Area briefs

Kiwanis set September meetings

PIQUA — The Piqua Kiwanis Club has scheduled the following meetings for September:

• Sept. 6: Woodcarving demonstration with Jim Foster, local barber and woodcarver

• Sept. 13: Update on Piqua’s economic development by Justin Sommers, City of Piqua assistant city manager and director of city development

• Sept. 20: Capt. Daniel Hance, CEO of the Catalyst Program and a Troy native, will discuss how those exiting the military can take part in a five-to-eight-week program to see how the skills they learned in the military will transition into the civilian workforce.

• Sept. 27: Highlights of the 2017 Salvation Army Summer Lunch Project, with Major Jody Kramer

Kiwanis meetings are open to the public. Luncheon and meetings take place at noon on Wednesdays at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, in Piqua. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting. For more information, call Brian Phillips at (937) 778-1586 or visit

Line dancing classes offered

PIQUA — Basic Line Dancing with instructor Lois Shroyer begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 1-2 p.m a t he YWCA Piqua. The four-week session will give dancers an opportunity to learn some simple, easy-on-the-joints workouts to fun, familiar music.

“This class will be fun and yet a good workout,” said Shroyer, a retired nurse. “I will include simple steps that will keep you moving, but not overdo it for anyone.”

No previous knowledge is required, individuals work at their own pace and no partners are needed. Participants are asked to wear sneakers; no open-toed shoes or sandals should be worn.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. Fees are available for both members and non-members.

River Walk Memorial planned

MIAMI COUNTY — Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Generations of Life Community Bereavement Resource Center will hold a River Walk Memorial on Sept. 17, at The Stillwater Prairie Reserve in Covington.

Friends and families are invited to enjoy this walk in memory of loved ones. Each person being remembered will be honored with a flower placed in the Stillwater River during the reading of names. Attendees will enjoy Native American flute music by John DeBoer during the service.

The River Walk stretches approximately one mile along a limestone gravel path, so appropriate walking shoes are necessary. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the walk.

Contact Pathways of Hope at the Generations of Life Community Bereavement Resource Center at (937) 573-2103 for registration information and questions. The registration deadline is Sept. 13.

Flight ground school opening

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 (937) 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.

Cemetery walk set

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill History Center will offer its annual cemetery walk at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, which is located at the west edge of Pleasant on Monument Street. Featured this year will be J. K. Teeter, portrayed by Dan Leistner; Mazie Teeter, portrayed by Brenda Renner Carroll; Mary Mikesell, portrayed by Cyndia Renner; and Joseph Plunkett, portrayed by Norv Deeter.

The History Center is open Mondays from 3-7 p.m. through November and then we will be closed until the first Monday in March 2018.

Fashion show to benefit student

TROY — Each year during the month of September, the Miami County Republican Women host a luncheon to raise funds for a young woman’s scholarship supplementing tuition to Edison State Community College. The event on Thursday, Sept. 21 is open to any interested person. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Troy Country Club, 1830 Peters Road, Troy.

The luncheon will be followed by a fashion show, prizes, and afternoon card games. This year’s fashion show will be presented by Christopher & Banks from Piqua’s Miami Valley Centre Mall and That Place on Main from Tipp City.

Christopher & Banks features classic women’s clothing coordinates. That Place on Main promotes primarily American-made and responsibly-sourced clothing and accessories.

Reservations and a donation of $35 by check are due by Sept. 10 to Miami County Republican Women, P.O. Box 652, Troy, OH 45373.

For more information, call Vonda Young at (937) 267-1949 or Ann Baird at (937) 335-4338.