Area briefs

Scouting for Food pickup slated

PIQUA — Piqua Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are helping to stock Piqua food pantries as part of the National Boy Scouts of America’s “Scouting for Food” drive. Scouts distributed bags throughout the city last Saturday asking for food donations. They will collect bags filled with food on Saturday, March 18, starting at 9 a.m. Please donate only non-perishable items.

All of the food collected goes to Piqua food pantries. If your food donation is not picked up, or you did not receive a bag and want to contribute, please contact Al Fledderman at (937) 773-5330.

5K run upcoming

PIQUA — The Center for Early Learning at St. Patrick and Piqua Catholic School will have a Super Hero Run and 5K on Saturday, April 29 along the Piqua Bike Path, Lock 9 and along the Miami River.

The schedule is:

• 8:30 a.m. — Check-in amd registration open

• 9:30 am. — Superhero Fun Run start time

• 10 a.m. — 5K start time

• 11:30 a.m. — Awards for 5K runners

The fee is $20 for the 5K, fu run with a shirt $15 and $10 without a shirt. After April 12, registration/same day registration is $20 with shirts not guaranteed.

Door prizes will be awarded.

Participants are encourged to come dressed as their favorte super hero. Strollers and leashed dogs are allowed.

Drop off your registration form to either The Center for Early Learning, 218 S. Downing St., Piqua, or St. Patrick School, 420 E. Water St., Troy, or register online at

For more information, call The Center for Early Learning at (937) 773-3876.

Easter Egg Splash set

MIAMI COUNTY — The first annual Easter Egg Splash for the Miami County YMCA Robinson Branch is set for April 2 at 2 p.m. The “hunt” itself will take place in the small pool of the facility following pictures with the Easter bunny.

“The event is for ages 6 and under and we ask parents to get in with their little ones,” said Leia Lander, aquatic director for the Robinson branch. “It’s a fun way for some of the younger kids to hunt for eggs while acclimating to the water!”

The event will kick off in the gym with games and pictures with the Easter bunny at 2 p.m. followed by the egg drop in the small pool at 2:30. Free family swim time follows from 3-4 p.m. The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Pre-registration is required. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Lander at 440-9622 or

Lifeguard certification offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCAs are looking to certify individuals as lifeguards who are interested in summer employment.

There will be three certification courses offered now through June. The first is set for April 4-20 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Robinson Branch. Those interested must register by no later than March 28. The course in May will also be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Piqua branch. The final course in June will be at the Robinson branch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for two weeks. In addition to a lifeguard certification, candidates also obtain certification in basic first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and emergency oxygen administration.

“The week prior deadline is to give the students time to complete all the online work for the course that is required,” said Donn Shade, aquatic director at the Piqua branch. “It’s a lot of online work about the basics of lifeguarding and preliminary introductions to the other three certifications. We find candidates do best with the week prior deadline for registration to get (all the online work) completed by the first day of class.”

Those interested in the course can register at either Miami County YMCA branch during normal business hours. Those with additional questions are asked to contact Leia Lander at 440-9622 or

Covington BOE rescheduled

COVINGTON — The Covington Exempted Village School District Board of Education is changing their regular March meeting from Thursday, March 16, 2017 to Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the K-8 Media Center, located in the Covington Elementary/Junior High School, 807 Chestnut St. This is an open meeting and the public is welcome to attend.