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GUIDE The Miami County Community Guide is an annual publication of the Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call, publishers of: Troy Daily News, Piqua Daily Call Miami Valley Sunday News Miami County Industry Guide Miami County Advocate You can find more about any of these publications online at or

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Summer events 4-7 Music, events in Troy 8 Piqua Arts Council 8 Miami County agencies 9-11 Miami County YMCA 12 Piqua YWCA 8 Troy parks 16-17

F RANK B EESON I-75 Group Publisher DAVID F ONG Executive Editor (Troy Daily News) S USAN H ARTLEY Executive Editor (Piqua Daily Call) L EIANN S TEWART Retail Advertising Manager C HERYL H ALL Circulation Director B ETTY B ROWNLEE Business Manager G RETA S ILVERS Graphics Manager (Piqua Daily Call) S CARLETT S MITH Graphics Manager (Troy Daily News) JASON T HURMOND Director of Production (Troy Daily News) Ohio Community Media Newspapers 224 S. Market St. Troy, Ohio 45373 310 Spring St. Piqua, Ohio 45356 335-5634 773-2721

Troy recreational facilities 18 Piqua parks 20 Chamber directory 20 Troy schools 21 Piqua schools 22 Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division 23 Lehman High School 26

Mary Ann Cornell, 80, front, who can usually be found riding a bike, gardening or walking, kayaks with her son, Brian Huffaker, and friend, Gwen Hillenburg of Indianapolis early in July 2011.

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Edison Community College 27

Museums 38

Mainstreet Piqua 54

Piqua Library 28

Overfield Tavern 55

Bradford Library 28-29

Entertainment Options 39 Hobart Arena 40-42

Covington Library 29

Amusement parks 43-45

City of Piqua 30

Golf 46-47

Miami County Public Health 59-60 Wellness clinic 60

City of Troy 32

County parks 48-50

Piqua Council of Churches 61

Piqua Chamber 32

Miami County schools 51

Fort Rowdy Gathering 62

Fort Piqua Plaza 34

Area pools 52-53

Church Directory 63-67

Village of Covingon 35

Minor league teams 53-54

Advertiser Index 68-71

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Festival headed downtown for a year Event moved temporarily for bridge replacement Staff Reports The year 2012 will be a sort of rebuilding year for the Strawberry Festival, with the festival moving downtown for one year due to the Adams Street Bridge replacement project. That got 2012 Strawberry Festival chairperson Corie Schweser thinking about New Orleans, a city that has had to rebuild time and time again, mainly due to weather incidents such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And when Schweser thought of New Orleans, she thought of Mardi Gras, which inspired her 2012 festival theme, Mardi Gras Berries, which she announced at the 2012 Troy Strawberry Festival Kickoff meeting, held at the Market Square Community Room downtown. Those involved with the Troy Strawberry Festival have the same tenacity and dedication to their city as New Orleans residents have, and the 2012 theme celebrates that spirit, Schweser told about 70 people who gathered for the kickoff meeting, including local civic officials, committee members and at least seven former festival chairpersons. “It takes dedication to keep the city of New Orleans, and Mardi Gras, going. That’s the same spirit and tenacity we have to keep the Strawberry Festival going all these years,” said Schweser, a longtime festival volunteer who works at One Call Now in Troy and is married to city councilman John Schweser. Schweser noted 2012 will be a “unique year” for the


Devin Miller, son of Robert and Valerie Miller from Casstown, won the final heat of the Diaper Derby during the 2011 festival.

festival, one unlike any other year, and reminded volunteers to keep the spirit of the festival at the forefront. She wrapped up her comments by donning a feather boa, crown and colorful strings of what she called “Mardi Gras Berry Beads.” The festival began in 1978 on the levee between Adams and North Market streets as a central place for local nonprofits to raise funds for their activities throughout the year. The festival has grown throughout

the years and annually attracts upwards of 150,000 to the levee, but remains a prime fundraising venue for local non-profits. Local non-profit clubs and organizations raised $420,280 at the 2011 festival, according to festival manager Heather Dorsten. This year’s festival is June 1-3 and takes place along West Main Street downtown between the square and Monroe Street. West Main Street will be closed on festival weekend from the square to North Elm Street. The new one-year location downtown will present challenges, Troy Mayor Michael L. Beamish, a former festival chairman, said during brief remarks at the kickoff. “But the challenges in

2012 are nothing more than opportunities for us to show Troy’s resiliency, Troy’s spirit and Troy’s pride in what we do,” Beamish said. He also asked everyone to work with Schweser to ensure the success of the 2012 festival. Schweser was presented with the customary chairperson’s red jacket by 2011 chairman Dave Geiger, who reflected on his tenure by thanking his committee chairs and volunteers for their effort. Jim Weaver is Schweser’s vice chair and thus the 2013 festival chairperson. He then introduced the 2014 chairman-elect, who is Jon Dankworth. The Troy Strawberry Festival Choir provided entertainment at the kickoff meeting.

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Summer comes alive in Miami County Lindsay Shepherd of Englewood and Wendy Sues of Columbus walk through the levee after purchasing chocolate-covered strawberries from the Troy Lions Club at the 2011 Troy Strawberry Festival. The club has been selling chocolate covered strawberries since 1977 and is one of the original booths at the festival. Proceeds go toward eye glasses for those who cannot afford them.


Festivals, family events provide plenty to do


BY MELODY VALLIEU Ohio Community Media From festivals to music and everything in between, Miami County will be alive with activity this summer. According to Diana Thompson, executive director of the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the county has been a destination spot for visitors for quite a while. “We’re known for some of the biggest family events and festivals in the region,” she said. “Events are located right in our wonderful, historic downtown communities. So when people are making their arrangements to come in for a visit, they should make a reservation at any number of our affordable hotels, enjoy dining at some of the best independently owned restaurants or

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even shop for that special, one-of-a-kind item.” Enjoying outdoor activities is simple, too, Thompson said, because the county has an abundance of green space and trails. “Visit the Miami County Recreational Trail or any of the county parks, take a canal boat ride in Piqua or hike at Brukner,” Thompson said. “Or, listen to music in downtown Troy and find your own adventure on one of the rivers of Miami County.” The Miami County Fair — celebrating 164 years — in August has seen a spike in visitors and also continues to be a great family event to attend, she said. Whatever your taste, Thompson said she believes there is something for everyone to do this summer

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Summer available. Call (937) 3397714 for more information. in Miami County. • June 8-9 — Lost “Not only is this a great Creek Garden & Antique place to live and work, but Show we ask people to come dis1058 Knoop Road, Troy cover that it’s a great place Purveyors of plants, flowto come visit for a few days,” ers, antiques, vintage garden she said. accessories and local artiThe staff at the Miami sans, surround a 19th centuCounty Visitors and ry cottage. Convention Bureau have Food also is available. compiled a list below — or at Admission is $5. For more — of information, call (937) 335upcoming summer events. 1904. • June 1-3 — Troy • June 9 — Canal Strawberry Festival Music Fest Downtown Troy Tipp City Park The third annual Canal Savor each and every Music Fest will feature wonderful bite of a strawber- Parrots of the Caribbean. ry treat while exploring the Concessions and the beer numerous arts and crafts garden open at 6:30 p.m. booths, enjoy the soulful This event is free. sounds of live music or comFor more information, conpete in a variety of skilled tact the Downtown Tipp City games or events throughout Partnership at www.downthe weekend. Admission is free, shuttles • June 9-10 — Family

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Days at the Johnston Farm Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua www.JohnstonFarm John Johnston’s family home will come alive with games and activities enjoyed in days past. The Dayton Dulcimer Society will present traditional music and other activities throughout the day Saturday. Also on June 11, the Ohio Village Muffins return 1860s baseball to the Johnston Farm at 1 and 5:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. June 12, the Troy Civic Band will offer an old-fashioned band concert on the lawn, just like in days past. Lunch will be available on site both days. Allow enough time to visit the Johnston’s home to learn how the family lived, take in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum to gain

insight to the lives of the first people who called Ohio home, and don’t forget to include time in your day for a relaxing ride on the General Harrison of Piqua and relive the time when mules pulled boats at 4 miles per hour. For more information, call (800) 752-2619 or (937) 773-2522. • June 15-17 — Dog Show sponsored by Echo Hills Kennel Club of Ohio Miami County Fairgrounds, North County Road 25-A, Troy This American Kennel Club all breed dog show will be at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Friday is breed specific specialties only. Saturday and Sunday averages more than 1,000 dogs a day with breed representatives from more than 90 percent of the AKC recognized

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Rylan Mote, 2, of Piqua, gives milk to a calf, Harley, that was born during the 2011 Miami County Fair.


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Summer • Continued from 5 breeds. The organization offers conformation, obedience and rally. There is a large assortment of vendors that cater to everything that a dog needs and some items for their owners as well. For more information, call (937) 947-2059 or visit www.EchoHillsKennel • June 15 — Troy Streets Alive! Downtown Troy Downtown Troy will come alive from 5-9 p.m. with stores open late and sidewalk entertainment spanning eight blocks. Visitors will hear live music at several street locations and see art in progress as painters, potters and others transform the sidewalks into outdoor studios. Local shops and restaurants will offer specials and entertainment for the entire family. For more information, visit or call (937) 339-5455. • June 16 — 29th annual West Milton Triathlon West Milton Municipal Park An athletic contest consisting of a 4-mile canoe, 5mile run and 17 miles of biking. Teams of two start at the West Milton Park and end at the park entrance. There is a registration fee to participate. Call (937) 698-0287 or visit for more information. • June 16 — Bradford Railroad Festival and Train Swap Meet The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Festival and Train Meet will feature train layouts, model train and historical train vendors, children’s activities, entertainment, a garden train exhibit, speakers, workshops, demonstrations and food. Call (937) 526-5559 or visit for more information. • June 16 — Miami County in Bloom —


West Milton resident Steve Longenecker sits next to conifers in the yard of his West Milton home. Longenecker’s gardens were a part of the 2010 bi-annual Miami County in Bloom garden tour. This year’s event, sponsored by Miami County Master Gardeners, will be June 16. Master Gardener Tour the day at a stage at the There will be nine gardens corner of Third and Main on the tour this year. Tickets streets. For more informaare $10 and can be purchased tion, visit www.downtownat The Ohio State Extension, or Office in the Miami County call (937) 667-0883. The Courthouse, Patterson’s event is presented by the Flowers of West Milton, Past Downtown Tipp City Perfect Vintage Home & Partnership and Midwest Garden of Tipp City, Lisa’s Memories Antiques. Perennial Flowers of • July 6-8 — Miami Covington and Harmony County Shoot-Out Farms of Tipp City. For more Miami County information, call (937) 440Fairgrounds, 650 N. County 3551 or (937) 698-5680 Road 25-A, Troy • June 23 — Tipp City’s The Miami County Antique & Artisan Show Antique Power Association Downtown Tipp City, and the Miami County Fair Main Street Board will present the PROVIDED PHOTO The ninth annual Up-and-coming country star Miami County Shootout Antique & Artisan Show Hunter Hayes has been Tractor Pulls. For more will be returning to Tipp signed to perform Aug. 11 at information, visit www. City. Main Street will be the 2012 Miami County Fair. MiamiCountyAntique closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. oils, pottery, weaving, metal to accommodate more than • July 7-8 — Life on an 80 participating merchants and wood forms, photograIndian Agency phy, “papers,” hand-embroiand artisans, who will disJohnston Farm and dered items and jewelry. play unique and collectible Indian Agency, 9845 N. Other merchants will be primitives, glassware, garHardin Road, Piqua den architectural items, fur- doing ongoing, live demonCome to the home of John niture, vintage clothing and strations of their work tech- Johnston and take part in niques and be creating demonstrations of many of jewelry and other colthe skills needed for the daylectibles. Many local artists unique works of art. Some art will be in the form of also will be participating, music and dance throughout bringing their watercolors, • See SUMMER on 7

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Summer to-day survival of both Native and Euro Americans at the time that this was a Federal Indian Agency in the early 1800s. Many activities will be hands-on. Bring a picnic and complete the day. For more information, call (800) 752-2619 or 773-2522 or visit www.JohnstonFarm • July 13-15 — Troy Summer Skating Competition Hobart Arena, 255 Adams St., Troy This figure and freestyle competition is part of the Future Champions Series and will host more than 300 participants from throughout the U.S. For more information, call (937) 339-8521 or visit www. • Aug. 10-16 — Miami County Fair Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Celebrating Miami County’s rich agricultural heritage, the Miami County Fair is a timeless tradition and a great family favorite. The week-long event consists of competitions, entertainment, harness racing, tractor pulls, art exhibits, games and rides, animals and food. Daily ticket is $5, season ticket is $20. This year’s main grandstand concert is Hunter Hayes at 8 p.m. Aug. 11. Tickets go on sale May 12 by calling (937) 335-7492 or by going to the website. To pick your tickets in person, visit the fair office beginning May 19. Visit www.MiamiCountyOhio for more information. • Aug. 10-11 — Miami Valley Music Fest Troy-Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, Troy The 2012 Miami Valley Music Fest will offer attendees a full weekend of music, camping and fun to raise funds for local charities.

Live music from more than 12 bands will provide an eclectic mix of rock, country, funk, blues, bluegrass and reggae from the region’s best musical acts. Pre-sale tickets for the weekend can be purchased online at www.MiamiValleyMusicFest. com for $15. Tickets will be $25 at the door for both days and $15 for Saturday only. Primitive camping will be available for $5 per night through the Troy Eagles Campgrounds, and coolers are permitted in the festival area. For more information, visit www.MiamiValleyMusic • Aug. 11 — An Evening of Feasting and Canawling Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, 9845 N. Hardin Road, Piqua Enjoy a relaxing dinner in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum. Guests will then continue their evening with a twilight ride on the replica canal boat General Harrison of Piqua as it plies the entire length of the restored stretch of the Miami and Erie Canal. Call (800) 752-2619 or (937) 773-2522 to reserve a spot. For more information, visit www.Johnston • Sept. 1-3 — Piqua Heritage Festival Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, Piqua Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday The Piqua Heritage Festival celebrates early American activities, including apple butter making, broom making, candle dipping, butter churning, tin punch and more. The smells of home cooking permeates the air as visitors explore the 1870s encampment, participate in traditional crafts and skills demonstrations and laugh at the old melodrama perform-

ances. Admission is $3. Call (800) 752-2619 or visit www.PiquaHeritage for more information. • Sept. 14-16 — WACO Celebration & Fly-In WACO Air Museum and Learning Center, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy WACO owners fly their aircraft back to Troy, the site of their manufacture. Come and see these aircraft close up and talk to the people who restore, maintain and fly these machines. Tour the newly renovated WACO Air Museum, enjoy food, and for an additional fee, take a ride in an open cockpit biplane. For more information, call (937) 335-9226 or visit Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for those 7-17 and free of children under 7. Free parking.

• Sept. 22-23 — Troy Animal Show and Swap Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Now re-energized, this event will feature every kind of flea market treasure you can imagine plus exotic animals, poultry and other farm animals. Admission is $3 and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (937) 372-1332 or visit • Sept. 28-30 — Tipp City Mum Festival The weekend will include a Friday night cruise-in and Saturday parade. Live entertainment will be available both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call Tipp Monroe Community Services at (937) 667-8631 or visit www.tmcom or www.

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Troy is place to be TROY — This summer’s musical and event line-up in Troy will include a host of events, according to Karin Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street. Music will include everything from Troy students, to the Troy Civic Band taking the stage and out-of-town performers bringing their specific sounds. The following is a list of events set for the Troy community: May 16 — Concert eighth grade band, picnic on the plaza — Prouty Plaza at 11:45 a.m. May 21 — Concert, THS Jazz Band, picnic on the plaza — Prouty Plaza at 11:45 a.m. May 22 — Concert, seventh grade band, picnic on the plaza — Prouty Plaza at 11:45 a.m. May 24 — Concert, seventh grade band, picnic on the plaza — Prouty Plaza at 11:45 a.m.

May 27 — Concert, Troy Civic Band — Prouty Plaza at 7 p.m. June 8 — Concert, Neil Diamond Tribute Band — Prouty Plaza at 7:30 p.m. June 15 — Troy Streets Alive — Prouty Plaza and Downtown from 5-9 p.m. June 17 — Concert, Troy Civic Band — Prouty Plaza at 7 p.m. June 22 — Concert, Cincinnati Symphony — Prouty Plaza — Public Square at 8 p.m. June 23-Sept. 15 — Farmers Market — South Cherry and West Main streets, from 9 a.m. to noon June 29 — Concert, Bill Foley Band — Prouty Plaza at 7:30 p.m. July 4 — July 4th Parade — Ridge/Race/ Grant streets at 9 a.m. July 4 — Fireworks — Levee July 13 — Concert, The Fries — Prouty Plaza at 7:30 p.m. July 20 — Concert, The


Many flock to the Public Square Sept. 18, 2011, for the annual Taste of Troy festival in downtown Troy. Nations — Levee area from Floorwalkers — Prouty 4-9 p.m. Plaza at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19 — Mayors July 27 — Concert, Concert, Dayton Dennis Stroughmatt and Philharmonic — Hobart Creole Stomp — Prouty Arena at 7 p.m. Plaza at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 — Concert, Air Aug. 3 — Concert, Force Band of Flight — Berachah Valley — Prouty Prouty Plaza, Public Square Plaza at 7:30 p.m. at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 — National Night Aug. 31 — Troy Streets Out — Troy Community Alive — Prouty Plaza and Park from 5:30-9 p.m. downtown from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 10 — Concert, Sept. 2 — Concert, Troy Dulahan — Prouty Plaza at Civic Band — Prouty Plaza 7:30 p.m. at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 — Concert, Troy Sept. 15 — Taste of Troy Civic Band — Prouty Plaza — Prouty Plaza from 11 at 7 p.m. a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 — Festival of

Piqua Arts Council makes the arts accessible BY VICKY FANBERG Executive Director, Piqua Arts Council PIQUA — The Piqua Arts Council is an organization dedicated to making the arts accessible to the community by implementing arts based programming. The PAC has some old and new programs lined up for the remainder of 2012 that are educational and interactive. For the second year in a row, the PAC will present mARTket Murals at the Piqua Farmer’s Market. Each Thursday in June and July from 2-6 p.m., youth are invited to paint a large scale mural. Toddlers to teens can

participate in this free event that promotes arts learning, teamwork and public art. At this year’s mARTket Murals, youth will have the opportunity to work with a professional artist to create a public mural that will be installed on the north side of the Piqua Daily Call building, overlooking the farmer’s market. The artist will work with a group of teens to design the mural before the market begins. Any teens interested in participating should contact the Piqua Arts Council. The annual Art Show, hosted by the PAC, will return but will be held in September. The exhibit includes many regional

artists that work in a variety of mediums. Exhibit dates are Sept. 14-22, with a member’s only awards ceremony and social on Sept. 13. The exhibit is shown on the second floor of Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua. The public can still enjoy a reception for this event on Sept. 14, when the PAC kicks off the first ever downtown Piqua ArtWalk. The Piqua ArtWalk will be a seasonal event to happen four times a year beginning Sept. 14, from 6-9 p.m. Artists will be performing, exhibiting and giving demonstrations at various downtown locations. The goal of this event is to connect local artists to the

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public while providing a fun, free and social atmosphere. Patrons can expect to sample light fare and drinks as they peruse the downtown and support the arts. Maps will be available to download on the PAC website and also may be picked up at participating locations prior to the event. More information about all of Piqua Arts Council programming can be found at or call 773-9630 and email Piqua Arts Council is a non-profit organization and programs are made possible by various sponsors and individual members.

MIAMI COUNTY DIRECTORY Emergency Calls ...............................................911 Miami County Main Switchboard .............440-5900 Accounting..............................................440-5935 Auditor....................................................440-5925 Board of Elections ...................................440-3900 Building Regulations ...............................440-8066 Child Support Enforcement Agency .........440-3470 Clerk of Courts/Common Pleas.................440-6010 Commissioner’s Office ..............................440-5910 Coroner ...................................................440-6080 County Municipal Court Adult Probation .......................................440-3940 Civil.........................................................440-3919 Criminal/Traffic ........................................440-3910 Judge Kemmer ........................................440-3933 Judge Gutmann.......................................440-3936 Prosecutor ...............................................440-3928 Solid Waste & Recycling Transfer Station .440-3488 Educational Service Center ......................339-5100 Engineer .................................................440-5656 County Garage ........................................440-5658 Map Department .....................................440-6025 Miami County Public Health Administration.........................................573-3500 Vital Statistics ..........................................573-3500 WIC Nutritional Program .........................573-3500

Treasurer .................................................440-6045 Veterans Services.....................................440-8126 West Central Juvenile Facility ..................440-5651 Animal Shelter .........................................332-6919 Health Dept. Environmental Health .........573-3500 Auto Title ................................................332-6812 Nursing ...................................................573-3500 Buckeye House ........................................339-2801 Permits ....................................................440-5450 Community Action Committee .................335-7921 Perinatal Clinic ........................................573-3500 9-1-1 Dispatch Center - Administration ....339-6400 Well Child Clinic ......................................573-3500 9-1-1 Dispatch .........................................440-9911 Miami County Abuse Shelter ....................339-6761 Fairgrounds-Secretary’s Office ..................335-7492 Children’s Services Board..........................335-4103 Miami County Park District ......................335-6273 Speed Department...................................335-2662 Caretaker.................................................339-2000 Miami County Transit Authority ...............440-5488 Soil & Water Conservation District ...........335-7645

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MIAMI COUNTY AGENCIES Inc. — (937) 339-6761, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayFriday; after hours and weekends, call 9-1-1 and ask for shelter help or call the crisis hotline at (800) 351-7347

I ABLE, Upper Valley JVS - Adult Basic & Literacy Education — (937) 440-1692 I Altrusa Mobile Meals — (937) 332-0036 (answering machine)

I Hospice of Miami County — (937) 335-5191, 550 Summit Ave., No. 101, Troy

I American Cancer Society — (888) ACSOHIO (local services or events, Patient Navigator services, volunteers) — (800) ACS-2345 (cancer information, memorials and donations)

I OSU Extension, Miami County — (937) 440-3945 I FISH — Tipp City — (937) 667-1587 I FISH — Troy — (937) 335-1440 I FISH — Union Township — (937) 698FISH (3474)

I American Heart Association — (937) 2243571 I American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter — (937) 332-1414 (Troy) — (937) 492-6151 (Sidney)

I G.I.V.E. Inc. — (937) 473-5195 I Goodwill Industries of the Miami Valley — (937) 461-4800

I (The) ARC of Miami County — (937) 339-6222 I Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 — (937) 3413000 or (800) 258-7277 I Bethany Center — (937) 615-9762 I Bethel Hope — (937) 287-0585 I Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley — (937) 2206850 or (800) 301-7123 I CASA/GAL of Miami County Inc. — (937) 3350209 I Catholic Social Services — (800) 521-6419 PASSPORT/counseling; (800) 300-2937, pregnancy counseling and adoption


Dr. Peter Nims, volunteer physician, and Deb Miller, executive director, work at the Health Partners Free Clinic.

