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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Save money with rain barrel, compost sale BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor PIQUA — The Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department has partnered with EnviroWorld, of Toronto, to offer a unique opportunity for local residents to conserve water and save money. A one-day rain barrel and compost bin sale will be held Saturday at Upper Valley Career Center’s Applied Technology Center, 8901 Looney Road. Rain or shine, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EnviroWorld’s FreeGarden RAIN rain barrels, valued at $150 each, will be offered for $60, and the FreeGarden EARTH compost bins, valued at $100 each, will be $50. A limited number of about 800 units — 400 of each — will be available. The sale is not limited to Miami County residents. Everyone is welcome. EnviroWorld’s office administrator Ravneet Nuri said the Canadian company sends out emails to municipalities all over the United States about the possibility to offer the barrels and bins to their residents. Cindy Bach from the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department responded with interest and chose to host a truckload sale at UVCC.


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“Since composting is nature’s way of recycling, it reduces the amount of waste that goes to landfills,” Bach said. “The compost bins are an easy way for residents to compost their kitchen scraps, gardening remains and yard waste. Rain barrels are a way to use less of a homeowner’s tap water for watering their gardens and flowers during the growing season.” Bach said the Sanitary Engineering Department did a similar sale in 2005 with a different company. “Both of these processes have been used for many years, and we wanted to have this type of sale again for the folks that don’t have these items. We’re also trying to target residents in Shelby County since it’s so close,” Back said. “If residents want to start composting or collecting rain water, these items are below the cost of many items found on the internet. There is a 10-year warranty on the compost bins and a five-year warranty on the rain barrels.” Nuri said the singlebody construction units EnviroWorld offers are great because they only require very minimal assembly. With the rain barrel, all you have to do is put the spigot in the front of the barrel, which allows you to drain it into a watering can or use your hose to access the rainwater. The only thing you have to do with the compost bin is put the lid on it. The rain barrels and composting bins are easy to install and use, making it a breeze for folks who do not have experience with either technique. “Both come with instruction manuals with all

Why the FreeGarden RAIN rain barrel? The FreeGarden RAIN rain barrel was designed to be affordable, attractive, easy to install and easy to use. Three bins fit easily inside the back seat of a regular sedan, making for an easy transport home after purchase. The 55-gallon barrel’s square shape allows it to fit flush against walls or in corners, and its neutral color provides an attractive appearance against any home. The FreeGarden RAIN rain barrel also features an insectresistant stainless steel screen, a higher spigot to accommodate most watering cans, a childproof lid and allows for easy multiPROVIDED PHOTO barrel installations. ManuThe FreeGarden EARTH compost bin (seen here) factured with a maximum and the FreeGarden RAIN barrel (pictured on cover) of recycled content, the barwill be available at a discounted rate Saturday at rel contains enough virgin resin to ensure optimal Upper Valley Career Center. product durability and lifespan heavy rainfalls. the dos and do nots,” Nuri What is composting? Why use a rain barrel? said. Composting is the deRain barrels allow Nuri sent the following homeowners to collect and composition of organic mainformation from Enviterial from both plant roWorld, which answers the store rainwater to be used basic questions about rain at a later time. In doing so, materials and animal mathomeowners use less water ter. The process occurs natbarrels and composting from the faucet, conserving urally in the environment units. and also can be intentionboth water and energy in What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel is a system the home as well as the en- ally controlled in compost ergy needed for water facil- piles and bins. Home comused by a homeowner to collect and store rainwater ities to treat the water that posting is the process of would have been consumed. combining organic materifrom the roof of a home. The water harvested is soft, According to the U.S. Envi- als such as garden waste, kitchen scraps, manure, ronmental Protection fresh water that can be leaves, grass clippings and Agency, lawn and garden used for a variety of purstraw in a compost bin in watering make up nearly poses, including lawn and order to produce the rich 40 percent of domestic garden watering, topping material that benefits soil, off pools and washing cars. water usage during peak Water from home faucets is summer months. Rain bar- gardens and the environrels save most homeowners ment in numerous ways. treated to a level allowing Why use a compost bin? it to be safe to drink, while about 1,300 gallons of Using compost in garnatural rain water has the water each summer, reducdens enriches soils and pH level ideal for water and ing the demand for clean helps to produce bigger, water. Rainwater harvestplant growth. Rain water healthier fruits and vegetaing helps homeowners to harvesting helps to divert bles. Compost use suprain from storm drains, de- reduce their water bills crease the impact of runoff while conserving water and presses plant diseases and pests, reduces or eliminates protecting the environto streams and minimize the need for chemical fertilment. sewer overflows during

