Area briefs

Veterans’ Day ceremony set

PIQUA — The Veterans’ Day Committee, along with VFW Post 4874 and American Legion Post 184, would like to invite everyone to attend the 2016 Piqua Veterans’ Day Ceremony. The ceremony will be held on Nov. 11 at the Piqua Veterans’ Memorial, adjacent to Forest Hill Cemetery at the corner of Washington and Broadway avenues.

In keeping with the tradition of the Armistice that ended World War One, the event takes place at 11 a.m., the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.

Bruce Thompson, U.S. Army veteran of the 25th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division, will be the keynote speaker. Thompson served three tours of duty in Vietnam and returned to the United States, working the past three decades as a respiratory therapist at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The Veterans’ Day Committee asks everyone to attend this brief ceremony to show their support for all veterans of the United States Armed Forces, past and present.

Lecture series continues

TROY — On Thursday, Nov. 17, New Hampshire residents John and Pupae Ricciotti will be guests at the WACO Aviation Lecture Series. John, the pilot and owner of this one-of-a-kind, Troy-built aircraft, will share stories that accompany this WACO “D.”

Being the only civilian version of a 1930’s fighter/bomber makes this WACO unique. Eighty two years after coming off the production line here in Troy, this marvelous flying machine, is still flying strong, touring the fly-in circuit and a regular visitor to the annual WACO Fly-In. John will share a presentation on the history of the plane that was also presented at EAA’s Air Venture at Oshkosh, WI. If weather allows, the WACO S3HD will be on location for viewing.

Born to a B-17 crewmember and later aircraft mechanic, Ricciotti says, “Aviation is in my blood. Growing up I read my dad’s 1950’s era aircraft maintenance textbooks and fell in love with radial engines.” John rebuilt a wrecked Cessna with his dad and brother in the 1970’s and used it as his primary mode of transportation “until I was finally forced to buy a car when I was 23 years old,” he stated. His professional flying career as a certified Flight Instructor began in the 1980’s, mainly teaching in tailwheel aircraft. He presently own three tailwheel aircraft, including the 1934 WACO, and can operate them on wheels, floats or skis.

The Aviation Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Dayton Power and Light Corporation. Parking and admission are free and open to the public. The lecture is scheduled from 7-8:30 pm. It will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 S. County Road 25-A in Troy.

For more information, call 335-9226 or visit