Area briefs

Grant application deadline nears

MIAMI COUNTY — Not-for-profit organizations are reminded the next grant deadline for the Miami County Foundation is Aug. 31. Applicants must provide services directly to the citizens of Miami County. All must be certified federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and preferably be a 501(c) organization.

Historically, grants have been awarded to human and social service organizations, schools, healthcare providers, libraries, youth and senior groups as well as the arts. Application forms are available online at or by contacting the office at 773-9012. Guidelines restrict organizations to one grant annually. If you received a grant in the spring, you are not eligible to reapply until next year. Schools are exempt from this restriction.

Successful applicants will receive notification of the fall distribution date. The Foundation was established in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt, founder of WPTW-AM/WCLR radio.

Memorial blood drive slated

WEST MILTON — The family of former Milton-Union High School principal and coach Ed Lendenski will join the West Milton Lions Club in sponsoring the sixth annual Ed Lendenski Memorial Blood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 3-7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ social hall, 108 S. Main St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt and be automatically entered in the “Scouting 4 Donors Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Campbell wins naval award

PIQUA — Richard A. Campbell has been presented with the Department of Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the Naval Surface Warfare Center and the United States Navy from January 2013 through July 2016.

His contributions as a chemist and off-gassing lead for the Gas Analysis Facility (GAF) were pivotal in resolving many of the complex problems encountered during the development of the laboratory’s numerous analytical methods. His contributions resulted in the $1 Million investment that many wanted to give up on numerous times. His natural aptitude and ability to to identify the chemical principles and behaviors were recognized by both leadership and his peers.

Campbell was presented the Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award certificate honoring his duty and the associated medal and lapel pin for him to display proudly. His professionalism, initiative and dedication to duty provide an unprecedented benefit to the Naval Surface Warfare Center and the Navy.

Campbell graduated from Piqua High School in 1978 before earning a degree in chemistry from Wright State University.