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A new beginning

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Mike UlleryStaff Photographermullery@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, it is the time of the year to reflect on how we choose to spend the new life given to each of us by God’s son.This is also the time of year that new life, resurrected life, takes place in the form of trees, grass, and all the other living things that surround us in our daily lives.For some, the concept of a new life, a new beginning, takes on a more personal and real meaning.Easter also is a time to reflect that God does indeed have a plan for each and every one of us. Whether we follow His teachings, or not, we are all part of His plan.

 

Earth Day: A reminder to recycle

Staff ReportsMIAMI COUNTY — Earth Day is Tuesday, and residents in Miami County are encouraged to “be green”and “save green” (money). Recycling helps conserve our natural resources, landfill space and save on energy. Creating jobs is another benefit of recycling that is often forgotten.The Ohio EPA recently administered a grant to help with glass recycling in the area. Rumpke and the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Department now have sepa...

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Many benefit from donations of Shanesy sisters

By Sharon SemanieFor the Daily Callpdceditorial@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — Although they lived somewhat frugal lives, sisters Dorothy and Martha Shanesy enjoyed getting involved in the Piqua community, playing bridge and traveling abroad to sites such as Oberammergau, Germany.More importantly, however, they managed to invest their savings, thanks to the sage advice of their attorney(s) and financial advisor. As a result, Dorothy and Martha each l...

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Community coming together

Adam Wiersma, 14, hides eggs at the Piqua Apostolic Temple in Piqua on Saturday. Wiersma, a student at Piqua Christian School was lending a hand during a community day event at the church.

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FCCLA raises awareness about texting, driving

By Belinda M. PaschalStaff Writerbpaschal@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — Though the public generally thinks of texting and driving as more of a “teen” problem, a survey by AAA shows that drivers between 25-39 are the worst offenders.“Most people blame teenagers for it, but some of the worst people are adults. I found it alarming that more crashes are due to adults texting and driving,” said Abby Frilling, instructor of Family ...

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Covington High School Prom Court

The 2014 Covington High School prom court features, sitting, left to right: Briana Grilliot, Shianne Fortner, Amanda Brown, Jackie Siefring, Stephani Shane and Amber Edwards. Standing, left to right, are: A.J. Ouellette, Dalton Bordelon, Tyler Henry, Andre Benedict, Lane White and Seth Clark.

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Bradford Library to hold annual Plant Swap

BRADFORD — The Bradford Public Library’s annual Plant Swap is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 beginning at 10 a.m. Anyone from the surrounding area is invited to attend the function, which runs until 1 p.m. For gardeners who are dividing plants this year and wish to bring in plants to give away, the library will open at 9:30 a.m.Along with a large variety of free cuttings and different plants to choose from, a workshop s...

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Does the majority rule?

Let’s pretend for a moment that people diagnosed on the autism spectrum now make up 90 percent of the population. The remaining 10 percent of the population are “typical” people and have not been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is nothing significantly unique or different about the 10 percent. In fact, these people act alike.The autism spectrum population includes people who are verbal and non-verbal, genius or not, social or not, and confo...

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Making memories

As of this weekend, many of this nation’s large amusement parks will be open for the season. Almost instantly, these large parcels of land filled with metal and concrete will come alive with screams and smiles as games will be played and roller coasters will fly once again. For me, these are special places.

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YMCA event inspires kids to stay active

MIAMI COUNTY — On April 26, the Miami County YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire 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, includes games, healthy lifestyle information, arts, crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.

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Summer program seeks volunteers

By Jeremy WallaceStaff WriterTROY — Summer Lunch Buddies, a program at the Troy Rec that pairs students entering grades first through fifth, with an adult or teen, is looking for volunteers.The program gives the children free lunch, individual reading with volunteers, group activities and weekly prize drawings. Students who attend all four days each week will have their names entered in a weekly prize drawing.Since the program started in 2002,...

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Ft. Rowdy hosts Mother’s Day BBQ

COVINGTON — The Fort Rowdy Gathering will have their annual Mother’s Day Chicken BBQ on Sunday, May 12, in the Covington Park, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (or until sold out). ...

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Cancer patients need protection

To the Editor:A bill before the House Health and Aging Committee could protect cancer patients in Ohio who need oral or topical chemotherapy but have an insurance plan that doesn’t cover it the same way as IV chemotherapy. Cancer patients desperately need this kind of coverage because not all chemotherapy treatments are the same and not all patients respond the same way. State Bill 99 is critical to ensuring that cancer patients in Ohio receive the physician-recommended treat...

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Tough day on diamond

By Rob KiserCall Sports Editorrkiser@civitasmedia.comPiqua baseball coach Jared Askins knew his team needed a nearly flawless effort against Northmont Saturday.What he got was nothing close — and the result was a predictable doubleheader sweep by the T-Bolts by scores of 8-2 and 10-2, snapping Piqua’s four-game winning streak.“You have to play a nearly perfect game to beat Northmont,” Askins said. “You can...

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Getting your home ready to show

Your exterior or curb appeal makes your first lasting impression on the buyers. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Weed and cultivate flower gardens. Add a bit of bright color with seasonal flowers. Trim shrubs and eliminate dead trees or branches.Pick up any debris, toys and lawn equipment. Repair any fences and gates. Give them a fresh coat of paint or stain. Don’t forget to put a fresh coat of paint or stain on your front door, too. You may want to hang an eye catching wreat...

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Doug’s Lawnmowers recognized by Toro

COVINGTON — Doug’s Lawnmowers of Covington has earned the Summit Club Residential award for 2013 from The Toro Company. This annual award is presented to qualifying Toro dealers in recognition of outstanding sales of residential lawn equipment.“This year’s Summit Club Residential award winners represent our best dealers in Toro’s sales and service network across the United States,” said Scott Wozniak, director of sales for Toro’s Residentia...

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Ford pays homage to five decades of the Pony Car

TROY – Fifty years after debuting one of the world’s most popular cars, Ford is marking the milestone by revealing a Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition. Created to honor five decades of Mustang heritage, only 1,964 examples of the 50 Year Limited Edition will ever be built when it goes on sale this fall.“When Mustang was approved for development more than 50 years ago, I don’t think anyone imagined it would spawn such a dedicated base of fans around the world a...

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Average US 30-year mortgage rate falls to 4.27 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent.Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago.

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