I Children’s Hunger Alliance — (614) 3417700, Ext. 300 (Cindy Daniels, manager of outreach); Miami and surrounding counties contact (800) 227-6446, Ext. 300 I (The) Clubhouse — (937) 667-1069, Ext. 274 I Covington Outreach Association Inc. — (937) 473-2415 I Community Housing — (937) 332-0021 I Council on Rural Service Programs Inc. Early Childhood Department — (937) 7785220

I Council on Rural Service Programs Inc. — (937) 440-9595 (Miami) I Gateway Youth Programs: Runaway and Homeless Youth Program — (800) 3517347, Crisis Phone I Covington Care Center — (937) 473-2075 I David L. Brown Youth Center — (937) 339-1858 I Easter Seals Adult Day Services at Sunrise Center — (937) 778-3680 (Piqua)

I Child Care Choices I Family Abuse — (937) 667-1799 or (937) Shelter of Miami County 773-9944 10 • May 2012 Community Guide • Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call

I Habitat for Humanity of Miami County Ohio Inc. — (937) 332-3763 I Health Department (Piqua) — (937) 778-2060 I Health Partners Free Clinic — (937) 3320894 (Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays) I Rehabilitation Center For Neurological Development Program, Brain Wellness Center — (937) 773-7630 I Riverside of Miami County /RT Industries, Miami County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities — (937) 3398313 – Troy-Sidney Road facility; (937) 335-5784, Foss Way/RT Industries facility

MIAMI COUNTY AGENCIES I Tipp City Salvation Army Service Unit — (937) 667-6586

I St. Joseph’s House — (937) 335-5895

I Tipp City/Southern Miami County Emergency Food Pantry — (937) 667-6586

I St. Patrick Soup Kitchen — (937) 3357939

I Tipp Monroe Community Services Inc. — (937) 667-8631

I St. Vincent dePaul Society — (937) 335-2833, Ext. 133, 24 hours a day

I Tri-County Board of Recovery & Mental Health Services — (937) 335-7727 or (800) 5892853

I Safehaven, Inc. — (937) 615-0126 or (800) 564-5256 I (The) Salvation Army (Piqua) — (937) 773-7563 I Senior Companion Program of Graceworks Lutheran Services — (937) 534-7937 I Senior Independence — (937) 498-4680 or (800) 2874680 I Senior Resource Connection — (937) 2283663 or (888) 580-3663 I Social Security Administration District Office — (937) 7738098, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; (800) 772-1213, 7 a.m. to p.m. I State of Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation — (937) 372-4416 Voice/TDD or (800) 589-4416 I Tipp City Police Department, Signal 27 — (937) 667-3112 I Tipp City Preschool Learning Center — (937) 667-4013

I Tri-County Suicide Prevention Coalition Inc. — (800) 351-7347 I Troy Literacy Council Inc. — (937) 335-5767 I Troy Milk Fund — (937) 440-5436 I Troy Nursing Association — (937) 4405436 I Troy Recreation Association Inc. — (937) 339-1923

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I Visiting Physicians Association — (937) 2932133 I West Central Day Treatment Program — (937) 440-5651, Ext. 8408 I West Central Juvenile Detention Facility — (937) 440-5651 I West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation Center — (937) 4405651, Ext. 8408 I YMCAs of Miami County Piqua Branch: (937) 773-9622 Robinson Branch, Troy: 440-9622 I YWCA of Piqua — (937) 773-6626

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YMCA membership appeals to all ages BY SHARON SEMANIE For Ohio Community Media MIAMI COUNTY — Jim McMaken characterizes his first year on the job as executive director of the Miami County YMCA as “exciting,” “opportunistic” and “positive.” McMaken, a 1992 graduate of Piqua High School, is successfully navigating his way through the Y’s myriad programs, a job formerly overseen by Lowell Nees, who retired in 2011 after 28 years. Surrounded by a cadre of professional staff and enthusiastic volunteers, the Piqua native is clearly enjoying his new administrative role supervising YMCA branches both in Piqua and Troy. Growing up as a youngster, McMaken was involved in the Y’s youth program, but sheepishly admits he wasn’t a “Y rat.” His first “real” job was as a lifeguard through his freshman year of college at Ohio University. Today, the son of Craig and Kathy McMaken of Piqua relishes the opportunity to witness the YMCA’s rapid expansion and programs, which appeal to everyone from infants to active seniors in their 90s. Membership, he suggests, leveled off between 2008 and early 2010 due to the recession, with 13,500 members recorded in 2009. Rather than spend $35 to $40 per month on a membership, explains McMaken, families were faced with limited discretionary funds for recreational purposes. Through advocacy and financial affordability, however, the YMCA has successfully demonstrated why being a member is an “investment in one’s health and well being,” all the more reason for joining the ranks of today’s 14,000 members residing in Miami County. To make memberships affordable, a financial assistance program was established to provide discounts to those meeting certain criteria. McMaken reports 2,060 individuals have qualified for discounts — ranging anywhere from 10 to 90 percent — at a total value of $340,000. He acknowledges the YMCA’s sustaining membership program as responsible for offsetting some expenses, and providing financial support to youth programs and memberships based upon a person’s ability to pay. In addition to membership growth, McMaken adds, opportunities also have been afforded for facility maintenance and upkeep. “As buildings age, there


Sue Peltier conducts a group cycling class March 8 at the YMCA Robinson Branch in Troy. The Miami County YMCA recently began offering the classes at the Robinson Branch with new, state-of-the-art stationary spinning bicycles. have been opportunities to make maintenance upgrades” in both Piqua and Troy, such as the repair of a swimming pool leak, exterior painting, masonry work and repair of concrete sidewalks, all projects placed on the “back burner” due to the recent economy. He also faced staffing challenges this year, such as transfers, and vacancies became available. Today, the affable McMaken oversees 18 full-time staff and up to 280 part-time staff at both Piqua and Troy branches. When queried about the need for so many part-timers, he explained that the child care facility alone requires 20 staff, while pools have between 45 to 50 aquatic staff members. “We are more hour intensive,” he suggested, citing the 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily operations of both campuses. “We are highly dependent upon part-time staff” to maintain hours of operation. Between both campuses, there are 30-plus programs ranging from aquatic classes for “skips,” a parent/child class for youngsters over 6 months of age, to advanced “shark” swimmers and the Marlin Swim Team. Group exercises also are popular, and include cycling, aerobics, step, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates and “hybrids” of the above workouts. Nearly 125 children are enrolled in the full-time, state licensed child care center at the YMCA Alexander-Davis facility, ranging in age from six weeks to 12 years, the latter which is the school-

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age program. McMaken said full-time childcare also is available during the summer for children ages six weeks through 6 years old. In addition, the YMCA offers a summer day camp program for boys and girls, grades one through six. A variety of activities are offered including swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, sports, nature studies, bowling, skating and more. The YMCA provides a different theme each week with parents receiving a calendar of events, which include daily activities, overnights and the “trip of the week.” Among the upcoming summer camp sessions are trips to the Columbus Zoo, the Cincinnati Reds vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game, the Cincinnati Creation Museum, Beach Water Park, COSI, Kings Island, Toledo Zoo, Zoombezi Bay Water Park, Cedar Point, Coney Island and Cincinnati Museum. Registration, which began, April 16, is ongoing. Why join the YMCA? “We’re welcoming,” McMaken said. “We offer all fitness levels from beginner to advanced and classes designed specifically for you. Belonging to the Y is also good for family time plus it’s affordable. If not, we’ll make it so.” For more information on the programs offered at both the Piqua and Robinson branches, visit the YMCA website at

YWCA’s partners, volunteers contribute to its success BY SHARON SEMANIE For Ohio Community Media PIQUA — The YWCA Piqua exemplifies “collaboration at its finest” as witnessed by the innumerable programs it offers in tandem with other organizations such as the Piqua Association of Churches, city of Piqua, Miami County Recovery Council and Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County, among many, many others. Executive Director Leesa Baker, who’s been at the helm the past 30-plus years, attributes the YWCA’s success in its ability to work in collaboration with multiple non-for-profit organizations in addition to its “fabulous” corps of volunteers. In 2011, YWCA volunteers donated a total of 3,984 hours to the organization’s day-to-day activities and programs. Partnerships with the YWCA are a win-win situation because those involved view the YWCA with immeasurable respect and admiration. For many organizations, they embrace the Y’s reputation to empower women and, most importantly, eliminate racism, the national hallmark of the YWCA. In recent decades, the YWCA Piqua — which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2009 — has revitalized its mission and introduced several new initiatives, which include a Racial Justice Reading Circle that meets quarterly to discuss books about racism and develop special advocacy initiatives with the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County Inc., to increase awareness of the signs of domestic violence. Baker says among its most popular programs has been a comprehensive women’s financial workshop providing women with an

understanding of family and personal finances, investments in the future and organizing documents and records. Among the new programs being offered is a Piqua Junior High Reading Club, which encourages students to explore and share their thoughts regarding issues relating to color, ethnicity and human rights. There also exists a Focus on Films encouraging adults to view and discuss movies — such as “The Help” or “Secret Life of Bees” — as it relates to racism and followed by a discussion. Also, this marks the fourth year the YWCA Piqua has honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an hourlong program and featured speaker. In an effort to recognize women who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community, the YWCA Piqua annually presents the “Women of Excellence” awards during a special October luncheon along with the “Young Woman of Tomorrow” award given to young women under 25 for their volunteer service and activities. In addition, YWCA Piqua continues to provide opportunities for women and their families to find fulfillment and gain self assurance. Preschool aged programs, health and fitness classes, senior citizen activities and enrichment classes for all age groups are offered. Monthly luncheon programs, evening desserts/programs, empowerment classes such as Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) and enrichment courses such as knitting and crocheting, candle bracelets, easy quilting and hand-dyed silk scarves are among regular offerings. There is also a YWCA Women’s Fitness Center as well as individual

classes such as better balance … fewer falls, yoga, tai chi and Zumba. The YWCA day trips are especially popular among members and nonmembers. Pre-school registrations for the 2012-13 school year begin June 4. And, for $65 annually, YWCA members can work out in the Women’s Fitness Center, focusing on stretching/ strength exercises or cardiovascular equipment. “Whether providing voters with information about candidates and issues at a public forum, providing self-defense training to ease fears or empowering women to take charge of their own health, the YWCA is a constant,” Baker said. The YWCA continues to react to the changing needs of the community.

Today the YWCA Piqua boasts 700-plus adult and youth members but, according to Baker, “we serve so many, many more with the community programs offered” whether it be empowering women through health, creating voter awareness, or focusing on violence and safety issues. Baker clearly loves the Piqua community and what the YWCA represents through its ability to help women develop their leadership skills and become empowered. “It’s neat to see the dedication and support the Y has received over the years,” she added. Memberships are available for $30 per year for adults, 18 years and older; $15 for youth, ages 12-17; and $10 for registrants, girls ages 6-11. For more information about the YWCA Piqua programs, check out its website at


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City of Troy is ‘recreation rich’ Staff Reports TROY — On a swelteringly hot and humid morning in summer 2011, lifelong buddies Ron Collett and Doug Lobenstein walked out to the park to play nine holes of golf — without a single golf club. “Oh yeah, I used to play regular golf. But this is more fun,” Collett said as he winds up and flings a small plastic disc (often referred to by its trademark name, Frisbee) toward the second hole of the disc golf course in Community Park in Troy. The nine-hole course winds its way through the trees and around the tennis courts, parking lots and playgrounds in the 38-acre park across from Hobart Arena, and two or three times a week in the summer, that’s where you’ll find Lobenstein and Collett, both 1963 Troy High graduates and Hobart Manufacturing retirees. “It’s a nine-hole course, so we play it twice,” Collett said, referring to the traditional 18-hole round of golf. “We’re not really too serious about it, like the young guys. We just play to have fun. And it doesn’t cost anything,” he adds, grinning. “We do it ’cause we love it. And it’s good exercise,” said Lobenstein, who, like Collett, carries a variety of discs for different shots in a shoulder bag while he plays. For the initial throw, there’s a driver disc, other discs for in-between shots and a putter disc for short throws into the “hole,” which is a metal post and basket. A chain is draped from the top of the post on all sides to absorb the disc and allows the disc to drop gently into the basket for a successful “putt.” Collett said he used to play regular golf until about five years ago, when he retired and his youngest


Lifelong buddies Doug Lobenstein, left, and Ron Collett play nine holes of disc golf at Troy Community Park in July 2011.

Darrell Pinson and John Bliffen, left, along with Ken Schlarman and Dan Mittman, right, play a game of Pickleball at Duke Park in July 2011. son, Matthew Cavalauskas, got him into disc golf. “No more regular golf. This is too much fun,” Collett said, as he wings a disc through the trees toward the third hole, which ends near Riverside Drive, across from the cemetery. “And you don’t have to worry about slicing here.”

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the disc golf course is located, is one of 31 park properties covering 297 acres within Troy’s city limits, according to longtime city parks superintendent Tim Mercer. “I may be biased, but I think our park system is the best in this (southwestern Ohio) area. I think it’s one of the things that brings people in and makes them want to live and work (in Troy),” said Mercer, a 1978 Troy High alum who in

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April marked 33 years with the city parks department. Mercer pointed out that with the exception of a few residential properties between Community and Duke parks, the entire mileand-a-half stretch of the city on the north side of the Great Miami River levee is devoted to parks, green space and recreational venues, such as the golf course, stadium, Hobart Arena and city aquatic park. “We’re recreation rich here in Troy,” Mercer said last week, standing in some shade in Community Park as Collett and Lobenstein work their way around the course. The city of Troy’s nearly 300-acre park system boasts a wide variety of recreational amenities, including more than 6 miles of recreational trail. For instance, Duke Park, the city’s largest park at 140 acres, boasts a 2-mile mountain bike trail, a toddler-friendly 8-foot-high climbing wall complete with

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Parks The city has 10 neighborhood parks of 5-20 acres: multi-colored rubber grips, Archer Park, King’s Chapel three lighted softball fields, Park, Boyer Park, McKaigtwo lighted baseball fields, Race Park, Carriage Crossing four unlighted fields, tennis Park, Menke Park, Cookson Park, Trinity Park, Heywood and basketball courts, playground equipment, 10 picnic Park and Trostle Park. The 38-acre Community shelters with grills, 11 soccer Park, also called City Park, fields and one lighted footoffers a wide selection of recreball practice field. ational activities, including a Parks and recreation baseball/softball field, two basketball courts, nine tennis The city’s 1990 Master courts and a volleyball court. Plan for Parks and Recreation The park also offers playdelineates five different types ground and picnic equipment, of parks within the city. They and 16 covered shelter houses include sub-neighborhood, that offer electricity and grills. neighborhood, community, city Community Park also is and special facility parks. home to Barn in the Park, a The 10 sub-neighborhood building that dates back to at parks of less than 5 acres are: least the turn of the 20th cenAmelia Park, Kensington tury. In the 1920s it was used Park, Brukner Park, Lincoln by the WACO Aircraft Co. It Center, Campbell Park, Peters was renovated and today Park, Herrlinger Park, Waco serves as an indoor theater Park, Hook Park and operated by the Troy Civic Westbrook Park. Theatre, which hosts locally-

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produced theatrical events. Also on city parkland is a unique piece of public art: a working brass and cable Sound Sculpture, 10 feet high by 60 feet wide, created by Dayton-based artist Michael Bashaw. Valued at $200,000, Bashaw ’s creation was donated to the city about nine years ago by the Hobart Institute of Welding, where it was originally located. It now occupies the southwest corner or North Market Street and Staunton Road. In addition, the North Market Street Ball Fields include a lighted softball field and a lighted baseball field with stadium-style seating. New concession stands were constructed in the past few years for the fields, which serve as home to the Troy High School baseball and softball teams and Little League teams. *The city also owns the for-

mer Hobart Marina building, and leases part of it to the Tin Roof. The Marina building is located of North Elm Street, on an inlet off the Great Miami River, in area known as Treasure Island. The city dredged the Treasure Island lagoon a few years ago and has hired a national recreational consultant to develop Treasure Island into a regional recreation hub. In addition, Troy Mayor Michael L. Beamish has spearheaded the development of the Treasure Island River Adventure Series, a series of family-oriented recreational events throughout the summer centered along the Great Miami River. The city also restripped two of the four tennis courts in Duke Park in 2011 for Pickleball, and this year developed a Bark Park in a section of Duke Park.

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TROY RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND COMMUNITY CENTERS In addition to 31 park properties on nearly 300 acres, the city boasts special recreational facilities and community centers, including: • Hobart Arena, a 3,782seat multi-use facility with an ice skating rink. It also can be used as a 5,282-seat concert or community events facility, or converted into a 15,725square-foot trade show space. • The Troy Aquatic Park, a 10,000-gallon main pool (with separate baby pool) featuring a pair of water slides, a 10foot drop slide, diving board and colorful interactive water play feature. • The 10,000-seat Troy Memorial Stadium, a 60-yearold city icon and home to Troy City Schools athletic contests and various community events. • The 18-hole Miami Shores Golf Course, designed by noted golf course architect Donald Ross and built in 1949 on 130 acres along the north side of the river levee on East Staunton Road. • A skatepark on an 8,000square-foot pad at the northeast corner of West Main Street and Ridge Avenue. • The Lincoln Community Center, 110 Ash St. The center is equipped with an indoor swimming pool, basketball court, ping pong tables, weight lifting equipment and offers a pre-school program. • The Hayner Center, 301 W. Main St., is the former Mary Jane Harter Hayner family mansion that was built in the Tudor/Renaissance style in 1914, and now is a visual and performing arts center for Troy and Miami County. • The King’s Chapel Community Center, at 133 Kings Chapel Drive, is a neighborhood community center built in 1997. Funds to build the center came from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Currently the center is open year round for children to “drop-in” and enjoy the recreational activities.


David Smith of Sidney practices a few maneuvers while enjoying the afternoon April 17 at the Joe Reardon Skatepark in Troy. Smith said he gets down to Troy at least once a week to the skatepark.


Carolyn Putnam spends time with her 2-year-old grandson, Garrett Hunsucker, at the Troy Aquatic Park in July 2011 as temperatures climbed last summer.

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BY BETHANY J. ROYER Ohio Community Media PIQUA — When it comes to parks and recreation, Piqua has it all, boasting more than two dozen parks and local lakes. Fountain Park, the oldest park in the city, is host to such events as Music in the Park, Music Warehouse, Fourth of July celebrations, family reunions, civic band concerts and Hardman Field for high school and American Legion baseball games, along with a playground for children and families. Pitsenbarger Sports Complex is used for baseball, soccer and youth football programs, and a swimming pool with 150 foot water slide, baby pool, concession stand, swim lessons, Teen and Family Nights. Group rentals are available, with the pool to open June 1 to Aug. 19, Memorial Day weekend May 2628 with a membership or daily fee. Pool hours for 2012 are: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday — Teen Night 6-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and Sunday — Family Night 5:30-9 p.m. Mote Park has a baseball diamond, tennis court and a community center. A shelter recently was


Fountain Park in Piqua is home to the city’s annual Fourth of July event and fireworks. installed thanks to the Southview Neighborhood Association, which is looking to install a playground in the near future. Linear Park, French Park and Lock Nine Park are popular for walkers, runners and bikers with a volunteer bike patrol and a soon-to-established volunteer park ranger program. Other neighborhood parks include Armory Park, Das Park, Shawnee Park, historic Goodrich Giles Park, Heritage Green, Kiwanis Park, Roadside Park, Public Square Veterans Park and the Robert M. Davis Memorial Park. While small, they provide a place for kids to play in their neighborhoods and are taken

care of by neighborhood associations as well as through the recently implemented Adopt-A-Program. Golf enthusiasts can get their tee-on at the Echo Hills 18-hole golf course owned and operated by the city. Complete with a driving range, the course is at 2100 Echo Lake Drive, open March 1-Dec.31, from 8 a.m. to dusk on weekdays and 7 a.m. to dusk on weekends/holidays. Fees are by membership or daily green fees. Water is a huge feature of the city, with watershed groups and conservationists active in the health and beauty of the ponds, lakes and hydraulic canal, such as the Middle Great Miami River

Watershed Alliance. The group was host to the first-ever River Summit held at the Fort Piqua Plaza, with displays from Piqua CAC, MGM River Alliance, Protecting our Water Ways (POWW), Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District, Pheasants Forever, The Conservationist, Honey Creek Watershed Group, Miami Conservancy District, Stillwater Rivershed and the Men of the Mad River. A special presentation also was given by videographer Tom Mayor with his film, “Call of the Scenic River.” For those interested in fishing area waters, public fishing is permitted on the hydraulic canal and reservoir, including Franz Pond, Echo Lake and Swift Run Lake, without a license. Boating is limited to those with electric trolling motors powered by a 12-volt battery or smaller. Residents recently showed their appreciation for these parks by participating in the “Pick it up, clean it up” day on May 5. This collaborative effort brought neighbors and multiple organizations together to clean various recreation areas, neighborhoods, streets, and trails. This annual event ended with a cookout at Mote Park for all volunteers.

