Area briefs




Knit for cancer patients

PIQUA — YWCA volunteer Suzie Hawkes will coordinate a knitting activity for cancer patients on Thursday, April 7, at 10 a.m. at the YWCA Piqua. Participants will be knitting or crocheting hats and other items to donate to cancer patients at Upper Valley Medical Center. Those coming to help with this project are asked to bring their own yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks.

“Anyone can donate items they have made at home if they are unable to attend the April 7 get together,” Hawkes said. “We plan to do this each month on the first Thursday and encourage others to come and join in this very special project.”

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

Roediger to speak at fundraiser

PIQUA —The new featured speaker for Raise the Roof for the Arts of Sidney’s “Puttin’ on the Glitz” fundraiser will be Michael Roediger, director and CEO of the Dayton Art Institute.

“Puttin’ on the Glitz,” to be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Piqua Country Club, will include a champagne luncheon, fashion show and raffles from supporting local businesses.

Roediger has been the director and CEO of DAI since October 2011. Prior to that, he was a nearly 14-year veteran of Victoria Theatre Association in Dayton. His other experience includes Junior Achievement of Dayton and Miami Valley; Children’s Friend and Service, the country’s oldest not-for-profit in Providence, R.I.; and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2010, he was named Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Greater Dayton Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Reservations for “Puttin on the Glitz” can be made for $35 by visiting or by stopping by the RTR office in Sidney at 126½ E. Poplar St., second floor.

Proceeds from “Puttin’ on the Glitz” will be used to support the current revitalization of the Historic Sidney Theatre.

Grant requests offered

COVINGTON — Covington Alumni Foundation is accepting grant requests on behalf of the Covington Education Foundation from organizations that benefit the education of the Covington community. To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, be nondiscriminatory, and address needs that are not met fully by existing organizational or community resources.

To submit a grant request, a completed and signed application with all necessary supporting documentation and six copies must be submitted and received at the Covington Board of Education offices by end of work day June 3, 2016, preceding the grant review meeting. We regret that incomplete applications and applications submitted past the deadline will not be considered. The Grant Application Guidelines provide a detailed outline of grant proposal requirements. Applicants are encouraged to contact The Troy Foundation for assistance in determining eligibility for a grant and working through the proposal process.

Find the grant application at

Firm tops on Angie’s List

SIDNEY — Ben Waters Services & Painting of Sidney, which services the Miami County area as well, has earned the service industry’s Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

This is the third consecutive year that Ben Waters Service has earned the award.

“Only about 5 percent of the painting contract companies in several Ohio counties have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements.

To contact Ben Waters call (937) 489-6065 or email