izers and diverts kitchen and yard waste that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Homeowners save money by reducing collection costs at the curbside and by creating their own soil amendments rather than purchasing them. Composting reduces tipping fees and extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from entering the waste stream. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, compost use also has the ability to prevent pollutants in stormwater from reaching surface water resources, to decrease erosion and to absorb odors and treat contaminated soils. Compost bins provide a method for homeowners to easily create compost for their use in gardens and lawns. Using a bin reduces compost exposure to excessive rain, wind and sunlight. Closed containers protect compost from pests and rodents, and provide an aesthetically appealing method of creating compost outside the home. Why the FreeGarden EARTH compost bin? The FreeGarden EARTH compost bin is a low-cost product made of 100 percent recycled contents. Its single-unit main body construction means no difficult assembly and no structural integrity issues in extreme weather conditions. The animal and pest resistant lid twists for variable ventilation control and offers a large opening for easy access to add material and maintain the pile. FreeGarden EARTH compost bins fit easily in the back seat of a regular sedan, meaning easy transport for customers at point of purchase.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Don’t miss Fiber Fest this weekend Needle felting, quilting, knitting and more demonstrations slated and parking are free. Fiber Fest is a large gathering of vendors who deal in fibers, hand-spun TROY — If weaving, yarns, handwoven items, spinning, crocheting or fiber tools, knitting items knitting is your thing, and more. More than 20 you’ve probably heard of Upper Valley Fiber Fest. If vendors were signed up at not, there’s reason to check press time. The vendors change it out. You might just pick up a new hobby, learn how from year to year, according things are made and meet to chairman Kay Bertrand, but there will be people sellthe animals some of the ing unique yarn, hand-dyed fibers come from. and hand-spun yarns, as The seventh annual well as supplies. Some Upper Valley Fiber Fest will be held this Saturday booths also will have jewelry and soap. Vendors come and Sunday at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Show from all over Ohio, and some other states including hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and North Carolina. p.m. Sunday. Admission BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor

Confirmed knitting vendors are the Yarn Shop from Columbus, Bertrand’s store Tippecanoe Weaver and Fibers Too in Tipp City and Paper and Yarn from Minster. Also Paper Alice, a home shop that makes paper out of junk mail and leaves, will be on hand, as well as Fiber Artist Supply Co. from Cincinnati, which will have all kinds of fiber tools. Rick and Annette Paulus from Count Your Blessings Alpacas in Sidney will have some of their alpacas there for people to get a closer look at. “It’s definitely a learning situation for all kinds

of fibers and working with fibers,� Bertrand said. A couple new things are on the schedule for this year, including several demonstrations. Country Workshop in Troy will demonstrate needle felting, and folks can sit down to learn how to do it and then take their piece home. Two quilting groups will bring in their sewing machines for demonstrations. On Saturday, the Town Squares from Greenville will be there, and the Batty Binders from Troy will be there Sunday. The Miami Valley Knitters Guild will teach knitting both days. The Upper

Valley Fiber Guild will have a “stash sale,� including fibers, yarns, books and magazines members want to clear out of their collections. Also, spinning and weaving will be going on both days. The hand-spun yarn competition is back this year. People can enter traditional two-ply yarn and a novelty yarn. Entries will be made in one of two categories — more than two years experience and less than two years experience. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category, as well as a best of show overall.

