Area briefs

Evening on the Canal set

PIQUA — Join Johnston Farm & Indian Agency for an evening that will take you back to the time the world moved at four miles an hour at the end of a towrope.

The Aug. 20 adventure will begin with a hearty meal served in the Education Center overlooking the Miami and Erie Canal. After dinner, guests will board the General Harrison of Piqua for a twilight journey on the canal that is always full of surprises. This year, passengers will be regaled by storyteller Melanie Pratt as she shares tales from Appalachia, Ireland, and of course Ohio’s canals.

This is a reservation-only event, so call early to book your passage for this popular, once-a-year opportunity. The cost is $35/adults, $30/children 6-12, $30 and $25 for Johnston Farm Friends Council and Ohio History Connection members.

For additional information about this event, or about the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency, contact Site Historic Manager Andy Hite at (937) 773-2522 or by email at

Fuel contest under way

PIQUA — The Sunoco in Piqua, located at 8855 N. County Road 25-A, will be participating in the Free Fuel 500 contest through Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Sunoco representatives will be in cities and towns throughout Ohio rewarding drivers displaying a Sunoco decal on their vehicle. Free Fuel 5000 Instant Winners will receive a $10 Sunoco gas card and be automatically entered into the Free Fuel 5000 grand prize drawing for a chance to win $5,000 in free Sunoco fuel. Fourteen grand prize winners will be announced in the fall.

Get moving at the Y

PIQUA — Dea Davis will facilitate a new session of Healthy Moves with a four-week session beginning Monday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to noon at the YWCA.

“The class will focus on improving balance, relaxation and breathing,” said Davis. “The movements will be gentle, smooth and continuous with emphasis on gaining strength and better balance. This program enhances one’s overall health and quality of life.”

New students are welcome. For more information on membership requirements or to register, stop at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Cooper to speak at program

PIQUA — Artist and former Piqua resident Linda Thoma Cooper will be the featured speaker for the YWCA Monthly Luncheon Series program on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon ($6 per person).

Cooper began her journey as a quilter more than 20 years ago and offers lectures and workshops to share her love and journey as an artist. ooper’s focus will be how to personalize your quilts and ideas for making quilts three-dimensional.

A UVMC nurse also will be available for free blood pressure and glucose screenings from 10:15-11 a.m.

Reservations for the luncheon must be made by Monday, Aug 8. For more information or to make a reservation, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626.

Newton BOE to meet

Pleasant Hill — The Newton Local Board of Education has scheduled their monthly meeting for Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Newton School Board of Education Room. Community members are invited to attend this meeting.