Community briefs


Home history program planned

TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe Historical Society is sponsoring a program on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., titled “House Genealogy: A Resource Guide to Your Home’s History.”

The program will be presented by Dana Bogart Cress, a member of the AmeriCorps/Ohio History Service Corps, who will show how to research the history of a home. She has a Master’s Degree in history.

The program is free and open to any interested parties. It will take place at the Tipp City Government Center at 260 S. Garber Dr. in Tipp City. For further information call (937)698-6798.

Run for the Mums set for Sept. 23

TIPP CITY — The 39th annual Run for the Mums, a 5K road race, will begin at 8 A.M., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Tipp City Park, located at the corner of North Third Street & Park.

If pre-registered by Sept. 15, runners will receive a TMCS Run for the Mums t-shirt.

Registration will remain open until the start of the race. Pre-event packet and t-shirt pickups are set for Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Thursday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the TMCS office, 3 E. Main St.

Proceeds from the race will be used to support youth programs.

WACO Fly-In coming to Troy

TROY — The annual WACO Vintage Fly-In returns to Troy the weekend of Sept. 15-17. The event begins at 9 a.m. each days and will feature rides, exhibits, the parade of WACO aircraft, candy drop, auction and more.

Adults get in daily for $6, or get a weekend pass for $10; student prices are $3 for one day or $6 for a weekend pass. Children under 6 get in free.

Historic WACO Airfield and Museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25-A in Troy. For more information, call (937) 335-9226 or visit www.wacoairmuseum.org.

Milkweed pods to be collected

TROY — The milkweed annual pod collecting will get underway soon.

Pods can be dropped off at the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District, 1330 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Those who plan to bring pods are asked to wait until the turn yellowish brown and then start checking the inside of the pods. If the seeds are dark brown, then the pod is ready for harvesting.

The iconic monarch butterfly, which has long been a welcome sight in backyard gardens across Ohio, faces many threats. In Ohio, one way we can ensure future generations of monarch butterflies continue to visit flower gardens throughout our state is by protecting native milkweed plants.

As butterflies, monarchs can feed on the nectar of a number of different flowering plants, but as caterpillars, monarchs are entirely dependent on the availability of milkweed.

Monarch caterpillars hatch from eggs laid on milkweed plants and feed on the leaves of the plant as they grow. If these plants are mowed, removed, or sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, the caterpillars will not survive. Protecting these plants, especially during the egg-laying period from July through September, helps both monarch butterflies and caterpillars continue their life cycle and ultimately results in more monarch butterflies that can complete their journey to Mexico and back.

In the past, milkweed was viewed as a toxic weed. Today, we know that milkweed is a very important group of native plants that helps support many species of wildlife, including monarch butterflies. Learn more about ways you can help ensure these beautiful butterflies are around for generations to come by visiting the Monarch Joint Venture.

For more information, contact Linda at 335-7645.

YMCA offers adult sports leagues

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is taking registrations for upcoming adult basketball and corporate basketball leagues.

The men’s fall basketball league takes place at both the Piqua and Robinson branches on Tuesday evenings beginning Oct. 3. Registration goes through Sept. 17.

The corporate basketball league takes place on Sunday afternoons at the Piqua branch. Corporations for basketball can enter a full team, or may combine with another corporation. This league begins on Nov. 12 with registrations through Oct. 29.

For more information or to register, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or j.hull@miamicountyymca.net.

Flight ground school offered

TROY — If the dream of obtaining your pilot license is on your bucket list, WACO’s Flight Ground School can help achieve it.

The fall class is now forming, but must have a minimum of four class participants. Ground school will be taught in 11 class sessions on Wednesday nights at WACO Air Museum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit www.wacoairmuseum.org, under the Learning Center tab, for more information, including fees and materials.

Call WACO at 335-9226 for any questions. Registration deadline is Sept. 13.

Pete Demers will be the instructor for the ground school. He brings a wealth of experience in aviation education that spans the last 15 years. Pete has more than 4,000 flight hours as a flight instructor, has managed an FAA approved Part 141 Flight School as chief flight instructor, served as plot and company flight instructor for a part 135 charter operator in the Piper Navajo/Chieftain, and was selected as the FAA’s Flight Instructor of the Year for the Southern Region in 2013.

Demers is an instructor for PSA and also serves as a volunteer at the WACO Museum.