Area briefs

YMCA offers youth night

MIAMI COUNTY – The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch is offering a Saturday Night Live Event on Saturday, Nov. 12, for youth in first through sixth grades. This will be a fun-filled night with swimming, gym games, and the Youth Center. Pizza and lemonade will be served at the Youth Center.

Drop off begins at 7 p.m. and pick up is at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Register at the Piqua Branch or over the phone at (937) 773-9622. For further questions and information, contact Jaime Hull at (937) 440-9622 or

Scholarship nominee sought

MIAMI COUNTY — Benjamin Hiser, a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, has been named an official nominator for the school’s Leadership Honors Program for a local student to receive a full tuition scholarship to the school’s law program.

Hiser is seeking to discuss the nomination process with local students interested in pursuing a degree in law. Criteria for the program includes an undergraduate GPA of 3.15 and an LSAT score of 152, along with others.

The deadline for Hiser to make his official nomination is Dec. 30.

Those interested in being considered for a nomination, can reach Hiser at or call him at (937) 615-0887.

Soil, water testing upcoming

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter, in cooperation with the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, OSU Extension — Miami County, and Miami Conservancy District will sponsor a free Water and Soil Testing Fair from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 in the Miami East High School cafeteria. No reservations are needed. This is open to all Miami County residents. All testing should take about 30 minutes to complete.

Additionally, 20-minute informational and educational speakers will be in the Miami East High School Lecture hall to share valuable information while you wait for your results. At 4:30 p.m., inspector Gerry Tipton from the Miami County Health Department will present “Home Owner Well Maintenance Tips.” At 5 p.m., the Miami County Master Gardners will present “Fertilizing the Garden and Best Management Practices.” At 5:30 p.m., Amanda Bennett from the Miami Extension Office will share, “Why Soil Testing is Important.” And, at 6 p.m.. Linda Raterman from the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District will explain, “Why is Water Testing Important.”

This program will offer free iron testing of ground well water. Additionally, free water tests will determine both nitrates and nitrites are present in the well water sample. If your home’s well is more than 40 years old, is less than 50 feet deep or hasn’t been tested within the last year then bring a well-water sample to the event. The fresh sample should be collected the day of the event using fresh water, stored in a clean container, and refrigerated until the event. For further information on how to take a water sample, contact the Miami Soil & Water at 335-7645.

Free soil tests will be available to test soil levels of pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Samples should be taken early so that they can air dry to a crumbly texture. Contact the Extension Office at 440-3945 or for further directions in collecting a sample for testing.

For more information, visit the Miami East High School website under the FFA tab or by calling 335-7070, Ext. 3212, or emailing