Area briefs

Y offers Saturday Night Live event

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch is offering a Saturday Night Live Event on Saturday, January 14 for youth in Kindergarten through sixth grade. This will be a fun filled night with swimming, gym games, and the Youth Center. Pizza and lemonade will be served at the Youth Center. Drop off begins at 7:00pm and pick up is at 11:30pm Saturday. Register at the Piqua Branch or over the phone at 773-9622. For further questions and information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

Lecture series continues

TROY — Dr. Robert Bateman, Lt. Col. Ret. USAF will give a lecture entitled “Survival from Ejections” at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. The West Point graduate and former USAF pilot had to parachute from a disabled aircraft twice. Both ejections were over water and he will be discussing these experiences.

Parking and admission are free and open to the public.

Dr. Bateman, a 1957 West Point graduate, had a 20-year career in the Air Force, with more than 4,500 hours in aircraft such as the F-100, F-4D, and F-111. As a flight instructor, he taught in the T-33, T-37, and T-38. He has flown 225 combat missions in the B-57, and has been awarded the Silver Star, DFC with four oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous Air Medals. He has earned a master of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and after his retirement, earned a master of arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Dayton. He also holds a doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University with a specialty in Human Factors Engineering.

In addition to his Air Force experience as a flight and academic instructor and some time spent as a substitute teacher in public schools, Dr. Bateman has taught college-level undergraduate and graduate students in aviation-related courses in the principles of flight, human factors, physiology, psychology, management, airport operations, spatial disorientation, accident investigation, and safety.

He is a volunteer speaker for the Wright B Flyer as well as a member of the AOPA, Air Force Association, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Order of Daedalians, the Association of Aviation Psychologists, and the University Aviation Association.

The lecture is scheduled to last one hour with a time for questions to follow.

For more information, call 335-9226 or visit

Exhibit remains at BNC

TROY — Brukner Nature Center staff invite area residents to enjoy the Nature Art Gallery and to see the world through the lenses of its annual photo contest participants through March 19.

Selected entries are displayed in the Heidelberg Auditorium. These framed works of art will be available for purchase with 25 percent of the proceeds supporting Brukner Nature Center’s mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of wildlife conservation through education, preservation and rehabilitation.

The exhibit is free with paid admission to the nature center.