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Troy superintendent outlines challenges BY MELANIE YINGST Ohio Community Media

trict’s job is made easier through its talented students, asking those in attendance to stand up and be TROY — Superintendent recognized. Eric Herman addressed the “They are definitely our numerous academic, sociobest resource and will somelogical and financial chalday be the leaders in the lenges that public educaworld.” tion’s staff and students are Herman said “almost all facing at the disschools face an trict’s annual “State uncertain financial of the School” speech climate.” April 16. “We see improveThe annual ment in some areas address is sponsored and a decline in othby the Troy Area ers. Many schools Chamber of are facing devastatCommerce and was ing financial situaHERMAN held at the Troy tions. Major reducHigh School. tions in staffing and Herman said Troy City programming. At the presSchools’ certified and classient we can “maintain” not fied staff has “pulled togeth- grow.” er in these tough times to Herman noted that Troy ensure our ability to mainCity Schools are facing the tain our quality programs highest percentage of stuhere in Troy.” dents who qualify for free Herman also noted both and reduced lunches with unions agreed to a threemore than 42 percent of stuyear wage and step pay dents. freeze, which saved the dis“I think this is important trict $6.4 million. to understand that changes Herman said Troy City are occurring with our stuSchools’ most valuable dent population and within resources can be found with- our city,” Herman said. in the people themselves as Herman said the “one parents, teachers, students size fits all” does not work and the Troy community as in education. a whole. “Our educational system “Our community has is so diverse in Troy,” always given us strong supHerman said. “As our stuport,” Herman said. “In dents change so do their return, we strive to give the needs. We must have community the best schools numerous programs so that possible.” we can meet all of our stuAt the end of his speech, dent’s needs.” Herman said, “I know that Herman spoke about the our community wants and district’s blended learning demands a quality educaprogram for students with tion for all the children of classes online and the disTroy. Our goal has been — trict’s Special Needs and continues to be — the Department with more than maintaining of the quality 513 students. we have here in Troy. It is “The cost can be well no accident that our schools over $100,000.00 for just are top quality. It takes one student alone,” Herman hard work and solid commu- said of its special education nity support.” Herman said the dis• See TROY SCHOOLS on 22


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Troy schools • Continued from 21 program at Troy City Schools. “As you can see it is very expensive as we spend over $6 million to $7 million dollars a year, with the cost constantly going up.” “All these things I mentioned make it harder each year to maintain a top quality school system. All we want is to be able to meet the needs of all our students. Presently, I know we do a good job of taking care of the students/children of Troy. We will continue to do so,” Herman said. Despite the financial and academic disparity within Troy’s diverse student population, Herman listed the numerous positive achievements of the district beginning with its “Excellent with Distinction,” state report card. “We were only one of 86 schools out of 609 to achieve ‘Excellent with Distinction,’” said Herman, noting the district achieved all 26 indicators for the first time ever. “It is extremely rewarding to our staff, students and community to receive Excellent with Distinction.” Herman said Troy’s administration also has been recognized for its efforts such as district treasurer Craig Jones being honored with the state’s recognition for “Good Financial Accounting” as well as being designated as a “benchmark district” for low non-instructional spending in its central office. “The district already runs a lean operation and has been recognized for its financial stewardship,” Herman said. “We’re controlling discretionary costs as much as we can,” Herman said. “We are spending your tax dollars wisely. Using this responsible spending policy, we have still achieved unprecedented academic success this

past year and we want to continue this positive momentum.” Herman said the district has implemented several cost-cutting measures, including: the wage freeze, energy audit and utility costs, combined the transportation and maintenance operation, computer shutdown, reduction of paper, and the district’s recent severance buyout program which 35 employees enrolled and will save $6.4 million in the first four years. Herman also said with the buyout will come a reduction in staff. The last two years, 17 positions were eliminated and next year approximately 11 will go unfilled, with a total of 28 positions in three years. “Our hope is that the economic conditions will get better and that we can manage our way through until then. We will continue to look for solutions that will help us extend our financial outlook into the future. Hopefully we find solutions. If not, there will come a time when we will either need to cut staff and programs or seek ways to increase our revenue,” Herman said. Herman closed his address, which ranged from its achievements and the district’s pending hurdles, including technology changes, aging buildings and uncertain future funding for operation from the state and federal sources. “All these things I mentioned make it harder each year to maintain a top quality school system,” Herman said. “All we want is to be able to meet the needs of all our students. Presently I know we do a good job of taking care of the students and children of Troy. We will continue to do so.“ For more information about Troy City Schools, visit

Piqua building three schools Staff Report PIQUA — The year 2012 is an exciting one for Piqua City Schools. Thanks to voters who passed a bond issue in November 2011, the school district is in the process of planning for the construction of three new school buildings through the Ohio School Facilities Commission. Two of the new buildings will house students in prekindergarten through thirdgrade and will be located at the current Springcreek and Washington sites. The third new construction will take place at the former Piqua Memorial Hospital site and will house grades 4-6. The district is conducting public meetings to determine new names for all three new schools. Here’s a run down about each school, recently released by the district: • Fourth through sixth grade building This school will be built on the former Piqua Memorial Medical Center site. The medical center is set to be demolished yet this year. This facility will be a little bit bigger than the other two planned elementary buildings and would take a little longer to build. Because of this, the district’s design team started work on this building first. The classroom wing on the intermediate building will be three stories high. The main office will face Nicklin Avenue. Parents taking students to school will enter off Nicklin Avenue, with buses entering off Park Avenue. The medical building located at the site that is separate from the hospital will remain, said Curt South, with Fanning/Howey, the dis-

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trict’s architect. “At this point, yes (the building will stay). We’re working around that,” he said. The intermediate building is expected to house 859 students. • Washington PreK-3rd grade building The classroom wing on the new facility at the Washington site will be two stories and will be located on the north side of the property. Kindergarten classrooms will be on one end of the first floor while first-grade rooms are on the other end of the first floor. The second floor will house second grade on one end and third grade on the other. Extended learning areas will separate the grade levels. Parents bringing kids to school will come in off of Sunset Drive and buses will come off of Park Avenue This building is expected to house 600 students. School will take place in the current Washington building during construction. • Springcreek PreK-3rd grade building This building will nearly mirror the Washington facility. It also will house 600 students and have a twostory classroom wing. Parents and buses will have two different entry ways, although both of them will be off State Route 36. Parents will circle around in the front of the building and go out their designated exit. Buses will drive further back into the school’s property where they will turn around and go out their designated exit. Superintendent Rick Hanes said that traffic patterns are not yet certain as the board of education


BY KATHY VORIS For Ohio Community Media Public Relations Director Upper Valley Career Center PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division partners with business and industry to provide ready access to an engaged workforce and customized workforce development. The popular, local adult education center is known for career and technical training that ranges from basic literacy to advanced computer software applications and robotics. The school’s full-time programming includes the School of Practical Nursing, office and business education, manufacturing, maintenance, alternative energy and HVAC/R. These long-term programs are designed to prepare individuals with little or no skills relating to their chosen career field to the point of graduation when they have achieved confidence in their abilities, professional certifications, and college credit transferable to any state of Ohio affiliated university. This assures students that the credentials earned through post-secondary education at the career center provide a meaning investment in their future. The skills can immediately propel the adult learners’ career; and, if desired, their future pursuit of a college diploma. Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division is served by a broad web of Advisory Committee members. Their input enables program coordinators to

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Piqua schools • Continued from 22 will be asked next week to approve a company to do a trafficking study to establish appropriate entry ways and exits. Project leaders are working with the Ohio School Facilities Commission to determine if students could be relocated during the construction rather than staying in the current Springcreek building. • Common to all new buildings All buildings will offer “extended learning areas.” These are places located outside the classrooms where teachers could pull out students to work with them separately. Hanes said these areas were designed to accommodate “technology and how students will be (learning) over the next 50 years.” Hanes said the open areas will be conducive to study groups, independent learning and will implement Wi-Fi, in addition to other features. These open extended learning areas will take the place of traditional media centers. Also, all buildings will be set up so that the gyms can be accessed without the rest of the building being open. Hanes said that the OFSC allows for 25 students per classroom; however, he expects class sizes to remain between 22 to 24 students as they are currently. According to South, this time next year bids will go out and construction will begin. He expects the schools to be ready for the 2015-16 school year. Another meeting will be held to update the public at 6:30 p.m. May 29 at the high school. Also this school year, the district began using the Northwest Evaluation Association. According to curriculum directors Neil Long and Dwayne Thompson, NWEA is an

online assessment tool in grades K-12 for reading, language, science and math. The assessments are designed to adapt to the learner’s level of correct responses. If a student answers questions right, the questions get harder. At the end of the assessment, each student will have answered about 50 percent of the questions correctly. This allows for both the teacher and student to see what is mastered and where the student places on the curriculum. Assessments are done in the fall, winter and spring each year allowing for measurement of academic progress from fall to spring. Piqua High School will see additional concurrent enrollment classes with Ohio Northern University for the 2012-13 academic year. This year, concurrent enrollment classes were offered for U.S. history and human biology. This was the first time the partnership with ONU was offered. Through the partnership, Piqua High School teachers are trained to teach college level courses, allowing for students to take college classes at the high school and receive both college and high school credit. During the 2012-13 year, students will be able to choose from English literature, calculus and sociology in addition to U.S. history and human biology. “This program offers a great advantage to students and their parents who want to earn college credit early that will transfer to major universities at a significantly reduced cost. This program is a great addition to the 16 AP courses already offered at Piqua High School to help students prepare for their college experience,” Thompson said. Piqua City Schools added a new class to its STEM offerings this year as well. STEM stands for science,

technology, engineering and math. This year, students were able to enroll in a research and design course. This class features robotics and engineering concepts. “Students in this course gain a better understanding of STEM concepts that could lead to careers in STEM fields,” Long said. As part of the district’s Race to the Top Plan, PCS continues to transition from the current Ohio Academic Content Standards to the new Common Core State Standards. All Ohio school districts must have the CCSS in place by 2014. In the spring of 2011, grades k-2 teachers were trained to transition to the new math and language arts standards. In the spring of this year, those teaching grades 3-12 will be trained as well.

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Lehman wraps up year


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Staff Report SIDNEY — With the final day of classes looming, seniors at Lehman Catholic are busy preparing for final exams, planning the Baccalaureate Mass, finalizing their future plans and searching for summer employment. The families of incoming freshmen (the Class of 2016) are equally busy, helping their students make the transition from junior high to high school. Lehman Catholic’s class of 2012 will receive scholarships and awards during the Senior Awards Assembly, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 25. Later that evening, the sophomores will fete the seniors for dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated by Lehman Chaplain Father Daniel Hess in the Church of the Holy Angels Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Graduation ceremonies will follow at 2 p.m. May 27, in the Schlater Family Gymnasium at Lehman Catholic. Two long-time staff members will retire this year with combined experience of 52 years. Administrative assistant Eileen Myers and bookkeeper Sharon Nerderman will both begin new phases of their lives. The life-long friends graduated from Holy Angels High School in 1964. They both plan to spend time more time with their parents, children and grandchildren. Accreditation was a major initiative this year. Principal Denise Stauffer spent a considerable amount of time working with the faculty and staff in preparation for the External Team Visit, which took place in February. Lehman is accredited by the Ohio Catholic School Accrediting Association and AdvancEd (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools). Lehman Catholic also has received initial approval this year from the Ohio Department of Education as a provider of special educational services. Families can apply for Jon Patterson Special Needs Scholarships that will cover tuition and special services identified on the students Individual Educational Plan. The lengthy application process was initiated

dents for the • Continued from 23 demands of fulltime respond to technology post-secondary educaadvances and shifts tion or may be a in local training direct route to needs. In recent years employment. Several the school added current nursing stuHome Health Aide dents took advantage and State Tested of the medical readiNursing Assistant to ness program to the medical related brush up on math offering. In response skills and basic study to upsurges in manu- habits. They also facturing, the school earned CPR, First Aid added several flex and AED certificatraining options tions — all included including welding, at no charge. PLCs and accelerated Students in the course, first manufacturing Manufacturing 101. readiness moved right The full-time machine into the schools acceltrades program was erated Manufacturing also reactivated. 101. The Adult Basic Manufacturing 101 and Literacy allows students to Education program is customize their final stepping in to fill the course work to the need for basic skill equipment and development related processes utilized by to specific in-demand their employer. This job areas. New Bridge flexibility is excellent programming can be for the students and the first step in a addresses the needs long and successful of the companies who career pathway. are hiring these very Current options capable entry-level include manufacturworkers. ing readiness, medical For more informareadiness and phartion on the adult divimacy technician. The sion, call 778-1980, training prepares stu- Ext. 280. 26 • May 2012 Community Guide • Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call

following requests from current families who wanted all their children to be able to attend Lehman Catholic. Lehman President Michael Barhorst received word earlier this week that the school’s status as a high school able to admit foreign students would be renewed. Lehman Catholic has had a long tradition of hosting foreign students, with more than 50 foreign nationals representing nineteen countries listed among the school’s graduates. Another country will be added to the list this year as the first graduate from Vietnam will receive a diploma. Lehman Catholic was initially certified to host foreign students by the United States Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service in 2002. Prior to 9-11, foreign students were processed through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Using funds from the Secure the Future Campaign, the roof on the Jerry DeLong Gymnasium was replaced in March. The replacement of the roof was one of the stated priorities of the Secure the Future Campaign. Campaign funds also will be used to replace the roof on the original building this summer. Eighteen students enrolled in the school’s Dual Enrollment Program earned 240 college credits — never leaving campus — potentially saving their parents more than a quarter million dollars in college costs. The program, now in its third year, provides the opportunity for Lehman students to receive college and high school credit simultaneously. Three of Lehman Catholic’s Partner Schools — St. Patrick (Troy), Piqua Catholic and Holy Angels (Sidney) — are involved in a parent initiative designed to address the recruitment and retention of students. Created by parents who have a passion for K12 Catholic education, the parents are exploring ways to share resources between the schools for development, curriculum, enrichment and building community. Look for new and great ideas from these devoted promoters of Catholic education.

Edison provides greater student service BY RYAN HONEYMAN Director of Marketing & Community Relations Edison Community College For Ohio Community Media


Coordinator of student grants and scholarships adviser Logan Billing works with a student on a loan application at Edison Community College. improve our student recruitment and retention.” The financial aid department at Edison is one of the areas where students and parents will be seeing a change when it comes to needing assistance. Changes in the new model will ensure that students facing problems that fall outside the realm of the everyday common questions about financial aid can now have easier access to advising, improving the processing time for financial aid of all types. Current and students new to Edison can expect to see the changes rolling out just after the start of the Fall semester. Student services personnel and advisers are currently working on altering job descriptions and preparing for training that will be completed by the time the new model launches. “This is more than an evolution of how we provide these services,” added Burnam. “We see this as

the emergence of a new model, much better adapted to ensuring that our service and function areas are being brought together in a manner that enhances the experience a student has at Edison.” The new model required staff and faculty tasked with implementing the new model to take a look at what was being done at other schools and then adapt it in a way that would provide the best service to the students coming to Edison. “This really shows, on Edison’s part, a willingness to continue to meet the demands and needs of our students,” said Teresa Roth, director of admissions. “Anytime you can eliminate many of the steps it normally takes to get an answer or something done and still continue to deliver excellent customer service to those who need assistance, you’re going to get a lot of positive feedback.”

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Piqua Library serves as hub of activity BY ROBIN HEINTZ Marketing & Publications Piqua Public Library PIQUA — Book lovers of all ages have long relied on the creativity and enthusiasm of the Piqua Library’s staff and their diverse program offerings. Today, the library provides the community with a wide variety of enrichment opportunities: • Computer access and basic computer classes • Local history resources and genealogy assistance • Events focusing on cultural enrichment and the arts • Outreach to the elderly and housebound • Community and social involvement opportunities “The library is more than just a place to find books or use computers,” said James Oda, Piqua Public Library Director. “The historic Fort Piqua Plaza has become a community arts, cultural and meeting center for Piqua and the surrounding area.” When you visit the library, be sure that you enjoy the many new local history displays. Those of you that remember the Piqua Historical Museum on Main Street will notice some familiar pieces, as well as some never-before-seen


The Calvert family enjoys spending time at the library, using its resources for both play and schoolwork. items on display throughout the building. Thanks to an Ohio Facilities Commission grant, specifically earmarked for display cases and materials, library staff are able to showcase a wide variety of items from the museum’s collection. The formation of a library Friends group has broadened offerings this year. Led by Ruth Koon, this hardworking and active committee seeks additional programming opportunities that enhance the library’s role as a community and cultural hub. Additionally, the Friends serve a fundraising function, accepting dona-

tions that further the work of the library. Applications to join the Friends group are available at the circulation desk. Outreach Services are one of the ways library staff seek encourage reading at every age. Bruce, our outreach specialist, takes books on the road and right to the doorstep of patrons unable to visit the library. With a route that includes local nursing homes as well as private residences, Bruce makes book recommendations based upon your interests, picks up books that are due and drops off new materials regularly.

Upcoming Activities: • Monday, June 4, is the official kickoff for the library’s Summer Reading Clubs. Each group will have its own activities and incentives designed to encourage you to spend the summer with a good book. • The Adult Club features a “Summer Olympics” theme this year. Prizes will be given, a weekly movie will be shown, and a 100,000 page reading goal will be tracked. If the goal is reached, the Library Foundation will reward all patrons with the purchase of additional new books featuring a “2012 Adult Reading Club” bookplate. Fill out your entry form at the front desk. • The Teen 2012 program is “Own the Night.” Every week will have its own theme, and feature one teen movie and one teen craft. Prize entries will be awarded for reading and participation, and an end of summer party is planned. (Grades 712) • The children’s summer reading theme is “Oddball Olympics.” Daily games, activities and special programs ensure that there is always something going on at the library. Participation prizes will be awarded.

Bradford Public Library puts grant money to use BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library has received several grants through Darke and Miami counties that are being used for the following: • Darke County — Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. To improve the quality of historical artifacts and preserve them. The library has several volunteers who work diligently to help patrons access the collection of historical artifacts and work one-on-one to assist in their genealogy searches. Library staff also have been

able to frame a number of historical Bradford photos, thanks to the word-working of Dave Painter. • Miami County Foundation, monetary donations from the Covington Eagles and an anonymous donation were all used to purchase an interactive whiteboard, document camera and laptop to expand business, school and organizational needs. Area businesses and organizations, including Bradford Schools and home schooling parents can take advantage of this

type of technology for training, Webinars, Internet field trips, along with our Saturday, “Read, Rest & Relax” time to view different cable news channels, read newspapers and more than 70 magazines and periodicals. The library also offers “Friday’s at the Movies” or Friday Cinema, which will show a recently released family-oriented movie, complete with popcorn and treats. • Wal-Mart Foundation. The library recently

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received a grant to create pamphlets, brochures and training manuals for the library and computer/Internet training sessions taught by business teacher Sharon Moore and library director Cherie Roeth, along with a Hearing Impaired SignLanguage classes taught by Rusty Martin. Other library events at Bradford: • In the near future, Bradford Public Library will finally self-publish its book

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J.R. Clarke Library enjoys community support COVINGTON — The village of Covington has a prized gem in its J.R. Clarke Public Library. The library, 102 E. Spring St., thrives with lots of activity all throughout the day, from its “little library listeners” — youngsters 3 to 5 years old, to those enjoying the daily paper, to senior citizens taking advantage of the free monthly visit from an Upper Valley Medical Center wellness nurse, who provide free blood-pressure and glucose checks. Although the library has had several locations, and now has been settled at East Spring Street since 1981, its namesake derives from the dedication made in 1950, because the previous location (of 30 years) was made available by Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Clarke. The friendly staff at J.R. Clarke Public Library certainly seems intent upon fulfilling the library’s mission of providing “a broad range of library materials and services to meet the educational, cultural and recreational needs of the public.” Proof of this comes as the library recently joined the viral world by erecting its own Webpage for the first time. Funding for the website was made possible from an unexpected monetary gift from the Covington High School class of 1961, who were using the library’s auditorium to plan and create memory books for sale. Now patrons can stay connected to the various ongoing programs and events easier than ever, and even reserve their borrowed books online. Library Director Marjorie Mutzner admitted, “We are so lucky. I will never say anything nega-


Story-time coordinator Rachel Larson reads to a group of 3to 5-year-old “little library listeners” during one of the Tuesday bi-weekly storytimes in the auditorium of J.R. Clarke Public Library. tive about this community and our support. We have such community support, it overwhelms me.” Mutzner raves about the library’s growth and the public’s generosity saying that due to various donations or contributions, the library continues to “maintain” financially upon a formula that was set up long before she came to J. R. Clarke Public Library, more than 21 years ago, and says that they have never had to ask for a levy. Covington’s public library is centrally located alongside a nice-sized, enclosed parking lot, with three floors, including an auditorium, a children’s area, general use areas, and a genealogy/historical room. The auditorium is a versatile area where biweekly story-time is held every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., meetings gather, and small assemblies take place — like the finale to the summer/winter reading programs. Mutzner said they just ended the winter reading program (which is unique to J.R. Clarke Public Library, since most libraries only run a summer program), and now they are gearing up for

their six-week summer reading program for children ages 3 through the fifth-grade. The theme for this summer’s reading program is “Ice Cream For Books,” which is held June 4 through July 28. Mutzner confesses that since food seems to be the biggest pay-off for the kids, every time they return a book, they receive a treat to eat. During the winter, the theme was “Be A Smart Cookie,” so they received a cookie, but now that it’s on to summer, they will get a small cup of ice cream in exchange for their finished book. “The kids have to have read at least five books (by the end of the program) and then they get a special invitation — for kind of like a reward for participating, and this time we had a reading genie. And we always have a goody-bag that they take with them — and we give prizes,” Mutzner explained of the finale assembly to the reading program, for which 234 children read more than 8,000 books. Children have their own area, complete with two computers (one of which was recently funded by the Weikert family) for search-

ing the catalogue for material that they would like to read, as well as three computers at the “early learning station” for children 18 months of age and up that have educational games for becoming comfortable on a computer. Recently, the library also expanded its genealogy/historical room. Although J.R. Clarke Public Library does not have a computer lab, there are three computers available to the public in the general use area that the staff is happy to help answer whatever questions or problems people may have. Also, the library’s book sale is June 8-9, and it’s a donation only sale. All information about happenings at the library is available at www.jrclarke, or call 473-2226.

