Area briefs

4-H to kick-off at mall

PIQUA — The public is invited to the 4-H kick-off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Miami Valley Centre Mall, in Piqua.

Several 4-H clubs will be available for families to meet and learn more about the 4-H program. Youth will have an opportunity to:

• Engineer a paper flying machine

• Create and take craft projects

• Enjoy a cake decorating demonstration (10:30 a.m.)

• Explore the world of small animals

• Discover kitchen chemistry

• Learn about a 4-H club in their area

• Enjoy games and more

Youth age 5 and in kindergarten, through age 18 as of Jan. 1, 2016, can join 4-H. The Miami County 4-H club enrollment deadline is Friday, March 25.

For more information about this event, or the 4-H program, call (937) 440-3943 or email

Pruning class offered by Master Gardeners

The OSU Miami County Master Gardener program is offering a six week pruning class every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. starting Feb. 17.

Class topics will include tree biology and how it relates to pruning, pruning equipment and care, techniques and pruning for specific landscapes. Students are asked to bring their pruning shears to the Feb. 17 class to learn how to properly sharpen them. The class includes in-class instruction and on-site pruning of shrubs and small trees using a variety of pruning equipment. The class will be taught by Miami county Master Gardener volunteers, including an ISA Certified Arborist.

The classes will meet at the Ohio State Extension office, located on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse, 201 W. Main St., Troy. The cost of the class is $40 for the public and $30 for out-of-county Master Gardener volunteers. Registration can be completed by visiting or calling the Miami County Extension office or mailing a check payable to OSU Extension to the address listed above. Registration is limited and the class fills quickly. The deadline to register is Feb. 12. For more information contact Amanda Bennett at 440-3945 or email Information can also be found by visiting or Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Conferences set at Covington

COVINGTON — Parent/teacher conferences will be held at Covington Schools from 1:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

Parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment through the use of our online scheduler. There is a link to the online scheduler on the district webpage. If you have trouble with the scheduler, or if you do not have access to the Internet, please contact your child’s school.

Covington students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. There will be no school for morning and afternoon half-day kindergarten students on that day as well. Full-day kindergarten students will be in session until 1 p.m.

Covington Schools will not be in session for all students on Friday, Feb. 12 and Monday, Feb. 15.