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Summer events in county — 3 Mumford & Sons — 9 Fair entertainment — 10 Tipp, West Milton events — 11 Piqua Heritage Festival — 12 Fort Rowdy Gathering — 13 Entertainment options — 16 County agencies — 17 County elected officials, directory — 20 Chamber directory — 20 Miami County Schools — 21 Museums — 22 ODOT upcoming projects — 23 Golf in county — 26 Johnston Farm — 28 GOBA — 30 Cycling in county — 32 Parks offer outdoor escape — 35 Sculptures on the Square — 37 Farmers markets — 38 Troy Man Street gears up for busy summer — 39 Horse trails open in Tipp City — 39 Brukner Nature Center — 40 County waterways offer adventure — 41 Hospice voted work work place — 45 Habitat for Humanity partners with families — 46

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Troy-Hayner Cultural Center — 48 Troy Senior Citizens Center — 49 Lincoln Community Center — 51 Indian Creek Distillery reopens — 53 Piqus earns award as top work place — 56 Miami Valley Veterans Museum— 58 UVMC to expand in fall — 59 Piqua Arts Council

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— 60 YMCA Senior Center — 60 Mainstreet Piqua — 61 Historical societies record area’s past — 62 Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum — 65 Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum — 66 A.B. Graham Center — 67 Museum preserves WACO history — 72

Events abound in county Area chock full of family fun for the summertime BY MELODY VALLIEU Staff Writer vallieu@civitasmedia.com Miami County’s summer is chock full of events for families — and the fall doesn’t disappoint either. From celebrating the delicious red fruit of summer at the Troy Strawberry Festival in June through the hardy fall plants honored at the Mum Festival in Tipp City — and everything in between, there will be something for everyone before residents again find themselves stuck indoors. This year, however, also will bring with it some special highlights, including the two-day Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover on Aug. 30-31 and the newly announced Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest on Oct. 4-6 at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Diana Thompson, executive director of the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau — and a member of the Miami County Fair Board — said the fair board has been tossing the idea of a new event around for a while. “The leadership of the fair board has been looking into sponsoring a new event. We brainstormed new ideas. The one that made the most sense was a balloon festival,” she said. Thompson said with the board’s relationship with Bella Balloons, who have brought hot air balloons to the county fair for the past two years, and the owner’s interest in helping bring a festival to fruition, plans got under way. However, the

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A sculpture exhibited in front of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center titled “Uninvited Advice” by J. Seward Johnson reflects an artist painting the center. board wanted the event to encompass the entire autumn season. “We decided, let’s not just limit it to hot air balloons; let’s make it a fall weekend of family activities,” she said. “We hope that people will save the date of Oct. 4-6 and support our balloon fest and enjoy many additional free activities we have planned for the weekend,” Thompson said. The $5 entry fee for those older than 12 will help the fair board raise money to do their share of furthering improvements to the fairgrounds, such as some of the aging buildings. Thompson noted the grandstands will be 100 years old in 2016, and requires some repair. “And, we already have a history of putting on a successful event,” she said. “All and all, the board decided we can do another one.” The Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest will include 10 hot air balloons launching to and from the infield and also will glow Friday and Saturday evening. Tethered balloon rides will be available for $10 per person. Children’s activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, a

petting zoo, straw maze, obstacle course and rock climbing wall, among other things. Children also will be able to build — and fly — kites, with the help of WACO Air Museum representatives. Families will event be able to sign up for a scarecrow decorating contest. For adults, an apple pie baking contest, putt-putt golf and a beer garden will be on tap. Musical entertainment will be available throughout the weekend as well as a car show with the Piqua Antique Car Klub. And in true fair board style, lots of food vendors will be on hand to tempt guests’ taste buds. Many sporting events, starting with soccer events in May in conjunction with the Troy Strawberry Festival and GOBA visitors and the national Theatre on Ice competition at Hobart, both in June, also will be available for residents to enjoy. “We’re so happy (the Theatre on Ice) organizers selected us again and thought that when they were here in 2010 that Troy and the area showed tremendous hospitality and

thought Hobart was the perfect venue for such an event,” Thompson said. “More than 1,000 people alone will be involved.” Cycling events along the Great Miami River Trail and a top-notch county parks system also makes Miami County a place to be in the summer and fall, Thompson said. “We’re always so fortunate in Miami County to have dozens of great events all summer into fall, too,” she said. “From the Bradford Railroad Festival, to the annual Piqua Heritage Festival, to the Mum Festival, we’ve got lots of events for families to enjoy.” With all the events the county boasts throughout the year, Thompson said it’s easy to understand the prosperity of the area. In Miami County alone, visitors generated $212 million in business activity in 2011, according to the most recent economic impact survey. “When people think about Miami County, it’s all about quality of life — whether it’s visitors, or new people coming to the area or new companies coming in, we have a wide variety of experiences throughout the county — for young and old,” Thompson said. The Miami County Visitors Bureau has put together a list of Miami County events planned for the summer and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.visitmiamicounty.org. • Sculptures on the Square 2013 — Through Sept. 2 Location: Downtown Troy Admission: free The summer of 2013 promises to be a vibrant one for downtown Troy. Not only

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Events 15-16 Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy This AKC all-breed dog show will be at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Saturday and Sunday the event averages 1,000 dogs a day with breed representatives from more than 90 percent of the AKC recognized breeds. The events offers conformation, obedience and rally. This is an opportunity to talk to people who enjoy the same breed of dog as you or find out more about the breeds you might be interested in purchasing in the future. There is a large assortment of vendors that cater to everything that a dog needs and some items for their owners as well. For more information, call (937) 947-2059 or visit www.EchoHillsKennelClub. com. • 30th annual West Milton Triathlon — June 15 Location: West Milton Municipal Park Athletic contest consisting of a 4-mile canoeing, 5-mile running and 17-miles of biking. Teams of two start at the West Milton park and end at the park entrance. There is a registration fee to participate. Call for more information, call (937) 6980287 or visit www.speedyfeet.com. • Bradford Railroad Festival and Train Swap Meet — June 15 Location: Bradford The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Festival & Train Meet features train layouts, model train and historical train vendors, children’s activities, entertainment, a garden train exhibit, speakers, workshops, demonstrations and food. The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum dedicates this festival to the preservation of

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Farmers markets open for season With the warmer weather, west Ohio farmers are ready to pick the best of the bunch for the area’s fine farmer’s markets. When it comes to fresh fruits, vegetables and a unique shopping experience, farmers markets are the perfect places to locate some fabulous finds for everyone in the family. • PIQUA — The Piqua Farmer’s Market is open from 2-6 p.m. Thursdays and is at the corner of Spring and Ash streets. Visit www.PiquaFarmersMarket.com for more information. • TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Marketplace, at the corner of Broadway and South Third streets, is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, visit www.TippCityMarketplace.org • TROY — The Downtown Troy Farmer’s Market will open June 22. Visit from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the South Cherry Street location. Check out www.TroyMainStreet.org/farmers_market for more information. • TROY — The Miami County Farmers Market is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays behind Friendly’s restaurant, Troy.

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I CONTINUED FROM 3 • Lost Creek Garden & Antique Show— June 7-8 Location: 1058 Knoop Road, Troy Admission: $5 Purveyors of plants, flowers, antiques, vintage garden accessories and local artisans, surround a 19th century cottage. There are always wonderful things to see and buy at this memorable event, along with great food. For more information, call (937) 335-1904. • Canal Music Fest — June 8 Fourth annual Canal Music Fest featuring Phil Dirt and the Dozers with opening act, Broken Lights — June 8 Location: Tipp City Park Admission: Free Concessions/beer garden opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Downtown Tipp City Partnership, at http://www.downtowntippcity.org. • Family Day at the Johnston Farm — June 15 Location: Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 North Hardin Road, Piqua John Johnston’s family home will come alive with games and activities enjoyed in days past. Allow enough time to visit the Johnston’s home to learn how the family lived, take in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum to gain insight to the lives of the first people who called Ohio home, and don’t forget to include time in your day for a relaxing ride on the General Harrison of Piqua and relive the time when mules pulled boats and the world moved at 4 miles per hour. For more information, call (800) 752-2619 or (937) 7732522 or visit www.JohnstonFarmOhio.com • Dog Show sponsored by Echo Hills Kennel Club of Ohio Inc. — June

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Events I CONTINUED FROM 5 Bradford and southwestern Ohio railroad heritage. The railroad was once a significant part of Bradford’s economy, employing many who manned the trains, worked in the switching yards and in the roundhouse where steam locomotives were kept and maintained between runs. For more information, call (937) 526-5559 or visit www.BradfordRRMuseum.or g • Theatre On Ice — June 20-23 Location: Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy Admission: Ticket prices are $15 per day (6 years of age and under free), or an all event ticket at $35. Tickets may be purchased the day of the event — no prior sales. All tickets are general admission. The Troy Skating Club will hosting the 2013 National Theatre on Ice Competition. Theatre on Ice is a creation using all aspects of figure skating, incorporating a theme, emotion or story, enhanced by music. It is a package that includes five dimensions: theme, music/sound, choreography/skating movements, performance/the rapport between the skaters and/or sub-groups of skaters, costuming, props and/or scenery. For more information, call (937) 339-8521 or visit www.TroySkatingClub.org • Tipp City’s Antique and Artisan Show — June 22 Location: Downtown Tipp City, Main Street The 10th annual Antique & Artisan Show will be held on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate more than 80 participating merchants and artisans, who will be displaying unique and collectible primitives, glassware, garden architec-

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A piece of clay pottery emerges under the skilled hands of potter Mike Sill of Peru, Ind., as he demonstrates his craft at the 2012 Piqua Heritage Festival. tural items, furniture, vintage clothing and jewelry and other collectibles. Many local artists also will be participating, bringing their watercolors, oils, pottery, weaving, metal and wood forms, photography, “papers,” hand-embroidered items and jewelry. Other merchants will be doing ongoing, live demonstrations of their work techniques. Some art will be in the form of music and dance throughout the day at a stage located at the corner of Third and Main streets. For more information, see www.downtowntippcity.org, info@dtcp.org or call (9370667-0883. • Native Life in Early Ohio on the Johnston Farm — July 13-14 Location: Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 North Hardin Road, Piqua Admission: OSH Members are free, Adults $8, Children 6-12 $4, Children 5 and under free Have you ever wondered what life was like for the Native American who called this valley home? Experience the time before the Johnston family established their home in the upper Miami

Valley. Visit the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency and learn more about the lives of the first residents of the Miami valley. For more information, call (800) 752-2619 or (937) 7732522 of visit www.JohnstonFarmOhio.com • Troy Summer Skating Competition — July 12-14 Location: Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy This figure and freestyle competitions is part of the Future Champions Series and will host more than 300 participants from all over the U.S. For more information, call (937) 339-8521 or visit www.TroySkatingClub.org • Miami County Fair — Aug. 9-15 Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Admission: 9 years of age and older — daily ticket, $5 ; season ticket, $20 Celebrating Miami County’s rich agricultural heritage, the Miami County Fair is a timeless tradition and a great family favorite. This week long event consists of competitions, enter-

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tainment, harness racing, tractor pulls, art exhibits, games and rides and food. Cows, goats, chickens, rabbits, horses, pigs and sheep, all on display and waiting for that first blue ribbon or to be labeled the grand champion at the auction. The midway will offer new thrill rides, games of chance and more of that great fair food. This year’s main grandstand concert is Hinder at 8 p.m. Aug. 10. Tickets can be purchased by calling (937) 335-7492 or by going to the website at www.MiamiCountyOhioFair. com. For more information, call (937) 335-7492 or visit the website. • Miami Valley Music Fest — Aug. 9-10 Location: Troy-Eagles Campground, 2252 TroyUrbana Road, Troy The 2013 Miami Valley Music Fest will offer attendees a full weekend of music, camping, and fun to raise funds for local charities. Live music from more than twelve bands will provide an eclectic mix of rock, country, funk, blues, bluegrass and reggae from the region’s best musical acts. Early bird tickets for the weekend can be purchased online at www.MiamiValleyMusicFest. com for $25. Tickets will be $45 at the door for both days and $35 for Saturday only. Primitive tent camping is available for free through the Troy Eagles Campgrounds, and coolers are permitted in the festival area. For a complete set list, to make a charitable donation, or to find more information on the Miami Valley Music Fest, visit www.MiamiValleyMusicFest. com. • An Evening of Feasting and Canawling — Aug. 17

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Events sold their handmade wares and enjoyed old-fashioned games such as knife throwing and archery. Located at the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, just north of Piqua, The Piqua Heritage Festival celebrates early American activities including apple butter making, broom making, candle dipping, butter churning, tin punch and much more. The smells of home cooking permeates the air as visitors explore the 1870s encampment, participate in traditional crafts and skills demonstrations and laugh at the old melodrama performances. Lots of room to explore and do not forget to take a ride on the General Harrison mule-drawn canal boat. For more information, call (937) 773-2522 or (800) 7522619 or visit www.PiquaHeritageFestival. com. • WACO Celebration & Fly-In — Sept. 13-15 Location: WACO Air Museum and Learning Center, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy Admission: Adults, $8; ages 7-17, $4; under 7, free; free parking WACO owners fly their aircraft back to Troy, the site of their manufacture. Come and see these beautiful aircraft close up and talk to the people who restored, maintain and fly these wonderful machines. Tour the newly renovated WACO Air Museum, enjoy great food, and for an additional fee, take a ride in an open cockpit biplane! For more information call 937-335-9226 or visit www.WacoAirMuseum.org. • Troy Flea Market and Animal Show and Swap — Sept. 21-22 Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Admission: $3, kids 12 and under free Now re-energized, this

event features every kind of flea market treasure you can imagine plus exotic animals, poultry and other farm animals. The event will include clean vendor areas, campgrounds, food and lots of shady areas for taking a break between swapping and selling action. For more information, call (937) 372-1332, email info@troyswap.com or visit www.TroySwap.com • Tipp City Mum Festival — Sept. 27-29 At one time, Tipp City was known for growing a large variety of mums. The festival celebrates this heritage, and the hometown pride instilled in the community. A parade strolls down historic Main Street and directly into the community park where arts, crafts, games and entertainment are abundant. A Friday night cruise-in will kick off

the weekend. Saturday, the Mum Festival parade is followed by festival activities at the City Park, Sunday festival activities. Live entertainment will be available both Saturday and Sunday. For more information,call 937-387-6774 or visit www.TippCityMumFestival.o rg. • Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest — Oct. 4-6 Location: Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Admission: $5, kids 12 and under free The Miami County Agricultural Society will be hosting the first Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest at the Miami County Fairgrounds, and will feature 10 colorful hot air balloons, as well as activities commemorating everything

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I CONTINUED FROM 6 Location: Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua Admission: $35 for adults, $30 for children 612; $30 and $25 for Johnston Farm Friends Council and Ohio Historical Society members. Enjoy a relaxing dinner in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum. Guests will then continue their evening with a twilight ride on the replica canal boat General Harrison of Piqua as it plies the entire length of our restored stretch of the Miami and Erie Canal. Passengers will be entertained with music and stories as they experience the canal from an entirely different perspective. This opportunity is offered once each season and is a reservation only event by calling (800) 752-2619 or (937) 773-2522 to make a reservation. Visit www.JohnstonFarmOhio.com for more information. • Festival of Nations — Aug. 17 The annual Festival of Nations event will be held on the Troy levee beginning at 2 p.m. The featured country for this year’s event will be Germany and will include German bands and polka lessons. The event also will include entertainment, demonstrations, food and more. • Piqua Heritage Festival — Aug. 31-Sept. 2 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Location: Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua Admission: $3 for adults — under 18 is free When America was young, Ohio was the link to the early frontier. This favorite event takes you back in time where traveling frontiersmen

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Events I CONTINUED FROM 7 autumn. Horse-drawn wagon rides for children will be taken out to a makeshift pumpkin patch where children can select a pumpkin to carve or decorate. A straw maze, bouncing carousel, obstacle course and rock climbing wall also will be offered for children. WACO Air Museum representatives also will be out one day to help children build their very own kite and then send it soaring. Inspiring small artists can help paint a banner or perhaps join in the fun and sign up for the Kiddie Tractor Pulls. Families also can sign up to be part of the Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The event also will include pony rides, a petting zoo and free kiddie rides all weekend. For adults, there will be an apple pie baking contest, putt putt golf, musical entertainment, a beer garden and a show with the Piqua Antique Car Klub. Food concessions will be available. Hot air balloons will be launching to and from the infield and also will glow Friday and Saturday evening. Tethered balloon rides will be available for $10 per person. For more information, call (937) 335-7492. • Fort Rowdy Gathering — Oct. 5-6 Location: Community Park, Covington Admission: Free Come join us in the peaceful setting of yesteryear. The depiction of a bustling, small trading village set in the late 1700s and early 1800s is what you step into when you enter the Covington Community Park the first weekend of October. Falling leaves and the smell of open fires lure you to the “Gathering” and all the homemade foods, arts and crafts will have you wanting to linger there for the weekend festivities. Authentic

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Hot air balloons will be a part of the Miami County Fair and the first Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest, both this year. demonstrations, contests, games and entertainment throughout the two-day “Gathering” add up to fun and enjoyment for the whole family. The 208-foot-long portable footbridge will carry festival-goers across the Stillwater River to the mountainman encampments and a true feeling of life of a by-gone era. For more information, call (937) 473-5439 or visit www.FortRowdy.org • Celebrate Fall at the Johnston Farm — Oct. 12 Location: 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua Admission: Adult, $8; children 6-12, $4; children 5 and under free Have you ever wondered what the Miami and Erie Canal looked like in the fall?

