Area briefs

Choirs to present fall concert

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Vocal Department will present its annual fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts. The choirs are conducted by Tom Westfall. The accompanist for the choirs is Carol Palmer.

The Women’s Chorus will perform “Awake, My Soul, and Sing!” by Johnson, “What Do the Stars Do?” by Johnson, “Safe and Sound” arranged by Brymer, and “Goin’ Up,” a modern-day spiritual by Glenda Franklin.

The Men’s Chorus will present “Festival Sanctus” by Johnson and “Silhouettes” arranged by Roger Emerson. The men will also perform “The Buckeye Battle Cry/Across the Field,” and “The Piqua Pep Song” by Gates.

The Concert Choir will take the stage with “Viva!” by Mozart, “Jubilate, Exsultate!” by Johnson, and “Ain’t No Windin’ in the Road” by Greg Gilpin. They will conclude their portion of the concert with the “Piqua Alma Mater” by Gates.

This concert is free and open to the public. If there are any questions, please contact Tom Westfall at PHS during school hours at (937) 773-6314 (ext. 1030) or email at

Johnston to hold Fall Celebration

PIQUA — Have you ever wondered what the Miami and Erie Canal looked like in the fall? Join Johnston Farm for a special day of activities from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.

There will be two canal boat rides aboard the General Harrison of Piqua; one at 1 p.m. that will travel north to Lock 8 and return to the landing. The second ride at 2:30 p.m. will travel the entire length of our section of the canal to give passengers an idea of what canawlers saw in 1845 as they moved across western Ohio by canal boat.

Visitors also can take part in a variety of activities and demonstrations at the home of John Johnston, as well as a tour of the home, and a visit to the Historic Indian and Canal Museum. Regular site admission is $9 adults, $4 students 6-12, free for Johnston Farm Friends and Ohiio History Connection Members. AAA & Senior discounts honored.

Training offered by PIH

TROY — Partners in Hope Bridges Out of Poverty Community Overview Training will be offered from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 9.

This is an opportunity to learn about how you can partner to make a difference in your community by looking at poverty and crisis based living through a different lens. This training in ideal for anyone who provides services to people in need as an employee of an organization, a member of a local church, or as a volunteer at a school or other non-profit. The cost is $30 per person and includes snacks and a book.

To register, contact Jessica Echols or Sonia Holycross at (937) 335-0448.

Adams to speak at luncheon

PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Lee Adams of the Piqua Fire Department, will be the featured speaker for the YWCA Monthly Luncheon Series on Oct. 11. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon ($6/person). Reservations for the luncheon are needed by Monday, Oct. 9.

“October is Fire Awareness Month and we are focused on helping community members become more aware of what they can do to stay safe in any situation,” YWCA Program Director Beth Royer-DeLong said. “Assistant Fire Chief Adams will go over many scenarios to demonstrate how to be safe, how to prevent serious events from happening and what to do in case of emergencies.”

A UVMC nurse will be available from 10:15-11 a.m. for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.