Area briefs




Quarter auction planned

PIQUA — A quarter auction to support Todd Voskuhl and Niki Watson, who will perform in Dancing with the Piqua Stars, will be at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Knights of Columbus, Piqua. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be available.

Farmers market open house upcoming

PIQUA — The ninth season of the Piqua Community Farmers Market will get under way on June 1, and in an effort to recruit additional vendors, Mainstreet Piqua is hosting an open house for potential market vendors on April 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Mainstreet Piqua office, 326 N. Main Street.

Visitors and potential vendors will have a chance to ask questions about the Piqua Community Farmers Market and complete their applications.

All vendors at the Farmers Market, including last year’s vendors, are required to complete an application form and be formally approved to set up at this year’s market. Vendors will also get information on market readiness, marketing and receive promotional information about the Piqua Community Farmers Market, which will run for 16 weeks through Sept. 14.

Market rules and regulations, as well as an application form, can be found at

Questions about the market can be directed to Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

UVMC gift shop offers sale

TROY — The Upper Valley Medical Center Gift Shop will host a Book and Consumer Goods Sale open to the community on April 4-5 in the hospital cafeteria on the lower level.

Hours for this sale will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Featured items will include specially priced books and unique gift items for all ages.

Proceeds from this sale will benefit the UVMC Volunteer Auxiliary which supports the hospital with a volunteer force, annual scholarships, and funding for special projects and equipment. For further information, call UVMC Volunteer Services at 440-4995.

Kiwanis meetings slated

PIQUA — The Piqua Kiwanis Club has planned the following meetings for April:

April 5: “Exciting Updates on Plans for our Fine City” with Gary Huff, Piqua city manager

April 12: “Easter Message” with the Spiritual Aims Committee

April 19: “What the Arts Council has Planned for our Community” with Jordan Knepper, executive director

April 26: “David L. Brown Youth Center & New Approaches to Helping the Youth” with Sue Parker, executive director

Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. Luncheon and meetings take place at noon on Wednesdays at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting. For more information, call Brian Phillips (778-1586) or visit

Health fair to be held

COVINGTON — A free health fair for all members of the family is being offered by the GIVE Medical Ministry from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Covington Eagles Hall, 715 Broadway St. (U.S. Route 36), Covington.

Along with valuable health screenings and information, a free healthy breakfast and door prizes will be offered to those attending. The annual health fair is an outstanding opportunity for local residents to improve their health and to learn about services provided by local health organizations.

More than 25 healthcare organizations are participating in the fourth annual GIVE Health Fair. All members of the family can participate in free health screenings for hearing, vision, cholesterol and blood glucose levels, skin cancer, blood pressure, lung capacity, physical strength, posture and more.

Literature and consultations will be available on topics such as cancer, sleep disorders, nutrition, nursing home care, ear-nose-throat issues, access to free clinics, medication review by pharmacists and free medical supply delivery.

New to this year’s health fair is a “Drug Drop Program.” Bring unwanted or outdated medications (pills only) to the health fair for proper disposal by officers from the Miami County Sheriff’s Department who will be at this event.

Contact Tom Downs, GIVE Medical Ministry, at, 473-5195 or 1000 Mote Drive, Covington, with any questions about the health fair.

Police memorial service set

TROY — The Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #58 invites the public to attend the annual Police Memorial Day Service on May 3, at 12 p.m. on the Plaza at the Miami County Courthouse in Troy as the Lodge Honor Guard opens the ceremony with the presentation of the Flags.

Miami County officers to be memorialized at the service are: Marshall Harvey Hake, Covington PD; Patrolman George Eickmeyer, Tipp City PD; Lt. Noah Studebaker, Piqua PD; Patrolman Jan Mulder II, Piqua PD;Sgt. William R. Morris, Miami County SO; Detective Robert Taylor, Piqua PD; Sgt. Robert L. Elliott, Miami County SO.

The Miami County Police Memorial was dedicated in 1999 to Miami County Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty. The Fraternal Order of Police is the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. They are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those they serve through education, legislation, information, and community involvement.