There will be two canal boat rides aboard the General Harrison of Piqua; one at 1 p.m. that will travel north to Lock 8 and return to the landing. The second ride at 2:30 p.m. will travel the entire length of the section of the canal to give passengers an idea of what canawlers saw in 1845 as they moved across western Ohio at 4 miles per hour. For those visitors who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, hayrides also will be a part of the afternoon. Join the staff and volunteers of the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency for this fall afternoon and take part in a variety of activities and demonstrations at the home of John Johnston as well as a tour of the home. Be sure to include a visit to

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the Historic Indian and Canal Museum. For more information, call (800) 752-2619 or visit www.JohnstonFarmOhio.com • Fall Lost Creek Garden & Antique Show — Oct. 12 Location: 1058 Knoop Road, Troy Admission: call for admission fee Antiques, country furniture, vintage garden accessories, flowers, herbs, plants, landscape design and more will be offered at the annual event. For more information, call (937) 335-1904 or email acornstudio1@verizon.net • Bradford Pumpkin Show — Oct. 8-12 Location: Downtown Bradford Admission: Free That’s the reigning flavor for the month of October when the Bradford Pumpkin Show comes to town. The streets of this quaint community literally become the back drop for one of the most popular festivals in Ohio. The midway features games, rides, crafts, concessions and merchandise. During this five-day event, enjoy one of the many parades that take place while indulging your taste buds with pumpkin ice cream corn on the cob, and many other tasty treat. For more information, call (937) 448-2710 or visit www.BradfordPumpkinShow. org • Fall Farm Fest — Oct. 12-13 Admission: Free Location: Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Learning Center, 2645 E. State Route 41, Troy This family event features food, hayrides, children’s games, scarecrow contest, music, kiddie tractor pulls, pony rides, farm animals and more. For more information, visit www.MiamiCountyParks.com.

Mumford & Sons Volunteers, performers needed for tour stop For those who are looking for a way to be a part of the weekend full of festivities during the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Aug. 30-31, several opportunities are still available. Troy Main Street Director Karin Manovich said there are still many things community members can be involved in during the weekend — from volunteering to entertaining visitors. Manovich said the venue will have two ticket levels. The first being those with tickets to the Mumford & Sons concert, along with the guest bands that will be performing at Troy Memorial Stadium. However, for a $5 daily fee, the public will have access to the second level — downtown events, which will include entertainment, arts and crafts, food booths and more, all of which is now being putting together. The downtown businesses will be open and have different offerings, she said. Local to international musical performers also will be performing on three downtown stages. “It will kind of be like a Troy Streets Alive event,” Manovich said of the activities planned. Manovich said the No. 1 priority right now is that organizers are looking for 700-1,000 volunteers, primarily groups, to work some of the week prior and during

the festival. She said the festival will begin on Thursday and run through Monday. She said nonprofit organizations or companies working for a cause also will be considered for volunteer positions. High school students will most likely be utilized for volunteering, too, she said. Volunteer jobs will include, for example, setting up, tearing down, manning gates and even pouring beer. For their time, Manovich said volunteers will receive free access to the downtown venue to be part of the weekend’s events, and there may be some financial stipend for the organizations, which is not yet clear. Two volunteer coordinators are working to bring the volunteers together, Manovich said, and groups interested may email mumfordvolunteers@gmail.com. “We are initially looking for groups, so if a single person is interested in volunteering can align themselves with a group, that would be best,” she said. “I think it will be a really fun way for people to participate in the action. If you don’t have a ticket, it will be a great way to be involved.” Buskers — street performers such as jugglers and mimes — and troubadours — musical entertainers — both who work for donations, also are needed to perform in the downtown venue throughout the weekend. “They can work for tips and will be given a passport

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Mumford I CONTINUED FROM 9 and camping in exchange for being available all weekend to work at various spots throughout the venue,” said Manovich, who said those qualified also can email info@troymainstreet.com to throw their hat in the ring. There will be a limited number of opportunities for food vendors and arts and crafts booths in the second level venue, Manovich said, who said to again email info@troymainstreet.com. Artists, art students or classes also are being sought to help with some of the venue decorating, such as backstage of the main concert area, Manovich said. “The organizers again will decide who fits into the event,” Manovich said. For those who want to participate in a smaller way, Manovich said organizers are asking the whole community to come together to welcome Mumford & Sons and the other performers. She said those — especially on the main thoroughfares where visitors will be coming off Interstate 75 by car and shuttle places such as WACO — are asked to decorate their homes and businesses to welcome the Grammy-winning visitors. She said she hopes homeowners and businesses will come together in the spirit of the event and decorate with creative signs or even British flags. She said businesses with changeable signs may even consider posting messages for the weekend. She said from the simple “Welcome Gentlemen

of the Road” signs, to the more complex artwork for the really creative, all efforts will be appreciated. Manovich said the official logo and badge are copyrighted and may be used for decorating, but not reproduced for profit. “One of the reasons we were chosen is we told (organizers) we would roll out the red carpet for this event,” she said. “We’re encouraging everyone in the community to think about decorating to be hospitable to the visitors.” Manovich said organizers also are encouraging people who think they have a service or product that might be needed during the course of the weekend to make contact through the info@troymainstreet.com email address, and they will again pass the information on to the organizers for consideration. She said so far, examples include a chiropractor offering massages and adjustments for band members, a company offering to bring in portable ATMs, port-a-potties and security services. Manovich said she believes the long-term effects of the two-day event will benefit Troy far beyond the weekend. She said organizers believe the attention could bring people back to live in the area and even sees the possibility of businesses relocating to the area after visitors have seen what Troy and the surrounding areas have to offer. “We anticipate this is going to put Troy on the map long after the event,” Manovich said.

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Rock band Hinder is scheduled to perform Aug. 10 at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Tickets are on sale now.

Hinder to rock the county fair Staff Report The grandstands at the Miami County Fairgrounds will be rockin’ this summer. The Miami County Agricultural Society and the Troy Foundation have announced that rock band Hinder has been signed to entertain 2013 fair visitors Aug. 10. Best known for its 2005 hit — “Lips of an Angel” — the band has built a solid fan base through its energetic live shows and four studio albums. After hosting a string of country artists over the past decade — from Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen to Charlie Daniels and Hunter Hayes — Miami County Fair Entertainment Chairman Matt Gross said fans have been yearning for a rock band to perform at the fair. “By popular demand, fair goers have wanted to see a rock band,” Gross said in a statement. “Due to their popularity, Hinder will attract a whole new audience to our concert.” Formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson,

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guitarist Joe Garvey and singer Austin Winkler, Hinder also includes Mark King on guitar and Mike Rodden on bass. The band punctuated its arrival on the music scene in 2005 with debut album “Extreme Behavior” — which rode the success of “Lips of an Angel” to sales of more than 3 million albums. The single topped the U.S. pop charts that year, and garnered worldwide attention by holding down the top spot on New Zealand’s radio charts for 41 consecutive weeks. Tickets for the show are on sale and are $25 for premier track seats, and $20 for stadium seating. Visit www.miamicountyohiofair.c om to order tickets beginning that day, or call (937) 335-7492. Tickets also can be purchased at the fair office beginning May 15 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday), or Monday through Friday after June 3. To learn more about Hinder, visit the band’s website at www.hinderonline.com.

Tipp touts summer fun Staff Reports TIPP CITY — Tipp City is the place to be this summer for community festivals. Offerings range from concerts to frisbee dog golf and lead into the centerpiece of the town, the annual Mum Festival. • June 8, Canal Music Festival: This year, the event will be expanded to include three more concerts in a variety of musical genres ranging from bluegrass to chamber music. The festival will be June 8 at the City Park Roundhouse and will feature Phil Dirt and the Dozers and Seventh Street, a local band. It is sponsored by the Tipp City Area Arts Council. Like the “Canal Music Fest” page on Facebook to stay updated as it draws nearer. • June 8-9, Buckeye Bash: The third annual

Visitors to the 2012 Tipp City Mum Festival stop by the arts and crafts tents on the festival grounds. Buckeye Bash frisbee dog tournament will be held in Kyle Park again this summer. Hosted by the Southern Ohio Flying K9s, frisbee dogs and their owners will travel from all over the midwest to compete for two days in June. The event will be held at Kyle

Park on June 8 and 9. More information about the tournament can be found at www.flyingk9s.org. • June 15 & Aug. 3, Community Party: On June 15 in Tweed Woods Park and on August 3 in Kyle Park, the Tipp City Church of the

Nazarene will be throwing community parties that are open to all residents. For more information, call (937) 6676586. • Aug. 18, Community Festival: Tipp City United Methodist will be hosting their second annual community festival on August 18 in City Park. That morning, before the festival begins, they will hold services at the Roundhouse. This event is open to all Tipp City residents. For more information, call (937) 667-2318. • Sept. 27-29, Mum Festival: The theme this year is “How the West was Mum’d.” The Friday night cruise-in will be held at the Tippecanoe Middle School parking lot. The parade will cover a new route, as of yet unannounced. Check www.tippcitymumfestival.org in the summer months for details.

Outdoors is place to be in West Milton Staff Reports WEST MILTON — The Municipal Park in West Milton may have sat dormant in the winter, but summer is almost here. Not only will the park be inhabited by local outdoor lovers and canoe and fishing enthuiasts, it is also the site for several major events. • Fishing Derby The annual Fishing Derby pits kids ages 16 and under against a host of hungry catfish and nightcrawlers. Last year, 80 children participated in the event held at the catch-andrelease pond in the Municipal Park. “The first five minutes, it’s like a war,” laughed coordinator Charles Morris. Morris has been running the derby for the last six years, although its been in existence for more than 20. He now keeps it going in

honor of his late father, William R. Morris. The senior Morris was a West Milton police deputy who pushed for a place for kids and older people to fish before there was a pond in the park. He was killed in the line of duty. The derby will be Saturday, June 29, with a rain date of Sunday, June 30. Registration starts at 6:15 a.m., with fishing from 710:15 a.m. Prizes are handed out in two age categories by 11 a.m. The fishing derby is free to participants. • West Milton Triathlon The 30th annual West Milton Triathlon starts at the Municipal Park 8 a.m. June 15. The race, which is sponsored by Speedy Feet, begins with a 3.5 mile caneo trip down the Stillwater River, then a 5-mile run back to the park. It ends with a 17-mile

bike course that starts with a steep climb out of the park and another climb up the hill on State Route 571, but ends going downhill. Last year, 350 people participated and included teams of male, female, co-ed and parent-child. There is a solo division as well. Proceeds go towards the Milton-Union cross county team and the West Milton Fire Department. For more information, go to www.speedy-feet.com (don’t forget the dash). • Lions Fourth of July Festival The annual festival will run this year from July 1-4. Hours are from 6-10 p.m. July 1-3, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 4, with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Along with the amusement rides and carnival food are traditions such as Lions Bingo, held 6:30-9 p.m. July 13 and 3-10 p.m. July 4. The

Lions also have a chicken dinner on July 4 starting at 11 a.m. New this year is the Steel Horse Stunters, performing at 6 p.m. July 3 in the lower parking lot in the park. The Stunters are a motorcycle stunt team whose riders have performed at various festivals around the Dayton area. Seating for the ground show will be on the lower hill, so bring a blanket or chair. The Independence Day Hometown Parade starts at 11 a.m. July 4. It includes community floats, marching bands, classic cars and special performers. Forms to particpate in the parade can be obtained at the municipal office, 701 S. Miami St. Presale ride tickets will be available at Curry’s Video, Owl Drugs and Wertz Variety Store for $1 each ($2 at the festival). Each ride is one ticket. The festival chairman is Jack Scudmore.

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A walk back in time Annual Piqua Heritage Festival set for Labor Day weekend BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@civitasmedia.com Second only to a time traveling machine, there is no better way to experience or celebrate the pioneer days of yore than at the Piqua Heritage Festival. The annual festival takes place over the course of the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. It all starts Saturday, Aug. 31, at 10:30 a.m. when the opening ceremonies usher in this year’s funfilled festival, which is the 31st festival celebrated at the historic Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, located at 9845 N. Hardin Road. The three-day festival schedule is packed with all sorts of entertainment for young and old alike, whether it’s the kiddie tractor pull, pony rides or petting zoo to the Civil War tent, corn pit, a live rodeo, craft demonstrations and much more. Also on the agenda are antique displays, children’s crafts, canal boat rides and, of course, one of the staple attractions: the pre-1870s encampment. And then there is the food. Most of the items on the menu will be sure to appease the appetites of even the most discriminate of eaters. There are turkey legs, ice cream, BBQ chicken, hamburgers, French fries, corn on the cob, chicken and noodles, lemon shake-ups, sausage jambalaya, Texas tenderloins, funnel cakes, and a lot more.

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Pat Richardson displays a peep show box to onlookers at the 2012 Piqua Heritage Festival. Richardson and his wife Becky McKay are intinerent entertainers for Common Stock Entertainment Co. out of Indianapolis, Ind. Parking for the event is free and a shuttle bus will be available at the Miami Valley Centre Mall and downtown Piqua behind Susie’s Big Dipper, which will take visitors to and from the festival during its hours of operation. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

At right, Orlyn "Ox" Bell of Bloomingburg, Ohio, hones his tomahawk and knife throwing skills at the 2012 Piqua Heritage Festival.

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A walk in the park Gathering transforms area into bustling village BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer bpaschal@civitasmedia.com Imagine if you could step back in time just by taking a walk in the park. Actually, you can — if it’s the first weekend of October and you’re walking in Covington Community Park. That’s when and where the popular Fort Rowdy Gathering takes place. The Gathering transforms the park into a bustling trading village in the late 1700s/early 1800s, where visitors can enjoy homemade foods, arts and crafts, contests and games, live music and more. This year, the 21st annual festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. The weekend starts at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 5, with a parade through downtown Covington, followed by the 10:30 a.m. opening ceremonies on the main stage. Visitors will cross a 208foot portable bridge over the Stillwater River to get to the pre-1840’s encampment, one of the Gathering’s main attractions. Encampment activities include a spear throw, bow shoot, cooking contest, flint and steel demonstrations, and games and contests for children. In addition to a church service at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6, the main stage will be jumping all weekend with concerts by Berachah Valley, Night Flyer, Higgins Madewell, The American Kings, The

It’s a tough time for us, but it seems to work out every year. — Anita Hawk

Ramblin’ Rovers Alison Babylon, Dulahan and Muleskinner. Since the event is free, attendance figures for the entire weekend can’t be estimated, but publicity chairwoman Anita Hawk said last year’s concert by Big Daddy Weave drew at least 3,000 people. Another big draw is the food booths selling a smorgasbord of treats from apple dumplings, funnel cakes and sugar waffles to whole hog sausage sandwiches, cabbage rolls and barbecued chicken. The food booths are a major fundraiser for the churches and civic groups that run them. Artisans and craftspeople will have a variety of wares to offer including ceramics, country crafts, flower arrangements, decorative afghans and throws, painted woodworks, painted pumpkins and gourds and more. The Gathering is funded solely by donations, Hawk said. “It’s a tough time for us, but it seems to work out every year,” she said.

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Jeff Montgomery of Fletcher uses a blow pipe to keep a wood fire going at the Ft. Rowdy Gathering in Covington.

Keegan Leveck, 11, Calbe Skripit, 12, Libby Wenrick, 7, and Bailee Shaw, 7, bundle up for an afternoon at the Ft. Rowdy Gathering in Covington.

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MIAMI COUNTY AGENCIES I Rural Development, U. S. Department of Agriculture — (937) 3931921 I St. Joseph’s House — (937) 335-5895 I St. Patrick Soup Kitchen — (937) 3357939 I St. Vincent dePaul Society — (937) 335-2833, Ext. 133, 24 hours a day I Safehaven Inc. — (937) 615-0126 or (800) 564-5256 I (The) Salvation Army (Piqua) — (937) 773-7563 I Senior Companion Program of Graceworks Lutheran Services — (937) 534-7937 I Senior Independence — (937) 498-4680 or (800) 2874680 I Senior Resource Connection — (937) 2283663 or (888) 580-3663 I Social Security Administration District Office — (937) 7738098, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; (800) 772-1213, 7 a.m. to p.m. I State of Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation — (937) 372-4416 Voice/TDD or (800) 589-4416 I Tipp City Police Department, Signal 27 — (937) 667-3112

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Streams of festival-goers flood pass the Miami County Courthouse in Troy during the 2012 Troy Strawberry Festival, which was moved downtown due to the Adams Street Bridge replacement. STAFF FILE PHOTO/ ANTHONY WEBER

MIAMI COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS • Auditor — Matthew W. Gearhardt • Clerk of Courts — Jan Mottinger • Commissioners — John W. O’Brien, Richard Cultice and John F. Evans • County Engineer — Paul Huelskamp • Coroner — Bruce Nordquist, M.D. • Prosecutor —Tony Kendall • Recorder — John Alexander • Sheriff — Charles Cox • Treasurer — Jim Stubbs • County Courts Common Pleas — Judge Robert J. Lindeman and Judge Christopher Gee Juvenile Division — Judge W. McGregor Dixon Jr. Probate — Judge W. McGregor Dixon Jr. Municipal Court — Judge Elizabeth S. Gutmann and Judge Gary Nasal

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CHAMBER DIRECTORY I Troy Area Chamber of Commerce 405 S.W. Public Square, Suite 330 Troy, OH 45373 (937)-339-8769 Fax: 937-339-4944 E-mail: tacc@troyohiochamber.com Web site: www.troy ohiochamber.com J.C. Wallace, president I Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce 326 N. Main St. P.O. Box 1142 Piqua, OH 45356-2316 (937)-773-2765 Fax: 937-773-8553 E-mail: k.sherman@piquaarea chamber.com Web site: www.piquaareachamber. com Kathy Sherman, president I Tipp City Area Chamber of Commerce 12 S. Third St. Tipp City, OH 45371 (937)-667-8300 Fax: 937-667-8862 E-mail: administrator@ tippcitychamber.com Web site: www.tipp citychamber.com Liz Sonnanstine, executive director I Covington Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 183 Covington, OH 45318 E-mail: covingtonchambersecretary@gmail.com Web site: www.covingtonohiochamber.com Esther Alspaugh, president

