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Replace your windows with Hepner’s 26-year-old Piqua company offers newest energy-efficient technologies BY LINDY JURACK iN75

ernment enacted new standards of energy efficiency that companies have to PIQUA — Hepner’s meet. Windows and Doors has “The technology they been committed to provid- have is going to keep geting its customers with top ting better,” Jamie said. of the line products and One of the more recent clean installations that can items to hit the industry is ultimately save them a a low-view screen for winbundle on energy costs. dows. Jamie said when Hepner’s does mostly compared to a regular window and entry door re- screen, the low-view one is placements, along with barely visible and lets in a shutters, awnings, storm lot more light. doors and windows and Ed Rogers, who works patio doors. About 80 perin sales at Hepner’s, has cent of its work is done in been in the industry for Piqua, Troy and Sidney, many years and has seen but the company will serv- the technology “change like ice customers within a 60- crazy.” Hepner’s offers lowmile radius of Piqua. emissivity (low-e) glass, Dave Hepner started which is a coating on the the company in his baseglass itself that keeps heat ment and garage in 1986, or air conditioning in, and and moved it downtown in cold or hot air from the 1989. The business moved outdoors out. to its current location, A common misconcep8927 State Route 66, in tion, Rogers said, is that it 2007. His son, Jamie, low-e glass only works durstarted working in the ing the winter, but it was family business full time designed specifically for in 1994, and now serves as climates that have hot and president while his father cold seasons, and works all looks toward retirement. year round. With most of the homes “These are designed for in our area being built in the Midwest region. They the 1950s and earlier, wouldn’t use the same many homeowners should thing in Florida,” Rogers be thinking about window said. replacements. Technology Hepner’s also offers has changed a lot since argon windows, in which then, and in 2009, the gov- argon gas is filled into the

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ily-owned company with a 26-year longevity, and Jamie said nine times out of 10, it’s priced lower than its competitors. Rogers assures customers will be satisfied with the installation, noting Hepner’s crews always clean up. “The installation crews we have here are by far the best I’ve ever worked with. I’d say that’s probably one of the biggest assets we have,” Rogers said. “There’s no company that’s perfect and we make mistakes, but we strive to correct those and make sure our customers are taken care of.” Hepner’s Windows and Doors offers free in-home estimates. Just call the store at (937) 773-0797 to STAFF PHOTOS/LINDY JURACK schedule an appointment. Several window and door options are on display at For more details, visit www.hepnerswindowsand- Hepner’s in Piqua, giving customers a better chance doors.com. to see what their options are.


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Corvette Troy plans anniversary, raffle the club when they moved to Troy from northern Ohio for a job. “It really worked out TROY — Corvette Troy great for us because we has been going strong in the Miami Valley for more were new to the area at the than four decades, and this time, and the fact that there was a Corvette club year is no different. The was great. I met members club is busy planning its of the club at work and 45th anniversary celebrathey got us to join, it’s been tion and its annual great ever since,” said Corvette raffle, all while Jerry, who bought his first attending outings every Corvette in 1972. month and transporting A big part of Corvette local royalty in parades Troy is the social aspect. throughout the summer. The group has a social outJerry Limpach and his wife, Janet, who have been ing every month, which can members of Corvette Troy be anything from going out since 1988, are part of the to dinner to attending a planning committee for the comedy club. Members also try to have some type of 45th anniversary celebraauto competition every tion, which will be held month. In the fall, about Aug. 11 at Tipp Eagles Park. All current and past several couples drive their club members are invited, Corvettes on a color tour to look at fall foliage. They’ve and invitations are being gone to Gaitlinburg, Indimailed. The anniversary ana, Kentucky and several party will be a hog roast state parks in Ohio. cookout, and the club will The club also takes on have memorabilia and the task of providing slideshow. Currently, Corvette Troy transportation for local royalty. In the fall, it does has 112 members, but 1,400 people have been in- high school homecomings volved in the club through- in Miami County and surrounding areas, and in the out its history. Six members who founded the summer, it keeps busy with 25 to 30 different paclub still are active today, rades. Limpach said. Members Members also attend live all over Miami County cruise-ins, and one of its and surrounding areas. members’ families sponsors The Limpachs joined

the drawing. Tickets cost $175 each, and only 400 tickets will be sold, giving ticket-holders incredible odds, Witt said. Tickets are being sold now, and usually sell out pretty quick. Visit www.corvettetroy.com to download the form and mail it in with a check. All the money raised after print and postage costs will go to local charities, with the majority going to the Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization. The money will be used to send local kids with spina bifida to conventions and camps, and to buy medical supplies, such as crutches and wheelchairs. PROVIDED PHOTO “We don’t give the Sharon and Tom Knick, of Tipp City, were the lucky winners of last year’s Corvette money nationally. We think raffle. This year, Corvette Troy will raffle off a $50,000 certificate toward a new the needs locally are so Corvette at Bud’s Chevrolet in St. Marys. Funds raised benefit local efforts for great,” Witt said. This year’s goal is to people with spina bifida. raise $10,000 for spina bithe Stone Circle Cruise-In club has donated $440,000 which sponsors the club. fida. The club also supports The winner will be able to local fire departments, food in September for their late to the cause, according to order the Corvette of his or pantries and other organifather, who was a member the club’s charity director her choice. Tom Witt. of the club. zations with the funds The winner’s name will raised, as well as getting a This year’s raffle will Sure, Corvette Troy is be drawn at the Tipp City work a little differently about cruising around start on next year’s raffle. than in the past. Instead of Mum Festival car show town and making likeFor more information on Sept. 28. The first name giving away a ready-tominded friends, but that’s Corvette Troy and to find drawn wins. A local acdrive Corvette, the club not all its members do. out how to join, visit counting firm is managing www.corvette-troy.com. will draw one ticket from This is the 29th year the the barrel and the winner club will raise money for will receive a $50,000 cerspina bifida with its Troy and Miami County’s Landmark Restaurant tificate to be used at Bud’s Corvette raffle, and Chevrolet in St. Marys, throughout the years, the The BEST lunch deal anywhere! Our 11 item buffet changes

