Pie-baking contest set

PIQUA — The Piqua Community Farmers Market will be hosting a berry pie baking contest on Thursday, June 14. Those wishing to enter can bring their pie to the Farmers Market before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Judging will get under way at 5:30 p.m. The Farmers Market is held on High Street in front of the Fort Piqua Plaza each Thursday from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Entries will be judged for taste and appearance and the winners of the contest will win “Market Money” to be used at the Piqua Community Farmers Market. The first place winner will receive $15, the second place will receive $10 and third place will receive $5. Children under the age of 14 may participate in the youth division. Any type of berry can be used in the pie.

For more information on the Piqua Community Farmers Market berry Pie baking contest, please contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Tractor show slated

PIQUA — The Shelby County Antique Association and the Buckeye Antique Association (Wapakoneta) will host an antique tractor show Friday through Sunday, June 14-17, at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. The event, held during mall opening hours, is free and open to the public.

Those wishing to participate in the show are asked to bring their tractors to the rear entrance of the mall at 8:30 a.m. Friday. The maximum size allowed is 8 feet wide by 8 feet, 11 inches high. Batteries must be connected and cardboard or oil-resistant cloth placed under the tractor during the show.

Plant sale upcoming

TROY — Native Ohio Plants, a local native plant nursery, will be at Brukner Nature Center on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. selling a variety of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

In addition to what Native Ohio Plants offers, milkweed will also be available. Monarch butterflies and other pollinators are in serious trouble. You can help by increasing the number of native plants in your yard and it may reward you with many close encounters of the wildlife kind.

The Wild Gardens Club focuses on gardening with native plants. Feel free to join them on the third Monday of each month in the BNC library.

BNC is located at 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road, Troy. For more information, call (937) 698-6493 or visit

Piqua budget available

PIQUA — The City of Piqua Commission will meet in regular session at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, to consider the proposed City of Piqua Tax Budget for Miami County for the Calendar year 2018 and Draft Appropriation Ordinance.

The meeting will take place in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal Government Complex located at 201 W. Water St., Piqua.

Prior to the meeting, the budget will be available online at

Connections to meet

PIQUA — Connections, a YWCA group, will meet on Thursday, June 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the YWCA Piqua, 418 N. Wayne St., with Caitlin Miller sharing information about the latest flower trends, easy growers and succulents.

Miller Flowers, located in Greenville, opened its doors in 1994 according to Terri Sherman, Connections committee member. “The entire family is actively involved in some aspect of growing and retailing at the greenhouse,” Sherman said. The greenhouse expanded in 2014 when they opened a floral department.

Luncheon reservations must be made by Monday, June 18, by calling the YWCA at 773-6626 or e-mailing Cost is $10 for YWCA members and $12 for non-members. Payment is due the day of the program. Reservations not paid will be billed.

Gardening program planned

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “Gardening on the Dark Side” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series at 10 a.m. July 6, in the Extension meeting room on the ground floor of the Miami County Courthouse, 215 W. Main St.

Join Master Gardener Randi Simon-Serey as she shares her experiences with plants that add drama to any garden. She will share how to utilize these unique flowers which can add intrigue to your garden and provide a striking contrast to many typical Ohio-grown flowers.

The cost of the session is $10 and pre-registration is required by Tuesday, July 3, 2018. For more details, call the Extension office at 440-3945. Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.