Area briefs

Campaign sign recycling offered

TROY — Voters are making their voices heard at the polls this week, but expressions for (and against) issues and candidates have been dotting roadsides and front yards for weeks — in the form of the ubiquitous campaign sign. What happens to all those signs once the votes are tallied?

As it turns out, they’re at least partially recyclable — and the Miami County Solid Waste District will be collecting and recycling campaign signs from November 3rd to 17th at the Miami County Recycling Center, 2200 N. County Road 25-A.

The Miami County Recycling Center accepts aluminum cans, plastic containers, glass bottles, paper, and cardboard year-round, and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For two weeks following the November election, residents may also drop off campaign signs in a designated container at the recycling center.

Edison collecting items for children

PIQUA — The AmeriCorps Completion Coaches at Edison State Community College are seeking donations to help children at The Village House, a not-for-profit organization based out of Fremont.

The Village House supports children affected by abuse, neglect, divorce, or separation, by helping to rebuilding family relationships. Those interested in supporting these children with stuffed animals, dolls, board games, and gift cards are asked to deliver goods to the designated barrels around the Piqua campus.

Donations may be made through Nov. 28. For more information, contact Brandon Baum AmeriCorps Completion Coach at

Head Start applications being taken

MIAMI COUNTY — Kids Learning Place is taking applications for the 2015-16 school year for preschoolers. There are a few spaces still available for children to enroll in the classrooms and the home visiting program.

Preschool and early learning is important in the development of young children and Head Start, a federally funded comprehensive program, is one no cost option for preschool education at Kids Learning Place. The eligibility for this preschool program is: a child must be between three to five years old and the family must meet federal income guidelines. The program also provides services to children that are in foster care or homeless. The program allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs also.

Kids Learning Place centers in Piqua, Troy, and West Milton have earned multiple stars in the “Step Up To Quality” award from the State of Ohio. This award recognizes early childhood programs that exceed licensing standards. Kids Learning Place classrooms place a major focus on school readiness and works to provide every child with a positive education experience to get them ready for kindergarten. We have degreed teachers in every classroom, a research based curriculum, do developmental testing throughout the year and value and encourage parent participation.

For more information about this program or other full day care programs call (866) 627-4557 or visit .