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Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., Troy, OH 45373 by Friday. Seating is limited to 100. Enjoy the charm of Japanese cuisine. The menu will include niku tofu (beef and tofu stew), shrimp shumai (dumpling), seaweed salad, California roll, tempura (shrimp and vegetables), eggplant with dry

bonito, yakisoba noodles with vegetables, red snapper with miso (soybean paste), egg custard and sasadango (sweet dumpling with red beans). Green tea also will be served. Sakai Bistro from Troy will cater the dinner. Immediately following dinner will be a presentation on “The Seasons of Japan” by Masako

Hashimoto, Kaori Kagaya, Kei Ota and Minako Nagao, and a demonstration by Okinawa ShorinRyu Karate students. To receive an invitation and RSVP card, either download one from www.troyhayner.org, visit the Hayner Center or call (937) 339-0457 to have one mailed.

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Ohio servicemen to fly in Dayton Air Show DAYTON — The Vectren Dayton Air Show, presented by Kroger, takes off this Saturday and Sunday at the Dayton International Airport. Headlining the event will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. For Blue Angel No. 2, right-wing pilot Lt. John Hiltz, the show will be a homecoming of sorts as he hails from Fort Mitchell, Ky. The 1998 graduate of Covington Catholic High School will be joined by three other Blue Angels from Ohio — AM1(AW) Damien Hurrier and AM1(AW) Chris Simon, both of Cincinnati, along with AM1(AW) Joseph “Bo” Tullis, of Miamisburg. Along with these four Blue Angels, a dozen pilots or crew members with local ties will be participating in the 2012 Vectren Dayton Air Show, including Maj. Kevin Wuebker, of Anna, in the C-27 Spartan. Other participants hail from Dayton, Springfield,

Mansfield, Cleveland, Butler Township, Toledo and Fairfield. In addition to the Blue Angles, other air show performers include the USAF Heritage Flight, a historic formation flight with an F4 Phantom and a P51 Mustang; the Sea Harrier, a vertical takeoff and landing jet aircraft; TORA TORA TORA, an emotional reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor complete with pyrotechnics; Michael Goulian, an acclaimed, high-energy aerobatic performer; P51 Quick Silver, a beautifully restored World War II fighter; Gene Soucy Air Shows, barnstorming and wing walking at its best; the Misty Blues, the world’s only all-woman skydiving team; and the A4B Skyhawk, a Vietnamera jet fighter. While the focus of the Dayton Air Show is surely on the skies, there will be plenty see on the ground

tion Heritage Area, NASA and the U.S. Army are open to all spectators along with an area for young children at the Vectren Kids’ Hangar. This year patrons also will enjoy the USTA SmashZone, whose goal is to develop interest in tennis among younger children. The display will come with courts for play, USTA pros and interactive games for participants. Chrysler will showcase the full line of Chrysler brand vehicles through test drives and engaging displays, including a Chrysler branded trailer and vehicle displays. Chrysler will have six vePROVIDED PHOTO hicles on-site in the ride The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline the Dayton and drive program where Air Show Saturday and Sunday at Dayton Internayou can take a test drive tional Airport. with a product specialist. Ample parking is availshapes and sizes will be as well. The gates open to available for viewing, and able at the Dayton Air the event each day at 9 each will have crew mem- Show, bu RTA also proa.m. with the feature flyvides two options. Continubers available to answer ing show beginning at 11 ous Express Shuttle spectator questions. a.m. Gates close each day Interactive exhibits pro- service is provided from at 6 p.m. Before the flying moting the National Avia- the National Museum of begins, aircraft of all

the U.S. Air Force. The service is $3 and provides round-trip transportation directly to the show’s main gate. Hourly shuttle service also is available from Wright Stop Plaza in downtown Dayton to the main gate. The regular RTA fare structure applies from downtown. Express Shuttle service will run between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Go to www.i-riderta.org for more information. Get discount general admission tickets now for the Saturday or Sunday show at over 100 Kroger stores in the DaytonCincinnati region. Specialty seating options including the popular Blue Sky Chalet and LaRosa’s Pavilion are available through the show’s website, www.daytonairshow.com. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults, $15 for youth 6-11 and seniors and free for ages 5 and younger.

