Community briefs

Library offers events for all ages

WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Public Library has a full schedule of events this summer. They include everything from creative writing for kids to book discussions.

Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to come to a creative writing program Mondays July 10, 17, and 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.. Each week will have a different writing prompt to get kids writing every week this summer. No sign ups are required to attend.

The evening book discussion will meet Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m.. The book for this month is “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.

Vacation Bible School offered

WEST MILTON — Follow Jesus on a life saving adventure, SonQuest Rain Forest Vacation Bible School, at West Milton Church of the Nazarene from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10-14. The event features Bible stories, crafts, games, Dave’s barrel train, songs and snacks.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. The church is located at 151 W. Baker Road, West Milton. Call (937) 698-5782 for more information.

Outdoor Explorers at Tipp City Park

TIPP CITY — Want to send your kids to camp but don’t want them too far from home? Tipp Monroe Community Services is offering Summer Vacation at the Park for children 4-9 years. The theme for July 10-14 is Outdoor Explorers. Campers will explore Tipp City Park, find out what bugs and insects live there and how they fit into the habitat.

There will be visitors from Brukner Nature Center and Linda Raterman from Miami Soil & Water Conversation District to lead the trek. Thrivent Financial will provide pizza for kids and parents on Friday. These programs are held at the Roundhouse at the Tipp City Park from 9 a.m. to noon. To find out more about classes and activities go to or call (937) 667-8631.

Caregiver program set

TROY — Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is offering a new series of Caregiver Connection programs to support home caregivers.

Open to all caregivers, this group serves as a support group and offers a safe place to ask questions and speak openly about the responsibilities, concerns and questions associated with caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. The series is designed to offer:

• A chance to talk with other caregivers, and learn how to handle the challenges of caring for the needs of another person.

• A safe place to ask questions and speak openly about the challenges caregivers face.

• An encouraging and confidential atmosphere.

Anyone responsible for the care of another person or who might be feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of care giving is invited to attend.

“Caregiver Connection” will be held from 2-3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St., Troy, on the followings dates: July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 14 and 28.

For more information, contact Krissy McKim-Barker at (937) 573-2115 or

Pre-employment classes planned

TROY — OSU Extension in Miami County is now offering a Pre-Employment Class for all ages. The class, scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. July 14, is one night and will cover issues such as resume writing basics, interview skills, leadership and work ethics. The course is $25 and includes all material and handouts.

Classes take place in the Miami County Courthouse, OSU Extension Office Meeting Room, at 201 W. Main St.

Contact the OSU Extension Office, Miami County at 440-3945 to register.

Barnstormer Fly-In July 17

TROY — WACO Air Museum will host up to 15 antique airplanes, as they are barnstorming their way across Ohio and Indiana. Coming from the Barnstorming Carnival in Springfield, the pilots plan to land at Historic WACO Field around 10 am. Come see the planes up close and talk to the pilots. Everyone is welcome.

Complete your experience with a visit through the WACO Air Museum that houses airplanes and artifacts of the famous WACO Airplane factory, which was the largest producer of civil aircraft in the 20’s and 30’s. Museum admissions and times can be found at:

TMCS addresses heroin epidemic

TIPP CITY — TMCS will host a class providing insight into the growing heroin epidemic in the area and its influences on the community from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the Tipp City Government Center.

Signs of use, trends, driving under the influence, uses, and the topic of narcan will be discussed. This class is open to any individual in the community who would like more information about heroin use. Tipp City police officers will provide instruction.

Registration is required. Please call for more information or go to

Art show participants needed

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church is again looking for applicants to take part in their 11th annual art show to be held Aug. 4-6. The deadline for entering is July 20.

The event is held in the activity center at 201 S. Main St., West Milton. The purpose of the show is to share area talent with the public. The show is non-juried.

Some pieces may be available for purchase, with transactions handled directly between the artist and the interested party.

A gift from local arts patron Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing has enabled Hoffman to offer monetary awards again this year. Awards to be given are $500 for first place, $400 for second place and $300 for third place. Eight additional awards of $100 each will also be presented.

Application forms may be picked up at the church office and The Hen’s Nest in West Milton, The Hotel Gallery and Studio 14 in Tipp City. Forms are also available for downloading from the church website at

For more information, call John at (937) 698-7132.

Clean Sweep upcoming

MIAMI COUNTY — The Clean Sweep 2017 of the Great Miami River Watershed will be July 21 and will span the area between Piqua and Tipp City.

This free event, which includes physical and strenuous work, also will include a free lunch and T-shirt.

A boating safety talk will be part of the program.

Volunteers must wear life jackets and thick-soled shoes covering the toes at all times.

For more information on launch sites or to register, visit or call 335-7645.

WACO employees sought

TROY — WACO Air Museum is looking for stories about the factory and its employees and is hosting a lunch for former WACO Aircraft employees and/or a family member. The luncheon will be provided by and held at Story Point Senior Living, 1840 Towne Park Dr, Troy, Friday, July 28, at 11:30 a.m.

Seating is limited and reservations are required by July 21 by calling 335-9226.

Butterfly memorial planned

TROY — Pathways of Hope at Generations of Life Center, a service of Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, will hold its annual Butterfly Release Memorial Services on Sunday, July 30, at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Two services will be held, one at 3 p.m. and a second at 7 p.m. The service is a way to remember and honor special people who have touched lives, and who live on in memory. At the conclusion of the service, participants release live butterflies in memory of loved ones.

Advance registration is required and there is a donation of $10 for each butterfly. If you are unable to attend the service, butterflies requested will be released on your behalf. Registration deadline is Friday, July 21, by contacting Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County at 335-5191.

Wildlife events set

TROY — “Wednesdays with Wildlife” will be offered every Wednesday morning in July from 9 a.m. to noon.

Geared for children entering grades sixth through 12th, each week will explore research techniques, citizen science projects, snorkeling in the Stillwater River and more.

Topics include: July 12 — “Watching The Wild Woods,” July 19 — “Micro vs. Macro habitats,” and July 26 — “River Float.” To pre-register, call (937) 698-6493. Payment and registration is due the Monday prior to each program. The cost is $20 for BNC members per Wednesday or $25 for non-members per Wednesday (cash or check). Sign up for one day or all four.

Beagle honors retired teacher

COLUMBUS — State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) recently presented a resolution honoring the service of former teacher Bob Weidner, of Beavercreek, who recently retired after a 60-year career in the classroom.

“It is remarkable to think that Bob Weidner began his teaching career in 1959, when President Eisenhower was in the White House,” Beagle said. “I am pleased to recognize him today for his commitment to education, impacting so many young lives for the past 6 decades.”

Weidner served in the Army before accepting his first teaching position at Newton High School in Pleasant Hill in 1959, moving on to teach at Beavercreek High School for 35 years and retiring after 20 years of teaching at Troy Christian High School this past May. His focus was in biology, physical science and physical education while coaching football and track for many years throughout his career.