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Piqua government adopts fresh ideas BY BETHANY J. ROYER Ohio Community Media

report any problems or issues to the city. Some adoptions have included the roses at PIQUA — The end of McCulloch Gazebo and Mote 2011 saw big changes as forPark sign, the Piqua mer Fishers, Ind., Hydraulic Canal and city manager Gary Roadside Park. Huff took helm of The city’s firstthe vacated Piqua ever Government position in October. Academy began in With that change April with more than came fresh ideas two dozen particithat incorporated pants who got a numerous communibehind-the-scenes ty initiatives such as look at a number of HUFF INVOLVE, Adopt-acity operations, such Program and the as the police and fire departGovernment Academy. ments, utilities and water, INVOLVE (Interested and more. Neighbors Volunteering In early 2012, a random Valuable Energy) was 1,200 residents took part in launched in December. It the National Citizen Survey assists residents with small that asked such questions as no-cost property mainterating the city as a place to nance issues they are unable live, ease of travel, safety to handle themselves. Such and volunteer activities. activities may include shovWhile programs made the eling snow or even house news, so too did construction, washing. with the largest being the The Adopt-a-Program is main artery between the for individuals, groups or east and west side of the city organizations to provide to be closed for seven months maintenance and stewardas part of the East Ash ship to various public areas, Street Reconstruction such as trails, parks and Project. parking lots. This is just one of several More than just an adoptof the $28 million in local a-park program, adoption construction projects that can be of almost anything in include construction of a new the community with participower systems building, pants encouraged to take demolition of the former care of their adopted area at Piqua Memorial Hospital least once a year and to site for a school campus and


Piqua Government Academy participant Mary Francis Rodriguez mans a fire hose under the watchful eye of firefighter Cledus Hawk during a recent academy class at the fire department. the seeking of a grant for demolition of the old power plant, the latter of which will be redesigned into a waterfront park. Grant dollars have been a tremendous asset to the city of Piqua, having provided funds for numerous projects. City commission meetings are held every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the commission chamber on the second floor of the Municipal Government Complex. For those seeking a more informal opportunity to speak with their city leaders, a commission work session is offered once a month in the commission chambers starting at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Meeting agendas are available both online at and at the

government complex. City manager: Gary Huff 778-2051 Commission members: Ward 1 commissioner John Martin 773-2778 Ward 2 commissioner Bill Vogt 773-8217 Ward 3 commissioner Joseph Wilson 778-0390 Ward 4 commissioner Judy Terry 773-3189 Ward 5 commission and city mayor Lucy Fess 615-9251 (work) 773-7929 (home)

access by them and also genealogists. • During the summer the library relies heavily on its “Triple T” Teen Volunteers (Teen-Tween Team). They offer assistance with summer reading club activities, assist in changing library signage and are all-around wonderful students in which to work. They help organize

and plan various summer activities with the library director. • The library’s Preschool StoryTime is manned by former Darke County Teacher of the Year, Chris Palsgrove. She is a wonderful resource for parents of preschoolers and her StoryHour on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. include a wide range of activities and stories.

Library ticipated. Library employee Stacie Layman, former on The Great Depression director, Wanda Costello, through World War II library volunteer Sue Memories. In November Vickroy, Truman Bashore 2010, the library received and Cynthia Vogel are 30-plus handwritten and among many individuals typed oral histories of this who have worked on this time period including picproject. tures of friends and family. • The library is working People from Darke and with the Harris Creek Miami counties and also the Cemetery Trustees to digicommunity of Bradford par- tize their records for easier

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Troy mayor outlines opportunities BY NATALIE KNOTH Ohio Community Media At the State of the City address in March, Mayor Michael Beamish said Troy has achieved significant financial gains despite a lackluster national economy. “Stressful times can bring out the worst in some, but they can also produce some new and creative ways to problem-solve,” he said. “Being an optimist, I see these challenging times as opportunities.” Beamish pointed to Troy’s Enterprise Program as evidence of Troy’s growth. Participating businesses ConAgra, American Honda, Clopay, F & P America and Ishmael Precision Tool boasted a total of 2,621 employees by the end of 2011 versus the projected 2,132 — a difference of almost 500. Actual total investment also beat expectations by $47.1 million. Several new restaurants — most notably, Marion’s Piazza — opened recently, further proving Troy’s growth, Beamish said. “Look around Troy. You see new businesses, representing jobs and investment dollars,” he said. Other opportunities on


Troy City Beautification Committee hosted an Arbor Day celebration at Menke Park on April 27 while honoring Thom and Pat Robinson with the planting of a tulip poplar tree at the park. Area school students, including Jenna Gerig and Ashley Beachy from Troy Christian Elementary School, had a hand in shoveling dirt onto the tree during the event. the horizon include rebuilding the Adams Street Bridge; developing Treasure Island and the Great Miami River; becoming a designated Bike Friendly Community (from an honorable mention last year); sustaining partnerships with Urbana University and Troy schools; and possibly creat-

ing a regional water supply with Piqua. Beamish also briefly discussed his upcoming trip to Japan with public service and safety director Patrick Titterington, Troy Area of Commerce director J.C. Wallace and interpreter Alex Hara. They will meet with the overseas parent companies of local business-

es in order to promote economic expansion on both a small and large scale. Backing domestic businesses will always be a priority, the mayor stressed. “In today’s economic climate — I think you’ll all agree with me — it is good to say, ‘We are holding our own,’” Beamish remarked. “We may not have had the big economic announcement this year, but the city of Troy hasn’t laid off a single employee, we have maintained our services, and we have provided quality of life opportunities for our citizens and visitors.” Beamish voiced his opposition to centralized income tax collection, stating that such a system would compromise Troy’s ability to collect its rightful pool of local revenue. Grants could be sought in the future to support programs. The mayor praised businesses, partner organizations and individuals for their unwavering support. But he acknowledged that struggles lie ahead. “There are inherent challenges in attaining these lofty goals,” Beamish said. “(T)he year ahead promises to be an exciting and nervewracking time for all of us in the city of Troy. … This is our challenge. This is our opportunity.”

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Something for everyone at Fort Piqua Plaza BY BETHANY J. ROYER Ohio Community Media PIQUA — Once a historic motel, the Fort Piqua Plaza in downtown Piqua offers numerous possibilities for residents and visitors. From the city library to Winans fine chocolates and coffee on the first floor, to six individual conference and banquet rooms on the fourth, there’s something for everyone and any event at the Fort Piqua Plaza. Piqua Public Library Originally located at the former Piqua Men’s Club at 124 W. Greene St. under the name of the Flesh Public Library, eventually became the Piqua Public Library after a move to the renovated Fort Piqua Plaza building in October 2008. As a central community hub, the library holds numerous events, including reading programs, movie nights, friends of the library, book signings, “Souper Thursdays,” workshops,

author fair, gardening and health clinics, computer classes and genealogy. The library also is home to an amazing collection of artwork with a recent spring-time tour given by director James Oda. Children enjoy an entire floor devoted to them, complete with a Steiff Toy Collection display and stage, storytime and puppet shows. Teens have their own zone and activities. Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffee With six locations throughout the Miami Valley and in Columbus, Winans has a rich history in the city of Piqua and calls the Fort Piqua Plaza home. With humble beginnings in the late 1800s in Michigan, the candymaker opened the Winans Carriage House Candies in Piqua in 1961. While there have been numerous name changes, the traditional recipes are still the same, passed down

through generations of the the business’ namesake. The family takes great pride in offering candy that has no preservatives, is never frozen and celebrated its 50th anniversary in October 2011. Winans makes butter, orange and maple creams, toffees, Bavarian mints and wurtles, hand-wrapped caramels, and old-fashioned brittles in copper kettles. Coffee has been a popular addition to the Winans lines, voted best in Dayton the last four years in a row. For more information, call (773)-2765 or visit Fort Piqua Plaza Conference and Banquet Center Whether it is a simple board meeting, a large group function or an elegant wedding, the Fort Piqua Plaza Conference and Banquet Center on the fourth floor of the historic Fort Piqua Plaza on North Main Street makes for a perfect pick.

This state-of-the-art facility boasts six individual rooms, the exclusive banquet facility, grand ballroom, William McKinley, Ulysses S. Grant, William H. Taft, James A. Garfield, Warren G. Harding and Rutherford B. Hayes. These rooms vary in size for groups as small as 24 or less to those as large as 350 people for receptions, ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and showers. The banquet center was host to the first ever Ohio Conference of Community Development regional meeting, as well as the National Brownfields Sustainable Communities Conference and the State of Economic Development in April, the Ohio Community Media Weddings of Distinction event last August and the upcoming November Miami County Chamber Open House. For more information, visit 308 N. Main St., Piqua, call 773-8871, or visit

Chamber /Healthcare. The presenters will Piqua Plaza (November). be UVMC The Safety Council’s President and Health and Safety Fair will CEO Tom Parker be June 14 at A Learning and Greater Place in Piqua. The Safety Dayton Area Council provides safety edu- Hospital cation and standards for all Association members. The fair is an opti- President and CEO Bryan mum opportunity for attenBucklew. A luncheon is dees to network with other planned at the Piqua safety professionals, showCountry Club with the prescase their organization and entation to follow. meet a wide variety of potenReservations already are tial customers. Monthly being received for the PACC Safety Council meetings are Annual Ambassador Golf held at A Learning Place the Outing scheduled for July 16 second Thursday of each at the Piqua Country Club. month. The outing is a highly anticiOn July 11, the PACC will pated event where our mempartner with other area bers can invite current or chambers to host the State of potential customers, employthe Hospital ees, and friends for a wonder-

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Chambers will conful afterduct their annual noon and State of the County a chance luncheon on Oct. 24 at a bag beginning at noon of cash or at the Piqua the opporCountry Club. tunity to County commissionenjoy a ers Richard Cultice, luxury SHERMAN Jack Evans and Dragons suite outfitJohn “Bud” O’Brien ted with all the goodwill give an overview of the ies. Sept. 20 marks the annual county as well as a preview Steak Fry and Auction host- for the coming year. The 2012 year ends with ed by the PACC the Holiday Open House Ambassadors, a much sought-after evening. Enjoy a sponsored by the PACC to show appreciation to memgrilled steak, meet and socialize with fellow chamber bers and volunteers who members, and in addition to have contributed to the sucdinner, you will be treated to cess of the chamber year a wide array of merchandise after year. This year’s celebration will be held on the to be auctioned. second floor of Z’s on Dec. 6. The Miami County Joint

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Covington planning a Summer Bash BY TOM MILLHOUSE Ohio Community Media

tribute group “The Return” perform again after being so well received at the 2010 celebration. The COVINGTON — There Return will be the main will be activities ranging entertainment act on from good food and a Saturday, July 7. The parade to music and Return will take the stage amusement rides at 8 p.m. Also perthis summer when forming that day the village hosts will be The the first Covington American Kings at Summer Bash cele2 p.m. and The bration. Drive at 5 p.m. Another major The Friday event in the village night lineup also planned this sumfeatures a list of mer will be the hirpopular entertaining of the communiers. HAINES ty’s first-ever vil“A lot of people lage administrator. are excited about The Covington Summer our Friday night entertainBash is scheduled for ment,” Haines said. Friday, July 6, and The first act of the openSaturday, July 7, at the ing night at 7 p.m. will be Covington Middle School Touch, a Motown tribute on Wright Street. Chris group performing songs by Haines, Summer Bash The Four Tops, Marvin chairman, said during a Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The recent interview that planJackson 5, The ning for the community Temptations and more. The celebration has been going R&B group will be followed very well. by the Red Hot Rhythm Haines, who was coReview at 9:30 p.m. chair of the Covington Another highlight of the 175th Anniversary in 2010, Covington Summer Bash said organizers started will be a community planning early for the parade, which begins at Summer Bash, and the 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7. community has responded Local groups and organizawell to the festival, includtions are encouraged to paring sponsors who are helpticipate in the parade, ing to offset the festival Haines said. expenses. The Covington Outreach “Covington is the kind of Association will sponsor its community that supports 5K Run/Walk. The race will whatever is going on,” he begin at 8 a.m., with samesaid, noting sponsorships day registration starting at and local involvement in 7 a.m. the celebration has been Pre-registration forms strong, especially considercan be downloaded from the ing the slow economy. “You Summer Bash website can see the excitement www.covington building,” he said. “We More have increased participainformation about the festition by civic groups.” val also is available on the One of the focal points website. of interest is the entertainHaines said organizers ment lineup. are “pushing participation Haines said there was a in the race,” noting it is a strong push from the commajor fundraiser for the munity to see the Beatles COA. “They are an organi-

VILLAGE COUNCIL • Mayor Ed McCord, 105 Crosby St., (937) 4735061 Council members: • Doris Beeman, 251 N. Ludlow St., (937) 4188488 • Scott Tobias, 312 Harrison St. (937) 4733322 • Joyce Robertson, 201 E. Lindsey St. (937) 4733964 • Marc Basye, 215 S. Pearl St. (937) 473-9858 • Tim Angle, 307 N. Grant St. (937) 473-8160 • Lois Newman, 11 S. High St. (937) 473-2253 zation that puts lots back into the community,” Haines said. Saturday night’s events will be capped off with a fireworks display. A growing number of churches, civic organizations and other groups will be having food booths at the Covington Summer Bash. Triple Treat Shows of Cincinnati will provide rides, games and concessions for the celebration. Covington Chamber of Commerce also has assisted

with the Covington Summer Bash and Glenn Hollopeter, chamber president, said the chamber also plans to continue its popular Covington Christmas Candlelight Open House, now a two-day event. Another major event this summer in the village will be the employment of a village administrator. Citing a need for a fulltime professional to supervise the day-to-day operations of the village government, Covington Village Council began the process several months ago of hiring the community’s first village administrator. The position has drawn many applications and Mayor Ed McCord said council expects to hire a person in th next few months to fill the position, with the target starting date being July 1. According to a job description approved earlier this year, among the duties of the village administrator will be carrying out the directives of the mayor, monitoring department operating budgets, assist with the preparation of capital improvement projects, write grant applications for the village and assess and develop recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of village operations and services.

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Museums offer a variety of activities Several Miami County museums offer a variety of fun activities for families. Travel to Piqua for the Rossville Museum and Cultural Center for a lesson on African-American history or visit the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center to view exhibits and hear a jazz concert. A.B. GRAHAM MEMORIAL CENTER I 8025 E. State Route 36, Conover. Phone: 368-2330 or visit Museum and exhibit center honoring 4-H founder A.B. Graham. Open 2-5 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Free.

FORT ROWDY MUSEUM I 101 Spring St., Covington. Phone: 473-2270, 4733488 or 676-2561 Displays items related to the history of Covington and Newberry Township. The 1849 school house was formerly home to a village council, a militia unit and a fire department. Open by appointment and during special events. Free.

JOHN SCOTT GARBRY MUSEUM I Upper Valley JVS, Willowbrook, 8415 Looney Road, Piqua.

Phone: 778-1980 Houses classrooms, land labs, a replica of a town square with 19th century shops, horse-drawn farm equipment and more. Open third Sunday in October. Group tours by appointment. Free.

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

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



Farmers Market weekends. Free.

I 9845 Hardin Road, Piqua. Phone: 773-2522 Includes Johnston Farm, a major trading site during the early 19th century, a history of Ohio farming museum and a portion of the Miami-Erie Canal. Open, for groups by appointment, April-May, Sept.-Oct., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; JuneAugust, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; and noon to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. or by appointment.




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

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


Funeral Home & Cremation Services I 20 N. Third St., Tipp City. Phone: 667-4092 Focuses on change and growth in Tipp City and Monroe Township. Open April-October, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. sec1124 W. Main St. • Troy, Ohio 453373 ond Sunday and by appoint937-335-6161 • Fax: 937-339-1347 ment. Also open 10 a.m. to Guaranteed Pre-need Funeral Plans Available noon Saturdays during 38 • May 2012 Community Guide • Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call email: S. Howard Cheney, Owner/Director


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I 301 W. Main St., Troy. Phone: 339-0457 or visit Offers cultural programs, displays, tours, meeting facilities and more. Formerly the Hayner family mansion and Troy-Miami County Public Library. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free.

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



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It’s a happenin’ place Diverse lineup of events keeps Hobart Arena at the forefront of area entertainment scene Staff Reports During the 1950s, Hobart Arena in Troy was a new multi-purpose facility that was gaining attention as a world renowned entertainment mecca. It was home to a minor league hockey team and a local recreational skating group, and it also hosted a number of concerts by some of the biggest names in popular music. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Nat King Cole, Tex Ritter, Sonja Henie, Victor Borge, Liberace, Guy Lombardo and Patti Page were some of the acts who graced the stage of the arena, which opened on Sept. 6, 1950 — just in time to host 10 sold-out performances of Holiday on Ice. Even Elvis Presley performed at the arena, doing two shows — at 3 and 8 p.m. — on Nov. 24, 1956, just a few months before his legendary January 1957 performance on “the Ed Sullivan Show,” which launched his meteoric rise to fame. But by the mid-2000s, the arena named for the Hobart family had been underutilized and hemorrhaging red ink for years. It was home to several professional hockey teams over the years, and a variety of recreational ice programs, including the Troy Skating Club, and it was available for private rental. But it wasn’t being actively marketed as a national or even regional entertainment venue, and it’s ongoing operating deficit averaged between $350,000 to $400,000. By late 2007, though, things began to change. Troy City Council had been


Country music singer Luke Bryan performs for a crowd Oct. 22, 2011, following Josh Thompson, Lee Brice and Matt Mason at Troy’s Hobart Arena. growing increasingly frustrated with the ongoing deficits and began seeking solutions, including increasing the arena’s visibility once again as a regional and national entertainment venue. In response, city recreation department director and arena manager Ken Siler authored a report, released at the March 8, 2008, Troy Recreation Board meeting, that suggested a package of ideas that could increase the arena’s usability and increase its revenue, which in turn could cut into its ongoing deficits. The ideas included raising the arena’s parking fees, operating concessions “inhouse,” securing additional advertising agreements —

and allowing the arena to sell alcohol for the fist time in its 58-year history. In June 2008, council agreed to legislation that put the issue of alcohol sales at the arena on the ballot, and in November, Troy residents approved selling alcohol at the arena by a 57-43 percent margin. In early February 2009, Hobart Arena history was made when beer was available and sold from three concession stands inside the arena when the visiting Dayton Bombers hockey team — who were based at the Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University, but had a tradition of playing one or two games a year at Hobart — took the ice for a Saturday

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evening game against Johnstown. DIVERSE SELECTION While its not Madison Square Garden or Red Rocks, over the past few years, the arena has gradually been gaining traction as an entertainment venue. Siler and his staff have booked a diverse selection of national touring acts that have included Luke Bryan, the Temptations, Terry Fator, Foreigner, Third Day and the Oak Ridge Boys. Other notable acts have included Justin Moore with Easton Corbin, Stephen Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns, which, See HOBART on 41

Hobart • CONTINUED FROM 40 along with Fator, were near sell-outs in the arena. Siler credits the recreation board and city council for “authorizing a more proactive approach, rather than just waiting around for people to just rent the (arena).” And he said alcohol sales — while not a total panacea — have helped him book acts, such as Foreigner, that he otherwise couldn’t have. “There are a lot of pieces of the puzzle that have helped us get to where we are. The whole staff has done an excellent job of making the arena a viable and inviting place to come. But (alcohol sales and increased national marketing) are the two big pieces,” Siler said. In addition to allowing


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Troy Skating Club coach Deb Miller works with Miranda Tatom on her landing position and extension on spiral during a practice session at Hobart Arena.

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Hobart • CONTINUED FROM 41 the arena to book certain acts, alcohol sales have provided a new stream of revenue the area previously didn’t have. And the increased marketing of national acts has also meant an increase in rental usage by other community and private organizations. “The increased visibility has resulted in increased rental usage,” Siler said. Siler has partnered with Variety Attractions to bring in a number of acts and said Hobart is starting to be on people’s minds as an entertainment option. “I think we’re gaining momentum and we’re continuing to get new patrons to attend our events. I think the word and interest is continuing to spread,” he said. Hobart Arena Facts • Completed in September 1950 • 3,782-seat multi-purpose building located at 225 Adams St., Troy. As a concert venue, the arena can seat up to 5,282; when used for trade shows, the arena can accommodate 15,725 square feet of space. The arena contains four permanent concession stands, four dressing rooms and a referee’s room and seven box-office windows. It has a ceiling height of only 34 feet. • Home to a community skating club soon after it opened. That club has morphed into the Troy Skating Club, a member of the United States Figure Skating organization. • Home to the Troy Bruins hockey team of the International Hockey League from 1951-59, and the Miami Valley Silverbacks of the Continental Indoor Football League from 2006-09. The Bruins returned for a brief run a few years ago, and the Dayton Bombers hockey team, based at Hara Arena, played at Hobart Arena about


Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, addresses a crowd of supporters during a Road to Victory Rally at Troy’s Hobart Arena on Oct. 23, 2008. once a year from 2003-09. • The Troy Sabres, initially a senior amateur team of the Continental Hockey League and then minor pro with the All American Hockey League, called the arena home from 1982 until 1988. Since 1996, the arena has been used by the Troy Trojans, the high school varsity hockey team. • Elvis Presley performed two shows — at 3 and 8 p.m. — on Nov. 24, 1956. • Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, made a

would build and give to the city of Troy a winter sports The Backstory of facility. Troy City Council acceptHobart Arena ed and approved the plan. At In 1946, William H. and a special election in 1947, the Edward A. Hobart had a residents overwhelmingly vision. Their vision was a vastly expanded recreational approved the plan. The new municipal golf program for the city of Troy. This expansion would involve course opened in April 1947, an 18-hole golf course, a new and the stadium in September that same year. football stadium and a winOn Sept. 6, 1950, the vision ter sports arena. They proposed that if the became a reality with the opening of Hobart Sports residents of Troy passed a $450,000 bond issue to build Arena. — Courtesy of the Hobart the golf course and stadium, Arena the C.C. Hobart Foundation campaign stop Oct. 23, 2008.

