Area briefs

Y taking fall registrations

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA will begin taking registrations for Fall II Session classes on Oct. 16 for members and Oct. 19 for non-members. Classes will begin Monday, Oct. 23 and last for seven weeks. This session includes many recreation and fitness options such as swim lessons, group exercise, gymnastics, youth sports and much more.

The Y will be taking online registrations at its website To do so, a participant must first register his or her email at the main desk. They can then go online, log in and register for their chosen classes. Registrations will also still be accepted at the desks and over the phone.

For more information, call Donn Craig at 440-9622 or visit

Genealogy program set

PIQUA — The Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society will welcome Certified Memorialist John Piatt as the speaker at their Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting in Piqua Public Library’s Louis Room at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.

Piatt, the information and reference coordinator for the library, will be sharing “Weird, Eerie, and Spooky Necropolises” from around the world. The word “necropolis” literally translates to “City of the Dead.” The monuments he will focus on are all unique, with a variety of legends, curses, poltergeist sightings and weird and macabre facts from cemeteries around the world.

Piatt earned the designation of Certified Memorialist by the Monument Builders of North America. Through a combination of years in the memorial industry, the completion of the MBNA Memorial Design course, civic and industry achievement and culminating in a very comprehensive exam, the process was nearly five years in duration.

Bazaar upcoming

CASSTOWN — The village of Casstown will offer a holiday bazaar and chili cook-off from 3-6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Casstown United Methodist Church, 102 Center St., Casstown.

The bazaar will include baked goods, handmade items and vendors.

For more information on participating in either event, contact Crystal at