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the festivities of the holiday while still protecting their hearing. Two types of sound exposure can cause noise-induced hearing loss — prolonged noise exposure or a sudden loud, single burst of sound like a bang from a firecracker. When exposed to loud sounds, the delicate hair cells lining the inner ear responsible for converting vibrations into sound can become damaged, resulting in hearing loss. “Noise exposure is one of the most common causes of irreversible hearing loss, but the good news is that it is prevent

able,” said Dr. Jane Rudy, audiologist and owner of Upper Valley Hearing and Balance Inc. “Exposure to noise over 85dB is unsafe and can cause damage. The sound produced by fireworks is much louder at about 140dB, which is why hearing protection is so important when enjoying the display. Enjoy the show, but be sure keep a safe distance and remember to pack hearing protection for the entire family.” According to the Better Hearing Institute’s (BHI) recommendation, people should enjoy fireworks

displays from a comfortable distance and protect their ears with earplugs or other hearing protection. Hearing protection, such as earplugs, is readily available at pharmacies, hardware stores and grocery stores. Disposable foam or silicone earplugs are an inexpensive practical solution because they provide hearing protection while still allowing users to hear conversation. The BHI recommends placing the earplugs in securely at the beginning of the fireworks display and leaving them in place for the entire show. Children

in particular are at high risk for noise-induced hearing damage, so parents should take precautions to make sure that little ears are well protected while enjoying the fireworks. Explore the infographic on hearing loss in America at www.hearingloss.com/infographic. It’s full of information on hearing loss, how it occurs, how it affects our lives and, more importantly, how it can be effectively treated with the right combination of certified provider, treatment plan and hearing device technology.


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Sidney Civic Band dedicates concert to veterans SIDNEY — The Sidney Civic Band’s Veteran’s Day Concert this Friday is a tribute to all the men and women who have served our country, and is dedicated to the memory of Master Sgt. Jeffrey James Rieck, a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year. The concert will feature patriotic songs that celebrate the history of our nation. The show is at 7 p.m. on the downtown Sidney Courthouse Square. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the First Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road. Highlighted performances include “Semper Fidelis,” “An American Tribute,” “The Liberty Bell,” “National Emblem” and “Heroic Fanfare.” Master of ceremonies Chris Gibbs will narrate “Duty, Honor, Country,” a phrase adopted in 1802 as the motto of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, summarizing all that a warrior

director of orchestra/jazz education for the Greenville City School District and the director of the Greenville Municipal Concert Band. He has performed with many local bands and dance bands. Master Sgt. Jeffrey James Rieck, 46, died in Northern Afghanistan on April 4. He was assigned to Master Sgt. Jeffrey James Rieck the Ohio National Guard’s aspires to serve. These 1st Battalion, 148th Inthree words guide a soldier fantry Regiment of the to what they ought to be, 37th Infantry Brigade what they can be, what Combat Team and was they will be. killed in combat. He graduA special guest during ated from Sidney High the evening will be bagSchool in 1984 and began piper Del Braund, who re- his 25-year career with the turns to perform with the military on May 5, 1987. band for a second time. In He devoted his life to his 2011, Braund perforservice and his country, manced during the band’s while easing the minds of Sept. 11 10th Anniversary children as he worked to Commemorative Concert. prepare them for their parHe will play his haunting ent’s upcoming tour of duty rendition of “Amazing in his career with the Ohio Grace.” National Guard Family The guest conductor Readiness Group. will be J.R. Price, who has “I have personally spobeen a professional educa- ken to a family member of tor for 26 years and is the Master Sgt. Rieck and am

expecting some of his family to be in attendance for this special concert,” said musical director Philip Chilcote. “We are still putting together the many details of this concert, working with his family, the Ohio National Guard and others, including Vietnam veteran Mike Clark, who will be honored/recognized and/or participate in this evening’s concert. The lovely sounds of the bagpipes create the perfect environment for the concert that the band is planning to present, and the Shelby County Historical Society is lending the band 50 U.S. flags that will line the courthouse square, creating the perfect backdrop for what should be a moving and emotional evening

for our band members, guests and audience. You do not want to miss this show.” A medley of Vietnamera music will be played in special tribute to the 2012 National Veteran of the Year, Mike Clark, of Maplewood, who will be recognized during the concert. Clark, a highly decorated veteran of Vietnam, was selected for this honor by the Association of Military Recruiters and Counselors earlier this year. Deployed to Vietnam in 1969, his squadron, Company D of the 4/47, 9th Division, lived on a U.S. Navy armored troop carrier, the USS Windham County. Using the ship as their base, the squadron would go on to land for missions

and on May 10, 1969, a land mine caused Clark to lose both of his legs and his hearing in one ear. He was awarded the Purple Heart following his injuries and after a long challenging recovery, ultimately returned to his family farm and rebuilt his life. “Vietnam vets are often called the forgotten veterans because they were not welcomed home in the same manner as soldiers of previous wars,” Chilcote said. “The public’s negative attitudes about the conflict spilled over into its treatment of the men who were in service, and I want to take this opportunity to tell all of our Vietnam vets that we are proud of you.”

Herman’s Hermits to headline cruise-in Peter Noone began his career at the age of 15 and portrayed the lead singer “Herman” in the ’60s pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits includes “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “I’m Henry the VIII, I Am,” “Silhouettes,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “There’s a Kind of Hush” and more. Herman’s Hermits sold more than 60 million recordings. In all, 14 singles and seven albums went gold. The Hermits were twice named Cashbox’s Entertainer of the Year. The Herman’s Hermits concert is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and the mall encourages the public to

