Area briefs

Ohio Treasurer’s Office to visit Riverside

MIAMI COUNTY — Deputy Director Doug Jackson from Ohio Treasurer of State Josh Mandel’s office will visit Riverside Developmental Disabilities this week to share information about STABLE accounts.

STABLE accounts are a new financial tool in Ohio that allow people with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs like Medicaid, SSI, or SSDI. Jackson will explain how to open a STABLE account, and how earnings in STABLE accounts are not subject to federal income tax as long as funds are used for “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

STABLE accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. Ohio was the first State to implement these investment accounts. Television commercials featuring Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer have been airing for several weeks promoting STABLE accounts for people with disabilities.

The information session will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, starting at 6 p.m. at Riverside, 1625 Troy Sidney Road, Troy, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Melissa Nichols at (937) 440-3002.

Tour of homes offered

TROY — The Museum of Troy History will present a Tour of Troy Homes for the 26th year on Oct. 2.

The tour features four homes and the homes can be visited between 1-4 p.m. Tickets for the tour can be obtained by calling Doug Tremblay at 339-5155 or any other board member.

The board of directors includes Doug Christian, Marty Baker, Chad Monnin, Marty Hobart, Mary Clevenger, Sandy Gurklies and Frank Bazler. This event is to raise funds for the Museum of Troy History.

Refreshments will be served at the museum between 2-5 p.m.

Shady plants topic of event

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Shade Gardening” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. The session will cover techniques and ideas for plants that do not require a lot of sunlight.

Session leader Harriette Walters will also discuss ground covers to consider as an alternative to lawns under mature shade trees. If you cannot seem to keep plants alive and thriving in certain areas of your yard, this is the session for you.

The session will be held at the Extension Meeting room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy at 201 W. Main St. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Sept. 30.

For more details, contact the extension office at 440-3945 or by email at Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.

Fun with Flight to be offered

TROY — WACO Learning Center will once again offer the NASA Aeronautical Program for Early Learners to families with early learners, designed by NASA.

Fun with Flight is a collection of six STEM learning modules based on children’s books. Each module focuses on a single children’s book, followed by a STEM thematic lesson.

Hands-on activities will engage the child as they make discoveries about Gliders in Nature (Form & Function), Balloons (Sinking & Floating), Parachutes (Fluid Thickness & Drag), Kites (Surface Area & Lift), Helicopters and Airplanes (Force & Thrust), and World Flyers (Geography & Global Trade). These six lessons will take place Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on October 4, 6h, 11, 13, 18 and 20.

A $35 materials fee will cover all six modules. Children ages 5-8 can register by calling Nancy Royer at 335-9226 at WACO Air Museum for registration. Class size is limited.

Walk to benefit research

DAYTON — Hundreds of local residents are joining forces to fight lung cancer, at the Dayton Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Fifth Third Field.

All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

The Free to Breathe events community has raised more than $14 million to support groundbreaking research and educational programs since 2005. This year the organization will be funding two new lung cancer research grants totaling over $1.2 million dollars. Last year, community members, teams, and companies across the region supported the Dayton Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk by raising over $33,000.

This year’s event will feature a 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk. The day will also include a silent auction, a variety of kids activities, the chance to meet GEM, the Dayton Dragons mascot and fun for the whole family. Special recognition will be given to top finishers and fundraising heroes.

To register and begin fundraising, visit