Area briefs

Lymphoma fundraiser set

PIQUA — Family Video, 645 W. Water St., Piqua, will be join forces with more than 900 other retail locations under the participating in Highland Ventures, Ltd. umbrella to participate in the sixth annual “Round It Up for Lymphoma” campaign.

During the campaign, which runs Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 26, customers will have the choice to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, with all proceeds going to the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the Lymphoma Research Biobank at the University of Chicago.

Over the past six years, “Round It Up for Lymphoma” has raised nearly $6 million, with this year’s campaign projected to approach $7 million. To date, the Lymphoma Research Foundation has raised more than $55 million for lymphoma-specific research.

Business seminar planned

PIQUA — Mainstreet Piqua, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce and PPP are joining together with the Small Business Development Center to host a seminar on starting your own business, “Business Basics: Successful Start-up,”on Tuesday, March 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, 326 N. Main St. The class will be taught by Certified Business Advisor Lori Minnich.

New and pre-venture entrepreneurs will benefit from this free workshop. Focus will be on the business idea, logistics of a business and an organized pathway toward success. Steps in starting your own business, learn new techniques and how to take action on the many decisions facing small business ownership will be covered: business plans, business structure/choice of entity/name registration, legal matters, business insurance, accounting and taxation, marketing, small business banking and loans, how to register your business with the Secretary of State. Many resources available for small business success will be shared.

Those interested in attending the seminar are asked to register with the Small Business Development Center at An accurate head count is needed to ensure there are sufficient materials available for all seminar participants. Questions may be directed to Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Weather spotting class coming

PIQUA — A National Weather Service Weather Spotter training class will be held Monday, March, 27, in the Hartzell Lecture Hall at the Upper Valley Career Center, 8811 Career Drive, Piqua. (Park behind the building and use the rear entrance.) There is no charge to attend.

The class is sponsored jointly by the Emergency Management Agencies of Miami and Shelby counties. You do not have to be a Spotter to attend and there is no minimum age limit.

Registration will be held from 6-6:30 p.m. Class starts at 6:30 p.m., and lasts approximately two hours

For more information about being a Weather Spotter or attending the class, go to or call Art Blackmore at (937) 332-8561 or Cheri Drinkwine at (937) 492-5635.

Scholarship available

GREENVILLE — Mote & Associates Inc., Engineers and Land Surveyors, located in Greenville, established a scholarship in October 2002 at a celebration to honor the founder of the firm, Richard Mote, for his 30 years of dedicated leadership and his passion for engineering and surveying. The scholarship is for a commendable student seeking a post high school education or enrolled in an accredited college program in the field of engineering, surveying, architecture, or a closely related field of study.

High school and college undergraduate scholarship applications for the 2016-17 academic year can be accessed and completed on-line at; or may be requested by contacting the company office listed below.

Mote & Associates Inc., in business for over 45 years, encourages all qualifying students to apply. Applications must be returned to the office of Mote & Associates, Inc., 214 W. Fourth St., Greenville, OH by Friday, April 7. For more information, contact the office at (937) 548-7511 or by email at

YMCA offers flag football

TROY — The Miami County YMCA is offering youth flag football leagues for 4-5 year olds, kindergarten to second graders, and third to sixth graders. These leagues incorporate the fundamentals of football with coaches serving as quarterbacks for the younger leagues and the players quarterbacking at the third to sixth grade level.

The leagues are held on Sunday afternoons beginning April 9 at the Robinson branch in Troy, with start times ranging from 1:30-4 p.m.

The 4-5 year old program is returning this year. This introductory program will give all participants a chance to run and catch the ball each half instead of focusing on “downs”. Parent participation will be needed and this program gives parents a great way to spend time with their child on a Sunday afternoon.

Parent coaches are always needed and parents can sign up as a coach during registration. All coaches receive a T-shirt and find themselves in the game with their children having fun and teaching the game of football. A coaches meeting will be held on April 3 at 7:15 p.m. at the Robinson branch and all coaches signing up are encouraged to attend.

Registration is going on now at either branch or over the phone (Piqua at 773-9622 and Robinson at 440-9622). For more information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or