Community briefs

Children’s summer lunch program underway

TIPP CITY — Free Lunch for all children through High School will be served this summer at Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 W. Main St., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program ends August 14, and will be closed July 3.

Pick up locations — look for “Lunch on Us” signs — include:

• Meadow Drive off of Ginghamsburg Frederick Rd

• Tweed Woods Park located on Sequoia between Larch and Banyon Tree

• Bellview Apartments off Maynard and Bellview near the basketball courts

• Meadowview: Red Bud and Lilac Lane

Call Tipp Monroe Community Services at 667-8631 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for specific pick up times or for further information. Volunteer opportunities are available. Book bags and school supplies will be distributed the last day of the program.

Garage sale planned

WEST MILTON — The Hoffman United Methodist Church will have an all church family garage sale on Thursday, June 18.

The garage sale will be inside the church activity center. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. There will be lots of clothing of most sizes available for a quarter each. There will be many household items, toys, and miscellaneous articles. Many items will be priced at a quarter each. The proceeds for this sale will go to local missions.

The church is located at 201 S. Main St., West Milton. For more information, call (937) 698-4401.

Stories and songs with Joseph

WEST MILTON – “Joseph” is coming back to the Milton-Union Public Library as part of its Summer Reading Program for a night of stories and songs at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18.

Joseph Helfrich is a folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller. He can play the guitar, banjo, mandolin, recorder and mountain dulcimer, and has been performing for more than 25 years. He says he always puts a healthy dose of humor in his shows along with a wide musical selection.

Free shooting event offered

VANDALIA — A “Second Shots” .22 Rimfire Challenge shooting event will be held at Miami Valley Shooting Grounds, 7771 Johnson Station Rd., Vandalia on Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Formerly known as the Ruger Rimfire Challenge, it will introduce participants to the fun and excitement of competitive shooting in a safe, low-pressure, family-friendly environment. All levels of shooters — new, novice and experienced — are welcome to compete in this free event. Shooters must be at least 18 years of age. Under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

You may compete using your own rifle, handgun and ammunition from any manufacturer in .22 Long Rifle caliber. Firearms will also be available at the range for those who need them, but ammunition for them must be purchased at the range.

Range Safety Officers and coaches will be on hand to help new and novice shooters move up to the next level of proficiency and help them get started in competitive shooting.

The event will be limited to 75 shooters. You may sign up at Miami Valley Shooting Grounds or by phone at 937-898-3711. The range is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

City Park to become “Frozen”

TIPP CITY — Just like Arendelle, the Tipp City Park will be “frozen” into a winter wonderland. It is going to take a miracle and lots of children to end the icy spell. Sign up for this week of fun, June 22-25, before it is all melted. This is the first week of a six week program for children 4-9 years old that is hopping with fun and stimulating activities as well as learning, games and crafts. Other weeks will include Superheroes, a Beach Bash and Diggin’ Dinos.

Call 667-8631 or go to for more information.

State auditor announces awards

COLUMBUS — Auditor of State Dave Yost is pleased to announce that the Northern Area Water Authority received the Auditor of State Award for their clean audit report. The Auditor of State Award is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

• The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles);

• The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;

• The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100, public meetings or public records;

• No other financial or other concerns exist.

Students receive OSU laboratory scholarships

COLUMBUS — Timothy Andrews, Emily Gootzeit, and Bennett Yunker from Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, are among 14 students awarded Stone Lab scholarships at 2015 State Science Day, held May 16.

Since 1996, the nonprofit group Friends Of Stone Lab (FOSL) has awarded scholarships to 175 top high school students participating in State Science Day to allow them to experience hands-on science at The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab.

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State University’s Island Campus on Lake Erie and the education and research facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie. Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators.