Community briefs

Giving Tree to benefit schools

TIPP CITY — The “Giving Tree” is now up in the Government Center lobby. City staff are accepting donations, as in previous years, of mittens, scarves, socks, etc. and will be donated to the Tipp City school district.

Cookbook fundraiser under way

TIPP CITY — This time of the year brings many people together with family and friends during the holiday season. But for the food insecure, it is still yet another reminder of how their family is struggling and what they are unable to give to their loved ones. Tipp City Area United Way is selling a cookbook called, “Good and Cheap, Eat Well On $4/ Day.” It is full of wonderful recipes that everyone can enjoy on any type of budget including beautiful pictures of the prepared food.

The cookbooks cost $8 each or $15 for two. You can purchase the cookbooks at the Tipp City Area United Way office at 12 South Third Street, Zack Jacob’s State Farm, 16 S Tippecanoe Drive, Hamler Gingrich/Favorite Insurance Agency, 115 S Tippecanoe Dr # C, Bash Foo, 140 E Broadway Ave, or Regal Beloit, 531 N 4th St, all of which are located in Tipp City, Ohio.

Nativity collection on display

WEST MILTON – The holidays have arrived at Milton-Union Public Library! View a selection of Belinda Wright’s nativity scenes in the display case, exhibited through Dec. 10.

For the past 30 years, Belinda’s nativity collection has grown through her travels, art and craft shows, Christmas sales, and gifts from friends. See a Navajo Indian nativity depiction, dime store versions from the 1950s, a wooden silhouette from Montana, and handpainted ceramic sets from Mexico. A chalk clay nativity was a gift to her husband Jim when he was four years old. There’s even a pine cone Christmas tree with nativity “ornaments” she found while in Florida.

One of Belinda’s favorites is a set sent to her by a friend in Chile as a wedding present. Each of the figures are carved out of cattlehorn. Belinda had a creche backdrop made especially for this set, with posts to keep the horns standing.

See Belinda’s collection on display through Dec. 10. Call 698-5515 to offer your own collection for future viewing.

Preparations under way for December tradition

TIPP CITY — Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Tipp City are jointly hosting the annual Senior Citizens Holiday Breakfast. The event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at LT Ball Intermediate School from 9-10:30 a.m.

Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf says she looks forward to welcoming the community’s senior citizens as the district’s guests.

“This gives us a chance to thank them for their contributions to our community and schools,” Kumpf said.

The breakfast will feature musical, dance, and vocal performances by students in the district.

The breakfast is open to all Monroe Township and Tipp City senior citizens. Interested residents should make a reservation with the district at 667-8444 by Dec. 10 to allow for adequate planning.

Seniors invited to holiday party

WEST MILTON — All senior citizens in Union Township are invited to be the guests at the “Very Merry Christmas Party” from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 . The Senior Ministry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1209 S. Miami St., West Milton, will host the event.

The Milton-Union Center Stage Show Choir will be the featured entertainment. Food, games, carol singing and fellowship will complete the afternoon.

For more information, call 698-6036.

Bank to give $10,000 to non-profit org

MIAMI COUNTY — Dedicated to assisting the communities they serve, Greenville Federal is offering a $10,000 prize to one Miami County non-profit organization.

To celebrate the new Troy Kroger Banking Center Grand Opening scheduled for January 2016, Greenville Federal will donate $10,000 to one deserving local non-profit, which will be chosen by the Miami County community. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

The GF 10K Giveaway committee will review all applications where they will choose 5 finalists. Each finalist will be posted on Greenville Federal’s Facebook page ( for the Miami County community to then cast their vote. The winner will be announced at the Greenville Federal Troy Banking Center Grand Opening scheduled for January 2016.

Email Greenville Federal 10K Giveaway Committee at and ask for an application.

Sudan fundraiser set

TIPP CITY — Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will open its doors for its 9th Annual Sudan Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and their families at Ginghamsburg have been challenged to use their gifts, talents and passions to create items to raise money for The Sudan Project, which aids the war-torn countries of Sudan and South Sudan.

Since 2005, the church has raised $7 million to support sustainable humanitarian projects. All items at the bazaar are made and created by Ginghamsburg kids. Last year, $22 thousand was raised for the project through the bazaar, and over the past eight years, the children and their families have raised more than $101,000.

Families and groups will be selling jewelry, ornaments, scarves, homemade pet treats, a gift-wrapping station and more. In addition booths will have baked goods, including a variety of homemade candies, cookies and hot chocolate.

The bazaar will be held at the Tipp City Campus in the Avenue located at 6759 South County Road 25A.