Community briefs

Trick-or-treat at the library

WEST MILTON – Beggars night in West Milton will be Monday Oct. 31. The Milton-Union Public Library will be having a walk-through haunted cave room filled with staff members dressed as cave bats! Staff will also be passing out candy at the front desk for trick-or-treaters. Stop by during beggars night Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. to see the decorations and get candy.

For more information about this or other programs, call (937) 698-5515 or visit The library is also in need of bubble wrap and padded envelopes for shipping purposes.

TMCS announces “Retire Wisely Class”

TIPP CITY — About 47 percent of Americans ages 56 to 62 could run out of funds to pay for basic retirement expenses if they retire at 65. Will you have enough to retire? Will your retirement income last and are your assets protected? Find out at this seminar presented by Matt Buehrer of Thrivent Financial on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 7-8 p.m. This is a free class but registration is required.

For more information please give us a call at (937) 667-8631 or visit our website at

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.

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 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.

Souper Bowl fundraiser set

TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe Historical Society is holding a Souper Bowl dinner fundraiser at the Zion Lutheran Church on the corner of Third and Walnut streets in downtown Tipp City from 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 5. The cost is $20 per ticket.

This purchases your meal as well as a ceramic bowl made by local artist Sally Watson, which you get to take home with you. The menu is your choice of potato, vegetable and chicken corn soup (the same as what was served at the Little Country Schoolhouse), bread, dessert and drink.

Tickets may be purchased at the Historical Society Museum at 20 N. Third St. on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. or Satursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at Tipp Monroe Community Services, 2 E. Main St., or from a society board member. For more information, call Gordon at 667-3051.

Veterans health fair set

TROY — Miami County Public Health (MCPH) will be hosting a Veterans Day Health Fair on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 10am-3pm for Veterans and widows of Veterans. MCPH has partnered with Miami County Veteran’s Services, Miami County Dental Clinic, Miami County Recovery Council, Miami Valley Honor Flight and Trinity Reiki to offer a variety of services.

It will be held at the Hobart Center for County Government, 510 W. Water St., Troy.

Veterans are encouraged to come to this fair to get questions answered about benefits that may be available to them and how to apply for benefits as well. MCPH will provide flu and pneumonia shots, blood pressure screens, BMI (body mass index) check, hearing and vision screenings, free HIV testing and diabetic foot checks. Trinity Reiki will provide information about the balance of body, mind & spirit and Miami County Dental Clinic will provide dental screens. Miami County Recovery Council and the Miami Valley Honor Flight will both provide briefings to attendees.

There will also be food and refreshments provided during the lunch hour period.

“We are proud to offer this health fair to veterans again this year,” said Miami County Public Health, Health Commissioner Dennis Propes. “The health fair was a great success last year and we are eager to make it another great success this year.”

For more information, contact Miami County Veterans’ Services at (937) 440-8126 or Miami County Public Health at (937) 573-3521.

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

Election Day dinner planned

WEST MILTON — Tuesday, Nov. 8, Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton, will be serving its 133rd Election Day Dinner. The hours are 4:30-7:00 p.m. The menu will include homemade chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, roll, assorted desserts and beverages. Meals are dine in or carry out. The cost is a $7.50 donation.

Please note that there will be no Grandma’s Kitchen on Wednesday, Nov. 9. For further information call 937-698-6039.

Residents, businesses recognized for achievements

TIPP CITY — Nominations are now being accepted for the Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Young Professional of the Year awards presented by the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce. This recognition is awarded annually to businesses and individuals who show a significant, worthwhile contribution to the community.

Businesses nominated must be established for a minimum of three years and be located in Tipp City. Individuals nominated must be residents of Tipp City.

A list of past recipients, 2016 nomination forms and additional information about the award criteria are available at or at the chamber office located at 12 S. 3rd St., Tipp City.

Completed nominations should be received at the Tipp City Chamber by 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The awards will be presented at the chamber’s annual Holiday Gala on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Contact Liz Sonnanstine at 667-8300 or for more information.

Fruit sale underway

WEST MILTON — The Milton Union-MVCTC FFA will be selling Hamlin oranges, Ohio Granny Smith Apples, Ohio Red Delicious Apples, Ohio Gold Delicious Apples, Ohio Fuji Apples, Navel oranges, tangerines, red grapefruit, pears, pineapple, and a mixed fruit bag (includes Gold and Red apples, Navel oranges, red grapefruit and a pineapple).

The fruit is sold in 10 pound bags and 20 pound boxes and 40 pound boxes are available upon request. Amish cheeses and trail bologna, a variety of nuts, barbecue sauce, Jack Links Beef Jerky and Buff-Lo Dip will also be offered.

Milton Union-MVCTC FFA will be selling the fruit from now through Nov. 11 and delivery is estimated to be the first week in December.

Anyone who wants to buy fruit can find an FFA member traveling throughout the community or call Milton-Union schools at (937) 788-7940, Ext. 4202, or by email at

Vendors sought for craft show

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church, West Milton, will hold its annual Craft Show on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 A.M. to 3 p.m. in the activity center.

There are still a few booth spaces available. Reservations continue to be accepted. To reserve a space or for more information, call Jean Sanders at (937) 698-5541.

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.