Area briefs


Scholarship apps accepted

PIQUA — The Friends of the Piqua Public Library are accepting applications for a $1,500 scholarship to residents of Piqua to further their post-high school education in any accredited college, trade, vocational, nursing school or health facility.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization created to support the library through advocacy, fund-raising, and sponsorship of programs. By offering a scholarship to a deserving student with a love of books, the Friends of the Library will be perpetuating its mission. Applicants will be asked to write an essay on “The Book I will Never Forget.”

Applications for scholarships may be obtained from counselors at Piqua High School, Lehman Catholic High School, the Upper Valley Career Center, and Edison after March 7. Applications will also be available at the Piqua Public Library and must be returned no later than April 30. The winning recipient will be notified by May 10.

YWCA offers dance classes

PIQUA — Students 3 years old and up will want to join in a new dance class session beginning Monday, March 6, at the YWCA Piqua. Kendra Melvin, instructor, will help participants learn several dance types which include ballet mixed with jazz and contemporary dance techniques.

Two sessions will be held on Mondays: 4:30-5 p.m. for 3-4 year olds, and 5:15-5:45 p.m. for students 5 years old and up.

“Melvin, a veteran dancer, is excited to begin this new program,” said Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director.

For more information or to register for the class, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.

Balance workshop planned

PIQUA — In conjunction with the Easter Seals Association, the YWCA will offer an eight-week “A Matter of Balance Workshop” beginning Monday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. Open to all ages, the class is designed to help participants manage falls and increase activity levels.

Many adults who have had surgeries on the knees, hips and back, as well as those experiencing the normal aging process, are fearful of losing their balance or have actually fallen,” said Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director.

Group sessions will help participants practice getting up and down on seats; making ankle rolls to strengthen these valuable joints; not getting up too fast in order to maintain equilibrium; and, most importantly taking their time. The group also will do workbook activities and share their concerns.

Fees are available for both members and non-members. For more information or to register for the class, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Students of Month named

PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center Student Services Director Matt Meyer released the names of the Students of the Month for February. Students from each program are named to recognize extra effort and encourage development of leadership, scholarship, citizenship and community service abilities throughout the year.

Honorees include:

Bradford: Allison Nicodemus, Interactive Media II; Bailey Wysong, Early Childhood Education and Care I;

Covington: Darianne Ganger, Early Childhood Education and Care II (Algebra II); Darianne Ganger, Early Childhood Education and Care II (Global/Current Events); Anne Randall, Exercise Science II (Sociology);

Ft. Loramie: Samuel Geise, Electronics II (English);

Houston: Mackenzie Heffelfinger, Cosmetology I:

Miami East: Jacob Brown, Automotive Technologies I (Government);

Newton: Olivia Rollins, Cosmetology II;

Piqua: Logan Bubeck, Interactive Media I (Government and Current Events); Mackenzie Jessup, Exercise Science I (Government); Jacob North, Exercise Science II; Madison Ordean, Exercise Science I;

Troy: Amber Joins, Interactive Media I; Cheyane Lee, Early Childhood Education and Care II; Jessica McCulloch, Landscape II (Science 12)

Farmers, 4-H breakfast planned

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Farm Bureau will host its second annual Farmers and 4-H breakfast at the Miami County Fairgrounds, Duke Lundgard Building, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy, on April 1 from 7:30-10 a.m.

This event is open to the public. The cost is $5 per person, ages 4-10 are $2, and 3 and under are free. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, yogurt, coffee, juice and milk.

All proceeds benefit the Miami County 4-H program. During the breakfast, a presentation will be made to all the local fire departments of two helmets as well as two full body safety harnesses to assist in grain engulfment emergency rescues. The items are being donated on behalf of the Miami County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.

“We wanted to start a social event that will become a tradition, much like the Miami County 4-H barbecue has been for over 60 years. When we can gather as a community, break bread and support our youth, everyone wins,” said Dan Sturgill, committee chair for the 4-H and Farmer Share Breakfast.