Karnehm graduating Coast Guard Academy

NEW LONDON, Connecticut — Makenzy Karnehm will graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, on May 23, and will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Karnehm completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Marine and Environmental Science. After graduation, she will go to Seattle, Washington, where she will begin service aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett as a deck watch officer/student engineer.

A 2011 graduate of Urbana High School, Karnehm is the daughter of Kevin and Kelly Karnehm of Urbana, and the granddaughter of Jerry and Sherry Cantrill and Lowell and Patricia Karnehm of Piqua.

Plant swap this Saturday

BRADFORD — The Annual Plant Swap’s workshop at Bradford Public Library on Saturday, May 5 will feature Ruth Bowell, a Master Gardener intern from Troy. Bowell has a passion for native plants and the wildlife they support, and has certified her home backyard for wildlife, which supports butterflies, moths, pollinators, birds and many other native wildlife species.

A second event at the Plant Swap will feature Bowman’s Nursery selling a variety of plants including hanging baskets and pouches throughout the morning. Expert gardeners Susan Armour and Jacqui Thompson will be on hand to answer questions to help make your gardens bloom beautifully this year.

The Plant Swap begins at 10 a.m. and is over at 12:30. Participants can bring or take home different types of seeds, cuttings, and a variety of different plants. Doors will be open at 9 a.m. for dropping off the plants, cuttings and seeds. The library would like to have everyone’s offerings no later than 10 a.m.

Refreshments will be served throughout the Plant Swap. Raffle tickets are being sold for fifty cents or $2 for five. Some of the raffle prizes are currently on display at Bradford Public Library. For more information, call 448-2612.

Health dept. holding reception

TROY — Miami County Public Health will host a reception at 2 p.m. May 10, at Upper Valley Medical Center to present the Community Health Assessment(CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to local organizations, agencies, governments, community leaders, and others.

CHIP is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems on the basis of the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process.

There will be a presentation on the CHA and CHIP from some of the agencies that were involved in this process, as well as time afterward to answer any questions you may have.

Line dance at the YWCA

PIQUA — Learn some new steps with instructor Lois Shroyer, who will teach a basic line dancing class for four weeks beginning Tuesday, May 8, from 1-2 p.m. at the YWCA Piqua.

“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.”

YWCA Program Director Beth Royer-DeLong said 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.

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

Library to host Kathy’s Krafts

BRADFORD — Kathy’s Krafts will be at the Bradford Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, making Mother’s Day cards. The multi-dimensional cards will feature flowers, a butterfly and a pull-up verse.

Cost of materials and instruction is $5. Make checks payable to Kathy Weigandt. Nonrefundable payment will hold your registration.

Call the library at 448-2612 or visit in person (138 E. Main St., Bradford) to reserve your spot.