superior Class C Trombone Trio Excellent
Christian Jennings - 2009 State FFA Band
Torri Keaser - Class B Flute Solo Excellent
Verna Nicely - Class A Trombone Solo Superior
Kirsten Smith - Class B Flute Solo Excellent
Ben Thompson - Class C Tuba Solo Excellent
Claire Sherman - Class C Trumpet Solo Superior
Doug Taylor - Class C Snare Solo Excellent
Alex Wolter - Class C Trombone Trio Excellent
Loman Shiverdecker Scholarship- Michelle Brandt and Andrew Sharp
Elks Scholarship- Brittany Bowers and Matt Suter
Deborah Kindell Memorial Scholarship- Erin Hartzell
Ohio Elks Career Grant- Beth Barger
Miami University Darke County Alumni Book Scholarship-Kevin Leland and Matt Suter
Rotary Scholarship-Chelsea Brand, Ryan Butts, Kristen Keller, Tasha Livingston, Laci
Warner Family Scholarship- Danielle Stockslager
Francis A. Burns Memorial Scholarship- Jeanette Schmidt
Reid Hospital Health Care Scholarship- Chelsea Brand
Zeller/Brant Memorial Scholarship- Sarah Lyle
H.O.P.E. Foundation Scholarship-Claire McKinney, Sariah Merrill, Kevin Murray,Ambrosia Davidson, Chelsea Schmidt, Jennifer Beisner
Jeffery T. Goldsmith Memorial Scholarship- Christopher Lockhart
Harvest Land Co-Op Scholarship- Clayton McGlothlin
Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award - David Fletcher
BASF Scholarship- Melanie Stall
Lambda Chi Omega Sorority- Ryan Butts
Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Greenville- Ryan Butts
Collette Eikenberry Memorial Scholarship - Ryan Butts
Kiwanis Scholarship- Sadie Warvel and Erin Hartzell
Miss Cheerleader of America Award- Britley Ritz and Kaylin Cates
Principal's Choice Award- Brittany Bowers
Presbyterian Church Scholarship - Christopher Lockhart, Amanda Fox, Kevin Leland
Harold Clark Family Scholarship -Sadie Warvel, Christopher Lockhart, Kevin Leland, Amanda Fox
Athletic Booster Scholarship-Gabe Dorsten, Erin Hartzell, Ashlee Hetzler, Brad Hosfeld, Kirstie Hunt, Kirstin Keller, Molly Ruble, Lucy Stephens
Bluffton University Scholarship - Sarah Britsch
GEA Scholarship - Michelle Brandt, Sarah Britsch, Danielle McCool
Greenville Youth Football Scholarship - Kaylin Cates, Cale Marker
Adam Marchal Memorial Scholarship - Tyler Martin
Greenville PTSA Scholarship- Tim Bowers and MacKenzie Sides
Ohio PTA Scholarship - Erin Hartzell
Ohio National Guard - Shaun Duplessis, Zach T. Melling, Mike Adkins, Exin McCoy, Hannah McFerren, Jeff Crawford
West Point Certificate of Admissions- Timothy Bowers
GHS Student Council Scholarship - Tyler Martin
Varsity G Scholarship- Christopher Lockhart and Ashlee Hetzler
Lori Williams Memorial Scholarship - Ryan Butts
French Club Scholarship - Sarah Lyle
Spanish Club Scholarship - Kirstin Keller
DeKalb Award - Andrew Clark
Larry Wagner Memorial Scholarship- Andrew Clark
Greenville FFA Alumni Scholarship - Clayton McGlothlin
Dwight L. Brown Scholarship - Brooke Copp
Elizabeth Hill Award- Ryan Butts
Arion Award- Tyler Erisman
National School Choral Award - Chris Andres
Wendy's High School Heisman Award - Christopher Lockhart
State Farm Scholar Athlete Award - Tyler Martin and Erin Hartzell
National Tech Prep Registry Award - Jessica Knick, Rebekah Ball, Beth Barger, Alexis Kermeen, Jeanette Schmidt, Alex Good, Nichole Hartman, Christian Lobenstein, Laci Stikeleather,Kristina Melling, Bethany Doseck
National Merit Commendation Award - Timothy Bowers
Salutatorian Award - Timothy Bowers
Valedictorian Award - Melanie Stall
Have a great summer!