Area briefs




Superhero Saturday set

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch is offering a Superhero Saturday Event on Saturday, April 16 for youth in first through sixth grade. This will be a fun filled night with gym games, swimming, the YMCA Youth Center, and a movie. Come dressed as your favorite Superhero or create your own powers and persona to participate in the Superhero Games! Pizza and lemonade will be served during the movie time at the Youth Center. Drop off begins at 7 p.m. and pick up is at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

FFA Members of the Month named

CASSTOWN — The April 2016 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members of the Month are Hannah Wilson and Daniel Everett. Wilson is the daughter of Brady and Sena Wilson of Troy. Everett is the son of Mark and Julie Everett of Fletcher. Both are seniors and four year members of the FFA Chapter.

Wilson is a State FFA Top 4 Proficiency Finalist in the area of Specialty Crop for her Supervised Agricultural Experience of raising and marketing mums. Hannah will also earn the State FFA Degree at the 2016 State FFA Convention. Hannah has participated in the Food Science Career Development Event and Farm Day for Miami East second graders.

Everett is earning the State FFA Degree at the 2016 State FFA Convention where he, too, will be a member of the State FFA Choir for the fourth year in a row. Daniel’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program consists of job placement at Williams Show Horses. He has attended FFA Camp for three years and fruit sales.

Every month of the school year the Miami East FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. The officer team will nominate one student that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Agricultural Education Classroom, and will receive a special memento on celebration of their accomplishment.

Tickets available for evening with Twain

PIQUA — Tickets are still available for an evening with one of America’s most treasured humorists, whose observations are as true today as they were during Mark Twain’s life.

The Johnston Farm Friends Council will bring scholar/actor Warren Brown to the Fort Piqua Plaza on Thursday, April 21 for an evening of food, music and humor, with “An Evening with Mark Twain.”

Reservations are $35 or $30 for members of the Friends Council and the Ohio History Connection. Call 773-2522 by April 11 to save your spot for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Fourth garden program offered

TROY — The fourth session in the Coffee with the Master Gardener Series being offered by OSU Extension Miami County Master Gardeners will take place at 10 a.m. May 6.

This series is geared towards backyard gardeners and horticulture enthusiasts alike. May’s session will cover roses, fertilizing, care, maintenance, and pest and disease management. The session will be taught by Bob Iiames, a local floriculturist with many years of experience and expertise.

The session will be held at the First Baptist Church in Troy at 53 S. Norwich Road and will run from 10-11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required for refreshments, handouts and space. The cost is $10 per person. Registration deadline is April 29. Make checks payable to OSU Extension. You may mail form and payment to OSU Extension, 201 W. Main St., Troy, or pay by cash or credit card in the office or over the phone. Call (937) 440-3945 or email for more information or to request a registration form. Interested but still have questions? Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Historic Scottish Black Watch visits Tipp

TIPP CITY — On Monday, April 4, the Tipp City Masons were honored to host a visit by the Black Watch from Scotland. After a dinner at Harrison’s Restaurant, all adjourned to the Masonic Lodge and witnessed a degree put on by Lodge members.

After being presented with many gifts, they returned to Harrison’s where everyone traded stories and experiences as Masons.

A brief history of the Black Watch includes: In the Highland regiment every individual feels that his conduct is the subject of observation and that, independently of his duty, as one member of a systematic whole he has a separate and individual reputation to sustain, which will be reflected on his family, district and clan.

The Black Watch boasts a history of honor, gallantry and devoted service to king, queen and country. The battles, which have contributed most to the Black Watch history have been those in which the odds have been most formidable. From Fontenoy to Fallujah with Ticonderoga, Waterloo, Alamein and two World Wars in between, the Black Watch has been there when the world’s history has been shaped.

The Black Watch has played a significant part in each of these bloody and mighty conflicts and the sheer scope and scale of the Black Watch’s contribution is what has nurtured a deep pride in this great Regiment.

The Black Watch was raised in a unique way. In the wake of the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion companies of trustworthy Highlanders were raised from loyal clans. Six companies were formed from 1725 and stationed in small detachments across the Highlands to prevent fighting between the clans, deter raids, and assist in enforcing the laws against carrying weapons.

In 1739 King George II authorized the raising of four additional companies and these all formed into a Regiment of the Line of the regular army. The men were to be “natives of that country and none other to be taken.”