Area briefs

Free meal offered

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will offer a free Thanksgiving meal from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the church, 205 Walnut St., Fletcher. Meals will be dine-in or carry-out.

Help veterans receive a wreath

PIQUA — Scott Family McDonald’s is collecting donations until Dec. 2 for Piqua veterans through Wreaths across America. The goal is to raise $5,500 to place a total of 1,000 wreaths in Piqua cemeteries.

Wreaths across America is a non-profit organization that began as one man’s annual tribute to our veterans. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, their mission is to remember, honor and teach by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at more than 1,600 locations in all 50 U.S. states.

Four hundred and fifty wreaths have been donated in Piqua so far. To further help the cause, donate by visiting either Scott Family McDonald’s location in Piqua at 995 E. Ash St. or 1546 Covington Ave. Physical donations at these locations garnish a special pricing: buy two wreaths for $15 and receive a third one free. You can also donate on their website to benefit all other cities at

Scott Family McDonald’s will be matching the first $1000 donated at their Piqua locations. They challenge other local businesses to join in by adding to their match. Businesses can call (937) 773-7200 to set up a match donation.

Holiday concert, cookie walk set


The Piqua High School Vocal Department will be presenting its holiday concert, “Tis the Season,” and 19th annual Cookie Walk on Sunday, Dec. 8. The performances will take place in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The Cookie Walk will be held in the Piqua High School Commons where cookies will be displayed on decorated tables and sold for $6.50 per pound.

The concerts will feature several guest musicians which include the Gotham City Brass Quintet, as well as David Broerman, organist. The choirs are conducted by Tom Westfall. The accompanist for the choirs is Carol Palmer.

Performances will include the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, “The Company” Show Choir, and the Concert Choir. As in year’s past, the Concert Choir will perform the “Hallelujah Chorus,” and former choir members, as well as audience members, will be invited to join them on stage to sing.

The concerts are free and open to the public. If there are any questions, contact Tom Westfall at PHS during school hours at 773-6314, Ext. 1030, or email at