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Church offers free meal, seeks aid

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By Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — After a rough winter — still hanging on by the proverbial thread as evident by a brisk Wednesday morning — Cindy Ward wants to get the word out on the United Pentecostal Church’s monthly soup kitchen, and also seeking donations so as to feed as many as 40 individuals who participate.“I like to feed people,” said Ward who not only prepares the food but also contributes a significant portion of it for the soup kitchen, with the aid of church volunteers including Sister Virginia who provides two to three cakes.


Mark your calendar: The Big Day is May 3

PIQUA – The City of Piqua and Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc. is encouraging all residents, clubs, civic groups, churches and organization to participate in The Big Day to be held on Saturday, May 3. The Big Day is a continuation of the Annual Pick It Up, Clean It Up Day that has been held the last three years.

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Healthy Kids Day planned for April 26 at Miami County YMCA

TROY — On Saturday, April 26, the Miami County Y is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy lifestyle information, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

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Some voters will be affected with last round of polling location changes

By Will E Sanderswsanders@civitasmedia.comTROY —The upcoming May 6 primary election will mark the first time that the Miami County Board of Elections will not have a single polling location at a school, said Elections Director Drew Higgins.“We have been able to get out of the schools completely,” Higgins said. “By law, schools had to make themselves available to us as a voting location, but there has been so much concern involving secur...

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Chamber hosts Top 100 Banquet

Piqua High School Top 100 students earning four-year awards were, seated l-r, Grace Jackson, Lindsay Bundy, Mykaila Ingle, and Megan Craft. Standing, l-r, Kevin McElroy, Abigail C’Connell, Conner Forror, Courtney Bensman and Emily Wenrick. Missing from the photo was Alessandra Painter.Keynote speaker Brock Mealer speaks to Top 100 students and guests at the 50th annual Top 100 Scholastic Awards Banquet at Piqua High School on Wednesday.

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Mealer speaker at 50th annual Top 100 Scholastic Awards banquet

By Sharon SemanieFor the Piqua Daily CallPIQUA - As Brock Mealer slowly climbed the stairs onto the auditorium stage at Piqua High School Wednesday evening, audience members collectively held their breath. It was only seven years ago when a surgeon gave the tenacious young man a 1 per cent chance of moving his legs again “and an even lower chance of walking”.Spontaneous applause erupted as the keynote speaker for the 50th annual Top 100 ...

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Honorary firefighters recognized

Members of the Casstown Fire Department pose with their two newest members, Isabelle and Braden Lewis, during a special ceremony at the fire station on Tuesday evening. Isabelle, 8, and Braden, 6, live next door to the abandoned grain elevator that burned last week and were shaken by the large and intense fire that force them to evacuate their own home. Chief Chad Loy and Lt. Richard Morrett thought that a closer association with the department might help the kids overcome the fear caused by ...

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Blazing a trail forward

Doing a good job takes a lot of work, but it makes a difference. Contributing to a community takes a lot of work, but it makes a difference. And blazing a trail forward takes a lot of work, but it definitely makes a difference.

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Good Friday meditation

“Into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:44-49).And there was darkness, and the hallow stench of death lingered in the afternoon air. It may have only been 3 in the afternoon, but it felt like midnight. The utter exhaustion, both physical, emotional, and spiritual, left everyone with a dull emptiness as people slowly walked away from the hill appropriately known as “The Skull.” The spectacle of the crucifixion had neared its end, and the excit...

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Thanks for success of Lenten Fish Fries

To the Editor:St. Mary Parish would like to thank those who attended and supported our Lenten Fish Fries this year. This parish activity helps to support our parish, school and other outreach programs each year. We appreciate your attendance and look forward to serving you again next year.A special thanks to the Karn Family and Julie and Andy Monnin along with all of the volunteers who made the weekly fish fries happen.Mitch and Angie HohlbeinChairp...

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People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

By Stephen OhlemacherAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now.The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.On Monday, Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she was suspending the program while the agency ...

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Detroit still needs $350M from state lawmaker

By David Eggert and Ed WhiteAssociated Press DETROIT (AP) — Pressure was building Wednesday for Michigan lawmakers to commit $350 million to Detroit pensions, a day after the city reached tentative agreements with pension funds and a retiree group to reduce payouts.The city has an $816 million pledge from foundations, philanthropists and Gov. Rick Snyder to shore up pension funds and prevent the sale of city-owned art as part of Detroit’s stra...

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Ohio school board debates sexual orientation rule

By Julie Carr SmythAP Statehouse CorrespondentCOLUMBUS (AP) — A proposal to protect schoolteachers from being fired or otherwise treated differently on the basis of sexual orientation is dividing the state school board.Backers of the proposed policy change told the Ohio Board of Education on Tuesday the move would encourage the hiring and retention of the brightest teachers and set an example of inclusion for gay, lesbian and transgender youths.

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Crosses displayed in Ohio village challenged

By Julie Carr SmythAssociated PressCOLUMBUS (AP) — A group advocating the separation of church and state is protesting a pair of crosses displayed for Easter on a tiny eastern Ohio village’s municipal building.The Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation has challenged the claim by the mayor of Stratton that it’s constitutional to display the crosses during holidays.Mayor John Abdalla temporarily removed the crosses in ...

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Piqua Good Friday service to feature 10 local choirs

PIQUA — Twenty-three singers coming from 10 Piqua churches — True Vine Church, Greene Street UM, Grace UM, St. Paul’s E & R, Cyrene AME. St. John’s Lutheran, Congregational Christian UCC, Piqua Baptist, St. Mary Catholic and Fields of Grace — will perform during the noon-time Community Good Friday service the week at True Vine Church, 531 W. Ash St. The community choir is being directed by Carol Palmer with accompaniment by cellist Janet Dilbone and pianist David...

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You’re Invited

Spring Songfest plannedPIQUA — Cyrenne A.M.E. Church, 227 W. Ash St., Piqua, is hosting a Spring Songfest at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Various singing groups from the surrounding area will be featured. The theme is “Songs of Praise.” The public is invited to attend.Maundy Thursday service set for todayPIQUA — The Congregational Christian United Church of Christ, 421 Broadway, Piqua, will host a Maundy Thursday Tanebrae service at 7 p....

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Eliminate tetanus with us

By Faith BransonStaff WriterPIQUA — The PHS Key Club has a new project called the Eliminate Program. Key Club has released videos this week that shows the effect tetanus has on a family and their newborn children. Tetanus is a very serious disease that can be passed from the mother to the child during the birthing.Key Club is raising money to help the Eliminate Project, which sends volunteers to third world countries to help educate them on safe birthing...

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