The entry fee for the competition is $2 per entry. Entries may be brought to the fairgrounds on Saturday or Sunday until noon. The show will be judged Sunday afternoon, and the entries will be displayed for people to see. Homemade food also will be available at Fiber Fest. Starry Dreams Catering from Casstown will be at the event both days with lunch and snacks. Fiber Fest is located in the merchants building on the fairgrounds. Pets, other than service animals, are not permitted. For more information, check out

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Young baker puts skills to use, opens business pick up a last-minute cake after work. Since March 15, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownTROY — As she piped ies and more have been icing petals onto a tiny flying out the door of wooden stick to make a purple rose, Brittney Tyler Brittney’s Cakes, 50 S. talked about how it took a Dorset Road, the former long time to learn the skill. Donato’s Pizza location. “I’m left-handed, so any- Business has been time someone showed me, good, Tyler said, with lots of orders for gradit was backwards. It was uations and weddings kind of a challenge,” she said of the process she can rolling in. Brittney’s Cakes does now complete in less than custom cake orders, but 10 seconds. also stocks its display In the kitchen at Britcases with a variety of tney’s Cakes, Tyler used sweet treats. On any given scissors to lift the perfect rose off the stick and place day, customers will find cupcakes with specialty it on the cake, which she took from plain white to a fillings, iced cutout cookies, cheesecake made from colorfully decorated in a scratch, frosted brownies, matter of minutes. It will cream horns, muffins and go in the display case for any customer who needs to more in the display cases BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor

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likely to find something new in the cases. Tyler just introduced cinnamon rolls and mini 4-inch pineapple upside down cakes. All the recipes are her own and kept secret, except from her mom Sheila Arnett, who also works in the shop. “We’re always back there churning the gears and coming up with new stuff,” Tyler said. at And if you don’t see the bakery. something you like, just “The name kind of ask and Tyler will try to throws people off, but we come up with something to have a lot more than just please your palate. Just cake,” Tyler said. STAFF PHOTOS/LINDY WAGNER give her 24 to 48 hours to The cookies, brownies Brittney Tyler takes a cake from plain to colorful in get the right ingredients. and cream horns are parjust a few minutes in her new business, Brittney’s When it comes to cake, ticularly popular and sell Cakes. Brittney’s has four main fast every day. Tyler said one gentleman came in to and he said they taste just staple flavors — white, wedding anniversary. buy cream horns for his “They had gotten cream like they used to,” she said. wife to celebrate their 65th horns on their first date, Customers also are • See Baker on page 5

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bring the family to get a taste of Piqua PIQUA — Miami County’s official kick-off to summertime, Taste of the Arts, will take over the streets of downtown Piqua Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of North Main Street. This annual familyfriendly, fun event has no shortage of new offerings and entertainment for everyone. Taste of the Arts is a wonderful event that gives visitors a sampling of delicious food, live music and art. Taste of the Arts features 14 different area restaurants and caterers offering their popular

menu items with prices ranging from just $1 to $4. The restaurant tents are located in the 100 blocks of East and West Ash Street, right in the middle of all the activities and fun. All transactions to purchase food or beverages are done with tickets, and the Taste of the Arts ticket tent is conveniently located between the food tents. Tickets are sold in $1 increments. The beverage booth also is located next to the food tents for easy access. Taste of the Arts also will feature 11 different demonstrating artists in

various storefronts along Main Street. The demonstrations include oils and acrylics, to duct tape wallet making, to an interactive painting project hosted by Bennett Intermediate school at which festival attendees can try their hand at an easy art project that will later be displayed in the school. A computer animator and rolled clay demonstrations also will be featured. All the storefronts that will host demonstrating artists will have large signs depicting the artists name and demonstration times. The second floor of

Apple Tree Gallery will host a student art exhibit featuring works from students from not only all of the Piqua City Schools, but also Piqua Catholic School and Lehman Catholic High School. The Main Street Kids Zone, located in the 400 block of North Main Street, features free activities from local nonprofit organizations. There will be six different offerings, and this year a photo booth has been added to the event. The special children’s entertainer this year is the Kuda Taka Taiko drum group from Mississinawa

Valley High School. The group will perform at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the north end of the 400 block of North Main Street. Another popular feature of Taste of the Arts is the wonderful live music that fills the air. For the first time ever, the Parrots of the Caribbean will be the featured entertainment and their two hour-long shows are set for 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the main entertainment stage in the 300 block of North Main Street. Benches are available for those who would like to sit a while and enjoy the music.

