Area briefs

City offices closed for holidays

PIQUA — Piqua city offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, along with Monday, Jan. 1, to allow city employees to observe the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Garbage, refuse, and recycling collections will not be made on Monday, Dec. 25, or Monday, Jan. 1. Those collection days will be one day behind all week long.

The city urges all customers to place their containers at their usual collection points the evening before for early pick-ups the following day.

Section of bike trail closed

PIQUA — A section of the bike trail from Ziegler Road to the old Water Treatment Plant is closed due to a small breach in the levee. The water will be lowered in the canal, Echo Lake and Franz Pond until repairs can be made. Repairs to the levee will be made as quickly as possible.

For more information, please contact Gary Huff’s office at (937)778-2051.

Farmer’s Market open today

COVINGTON — Adams Greenhouse & Produce will host its bi-monthly Winter Farmer’s Market today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6373 W. U.S. 36, east of Covington.

Vendors offer fresh, naturally grown and/or organic produce, baked goods, lettuces, cheeses, spices and flavorings, fresh fruit, local raw honey, jams and jellies, fermented foods, popcorn, grass-fed meats, milk herd shares and more.

The market also features Christmas wreaths, roping and door swags, as well as environmentally-friendly products for home and garden use, frozen fruits, and special gift baskets that can be ordered for the holiday season for $25 each and that contain 3 varieties of apples, grapefruit, honey, maple syrup, popcorn and candy, among many other items.

For more information, call (937) 416-5533 or visit

Greene Street UMC plans blood drive

PIQUA — Donors can “Be a Deer” by giving blood at the Greene Street United Methodist Church community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 30. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 415 W. Greene St., Piqua.

The “Be a Deer — Donate Blood” long-sleeve T-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate. CBC encourages you to schedule an appointment online at or call (800) 388-GIVE.

YMCA offers diabetes program

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is currently enrolling participants for an eight-week program on diabetes education, support and self-management. Each session will concentrate on various topics to help participants to establish good habits and learn how to manage their pre-diabetes or diabetes symptoms. The program is designed to bring awareness and education to the community about the risk factors related to diabetes and chronic illnesses associated with diabetes.

This program is free for those who qualify through referral. It includes educational seminars, free personal training and membership with the Miami County YMCA during the program and for six months after participants graduate. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6-7 p.m. at the YMCA’s Robinson Branch in Troy beginning Jan. 23. This program is made possible through funding from the United Way.

To register for the program or for more information, contact Donn Craig at 440-9622 or