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Piqua teen to attend amputee camp

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PIQUA — For Sylvester Jones V, losing a limb doesn’t mean losing his sense of adventure.Born with tibial hemimelia, a deficiency of the tibia with varying degrees of bone absence, the Piqua teen, the son of Sylvester Jones and Angela Reinke, had his first amputation surgery at the age of 13 months. Three months later, he was up and walking.“He was missing his inside ankle joints altogether and the tibia in his left leg only had the middle portion of it,” Reinke explained. “It was the hardest decision of our lives to go with amputation instead of reconstruction, but he hasn’t let it stop him. He’s pretty much always willing to try anything.”

 

Champions crowned at Frydell

By Josh BrownSports EditorTROY — Philip Brumbaugh and Ashley Wallace both won singles titles and were part of the champion doubles teams.Ian Stutz lost to his doubles partners in singles for the second straight year, only to win the doubles crown again.In the end, all of the champions were crowned at the Thomas Frydell Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament during a jam-packed day of tennis Friday at Troy Community Park, with one backdraw match sti...

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Local Realtor® wins award

PIQUA - Laura Bates was recently awarded the 2014 REALTOR® Of The Year by the Midwestern Ohio Association of REALTORS®. Laura is a REALTOR® with McVety Realty in Piqua. This award is given to the REALTOR® who best exemplifies outstanding contributions to the REALTOR® association, the real estate industry and their community.Laura has been a REALTOR® since 2003. She is the 2014 President of the Midwestern Ohio Association of REALTORS® (MOAR) and se...

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Lending money to family members — is it ever a good idea?

It’s harder than ever for young adults to save and get ahead in our current economy. Modest incomes and college loans make it tough to assemble enough cash to purchase a car or make a down payment on a house. It doesn’t help that credit standards have tightened, putting bank loans out of reach for those without a strong credit history.It’s no wonder people are looking to family members for some financial help, and while you may want to help, lending to a family me...

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Phlipot joins Stillwater Family Care

VERSAILLES — Jennifer Phlipot, CNP, has joined Stillwater Family Care in Versailles. Ms. Phlipot is a graduate of The Ohio State University Nurse Practitioner program. She has a special interest in pediatric care and women’s health. Nurse practitioners are clinical medical professionals who provide care in collaboration with a physician. They can examine patients, order tests, make diagnoses, prescribe medications and provide education and treatment plans. The practice, 471 Marker...

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It’s nice to meet you

There is nothing I find more unpleasant than shaking a person’s hand.There can be a lot of psychology at play with a handshake. Most guys overcompensate for their lackluster size and masculinity by squeezing as absolutely hard as they can.Other guys of impressive size and masculine quality also present a problem because they squeeze as hard as they possibly can, too, but they tend to jerk your arm practically out of socket.First, I am not a piece of gym ...

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Rick and Paula (Keys) Polei of Troy announce the birth of a son, Layne William Polei, born June 20, 2014, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.Layne was welcomed home by big brother Dylan, age 23 months.Grandparents are Sharon Keys of Winchester, Ind., Brent and Terri Edwards of Winchester, Ind., and the late Mike Polei, formerly of Winchester, Ind. Great-grandparents are Kermit and Oma Bates of Winchester, Ind., Martha Barrett of Muncie, Ind., and Claude and Jennie Brow...

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Fight the summer learning gap

Some of the newness of summer has now worn off and the attention of many has turned to what lies ahead in our near future. One sign of things to come is the appearance of the annual “Back to School” displays in our local stores! But before we get too ahead of ourselves I want to stress that summer is not over. To the silent joy of many students I repeat … summer is not over! But I also want to repeat my annual message of fighting the summer learning gap!

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VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

By Matthew DalyAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems.James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans Health Administration, the VA’s health care arm, apologized on behalf of the department at a congressional hearing Tuesday night.

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Sillmans Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

Dennis and Melinda (West) Sillman marked their fiftieth wedding anniversary Sunday, June 29, by renewing their vows in the chapel at St Pauls Evangelical and Reformed Church, where they were first married on June 28, 1964. A reception followed in the fellowship hall attended by family and friends.Denny and Melinda have two children and two grandchildren. Daughter Amy is married to Thomas Siegel. They along with their son Nathan reside in San Francisco, CA. Son Michael Andrew is mar...

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Richard and Dianne Gentis of Piqua celebrated their 50th anniversary on July 10. They were married in Springfield on July 10, 1964.They are the parents of three daughters, Shelley (Alberto) Benitez of South Carolina; Sherry Behnken of New Smyrna, Fla.; and Jennifer (Curtis) Everett of Fletcher. They have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.The couple are members of Bethel United Methodist Church in Piqua.

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Commanders: Benghazi rescue hampered by info lack

By Donna Cassata and Bradley KlapperAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the four U.S. deaths in Benghazi might have been prevented, military leaders say, if commanders had known more about the intensity of the sporadic gunfire directed at the CIA facility where Americans had taken refuge and had pressed to get a rescue team there faster.

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Golf outing to benefit couples struggling with infertility

MINSTER — The American dream has always been a house, children, a happy marriage, and a dog-but for some couples, pursuing that dream can become a nightmare of heartache.That’s the case for Minster residents Lindsay and Alex Monnier. The couple has suffered through four lost pregnancies, forcing them to weigh their morality with their desires.

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Kiddie Tractor Pull at celebration

PIQUA - The National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association held a kiddie tractor pull at the Piqua Fourth of July Association’s celebration at Fountain Park on July 4, 2014. There were 3 age divisions. The winners of ages 3 and 4 were Kaden Rothlesberger (W. Mansfield), Kyler Moreaux (Piqua) and Audryna Rudy (Piqua). The winners of ages 5 and 6 were Marissa McDermit (Sidney), Alex Ricks (Dayton) and Kasen Craft (Houston). The winners of ages 7 and 8 were Layton Hughes (Troy), Mason McDermi...

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Traveling Teacher

By Holly McElweeWhen vacationing at Niagara Falls, the Canadian side is typically the biggest draw. It’s positioning gives tourists excellent views of both the American and the Canadian falls.Hornblower Cruise. This is the Canadian equivalent of the Maid of the Mist tour. Don the red poncho before leaving dock because you WILL get wet! The first part of the cruise sails past the American Falls and then journeys down to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls....

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Brukner Nature Center Upcoming Events:

“Wednesdays with Wildlife”… a Junior Naturalist Adventure at Brukner Nature Center

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Heat helps Country Concert vendors

FORT LORAMIE — On a day when most Ohioans rejoiced over the announcement of LeBron James’s return to Cleveland, those in Fort Loramie had another reason: day two of Country Concert ’14.Friday’s headline performers — Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch, Montgomery Gentry and Brantley Gilbert — took the main stage in front of thousands of fans – several of whom broke out their old LeBron James jerseys. James announced early Friday afternoon his plans to...

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Public Works teams with RT Industries

By Bethany J. RoyerStaff Writerbroyer@civitasmedia.comPIQUA — The Public Works department, along with members of RT Industries, part of the Miami County Board of MR/DD, took advantage of a mild morning to tackle weeds and trash at Pitsenbarger Park Friday. As an estimated 16 individuals from the latter volunteered for this first year of collaboration to aid in cleaning area parks, city landscapes, and more.“RT Industries has been working...

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