Area briefs

App can help in emergency

TROY — Baird Funeral Home has recognized a unique opportunity to assist the local first responders through an initiative that could help save lives.

Area residents can download the Vital ICE app for your smart phone from either the Apple App store or Google Play and enter their code: 2603. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. Baird Funeral Home is making this potentially life-saving app available for free to download in the community. The app takes just a few minutes to download and to fill in the information so that you are prepared in case of an emergency.

In the event of an emergency, first responders can use the Vital ICE app to retrieve the user’s vital information. This information can then be easily taken on the ambulance to the hospital or sent directly to the hospital from the Vital ICE app where ER staff can further access this critical information.

ServSafe Certification classes offered

PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division will be offering ServSafe classes in May. ServSafe is the food safety program developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and provides an overview of basic sanitation procedures from receiving food at the loading dock to serving customers.

Classes are designed for food service managers, directors, chefs, kitchen managers, dieticians, head cooks, line cooks and dietary managers and will be taught by Marie Shaneyfelt, Upper Valley Career Center Culinary Instructor. Upon successful completion participants will receive a certification accredited by the American National Standards Institute Conference for Food Protection.

Classes will be held at the Upper Valley Career Center, Main Building Culinary Lab at 8811 Career Drive in Piqua. Participants may choose to attend a four-session evening course offered Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 12, from 4-8 p.m. or a two-session course offered Saturday, May 21 and Sunday May 22, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost of the course is $175 per person and includes training material and certification card. Class size is limited. Contact Deborah Adkins at 778-1078 or email to request more information or to enroll.

Blood pressure, glucose checks offered

WEST MILTON — Check on your blood pressure and glucose levels at the Milton-Union Public Library.

Upper Valley Medical Center wellness nurse Karen Katz, RN, will conduct free blood pressure and glucose screenings for all ages from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

No materials are needed and the screenings are first come, first serve.

Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.