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Covington merchants ready for Summer Bash Shops and restaurants anticipate increased traffic during weekend festival COVINGTON — Downtown Covington will come alive with music, food, games, rides and more during its Summer Bash this Friday and Saturday, and people are encouraged to visit the local businesses while enjoying the festival. Covington might be a small village, but its downtown is full and active with businesses, including cafes,

restaurants, antique dealers, a florist, a salon and spa and a furniture store. Treasures on High “Everything you need is right here in Covington. There’s a lot to do here, and people just don’t realize it,” said Cathy Carder, who owns Treasures on High with her husband, Tom. Treasures on High, 1216 High St., specializes in stone statuary with more than 1,000 pieces on dis-

something special, we can help with that. If it’s an animal or a make believe thing, we usually can get it,” Carder said. “Stop in and browse, and you’ll find the perfect gift for people who you don’t know what — Cathy Carder to buy for. There’s something for everyone.” Carder is excited about play in the shop. With stat- thing you like, but customers who don’t are wel- the Summer Bash and the ues, picnic benches, urns, come to look through books chance for people to experimemorial items, and figence downtown Covington. and catalogues and have urines of just about any “It brings a lot of people something ordered. animal you can imagine, to town, and hopefully “If you’re looking for it’s hard not to find some-

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Spinning summer fun at Edison College Disc golf course, outdoor fitness center, movie nights open to the public For iN75 PIQUA — Edison Community College is putting a new spin on summer fun at the Piqua campus this year by adding some new events to go along with the area’s top 18-hole disc golf course that wraps around the college’s tree-lined grounds. The course, which opened in 2009, covers a course length of 4,946 feet that winds around the Edison campus and skirts the borders of the Piqua High School athletic fields and the Upper Valley Career Center. Players have to navigate ponds, wooded areas and hills as they aim for one of the 18 baskets that end each hole. While the course is registered on the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website, and is frequently used by area and visiting clubs for competition, disc golf is an easy and affordable sport that families and individuals of all ages can easily enjoy. The course is easy to follow for players of all skill levels, with concrete slabs marking off each tee area and the majority of holes averaging just below 300 feet. Starter disc sets are relatively inexpensive, and can be picked up at most area sporting goods and department stores for around $20. A starter set normally includes three discs, which can be used at different times on a course depending on the distance. More advanced sets that include specialized discs can cost around $50 per set. “The disc golf course here on campus is one of

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Patrick Besecker (l-r), Jared Besecker and Brenden Besecker, all of Troy, play their way through the disc golf course at Edison Community College. At left Jared and Brenden check out the course map. Brenden and Jared are brothers, and Patrick is their cousin. trance that is open to the public year round. Students, faculty and staff of the college also are given free year-round access to the fitness center and weight room on campus. If you prefer big screen action and adventure to was founded with a grant those well-kept secrets hurling flying discs around that we want everyone in from the Duke Foundation, campus in the summer our region to know about,” is free to the public and sun, then Edison’s summer said Ryan Honeyman, diopen year round. For those movie schedule may be rector of marketing and interested in knowing more to your liking. more about the sport and community relations at New to the college this playing more competiEdison. “It’s a fun way to year, Edison will host two get out and enjoy the sum- tively, the Upper Valley $1 movie nights on cammer season without having Disc Golf Club hosts a pus, starting with a July page on Facebook with in- 26 showing of “The to travel very far and formation about upcoming Hunger Games.” Wrapping spend a lot of money. I events at the course. think anyone who comes up the summer season and For anyone looking to out and tries just a small kicking off the new school stay fit this summer, Ediportion of the course is year on Aug. 18 will be the going to enjoy it and want son also has a free outdoor blockbuster smash hit fitness center located beto come back for more.” “The Avengers.” Free pophind the North Hall encorn and door prizes will Edison’s course, which

be handed out for both shows. Edison’s admissions department also is bringing some summer fun to its list of activities this year, with a “Cruise in to College” registration event July 10 and 11. In addition to offering early and easy registration for the upcoming fall semester, new and returning students will be able to take the COMPASS assessment exam, meet with advisers and learn about the financial aid process. The college also is waiving the $20 application fee for the only time this year. But the two-day event isn’t all just about getting ready for the fall semester. Door prizes and refreshments will be handed out

both days, and free classic summer movies will be shown in the Edison Theater for anyone looking to escape the heat. “We have a lot of activities throughout the fall and spring semesters when more students are on campus, and now we’re stepping up to keep that going throughout the summer months,” said Chip Hare, director of student life and athletics. “Edison is a college that really cares about the community. We’re happy to provide these activities as a way of giving back and showing our appreciation.” For more information on the “Cruise in to College” event, go online to www.edisonohio.edu/cruise.


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Covington • CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 main stage. Treasures on High will be open Friday until 7 p.m. It will open Saturday at 10 a.m. and remain open as long as the customers are coming in during the Bash. “It’ll be a fun time,” Carder said. Sellman’s Furniture Another business owner looking forward to the weekend is Jane Sellman, of Sellman’s Furniture. “This is a great thing for Covington,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun, a lot of great activities and it helps bring everybody to the community. And we enjoy the entertainment here because it’s set up across the street from us.” Sellman’s Furniture has been a landmark in downtown Covington since the 1930s. Today, it offers more than 40,000 square feet of showroom