The barbershop group Lamppost IV will be strolling the downtown and performing in a number of storefronts throughout the evening. Various homemade crafts, jewelry and scarves will be available for purchase in the Farmers and Artisans Alley in the 500 block of North Main Street. Admission to Taste of the Arts is free. A full schedule of events can be found on the Mainstreet Piqua website at For more information, call Mainstreet at (937) 7739355.

Baker • CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 chocolate, yellow and marble — and several specialty varieties for a total of about 30 flavors. If the flavor you’ve always dreamed of isn’t on the list, chances are good Tyler can make it. She did just that for a bride who wanted a pistachio cake, and now pistachio is on the menu of flavor options. Fruit fillings are available for any size cake, and different icing flavors can top it all off. There also isn’t a limit on the kind of decorations you want. “We can do anything from a sheet cake to a 3D standing Yoda,” Tyler said. “We don’t want to keep anyone limited. If you have something you want to design, we can do it.” Brides and grooms can set up a free consultation appointment with Tyler and taste three flavors, as well as fillings and icings. They’ll talk design and leave with a final total cost. Tyler is gearing up for a busy Memorial Day weekend with three weddings on the books in addition to numerous graduation parties. A standard wedding cake can take about an hour to decorate, while more de-


Brittney’s Cakes has a lot more than cake, including cookies, brownies and cream horns. tailed designs can take quite a few hours, Tyler said. Even a super busy holiday weekend can’t keep Brittney’s Cakes from getting in on the action of the Troy Strawberry Festival. Visit the shop May 27 through June 1 for strawberry delights. “We’ll have strawberry everything in the case. It’s something fun we’re looking for-

ward to,” she said. By “strawberry everything,” Tyler means strawberry-filled cream horns, strawberry cupcakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry cheesecake, cheesecake-stuffed strawberries, strawberry pie and more. The shop also will have slices of Tyler’s strawberry chiffon cake, which she won a gold medal for in the state of Ohio while she

was competing through school. She was just 17 at the time. Now at 22, Tyler has gone from student to business owner, and her upbringing and experience prepared her well for the job. Growing up, she baked a lot at home with her mom and grandma. She then went to Miami Valley Career Technology Center where she took culinary classes. She ultimately earned an associate degree in baking and pastry, and worked at a bakery in Beavercreek for two years. “Sometimes it’s overwhelming and sometimes I feel that because I’m so young, people think they can take advantage of me, but I learned the ropes and I know what I’m doing,” she said. Her mentor at the Beavercreek bakery told her the only way to make money in the baking business was to own your own bakery, so she and her mom started Brittney’s Cakes from her mom’s house. Fast-forward a year and a half, and the business was getting too big for an at-home operation. She signed a lease on the building on Dorset Road in January with a goal to open within

a month. Though she didn’t quite make that deadline, she never gave up. She offers the same advice to all the graduates she’s now decorating cakes for. “There’s going to be a lot of things that’ll get you down. With all the setbacks, you’ve just got to keep pushing and know that it’ll get there eventually,” she said. Seeing how happy her customers are when they pick up their cakes is one of Tyler’s favorite things about her job. Another is that it hardly feels like a job at all. “We’re just a family business doing what we love. I don’t feel like I get up and go to work in the morning. I get to come to work with my mom every day,” she said, noting her husband and her dad are the clean-up crew, which isn’t a bad gig since part of cleaning up means “getting rid” of pastries that didn’t sell that day. Brittney’s Cakes is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the bakery at (937) 238-2699, visit or follow the shop on Facebook.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Doug’s Lawnmowers thanks customers COVINGTON — Doug’s Lawnmowers, 4066 Farrington Road, is having its customer appreciation day this Saturday to thank customers for supporting its 27th year of business. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free refreshments will be available, and a catered lunch will be offered to customers. Factory representatives from some of the top brands Doug’s carries will be on hand to chat with customers about their equipment and answer any questions people may have. All equipment for sale at Doug’s will be on special during customer appreciation day. Giveaways also will be part of the day. People who demo a zero-turn mower on Saturday will receive a free hat. Toro is offering 0 percent for 36 months to qualified customers. A huge selection of Toro homeowner mowers also are available. Doug’s Lawnmowers, a family-owned business,

