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Message from the heart during Go Red Goes North

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PIQUA — Dressed in the signature color of the “Go Red for Women” campaign, a roomful of health-conscious citizens gathered Thursday at the Go Red Goes North Wellness Expo and Luncheon to hear and deliver messages that literally came from the heart.Go Red Goes North is an initiative by the American Heart Association to bring the Go Red movement to the communities north of the I-70/75 corridor. The goal of the campaign is to educate and empower women, as well as raise funds for the fight against heart disease in women.


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Yoga classes to begin at YWCAPIQUA — Join Katie Nardechia for one of two new yoga classes at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St.A five-week session of yoga will be held from 6:15-7:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 22.“Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility and the ultimate improvement of one’s hea...

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Architectural historian to discuss Shawnee

PIQUA — Architectural Historian Rebecca Torsell has completed almost a year of research, compiling a database of information about historic Shawnee buildings. Torsell will present her findings at the Piqua Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. The presentation will be held in the Piqua Public Library’s first floor Louis Program Room.Once known as Huntersville, the Shawnee area is bordered by the Great Miami River. It also once offered convenient access to both the...

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On ISIS, Congress should vote

We have as close to a national consensus as possible in the war against ISIS.Polls show the public wants strong measures. Practically everyone on the political spectrum says the terror group should be destroyed, even Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul. President Barack Obama has given a prime-time speech committing the country to a yearslong war.And yet Congress can’t bring itself to vote to authorize military action. President Obama doesn’t want to ask for an au...

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September is Campus Fire Safety Awareness Month

September marks the beginning of a new school year, the start of football season and cooler weather, but more importantly, it’s Campus Fire Safety Month. Last month I introduced Senate Bill 359 which addresses the very real need for improved fire safety measures in off-campus and rental homes.

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After 45 years, Piqua High Alumni Band still marches on

Staff ReportPIQUA — Today, as they step onto the field at Alexander Stadium-Purk Field, members of the Piqua High School Alumni band will do so in celebration of their 45th season.With its roots in the founding of the high school marching band in 1917 by Phillip P. Gates, the alumni band has become a testament to tradition and comradeship unlike any other, with former Pride of Piqua band members being the oldest active high school alumni in the state.

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Time Travel to the Ohio Renaissance Festival

ime Travel to the Ohio Renaissance FestivalBy Holly McElweeTake a step back in time to merry old England at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, just a short jaunt down to Waynesville. Celebrating its 25th year of turkey legs, jousting knights, and pirate stunt shows, there’s something for everyone at this fun fall fest.

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FFA supports seat belt awareness

CASSTOWN — On Wednesday, Sept. 18, as part of National Farm Safety Awareness Week, the Agriculture Promotion Committee of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held a Seat Belt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seat belts were checked.If the student was wearing their sea tbelt they received a Smarties candy for being smart about wearing their seat belt. If the students were not wearing their seat be...

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Brukner offering a variety of programs

TROY — The following activities and programs are taking place at Brukner Nature Center:• NIGHT HIKE: Brukner Nature Center will have a Night Hike on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8:30 p.m. Every month BNC Naturalists plan a nighttime adventure in to the Brukner woodlands. Exploring the BNC woods during the day can be fun but being able to explore at night is an adventure. Join a BNC naturalist as you take off into the woods. Free and open to the public.• PUBLI...

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Piqua spikers handle Wave

GREENVILLE — The Piqua volleyball team improved to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the GWOC North with a 25-9, 25-13, 25-11 win over Greenville Tuesday.Tasha Potts had 10 kills and one block, while Logan Ernst had eight kills and two blocks.Cassidy Sullenberger dished out 28 assists, while Kailey Byers had eight digs and Kyla Blankenship served four aces.The JV and freshman both won in two straight games.Piqua will play at Vandalia-Butler Thursday....

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Commissioners grant fund to parks district

TROY — The Miami County commissioners approved a grant to the Miami County Park District for the Great Miami County Recreational Trails Fund. The money in the fund will be used only for administrative purposes, operation and maintenance of the Miami County Bike Path.The board met with J. Scott Myers, the executive director of Miami County Park District, the executive director of the Troy Foundation, Melissa J. Kleptz, on July 12 to discuss their request to have the board of c...

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Piqua firefighter honored for bravery

PIQUA — Piqua firefighter Eric Wood was inducted into the Ohio Firefighters Hall of Fame at the State Fire Academy in Columbus on Wednesday.

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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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BikeFest rolls into town this weekend

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 yes...

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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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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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