MIAMI COUNTY SCHOOLS • Bethel Local Schools Bethel Elementary, 7490 State Route 201, Tipp City (937) 845-9439 Bethel Junior/High School, 7490 State Route 201, Tipp City (937) 845-9487 or (937) 845-9430 • Bradford Exempted Village School District Bradford Elementary, 760 Railroad Ave. (937) 448-2811 Bradford Junior/Senior High, 760 Railroad Ave. (937) 448-2719 Preschool, 203 E. Main St. (937) 448-0195 • Covington Exempted Village School District Elementary School, 707 Chestnut St., Covington (937) 473-2252 Covington Middle School, 25 Grant St. (937) 473-2833 Covington High School, 807 Chestnut St. (937) 473-3746 • Miami East Local School District Miami East Elementary, 4025 N. State Route 589 (937) 335-5439 Miami East Junior High School, 4025 N State Route 589 (937) 335-5439 Miami East High School, 3825 N. State Route 589 (937) 335-7070 • Miami Montessori School, 86 Troy Towne Drive, Troy (937) 339-0025 • Milton-Union Exempted Village School District Kindergarten through 12th grade 7610 Milton-Potsdam Road West Milton www.miltonunion.k12.oh.us (937) 884-7910 • Newton Local School District Elementary School, 201 N. Long St. (937) 676-8355 Junior/Senior High School, 201 N. Long St. (937) 676-3081

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The Troy Pop Rocks jump rope team is one of many points of pride for the Troy City Schools. • Piqua Catholic Schools Downing Street campus, 218 S. Downing St. (937) 773-3876 North Street Campus, 503 W. North St. (937) 773-1564 • Piqua City Schools Bennett Intermediate, 401 E. Ash St. (937) 773-3434 Favorite Hill Primary, 950 South St. (937) 773-4678 High Street Elementary, 1249 W. High St. (937) 773-3567 Nicklin Learning Center, 818 Nicklin Ave. (937) 773-4742 Springcreek Elementary, 145 E. U.S. Route 36 (937) 773-6540 Washington Intermediate, 800 N. Sunset Drive (937) 773-8472 Wilder Intermediate, 1120 Nicklin Ave. (937) 773-2017 High School, 1 Indian Trail (937) 773-6314 Junior High, 1 Tomahawk Drive (937) 778-2997 St. Patrick Catholic

School, 409 E. Main St., Troy (937) 339-3705 • St. Patrick Catholic School Preschool through eighth grade, with all day kindergarten 402 E. Water St., Troy (937) 339-3705 Email: spsecretary@woh.rr.com Website: www.stpatschool.catholicwe b.com • Tipp City Exempted Village School District Broadway Elementary, 233 W. Broadway (937) 667-6216 LT Ball Intermediate, 575 N. Hyatt St. (937) 667-3719 Nevin Coppock Elementary, 525 N. Hyatt St. (937) 667-2275 Tippecanoe High School 615 E. Kessler Cowlesville Road (937) 667-8448 Tippecanoe Middle School 555 N. Hyatt St. (937) 667-8454 • Troy Christian Schools 700 S. Dorset Road, Troy

(937) 335-2214 • Troy City School District Concord Elementary, 3145 State Route 718 (937) 332-6730 Cookson Elementary (937) 332-6740 Forest School, 413 E. Canal St. (937) 332-6746 Heywood Elementary, 260 S. Ridge Ave. (937) 332-6750 Thomas E. Hook Elementary, 729 Trade Square West (937) 332-6760 Kyle Elementary, 501 S. Plum St. (937) 332-6770 Troy High School, 151 Staunton Road (937) 332-6710 Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St. (937) 332-6720 Van Cleve Elementary, 617 E. Main St. (937) 332-6780 www.troy.k12.oh.us/ • Upper Valley Career Center 8811 Career Drive, Piqua (937) 778-1980 www.uppervalleycc.org

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Museums offer a variety of activities Several Miami County museums offer a variety of fun activities for families. Travel to Piqua for the Rossville Museum and Cultural Center for a lesson on African-American history or visit the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center to view exhibits and hear a jazz concert. Phone: (937) 451-1455 a major trading site during A.B. GRAHAM CENTER www.theyshallnotbeforthe early 19th century, a hisMEMORIAL gotten.org tory of Ohio farming museI 301 W. Main St., Troy. CENTER I 8025 E. State Route 36, Conover. Phone: 368-2330 or visit abgraham.com Museum and exhibit center honoring 4-H founder A.B. Graham. Open 2-5 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Free.

FORT ROWDY MUSEUM I 101 Spring St., Covington. Phone: 473-2270 Displays items related to the history of Covington and Newberry Township. The 1849 school house was formerly home to a village council, a militia unit and a fire department. Open by appointment and during special events. Free. Donations accepted.

JOHN SCOTT GARBRY MUSEUM I Upper Valley JVS, Willowbrook, 8415 Looney Road, Piqua. Phone: 778-1980 Houses classrooms, land labs, a replica of a town square with 19th century shops, horse-drawn farm equipment and more. Open third Sunday in October. Group tours by appointment. Free.

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The museum’s mission is to honor, preserve and perpetuate the memory and dignity of the men and women who has served in the U.S. Armer Forces, Coast Guard and Wartime Merchant Marines. The musem includes displays from all eras and also has a piece of the wreckage from 9-11 available for viewing.

OAKES-BEITMAN MUSEUM I 12 N. Main St., OakesBeitman Library, Pleasant Hill. Phone: 676-2731 Displays collections related to community’s history and offers workshops. Open by appointment.

OVERFIELD TAVERN MUSEUM I 201 E. Water St., Troy. Phone: 335-4019 Houses items related to the early history of Troy. The first building built in the city, it has served as a tavern, church, school, courthouse and private residence. Open April-October from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment. Free.

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um and a portion of the Miami-Erie Canal. Open, for groups by appointment, April-May, Sept.-Oct., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; JuneAugust, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; and noon to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. or by appointment.

ROSSVILLE MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER I 8350 McFarland Road, Piqua. Phone: 773-6789 Houses the AfricanAmerican Cultural Center and features displays portraying their history in the Rossville/Piqua area, across the nation and in Africa. The museum was the home of former Randolph slave York Rial. Open by appointment. Free.

TIPPECANOE HISTORICAL MUSEUM I 20 N. Third St., Tipp City. Phone: 667-4092 Focuses on change and growth in Tipp City and Monroe Township. Open April-October, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. second Sunday and by appointment. Also open 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays during Farmers Market weekends. Free.

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Phone: 339-0457 or visit www.troyhayner.org Offers cultural programs, displays, tours, meeting facilities and more. Formerly the Hayner family mansion and Troy-Miami County Public Library. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free.

UNION TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL MUSEUM AND QUAKER RESEARCH CENTER I 47 N. Main St., West Milton. Phone: 698-3820 or 6984804 Offers displays on township history, archives and research collection on Quaker history and more. Open Tuesday 2-4:30 p.m., last Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free.

WACO MUSEUM I 1876 S. County Road 25-A, Troy Phone: 335-9226 or visit wacoairmuseum.org Features history of WACO Aircraft Co., founded by Clayton Brukner. Open mid-March-December, 9 a.m. to noon Mon.-Thurs., noon to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., and by appointment. Adults $6, military ID $5, 7-17 $3, under 7 free.

ODOT official outlines upcoming road projects BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@civitasmedia.com Ten Ohio Department of Transportation projects are slated for the upcoming months — and ensuring safety is of utmost importance, said an ODOT information officer. “As always, we want safety to be a top priority for both our employees and the traveling public. We also focus on quality work that will improve our transportation infrastructure while also benefiting our economy,” said Mandi Abner of Division 7 for ODOT. The work will take place on County Road 25A, I-75, U.S. Route 36, State Route 55, County Road 86, County Road 81. Construction at the interchange of I-75 and County Road 25A will be completed in early summer, while construction will be undertaken on I-75 near U.S. 36 in Piqua. Work also is planned for County Road 25A between Country Club Road and Looney Road, where the roadway is being widened to four lanes. “We want to remind drivers that we know some of the construction is an inconvenience, but the finished product will be a great improvement,” Abner said. Interstate 75 A roughly $3 million project is currently underway on I-75, consisting of reconfiguring the interchange of I-75 and County Road 25A southbound ramps, to be realigned in a

diamond configuration. The estimated completion date is May 31. Another I-75 project is underway — at a cost of more than $8 million — that entails rehabilitating or replacing four deficient bridges and widening to current standards. The first two phases will allow for two lanes to be maintained in each direction, while the third phase will have a crossover, utilizing new southbound structures. The estimated completion date is the end of September. Spot paving and resurfacing also will be taking place on I-75 from July through October, at an estimated cost of almost $784,000. U.S. Route 36 Beginning in July, construction work involving signal operations will occur on U.S. Route 36, at an estimated cost of almost $458,000. Work concludes at the end of October. Another project, costing roughly $416,000, will be taking place from July till October involving repair work for the deteriorated back-walls and other structural issues. From May to August, U.S. Route 36 also will see a decorative fence installed, at a cost of nearly $400,000. State Route 55 Beginning in May and ending in September, construction will take place regarding the alignment of the eastbound left turn lane at Dorset/Archer. Construction to the traffic signal will be undertaken as well. The cost is budgeted at about $460,000.

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Workers worked earlier this year to prepare an area for asphalt at an exit ramp on Interstate 75 southbound onto County Road 25A at exit 69. County Road 86 At a cost of about $1,449,000, work is being performed on County Road 86 to remove and replace existing structure. The projected end date is midOctober. County Road 81 In early May, the installation of a concrete box beam structure at a cost of roughly $651,000 was slated to begin.

The completion time is September. County Road 25A Construction to widen the roadway to four lanes will kick off in mid-June. Plans also include creating an urban cross section with curb, gutter and sidewalk. Throughout the project, one lane of traffic will be ensured in each direction. The estimated cost is more than $3 million.

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OTHER St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church Dr. Keith Gebhart 500 N. Downing Street Piqua, OH 45356 937.773.5151 www.stpaulspiqua.com Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Worship Service 10:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship 6:00 p.m. Sunday

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Hittin’ the links Opportunities abound for area golf enthusiasts BY ROB KISER Staff Writer rkiser@civitasmedia.com There are a number of great options without having to leave the county for Miami County golfers. Whether you prefer long or short, tight or wide open, there is a course for you. Your options include the following: PUBLIC Echo Hills Located on Echo Lake drive in Piqua, Echo Hills features two diverse nines. The original nine, now the back nine, requires well-placed tee shots on a number of short par-4s, with two of the more difficult par-3s. It also provides a challenging walk up and down the hills. The front nine, opened in 1995, is more open, but still features some tight tee shots and a challenge on the putting greens. Holes: 18 Par: 72 Opened: 1949 Yardage: 6,038 (Blue), 5,607 (White), 4,699 (Red). Driving Range: Yes Miami Shores Located on Staunton Road in Troy (just off of Market street), Miami Shores is a flat and open, but still challenging layout. The seventh hole can become one of the toughest par-3s around when the back tees are used, turning a 160-yard hole into more than 200 yards.

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Keith McGillvary tries to coax his shot into the hole with a little body English during a recent Men’s Troy City Golf Championship at Miami Shores Golf Course in Troy. Holes: 18 Par: 72 Opened: 1949 Yardage: 6,410 (Blue), 6,068 (White), 5,313 (Gold), 5,187 (Red). Driving Range: No Homestead Located on Worley Road (just off St. Rt. 571) between West Milton and Tipp City,

Homestead features a number of dog-leg par-4’s which require well-placed drives or for the longer drivers, a decison on how much to cut off. Another interesting feature is holes 6-14 are located on the other side of the road, with golfers going through a tunnel under the road.

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Holes: 18 Par: 71 Opened: 1973 Yardage: 6,274 (Blue), 5,871 (White), 5,335 (Red). Driving Range: No Stillwater Ridge Stillwater Ridge is located just east of West Milton

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Participants in the Echo Hills Golf Camp, hosted by golf pro Chip Fox, hit the links during a session in 2012.

Golf Opened: 1975 front of four different Opened: 1976 Yardage: 7,431 (Black), Yardage: 2,922 (White), greens. 6,206 (Blue), 5,728 (White), Holes: 18 on St. Rt. 571. It is a short, 2,812 (Red). 4,947 (Red). Par: 72 but challenging nine-hole Driving Range: No Driving Range: Yes Opened: 1896 layout. PRIVATE Yardage: 6,835 (Black), Holes: 9 Piqua Country Club Par: 36 Located on Country Club 6,483 (Gold), 6,048 (Red), 5,329 (Teal). Yardage: 3,120 (White), Road north of Piqua, PCC Driving Range: Yes 2,835 (Tan), 2,585 (Red). presents one of the most Troy Country Club Driving Range: Yes challenge layouts around. Like Piqua Country, Troy Hidden Lake Both nines start with a Country Club is a very Located east of Tipp City short, but tricky par-4. chllenging trek, with a on St. Rt. 571, Hidden Lake The back nine has a slope rating of 147 from the opened in 1988 and feastretch of long and chalblack tees. TCC, located on tures a number of challeng- lenging par-4s, while the ing holes and several water sixth hole is one of the most Peters Road south of Troy, is the only par-70 in the hazards. interesting par-4s with a county. Holes: 18 pond in the fairway about • Corporate Events Holes: 18 Par: 72 240 yards off the tee. Par: 70. Opened: 1988 A creek meanders in • Concerts Yardage: 6,488 (Blue), 6,169 (White), 5,269 (Red). • Car Shows Driving Range: Yes Cliffside • Ice Hockey Located on St. Rt. 202, south of Tipp City, Cliffside • Public Ice Skating is a 27-hole layout which includes the nine-hole • Skating Lessons upper nine and the more • Sporting Events challenging lower 18. Cliffside Lower • Trade Shows Holes: 18 Par: 71 Opened: 1974 For Booking & Yardage: 5,916 (White), 5,211 (Red). Event Info: Driving Range: No. (937) 339-2911 STAFF PHOTO/JIM DAVIS Cliffside Upper Brad Via tees off on the par-3 second hole at Miami Shores Holes: 9 www.hobartarena.com Golf Course. Par: 36 2386649

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A hot spot for history Johnston Farm offers a trip back in time BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer bpaschal@civitasmedia.com Johnston Farm and Indian Agency helps spread the word about the rich history of Miami County and its vicinity to visitors and local folks alike. Whether you take a trip to the museum’s resplendent collection of Native American cultural artifacts and information, tour the historical Johnston farmhouse or take a boat ride along the Miami and Erie Canal, you will leave the site with a bit more knowledge of and appreciation for history than when you arrived. “A lot of people are unaware of the history that happened right here in their own community,” said site manager Andy Hite. The 250-acre site at 9845 N. Hardin Road (off State Route 66 about 3 miles north of Piqua) is “consistently one of the leaders in visitation” and draws more school groups than any of the other 57 sites managed by the Ohio Historical Society, Hite added. The site is funded by state grants and revenue generated by admission fees, museum shopping, and other money spent by visitors. Management of the site is transitioning from the OHS to the locally based

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Blacksmith Dustin Baker of Troy creates a piece of artwork from iron at the 2012 Piqua Heritage Festival, which is held each year at Johnston Farm.

Johnston Farm Friends Council. Under this arrangement, Johnston Farm and Indian Agency still we be owned by the OHS, but its daily operations will be managed by the Friends Council. Johnston Farm and Indian Agency is named for John Johnston, the farmer, public official and U.S. Indian Agent for western Ohio from 1812-29 who lived in the now-renovated farmhouse and raised 15 children with his wife, Rachel. In addition to the Johnston farmhouse, preserved structures include a

two-story spring house and a cider house. A 205-yearold double-penned log barn, said to be the oldest and largest of its type in Ohio, is still in use on the grounds. In the museum, exhibits including life-size displays and genuine artifacts chronicle the history of the Eastern Woodland Indians of Ohio and the Pickawillany Village, as well as telling the stories of other tribes in the U.S. The museum is built to resemble Fort Piqua, Gen. Anthony Wayne’s supply post that once was located on the site.

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From the museum’s patio, a mile-long section of the Miami and Erie Canal can be seen. The more adventurous can enjoy boat rides along the canal aboard the General Harrison of Piqua, a 70-foot replica of the mule-drawn boats used for transportation of passengers and cargo in the 19th century. The General Harrison is one of four operating canal boats in Ohio. Johnston Farm and Indian Agency also hosts several special programs, which are listed below,

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History • CONTINUED FROM 28 and it is the site for the Piqua Heritage Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend. If you go: Unless otherwise noted, admission to Johnston Farm and Indian Agency’s special programs is included with regular site admission, which is $8 for adults and $4 for students. Admission is $7 for senior citizens, military and AAA members. Children 5 and younger are admitted free, as are members of the Ohio Historical Society and the Johnston Farm Friends Council. Johnston Farm and Indian Agency is open in April, May, September and October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for groups by appointment. For the general public, the site is open in June, July and August, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Upcoming programs Family Day: June 15, 125 p.m. The Johnston family home will come alive with

games and activities of yesteryear, as well as tours to see how the family lived. Take in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum to gain insight into the lives of the first people who called Ohio home, then take a relaxing ride on the mule-drawn canal boat, the General Harrison of Piqua. Cost: Included in site admission. Fathers and grandfathers accompanied by family will be admitted free as an early Father’s Day gift. Native Life in Early Ohio Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, noon-5 p.m. Learn more about the lives of the Native Americans who lived in the upper Miami Valley. Cost: Included in site admission. An Evening of Feasting and Canawling Saturday, Aug. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. This popular annual event begins with a hearty meal served in the museum. From there, visitors will board the General Harrison for a twilight ride over the entire stretch of the restored

section of the Miami and Erie Canal that always is full of surprises for each passenger. This is a RESERVATION-ONLY event. Cost: $35 for adults, $30 for children, $30 and $25 for Johnston Farm Friends and OHS members. Celebrate Fall at the Johnston Farm Saturday, Oct. 12, 12-5 p.m. There will be two canal boat rides aboard the General Harrison. The 1 p.m. ride will travel north to Lock 8 and return to the landing. The second ride at 2:30 p.m. will travel the entire length of the local section of the canal to give passengers an idea of what canawlers saw in 1845 as they moved across western Ohio by canal boat. For those who prefer to keep their feet on dry land, a 4 p.m. hayride will take visitors along the towpath. A new feature this year will be a re-enactment camp focusing on the activities of the Pickawillany Village when it was a British trading post in the heart of what was then French territory. Cost: Included in site admission.

