Area briefs

Special Olympics volunteers needed

MIAMI COUNTY — Riverside Developmental Disabilities is currently seeking volunteers for their upcoming Special Olympics basketball season.

Volunteer opportunities are open for coaches, referees, scorekeepers and concessions. Beginning Dec. 4 through March, two teams will have practice and games Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Two additional teams will have practice and games on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. There will be a two-week break over the holidays in December.

Special Olympics activities contribute to the physical social, and psychological development of the athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into the classroom, home, job and community.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities through Miami County Special Olympics, contact Krista Smith at (937) 310-3260 or

Community resource fair set

PIQUA — A Community Resource and Transition Fair is planned for Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m. at the Stickley Dining Commons at Upper Valley Career Center (please enter through the rear doors).

This event provides junior high and high school students and their families an opportunity to learn about resources for independent living, post secondary education, training opportunities, and career options that will help them prepare to move from junior high school to life after high school.

Representatives from more than 40 business, education, special needs, social service, employment and other agencies have been invited.

Dinner will be provided and vendors will have giveaways. Door prizes will be given from 5:30-6 p.m. and you must be present to win.

For more information, contact Niki Luciano at (937) 778-1980 or, or Ssan Debrosse at

Sign up for peace officer academy

PIQUA — The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 21-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by Nov. 29. Physical assessment tests may be completed on either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, with the academy running from Jan. 8 to June 16, 2018.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 778-7865.