Community briefs

Adult coloring program begins

WEST MILTON — There will be an adult coloring program at the Milton-Union Public Library every Wednesday until March 15 at 6:30 p.m. Ages 16 and up are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee, cocoa, or tea while coloring your cares away. Beverages, coloring pages, markers, and pencils will be provided.

For more information about this or other programs, call (937) 698-5515 or visit

Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TMCS offers youth classes

TIPP CITY — Tipp Monroe Community Services is offering several programs for youth in January and February. They include:

• ACT Test Preparation Class: This six hour seminar will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, at Tipp Middle School. Information will help students maximize their scores by covering test format and structure, content appearing on the test, and ACT-specific testing and time management strategies. Pre-registration is required.

• Basic Sewing: This is a four week hands on sewing class where students will be shown the operation of their sewing machine, learn sewing terms and make sewing samples. Class begins on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and preregistration is required.

• Guitar and ukulele lessons: Introductory classes to learn basic concepts including rhythm and chording. Classes are six weeks and begin Monday, January 23.

Go to to register or call us at 667-8631. There are many other classes and events offered by Tipp Monroe Community Services.

Get fit with TMCS

TIPP CITY — Was your New Year resolution for 2017 to get healthier? TMCS has some help to get you started:

• Belly Burning Saturday Night: Have a blast and lots of laughs while Beth and Maggie introduce you to belly dancing. Free gift bag, 20 minute massage voucher and a free pass to one fitness class. The event is at the Healing Garden on Saturday, Jan. 28, 6-8 pm.

• Yoga does more than burn calories, it also tones muscles and builds strength. Classes offered by The Healing Garden. Choose from three starting Jan. 23, 25 or 26.

For more information on these or other classes, call (937) 667-8631 or go to to register.

Lecture series continues

TROY — Dr. Robert Bateman, Lt. Col. Ret. USAF will give a lecture entitled “Survival from Ejections” at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. The West Point graduate and former USAF pilot had to parachute from a disabled aircraft twice. Both ejections were over water and he will be discussing these experiences.

Parking and admission are free and open to the public.

Dr. Bateman, a 1957 West Point graduate, had a 20-year career in the Air Force, with more than 4,500 hours in aircraft such as the F-100, F-4D, and F-111. As a flight instructor, he taught in the T-33, T-37, and T-38. He has flown 225 combat missions in the B-57, and has been awarded the Silver Star, DFC with four oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Air Medals. He has earned a master of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and after his retirement, earned a master of arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Dayton. He also holds a doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialty in Human Factors Engineering.

In addition to his Air Force experience as a flight and academic instructor and some time spent as a substitute teacher in public schools, Dr. Bateman has taught college-level undergraduate and graduate students in aviation-related courses in the principles of flight, human factors, physiology, psychology, management, airport operations, spatial disorientation, accident investigation, and safety.

He is a volunteer speaker for the Wright B Flyer as well as a member of the AOPA, Air Force Association, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Order of Daedalians, the Association of Aviation Psychologists, and the University Aviation Association.

The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow.

For more information, call 335-9226 or visit

YMCA offers shooting clinic

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is offering a basketball shooting clinic for youth and teens from K-12 on Jan. 28 at the Robinson Branch, County Road 25-A between Troy and Tipp City.

Professional shooting coach Thom Townsley, promoter for the Indiana Pacers, will lead the clinic. Townsley has more than 25 years of experience performing clinics worldwide and teaching professional practice skills used by both NBA and WNBA players.

The clinic is free for members and youth registered in the winter youth basketball classes/leagues. There will be a $5 fee for all other youth. Clinic times are as follows:

• Kindergarten through second grade — 9-10:20 a.m.

Third and fourth grade — 10:30-11:50 a.m.

Fifth grade and up — Noon and 1:20 p.m.

For more information or to register, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

Miami-Shelby Ostomy Support Group to Meet

TROY — The Miami-Shelby Ostomy Support Group will hold its monthly meeting Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.

The Ostomy Support Group’s meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month except January and July. The meeting will be held in the hospital lower level Conference Room A.

Programs provide information and support to ostomates and their families, and are beneficial to health care professionals as well.

For more information, contact Robin Medrano at (937) 440-4706.