Area Briefs



Field trip upcoming

BRADFORD — Bradford Public Library New Friends and Volunteers Group will take a trip to the Greenville Public Library for a workshop on women’s fashions during the war between the state at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. This is a free program.

Hannah Linebaugh, member of the Ohio Valley Civil War Association, will discuss and demonstrate women’s fashions during the years 1860 through 1864. Linebaugh will show everything it took for a lady to get dressed in the 1860s, layer by layer.

Those interested can arrive at Bradford Public Library at 5:30 p.m. to car pool. For questions, please contact Sue at (937) 448-2844.

Arbor Day event planned

PIQUA — Forest Hill Cemetery and Arboretum will be hold Arbor Day at the cemetery at 10 a.m. April 22.

Around 300 sixth graders from Piqua Intermediate School will be part of the activities. In addition, Linda Raterman from Miami Soil and Water will talk about trees. The students will head out to more than a dozen trees to plant before coming back together, and Unity National Bank will hand out prizes to nine winners in a contest among the students.

Forest Hill Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 8660 N. State Route 66 in Piqua, and can be contacted at (937) 773-2614.

Symposium to feature cyclist

TROY — Connor O’Leary was on the top of the world and his sport of cycling when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and told he’d never race again. Diagnosed in 2010 just before his 19th birthday, he was devastated, but not deterred.

Not only did he survive, but he’s back on his bike.

He’ll share the story of his racing, his treatment and recovery and his return to an active life including winning television’s The Amazing Race All-Stars during the annual Bill and Ruth McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium on May 10 at The Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy. His topic: “Beat the Odds: A Survivor’s Story.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation at 6 p.m. followed by questions and answers and a door prize drawing.

The program is free but registration is required. To reserve a seat, call the UVMC Foundation at (937) 440-7541 before noon May 6. Seating is limited to the first 300 registrants.

The annual symposium, sponsored by the UVMC Foundation and the UVMC Cancer Care Center, is named in honor of Bill and Ruth McGraw, parents of Bill McGraw, III, and his sisters, Karen McGraw and Chris Grilliot. Between them, Bill and Ruth McGraw had cancer five times, but neither died from the disease.

The program is made possible by a gift from the McGraw Family Fund of The Troy Foundation and a grant from the UVMC Foundation.