Area briefs

Randolph pilgrimage set

PIQUA — A Second Journey or Pilgrimage to the sites of importance connected to the arrival in the Upper Miami Valley and experiences of the Randolph Freedmen in 1846 will be held on Saturday, May 14. The PROD (Promoting Recognition Of Diversity) sponsored-event will start with a gathering at 10 a.m. at the Roadside Park on Route 66 across from the Water Works and adjoining the Great Miami River/Canal corridor to the Johnston Farm and Cemetery.

A historical interlude and devotional sharing by clergy will take place at each site visited and the Rev. John Scott of TrueVine Church in Piqua will provide the memorial message at the Cemetery in Carthagena. Those intending to participate should start their pilgrimage at the African (Jackson) Cemetery in Rossville (Piqua) before the 10 a.m. start time or to end their visit there following the return from Carthagena.

All drivers and participants must observe the road laws and appropriate decorum at each site visited and prepare for weather related circumstances. Lawn chairs may also be desirable. An event time of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is anticipated. Bottled water will be provided.

Newton awards planned

PLEASANT HILL — Newton High School and Newton Junior High schools’ end of the year awards program will be held May 18. The program will begin at 8 a.m. in the high school gym and parents are encouraged to attend. This program is an opportunity to recognize students for various accomplishments throughout the year.

STEM summer camp to be offered

TROY — “Let it Glide” is the new theme for WACO Aviation Summer Camp 2016.

This one-week intensive day camp, designed for those entering fifth through eighth grade, will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) used in the field of aviation. “Let It Glide” students will be immersed in hands-on activities as they use the engineering design process to solve real-world aviation problems.

This week’s aviation problem comes in the form of a challenge extended to the campers by NASA. Students will work in teams to complete the steps of the Engineering Design Process, keeping a journal of each step. Students will develop and build a shoebox glider and then work to improve it in order to get the greatest glide slope ratio (ratio of the horizontal distance traveled to the change in height) possible.

Using Adobe Connect, students will have a few chances to interact with NASA subject matter experts (SME) in order to gain insights and advice on their projects. Experimenting with thrust, drag, weight and lift will enhance their understanding of flight, and is intended to be applied to their glider design. Finally, the team will prepare a video presentation of their records, data and documentation to be presented to NASA.

Additionally, several aviation specialists will be guests during the course of the week, introducing Aviation Campers to a variety of possible careers in the aviation/aerospace industry. The week will conclude with an introductory flight in a general aviation aircraft. Only 16 openings remain. For questions or to register, call WACO at (937) 335-9226.

Veterans nominations sought

COLUMBUS — Don’t miss the chance to honor veterans who have served their communities following military service. The deadline for nominations for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is June 30.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the achievements of veterans in community service after their military service ended. Charter members of the Hall’s Class of 1993 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders, and veterans’ advocates.

The Hall of Fame Executive Committee, made up of veterans, selects not more than 20 inductees annually. Men and women chosen for induction into the Hall come from all eras, all branches of service and all walks of life.

Nomination guidelines and forms are available at

Members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2015 whose names will be permanently displayed in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame located in the Riffe Center for Government and the Arts at 77 S. High St., Columbus, include Miami County resident Michael L. DeHart of Troy.