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The servers at Buffalo Jack’s are always smiling as they carry trays of meals out to guests at the Covington restaurant. tions will offer a variety of foods during the Bash, but for anyone looking for something a little more unique, Buffalo Jack’s will be open Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant and bar, 137 S. High St., has an exotic game menu that features alligator, rattlesnake, buffalo, elk and venison. Manager Michelle Franke said she is looking forward to the Bash and the business it’ll

bring to town. “It puts people in a good mood. It’s nice to do something for the people in town,” she said. Buffalo Jack’s signature items are the buffalo burgers and elk burgers, and its all-you-can-eat walleye meal also is popular Franke said. The restaurant serves all of its meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — all day long. “Third-shifters can get walleye and a beer at 7 in

the morning,” Franke said. The menu also has salads, chicken, hamburgers and steaks for those with a little less brave palates. The full bar offers everything from draft beer to frozen drinks. Drink specials will be available during the Summer Bash. Buffalo Jack’s is a staple in Covington. The building was built in 1886 as a tavern, and the original cherry back bar is still standing. It went through

an extensive renovation in 1983, and now features southwestern and Native American decor and an impressive collection of mounted animals. Diners are encouraged to bring their cameras and take a picture with the stuffed buffalo that greets you by the front door. Covington Eagles Eating and shopping downtown are all part of the Covington Summer Bash fun, but the festival would not be possible without its sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Covington Eagles 3998 is one of the gold sponsors of Covington Summer Bash. The lodge, 715 E. Broadway, donates to the Covington Community Chest, as well as other local organizations including the fire department, rescue squad, libraries and schools. The Eagles are always taking new members. All you have to do to become a member is stop by and fill out an application. Men are welcome in the Eagles, and ladies may join the auxiliary. Members have to be 21 to join. For more information, call the Eagles at (937) 4732100. To see the full schedule for the Bash, visit www.covingtonsummerbash.com

Hoffman United Methodist Church hosts art show WEST MILTON — Thirtythree exhibitors are taking part in the sixth annual art show at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton July 13 through 15. The artists entered are from the surrounding area, from Fletcher to Mason. The show will be in the activity center located at 201 S. Main St.

It is a non-juried show. There is no admittance charge and it is open to the public. The purpose of the show is to provide a showcase for area talent of all ages. A silent auction, open to the public and featuring pieces provided by the artists, will take place during the Preview Party July 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The

bidding will end at 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cash awards totalling $2,000 will be presented this year, thanks to a generous contribution by Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing. People’s choice voting will determine 10 winners, all of whom will re-

ceive prize money. Awards will be presented at 1:45 Sunday afternoon. Some pieces by participating artists may be available for purchase. All sales will be handled directly between the artist and the prospective buyer. For more information call Cheryl at (937) 6987030 or visit HoffmanUMC.org.


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GET UP & GO Rhythm Country Concert FORT LORAMIE — Country music fans will flock to Hickory Hill Lakes Campground this weekend for Country Concert. The three-day event of country stars, camping, food and fun kicks off Thursday. This year’s line-up features the Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Luke Bryan. Also performing are Jake Owen, Sara Evans, Justin Moore, Blackberry Smoke, Sonia Leigh, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell and Ashton Shepherd. The saloon stage, which features new, up-and-coming acts, will be filled by Andy Gibson, Mockingbird Sun, Her & Kings Country and Drake White throughout the weekend. 7103 State Route 66 ◆ Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all day ◆ Check the website for ticket prices ◆ www.countryconcert.com ◆ (937) 295-3000 Cruizer’s RUSSIA — Thursday is bike and steak night at Cruizer’s Bar and Grill in Russia. The night will feature ribeye steaks on the grill from 6 to 8 p.m. and live acoustic entertainment by Jason Rhoads from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 115 North St. ◆ Thursday 6 to 9:30 p.m. ◆ (937) 526-4800 Filling Station TROY — Coming up at the Filling Station this weekend is bike night with Higgins Madewell Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. with specials on pulled pork; Danny Schnieble Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. with specials on fried shrimp; Modern Relix Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. with New York strip specials.; and blues and barbecue with Brown

music is both technically exciting and emotionally deep, earning the quintet standing ovations everywhere. Puzzle of Light’s original and experimental music demonstrates a respect for nature, as well as world cultures, and thus the group is sought-after by colleges, performing arts venues, nature centers and outdoor garden amphitheaters. Instrumentation includes flutes, harmonica, vocals, percussion, guitar and bass. 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. ◆ July 11, 7 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ www.fraze.com ◆ (937) 296-3300 Celina concert CELINA — The Celina Summer Concert Series presents the Lima Marimba Band Sunday PROVIDED PHOTO evening at Lakeshore The Kim Kelly Orchestra will perform Friday evening at Tipp City’s Community Park. At the intersection of Main Street, Lake Shore Night “Big Band Bash.” Drive and South Ash son, Prince, Duran Duran Street ◆ Sunday 6:30 p.m. Street Breakdown Sunday Kenton, Woody Herman from 6 to 10 p.m. 2331 W. and Buddy Rich. The orand loads more. 695 Lin◆ Free admission ◆ Market St. ◆ Various dates chestra is dedicated to pro- coln Park Blvd. ◆ Friday 8 www.ci.celina.oh.us viding polished material in p.m. ◆ Tickets $10 ◆ and times ◆ www.faceCincinnati Pops a variety of styles from the www.fraze.com ◆ (937) book.com/troyfillingstaCINCINNATI — Big Band era. Lawn chairs 296-3300 tion ◆ (937) 339-4800 Cincinnati Pops Orchestra are encouraged. Downtown Community Night Last Summer on will perform Sinatra Tipp City ◆ Friday 6:15 TIPP CITY — The Earth Tour Under the Stars featuring Community Night tradiKETTERING — The p.m. ◆ Free ◆ (937) 667Michael Feinstein SaturLast Summer on Earth tion of bringing the com3696 day evening at Riverbend 2012 Tour brings Baremunity together through Back to the Eighties Music Center. Enjoy a naked Ladies, Blues Trav- smooth and sophisticated KETTERING — Back music, celebrates our indeto the Eighties Show with eler, Big Head Todd and pendence on Friday evening of Sinatra hits, the Monsters and Cracker performed by multi-platevening in downtown Tipp Rubix Kube returns to Fraze Pavilion this Friday. to Fraze Pavilion Sunday City with the Tippecanoe inum-selling vocalist and night. 695 Lincoln Park Community Band followed Rubix Kube has taken entertainer Michael Feinby a “Big Band Bash” fea- New York City by storm, Blvd. ◆ Sunday 7 p.m. ◆ stein, dubbed the “The turing the Kim Kelly Orheadlining regularly at Ambassador of the Great Tickets $35.50 ◆ chestra. The Tipp NYC’s best and most legAmerican Songbook.” He www.fraze.com ◆ (937) joins John Morris Russell Community Band will cel- endary venues. Their 296-3300 and the Cincinnati Pops to ebrate the Fourth of July super-charged show is a Puzzle of Light with an array of patriotic true ’80s experience. Every KETTERING — Dayton perform songs from his two highly successful favorites, old marches and song is performed like the band Puzzle of Light will Sinatra Project albums. a variety of show tunes. original, both musically perform a free concert at 6295 Kellogg Ave. ◆ SaturThe Kim Kelly Orchestra and vocally. Rubix Kube Fraze Pavilion July 11. features musicians from cranks out pop and rock Puzzle of Light is a group day 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets from the Columbus, Cincinnati hit songs from the ’80s of musicians with individ- $20 ◆ www.cincinnatisymand Dayton areas; many from Guns n’ Roses, Kiss, ual musical backgrounds phony.org ◆ (513) 381-3300 who have performed proPat Benatar, Journey and and experience ranging Big Time Rush fessionally with groups The Clash to Culture Club, from jazz and rock to ethCINCINNATI — Big such as Count Basie, Stan Madonna, Michael Jacknic and world music. Its Time Rush will perform at