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Ready to be amused? Ohio amusement parks offer plenty of family fun BY MELODY VALLIEU Ohio Community Media Whether it’s thrills, chills or just a little nature you’re looking for this summer, amusement parks and zoos throughout Ohio aim to please. Visitors to Kings Island also will have an opportunity to step back in time to periods between 245 million to 65 million years ago with the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park. More than 60 life-sized dinosaurs will be on display in Dinosaurs Alive!, including 56 animatronic models, in an outdoor Jurassic forest setting. The multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park brings inspiration, science and technology together at Kings Island where guests will also hear the sounds and see the movements of 60-plus full-sized animatronic creations made to replicate nearly every feature of the dinosaurs. Each of the animatronic dinosaurs is hand-carved and covered with skin-like materials. The six main scenes and nine thematic exhibits tell a story for guests about what the dinosaurs ate, when and where they lived, how they protected themselves and how they adapted to their prehistoric world. The highlight of Dinosaurs Alive! is the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur, the Ruyang Yellow River dinosaur, which measures an incredible 72 feet long, 12 feet wide and 30 feet high. Other animatronic dinosaurs include the vicious looking Irratator and its cousins, the Baryonyx and the Spinosaurus, the lizard-like Stegosaurus, the meat-eat-


Visitors can step back in time at Kings Island’s Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit. ing Tyrannosaurs Rex, three-horned Triceratops and the flying Pteranodon. Four of the dinosaurs have interactive consoles that allow guests to guide dinosaur movement so they can see how scientists believe each dinosaur moved its arms, tail, mouth and eyes. Other highlights include an excavation site replica, a kids’ paleontological dig site where visitors can uncover prehistoric fossils, and a 1,500 square-foot dinosaur-themed gift shop that will feature more than 500 items. The Dinosaurs Alive! attraction is located near WindSeeker and the experience can last as long as a visitor wants it to. The attraction is spread out over 12.5 acres and has a 4,000foot-long path. “It’s really a park within a park. It could be a stand alone attraction,” Helbig

said of the life-like creatures. “You’re in a different world when you’re in there. You’re not hearing the sights and sounds of Kings Island anymore, you’re in a different whole world.” Response to the exhibit — which opened in 2011 — has been positive, according to Helbig, and guests are impressed with how educational Dinosaurs Alive! is. He said well-informed tour guides also are available at all times to answer questions. And, unlike many of Kings Islands attractions, there’s no line to stand in. “It’s a walk through experience. You can go through at your own pace,” Helbig said. Unlike most other parks, Kings Islands waterpark, Boomerang Bay, is included in the price of admission, Helbig said. And, a two-day admission ticket purchased online for $52.99 is a deal

from the 1990s, Helbig said. He said the two-day passes don’t have to be used on consecutive days, but anytime during the regular season. In Sandusky, WindSeeker also is receiving rave reviews, and offers a nearly 30-story view of Cedar Point, Lake Erie and the Cedar Point Beach. With the opening of WindSeeker in 2011, Cedar Point now has 75 rides, including 17 roller coasters — more rides than any park in the world. In addition, the park has recently opened several new live shows for the season. This summer’s new offerings range from country favorites to classic rock and a gravitydefying stunt show with rollerbladers, a skateboarder and dancers. An ice-skating show featuring Snoopy and the Gang also recently

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Amusements • CONTINUED FROM 43 opened. One of Cedar Point’s other 2011 offerings was Pink’s Hot Dogs, a Hollywood legend for more than 70 years, that will open its first franchise east of Las Vegas on the Cedar Point Midway. Pink’s is world-renowned for its gourmet hot dogs, chili dogs, onion rings and fresh toppings. • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Night Hunters opened in spring 2011 at the Columbus Zoo and transformed the traditional stroll through an existing exhibit building into a virtual experience with surprise theatrical effects that engage all of the visitor’s senses. “The renovated exhibit will take the best of the Nocturnal House and Cat House exhibits and create an environment that immerses visitors in the world that becomes active after the sun sets — the predator’s realm,” said David Jenike, chief operating officer at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The indoor Night Hunters exhibit is phase one of a larger outdoor Cat Canyon expansion, which is scheduled to open in full by 2013. The expanded Cat Canyon will link the Night Hunters experience with the current Tiger Canyon exhibits and include new space for pumas and snow leopards. The project aims to provide visitors with a new, exciting adventure into the world of great predators, while strengthening the zoo’s commitment to the conservation of threatened species through education and scientific research in the wild and at the zoo, according to Jenike. Night Hunters is home to Eurasian eagle owl, Pallas’


The massive Eiffel Tower welcomes visitors as they arrive at Kings Island. cat, clouded-leopard, vampire bat, aardvark, ocelot, black-footed cat, sand cat, fishing cat, caracal, fennec fox and bearcat, among others. • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium The Polar Frontier at the

Columbus Zoo will transport visitors from central Ohio right into the heart of the Arctic. There guests will watch polar bears swim overhead and Alaskan brown bears practice their swimming techniques. Arctic foxes will watch

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you from their homes as children explore a polarthemed play area. The Battelle Ice Bear Outpost offers interactive games and information, detailing the wonders of the icy Arctic See AMUSEMENTS on 45

Amusements world — and what we can do to help save it. The zoo also recently said goodbye to manatees Fraulein and Bartlett, but welcomed orphaned Bernice to its Manatee Coast. As a partner in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation program, the zoo takes in manatees rescued from the wild and cares for them until they can be released back into the wild. Fraulein and Bartlett were released back into the wild and Bernice joins Hamilton and Tippecanoe. The Columbus Zoo also is enhancing its North America region with the addition of the Ohio State Solar Decathlon House, an energy-efficient solar house that will allow zoo visitors to see up close the design and workings of a solar powered home. Guests can tour the home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Zommbezi Bay waterpark also is boasting two new waterslides — the Python Plunge and Big Boa Falls. Python Plunge offers thrill seekers an uphill waterslide. Riders will accelerate to exhilarating speeds as they’re blasted uphill on jetted water and then shot into a 70-foot long landing pool. One of only six in the United States, Big Boa Falls will whip riders from side-to-side and through an enclosed tunnel at high speeds. Experience the rush of weightlessness as you careen over a zero-gravity hill and splash down into a landing pool. • Toledo Zoo Not only is The Toledo

Zoo home to more than 9,000 mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and invertebrates, representing more than 800 species, but the zoo’s innovative exhibits also get visitors up close to many of favorites. The zoo’s African elephant — born June 30, 2011 — has been named Lucas and he and his mother, Renee, are available for viewing each day. Visitors can make a stop at the Arctic Encounter and get face-toface with a polar bear, or stop by the Hippoquarium and watch as a massive hippo floats gracefully by. Interactive learning stations throughout the zoo make the visit even more engaging — and educational. Opened in 2009, the popular Nature’s Neighborhood at the Toledo Zoo gives children a chance to connect with an array of animals, from the familiar to the exotic. This summer, Nature’s Neighborhood offers programs all day long for young or young-at-heart visitors. At 10:15 a.m., visitors can make pet treats. At noon and 2 p.m., zoo staffers present fun, animal-themed shows at the Fisher-Price Discovery Stage. The afternoon wraps up with spider feeding at 3 p.m., and aviary feeding/enrichment at 4 p.m. • Kings Island, Mason www.visitkingsisland. com (513) 754-5700 Single-day admission is $35.99 if purchased online and $52.99 at the gate for adults and $32.99 for junior/senior entry if purchased online and at the gate. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10

p.m.; Boomerang Bay hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Cedar Point, Sandusky (419) 627-235 Tickets are $47.99 for adults and $22 for guests 48 inches tall or shorter or 62 and older and and does not include Soak City waterpark entry. Soak City entry is $31.99 for guests 48 inches and taller and $17.99 for those less than 48 inches tall or 62 and older. • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Powell 800-MONKEYS Admission is free for 2 and under, $9 for children 2-9, $14 for those 10-59 and $10 for those

60 and older. Parking is $5 per car. A two-day pass for the Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay is $30.99 for age 2-9 and $42.99 for ages 10 and older. • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $19 for those 13-61, $15 for for children 2-12 and $15 for seniors 62 and older • Toledo Zoo, Toledo Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for children 2-11 and seniors 60 and older and free for those 2 and younger


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Whether you are competitive or just having fun, Miami County golf courses have something for everyone. Above, Leanne Nicholas of Piqua took her son, Dimitri, 9, and twin girls, Alexandra, 7, left, and Camilla, to putt a few balls on the practice green at Echo Hills Golf Course in Piqua.

MIAMI COUNTY GOLF COURSE LISTINGS Public Courses and their fees for the 2012 golf season (information provided by, include: • Cliffside Golf Course 6510 S. State Route 202, Tipp City Phone: 667-6686 Hours: 8 a.m. to dark Monday-Friday; 7 a.m. to dark on Saturday and Sunday Fees: 9 holes: Weekdays, $9; weekends and holidays, $10 18 holes: Weekdays, $14; weekends and holidays, $15 Cart rental: 9 holes, $12; 18 holes, $22 Special: Monday-Thursday until 1 p.m. for two people with 18 holes and cart for $46. • Echo Hills Municipal Golf Course 2100 Echo Lake Drive, Piqua Phone: 778-2086 Fees: 9 holes: Weekdays, $14; weekends and holidays, $16 18 holes: Weekdays, $19; weekends and holidays, $22 Cart: 9 holes, $7; 18 holes, $12

Special: Weekday special, 18 holes with cart up until 3 p.m., $24 per person; weekends, after 11 a.m., 18 holes with cart, $27 per person On Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays after 3 p.m, junior golfers can play for free with a full-paying adult. • Hidden Lakes Golf Course 5370 E. State Route 571, Tipp City Phone: 667-8880 Fees: Weekdays & Weekends, 9 holes walking: $15; 9 holes with cart: $20 18 holes: $20 includes cart • Homestead Golf Course 5327 Worley Road, Tipp City Phone: 698-4876 Fees: 9 holes: Weekdays, $17; weekends and holidays, $18 18 holes: Weekdays, $20; weekends and holidays, $22 Cart: 9 holes, $11.50; 18 holes, $22 Special: After 2 p.m. on weekends, 18 holes is $15; Monday, $20 for greens fees and half a cart; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, $25 for

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greens fees and half a cart; and Friday, $28 greens fees and half a cart. • Miami Shores Golf Club 402 E. Staunton Road, Troy. Phone: 335-4457 Fees: 9 holes: Weekdays, $14.50; weekends and holidays, $14.50 18 holes: Weekdays, $20; weekends and holidays, $23 Cart: 9 holes, $7; 18 holes, $12 Specials: A weekday special that runs year round is $25 for 18 holes with a cart before 3 p.m. On weekends and holidays, golfers can walk 18 holes after 3 p.m. for $18. • Stillwater Ridge Golf Course 6165 State Route 571, West Milton Phone: 698-5806 Fees: 9 holes: Weekdays, $12; weekends and holidays, $13 18 holes: Weekdays, $15; weekends and holidays, $16 Cart: 9 holes, $7; 18 holes, $10 Continued on 47

Continued from 46 • Stillwater Valley Golf Club 9235 Seibt Road, Bradford Phone: 526-3041 Fees: 9 holes: Weekdays, $12; weekends and holidays, $14 18 holes: Weekdays, $11; weekends and holidays, $24 Cart: 9 holes, $7; 18 holes, $12 Special: Before 2 p.m. weekdays: Walk for $9 for 9 holes, $13 for 18 holes; with cart $16.50 for 9 homes and $26 for 18 holes.

A SHORT DRIVE AWAY … • Woodland Golf Course Address: 4900 Swisher Road, Cable Phone: (937) 653-8875 Layout: 18 Holes Driving Range: Yes Darke County • Beechwood Golf Course Address: 1476 State Route 503, W. Manchester Phone: (937) 678-4422 Layout: 27 Holes (Woodland, Creekside and Lakeview nines) Driving Range: Yes • Stillwater Valley Golf Course Address: 9235 Seibt Road, Webster Phone: (937) 526-3041 Layout: 18 Holes Driving Range: No • Union City Country Club Address: Route 3, Wasson Road, Union City Phone: (937) 968-6518 Layout: 9 Holes Driving Range: No • White Springs Golf Course Address: 3630 State Route 571 W., Greenville Phone: (937) 548-6546. Layout: 9 Holes Driving Range: No Champaign County • Indian Springs Golf Course Address: 11111 State Route 161, Mechanicsburg Phone: (937) 834-2111 Layout: 27 Holes (Reserve, Woods and Lake nines) Driving Range: Yes • Lakeland Golf Course Address: 1772 Kiser Lake Road, St. Paris Phone: (937) 663-4707 Layout: 18 Holes Driving Range: No • Greenville Country Club Phone: (937) 548-3563 Layout: 18 Holes Shelby County • Shelby Oakes Golf Course Address: 9900 Sidney-Freyberg


Cam Weaver follows through on a chip shot in the Troy Junior City Golf Championship tournament at Miami Shores Golf Course in Troy. Road, Sidney Phone: (937) 492-2883 Layout: 27 Holes (West, South and North nines) Driving Range: Yes

AREA PRIVATE COURSES • Moose Country Club Phone: (937) 492-7222

Layout: 9 Holes • Piqua Country Club, private 9812 County Club Road, Piqua Phone: 773-7744 • Troy Country Club Phone: (937) 335-1328 Layout:18 Holes • Urbana Country Club Phone: (937) 653-4116 Layout: 18 Holes

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Plenty to do, see at parks For Ohio Community Media The mission of the Miami County Park District is to acquire and manage outstanding natural resources for the purpose of preservation, conservation, education and passive leisure activities for the people of Miami County The continued growth of Miami County from an agricultural based community to an urban industrial based county is self-evident by the need for the county to formulate a comprehensive land use plan. The open space section of the plan is a reflection of the 1991 Green Space Plan as adopted by the Miami County Commissioners. • Maple Ridge Reserve, 10430 State Route 185, Covington The park district added 120 acres to the existing 260 acre Stillwater Prairie Reserve. The two properties join in an area, which is a southern boundary for both properties and below the Stillwater River. The Coy property, now Maple Ridge, runs northwest with its eastern boundary encompassing the east side of the Stillwater River. The rest of the property spreads west and south. Included on the property are woods that cover 70 percent of the land as mature woods and successional fields, including a sugar maple grove along with an old sugaring shack. Additionally, there are three ponds and several crop fields. • Farrington Reserve, 1594 W. Peterson Road, Piqua The park is a passive natural site beside the water’s edge with 2,500 feet of Great Miami River access. It offers excellent opportunities to boat, exercise and view wildlife along the river. It also provides visitors with a parking area and access to the Great Miami River Recreational Trail for biking and hiking. Eventually the park will provide an important link that connects the Troy and Piqua sections of the bikeway. At this time there is limited access to much of the park. • Stillwater Prairie Reserve is located just north of Covington off of State Route 185 with an additional entrance on Rangeline Road. The Maple Ridge entrance is west of the park’s main entrance. Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington, and Rangeline Road Access to


Miami County Park District Director of Environmental Education Cinda Hanbuch-Pinkerton rolls down a hill with eighth grade students from the Troy Junior High School Megan Osman and Holly Clagett at Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center in April near Troy. During the visit to the reserve, students discussed a “No Child Left Inside” initiative with regard to how children can be inspired to reconnect with being out of doors. Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 7790 Rangeline Road, Covington Stillwater Prairie Reserve comprises 380 acres in northwestern Miami County in Newberry Township. The park offers three entrances. One located 1 1/2 miles west of State Route 48 on State Route 185, another is south of State Route 185 on Rangeline Road and the newest is Maple Ridge entrance just 1 mile west of the main entrance. Segments of the main trail follow the river over portions of the long abandoned Hagan Road, built in the 1840s. Passages through fields, woodland, marshy habitats and shrub lands complete the circle. Diverse topography and vegetation offer excellent outdoor opportunities for the average hiker, birdwatcher, cross-county skier or photographer. Wetlands have been added to the diversity of habitat at the reserve with an overlook platform for improved viewing of the wetland species which home there or pass through during migration. Three man-made ponds provide fishing opportunities for visitors who wish to avoid the more rigorous activi-

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ty of “hip boot wading” in the river. • Twin Arch Reserve, 3147 North County Road 25-A, directly across from Upper Valley Medical Center, north of Troy A highlight of the park is the renovated historic Miami Erie Canal Arch. The arch was originally built in 1837 and is one of only two structures of this type in Ohio. Other improvements to the acreage include a new parking area and modification to the existing traffic light, which allows easy and safer entrance and exiting to the facility. The park includes a 5-acre pond, with fishing access. The fishing is catch and release and a state fishing license is not required if fishing in the pond. If you choose to fish in the river, a license is required. • Honey Creek Preserve, 4536 State Route 202, Tipp City The 200-acre park is located in Bethel Township in the southeastern corner of Miami County. It is part of the Honey Creek Watershed, which stretches over 143 square miles. See PARKS on 49

Parks • CONTINUED FROM 48 Settlers were attracted to this area due to the abundant forests, rich soil and the Honey Creek which flowed through it. A wide variety of plant and animal life could be found on its banks and the surrounding area. Nearly 20,000 trees have been planted at the preserve since the park district acquired the property. Honey Creek Preserve is the perfect place to fish, view wildlife, cross country ski or hike. • Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, Tipp City Charleston Falls Preserve is the most visited nature park in Miami County with more than 216 acres of prairie and forests. The most unusual feature of this preserve is the waterfall. Originating from small underground springs several miles to the east, the stream creating the falls plummets 37 feet on its meandering journey to the Great Miami River, 1 mile to the west. Uncommon plants such as wild columbine, walking fern, purple cliff break and rock honeysuckle grace the limestone faces of the surrounding gorge. Nearly 2 miles of trails pass through varied habitats such as Redbud Valley and the Thorny Badlands, offering explosions of color and varieties of scenic wonder. A small pond, a planted tall grass prairie and an observation tower add to the interest in the remaining portions of the preserve. • Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area, 29110 Covington Gettysburg Road, Covington In addition to the installation of a viewing platform high above the falls area on Greenville Creek, the trails have been upgraded and trail signs are in place. Seen from the north side, one can appreciate the cascading waterfall, which has a 20-foot drop


City of Troy workers Mike Byrne, front, Bruce Eliason and background, Jerry Mullins install a sidewalk recently, which leads to the entrance of the new Bark Park at Duke Park in Troy. down several layers of Silurian dolomite and limestone bedrock. The remains of the wooden dam that stretched across the creek to form the power source for one of the first electric companies in the area can be viewed by taking the path that leads west from the overlook. • Hobart Urban Nature Preserve, 1400 Tyrone (off Dorset Road), Troy Phase one of the preserve was directed toward the major earthworks, re-sculpting the natural drainage patterns and creating a lake with wetland edges and the first trail loop. Phase two of the preserve involved the entry drive, parking area, entry sign and wall. In harmony with the restored natural setting, land management is geared toward promoting a diversity of plant and animal life, providing a unique respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, where visitors can be replenished and inspired by activities such as bird-watching, leisurely walks and

observing the seasonal changes of the landscape. Continual development of the preserve are in the planning stages, adding interpretive signage, two trail loops, native plantings, educational and art opportunities to a new preserve just beginning to blossom. • Garbry Big Woods Reserve, 6660 Casstown Sidney Road, Piqua The Garbry Big Woods sanctuary is a .7-mile boardwalk loop through an undisturbed wet beech-maple forest. The 100-acre site is not connected to the reserve, but can be reached by driving a short distance north from the reserve entrance and turning west on Statler Road. The Sanctuary has a prolific spring flower display and a colorful autumn show. Plants and trees are labeled making the hike educational as well as pleasurable. A boardwalk guides the visitor through woodland habitat helping to preserve the sensitive and rare plant community, and making the sanctuary handi-

capped accessible. • Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary, 2540 E. Statler Road, Piqua The Garbry Big Woods Sanctuary is a .7-mile boardwalk loop through an undisturbed wet beech-maple forest. The 100-acre site is not connected to the reserve, but can be reached by driving a short distance north from the reserve entrance and turning west on Statler Road. The sanctuary has a prolific spring flower display and a colorful autumn show. Plants and trees are labeled making the hike educational as well as pleasurable. A boardwalk guides the visitor through woodland habitat helping to preserve the sensitive and rare plant community, and making the sanctuary handicapped accessible. • FL Blankenship Riverside Sanctuary , 4112 State Route 48 , Covington The 5.3-acre sanctuary resides along the shores of the State Scenic Stillwater See PARKS on 50

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Parks • CONTINUED FROM 49 River near Faulkner Road. Comprised of mature riverine forest, the site is a perfect place for fishing, launching canoes or just watching wildlife along the river. A bicentennial time capsule is buried on the site where a short loop trail circles the property. A small parking lot is located off of State Route 48 where cars can park. • John A. Wannemacher Nature Reserve, 1876 MonroeConcord Road, Troy The 110-acre park is bordered by farmland on the west and east. To the north is a subdivision. A modified headwater stream locally known as Haines Creek flows through the middle of the property running from west to east. It joins with other streams to become Boone Creek. The reclaiming of this agricultural land has served as a perfect habitat for wildlife amidst the surrounding farmland and residential developments. It has also had a positive impact on area water quality by reducing storm water run off which decreases pollution. • Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center, 2645 E. State Route 41, Troy The original 239 acres, given in trust in 1997 by Mark D. Knoop, was given to the park district to be continued as “tillable land for agriculture as well as preserving for posterity some beautiful pastoral area that will never be built over with housing …” In 1997, with funds from the Mark D. and Dorothy Knoop private trust, the park district purchased 173 acres, which is contiguous to the 239 acres held in the trust. This purchase included the Knoop Homestead, the ancestral Knoop cemetery and several barns.


