Community briefs

Vietnam vets honored at museum

TROY — On Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 9-11 a.m, the Miami Valley Veterans Museum will be honoring Vietnam Era veterans during this month’s Coffee and Donuts. This will also be the grand re-opening of the museum.

The museum staff has put in many hours and made several changes since we closed for renovations in November. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new exhibit room during the re-opening.

We would like to thank the Upper Valley Career Carpentry Department, (students and their instructor Richard Lenhart) for completing the dry wall.

The museum is located at 107 W. Main St., Troy.

Library to welcome new director

TIPP CITY — The Board of Trustees of the Tipp City Public Library will host a welcome reception for the new director, Lisa Santucci, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library on Thursday, April 21. Ms. Santucci is a Tipp City resident and comes to the library after serving more than 20 years in the Miami University Library system in Oxford, Ohio. The public is invited.

Self defense class offered

WEST MILTON – West Milton’s Keith Carter primary message to women outside their home? Don’t make yourself an easy target!

Being aware of your surroundings and knowing escape tactics are two of the main goals of the Milton-Union Public Library class “When You Can’t Reach Your Pepper Spray: Women’s Survival Techniques.” The hands-on course will be taught by Carter and Officer William Caldwell, III, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Carter and Caldwell come from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Veterans Affairs respectively and are back at the library by popular demand.

The two men will provide useful information and guidelines to avoid potentially dangerous situations in parking lots, alleyways and other areas. They will also teach basic strikes and escape tactics to get out of a dangerous situation.

The class is open to women of all ages. Attendees who are 17-year-olds and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required as participation is limited.

To register or for more information about this or other programs, call 937-698-5515 or visit

Senior Spring Fling features handbell artist

WEST MILTON — All senior citizens in Union Township are invited to a “Senior Spring Fling” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The Senior Shepherds of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host the event.

David Pinkerton, a solo handbell artist will be the featured entertainment. His programs are a mixture of golden oldies and sing-a-longs, the classical and the humorous, interesting bell lore stories, and his famous bell tossing.

For more information, please phone (937) 698-6036. The church is located at 1209 S. Miami St., West Milton (next to West Milton IGA.)

Community wide garage sale

TIPP CITY — Are your closets exploding and your garage so full you can’t get your car in? The Community Wide Garage Sale is coming Saturday, May 7, 2016. Tipp Monroe Community Services sponsors this annual event. Cost to be listed on the map/flyer is $10.00, for an additional $5.00 you may list any special items you have on a 1” x 2 5/8” space (business card size). You will also receive pre-printed corex sign for your yard. Remember the old adage – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Come to the TMCS office Mon.-Fri., 8 am – 5 pm to register. Registration deadline is April 25.

Masons present awards

WEST MILTON — On Friday, March 18, at West Milton High School auditorium, the Third District Masons held their Annual Grand Master of Masons in Ohio dinner. After the dinner, Grand Master MWB Robert C. Rill Jr. presented awards to three of the people whose names had been submitted by all lodges in the district. The people’s names submitted by Tipp City’s Tippecanoe Lodge 174 were the ones chosen to receive the awards.

The Youth Service awards went to Timothy Joseph Andrews and Allison Jean Chitwood, both attend Tippecanoe High School.

The Community Builders award for service to the community was given to Ruth Safreed of Tipp City.

TMCS offers April classes

TIPP CITY — ACT Test Prep Class will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on April 4-7. Emphasis is placed on timing, questions to avoid, creative guessing and frequent errors in English.

On Thursday, April 7, from 7-8 p.m. a class will be held concerning social media. Learn from the Tipp City Police Department the dangers and long term personal havoc inappropriate online behavior can cause. This is a free class but preregistration is required.

Beginners First Aid with a Homeopathic approach will be taught by Amy Stueve on Wednesday, April 6 from 7-9 p.m. Learn quick and effective methods to treat many first aid situations.

Learn the benefits about Essential Oils from Andrea Hoover at this Spring Cleaning Workshop on Saturday, April 9 from 2-4 p.m. Make non-toxic household cleaners and sign up to win a free set of handmade wool dryer balls.

Need some fun? Try coloring at a “No Taxation Without Relaxation” coloring party. The party will be on April 15 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Rusty Harden’s Studio. Rusty will supply coloring pages, crayons, pens and plenty of ideas. Refreshments will be served. You can bring something to share and adult beverages are allowed.

For more information call 667-8631 or go to

Household hazardous waste disposal available

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Transfer Station’s Household Hazardous Waste drop-off will be available weekly in 2016, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from April to October. Residents may bring materials to the Transfer Station at 2200 N. County Road 25A in Troy, and will pay a disposal fee of $1 per pound of hazardous material.

The program is intended to provide a way for residents to dispose of flammable or toxic household products, such as motor oil, oil-based paint and polishes, paint thinners, corrosive cleaners, fuels, pool chemicals, insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizers.

Flammable, corrosive, or toxic materials tossed in residential trash cans can create a hazard for residents and waste collectors, and can pollute nearby groundwater if not properly contained. Chemicals poured down drains or into sewers also pose an environmental threat. The Transfer Station helped residents safely dispose of over 8,700 pounds of hazardous materials last year; program organizers hope that the new weekly format will be more convenient for residents.

For more information, call the Sanitary Engineering Office at 937-440-5653, or email Lauren Karch, Solid Waste Coordinator at

Teacher of the Year nominations accepted

TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe Educational Endowment is accepting nominations for its 2016 Teacher of the Year Award through April 15, 2016. Parents, teachers, colleagues and students are encouraged to nominate a full-time teacher who they believe is deserving of this recognition. The award is intended to recognize a significant achievement by a teacher as well as individual efforts spanning the life of a career.

Factors that are considered include: traits that compel others to view him or her as a role model, dedication both within and outside of the classroom, leadership or accomplishments that distinguish him or her among peers.

Please visit the endowment’s website at for a nomination form. Hard copies of the forms are available at the Board of Education office and in the main offices of all school buildings.