Community briefs

Blood drive set

DAYTON — The West Milton Lions Club is teaming up with Community Blood Center to host a Thanksgiving and Ohio State-Michigan Week blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ Social Hall, 108 South Main St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” football t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Fundraiser for firefighter planned

WEST MILTON — The community is invited to an event benefiting West Milton volunteer firefighter and city employee of 25 years, Tim Swartztrauber, who is battling leukemia.

The event will be held at Fayevores on Saturday, Nov. 28, two hours before the Ohio State-Michigan game. Tim is a huge Michigan Fan.

There will be Company 7 BBQ chili, chili dogs, hot dogs, pies and cake. There will also be a drawing for four main prizes, including: one week at a luxury cabin on Norris Lake (sleeps 15, booking available except for Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016, retail value is $1,200 to $2,000), a big screen TV with retail value of $500, aStihl chain saw courtesy of Wagoner’s Nursery with a retail value of $469, and five separate $50 gift cards to Company 7 BBQ.

Come cheer on your team, take a chance on the prizes and local merchant gift baskets, enjoy the food and the Swartztrauber family. Tickets for the dinner and main prizes are available at the West Milton Municipal Building, Wertz Hardware, and Company 7 BBQ.

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.

Ohio PTA to hold online book fair

COLUMBUS — The Ohio PTA will hold an online book fair from Nov. 27 to Dec. 11, 2015. The book fair can be accessed at:

The Ohio PTA will earn 30 percent of every sale. Books will ship directly to customers. There are more than 200,000 juvenile titles available. Shoppers can select from a range of shipping options to ensure books arrive in time for the holidays.

Money raised will benefit the Ohio PTA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Established in 1947, the fund annually grants $500 scholarships to students enrolled in college/university and technical programs.

For more information about the Ohio PTA, visit

BNC seeks wildlife photos

TROY — We hope you’ve had plenty of time to sort through your favorite photos taken from your backyard or North American travels this year and are ready to enter them into Brukner Nature Center’s annual photo contest “It’s About Wildlife.”

They are accepting entries from Nov. 15-Dec. 1 that showcase wildlife or wild places that support of BNC’s slogan “It’s About Wildlife.” Visit our website or stop by our main building to pick up a brochure with full contest details. This event is open to all photographers of all ages! Winners will be announced on Dec. 17 following our seasonal concert in the Heidelberg Auditorium. Email for an entry form to be sent to you or stop by the Interpretive Building to pick up a form.

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.

Head Start applications being taken

MIAMI COUNTY — Kids Learning Place is taking applications for the 2015-16 school year for preschoolers. There are a few spaces still available for children to enroll in the classrooms and the home visiting program.

Preschool and early learning is important in the development of young children and Head Start, a federally funded comprehensive program, is one no cost option for preschool education at Kids Learning Place. The eligibility for this preschool program is: a child must be between three to five years old and the family must meet federal income guidelines. The program also provides services to children that are in foster care or homeless. The program allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs also.

Kids Learning Place centers in Piqua, Troy, and West Milton have earned multiple stars in the “Step Up To Quality” award from the State of Ohio. This award recognizes early childhood programs that exceed licensing standards. Kids Learning Place classrooms place a major focus on school readiness and works to provide every child with a positive education experience to get them ready for kindergarten. We have degreed teachers in every classroom, a research based curriculum, do developmental testing throughout the year and value and encourage parent participation.

For more information about this program or other full day care programs call (866) 627-4557 or visit .