Milkweed collection under way

TROY — The milkweed annual pod collection will be accepted through Oct. 31, at the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District, 1330 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

Those collecting the pods should wait until they turn yellowish brown, then start checking the inside of the pods. If the seeds are dark brown (not milky brown), then the pod is ready.

If possible, deliver in paper bag of cardboard box, as plastic collects moisture.

Milkweed is the only host plant for the Monarch butterfly for egg laying and caterpillar rearing and serves as a food source for Monarchs as well as many other pollinator species.

For more information, call Linda at 335-7645.

County resident’s work in exhibit

COLUMBUS — The opening of the Ohio Veterans Art Exhibition was held recently at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts.

The exhibition showcases the artwork of former servicemembers from across Ohio and all five major branches of service spanning many different eras and forms of artistic expression. The family-friendly event includes 33 artworks including sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs.

A Miami County resident, Melvin Jackson, USMC, has a piece in the exhibit.

Free to all, the exhibit will run through Nov. 15 and appear in the Art Gallery’s extension in the lobby area of the first floor of the Riffe Center, located at 77 S. High St. in downtown Columbus.

The main lobby of the Riffe Center is immediately accessible from the High Street entrance and is mere feet away from the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame display that is a permanent fixture near the escalators.

Peace officer training upcoming

PIQUA — The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 22-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by Dec. 4. Physical assessment tests may be completed on either Dec. 5 or 6, with the academy running from Jan. 7 to June 15, 2019.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 778-7865.

Board members sought

COVINGTON — The Fort Rowdy Gathering is accepting nominations for the 2019 board of directors. There are two positions open, each serving a three-year term that need to be filled. Nominees must be a Fort Rowdy Gathering member. Membership is $1 per year and must be paid on or before Nov. 8. Only one member per household can seve on the board.

Nominations may be made at the meeting, mailed to Fort Rowdy Gathering or emailed. The mailing address is Fort Rowdy Gathering, P.O Box 23, Covington, OH45318 and email is

Mailed or email nominations must be received no later than Wednesday Nov. 7.

The election will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Covington City Building.