Area briefs

Aviation cadet program offered

TROY — The WACO Aviation Cadets extra-curricular program is designed for students ages 10-16, who may be interested in pursuing a career in a technical field, like aviation. Motivated students will experience hands-on aviation related activities and problem solving opportunities. Cadets will meet twice a month to work on an aviation project, to learn more about flying or take a related field trip. An orientation flight and training in the WACO Flight Simulator Lab will also be part of the course.

A schedule of topics and events will be discussed and questions addressed at the kick-off meeting, at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Registration forms and sign-ups will be available at the meeting and registration will remain open through Oct. 20. Registration fee is $150 and the program runs October through May.

The Paul G. Duke Foundation and Vectren support this program and the Flight Simulator Lab.

You may also call the WACO Learning Center at 335-9226 or go to for registrations.

TROY — An antiques seminar with Jerry Stichter, “Collectible Ephemera,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, Troy.

Letterhead stationary, trade cards, advertising and true photo postcards are just a few items of ephemera that are hidden in our homes that may have greater value than you thought.

For more information, call 339-0457 or visit

Flight ground school upcoming

Fall and winter classes are now forming for WACO’s Flight Ground School.

Participants must have a minimum of four class participants. Ground school will be taught in 11 class sessions on week nights from at WACO Air Museum from 6-8 p.m. Visit, under the Learning Center tab, for more information, including fees and materials.

Call WACO at 335-9226, and ask for Nancy for specific dates. The registration deadline is Oct. 13.

Pete Demers will be the instructor for the ground school. Demers brings a wealth of experience in aviation education that spans the last 15 years. He has more than 4,000 flight hours as a flight instructor, has managed an FAA approved Part 141 Flight School as chief flight instructor, served as plot and company flight instructor for a part 135 charter operator in the Piper Navajo/Chieftain, and was selected as the FAA’s Flight Instructor of the Year for the Southern Region in 2013.

He also serves as a volunteer at the WACO museum.

Farm Fest scheduled

TROY — The Miami County Park District will hold its eighth annual Fall Farm Fest from noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41, east of Troy.

There will be a corn maze and corn shooter, music, hayrides, games, farm animals, kiddie tractor pulls, food, a scarecrow contest, demonstrations and much more. At 5 p.m. Saturday, enjoy games compliments of our presenting sponsor Miami County Farm Bureau. The evening will end with the movie “Shaun the Sheep” under the stars starting at 7:15 p.m.

Festival admission is free.

Charges apply to the corn maze, corn shooter, food, pumpkins, pony rides, food and merchandise. For more information and a complete event schedule, visit the park district website at