Area briefs

Gathering seeks artwork

COVINGTON — The Fort Rowdy Gathering is now accepting entries for its 24th annual art contest. The winning entry will be used to represent the 2016 Fort Rowdy Gathering on its printed material. The deadline for entries is March 30. The winner will receive recognition for the artwork and a limited edition medallion, and will be made into a woodburned plaque for the Fort Rowdy auction. The rules are:

• There is no cost to enter; just mail your entry flat or rolled to: The Fort Rowdy Gathering-Artwork, P.O. Box 23, Covington, OH 45318. Do not fold entries.

• The artwork must be period correct, representative of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s (pre-Civil War).

• The drawing must be on white stock paper, in a black medium, so artwork is crisp and easily reproduced.

• Drawing size a minimum of 5-inchs-by7-inches

• All artwork submitted becomes the property of the Fort Rowdy Gathering.

For more information, call Johanna McGrath, art contest chairman at (937) 467-0668 or contact Anita at

Poetry series to get under way

TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., will begin the 2016 Poetry Series on Thursday, Feb. 25 with a presentation by Cathryn Essinger. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public.

Essinger is the author of three prize winning books of poetry: “Desk in the Elephant House,” “My Dog Does Not Read Plato,” and “What I Know About Innocence.” Her work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, from Midwest Gothic to The Southern Review, The Antioch Review and Poetry. She is a retired professor of English at Edison State Community College and a member of The Greenville Poets, a small but well published poetry group that has been together for more than 25 years.

The second program in the series will take place March 24 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature poet Lianne Spidel and artist Ann Loveland. They will share a collaborative project entitled “Pairings.”

In April, the Hayner program will be a reading by the winners of the sixth annual poetry competition. The competition is open to students and adults who are citizens of Miami or surrounding counties in Ohio. The submitted works must be original, never published and never read at a Hayner poetry reading. Poets who have been featured presenters at Hayner readings are ineligible. Winners of past competition may submit again. There is a $5 non-refundable entry fee and cash prizes are awarded in each age group category. The deadline for entries is April 1. A prospectus with complete contest rules is available on the Hayner website or may be obtained by calling 339-0457 or stopping by the Hayner.

This is the 14th season of poetry readings at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The series is coordinated by David Petreman, professor of Modern Languages at Wright State University.

Club donates to organizations

TROY — Corvette-Troy presented the Miami Valley Spina Bifida Association with its annual check for $10,000 An additional $6,000 was recently presented to various local food banks, service groups and the Miami County Humane Society.

In the past 30-plus years, Corvette-Troy has donated more than $500,000 to various local charities. Charity funds come from its annual Corvette raffle held in September.

For more information, contact, or P.O. Box 125, Troy, OH 45373 or (937) 236-6762.

Youth overnight offered

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch is offering a youth overnight on Friday, Feb. 12 for youth in first through sixth grade. There will be gym games and swimming, followed by pizza and movies at the Youth Center. Drop off begins at 9:15 p.m. and pick up is at 7 a.m. Saturday morning at the Youth Center.

Register at the Piqua branch at 773-9622. For more information, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or