Christmas at the Johnston Farm Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-3:30 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m., 7-9:30 p.m. This year’s event features a Victorian-themed murder mystery in which visitors must figure out “whodunit” to poor old Ebenezer Scrooge. Guests will be treated to a traditional meal in the Johnston house dining room, a tour of the home and encounters with individuals who might play a part in Scrooge’s demise. This is a RESERVATION-ONLY event, so call early to secure your spot! Cost: $35 for adults, $30 for children, $30 and $25 for Johnston Farm Friends and OHS members. For more details about Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, its programs or other information, call (937) 773-2522 or visit www.johnstonfarmohio.com.

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A family takes a stroll through the encampment during a recent Piqua Heritage Festival at Johnston Farm.

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A cyclist pedals over the Great Miami River during a previous GOBA tour.

GOBA trifecta Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure returning to Troy for third time BY DAVID FONG Staff Writer fong@tdnpublishing.com They came. They saw. They fell in love. And, as a result, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure will be returning to Troy this summer for the third time in the event’s 25-year history, something that has never before happened, according to the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau representative Kay Hamilton. “This is an opportunity to show off all of the wonderful things Troy has to offer,” Hamilton said. “It is unprecedented for GOBA to come back to a town for a third time. They do not come back to the same town that many

times. That is something we are very aware of and it is definitely a feather in Troy’s cap.” According to GOBA’s website, the event is “an annual one-week bicycle loop tour through Ohio, held each June. GOBA features a different part of Ohio each year, traveling through peaceful countryside and stopping at exciting tourist destinations. The week-long adventure offers fun, Ohio hospitality and a challenging and rewarding vacation. “GOBA’s mission is to organize a yearly one-week bicycle vacation, in order to inspire independence and nuture personal growth; to learn about Ohio, it’s people, geography, and history; to provide inter-generational recreation; to enhance the image of bicy-

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cling in Ohio and to raise funds for bicycle-related projects in Ohio. “Around 3,000 cyclists of all ages, from all across the country (and from outside the U.S.), participate each year, riding a 50-mile (average) route each day, through some of Ohio’s most scenic areas. GOBA is a tour, not a race; most riders find plenty of time during the day for sightseeing, snoozing on the grass and enjoying food along the way.” This year, thousands of cyclists and their families will arrive in Troy on Sunday, June 16. They will camp out in the Troy Community Park Sunday night and stay Monday night as well. The city of Troy has a number of

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Steve Boufford, left, of New Hamshire, and Mike Bonaventura of Columbus discover the Eldean Covered Bridge in Troy while participating in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure.

events planned for the riders. Sunday night will feature a concert on Treasure Island, located along the Great Miami River. The Eagles tribute band “Hotel California” will perform. Monday evening, there will be another concert — the Irish folk band Dulahan — performing on Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy. Both concerts are free to both GOBA participants and the public. Food booths and nonprofit organizations will be represented at both concerts. In addition, GOBA participants will be able to take advantage of Troy’s many restaurants, museums and other sites, particularly in the downtown area. Participants can view the Sculptures on the Square, visit Overfield Tavern, the Troy History Museum and the Troy Hayner Cultral Center, amongst other places. “Troy does such a great job putting on this event — that’s why GOBA keeps coming back,” Hamilton said. “We really do have a picturesque downtown. A lot of great volunteers have put a lot of work into making this event happen.”

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Cyclists encouraged to get out and ride BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer broyer@civitasmedia.com

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For some, everything comes up roses, around here it is bikes popping up like daisies as the city prepares for a number of bike-related activities. A culmination of a year’s long work on gauging the level of interest in promoting and enhancing walking and biking opportunities in the city, according to Chris Schmiesing, city planner. One that led to the creation of a Bike-Run-Ped Advisory council that later came to be known as the Active Living Advisory Council that serves as an advocacy and advisory for active living initiatives and events within the community. First on the list, and given May is National Bike Month by the League of American Bicyclist, the city held the first-ever 2013 Piqua Bike to Work week from May 13-17. It was a friendly bit of competition between local businesses to help promote a healthy lifestyle, showcase the

importance of physical activity and environmental benefits. The business with the greatest level of participation according to evaluation criteria calculations (Can be viewed in full online) received the Silver Pedal traveling trophy to display until next year’s event. Sponsors were encouraged for the event via monetary donations or door prizes. The biking fun did not end there as residents were invited to participate in a “family unit” of bike riders in the 2013 Piqua Memorial Day Parade. Family groups included grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, or aunts, uncles and cousins, children, and other extended family members with bikes decorated in a patriotic theme. Bike enthusiasts were also invited to a monthly Bike Mob held at 10:30 a.m. every second Saturday of the month from April to September. Each month a new ride route and business to be ‘mobbed’ will be

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The city of Piqua has prepared a number of bike-related activities this year.

announced. Biking attendees need only to show up at Lock Nine Park to participate. Among other activities, the Active Living Advisory Council is currently focused on completing a Walk Friendly Community application, continuing work on developing and supporting biking, walking and running events, and attended the Miami Valley Cycling Summit on May 31 in Springfield. Those interested in promoting community health and active living initiatives are encouraged to attend the Active Living Council

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meetings that are open to the public with the next scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. July 25. “The more improvements we make in the community to support walking and biking,” says Schmiesing. “The more we cultivate an environment that affords the residents of Piqua the opportunity to experience a happy, healthy, quality of life.” For more information, visit the city website for registration forms online at http://www.piquaoh.org or by contacting Chris Schmiesing at 778-2049 or cschmiesing@piquaoh.org.

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Whether the temperatures are balmy or blustery, Miami County parks offer a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Above, a lone hiker did not let 40-degree temperatures and early fog deter his walk on the trails at Stillwater Prairie last fall.

Parks offer outdoor escape BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer bpaschal@civitasmedia.com With more than 2,100 acres of natural park land, the Miami County Park District offers a wealth of opportunities for hiking and biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, and other activities. From woodlands and wetlands to waterfalls and wildlife, there’s something for everyone. The district also offers numerous environmental education programs and opportunities for interning or volunteering. The mission of the park district is to acquire and manage outstanding natural resources for the purpose of preservation, conservation, education

and passive leisure activities for the people of Miami County. EDUCATION The MCPD offers a variety of programs for both the young and the young at heart, as well as programs designed to get families involved in nature. The district has one of the leading hands-on, curriculum-based environmental education programs in the state. Through levy funds, the park district offers award-winning educational programs free of charge to children in grades K-6. The interdisciplinary programs, which complement the local schools’ curriculum while meeting state science standards, incorporate hands-on classroom activities, outdoor investigations, music and art.

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The new Family Nature Quest Club encourages families to increase their time together doing activities and explorations outside. Members of the club can complete activities listed on Quest cards to earn different rock prizes. To participate in the club, check out a Family Nature Quest backpack at the park district education office at Charleston Falls Preserve (listed below) or at the Piqua Public Library. Other programs and activities sponsored by the district include themed summer camps for kids 6-12 years old, kite-flying outings, adult exploration hikes, nature hikes for moms and toddlers and dog socials

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County Parks • CONTINUED FROM 34 designed to get dogs outside to meet other dogs and their humans. The MCPD also has many Girl Scout and Boy Scout badge programs to offer local Miami County scouting groups. VOLUNTEERING AND INTERNSHIPS Anyone who wants to help make a difference can be a volunteer. You don’t have to love being outdoors or have prior experience. The park district offers training and a variety of volunteer opportunities to suit different interests and skill sets. Even children can volunteer, though those under age 11 require a parent or guardian’s supervision. To learn about the different types of volunteer work, visit the MCPD website at www.miamicountyparks.co m. The MCPD also offers internships for college students in operations, marketing, land stewardship and environmental education. Applications can be downloaded from the district’s website. PARKS The most visited park district property in Miami County, Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City, boasts more than 216 acres of prairie and forests and nearly four miles of trails. The most unique feature of the preserve is its 37-foot waterfall that feeds into the Great Miami River and is accessible to visitors by boardwalk. In addition to hiking trails and the falls observation deck, the preserve offers a picnic area and prairie viewing platform, as well as numerous nature, environmental education and campfire programs. The district’s other parks are: • F.L. Blankenship Riverside Sanctuary,

4112 State Route 48, Covington, is a five-acre park with a quarter-mile hiking trail. The park has canoe and kayak access to the Stillwater River and a bicentennial time capsule is buried on the property. • Farrington Reserve, 1594 W. Peterson Road, Piqua, has 27 acres of land with 2,500 feet of Great Miami River access. It offers excellent opportunities for biking, hiking, boating, fishing and viewing wildlife. • Garbry Big Woods Reserve, 6660 CasstownSidney Road, Piqua, has more than 170 acres and 2.2 miles of hiking trail. It features three electricityequipped picnic shelters, which can be reserved by calling the park district office. Just south of the shelters is an educational arboretum that contains a variety of native Ohio trees. There also is a stocked pond that requires no fishing license and a wildlife pond observation deck. • Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary is located about a mile and a half southeast of the reserve at 2540 E. Statler Road, Piqua. This 100-acre park offers a peaceful walking atmosphere and wildlife observation, as well as an undisturbed wet beech-maple forest. • Goode Prairie Preserve, 10354 Union Church Road, Bradford, has 25 acres of tall prairie grass and is home to a variety of plant species including Big and Little Bluestem, Nodding Wild Onion, Wild Bergamot and Butterfly Weed. Visitors can enjoy the idyllic countryside by taking a hike on the preserves half-mile of trail. Other activities include cross-country skiing, nature programs and environmental education. • Goode Prairie

Reserve, 8910 Bradford Bloomer Road, Bradford, sits on five acres of land with access to the Stillwater River for fishing, wildlife viewing, canoeing and kayaking. • Great Miami River Recreational Trail offers 32 miles of bikeway through Miami County. It is accessible from parking areas on 901 Dye Mill Road and 970 State Route 202, both in Troy. The park district is responsible for 10.5 miles of trail outside the corporation limits of the cities and villages. Visit www.MiamiValleyTrails.org for a comprehensive trail map. Sights along the trail include the historic remnants of Miami Erie Canal locks 13 and 14. • Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area in Covington has parking lots at 9140 CovingtonGettysburg Road and 4720 Rangeline Road. With 92 acres and nearly a mile of trail, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll and admire the 20-foot cascading waterfall and such historical features as the Albery Mill, wooden dam and turbine towers. • Hobart Urban Nature Preserve sits on 82 acres of land at 1400 Tyrone Road, in the heart of Troy. It features a threeacre wildlife pond, 1.5 miles of trail, a program informa-

tion center, bird-watching, and four unique welded sculptures donated from the collection of the Hobart Welding Institute. The park also is adjacent to the city’s Menke Park. • With its 200 acres of prairie, wetlands and woodlands, Honey Creek Preserve in Tipp City is an ideal site for bird-watching, hiking, fishing and cross-country skiing. Located at 4536 State Route 202, it is home to the annual Honey Creek Watershed Festival. • John A. Wannemacher Nature Reserve, 1876 MonroeConcord Road, Troy, is located on reclaimed agricultural land and serves as a perfect habitat for wildlife. A 1.6-mile nature trail leads visitors through open grassland, over Boone Creek and past a woodland and wetland area. The park is named after the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association’s 2012 Citizen of the Year, John A. Wannemacher, in honor of his dedication and service to the Park District as an advocate and Miami County Park District board member for more than 35 years, most of which he spent as president.

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County Parks • CONTINUED FROM 35 • With 457 acres of land, Lost Creek Reserve and Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center, 2385 E. State Route 41, Troy, is the largest park and headquarters for the district’s administrative office. It features 3.4 miles of hiking trail that passes through farm fields, wooded areas and along Lost Creek. Other activities include nature and environmental education programs, fishing, wildlife viewing, picnicking and cross-country skiing. The park also features a Victorian-era farmhouse, a working organic dairy farm and five historic barns. Each year, the Fall Farm Fest is held here (more details below). • Maple Ridge Reserve, 10430 State Route 185, Covington, has 120 acres of rolling hills with 2.5 miles of trail. Included on the property are woods that cover 70 percent of the land as mature woods and successional fields, including a sugar maple grove and sugar camp. This large stand of mature maple trees provides sap for the on-site educational maple sugaring operation from January through March. The reserve also offers fishing, canoeing and kayaking on the Stillwater River. • Covington’s Stillwater Prairie Reserve sits along the Stillwater River, with a main entrance at 9750 State Route 185 and a second entrance at 7790 N. Rangeline Road. A circular hiking trail passes through fields, woodlands, marshy habitats and shrub lands. Segments of the main trail follow along the river. Three man-made ponds and the Stillwater River provide fishing opportunities for visitors. A picnic shelter with grill and electricity is located south of the upper parking lot and may be reserved by calling the park district office.

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Miami County Park District Naturalist Deb DeCurtins discusses various ways to identify trees including a leaf scars method during a hike Tuesday at Honey Creek Preserve. The park district offers adult hikes every first Tuesday of the month. Deer prints are found across one of the trails found at the 200 acre park in Bethel Township. • Situated along the Great Miami River at 3145 N. County Road 25-A, Troy, Twin Arch Reserve is known for the dual arches that gave the park its name. The renovated stone culvert was built in 1837 and is one of two twin arches remaining on the Miami and Erie Canal. The other is in Henry County, southwest of Toledo. Twin Arch sits on 35 acres and has nearly a mile of trail. It’s a great place for hiking, biking, fishing, boating and viewing wildlife. Upcoming events at county parks Trail Run Challenge The MCPD in partnership with Reasons to Run will hold a five-race trail series in parks throughout Miami County. The goal of the Trail Run Challenge is to get healthy, get outside and to discover the local parks. Here is the schedule for the series, as well as the difficulty level of each race: 5K run — 9 a.m. July 1,

2012, Garbry Big Woods Reserve; level 2. 5K and 10K runs — 9 a.m. July 22, Stillwater Prairie Reserve; level 4. 5K run — 9 a.m. Sept. 22, Charleston Falls Preserve; level 5. 5 and 10K runs — 9 a.m. Oct. 14, Lost Creek Reserve; level 3. Pre-registration is $15 for each race and comes with a T-shirt. Registration dates are as follows: Garbry, June 24; Stillwater, July 15; Charleston, Sept. 15; Lost Creek, Oct. 7. Late registration is $20 and availability of T-shirts is not guaranteed. Register online at www.speedy-feet.com or visit the MCPD website for more information. Fall Farm Fest Miami County Park District’s Fall Farm Fest is quickly becoming one of the area’s most anticipated festivals of the year. A historic homestead amidst a beautiful display of fall foliage is the setting for the event

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that drew more than 10,000 guests to Lost Creek Reserve last October. This year’s festival will be held on Oct. 13 from 10 a.m- 5 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 12- 5 p.m. In addition to food, wagon rides, a hayride, a corn maze and children’s activities, the festival will feature live performances by a dozen bands on the Bluegrass and American Acoustic Music Stage. Winter Open House Celebrate winter in the parks by coming out to Charleston Falls Preserve on Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m. to walk the luminary trail to the lighted falls and then stop in for some hot chocolate, children’s crafts, seasonal music and more. See the MCPD website for a schedule of events. For more information about the parks or details about programs and other activities, call the MCPD at (937) 335-6273 or visit www.miamicountyparks.com.

Sculptures return to downtown Troy Unique artwork on display through Sept. 2 BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@civitasmedia.com Twenty lifelike bronze sculptures inconspicuously appeared around the downtown Troy area late on the evening of May 3, for an extended stay downtown. Presented by Troy Main Street in partnership with the city of Troy, Seward Johnson’s statues mark the sixth installment of Sculptures on the Square and the third time his work has appeared in Troy. The sculptures will be on display on the sidewalks of the Public Square and along Main and Market streets, down two blocks from the center foundation, through Sept. 2. “Originally, we were supposed to have them through July as a three-month exhibit, but as we were working with Mumford & Sons, the dates kept changing, and we were asking for an extension but couldn’t say why just yet,” said TMS Executive Director Karin Manovich. “But in the end, once we could tell (The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.) the reason, they wanted to keep them up for longer so the concert-goers could see

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A sculpture exhibited in front of the Miami County Courthouse titled, “Hell, Time To Go Fishing,” by J. Seward Johnson reflects a man with a lawn mower. Approximately 20 life-like Sculptures on the Square have flooded the streets of downtown Troy and will be displayed through Sept. 2. them. They were excited to hear the news and agreed to extend the time at no additional cost.” The figures are distinguished for their strikingly realistic appearance and routine poses, which include a man clipping hedges, a woman walking a dog and people washing windows. “They’re all very authentic and frequently mistaken

for real people, and that’s why they’re pretty popular,” Manovich said. “That’s part of the draw — they’re lifesize and very authenticlooking.” A selection committee worked to bring a mix of genders and ages to Troy, while also striving to bring statues that were not included in the 2003 or 2005 collection. All are new

to the city, save two or three, though Manovich noted they haven’t been seen in Troy for at least eight years. “We consciously tried to get all new sculptures. Only two or three are duplications, but most of the sculptures are new to Troy,” Manovich said, though she noted people probably won’t notice, since the sculptures haven’t been in Troy for at least eight years. A logo has been created for the exhibit in honor of local Ukrainian folk artist Aka Pereyma, whose colorful mural overlooks Prouty Plaza. Whereas a new logo was created for each previous Sculptures on the Square exhibition, this logo will be used for branding all future Sculptures on the Square as well as other arts events in Troy. The exhibit is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and is made possible thanks to a grant by the Troy Foundation. About 50 local businesses, organizations and individuals are also helping to fund the exhibit, which was installed by inkind support from the city of Troy. A private gala was hosted May 4, for sponsors and local officials. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take selfguided walking tours of the outdoor exhibit. Brochures are available in most downtown businesses and through Troy Main Street, Inc. and the Miami County Visitors Bureau. For more information, call (937) 339-5455 or visit www.troymainstreet.org.

