Area briefs

Kiwanis schedule August events

PIQUA — The Piqua Kiwanis Club has scheduled the following meetings for August:

• Aug. 2 — “Volcanoes in America” with Holly McElwee, teacher at Piqua Central Intermediate School

• Aug.9 — Piqua’s Teacher of the Year with Paula Schmiesing

• Aug. 16 — 2017 New Teachers’ Annual Luncheon

• Aug.23 — 2017 Miami County Camp Courageous with Kimberly Walker, bereavement coordinator, Ohio Hospice of Miami County

• Aug. 30 — Program offered by the Spiritual Aims Committee

Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. Luncheon and meetings take place at noon on Wednesdays at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting. For more information, call Brian Phillips at (937) 778-1586 or visit

Spend evening on the canal

PIQUA — Join the folks at Johnston Farm & Indian Agency for the popular annual “Evening on the Canal,” which begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. This is a reservation-only event, with reservations due by Aug. 12.

The evening will begin with a hearty meal served in the Education Center overlooking the Miami and Erie Canal. After dinner, guests will board the General Harrison of Piqua for a twilight journey on the canal that is always full of surprises for each passenger.

The cost is $35 for adults; $30 for children 6-12; $30 and $25 for Johnston Farm Friends Council and Ohio History Connection members.

Ag meeting tickets available

TROY — The 13th annual All Agricultural Meeting & Banquet will be held Aug. 24 at the Duke Lundgard Building at the Miami County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are $5 prior to Aug. 18 and $10 at the door or after. Children 12 and under eat free and will enjoy pizza and games with Miami East FFA students. Meet the candidates, Miami SWCD voting and a silent auction and displays will be from 5:30-7 p.m. A catered meal by Lyons Catering will begin at 6:30 p.m. A guest speaker will talk from 7-7:30 p.m. and program and agency highlights will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

For tickets, call Betsy at the farm bureau at 335-1471 or Kristin at Miami SWCD at 335-7645.

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.