Community briefs

Rape Awareness Defense Class upcoming

TIPP CITY — The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on self-defense.

This class incorporates muscle memory, repetition, and self-defense skills into a confidence-building, empowering experience. Class will be on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 17 and 18, 24 and 25 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church.

Go to to register or call Tipp Monroe Community Services at 937-667-8631 for more information.

Election storytime planned

WEST MILTON — On Wed., Oct. 19, the Milton-Union Public Library will present a special “Presidential election” storytime. Storytime will begin at 10:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. at the library. Stories, crafts, games and puppet shows are included in the activities for children and their caretakers.

Local expert Bill Coate will be also be offering 30-minute help sessions for those who need help with their computers. These 1-on-1 sessions can cover either software or hardware questions. Call 698-5515 to sign up between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Cemetery cleanup upcoming

MONROE TOWNSHIP — Residents and families are advised that the 2016 annual fall cleanup for Maple Hill Cemetery and all other Monroe Township cemeteries will take place the week of Oct. 30 by cemetery staff.

All decorations that are to be saved must be removed by Oct. 29. Fall items may be put back on gravesites Nov. 6. All artificial arrangements must be in a non-glass vase, hanging devise or a monument saddle. Please permanently mark the deceased name and contact person on the bottom of a saddle so identification can be made if it is blown off the monument.

The cemetery prohibits the placement of landscape rocks around monuments, glass containers, wire, toys and figurines. These are maintenance and safety issues and interfere with mowing and or trimming. These items will be removed.

Haiku poetry contest set

TIPP CITY — Entry forms are available for a haiku poetry contest sponsored by TMCS, Tipp City Area Arts Council and Tipp City Public Library. Forms are available at Tipp Monroe Community Services, Tipp City Public Library and online at

The contest open to children in grades 3-12 and adults. Haiku must have a Winter or Christmas theme.

Nov. 7 is the deadline for haiku submission and prizes will be awarded on Dec. 2. at the Community Band concert at Zion Lutheran Church.

Selected haiku will be displayed at the Christmas in the Village Home Tour and in windows in downtown Tipp City.

More information is available at or

Artists invited to Halloween art show

WEST MILTON — The Miami Street Imaginarium is inviting artists of all ages to participate in a “Creature Feature” themed Halloween art show and exhibition.

Artists may use any medium and create original works of art within the given theme, including 3D art, masks and sculpture, as well as photography and wall art. Submissions must be brought in and ready to display by Thursday, Oct. 20. There is no exhibition fee.

Art will be auctioned off the day of the show and half of the proceeds go toward the community center’s future programming for youth.

No violent images or nudity accepted. Please keep in mind that the community center is a family friendly environment and all artwork does not need to be scary or Halloween themed. This is a fun, free show for all ages. Contact owners Misty or Niccole at (937) 719-1989 for more information.

Highway ramp to close

TIPP CITY — On Oct. 25, ODOT will be closing the south bound entrance ramp from SR 571 to I-75 to make repairs to asphalt at the top of the entrance ramp. The closure will be at mile marker 68 and the closure will be from 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 25 until 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26.

We apologize for the inconvenience during this time and ask for your patience and understanding while construction is underway. Please contact City of Tipp City at 937-667-6305 with any questions about this closure.

Zombies to take over downtown

WEST MILTON — The Imaginarium is hosting West Milton’s First Annual Zombie Walk and Open Music Jam for all ages.

You are invited to come and get zombie makeup done by a professional from 4-6:30 p.m. for only $10 or just dress yourself and come ready for the walk at 7 p.m. The Zombie Walk is free and open to everyone.

The zombies will meet at the public parking lot next to Curry’s Video.

The Open Music Jam will begin around 7:30 p.m. — come to listen or to play. Admission is only $5. The coffee bar will also be open for drinks and refreshments.

Babysitting class offered

TIPP CITY — Would your son or daughter know what to do if the child they were babysitting for had an emergency? Would they know what to do if they were taking care of several children and someone came to the door? Does your child baby sit younger siblings?

Your child will learn the responsibilities of having a job, the rights of a baby sitter, CPR for child and infant, basic first aid, growth and development and appropriate toys and activities for kids. They also learn diaper changing, infant care and how to feed a toddler.

Class is on Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Go to to register or call us at 667-8631. This is one of many classes and events offered by Tipp Monroe Community Services.

Coats being accepted

TROY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office, along with Sunset Cleaners in Troy, will be accepting children’s coats, in good condition, for distribution to needy children in Miami County.

“Operation Cover-Up” is being offered for the 26th year and we hope this year will be as successful as previous years. Coats will be accepted at Troy Sunset Cleaners and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Coats will be distributed at the Miami County Fairgrounds shop and crop building on Saturday, Oct. 29, between 9-11 a.m.

The deadline for coats will be Oct. 24.

Questions can be directed to (937) 440-6078.

Community Services accepting coats

TIPP CITY — TMCS is collecting new and gently used coats. We are accepting coats for all ages but are especially in need of children’s sizes.

In addition we are taking hats, gloves, scarves, thermals and snow suits. Please make sure items are clean and ready to wear.

Drop off at TMCS until Nov. 4. Our office is located at 3 E. Main St. next to the library. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Coat distribution is on Nov. 5 at the Tipp Monroe Community Services Office at 3 E. Main St., Tipp City. If you or your family is in need of a winter coat, gloves, hats or scarves, hours of distribution are 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call TMCS at 667-8631.

AARP seeks volunteers for tax aid

MIAMI COUNTY — Make a difference as a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. Your time and talent will help Ohioans ensure they are maximizing and protecting their tax refunds.

Millions of low- to moderate-income people, especially those 60 and older, need help preparing their taxes. Volunteer for AARP foundation Tax-Aide and make sure they get all the deductions and credits they deserve.

If you are ready to get on your way to becoming an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer do one of the following. Fill out the volunteer form at

Call Tom Beattie at 937-778-0339 or email

Don’t wait, sign up today and with your contribution, skills and talents our sites will be able to remain open and even more people may be assisted with their taxes.

Scholarships available

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Foundation reminds Miami County high school seniors and graduates the deadline for submitting scholarship applications is November 1. The Thelma Ross Dalton Memorial Scholarship is for any resident to further their post-high school education in any accredited college, trade/vocational or nursing/health related facility. Miami County Medical Society Scholarship is awarded to a resident who has been accepted into or currently attending medical school and pursuing an approved course of study to become a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.). Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, fellowships are not considered. The Marjorie Lyons Netzley Scholarship will be awarded to a resident who pursues a health/medical related degree.

The recipient may qualify to renew the scholarship.

The Miami County Foundation administers and distributes scholarships annually. A committee comprised of Miami County Foundation board members and residents will select recipients. Applications for all these scholarships are available online at, high schools or by phoning the Miami County Foundation office at 773-9012.