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Friday SPORTS Troy boys, girls golf teams compete at districts PAGE 11 It’s Where You Live! October 11, 2013 Volume 105 No. 240 INSIDE Marion’s named top independent pizza chain David Fong Executive Editor The Cordis Quartet performs at Hayner TROY — The Cordis Quartet made the Hayner a performance stop while on their Midwest tour Oct. 5. The group has made a name for themselves in New York and the Eastern States because of their unique sound and their engaging inventiveness. See Page 8 $1.00 TROY — Its Troy location had a lot to do with Marion’s Piazza’s rise to the top. For the best few years, Marion’s — which has nine locations throughout the Dayton area, including relatively new store in Troy — has ranked second in Pizza Today magazine’s Hot 100 Independents, which lists the top independent pizza chains (nine stores or less) in the country. The rankings are based on gross sales. This year, the Troy and Mason Glass locations helped push the chain into the top spot. The Troy location opened in 2011, while the Mason location opened in 2012. “Sure it did,” Marion’s president Roger Glass said when asked if the two new locations were the difference between being ranked first and second. “It’s all based on gross sales. The past seven or eight years, we’ve been ranked No. 2. The two new stores we have added have been doing well. The Troy location has done a very, very good job. Also, our seven original locations all have seen sales go up in the past year. All of our stores are having great years. “Our customers are outstanding. We can’t thank them enough. They are the ones who have made this happen. We couldn’t have done this without them. We are truly honored to be named the No. 1 independent pizza chain.” The honor came as a surprise, Glass said. “We kind of found out by accident,” Glass said. “We had been checking to see if we were going to be third, fourth or fifth this year — but hadn’t received word yet. Then we checked on and found out we were Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Photo No. 1. We were so happy. The kids were Marion’s Piazza daytime manager Emily Lopez along with Jessalyn all so happy.” To see a complete list of the Hot 100 Cost work on setting up pizzas this past summer at the Troy locaIndependents, see tion. Book sale to benefit library Colin Foster Staff Writer Boehner offers debt extension WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government’s ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to new negotiations on spending cuts. See Page 5 INSIDE TODAY Calendar..........................3 Crossword .......................7 Deaths .............................5 Valorie BerryWickliffe Opinion ............................4 Sports.............................11 OUTLOOK Today Mostly sunny High: 74 Low: 54 Saturday Mostly sunny High: 75 Low: 54 Home Delivery: 335-5634 Classified Advertising: (877) 844-8385 Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Photo Miami East Junior High School sixth grade students run through a dress rehearsal of “Super Mad Scientists and Successful Map Skills” Monday at the school. The production is a way to understand and communicate the curriculum objectives which they are learning and is under the direction of Muse Machine’s Michael Lippert. The play’s the thing Miami East students write, direct, perform own production Melanie Yingst Staff Writer CASSTOWN — The sixth grade students at Miami East Junior High have simply gone mad. With help from artist-in-residence Michael Lippert, director of the Muse Machine Elementary Program, the sixth grade stu- dents both penned and performed their very own production entitled, “Super Mad Scientists and Successful Map Skills” on stage this week. “I liked how the script went together even though it was written by four different classes,” said sixth grader Kaleb Nickels. “The play turned out awesome; we worked hard to make it good.” All four classes joined together to write the play, which focused on map skills and the finer points of sixth grade science as part of student learning objectives. “I liked how we had to make the play completely by scratch, and we put it all together,” said sixth grader James Rowley. “It was amazing!” The intensive play-writing See PLAY | 2 Brukner hosts ‘Haunted Woods’ event Colin Foster Staff Writer Brukner Nature Center Executive Director Deb Oexmann has been at her job for 24 years. Even before Oexmann came on the job, the BNC Haunted Woods was going on, and, in her opinion, it’s a fall tradition that can’t be matched in the Miami Valley. “It’s a Miami Valley tradition,” Oexmann said. “I think it is just really unique in that there are a lot of events that go on around this time of year, most of them focus on costume characters. We do it a little different. We have a humans dressed up and we have wild animals with them. “We focus on the wildlife. We have our characters and our scripts that are fun and educa- tional for kids. They’re also funny for adults. I think people of all ages enjoy it.” The BNC Haunted Woods will take place Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program is $3 per person for members and $5 per person for non-members. Brukner will do an encore for the event on Oct. 26 and 27. The venue is filled with live animals, guided walks and costumed characters. A guide will lead participants along luminary-lit trail and stop at five stations along the way so you and your family can learn all about the wild creatures of the night. Activities also will include crafts and games, free face painting, wildlife viewing, storytelling at a campfire plus cookies and cider after the hike. The gates will open at 6 p.m. with the first group leaving at 6:30 p.m. and every five minutes after that. Parking is limited. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the event. They will be handed out in the order patrons arrive at the gate at the entrance, so if you want to join your friends, ride together or simply meet and drive in together. Oexmann said they like to change things up every year. This year’s new character additions include Luigi from the video game “Mario” and Camo Man. Brukner Nature Center is located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd. in Troy. To find out more about the Haunted Woods and other future events, call (937) 698-6493 or visit the website at If you’re looking for a good read at a fair price, the Friends of the Troy-Miami County Public Library Fall Book Sale might be just the place for you. The book sale, which will take place Oct. 18 through Oct. 20 at the Miami County Fairgrounds, located at 650 N. County Road 25-A, will offer a variety of books and other items at low prices. The proceeds from the event will go to the Summer Reading Club, literacy efforts and special purchases for the library. “They do two book sales, one in the spring and another in the fall,” Library Director Rachelle Miller said. “Those are their two primary fundraisers and the money they get from book See LIBRARY | 2 Garden, antique show on tap for Saturday Melody Vallieu Staff Writer TROY — Green thumbs and antique lovers — and everyone in between — won’t want to miss this weekend’s show. The annual Fall 2013 Lost Creek Garden & Antique Show — being held for the fifth year — will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1058 Knoop Road, Troy. “There is something for everybody, that’s why people like it so much,” said Deb DeCurtins, owner of Acorn Studio, who said approximately 1,000 people attended this spring’s show. DeCurtins began with a spring show 16 years ago See GARDEN | 2 For Home Delivery, call 335-5634 • For Classified Advertising, call (877) 844-8385


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