carries all types of outdoor power equipment. It has riding and walking mowers, as well as trimmers, blowers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers, generators and other power equipment. “People have this perception that you can buy things at a chain store cheaper, but we have a wider selection and comparable, or in some instances cheaper, prices here,” said owner Doug Burns. Doug’s offers free delivery on any new Toro rider, which adds to the value the shop offers its customers, Burns said. The store also handles parts for everything it sells and provides warranty service. The showroom at Doug’s has 20 riding lawnmowers and 14 walk-behinds on display, and each one is a different model. Eighteen different models


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of weed trimmers also are on display. Doug’s Lawnmowers specializes in the brands it sells, and only services those products, however, customers do not have to have purchased their equipment at Doug’s to have it serviced there. Burns and his staff

have more than 70 total years of experience in the industry and the knowledge to help answer questions and find the right equipment for each customer. Burns opened Doug’s Lawnmowers in April 1986 in a 600square-foot building. The following year, the shop started selling Toro mow-

ers and Jonsered chainsaws. In 1992, the business had to expand and built a 3,000-square-foot building. It added Dixon zero-turn mowers in 2001 and Echo hand-held equipment in 2002. It added a 3,000square-foot warehouse to the property in 2005, and began carrying Stihl hand-

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GET UP & GO Senior center dance SIDNEY — The Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County is hosting a spring dance on Friday evening. Music will be provided by Bill Corfield. It is open to the public. The event is sponsored by Senior Independence, The Pavilion, Kroger and the Senior Center. 304 S. West Ave. ◆ Friday 7 p.m. ◆ $5 per member, $7 per non-member ◆ (937) 492-5266 Tipp Roller Mill TIPP CITY — Rum River Blend and Berachah Valley will perform at the Tipp Roller Mill Theater Saturday evening. Rum River Blend is a local favorite, known for its variety of music and

entertaining style. The group performs a blend of traditional bluegrass, gospel and folk music, and the audience is always encouraged to join in for the sing-along, play-along fun. Berachah Valley was founded in the spring of 2005 when a few friends came together searching for a place to play traditional bluegrass, gospel and traditional renditions of current favorites. 225 E. Main St. ◆ Saturday 7:30 p.m. ◆ $8 for adults, $4 for students K-12 ◆ (937) 6673696 Fred Burns Band OSGOOD — The Fred Bruns Band will perform for the last time at the Osgood Legion Hall in Osgood Saturday evening. The public is welcome and

dress is casual. Come and enjoy the final performance. 228 N. North St. ◆ Saturday 8:30 p.m. ‘Eternal Light’ DAYTON — Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will present its concert “Eternal Light” Friday and Saturday evening at the Schuster Center. The program combines three highly varied works that, together take you on an awe-inspiring spiritual journey. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $12 ◆ ◆ (937) 228-3630

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public now through June 7. The area’s premier fine art show features works by more than 70 area artists. 216 N. Miami Ave. ◆ Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 7 ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 498-2787 Art at the Mill GREENVILLE — Contemporary pottery based on the historic art of whiskey vessels will be paired with watercolors by beloved Tipp City artist Roger Haas for an exhibit at Bear’s Mill now through May 26. The pottery was done by artists Julie Clark, Rita Wiley, Loretta Wray and Dionne Fleming. 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road ◆ Daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 26 ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 548-5112

Family fun Spaghetti dinner SIDNEY — The American Legion Auxiliary 217 in Sidney is having a spaghetti dinner Saturday evening. The proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors. Donations will be accepted for the dinner at the post. 1265 N. Fourth Ave. ◆ Saturday 5 to 8 p.m. ◆ (937) 492-6410 Flag donation TROY — Koester Pavilion is having a flag commencement today and the public is invited. The pavilion’s flag recently ripped outside, and the Troy VFW is donating a new one. Koester staff decided to host a ceremony for its residents, as well as the public, to honor local veterans. The VFW honor guard will be on hand to present the flag. Refreshments will be served. 3232 N. County Road 25-A ◆ Today 11 a.m. ◆ Free ◆ (937) 440-5103


