Area Briefs

Notice of vacant public school sites community forum

PIQUA — The City of Piqua Development Office and Piqua City School District are pleased to announce the date and time for the Vacant Public School Sites Community Forum.

The focus of the forum will be to provide citizens with an update on the status of the demolition work and to receive input and field questions concerning the future use the vacated public school sites. The meeting format will include an informational presentation followed by facilitated discussion inviting public comment.

The forum is open to the public and all community members with an interest in this topic are welcome to attend.

The forum will take place on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 from 6-7:30 p.m.

It will be held at Piqua Central Intermediate School, located at 807 Nicklin Ave. in Piqua.

For questions, contact City Planner Chris Schmiesing at (937) 778-2049 or at

Public notice

PIQUA — This notice serves as a reminder to the motoring public of the improvements to the intersection of Downing Street and Ash Street and the intersection of Downing Street and High Street.

As of Sept. 8, 2015, the existing traffic signal devices at these intersections have been bagged. The intersections will remain under observation for sixty (60) days at which time the traffic signal will be completely removed.

Signage alerting motorist of the changes will remain at the intersections during this transition period. It is anticipated that the traffic signal heads will be removed the week of Nov. 10, 2015.

Motorists are asked to proceed through the intersection with extra caution while this work is being completed.

Autumn Equinox Event

TROY — Brukner Nature Center’s Autumn Equinox Event featuring the art of Charley Harper and “The Elusive Boreal Owl” will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for you to grab a glass of organic cider and delicious autumn fare as you enjoy our Autumn Art Exhibit, the whimsical art of Charley Harper, Cincinnati’s beloved American Modernist artist best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints.

At 7:15 p.m., we’ll settle into our seats for an engaging presentation by Miami University professor and ornithologist Dave Russell and his wife, Jill.

A birder’s dream and a vole’s nightmare, the elusive Boreal Owl also serves as an important indicator of boreal forest change. For the past five summers, Jill and Dave have studied the growth and development of young Boreal Owls in the taiga forests of interior Alaska. Come along on this exploration of the secret lives of nesting Boreal Owls and the owl’s place within the Arctic ecosystem.

Admission is just $5 for BNC Members and $10 for non-members. All proceeds from this event, including the sale of the photographs through-out the exhibit, will support our mission of wildlife conservation.

Brukner Nature Center is located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Rd. in Troy.