Above, Miami County Park District Naturalist Deb DeCurtins discusses various ways to identify trees, including a leaf scars method, during a hike at Honey Creek Preserve. The park district offers adult hikes every first Tuesday of the month. At right, deer prints are found across one of the trails found at the 200-acre park in Bethel Township. The property offers activities such as cross-country skiing, hiking, nature programs, hands-on environmental education, picnicking, wildlife viewing and fishing. • Goode Prairie Preserve, 10354 Union Church Road, Bradford During the months of June and July it boasts a sea of wildflowers in bloom. A 1-mile loop trail takes you past a tall grass prairie to the crest and slope of a south-facing bluff overlooking the Scenic Stillwater River. This primitive natural setting is home to a wide variety of plant species including: Big & Little Bluestem, Nodding Wild Onion, Partridge Pea, Flowing Spurge, Butterfly Weed, Hoary Puccoon, Wild Bergamot and Gray Headed

Coneflower. • Great Miami River Recreational Trail, Dye Mill Parking, 901 Dye Mill Road, Troy and Route 202 parking, 970 State Route 202, Troy The construction of this trail (opened in July 2005) has integrated the efforts of many governing agencies of Miami County: The Miami County Park District, the city of Troy, Concord Township, the Miami Conservancy District, with private cooperation from Martin-Marietta Aggregates and assistance from The Troy Foundation. The process of trail construction required restoring an abandoned railroad bridge, traveling along a river, underneath a State highway, along an older railroad bed, by a golf course

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and a major mining and asphalt facility. Although the challenges were many, the successes may be judged by the reality of the existing trail. The new construction, totaling 3.2 miles, has connected the sections of trail from Lock 14 through the city of Troy to Lytle Road. This construction completes an overall segment of approximately 10.5 miles. Additional segments are now open from the existing Dye Mill Road section traveling south through Tipp City.

MIAMI COUNTY SCHOOLS • Bethel Local Schools Bethel Elementary, 7490 State Route 201, Tipp City (937) 845-9439 Bethel Junior/High School, 7490 State Route 201, Tipp City (937) 845-9487 or (937) 845-9430 • Bradford Exempted Village School District Bradford Elementary, 760 Railroad Ave. (937) 448-2811 Bradford Junior/Senior High, 760 Railroad Ave. (937) 448-2719 Preschool, 203 E. Main St. (937) 448-0195 • Covington Exempted Village School District Elementary School, 707 Chestnut St., Covington (937) 473-2252 Covington Middle School, 25 Grant St. (937) 473-2833 Covington High School, 807 Chestnut St. (937) 473-3746 • Miami East Local School District Miami East Elementary, 4025 N. State Route 589 (937) 335-5439 Miami East Junior High School, 4025 N State Route 589 (937) 335-5439 Miami East High School, 3825 N. State Route 589 (937) 335-7070 • Miami Montessori School, 86 Troy Towne Drive, Troy (937) 339-0025 • Milton-Union Exempted Village School District Elementary School, 43 Wright Road (937) 884-7920 Middle School, 146 S. Spring St. (937) 884-7930 High School, 221 S. Jefferson St. (937) 884-7940 • Newton Local School District Elementary School, 201


Students of St. Patrick Catholic School shake hands with local heroes including members of the Troy fire and police departments during an observance remembering a tragic day, Sept. 11, 2001. N. Long St. (937) 676-8355 Junior/Senior High School, 201 N. Long St. (937) 676-3081 • Piqua Catholic Schools Downing Street campus, 218 S. Downing St. (937) 773-3876 North Street Campus, 503 W. North St. (937) 773-1564 • Piqua City Schools Bennett Intermediate, 401 E. Ash St. (937) 773-3434 Favorite Hill Primary, 950 South St. (937) 773-4678 High Street Elementary, 1249 W. High St. (937) 773-3567 Nicklin Learning Center, 818 Nicklin Ave. (937) 773-4742 Springcreek Elementary, 145 E. U.S. Route 36 (937) 773-6540 Washington Intermediate, 800 N. Sunset Drive (937) 773-8472 Wilder Intermediate,

1120 Nicklin Ave. (937) 773-2017 High School, 1 Indian Trail (937) 773-6314 Junior High, 1 Tomahawk Drive (937) 778-2997 St. Patrick Catholic School, 409 E. Main St., Troy (937) 339-3705 • Tipp City Exempted Village School District Broadway Elementary, 233 W. Broadway (937) 667-6216 LT Ball Intermediate, 575 N. Hyatt St. (937) 667-3719 Nevin Coppock Elementary, 525 N. Hyatt St. (937) 667-2275 Tippecanoe High School 615 E. Kessler Cowlesville Road (937) 667-8448 Tippecanoe Middle School 555 N. Hyatt St. (937) 667-8454 • Troy Christian Schools 700 S. Dorset Road, Troy

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

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Splashing into summer Safety tips will keep swimmers safe in the pool BY KATIE YANTIS Ohio Community Media Children and families alike will be splashing around the county as area pools opened this weekend for the season. However, safety should always be a priority during any outing involving water. Dayton Pool Management President Jeff Blume, who works with the lifeguards at the Tipp City pool, said area residents should keep in mind some safety tips that are often taken for granted as the fun in the sun begins. He said

around 80 percent of drownings are cases of children found on the bottom of the pool after being unattended. “Basically parents should always be with their child,” Blume said. “You should always be within an arm’s reach of your children.” Blue recognized that while parents want to be near their children for their safety, there comes a time when independence plays a role. “Once they can swim, they should have a buddy with them, not necessarily a parent,” Blume said. “It could be one of their friends.”

When families throughout the county visit a community pool, Blume said parents and children alike should remember that rules are set for the safety of all around the pool. “The manufacturers of water slides give us rules to protect themselves and there are not gray areas, it’s black and white,” Blume said. “It sounds basic, but I think that gets lost on people at times.” He stressed that rules set in place at community pools are in place for the safety of all swimmers. “It sounds basic, but if there is no diving, there is no diving,” Blume said. “The reason there is no diving under 5 feet or less is that

you are more likely to have an accident.” Another basic rule that is sometimes lost in the summer fun, Blume mentioned, is no running around pools. “No running is a basic one — we always have kids fall and hit their knees,” he said. Blume also encouraged residents to be cautious, rather than take accidents for granted. “If someone has hit their head, they need to let the lifeguard know,” Blume said. “There may be things going on they are unaware of that could be affecting them. Lifeguards are trained to

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Nothing minor about it Ohio loaded with minor league teams BY DAVID FONG Ohio Community Media They may call them the “minor leagues,” but don’t try telling fans that — because as far as they are concerned, there’s nothing “minor” about it. “It’s the best deal in sports,” Troy’s Mark Adams said at a recent Dayton Dragons baseball game. “It costs a fraction of what it does to go to a Reds or Indians game and you still are seeing some pretty good action. I’ll take this over the big league teams any day of the week.” Ohio has a rich tradition of both minor league and semi-professional

teams. Here’s a brief look at some of them: Miami Valley Silverbacks • Sport: Indoor football • Stadium/arena: Hara Arena in Dayton • More information: After beginning at Hobart Arena in 2006, the Miami Valley Silverbacks have since moved to Hara Arena in Dayton. The season runs from the early spring through the early summer. The team plays on a 50-yard field inside Hara Arena. The Silverbacks are comprised mainly of former college players. See MINOR on 54 OCM FILE PHOTO

The Miami Valley Silverbacks indoor football team (at right) plays its games at Hara Arena in Dayton. It is one of many minor league or semi-pro teams in the state of Ohio.

Pool • CONTINUED FROM 52 look for things like that and if something were to occur, they can get help.” He reminds young and old swimmers alike that lifeguards are there to help. “They have the knowledge to keep you safe,” Blume said. “Sometimes people are put off if they are in the same peer group, but the lifeguard has training and all it takes is one time and I just think people in general lose sight of that. One time too many actually equals a problem.” Outside the gates of a community pool, Blume reminded parents to remember safety tips at home as well. “Parents let their guard down because it is home,” he said. “They always think ‘well it’s my backyard, nothing will happen,’ but someone can drown in a quarter inch of water. That is the

Club. Recreation manager Carrie Schlater said the pool will open May 26 and will be open in the evenings until school is out. Normal season hours will begin on Strawberry Festival weekend. She said she has just a few “fun in the sun” safety tip reminders for residents. “No running and parents how to swim,” Minesinger should always accompany said. “Getting in the water is their children,” Schlater fine, but the kids may not be said. “We also encourage great swimmers.” people to learn how to swim He said if lifeguards need at their local swimming to make “saves” at the pool, pool.” it usually happens early on Hours and more informain the season, with young tion on the Troy Aquatic swimmers. Park is at, “It is really important or Schlater said residents early on to keep an eye on also can “Like” the pool on your younger kids, in addiFacebook. tion to the lifeguards on The Piqua Community duty,” Minesinger said. Pool will open for the reguArea residents can visit lar season June 1. Hours, admission and membership for pass information and fee information is at hours at the Dolphin Swim

We have a program through our swim team that basically provides the essentials of how to swim. Getting in the water is fine, but the kids may not be great swimmers. — Dolphin Swim Club owner Jake Minesinger

least amount of volume that someone can drown in.” He said parents should be mindful of pools in the backyard and take safety as serious at home as they would in a community pool. Troy’s Dolphin Swim Club owner Jake Minesinger said those eager to make their first splash should be prepared to do so and stressed the importance of learning how to swim. “It is very important. We have a program through our swim team that basically provides the essentials of

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Mainstreet Piqua plans for busy year BY LORNA SWISHER Executive Director Mainstreet Piqua PIQUA — The year 2012 will be another busy time for the Mainstreet Piqua organization with a large capital project set for downtown Piqua and an ongoing schedule of events for residents throughout the community. Earlier this spring, the Mainstreet Piqua beautification committee committed to making major improvements to Canal Place in downtown Piqua. This vast concrete area is located between Ash and High streets behind the shops on the east side of the 300 block of North Main Street. This area is a community focal point each summer during the Piqua Community Farmers Market but the heaving and lifting of the existing concrete is causing a serious tripping hazard and desperately needs to be renovated. Last summer, Mainstreet starting developing a possible solution to the problem, which will involve a partnership between all the property owners, the city of Piqua and Mainstreet Piqua. This new partnership will result in a rain garden being built in the area. A rain garden is a garden, which takes advantage of rainfall and stormwater runoff to water the garden. This project, which is scheduled to happen yet this year, will give the Piqua Wastewater Department the opportunity to showcase some stormwater best management practices and result in new concrete and a completely new look for the entire area. The design of the area will closely mirror the look of Water Street between Wayne and Main streets, but the goal with these improvements is to make Canal Place a community amenity that can be used not only by the existing downtown businesses but also as a place for community special

events and gatherings. In addition to this improvement project, the Mainstreet Piqua organization will once again be hosting the Piqua Community Farmers Market in close proximity to the Canal Place area. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is held each Thursday from 2-6 p.m. from May 24 through Sept. 20. The market features products that are home-made, home-grown or home-baked by vendors from throughout the Upper Miami Valley. The Piqua Community Farmers Market also has numerous contests and activities planned throughout the growing season. Details can be found on the Piqua Farmers Market website at The Piqua Community Farmers Market is sponsored by Heartland Federal Credit Union. In addition to the farmers market, the Mainstreet Piqua organization hosts a Brown Bag Series each summer in the plaza area in front of the Municipal Government Complex. The summer concert and lunch series had been held on the Thursdays in July but this year the Brown Bag Series will be held on the Thursdays in June. From 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a different entertainer performing and a different restaurant offering a full lunch with beverage. Details on the Brown Bag Series can be found on the Mainstreet Piqua website at The Mainstreet Piqua organization puts out a periodic e-newsletter and anybody interested in receiving the email can sign up at the Mainstreet Piqua website previously mentioned. The enewsletter features details on upcoming events in the downtown as well as information about downtown Piqua businesses, the community and other important information.

Minor • CONTINUED FROM 53 Dayton Dragons • Sport: Minor league baseball • Stadium/arena: Fifth Third Field • More information: The Dayton Dragons, a Class-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, have been playing in Dayton since 2000. The Dragons play in the Midwest League. They were previously a franchise in Rockford, Ill. Former Dragons include current Major League players Austin Kearns, Jose Acevedo, Adam Dunn and Edwin Encarnacion. Columbus Clippers • Sport: Minor League baseball • Stadium/arena: Hunington Park • More information: The Clippers are a Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Clippers began play as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977, then became an affiliate of the New York Yankees. In 2007, the Clippers were an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. In 2009, the Clippers became an Indians’ affliate. The team players in the International League and has won seven league championships, the most recent of which came in 1997. Toledo Mud Hens • Sport: Minor League baseball • Stadium/arena: Fifth Third Field • More information: The Mud Hens are the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. The team is one of several professional teams that have played in Toledo since 1883. Fifth Third Field, built in 2002, was named the best minor league ballpark in the United States in 2002 by

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Newsweek. The Mud Hens were the favorite team of character Max Klinger, played by actor (and Toledo native) Jamie Farr on the television show MASH. Akron Aeros • Sport: Minor league baseball • Stadium/arena: Canal Park • More information: The Aeros are the Double-A affliate of the Cleveland Indians. The Aeros play in the Eastern League. The nickname “Aeros” refers to Ohio’s history of aerospace research including being the home state of the Wright Brothers and astronaut Neil Armstrong. Dayton Gems • Sport: Minor league hockey • Stadium/arena: Hara Arena • More information: The Dayton Gems are a minor league professional ice hockey team based in Dayton. They are a member of the Central Hockey League in the Northern Conference. The team was originally a member of the International Hockey League before it merged into the CHL. The team joined the IHL for the 2009-10 season, they play their home games at Hara Arena in nearby Trotwood, home to the original Gems. Their acceptance into the IHL was officially announced on June 9, 2009. Lake Erie Monsters • Sport: Minor league hockey • Stadium/arena: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland • More information: The Lake Erie Monsters are based out of Cleveland and play in the American Hockey League. The team, which began play in 2007, is an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.

Preserving the past Overfield Tavern tells story of early Troy and its inhabitants BY NATALIE KNOTH Ohio Community Media About 200 years ago, Benjamin Overfield’s tavern and inn served as a place for mingling, lodging and, of course, a good drink. Today, the two-story Federal-style building is a historical landmark that has been meticulously restored and decorated to reflect the style and utility of the early-1800s structure. “People come in and see it’s a tavern and ask if they can get a drink,” museum director Bob Patton said with a laugh. While some may be disappointed to find it is not in fact a working bar, the building’s historical significance attracts many visitors eager to learn about 19th century Troy and Benjamin Overfield, whose father fought with George Washington in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywin and Germantown. History of the tavern The small log cabin at 201 E. Water St. served as the living quarters for Mr. Overfield, his wife Margaret and their two children, John and Susan. When the tavern and inn opened in 1808, the Overfields would carry food from the cabin’s kitchen into the tavern to serve pioneer settlers. As described by literature provided by the museum, “Benjamin Overfield’s tavern was for all practical purposes the center of action in the little frontier settlement. If a traveler arriving from the east wished to locate a friend of a relative who had come earlier to the area, the tavern was where the search would begin — and, of course, where companionship, comfortable


A dining room is exhibited the way it may have looked in the early 1800s. lodging and good food and drink could be found.” But the tavern served other purposes as well. From 1808 to 1811, an upstairs room of the tavern was used as the county court until a courthouse was constructed on West Main Street. Overfield was later compensated for his assistance with the county court. In addition, the Masonic Lodge, of which Overfield was a member, also resided in the building. Overfield’s wife Margaret died in 1810, and a couple years later he was drafted in the War of 1812. While stationed at Fort Greenville, he married Rebecca Sumption. The museum likely will commemorate Overfield’s service in the upcoming months. “This is the bicentennial of the year of the War of 1812, and we might highlight it, since Overfield was in the militia,” Deeter said. After about a year in the militia, he returned with his second wife to the tavern. Until Overfield’s death in 1831, the tavern served as a central meeting point for social and civic activities.

Museum artifacts Both Deeter and Patton noted that the Overfields made use of every animal or plant part they could in furnishing their home and providing necessary housewares. “Nothing was wasted then like it is now,” Deeter said. For example, Overfield kept his powder dry in a “powder horn” left over from a hunting trip. While a few artifacts are original to the tavern, most have been contributed from throughout the Miami Valley. The wide range of artifacts includes a pewter collection, quilts, waffle iron, whisky glasses, washstand, and a drink stirrer, a crafty piece used to mix alcoholic beverages. While hospitality was integral to the Overfields’ operation, they of course were looking to run a successful business as well. “People had to rent the candle when they were here. Nothing was free,” Patton said. The museum strives to introduce new items to the museum from time to time. Ornate quilts are now on display. “People say, ‘I’ve seen it once. Why come back?’ But

we always try to have new stuff,” Deeter explained. Preserving, renovating Overfield Tavern Edward and William Hobart bought Overfield Tavern in 1948 and established the museum. In 1960, the Overfield Nursery School was founded by Julia Hobart, whose husband, William H. Hobart Jr., worked to increase exposure of the museum. The school now resides in the former home of Edward A. and Martha Hobart. As museum director since 1985, Patton has been passionate about sifting through the museum’s artifacts, preserving the building’s Federal style and decorating the home and tavern in antiques that reflect life in the early 19th century. He has been assisted by Hobart grandson Busser Howell. In some instances, “enough had been saved through all the remodels so we could tell the original colors,” Patton said. The Overfield Tavern Museum is overseen by the non-profit Overfield Tavern Museum Corp. It is open 1-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from April through October.

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A bicycling enthusiast rides along the Great Miami River Recreational Trail last summer in Tipp City.

Get out your bike and ride Great Miami River Recreational trail offers new opportunities for cycling enthusiasts BY KATHY ORDING Ohio Community Media MIAMI COUNTY — It’s a short stretch of bike path, but it opened up hundreds of miles of paved bike trails to Miami County riders. The 2.5-mile section of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail completed in 2011 from Kyle Park in Tipp City to Ross Road in Montgomery County means riders now have access to the extensive network of paved bike trails throughout Montgomery County and southwest Ohio. Area bicycling and trail enthusiasts already are seeing an uptick in the number of riders using the trail in Miami County, as local rid-

ers hit their bikes and join riders from the south now using the trail to make their way here. Bob Shook, who led the Miami County Trails Committee from its inception in the late 1990s until December 2011, when the group disbanded because its mission was accomplished, said the most common comment he hears from people confirms the trail is heavily used. “The complaint we get, is, ‘it’s too crowded,’” Shook said. “You’ve got a great mixture of people using it.” At Tipp Cyclery in Tipp City, owners Ezio and Carol Miconi have seen an increase in riders, but said ridership already was growing steadily over the years

as sections of the bike path were completed. “I think it’s gotten a lot of people out riding who normally would never even consider it,” Ezio Miconi said. “That’s a whole market segment there that otherwise would have been struggling for something to do, other than sitting on the sofa. Now they’re getting out there riding, or they’re walking or they’re jogging. They’re taking their dog out, taking them on a longer walk. It’s all good.” Vandalia resident Stan Tharp, lead pastor of Christian Life Center, was riding his bike along the Great Miami River Recreational Trail near Miami Shores Golf Course in Troy on Sept. 1, 2011,

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and said he already has taken advantage of the recently completed trail section. “I normally start down in Vandalia and ride up to here and back,” Tharp said. “But I had to drop my dogs off at a groomer in Troy, so I brought my bike and started up here today.” Tharp said he rides his bike about 15 miles three times a week, “enough to stay in shape, to keep everything pumping,” he said. “Today’s my day off, so it’s a good way to spend it, because I work weekends, you know,” the pastor said with a chuckle. Riders like Tharp from Montgomery County and points southward who now are venturing north into Miami County also bring with them a potential See RIDE on 58



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Ride • CONTINUED FROM 56 economic boon to area businesses. “I think the businesses that really cash in on it are the impulse businesses, ice cream shops, coffee shops, restaurants, even,” Ezio Miconi said. “I don’t know if they realize it yet, but when cyclists come to town, they’re hungry, they’re craving coffee, they’re craving calcium, so milkshakes, ice cream, that kind of stuff, oh my gosh,” he said. The bike path is also the type of amenity companies are looking for when deciding whether to locate their businesses in Miami County, Shook said. “It helps economic development. Companies look at things like that,” he said. Carol Miconi said people who have lived in other cities where they had access to bike paths look for similar proximity when choosing a new home. “It’s like we’ve caught up with a lot of these places. I think it’s a real draw for people looking to relocate,” she said. Rich Clay, who was taking a midday ride on the Great Miami River Recreational Trail near Miami Shores on Sept. 1, 2011, said he had recently moved to Troy and was happy to find a place to ride. “I’ve only lived in the area two years,” he said. “I’m from Michigan originally. I’m really impressed

Trail work continues

Jim Corbitt rides the Great Miami River Recreational Trail near Canal Lock Park, Lock 15, and Freeman Prairie in Tipp City in September 2011. with the bike trails around this area, they’re very nice.” Clay said he usually rides his bike about three times a week, as his schedule permits. The trails committee also is looking to get people in the mindset of using the bike path as a way to commute to work or play. Already considering doing so is Jim Corbitt of Miamisburg, who works at Regal Beloit inTipp City. Until the trail section south of Kyle Park was completed, bicycling was a lunchtime endeavor.

“Me and another guy from work usually ride (the trail) about three times a week,” Corbitt said Aug. 31, 2011. “But I’m hoping to start riding to work a couple of times a week. “I can actually get to Miamisburg from here now,” he said of the recently opened trail section. “We’ve got a few commuter customers who use the bike path, but not as many as you would hope,” said Tipp Cyclery’s Ezio Miconi, who stressed the benefits of riding to work. “If you just commute

Work on a final section of the Great Miami River Recreational Trail is under way this spring, connecting the trail’s end at Lytle Road to a completed section of trail at Eldean Road. The $250,000 funding for the section came from the Paul Duke Foundation. The new section passes by the former site of the Duke nursery, where the Chemlawn Corp. got its start, and the path will include a memorial rest area that will provide a timeline of the company’s history. From Eldean Road, the path is completed about 2 miles north to near Peterson Road, and south from Piqua to Peterson. A bridge over the Great Miami River to connect the two sections has been delayed until 2013 by environmental concerns. Backroads have been marked for distance riders interested in riding from where the Piqua’s Linear Trail ends at Troy-Sidney Road to Champaign County. Roads also have been marked from Piqua to Covington.

twice a week, the savings in the miles on the car and the fuel savings are substantial,” he said.

