Area briefs

Ali Borgerding

Ali Borgerding

Claire Borgerding

Marie Ewing

Edison students host poetry event

PIQUA — Edison State Community College students, Ali and Claire Borgerding of Minster and Marie Ewing of Troy are hosting the national poetry event, Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27, at noon in room 456 on the Piqua Campus.

The event is a special occasion to approach, share, and recite all kinds of poetry. This free event is open to the community and attendees are encouraged to bring a poem to share with the group.

Guest speakers of the event will include Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson and professors Marva Archibald, Vivian Blevins, Tom Looker, Melinda Spivey, Dustin Wenrich, and Debra Williamson.

For more information, contact Dr. Vivian Blevins by calling (937) 778-3815 or emailing

Healthy Kids Day set

TROY — On Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Miami County YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event that will help families find fun through active play and educational opportunities to improve health and well-being. Healthy Kids Day takes place at the Robinson Branch, 3060 S. County Road 25-A, Troy.

As part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community by addressing critical gaps in health and education, Healthy Kids Day will encourage kids and parents to commit to keeping the body and mind active now and throughout the summer.

At Healthy Kids Day, the nation’s largest health day for kids, families will enjoy a variety of YMCA activities such as: a fun run, bounce house, obstacle course, mini boat races, kids Zumba, crafts, and more! There will also be prizes given away to kids in attendance.

For more information, contact Kaci Gessaman at 440-9622 or visit

Memorial Day events planned

PIQUA — On Monday, May 1, the second annual Memorial Day Observance will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church, which was originally constituted by the Randolph Freedmen as the African Baptist Church in Rossville in 1857. This recognition service will focus on testing the knowledge of our youth in measuring their understanding of “WHOSE we are Matters WHO we are” through the game playing of The Good News or Lose. All are welcome.

Prior to that event, a 5 p.m. community “Call to Action” will explore the organizational potential for forming a coalition of willing individuals and groups in launching a first step in walking the walk on a journey that will reflect our level of commitment to glorify God and build a fitting and appropriate monument in honor of freedom’s struggle at The African/Jackson Cemetery. Planning is an action of faith and our faith requires planning in building a HEART healthy environment.

A fellowship supper of a soup and sandwich or pizza will be offered to those who will be coming and or those remaining to take part in the Memorial Day program at 6:30 p.m. Call the church at 778-0158 and leave an RSVP message.

New Path to hold walk/run

TIPP CITY — Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run a new path in the 15th Annual 2017 New Path 5K/10K Walk/Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29.

Both the 3.1-mile course and the 6.2-mile course are open to runners and walkers, young and old. Childcare will be available for children age 8 and under.

Proceeds from this event are donated to New Path Inc., an organization that aids families in the Miami Valley with food, housing, furniture, health equipment and supplies, clothing and transportation.

A special drawing for families will be held if families with children register before Friday, April 14. Prizes include tickets to Kings Island, Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm and many more family activities. Runners can register online at by clicking on the races tab and selecting Ginghamsburg New Path 5K/10K. A discount is offered if participants register before Thursday, April 27.

Participants can pick up their race packages the day before the race at Up and Running, 12 S. Market St., Troy, between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Packages will also be available the day of the race in the Avenue at Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City, where the race will start. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The 5K and 10K races are timed from start gun to chip finish; 10K participants will run the route twice. Awards for each race are presented to the top male/female participants in each age category, which are divided into five-year divisions. The awards ceremony begins at the conclusion of the run/walk. Awards of $100 will go to the first place male and female course record breaker. Awards of $50, $30 and $20 will go to the top male and female finishers. Awards of $20 will go to the top male and female participants over age 40.

Pre-register by April 27 to be eligible for door prizes and be able to purchase a shirt.

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Claire Borgerding Borgerding

Marie Ewing Ewing