Area briefs



Stormwater seminar set

PIQUA — A Norton Stormwater Seminar for Professionals XIV will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 24 at Upper Valley Career Center Applied Technology Center.

For years, the Miami Sewwer and Water Conservation District has assisted Norton Engineering in providing a worthwhile and informative seminar on stormwater issues, practices and innovations and providing credits to professionals. Speakers have been invited to speak on:

• Erosion control tools

• A cure for problematic septic tanks

• Storm trap detention and treatment systems

• Modular wetlands and treatment systems

• A watershed approach for stream integrity

• Restoration of natural wetlands

• Update on Grand Lake St. Marys

Vendors and lunch also will be part of the day.

The cost to attend is $65. If you’d like to display, the cost is $125 for table space and includes the registration fee. Topics may vary slightly. For your registration form, contact John Norton at Norton Engineering at (937) 223-5848 or or check out the website at or call Linda Raterman at Miami SWCD at 335-7645 or

Aeronautics in the Civil War is topic

TROY — On Thursday, March 3, Civil War expert USAF Colonel Allan Howey, retired, will enlighten the WACO Aviation Lecture Series attendees as to the role aeronautics played in the Civil War. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.

Colonel Howey alternated between cockpits, classrooms, and staff/directorship assignments. He flew the C-141 jet transport, served in the Pentagon, and finished his 34-year military career as director of the Airpower Research Institute. He also taught undergraduate history courses at the Air Force Academy and graduate-level courses at the Air Command & Staff College, including award-winning classes on the Civil War. After retiring, he returned to college and earned two degrees in music education. He now teaches trumpet/jazz lessons and performs in the Dayton area.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Miami Township.

The Aviation Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Dayton Power and Light Corporation. Parking and admission are free and open to the public. The program is scheduled to last one hour will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum, 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. Donations will be accepted to benefit the WACO Historical Society.

For questions, call 937-335-9226 or visit