Area briefs

Lifetime award nominees sought

PIQUA — The Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for the next recipient of the Order of George Lifetime Civic Achievement Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to a Piqua resident who has been active in volunteer and community service.

The chamber is asking for your help in identifying potential recipients. If you would like more information on the nomination process, please contact Jessica at 773-2765, or stop by the Piqua Chamber for an application.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 27.

Y to hold day camp

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA will be holding two days of fun and games this Thanksgiving break. Staff will be heading to 36 Skate and hanging at the YMCA Youth Center on Nov. 22, and playing at Jumpy’s and swimming on Nov. 24. The day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both the Piqua and Robinson branches for youth in grades K-6.

Transportation to events is provided, just make sure to bring a packed lunch each day, a swimsuit for swimming, socks for skating, and snack/game money.

Pre-registration by Nov. 19, is encouraged at either branch or over the phone at 773-9622 for the Piqua branch and 440-9622 for the Robinson branch. Cost of this event is $20 for YMCA members and $26 for non-members.

For more information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

Dance classes offered at YWCA

PIQUA — Students 3 years and older are invited to take a special five-week dance class beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the YWCA Piqua. Instructor Kendra Melvin will help participants learn several dance types which include ballet mixed with jazz and contemporary dance techniques.

“Melvin, a veteran dancer, is excited to offer this program,” Beth Royer-DeLong, YWCA program, director said.

Melvin also will teach a freestyle hip-hop dance class to students 7 and older at the YWCA from 6-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, beginning Nov. 21, and running for five weeks.

“Melvin will use kid-friendly music,” Royer-DeLong said.

Participants are urged 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.

Veterans breakfast upcoming

TROY — The Miami Valley Veterans Museum will host local attorney Elizabeth Durnell on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. She will address all concerns and issues in the event of serious accident or illness at any time of life.

Durnell also will discuss the documents needed if one cannot make his or her own health care decisions. These documents are a living will and health care power of attorney. Durnell will also discuss wills and how living trusts avoid the fees, delay, and publicity of probate. She will also discuss qualifying for veteran’s benefits, specifically Aid and Attendance, a long-term care solution for veterans.

The seminar will also touch on how one can accomplish Medicaid planning to preserve wealth if they face a nursing home stay. Once Durnell explains how each element works, a paralegal from his office will prepare a Health Care POA and Living Will for free. Appointments will be offered to complete these documents at Durnell’s office. Participants will be offered a free consultation with Durnell in her office for discussing wills, living trusts, VA benefits, and nursing home planning. There is no charge to attend this presentation. Coffee and doughnuts free as well to all veterans and spouses. An elevator is available.

For more information, visit or call 332-8852.