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

GET UP & GO end of life. An additional event is planned for June 18 on stress management. 512 Crescent Drive ◆ Tuesday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ RSVP to Christina Leydig (937) 332-1061 Historical meeting TROY — The public is invited to a combined meeting of the Troy Historical Society and the Museum of Troy History on Thursday at the TroyHayner Cultural Center. The meeting will begin with a dessert bar, followed by a short business meeting. A program titled “Miami County Court House 1888-2013” will be presented by Ann Baird. RSVP to the following phone numbers. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Thursday 6:30 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ (937) 339-5155 or (937) 339-7926 BNC bird hike TROY — Brukner Nature Center will host an early morning bird hike Saturday morning. Come explore the spring woodlands and enjoy the discovery of each new winged jewel. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars and field guides. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Saturday 7:30 a.m. ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Woodcarving show TROY — The Brukner

Nature Carvers invite the public to their 35th anniversary woodcarving show Saturday and Sunday at the Miami County Fairgrounds to enjoy and purchase the works of more than 30 wood artists from the Miami Valley and surrounding areas. The show includes fine art, collectibles, decoys, character carvings, chip carvings, wildlife and much more. 650 N. County Road 25-A ◆ Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◆ Admission $3, children younger than 12 admitted free ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 BNC workshop TROY — Come join the “Subaru: Leave No Trace” Travelling Trainer Team and learn how to protect the outdoor areas you love during a workshop at Brukner Nature Center. Participants will explore the principles of “Leave No Trace” through engaging, hands-on activities during the workshop then take those lessons out into practice during a hike with the team. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Other BNC events TROY — Brukner Nature Center will host a night hike titled “Night Eyes” Saturday at 9 p.m. It

will focus on the “shining layer” of cells in the eyes of some animals that cause them to glow when flashed with light. After the hike, at 10 p.m., the Stillwater Stargazers will explore the starry night sky with their telescopes set up to answer questions. On Sunday, BNC invites people to join members of its bird club for View from the Vista from 2 to 4 p.m. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Various times ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Hamvention DAYTON — Dayton Hamvention, one of the world’s largest amateur radio gatherings, returns to Hara Arena to celebrate its 62nd show this weekend. It is expected to

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Tuesday afternoon. Boxed lunch are provided by Citilites Restaurant & Bar. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Tuesday, lunch at 11:30 a.m., presentation at noon ◆ $12 ◆ ◆ (937) 228-7591 Dayton World A’Fair DAYTON — The 40th annual Dayton World A’Fair, sponsored by the Dayton International Festival, will be held Friday through Sunday at the Dayton Convention Center. The event includes dance, singing, music and food from all parts of the world. 22 E. 5th St. ◆ Friday 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ◆ $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children 618 ◆ (937) 333-4700


9pm to Midnight and on

Sundays 5pm to 9pm

If you do not have a team for any of these leagues, we will assist you in forming one.


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bring more than 25,000 people from all over the world to the Miami Valley. Close to 500 indoor exhibits and more than 2,500 outdoor exhibits showcase the latest in amateur radio equipment, technology, computer software and hardware, along with hard-to-find radio and computer accessories and equipment. 1001 Shiloh Springs Road ◆ Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ◆ Admission $20 in advance, $25 the days of the show ◆ ◆ (937) 278-4776 Mid-Day Arts Cafe DAYTON — The MidDay Arts Cafe this month will feature the Human Race Theatre Company

Summer Leagues now forming at Brel-Aire Lanes



Concord carnival TROY — Concord Elementary School will host its carnival Friday evening. Everyone is invited for family fun, which will include a DJ, food and games. Jumping castles, a dunk tank, cake walk, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, face painters, Chrysler Drive 4 Kids, gift baskets and raffle prizes are just some of the fun. Food provided by Marion’s Piazza, Stillwater Catering and Culver’s. Parking with shuttles will be available at Lowe’s. 3145 W. State Route 718 ◆ Friday 6 to 9 p.m. ◆ Free entry ◆ WACO lecture TROY — WACO Historical Society will host guest speakers former U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jim Miller and former Marine Corp. Major Robert Burkman this evening as part of WACO’s Adult Lecture Series. Miller and Burkman are both recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the nation’s highest military award for heroism in airmanship. The speakers will discuss the Distinguished Flying Cross Society and the eminent aviators who have been awarded these medals in the past. 1865 S. County Road 25-A ◆ Today 7 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ Troy Care and Rehab CEU series TROY — Troy Care and Rehabilitation is offering its Dash and Dine Free CEU series Tuesday. The Continuing Education Unit series is intended for nurses and social workers in the medical field. This coming Tuesday’s CEU will focus on ethical issues at the


