Area briefs

YMCA free on Thursdays

MIAMI COUNTY — The Piqua Branch, the Robinson Branch, and the Youth Center/Senior Center of the Miami County YMCA will be available for free to the public on Thursdays in August.

The Y is so much more than a gym — it is a community resource that offers all individuals the opportunity to build healthier lifestyles. At the Y, area residents can learn to swim, stay safe after school, learn a new sport, build new relationships, participate in exercise classes, work-out on state of the art cardio equipment, and more. As an additional bonus, the enrollment fee will be waived on Thursdays for anyone who registers for membership. Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Call the Piqua Branch at 773-9622 or the Robinson Branch at 440-9622 for additional details and exclusions.

UVCC schedules pick-up day

PIQUA — Upper Valley Career Center invites 2017/2018 students and their parent or guardian to pick up schedules, meet teachers and walk the building on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from noon to 7 p.m.

Andrew Snyder, enrollment coordinator, said the school has implemented procedural changes that will streamline and simplify the process.

“All school forms will now be completed online prior to the start of school,” he said.

The career center has partnered with eSchoolView to provide OneView, a parent portal accessed through the school web site.

Snyder explains, “Parents will find the link on our web site,, under the Resources tab.”

Instructions for setting up OneView accounts were mailed to all registered students at the end of July.

“We encourage families to fill out the OneView forms as soon as possible,” Snyder said. “This initiative was designed to make things easier for parents and assure a smooth start to the school year.”

Parents and students are asked to use the back entrance on Aug. 16. Guidance counselors will be available in the dining commons.

Flight ground school offered

TROY — If the dream of obtaining your pilot license is on your bucket list, WACO’s Flight Ground School can help achieve it.

The fall class is now forming, but must have a minimum of four class participants. Ground school will be taught in 11 class sessions on Wednesday nights at WACO Air Museum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit, under the Learning Center tab, for more information, including fees and materials.

Call WACO at 335-9226 for any questions. Registration deadline is Sept. 13.

Pete Demers will be the instructor for the ground school. He brings a wealth of experience in aviation education that spans the last 15 years. Pete has more than 4,000 flight hours as a flight instructor, has managed an FAA approved Part 141 Flight School as chief flight instructor, served as plot and company flight instructor for a part 135 charter operator in the Piper Navajo/Chieftain, and was selected as the FAA’s Flight Instructor of the Year for the Southern Region in 2013.

Demers is an instructor for PSA and also serves as a volunteer at the WACO Museum.