Area briefs

Santa event deemed success

TIPP CITY — The annual TMCS Visit with Santa on Dec. 7 was deemed a success, with 271 children of all ages and their families making a visit with Santa at Broadway Elementary School. Participants were asked to bring a toy or food item to donate to Needy Basket.

Each child sat on Santa’s lap, told him their Christmas lists, had their picture taken, and received a candy cane. Parents and children were treated to cookies, doughnut holes, and milk. While parents waited in line, their children could play various games to help pass the time. Ranger Vick was also there to entertain the participants with juggling, puppets, and balloon sculpting. There were also several crafts available for the children to make and take home. This event takes place on the first Saturday of December each year. Photos taken by TMCS are posted on their facebook page.

As a reminder, the Tipp Monroe Community Services’ office will close for the holidays at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30. The office will also be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

For emergency assistance only, call (937) 470-3837.

Troy holiday closings

TROY — Troy city offices will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day.

The city refuse collection and the curbside recycling program will be delayed one day starting with Dec. 25 (Wednesday collection on Thursday, through Friday collection on Saturday).

The city refuse collection and the curbside recycling program will be delayed one day starting with Jan. 1 (Wednesday collection on Thursday, through Friday collection on Saturday).

Refuse and recycling is to be placed out for pickup no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. Questions related to the refuse and recycling schedules are referred to the Central Maintenance & Service Facility at 937-335-1914.

Piqua holiday closings

PIQUA — Piqua city offices will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25, along with Wednesday, Jan. 1, to allow city employees to observe the Christmas and New Year holidays with their families.

Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will not be made on Wednesday, Dec. 25, nor on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday’s collection days will be one day later for those two weeks.

The city urges all customers to place their containers at their usual collection points the evening before for early pick-ups the following day.

YMCA offers basketball clinic

TROY — The Miami County YMCA is offering a basketball shooting clinic for youth and teens from K-12 on Jan. 18 at the Robinson Branch, located on 25-A between Troy and Tipp City.

Professional shooting coach Thom Townsley, promoter for the Indiana Pacers, will lead the clinic. Coach Townsley has over 25 years of experience performing clinics worldwide and teaching professional practice skills used by both NBA and WNBA players.

The clinic is free for members and youth registered in the winter youth basketball leagues. There will be a $5 fee for all other youth. Clinic times are as follows:

• Kindergarten through second grade — 9-10:20 a.m.

• Third and fourth grade — 10:30-11:50 a.m.

• Fifth grade and up — Noon to 1:20 p.m.

Registrations are currently being accepted. For more information or to register, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or