Area briefs

‘Evening of Lights’ cancelled

TROY — The Miami County Park District has announced that the “Evening of Lights” event scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, at Charleston Falls Preserve has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

According to J. Scott Myers, executive director of the Miami County Parks, the high likelihood of thunderstorms, high winds and heavy rain in the area pose safety concerns.

“While we regret the cancellation, the safety of attendees, vendors and staff always comes first,” Myers said. “We continuously strive to deliver outstanding events and experiences to our guests and with the current forecast, the overall event quality would suffer.”

Road closures extended

MIAMI COUNTY — The closure of Frederick-Garland Road in Union Township has been extended to approximately 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Frederick-Garland Road will be closed between State Route 48 and Karns Road for expansion joint repair.

Also, Fenner Road in Concord Township will remain closed between Wilson and Barnhart roads until approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, for culvert and tile replacement.

Additionally, Kessler-Frederick Road in Union Township will be closed between State Route 571 and Snell Road until approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, for culvert replacement.

PHS plans events

PIQUA — The Piqua High School Show Choir will host its 10th annual quarter auction from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Piqua High School commons/cafeteria. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to preview the auction items.

Items include over 50 assorted gift cards and 60 gift baskets, as well as a raffle for an HD-TV and a $100 “cash tree.”

The initial cost is $2 per paddle, and the per-item auction price ranges from 25 cents to $1, based on the value of the item. There will be an all-in paddle for purchase as well.

Concessions will be available and the show choir will perform a brief intermission spot at 8 p.m.

The Piqua High School Vocal Department will be presenting its holiday concert, “Tis the Season,” and 18th annual Cookie Walk on Sunday, Dec. 9. The performances will take place in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The Cookie Walk will be held in the Piqua High School Commons, where cookies will be displayed on decorated tables and sold for $6.50 per pound.

The concerts will feature several guest musicians including the Gotham City Brass Quintet and organist David Broerman. The choirs are conducted by Tom Westfall and accompanied by Carol Palmer.

Performances will include the Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, “The Company” Show Choir, and the Concert Choir. As in the past, the Concert Choir will conclude the concert with the “Hallelujah Chorus,” and former choir members, as well as audience members, will be invited to join them on stage to sing.

The concerts are free and open to the public. If there are any questions, please contact Westfall at PHS during school hours at 773-6314, ext. 1030, or email

Annual breakfast upcoming

TIPP CITY — Preparations are under way for the December tradition of the Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce, and the city of Tipp City hosting the annual Senior Citizens Holiday Breakfast.

The event will take place from 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at LT Ball Intermediate School, 575 N. Hyatt St.

Superintendent Dr. Gretta Kumpf said she looks forward to welcoming the community’s senior citizens as the district’s guests.

“This gives us a time to thank them for their volunteerism, contributions to our community and schools, and support at our district events,” she said. “The festive occasion is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the holiday season and mingle with some of our neighbors, many of whom have grandchildren in the district.”

In addition to a hot breakfast and coffee bar, attendees will be entertained by students in the district. There will be music, dance, and vocal performances. LT Ball Intermediate School is located at There is ample parking with easy acces to the building.