Riverbend Music Center with Cody Simpson and Rachel Crow Sunday evening. Big Time Rush was recently nominated for Favorite Music Group at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards along with LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Antebellum. The group recently released its second album, “Elevate.” The highly anticipated follow-up to the group’s Goldcertified debut “BTR,” “Elevate” features tracks including “Music Sounds Better With U (featuring Mann),” “Show Me” and “All Over Again,” plus brand-new music that will debut on upcoming episodes of the TV series on Nickelodeon. 6295 Kellogg Ave. ◆ Sunday 7 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $20 ◆ www.riverbend.org ◆ (513) 232-5885 Summerland Tour CINCINNATI — PNC Pavilion and Rewind 94.9 will welcome the Summerland Tour 2012 to Riverbend Music Center July 11. The tour, anchored by founding bands Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground, comprise a lineup of artists responsible for the music that dominated the FM radio dials in the midto-late 1990s. With hits like the modern rock radio staples “Santa Monica,” “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You a New Life,” “Father of Mine” and “Wonderful,” Everclear has sold more than 9 million albums globally. 6295 Kellogg Ave. ◆ July 11, 7 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $28.50 ◆ www.riverbend.org ◆ (513) 232-5885

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GET UP & GO “Birdman of Alcatraz” this weekend at Victoria Theatre. When you have a life sentence in prison, you probably don’t have much hope of pursuing a career, much less of becoming a leader in a field you didn’t pick up until after your sentence. This fascinating portrayal by Burt Lancaster will give you the inside story on the “Birdman of Alcatraz” and how he managed to achieve fame from behind bars. Free popcorn and sodas are available in the lobby an hour before the movie, and an authentic theater organ concert and sing-a-long begins 30 minutes prior to showtime. 138 N. Main St. ◆ Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. ◆ Tickets $5 ◆ www.victoriatheatre.com ◆ (937) 228-3630 Film festival LIMA — The Northwest Ohio Independent Film Festival will take place at the Lima Civic Center this weekend, presenting a dynamic program of independent and international films. The festival offers a slate of specialty screening programs, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, parties, networking events, galas and an award ceremony. 7 Town Square ◆ Friday, Saturday and Sunday ◆ Ticket prices vary for different events ◆ www.nwoff.org ◆ (419) 224-1552

Eye candy Nature Art Gallery TROY — The Nature Art Gallery at Brukner Nature Center is featuring photographer Ray Mueller in an exhibit of his images of wildlife and local natural areas. The

exhibit will be open to the public during Interpretive Center hours through Sept. 16. A percentage of the sales of these works will support the mission of Brukner Nature Center. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Thursday 8 p.m. ◆ www.raymondjmueller.co m ◆ (937) 698-6493 ‘All Over the Place’ TROY — The art exhibit “All Over the Place” is open at the TroyHayner Cultural Center through July 22. It features fiber artist Rita Steffenson, potter Mark Nafziger and mixed media artist Mike Behr. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Now through July 22 ◆ Free ◆ www.troyhayner.org ◆ (937) 339-0457 Drawings, sculptures GREENVILLE — Lynn Retson’s graphite drawings and wood sculptures by Thomas Bartel are featured in the Art at the Mill exhibit at Bear’s Mill through July 22. Lynn Retson’s frequent drives through rural landscape intrigued and inspired her to capture the poetic beauty she sees from her car window. Many viewers are amazed to discover that these highly detailed graphite and black pastel drawings are not black and white photographs. Sculptor Thomas Bartel takes his central inspiration from his family, but trees that “rise to the heavens representing the splendor and wonder of the world” also inspire his work. He says wood is one of the most fertile materials on Earth, embodying every characteristic known to mankind. 6450 ArcanumBear’s Mill Road ◆ Open through July 22 ◆ Free ◆ www.bearsmill.com ◆

