Area briefs



Quarter auction today

BRADFORD — The Bradford Community Club will be sponsoring a fundraiser for Senior Scholarships and their Building Fund on Wednesday, April 5 at the Bradford Community Club. Please come in the side entrance.

The auction begins at 7 p.m. with paddle sales and food sales starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a free paddle raffle. Cost is $3 for the first paddle with $1 for each additional paddle purchased.

Some of the vendors will include: Tupperware, Premier Jewelry, Trudy’s Key Fobs, Tastefully Simple, do Terra, Damsel in Defense, Thirty One, Pampered Chef, Mom and Me Baking & Décor, Avon, Scentsy and Origami Owl.

Call (937) 570-1733 for additional information.

YWCA to hold annual meeting

PIQUA ― Noted Dayton photographer Bill Franz will be the featured speaker at the YWCA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, at 11 a.m. The program is free and open to the public. A noon luncheon ($6/person) will follow.

Reservations for the program and luncheon are requested by Monday, April 10, by calling the YWCA at 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped- accessible.

Franz is known for photographing people at work across the Miami Valley and telling stories for each of his pictures. “What began as a pursuit of a hobby for Franz has transformed into a highly sought-after skill and another method by which to tell Dayton’s stories,” according to Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director. “His photographs give the public an opportunity to see the residents and scenes of Dayton captured in a whole new way.”

Following the luncheon, Donna DeBrosse, YWCA Board of Directors president, will conduct the 98th Annual Meeting to recognize newly-elected and retiring board members, the Top 10 YWCA volunteers and the Top Youth Volunteer as well as outline programs and activities throughout 2016.

For more information or to make a reservation, call the YWCA at 773-6626.

Building project DVD available

COVINGTON — The Covington High School multi-media and communications classes, under the supervision of Marti Cain and Bridgit Kerber, have created a DVD of the new building project.

This DVD features over 1,400 pictures and features the old elementary and middle school buildings, demolition of both buildings, construction from the first shovel of dirt in May 2015 to the open house in August 2016. It also contains images of the new building, including all of the classrooms, the cafeteria, the gymnasium and playgrounds, plus aerial views of the entire campus.

This DVD is on sale for $5 and can be purchased through the board of education office, located in the high school.

WOE seeking nominations

PIQUA — Deadline for nominations for the 21st annual YWCA Women of Excellence and Young Woman of Tomorrow Awards is Monday, May 15, at 5 p.m. or postmarked on May 15. Nomination forms are available at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St., by phone at 773-6626, or email Leesa Baker

The awards, established by the YWCA in 1997, have been given annually to recognize women in Miami County who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in civic and community activities. The honorees must reside, be employed, or be active in Miami County. An individual, a group, or an organization may submit nominations.

The Young Woman of Tomorrow honoree must be between 16-22 years of age as of May 15, 2017.

This year’s honorees will be selected by a committee of impartial judges composed of men and women from throughout Miami County. Awards will be presented at a Gala Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 19.

FFA member of month named

CASSTOWN — The April 2017 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Ethin Bendickson. Bendickson is the son of Derek and Kris Bendickson of Troy. He is a freshman at Miami East High School and a first year agriculture student enrolled in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Bendickson was selected as the member of the month for his consistent participation in various FFA activities. He was a member of the soils evaluation, parliamentary procedures team, and Agriculture Power and Diagnostics Career Development Events. Recently, Ethin applied to and was accepted to be a member of the State FFA Band at the upcoming State FFA Convention in May. Ethin’s Supervised Agriculture Experience program is a firewood cutting business.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Agriculture Classroom, and receive a special memento in celebration of their accomplishment.