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Straight from the farm Farmers markets gaining in popularity BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@civitasmedia.com Farmers markets in Miami County are catching on and offer area residents a nice alternative to grocery stores by purchasing local homegrown produce, baked goods and handcrafted items. Now in its fifth year of operation, the Piqua Farmers Market has steadily grown in that time. How well the weekly market has been received in the past half decade comes to no surprise to Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua. “Every vendor is like a little business just trying to make a living,” Swisher said. “The popularity of the farmers market hasn’t really surprised me.” The fifth season of the Piqua Farmers Market, held at the intersection of

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The Piqua Farmer’s Market is a popular place during the fall season, as well as summer. East Ash and Springs streets, got underway Thursday, May 23, and will run for 16 weeks thereafter before ending Thursday, Sept. 12. The hours of operation are from 2-6 p.m. The market takes place rain or shine. Aside from produce just some of the other items for sale at the market include, flowers, hanging baskets, jams and jellies, pies, honey, breads and cakes, lollipops, Cornhole boards, coffee, pottery, hand-woven objects, peanut butter,

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hand lotions, glass magnets, soaps and jewelry. “I think one of the main things people appreciate is the locally grown aspects of the market,” Swisher said. “I think it is a real plus for people because the market feels very friendly. It is just a weekly coming together and people can get a real sense of community at the market. They love the feel of the market.” Since starting a halfdecade ago, Swisher said the market has experienced “wonderful growth” in that time. “Part of that is because of the diversity of the vendors that we have, which really contributes to the quality of the market,” Swisher said. Swisher said she has received so much positive feedback about the market and said people really seem to enjoy the fact that the market just offers produce, baked goods and handmade items. “We think that really contributes to the value of it, and when people come to the market they know

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that (the vendor) has grown, baked or made it themselves,” Swisher said. “It is a real connection because you are buying that product from the person.” “Just come out and experience it,” said Swisher, encouraging those in the community who have never visited the farmers market before to give it a try this year. Those who are interested in being a vendor are encouraged to submit an application and read the market guidelines, both of which can be obtained at the market’s website, www.piquafarmersmarket.com. For more information on the Piqua Farmers Market, contact Swisher at (937) 773-9355. The city of Troy, also through their Mainstreet program, offers a market, which is called the Downtown Troy Farmers Market, that is very similar to Piqua’s. Now in its third year, the downtown Troy market operates between 9 a.m. and noon on each Saturday, starting on Saturday, June 22, through Saturday, Sept. 21. According to the Troy MainStreet website, the market aims “to enhance and promote local farmers and businesses in order to encourage local buying of their products.” The market is held at Cherry Street, just west of the square between West Main and Franklin streets. Like its Piqua counterpart, the market also offers produce, artisans and crafters. For more information on the Downtown Troy Farmers Market, visit www.troymainstreet.org/far mers_market.

TMS gears up for busy summer BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@civitasmedia.com Troy Main Street is anticipating one of its biggest summers yet, with the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festival, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) and the return of Sculptures on the Square being only a few of the highlights. A festival featuring local entertainment and vendors will be hosted as part of the event. About 20 true-to-life bronze figures by artist Seward Johnson are gracing the streets of downtown Troy through Sept. 2. His work also made an appearance in 2003 and 2005, inspiring residents to pose for pictures with the statues. “Residents can expect downtown to be enhanced by the startlingly realistic bronze figures of people scattered about the sidewalks performing everyday

activities and tasks,” said TMS Executive Director Karin Manovich. “Thousands of visitors will be drawn from around the region and country to view the exhibit, which will add to the vibrancy and commerce of downtown Troy.” Perhaps the most highly anticipated event of the summer will be the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Aug. 3031, featuring Grammy-winning band Mumford & Sons as well as Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Vaccines, Half Moon Run, Those Darlins, Willy Mason and Bear’s Den. TMS also will be partaking in GOBA, in which cyclists will be staying at Community Park for two nights as part of the tour. The city was announced as one of the host towns in December. Cyclists bike about 50 hours per day on country roads and stop at local museums, attractions and businesses. Troy Main Street, being on the GOBA organ-

izing committee, will develop an information booth with entertainment schedules, shopping and dining information for attendees, in addition to gathering other marketing and informational materials for local businesses. A concert with contemporary Celtic band Dulahan also will be presented at 7 p.m. June 17 on Prouty Plaza as part of the bike tour, as will Art in the Park in Prouty Plaza from 1-6 p.m. June 16, hosted in partnership with the Troy Arts Alliance. TMS also will be collaborating with the Hayner Center and the city of Troy for the Summer Music Series at Prouty Plaza, which includes 17 free outdoor concerts. Hometown Halloween will return this year as well, featuring a spooktacular parade, costume contest and trick or treating with downtown merchants. For more information on Troy Main Street, visit troymainstreet.org.

Horse trails open to equine enthusiasts Horse lovers in Miami County now have a place to ride that’s much closer to home. Thanks to the efforts of the Miami County Equine Initiatives Task Force (MCEITF), the first public trail in the county opened in Kyle Park on Sept. 29, 2012. It incorporated already existing service roads and hiking trails. The trail has terrain varying from gently rolling grassland to riverside and wooded paths and takes about an hour and a half to ride. Amenities along the trail include hitching posts, mounting blocks and picnic tables. The task force hopes to add a trail head kiosk, directional signs, maps and rules postings, hitching posts and mounting blocks. According to MCEITF cochair Flora Rectenwald, horse trails were part of the

original plan for Kyle Park and are in keeping with the rural heritage of Tipp City and Miami County. Horses were relied upon for centuries for farming and transportation, but in Tipp City they were especially crucial during the canal era. Today a monument stands at the old Tipp City post office in memory of the beloved warhorse of Colonel Daniel Rouzer, a Tippecanoe citizen who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. According to the task force’s website, there are currently more than 9 million horses in the United States. Approximately 3 million of those animals are used for recreation. Horses, according to the MCEITF, have earned a life of leisure after centuries of hard work. These millions of horses represent a $112.1 billion industry and, because horse owners tend toward the wealthier end of the spectrum, the task force argues

that establishing horse trails in Tipp City can only positively impact the local economy. Another benefit of horse trails is one that most people never consider, Rectenwald said. Horseback riding is a great way for people with a wide range of physical issues to enjoy the outdoors. “The horses are their legs,” Rectenwald said. The trail is not only open to those on horseback, but to anyone who wants to use it

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Brukner offers a ‘little piece of nature’ BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@civitasmedia.com

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Melanie Newhouse, 38, said she enjoys taking her son Alex, 3, to see the birds, frogs and turtles along the trails at Brukner Nature Center.

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On a sunny, 60-degree day, Melanie Newhouse, 38, and her son Alex, 3, walk along the picturesque tree-lined paths of Brukner Nature Center. Every so often, Alex dances along the trail, waving a fallen branch in the air, his big blue eyes brimming with curiosity. His mother smiles. “Brukner’s a great place to show kids the simple things. It’s really nice to have this little piece of nature so close by, even just to smell the fresh trees,” Newhouse said. “It’s just so rejuvenating, something so simple but profound as a tree.” Almost on cue, Alex picks up another thin tree limb and then wipes dirt on his pants. He looks up as mother and giggles. Newhouse quickly adds, “You might get a little dirty — but it’s well worth it.” Brukner Nature Center, 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, is one of several reserves throughout the Miami County beckoning trail walkers, photographers and nature enthusiasts with beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife and fun events. Beyond the six miles of trails, the center also hosts summer camps for children ages kindergarten through sixth grade and wildlife programs for all demographics. “One of our goals is to get kids and their families outside to explore and discover the amazing wildlife living right in our own backyards,” said Brukner Executive Director Deb Oexmann. “We are home to over 50 wildlife ambassadors — native Ohio species who can no longer survive in the wild, but are the stars of our educational programming.” For more information about Brukner Nature Center (5995 Horseshoe Bend Road near Troy) visit bruknernaturecenter.com.

Paddle power Miami County waterways offer seasonal adventures Staff Report It is right at the tip of an oar for those looking for something to do, but it winds and weaves right under most footsteps on a daily basis. For those looking for fun in the sun and some water, there is a plethora of options open to outdoor adventurers on the Little Miami River and other rivers by way of a short drive. Local resident and Ohio’s Great Cooridor (OGC) board member, Tom Kendall said the OGC and the Miami County Park District is working hard to educate the public on the accessibility and advantages of hitting the river, whether it’s in a kayak, tube or canoe with friends or family. “I think if people get out and try it they will like it,” Kendall said. “It is something you can do at your own pace, at your own level of activity. If you want you can float, if you want to paddle hard paddle hard.” He said the rewards of getting out and being active on the river or the banks of the river with the bike path are endless. “There are so many, from enjoying the quiet time seeing nature, seeing birds to relaxing with friends and family,” Kendall said. “It can be enjoyable to everyone.” As far as the river goes, Kendall said Ohio’s Great Corridor is working on a number of projects to make the trip down the river more enjoyable for everyone.

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Participants in a recent Great Miami Adventures paddle their way down the river near Tipp City.

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Paddle anything about it. Just because the water may be a little bit murky does“From a local standpoint here in n’t mean that it is bad.” Troy we are looking at trying to get a Kendall said he hopes local resiriver stewards program started,” dents will begin educating themKendall said. “We will be trying to selves about the river and the options work with the high school and all that it displays for summer fun for aged students. It will be sort of a copy family and friends. of what they are doing down at the “I would just tell them not to University of Dayton in the river worry about it,” he said. “We are stewards program there.” breathing in things, touching things He said the goal of the program is and putting our hands in our mouth to get the students out on the water without washing them — that is to learn more about the environment probably more contaminated than the and to take river surveys for wildlife river water.” and quality measurements of the Those looking to take the dive into water. some outdoor fun have many options As first time outdoor adventurers of where to put into the river. There hit the water, there may be some hes- is a location at Twin Arch Park on 25itation to dive completely in from A, Treasure Island and a number of here-say on the quality of the river; places you can rent kayaks and however Kendall said there is no canoes to test the waters. need to worry and to fully enjoy the Locally, residents can visit, river, the way that it was meant to Barefoot Canoe in either the Tipp be. City location, 210 Parkwood Drive., “I’ll be honest, even myself when I Tipp City or West Milton, 235 E. Tipp started paddling, I was self-conscious Pike, and Great Miami Adventures, if I would get spray on my face,” 1995 Ross Road, Tipp City. Each locaKendall said. “But after working with tion has canoes and kayaks available the river stewards from the for renting. University of Dayton, it is different. While kayaking and canoeing can They started up at Indian Lake and be a great get-away for the day, safety came back down to Dayton to check tips are also important to keep in the purity along the way. All of their mind. reports came back good and they Barefoot Canoe owner Brian would actually take cups and drink Budding suggested a few tips for water from the river and not think first-time paddlers, including prepar-

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ing a “dry bag.” “What we do is we save our peanut butter jars and other plastic containers throughout the winter as a cheap way to do a dry bag,” he said. “It’s good to put lighters, phones, keys anything you will be taking with you in to keep them dry.” Budding said there are a couple of other things to keep in mind while stepping into the boats. “It’s always a good idea to wear shoes. I know the name is Barefoot, but it was actually named after the guy that started the business,” Budding said. “Sunscreen is also another thing. We always get that one person that doesn’t wear sunscreen and comes back beat red.” One last important thing to keep in mind for beginners and experienced kayakers and canoers is to pick something that suits your comfort level for the trip. “Generally don’t sign up for a trip that will be too much,” Budding said. “There is always that old saying that your eyes are bigger than your stomachs. A lot of times we will have people who are excited about the trip sign up for the long 10-miler, but that is a long trip. Sometimes we have people who get halfway and have to call it a day. It’s a good idea if you are first-timer to take the short trip, make sure you like it and have a good first experience.”

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A solemn piece of history BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer myingst@civitasmedia.com The World Trade Centers were a symbol of commerce, the center of trade around the world, towering more than 110 stories and stretching the eye toward the heavens. The 400 million pounds of steel within the towers were reduced to dust and debris in seconds on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. One small piece of the devastation now calls Troy home. The Miami Valley Veterans Museum obtained a piece of steel from the World Trade Centers on Feb. 24, 2012. Rusted, bent and distorted from its original form, the memorial piece will travel throughout the Miami Valley on a custom-made mahogany base. Also included in the memorial is a model of the twin towers Dayton-artist Michael Bashaw created to accompany the historic piece of one of the largest attacks on American soil. The stainless steel sculpture was then welded by approximately 10 Hobart Institute of Welding Technology instructors, all of whom are military veterans. The project has come full circle as the Troy-based company — especially its welding school, the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology — had multiple hands to help construct the World Trade Centers, by either training the welders themselves or its welding equipment, until the towers’ completion in 1972. The Miami Valley Veterans Museum’s executive director Stephen Larck said the museum wanted a piece of the World Trade Center’s aftermath to add to its collection.

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A small piece of steel from the World Trade Center now calls Troy home. “It’s going to add some publicity to make people aware of the veterans museum,” Larck said. “We are here to honor the veterans and military, but the piece will also help bring first responders to the museum since the Sept. 11 attack started the whole war on terrorism.” Larck said the museum received word from the Port Authority that a small piece, roughly the size of a soccer ball, would be available for the museum. “We needed a smaller piece for the second floor museum, and on Sept. 5,

2011, we were notified that we would indeed get a piece of the World Trade Center,” Larck said. “We had it in our possession in November (2011).” Once the museum had the piece in its possession, contact was made with the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology to think of a unique way to present the piece to the public. “We felt like we wanted to do something extraordinary,” said Andre Odermatt, president of Hobart Institute of Welding Technology. “It was a team effort.” Local artist Bashaw

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designed the all stainless steel towers, which has a mirror effect for the memorial display. The sculpture renderings of the towers are approximately 1/400 in scale. According to a press release, Bashaw, well-known for his sound sculptors and music, worked with staff at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology, to create the stainless steel piece, which is welded and polished to create the vision of the twin towers of the World Trade Center for the 9/11 artifact. “We are excited to be able to lend expertise for this project,” said Scott Mazzulla, director of planning and development at Hobart Institute, in a press release. ”It is interesting to watch the development of the artistic presentation and to know that Troy will be home to the artifact for many generations to come.” “It’s going to be a memorial and serve as something for people to reflect on,” Larck said of how the artifact will be incorporated in the museum. “To see the piece up close and personal — it’s definitely a reflective piece.” The artifact will be permanently displayed at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum, whose mission is to honor, preserve and perpetuate the memory and dignity of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Coast Guard and wartime Merchant Marines. The museum is a 501c(3) organization founded in 2009 and is located on the second floor of the Masonic Lodge, 107 W. Main St., Troy. For more information about the World Trade Center memorial artifact, visit the Miami Valley Veterans Museum’s website at www.theyshallnotbeforgotten.org for museum hours and updated information.

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Employees of Hospice of Miami County participated in National Wear Red Day last year to bring awareness to heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. Their participation is just one of many ways the group has shown their teamwork and spirit that has earned them recognition as a Top Workplace 2013.

BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer broyer@civitasmedia.com For the second year in a row, Hospice of Miami County has been recognized as a top place to work by WorkPlaceDynamics LLP, a program that gives employees an opportunity to anonymously rate and comment on their place of employment. However, the recognition, coupled with a celebratory three decades this month of providing a unique and valuable service to the community, goes much further than some may realize.

In short, it’s more than just a reward, or even a paycheck, as explained by Linda Daniel, executive director of Hospice of Miami County. “It’s about what that creates within the organization in terms of awareness about what we do, why it’s important,” said Daniel. “And why we feel strongly and committed to what we do and why there’s a benefit to what we do.” The importance of the non-profit, familiar to many, is seeing to the comfort, physical, emotional and • See HOSPICE on 46

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LEFT: Area realtor Deb Castle saws a board while other workers apply house wrap to a Piqua Habitat for Humanity home. Lydia Koverman, of Miami County Habitat for Humanity, along with a dozen “women build” volunteers were primarily responsible for the completion of this Clark Avenue home.

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Habitat for Humanity partners with families BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer bpaschal@civitasmedia.com Habitat for Humanity of Miami County was organized by Shirley Saxton in the summer of 1991. The organization became an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International on Nov. 1, 1992. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization that builds or rehabilitates houses with the help of volunteers and donations, and in partnership with families in need. The houses are sold to partner families at no profit and no interest. Many people think of Habitat as a group that gives away free houses to the poor, but the truth is that partner families must make a small down payment, as well as contribute 400 hours of sweat equity hours on the

construction of their own or another family’s home, said William Horstman, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Miami County, 150 E. Race St. in Troy. Partner families are selected to purchase Habitat homes by the Family Selection Committee, which bases its choices on three criteria: Need for adequate shelter, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Habitat. Horstman said there is an approval process for each application, which can take up to nine months to complete. After being approved by Habitat’s board, the average wait time is eight months while a lot for the home is secured, construction dollars are approved and house plans are approved. Last year, Habitat built two houses, including one in Piqua at 440 Orr St. This

summer, they’ll be breaking ground on a new home in Troy.

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Horstman said Habitat needs volunteers across the board, from helping with construction to serving on committees. For building projects, volunteers must be at least 16 years old to do general construction work that doesn’t involve power tools, excavation, demolition or working on rooftops. Those between 14 and 16 can do painting and landscaping, but are not allowed on the site during heavy construction. Another of Habitat’s projects is Uncle Ralph’s ReStore, a retail store that offers donated new and “gently used” home improvement materials. Items range from washers and dryers and fur-

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naces to chandeliers and windows. Typically, items in stock are 50 percent off retail price. All funds generated by ReStore directly offset Habitat’s administrative costs. In addition to supplying the community with low-cost home improvement items, ReStore aims to keep reusable building materials from going to the landfill. Some of the positions for which ReStore needs volunteers include donation processors, cashiers, truck drivers and helpers, cleaners, team leaders, volunteer recruiting leaders and workshop (electrical) testers. Church, youth and school groups, and other organizations seeking service projects are encouraged to get involved with Habitat. To volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, call (937) 3323763 or visit the website at www.hfhmco.org.

