Area briefs




Schmidlapp joins Freedom Chiropractic

PIQUA — Looking for Utopia? It’s right here in Piqua, where ‪26-year-veteran Licensed Massage Therapist April Schmidlapp has joined Dr. Robert “Trapper” Phillips at Freedom Chiropractic, 1555 Covington Ave. Utopia Advanced Bodywork will be available starting Feb. 29.‬

Though Schmidlapp began her massage therapy practice in Piqua, she has lived the last 19 years in New Mexico, where she lived off the grid, traveled the Southwest, and later opened her own spa boutique and gallery. April holds licenses in both Ohio and New Mexico. She attended medical massage school in Lebanon at Self-Health Institute, and was licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board in 1990. Schmidlapp also holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from Wright State University, and an A.A. degree from Edison Community College, where she is currently adjunct faculty in the Department of Arts and Sciences.

Schmidlapp is excited to be back, and looking forward to seeing former and new clients. The first day of appointments will be Leap Day. Call (937) 615-1111 to ask about the one-day special being offered.

Knit, crochet for cancer patients

PIQUA — Suzie Hawkes will coordinate a knitting activity for cancer patients on Thursday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at the YWCA Piqua. Participants will be knitting or crocheting hats and other items to donate to cancer patients at UVMC. Individuals coming to help with this project are asked to bring their own yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks.

For more information, visit the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937)773-6626. Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the session.

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

Farkle fun at the YWCA

PIQUA — Come and join the fun in learning how to play Farkle, a dice game that can be played with any number of people. The three-week session begins Friday, March 4, from 1-3 p.m., instructed by Donald and Marsha Leistner. “We have so much fun playing this game and love that you can play with both small and large groups,” said the Leistners. “Lots of laughter and comradery is included.” Membership is not required to participate. For more information or to register, stop by the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. The YWCA is handicapped-accessible.

NASA program to be offered

TROY — WACO Learning Center will offer a new aeronautical program to families with early learners designed by NASA. Fun with Flight is a collection of six STEM learning modules based on children’s books.

Each module focuses on a single children’s book, followed by a STEM thematic lesson. Hands-on activities will engage the child as they make discoveries about Gliders in Nature (Form & Function), Balloons (Sinking & Floating), Parachutes (Fluid Thickness & Drag), Kites (Surface Area & Lift), Helicopters and Airplanes (Force & Thrust), and World Flyers (Geography & Global Trade).

These six lessons will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on March 8, 10, 15, 17, 21, and 24. A $35 materials fee will cover all six modules. Children ages 4-6 can register by calling Nancy Royer at (937) 335-9226 at WACO Air Museum for registration. Class size is limited.