Community briefs

Memorial blood drive set

WEST MILTON — The family of former Milton-Union High School principal and coach Ed Lendenski will join the West Milton Lions Club in sponsoring the 6th annual Ed Lendenski Memorial Blood Drive Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 3-7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ social hall, 108 S. Main St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt and will be automatically entered in the “Scouting 4 Donors Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Tom Daugherty Orchestra to play

TIPP CITY — Downtown Tipp City’s August Community Night will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, at Second and Main. The evening of free music will begin at 6:15 p.m. with The Tippecanoe Community Band followed by the Tom Daugherty Orchestra and swing dancers at 7:30 p.m.

The Tippecanoe Community Band is under the direction of Gail Ahmed. The all-volunteer group has grown to 50 members ranging from 15 to 80 plus years of age. Musical selections for this concert will include marches, swing, Broadway show tunes, and more.

The Tom Daugherty Orchestra is a 17-piece Las Vegas style show and dance band. Over the years the band, along with swing dancers has become the highlight of the Community Night Season.

The Community Night Concerts are a hometown tradition and are held on the first Friday of each month, June through September. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the concert will be cancelled. For more information stop by The Hotel Gallery or call (937) 667-3696.

Elder law class offered

TIPP CITY — TMCS is offering a class at the Tipp City Public Library from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. This is a free class that teaches the rights and options regarding long-term care, nursing home and at-home care, and Medicaid qualifications for coverage. Find out how to protect your assets and how to navigate the Medicaid application process including the uses of powers of attorney, guardianships, trusts and spend down techniques.

The class is taught by Attorney, Joseph A. Downing, who concentrates his practice on estate planning, including special needs planning, elder law, including Medicaid planning, business law, commercial and residential real estate, and probate, including administration of decedent’s estates and guardianships.

Road to close

TIPP CITY — It is tentatively scheduled that beginning on Aug. 14, County Road 25-A from Evanston Road to Michaels Road will be closed to all traffic due to the County Road 25-A Reconstruction Project. Evanston Road intersection will be open both directions on Evanston Road and south bound on County Road 25-A.

The city expects a 90-day closure for this phase of the project and then will proceed to phase 2 of the Reconstruction Project, which will again change traffic pattems·and access. An updated posting will follow.

Evanston Road, Peters Road, and State Route 571 will be posted as the local detour route.

The city apologizes for the inconvenience during this time and asks for your patience and understanding while construction is underway. Please contact City of Tipp City at (937) 667-6305 with any questions about the closure.

Grant application deadline approaching

MIAMI COUNTY — Not-for-profit organizations are reminded the next grant deadline for the Miami County Foundation is August 31. Applicants must provide services directly to the citizens of Miami County. All must be certified federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and preferably be a 501(c) organization.

Historically, grants have been awarded to human and social service organizations, schools, healthcare providers, libraries, youth and senior groups as well as the arts. Application forms are available online at or by contacting the office at 773-9012. Guidelines restrict organizations to one grant annually. If you received a grant in the spring, you are not eligible to reapply until next year. Schools are exempt from this restriction. Successful applicants will receive notification of the fall distribution date.

The Foundation was established in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt, founder of WPTW-AM/WCLR radio.

Artists sought for show

TIPP CITY — Applications are being accepted for artists and craftspeople to participate in the twelfth annual Autumn Artisans Showcase, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This show features fine quality art produced by local artists, including paintings, fiber arts, ceramics, jewelry, lapidary, woodcrafts, and polymer clay. Homemade food will also be available. The show will be held at the Monroe Grange, 4729 Peters Road, Tipp City, a quarter mile north of State Route 571. For more information, please contact Lilian Nichols at (937) 667-2655 or by email, or call Margie Anderson at (937) 667- 6281. No buy/sell or manufactured items please.

Language database available at library

WEST MILTON — Starting July 1, the Milton-Union Public Library began a new long-term subscription to Mango Languages database, available free, online and with mobile access, to library card holders. Thanks largely to a $4,860 grant awarded to the library this spring by the Miami County Foundation, the library has purchased a perpetual subscription to the language learning database offering instruction and enrichment in more than 70 languages. This comprehensive and enjoyable language learning tool will be an assured presence in the library’s collection of resources, regardless of vagaries in state funding.