Hospice spiritual needs for the terminally ill while also providing support and care to their families. Taking part in the survey provided by the LLP helped the non-profit to reflect upon the values of not only what they contribute to those in their final days within the community but the importance of a positive relationship between employer and employee. As Daniel, along with Susan Walker Hemm, marketing and development manager, expressed their thanks to Dee Dee Denton, Support Staff/Accounts Receivable Clerk, who was the driving force behind the hospice taking part in the survey these last two years. For Denton, it was something she felt the non-profit needed to do. “Regardless of whether or not you are extremely happy in your job, or extremely dissatisfied with your job, it is important that we all get to say what we want to say,” said Denton about the opportunity to make comments, both negative and positive, about a place of employment the survey provides. As pointed out by Daniel, the survey results were very enlightening as to the type of employees at the non-profit, as the response went well above and beyond expectations. An impressive 87 percent of employees took part in the survey that typically sees an average of less than 60 percent. “Right there, that tells us a lot about our employees even wanting to participate, said Hemm as one of the criteria stipulates so many respondents must take part. “Both years, we overshot that,” said Denton, which is why the hospice has been recognized both in 2012 and 2013 as a top work place. Besides an overwhelming response, the non-profit also discovered, as founded by

ABOUT HOSPICE Hospice of Miami County, 550 Summit Ave., Suite 101, Troy, the private, non-profit hospice is licensed by the State of Ohio, is certified by Medicare/Medicaid and is accredited by the Jointed Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. They are governed by a volunteer community Board of Trustees and their mission is to improve the quality of life for people with life limiting illnesses by providing care, comfort, emotional and spiritual support for them and their families. Their service area is primarily Miami County, with a few patients in contiguous counties, when requested. many employers who take part in the survey such as the City of Piqua, also recognized this year as a top work place for the year, is that work is far more than a paycheck. “It’s about that feeling (of being) included in the process, feeling appreciated,” said Daniel. “To me that’s kind of remarkable, it’s been here 30 years and continues to impact people in a really meaningful way, it is pretty amazing.” Amazing indeed given Hospice of Miami County had humble beginnings in a local church basement where a discussion on Medicare reimbursement for hospice care along with three different standpoints of providing healthcare, social service and philanthropy, helped to bring the non-profit together. Loving the work, the people and the mission helps, too. “We love where we work, we love what we are doing for people, we love the mission that we have and to be able to do that, to be able to grow and change I think is a very, very important thing,” said Denton. “It makes me very proud to work for an organization that can do the last wishes for a patient, regardless what steps had to be taken, it was done. I think, that’s a powerful thing.” Other words brought to attention by the hospice advocates concerning the results from the survey that highlight the more-than-a-paycheck power of a top work place: Enthusiasm, pride,

commitment, giving back to the community and teamwork. “That team is very important to us,” said Hemm of both paid employees and the many volunteers. “I think it was well brought out in this survey we really do work as a team, we function as a team, we’ve got great things that we can celebrate as a team and we’ve got things we can

improve as a team. When we say team around here, we mean it.” Denton agreed. “You have to rely on each other, to be able to count on each other,” said Denton, as she explained how the survey results also were a testament to their profound leadership, as it gave those leaders an opportunity to see what areas may need improvement. “I think this is one of the reasons why we are a top workplace. We’re willing to say its not always perfect, let’s look at this, and see what we can do.” When asked how other places of employment may be able to improve their own work environment, to capture the teamwork and more-thana-paycheck spirit, the hospice group emphasized it begins with the culture inside. “What’s our most valuable resource?” asked Hemm. “Obviously, it’s our staff.”

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Guests at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center check out Christmas decorations.

Hayner captivates Troy with music, art and more BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@civitasmedia.com The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is on track for a busy next few months thanks to an even more diverse range of musicians in the Troy Summer Music Series — hosted in conjunction with Troy Main Street and the city of Troy — along with many other events and concerts. “Hayner is such a treasure here in Troy, and what we want to do is reach everybody,” said program coordinator Terrilynn Meece, adding that the center is working to expand its audi-

EXHIBITS Music isn’t the only attraction for the Hayner Center. The Ohio Watercolor Society’s 35th annual traveling exhibit opens May 3, offering 40 eclectic watercolors depicting landscapes, still life, portraits and abstracts of various painting styles. Former Troy resident Angela Chang is one of the participating artists. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Upcoming events also include the Great Flood of 1913 exhibit from May 31 to July 28, with an opening reception slated for 6-7:30 p.m. June 7. ence demographics and offer even more music. A new series, called Lucky Lemonade, will be hosted in the courtyard of

Hayner at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in July, except July 2. “This will be arranged of everything from jazz to a

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country feel and folksy,” Meece said. Sweet Betsy kicks off the series on July 9 with simple guitar and mandolin harmonies in a folk, country and Americana style. Higgins Madewell — known as “Hippie country that rocks” — will take on the Hayner courtyard July 16, followed by fatherdaughter duo Anna and Milovan July 23, performing songs akin to Bonnie Raitt, Adele and Etta James. For the final concert in the series, guitarist Jimmy Felts will perform jazzy blues music on July 30. • See HAYNER on 50

Senior center adds dances to the mix BY NATALIE KNOTH Staff Writer nknoth@civitasmedia.com The Troy Senior Citizens Center is anticipating an exciting next few months, especially with the Strawberry Festival back on the levee this year, near the center at 134 N. Market St. A special treat is prepared by the center year after year. “We have the best shortcake in town, and we’re thrilled it’s back on the levee again,” said Executive Director Tamara Baynard-

Ganger. “Fortunately here we’re on the levee, so we can stay put in building.” Members also plan to participate in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, National Night Out and Festival of Nations. With about 400 members, the Troy Senior Citizens Center participates in many highly anticipated Troy events in addition to offering a variety of scheduled activities all 12 months of the years. In February, the center • See SENIORS on 50

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Hayner I CONTINUED FROM 48 As is the case in past years, the Hayner Center also will be teaming with Troy Main Street to bring vibrant acts to downtown Troy for the Summer Music Series. Acts such as the Doyle Brothers, slated for 7:30 p.m. June 28, are expected to draw a younger crowd, which Meece said the center is working to attract. She anticipates audiences will want to come back for more. “Once you come in here, you fall in love with Hayner, and that’s who we’d like to draw in,” Meece said. The Doyle Brothers blend the music of timeless classics such as that of the Everly Brothers with modern acts like Michael Buble and Bruno Mars. Concerts take place on downtown Troy’s Prouty Plaza, located on the northwest quadrant of the city square. Other acts include Celtic band Dulahan at 7 p.m. June 17; lively multi-genre band This Side Up at 7:30 July 12; contemporary and traditional bluegrass band Nightflyer at 7:30 p.m. July 19; and the 16-piece band Glenn Miller Orcestra at 7:30 p.m. July 26, which Meece said will get people

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Sarah Ullery, 10, and her brother, Dylan, look over decorations in the solarium at the Troy Hayner Cultural Center during the Christmas season in 2011. up and dancing. “We’re going to have a dance floor out front and people from a ballroom dance class will be dancing,” Meece said. French Creole music will be brought to Prouty with Dennis Stroughmatt and the Creole Stomp at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, followed by Red Hot Rhythm Review at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, teeming with dynamic horns and bold vocals. The Hayner Center also offers several opportunities

for residents to listen to local music on their lunch hour. Picnics on the Plaza, hosted on Prouty Plaza, feature the Troy City School bands. The high school jazz band performs at 11:45 a.m. May 20; the seventh grade band at 11:45 a.m. May 21; and the eighth grade band at 11:45 a.m. May 23. The Troy Civic Band will host four special concerts as well, funded by the city of Troy, the Troy Foundation

and private donors. Bill and Katherine McIntosh are the band’s founders. “Remembering the Heroes” is slated for 7 p.m. May 26; “Movies and Marches” is 7 p.m. June 30; “Fantastic Journey” is 7 p.m. Aug. 11; and “Farewell to Summer” is 7 p.m. Sept. 8. For more information on the Hayner Center and for additional event listings, call 339-0457 or visit troyhayner.org.

lighting, like a lot of times what you do in Christmas,” she said. “When you turn the lights off in here, it looks like infinity. We also have a whole bunch of windows.” Battery-operated tea lights also adorn the tables. “The center just looks positively gorgeous, and it has been accepted very well,” Baynard-Ganger said. For several years, line dancing classes also have been offered, drawing close

to 30 members to participate. The center tends to senior citizens’ crucial needs as well, operating as a congregate meal site (serving only, not preparation) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in which those 60 and older can enjoy a meal through a federally funded program, with a $2 suggested donation for Senior Resources. For those with interest in culinary arts, the center offers a cooking presenta-

tion called Who’s Cooking with Queen Darlene. “That has really taken off big,” Baynard-Ganger said. “And as do all great cooking shows, we have samples.” Other activities include doing crafts and playing chess and card games, such as euchre and bridge. Often members simply enjoy being in the company of their peers, Baynard-Ganger said. For more information on the Troy Senior Citizens Center, call (937) 335-2810.

Seniors I CONTINUED FROM 49 began hosting a themed dance on the third Friday of every month. “We started with a sweetheart dance, then a shamrock dance, (April) was tulip and the next month was daffodil,” BaynardGanger said. The atmosphere of the senior center is ideal for such an activity, BaynardGanger said. “It’s really pretty in here. We have beautiful festive

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Anthony Shoop assists Anthony Olden with a few presses as Quinten Stump and Jeff Harvey work out in the background Jan. 11 in the weight room at Lincoln Community Center. LEFT: Becky Jackson returns the ball as teammate Liz Fessler looks on Monday at the Lincoln Community Center. Both Jackson and Fessler were playing against Nevin Fessler and Jeff Rupp during open gym pickle ball.

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Lincoln Center I CONTINUED FROM 51 instructional voice, selfdefense, cheer-leading, aquatic arthritis classes, basketball and volleyball open gyms, instructional boxing, a bookmobile and Fun Fridays — games, crafts, snacks and motivational speakers for children ages 7 to 13. Offering activities for all ages and interests is of prime importance, Carter said. “We have a kid 4 years old who comes after school for educational programs, and we have a 94-year-old who’s been swimming for over 40 years,” he said. Plans are in the works to use a building across the street for newly formed art classes, which have been widely received, he said. The classes are taught by Art House at Lincoln Executive Director Suzanne Ally along with her husband Harry, a retired university art professor. “We had talked last year about providing an art program for underprivileged kids,” Carter said. The courses are intended to provide a way for children to convey their emotions constructively, he added. Following the success of the first art exhibit in September, another was hosted in December, which also featured a drum circle performance and improvisational jazz, taught by music instructor Paul Shuler. “That’s really going well right now,” Carter said. “We have a lot of good talent and

a lot of really good kid and parental involvement.” Lincoln Center also offers after-school tutoring for children from third grade through high school, with sign-ups being accepted for next year. The tutoring program is intended to help disadvantaged children not only succeed in school, but also start preparing for college early. “With the demographics I’m working with, statistics would show the majority maybe have trouble a) graduating high school or b) were raised by single mothers or extended family, and college may be out of reach,” Carter said. “We keep very close track of their grades, and we really try to be involved with the kids.” Carter stressed that the center is a community-wide effort. “This is all made possible not only through my leadership, but also with the city of Troy, Troy United Way, the Troy Foundation, Hobart and the mayor (Michael Beamish),” Carter said. “Not only their investing in the community, but also providing hope for a group of people that without the center might struggle with childhood obesity or lack of education support. It’s really complex what we do.” Regular hours for Lincoln Community Center are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit lcctroy.com.

DeMarcus Moody, right, waits to hand off a ball during Fun Friday, Jan. 11, at Lincoln Community Center. “Anything I can do to help out. It beats sitting at home and it’s something to be a part of,” Moody said, referring to volunteering at Lincoln Community Center.

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Joe Duer prepares a heater tub for the next distillation at Staley Mill Farm and Distillery in Bethel Township.

Couple distilling whiskey using traditional methods on historic family farm BY KATHY ORDING Staff Writer kording@civitasmedia.com Joe Duer sticks a finger under the clear liquid being funneled from the heater tub into a bucket, puts it to his mouth and taste tests the low-proof whiskey from the first distillation of this week’s batch. He has a more scientific way to test the alcohol con-

tent, but like every other step in the production of Elias Staley Whiskey, the hands-on method is best. Joe and his wife, Missy, have been producing and selling the artisan rye whiskey since midDecember in the Indian Creek Distillery at the Staley Mill Farm, 7095 Staley Road in Bethel Township. In doing so, they are fol-

lowing in the footsteps of Missy’s forebears, whose great-great-great- grandfather Elias Staley founded the farm and produced whiskey there beginning in 1820. “We are using the original mash bill, or recipe, which consists of 60 percent rye, about 25 percent corn and the balance is malted barley,” Joe said. The corn comes from Miami County

farmers, the rye from a farmer in North Star and the malted barley is shipped in from out West. “It’s all American grain,” said Missy, who said their whiskey also includes hops because the family recipe calls for its use. Early whiskey makers had a problem with bacteria, Joe explained. “They learned from the beer makers to use hops in their mash and it would kill bacteria and the microbes. But, unintended consequences, they also found, like with beer, it affects the taste,” he said. “Now, obviously, we don’t have a bacteria problem — we have modern stainless steel tubs and so forth, and we have sanitizers — but we stayed true to that recipe that they used, because it affects the taste.” Mashing in is the first step in the whiskey making process, and means, simply, adding the grain to hot water. Next, the mash is pumped into a copper still, where alcohol vapors are captured and funneled into a heat tub, which turns the vapor to liquid. This lowgrade whiskey is captured and put in a holding tank. “When we accumulate enough, we distill it again in the whiskey still. This is called double copper pot distillation, which is the way everybody did it back in the day,” Joe said. “It’s a very slow, timeconsuming process. The old boys weren’t in a hurry for anything. Everything was slow,” he said. “What this does, this gives you your best quality, and best-tasting, whiskey.” The Duers produce 100150 bottles of whiskey each • See DISTILLERY on 55

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RIGHT: Joe and Missy Duer discuss grains and hops used and a balance of malted barley April 4 at Staley Mill Farm.

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TOP: An 1880s Foos grain mill made in Springfield is still in use at the distillery. RIGHT: Depleted ferment drains out of a still at Staley Mill Farm and Distillery.

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Distillery I CONTINUED FROM 53 week at Indian Creek Distillery, and soon will add aged whiskey to their product line. They are toying with the idea of hiring help to increase production to meet a growing demand. “It will be like the Staleys did it in the 1800s,” Joe said. “They ran it 24/7 to meet their demand. So that’s what we will end up doing, running it day and night, just because it’s a slow process.” “It’s a true, hand-crafted, early-American product,” Missy added, and said the whiskey is sold at the distillery for $50 per bottle and is distributed to other area outlets. Elias Staley Whiskey is available at The Caroline in Troy and the Inn at Versailles, for example, and is for sale at the state liquor agency at Main Street Market in Troy. The copper pots the Duers use to produce the whiskey are the same stills used by Elias Staley and his descendants to produce whiskey until the beginning of Prohibition in 1919. The copper pots were hidden away during Prohibition years, and by the time the law was repealed in 1933, her greatgreat-grandfather Andrew Staley had lost interest in whiskey production, Missy said. Eventually, the abandoned distillery building decayed and fell down. The original warehouse and mash house still stand. The stills, the oldest-working stills in the United States, are one component of what gives Elias Staley Whiskey a distinctive taste. “You are getting a taste of early America with every sip of that whiskey because of the whiskey-making history that lies in those old stills,” Missy said. “It’s been told to us that they hold memories within them, those stills do.” As crucial as the stills are, the water used to make the whiskey also affects the out-

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Several bottles of Elias Staley whiskey, distilled from rye mash, are displayed at the Staley Mill Farm and Distillery. come, the Duers said. They use spring water from the ground on the farm, just as Elias Staley did. Her forebear knew what he was doing when he chose to settle on the piece of ground he did, Missy said. “Water is very important to the production of whiskey,” Joe agreed. “You need high calcium and no iron and no man-made products. That’s what we have here. We’ve got perfect water here.” The Duers today produce their whiskey in a building they hired Amish craftsmen to build just across the road from the site of the original distillery, and behind the grist mill that still stands on the property, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grist mill provided the 1880s grain mill the Duers resurrected to grind the grain for their whiskey, although in a simple concession to modern times, the mill has been converted to electric and mounted on wheels. The combination of mill and distillery was an attractive draw for pioneers and Native Americans. Even men driving cattle on

the nearby National Road (U.S. Route 40) would detour to the farm and stay the night at a nearby inn, Missy said. “My mom would always tell the story, that when the cattlemen came up here, they would rent ground from my fifth-great-grandfather to graze their cattle, they would get their grain, they would get their whiskey, and they’d go stay at the inn and have one whooping good time,” said Missy, who said her mother, Carol Mumford, led the effort in the mid-1990s to preserve that portion of Bethel and Elizabeth townships to keep Interstate 675 from being extended through the area. The Duers moved to the Staley Farm in 2007 after her mother passed away, and consider themselves fortunate to live on what Missy considers sacred ground. “I am honored and blessed to own and steward this amazing bit of early American history, let alone of my family’s early history,” she said. “It is, it’s an honor. And both Joe and I take that very seriously, as a great responsibility.” With two children and four grandchildren, the Duers expect family interest will continue into future generations, because Missy said her family’s deep roots seem to pull them to the land. She also knows the public has an interest in the farm because of its long and storied history,

INDIAN CREEK DISTILLERY Hours: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tastings: Tasting glass and complimentary tasting without tour (ID required) — $10 Tours: Stillhouse tours are scheduled on Saturdays only at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Tour includes complimentary tasting (ID required) — $10 Larger group tours and additional times by appointment. Contact Indian Creek Distillery by calling (937) 846-1443 or e-mailing jmduer76@gmail.com. More information about the farm and distillery is available at www.staley millfarmanddistillery.com. and feels the distillery and the stillhouse tours offered on Saturdays are a way for them to share that past with visitors. “We maintain our private lives across the road, but yet over here we can still have folks come and learn about early American history that otherwise is just hidden away and obscure,” Missy said. “It’s kind of a duty, in a way, that we do that. We have this gift, and we need to share it.”

