Area briefs

Sign up for peace officer academy

PIQUA — The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 21-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by Nov. 29. Physical assessment tests may be completed on either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, with the academy running from Jan. 8 to June 16, 2018.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 778-7865.

Battle of the Badges planned

PIQUA — The Western Ohio Thrivent Community, including Mark Reedy and Spencer Peltier, will be hosting a Battle of the Badges softball game between local firemen and police officers from the tri-county area on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. at lower Mote Park.

Volunteers will be putting together drawstring bags that will be distributed among the participating departments to give away to children in need.

Medicare checkups offered

PIQUA — Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) liaisons will be on hand to meet one-on-on with individuals for Medicare checkups at the YWCA Piqua on Monday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individual consultation will focus on traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage (HMOs, PPOs and PFFs) along with Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D).

Appointments are necessary and space is limited so seniors are advised to call early to sign up for a time slot.

“This individual consultation is an opportunity for individuals to meet with and discuss concerns, ask questions and get answers to questions about Medicare coverage,” YWCA Program Director Beth Royer-DeLong said.

Appointments can be made by stopping at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or by calling 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

Philanthropy Day celebration planned

COVINGTON — National Philanthropy Day in Miami County will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. at the new Covington Elementary building. The Covington Chamber will host the event at the new school building. In addition to recognizing Miami County residents and businesses for their philanthropic giving in the county, Covington Savings and Loan will be recognized.

Bird Club to hold pie sale

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami Valley Bird Club and Rescue is having a fundraiser selling Mehaffie’s Pies. The flavors are apple, dutch apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, lemon, chocolate cream, coconut cream, and pecan. These pies are baked fresh a few days before delivery and can be frozen up to six months.

Pies are $10 each and will be delivered on Sunday, Nov. 19 (the Sunday before Thanksgiving). Orders will be taken until Monday, Nov. 6, and pies must be paid for at time of order.

If you don’t want a pie but would like to help two causes, you can purchase a pie and it will be donated to St. Pat’s Kitchen in Troy. Contact Kim Seitz (937) 440-0016 or for more details.