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BikeFest rolls into town this weekend

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PIQUA — One hundred years ago an historic event occurred in downtown Piqua when Hemm Brothers Harley-Davidson hosted a two-day picnic with food, games and rides around the local countryside. To commemorate the event participants and their motorcycles posed for a photograph on North Main Street where Piqua Granite now operates.Fast forward a century to Friday and Saturday, when “Piqua BikeFest — One Hundred Years Later” recreates the fun and excitement of yesteryear. Myriad activities are planned for the event, which is open to motorcycle enthusiasts and the general public of all ages.

 

CCC hardware goes ‘East’

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comWEBSTER — The championship hardware for the Cross County Golf championships played at Stillwater Valley Golf Course on Friday headed “East” — as in Miami East.The Vikings swept the team titles with a similar formula — a medalist or co-medalist and consistent team play.The boys — who came in with an 10-1 record in conference play, tied with Arcanum ...

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Piqua BikeFest prep in high gear

Chelsea Demmitt of Troy paints windows in front of Winan’s in downtown Piqua on Thursday welcoming guests to Piqua BikeFest this weekend. The entire downtown is a beehive of activity as preparations continue for the event.One of five new benches being installed downtown on Thursday during preparation for this weekend’s Piqua BikeFest.City employees Brian Crawford, left, and Ben Gover place one of five new benches that are being installed on McCulloch Square, ...

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Piqua firefighter honored for bravery

Piqua firefighter Eric Wood poses with his family at the State Fire Academy in Columbus on Wednesday following his induction in to the Ohio Firefighters Hall of Fame. Wood’s induction following his earning the Ohio Medal of Valor for his actions during a structure fire in January 2011. According to Piqua Fire Department accounts, during the house fire, Wood and fellow firefighter Jim Drieling “were inside a residential structure fire, charged with heavy smoke, on a report of a bas...

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National Adult Day Services Week, Sept. 14-20

Another excuse to celebrate! Adult Day Service programs all over the United States are celebrating National Adult Day Services Week. The third week in September is marked by special events to raise awareness of the availability and accessibility of adult day centers that enable seniors and other adults with disabilities to continue to live at home while feeling a sense of belonging in a community environment just for them.

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Ensuring clean drinking water for Ohio communities

Earlier this month, I visited Put-in-Bay to tour The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory. I met with Stone Lab scientists and accompanied them as they collected water samples of Lake Erie to better understand the rise in toxic algal blooms.A high level of phosphorous in the lake is a contributing factor to the algal blooms, and I’ve recently announced funds to help farmers implement conservation practices that reduce phosphorous runoff into the lake. But we must ad...

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Ohio governor candidates won’t debate

COLUMBUS (AP) — In a turn of events unprecedented in recent years, Ohio’s governor and his Democratic challenger won’t face each other in debates ahead of Election Day.Republican Gov. John Kasich’s campaign said Tuesday that he is seeking other opportunities to discuss his plans for Ohio’s future.Kasich spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp said Democrat Ed FitzGerald’s campaign is troubled and Ohio Democrats have shifted resources.

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Environmental education made fun

COVINGTON — While there were a few Doubting Thomases in the audience who stated they didn’t believe in magic, David James — aka “The Illusion Maker” — converted them to believers faster than you can say, “Abracadabra!”With a rocking soundtrack of tunes including Queen’s “A Kind of Magic,” James entertained and educated some 120 students in third, fourth and fifth grades at Covington Elementary School about recycling ...

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Superintendents speak up about report cards

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comMIAMI COUNTY — The Ohio Department of Education released its state report cards last week. The Daily Callbroke down the information and asked for feedback from local public school districts and their superintendents. Most of Miami County’s public school superintendents agreed that the state report cards don’t always tell the overall story of each district’s success.Each distri...

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Lady Indians blanked by Sidney

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comOne year ago, the Piqua girls soccer team had stunned Sidney with a 1-1 tie and it resulted in keeping the Lady Indians in the GWOC North title chase until the final game.On Wednesday, on the friendly pitch of Wertz Stadium, Piqua coach Flo Loisy was hoping for a similar — or better result — when the Yellow Jackets visited.What he got was something very different....

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Bella the social butterfly turning 6

Friday my baby girl will turn 6! It certainly doesn’t seem like it’s been that long since I was writing to you about the trials and tribulations of a pregnancy with type 1 diabetes. Since you’ve been following her since before she was born, I thought I’d let you know how she’s turned out.She is such a beautiful little lady and boy is she ever a lady. You can not get girly enough for Miss Bella. She loves zebras. We’re having a zebra-themed birthd...

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Cavs open defense of title

By Ken Barhorstkbarhorst@civitasmedia.comFresh off what head coach Dick Roll said was his team’s best defensive performance of the season, the Lehman Cavaliers now turn their attention to the Northwest Central Conference after posting their first win of the campaign last week at Graham.The 34-12 victory — over a Division III team — was spearheaded by the defense, which kept the Falcons off the board until the Cavs were well on their way to a ...

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Piqua ready to get back on track

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comThe Piqua football team, 2-1, has put Friday’s 62-20 loss to Lima Senior behind them.There is other option with 1-2 Northmont visiting Friday in the first meeting between the two schools since 2007.“We have a hard-working group of kids who came in ready to get back at it,” Piqua football coach Bill Nees said. “We went up to Lima and got beat. Now, we are ready to...

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YWCA announces 2014 Women of Excellence

PIQUA — The YWCA Piqua will host the 18th Gala Celebration honoring the 2014 Women of Excellence on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Piqua Country Club. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon award presentation from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the YWCA Piqua. Keynote speaker is Karen Kelly Brown, motivational speaker.This awards program, established by the YWCA in 1997, recognizes women and young women who reside in, are employed, or active in Miami County an...

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PERI to meet Oct. 1PIQUA — The Miami County Chapter of the Ohio Public Employee Retirees will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood St., Piqua. Lunch is $10, payable at the door. Reservations are due by Thursday, Sept. 25. Call Beth at 937-335-2771. The meeting is open to any currently employed or retired Ohio Public Employee. The speaker will be a financial planning consultant.Fishing Derby set...

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Covington’s hometown hero

By David FongRegional Sports Content ManagerATHENS — A.J. Ouellette has long been known for his insane workouts — he’s a weightroom junkie who would just as soon hoist heavy steel as breathe as he packs more muscle onto his already chiseled frame.For the past month, however, it’s been the Covington High School graduate’s thumbs that have been getting the best workout as he has answered the hundreds of congratulatory text messages,...

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Dalton stats ‘perfct’ so far

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton’s most impressive numbers so far: zero interceptions, zero sacks. When it comes to avoiding the big mistake, the Bengals quarterback is perfect through two games.So is his team. And there’s a close correlation.The Bengals (2-0) are one of seven unbeaten teams, and the only one that so far hasn’t fumbled, thrown an interception or allowed a sack. Dalton and Houston’s Ryan Fitzpatrick are the only quarterbacks wit...

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Browns OC deserves credit

By Scott Petrack(AP) — The Browns have scored 53 points through two games. It’s the highest two-game total to open a year since 2007, when they scored 51 in Week 2.Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan deserves more credit than he’s getting. And, yes, I know six of the points came on Tashaun Gipson’s interception return for a touchdown.The coordinator in Cleveland trails only the quarterback when blame is handed out for a struggling offen...

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