Simple safety tips can help make riding significantly safer The owners of Tipp Cyclery in Tipp City say while riders feel safer on bike paths than on roadways, paved trails do come with their own challenges. “There are risks on bike paths that people don’t realize, they feel safe there,” Ezio Miconi said. “But there are a lot of inexperienced

riders on the bike path, a lot of kids, a lot of dogs, a lot of people with ear buds in. “So there are actually a whole other host of hazards that people don’t realize,” he said. “It’s safe, but we see accidents all the time,” Carol Miconi agreed. The Miconis said those

riding the bike trails should know and follow the posted rules, but because there always will be others on the path who don’t know the rules, riders should expect the unexpected. “If you’re going to ride a bike on the bike path, you have to be prepared for that and account for that,” Ezio

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Miconi said. A helmet also is a good idea, he said. “We’re not helmet nazis here, we’re pro-choice on helmets. But we’ve seen enough people who have fallen and cracked helmets to where it just makes really good sense to wear a helmet all the time,” he said.

New name, logo for public health BY JIM DAVIS Ohio Community Media The name has changed, but officials at the newlydubbed Miami County Public Health ensure county residents that the department’s dedication to promoting a healthy community won’t waver. Formerly known as the Miami County Health District, the department adopted a new, stylized logo Feb. 1, in addition to implementing n e w phone and fax n u m bers. “ I t really is kind of a COOK way to identify us,” Miami County Health Commissioner Chris Cook said of the new logo, explaining how the name change was timed to coincide with a nationwide movement to raise awareness about local health departments. “The national push by NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials) was to create a national identity to help people — no matter where they’re at.” The new logo helps epitomize the health department’s commitment to “promote a healthier community by enhancing health policies, improving the environment and lifestyle choices, and being the source of information for better health.” Emblazoned with a stylized plus on a three-sided shield, the new logo promotes the three major tenets of public health — prevent, promote and protect. Outlined in blue, the plus is centered on khaki-colored shield — reminiscent of the khaki and blue worn by


Chris Cook embraces his daughter Kennedi while getting a flu shot last year with her twin sister, Preslee, at the Miami County Public Health department.

United States Public Health Service uniformed officers. “One of the things we’re doing with the logo is we have a couple of company cars with magnetic logos on them, and we received a small grant to provide some shirts and fleece’s with the logo on them, too, so we’re starting slow.” So far, Cook said the phone number change doesn’t appear to have caused any problems. “We haven’t had any complaints at all,” he said. “The phones have been ringing just as they normally would, and we have a lot of people See PUBLIC HEALTH on 60

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Wellness clinic up and running NATALIE KNOTH Ohio Community Media Miami County’s first and only clinic specifically for reproductive health — funded by a $55,000 Ohio Department of Health grant – has served about 40 patients since its opening in December. The Reproductive Health & Wellness Clinic, 510 W. Water St., has been successful in providing care based on a sliding pay scale, but Miami County Health Commissioner Chris Cook noted that donations are needed to expand the hours of operation and enhance the clinic, particularly the waiting room. “We have one common waiting room, and we don’t have a good place for educational materials or toys for kids to play with,” Cook said. The room — shared with the Wellness Center’s other two clinics, Prenatal and Well Child — also needs a new coat of paint and places to display health brochures. The clinic particularly serves lowincome, under-insured and uninsured people in Miami County, though the program is open to people of all financial standing across the area. Explained Deb French, director of nursing: “Maybe their bill is $200, but according to the sliding pay scale, they

MORE INFO • Percentage of adults in Miami County with no health-care coverage: 14.6 • Percentage of adults nationally with no health-care coverage: 12.1 • Percentage of women in Miami County who have had a pap smear in the last three years: 70 • Percentage of women nationally who have had a pap smear in the last three years: 83

pay 50 percent. So it’s $100.” Those with private insurance also are welcome at the center. Services include pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams and screenings for cervical cancer, HPV, HIV and other STDs. HPV vaccinations and a variety of contraceptives are offered at the clinic as well. “The purpose of the Reproductive Health & Wellness Clinic is to promote healthy lifestyles and provide a place to be cared for and establish a reproductive life plan,” Cook said. “We ensure people are physically, emotionally and financially ready to have children.” Walk-in pregnancy testing is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as walk-in HIV testing from 1-3 p.m. Thursday. Appointments must be made for the clinic, which is in operation from 8 a.m.

to noon Wednesday for women only and Thursday for both sexes. A social worker is on hand for preliminary counseling. Referrals are then made to centers specific to the need, such as alcoholism or domestic violence. “We want it to be convenient and to be able to help people get all the services they need,” Cook said. Under grant guidelines, the clinic does not perform abortions or offer abortion counseling. The client employs one osteopathic physician, a medical doctor, two registered nurses and a licensed social worker. The city of Piqua Health Department is partnering with Miami County Public Health to offer financial support and advertising. For more information, contact the Reproductive Health & Wellness Clinic at 573-3505.

Public Health • CONTINUED FROM 59 who have our fax number already programmed.” Cook said he doesn’t think it will take long for the general public to embrace the new name. “Everyone has a job to do, and we go about our day-in and day-out with humble dedication to serve all of the citizens of Miami County,” he said. “I hope that over time, the public will come to recognize Public Health in the same way that it recognizes police, fire, EMS and other services that protect and respond to meet the community’s health and safety needs.” Located at 510 W. Water St. in Troy, the Miami County Public Health Office can be contacted by phone at 573-3500; by fax at 573-3501, or by email at For information about Miami County Public Health or any of its services, visit online at


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St. John’s Preschool teacher Melissa Stanley helps students including Carson Smith, left, Gabriel Cole and Hailey Lightner pick out two books during a visit by the new Miami County Public Library Bookmobile. For information about the Bookmobile, visit online at

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Church association plans busy year BY LAURA WILLIS For Ohio Community Media PIQUA — The Piqua Association of Churches (PAC) has plans under way for 2012 community events. Serving dozens of churches, the association, according to their website, is a “group of individuals made up of pastors and lay members from all denominations.” “Our goal is to witness to the community about Jesus Christ,” said Jeanne Martin, secretary of PAC. “This our way to all still come together and share this witness to the community.” This year the Piqua Association of Churches is excited to announce the continuation of their support for the Gospel Fest performances at the Miami County Fair. “We enjoy supporting the Gospel Fest,” Martin said. “They bring in local talent and


put on a concert that is for enjoyment and family fun.” Martin mentioned that last year was the first year that the Gospel Fest filled interim concert spots with church worship teams. “Everyone really seemed to like that,” she said. “And it really worked well last year.” This year marks the fourth year for gospel music at the fair. The Gospel Fest is to be held Aug. 12. Nearing the end of summer, PAC will again host the Church Fair for area churches on Aug 24-25. The fair, which provides local churches the opportunity to share their mission statements, information booths, and wholesome entertainment, will be held at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. “For entertainment, we hope to provide Christian movie showings this year,” Martin said.

The movies would be modern films in the Christian genre and would be shown in the mall’s community room. Those who attend the church fair also will have the opportunity to hear gospel soloists, choirs or worship teams from local organizations. “The music here is another way for us to come together,” Martin said. The singers will perform in the food court, where the booths will also be. Booths at the church fair display mission statements, information, and representatives from the local churches. The PAC hopes to contribute to the community by participating in several outreaches in the community. “We also helped start and definitely support the Piqua Compassion Network,” said Martin, referencing this resource where people can go

and get assistance with finances or food. “They also have classes to help teach people how to get out of poverty, and have been able to help with job seeking,” she said. “They helped them on how to write a resume, and do an interview” The Piqua Association of Churches also participates in numerous service projects throughout the year including the PAC-run cold shelter, providing weekend “Munch Bunch” snacks for local elementary students, with assisting the Bethany Center, and helping plan the Piqua Community Good Friday service each spring. “We just really hope to come together with our community,” Martin said. “It’s about sharing.” PAC meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information on PAC, visit



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Fort Rowdy Gathering endures Special events mark festival’s 20th year BY TOM MILLHOUSE Ohio Community Media COVINGTON — When organizers begin planning the first Fort Rowdy Gathering there were naysayers who thought the celebration of Covington’s early heritage would never make a go of it. With planning under way for the 20th Fort Rowdy Gathering, its evident the doubters have been proven wrong. ‘We were told by a lot of people that it was never going to get off the ground,” said Annette Miller, chair of this year’s Fort Rowdy Gathering. “It’s a big joke among our group.” In keeping with the 20th anniversary, the organizing committee has plans for some special events for this year’s Fort Rowdy Gathering, which is set for Oct. 6-7 at the Covington Community Park on Broadway (U.S. 36.) Miller said plans call for a major Christian music group, Big Daddy Weave, to perform Saturday night of the festival. “This is a group that if you were going to see them perform it would cost $15 to $30 a ticket and people will be able to see them (at the Gathering) for free,” Miller said. Another event added for this year is a car show, which will take place on Saturday of the Fort Rowdy Gathering. Entertainment is always a popular draw for the Fort Rowdy Gathering and this year will be no exception. In addition to Big Daddy Weave, other Saturday performers will include Rock A


Jeff Montgomery of Fletcher uses a blow pipe to keep a wood fire going at the 2011 Fort Rowdy Gathering in Covington. Valley, Night Flyer and The Mule Skinners. Sunday’s entertainment lineup includes Lonesome Strangers, Dark Hollow, Rum River Blend. Ramblin’ Rovers and Rock Island Plow Company. Saturday’s schedule of events includes the annual

Fort Rowdy Gathering Parade and an auction. Another fixture at the celebration is the Sunday church service. As in the past, a 209-foot portable bridge will connect the pre-1840s encampment to the Covington Community Park. Visitors to

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the encampment can watch hawk, knife and spear throw competitions, as well as bow shoot, canoe race, lizard pull, cooking contest and a rolling pin and skillet toss. There will be games and contests for children. The Fort Rowdy Gathering also will feature country crafts.


APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST 1624 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Pastor Charles A. Carnes Sun. — 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11:30 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. service; Tue. — 10 a.m. prayer; Thu. — 7 p.m. mid-week worship service. OPEN ARMS APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST 4075 S. Tipp Cowlesville Road, Tipp City Pastor Bob Bell Sun. — 10 a.m., Sunday school/worship; 6 p.m., worship; Wed. — Midweek service, 7 p.m. TROY APOSTOLIC TEMPLE 625 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Pastor Richard A. Workman Sun. — 10 a.m. Sunday school, 6 p.m. Sunday celebration; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study. ASSEMBLY OF GOD VICTORY ASSEMBLY OF GOD 4645 S. County Road 25-A Phone: 667-0763 Sun. — 10 a.m. Sunday morning meet and greet with coffee and snacks, 10:30 a.m. morning service; Wed. — 7 p.m. Missionettes, Royal Rangers, adult Bible study. ABUNDANT LIFE ASSEMBLY OF GOD 661 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Phone: 339-4769 Pastor Nathan Bacorn Sun. — 10:15 a.m. Worship. BAPTIST CALVARY BAPTIST 1045 Monroe Concord Road Phone: 335-3686 Pastor Jason Barclay Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. Sunday night service; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer meeting. CENTRAL BAPTIST 115 Staunton, Piqua Pastor Randy Satchwell Sun. — 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. service; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer, Bible study and kid’s programs. CHARITY BAPTIST 667-9167 445 Evanston Road, Tipp City Pastor Dan Williams Sun. — 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. service; Wed. — 7 p.m. Kids Club for boys and girls ages 4-12, 7 p.m. adult Bible study and prayer. CORNERSTONE BAPTIST

1879 Staunton Road, Troy 440-6900 Pastor Matt Harbour Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship service; Wed. — 6 p.m. in-home mid-week Bible study (call church for more information) FAVORITE HILL BAPTIST SBC Pastor Phillip Delorme 1601 South St., Piqua 773-6469 Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. Awana. FIRST BAPTIST 53 S. Norwich Road, Troy Phone: 339-3602 Senior Pastor Dale R. Christian Pastor Douglas R. Magin Sun. — 8:30 a.m. Early Worship Services, 9:45 a.m. Sunday school and adult Bible fellowships, 11 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship service, 7:15 p.m Youth TGIF; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. FBC Family Ministry Night; Fri. — 10 a.m. Ladies Bible study. FIRST BAPTIST 8233 W. Covington-Gettysburg Road, Covington Phone: 473-5347 Pastor Jim Thacker Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. service; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer and Bible study. FIRST BAPTIST 6533 Tipp Cowlesville, Tipp City Sun. — 10 a.m. worship celebration, 11:15 a.m. Sunday school, 7 p.m. worship Wed. — 7 p.m. mid-week prayer. FREE BAPTIST 8 S. Main St., Christiansburg Jeff Ferguson Sun. — 11 a.m. worship and children’s church. GRACE BAPTIST 1400 N. Market St., Troy Phone: 339-2019 Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship services, 6 p.m. growth groups and Grace Youth; Wed. — 6:40 p.m. AWANA, 7 p.m. Prayer and Praise. GRACE BAPTIST 2500 St. Rt. 48, Ludlow Falls Phone: (937) 698-4342 Pastor Dale Scott Sun. — 11 a.m. morning service, 10 a.m. Sunday school, 6 p.m. evening service; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study. LAURA FIRST BAPTIST Just Off St. Rt. 571 on Haworth Road Pastor Rick Mowry Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study. LENA BAPTIST 8050 N. Church St., Conover Interim Pastor Ed Sollenberger

Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. Worship service 7 p.m. education prayer meeting. MAIN STREET BAPTIST 11191 W. State Route 571, Laura Pastor Ron Evans Sun. — 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. age group Bible studies; Wed. — 7 p.m. mid-week worship, 7 p.m. children’s hour; Thu. — 8 p.m. men’s prayer encounter. NEW LIFE BAPTIST MINISTRIES 1001 County Road 25-A, Troy 339-2992 Pastor Joseph Baldwin Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday church school, 11 a.m. worship services; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. Prayer meeting and Bible study. PIQUA BAPTIST 1402 W. High St., Piqua 773-4583 Donald Wells, senior pastor; Daniel Helms, director of family ministries Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. morning worship, 5 p.m. Word of Life for children and teens; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible studies for adults and youth, God’s Kids Choir; Young at Heart — third

Thu. of each month; Lydia Circle — third Tue. of each month. SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH 232 S. Wayne St., Piqua Phone: 773-0619 Bishop Ted C. Willis Jr, c/o Pastor Cheryl Willis Sr. Deacon S. Taylor Sun. — 10-10:30 a.m. intercessary prayer, 10:30-11 a.m. prayer and worship, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. worship service; Mon. — 6-8 p.m. men’s meeting; Wed. — 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bible study and prayer service. TROY BAPTIST TEMPLE 691 E. Staunton Road Phone: 339-3207 Pastor David Mulvaine Sun. — 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. morning worship, 6 p.m. evening worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer, ministries for all ages, Frontline Clubs, Teen Youth S.A.L.T., adult Bible study. TROY FREEWILL BAPTIST 2482 S. County Road 25-A Pastor Dwight Stump Sun. — 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. Sunday evening service; Thu. — 7 p.m. evening service.

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CHURCH DIRECTORY Continued from Page 63 UNION BAPTIST 1885 E. Peterson Road Pastor Dale Adkins (937) 335-1045 Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 7 p.m. Service; Wed. — 6:30 p.m., Awana clubs, 7 p.m. adult Bible studies. ZION BAPTIST 711 W. Franklin St., Troy Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship service, first Sunday Baptizing and Holy Communion; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. Bible study, 7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting; Thu. — 6:30 p.m. choir rehearsal. BRETHREN BRADFORD CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 120 W. Oakwood St., Bradford Pastor Dan Scalf Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. service. CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 300 E. Monument, Pleasant Hill Nick Beam, Pastor Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship service. COMMUNITY GRACE BRETHREN 2261 S. Miami St., West Milton Phone: 698-4048 Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. Awana. COVINGTON CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 101 N. Wall St., Covington Pastor Michael Yingst Sun. — 8:30 a.m. Wake Up With God, coffee and juice; 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday school. FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH PLEASANT HILL 210 N. Church St. Corners of Church and Walnut Streets, one block West of Newton Hall. Phone: 676-2802 Pastor Lynn Mercer Sun. — 9 a.m. fellowship, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship celebration; Fri. — 7 p.m. Senior High at The Barn, noon senior luncheon (second Fri. of each month, location varies); Sat. — 7:30 a.m. men’s breakfast (every other Sat., location varies), 7 a.m. Jr. High at the Barn (First and Third Sat.). GETHSEMANE FELLOWSHIP BRETHREN IN CHRIST Corner Rts. 40 & 201, Brandt Pastor Dale McCabe Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school,

10:30 a.m. worship service, 6:30 p.m. services; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. service. GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 7240 S. Peters Road Phone 667-3476 Pastor Daniel Fullen Sun. — 10:30 a.m. worship. HIGHLAND BRETHREN IN CHRIST 7210 S. Jay Road, West Milton (937) 698-3300 Pastor Todd Hammond Sun. —10 a.m. worship and children’s programs. PIQUA CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 525 Boal Ave., Piqua Phone: 773-6342 Pastor Larry Lutz Parsonage phone: 773-0404 Sun. — 9:25 a.m. Sunday worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday school, Bible study, men’s fellowship, women’s fellowship, junior and high school youth group, adults Young of Heart Group. PLEASANT HILL BRETHREN IN CHRIST CHURCH Corner of Hill and Church streets John Weaver, Pastor Accessible for the handicapped Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship service (worship on last Sunday of the month at 10:15 a.m.). TROY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 1431 W. Main St., Troy Pastor Sheila Shumaker Handicapped accessible Nursery care available Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:40 worship service; Mon. — 7 p.m. H.U.G.S. Support Group; Tues. — 7 p.m. Welcome Home AA group; Thurs. — 7 p.m. NAIOU Support Group and choir practice. WEST CHARLESTON CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN

4817 State Route 202, Tipp City Interim Pastor Irv and Nancy Heishman Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. worship service. WEST MILTON CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN 918 S. Miami St., West Milton Pastor Jerry Bowen Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship. CATHOLIC, ROMAN ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC 753 S. Hyatt St., Tipp City The Rev. R. Marc Sherlock Masses — Sat. at 5 p.m.; Sun. at 8 and 10:30 a.m.; Holy Days, Vigil, 7 p.m., Nursery — 10 a.m. Mass.

ST. PATRICK CATHOLIC 409 E. Main St., Troy Fr. James S. Duell Masses — Sat. at 5 p.m.; Sun. at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Holy days at 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Confessions — Sat. at 4-4:30 p.m. ST. TERESA CATHOLIC 6925 W. U.S. Route 36, Covington Phone: 473-2970 Fr. Jim Simons Masses — First and Third Sat. at 5 p.m.; Sun. at 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. TRANSFIGURATION CATHOLIC CHURCH 972 S. Miami St., West Milton Father John MacQuarrie, pastor Masses — Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 7:30 and 10:20 a.m.; Daily Mass: Mon., Wed., Thurs. and Fri. at 8:15 a.m.; Mass:Tues. at noon. Benediction — Thurs. at 7 p.m. Confessions: Sat at 3:30-4:30 p.m. SACRED HEART PARISH 476 N. Scott St., New Carlisle Revs. Michael L. Bidwell and Paul Vieson. Deacon, Robert Kozlowski Sat. — 5 p.m. Mass; Sun. — 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Mass; Mon., Tues., Thu. and Fri. — 8:30 a.m. Mass; Wed. — 9:30 a.m. Mass. CATHOLIC, OTHER ANNUNCIATION NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH OF AMERICA The Rev. Father Norman J. Szylakowski Phone: 339-9249 E-mail: Sun. — 1 p.m. Mass (Holy Eucharist), Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) one-half hour prior to Sunday Mass or by arrangement (meeting at a facility rear classroom of Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy).

a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study. TIPP CITY CHURCH OF CHRIST 6460 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City Minister Robert Vincent Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Bible classes, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship; Tue. — 10 a.m. to noon The Golden Years; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible classes. CHURCH OF GOD BRUSH CREEK CHURCH OF GOD 6370 S. Kessler-Frederick, Tipp City Pastor David Hixon; Phone: 6986327 Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship Service; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study. FULL GOSPEL COMMUNITY CHURCH OF GOD

212 S. Mulberry St., Troy (937) 732-1057 Pastor Al Banister Sunday — 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. morning worship, 6 p.m. night service; Wed. — 7 p.m. night service. NEW HORIZON CHURCH OF GOD MOUNTAIN ASSEMBLY 527 N. Market St., Troy Pastor Joe Hill Sun. — 10 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. youth night/adult Bible study. PLEASANT HILL CHURCH OF GOD Main Street Pastor Scott Deane Sun. — 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday school; Wed. — 7 p.m. evening program for adults and children of all ages. SNYDER ROAD CHURCH OF GOD Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. evening, 6 p.m. youth service; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study, 7 p.m. youth service.

CHURCH OF CHRIST CHURCH OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION 5020 Panhandle Road, Christiansburg 857-9362 Pastor Jeremy Olson Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. fellowship. Wed. — 6:30 p.m. Kids for Christ. MID-COUNTY CHURCH OF CHRIST 1580 N. Dorset Road Minister Ralph Royse Sun. — 9 a.m. Bible classes, 10

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TROY FIRST CHURCH OF GOD 924 Troy-Urbana Road Pastor Michael Calhoun Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. mid-week service. TROY VIEW CHURCH OF GOD 1770 N. County Road 25-A, Troy Pastor Dan Cain Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer, Bible study.

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EPISCOPAL TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy Phone: 335-7747 www.trinity-troy.disohioorg Handicapped accessible. Sun. — 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, 9:15 a.m. Sunday forum, 10:15 a.m. Christian formation for children, last Sunday of month at noon: free community lunch, open to the public; Wed. — 7 p.m. evening prayer. LUTHERAN BRANDT EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN 6870 E. St. Rt. 40, Brandt Phone: 845-0450 Rev. David Jarvis-Schroeder Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Bible Study, 10 a.m. worship. FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH (NALC)

2899 W. Main St., Troy Phone: 335-2323 Pastor Ric Barnes Handicapped accessible and hearing assistance Sunday — 8 a.m. traditional worship celebration, 9:15 a.m. Sunday school classes for everyone, 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship service with communion. FRIEDENS EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN

11038 W. Versailles Road Covington Phone: 526-4849 Interim Pastor Bob Akins Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday worship. GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN 1209 S. Miami St.,West Milton Pastor Melvin Musser Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship. OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN 517 McKinley Ave., Piqua Phone: 778-9325 The Rev. William Ritchie Sun. — 10 a.m. worship service, 11 a.m. Sunday school. Bible Buddies — 23:30 p.m. the second Saturday of each month PEACE OF OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH 1025 Cliffside Drive, New Carlisle Pastor Marc Frey 849-9374 Pre-school 8:30-11 a.m. Mon.-Fri. Sun. — 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:45 a.m. Sunday school.