If you are interested in joining any of these leagues or have any questions, please call Brel-Aire at 937-773-0462

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Opening Thursday ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’


When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart and sacrifices must be made for the only star in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” family Kirk has left — his crew. Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana Genre, rating: Sci-fi/fantasy, PG-13

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‘The Great Gatsby’ “The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings Tobey Maguire and Leonardo and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick DiCaprio star in “The Great Gatsby.” lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering, blueblooded husband Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher Genre, rating: Drama/romance, PG-13

‘Peeples’ Sparks fly in the Hamptons when “regular guy” Wade Walker crashes the preppy Peeples family reunion to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish out of water among this picture-perfect East Coast clan always trying to keep up appearances, but he’s not about to let himself sink. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there’s room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Starring: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier Genre, rating: Comedy, PG-13

‘Iron Man 3’

Now on DVD • “Cloud Atlas” • “A Glimpse Inside the Mind Of Charles Swan III” • “Frankie Go Boom” • “Liz and Dick” • “Jack Reacher” • “Safe Haven” • “Mama” • “The Oranges” • “Upstream Color” • “The Condemned” • “The ABCs of Death” • “Citizen Hearst” • “Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season” • “Fringe: The Complete Series” • “30 Rock: Season 7 – The Final Season” • “Superman: Unbound” • “The Great Escape” • “Band of Outsiders”

When Tony Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce Genre, rating: Action/adventure, PG-13

‘Greetings from Tim Buckley’

In 1991, a young musician named Jeff Buckley rehearses for his public singing debut at a Brooklyn tribute concert for his father, the late folk singer Tim Buckley. Struggling with the legacy of a man he barely knew, Jeff finds solace in a relationship with an enigmatic young woman working at the show. As they explore New York City, their adventures recall glimpses of Tim’s own 1960s heyday, as he drives crosscountry with a girlfriend and finds himself on the verge of stardom. Leading up to the now-legendary show that launched Jeff’s own brilliant career, “Greetings From Tim Buckley” is apoignant mirror portrait of father and son, two of the most beloved singer-songwriters of their generations. Starring: Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, Ben Rosenfield Genre, rating: Drama, unrated


