Area briefs

Casner joins diversity organization

ASHLAND — Nicole Casner of Fletcher is a member of the diversity on campus organization at Ashland University.

Casner is majoring in nursing.

She is the daughter of Jonathan and Gloria Casner of Fletcher. Casner is a 2014 graduate of Bethel High School.

YMCA offers youth overnight

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch is offering a youth overnight on Friday, Dec. 4 for youth in first through sixth grade. There will be gym games and swimming, followed by pizza and movies at the Youth Center. Drop off begins at 9:15 p.m. and pick up is at 7 a.m. Saturday morning at the Youth Center.

Register at the Piqua branch or over the phone at 773-9622. For more questions and information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

History center sets winter hours

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill History Center will be closed Dec. 14 until March 14, 2016.

Center volunteers regret it is necessary to close for the winter months due to the high cost of heating the building.

In the meantime, check the website at, Facebook and newspapers for news and updates during this time.

Library plans holiday evening

WEST MILTON — Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time, in the library … which means it’s time for Milton-Union Public Library’s annual “Community Holiday Night!” The family friendly evening will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10.

There will be plenty of holiday cheer to go around with door prizes, live music, refreshments, and of course Santa. Enjoy carols played by musician and library clerk, Chere Hile. Hile has sung and played the piano since she was in preschool. She travelled for more than six years with Encounter Revival Ministries, a professional singing team, and then worked as a professional musician and worship leader for more than 15 years.

A special snowflake tree craft will be available for the kids, with all supplies provided. Cookies, coffee and other goodies will be offered by the New Friends.

The photo booth is back by popular demand. Bring your cell phones and cameras and the library will bring the props. Let out your inner silly and preserve a memory.

The guests of honor for the entire evening will be Santa and Mrs. Claus. They will have a smile and surprise for each child.

Come join the Claus’s and the library in celebrating another successful year and a happy holiday season. For more information, call (937) 698-5515 or visit

Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton, and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.