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Family fun Piqua walking tour PIQUA — The Piqua Historical Society, in conjunction with the local history department at the Piqua Public Library, will host a walking tour of Piqua’s south end Saturday. Those interested in participating in the tour are asked to meet in the parking lot of St. John’s Lutheran Church at the corner of Wood and Downing streets at 1:30 p.m. The tour will last approximately one hour and will highlight the history and architecture of the south end of Piqua. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and water bottles are encouraged. Wood and Downing streets ◆ Saturday 1:30 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ (937) 7736753 Life on an Indian Agency A look at the impact John Johnston had on history when his home was a Federal Indian Agency will be a focal point of this weekend at Johnston Farm, as the Native prospective of the Agency Period will be shared with visitors. Come to the home of John Johnston and take part in demonstrations of many of the skills needed for the daily life of both Native and Euro Americans at the time the property was a Federal Indian Agency in the early 1800s. Many activities will be hands-on. Complete the experience with a visit to the Historic Indian and Canal Museum as well as a relaxing ride on the replica muledrawn canal boat the General Harrison of

Piqua. 9845 N. Hardin Road ◆ Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. ◆ $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free to Johnston Farm Friends Council, Ohio Historical Society members and children 5 and younger ◆ www.johnstonfarmohio.co m Creature Feature TROY — Brukner Nature Center’s Creature Feature Saturday afternoon will focus on the American kestrel, one of the fiercest and most successful predators of the skies over Ohio. The American kestrel is often overlooked as a true “bird of prey” due to its small size, standing between just 7 to 12 inches from head to tip of tail. They are accomplished hunters catching a variety of foods, including grasshoppers, moths, cicadas, voles, mice, bats, songbirds, small snakes, lizards and frogs, often by using a technique where they hover over their food like a helicopter before dropping right down on it. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Saturday 2 p.m. ◆ Free with paid admission to the building ◆ www.bruknernaturecenter.com ◆ (937) 698-6493 Gun show DAYTON — Bill Goodman’s Gun & Knife Show returns to Hara Arena this weekend, featuring war memorabilia, hunting accessories, guns, knives and other related items for gun and knife collectors. 1001 Shiloh Springs Road ◆ Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ◆ $8 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 ◆ www.GunShow.net ◆ (937) 2784776

Fun on the 4th Sidney Independence Day celebrations in Sidney are today behind Sidney High School, with the eighth annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m. The event, organized by the Relay for Life team from First Church of God on Campbell Road, will feature an inflatable jump house for kids, a cornhole tournament, hot dog eating contest, Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker pageant, car cruise-in and music. Culver’s will provide frozen custard, and other food available will be hot dogs, hamburgers, cupcakes, cookies and brownies. Fireworks will begin at dusk, with best seating behind the high school and around the stadium. Piqua Piqua will celebrate our nations birthday with a celebration organized by the Piqua Fourth of July Association and the help of local businesses. The event will be held at Fountain Park today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The day will feature activities for children, including the Red, White and Blue Bar contest, a penny scramble, kiddie tractor pull and juggler Tyler Kiefer. Entertainment will be going on in Hance Pavilion with a disc jockey, Day 6 from Piqua Christian Church, Fulltilt and the Stiffs. Fireworks will be shot off at 10 p.m. at Hardman Field. Troy The Fourth of July parade will step off in Troy at 9 a.m., organized by volunteers from the Miami Valley Veterans Museum and the Independence Day Celebration Association. The parade will be staged in the ITW/Hobart Corp. parking lots off Ridge Avenue, exit onto Ridge Avenue from West Street, proceed on Ridge Avenue to Race Drive to Grant Street, and return to the parking lots off of Grant Street. The community is invited to gather along the route to celebrate. After the parade, the celebration will continue at the Eagles picnic/campground on Troy-Urbana Road. Hot dogs and water will be offered, and participants are asked to bring a covered dish to share. A cruise-in of military, antique and classic vehicles will be part of the event. Fireworks will begin about 10 p.m. and will be centered near the North Market Street ball field. Other areas • Tipp City fireworks are at dusk in Tipp City Park. • West Milton fireworks begin at 10 p.m. • Wapakoneta fireworks will be at 10:15 p.m. at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.


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Opening this week ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ (Opened Tuesday)

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Peter Parker is an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter also is finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy, and together, they struggle with love, commitment and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents’ disappearance, leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors’ alter-ego, the Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, Denis Leary Martin Sheen, Sally Field and Andrew Genre, rating: Action/sci-fi, PG-13 Garfield star in “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

‘Katy Perry: Part Of Me’ (Opening Thursday) A 3D motion picture event movie, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” is a backstage pass, front-row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate and honest mad diary of Katy. Starring: Katy Perry Genre, rating: Documentary/performing arts, PG

‘Savages’ (Opening Friday) Laguna Beach entrepreneurs Ben, a peaceful and charitable Buddhist, and his closest friend Chon, a former Navy SEAL and ex-mercenary, run a lucrative, homegrown industry — raising some of the best marijuana ever developed. They also share a one-of-a-kind love with the extraordinary beauty Ophelia. Life is idyllic in their Southern California town until the Mexican Baja Cartel decides to move in and demands that the trio partners with them. And so begins a series of increasingly vicious ploys and maneuvers in a high stakes, savage battle of wills. Starring: Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Blake Lively, Uma Thurman, John Travolta Genre, rating: Thriller/adaptation, R

Salma Hayek and Blake Lively star in “Savages.”

