Area briefs

Learn the power of pollinators

TIPP CITY — The Power of Pollinators program will be offered from 6-7 p.m. April 27 at the Monroe Township Building, 4 E. Main St., Tipp City.

Bees, birds, bugs and other critters — one out of three bites we take we owe to pollinators. In this free workshop, participants will learn what plants work well in your garden and around your home to help pollinator species.

The program is being sponsored by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, and those interested can call 335-7645 or 667-8631 to register.

Troy Rotary plans roadway cleanup

TROY — Every year, Troy Rotarians meet on a Saturday morning to pick up trash and litter along East State Route 55 as one of many service projects the club performs. This year, they plan to meet at 8:45 Aa.m. Saturday, April 8 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1879 Old Staunton Road and East State Route 55. The work should be completed by 10 a.m. Please be watchful for members along each side of the road if your travel plans take you in that direction, and you are asked to use caution when passing by the workers.

If you would like to participate in the cleanup, meet the volunteers at the church at 8:45 a.m.

Rotary club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit

FFA raises money for charities

CASSTOWN — The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a penny war with all of the earnings being equally split between the March of Dimes and Children’s Hospital of Dayton.

“Every coin counts in a penny war,” said sophomore Ashley Hawkins.

Members of the Economic Development Committee wanted a creative way to raise money for two of their favorite charities that would include all 79 FFA members. Committee members involved in the organization, counting, and tallying of results were Ashley Hawkins, Devin Karnehm, Zach Kowalak and Seth Teeters, along with an educational ASL interpreter Mrs. Melissa Fowle.

During the month of March $136.86 was raised amongst all six Agricultural Education classes at Miami East High School. Pennies were positive points and all other coins and dollars were negative points. The class earning the highest average per student was eighth period, a class of Plant and Animal Sciences (sophomore) students.

The winning class received a pizza party complements of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America in Versailles.

Davidson to speak

Miami County Liberty will host a Town Hall at 7 p.m. April 11 at the Concord Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy, with Congressman Warren Davidson, who represents the 8th district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Davidson replaced Congressman Boehner when he won a special election on June 7, 2016. He went on to win the November 2016 general election also. He has served on the House Committee on Small Business, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the House Financial Services Committee. The congressman is also connected to the Republican Study Committee, the House Freedom Caucus and Second Amendment Caucus.

Davidson recently introduced the Welfare Benefit Reform and Alignment Commission Act which is legislation to consolidate redundant welfare programs. In February he cosponsored two amendments to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress and he introduced with another member of Congress the Drain the Swamp Act of 2017. This legislation would require all agencies in Washington, D.C. to relocate their headquarters outside of the D.C. metro area.