Area briefs



Horseshoe pitching set at fair

TROY — The world champion of the 2017 National Horseshoe Pitching Tournament is coming to the Miami County Fair this Saturday.

The Troy Horseshoe Club/Miami County Fair NHPA-sanctioned Horseshoe Pitching Tournament will be held Saturday Aug. 12.

Alan Francis of Defiance, the 2017 world champion, will be pitching at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Class A division.

Francis was 15-0 and averaged 90.4 percent in the championship held in July at St. George, Utah. He has been champion 22 times since 1989.

His wife, Amy, entering at 72.5 percent, will be pitching as well as Gary Roberts at 63.5 percent. President of the Ohio Horseshoe Pitching Association, Marcus Rice of West Virginia at 76 percent, Roy Dugger of Springboro at 74 percent and Leonard Connor of Indiana at 63.7 percent will round out the A Class.

Classes will also start Saturday at 1:30 and 5 p.m.

Soloist announced for concert

TROY — James Hopkins will be performing with the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band and Summer Chorus as the featured vocal soloist at the Troy Mayors’ Concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 on Prouty Plaza, Troy.

Hopkins hails from the south side of Columbus near Obetz. He is presently attending Capital University, where he is a senior majoring in Music Education.

Hopkins is well-versed in music and spends nearly all his time doing music-related activities. He sings with various choirs such as the Capital University Chapel Choir, the Capital University Voices of Praise Gospel Choir where he serves as the president, Eastern Union Missionary Baptist Association (EUMBA) Youth and Young Adult Choir, New Salem Baptist Church Young Adult Choir and many other church choirs. He also is a paid vocalist at Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna and a percussion instructor for the Hamilton Township High School Marching Band.

The theme of the concert is “Travel the World,” with the sounds of the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, conducted by Patrick Reynolds and Summer Chorus, directed by Christine Smith. Michael Gallehue will be the guest conductor and Kathryn Williams is the flute soloist.

Traditionally, Troy Mayor Michael Beamish will conduct Fillmore’s “His Honor March.”

The rain location is Hobart Arena and as in past years, handicapped parking will be available on South Market Street and Girl Scouts will assist with wheelchairs.

BNC volunteers needed

TROY — Volunteers form the backbone of Brukner Nature Center. The center could not possibly reach all of its goals without their support.

The staff is continually in need of trailguides who enjoy being outdoors and sharing that love with kids. Volunteers learn to handle BNC’s Wildlife Ambassadors, including native Ohio snakes, turtles and salamanders. Share your passion for wildlife with preschoolers and elementary-aged children by leading field trips or assisting BNC staff naturalists. Programs range from one to two hours and are scheduled on weekday and weekends between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer registration forms can be found at All volunteers must complete a one-hour orientation on the second Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. and every other month at 7:30 p.m. For more information on all of our volunteer opportunities, contact Miss June at (937) 698-6493 or email