Area briefs

Area soldier has Q&A with Obama

MILLINGTON, Tenn — Electronics Technician 2nd Class Joseph Everett, son of Jon Everett of Conover and Therese Everett of Piqua, recently was selected as a member of a question and answer session with President Barack Obama.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Everett, a 2010 graduate of Fairlawn High School currently serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), was selected to ask the president a series of questions after being awarded Junior Sailor of the Year aboard his ship on Sept. 11.

The Roosevelt is currently deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of area military operations. Upon return from deployment, Everett plans to pursue a college degree while continuing his military career.

Actors needed for play

PIQUA — Edison State Community College is staging an original one-act play, “Choices,” to raise awareness about veteran suicide and domestic violence. Auditions will be held Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in room 111 of the Piqua Campus and are open to the public.

The dramatic play requires three roles to be filled. The main character, a veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is the only person on stage. Any veteran ranging from a 65-year-old Vietnam combat veteran to a 24-year-old Afghanistan combat veteran can play the part.

The other two parts will perform offstage and are never seen by the audience: a man and his wife/girlfriend. The ages of these characters can be a man and woman in their 20s or 30s.

Veteran actor Jayson Grigsby is the director and William Loudermilk, associate professor of English, will provide the music before and after the play. Combat veteran and professor Carl DeSantis will facilitate a discussion of the issues following play.

Performances will be at noon and 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at 12 and 7 p.m. at the Robinson Theater at the Piqua Campus, and at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Mayflower Arts Center in Troy.

For more information, email or call Edison professor Dr. Vivian Blevins at or (937) 778-3815.

Flight Ground School offered

TROY — It’s on your bucket list. You have always wanted to fly, but you don’t know where to begin. The dream of obtaining your pilot license is possible. WACO now offers Flight Ground School.

If you just can’t get your head out of the clouds, come and begin your journey with us.

Ground school will be taught in 11 class sessions during October and November at WACO Air Museum from 6-8 p.m. Visit, under the Learning Center tab, for more information, including specific dates and materials needed. Or call WACO at (937) 335-9226, and ask for Nancy.

Rick Arnold, SEL, AGI, FAA Certified Ground Instructor, and instructor at Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua, will be the instructor for this course.

The registration deadline is Sept, 25. The class must have four participants to proceed.

Lions to offer carryout dinners

BRADFORD — The Bradford Lions will hold a BBQ chicken and pork chop dinner on Sunday, Oct. 4.

All dinners are carryout and presale tickets at $7 each are needed. Provided by Romer’s, the dinners will consist of one-half barbeque chicken or two six-ounce pork chops served with applesauce, chips, and roll with butter. Dinners can be picked from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clark’s Pizza House, Bradford.

Tickets can be purchased at Littman-Thomas Insurance, both Bradford banks, or from any Bradford Lions or Lioness members. Tickets also are available by calling Kathy Myers at (937) 448-2667 or Joanne Ferree at (937) 620-7225 by the ticket deadline purchase date of Sunday, Sept. 27.

All profits will go toward purchase of eyeglasses and exams, recognition of outstanding Bradford students, and other ongoing Bradford Lions community projects.

Christmas market set

PIQUA — Greene St. United Methodist Church will hold its 43rd annual Christmas market from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 at the corner of Greene and Caldwell streets.

The free event will feature homemade food items in the Country Store ranging from fudge, coffee cakes and pies to caramels, jams, homemade bread and other treats. Theme gift baskets have been prepared for sale by silent auction. Carry-out meals also are available.

The Olde Kitchen Shoppe will return with used kitchen items at great prices, as well as theme baskets for purchase by silent auction. Bids can be placed at any time and you need not be present to win.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch ticket includes a sandwich, soup or salad, dessert and beverage and is $8. The dinner ticket includes ham loaf, salad, potatoes, green beans, dessert and beverage. A la carte menu items and beverages are also available. Dinner tickets are $9 and dinner will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. Discounted advance tickets will be available until Sept. 24.

Greene St. also has an organization that is supporting mission work in Haiti, where the women are making bracelets using empty cereal boxes. Please help support this great cause by bringing your empty cereal boxes to the market.

Please call (937) 773-5313 for more information.