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Piqua earns award as top place to work BY BETHANY J. ROYER Staff Writer broyer@civitasmedia.com Piqua city officials had big news to share earlier this year when it was announced the city was selected as one of the top places to work in the Dayton and Springfield area, according to a survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics LLP, all thanks to the efforts of Development Program Manager Bill Lutz. It was Lutz who handled all the communication and coordination with his fellow employees in the voluntary process, according to City Manager Gary Huff, with more than 76 percent participation from staff. “Since I have been here we haven’t completed an employee-wide survey that I could remember,” said Lutz in a written statement on his nomination of the city. “I thought at the very least the organization could use the insights that the survey would provide.” After senior management learned that Lutz had nominated the city, he was put in charge of leading the effort to encourage as many as possible to complete the survey. “Our employees did a great job,” Lutz said. “All departments and all types of employees — full-time, parttime, union, non-union — participated and it’s through their responses that we were named the only local government as a top workplace this year.” Lutz sad the biggest takeaway from the survey is that employees feel the organization is moving in the right direction.

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Firefighters battle a fire that began in a dust collection system at The Hampshire Company on State Route 66 north of Piqua on April 3. As an employer of 188 full-time employees in a dozen departments, the city of Piqua provides fire/EMS, police, water, sewer, stormwater, power, parks and recreation services for a population of more than 20,000. “They have strong confidence in the leaders in our organization,” Lutz said. “They believe we operate with strong values and ethics.” WorkplaceDynamics LLP is a research firm founded in 2006 with offices in Pennsylvania and London. Alicia Bressler, operations administrator, said a business in the Dayton/Springfield region must have at least 35 employees to take part in a summary report. “Our mission is we really want to help our clients create great work places,” said Bressler, and added that their service provides an opportunity to hear from employees and opportunity for businesses to see where they stand with their peers. While not a consultant, WorkplaceDynamics LLP can assist in pointing out the highs and lows, and where a company needs to focus, and wants businesses and employees, “to be informed.” The city of Piqua was

“Our employees did a great job. All departments and all types of employees — full-time, part-time, union, non-union — participated and it’s through their responses that we were named the only local government as a top workplace this year.” — Development Program Manager Bill Lutz

selected for the award according to employee feedback that included rating work ethics, confidence in leadership and direction, to managers showing care and concern toward employees, making it easier to do a job well, and allowing an employee room to learn and grow. Pay and benefits were other areas of assessment with questions related to time with the company, position and annual income, even work-life balance. WorkplaceDynamics LLP helps its clients create places people want to work and to recognize those across the country fulfilling that criteria. As an employer of 188

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full-time employees in a dozen departments, the city of Piqua provides fire/EMS, police, water, sewer, stormwater, power, parks and recreation services for a populace of more than 20,000. Their recognition with WorkplaceDynamics is just one of many notable awards and recognitions over the course of a year that includes Healthiest Employer, Tree City USA, IEDC Silver Excellence Award in Economic Development, Hermes Silver Addy, American Graphic Design, Ohio EPA Watershed Protection and the GFOA Excellence in Financial Reporting.

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Museum tells veterans’ stories BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer myingst@civitasmedia.com The Miami Valley Veterans Museum is the home of regional relics from those who fought and served the country. The museum is located on the second floor of the historic Masonic Temple, 107 W. Main St., Troy. The museum is open from 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and by appointment. The Miami Valley Veterans Museum is home to artifacts like helmets, uniforms and pictures to coincide with the story of the people that wore them. Also, a piece of one of the darkest days on U.S. soil is recalled by a 10pound twisted metal piece collected from the site of the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001. The Miami Valley Veterans Museum acquired a small section of the World Trade Center in 2012, when it was incorporated into a permanent memorial. The piece was made mobile so the museum can share the artifact with schools and organizations. Dayton artist Michael Bashaw created a scale model of the World Trade Center towers to serve as a frame and home for the piece of historic steel. The Hobart Institute constructed a base made by military veterans who are instructors at the school of welding. Another special feature of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum is the gathering of veterans, both young and old, every first Wednesday of the month throughout the year. On the first Wednesday of the month, the museum opens at 8 a.m. and offers free coffee to veterans as they share their war stories and history with each other and visitors.

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Former “Old Guardsman” Ronald E. Hufford visited the Miami Valley Veterans Museum to discuss his military service during a January 2012 coffee and doughnuts gathering, which happens the first Wednesday morning of each month at the museum in Troy. Hufford served as a “tomb guard” in the United States Army 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Va., from 1958-1959. Here Hufford, left, speaks with veteran Sterkel Coyne of Piqua, while looking over memorabilia. Coyne was a Navy Seabee decades ago. According to the website, the mission of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum is to honor, preserve and perpetuate the memory of the men and women who have served in all branches of the U.S. military and Coast Guard. The Miami Valley Veterans Museum’s inception stemmed from local World War II Navy veteran and Tipp City resident Ray Snapp in 2009. A year later, the museum opened in its first location, the former Stouder Hospital, on Veteran’s Day 2010. A year after that, the museum made the Masonic Temple its current home in downtown historic Troy. The Miami Valley Veterans Museum is a notfor-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The museum is funded by fund-raisers, donations and memberships. These funds help support ongoing exhibits, displays and educa-

Veterans and guests of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum including Harry and Gertrude Wray of Casstown look over memorabilia while they listen as Ron Hufford speaks about his service as a soldier at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. tional programs. The museum features a variety of artifacts, photographs, documents, uniforms, memorabilia, books and artwork

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donated by veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.theyshallnotbe forgotten.org.

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An artist’s rendering of the Upper Valley Medical Center’s physician office building adjacent to the hospital’s west side.

UVMC to expand in fall 2013 BY NANCY BOWMAN Upper Valley Medical Center Construction is well under way for an expansion to Upper Valley Medical Center’s physician office building adjacent to the hospital’s west side. The 40,000-square-foot addition, slated for completion at the end of this year, will create much needed on-site physician practice space, an enhanced environment for UVMC’s sleep lab and expanded space for clinical education activities and hospital information technology. Work on the $8 million project building was launched last year and is slated for completion in the fall. “Despite a winter that brought roller coaster temperatures from 10 to 65 degrees and accompanying snow and rain, the project remains on schedule,”said Jim Hurak, UVMC vice president. The new first and second floors will be similar to current physician office space and will be occupied by specialty physicians, such as the UVMC general and orthopedic surgeons, and other current and future practices, Hurak said. “This space creates

greater efficiencies for physicians who practice on-site at the hospital,” said Tom Parker, UVMC president and CEO. “It provides valuable opportunities for us to recruit and retain highly qualified medical practitioners in important medical specialties, which helps us to best serve our community.” The lower level of the new building will be a new home to the UVMC Sleep Lab, which is being relocated from another building on the UVMC campus. “The new sleep lab space will provide a degree of privacy and quiet, which is valuable to the sleep study process,” Parker said. “It gave us the opportunity to fully design the space with the patient in mind, combining technology and the comforts of home for a good sleep study to occur.” Thanks to the generosity of the UVMC Foundation, the lower level also will include a new UVMC Center for Clinical Excellence featuring a state-of-the art patient simulation area for enhanced education and training. Patient simulation provides unique opportunities to teach and learn that challenges caregivers to critically think

and process information in a setting closely resembling the real patient scenario, said Kay Rickey, UVMC director of nursing excellence. Improved

learning and the ability to then apply the information in the patient care area results in better patient outcomes, she noted.

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Council requests mural proposals Staff Report In partnership with the Piqua Parks Department, Piqua Arts Council announces the release of their request for proposals for the Living Art Mural Project. This project is designed to give the area youth the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to brighten up the city’s parks with high quality attractive murals. The Living Art Mural project is a project designed to create a sense of inclusiveness in Piqua’s teen community. The murals will focus on a Piqua-centric theme with local teens being the leading force in creation. The entire program will be guided by a professional mural artist, who will begin the project with a workshop for interested teens and then continue into the production phase for the rest of the week. Piqua Arts Council has

released the request for proposals to many individuals that may be interested in leading this project. The request for proposals has been made available online at the Arts Council’s website: www.PiquaArts Council.org. It includes projected project dates, and general guidelines, along with the expectations of the artist

in guiding the project. Tentative dates for the project are July 15-19. Potential artists may offer alternative dates better suited to their availability and are encouraged to contact the Piqua Arts Council for more information. This project is being funded in part by a grant from the United Way’s Teens

Taking Charge Program. This program put the grant money in the hands of teen leadership from Piqua High School and allowed them to decide which of the grant applicants would receive funding and how much funding they would receive. To learn more about the Piqua Arts Council and to view the Request for Proposal, please visit the Piqua Arts Council’s website at www.PiquaArts Council.org. For specific questions contact Jordan Knepper, executive director, at (937) 773-9630, or email, Jordan@PiquaArtsCouncil. org. Other PAC happenings for 2013 include: • June 14 from 5-8 p.m., Summer Art Walk, downtown Piqua. • Sept. 12, Art Show Gala, Apple Tree Gallery. • Sept. 13, Fall Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., downtown Piqua. • Dec. 13, Winter Art Walk, 5-8 p.m., downtown Piqua.

Senior Center provides activities, special events BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer bpaschal@civitasmedia.com If you’re a fan of fun and games, riverboat cruises and dinner theater, the YMCA Senior Center is the place for you — provided you’re 50 years and up. Located at the corner of West High and Downing streets (across from the Miami County YMCA, 223. High St.), the Senior Center offers amenities and activities including: card games, board games, bingo and card tournaments with prizes, billiards, pingpong, video games, computers with Internet

• The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors and guests are welcome to come and check out the program.

access, cable TV, chess and checkers, chair volleyball, coffee, refreshments, carry-in meals and more. At 10 a.m. each Friday, bingo players have the chance to win prizes provided by such local agencies as Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Heartland of Piqua, Heritage Health Care and Horizon Home Health Care. Among the special events offered by the

Senior Center are a riverboat cruise in Cincinnati and trips to Young’s Jersey Dairy, the U.S. Air Force Museum, Jungle Jim’s and LaComedia, among other places. The center also schedules guest speakers and hosts an annual picnic at the Hartzell Ostrich Farm. Senior Center membership is free with a YMCA membership; those who are not members of the Y can join the center for $10 quarterly or $40 a year. A couples’ membership is $15 quarterly or $60 annually. Participating Medicare health plans offer the Silver Sneakers Fitness program, which provides its members with a free basic fitness mem-

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bership to the Miami County YMCA, which includes a Senior Center membership. All seniors are encouraged to ask their health plan providers about participation in this program. The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors and guests are welcome to come and check out the program. Come with a friend or just drop in. Enjoy coffee and doughnuts with your friends or make new friends. Play a game, read the newspaper, or just sit and visit. For more about the Senior Center and its programs, contact Tyler Lee at (937) 778-5247 or t.lee@ miamicountyymca.net.

Keeping the community vibrant Mainstreet Piqua maintains national accreditation Staff Report Mainstreet Piqua Inc. has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street Four Point Approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting their historic buildings. “We congratulate this year’s nationally accredited Main Street programs for meeting our established performance standards,” said Valecia Crisafulli, acting director of the National Main Street Center. “Accredited Main Street programs are meeting the challenges of the downtown in the economy head-on and are successfully using a focused, comprehensive revitalization strategy to keep their communities vibrant and sustainable.” The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Heritage Ohio Inc., which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program’s application of the Main Street Four Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as developing a mission, fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking economic progress and preserving historic buildings. Mainstreet Piqua is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has achieved Main Street accreditation for the last 13 years. The program is responsible for a number of projects in the Piqua community including downtown beautification, the Piqua

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The Piqua Community Farmers Market is a popular place. Community Farmers Market and Taste of the Arts. Established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980, the National Main Street Center helps communities of all sizes revitalize their older and historic commercial districts. Working in more than 2,200 downtowns and urban neighborhoods over the last 32 years, the Main Street program has leveraged more than $55.7 billion in new public and private investment. Participating communities have created 473,535 net new jobs and 109,693 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 236,418 buildings, leveraging an average of $18 in new investment for every dollar spent on their Main Street district revitalization efforts. Piqua Mainstreet has several community events planned for the downtown area for the remainder of 2013. Check out the website at www. mainstreetpiqua.com or call 773-9355 for more information on these upcoming programs and activities: • Piqua Community Farmers Market Each Thursday from May 23 to Sept. 11 www.piquafarmersmarket.com Downtown Piqua • Downtown Brown Bag Series

Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Municipal Government Complex • Downtown Sidewalk Sales Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13 • Dancing in the Moonlight Moonlight Stride & Ride 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 Main and Ash streets, Downtown Piqua • A Chocolate Walk 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 www.mainstreetpiqua.com for details • Groovy Gourd Bike Tour (New) 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 Details soon at www.mainstreetpiqua.com • Piqua Community Holiday Open House Nov. 22, 23 and 24 Hosted by independently owned businesses throughout the Piqua Community • Christmas Experiences in Piqua Christmas on the Green 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 • Holly Jolly 5K Run 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 • Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

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Troy Project Manager Stan Kegley shows a flood marker in front of the Troy Post Office, one of about a dozen stickers placed throughout the city. The flood markers were placed around the city to show the elevation of water during the 1913 Flood. The project was a collaboration between the city of Troy, Miami Conservancy District and Troy Historical Society.

Historical societies record area’s past BY BELINDA M. PASCHAL Staff Writer bpaschal@civitasmedia.com Miami County has several historical groups dedicated to cataloguing and chronicling the rich history of the area. One such organization is the Piqua Historical Society, which grew out of the 2007 Piqua Bicentennial Committee as a desire to continue promoting and preserving Piqua’s past, according to local historical and Piqua Public Library Director Jim Oda. The newly formed organization teamed up with Mainstreet Piqua and the

local history department of the Piqua Public Library to offer programs and tours of Piqua. The society has offered information on historical topics as varied as the local civil rights movement to Christmas holiday traditions and from industrial development to architecture. A recent community tour walked the streets of Piqua’s south to view the German immigrant brick housing and the newerframe industrial workers’ homes. Society members also volunteer in the library’s local history department, which was organized in

1978 and has grown to include more than 5,000 printed volumes on the history and genealogy of Ohio and surrounding states. Microfilm records, Piqua High School yearbooks and an extensive reference section are among the resources available to researchers. Volunteers help patrons with genealogical searches, archival material processing and the creation of electronic databases, Oda said. Now in its fifth year, the Piqua Historical Society is currently taking a hiatus “to reorganize into a more streamlined and effective group,” that will “be better

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able to continue preserving Piqua’s past,” Oda said. For more information about the Piqua Historical Society and the Piqua Public Library’s Local History Department, call the library at 773-6753. Here is some information about other historical societies in the area:

Troy Historical Society The Troy Historical Society was established to collect and preserve historical items and records related to Troy and surrounding

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Historical I CONTINUED FROM 62 counties, and to educate the public about that history. The society, in partnership with the Troy-Miami Public Library, operates a local history library at 100 W. Main St., Troy, that annually serves more than 3,000 people looking for historical documents from Miami County and information on family history. The public library and the historical society jointly provide patrons with a collection of historical books, manuscripts, records, maps, wills and photographs. The joint collection also includes a genealogy collection that features history books from other states. An extensive microfilm/microfiche catalog includes county marriage records, census, birth, death and many other records. The Troy Historical Society provides volunteers to assist library patrons and to work on local history library projects. Due to space restrictions, the society limits the collection of historical artifacts. The society’s oral history committee, headed by Vice President Michael Robinson, regularly interviews people who have interesting stories about Troy. The stories are published in a quarterly newsletter, put online and made available for public research. The historical society recently published a book, “Troy and the Great Flood of 1913,” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the flood. The society also is working with the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center on a photo exhibit about the flood to open in June 2013, according to Judy Deeter, the society’s president, who represented the group on a regional committee to observe the 100th anniversary of the flood. In addition, the Troy Historical Alliance, which operates under the auspices

of the historical society, allows a variety of other Troy historical organizations to partner on projects and promote what they do, Deeter noted. The historical alliance, which was organized by historical society member Wesley Jones, published a book about Troy historical organizations titled “Discover Troy Ohio.” The group now is working on a second edition of the book. To become a member of the historical society, call the organization’s office at (937) 339-5900 or stop by the local history library to pick up an application. “We always welcome people to come in and do volunteer work at the library,” Deeter said. For more information on the Troy Historical Society, visit www.thetroyhistoricalsociety.org.

Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society One of nine historical/genealogical societies in the county, the Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society was organized as the Miami County Historical Society in 1950 by a group of about 40 residents, most from Miami County. The group originally was created to help celebrate the upcoming Ohio sesquicentennial in 1953. The society has altered its organizational structure and focus over its lifetime, changing its scope of interest and its name in 1987, and shortly thereafter becoming a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The MCHGS is a nonprofit organization that promotes genealogical research, fosters public awareness of the development and heritage of this area, and helps preserve Miami County historical documents. The group holds an annual genealogical workshop and presents bimonthly programs on items

of historical and genealogical interest related to the whole county. The MCHGS is a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and offers certification to those members who have ancestors who were early settlers or who were in the Civil War. The society gives the annual Heritage Award to a county resident deemed to have made significant contributions to the preservation of Miami County history. Under the Family History Award program, individuals can receive certificates for having relatives who were belonged to Miami County’s first families (prior to 1830), were pioneers and settlers (1830-1850), arrived in the Victorian era (1851-1880), or were in the Civil War. Documentation proving these relationships is submitted to a society committee for evaluation, and certificates are awarded to those meeting the criteria. The awards are presented at an annual banquet. The society produces a quarterly newsletter, The Miami Meanderings, which contains articles on historical topics, society activities and upcoming events, genealogical queries and other information. Several publications have been produced by the society, including 1952’s “Miami County History 1807-1953” and its updated version, “Miami County History 1981.” In 1960, the group compiled a list of cemeteries in the area, which was updated and illustrated in 2007. Another more recent publication is “Family Histories — Tired Iron,” a 2006 collection of stories submitted by descendants of local families. The MCHGS lists these and other publications for sale on its website. Member application forms and other information about the MCHGS are available on the society’s website at

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Covington-Newberry Historical Society The Covington-Newberry Historical Society maintains the Fort Rowdy Museum, 101 E. Spring St., Covington, which contains Civil War displays, as well as clothing and dioramas relating to life in the Covington and Newberry Township area. The museum building dates back to the mid-1800s and served as a schoolhouse, village council facility, militia armory and the village fire department. The downstairs walls of the museum are covered with photographs dating from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Display cases are full of products and promotional pieces from local merchants and political campaigns. Some of the products represented are soap, talcum powder and cigars. The back of the first floor contains tools and parts of early Newberry Township mills, along with saws that were used to cut ice out of local ponds before electric refrigeration existed. There also is a small collection of flour bags from Covington’s long-gone mills. On one wall is a painting of Leonard Covington, an officer who served with Gen. “Mad” Anthony Wayne during the Indian wars, and for whom the Covington was named. Upstairs, the museum offers a collection of antique toys and clothes, as well as kitchen items once produced in the Covington and Piqua areas. The museum also has a collection of vintage clothing, including military uniforms that were donated by longtime residents. The Fort Rowdy Museum is open by appointment and during special events. Admission is free. For more information about the museum or the historical society, call (937) 473-2270.

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ABOVE: A military display as it relates to Tipp City is part of the Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum. RIGHT: The museum, 20 N. Third St., Tipp City, is located in a building that once housed Tipp’s post office from 1929-1939. This was the first post office to receive mail addressed to the newly named “Tipp City” (having originally been “Tippecanoe” and then “Tippecanoe City”).

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Canal-era display inside the Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum, 20 N. Third St., Tipp City.

The history of Tipp City Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum recalls past BY SANDRA SPANGLER For Civitas Media The Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum is located in a building that once housed Tipp’s post office from 1929-1939. This was the first post office to receive mail addressed to the newly named “Tipp City” (having originally been “Tippecanoe” and then “Tippecanoe City”). The museum opened its doors in 1991 and showcases the history, companies

and artifacts that are relevant to Tipp City. Two of the larger displays center on the Miami and Erie Canal, since it played such a major role in the town’s development, and the Chaffee Opera House. One room is devoted entirely to school memorabilia. Another room focuses on the society’s Oral History project, where reminiscences and information about various topics have been compiled on tapes and DVDs

from panels of numerous individuals, most being long-time resident senior citizens. Patrons are welcome to view any of the available media. The Grace Kinney room is filled with research materials concerning the history of Tipp City, covering a broad spectrum of subjects. There is also a well-organized obituary section. The society is currently interested in collecting family genealogies and histories of homes in the area.

HOURS The Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum is at 20 N. Third St., Tipp City. It is open on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April through October. Appointments can be made for other times. For more information, call (937) 667-4092.

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The Bradford Railroad Museum takes visitors through the history of the railroad town and the railways of yesteryear.

Working on the railroad Group preserves Bradford’s heritage BY WILL E SANDERS Staff Writer wsanders@civitasmedia.com Step back in time at the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum and learn not only the history of the rail yards in this quaint village, but also the significant part the railroad played in the village’s history and economy. Located at 200 N. Miami Ave., the railroad museum celebrates Bradford’s railroad heritage. The railroad that once went through the village at one time employed many individuals who worked in switching yards or at the

roundhouse where steam locomotives were kept and serviced in between runs. One distinct and illustrious part of that heritage still remains intact following a massive restoration and renovation project that was successfully completed two years ago. The restored former Pennsylvania Railroad BF interlocking tower is perhaps the most prominent and well-known feature the museum has to offer. Inside the tower, restored to its former glory, is the museum, which contains “photos and displays that will allow the visitor to jour-

ney through Bradford’s railroad history,” according to museum officials. The tower sat unused for many years until renovation efforts began after a group of railroad aficionados decided to begin a renovation effort. The Pennsylvania Railroad ran through the village from April 1846 to 1949, and in that time nearly 2,000 people worked on the railroad while it was in operation. For more information on the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum, visit the website at: www.bradfordrrmuseum.org.

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MUSEUM HOURS The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum’s hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays from April through December. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors 65 and older and teens aged 13-18, a kids 12 and under get in for free. Those interested in group tours should contact Jordan Ingle at (937) 423-1795.

Landmark A.B. Graham Center celebrates 20 years BY LAURA WILLIS Civitas Media Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year is the A.B. Graham Memorial Center at 8025 E. State Route 36, Conover. Formerly the Miami East Junior High, the Memorial Center continues to promote education, agriculture, 4-H, community and more as a museum and recreation center. During the last 20 years, the center became a landmark for the community and is making progress continually. A piece of that progress includes the fitness center, which facilitates a variety of equipment for anyone to use. “The fitness center is open to anyone, township resident or not,” said Emalie Carson, certified trainer and manager of the Fitness Zone. Carson, manager since the beginning of the year, hopes to help facilitate fresh ideas for the center. In the plans are more classes, promoting exercise and fitness for all ages. “The center mostly serves senior citizens right now,” said Carson, who hopes to increase membership to include a variety of ages. One way the center would reach out to more age groups is through some new classes and leagues that will begin this summer. “We will also start some aerobic classes and sporting leagues this summer,” Carson said. Currently the center only offers a running class, but will begin to offer a dance aerobics class called “Booty

Beat,” beginners gymnastics, and yoga. “We are excited for these classes,” she said. “And we are always on the lookout for new aerobics teachers.” Carson said one of the biggest changes and accomplishments made this year for the fitness center was the rearranging of the equipment. “The equipment was recently rearranged,” she said. “It makes the gym more user-friendly, effective and time efficient.” “Another big addition is our wiffle ball league that we are hoping to start this summer,” Carson said. “We are looking for volunteers to help with that.” But wiffle ball won’t be the only thing volunteers are needed for, the A.B. Graham Center also is looking to start new programs that would be of interest to the community. “We hope to start sewing classes or book clubs,” Carson said. Community Adult Student Theatre (C.A.S.T.), a production group, also has begun at A.B. Graham Center in the last year and plans for a summer performance. “The museum has history to offer,” Carson said. “There’s an agricultural room, alumni room, community room, and 4-H room.” The museum categorizes materials from papers to equipment and even includes the first “electrified lamp to make it to our area.” According to the A.B. Graham Memorial Center’s Facebook Page, which was recently created to promote archiving photos and displaying information, “the

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A.B. Graham Center in Conover serves as a community center, featuring a fitness center, senior center and 4-H museum, as well as several other events throughout the year. family who originally bought the lamp didn’t even have electric lines in their house yet.” A.B. Graham Memorial Center can be rented out for events and more. The museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day on Sundays only from 2-5 p.m. Admission to the museum is free.

Hours for the Fitness Zone are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 2-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. For more information on rates and hours, the fitness zone can be reached at 3683700; and the Memorial Center at 368-2330.

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2013 Accountants/ Automotive Certified Public Dealer Nolan, Giere & Company 206 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3118

Attorney Lopez, Severt, & Pratt Co. LPA 18 East Water Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-5658

Audiology Upper Valley Hearing & Balance 3130 N. Dixie Ste. 14 Troy, Ohio 45373 937-308-7000

Automotive Care Dick’s Paint & Body 700 S Roosevelt Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-8671

Mark Knupp Muffler and Tire 950 S College Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-1334

Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep 2775 S. County Road 25A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-5696

Banks Greenville National Bank 446 S. Broadway Avenue Greenville, Ohio 45331 937-548-1114

Batteries

Catering

Piqua Battery

Ordings Party Time

200 S. Main Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-3657

810 S. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-8368

Books

Chiropractor

Jay & Mary’s Bookstore

Backs-R-Us LLC

1201 Experiment Farm Road Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-1167

Carpet/ Flooring

MainSource Bank 635 S. Market Street, Troy 927 N. Market Street, Troy 1580 W. Main Street, Troy 937-339-5000 126 W. High Street, Piqua 937-778-2888

Unity National Bank Troy, 937-339-6628 Troy Wal-Mart, 937-332-6820 Piqua, 937-773-0752 Piqua Wal-Mart 937-773-9000 Tipp City, 937-667-4888

Laurie’s Flooring & Window Fashions 105 W. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-8800

Wholesale Carpet Outlet 301 E. Main Street Gettysburg, Ohio 45328 937-447-4265

Carry Out Ordings Party Time 810 S. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-8368

1555 Covington Avenue, Suite A Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-615-111

Churches Central Baptist Church 115 Staunton Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-0980 Community Bible Church 1427 W. Main Street Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-667-2710 Covington Church 101 N. Wall St. Covington, Ohio 45318 937-473-2415 First Baptist Church 53 S. Norwich Road Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3602

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Edison State First United Methodist Church 110 W. Franklin Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2826 Greene St. United Methodist Church 415 W. Greene St. Piqua, Ohio 45456 937-773-5313 St. Patrick Catholic Church 409 E. Main St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-2833 St. Paul’s Evangelical & Reformed Church 500 N. Downing Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-5151 Stonebridge Community Church (formerly “The Gathering Place”) 105 E. Greene St. Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-451-4537 The Covenant at Sugar Grove 7875 S. Kessler Frederick Rd. Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-698-0161

Troy Church of the Nazarene W. St. Rt. 55 & Barnhart Road Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3117 West Milton Baptist Church 1070 S. Miami St. West Milton, Ohio 45383 937-698-6242

1973 Edison Dr. Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-8600

Piqua City Schools 719 E. Ash Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-4321

Troy Board of Education 500 N. Market St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-332-6700

Collision Repair Upper Valley JVS Dick’s Paint & Body 700 S Roosevelt Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-8671

Community Organizations

8811 Career Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-1980

Financial Services

Fisher Cheney Funeral Home 1124 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-6161

Furniture Francis Furniture 2485 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-1234

Golf Course Echo Hills 2100 Echo Lake Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-2086

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Unity National Bank Habitat for Humanity 150 E. Race St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-332-3763

Troy Chamber of Commerce 405 SW Public Square Suite 330 Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-8769

Troy Foundation U.S. Bank Building 910 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-8935

Troy, 937-339-6628 Troy Wal-Mart, 937-332-6820 Piqua, 937-773-0752 Piqua Wal-Mart 773-9000 Tipp City, 937-667-4888

Funeral Home Baird Funeral Home 555 N. Market Steet Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-1176

Fulton Farms 2 Miles South of State Route 41 2393 State Route 202 Troy, Ohio 45373

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Hearing & Balance Upper Valley Hearing & Balance 3130 N. Dixie Ste. 14 Troy, Ohio 45373 937-308-7000

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2485 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-1234

Laurie’s Flooring & Window Fashions 105 W. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-8800

106 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3210

William & Boss Jewelers

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Industry UTC Aerospace Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3811 937-615-9031

Investigations Key II Security & Investigation, Inc. 110 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-8530

Jeweler Elizabeth Diamond Company 1928 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-552-9696

16 S. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2117

Physicians UVMC

217 Public Square SE Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-6755

Troy, 937-440-4000

Mufflers

Fletcher United Methodist Preschool

Mark Knupp Muffler and Tire

205 S. Walnut St. Fletcher, Ohio 45326 937-368-2470

Hospitals UVMC

Restaurant/ Food

Brower Stationers Hittles Jewelry

Francis Furniture

Office Supplies

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El Sombrero Mexican Family Restaurant 1700 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-2100 Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-2100

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Preschools

St. John’s UCC Preschool

117 E. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3902

La Piazza 2 N. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-5553 800-572-2330

Schools

Nursing Home/Assisted Living

130 S. Walnut St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2028

Koester Pavilion

Troy First United Methodist Preschool

1973 Edison Dr. Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-8600

110 W. Franklin St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2826

Piqua City Schools

3232 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-7663

Piqua Manor 1840 W. High St. Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-0040

Randall Residence 6400 South CR 25A Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-667-8200

Recreation Hobart Arena 255 Adams Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-5145

Edison State

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Troy Board of Education 500 N. Market St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-332-6700

Upper Valley JVS 8811 Career Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-1980

Home Décor/Interior Decorating

Jeweler continued

2485 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-1234

Laurie’s Flooring & Window Fashions 105 W. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-8800

106 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3210

William & Boss Jewelers

Troy, 937-440-4000

Industry UTC Aerospace Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3811 937-615-9031

Investigations Key II Security & Investigation, Inc. 110 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-8530

Jeweler Elizabeth Diamond Company 1928 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-552-9696

16 S. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2117

Physicians UVMC

217 Public Square SE Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-6755

Troy, 937-440-4000

Mufflers

Fletcher United Methodist Preschool

Mark Knupp Muffler and Tire

205 S. Walnut St. Fletcher, Ohio 45326 937-368-2470

Hospitals UVMC

Restaurant/ Food

Brower Stationers Hittles Jewelry

Francis Furniture

Office Supplies

950 S College Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-1334

El Sombrero Mexican Family Restaurant 1700 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-2100 Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-2100

K’s Hamburgers

Preschools

St. John’s UCC Preschool

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La Piazza 2 N. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-5553 800-572-2330

Schools

Nursing Home/Assisted Living

130 S. Walnut St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2028

Koester Pavilion

Troy First United Methodist Preschool

1973 Edison Dr. Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-8600

110 W. Franklin St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2826

Piqua City Schools

3232 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-7663

Piqua Manor 1840 W. High St. Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-0040

Randall Residence 6400 South CR 25A Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-667-8200

Recreation Hobart Arena 255 Adams Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-5145

Edison State

719 E. Ash Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-4321

Troy Board of Education 500 N. Market St. Troy, Ohio 45373 937-332-6700

Upper Valley JVS 8811 Career Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-1980

Museum preserves WACO history BY MELANIE YINGST Staff Writer myingst@civitasmedia.com Life-long aviation lovers have a treasure trove of history in their back yard, and organizers are busy adding to the collection and hosting new and unique events at Historic WACO Field. The Historic WACO Field and WACO Aircraft Museum and Learning Center at 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy, caters to the community’s love of aviation and continues to expand its events and learning opportunities, said Don Willis, treasurer of the WACO Museum. The centerpiece of Historic WACO Field — located on 22 acres just south of Troy — is the 2,200-foot-long dirt runway. “This is going to be the busiest summer we have ever had out here,” Willis said. Events range from kite flying for families, remote control airplanes, to lectures and a national truck show. The 2013 summer season winds down with the annual WACO Fly-In held Sept. 13-15. The event serves like a “homecoming” for WACO enthusiasts from around the country. The “parade” of WACO aircraft caps off a fun display of vintage aircraft that take to the skies of Troy for the weekend. The site really began to take shape in 1997 when a local group of WACO enthusiasts moved a historic 1856 barn to the site and restored it courtesy of a grant from the Troy Foundation. The barn is now used for storage. The 7,500-square-foot hangar building, now home to the WACO Aircraft

HOURS The WACO Learning Center and Hangar, operated by the non-profit WACO Historical Society, is located at historic WACO Field, 1865 S. County Road 25-A. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the museum at (937) 335-9226. STAFF PHOTO/ANTHONY WEBER

Don Meek looks over a WACO aircraft Sept. 14, 2012, as the 2012 WACO Fly-In kicked off at Historical WACO Field in Troy. Museum and Learning Center, includes a research library, a classroom/conference room, gift shop and museum offices. Willis announced that Nancy Heise is now serving as the learning center’s director. A robotics and aviation camp as well as multiple seminars, special guest speakers and other events take place at the museum and learning center as well as the 4-year-old museum hanger. In September 2009, the 6,000-square-foot museum hangar building was the third building was added to the site. The WACO Historical Society leveraged $125,000 in local donations as a match in order to qualify for a $539,000 Ohio Cultural Facilities Foundation grant to cover construction costs. Local donations included $50,000 from the Troy Foundation and $50,000 in individual donations from members of the WACO Historical Society’s Stick and Rudder Club. The museum hangar building is now home to a number of vintage WACO aircraft, along with

detailed panel displays of the history of the WACO Aircraft Co. The museum and learning center building also tells the story of WACO through displays of photos and artifacts such as original WACO factory tools and work tables and sections of actual hand built wooden WACO wing frames. The museum and learning center also provides an interesting glimpse of several versions of non-motorized gliders, especially several models produced for the U.S. military in World War II. The most popular of the gliders was the CG-4, which Willis said was used to ferry troops in the 1944 D-Day invasion of Normandy. In chronological order, the new hangar museum building houses: • A replica of the 1919 WACO “Cootie,” the first WACO plane produced. The replica, with an all-wood body, wood propeller and fabric covered wings, was built by Brain Meyers of Troy. • A 1921 WACO Model 4, with a body constructed of a combination of wood and leather.

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• A WACO 9, the most commercially successful WACO, which included the OX-5 engine and Hartzell wood propellers. From 1925-27, about 250 of the WACO 9’s were sold, at $2,500 each. (Hartzell, which is based in Piqua and is still producing propellers, is integral to success of the WACO’s and has space in the museum devoted specifically to the company’s history, Willis notes). • A WACO 10, a model that was introduced in 1927, and was entirely built in Troy. At the time, it was the company’s most popular plane, with more than 1,200 sold at $2,285 each. “That’s the plane that really put WACO in Troy on the map,” Willis said. • 1929 WACO ATO taper wing, donated to WACO in Feb. 2010 by the Goodrich Corporation • 1934 WACO UMF-3 Willis said the addition of the hangar building compliments the museum and learning center building, and the unified Historic WACO Field site creates a comprehensive and compelling historical narrative. “It’s really becoming a museum that tells the story and the history of WACO,” Willis said.

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