Still showing ‘Magic Mike’ Set in the world of male strippers, Mike takes a young dancer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women and making easy money. Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Bomer Genre, rating: Comedy/drama, R

‘People Like Us’ Sam is a young, fast-paced salesman who reluctantly returns home when he learns his father has died unexpectedly. In the course of putting his father’s estate in order and reconnecting with his estranged family, Sam discovers he has an older sister. As their relationship develops, Sam must to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family and take a hard look at his own life choices. Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde Genre, rating: Comedy/drama, PG-13

‘Ted’ John Bennett is a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish and has refused to leave his side ever since. Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane (voice) Genre, rating: Comedy, R

Now on DVD • “The Hunter” • “God Bless America” • “Midsomer Murders: Set 20” • “George Gently: Series 4” • “The Streets of San Francisco: Season 3” • “Mannix: The Seventh Season” • “Dynasty: The Sixth Season” • “Barbarella” (Blu-ray) • “Djano Kill… If You Love, Shoot” (Blu-ray)


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Home and Away with Dana Wolfe A vacation steamboating on the rivers of our heartland Are you thinking you want to do something different this year for your vacation, but just not quite sure what? I have an idea for you. We have a new beauty cruising down our rivers called the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built. It is a sixdeck recreation of the classic Mississippi riverboat. What a wonderful vacation that would be to cruise the Ohio and Mississippi rivers just like Mark Twain — sitting out on the large expanded decks in a rocking chair with a glass of sweet tea, just watching the riverbanks go by. The swishing sound of the large paddle-

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wheel will put you to sleep with little effort. I have always been amazed by these beautiful boats, as I watched the Delta Queen and the Mississippi Queen lock through the Greenup Lock and dam where I grew up. They looked like large buildings coming down the river, all lit up in their splendor. I always said that someday I would love to take a trip on one, and hopefully I will. When they retired and dry-docked the Delta and Mississippi Queens, I thought that would be the last of the sternwheeler steamboats. In 1995, McDermott Shipyard started building the new passenger sternwheeler, and in April 2012, she started her classic voyages up and down the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. She has 222 state rooms for a capacity of 436 guests and a crew of 160. She is 418 feet long and 89 feet wide. Currently, they are offering three- to 10-night voyages out of a variety of southern and Midwest homeports, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Vicksburg, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Memphis. Currently she is the only overnight paddlewheel steamboat in America offering nightly entertainment (swing and big band music), a famed American chef, daily lectures by a river historian and staterooms decorated in a beautiful Victorian theme, and not to mention the nightly calliope music.

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The American Queen is now cruising along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, taking guests on multi-day cruises on the largest steamboat every built. You all know how much Stir together and drizzle I adore going to the beach, over cake. but I think this may come Southern Pralines in a close second! 2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar Delta Queen Cake 2 cups granulated sugar 1 box yellow cake mix 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 1 1/2 cups water 1 cup evaporated milk 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 cup soft butter 1/4 teaspoon salt (stick) 1 1/2 teaspoons pure 3 tablespoons cocoa vanilla or maple extract 1 tablespoon Crisco oil (or both) 1 box coconut pecan 3 tablespoons light corn frosting mix syrup Combine cake mix, 2 cups coarsely water, eggs and butter; mix well. Add dry frosting chopped pecans In a large heavy mix. Dissolve cocoa in oil and add to cake mixture. saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the Stir until well blended. pecans and mix till wellPour into greased and floured pan. Bake at 350 blended. Cook, stirring, over moderate heat until degrees for 50 minutes. the mixture registers 240 Cool 30 minutes before degrees or forms a soft removing from pan. Top ball when a glob is with whole pecans and dropped into 1/2 cup cold glaze. water. Cool the mixture Glaze slightly. 1 cup sifted powdered Beat with a wooden sugar spoon until creamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or the pecans and stir till well almond flavor blended and smooth. Drop 1 1/2 teaspoon milk

1/2 cup ketchup the batter by the teaspoon 1/4 cup orange juice onto waxed paper and let 1 tablespoon dried the pralines cool comonion, minced pletely before serving. 1 tablespoon white vineNote: I could eat 50 of gar these. Just saying‌ 1 tablespoon steak sauce Riverboat Crescents 1 teaspoon grated or1 8-ounce package ange peel frozen crescent rolls 1 teaspoon prepared 1/4 cup grated parmemustard san cheese 1/2 teaspoon worch1/4 teaspoon dill weed estershire sauce 4 tablespoons butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt melted 1/4 teaspoon pepper Separate dough and cut 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper each triangle into half to for two triangles. Sprinkle sauce 3 whole cloves each with approximately In a small saucepan, 1/2 teaspoon combined cheese and dill weed and combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Repress lightly. Roll up and duce heat; simmer, place on ungreased uncovered, for 15 minutes cookie sheet with point or until the flavors are side down. Brush with blended. Remove from butter and sprinkle with the heat. Discard the remaining cheese mixture. Bake at 375 degrees cloves. Store in refrigerafor 10-12 minutes or until tor for up to three weeks. lightly brown. I love to hear from readers! Write to me at Riverboat Barbecue Sauce (Southern Style) dwolfe@tdnpublishing.com. Happy cooking! 1/2 cup maple syrup


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