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Home and Away with Dana Wolfe Salt to taste Barbecued Pork Chops chops in baking dish and gum stuck in your child’s maybe this spring I will 1 tablespoon oregano pour the remaining ingre8 lean pork chops hair? One of the best ways clean the windows my 2 cans tomato soup dients, after mixing well, to remove it is with peanut 1/2 cup ketchup mom’s way. 1 large can tomato paste over the chops. Cover the 1 teaspoon salt butter. Place a small Here are a few quick 2 to 3 cups tomato juice dish and bake at 325 de1 teaspoon celery seed amount on the gum, and it tips for easy cleaning: Dash of sugar grees for 1 1/2 hours. This 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg will comb right out. • Transparent decals Brown meat. Add onions. recipe can be used for (the secret ingredient) • Remove unsightly can be easily removed Season with garlic, salt pork ribs as well. black soot marks from can- 1 teaspoon sugar using a solution of warm and oregano to taste. Add 1/3 cup vinegar water and white vinegar. If dles of any kind by spongsoup, tomato paste and Spaghetti Sauce 1 cup water ing them with rubbing the sticker is still hard to tomato juice. Mix well. 3 pounds ground chuck 1 bay leaf remove, use straight vine- alcohol. You have to admit the Simmer on low heat for 1 large onion, chopped Brown the chops, but • Save the wrappers gar for about 10 minutes. kitchen is the epicenter in one hour. Garlic to taste don’t cook through. Put • To remove the residue from unsalted butter. every home. So many from a vase or a bottle, try When you need to grease a items that we use in the a solution of 2 tablespoons pan, simply wipe the pan home are from the with them. salt, enough raw rice to kitchen. For instance, bak- create friction and 1 cup • Add raw rice to your ing soda; you can use this white vinegar. Cover and salt shaker when it is stuff for everything from humid outside so the salt shake. The residue will cleaning your teeth to Featuring the work of won’t stick together. completely come out. helping you burp, to get• Don’t forget if you get • Buff away a nick on Seward Johnson ting smells out of your re- the rim of a glass with an stung by a bee or wasp, frigerator, then turn make a thick paste out of emery board. Don’t use a around and use it to bake nail file or sandpaper, both baking soda and water, put with. Amazing! We Want To Extend A Thank You To Our 2013 Sponsors... on the sting. This will help are too coarse and will When you stop and the stinger surface scratch the glass. Apprentice Sponsors think about it, do we really Master Sponsors • Do you have chewing quicker. know what is in all the Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Wanda Lukens Mr. & Mrs. Bob & Ann Baird Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Christina O'Neal Mr. & Mrs. Steve & Marty Baker convenient bottles and Ms. Aka Pereyma Mayor & Mrs. Michael & Ginny Beamish sprays that we clean with? Troy and Miami County’s Landmark Restaurant Mr. & Mrs. Thom & Pat Robinson Mr. Parker Behm Would it be better for us Clopay Building Products Mr. & Mrs. Arthur & Gail Haddad The BEST lunch deal anywhere! Our 11 item buffet changes and the environment to go Dancraft Construction Mr. Thomas H. Hartzell back to the old school way every day and is made from scratch each morning! Daily F&P America Dr. & Mrs. Mark & Carol Hess Miami County Visitors & Convention Bureau of cleaning only using natbuffet menus posted on our website... Ms. Kris Klockner-Fields The Dugan Family Benefits Analysis Corporation ural items that we use Mr. & Mrs. Stewart & Marilyn Lipp The Duke Foundation from our kitchens? Mr. & Mrs. Bill & Carla Lohrer • Sundays - Kid's Eat Free! • Wednesdays - Half Price Appetizers! Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Ms. Betty Reardon I can remember my Troy Development Council • Thursdays - Live Music with Scott Oglesbee! Abbey Credit Union mom using the newspaper Unity National Bank Baird Funeral Home • Happy Hour - Monday through Friday 4:30-6:00. and vinegar to clear the US Bank Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. UTC Aerospace Systems outdoor windows and yes, Meijer they were sparkling clean Upper Valley Medical Center Partner Sponsors every time. No streaks. I Alvetro Orthodontics use a spray window Contributors Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep cleaner in a bottle and I do Ms. Cheryl Cotner Hobart Corporation have streaks every time. Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Ruth Jenkins ITW Hobart Troy and Miami County’s Landmark Restaurant Ugh! Maybe there is some Kerber Sheet Metal Mrs. Mary Lafferty On The Square Downtown Troy Nottingham Development, Inc. Country Workshop Artists truth to this theory? Since I have a lot of newspapers 937-339-5553 • Sculptures on the Square is made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation. I can get my hands on,

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May 4 through Sept. 2, 2013

St. Patrick’s 25th Annual Festival Friday, May 17 • 5-11 p.m. / Saturday, May 18 • 3-11 p.m. / Sunday, May 19 • 12:30-5 p.m.

Amusement Rides • Bingo • Children, Teen and Adult Games • Free Entertainment • Cash Raffle • Quilt Raffle • Silent Auction • Treasure Chest • Plant Booth • Cake Wheel • Beer Garden • Fabulous Festival Food Fare!!

Dinner Specials served from 5 - 8:30 p.m. (or until sold out) Friday - Authentic Mexican Dinner • Saturday - Grilled 1/2 Chicken Dinner Sunday - Grilled Pork Chops from 1 - 3:30 pm (or until sold out)

Held On St. Patrick Church Grounds 409 E. Main St. (St. Rt. 41), Troy, Ohio 45373 For more information, visit or 335-2833


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