REDEEMER LUTHERAN, LC-MS County Road 25-A and Mason Road, Sidney Phone: 492-2461 Pastor Ken Castor Sat. — 5:30 p.m. worship Sun. — 9 a.m. worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday school and Bible class. ST. JOHN’S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 200 E. Bridge St.., Covington The Rev. Stephen Nierman, pastor Phone: 473-2170 Sun.— 9 a.m. church service.; Wed. — 7 p.m. choir practice. ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 248 Wood St., Piqua Phone: 773-3284 The Rev. Ronald A. Shreffler Web address: Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Christian education for all ages, 10:30 a.m. worship service. ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City Pastor Steven J. Gellatly Phone: 667-3110 Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. worship; Sat. — 5 p.m. Christian gathering.

temporary worship; Mon., Wed. and Friday — 1:30-3 p.m. First Place Food Pantry. FLETCHER UNITED METHODIST 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher 368-2470 Pastor Andy Perry Sun. — 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; nursery care and children’s church available; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer group. HOFFMAN UNITED METHODIST

201 S. Main St., West Milton Phone: 698-4401 Pastor Justin Williams Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday service. GINGHAMSBURG CHURCH Dr. Michael Slaughter, senior pastor 6759 S. County Road. 25-A, Tipp City Phone: 667-1069 Worship: Sat. — 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sun. — 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. GREENE STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

415 W. Greene St., Piqua Phone: 773-5313 Pastor Lisa Ellison Child care provided Handicapped accessible Sunday — 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services; 9:15 a.m. — church school for all ages McKENDREE UNITED METHODIST One mile south of St. Rt. 41 on Dayton Brandt Road Pastor James Leighty Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship service. POTSDAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 12 S. Main St., P.O. Box 124, Potsdam Phone: 947-1438 Pastor Pamela A. Hitchcock Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship. RICHARDS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 831 McKaig Ave., Troy Phone: 335-8814 Pastor David Richey Choir director Brenda Coleman Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school for adults, 10:30 a.m. worship; Mon.-Thur — 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., free lunch program for community; Wed. — 11:45 a.m. worship service; Thurs. — 1 p.m. Bible study.

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METHODIST BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 2505 E. Loy Road, Piqua The Rev. David C. Ramming Parsonage Office: 335-6596 Sun. — 9 a.m. worship service, 10:15 a.m. Sunday school; Mon — 10 a.m. UMW meeting, bring a sack lunch; Wed. — 67:30 p.m. CTC (end of Season), 7:30 p.m. CTC program. CASSTOWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 102 Center St., Casstown The Rev. David C. Ramming Parsonage Office: 335-6596 Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship service. CHRISTIANSBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Corner of 3rd and Monroe streets, Christiansburg Pastors Bill Davis and Maggie Sykes Sun. — 8:45 a.m. service. FIRST UNITED METHODIST 110 W. Frankllin St., Troy Senior Pastor — Rev. David Leckrone Rev. Mic Mohler, associate pastor Phone: 335-2826 Web site: Sun. — 8:15 and 10:45. a.m. traditional worship services, 9:05 and 10:35 a.m. contemporary worship service, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, nursery care provided for all services, First Kids preschool and extended care, 10:35 a.m. First Place con-

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CHURCH DIRECTORY Continued from Page 65 TIPP CITY UNITED METHODIST 8 W. Main St., Tipp City Phone: 667-2318 Pastor Dan Glover Sun. — 9 a.m. traditional service, 10:30 a.m. contemporary service; 9 and 10:30 a.m. children’s and adult discileship opportunities. Child care available from 9 a.m. to noon. THE FAMILY OF GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua Phone: 773-8232 The Rev. Mike Carnevale, lead pastor Sun. — 8:15 a.m. traditional service, 10 and 11:15 a.m. contemoporary services, 10 a.m. Sunday school for all ages. CHRISTIANSBURG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Grafton Dialton Road, St. Paris Pastor Mark Atterholt Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. service. NAZARENE TIPP CITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE St. Rt. 571 & I-75 Phone: 667-6586 Pastor Bradley Warkentine Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship service, 6 p.m. evening service; Tues. — 8 a.m. Men’s Bible study; Sat. — 711 a.m. youth recreation center. TROY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Pastor Jeff Rollison 1200 Barnhart Road, Troy Corner of W. Market St. and Barnhart Road (937) 339-3117 Sun. — 9:30 a.m. worship service, 11 a.m. in-house education classes, 6 p.m. small groups in homes; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. adult Bible study; Sat. — 9 a.m. Men’s Bible study. WEST MILTON CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 151 W. Baker Road, West Milton Pastor Charles W. Meinecke Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. morning worship, 6 p.m. Sunday Night Ministries;Wed. — 7 p.m. Kids’ Club, Teens Get Together, adult Bible study. PRESBYTERIAN COVINGTON PRESBYTERIAN 30 North Pearl St. (937) 473-5263 Pastor Greg Krutz Sunday — 10 a.m. worship service with children’s service. FIRST PRESBYTERIAN 20 S.Walnut St., Troy Dr. Richard B. Culp, pastor Sun. — 8:30 a.m. chapel woship serv-

ice, 9:15 a.m. Chancel choir rehearsal, 9:30 a.m. church school for youth and adults, 9:45 a.m. new member class, 11 a.m. sanctuary service, 5 p.m. new member class and PYC meeting, 6 p.m. new member dinner with session; Mon. — 9:30 a.m. Serendipity Bible Study, 7 p.m. Prayer Shawl meeting;Tues. — 6 p.m. exercise class, 7 p.m. bicentennial meeting and Stephen Ministry;Wed. — noon, luncheon for breakfast club volunteers; Thurs. — 9 a.m.Tipp City Coffee Group, 6 p.m. exercise class; 7:30 p.m.Thursday Evening Circle at Merle Neumanns; Sat. — Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Sun. — 10:30 a.m. worship, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school for junior and senior high, 1111:30 a.m. Sunday school for 2 year olds through sixth grade; Mon. — 7 p.m. Shawl Ministry meeting. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COVINGTON UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 115 Pearl St. Pastor Rev. Howard Storm Sun. — 9:30 a.m. worship, 11 a.m. Sunday school. Handicap accessible, nursery available. FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 120 S. Market St., Troy Sat. — 5 p.m. worship (chapel); Sun. — 8:45 a.m. breakfast, 9:15 a.m. adult Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship; Mon. — 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. GED;Tues. — 5 p.m. Circles of Hope, 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts;Wed. — 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. GED, 6:30 p.m.WOW for Kids; Thurs. — 6:30 p.m. Girl Scouts, 7 p.m. choir rehearsal; Sat. — 5 p.m. worship (chapel). LOSTCREEK UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 7007 Troy-Urbana Road, Casstown Pastor Jason Egbert (937) 857-9638 Sun.— 9 Bible study, 10 a.m. Sunday worship and children’s Sunday school. NASHVILLE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 4540 W. State Route 571, West Milton, corner of State Route 571 and Wheelock Road. 698-5867 or (937) 541-1041 Rev. Lynn Labs Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship service. PLEASANT HILL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 10 W. Monument St. Pastor Craig Showalter Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school; 10 a.m.Worship service ST. JOHN’S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 130 S.Walnut St., Troy 335-2028 The Rev. Dr. Keith Wagner Handicapped accessible, nursery available Sun. — 9:15 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship. PIQUA CONGREGATIONAL CHRISTIAN UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

421 Broadway, Piqua Pastor William Hewitt Sun. — 9:30 a.m. adult Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 4 p.m. Chells. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 108 S. Main St., West Milton Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:40 a.m. church. UNITED PENTECOSTAL SAFE HARBOR MINISTRIES 2464 Peters Road, Troy Phone: 773-1096 Pastor SimonYoung Sun. — 11 a.m. celebration service and Kidz Church;Thu. — 7 p.m. Christian development. OTHERS ALCONY GRACE 1045 S. Alcony Conover Road Pastor Stephen Marcum Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. youth fellowship, first and third Sun., 7 p.m. Sunday evening service; Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer meeting. BAHA’I FAITH Please contact 669-7962. BIBLE MISSIONARY 1003 E. Canal St. Pastor Robert Lewis Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship, 7 p.m. worship;Wed. — 7 p.m. prayer meeting. CALVARY BIBLE CHURCH NON-DENOMINATIONAL Corner of St. Rt. 571 and Red RiverWest Grove Road Phone: 676-3535 Pastor Bill Cornett Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. morning worship, 6 p.m. evening service, 6 p.m. Patch Club — three years through grade six. CELEBRATION OF LIFE 4100 Benfield Dr., Kettering, Phone: 298-1376 The Rev. Eunice Chalfant Sun. services: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. — child care available at both services, junior church available at 11 a.m. service only. Music: Kenny Rice of the Hathaways. CENTER FRIENDS 8550 W. St. Rt. 571, W. Milton Pastor, Kerry Baker Phone: 698-3114 Church Phone: 698-5964 Parsonage Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. worship. Nursery provided.

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Meeting at the Troy Rec Center, 11 N. Market St., Troy — Pastor Tim Kinder (937) 216-6384 Sunday — 10:30 a.m. worship. CHRIST LIGHT UNITY PRAYER CIRCLE Baird Family Center 527 N. Market St., Troy Pastor Lisa Davis Sun. — 7 p.m. Services. CHRIST MISSIONARY FREEDOM 602 W. Main St. Pastor Tom Holley 332-8018 Sun.— 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship, 5 p.m. youth, 5 p.m. new comers;Wed. — 7 p.m. service. CHRISTIAN CHAPEL Pastor Jessie Tipton Ginghamsburg Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship, 6:30 p.m. service. CHRISTIAN FAMILY FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY 1575 W. State Route 571, Tipp City Minister John F. Shroyer Sun. — 10:30 a.m. morning fellowship, children’s fellowship;Wed. — 7:30 p.m. Bible study. CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER PIQUA

Cinemark Miami Valley Cinemas 1020 Garbry Road Piqua, OH 45356 (937) 381-9753 Pastor James Oldham Sunday — 10 a.m. worship service CHURCH OF JESUS 421 Wood St., Piqua Pastor Brian T. Hamilton — 773-4004 Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m., worship service Wed. — 6:30 p.m. Prayer; 7 p.m. Bible study. COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH 1427 W. Main St., Tipp City 667-2710 — Pastor Jeff Seekins Pastor Tim Board, associate Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. worship service; nursery and children’s programs throughout the morning; Wednesday — 6:30 p.m. family night service for kids, teens and adults. LUDLOW FALLS CHRISTIAN CHURCH Corner of Oak and Vine St. Ludlow Falls Phone: 698-3823 The Rev. Jerry Collins Sun. — 9:15 a.m. morning worship. COVE SPRING CHURCH 5705 E.Walnut Grove Road Pastor Evan Garber Sun. — 9:30 a.m. church school, 10:30 a.m. worship hour.

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CHURCH DIRECTORY Continued from Page 66 COURTS OF PRAISE Open Bible Church 410 N. Elm St., Troy Pastor Joshua Pierce Sunday — 10 a.m. services; Wed. — 6 p.m. Life groups. FRIENDSHIP COMMUNITY CHURCH

5850 N. State Route 41, Covington 473-2128 Pastor Eugene Oburn Sunday — 9:30 a.m. morning worship, 10:50 Bible study; Mon. — 6:30 p.m. AWANA; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. TRUTH GRACE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER 1477 S. Market St., Troy, next to Fat Boyz Pizza and Yuppie Puppie Pastor, Elder Howard Collier Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 11 a.m. Sunday morning worship; Tues. — 6 a.m. prayer; Wed. — 6 p.m. prayer, 7 p.m. Bible study. HOPE BIBLE CHURCH Staunton Grange

1530 N. Market St., Troy Pastors Jeff Ludden and Steve Zimbelman 335-2754 Sunday — 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Sunday service; Thurs. — 7 p.m. service. TRUE LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH Worship center — 1375 State Route 55, corner of Dorset and State Route 55 Admnistrative office — Stouder Center, 1100 Wayne St., Suite 1112 (937) 332-0041 Pastor Chris Daum Sunday — 10:30 a.m. worship. HERITAGE TEMPLE Pastor Rod Dysinger Phone: 381-5186 Contact information: e-mail to or visit the Web site at KOINOS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP 722 Grant St., Troy Pastor Johnathan Newman Sun. — 10:30 a.m. worship celebration. LAURA CHRISTIAN Pastor Curtis F. Duncan Sun. — 9:30 a.m. service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday school. Nursery provided. LIGHTHOUSE HOLINESS CHAPEL Affiliated with Wesleyan Holiness Association of Churches 213 E. Water St., Troy Phone: (574) 601-7758

Justin N. Jessup, pastor Sun. — 10 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship, 6 p.m. evening worship; Wed. – 7 p.m. worship, midweek prayer meeting. LIVING HOPE WORSHIP CENTER 200 S. Monroe St. Pastor Linda Spicer Sun. service, 10:30 a.m.; Wed. service, 6:30 p.m. NEW CARLISLE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST 501 Dayton-Lakeview Road Elder Willis Adams Sat. — 9:15 a.m. worship, 10:30 a.m. Sabbath school. SKYVIEW WESLEYAN 6995 S. Peters Road, Tipp City Pastor John Hughes, Sun. — 10:30 a.m. worship service, nursery provided; Wed — 6:30 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Bible study. SPIRIT LIFE CHURCH 8527 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua Pastor Ken VanHoose Sunday — 10:30 a.m. worship services. ST. JAMES COMMUNITY 702 Sherman Ave. Pastor Vickie L. Evans Sun. — 9 a.m. Sunday school; 10 a.m. celebration; Wed. — 6 p.m. Bible study. STILLWATER COMMUNITY 7900 W. Sugar Grove Road, Covington Pastor Ralph Schaafsma Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. morning worship; Wed. — 6:30 p.m. AWANA Club, Cubbies: Preschool Sparks: K-2nd grades, Truth & Training: 3rd -6th grades, Junior Varsity: 7th-9th grades COVENANT AT SUGAR GROVE Temporarily meeting at the Vandalia Rec Center, 1111 Stonequarry Road Vandalia (937) 999-8166 Pastor Larry Sneed Sun. — 9:45 a.m. morning worship and children’s classes. SYNAGOGUE ANSHE EMETH Monthly worship services; for dates or more information call 547-0092. THE CHRISTIAN WORSHIP CENTER One mile north of Christiansburg 3537 S. Elm Tree Road Cell Phone: 360-6046 or Home Phone: 788-2710 Pastor Jim Fannin Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship, 7 p.m. service; Wed — 6:30 p.m. teens. THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS 475 W. Loy Road

Phone: 773-3392 Grant Armstrong, bishop, 339-7509 Sun. — 9-10:15 a.m. Sacrament meeting, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Sunday school, 11:15 a.m.-noon Priesthood meeting, Relief Society; Mon. — Family home evening; Wed. — 7 p.m. young women and young men activity night. THE LIVING WORD FELLOWSHIP CENTER 947 North Market St. Pastors Gilbert and Phyllis Welbaum Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, 10:45 a.m. worship; Wed. — 7 p.m. Bible study, youth fellowship. TROY CHRISTIAN CHURCH 1440 E. State Route 55 Pat McWhorter, Children’s Minister Caleb Christman, Student Minister Rob Campbell, Worship Minister Sun. — 9:30 and 10:50 a.m. worship, children’s programs at both services. Call 335-8731 about adult small groups and teen cell groups. TROY GOSPEL TABERNACLE Long and Ellis streets Pastor Erv Holland Sun. — 9:30 a.m. Sunday school,

10:30 a.m. morning worship, Sunday evening services 6 p.m.; Wed. — 7 p.m. Prayer meeting at Bible Study. UPPER ROOM WORSHIP CENTER 203 N. 4th St., Tipp City Phone: 667-5585 Senior Pastor Greg Simmons Sun. — 11 a.m. Sunday worship celebration, followed by adult, youth and children’s ministries; Friday — 7 p.m. Celebrate Recovery, 12-step Christian program for hurts, habits and hang-ups. Various small groups meet throughout the week UPPER VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH 1400 Seidel Parkway, Piqua (937) 778-8822 E-mail: Web site: Sunday celebrations at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. WEST MILTON FRIENDS 47 N. Main St. Pastor Kerry Baker Phone: 698-2846 or 698-4549 Sun.— 9:30-10:30 a.m. worship.

Family Care with a Family Touch

Phone: (937) 440-7663 Fax: (937) 335-0095 3232 N. Co. Rd. 25A Troy, Ohio 45373

• Admissions Accepted 7 days a week • Respite Care • Skilled Nursing Care • Memory Care Unit • Rehabilitation Services • Hospice Alliance 2280467

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2012 Accountants/ Automotive Certified Public Care continued

Banks continued

Nolan, Giere & Company

Unity National Bank

206 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3118

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


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

Erwin Chrysler Dodge Jeep

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

Laurie’s Flooring & Window Fashions


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

2775 S. County Road 25A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-5696

Piqua Battery


3130 N. Dixie Ste. 14 Troy, Ohio 45373 937-308-7000

Banks Greenville National Bank

Jay & Mary’s Bookstore

Automotive Care

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

Audiology Upper Valley Hearing & Balance

Dick Lumpkin’s Auto Body 150 RM Davis Parkway Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-9792

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

Carpet/ Flooring continued

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

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

MainSource Bank

635 S. Market Street, Troy Carpet/ 927 N. Market Street, Troy Flooring 1580 W. Main Street, Troy 937-339-5000 Carpet House 126 W. High Street, Piqua 5300 West US Route 36 937-778-2888 Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-9505

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105 W. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-8800

Wholesale Carpet Outlet

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

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

Chiropractor Backs-R-Us LLC 1555 Covington Avenue, Suite A Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-615-111

Churches Central Baptist Church 115 Staunton Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-0980 Community Bible Church 1427 W. Main Street Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-667-2710

Churches continued Troy Church of the Nazarene W. St. Rt. 55 & Barnhart Road Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3117

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


First Baptist Church 53 S. Norwich Road Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3602

Ashley’s Boutique

Mark Bentley DDS Charles Stevens DDS Julie Jones DDS

First United Methodist Church 110 W. Franklin Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2826

Collision Repair Dick Lumpkin’s Auto Body

150 RM Davis Parkway Piqua, Ohio 45356 Ginghamsburg Church 937-778-9792

6759 S. Co. Rd. 25A Tipp City, Ohio 45371 937-667-1069 Nashville United Church of Christ 4540 W. St. Rt. 571 West Milton, Ohio 45383 937-698-5867 St. Paul’s Evangelical & Reformed Church 500 N. Downing Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-5151

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

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

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

Upper Valley JVS

8811 Career Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 Excellence in Dentistry 937-778-1980

Clothing & Apparel 120 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 419-733-3863

Education continued

1523 N. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-4630

Farm Equipment Apple Farm Service

10120 W. Versailles Road Towne Park Dentistry Covington, Ohio 45318 Dr. Brian Harju, DMD 937-526-4851 19161 Kentner Road 1845 Towne Park Drive Botkins, Ohio Troy, Ohio 45373 937-693-3848 937-339-5782


Financial Services

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

Benefits Analysis 101 W. Water Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-5751

Lehman High School 2400 St. Mary’s Road Sidney, Ohio 45365 937-498-1161

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hearing & Balance

Home Décor/Interior Decorating


David Fair & Co. Interiors

1106 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-4119

303 Public Square SE Troy, Ohio 45373 937-440-8232

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

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

Hospice Care Hospice of Miami County 1100 Wayne Ave. Suite 3400 Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-5191

Hospitals UVMC

Koverman Dickerson Insurance

Koverman Dickerson Insurance 16 East Wright Street Covington, Ohio 45318 937-473-0330

Jeweler continued Hittles Jewelry 106 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3210

William & Boss Jewelers 217 Public Square SE Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-6755

Koverman Bayman Dickerson Insurance


100 N. Sunset Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-8652

Ohio Vision LLC

Reed Mote Staley Insurance Inc.

915 W. Michigan Street Sidney, Ohio 45365 1-800-492-8040

500 N. Wayne Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-1734



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

Key II Security & Investigation, Inc.

Mark Knupp Muffler and Tire

110 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-8530

Nursing Home/Assisted Living

Upper Valley Hearing & Balance

Troy, 937-440-4000


Heartland of Piqua

3130 N. Dixie Ste. 14 Troy, Ohio 45373 937-308-7000


Elizabeth Diamond Company

275 Kienle Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-9346

Goodrich Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-3811 937-615-9031

1928 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-552-9696

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

Office Supplies

Restaurant/ Schools Food continued continued

Sports Apparel

El Sombrero Mexican Family Restaurant

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

Troy, 937-440-4000

1700 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-2100 Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-778-2100

401 SW Public Square Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-1618


K’s Hamburgers

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

Physicians UVMC

Waterstone Pottery and Ceramic 211 E. Water Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-339-6772

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

Restaurant/ Food Beppo Uno Pizzeria & Trattoria 414 W. Water Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-6482

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

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

Senior Care

Troy Sports Center

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


Comfort Keepers

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

Submarine House 14 N. Market Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-6479

Schools Edison State

314 N. Wayne Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-3333

Heartland of Piqua 275 Kienle Drive Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-9346

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

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

Specialty Gift Shop

Lehman High School

For All Seasons

2400 St. Mary’s Road Sidney, Ohio 45365 937-498-1161

Miami Acres Animal Hospital 531 N. County Road 25-A Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-2444

Troy Animal Hospital 34 S. Weston Road Troy, Ohio 45373 937-335-8387

Vision Ohio Vision LLC 915 W. Michigan Street Sidney, Ohio 45365 1-800-492-8040

2 W. Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373 937-875-2599

Piqua City Schools 719 E. Ash Street Piqua, Ohio 45356 937-773-4321 Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call • May 2012 Community Guide • 71

Thank You Miami County For Making Us Number One In Piqua.

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