Area briefs



Huff to speak at luncheon

PIQUA — Gary Huff, Piqua’s city manager, will be the featured speaker for the Aug. 9 YWCA Monthly Luncheon Series. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. followed by a noon luncheon ($6 per person).

“Huff will focus on the many programs in the planning stage as well as completed projects for the city,” Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program director said. “The program promises to be both enlightening and will show the promise of what is in Piqua’s future.”

Reservations for the program and lunch should be made by Monday, Aug. 7. Stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St., or call (937) 773-6626 for more information or to make a reservation.

A UVMC nurse will be available from 10:15-11 a.m. for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Melvin to lead dance classes

PIQUA — Students 3 years old and up can join in a six-week dance class session beginning Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the YWCA Piqua.Kendra Melvin, instructor, will help participants learn several dance types which include ballet mixed with jazz and contemporary dance techniques.

Two sessions will be held on Tuesdays: 4:30-5 p.m. For 3 and 4-year-olds, and 5:15-5:45 p.m. for students 5 years old and up.

Melvin also will teach a six-week freestyle hip-hop dance class for students 7 and older from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 8.

Class participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing such as ballet slippers, tights and leotards/shorts.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.

Website offers trail updates

MIAMI VALLEY — With all the rain this summer, it’s hard to know if the bike trails are dry for your next ride. Now you can find out on Miami Conservancy District (MCD)’s website.

MCD has created a “trail conditions” page for trail sections it maintains on the Great Miami and Mad rivers.

“We provide an up-to-date hydrograph showing the river level, and we provide the river level, or stage, of when a trail section goes under water,” said Janet Bly, MCD general manager. “Compare the two numbers and you’ll know if the trail is under water at that location.”

Several locations in downtown Dayton as well as West Carrollton, Miamisburg and Franklin are included on the new page at

Retirement party set for Coate

WEST MILTON — A retirement party for Carol Coate, the director of the Milton-Union Public Library, will be held Sunday, Aug. 27, from 3-7 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. The party will be an open house format with light refreshments. Please join us in celebrating Mrs. Coate’s retirement after many years of service to the community.

For more information about this or other programs, call (937) 698-5515 or visit The library is also in need of bubble wrap and padded envelopes for shipping purposes.

Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Quarter auction set

• PIQUA — Team Angels for the Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will offer a quarter auction on Aug. 3, at the Miami Valley Centre Mall.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

Parade grand marshall sought

ST. PARIS — The Pony Wagon Committee for the 2017 Pony Wagon Days, to be held Sept. 7-9, in St. Paris, is accepting nominations for grand marshall of the parade. The parade will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in St. Paris.

Nominations for grand marshall must be submitted by Aug. 10, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 552, St. Paris, OH 43072, or emailed to More information on the Pony Wagon Days can be found online at

RR museum offers trip

BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroad Museum will offer a train ride in Hocking State Park on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The train will leave the museum at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m.

Enjoy a one-and-a-half-hour ride through the park. with a late lunch at Golden Corral in Lancaster.

The cost is $85 per person, which includes a deluxe motorcoach ride to Nelsonville and lunch with gratuity. Mail check to: Bradford RR Museum, P.O. Box 101, Bradford, OH 45308.

For more information, call Sue Vickroy at (937) 448-2844 or Gloria Shafer at (937) 448-2185.