Area briefs

Open house to be held

COVINGTON — Covington Elementary Open House will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Students will be able to visit their classrooms and meet their teachers before the first day of school.

Children will be able to take home handbooks and forms that parents can read through and return to school the following week. Representatives from the PTO, the volunteer organization, school transportation, PLUS organization, and cafeteria will provide important information in the gymnasium. Fee payments will be accepted during open house.

New student registration will not take place during the open house. School staff will be on hand to answer any additional questions.

Beagle to visit Riverside

MIAMI COUNTY — State Sen. Bill Beagle is scheduled to visit Riverside Developmental Disabilities at the next “Adventures in Advocacy” meeting, to discuss Ohio laws and issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities.

Adventures in Advocacy is comprised of adults with developmental disabilities who have an interest in gaining skills and learning how to better advocate for themselves.

The meeting with Sen. Beagle will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Riverside, 1625 Troy Sidney Road, Troy. Adults with disabilities, their family members, guardians and service providers are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.

For more information, visit or contact Krista Smith at (937) 440-3000.

Open auditions set

PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Stagelight Players will hold open auditions for Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Robinson Theater at Edison State’s Piqua Campus.

The comedy follows the story of a recently wed drama critic who pays a visit to his cherished old aunts only to discover that they are vindictive nuts.

Auditions will last approximately two hours and consist of cold readings from the script. Production dates will run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6.

For more information, visit or email Emily Beisner at

Class reunion planned

COVINGTON — The 65th reunion of the Piqua High School class of 1951 will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13, at Buffalo Jack’s restaurant, 137 S. High St. Ordering will be from the menu. Friends, mates and families are welcome to attend. A class photo will be taken.

If you do not routinely attend the bi-monthly meetings, but are planning to attend the reunion, please call Jean Spielman Francony at (937) 773-5406. This will enable the restaurant to have an approximate number of place settings.

YMCA taking fall sign-ups

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA will be taking registrations for Fall I Session classes beginning Monday, Aug. 15, for members and Thursday, Aug. 18, for nonmembers.

Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 29, and last for seven weeks. This session includes many recreation and fitness options such as swim lessons, group exercise, gymnastics, youth sports and more.

The Y will be taking online registrations at its website To do so, a participant must first register his or her email at the main desk. They can then go online, log in and register for their chosen classes. Registrations will also still be accepted at the desks and over the phone. For more information, call Donn Craig at (937) 440-9622 or visit

Potts studies abroad

OXFORD — With about 38 percent of Miami undergraduate students studying abroad for credit by the time they graduate, Miami is ranked second among public doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad.

A local Miami University students who studied abroad during the spring 2016 semester includes Dakota Potts of Fletcher studied in the Russian Federation.

When school administrators include students on internships, non-credit and Service-Learning programs, international students who study in a third country, and all other overseas programs completed by graduate and undergraduate students, nearly 45 percent of Miami students study abroad.