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Mark Van Kirk of Piqua entertains visitors to the Piqua Farmer’s Market on Thursday. Mainstreet Piqua director Lorna Swisher said they hope to have live music each week at Farmer’s Market. Anyone wishing to perform during the Farmer’s Market events can contact Bill Walters at Piqua Guitar, at 937-773-7558.


USDA reports thousands of trees lost to ALB

PIQUA – For several years now the Emerald Ash Borer or EAB has posed a danger to area ash trees, destroying 3.8 billion in the state of Ohio alone and leading to the removal of infested trees located in right-of-ways and public parks right here in the city of Piqua.In fact, city leaders have taken steps to eradicate the bug, a small green beetle measuring about 10 to 11 millimeters in length, with a telling metallic green coloration and native of Asia. It was first discovered...

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Friday night flashback

By David FongRegional Sports Content ManagerCASSTOWN — It was the type of dream season usually reserved for March around Miami East High School.At a school known best of its successful basketball programs the past two decades, the Miami East football season soared to unprecedented heights in 2013, going 9-1 in the regular season, earning the top seed in the Division VI, Region 22 computer standings and picking up the first playoff win in school history....

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Sweet Corn Festival set for Aug. 23-24

TROY - On August 23-24, Fulton Farms will pay homage to its second most popular crop - sweet corn - during the first-ever Fulton Farms Sweet Corn Festival in Troy.Activities and entertainment at the festival will revolve around corn, including a corn roast, corn-on-the-cob eating and corn shucking contests, a cornhole tournament and even live music by the Corn Drinkers, among other attractions.

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Evening on the Canal

PIQUA — What better way to spend an evening in Ohio than on a farm along the Miami and Erie Canal? On Saturday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, Piqua, will host their annual Evening on the Canal. Visitors will enjoy a wonderful meal of baked pork chop, garlic and butter red potatoes, colorful green beans, and cherry dump cake for dessert served in the comfort of the Education Center, overlooking an original and restored mile-long section of the Miami and Erie C...

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A World War II POW’s story

MIAMI COUNTY - Western Ohio Television Consortium (Channel 5 in Piqua and Troy) announces its month-long August program for the series Veterans’ Voices.Produced by Edison faculty Dr. Vivian Blevins, filmed by U.S. Air Force veteran Nicholas Essinger, and edited by U.S. Coast Guard veteran Ted Jones, the program features World War II prisoner of war, Lester Edsall, 94, of Sidney, OH.January of 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Edsall’s long ...

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Preschoolers to enjoy new age appropriate playground

By Terry D. WrightFor the Daily CallPIQUA — Playground equipment on the current campus of Piqua Catholic Pre-School was old, outdated and constructed for older children. “The playground project was initiated because while the old structure was an amazing piece of playground equipment, we needed an age-appropriate structure for our young children,” said Jennifer R. Smith, director of The Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic Schools. Smith began wi...

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It’s a shame: Social covering

I don’t often have an opportunity to speak in length with my very awesome college representative (counselor), but last week that all changed when it came time to discuss my impending graduation. He wanted to know whether or not I plan to pursue a master’s degree come 2015, something I’ve been mulling, but the inquire put more weight and reality to it.Noting the mull, my counselor went on to inquire as to my curre...

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Confection reflection

One of the three cupcake judges has her eye on entries at the Piqua Farmer’s Market on Thursday. The annual cupcake decorating competition had two divisions this year. Winning the youth division was Dave Lowe. Second place in the youth division was Jeff Lowe and third place went to Jordaya Walker. In the adult division, first place went to Shaton Sullivan and second place to Allie Popp.

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‘A hell of a foray’

If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it “a hell of a diplomatic foray.”Kerry was caught sarcastically describing the Israeli offensive into Gaza as “a hell of a pinpoint operation” during his round of Sunday-show interviews two weeks ago, before telling his aide over the phone, “We’ve got to get over there,&#...

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Happy birthday to Audrey Grace Zimmerman

Audrey Grace ZimmermanAge: 2Birthdate: Aug. 1, 2012Parents: Bill and Tricia Zimmerman, of SidneySiblings: Zoe and LeahGrandparents: Bill and Deb Zimmerman, of Sidney, Jim and Connie Stammen, of Piqua

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YWCA reading circle to meet

PIQUA — The YWCA Racial Justice Reading Circle, facilitated by Linda Grimes, will discuss “Timbuktu” by Paul Auster on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. The group discussion is open to the public and YWCA membership is not required.Mr. Bones, the canine hero of Paul Auster’s book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy’s body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in...

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Piqua hoop team struggles in 1993

“The Indians opening game of the 1932-33 season resulted in a win over the fast Covington five thru the splendid passing attack on the part of the home team The two teams were evenly matched and the game was very close throughout its entirety, but the Piquads came through for their first win of the season, 36 to 32. Piqua High’s second game proved to be disastrous for her when the team could not stop the offense of the Steele Lions during the last period of play. This game was pla...

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Tee times for Echo Hills club championship

Tee times for the first round of the Echo Hills Club Championship Saturday are as follows:First Flight7:36: Dave Westfall, JD Denson7:44: Michael Simmons, Rob KiserSeniors7:52: Don Polhamus, Steve Hamant, Marty Jackson8:00: Mike Bosse, Mike Butsch, Gary HuffChampionship Flight8:08:...

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Burfict emerges as heart of Bengals defense

CINCINNATI (AP) — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone from low-risk investment to the heart of the Bengals defense in only two years.Cincinnati thinks so much of its Pro Bowl linebacker that it’s molding one of the league’s best defenses around him in only his third season. And coach Marvin Lewis, who has craved a leader in the style of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, thinks he has one in the making.“I thought Vontaze had those qualities reall...

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QB battle on in Cleveland

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.Less than a week into his first NFL training camp with the Browns, Manziel is going through the typical growing pains of any rookie quarterback.He’s doing all he can in the classroom to grasp Cleveland’s offense, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is finding that once he’s behind center, everything is moving faster than expected....

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Showing signs of recovery

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods showed signs of a positive recovery Thursday at the Bridgestone Invitational.Not just from back surgery, but from making bogeys.Woods bounced back with birdies all three times that he made mistakes, opening with a 2-under 68 on a soft, gentle day for scoring at Firestone. It left him four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, and hopeful that this time he can build on a solid start.Woods opened with a 69 at the British O...

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Highway dedication to honor Sgt. Robert Elliott

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comMIAMI COUNTY — Sgt. Robert Elliott served Miami County and gave the ultimate sacrifice and this month a stretch of highway will be dedicated to his memory.State Route 41, from Covington to Troy, will be dedicated in honor of Miami County Sheriff Sgt. Robert Elliott at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at the First Lutheran Church, located at 2899 State Route 41, Troy.

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